Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/27/2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus, as has his health minister. Meanwhile, thousands of coronavirus test kits ordered by Spain from China do not work. Also, the Turkish government is evacuating migrants from the front, I mean border, with Greece because of the coronavirus.

In other news, Human Rights Watch alleges that Greece has violated EU law by denying migrants the right to apply for asylum.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Disaster Looms as Millions of Americans Set to Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
» Germany and the Netherlands Block Idea of Issuing “Corona Bonds” To Save EU Economy
» Get Ready for World Money
» Pentagon Fears Foreigners Will Buy Control of US Defense Firms Amid Coronavirus Volatility
» Tax-Dodging Cruise Industry Begs for Taxpayer Bailout Amid Collapse in Revenue
» Trump: Suicides From the Coming Economic Depression Will Far Surpass Those From the Virus
» Why Washington’s COVID-19 Relief Package Must be Stopped!
 
USA
» 2nd Amendment Red Alert! FBI Could Stop Approving Gun Sales Soon
» Americans’ Battle for Liberty in Full Swing as Deep State Furthers Coronavirus Controls
» Austin Police Threaten to Arrest Reporter for Violating “Lockdown”
» Biden Supporters Face #MeToo reckoning After Sexual Assault Accusation Emerges
» CDC Says 2018 Flu Killed More Than Coronavirus Will in U.S.
» Chicago Mayor Warns, Those Who Go Outside to Exercise Risk Arrest
» COVID-19 Versus American Resilience
» Cuomo Admits Shutting Down New York Economy Was a Mistake
» Dems/MSM Confess to Wanting Coronavirus to Destroy US Economy & Trump
» Dr. Fauci Concedes Coronavirus Death Rate Like ‘Very Bad Flu’
» Edward Snowden’s Warning: Surveillance Measures Will Outlast the Pandemic
» Florida Man Friday: Illin’ and Chillin’
» Fox Business Dumps Trish Regan After She Defends Trump
» Globalist Think Tank Laid Out Scenario Where Virus Outbreak Prompts Authoritarian Crackdown
» Globalists/Dems Tell Trump America Will Not Reopen Monday
» Google Bans InfoWars App From Play Store
» Gov. Andrew Cuomo Admits Stockpile of Thousands of Unused Ventilators
» Gun Shop Owner Speaks Out Against Tyrannical Local Government Trying to Crush 2nd Amendment
» Left Wing Ars Technica Journalist, ‘DrPizza, ‘ Convicted of Pedophilia Offense
» Leftist Journo Takes Pleasure in US Becoming Worst Hit Coronavirus Nation: ‘Who’s the S***hole Country Now?’
» Lori Loughlin, College Admissions Scandal Parents Urge Judge to Drop Charges
» Michigan Democrat Governor Threatens Licenses of Doctors and Pharmacists Who Prescribe Hydroxychloroquine to Treat Coronavirus
» New York Imam: Coronavirus Comes From Women Showing Too Much Ankle
» NPR Station is Censoring Donald Trump as MSM Pushes Totalitarian Propaganda
» NYC Judge Frees Alleged Murderer Out of Concern He’ll Catch Coronavirus
» NYPD Releases Orwellian Video of Drones Spying on Citizens to Enforce Social Distancing
» NYU Tisch Students Demand Tuition Back, Dean Responds With Dance Video
» Phone Data Heat Map Shows Where Spring Breakers Traveled After Leaving Beach
» President Trump Urges Governors to Rank Counties by Virus Risk in Bid to Re-Open America’s Economy
» Study: 80,000 Coronavirus Deaths Expected in US by Summer
» Suspending the Constitution: Police State Uses Crises to Expand Its Lockdown Powers — Activist Post
» Texas’ Third Largest County Suspends Private Property Rights Amid COVID-19
» Texas AG Protects 2nd Amendment, Local Governments Can’t Restrict Sales
» The Offensiveness of Taking Political Offense
» Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Into Law
» Trump Orders GM to Make Ventilators Under Defense Production Act
» Trump’s Approval Rating Hits Record High
» University of Michigan Officials Can be Held Personally Liable for Violating Accused Student’s Rights: Judge
» Wake Up! Your Fears Are Being Manipulated
» Welcome to the War on Death
» Will We Allow the ‘Main Stream Media’ To Win?
 
Canada
» Canada Targeted by “State Sponsored” Chinese Cyberespionage Campaign: Report
» Mosque Follows Lockdown Order (But What’s With That Flag?)
 
Europe and the EU
» 80% of Russia’s Coronavirus Aid to Italy ‘Useless’ — La Stampa
» Bogus Statistics Driving the Coronavirus Scam
» China Angry Over Coronavirus Cartoon in Danish Newspaper
» Corona: The Case Number Game
» Coronavirus: Italy Registers Record Rise of 969 Deaths
» Coronavirus: The European Union Unravels
» Coronavirus Explosion in Welsh Region Resembles Italy ‘Pattern’, UK Daily Deaths Break 100
» COVID-19 Situation in Hungary Not Nearly as Bad as Most European Countries
» David Icke Destroys the Coronavirus Hoax in Powerful Must-See Interview
» Euro Space Agency to Put Sun, Mars Probes in Safe Mode While Boffins Swerve Pandemic
» Finnish Government Closes Off Infected Helsinki, Capital Region From Rest of Country to Stem the Spread of Virus
» Former UK Prime Minister Calls for Global Government to Fight Coronavirus
» France Extends Lockdown for 2 Weeks
» France: Man Imprisoned After Breaking Quarantine Rules Eight Times
» Germany, France Blocking Medical Supplies From Reaching Switzerland
» Imperial College Prof Who Predicted 500k UK Deaths Now Says Under 20k Will Die, Peak in Two Weeks
» Italian Mayor Threatens to Send “Police With Flamethrowers” To Break Up Graduation Parties
» More Than Half a Million Britons Join NHS Volunteer Coronavirus Corps
» Neanderthals Ate Dolphins and Seals, Researchers Reveal
» One-Worlders Exploit Pandemic for Global Government
» Spain’s EU-Certified Coronavirus Tests From China Don’t Work
» State Dept Tell U.S. Expats in Italy: Come Home Now or Plan to Stay
» UK Health Secretary Infected With Coronavirus as Well as Boris
» UK Police Force Slammed for Spying on Dog Walkers With Drone
» UK: Attempted Rape in London Stopped by Heroic 14-Year-Old Boy
» UK: Boris Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus
» UK: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is ‘Designated Survivor’ If Boris Incapacitated
» UK: London Hospitals Face ‘Tsunami’ of Patients, Could be Overwhelmed in ‘Days’
» Will the EU Chief Use the Coronavirus Crisis to Push for Further Centralization of the Bloc?
 
