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The $1 billion bet: Pharma giant and U.S. government team up in all-out coronavirus vaccine push
Mar 31, 2020

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By Jon Cohen The crowded race to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus just received a potential billion-dollar boost: Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced on 30 March that it and the U.S. government, through a military research agency, would together devote up to that amount to move a candidate product made by its Janssen …


‘My Pillow’ Trends After MyPillow Founder Urges Americans To Focus On Religion During White House Coronavirus Briefing
Mar 31, 2020

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By Jeffery Martin After MyPillow founder Mike Lindell appeared Monday during a White House coronavirus task force briefing to announce his company’s intention to produce face masks to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the term “My Pillow” became the number one trending topic on Twitter. Lindell told reporters he had diverted 75 percent of …


Viciously anti-LGBTQ group runs Central Park tent hospital & forces volunteers to reject gay rights
Mar 31, 2020

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By Bil Browning Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian group that regularly takes advantage of humanitarian crises to spread their far-right agenda, has been revealed as the charity behind a tent hospital that has been erected in New York City’s Central Park. Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, leads the group. Graham’s history …


Falwell Holds One-Man-Stand As Coronavirus Fears, Criticism Rain Down On Liberty U
Mar 31, 2020

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By Kate Riga After nearly 2,000 students flooded back to Liberty University fresh off of spring break, the school’s president Jerry Falwell is mounting a one-man stand against the governor, local officials and The New York Times. The doctor who runs Liberty University’s student health service, Dr. Thomas Eppes, told the New York Times that already at …


The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague
Mar 31, 2020 · 4 

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By Jared Yates Sexton President Donald Trump answered questions Tuesday afternoon for a Fox News virtual town hall surrounded by a frame of graphics. In the lower right-hand corner, a box documented the market’s delirious approval of Trump’s bizarre recent push to ease the state of emergency around the coronavirus pandemic to aid the economy. …


‘We need to be alert’: Scientists fear second coronavirus wave as China’s lockdowns ease
Mar 30, 2020 · 1 

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By David Cyranoski For the first time in months, the Chinese province of Hubei, where the coronavirus first emerged, is getting attention for a good reason. COVID-19 cases there have dropped to practically zero, and last week authorities lifted travel restrictions in and out of the province, some 60 days after much of it was …


Scamvangelist Declares COVID-19 “Finished” After Commanding God to Destroy It
Mar 30, 2020 · 3 

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By Hemant Mehta Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, who said last week that God told him the coronavirus would “be over much sooner than you think” (but still wants you to tithe even if you’ve lost your job), offered up what I can only assume is a magic spell this morning in order to destroy COVID-19. And that’s why the pandemic is …


Evangelist who mocked coronavirus response as anti-Trump “mass hysteria” dies from COVID-19
Mar 30, 2020

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By Bil Browning A Christian evangelist who mocked the response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has died after likely being infected while preaching on the streets of New Orleans. The city has been hard hit during the pandemic and the recent Mardi Gras celebrations have fueled transmission rates for both tourists and residents. Landon Spradlin, who …


Liberty University students report symptoms that suggest coronavirus: report
Mar 30, 2020

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By John Bowden Around a dozen students at Virginia’s Liberty University have reported being sick with symptoms that are consistent with the coronavirus. The school’s director of student health services told The New York Times in an interview that nearly a dozen students had reported symptoms similar to those experienced in confirmed coronavirus cases, with three of those …


Australia’s Record Heat Means Another Blow to Great Barrier Reef
Mar 27, 2020

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By Richard Pérez-Peña Record-breaking warm waters have bleached large parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef this year, as they did in 2016 and 2017, scientists reported on Thursday — the latest sign that global warming threatens the health of one of the world’s most important marine ecosystems. “We can confirm that the Great Barrier Reef …