Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/12/2020

The Chinese government revised its method for tallying cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus, raising the number of deaths above 1,300, with a total of confirmed cases now exceeding 60,000. Meanwhile, a second confirmed case of the coronavirus has appeared in San Diego, this time at a Marine base.

In other news, the Italian senate has voted to lift former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s parliamentary immunity, clearing the way for his prosecution on charges that as interior minister last year he interfered with the docking of a migrant “rescue” ship at an Italian port.

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Financial Crisis
» Even Sweden’s Best Regions Still Have Higher Unemployment Than the UK
» Stock Market News Live: S&P 500, Dow, Nasdaq Close at Record Highs as Coronavirus Fears Ease
 
USA
» “The Silence Was Deafening”: Trump Jr. Rages at Media Ignoring Attempted Terror Attack on Trump Supporters
» 2nd Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Quarantined San Diego Patient, 14th Overall in US
» Boeing Hits All-Time Low With Zero Orders in January
» Health Experts Warn Congress Coronavirus May Hit US Hard in Next Two to Four Weeks
» Huge Red Star Might Explode Soon and Next Few Weeks Are Critical
» Iowa Democratic Party Chair Resigns After Caucus Fiasco
» Labeling Mix-Up Led to Coronavirus Patient’s Accidental Release, Officials Say
» NASA Commits to Returning Astronauts to the Moon by 2024
» Obama ‘Planted Moles’ In White House to Torpedo Next President
» Pregnant Mother Saved Family by Killing Intruder With AR-15
» Sanders Edges Out Buttigieg to Win New Hampshire, As Klobuchar Surges to Third
» Siri is Now Refusing to Say the Word “Gun”
» Suspect Who Ploughed Vehicle Through Voter Registration Tent Admitted Anti-Trump Motive
» Trump Doubles Obama’s 2012 Vote Total in New Hampshire, Signaling Fired Up Base
» Virginia House Passes Ban on Semi-Auto Firearms and Suppressors in Hyperpartisan Vote
 
Canada
» Breaking: Deputy PM Blocked From Entering Halifax City Hall by Anti-Pipeline Protestors
» Radio Signals From Deep Space Repeated Every 16 Days
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: African “Youths” Get Off With Community Service for String of Violent, Armed Robberies
» Brexit: Blue British Passports to be Ready by March
» France: Machete-Wielding Islamic Convert Wanted to Marry an 11-Year-Old
» France: Shock After Infant Murdered by Mother Discovered in Bin
» Remembering Climate Alarmists’ False Prophecies
» Suffering Repeated Attacks by Convicted Terrorists, Britain Strengthens Laws
» Telegraph: UK Cabinet Reshuffle Will See Remainers Favoured for Government Posts
» UK: Labour Crumbles: Voters See Long-Bailey as ‘Jeremy in a Skirt’, Corbyn ‘Unpatriotic’
» UK: Veganism Bad for the Environment and Your Health, Say Farmers
» Violent Robbers Spared Jail by Belgian Court
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» “Abrahamism” Abets Genocidal Christian Persecution, And Israel’s Destruction
 
Russia
» 2 Russians Escape Coronavirus Quarantine; 1 Jumped Out Window
» Coronavirus Prankster Faces Five-Years’ Jail for Moscow Metro Stunt
» Two Russian Spacecraft Are Trailing a US Spy Satellite. Space Force is Unimpressed
 
South Asia
» Accused Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks That Killed 166 Sentenced for Terrorism Financing
» Singapore’s Largest Bank Evacuates 300 Employees After Coronavirus Case: Report
 
Far East
» Coronavirus: Death of Dr. Li Wenliang Rocks China
» Coronavirus Cases Spike Significantly as Chinese Officials Adopt New Counting Standards
» Cruise Ship Turned Away Over Coronavirus Docks in Cambodia
» Scientists Discover Coronavirus Has an Incubation Period of Up to 24 Days and Can Survive for 9 Days on a Smooth Surface
» The Majority of Coronavirus Victims Are Men, And the Virus is Hitting Adults Far Harder Than it is Hitting Children
» WHO Gives Coronavirus a New Name to Prevent ‘Stigmatization’
 
Australia — Pacific
» Sydney, Australia Sees Most Rain in 30 Years, Putting Out Fires That Have Been Active for Months
 
