Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/29/2020

The Pakistani immigrant who committed last week’s meat cleaver jihad attack in Paris turns out to be 25 years old, and not an “unaccompanied minor” 18-year-old, as he had claimed. Meanwhile, in Italy well over 50% of migrants whose asylum claims are rejected continue to reside in the country illegally.

In other news, at least 29 people were killed in a second day of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Rasmus Paludan, Most Wanted Infidel

Rasmus Paludan, the founder of the Danish Islam-critical party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), has joined Geert Wilders, Kurt Westergaard, Lars Vilks, Salman Rushdie, Molly Norris, Flemming Rose, Terry Jones, and other notorious infidels on the Al Qaeda hit list.

In the following interview, Mr. Paludan talks to Vlad Tepes a (thank you, RAIR Foundation) about his inclusion in this illustrious cohort of “Islamophobes”:

Dr. Bodo Schiffmann: “Stand up and Fight!”

Last Saturday, during the protests against the coronavirus restrictions in London, a German doctor named Heiko Schöning of the organization Doctors for Truth was arrested by the Metropolitan Police while he was speaking at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park.

Dr. Bodo Schiffmann is an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist in Germany. In the following video he appeals to the British public to speak out against the detention of Dr. Schöning, and to spread the word about the doctor’s arrest to help wake people up to what he calls “a new fascism” that has been imposed in the ostensible fight against the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

I wish I had a transcript of the English portion of Dr. Schiffmann’s video, because it is very moving. However, the only text available to me (which is included at the bottom of this post) is the English translation of the German introduction.

News reports on Saturday’s “We Do Not Consent” rally in Trafalgar Square:

Video transcript of the introduction:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/28/2020

Project Veritas has released a new explosive video exposé using undercover camera footage that shows Democrat functionaries, including a top staff member for Rep. Ilhan Omar, engaged in illegal ballot-harvesting in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis police department announced that it had opened an investigation based on Project Veritas’ material.

In other news, the father of the Pakistani “youth” who confessed to the recent meat-cleaver attack in Paris said that he was proud of his son’s actions.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Dean, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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No-Mask Shopping in a German Supermarket

As an antidote to my Corona rant from earlier tonight, consider this supermarket in Germany where the proprietor has instituted no-mask shopping. Customers must feel the way I do when I visit the Amish market out here in the backwoods.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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A Virus of Opportunity

Let’s be clear about it: the Wuhan Coronavirus is not a pandemic.

If we were in a normal situation, and the disease hadn’t been politicized, we could rely on recorded statistics to tell us whether or not COVID-19 should be classified as a pandemic. Unfortunately, this is not a normal situation. Statistics on the infection have been gamed and manipulated to inflate both incidence and fatality rates. I have no confidence in any of the aggregate statistics put out by state and federal governments.

Therefore I am forced to focus on anecdotal evidence and utilize common sense. For the past three or four months, during my very limited social interactions (mostly involving family and close friends), I’ve made it my habit to quiz people about their personal experience with the coronavirus: Do you know anyone who has contracted COVID-19? If so, did any of them die of it?

For myself, I don’t even know anyone who has tested positive for the disease, much less died of it. And the overwhelming majority of the people I asked don’t know anyone who has had it. Out of all the people I have asked, only one person knows someone (a very elderly person) who died of the WuFlu.

If this were a real pandemic, we would all know multiple victims of it. Every family would have seen at least one fatality from it. Every person would be able to give a lengthy roster of friends and relatives who had contracted it, some of whom would have died.

But this is most definitely not the case with COVID-19. The only encounter we have with alarming news about the disease is when we watch TV.

[An aside — I’m certain that nurses and other front-line health care workers would are exceptions to what I just described; none of the people I have talked to fall into that category. However, the experiences of medical professionals do not invalidate the general conclusion that COVID-19 is not a pandemic.]

The evidence is overwhelming that there is no justification for the draconian shutdowns and mask mandates and forced social distancing. The “pandemic” is all hype and hoopla aimed at credulous people with the evident intention of scaring them witless.

