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Travel blogger Natalie Kennedy describes what it’s like to live in Italy as the country is under lockdown with over 15,000 coronavirus cases confirmed.
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Travel Blogger Describes Life In Rome Under COVID-19 Lockdown | NBC News NOW

27 comments

  1. A big revenge from China

  2. You should be out there seeing the sights. How many opportunities do you get in life to see a tourist attraction without the annoying crowds.

  3. What were the DemocRATs busy doing during the early stages of this “crisis” they are now screaming about ?

    Oh ya .. still playing 🤯Wylie😡Coyote🤬 .. tryin to trap the Road Runner President Trump

    🤣M😂A🤣G😂A🤣

  4. Hey NBC, president does not want get tested. Is his problem. Shut up and get your channel tested for been nosy.

  5. This is different, not the virus but the situation. I cant see how the world can come out of this…..

  6. China is the only nation that can even attempt to challenge American dominance in the global arena. Over these past 20 years China’s neighbor, Russia, has re-emerged as a major power under Vladimir Putin, with Moscow’s presence on the international scene having grown considerably.

    Regardless, Russia remains a much weaker country when compared to the US. In military terms alone, the Kremlin’s annual arms expenditure amounts to less than 10% of the US, and this chasm is widening.

    China’s military budget, the second largest in the world, is about a third that of America’s.

    The vast economic projects of Beijing, like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), are being constructed on an unprecedented scale in modern history. This has drawn considerable international and economic influence to China, not to mention prestige.

    It would have been unimaginable at the end of World War II – when American strength was at its peak – that the western superpower would have no involvement in a landmark industrial program such as the Belt and Road, which is headquartered in Beijing. Unfortunately for Washington this has proven the case.

    The Americans are also excluded from Beijing’s other milestone associations, like the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

    The AIIB, centred in the Chinese capital and established in 2015, can count among its members crucial US allies like Britain, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Australia and South Korea; along with dozens of other countries, some of them NATO states.

    This is a major development in international affairs, as many traditional American-friendly nations defy Washington’s wishes in entering organisations controlled by Beijing.

    Britain’s decision to join the AIIB four years ago drew a particularly withering response from the White House. A top US official under president Barack Obama lamented that,

    “We are wary about a trend toward constant accommodation of China, which is not the best way to engage a rising power” .

    Instead one can presume that the best way to engage a rising power, is to surround it with military forces on an enormous scale – which is precisely what the Obama administration had accomplished by late 2016 in its encirclement of China.

  7. The business of big pharma is accumulation of wealth for their elite base, and not in serving the public interest. An infamous virus represents a financial opening and bonanza for pharmaceutical corporations.

    The coronavirus is being capitalised upon with the assistance of politicians and media, whose actions are often dictated by large businesses in the neoliberal era.

    The media are reliant on revenue from corporate advertising, including big pharma adverts. Most media companies even have pharmaceutical representatives sitting in their boardrooms.

    During the panic regarding the swine flu, pharmaceuticals enjoyed billions of dollars worth of profits, as governments were compelled to stockpile huge levels of drugs and vaccines, most of which were never used.

    The WHO guidelines were written up by scientists on the payroll of big pharma. Paul Flynn, a veteran former British Labour MP, said that “The tentacles of drug company influence are in all levels in the decision-making process” .

    This very likely remains the case pertaining to the coronavirus.

    There is another significant reason behind the campaigns of virus scaremongering.

    A critical one is to try to weaken China as a state, by impacting negatively upon Beijing’s ability to spread its financial clout and influence across continents.

    As a result of the coronavirus frenzy, the Chinese government is “losing leverage in dealings with the US and other developed countries” while “the US economy and markets could actually benefit from the coronavirus”

  8. One should be cautious whenever the mainstream press and first world politicians strongly push a certain agenda.

    This was most obvious in recent years with the ludicrous claims that Moscow decided the 2016 US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favour, which the American public paid scant attention to.

    The WHO, who have a history of unnecessarily overestimating threat of infectious diseases under suspect circumstances, have done little to dampen the hysteria regarding the coronavirus. According to the experienced German physician Wolfgang Wodarg, who is also an expert in analysing the spread of contagious diseases, the WHO is “unduly influenced by pharmaceutical companies”, as came to light with the swine flu pandemic of a decade ago.

    The swine flu of 2009 to 2010 can be classed as a pandemic, with 700 million to 1.4 billion people infected with what was an overall mild ailment.

    This may have consisted of up to 21% of the planet’s then human population.

    The chief goal of the pharmaceutical industry, which is held dominion over by giant corporate entities, is to the requirements of short-term profit-making, like all corporations.

    Dr Wodarg further remarked of the swine flu in relation to pharmaceutical companies that, “the declaration of a pandemic hugely enriched the industry at the expense of taxpayers and governments”.

