Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/26/2020

The number of confirmed cases in South Korea of the Wuhan Coronavirus has risen above 1,500. Meanwhile, the first case of the disease in the USA where the origin is not known was reported in northern California. Also, the first case of the coronavirus in Latin America was reported in Brazil.

In other news, an appellate court has ruled that YouTube is not a public forum, and therefore can regulate videos uploaded to the site in whatever manner it sees fit.

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Thanks to Fjordman, Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» 83 People in Nassau County Being Monitored for Possible Coronavirus Exposure
» ABC News Suspends Reporter on Eve of Project Veritas Exposure
» Alex Jones Issues Grave Warning to America
» American Gun Ownership: The Positive Impacts of Law-Abiding Citizens Owning Firearms
» Apple Shareholders Reject Motion to Publicly Declare Freedom of Expression as a Human Right
» Bernie Sanders Rolls Out Video Casting Trump as Threat to Jews
» Bob Iger Out as Disney CEO, Effective Immediately
» Coronavirus Pandemic a Question of ‘When’ Not ‘If’, Warns U.S.
» Eric Holder Posts an Anti-Trump Cryptic Tweet on Coronovirus With Two Assassinated Politicians
» Failed Never Trump Pundits Don’t Speak for You, But MSM Can’t Get Enough of Them
» Firefox Now Defaults to DNS-Over-HTTPS for US Netizens and Some Are Dischuffed About This
» How Obama Infiltrated the Trump Administration
» Hypocrite: Anti-School Choice AOC Helped Goddaughter Get Into Charter School
» Judge Berman Jackson Calls for Suspension of First Amendment in Stone Case
» Largest Oil Refinery on West Coast Erupts in Flames
» Northern California Confirms 1st Coronavirus Case of Unknown Origin
» State Health Official: Hundreds Under Coronavirus Quarantine in Massachusetts
» The Extreme Panic the Coronavirus is Causing Elsewhere on the Globe Could Soon be Coming to the U.S.
» Trump Says Coronavirus Vaccine Coming Along ‘Rapidly, ‘ Appoints Pence to Head Task Force
» Tucker Carlson Calls for Demon Judge Amy Berman Jackson to be Impeached (Video)
» YouTube Isn’t a Public Forum, Rules Appeals Court in Conservative Censorship Case
 
Canada
» Exclusive: Left-Wing Websites Instruct Activists to Use Thermite to “Destroy” Canadian Infrastructure
» McMaster Teaching Assistant Says Students Get Credits for Attending Illegal Blockade
» New Alberta Bill Proposes Fines of Up to $25,000 for Protestors
» Protest Re-Emerges on Critical Ontario Rail Line After Being Dismantled by Police
» Protestors Occupy the Steps of BC Legislature in Victoria
» Quebec Premier Says Indigenous Blockaders Armed With AK-47s, Slowing Down Their Removal
 
Europe and the EU
» “The Pasta Shelves Are Empty”: Panic Buying Continues in Italy
» Children in the Netherlands Carry Knives for Protection
» Coronavirus Cases Jump to 400 in Italy
» Coronavirus Update as Death Toll Over 2,700 Worldwide, Outbreak in Italy Spreads Across Europe
» EU Officials Refuse to Implement Border Controls to Stop Coronavirus
» France: Roughly 300 Convicted Jihadists to be Released From Prisons in the Next 3 Years
» France: Muslim Father Faces Trial for Beating Wife and Daughters for Refusing to Wear Islamic Veils
» Italy: Coronavirus: Blame Row Breaks Out Between Conte, Fontana
» Orban Supported National Populist Politician Jansa Set to Become Slovenia’s New PM
» Pedophile Allegations Against UK MPs ‘Should Have Rung Alarm Bells in Govt’ But Senior Figures Turned Blind Eye — Inquiry
» Spanish Resort With 1,000 Tourists on Lockdown After Guest Tests Positive for Coronavirus
» Sweden’s Victimized Children
» Sweden Not Prepared for Major Coronavirus Outbreak Says Whistle-Blower Doctor
» UK Government Document Warns Coronavirus Could Infect 80 Per Cent, Kill Half a Million Brits
» UK: Julian Assange Complains About Unfairness, Claims ‘Spying’ On Legal Team in Fight Over Extradition
» Veteran Brexiteer: Walking Away Without Deal Will Hurt European Union, Not Britain
 
Russia
» China Demands Russia Stop Profiling Potential Coronavirus Victims Using Public Transport in Moscow
» Ex-Kremlin Aide: Ukraine Will Never Reclaim Rebel East
 
South Asia
» Two New Ancient Species of Cockroaches Found in Cave in Myanmar
 
Far East
» Air Canada Suspends Flights to China Until April Over Coronavirus Fears
» Chinese Medical Workers Use Academic Studies to Bypass Coronavirus Censorship and Call for Help
» Coronavirus Live Updates: US Raises Travel Advisory for South Korea as Cases Cross 1,500
» Coronavirus Outbreak: French Citizen Dies, Iran Death Toll Rises
» Fight the Coronavirus by Defunding the United Nations
» Here Are the 425 Billion Reasons Why WHO Refuses to Call the COVID-19 Outbreak a “Pandemic”
» Ominous Warnings About the Very Rapid Spread of the Coronavirus
 
Latin America
» Brazil Confirms First Latin American Coronavirus Case
 
Immigration
» Church in Swedish ‘No-Go Zone’ Set on Fire
» Court Hands Trump Win in Sanctuary City Fight, Says Administration Can Deny Grant Money
» Greeks Plan 24-Hour Protests on Two Islands to Stop Construction of New Invader Camps
» Increasing Numbers of So-Called “Asylum Seekers” Arrive in Europe Legally
» Swedish Journalist to Revisit “No-Go Area” Where He Was Beaten and Robbed in December
 
Culture Wars
» KU to Host Art Contest for Students to Express ‘Anger’ Over Campus Chick-fil-A
» Pope Francis Says Give Up Online Trolling for Lent
» Senate Democrats Block Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
» Where Else Can it Lead But Civil War?
 