Latin America
» Pope Francis Says ‘No’ To Married Priests in Amazon Region
» Pope Francis Sets Out His ‘Dreams’ For the Amazon Region
 
Immigration
» Hungarian Foreign Minister Warns UN’s Push for Mass Migration Threatens “Whole of Humanity”
» Matteo Salvini Will Stand Trial in Italy Migrant Ship Case
» Norwegian Minister Blames Norway’s Economic “Challenges” On the Elderly, Fails to Mention Welfare-Dependent Migrants
» Sweden: Iraqi Asylum Seeker Sentenced to Eight Years for Beating Daughter With Kebab Stick
» Video: Swedes Stabbed at Burger King for Asking Migrants Not to Abuse the Staff
 
Culture Wars
» Apple Erases Men in New Ad for iPad Pro
» Franklin Graham: Where’s the ‘Outcry’ Against Dems’ Abortion Extremism?
» SAS Commercial: There is No Such Thing as Scandinavian Culture
» Spanish Parliament Approves Bill to Legalize Euthanasia
» Survey Finds People Who Identify as Left-Wing More Likely to Have Been Diagnosed With a Mental Illness
» UVA Leftist Complains About “Too Many White People” In Study Area
 

Even Sweden’s Best Regions Still Have Higher Unemployment Than the UK

According to Swedish unemployment statistics, the country’s region with the lowest unemployment is still much higher than the British average as unemployment figures continue to grow.

The figures, which were released Tuesday by the Swedish Public Employment Service in a press release, show that there are currently 380,000 people registered with the Employment Service at the end of January, up 30,000 from the same period in 2019.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Stock Market News Live: S&P 500, Dow, Nasdaq Close at Record Highs as Coronavirus Fears Ease

U.S. stocks climbed as traders monitored corporate earnings, a second day of testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and developments with the coronavirus outbreak.

4:07 p.m. ET: S&P 500, Dow, Nasdaq close at record highs as coronavirus fears ease

Here’s where the major indices had settled as of 4:07 p.m. ET:

S&P 500 (^GSPC): +0.65% or +21.70 points to 3,379.45

Dow (^DJI): +0.94% or +275.08 points to 29,551.42

Nasdaq (^IXIC): +0.90% or +87.02 points to 9,725.96

Crude oil (CL=F): +3.28% or +1.64 to 51.58 a barrel

Gold (GC=F): —0.01% or —0.20 to 1,569.90 per ounce

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“The Silence Was Deafening”: Trump Jr. Rages at Media Ignoring Attempted Terror Attack on Trump Supporters

Donald Trump Jnr. said the “silence was deafening” after a leftist attempted to run over Trump supporters during a voter registration event in Jacksonville as he slammed the media for barely covering the story.

27-year-old Gregory Timm drove his van into a pro-Trump Republican voter registration drive tent at a Walmart on Saturday and was subsequently seen smiling during a court appearance.

According to the police report, Timm made videos both before and during the attempted attack. He later told authorities that he hated Trump and that “someone had to take a stand.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

2nd Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Quarantined San Diego Patient, 14th Overall in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed another case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States on Wednesday, bringing the country’s total to 14.

The patient was discovered in San Diego, Calif., at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The infected individual had returned to America on a State Department chartered flight on Feb. 7, and is now under federal quarantine, according to a press release.

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Boeing Hits All-Time Low With Zero Orders in January

First month with no orders in almost 60 years.

[Comment: 737 MAX — A case study on why bean counter decisions should never supercede engineering and saftey decisions.]

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Health Experts Warn Congress Coronavirus May Hit US Hard in Next Two to Four Weeks

Leading health officials expect to see a significant uptick in coronavirus cases nationwide.

“We’re going to start to see those outbreaks emerge sometime in the next two to four weeks,” said Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner. “We should be leaning in very aggressively to try to broaden diagnostic screening right now, particularly in communities where there is a lot of immigration where these efforts could emerge to identify them early enough that they’ll be small enough that we can intervene to prevent — prevent more epidemic spread in this country.”