Balkans
» Coronavirus: Albania Release 600 Detainees for 3 Months
 
North Africa
» Coronavirus: Tension in Sousse and 89 Infected in Tunisia
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Israel and the Demise of the Global Village
 
Middle East
» Coronavirus: Curfew Imposed in Syrian NE
» Hundreds Die of Poisoning in Iran as Fake News Suggests Methanol Cure for Virus
» Misguided Coronavirus-Prevention Attempt Sees Hundreds Poison Themselves to Death in Iran
 
Russia
» In First Address to Nation on the Coronavirus, Putin Holds Back From Stringent Measures
» Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1,000 in Biggest One-Day Jump
 
South Asia
» Indian Police Beating Lockdown Violators
» Singapore to Jail People for 6 Months for Standing Too Close to Strangers
 
Far East
» China Shuts Down All Cinemas, Again
» Chinese Companies Hoarded Other Nations’ Medical Supplies During Outbreak, Flew Them to China
» COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
» Major Tech Companies Kowtow to China’s Communist Party, Just Like Huawei
» Tens of Thousands of Chinese Propaganda Accounts Are Running Wild on Twitter
 
Australia — Pacific
» Bali Holidaymaker, 65, Cops a $1,000 Fine After Ignoring Orders to Self-Isolate After Returning Home as Police Crack Down on Quarantine Dodgers
» From the Demise of Cash to Fewer Children: How Coronavirus Will Change Australia Forever — and Why Women Will be Impacted the Most
» ‘Go Back to Your Own Country’: Racist Mother Calls Masked Commuters ‘Disease-Infected Dogs’ During Vile Rant on a Melbourne Tram — as Her Daughter Begs for Her to Stop
» Seven New Species of Colorful Peacock Spider Join the Dance Party
» The Colorado Cluster: How a Virus Outbreak Among Melbourne’s Elite Spread From the Wealthy Ski-Slopes of Aspen and Infected Dozens at Exclusive Cocktail and Birthday Parties in Blue-Chip Suburbs Across the City
» The Virus Slowdown Was Successful — But the Depressed Patient Died in Poverty
» Thousands of Australian Doctors and Nurses on the Coronavirus Frontline Will be Given a Vaccine in Trial That Could Stop the Spread of COVID-19
» Warning ‘Predatory’ Chinese Companies Could Buy Up Australian Businesses Crippled by the Coronavirus Economic Collapse
» Why is Australia’s Coronavirus Hitting the Rich? How Deadly Virus Spread on First Class Flights, Luxury Cruises and on a Super-Spreader Skiing Holiday in Aspen
 
Immigration
» 20 Coronavirus Quotes Showing How Open Borders and Political Correctness Came Before Public Health
» Coronavirus Rescue Bill Includes $350 Million for “Migration and Refugee Assistance”
» French Official Says Quarantine Should Not be Enforced in Migrant Areas to Avoid Riots
» German Refugee Org Wants Migrants in Hotels, Holiday Homes Due to Coronavirus
» German Court Convicts Tunisian Islamist Migrant of Ricin Bio-Terror Plot
» Italy: Social Distancing: Migrant Attacks Baker After Being Asked to Wait Outside
» NGO Accuses Greek Government of Violating Migrants’ Human Rights
» Turkey Evacuates Hundreds of Migrants From Greek Border Amid Virus Pandemic
» UK Screening Illegals for Coronavirus Amid Shortage of Test Kits for Medical Workers
 
Culture Wars
» University Warns Students Against ‘Racist, Xenophobic’ Coronavirus Language
 

Disaster Looms as Millions of Americans Set to Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

With a record 3.3 million people filing for unemployment due to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic — the largest number of claims ever recorded in a single week since October, 1982 — millions of Americans stand to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance when they might need it the most, according to Bloomberg.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Germany and the Netherlands Block Idea of Issuing “Corona Bonds” To Save EU Economy

The European Union is facing the biggest economic challenge of its existence now that nearly all of its member states have largely shut down due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nine EU countries want the Union to issue joint “corona bonds” to help protect the bloc’s economy and create a form of collectivized debt — but other nations, including some of the bloc’s most powerful members, disagree.

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

Get Ready for World Money

Since Federal Reserve resources were barely able to prevent complete collapse in 2008, it should be expected that an even larger collapse will overwhelm the Fed’s balance sheet.

That’s exactly the situation we’re facing right now.

The specter of a global debt crisis suggests the urgency for new liquidity sources, bigger than those that central banks can provide. The logic leads quickly to one currency for the planet.

The task of re-liquefying the world will fall to the IMF because the IMF will have the only clean balance sheet left among official institutions. The IMF will rise to the occasion with a towering issuance of special drawing rights (SDRs), and this monetary operation will effectively end the dollar’s role as the leading reserve currency.

[Comment: Create the problem. Get the Reaction. Implement the globalist “solution”.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pentagon Fears Foreigners Will Buy Control of US Defense Firms Amid Coronavirus Volatility

With the coronavirus pandemic and the financial crisis that has come with it, the Pentagon is afraid of foreigners investing in and taking control of US defense companies. Pentagon officials are ready to take protective measures against what they call “adversarial capital.” Ellen Lord, the defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, spoke at a news conference on Wednesday. Lord said:

“It is critically important that we understand that during the crisis, the [defense-industrial base] is vulnerable to adversarial capital, so we need to ensure that companies can stay in business without losing their technology.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tax-Dodging Cruise Industry Begs for Taxpayer Bailout Amid Collapse in Revenue

The cruise industry, which has dodged US taxes and regulations for years by registering their vessels overseas, is in dire need of cash in order to remain afloat — and aren’t confident that they can borrow from any of the existing taxpayer-funded loan programs due to their offshore registrations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump: Suicides From the Coming Economic Depression Will Far Surpass Those From the Virus

The mortality rate from COVID-19, which was initially thought to be at five percent, but now seems to be much lower, below one percent.

“This was a medical problem, we’re not going to let it turn into a long-lasting financial problem,” he added, urging Congress to pass the $2 trillion stimulus bill urgently and without partisan politicking, as workers and employees across the U.S. were hurting from lockdowns and quarantines. Although this is already a financial problem for many, as many of the businesses that closed during the lockdown will never reopen, their owners and employees losing their livelihoods for the foreseeable future. That’s hardly a solution. The U.S. economy was not meant to shut down, and the longer it is, the greater the impact will be.

Trump said the administration’s thinking had evolved due to receiving better numbers on the mortality rate from COVID-19, which was initially thought to be at five percent, but now seems to be much lower, below one percent.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Why Washington’s COVID-19 Relief Package Must be Stopped!

The Senate’s $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package is not fiscal stimulus and it’s not a lifeline for the tens of millions of working people who have suddenly lost their jobs. It’s a fundamental restructuring of the US economy designed to strengthen the grip of the corrupt corporate-banking oligarchy while creating a permanent underclass that will be forced to work for slave wages. This isn’t stimulus, it’s shock therapy…

It means that Mnuchin is transforming the US Treasury into a hedge fund. That’s what it means. It means that the Treasury is going to use the $450 billion that is obliquely allocated in the emergency bill, to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)—which is a sleazy, off-balance sheet operation that is used to conceal underhanded bookkeeping, that will leverage up by 10x (which means that the Fed will use the $450 billion to borrow tens times more than the original amount or $4.5 trillion) that will be stealthily used to bail out underwater corporations, financial institutions and, yes, banks. (Note—The fairy-tale about “well capitalized banks” is pure bunkum. These guys have serious exposure through “sponsored repo” which is lending to hedge funds via the repo market.) The Fed has already created one SPV for the Commercial Paper market under the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) which is supposed to be used to mitigate volatility in global currency markets, not for bailing out failing corporations. It’s a complete misuse of funds. Unfortunately, targeted suspension of the Sunshine Act will prevent the public from figuring out who is getting money in what amount and for what purpose. This whole scam has been carefully worked out right down to legal provisions preventing transparency.

By the way, Mnuchin’s personal bio is worth reviewing. According to Senator Ron Wyden:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

2nd Amendment Red Alert! FBI Could Stop Approving Gun Sales Soon

Agency warns ‘offices in charge of conducting the background checks could shut down.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Americans’ Battle for Liberty in Full Swing as Deep State Furthers Coronavirus Controls

Citizens suffering a form of de facto siege warfare enabled by Democrat governors.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Austin Police Threaten to Arrest Reporter for Violating “Lockdown”

News media exempt from unconstitutional federal and state lockdown laws.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Supporters Face #MeToo reckoning After Sexual Assault Accusation Emerges

When it came to the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a credible sexual assault allegation alone, even absent any evidence or corroboration, was enough for most Democrats to cry “believe women” and demand the Senate reject Kavanaugh’s nomination. Now that it’s Joe Biden who faces a similar sexual assault allegation, Democrats must hold their party’s presumptive nominee to the same standard — or reveal themselves as cynical hypocrites once and for all.

