We have a massive report today; thank you to all of y’all who have reached out to email@example.com with your observations, experiences, and gut feels.
The dance monkeys in the intel department are really enjoying interacting with y’all; please drop em a line with your juicy intel nuggets or just to say thanks!
Reminder: we are neither a news agency nor an intelligence agency, we are simply facilitating the sharing of intel and information amongst the Bear Nation.
As always, as a thanks to y’all for supporting the show, your promo code at the Bear store is “Patreon10” which gets you 10% off everything in the Bear store. Tactical Chicken Stickers (pictured) have arrived and are shipping!
THANK Y’ALL for your continued support!
From a viewer:
“Firstly, thanks so much for what you guys are doing, it provides endless value to my life, I can’t even explain.
Thank you Bear for being a continued inspiration and a reliable source of info and valued opinion. Whether it’s the tactical things, homesteady things, or spiritual things, I’m picking up what you’re putting down brother! Shalom and blessings!"
BEAR INDEPENDENT INTEL REPORT
• The number of confirmed cases worldwide and in the U.S. continues to climb. As of the time of this reporting, the official numbers are as follows:
Global Cases: 2,474,857 (1,659,725 active cases)
Global Deaths: 169,967
Global Recoveries: 645,165
USA Cases: 789,234 (675,104 active cases)
USA Deaths: 42,298
USA Recoveries: 71,832
• Repeating: If a jump in U.S. case and death numbers is seen, remember that probable coronavirus cases are to be reported now, not just lab-confirmed cases.
• New York deaths dipped below 500 Sunday, which is much lower than the daily death toll of nearly 800 at the peak of the outbreak.
• It is estimated that U.S. restaurants will lose $50 billion in April, and possibly $240 billion by the end of 2020.
• Congressional leaders and the Trump administration are working to finalize a deal that would inject roughly $300 billion into a small-business loan program that was overwhelmed with demand and ran out of money. $100 billion for testing and hospitals would be included in the deal.
• Rallies and protests continue to increase, and unemployment is nearing a staggering 18%.
• President Trump confirmed that Republicans and Democrats are close to reaching a multi-billion-dollar deal on another coronavirus stimulus package. It would renew $300 billion in funds for the Paycheck Protection Program and boost spending for hospitals and coronavirus testing by roughly $100 billion.
• USDA announced the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to support farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including $16 billion in direct payments for farmers and ranchers and $3 billion in purchases of agriculture products, including meat, dairy and produce to support producers and provide food to those in need.
• Many have noted the hit to the stock market due to the lowest U.S. crude prices in history. (The U.S. crude oil futures for May are minus $37.)
Continuity of Infrastructure/Supply Chains
• Some places are beginning to see absences of items on store shelves accompanied by notice of limitation or unavailability due to manufacturing/supply issues, not rationing.
• There may be reduced availability of things like phones and laptops due to a dip in technological imports from China.
• An Abilene food manufacturing plant in San Antonio has closed after at least 48 employees have already tested positive for COIVID-19. Several Tyson plants have also had large numbers of employees testing positive.
• 42 states have essential-services-only travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, shelter-in- place orders, or similar official proclamations.
• 3 states have certain areas under restrictions, or entire areas under partial restrictions.
• 5 states remain with no official orders, merely advisories.
• Repeating: Ordinances vary around the nation. Some places have curfews, some have travel checkpoints and mandatory quarantine for travelers, and some places are mandating facial coverings in public.
Order Enforcement also varies greatly by location. Some places are starting to reopen bit-by-bit, others are extending their orders, and others are just now seeing their first deaths. The time it takes to spread greatly affects what may or may not be occurring in your area. Check your local ordinances.
• The pandemic is throwing a wrench in the election process. The Brennan Center for Justice estimates at least $2 billion will be needed to prepare for the November elections due to the pandemic. (The funds would be needed for things like PPE for poll workers and extra equipment to sort the huge increase in absentee ballots.)
• Legislation that would allow more businesses to reopen provided they comply with certain COVID-19 safety standards was vetoed by Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf.
• In the words of some local news headlines, the New Jersey’s budget options will be to “beg, borrow, or slash.” Additionally, New York expects cuts to schools if no federal assistance is seen.
• Fresno County, California: It is believed that there will be a spike in crime after more than 400 inmates were released following an order from the California Judicial Council.
• The Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition are suing Cherokee County, Georgia and Probate Court Judge Keith Wood. They allege that the constitutional rights of citizens were violated when the county stopped accepting applications for Weapons Carry Licenses during the Coronavirus outbreak.