General
» Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads to Every Continent Bar Antarctica
 

83 People in Nassau County Being Monitored for Possible Coronavirus Exposure

Dozens of Long Island residents are being monitored for potential exposure to the deadly coronavirus, health officials announced Wednesday.

Eighty-three Nassau County residents have been asked to undergo a two-week voluntary quarantine from the date that they traveled to China or had contact with someone infected with the virus, news station WPVI reported.

“We’re monitoring this situation in Nassau very, very closely and have been right from the beginning to respond to any cases should they emerge in our county,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said at a press conference.

The group is required to report their temperature and any symptoms every day to local health officials, WPVI reported.

No one has been diagnosed with the virus, but tests for one resident are pending, officials said.

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

ABC News Suspends Reporter on Eve of Project Veritas Exposure

ABC News has suspended a reporter involved in an upcoming Project Veritas video the evening before the project is set to be released.

Project Veritas, a conservative watchdog group, plans to release a video Wednesday exposing bias at ABC News, founder James O’Keefe tweeted. Veteran reporter David Wright was suspended Tuesday evening ahead of the project’s release, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

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

Alex Jones Issues Grave Warning to America

Alex Jones gives an update on the coronavirus and how you can protect yourself and your family.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

American Gun Ownership: The Positive Impacts of Law-Abiding Citizens Owning Firearms

The anti-gun news bias is widespread among the “urban elite” who have very little personal experience with guns and yet write for influential newspapers like The New York Times, Washington Post, etc. Despite this bias, law-abiding private citizens owning guns does have positive impacts on American society that often go unreported — many of which are significant.

Perhaps the most notable impact of gun ownership on American society is how it influences the behavior of criminals.

The fact is, criminals fear armed citizens more than they do the police. There’s many reasons for this, but here are the most prominent:

Police are rarely onsite during a crime.

Police are bound by policy and procedures, and are trained to only use their firearms if it’s absolutely necessary.

Civilians are also less trained.

In a research study sponsored by the United States Department of Justice, James Wright and Peter Rossi interviewed over 1,800 incarcerated felons, asking how they felt about civilians and gun ownership. Thirty-three percent of these criminals admitted to being scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by a gun-owning victim. Sixty-nine percent of them knew at least one other criminal who had similar experiences. Nearly 80 percent of felons also claimed that they intentionally avoid victims and homes that they believe may be armed.

This shows that at least one in three criminals has been deterred because of an armed citizen, and that four out five avoid victimizing people that have guns.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Apple Shareholders Reject Motion to Publicly Declare Freedom of Expression as a Human Right

Apple had its annual shareholders meeting earlier today and it included votes on several different proposals. One of the proposals was critical of Apple’s cooperation with requests from the Communist Chinese government to censor apps from the App Store.

Despite mounting pressure against the company, shareholders voted downthe motion that Apple should be “publicly committed to respect freedom of expression as a human right.”

This year, around 40% of votes cast were in support for the measure. In 2018, when this was last proposed, around just 6% were supporting of the idea — meaning sentiment within the company is changing and pressure is mounting on Apple to support free speech.

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

Bernie Sanders Rolls Out Video Casting Trump as Threat to Jews

Four-minute spot includes Democratic primary candidate speaking about Jewish pride and outreach director accusing president of being a white nationalist.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Bob Iger Out as Disney CEO, Effective Immediately

The Walt Disney Co. has named Bob Chapek CEO, replacing Bob Iger, effective immediately.

The surprise announcement Tuesday makes Iger executive chairman. Chapek was most recently chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

Iger will remain chairman through the end of his contract Dec. 31, 2021.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Coronavirus Pandemic a Question of ‘When’ Not ‘If’, Warns U.S.

Asia reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including a U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea, as the United States warned of an inevitable pandemic and outbreaks in Italy and Iran spread to other countries.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Eric Holder Posts an Anti-Trump Cryptic Tweet on Coronovirus With Two Assassinated Politicians

Deep state Democrat operatives are more emboldened by the day.

Obviously, they gain comfort in knowing Republicans are too weak to prosecute them for their crimes (so far). And they also feel emboldened now that the entire intelligence apparatus is behind them or too afraid to speak out against them.

On Tuesday Eric Holder posted a cryptic tweet that lit up the internet.

The former Obama Attorney General and father of Fast and Furious scandal posted a cryptic tweet on the coronavirus that many see as a threat.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Failed Never Trump Pundits Don’t Speak for You, But MSM Can’t Get Enough of Them

One is loathe to focus too much attention on the Never Trump pundit class in Washington, D.C., but a fascinating development this weekend begs some scrutiny and a long-overdue response.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Firefox Now Defaults to DNS-Over-HTTPS for US Netizens and Some Are Dischuffed About This

Good for privacy — or an alarming move towards further internet centralisation?