A former Biden staffer who worked in his Senate offices in the early 1990s, Tara Reade, has come forward to accuse him of sexually assaulting her in 1993, as reported by Reason‘s Robby Soave. Reade claims that Biden forcibly kissed her and reached into her pants to penetrate her while pushing her against a wall. She says fear of retaliation kept her from speaking out until now.

Of course, conservatives for consistency’s sake must insist that Biden deserves fair due process, and allegations alone are not sufficient evidence to brand a man a sexual assaulter and torpedo his reputation and career. But for Biden’s most prominent Democratic supporters, they’re in quite a tough bind due to the deeply illiberal, guilty-by-accusation precedent they set during the Kavanaugh affair.

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

CDC Says 2018 Flu Killed More Than Coronavirus Will in U.S.

Seasonal flu deaths regularly exceed expected coronavirus deaths.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago Mayor Warns, Those Who Go Outside to Exercise Risk Arrest

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened to shut down public areas on Wednesday after becoming increasingly frustrated with people disobeying the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. The mayor’s warning also made clear that anyone breaking the new measure would be fined or even possibly arrested, reported CBS Chicago.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

COVID-19 Versus American Resilience

Too many Americans can see through the attempted government takeover on all levels that is being ushered in by the coronavirus “crisis.”

As was done under the Obama administration, Congress is using the cover of an emergency to force through unnecessary regulations. The pandemic emergency doesn’t reach a fraction of the annual flu season numbers that has already contributed to the deaths of some 22,000 in the United States alone. And the CDC projects that up to 55,000 could succumb before the year is out.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Cuomo Admits Shutting Down New York Economy Was a Mistake

Dem governor signals regret for draconian coronavirus lockdown.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dems/MSM Confess to Wanting Coronavirus to Destroy US Economy & Trump

Left supports ruining the country to “own” conservatives.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dr. Fauci Concedes Coronavirus Death Rate Like ‘Very Bad Flu’

The case fatality rate is about 0.1%.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Edward Snowden’s Warning: Surveillance Measures Will Outlast the Pandemic

Edward Snowden has a warning for those who are giving up liberty for a false sense of security: the temporary mass surveillance measures put in place will be anything but temporary. Snowden says that these measures are not worth giving up even more liberty.

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program, and infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden is sounding the alarms about the Orwellian mass surveillance that will long outlast this coronavirus pandemic.

The former CIA contractor, whose leaks exposed the scale of spying programs in the United States, is warning that once this tech is taken out of the box, it will be hard to put it back. “When we see emergency measures passed, particularly today, they tend to be sticky,” Snowden said in an interview with the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

The emergency tends to be expanded. Then the authorities become comfortable with some new power. They start to like it.

Power corrupts. It always has and always will. But people have become comfortable with government officials ruling over them, stealing their money, and telling them what to do. We’ve been transformed into the government’s slaves, and Snowden says it’s only going to get worse.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Man Friday: Illin’ and Chillin’

If you had worried that coronavirus might put a stop to Florida Man… nobody thought that, did they?

Coronavirus might have slowed Florida Man down this last week, but it could not stop him. So join me now on another thrilling (if somewhat abbreviated)…

Florida Man Friday!

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

Fox Business Dumps Trish Regan After She Defends Trump

The Fox Business Network announced Friday it has “parted ways” with host Trish Regan after she was placed on indefinite leave for a monologue in which she accused media and Democrats of using the coronavirus crisis “to demonize and destroy the president.”

“We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” the network said in a statement.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Globalist Think Tank Laid Out Scenario Where Virus Outbreak Prompts Authoritarian Crackdown

Decade-old Rockefeller Foundation report described virus as catalyst for top-down government control.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Globalists/Dems Tell Trump America Will Not Reopen Monday

Desperate Deep Staters intend to hold United States hostage for as long as 18 months or until Trump is driven from office.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Google Bans InfoWars App From Play Store

Google removed the Infowars Android app from its Play Store after it aired a video in which Alex Jones disputed the need for social distancing, shelter in place orders, and quarantine efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Google confirmed to WIRED it had removed the app on Friday. The app had more than 100,000 downloads and was rated “E10+,” meaning it was safe for ages 10 and older.

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

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Admits Stockpile of Thousands of Unused Ventilators

Cuomo’s comments demonstrate there is not an immediate shortage in ventilators in the city.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gun Shop Owner Speaks Out Against Tyrannical Local Government Trying to Crush 2nd Amendment

Authorities using coronavirus pandemic to curtail God-given rights.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Left Wing Ars Technica Journalist, ‘DrPizza, ‘ Convicted of Pedophilia Offense

Tech journo epitomizes irony.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Leftist Journo Takes Pleasure in US Becoming Worst Hit Coronavirus Nation: ‘Who’s the S***hole Country Now?’

A leftist columnist seemingly took pleasure in the fact that the US has become the country with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus by mocking President Trump and proclaiming “Who’s the shithole country now?”

Julia Ioffe, who writes for GQ, tweeted out the inane comment along with a link to a New York Times story on the development.

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

Lori Loughlin, College Admissions Scandal Parents Urge Judge to Drop Charges

BOSTON — “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges against them in the college admissions bribery case, accusing prosecutors of “extraordinary” misconduct.

Defense attorneys for the famous couple and other parents still fighting the charges say the case cannot stand because investigators bullied their informant into lying and then concealed evidence that would bolster the parents’ claims of innocence.

“The extraordinary government misconduct presented in this case threatens grave harm to defendants and the integrity of this proceeding. That misconduct cannot be ignored,” the lawyers wrote.

The US Attorney’s Office in Boston declined to comment Wednesday.

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

Michigan Democrat Governor Threatens Licenses of Doctors and Pharmacists Who Prescribe Hydroxychloroquine to Treat Coronavirus

Heir Whitmer’s foreboding warnings are in the interest of the State comrades.

[Comment: Gotta reserve the supply for the globalist puppet politicians.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New York Imam: Coronavirus Comes From Women Showing Too Much Ankle

(PJ MEDIA) Amid all the controversy over where the coronavirus comes from (don’t you dare call it the “Chinese Virus,” a la “Spanish Flu,” that would be racist, and to be racist is worse than the virus itself) and what should be done about it, a Muslim cleric in Syracuse, NY., has found the key; thousands of people are being infected, many are dying, and America is teetering on the edge of economic collapse because American women are showing too much ankle.

Don’t laugh. Laughing would be “Islamophobic,” and Khadar Bin Muhammad, the imam of the Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah in Syracuse, is not making a joke. In a video posted on YouTube last week and reposted by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the learned imam explains it all for us.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NPR Station is Censoring Donald Trump as MSM Pushes Totalitarian Propaganda

A Seattle-based NPR station has stated that it will no longer be airing President Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefings because of “misinformation.” As we’ve learned over the past several years, misinformation is simply the information they don’t want you to hear.

