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Just Give Me The Mark Of The Beast Already

at 13.20 Alan Dershowitz says the state can vaccinate you by force if necessary. We should help get that news out there before everyone puts away their gun.

300,002 In LA County Had It

Coronavirus antibody study suggests hundreds of thousands of LA County residents may have been infected – ABC7 Los Angeles

  • LOS ANGELES (KABC) — An estimated 4.1 percent of adult residents in Los Angeles County have the antibody to the coronavirus, which indicates that hundreds of thousands of them may have been infected, according to preliminary results from a new study.The collaborative study from USC and the county’s department of public health suggests “infections from the new coronavirus are far more widespread than previously thought.” The study indicates that approximately 221,000 to 442,000 adults in the county have had the infection at some point in time. The results also suggest that the mortality rate is much lower.
    That figure is 28 to 55 times bigger than the 7,994 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county at the time of the study in early April, according to the study. As of Monday, there are 13,816 positive cases in the region.”These results indicate that many persons may have been unknowingly infected and at risk of transmitting the virus to others,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director.
  • However, officials caution that testing positive for the antibodies does not mean a person is immune and that more research is needed.
  • “The concern here is we don’t want the public to interpret these test results as, ‘Oh, I think I have immunity,’ because that question hasn’t been credibly, scientifically answered yet,” said Sood.
  • Sood says even if you are antibody positive there’s no knowing how much immunity to the virus you have and how long that immunity will last.
  • There will be a second round of tests done in the near future, which the doctors say will provide further clarity.

The Usual Truth

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge ~ Hosea 4:6

Mine too Lord, Mine too.

This video reveals the silencing of truth tellers in the field of medicine as it relates to the current corona virus pandemic. It discusses briefly where the virus came from as well.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Definition

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Definition

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), established by the CARES Act, temporarily expands unemployment insurance eligibility to self-employed workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and part-time workers.
  • You must provide self-certification that you are able to work and available for work, and that you are unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work due to a COVID-19-related situation.
  • Benefit amounts are calculated based on previous earnings, using a formula from the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program under the Stafford Act.
  • Those who are eligible for PUA can also receive $600 per week through July 31, 2020, under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.
  • States may not be ready to process claims for freelancers, gig workers, and independent contractors for awhile, but workers will be eligible for retroactive benefits
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program runs from Jan. 27, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. It extends unemployment benefits to eligible self-employed workers, including:
    • Freelancers and independent contractors
    • Workers seeking part-time work
    • Workers who don’t have a long-enough work history to qualify for state unemployment insurance benefits
    • Workers who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for benefits under state or federal law

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and How to Apply

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and How to Apply

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is an emergency program established by the CARES Act to increase unemployment benefits for Americans who are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Under FPUC, eligible people who collect certain unemployment insurance benefits—including regular unemployment compensation—will get an extra $600 in federal benefits each week through July 31, 2020.
  • How to Apply for Federal Pandemic Unemployment CompensationTo apply for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, you must file a claim for regular benefits with the UI program in the state where you worked. Depending on the state, you can file a claim in person, online, or over the phone; most states recommend filing online. When you file a claim, you must provide your Social Security number, contact information, and details about your former employment. To find out the rules in your state, check with your state’s unemployment insurance program.

