Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/20/2020

An inflatable rubber dinghy that set out from Libya has disappeared somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea. 91 migrants are thought to have been on board the missing craft.

In other news, George Soros says that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should be removed from his position for helping to re-elect Donald Trump.

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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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The Tendentious Alchemy of Lunacy

Early this morning a young man named Tobias Rathjen shot nine people to death at two hookah bars in the German city of Hanau, in Hesse. After his rampage went home and killed his mother and then himself.

Below are excerpts from the Bloomberg report on the killings:

Suspect, 1 Other Found Dead After 9 People Killed in Germany

Hanau, Germany (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting nine people in the German city of Hanau was found dead at his home early Thursday, hours after the attacks in and outside two hookah lounges, police said.

Officers also found another body at the same address, police said.

Police gave no details of the suspected gunman but said “there are currently no indications of further perpetrators.” They did not give details of his possible motive or how he died, or specify why they believe “with a high degree of probability” that he was the assailant.

The number of dead in the shootings Wednesday evening rose to nine, a police statement said.

German news agency dpa reported, citing unnamed security officials, that a written claim of responsibility and a video were found and are being examined by police.

Let’s have a look at his high school year book, as translated by Egri Nök:

Tobias Rathjen (Ratscheck, Racer, Raathjen [nicknames — translator])

One of the nuttiest people of the semester. He’s playing it cool, playing the career guy. Often goes off on rants without meaning and aim. Oscillating between cute and hyper-aggressive. He makes the most absurd comments at the most absurd moments. Jürgen Skiba and Harald Deuster [teachers’ names — translator] just “love” him.

He drives Mrs. Pfleger crazy with his “qualified” contributions to class. Last semester, he was handing out slaps in the face in the schoolyard.

[His full manifesto if you understand German]

The source of our yearbook photo is a classmate of his, who posted it on Facebook.

Terror Night in Hanau: Who is Tobias Rathjen?

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/19/2020

The officially acknowledged death toll in China for the Wuhan Coronavirus is now over 2,100, with almost 75,000 confirmed cases. Meanwhile, the Iranian government announced that two people infected with the disease have died in Qom. Also, the San Diego man who tested positive for the coronavirus has now completely recovered.

In other news, former New York Mayor and current presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg reportedly appeared in the late Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book.

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Thanks to Andy Bostom, C. Cantoni, Dean, Fjordman, JD, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Attacks on Utilities

The following article by Michael Copeland was originally posted at LibertyGB in 2014.

Attacks on Utilities

by Michael Copeland

Back in April of 2013, in a little-publicised incident that was featured a few months later at Gates of Vienna, an electricity substation serving Silicon Valley in California was put out of action by what was initially and inadequately described as “vandalism”. It was nothing casual.

Deliberately, a critical telephone cable, accessed by a manhole with a cover too heavy for one person to lift, had been severed beforehand. A shooter or two with AK 47 rifles had conducted an attack at one o’clock in the morning, lasting some nineteen minutes. They knocked out 17 transformers and slipped away into the darkness before police arrived. It seems to have been a test run, and a highly successful one, of domestic warfare by persons of hostile intent. No group has claimed responsibility.

The site had evidently been staked out beforehand: investigators found little piles of stones left as if to mark good sniper positions. Spent cartridge cases on the ground had been carefully handled: they bore no fingerprints. In the event the utility company had been able, by contacting other generating stations, to bring replacement power by other routes on the grid to make up for the disabled station, so life continued without very much interruption. Replacing the damaged equipment, though, most of it specialised, takes time: the sub-station was out of action for a month. Questions remain.

“These were not amateurs taking potshots,” said Mark Johnson, a former vice president of the utility company,

“My personal view is that this was a dress rehearsal.”

Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assessed it as “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.”

Alarmingly, an FBI spokesman, reluctant to call it terrorism, pointed out, “It doesn’t take a very high degree of training or access to technology to carry out this attack.”