DNS has a number of security and privacy weaknesses. A malicious DNS server could direct you to a site you did not request, or someone could eavesdrop or tamper with DNS traffic. Privacy is an issue because the server that resolves your DNS requests has a record of your browsing history, which has commercial value as well as being of potential interest to spies and law enforcement.

Mozilla’s answer to the problems thrown up here is to set the DNS resolver in Firefox to Cloudflare by default, with an option for NextDNS or your own custom provider if you’re sufficiently techie to dig into the browser’s networking settings.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

How Obama Infiltrated the Trump Administration

Will the truth ever come to light?

Millennial Millie reveals the ultimate backstory of how Barack Obama attempted to use an executive order to prevent Donald Trump from fully becoming President and how Trump cleverly got around it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hypocrite: Anti-School Choice AOC Helped Goddaughter Get Into Charter School

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slammed the Democrat congresswoman on Twitter

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took the opportunity to expose Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her hypocritical stance on school choice.

Posting on Twitter, DeVos responded to a New York Post article titled, “The AOC Tapes: Rep says she got goddaughter into Bronx charter school.”

“How nice that AOC claims to have helped her goddaughter get into a public charter school,” she wrote. “It’s a shame she works to deny that opportunity to every other disadvantaged family in America. ‘Good for me, but not for thee,’ indeed.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Berman Jackson Calls for Suspension of First Amendment in Stone Case

Federal judge slams conservatives, libertarians for daring to speak out against the kangaroo court being held to punish Roger Stone.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Largest Oil Refinery on West Coast Erupts in Flames

Explosions rock Marathon Petroleum refinery in California.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Northern California Confirms 1st Coronavirus Case of Unknown Origin

The nation’s first coronavirus case of unknown origin has been confirmed in Northern California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Wednesday.

“It is a confirmed case. There is one in Northern California,” CDC spokesman Scott Pauley told the Sacramento Bee.

The new case brings the number of infected in the United States to 60, which includes people who’ve been repatriated to the U.S. The CDC said the person contracted the virus without traveling outside the U.S. or coming into close contact with another infected patient, The Washington Post reported.

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

State Health Official: Hundreds Under Coronavirus Quarantine in Massachusetts

State health officials said Wednesday that hundreds of Bay State residents are quarantined in Massachusetts to guard against coronavirus but that the “risk remains low” for the highly contagious infection.

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH said on a conference call that a total of 608 people have been under a 14-day quarantine in the state. Of those individuals, 377 have already completed the monitoring and have been released with no symptoms.

“We at the Department of Public Health are prepared to address whatever comes our way. People should live their lives normally, and go about their normal activities,” said Bharel.

Bharel said 231 residents remain under self-quarantine and are being monitored.

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

The Extreme Panic the Coronavirus is Causing Elsewhere on the Globe Could Soon be Coming to the U.S.

U.S. government officials are doing their best to keep the general population calm, but everyone can see what is happening in the rest of the world. There are now empty store shelves in Italy just like there are in China. People are waiting in extremely long lines to buy masks in South Korea just like we saw in Hong Kong. And victims are literally collapsing in public in Iran just like we witnessed in Wuhan. This coronavirus outbreak is rapidly becoming a true global pandemic, and the panic that this has caused on Wall Street resulted in a 1,031 point drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday. Fear is rising all over the planet, and many believe that it is just a matter of time before the same things that are happening elsewhere start happening here.

Originally, 99 percent of the confirmed cases were in China, but now the rest of the globe is starting to catch up.

In fact, the number of confirmed cases outside of China has gotten more than 10 times larger over the last three weeks.

If we continue to see that sort of exponential growth we will soon be facing a nightmare of epic proportions.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Says Coronavirus Vaccine Coming Along ‘Rapidly, ‘ Appoints Pence to Head Task Force

As fears spread of a possible coronavirus outbreak in the U.S, President Trump addressed the nation in a Wednesday evening news conference at the White House to discuss how his administration was handling the virus threat — saying that a vaccine is being developed “rapidly” and “coming along very well.”

However, Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said later at the press conference that a vaccine would not be applicable to the epidemic for a “year to a year and a half,” due to delays from testing, development, production and distribution.

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

Tucker Carlson Calls for Demon Judge Amy Berman Jackson to be Impeached (Video)

During the proceedings today demon Judge Amy Berman Jackson complained about critical media reports on her outrageous conduct in the courtroom.

Tonight Tucker Carlson called on the corrupt Amy Berman Jackson to be impeached.

Tucker Carlson: “She should be impeached. She’s corrupt. She’s out of control.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

YouTube Isn’t a Public Forum, Rules Appeals Court in Conservative Censorship Case

YouTube may have more than a billion users, but it’s not a public forum run by the government and therefore its decision to moderate content isn’t a violation of the First Amendment, an appellate court has ruled.

Radio talk show host Dennis Prager sued Google in 2017, claiming that his conservative PragerU videos weren’t getting the same treatment as liberal ones, like Real Time With Bill Maher clips, in violation of the First Amendment. A California federal judge dismissed the complaint in March 2018 on the grounds that YouTube isn’t a public forum run by a state actor and can regulate videos uploaded to the site as it sees fit.

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

Exclusive: Left-Wing Websites Instruct Activists to Use Thermite to “Destroy” Canadian Infrastructure

Two far-left extremist websites are offering detailed instructions and maps on how to sabotage rail lines and other critical Canadian infrastructure.

The websites in question, North Shore and Warrior Up, instruct readers to disrupt Canada’s rail, pipeline, road, and communications networks.