Gottlieb, one of five panelists who briefed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday, said although U.S. customs officials blocked some travel and are screening travelers returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated, they could not have stopped every person with coronavirus from getting into the United States.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Huge Red Star Might Explode Soon and Next Few Weeks Are Critical

Supergiant star Betelgeuse has been getting dimmer at an unprecedented pace over the past few months, leading some astronomers to wonder if it might be in the process of the collapse that precedes a supernova explosion. But there are other possible explanations, and we should have a better idea of what’s happening to the massive star by the end of the month.

Veteran Villanova University astronomer Edward Guinan has been watching Betelgeuse for decades and reported earlier this month that the star appears to be “the least luminous and coolest yet measured from our 25 years of photometry.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Resigns After Caucus Fiasco

The Iowa Democratic Party chairman is stepping down, he announced Wednesday, eight days after the Iowa caucuses became a national fiasco for the Democrats.

“The fact is that Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night. As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party,” Troy Price wrote in his resignation letter to the State Central Committee.

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Labeling Mix-Up Led to Coronavirus Patient’s Accidental Release, Officials Say

A labeling issue is to blame for the accidental release of a coronavirus patient who was on her way back to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to join other quarantined evacuees when officials found out her test was positive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

The woman, who has not been identified, was one of four individuals who was transported from the base to UC San Diego Medical Center for observation after developing possible symptoms of coronavirus. Initially, officials said that all four individuals tested negative for the illness, however, the woman’s sample wasn’t included in the initial test batch.

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NASA Commits to Returning Astronauts to the Moon by 2024

Feb. 10 (UPI) — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024.

“We are ushering in an unprecedented era of human spaceflight,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who heads America’s space agency, said Monday while introducing the agency’s latest budget request.

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Obama ‘Planted Moles’ In White House to Torpedo Next President

‘All roads in the effort to get rid of Trump lead right back to the top.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pregnant Mother Saved Family by Killing Intruder With AR-15

The eight-month-pregnant mother returned fire with her semi-automatic rifle, scoring a hit on one intruder

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Sanders Edges Out Buttigieg to Win New Hampshire, As Klobuchar Surges to Third

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has won the New Hampshire primary, Fox News projects, catapulting the 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist to the front of the still-crowded Democratic presidential primary field.

Sanders had been leading top rival Pete Buttigieg and several other candidates as results came in throughout the evening, though only by a fraction of his 22-point margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 New Hampshire primary. Buttigieg, meanwhile, touted his strong performance as a sign that his campaign was “here to stay.”

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Siri is Now Refusing to Say the Word “Gun”

Apple’s Siri voice assistant is now apparently refusing to say the word “gun” when used on an iPad.

Tracy Connors tweeted a video of herself attempting to have Siri read out a Daily Caller headline entitled ‘Virginia House of Delegates Passes Gun Ban, Seizure Bill’.

Instead of saying the word ‘gun’, Siri spelled out the letters G-U-N.

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Suspect Who Ploughed Vehicle Through Voter Registration Tent Admitted Anti-Trump Motive

Told police “someone had to take a stand.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Doubles Obama’s 2012 Vote Total in New Hampshire, Signaling Fired Up Base

President Trump didn’t have a serious challenger in the New Hampshire primary, but he still turned out enough voters to more than double former President Barack Obama’s 2012 vote total in the state, indicating that the Republican base is all-in on Trump as he prepares to face the eventual Democratic nominee in a reelection battle this November.

With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Trump secured more than 120,000 votes in the Granite State. In 2012, Obama managed just 49,080 total votes in New Hampshire. The gap between the two presidents is likely to increase as more precincts report their totals Wednesday.

It also dwarfs the total of other incumbent presidents: then-President George W. Bush received 53,962 votes in the largely-uncontested GOP primary in New Hampshire in 2004. And in 1996, incumbent President Bill Clinton received 76,797 votes in New Hampshire’s primary.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Virginia House Passes Ban on Semi-Auto Firearms and Suppressors in Hyperpartisan Vote

It’s time to wake up, people.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Deputy PM Blocked From Entering Halifax City Hall by Anti-Pipeline Protestors

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Chrystia Freeland was blocked at both doors from entering Halifax city hall by anti-pipeline protestors.

Videos posted on Twitter by protestor Sakura Saunders were posted onto the platform in the early afternoon, showing the city hall building “occupied in solidarity with #Wetsuweten struggle.”