So what is the “misinformation” Trump has been saying? Obviously things the mainstream media wants to avoid, like asking people to remain calm, look at the objective facts and statistics about the pandemic and stop playing into the fear-mongering of the mainstream media. Fear has boosted mainstream media’s ratings in the past few weeks, adding to their profits. Reopening the economy means people would be at work or at least out doing things instead of watching the panic-laced headlines scroll across the TV.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NYC Judge Frees Alleged Murderer Out of Concern He’ll Catch Coronavirus

A Manhattan judge on Thursday ordered the release of a career criminal charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death out of concern he could contract coronavirus at Rikers, the Post has learned.

State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer freed Pedro Vinent-Barcia, 63, and 15 other inmates after the Legal Aid Society filed a petition arguing that their detention exposed them to serious medical harm in the midst of a pandemic sweeping through city jails.

Prosecutors objected, citing the brutality of the crime and the defendant’s criminal record.

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

NYPD Releases Orwellian Video of Drones Spying on Citizens to Enforce Social Distancing

In a matter of weeks, Americans have watched a police state unfold in front of their eyes. The phrase “that could never happen here” has taken a back seat to “omg what will they do next.” Well, next up on the “holy sh*t we have reached 1984 status” list is the fact that residents in New York and California are now being monitored by drones — and officials are bragging about it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NYU Tisch Students Demand Tuition Back, Dean Responds With Dance Video

Students at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts want some of their tuition money back because they say virtual classes aren’t what they paid for — but instead of addressing the situation, the school’s dean sent them a video of herself dancing to REM’s “Losing My Religion.”

Following several communications between students and the school administration, Dean Allyson Green earlier this week attached her dance video to an email to students in which she explained that she doesn’t have the authority to refund tuition and that it’s “challenging” for the school to give students their money back right now.

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

Phone Data Heat Map Shows Where Spring Breakers Traveled After Leaving Beach

A phone data heat map shows how spring breakers who ignored warnings about social distancing traveled after their respective vacations.

The graphic, which uses anonymized data collected by company X-Mode, was put together by data visualization company Tectonix. It uses cell phone data collected by those on beaches in early March — prime Spring Break time — to show where beachgoers went after their trips.

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

President Trump Urges Governors to Rank Counties by Virus Risk in Bid to Re-Open America’s Economy

President Trump said in a letter to governors today that governments should soon be ranking individual counties across the U.S. as “low, medium or high” risk for coronavirus outbreaks, in what is likely a beginning stage attempt to get the wheels of the American economy turning again.

His letter says:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Study: 80,000 Coronavirus Deaths Expected in US by Summer

A study by leading health researchers in the US has concluded that 80,000 Americans are expected to die from coronavirus by this Summer, even if social distancing measures are observed.

The research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, found that national hospital capacity is likely to be overwhelmed by the second week of April.

The lower end of death toll estimate is 38,000, with the worst case scenario expected to exceed 162,000 deaths within four months.

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

Suspending the Constitution: Police State Uses Crises to Expand Its Lockdown Powers — Activist Post

Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the economy into a tailspin and wreaking havoc with our liberties, but they are also rendering the citizenry fully dependent on the government for financial handouts, medical intervention, protection and sustenance.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Texas’ Third Largest County Suspends Private Property Rights Amid COVID-19

Constitution being set on fire by governments across the country.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Texas AG Protects 2nd Amendment, Local Governments Can’t Restrict Sales

Texas gun stores recognized as essential businesses.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Offensiveness of Taking Political Offense

Not long ago, in the course of an acrimonious debate over one radical “gun-control” bill under consideration in the 2020 session of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Republican Senator charged that “[e]very legislator that votes in favor of this bill is, in my opinion, a traitor to Virginia, a traitor to the Second Amendment, and traitor to our constitutional freedoms”. In response, a Democratic Senator intoned that “I would like her to know that I am deeply offended that she has accused anyone on this floor of treason”. See , at 5.

Unfortunately, the Democratic Senator’s rejoinder was typical of a dismissive attitude towards political opposition which has become all too common these days: namely, that if the target of some criticism simply denounces it as subjectively “offensive” to her (or him), there is no need for her (or him) actually to refute it objectively by reference to matters of fact, by citations of rules of law, or even by appeals to the principles of logic. “Because I feel personally offended at what you say, you are wrong simply for saying it!” is supposed to suffice. The Democratic Senator would have done better, however, to have swallowed her “offense” until she had perused the relevant law…

Of course, “any speech or debate in either house” of Virginia’s General Assembly is absolutely privileged, because politicians’ mere words, even when they propose or endorse “treason”, are unlikely to harm anyone. And free and open debate—even, perhaps especially, when the speakers are half-witted legislators—is the best means to expose bad ideas for what they really are. But a legislator’s act of voting for a bill which, when enacted, imposes the baneful effects of “treason” on its subjects must itself be “treasonous”.

True enough, rogue legislators will always avoid enforcing such an ersatz “law” in the field with their own hands. Instead, they will despatch armed myrmidons to do their dirty work.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Into Law

President Trump has signed the massive $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, called the CARES Act, into law, he revealed on Friday at 4:34 p.m.

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Trump Orders GM to Make Ventilators Under Defense Production Act

President Trump has ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act just hours after criticizing the company for not working to create medical supplies.

The act can force American companies to create materials that are in short supply during national emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump’s Approval Rating Hits Record High

President Trump’s approval rating has hit an all-time high for his first term according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, a sign that the public approves of the president’s handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

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University of Michigan Officials Can be Held Personally Liable for Violating Accused Student’s Rights: Judge

UPDATED

Ignored court orders to allow cross-examination in Title IX hearings

The University of Michigan’s refusal to recognize an accused student’s “clearly established due process rights” led a federal judge to deny its administrators “qualified immunity” in the student’s lawsuit.

Senior U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow went much further, declaring the school’s 2018 Title IX policy unconstitutional and an element of the “interim” policy that replaced it unconstitutional.

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Wake Up! Your Fears Are Being Manipulated

The first cases of the swine flu, H1N1, appeared in April 2009. By the time Obama finally declared a national emergency seven months later, the CDC was reporting that 50 million Americans, one in six people, had been infected, and 10,000 Americans had died. In the early months, Obama had no HHS secretary or appointees to the department’s 19 key posts, as well as no commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, no surgeon general, no CDC director. The vacancy at the CDC was especially important because in the early days of the crisis, only they could test for the virus (sound familiar?). Yet some 66 percent of Americans thought the president was protecting them. There was no panic. Why?

Of course, Trump isn’t Obama. But if you really think it is that black and white, that one man makes that much difference in the multi-leveled response of the vast federal government, you don’t know much about bureaucracy. Most of the people who handled the swine flu are now working the coronavirus, from the rank and file at CDC, HHS, and DHS to headliners like Drs. Andrew Fauci (in government since 1968, worked ebola) and Deborah Brix (in government since 1985, prior to corona was an Obama AIDS appointee).

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Welcome to the War on Death

According to The New York Times, the Coronapocalypse has begun in Elmhurst, where the authorities have called in the refrigerator trucks to haul away the mountains of corpses, after 13 people who “had tested positive” died (of something) in the course of one day. The rest of the corporate media are running moment-by-moment deathometer updates, apocalyptic prognostications of the millions or billions who are possibly going to die, and of course the latest on which celebrities have been infected and are clinging to life, or experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, or absolutely no symptoms whatsoever.

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Will We Allow the ‘Main Stream Media’ To Win?

Mainstream media. That would be ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, assorted others on the boob tube, electronic and print newspapers and web sites that for many decades have shown their glaring bias against everything America, constitutionalists, conservatives, people of faith and the U.S. Constitution.