• The Army is reopening basic training with new precautions in place, confident that the virus will not spread. (50 CV cases have emerged at Fort Jackson recently.)
• The French navy is investigating how the coronavirus infected more than 1,000 sailors aboard an aircraft carrier. One person remains in intensive care and some 20 others have been hospitalized. (Two U.S. soldiers aboard the vessel also tested positive.)
• Repeating: Furloughs of medical facility staff are still occurring nationwide.
• Repeating: Some states are hoping to loosen restrictions on elective procedures soon.
• As mentioned before, it is suspected that Covid-19 causes more lasting issues than previously suspected. Clinicians suspect heart inflammation, acute kidney disease, neurological malfunction, blood clots, intestinal damage and liver problems to be some of the problems caused by the virus and its effects. Not enough is known for a solid conclusion yet.
• Austin Public Health is investigating multiple “clusters” of Covid-19, 8 of which are in senior-living communities.
• Repeating: First responders and medical staff that test positive and/or show symptoms have to self-quarantine in many places. It has been reported that this has reduced the number of critical responders substantially in some areas. Many departments and employees are not permitted to share case numbers or other information.
• Repeating: It has been noted in several areas that food distribution lines are unusually long, and that food banks are becoming more and more undersupplied, especially to meet the growing demand.
• Another storm system has torn through the south, killing two, raining down hail, damaging structures, and knocking out power.
• Detroit’s Mayor rejected a Michigan National Guard offer to help distribute food in the city, voicing concern that their presence on city streets could tear open old wounds from the 1967 riot.
• Dover Airforce Base Commissary: the store has increased stock up to only 1/4 of the store being empty yesterday. There is hardly any stock of rice, beans, sugar, flour and there is no yeast. Sign-up for eggs, limited chicken. Tensions were very high the day before when retirees were permitted to go into the store.
• Regarding Facebook’s censorship of rallies and protests being organized on its site, a company spokesperson said in a statement: "Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook. For this same reason, events that defy government's guidance on social distancing aren't allowed on Facebook.” Republicans have attacked this move by the social media network.
SINGLE ACCOUNTS, INSIDER INTEL, & MISCELLANEOUS
• Mexico: Any Covid-19 tests that are available are practically too expensive to obtain. Most public areas and business have been closed for more than 2 weeks. Schools have been closed for more than three. Mexico ́s informal work force is about 70% of the economy and they are all still in the streets working. Public transportation is still working at capacity. The government lies about results. No fiscal stimulus, taxes must be paid. Hospitals and paramedics do not have PPE unless they buy their own. There have been at least two hospitals where more than 30 doctors and nurses have caught the virus and cannot work. TP, sanitizer, and masks are either unavailable or 3x the price. Some stores are low on food items, but production, distribution and stock all seem to be decent.
• In central PA, a viewer contacted several farmers for purchasing wholes, halves, and quarters of beef. The average price quoted was 3 dollars a pound.
• A Home Depot in Tennessee has been completely sold out of all types of freezers for weeks. “First responders have first dibs, but when 1 or 2 do come in they are gone within the hour.”
• In a New Jersey Port Authority conference call, “one of the top guys mentioned more than once that they need to be stocked for level Armageddon.”
• All stock looked good in a Sam’s Club in Ohio. Some items were still being rationed.
• A rural Canadian viewer was told by their local "mom and pop stores" that their supply chain has informed them that there will be a lot of food and other items that will not be available in the near and long term. This includes fresh meats and other produce, certain canned and dried foods, some toiletries (soap was specifically said to be a FOUR MONTH waiting period), bleach is essentially totally unavailable for the foreseeable future, and salt/sugar/flour are going to be very hard to get as well.
• Sweden’s deaths due to coronavirus are rising as its comparatively lax restrictions are coming under scrutiny.
• Tensions with China continue. Recently, China was affronted by a major German newspaper talking about China “exporting” the virus.
• Putin says Russia has not yet reached its peak.
• People in Spain are angry with the government for the lack of accurate counts and diagnoses, and the lack of care for people left to die alone.
• Nova Scotia, Canada: A man disguised himself as a police officer and moved across the northern part of Nova Scotia, committing several homicides in a “shooting rampage.” 16 people, including a policewoman, are dead. According to current information, it does not seem that police response was slowed or hampered by the pandemic.