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Radio Signals From Deep Space Repeated Every 16 Days

(Gray News) — For the first time, researchers have discovered a pattern of radio signal bursts coming from a single location in space.

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst Project collaboration detected the fast radio bursts. They occurred every 16.35 days from a source 500 million light-years from Earth, in the outskirts of a “massive spiral galaxy.”

The 28 occurrences happened between Sep. 16, 2018 and Oct. 30, 2019, CNN reported. The CHIME/FRB researchers are publishing the details in a paper on the arXiv database.

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Belgium: African “Youths” Get Off With Community Service for String of Violent, Armed Robberies

A pair of African youths who were convicted of carrying out a series of violent, armed robberies last Autumn were given community service and fines by a Belgian court, despite the prosecution’s recommendation that the two serve time in jail.

The pair of hoodlums, aged 18 and 19, robbed a candy store, a pizza store, a mobile phone shop, a night shop, and a train traveler during the months of September and October of 2019, stealing cash, electronics and whatever else they felt like while armed with large knives, SCEPTR reports.

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Brexit: Blue British Passports to be Ready by March

The return of the British blue passport could happen as early as March, which will “symbolise our national identity” has been regained.

When the United Kingdom was a member of the European Union, British passport covers had to be burgundy and bear the inscription “European Union” above “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”.

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France: Machete-Wielding Islamic Convert Wanted to Marry an 11-Year-Old

Quentin B., a 30-year-old Frenchmen, and recent Islamic convert was arrested over the weekend after he brandished a machete and threatened to kill members of a local family after the father refused to let him marry his 11-year-old daughter.

Upon being notified about the situation by the family, police showed up at the Islamic convert’s mother’s house to find that the machete-wielder had locked himself inside, Metropolitain reports.

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France: Shock After Infant Murdered by Mother Discovered in Bin

A kidnapping case was met with revulsion and shock after a one-year-old baby was found dead in a bin, with her mother later confessing to the murder.

One-year-old baby Vanille was found dead in the city of Angers after a kidnapping alert had been triggered the day before. The infant’s body was discovered in a garbage bin next to her home, according to prosecutor Eric Bouillard.

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Remembering Climate Alarmists’ False Prophecies

The Guardian newspaper famously predicted back in 1999 that by the year 2020, “Spain will be ridden with malaria, the eastern Mediterranean will be as hot as the Sahara desert, flash floods will swamp parts of the American coastline and there will be almost no snow in the Alps.”

While there is no way to definitively debunk current predictions of a coming climate apocalypse, fortunately we do possess failed past predictions to help put things in perspective.

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Suffering Repeated Attacks by Convicted Terrorists, Britain Strengthens Laws

After two recent attacks by released terrorists, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is moving to strengthen detention policies for convicted terrorists.

The reforms would end the automatic release of convicted terrorists at the halfway point of their custodial sentences. Convicted terrorists would instead have to be approved for early release by a parole board. The hope is that this reform will reduce the risk of reoffending and better protect the public.

Still, there’s a major political effort to get this legislation passed quickly.

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Telegraph: UK Cabinet Reshuffle Will See Remainers Favoured for Government Posts

The UK’s group of senior ministers who run the government will be joined by several new Remain-supporting politicians in a reshuffle by Boris Johnson this week, a newspaper close to the ruling Conservative Party claims.

Members of Parliament who previously supported staying in the European Union, or who backed Theresa May’s Brexit-lite deal in the past, have been tipped for promotions in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet reshuffle of this Parliament, taking jobs at the expense of die-hard Brexiteers, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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UK: Labour Crumbles: Voters See Long-Bailey as ‘Jeremy in a Skirt’, Corbyn ‘Unpatriotic’

More than six in ten voters have said that Labour deserved to lose the election, with respondents to a poll criticising Jeremy Corbyn’s lack of patriotism and his sympathies for known terrorists, while mocking prospective party leader Rebecca Long-Bailey as “Jeremy in a skirt”.

Lord Michael Ashcroft’s autopsy of Labour’s General Election historic loss, Diagnosis of Defeat, published on Monday revealed that 62 per cent of the 10,107 voters polled in Great Britain said that the left-wing party deserved to lose, including almost two-thirds of Labour voters who backed another party and 95 per cent of those that defected to the Conservatives.