I have a couple of other points to make before I conclude this evening’s Corona rant.

Gates of Vienna’s long-time British commenter Mark H has compared the measures taken against the coronavirus — primarily the mask mandate — with those used to combat drunk driving. I have the highest respect for Mark, so it pains me to say that this is an inappropriate analogy. If contracting COVID is like a deadly encounter with a drunk driver, then the strictures imposed on the British public by Her Majesty’s government are like requiring ALL drivers to get off the road until the drunk drivers have all been neutralized. No one would be allowed to get into his or her car for fear of interacting with a drunk driver somewhere out there on the road.

A sane approach to the issue would be to help the small minority of people who are severely at risk — Mark is one of those — to deal with their situation. Detailed, unsensationalized information should be made widely available about the dangers of COVID-19 for the very elderly, people with respiratory diseases, diabetics, and acute sufferers from other chronic diseases. The resources of the state could be utilized to intervene with and protect people in those at-risk groups — to help them in their homes, deliver food to them, provide sanitizing materials gratis, etc. Meanwhile, relatively healthy people — the vast majority of the population — could go about their business unhindered.

That would be the sane approach to the issue, but governments throughout the West are collectively insane at the moment. It seems that scaring the bejeebers out of ordinary citizens is their preferred plan of action.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/27/2020

Two Iraqi brothers are on trial in Berlin for forcing women into an SUV and raping them for hours. Meanwhile, Hungarian border police have discovered at least sixteen tunnels used to smuggle migrants into the country.

In other news, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has resumed, with fighting breaking out over the disputed region of the Republic of Artsakh (a.k.a. Nagorno-Karabakh). 18 people, including two civilians, have been killed.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Spahn of Satan

Jens Spahn is a member of the German Bundestag for the CDU (Christian Democrats) and serves as Minister of Health in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet. The following article outlines a recent controversy over Mr. Spahn’s purchase of a luxury villa in Berlin.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this piece from the German edition of Business Insider:

Spahn financed the purchase of villas in part with a savings bank loan — previously he sat on the bank’s board of directors for years

Jens Spahn’s purchase of a luxury villa in Berlin triggered nationwide discussions — also about whether the process was of political interest, or a private matter for the Minister of Health.

“It is not forbidden,” wrote the conservative political magazine Cicero, among others, “but it transcends the boundaries of good taste.”

Political symbols would also not stop at private life

The Augsburger Allgemeine commented: “Whether a mandate holder lives in a room in a shared flat or in a castle has absolutely nothing to do with how well he does his job.”

After Business Insider reported last week that Spahn had bought a house for several million euros, his lawyer also spoke up. In a letter, the lawyer stated that the reporting was untrue and inadmissible.

The purchase price is not correct

The minister’s attorney asked Business Insider to delete the article on Spahn’s private matter. As a result, Business Insider published the exact amount from the purchase agreement that Spahn and his husband signed with the notary on July 21, 2020.

A few hours later, Spahn’s lawyer got in touch again. The lawyer assumed that the purchase price was incorrect only because of a “communication oversight”, he wrote. “In this respect we no longer hold on to the fact that the corresponding claim is untruthful.” Despite this, the information about buying a house would not concern the public, the lawyer said.

For this reason, Spahn apparently is not answering any questions about the financing of the villa. However, some details can be found in the sales contract. Among other things, that Spahn shouldered two thirds of the purchase price and his husband a third.

The basic files also show that the couple took out at least two loans to buy a house. Corresponding land charges were entered in the land register. This includes a large loan from Sparkasse Westmünsterland, with which Spahn has a special relationship.

The trained banker was born not far from the main office in Ahaus. Between 2009 and 2015 he was a member of the Bundestag on the Sparkasse’s administrative board. While in the banking sector so-called corporate loans — i.e. loans to one’s own management board or supervisory board — are particularly checked due to possible conflicts of interest, there is no such regulation for former board members.