Along came Donald Trump and their disgraceful duplicity kicked into over drive. Like Trump or not he’s the only president in my lifetime to take on the media. He makes them eat dirt every day. They lie to the American people outright on the nightly news, in their newspapers and on their web sites. Their daily wet dream is to destroy Trump and all he’s trying to accomplish for the American people.

How do they get away with lying on an hourly basis? It’s Legal for the Media to Lie to You

“In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States. That’s right. It’s legal for the mainstream media to lie to you.

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Canada Targeted by “State Sponsored” Chinese Cyberespionage Campaign: Report

A Chinese cyberespionage actor targeted Canada and several other nations in what security experts are calling the “broadest campaign” of recent years.

The US cybersecurity company FireEye released a report on March 25 detailing attempts by a Chinese actor identified only as APT41 to access and exploit vulnerabilities in various industries.

“Beginning this year, FireEye observed Chinese actor APT41 carry out one of the broadest campaigns by a Chinese cyber espionage actor we have observed in recent years,” claimed FireEye.

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Mosque Follows Lockdown Order (But What’s With That Flag?)

At a Thornhill, Ontario mosque, the call for social distancing is apparently being respected. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the flag of Canada.

I recently dropped by the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre. This was the place of worship targeted by some members of the Persian community and others last month who allege that the people who run this mosque and those who attend services here are pro-Iranian regime.

(You may recall that I covered this peaceful protest of that took place entirely on a public sidewalk; even so, the people in charge of the mosque called the York Regional Police Service. And of course, the police responded en masse, because even a falsified charge of “Islamophobia” is a calling-all-cars crisis even though some of the protesters were Muslims themselves. But I digress…)

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80% of Russia’s Coronavirus Aid to Italy ‘Useless’ — La Stampa

Around 80% of the coronavirus supplies that Russia has sent to Italy are “useless,” the country’s La Stampa daily reported Wednesday, citing high-level political sources.

Russia sent 600 ventilators and 100 military virologists and epidemiologists to Italy following talks between President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte last Saturday. Footage of Russian military trucks en route from Rome to the coronavirus epicenter of Bergamo circulated online this week.

“Eighty percent of Russian supplies are totally useless or of little use to Italy. In short, this is little more than a pretext,” an unnamed source told La Stampa.

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Bogus Statistics Driving the Coronavirus Scam

Bogus statistics driving the coronavirus scam. All of our government masters, the people telling us to “shelter in place” and threatening imprisonment if we leave our homes, are using the same bogus source for their doom and gloom-predicting statistics. All of them. That source is a team of Democrat activists based at Imperial College London who admit right on their website that “this model is designed to drive fast action, not predict the future.” In other words, they admit they’re just trying to scare people. Remind anyone of the Global Warming scam?

[Comment: Seems like these activists are committing terrorism.]

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China Angry Over Coronavirus Cartoon in Danish Newspaper

Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten printed a cartoon of the Chinese flag with virus-like figures in place of the symbolic yellow stars. China is demanding an apology from the paper, which has previously waded into controversy.

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Corona: The Case Number Game

In this episode of public health bureaucrats go crazy, let’s look at their numbers. Let’s accept their reality for the moment— —the reality they claim to be working from— —and trace the implications. Buckle up.

Start with Europe and just plain flu. Not COVID-19. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, “During the winter months, influenza may infect up to 20% of the population… “ That’s ordinary seasonal flu.

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Coronavirus: Italy Registers Record Rise of 969 Deaths

COVID-19 infections up 4,401 to 66,414

(ANSA) — Rome, March 27 — The civil protection agency said Friday that 9,134 people have died with the coronavirus in Italy, 969 up on the number given on Thursday.

It is the highest daily rise in deaths anywhere in the world since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, although around 50 of the deaths were cases carried over after not being included in Thursday’s data.

The previous daily high was the 793 deaths reported in Italy on Saturday. The department said 66,414 people are currently infected with the coronavirus in Italy, 4,401 up on Thursday. That compared to Thursday’s daily rise of 4,492.

It said 10,950 people have now recovered from the coronavirus in Italy, up 589 in 24 hours. On Thursday the daily rise was 999.

The overall number of people to have been infected in Italy, including the deceased and the recovered, is now 86,498.

That means Italy has overtaken China, which is steady on 81,897 cases.

Italy has also overtaken the USA’s 86,102 infections, John Hopkins University said Friday.

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Coronavirus: The European Union Unravels

As the coronavirus pandemic rages through Europe — where more than 250,000 people have now been diagnosed with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 15,000 have died — the foundational pillars of the European Union are crumbling one by one.

Faced with an existential threat, EU member states, far from joining together to confront the pandemic as a unified bloc, instinctively are returning to pursuing the national interest. After years of criticizing U.S. President Donald J. Trump for pushing an “America First” policy, European leaders are reverting to the very nationalism they have publicly claimed to despise.

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Coronavirus Explosion in Welsh Region Resembles Italy ‘Pattern’, UK Daily Deaths Break 100

The British coronavirus death toll has risen to 578, seeing its biggest daily increase with 115 coronavirus fatalities in 24 hours — and an explosion of cases in Gwent, Wales.

All told there were 11,658 confirmed cases in the United Kingdom as of Thursday.

The United Kingdom is thought to be approximately two weeks behind Italy in the severity of its coronavirus outbreak — but the health chief in Wales is worried that one region in the country is following “the same pattern as Italy”.

Gwent in south Wales has seen 309 confirmed cases of the Chinese virus — almost half of the total 628 infections in the British home nation — which has made the Welsh county the second worst-affected region after London, taking over from the West Midlands in England, according to The Times.

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COVID-19 Situation in Hungary Not Nearly as Bad as Most European Countries

Efforts against the novel coronavirus epidemic will cost “several hundred billion forints”, but those resources are available from central coffers, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office told his regular news conference on Thursday

Gergely Gulyas said that the situation in Hungary was not nearly as bad as in most countries of Europe because the government had taken all necessary measures much earlier. He added, however, that the number of those infected could increase in leaps and bounds in the next days and weeks. He said that all conditions were in place to control the epidemic and the health-care system was prepared to handle “the highest possible number” of patients. Gulyas thanked health-care and law-enforcement staff, adding that the success of preventative measures depended on their efforts.

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David Icke Destroys the Coronavirus Hoax in Powerful Must-See Interview

The globalists have gone from hiding tyranny to selling tyranny.

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Euro Space Agency to Put Sun, Mars Probes in Safe Mode While Boffins Swerve Pandemic

Spacecraft instruments switched off after COVID-19 outbreak forces mission control to send workers home ESA will pause on-board operations of its spacecraft exploring our Solar System — after sending its mission control center staff home to help contain the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Finnish Government Closes Off Infected Helsinki, Capital Region From Rest of Country to Stem the Spread of Virus

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Police in southern Finland began Friday to enforce the new regulation aimed at ceasing all unnecessary human traffic to and from Uusimaa, the region that includes the Nordic nation’s capital, Helsinki.

Police will block access and exit from the region, which has been hit worst in the country by the coronavirus.

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Former UK Prime Minister Calls for Global Government to Fight Coronavirus

Former Prime Minister of the UK Gordon Brown has called on world leaders to create “a temporary form of global government” to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Brown wants international organizations like the WHO and the UN to be given executive powers that would supersede national sovereignty as part of a new system overseen by world […]

[Comment: Globalist acolyte crawls out and, surprise surprise — the solution is more centralization and loss of sovereignty.]

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France Extends Lockdown for 2 Weeks

France has extended its nationwide coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks until April 15, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday.

The number of confirmed cases in the state climbed to 44,635, Cuomo said, up from 37,258.