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UK: Veganism Bad for the Environment and Your Health, Say Farmers

A scientist speaking at the National Farmers Union conference has argued that living a vegan lifestyle is more damaging to the environment than eating meat.

The Rothamsted Institute’s Graham McAuliffe said that the manner in which tofu — a protein foodstuff made from soy ‘milk’ — is produced has a worse carbon footprint than chicken, pork, or lamb produced for eating, according to an unpublished report.

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Violent Robbers Spared Jail by Belgian Court

A Belgian court has spared prison time for two ‘African youngsters’ found guilty in a string of violent, armed robberies, instead issuing fines and sentencing them to community service, according to local media.

The perpetrators, aged 18 and 19, embarked on a crime spree in Antwerp in September and October, stealing cash, electronics, and food while armed with large knives.

In one incident, a pregnant woman managing a candy shop was forced to turn over 200 euros to the men as they brandished blades.

Subsequently, they attacked an employee at a mobile phone store, making off with two iPhones.

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“Abrahamism” Abets Genocidal Christian Persecution, And Israel’s Destruction

by Andrew Bostom

Past as prologue, historian Bat Ye’or warned during 1997 Congressional testimony about the resurgence of Sharia-based religious persecution of Christians, and its linkage to annihilationist Anti-Zionism, in the Middle East. Feckless Christian and Jewish theologians and diplomats who persist in blindly facilitating the goals of ‘Abrahamic dialogue’—submitting to an Islamic order—are abetting genocidal Christian persecution, and the destruction of Israel.

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2 Russians Escape Coronavirus Quarantine; 1 Jumped Out Window

Two women being quarantined in Russian hospitals amid the coronavirus outbreak escaped after complaining of dire conditions upon their return from China, where the virus originated and has killed more than 1,100 people and sickened more than 45,000 others.

One patient jumped out of a hospital window and another disabled an electronic lock in order to flee their isolation. Both had complained of uncooperative doctors, lax protocol and poor conditions, and feared they would become infected.

Russia has only two confirmed cases of the virus, but authorities have taken measures to prevent its spread by hospitalizing people returning from China as a precaution. Both women were quarantined after returning from Hainan, a tropical region in China.

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Coronavirus Prankster Faces Five-Years’ Jail for Moscow Metro Stunt

Police in Moscow have arrested a man suspected of imitating a coronavirus victim and collapsing on a metro train as a prank, officials say.

In footage posted online, passengers are seen trying to assist a man in a mask as he stumbles and falls to the floor of a busy train carriage.

They then rush away when he appears to suffer serious convulsions.

The suspect was detained on suspicion of criminal hooliganism and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

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Two Russian Spacecraft Are Trailing a US Spy Satellite. Space Force is Unimpressed

Russian spacecraft are trailing a US satellite used to spy on other countries, according to the commander of the US Space Force.

“This is unusual and disturbing behaviour and has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space,” General John Raymond, the Space Force chief of space operations, said in a statement to Business Insider.

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Accused Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks That Killed 166 Sentenced for Terrorism Financing

The Pakistani Islamist leader accused of masterminding the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks has been convicted and sentenced to prison.

Hafiz Saeed, 69, is the founder and former leader of Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. He was arrested in July and was convicted and sentenced Wednesday on two terrorism financing counts. Although the total punishment was 11 years, Saeed’s lawyer told Reuters he would serve them concurrently and spend just five and a half years behind bars.

Saeed’s organization LeT is behind multiple attacks against the military and civilians in India, including the 2008 shootings and bombings in Mumbai that killed 166 people, including Americans, and wounded hundreds more.

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Singapore’s Largest Bank Evacuates 300 Employees After Coronavirus Case: Report

Singapore’s DBS Bank evacuated 300 employees from its head office on Wednesday after a worker was confirmed to have coronavirus, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

“I regret to inform you that there is one confirmed case of coronavirus at DBS Asia Central on Level 43 today,” DBS Group Executive Tse Koon Shee said in the memo.

“As a precautionary measure, all 300 colleagues on Level 43 at MBFC have been evacuated and will work from home for the time being,” Shee added.

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Coronavirus: Death of Dr. Li Wenliang Rocks China

On hearing the news that Dr. Li Wenliang had died from the coronavirus on January 31, people in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, under strict quarantine, opened their windows and cried. Others took to the streets to blow whistles for the whistleblower. Grief and anger, expressed from China’s streets and balconies and social media platforms, has reached almost unprecedented levels in recent days.