In one North Shore blog post, the author calls for people to stand in “solidarity” with Wet’suwet’en protestors by attacking rail routes. North Shore describes itself as a place for far-left extremists from southern Ontario to gather and organize.

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

McMaster Teaching Assistant Says Students Get Credits for Attending Illegal Blockade

One teaching assistant from McMaster University plans on giving her students university credits for attending an illegal highway blockade in Hamilton.

According to CBC News, McMaster sociology masters student Sonia Hill intended on requiring students from her class to check in with her while she joins other protesters in blockading Highway 6.

“I’m coming back tomorrow… I’m going to bring my students, make it a part of their credit, their attendance [to] check in with me at the blockade,” said Hill.

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

New Alberta Bill Proposes Fines of Up to $25,000 for Protestors

A new bill tabled by Jason Kenney and the UCP government proposes protestors that block rail lines and highways in Alberta face fines of up to $25,000, according to the Edmonton Journal.

With the introduction of Bill 1, the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act, police and prosecutors would have the ability to enforce more provincial penalties.

“Apparently those disincentives haven’t been strong enough for some people,” said Jason Kenney. “Albertans and Canadians respect our constitutionally protected freedoms of expression, of assembly, and to protest but blocking railways, roadways, and commuter trains and critical infrastructure is simply and plainly illegal.”

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

Protest Re-Emerges on Critical Ontario Rail Line After Being Dismantled by Police

On Wednesday morning a protest started in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory while CN Rail was attempting to continue their service on one of the critical routes heading towards Eastern Canada, according to The Globe and Mail.

A train was stopped for a brief period of time close to Belleville, Ontario, when protestors started throwing snowballs towards the train cars. They also tried to start a fire on the track where tires had previously been burnt by protestors.

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

Protestors Occupy the Steps of BC Legislature in Victoria

The steps of Victoria’s BC legislature building are still being occupied by protestors. They have been camping out at the building since their arrival at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday according to CTV News.

The group is expected to address the public today.

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

Quebec Premier Says Indigenous Blockaders Armed With AK-47s, Slowing Down Their Removal

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has suggested a court injunction to remove protestors off of railways may not be enforced yet because of the fear that some of the protestors may be heavily armed with AK-47 assault rifles.

“The SQ is working on a plan to dismantle the barricades,” said Legault. but the delay is due to the potential of armed resistance in the self-policed first-nations territory of Kahnawake.

“They are speaking with the Peacekeepers, but obviously with people who are armed, it’s delicate.”

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

“The Pasta Shelves Are Empty”: Panic Buying Continues in Italy

A video out of Italy shows a man asking “why are the pasta shelves empty?” as panic buying spreads in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The old man appears to be exacerbated with the situation, going on to ask, “What’s happening? There wasn’t this much panic when World War II started. Oh my God!”

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

Children in the Netherlands Carry Knives for Protection

Kids from a local neigbourhood in Rotterdam are carrying knives in an effort to protect themselves from other kids from different neighbourhoods in the city.

Local authorities in Rotterdam have continuously had problems with children ranging in ages from 13 to 16 carrying knives, taking them with them to schools, and brandishing them out in the open on the street, Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool reports.

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

Coronavirus Cases Jump to 400 in Italy

The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has surged to 400, as other countries battle to try to contain the spread of the outbreak.

The rise in Italy, the main focus of infection in Europe, represents a 25% surge in 24 hours.

Several European countries announced new cases traced to Italy.

Also on Wednesday, the World Health Organization said that for the first time coronavirus was spreading faster outside China, where it originated.

On Wednesday, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Norway and Switzerland reported their first coronavirus cases. They involved people who had been to Italy.

More cases were also announced in Spain, France and Germany.

Algeria and Brazil also reported their first cases. In both, those infected had travelled to Italy.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Coronavirus Update as Death Toll Over 2,700 Worldwide, Outbreak in Italy Spreads Across Europe

As new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus emerge, including one in which a U.S. soldier at a military base in South Korea tested positive for the virus, Americans have been told to prepare for the virus to spread in the U.S.

“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore,” but rather one of when, the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) warned on Tuesday.

Several countries have banned the entry of travelers from South Korea, which currently has the highest number of cases outside China, while mainland Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Croatia, and Austria have now also reported their first cases.

Most of the newly-infected in Europe stemmed from Italy, which has the third highest number of confirmed cases, after China and South Korea, following a recent surge over the past weekend. Iran has the highest death toll from the virus outside China so far, with the country reportedly having seen 15 deaths from the virus.

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The deadly virus, first identified in Wuhan city in the province of Hubei, has now infected more than 80,000 people globally, with 77,780 cases confirmed in China alone, according to the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

There are at least 2,459 cases across 33 countries reported outside China, with 34 deaths reported. China has seen at least 2,666 deaths from the virus, according to the report.

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

EU Officials Refuse to Implement Border Controls to Stop Coronavirus

Families should be making plans for a likely coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., according to both a top state health official and an infectious diseases expert in Minnesota.

Kris Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, says a spread of COVID-19 is “very likely” and people should prepare accordingly, MPR News reports.

“Just to make sure that you know you have some basic resources, in terms of foodstuffs and things like that,” Ehresmann said.

“So that if you would have family members get sick and you were unable to go out for a few days, do you have enough basic supplies to kind of keep going?”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

France: Roughly 300 Convicted Jihadists to be Released From Prisons in the Next 3 Years

Nicole Belloubet, France’s acting Minister of Justice, has said that France is set to release around 300 convicted terrorists in the next few years, starting with forty-three convicted terrorists in 2020, another sixty the following year, and even more between 2021 and 2023.