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France: Man Imprisoned After Breaking Quarantine Rules Eight Times

A man in the French city of Loire has been sent to prison by a judge after he repeatedly violated lockdown measures meant to halt the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

The 35-year-old was on parole at the time of his arrest and according to prosecutors had 16 prior convictions for a number of offences including drug use, contempt of court, theft, and travelling on public transport without a ticket.

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Germany, France Blocking Medical Supplies From Reaching Switzerland

Paris, Berlin ignore EU orders to keep trade lines open.

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Imperial College Prof Who Predicted 500k UK Deaths Now Says Under 20k Will Die, Peak in Two Weeks

His reasoning is that estimates of the virus’s transmissibility are much higher than previously thought.

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Italian Mayor Threatens to Send “Police With Flamethrowers” To Break Up Graduation Parties

Some continue to ignore social distancing rules.

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More Than Half a Million Britons Join NHS Volunteer Coronavirus Corps

560,000 Britons have volunteered to support the National Health Service (NHS) in taking care of the country’s vulnerable citizens during the coronavirus pandemic, more than double the initial government call for 250,000.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock called for volunteers to perform simple but vital tasks for the 1.5 million Britons who will be forced to self-isolate for months.

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Neanderthals Ate Dolphins and Seals, Researchers Reveal

More than 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals were eating a wide range of food from the sea, according to the latest research, even hunting dolphins and seals.

The study, which was led by the University of Gottingen in Germany, sheds new light on our extinct relatives. Excavation of a cave at Figueira Brava in Portugal provided evidence that Neanderthals looked to the sea for their food, as well as the land. “Their diet included mussels, crustaceans and fish as well as waterfowl and marine mammals such as dolphins and seals,” the researchers explain in a statement.

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One-Worlders Exploit Pandemic for Global Government

Since “climate change” has not ushered in world government, the global health crisis will have to do. Hence, Greta Thunberg has announced it’s “extremely likely” she has had coronavirus. She wasn’t tested but quickly recovered, she says. Now, we are told, the world has to come together to create a global government financed by global taxes to deal with future pandemics.

“Gordon Brown calls for global government to tackle coronavirus” is the British Guardian headline over a story about the former Labor prime minister.

Globalist organizations led by the World Federalists are leading the charge. This year, however, they think the timing is on their side. Their “UN2020” movement is taking advantage of this year being the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. They believe the coronavirus can be exploited to get the nations of the world united behind the push for “another, better path for humanity.”

Their “plan of action,” as set forth in a draft of their “People’s Declaration,” is unfolding mostly behind-the-scenes as the 75th anniversary of the United Nations “provides a much-needed opportunity for system-wide stocktaking, strengthening and renewal.”

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Spain’s EU-Certified Coronavirus Tests From China Don’t Work

The Spanish government received thousands of EU-certified coronavirus tests from a Chinese company, but tests of the first batch of 9,000 reveal that they do not work.

Spain bought the devices in hopes of rolling out mass testing of its population. After being tested by several microbiology facilities in the country, the Chinese tests were found to only have an accuracy rate of 30 per cent, where they should have been closer to 80 per cent. The tests have been returned to the manufacturer.

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State Dept Tell U.S. Expats in Italy: Come Home Now or Plan to Stay

ROME — The U.S. State Department has sent a notice to expats living in Italy that they should come home “immediately” or prepare to stay away for a long time.

The Italian government “has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country,” the message reads. “U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”

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UK Health Secretary Infected With Coronavirus as Well as Boris

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for the British government’s Department for Health and Social Care, announced he has coronavirus shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“I’ve been working from home over the last couple of days because everyone who can work from home should work from home,” Hancock began in a video message shared on social media.

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UK Police Force Slammed for Spying on Dog Walkers With Drone

Despite them adhering to coronavirus lockdown rules.

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UK: Attempted Rape in London Stopped by Heroic 14-Year-Old Boy

A man who attempted to rape a woman he met at a pub in London last summer was stopped by a 14-year-old boy who intervened. The attacker has now been sentenced to a prison term.

Sean Manning, 42, met the woman at a pub in Hackney, London on the night of August 11 of last year. When she attempted to leave, Manning followed her and asked the woman to come with him to his home, according to a report at My London.

When she refused, Manning attacked her and dragged her down a stairwell alongside the Haggerston Bridge, after which he attempted to rape her. When she tried to escape, Manning physically assaulted her.

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UK: Boris Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, has revealed he tested positive for coronavirus.

In a video message posted to his Twitter account Friday, he explained he had developed “mild symptoms” over the last 24 hours — “a temperature and a persistent cough.”

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UK: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is ‘Designated Survivor’ If Boris Incapacitated

Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Dominic Raab is the “designated survivor” if Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who been infected by the coronavirus, is incapacitated.

Raab, who also serves as First Secretary of State in Boris Johnson’s administration, is known to have tested negative for coronavirus on two previous occasions.

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UK: London Hospitals Face ‘Tsunami’ of Patients, Could be Overwhelmed in ‘Days’

The chief executive of a body which represents hospital bosses has said that London facilities are facing a “continuous tsunami” of coronavirus patients, and that the city’s hospitals could be overwhelmed in “days”.

Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers which speaks for those who run Britain’s hospitals, said that even though London hospitals have increased critical care capacity from between five— and sevenfold in just two weeks, they are still “struggling”.

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Will the EU Chief Use the Coronavirus Crisis to Push for Further Centralization of the Bloc?

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission says the outbreaks of coronavirus across the continent will be a “turning point” for the European Union, Euronews reports.

The German politician told a nearly empty European Parliament in Brussels “What we do now really matters… The very basis of the EU is going to be determined by the decision we make now.” The commissioner was calling for a pan-European response and criticised member states that “looked out for themselves.”

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Coronavirus: Albania Release 600 Detainees for 3 Months

123 people have tested positive and 5 dead in country

(ANSAmed) — TIRANA, MARCH 24 — Starting Tuesday about 600 detainees, or 10% of the total prison population, will be transferred for three months to their homes. The decision was made by the government as a measure to prevent a possible spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in penitentiaries. Justice Minister Etilda Gjonaj said that the measure will affect those that must serve a sentence of up to 3 years and those over age 60, if they have up to 5 years left to serve and suffer chronic health issues. None of those to be released, the minister added, have been found guilty of serious crimes. In Albania, 123 COVID-19 cases have been recorded including 47 in the past three days.

Five people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

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Coronavirus: Tension in Sousse and 89 Infected in Tunisia

Protestors against quarantine tear gassed

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, MARCH 23 — Another 14 cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, have been found in Tunisia, bringing the total to 89 in the country. The announcement was made by Tunis’s National Observatory for Rare and Emerging Diseases, Nissaf Ben Allaya, who note that 60 of the cases had been “imported” while 29 had been infected locally. Three deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the country thus far and one cured. Some 4 clusters have been found in the country and will be isolated: zones of the Les Berges du Lac, La Marsa, La Soukra, and part of the Djerba island, Health Minister Abdellatif Mekki said.

On Sunday evening, tension was sparked on the outskirts of Sousse between security forces and a group of protestors that were against mandatory quarantine in a local hotel for a group of Tunisians that had returned to the country from Turkey. The police used tear gas to restore calm.

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Caroline Glick: Israel and the Demise of the Global Village

In the face of the steeply rising number of coronavirus patients and the breakneck speed of political changes in Israel, few people have stopped to notice that the world we have grown accustomed to living in for the past generation is falling apart. The global village is collapsing under the weight of the pandemic.

How Israel deals with this dramatic turn of events today, and in the coming weeks, months and years will determine both how we emerge from the present crisis and how we manage in the new world now taking form.