Li, reprimanded with seven other doctors for warning of the outbreak in December, was accused of “spreading false rumors” and “disrupting social order” and, for his brave efforts, was briefly detained, interrogated, and forced to sign an “admonishment notice.” Li undoubtedly contracted the virus treating patients at Wuhan Central Hospital.

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Coronavirus Cases Spike Significantly as Chinese Officials Adopt New Counting Standards

The death toll from the coronavirus in mainland China spiked 23 percent Wednesday amid new counting methods adopted by Chinese health officials, who eased their criteria for confirmed cases.

Deaths rose by 252, to a total of 1,367 worldwide. All but two of those deaths have been recorded in China. Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed cases spiked to 60,286 — an increase of over 15,000 from the previous day.

Only 14 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. thus far.

The spikes overseas are at least partly due to new counting standards implemented by China, which reported Wednesday that it is tallying infections differently. The nation previously only counted a coronavirus case as confirmed when a person tested positively for the virus, but that thinking has been revised, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday night.

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Cruise Ship Turned Away Over Coronavirus Docks in Cambodia

A cruise ship that was turned away by four Asian governments over concerns its passengers could be infected by the coronavirus docked in Cambodia Thursday morning.

The more than 2,220 passengers and crew aboard the MS Westerdam anchored less than a mile from the main Sihanoukville port and will undergo health screenings before being allowed to disembark.

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy tweeted Wednesday that Cambodia authorized the ship to dock at the port after the ship had been rejected by Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan

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Scientists Discover Coronavirus Has an Incubation Period of Up to 24 Days and Can Survive for 9 Days on a Smooth Surface

The more we learn about this mysterious new coronavirus, the more alarming this outbreak becomes. When the virus first began to spread, authorities insisted that it was very unlikely that human to human transmission was taking place. Of course we soon found out that this virus spreads from person to person incredibly easily. Initially we were also told that we shouldn’t be afraid to touch a surface that an infected person may have touched because the virus cannot be spread in that manner. But as you will see below, scientists have now discovered that the virus can actually live for quite a few days on a smooth surface. Based on what we now know, this outbreak is going to be exceedingly difficult to contain, and that has very serious implications for all of us.

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The Majority of Coronavirus Victims Are Men, And the Virus is Hitting Adults Far Harder Than it is Hitting Children

This coronavirus outbreak just keeps getting weirder. With each passing day the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths continue to rise, but not all demographic groups are being affected equally. That seems very odd, but it may also give researchers important clues about how to fight this very deadly virus. On Tuesday, global health officials finally gave this mysterious new coronavirus an official name. From now on they will be calling it “COVID-19”, but I doubt that moniker will really catch on with the general public. In any event, what everybody can agree on is the fact that this disease has the potential to rapidly spread all over the planet, and let us hope that the extreme measures that are being taken to prevent it from getting out of control will be enough.

One of the things that we have just learned about this virus is that it does not seem to affect men and women equally.

According to two different studies, it appears that men are significantly more likely to get infected than women are…

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WHO Gives Coronavirus a New Name to Prevent ‘Stigmatization’

Because hurt feelings are important when dealing with a potential global pandemic.

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Sydney, Australia Sees Most Rain in 30 Years, Putting Out Fires That Have Been Active for Months

Many towns and schools have been forced to evacuate after New South Wales sees heavy rainfall throughout the region. The rain has put out some of the wildfires that have been burning for months according to CTV News.

According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, over 200 millimetres of rain came down on the region in just one day. Sydney saw more rainfall than the city has seen since 1990 at 391.6 millimetres over four days.

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Pope Francis Says ‘No’ To Married Priests in Amazon Region

ROME — Pope Francis has denied appeals from a recent Vatican synod of bishops that suitable married men be ordained to the Catholic priesthood.

Last October, the synod released its final document in which participating bishops requested that the pope allow the ordination of married men, a request addressed by Francis in a long-awaited teaching letter called Querida Amazonia (Dear Amazonia), published Wednesday.

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Pope Francis Sets Out His ‘Dreams’ For the Amazon Region

ROME — Pope Francis has published his long-awaited text on the Amazon region following a hotly contested synod of bishops in the Vatican last fall.