In 2019, 450 radicalized prisoners and fifty convicted terrorists were released from French jails, according to a statement made by Belloubet last June, Voice of Europe reported.

Belloubet stated that France’s secret services will ‘closely follow’ the released terrorists. A lot of voices, especially those on France’s political right are particularly worried, have deep concerns, and want extreme measures taken to keep these terrorists behind bars, The Sun reports.

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

France: Muslim Father Faces Trial for Beating Wife and Daughters for Refusing to Wear Islamic Veils

A Muslim father living in the commune of Cavaillon who is accused of beating his wife and daughters after they refused to wear an Islamic veil appeared in the Avignon Court last Friday.

The 35-year-old man — a self-described traditionalist Muslim — said that he would not accept the fact that two of his daughters had refused to wear the hijab and didn’t care to complete their homework assigned by the Quranic school they attend, provincial daily French newspaper Le Dauphiné libéré reports.

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

Italy: Coronavirus: Blame Row Breaks Out Between Conte, Fontana

Premier said failure to respect protocol contributed to spread

(ANSA) — Rome, February 24 — Lombardy Governor Attilio Fondana hit back hard on Tuesday after Premier Giuseppe Conte said that the failure of a hospital, presumably in the northern region, to follow the proper procedure contributed to the spread of the coronavirus. “There was a hotspot and it spread from there in part due to the management of a hospital that was not done entirely according to the prudent protocols that are recommended in these cases,” Conte said.

“This contributed to the spread”. “I hope this is a slip of the tongue that came out without him realising,” Fontana told RAI radio.

“Otherwise it means the government is starting to spin out of control.

“The comments are groundless and unacceptable”. Lombardy Welfare Chief Giulio Gallera went even further.

“It was unacceptable comment from an ignorant person because he is ignorant of what the protocols set by the Higher Health Institute (ISS) were,” Gallera said. “We have slavishly following what the ISS decided and the (health) ministry’s guidelines”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Orban Supported National Populist Politician Jansa Set to Become Slovenia’s New PM

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A veteran right-wing politician has been nominated to become Slovenia’s new prime minister following the resignation last month of a liberal head of government.

Slovenia’s president Borut Pahor on Wednesday formally appointed Janez Jansa as prime minister-designate after his Slovenian Democratic Party said it has formed a new four-party coalition, which will have a parliamentary majority.

The appointment follows the resignation in January of Marjan Sarec who stepped down as prime minister, saying his minority government was unable to do its job properly.

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

Pedophile Allegations Against UK MPs ‘Should Have Rung Alarm Bells in Govt’ But Senior Figures Turned Blind Eye — Inquiry

173-page report compiled by independent inquiry into child sexual abuse dismissed claims of conspiracy involving ‘organised Westminster pedophile network.’

Politicians, including former Conservative PM Margaret Thatcher, police and prosecutors “turned a blind eye” to allegations of child sexual abuse connected to Westminster and ignored victims, an independent inquiry has found.

The 173-page report compiled by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse dismissed claims of a conspiracy involving an “organised Westminster pedophile network,” but did reveal serious cover-ups by British institutions. The review was published on Tuesday following hearings over the past two years.

The investigation, which went into allegations dating as far back as the 1960s, concluded that “political parties showed themselves, even very recently, to be more concerned about political fallout than safeguarding.” It goes on to say that the honors system “prioritized reputation” over the welfare of victims of the nominated persons.

The findings may prove to be uncomfortable reading for PM Boris Johnson. As recently as March last year, Johnson told LBC radio that money was being “spaffed up the wall” on historical child abuse investigations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Spanish Resort With 1,000 Tourists on Lockdown After Guest Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Hundreds told to remain in hotel rooms in Tenerife.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Sweden’s Victimized Children

The number of children who rob other children has increased by 100% in only four years, according to a new study by Swedish police about reported violent crimes in which children under the age of 15 are both the victims and the perpetrators. In 2016, there were 1,178 robberies against children under 18 years of age. In 2019, the number had increased to 2,484. The number of violent crimes where the suspect is a child under 15 years of age has also gone up dramatically: In 2015, there were 6,359 reported violent crimes where the suspect was a child under 15. In 2019, that number had increased to 8,719 reported violent crimes.

The crimes involve “Violence to the head, kicks, gun threats, burning with lighters, threats to kill, threats to bomb the school, stabbings with food knives, bites and children who have been scratched, dragged, thrown and locked up by other children”.

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

Sweden Not Prepared for Major Coronavirus Outbreak Says Whistle-Blower Doctor

Swedish former infection prevention physician Staffan Sylvan has questioned the ability of the Swedish state to handle a major outbreak of the Coronavirus, saying the government is not prepared.

According to Dr Sylvan, while the government has claimed that it is prepared to handle the virus, the actual figures show that there has been no real preparation or planning for a major outbreak that could affect as many as 300,000 people, Expressen reports.

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

UK Government Document Warns Coronavirus Could Infect 80 Per Cent, Kill Half a Million Brits

A leaked UK government document warns that under a worst case scenario, 80 per cent of Brits could be infected with the coronavirus and half a million would die.

The document, which was leaked to the Sun newspaper, outlines “the reasonable worst case” outcome in which four fifths of the country to succumb to the virus.