That incident is not alone. Other substations in other states have been disabled. Such events are not particularly newsworthy, though: no celebrities are involved. Even if they are reported, the public swiftly forgets. As yet unsolved, they expose just how simply and effectively an essential service for modern life can be put out of action. Think about it. No power: offices and factories closed, no water pumping, no sewage control, no street lights, no traffic lights, no home lights, no television, no internet, no air-conditioning, no refrigeration, no washing machines, a surge in deaths in old people’s homes, and so on. In exchange for a few rifle shots at one o’clock in the morning whole populations can be disabled and thrown into disarray. Worse, several attacks at once “could destabilize the system enough to cause a blackout that could encompass most of the U.S.” Further, the replacement components are not available off the shelf: they are expensive and have to be made. Co-ordinated attacks would instantly exhaust what supply there is, and whole areas of population would have to spend months in a state of camping improvisation before power could be restored. It would be economically devastating.

Power is one area of vulnerability. Water is another. Al Qaeda has threatened to poison Western water supplies. This is to achieve maximum deaths of non-muslims in line with the Koran’s command, part of Islamic law, to “Kill unbelievers wherever you find them” (Koran 9:5, the chapter cited by the killer of soldier Lee Rigby). Several plots for mass poisoning have been exposed, and arrests made in USA, Canada and Spain (cited in Jihad Watch). An unusual incident occurred at Quabbin reservoir that serves Boston: seven foreign muslims, chemical engineering graduates, were discovered after midnight inside the security enclosure. Nothing had been tampered with, but why they had trespassed there at that time of night has not been explained. They were arrested, the action being initially treated as criminal. Some time later no charges were brought, and the matter was dropped.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/18/2020

The officially acknowledged death toll in China from the Wuhan Coronavirus is now almost 1,900, and the number of infections has passed 17,300. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus infections in South Korea now stands at 46, with four new cases reported in Singapore.

In other news, according to police statistics, on average 120 knife attacks occur every day in France.

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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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A Syrian Success Story From Sweden

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Nyheter Idag:

Mortada raped girl in school toilet — threatened to kill girl’s family

UMEÅ — The 16-year-old Syrian Mortada forced a female student to follow him into the toilet in a school in Umeå. There he raped her. Now he has been sentenced by the Umeå court for, among other things, rape, unlawful threats, and abuse. Due to his age, he will escape jail, and is sentenced instead to juvenile care. There will be no deportation.

It was on May 16 of last year that Mortada met his victim in the Grubbe School in Umeå. He had met the girl some months before, and now he called her over to him. After the two smoked a cigarette, she wanted to go off to a class, but Mortada had other plans.

She tried to leave the scene but was stopped by Mortada, who used words as well as physical means; he laid his hand on her shoulder. He later began to say that he was horny, and he wanted to lay with someone. He asked her if she could come home to his place, but she said that because of her class, she didn’t want to. He tried to persuade her and said that they could have sex in a toilet which was located near the entrance of the school, but she didn’t want to.

Mortada continued to insist, and among other things, he invited the girl to work in the local drug business in exchange for sex in the toilet. When the girl continued to turn down the invitations, Mortada’s tone became sharper.

From the judgment:

“He went on to say that if she didn’t want to have sex with him, then he would do harm to her family members; he said that he would kill her younger sister.

“Mortada also pointed to the ground and said, ‘your family will be there’. Mortada said that he would have someone kill her family members. He also made a gesture drawing his finger across his throat.”

The girl became desperate, and in the end gave in to Mortada’s threat and went into the toilet, where Mortada raped her, partially using physical force.

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Swedish Police Chick: “I’m Very Concerned That the Society Has Become So Tolerant”

The following video is a follow-up to the earlier one about “Svenne”, the young Swedish man who was robbed, beaten, and urinated on by his culture-enriching persecutors.

The clip features an interview with a female police chief from the area of Sweden where Svenne was so grievously humiliated. This time we stray just a little bit beyond the pale of politically correct discourse — “vulnerable areas” (i.e. no-go zones inhabited by non-Swedish ethnicities) are discussed, and the issue of ethnicity is briefly touched on. Gingerly, but the fact that it is even mentioned is significant.