• Ontario, Canada: Farmers are dumping milk due to lack of transport and processing ability. Bi-Law are ticketing people social distancing with their neighbors in their driveways. People are starting to grow weary of the lockdown and going out. Companies are hiring more security guards than ever, expecting looting.
• Australia is now in “stage 3” of their lockdown. Children are not going to school. Essentials only. All beaches, parks, and national forests are closed. No more than 10 people at funerals, no more than 2 witnesses and an officiant at a wedding. No interstate travel. Prices are up, and no hand sanitizer is available.
• Cape Town police have fired rubber bullets and teargas at rioters and looters in South Africa. The area has some of the strictest restrictions, and four weeks into a 35-day shutdown, people are hungry and desperate, and food supplies have virtually run out.
• 2/6 major meat packing plants are shut down due to the coronavirus. This has caused a reduction in cattle purchases at auction and a hard time for ranchers. If you have the tools, knowledge, and buyers for a large amount of beef, consider forming a group and contacting a local cattle farmer to buy live and direct, and set up a group processing day with your MAG. Cheaper meat for you, support for a struggling farmer.
• If you cannot obtain seed in your area, here are some alternative sources from your pantry: dry beans, seeds found inside ripe squash and tomatoes, potatoes that are left to sprout “eyes”, and so forth.
• Again, keep H.R.5717 and S.3254 on your radar and contact your representatives.
• Consider researching the possibility of probiotics and microbiome health in relation to fighting and preventing respiratory disease.
• Many people are spreading falsified posts and viral misinformation. Please verify information and sources before passing anything on.
• Contact your representatives to protect gun stores from closures and to protect the right to grow your own food. (“Gardening” and “firearms manufacture and sales” are sometimes deemed unessential.)
• Be aware of the huge influx of scams – Netflix “account issues”, fake CV testing, stimulus payment related scams, etc. NEW: video conferencing programs are being targeted and hacked.
• Support medical care workers. They are bearing the brunt of this and could really use your encouragement.
• There have been reports of police impersonators pulling people over and asking for travel papers. (Note: There are some places now where real officers are legitimately pulling people over to ask where they are going. Know what is going on in your area and stay prepared, safe, and cautious.)
• Again, please consider not taking NSAIDs if you feel ill. It has been reported that these make the symptoms and outcomes of the virus worse.
• Research and consider using HEPA cloth vacuum bags in DIY mask design, as that material may filter an equal or higher percentage of materials than the typical N95 mask. Also, another viewer says that 2 layers of blue shop rags may filter to 93-95 percent.
(Note: We at Bear Independent are not giving medical advice, merely passing on potentially helpful suggestions.)
• Shake Shack has announced that it will be returning the $10 million loan they obtained from the federal crisis fund that was set up to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is now empty. A statement from the chair and the CEO said, “We’re fortunate to now have access to capital that others do not. Until every restaurant that needs it has had the same opportunity to receive assistance, we’re returning ours."
• Portland, Maine: A woman was given groceries by her landlord and told to not worry about rent.
• A man gave employees at a Checkers 10k each for working during this mess.
• “We have always had a garden, but because of Bear's videos, we have upped our game in the gardening arena.” They weren’t kidding—there are too many things to list here, but the listed berries, fruit trees, a greenhouse, squash, tomatoes, a chicken coop, and so much more. Great job, guys!
• Remember the virtual hiking trip guy? He’s still going strong—working on Colorado. Also, their Karate and now Capoeira teachers are doing online classes with the kids. He also launched a business teaching virtual English classes. 10% of that income will be going to buy PPE for hospitals.
• A viewer has recently gotten out of debt and is looking to buy a 10+ acre dwelling so he can “do the things.” He has gotten his dad to start storing food. His younger brother is off drugs and hiking with the family.
• Another viewer is flourishing in spite of losing his job. He is sharing his eggs already and will be expanding his gardens to meet orders for others. Formerly outcast due to the “militant farmer” concept, he is now being asked to teach people how to farm. His MAG has grown and the neighborhood has come together to create a security and commo plan.
• “While on my hike I had what you would call a conviction. My boys have been asking about God and Jesus. I'm leery of organized religion for my own reasons. I believe in the Bible and the ten commandments. Something spoke to me. In my mind. Read the Bible verbatim. The boys will get what they need out of it. I'm not necessarily qualified or worthy but we started today after schoolwork.”
Check out the forums at Bear Independent.com!
Grindstone Ministries is currently looking for:
-A Grant Writer
If you or someone you know could fill this need, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org