“The current planning assumption is that 2-3 per cent of symptomatic cases will result in a ­fatality,” states the document, meaning that 500,000 would die.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care emphasized that such numbers were a worst case scenario and “this does not mean we expect it to happen.”

Earlier today, more than 300 staff members of American oil company Chevron were evacuated from a building in London’s Canary Wharf after an employee returning from an infected country reported flu symptoms.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Julian Assange Complains About Unfairness, Claims ‘Spying’ On Legal Team in Fight Over Extradition

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed in a British court Wednesday that he is being treated unfairly in his U.S. extradition case because he is being denied sufficient contact with his legal team and because his lawyers have been spied on.

Assange’s allegation came on the third day of his extradition hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on the outskirts of London. He is being held next door at Belmarsh Prison.

“I can’t speak to my lawyers or instruct them,” Assange said from behind high walls made of glass panels. “I can’t convey instructions to them confidentially.”

Assange added: “This case has already had enough spying on my lawyers.”

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Veteran Brexiteer: Walking Away Without Deal Will Hurt European Union, Not Britain

Former Brexit secretary David Davis has signalled that good news for Brexiteers lays ahead in the coming trade deal negotiations with the European Union, noting the British side now holds all the cards, as the European Union cannot afford to let Britain go without a deal.

Speaking Wednesday morning, following the publication of the European Union’s own negotiating positions document on Tuesday and before the British equivalent is due to be published on Thursday, veteran Brexiteer David Davis said he expected the government to cleave to its own red lines in the coming negotiations.

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China Demands Russia Stop Profiling Potential Coronavirus Victims Using Public Transport in Moscow

China has demanded Russia stop profiling potential Chinese coronavirus victims who are being interviewed and tested by police while using public transport in Moscow.

The Chinese Embassy in Russia sent a letter questioning why Moscow police and subway workers were checking passengers believed to be Chinese for signs of coronavirus.

The practice of profiling and checking people believed to be Chinese citizens in public places isn’t being done anywhere else in the world.

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Ex-Kremlin Aide: Ukraine Will Never Reclaim Rebel East

MOSCOW (AP) — A former senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine will never be able to regain control over the separatist-controlled east.

Vladislav Surkov, who lost his job as Putin’s adviser on Ukraine earlier this month, said in remarks published Wednesday that he stepped down because of a shift in the Kremlin course on the Ukrainian conflict. He didn’t spell out specific reasons for his departure, saying only that it was due to a “change in context” on Ukraine.

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Two New Ancient Species of Cockroaches Found in Cave in Myanmar

An international team of researchers has identified two new ancient species of cockroach found in a cave in Myanmar. In their paper published in the journal Gondwana Research, the group describes their analyses of the two specimens, which were preserved in amber.

The two specimens were given the names Crenocticola svadba and Mulleriblattina bowangi and were placed in the Nocticolidae family—and both have been dated back to approximately 99 million years ago. The time frame puts them in the Cretaceous period—a time when dinosaurs were still alive.

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Air Canada Suspends Flights to China Until April Over Coronavirus Fears

Air Canada will cancel all flights from Canada to Mainland China until April as the number of cases of coronavirus continues to rise.

On Tuesday, Air Canada announced that its flights to Beijing and Shanghai — which were suspended throughout February — will remain unavailable until April 10.

“Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs and will adjust its schedule as appropriate,” Air Canada said in a statement.

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Chinese Medical Workers Use Academic Studies to Bypass Coronavirus Censorship and Call for Help

The three-month-old respiratory virus that has taken the world by storm has finally reached Latin America. On February 24th, Brazil confirmed its first case of coronavirus after 61-year-old Brazilian man returned from a two-week trip to Italy.

Italy has so far seen the fastest spread of the virus outside of Asia, due to an admitted mishandling of their first patient. There are now over 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Italy.

Meanwhile in China, the epicenter of this increasingly global event, more than half the population has been placed on various degrees of a lockdown.

Amidst panic and anxiety, the Chinese populace has been turning to the internet.

As we’ve covered previously though, they aren’t allowed to discuss the virus, even in the context of warning others or discussing their situations.

The Chinese government has officially deemed the subject a threat to national security and discussing it “an attack” on the country and its ruling party.

The Chinese government has been swiftly banning the accounts of those who partake in this discussion on Chinese social media.

On non-Chinese social media like Twitter, they’ve been showing up at people’s homes and confiscating their phones.

These dire circumstances have lead some Chinese medical workers to take to academic journals as a way around the censorship — to try and get a message out to the world.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: US Raises Travel Advisory for South Korea as Cases Cross 1,500

China’s National Health Commission said there were 433 new confirmed cases and 29 additional deaths as of Feb. 26.

South Korea confirmed a surge of 334 more cases on Thursday morning, bringing the country’s total to 1,595.

The U.S. and South Korea have postponed joint military drills until further notice, according to Reuters.

President Donald Trump says the risk to the American people “remains very low.”

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Coronavirus Outbreak: French Citizen Dies, Iran Death Toll Rises

The first French citizen has died of coronavirus within the country — as Iran clocked the largest death toll from the outbreak outside China, according to new reports.

The 60-year-old French man died overnight after being rushed to a Paris hospital in serious condition Tuesday evening, according to officials.

His death marked the second coronavirus-related fatality in the country following the death of an 80-year-old Chinese tourist.

It was not immediately clear where the man contracted the virus, as he hadn’t recently traveled to contaminated regions.

The unidentified man was among three new COVID-19 cases reported in France on Wednesday — bringing the total number of cases reported in the country to 17, including two fatalities.