Expensive Meat While Supplies Last

Get Used to Expensive Meat With Supply Woes Lasting All Year – Bloomberg

  • U.S. shoppers are paying 13% more for T-bone steaks than last year, at $7.47 a pound. Ground chuck is up 28%. Prices for pork-sausage breakfast links and patties climbed 13%.This is the new reality for American meat eaters in the coronavirus pandemic.Donald Trump’s executive order will reopen meat plants struck down by outbreaks, but social-distancing measures will keep slaughterhouses limping along at reduced production rates. The shortfall in output could run as high as 15% even after plants are back in business, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, without specifying how long that could continue.
  • Consumers should probably prepare for more sticker shock.“You’ll see an impact now, but you’ll also see blips in the future. We could see this go into 2021,” said Ryan Bernstein, senior vice president of McGuire Woods Consulting who also operates a family farm in North Dakota.
  • Shutdowns at major slaughter plants started in early April. Even though it was just about a dozen closures, producers have such a stranglehold on output that it leaves few remedies when even a handful of facilities are down. Grocery-store shelves have run empty, and farmers were forced to destroy tens of thousands of animals.
  • Wholesale beef has jumped to a record high, and pork surged 55% in April to the highest since 2017. That’s beginning to translate to higher grocery bills, according to protein producers. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. estimates retail costs are up by about 20% or more for red meats like hamburger and pork chops.
  • The longer-term implications for prices will come from the knock-on effect that ranchers feel. When slaughterhouses slow their run rates, it means fewer animals can go to market. That forces livestock farmers to rein in their own production. Ranchers are slowing expansion and holding back cattle on pastures. Some hog producers are resorting to culling.It’s usually younger animals that are destroyed, since farmers haven’t spent money to feed and raise them yet. If a producer euthanizes piglets, it means fewer hogs available for slaughter down the road. That series of dominoes means prices can stay elevated for longer because it takes a while for hog and cattle herds to rebuild.
  • What’s more, the whole cycle could repeat itself if workers continue to fall sick and plants have to further reduce capacity because of a labor crunch.
  • Slaughterhouses are being retrofitted with physical barriers to keep workers safely away from each other. Employees will need to be tested, and companies are waiting on deliveries of essential protective gear. Plants will also likely continue to run at reduced capacity because of social-distancing measures.
  • On the farmer side, the lag time is much longer. Now that mass culling is taking place, it disrupts the normal flow of animals, especially to make pork and beef. While poultry producers can take a fertilized egg and have a market-ready chicken in about six to nine weeks, red meat is a protracted process.Hogs have a gestation period of roughly four months, and then it’s another six before pigs are ready for market. Calf gestation is nine months, with about 15 to 24 months before the animals are big enough to slaughter.
  • ample chicken supplies can help make up for pricey red meat.While there have been cuts to production at poultry plants and reports of sick workers, the industry hasn’t seen major closures. Chicken production in the nation is down about 5% from a year ago, Pilgrim’s Pride Chief Executive Officer Jayson Penn said.
  • The other thing that can help ease supply tightness: most restaurants are still closed for dining in, and take-out menus are often more limited. That means less demand from chefs, which gives some wiggle room for plants not running at full capacity, said Bartashus of Bloomberg Intelligence.
  • For meat processors like Tyson Foods Inc., higher prices for consumers usually translate into higher profit margins. While the company’s shares are down about 30% in 2020, they’re expected to “generate an excellent return in coming months” for investors willing to look past near-term volatility in protein markets, Heather Jones of Heather Jones Research said in a note, leaving 2021 estimates unchanged.
  • For beef, that means “ridiculously tight supplies in September through December,” he said.

Where’s The Beef?

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U.S. beef output is down way more than shutdowns suggest

  • Cattle slaughter dropped 37% this week from a year ago, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show.
  • That far outstrips the 10% to 15% in capacity that’s been halted with meat plants closed after coronavirus outbreaks among employees.
  • While many plants have stayed open, they’ve still been forced to slow output as producers combat a loss of labor. Social-distancing measures will also likely keep output trailing normal levels even as facilities reopen under President Donald Trump’s executive order.
  • Already, some grocers are beginning to ration supplies as the virus forces unprecedented disruptions in meat processing. Kroger Co., the nation’s biggest traditional supermarket chain, on Friday said it was limiting purchases of ground beef and fresh pork “at select stores.” Wholesale prices for both the meats have surged, and it’s starting to translate into higher bills at the retail level.
  • Top pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. is reopening a hog-processing plant in South Dakota on Monday that had been closed since April 12, according to Kooper Caraway, president of Sioux Falls AFL-CIO, which represents workers at the facility.The company was asking 250 employees to return, according to the union. That’s down from 3,700 workers normally, with some 1,000 workers either sick with the virus or in quarantine. Smithfield didn’t reply to requests for comment on the reopening.