In his letter, titled Querida Amazonia (Dear Amazonia), the pope backed away from contentious issues such as the ordination of married men and opted instead for a more conciliatory document, intended to focus on topics that would draw broader consensus.

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Warns UN’s Push for Mass Migration Threatens “Whole of Humanity”

Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjart warns that the United Nations is spending money on facilitating a program of mass migration that threatens the “whole of humanity.”

Instead of spending money on counter-terrorism, the UN is funding programs that encourage people to leave their homelands and head to western countries, Szijjartó told a conference in Vienna on Tuesday.

This mass migration process poses “a very serious threat to the whole of humanity,” said Szijjartó.

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Matteo Salvini Will Stand Trial in Italy Migrant Ship Case

(Bloomberg) — Matteo Salvini will face trial for stopping migrants from landing in Italy, gifting the former deputy prime minister with a public platform for his anti-refugee policy after recent setbacks.

The opposition leader has built his political fortunes mostly by tapping fears of unbridled immigration. While the case may go on for years in Italy’s plodding court system and could undermine his bid for power, Salvini instructed lawmakers from his League party not to oppose the trial, in order to allow him to defend his actions.

Last July, as interior minister, he blocked a ship carrying rescued migrants from docking in a Sicilian port. Prosecutors charged him with kidnapping. Salvini says he was just applying government policy.

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Norwegian Minister Blames Norway’s Economic “Challenges” On the Elderly, Fails to Mention Welfare-Dependent Migrants

Jan Tore Sanner, the Minister of Finance and member of the Conservative Party in Norway, sparked controversy after he spoke about the “challenges” the country faces due to pensions and an aging population but failed to mention the crushing economic burden imposed by welfare-dependent migrants.

Sanner suggested that the solution is for more Norwegians to graduate from high school and get jobs so they can fund the welfare system. He also says that the Norwegian society needs to have a “Green readjustment”.

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Sweden: Iraqi Asylum Seeker Sentenced to Eight Years for Beating Daughter With Kebab Stick

An Iraqi asylum seeker living in Hässleholm, Sweden, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for physically abusing and tormenting his family for years.

The man, who fled to Sweden from Iraq along with his family in 2006, beat his daughter with a kebabstick, locked his wife up against her will, and forced her and his other daughters to wear hijabs. The crime is being labeled an honor crime, Expressen reports.

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Video: Swedes Stabbed at Burger King for Asking Migrants Not to Abuse the Staff

A knife fight between migrants and Swedes that took place in a Burger King in Uppsala, Sweden was captured on video and published by Samhällsnytt.’

Samhällsnytt has now spoken to Ricky, the victim, who tells them that he and his friends had asked the gang who were harassing the cashiers to calm down. Unfortunately, the migrants did not listen, became angry and aggressive, then threatened to stab the Swedes — which they later did.

Ricky, who is 29, says that when his group of friends arrived at the checkout, they noticed the group of migrants harassing and verbally abusing the restaurant workers. The migrant men, who were between 20-25 years old, apparently said “whore child”, “shut up” and “get our food here fast” in a very aggressive way to the workers.

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Apple Erases Men in New Ad for iPad Pro

Quite literally erases them.

A new commercial for the Apple iPad Pro shows a man literally being erased from a photograph, prompting complaints of misandry on Twitter.

The 15 second commercial demonstrates the ability of the Apple Pencil to edit out someone from a holiday photo.

The implication is clearly that the woman is removing her ex from the image, with the words “perfecting your memories” flashing up at the end of the commercial.

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Franklin Graham: Where’s the ‘Outcry’ Against Dems’ Abortion Extremism?

Celebrated evangelical pastor Franklin Graham registered his outrage with the Democrats’ abortion extremism Wednesday, asking his followers, “Where’s the outcry?”

“The Democratic Party has changed so much that it’s hard to believe,” Graham posted on his Facebook page. “Just a few days ago Bernie Sanders declared that ‘being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat.’ That’s shocking and disturbing.”

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SAS Commercial: There is No Such Thing as Scandinavian Culture

SAS, the leading airline of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, is in hot water over its new commercial that people are calling globalist and multiculturalist propaganda.