Many thanks to Kronans Martell (Ullis News) for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Geert Wilders: “The Koran is Full of Jew-Hatred”

In the following video Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, speaks out in the Dutch parliament, taking government ministers to task for refusing to acknowledge Islam as a major factor in the growth of Jew-hatred in the Netherlands:

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/17/2020

The officially acknowledged death toll in China from the Wuhan Coronavirus has now risen well past 1,800. Meanwhile, more than 450 people have been diagnosed with the disease on the cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan.

In other news, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke to President Trump today on the phone about border protection, mass immigration, and other topics of interest to both leaders.

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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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Viktor Orbán: “A Liberal is Nothing More Than a Communist With a Degree”

Update: Vlad accidentally left part of the speech out in the video originally posted. He has restored the missing section, and the new longer version is now embedded here.

Every year Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gives a State of the Nation address to the Hungarian people. Below are excerpts from this year’s speech, which he gave yesterday. In his remarks Mr. Viktor Orbán talked about the EU migration crisis, the new National Consultation, and attempts by George Soros to undermine Hungary’s independence and sovereignty.

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

Video transcript:

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The “Right to Asylum” vs. “Hard Returns”

A potential rift has opened within Europe between the European Commission and the European Court of Human Rights. The latter has issued a ruling that permits the “hard return” of illegal migrants, which runs contrary to the policies of the EC.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the Spanish daily El Pais:

Brussels supports the ruling in favor of “hot returns”

The European Commissioner of the Interior defends the right to ask for asylum, but considers that this right “cannot be offered at each meter of the border”

Neither stupor nor surprise, rather support. The European Commission considers the sentence of the European Court of Human Rights in favor of Spain in the case of the immediate return of sub-Saharan immigrants who jumped the fence at Melilla in 2014 to be logical and compatible with current community legislation.

Ylva Johansson (Sweden, 56), European Commissioner of the Interior and in charge of negotiating the future European policy of asylum and immigration, assures in statements to El Pais that “the right of asking for asylum must always be granted”. However, she considers that that right “cannot be offered at every meter of the border,” and that the member states should have the power to indicate the points where the request should be made.

The unexpected turn of the Strasbourg Court, which in a prior ruling had rejected the “hot return”, and the alignment of the commission denote the progressive hardening of the EU migration policy. The organization was shaken in 2015 by a migration crisis that shook the foundations of the Union, cracked the Schengen Zone [internal border controls continue among several EU members] and was at the point of bringing down a leader as powerful as the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. In 2015 more than 1.2 million people requested asylum in the EU, double that of the previous year. Germany registered 5,400 petitions for each million inhabitants, Austria, 9,900, and Hungary, 17,700. The flow was closed after an agreement between the EU and Turkey to retain the exodus from the Syrian war in exchange for €6,000,000,000.

Johansson has among the specific tasks of her mandate to mend the wounds left by that crisis and recoup the confidence among countries at odds, with Merkel’s Germany and Orbán’s Hungary as symbols of the respective sides. After a commission presided over by Jean-Claude Juncker, clearly aligned with the open principle defended by Merkel, the current president, Ursula von der Leyen, has built bridges to Hungary and Poland in search of a consensus that still seems difficult.

The tactic, for now, is to offer Budapest and Warsaw the promise of reinforced exterior borders and the commitment that illegal immigrants will be returned to their countries of origin as expeditiously as possible. This Thursday’s ruling seems to open the way for some hot returns, which till now had been interpreted as being contrary to community rights.

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A Host of Kind Faces

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This post is a “sticky” feature, and will be on top throughout fundraising week. Scroll down for more recent items, including a report on the lunatic who murdered ten people in Hanau, an article about jihad attacks on utilities, culture-enriching crimes in Sweden, Geert Wilders talking about Jew-hatred in the Netherlands, Viktor Orbán’s annual State of the Nation speech, and last night’s news feed.

Winter Fundraiser 2020, Day Five

Friday’s Update: Rug Rats, Parents, and Hippies

This morning’s post will feature odds and ends of photos from the family album here at Schloss Bodissey. I’ll begin with the photo above from the mid-1980s, which features the future Baron when he was a rug rat. It was taken during the summer, which means he was probably about fifteen months old. I’ll have more about that after I explain my mission for the rest of the week.