Israel’s food supply system is a perfect example of the global changes to being wrought by the virus. In Israel, five basic foodstuffs are produced locally: fruits, vegetables, eggs, poultry and milk. Most grains, sugar, rice, salt, meat and other foodstuffs are imported.

Out of a total agricultural workforce of 70,000, 25,000 are migrant workers from Thailand and another 25,000 are from the Palestinian Authority. According to Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, concerns over the coronavirus prevented 1,500 workers from Thailand scheduled to arrive at the beginning of the month from entering the country. The Palestinian workforce is down to 18,000 and dropping due to the quarantine the PA has placed on its population.

The labor shortages couldn’t come at a worse time. Currently there are a half billion shekels worth of fruit and vegetables ready for harvest. If they aren’t picked in the next three weeks, they will rot on the trees and in the fields.

Three weeks ago, the HaShomer HaHadash organization began getting flooded with calls from farmers for help. HaShomer HaHadash is a volunteer agricultural support organization founded in 2007 to protect Israeli farmers from Arab and Bedouin criminal gangs who extort farmers and ranchers and carry out agricultural theft and sabotage on a massive level.

“These calls were different,” explains HaShomer HaHadash’s leader Yoel Zilberman. “We are used to receiving calls about sabotage, and extortion and sending our volunteers to guard and herd. These calls were about the harvest, the national food supply.”…

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Coronavirus: Curfew Imposed in Syrian NE

No recorded cases in area but disinfection underway

(ANSAmed) — BEIRUT, MARCH 24 — A curfew has gone into force in the northeastern part of Syria under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The measure is an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Reports were from local media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which noted that the cities of Qamishli, Hasake, Derbasiye, Amuda and Ayn Arab/Kobane were mostly deserted on Tuesday morning. Local media meanwhile reported that healthcare workers from the various municipalities of the region — which for years has been under de facto autonomous control and not under the Damascus government — are disinfecting public places, markets, schools and hospitals. There have not officially been any cases of COVID-19 recorded in the area but the healthcare system is unable to do any sort of systematic testing to see if there are any.

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Hundreds Die of Poisoning in Iran as Fake News Suggests Methanol Cure for Virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus.

The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran.

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Misguided Coronavirus-Prevention Attempt Sees Hundreds Poison Themselves to Death in Iran

Hundreds of Iranians have been killed by ingesting industrial alcohol over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Iranian media reports.

A mistaken belief that methanol protects people from the new virus has killed nearly 300 people and sicked 1,000 others in the Islamic Republic, The Associated Press reported.

An Iranian doctor told the AP the numbers were probably closer to 480 and 2,850.

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In First Address to Nation on the Coronavirus, Putin Holds Back From Stringent Measures

Casually reclining in front of an office desk, President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation on the coronavirus pandemic for the first time on Wednesday afternoon — a month after Russia announced its first case.

The Russian leader kicked off the speech by postponing a planned April 22 vote on constitutional changes that could see him remain in the Kremlin until 2036. He did not announce a new date for the vote.

Then he declared a week-long paid national holiday from March 28 — the purpose of which, he said, was to encourage people to remain at home in an effort to limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1,000 in Biggest One-Day Jump

Russia confirmed 196 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases up to 1,036 and marking the country’s largest one-day increase in cases so far.

Russia said one more person had been killed by the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to four.

Russia’s officially reported numbers — which are still smaller than those in European countries — have sparked suspicion as they spiked in the past week. Experts warn that Russia’s testing capacity is hampered by bureaucracy, while officials warn that the real number of cases is likely much higher.

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Indian Police Beating Lockdown Violators

Over a billion Indians now in strict national lockdown

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Singapore to Jail People for 6 Months for Standing Too Close to Strangers

Singapore is set to punish people who stand too close to strangers with 6 months in prison as the true scope of “social distancing” measures begins to be felt around the world.

According to a press release from the country’s Ministry of Health, Singaporeans who fail to maintain a distance of one meter from other people during “non-transient” public interactions can be fined 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,985) or hit with 6 months in jail.

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China Shuts Down All Cinemas, Again

Over the past two weeks, hundreds of movie theaters in the country had begun to reopen. No reason for the policy reversal was given, but insiders believe the government is worried about a potential second wave of coronavirus infections.

China’s film regulators has slammed the brakes on plans to gradually reopen the country’s cinemas.

Over 600 movie theaters across China were given the green light to reopen their doors over the past week, but Beijing’s Film Bureau put out a notice late Friday ordering all theaters to go back into shutdown.

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Chinese Companies Hoarded Other Nations’ Medical Supplies During Outbreak, Flew Them to China

Whistleblower claims operation was a ‘worldwide project’.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Cases:

596,852

view by country

Deaths:

27,354

Recovered:

133,355

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Major Tech Companies Kowtow to China’s Communist Party, Just Like Huawei

In this episode of American Thought Leaders, we sit down with Dr. Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the co-founder of China Tech Threat. She is also a visiting researcher at Aalborg University Center for Communication, Media, and Information Technologies and a vice president at Strand Consult, both in Denmark.

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Tens of Thousands of Chinese Propaganda Accounts Are Running Wild on Twitter

The authoritarian Chinese government is notorious for a range of unacceptable practices, and that includes manipulating social media and creating a skewed sense of reality online.

According to ProPublica, the news house known for its investigative journalism efforts, it was found that China built a “Twitter propaganda machine” in the wake of the coronavirus.

It’s been easy to find thousands of fake social media accounts put in place to spread China’s propaganda. What’s more, some accounts seem to belong to real individuals which were then hacked/overtaken by the Chinese government to spread the country’s propaganda.

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Bali Holidaymaker, 65, Cops a $1,000 Fine After Ignoring Orders to Self-Isolate After Returning Home as Police Crack Down on Quarantine Dodgers

The 65-year-old woman returned to Sydney from Bali on Saturday and was ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days amid the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

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From the Demise of Cash to Fewer Children: How Coronavirus Will Change Australia Forever — and Why Women Will be Impacted the Most

Australia will be a completely different country once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed — in startling, permanent and sometimes seemingly contradictory ways.

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‘Go Back to Your Own Country’: Racist Mother Calls Masked Commuters ‘Disease-Infected Dogs’ During Vile Rant on a Melbourne Tram — as Her Daughter Begs for Her to Stop

A bystander filmed the moment the woman on the train in Melbourne yelled at two men to ‘go back to your own country’ as her young daughter begged for her to stop.

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Seven New Species of Colorful Peacock Spider Join the Dance Party

A super-keen 22-year-old Australian spider enthusiast has identified and named seven new species of extraordinary Peacock Spider in the Maratus genus. Famed for their psychedelic color schemes and funky courtship dances, they’re a visual feast for arachnophiles and arachnophobes alike.

Joseph Schubert’s findings in the last 12 months bring the total number of Peacock Spider species he’s described to 12, as he put forth five in 2019. His fascination with these spunky little fellas has already earned him the incredibly unimaginative nickname “Spider-Man” around the offices of Museums Victoria, which, in conjunction with Bush Blitz, has funded his spider-finding missions around Australia.

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The Colorado Cluster: How a Virus Outbreak Among Melbourne’s Elite Spread From the Wealthy Ski-Slopes of Aspen and Infected Dozens at Exclusive Cocktail and Birthday Parties in Blue-Chip Suburbs Across the City

Rich socialites have been accused of spreading the deadly coronavirus throughout working class suburbs of Australia.

