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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, patriarch of one of America’s most successful families, dies at 94

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He urged Americans to be a “thousand points of light.” When fighting an election, he promised, “read my lips — no new taxes.” And once in office, he put his foot down: there would be no more broccoli for President George H.W. Bush.

The former U.S. president, vice-president, ambassador, congressman, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and patriarch of one of America’s most successful political families died November 30, 2018. He was 94.

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” his son, former President George W. Bush, said in a statement released early Saturday.

“George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

His death comes eight months after the death of Barbara Bush in April.

The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who had a child who was elected president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history.
The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history.  (Olivier Douliery)

Bush suffered from a variety of health problems in his final years. In 2012, in an interview with Parade magazine, Bush revealed that he had Vascular Parkinson’s, which forced him into a motorized scooter.

“It just affects the legs. It’s not painful. You tell your legs to move, and they don’t move,” he said. “It’s strange, but if you have some bad-sounding disease, this is a good one to get.”

He was hospitalized over a bout of pneumonia in January 2017, ending up in the intensive care unit of Houston’s Methodist Hospital. That episode caused Bush to miss the inauguration of Donald Trump — “My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under,” Bush wrote in a letter explaining his absence.

Bush — often referred to as Bush Sr., or Bush 41, to differentiate him from his son, another former president named George Bush — was elected the 41st president of the United States of America in 1988. His four years in the Oval Office, from 1989 to 1993, saw the Cold War end, the Berlin Wall fall, and much of the North American Free Trade Agreement hammered out.

But Bush may be most widely remembered for Operation Desert Storm and his decision to send U.S. soldiers into Kuwait to remove Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces in the winter of 1991.

“His big success was the Gulf War,” said Paul Quirk, a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. “At the point this was happening, and shortly after, Bush had the approval of 90 per cent of the American public.”

Bush couldn’t maintain that momentum, however. He had to renege on his promise not to raise taxes in a deal with the Democrats to reduce the deficit, and it was largely the faltering U.S. economy that led to Bush’s defeat to Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential election.

Though most closely identified with the state of Texas — where he made his fortune, and where his eldest son launched the political career that eventually landed him in the White House for two terms — George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Mass. on June 12, 1924, into blue-blooded privilege as the son of Connecticut senator Prescott Bush.

He graduated from Yale University in 1948 with a degree in economics, although his studies had been waylaid by the Second World War. Bush enlisted in the U.S. military on his 18th birthday, becoming a pilot. He flew torpedo bombers and was shot down over the island of Chichi-jima in the Pacific; he was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action.

Bush married Barbara Pierce in 1945, and they had six children — George, Robin (who died as a child), John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy — as well as 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Jeb Bush also entered politics, launching an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2016 after serving as the governor of Florida.

Following a career in the oil industry in Texas, Bush entered politics there and was first elected to Congress in 1966. He ran twice for the Senate, unsuccessfully, but was appointed to several other powerful roles, including ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, U.S. envoy to China, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, which he headed for a little less than a year.

“He was known for his leadership in organizations, and he was quite supportive of lower staff,” said Mark Brawley, a professor of political science at Montreal’s McGill University. “He could speak the language of bureaucrats, he was smart, he was good at taking advice, and I think he was good at building corporate morale.”

George W. Bush, left, is shown with his father, George H. W. Bush in this photo from 1968 at Ellington Field, Texas.
George W. Bush, left, is shown with his father, George H. W. Bush in this photo from 1968 at Ellington Field, Texas.  (AP Photo/Texas National Guard)

Bush served as Ronald Reagan’s vice-president for two terms, from 1981 to 1989, and in the 1988 presidential election, with Dan Quayle as his running mate, he defeated Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis to move into the White House.

That campaign was hard-fought and remarkable for its negative tone: Republicans went after Dukakis, accusing him of being weak on crime and using the case of Willie Horton — a convicted murderer who fled while out on a weekend pass and committed another attack — to illustrate that.

After his inauguration in January 1989, Bush’s first visit to a foreign country was to Canada, to see then-prime minister Brian Mulroney. At the top of the agenda was discussion of an accord on acid rain.

Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President George H.W. Bush at the White House in August 1989.
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President George H.W. Bush at the White House in August 1989.  (Star file photo)

Bush declared that Ottawa was “colder than hell” — according to a Star reporter who was there, it was about -5 C — but called the visit “outstanding.”

The mood was different than it had been on Bush’s previous visits to Canada, as vice-president. After one trip to Ottawa, in 1987, Mulroney was frank in expressing his opinions on acid rain to his American guest.

“I really unloaded on him, because I knew that this was the only way that I was going to get the message through to the rest of the administration,” Mulroney said in a recent article for the Institute for Research on Public Policy. “So, when he said, ‘I got an earful,’ he really did.”

After leaving office Bush joined forces with his one-time political foe, former president Clinton, to raise money for those affected by natural disasters, such as the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and the hurricanes that later pounded the Gulf Coast.

Bush is also remembered for his distinctive speaking style — comic Dana Carvey, who imitated him on Saturday Night Live, described him as a cross between Mr. Rogers and John Wayne — and, amusingly, his decision to ban broccoli from Air Force One.

“I do not like broccoli,” Bush said. “I’m president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!”



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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