Following the debacle, SAS quietly removed the contentious ad, which declared the entire Scandinavian culture borrowed and featured a black man saying he is no better than his “Viking ancestors”.

The ad published on Monday starts with a punchline that nothing is “truly Scandinavian” before it goes down the list of things that people in Sweden, Norway and Denmark take pride of — wind power plants, the popularity of bicycles, parental care rights and democracy — and declares them “copied”.

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Spanish Parliament Approves Bill to Legalize Euthanasia

The Spanish parliament has approved a proposed law by the new Socialist-led government to legalize euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

On Tuesday, the controversial measure passed in parliament by 201 votes to 140, meaning the bill must now go to a parliamentary health committee for debate and then will head to the Senate before returning to the lower house for a final vote.

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Survey Finds People Who Identify as Left-Wing More Likely to Have Been Diagnosed With a Mental Illness

A new survey of more than 8,000 people has found that those who identify with left-wing political beliefs are more likely to have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Ann Coulter’s “liberalism is a mental disorder” catchphrase has become something of a clichéd meme, but the data appears to support it.

Carried out by Slate Star Codex, the online survey collected a wealth of data from respondents about their education, demographic, lifestyle and political views.

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UVA Leftist Complains About “Too Many White People” In Study Area

A video from the University of Virginia shows a black student stand up in front of a room full of other students and complain that there are “too many white people in here.”

The clip was posted by the Young America’s Foundation with the caption, “Leftists at the University of Virginia are dictating who is and who isn’t allowed in the new Multicultural Student Center.”

“Public service announcement, excuse me, if y’all didn’t know this is the MMC and frankly there are just too many white people in here, and this is a space for people of color,” she says.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/12/2020

  1. Coronavirus prankster faces five-years’ jail for Moscow metro stunt
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    There are curious nuances:
    the “prankster” is a Tajik migrant; his accomplice is illegal from Kyrgyzstan. The rest are also Asians with Russian citizenship.
    https://www.mskagency.ru/materials/2972119

    A Tajik relative is some kind of Islamist who sympathizes with Wahhabis. So this is not just a joke. It looks like a planned panic attack.

    https://www.ruchron.com/news/karaulny/196019-pomnite-sverhumnika/

  2. It is time the world faced up to the fact that we are in a global Social War for survival.The Globalists are simply Communists with money-too much. Nullus avaritia sine poene est! A true description of what we face…No greed without punishment. Christianity and Europeans are being deliberately eradicated-wiped out by people that have already butchered close on 250,000.000s since World War One. Who gave this “elite” the right to play God?

    Most are Satanists into all kinds of perversion and filth and weird think. Now thanks to their arrogance and stupidity we have a global Pandemic in the wings that threatens to wipe out another 1.2 to 1.8 billions. Trudeau in Canada comes to mind as a typical “Globalist” as does Macron. These people want the nations and their successful peoples exterminated and national IQs replaced by new imported populations with average IQs of around 68%, that they hope will serve them in their gated communities as the new gods. In Psychiatry an IQ of 70% is regarded as subnormal and disabled…

    Such personalities are incapable of higher thought and too easily conditioned to violence and suggestibility. Trudeau and his ilk are guilty of the worst crime in history-deliberate and intentional mass extermination of White nations and their people of around 800,000,000s. Hold that figure in your mind for a second or two.

    This is their goal-your death and mine. Yet they have the gall to criticise Hitler? Hitler too was another Bolshevik like Macron and Trudeau, who has openly stated that he intends to wipe out Canadians of European ancestry? Why do they keep voting for this criminal – a self confessed intended mass murderer?

    If people are offended by the truth then please be my guest? You offend me and mine and I am your enemy forever. My ancestors fought two massive wars to keep us free and now we have to pay for our own destruction and even smile and celebrate?Absolutely evil.

  3. Hungarian Foreign Minister Warns UN’s Push for Mass Migration Threatens “Whole of Humanity”.

    How right he is. The UN has been dishonestly plugging upbeat propaganda to support its sinister plan:

    Migration is Inevitable
    Migration is Necessary
    Migration is Desirable

    All lies.

  4. This Clown World is the [offensive sustance]! W000hoo! Bwahaha! Stupid human earth monkeys and their glorious utopia crack pipe dreams. Mother Nature has the last laugh as usual.

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