  9. Much of the reporting on the coronavirus has been misleading and sensationalist. It is receiving an extent of media coverage that is not afforded to much more serious issues, like nuclear weapons and climate change – in particular the nuclear threat, which is barely focused on or even understood, despite the fact it remains the single greatest threat facing mankind.

    The American author and military analyst Daniel Ellsberg said last year that, “It is true that climate change may totally disrupt civilisation as we know it, but how many lives would it cost? Whatever the number, some form of civilisation would probably survive. By contrast, a nuclear winter, which has a non-zero possibility of occurring, would occasion near extinction”.

    Ellsberg estimates that two years after a nuclear winter – which would spread globally in the weeks following a nuclear war between America and Russia or China – that about 100,000 people would be left alive out out of 7.8 billion. Hence his accurate description of “near extinction” for humanity, in the event of a nuclear war between the major powers. One will do well to find mention of this in mass media journals, however.

    An interested scholar will also have to search hard in newspaper archives to learn anything about the near-deadly accidents, involving nuclear bombs through the decades, of which there have been many

  10. Nevertheless there are no large-scale media campaigns directed against the hazards of vehicles. Quite the opposite, car manufacturers are regularly advertised in the corporate press; who, at the same, claim to have sincere concerns about the worsening climate crisis.

    Since the first coronavirus case was said to have occurred in eastern China over two months ago, there are at the time of writing a reported 130,000 coronavirus infections globally – with it thought to have spread to 113 nations and counting, more than half of the world’s countries (3).

    However, this does not constitute a pandemic, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) mistakenly insists, who themselves have a somewhat dubious history in these affairs, as will be discussed below further.

    A pandemic is an outbreak of disease that is occurring over both a wide geographic area “and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population” (4).

    This stark description, which can be found in separate dictionaries, seems to have escaped the attention of the WHO. It cannot be claimed that over 100,000 infections out of a world population of almost eight billion is an exceptionally high proportion of the population.

    This ratio accounts once more to a small fraction of 1% of all humans. In reality this is not remotely a pandemic as of yet.

    Panic-inducing media headlines fail to mention that the majority of all coronavirus cases have still occurred in mainland China, where more than 80,000 people are reported to have been infected.

    Even in this instance, there are firm indications that the disease has successfully been contained by Beijing’s authorities (5).

    Over three weeks ago and more, around 2,000 new coronavirus cases were recorded in China daily; but this worrying figure has dropped dramatically, with a mere 40 new cases in China occurring on Monday this week, the lowest number since tracking began.

    If the virus can be smothered in the world’s most populace country, surely the same can be achieved elsewhere.

    States such as Italy and Iran, with much smaller populations than China, are well advised in seeking Beijing’s counsel on how to suppress this disease.

  11. A serious infectious ailment like the coronavirus does, up to a point, merit attention and concern. It would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise, particularly when the cases are notably increasing in number.

    The coronavirus is presented as more dangerous in comparison to influenza (flu) – without adequate and reliable tests and statistics (2).

    Yet these figures are evolving, and will change over the course of time, becoming more or less severe; quite often the latter case.

    It is important to put the coronavirus into context and provide some perspective. Since late December 2019 until the present, just over 4,600 deaths have officially been attributed to the illness, out of a global human population of 7.8 billion.

    This makes a world death toll of a tiny fraction of 1%. Among those who have died, just over 3,000 of them were Chinese citizens, comprising more than 60% of the combined fatality count.

    As things stand, one is far more likely to suffer death in an automobile accident, than either contracting the coronavirus or succumbing to it.

    Each year there are around 1.3 million deaths worldwide from traffic accidents.

    Almost 40,000 people were killed on the roads in America during 2019; in China, there are on average 250,000 road fatalities each year.

    The number of cars worldwide are responsible for 20% of global carbon emissions.

    .

  12. Coronavirus Scaremongering, US-China Economic Rivalry. The Geopolitics of an Unfolding Global Crisis

    An underlying theme behind the Western political and media focus on the coronavirus, is to damage and undermine China’s international standing, the country where this disease is commonly purported to have spread forth from.

    Prominent American politicians like Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, have publicly labelled this disease as “the Wuhan coronavirus”, in an attempt to harm China’s reputation and lay the blame at Beijing’s door.

    Throughout this century, China has represented the main threat to American global hegemony, and this threat to US power has gradually been growing as elites in the West are only too aware.

    The coronavirus, whose spectre is being exaggerated by the establishment, provides an excuse to tighten the choke-hold on China.

    This is happening in the shadows, away from the public glare.

    Indeed, China is already surrounded by hundreds of US military bases in the east Asian and Pacific regions, and for well over a year Beijing has been embroiled in a bitter trade war with Washington.

    Although it may sound cynical, we can recognise another central factor behind the coronavirus hyperbole: that it is being exploited by the powers-that-be, in order to frighten and keep under control a world populace which has increasingly been rebelling against the assaults of neoliberal globalization .