Tip jarIf you’ve been reading Gates of Vienna this week, and still haven’t clinked the tip cup on the sidebar (or clicked this link), now is the time. Somebody has to pay for all this Islamophobia and Deplorability, and my application for an NEA grant just got turned down yet again. I pitched my idea for a Sobieski sneaker to Nike, but for some reason they weren’t interested. Next will be a meeting with Stanley Hand Tools to push my proposal for a line of Charles Martel Claw Hammers, but I’m not all that optimistic about my prospects…

So it’s really up to you, Mr. and Mrs. Islamophobe, the readers of this site. It’s your nickels and dimes that keep the lights on here, and (to borrow a trope from Garrison Keillor) give a shy boy like me the strength to get up and do what needs to be done.

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That delightful photo of the future Baron as a wee bairn was taken by one of his much older brothers, who was (and is) a skilled photographer. His mother commissioned him to take a series of black and white shots of his little brother, and he did a commendable job.

After he had taken as many as she wanted, he finished up the roll of film by pointing the camera at his mother where she sat at the kitchen table. Dymphna did not allow herself to be photographed, but that was of no concern to Big Brother, who never minded annoying his mother. He just kept taking shot after shot from different angles, slowly, leaving long gaps between each click of the shutter.

Eventually she got used to what he was doing, and relaxed a little bit. Some of the photos from that group were superb, and the one below is my favorite. She’s staring straight into the camera, and seems to be saying, “When will this be over?”

The next photo is from a few years earlier. It shows Dymphna and me in front of the gallery at one of my openings in Georgetown:

It was a beautiful October day, if I remember rightly.

Finally, for your amusement, here’s a close-up of my very badly damaged William and Mary student ID from my senior year:

Pulling it out of the old trunk and scanning it reminded me of a story. At the time that card was made I was already 21, but most of my friends were younger. On the day photos were taken and student IDs laminated, two of them pranked the system by standing in line twice, using a different name and a later birthdate the second time. They never thought it would work — they figured they’d be sussed and kicked out immediately — so one of them gave his name as Francois Truffaut and the other as Friedrich Engels.

Much to their surprise, the bored functionary making the IDs simply put the names on the cards and had them sign in the line. For the rest of that year, whenever they went to buy beer, they used their directorial or commie ID cards.

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Thursday’s donors came in from:

Stateside: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

Far Abroad: Hungary, Norway, Thailand, and the UK

Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario

Australia: Australian Capital Territory, and New South Wales

My deep appreciation to all who have contributed. I’ll be back tomorrow for the Saturday update.

Thursday’s Update: The Recent Unpleasantness, Again

Continuing with the theme of Faces From the Past: the above photos feature some of my mother’s ancestors. I’ll give more details about them in a minute, but first I need to take care of the formalities, in case any newcomers have wandered into Gates of Vienna this morning.

Back in April 2008 we got kicked out of Pajamas Media, thereby losing revenue from the ads that were displayed on the site. They didn’t generate all that much money; we were hoping that our traffic would increase so that we could get the higher rates. Just think what I’d be pulling in now if they were still up — this blog probably has ten times as many readers as it did then. Oh, well…

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/16/2020

The officially acknowledged death toll in China for the Wuhan Coronavirus is now almost 1,800, and the number of cases is over 70,000. Meanwhile, the Chinese central bank is planning to destroy stocks of cash in areas that are hardest-hit by the disease. Also, the first death from the coronavirus has been confirmed in Taiwan.

In other news, according to the latest French police statistics, about 40% of criminals in metropolitan Paris are foreigners.

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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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Svenne Speaks Up

I’ve posted a couple of times about a young Swedish man who was robbed, beaten, and urinated on by culture-enrichers in Stockholm. He has now been interviewed for the media report below, and is given the pseudonym “Liam” by the reporters. I’m going to stick with “Svenne” (which is a pejorative term for “Swede” used by Muslim immigrants), however, because is what Svenne’s attackers called him, generally preceded by “f***ing”.

Notice the way everyone involved with this news report assiduously avoids discussing the cuture-enriching aspects of the crime.

Many thanks to Kronans Martell (Ullis News) for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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