When asked, Spahn did not comment on the terms of the savings bank loan. A spokesman for Sparkasse Westmünsterland said that there are no special rules for loans for former members of the board of directors.

What They Say

It’s important to note that the following compilation is JIM-free.

What They Say

Compiled by Michael Copeland

  • “Wherever it has dominated, it has broken the impulse towards progress and checked the evolution of society.” — Andre Servier
  • …offers no answers to the questions of modern life. — Hamed Abdel-Samad
  • …is boring and has nothing positive to contribute. — Fjordman
  • I cannot find redeeming qualities… — tim gallagher May 9, 2020 at 12:38 am
  • …. hostile to the …. Constitution, especially the principles of democracy, the rule of law and a political system based on human dignity.” Voice of Europe
  • truly as bad as it appears to be, violent, morally depraved, and a grave threat to the West’s freedoms and security. — Agostino Armo Pellegrini May 25, 2020 at 6:23 pm
  • it’s an ignorant superstition, explicitly violent, and dangerously bigoted in that it encourages hatred and murder for debased reasons. — Agostino Armo Pellegrini Sep 15, 2020 at 5:56 pm
  • Not only is there “no benefit”, but there is a severe security risk to the host country, as well as an immense financial burden. ALL downside NO upside. — James Lincoln Apr 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm
  • entrenched violence and social dysfunction has been the norm in their home nations for generations. — Alexandra January 4, 2020 at 11:09 pm
  • The vast majority … lives in filth, squalor, terror, violence, fear and want, and rightly so. Wherever they live and breed, they bring misery, violence, terror, hatred and death. They are a plague on humanity and civilization. — Verk says Aug 4, 2020 at 1:54 pm
  • malevolent to its very core — supremacist, ungracious, denying a true Golden Rule for all, hostile to the very human desire for romantic love, horribly control-freakish, rooted in sanctioned violence to spread itself around the globe, et al. — Wellington Jul 26, 2020 at 7:35 pm
  • …a dangerous set of political ideologies intending to dominate the World. — Frosty Wooldridge
  • A creed that does not allow questioning is clearly morally bankrupt. — gravenimage Aug 30, 2020 at 11:06 pm

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/26/2020

The suspect in yesterday’s meat cleaver attack in Paris has confessed to the crime, saying that he committed the attack to avenge the Prophet for Charlie Hebdo’s blasphemous Mohammed cartoons. The humor magazine, however, has moved its offices to a secret location.

In other news, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Thanks to JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Deaths by Suicide vs. Deaths by Coronavirus

Gerald Grosz is an Austrian politician for the BZÖ (Bündnis Zukunft Österreich, Alliance for the Future of Austria) and the FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Austrian Freedom Party). He gave his latest rant about COVID-19 a few days ago on the popular Austrian TV program Fellner! LIVE. On that occasion his facetious remarks were directed at Sebastian Bohrn Mena, an author and socialist activist.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Meat Cleaver Jihad in Paris

Yesterday a Pakistani mujahid went on a jihad rampage on the street in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, wounding two people. The incident is described as a “stabbing attack”, and the weapon used is reported to have been a “butcher’s knife” or “machete”, but based on the photo below, it looks more like a meat cleaver.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Paris Match:

Knife attack in Paris: The lives of the two victims “not in danger”

September 25, 2020

The two victims of the knife attack which took place Friday in the 11th arrondissement are two employees of the France 2 magazine “Cash Investigation” working for the production company Premieres Lignes (First Lines), located in the former premises of Charlie Hebdo. Their lives “are not in danger”, stated the Prime Minister.

Among the wounded are two employees of the Premieres Lignes Television, the production company that produces notably “Cash Investigation”, declared the host of the broadcast magazine France 2, Elise Lucet. “I have the producers and several employees of Premieres Lignes Television on the phone […] What is confirmed to me now with certainty, is that two of our employees are wounded, a man and a woman, ho were wounded by a man on the street in front of the former premises of Charlie Hebdo,” she added.