    A supposedly all-consuming virus is an ideal opportunity to warn the public not to gather outside in large groups, to remain isolated from each other and stay indoors.

    Simply put, be obedient and passive.

  13. Why did my phone start playing this video in my pocket when I had no applications open even in the background?

  14. This is why its everywhere because tards like this travel too places where its bad n bring it bk yet no one atops them.. U wanna travel there stay there until its over no sympathy for people who go looking for IT dumbases

  15. It dont sound too terrible its not exactly prison but make the best of your situation and hopefully this will dissipate soon

  16. That's the reality of life dear, it's worst than Martial Law because you can only see your enemy under the microscope. You need to follow the government whether you like it or not, you just have to follow like every one else, so sad but there is nothing that you can do right now.

  17. What's to describe? Sixty million Italians have been imprisoned by their Marxist government. They love their New World Order régime.

  18. Inez Qtaish sa end 27 news Rome under covi the re travel blogger new om 57 12 get Rome 29 sed close I se next no led church

  19. There’s a brand new Royal running around
    He’s not very big but he wears the Crown
    As well as any villain from History
    He infects his subjects with COVID-19

    The New Corona King will change things up
    From the way we all work to the way we all sup
    Isolation, cancellation and quarantine
    Decontamination, Social Distancing
    The new-norm now thanks to COVID-19
    =
    Four out of five good doctors may say
    The mostly-mild sickness will go away
    When one in five needs urgent care
    Most of us will start to wonder where
    We’ll find the extra money to make up
    For closing all of our workplaces up
    Will we partake of our last offered cup?
    When we all have COVID-19.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkgPaSStu3w

  20. You were asking for when you passed that bus

  21. In 14 days you fully infected. In 14 days you dead. Someone remind Canada about the 28 maybe they forget 😂 😂 😂 😂

  22. 疫情让美国再次伟大。Covid-19 let American great again. blog.talk2pro.com

  23. Great China is now leading the effort to cure COVID-19, It is amazing Great China can help others when they are still fighting it themselves?!?!
    Thanks for helping your naive younger siblings Middle State! The world is in your debt

  24. my mom got us mask here! http://www.velvetcottage.com Our local wal-mart ran out smh
    They took 2 weeks to come btw

  25. “The Meaning of the Imago Dei,” OTE 25/3 (2012): 638-656 somehow related to the first unit, Gen 1:1-2:3, “In the beginning God created
    the heavens and the earth.”

    John F. A. Sawyer11 also uses a similar approach when he looks at the meaning of the image of God. He views Gen 1-11 as the context in which ~yh iÞl{a/ ~l ,c, îB . is to be examined because of the following factors:

    • First, “in the Massoretic Text, biblical scholars are fortunate in having a
    closed corpus, ideal for linguistic research, and it is becoming increasingly clear that a considerable body of semantic information (which may or may not agree with and confirm the results of pre-critical research on the same data) awaits discovery when modern techniques and procedures are applied to the text as it stands.”12

    • Secondly, Gen 2-4 “obviously contain material which is relevant to the discussion of the term [image of God].”13

    • Thirdly, “the original meaning of the final form of the text is a concept which not only permits fruitful study of a clearly defined corpus of lexical data, but also provides an obvious starting-point for theological discussion, since it was the final form of the text, not its separate component parts, that was canonised in all the religious communities for which it is an authoritative religious text.”14

    This article interprets the image and likeness of God in human kind in Gen 1:26-27 in light of Gen 2-11.15 The biblical-theological (or canonicalchronological) approach,16 from a Reformed tradition,17 is followed. Critical issues will be noted where they are relevant to the subject under study.

  26. “The Meaning of the Imago Dei,” OTE 25/3 (2012): 638-656 639 physical or spiritual. This view is known as the “substantive view” of the image of God.

    • Others regard the image of God not as something inherently or intrinsically present in human beings, but as the experiencing of a relationship between human beings and God or between two or more humans.
    This view is called the “relational view” of the image of God.

    Some consider the image of God as a function that humans performs.
    This is view is called the “functional view” of the image of God.
    In support of the functional view or interpretation of the image of God,
    David J. A. Clines4 and Edward Mason Curtis,5
    among others, have suggested that the Ancient Near Eastern culture is pivotal to the interpretation of Gen :26-27, since there is nothing in the biblical text, in their view, which explains what is meant by the concept of the image of God. Curtis suggests that the idea
    of the image of God was introduced into Israel through her contacts with Egypt
    and the idea was transformed and adapted to Israelite theology or democratised.6

    The Israelites believed that all persons were created in the image of God,
    not only the king or the pharaoh, and that this image involved the function of
    dominion.

    Ian Hart thinks that this functional interpretation, which is based on
    the extra-biblical material, is also supported by the Bible. He translates Gen
    1:26, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, so that they
    may have dominion over … the earth” (emphasis added), and says that the
    functional interpretation is also supported by Psalm 8.7

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