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The Virus Slowdown Was Successful — But the Depressed Patient Died in Poverty

In their frantic attempts to delay the spread of the Wuhan virus, governments are sowing the seeds of economic depression and currency destruction, which will blight Australian lives for a generation. They are adding financial stress to the medical stress.

The ordinary flu virus kills many people every winter despite vaccines. And both viruses are more lethal for the old and the sick.

We do not close the whole country every flu season but this year’s crisis is being exploited by scare mongers, centralists and globalists whose slogan is “never let a decent crisis go to waste”.

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Thousands of Australian Doctors and Nurses on the Coronavirus Frontline Will be Given a Vaccine in Trial That Could Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne will join a global trial using the tuberculosis vaccine to counter the symptoms of coronavirus.

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Warning ‘Predatory’ Chinese Companies Could Buy Up Australian Businesses Crippled by the Coronavirus Economic Collapse

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has called on the Foreign Investment Review Board to be vigilant about Chinese firms eyeing Australian air freight companies as COVID-19 causes mayhem.

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Why is Australia’s Coronavirus Hitting the Rich? How Deadly Virus Spread on First Class Flights, Luxury Cruises and on a Super-Spreader Skiing Holiday in Aspen

Some of Australia’s wealthiest suburbs are coronavirus hotspots after residents brought the virus back on first class flights, luxury cruises and a skiing trip to Aspen.

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20 Coronavirus Quotes Showing How Open Borders and Political Correctness Came Before Public Health

The coronavirus crisis, which has killed over 22,000 and virtually destroyed the global economy, has seen government leaders, journalists and health officials try their hardest to promote open borders despite the threat to the global public.

The question is now why Europe and the rest of the world waited so long to close their borders, especially to hard-hit countries like China. The answer to that might have a lot to do with the next 20 quotes.

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Coronavirus Rescue Bill Includes $350 Million for “Migration and Refugee Assistance”

The $2 trillion coronavirus crisis bill that passed the Senate includes a $350 million dollar injection of cash for “Migration and Refugee Assistance,” despite the fact that open borders contributed to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first place.

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French Official Says Quarantine Should Not be Enforced in Migrant Areas to Avoid Riots

A top government official in France has admitted that draconian lockdown measures being imposed on the rest of the population shouldn’t be implemented in the country’s migrant-heavy ghettos in order to prevent riots.

In a letter leaked to magazine Le Canard Enchaine, French Secretary of State to the Ministry of the Interior Laurent Nunez advises, “It is not a priority to enforce closings in certain neighborhoods and to stop gatherings.”

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German Refugee Org Wants Migrants in Hotels, Holiday Homes Due to Coronavirus

Also demands all migrants must have access to WiFi in their bedrooms

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German Court Convicts Tunisian Islamist Migrant of Ricin Bio-Terror Plot

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday convicted a 31-year-old Tunisian man of planning to carry out a ricin attack in the name of the Islamic State group.

The Duesseldorf regional court found Sief Allah H. guilty of manufacturing a biological weapon and preparing an attack, sentencing him to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Federal prosecutors accused the man, whose surname wasn’t released due to German privacy rules, of buying thousands of castor beans to produce the highly toxic ricin, which he tested on a dwarf hamster. It survived.

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Italy: Social Distancing: Migrant Attacks Baker After Being Asked to Wait Outside

A baker in the city of Arezzo was attacked by a migrant after she asked the man to wait outside before being served to prevent gatherings in the shop and the spread of Wuhan coronavirus.

The incident occurred earlier this week and saw the African migrant, who was described by the baker as being slightly intoxicated, enter the Boutique del Pane bakery while other customers were inside and was politely asked to wait outside until it was his turn to be served.

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NGO Accuses Greek Government of Violating Migrants’ Human Rights

The New York-based non-governmental agency Human Rights Watch has charged Greece with violating European Union law by denying migrants the right to apply for asylum.

At the end of February, Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced that his government would no longer stop migrants who are camped in Turkey from attempting to illegally cross the Turkish-Greek border. Since then, the Greek security forces, being reinforced by police from other parts of Europe, have been besieged by tens of thousands of migrants attempting to violently break through the border fence, in some cases even being aided by the Turkish police, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

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Turkey Evacuates Hundreds of Migrants From Greek Border Amid Virus Pandemic

Ankara has sent some 6,000 migrants waiting at the Turkish-Greek border to cross into the European Union to cities inside the country, Reuters reported on Friday, citing the Interior Ministry. The move was part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Migrants waiting at the border crossing in Edirne province were transported in buses to state guest houses where they would be quarantined, Anadolu news agency reported. They would be moved to other regions in Turkey at the end of the quarantine, it added.

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UK Screening Illegals for Coronavirus Amid Shortage of Test Kits for Medical Workers

Migrants continue to pour across English Channel during pandemic.

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University Warns Students Against ‘Racist, Xenophobic’ Coronavirus Language

Leftists obsessed with policing commentary about Wuhan virus

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16 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/27/2020

  1. This human rights sums schould be in jail too , it’s disgrace what this criminal organizations doing to destroy all civilization countries on earth , stop this UN. . HR. , Soros, WHO, NGO, EU. , those criminals to the cores…

  2. 1)”NGO Accuses Greek Government of Violating Migrants’ Human Rights.”

    People who violate our borders and settled uninvited asking for allowances,housing and women(could you believe it?)and they do not want to work,will not have humane treatment.

    2)Turkey Evacuates Hundreds of Migrants From Greek Border Amid Virus Pandemic.

    Yes,Turkey withdrew this mob(they were from Turkmenistan) and “dear Sultan Erdo” promised he is going to send 30000 convicts recently released from his prisons.

    I do not know what is more dangerous,Erdo or the virus.
    We have both.

    • There is serious resistance to Erdo in Turkey. Not so much in the EU. I wonder why that is? Affirmative action?

    • The virus to replenish populations. Maybe the US would wipe out Erdo in short order to renew a sector or two of the economy etcetera.

  3. I don’t see how any manufacturer can easily switch over to making medical supplies. Many medical equipment parts are made with plastic and injection molded. Where are the molds going to come from?

  4. The western EU members need to get very seriously masculine – and very seriously soon. Ladies Day is a disaster. Maybe Sweden would give her refuge. Apparently she couldn’t organise a pup in a pandemic.

  5. That’s one way to enforce a lockdown!

    Police in South Africa fire RUBBER BULLETS at shoppers queuing for food outside supermarket in Johannesburg

    Police fired rubber bullets at shoppers outside supermarket, eye-witnesses say

    Shoppers did not observe recommended safe distance between them

    Police arrived in 10 patrol vehicles, started firing rubber bullets towards them

    Later police used whips to get the shoppers to observe social distancing rules

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8162889/Police-South-Africa-fire-RUBBER-BULLETS-hundreds-shoppers.html

    • Orcs gonna orc. No surprise there.

      Many africans are only capable of learning through their buttocks it seems.

  6. Also-watch this german Docu. with english subtitles.It looks like Corona is only a Panic made by the Press.
    Watch on this site
    https://www.journalistenwatch.com/2020/03/28/coronavirus-mediziner-medien/

    When I wanted to watch it on youtube it says it was deleted because of community standard.He only showed Interviews with real Doctors and Hospitals in Berlin-and they are nearly empty!When he was attacked by scum last years there were 40-50 people waiting,today only 8.

    Billy Six is not a [fake] Journalist,he was in Jail some months in Syria and Venezuela(were Germany wanted him to die he sayed-they did nothing.When other countries made trouble the Journalists were released fast).

    If the video dont work,search for billy sis corona and you must find it when other people lod it up.
    Its also not the first Video about Corona that was deleted by youtube!

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