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Fight the Coronavirus by Defunding the United Nations

If the WHO had acted sooner, more people could have been spared, and a global pandemic might have been avoided. The number of cases has surpassed 80,000 in 37 countries.

Those who hate Trump and love China want to ignore the possibility that the virus could be a man-made weapon or leaked from a laboratory. But the Trump Administration is prepared. Trump in 2018 signed the National Biodefense Strategy, drawing on lessons learned from biological incidents that include the 2001 anthrax attacks, the 2009 influenza pandemic, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, the 2014 West Africa Ebola epidemic, and the Zika virus outbreak.

The WHO failed to respond quickly and properly to the epidemic. Perhaps, as a matter of social justice, the WHO headquarters ought to be relocated to the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan City, China. Let’s see if that gets them moving more quickly to save their jobs.

[Comment: UN is a tool of globalists whose wet dream is depopulation. What a coincidence that WHO and other globalists working in western governments seem to have helped spread the virus.]

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Here Are the 425 Billion Reasons Why WHO Refuses to Call the COVID-19 Outbreak a “Pandemic”

The World Bank launched a $425 million 2017 catastrophe bond issue supporting its Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF). There are two tranches of PEF bonds outstanding, expected to mature in July, and this means investors of the bonds will collect massive profits if the bonds aren’t triggered or will lose everything if the Covid-19 outbreak continues to escalate.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent why the World Health Organization (WHO) has had a difficult time calling Covid-19 outbreak a “pandemic,” this is because it would cause both bonds to trigger, effectively wiping out bondholders.

The World Bank issued two tranches of PEF bonds worth $425 million in 2017. Bondholders have seen two years of above-average returns with no concern of virus outbreaks around the world that would trigger even the slightest hint both bonds would go into default, until now.

The Covid-19 outbreak in China, spreading across 38 countries and infecting more than 80,000 people, resulting in 2,700 deaths, could leave investors of the bonds with absolutely nothing.

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Ominous Warnings About the Very Rapid Spread of the Coronavirus

Is a widespread coronavirus outbreak inside the United States inevitable? After weeks of generally optimistic statements, officials are now warning us to prepare for the worst. Over the past several days we have seen the number of confirmed cases outside of China escalate dramatically, and this has really rattled global financial markets. After being down more than 1,000 points on Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell another 879 points on Tuesday. U.S. stocks have lost more than 1.7 trillion dollars in value in just two days. Much more importantly, a wave of tremendous panic is starting to sweep across America, and it looks like this crisis is just getting started.

Usually officials at the CDC choose their words very carefully so that they do not needlessly alarm the public. With that in mind, I would like for you to consider three statements that the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier made about a potential outbreak inside the United States during a press conference on Tuesday…

#1 “It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country anymore but a question of when this will happen.”

#2 “Disruption to everyday life may be severe.”

#3 “We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.”

Can you ever recall a top CDC official ever making statements this ominous?

I certainly can’t.

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Brazil Confirms First Latin American Coronavirus Case

Brazil confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Latin America on Wednesday.

Brazil’s health minister held a press conference announcing the country’s first case of the virus, a 61-year-old man who recently returned after traveling in Italy.

“We will now see how this virus behaves in a tropical country in the middle of summer, how its behavior pattern will be,” Luiz Henrique Mandetta said at the conference, according to The Associated Press.

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Church in Swedish ‘No-Go Zone’ Set on Fire

A church in a Swedish ‘no-go zone’ with a large migrant population was set on fire, with some claiming that the blaze was started by Islamists.

Gottsunda Church, which is located in an area where half of the inhabitants are migrants, is under the branch of the Church of Sweden, which has repeatedly expressed its support for mass immigration.

According to reports, law enforcement quickly noticed that someone had set fire to the church’s wooden facade and were able to alert firefighters, preventing more extensive damage.

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Court Hands Trump Win in Sanctuary City Fight, Says Administration Can Deny Grant Money

A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed a major win to the Trump administration in its fight against “sanctuary” jurisdictions, ruling that it can deny grant money to states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned a lower court ruling that stopped the administration’s 2017 move to withhold grant money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which dispenses over $250 million a year to state and local criminal justice efforts.

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Greeks Plan 24-Hour Protests on Two Islands to Stop Construction of New Invader Camps

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Local authorities declared a 24-hour strike on two eastern Greek islands Wednesday to protest government plans to build new migrant detention camps there.

The strike shut down services on the islands of Lesbos and Chios, which have been the main points of arrival for tens of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The strike comes after protesters clashed with riot police on the two islands during efforts to prevent the arrival of excavating machines from the mainland to start construction of the new detention centers.

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Increasing Numbers of So-Called “Asylum Seekers” Arrive in Europe Legally

BRUSSELS (AP) — Increasing numbers of people applying for asylum in the European Union are arriving from countries with visa-free travel agreements with the bloc, notably from Latin America, rather than entering without permission, the EU’s asylum agency said Wednesday.

More than 714,000 people applied for asylum or some form of international protection in Europe last year, up 13% from 2018, the European Asylum Support Office, or EASO, said in its latest report on asylum trends in 2019.

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Swedish Journalist to Revisit “No-Go Area” Where He Was Beaten and Robbed in December

When independent journalist Joakim Lamotte reported live from Kronogården in Trollhättan — an infamous no-go zone — last December to highlight the recurring riots of the local migrant gangs, he was attacked, beaten and robbed.