“I heard screams”

“One of the employees saw this man running with a butcher’s knife or a machete after one of our employees who had already been wounded and was also bloody,” stated the journalist.

One employee of Premieres Lignes, contacted by AFP (Agence France Press), also testified that two of her colleagues had been wounded in the attack. “Two colleagues were smoking a cigarette in front of the premises on the street. I heard screams. I went to the window and I saw one of my colleagues, stained with blood, being chased by a man with a machete in the street. We know that our two colleagues are wounded, but we don’t know any more at the moment,” she stated.

The Prime Minister, who went to the scene of the attack in the early afternoon, gave news on the state of health of the hospitalized victims, noting that their lives “are not in danger, thank God.”

Below are excerpts from a BBC article about the incident:

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New Directive on Wearing the Corona Hijab in the Bundestag

A recent internal message from the president of the German Bundestag may reinforce the feeling that most ordinary people have of being stifled or suffocated by the loathsome Corona muzzle.

Hellequin GB has translated two articles about the news from the Bundestag. The first piece is from FOCUS Online:

Bundestag explains its irritating mask recommendation — and rows back

With the end of the parliamentary summer recess, the Bundestag will be full again. As everywhere, the Corona risk increases here, too. Bundestag President Schäuble reacts — with a message that raises questions in places.

In view of the increasing number of Corona infections, the Bundestag is increasing its security measures after the summer break. In a house message, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) urgently recommends wearing a mask in all buildings of the Bundestag from September 1st.

“This urgent recommendation applies to all people and all traffic areas such as the corridors and stairwells, lounge areas, sanitary rooms, catering areas (with the exception of the table) and the library, but also to boardrooms and meeting rooms,” the house message says.

Mask to take a deep breath “rather push it under your chin”

The in-house notification is supplemented by some information on handling, wearing time, disposal and the cleaning of mouth and nose covers. It recommends washing reusable masks at 60°C (140°F).

However, some sentences in the recommendation raise questions.

It says:

“After just 30 minutes of wearing, depending on the type of mouth and nose covering, there can be a significant increase in the CO2 level ​​in the blood, as the exhaled air may not be able to escape as easily. Constant loosening and tightening the mouth-nose covering does not make sense, however, as this increases the risk of contamination. In between, you should push it under your chin to take a deep breath, but keep it on.”

An increase in CO2 levels in the blood? The mask should be pushed under the chin?

Bundestag administration explains communication — and rows back

A spokesman for the Bundestag administration told FOCUS Online that the recommendations came from the relevant authorities such as the Robert Koch Institute. This includes that the mouth and nose cover should not be put on and taken off all the time.

“With a realistic approach, however, there is occasionally the need to ‘breathe deeply’ for a brief moment in suitable situations,” the spokesman explained the formulation in the internal communication. “On the other hand, pushing under the chin appears to be a ‘lesser evil’, even if it should be avoided as much as possible.”

The reference to the rising CO2 values ​​in the blood, however, is not based on scientific knowledge, but is intended to explain the “pushing under the chin”:

“The reference to the CO2 value serves only as a possible explanation for this need, but includes no scientific statement and in particular no claim of a health hazard.”

The Bundestag administration now wants to adjust the recommendations retrospectively.

“In order to avoid any misunderstandings, it is intended to revise the information in the annex to the internal communication,” said the spokesman.

FDP politician Theurer: “It is not without a certain bizarreness”

The recommendations met with mixed reactions from members of the Bundestag. The Deputy FDP parliamentary group leader Michael Theurer is surprised by the content of the in-house announcement.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/25/2020

An attack that left two people wounded near the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris has been designated as terrorism by the French police. The incident is described as a “stabbing” in news reports, but at least one of the weapons used was a meat cleaver, based on a photograph taken at the scene.

Meanwhile, the gunman who shot and killed a policeman at a police station in London was allegedly known to British counter-terrorism police.

In other news, Virginia Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam and his wife Pamela have tested positive for COVID-19, and are self-quarantining.

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Thanks to Caroline Glick, Insubria, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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