This Wednesday, Sweden’s state TV (SVT), had planned to premiere its new debate program in the same area with Lamotte as one of the guests but ended up canceling it at the last minute, fearing it may “cause concern” among the migrants.

On Tuesday, however, Lamotte announced that he will return alone for a new live broadcast from Kronogården.

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KU to Host Art Contest for Students to Express ‘Anger’ Over Campus Chick-fil-A

The University of Kansas announced an art contest titled “But the Chicken’s good…?”

The Sexuality and Gender Diversity Faculty & Staff Council and the KU Department of Visual Art are hosting the contest in March.

“In light of the controversy over the installation of Chick-fil-A in the Kansas memorial union, the SGDFS council would like to open up a campus conversation about the meaning of the brand” flyers said.

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Pope Francis Says Give Up Online Trolling for Lent

Every year during Lent, Catholics are commonly asked to give up on indulgences such as candy, chocolate, alcohol, or other vices.

But this year, Pope Francis went on to ask people to quit trolling others on social media.

“We like in an atmosphere polluted by way too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet. Today, people insult each other as if they were saying ‘Good Day’“, said the Pope.

Today, while addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, marking the 40-day season that leads up to Easter, Pope Francis made an appeal to let go of all negative activity on social media.

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Senate Democrats Block Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Senate Democrats have blocked a bill by Republicans that would stop infanticide and require medical care and treatment for babies born alive after failed abortions, despite the bill’s support among even those who classify themselves as pro-abortion.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require doctors to provide medical care for infants who survive attempted abortions. Anyone who violates the act would be subject to a fine or imprisonment up to five years. The bill is one of two abortion-related bills that were voted on in the Senate on Tuesday.

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Where Else Can it Lead But Civil War?

Instead of living under the one ideology of individual freedom, over 100 years ago we split into two opposing ideologies with the birth of Progressivism. One ideology believes in the principles of individual liberty as outlined in America’s Supreme Law of the Land, the U. S. Constitution. The Progressive ideology has attached itself to a Karl Marx Communist Manifesto whose principles are founded on the collective and the alleged infallible power of the state, not the individual, as follows:

Nothing in society will belong to anyone, either as a personal possession or as capital goods, except the things for which the person has immediate use, for either his needs, his pleasures, or his daily work. Every citizen will be a public man, sustained by, supported by, and occupied at the public expense.

III. Every citizen will make his particular contribution to the activities of the community according to his capacity, his talent and his age; it is on this basis that his duties will be determined, in conformity with the distributive laws ……. as summarized in the statement: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

The principles of these two opposing ideologies, socialism vs. freedom, are mutually exclusive. They are in contradiction with each other. There is no compromise between the two.

The socialism side is now viciously and violently attacking the freedom side, throughout America. They are doing everything in their power to squelch the opinions and beliefs of those that support individual freedom. To not fight back is a sign of weakness and only emboldens the socialism side.

A bully not confronted and taken down, is a bully empowered to continue on his path of destruction and devastation of lives and livelihoods, especially those self-righteous bullies that bully others under the false flag of irrational compassion, such as taxpayer-funded free health care and other subsidies for illegal aliens that Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is promoting.

Bernie’s rise to the apparent front-runner in the presidential election year of 2020 is further proof that millions of Americans have crossed over the tipping point into the mindset of socialism.

One man or woman, or a group of men or women, with governmental power over the masses, but without limits, oversight, or confronted by a force of equal power, will eventually assume absolute power. The national and international ruling class, oligarchs, industry titans, elites, anarchists and socialists are well on their way to assuming absolute world power. If they succeed, war in America is inevitable.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads to Every Continent Bar Antarctica

The deadly infection has now reached every continent besides Antarctica.

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/26/2020

  1. Russian Seasons of Kadyrov’s daughter in Paris

    https://style.news.am/rus/news/68039/kadiyrov-prokommentiroval-pokaz-docheri-na-nedele-modiy-v-parizhe.html

    But what happened under this name 100 years ago.

    “Russian Seasons” (French: Saisons Russes) – theatrical enterprise of S. P. Diaghilev. Guest performances by artists of the Imperial Theaters of St. Petersburg and Moscow abroad in the summer months of 1908-1914.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballets_Russes

  2. To-day: “The UK government has refused to release the findings of an official review into the characteristics of Pakistani and other Muslim grooming gangs. In response to a freedom-of-information request filed by the Independent, the Home Office has said releasing the information at this time would not be in the ‘public interest’.”

    • Very funny!In Germany they sayed something else after an Terrorattack…

      Also did you know that the frst grooming gang was known 1975!

  3. ABC suspending a reporter for telling the truth about the network’s dismal reportage.

    Wright should be rewarded and placed in charge of bringing real, objective NEWS back to the formerly AMERICAN broadcasting corporation.

    • Not really! He is as corrupt as the “party of corruption” for 190 years, and worse yet, he is a hard core “socialist”, his comment in Veritas interview, hence just another would be superiority class dictator-totalitarian, an easy communist, in other words.

  4. Wright should be rewarded by ABC for telling the truth about it’s sorry reportage. The quality of the Evening News with Muir has gone down drastically in the last year. Why?

  5. Feeling jaunty and I think I’ll put on my XXXXL Russian hockey jersey complete with hammer and sickle paired with a clown wig and face mask to head over to the local liberal bookstore.
    Who knew that peak clown would be so wildly entertaining. At least we aren’t a part of the hordes of zombies who would recoil in fear if they ever had an original thought outside of the hivemind groupthink of lameassery.

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