Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/31/2020

Indian authorities are concerned that a recent Tabligh-e-Jamaat conference in Delhi, which took place in violation of the mandatory lockdown, may have helped spread the Wuhan Coronavirus. A number of attendees at the conference have tested positive for the disease.

In other plague news, a wave of looting in supermarkets in Northern Italy has prompted the posting of police guards. Meanwhile, the wearing of face masks in Austrian supermarkets is now compulsory.

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Financial Crisis
» EU States Losing 3% of GDP a Month, IMF Says
» Pandemic Pandemonium: The Tides of Globalization and Financialization Reverse
» Stock Market News Live: Dow Posts Worst Quarterly Drop Since 1987, Oil Slumps
» This is Not a Recession— This is a Government-Imposed Shutdown of the Private Sector
 
USA
» 28 of 70 UT Austin ‘Spring Breakers’ Test Positive for COVID-19, APH Says
» Adviser to Trump Warns: If Dems Win in November, “They’re Going to Crush Fox News”
» Ancient Mars Had 2 Reservoirs of Water Deep Underground, Study Claims
» Arizona Governor Issues Stay-Home Order, Closes Non-Essential Businesses
» Chicago Police Break Up Funeral for Violation of Stay-at-Home Order
» DC Mayor Threatens Jail Time for Leaving Home During Coronavirus
» Democrats & MSM Say Coronavirus Trump’s 9/11, Blame Republicans as Death Toll Reaches 3,000
» Empire State Building Debuts Dystopian Red ‘Siren’ Light
» Hospital Exec Fired After Discussing Ways of Ensuring Trump Supporters Get Coronavirus
» Justice Department IG: FBI Routinely Failed to Document FISA Warrant Claims
» Obama Drops Coronavirus Bombshell: It’s All Due to Climate Change!
» Pastor Who Disobeyed Soviet-Style “Unlawful Gathering” Law Arrested
» Seattle Police Chief Tells People to Call 911 if They Hear ‘Racist Name-Calling’
» Sen. Richard Burr Under Investigation for Insider Trading Prior to Coronavirus Panic
» Something is Not Right
» Suspected SARS Virus and Flu Samples Found in Luggage: FBI Report Describes China’s ‘Biosecurity Risk’
» Tragic Suicides: Viral Hysteria as Reverse Natural Selection
» UK Mood Shifts After First Week of Lockdown as Brits Blast ‘Overzealous’ Police
» White House Predicts 100k to 240k U.S. Deaths From COVID-19 if Current Social-Distancing Guidelines Are Followed
 
Europe and the EU
» “Like Watching a Horror Movie”: Sweden’s Liberal Approach to Coronavirus Under Fire
» Austria: Wearing Masks in Supermarkets Now Compulsory
» Austria: Nursing Homes Face Critical Loss of Hungarian Staff
» Budapest Mayor Karacsony Thanks Soros for Donation
» Coronavirus: Lockdown Working, Hospital Admissions Slowing, Say UK Scientists
» COVID-19: Updated Data Implies That UK Modelling Hugely Overestimates the Expected Death Rates From Infection
» Denmark’s Race to the Bottom
» Denmark Plans ‘Gradual’ Return to Normal After Easter
» EU Lawmakers Pressure UK to Extend Brexit Transition Due to Coronavirus
» Europe’s Hospitals Buckle Under the Weight of the Pandemic
» France: Doctors Sue the Government for Lying
» How the American President is Changing Politics in Europe
» Hungary: The Truth About Viktor Orban’s Emergency Powers
» Hungary to UN: If You Can’t Help US Fight Pandemic, Get Out of the Way
» Italy: Looting Prompts Armed Police to Guard Supermarkets
» New Oxford Study Hidden by Mainstream Media: Millions Already Infected, Recovered, & Immune
» Pics: Field Hospital Nears Completion as UK Braces for Coronavirus Surge
» Spanish Government Being Sued for Encouraging Mass Gatherings Right as Coronavirus Hit
» Sweden is Not Using Authoritarian Controls & Economic Shutdowns to Fight the Pandemic
» UK: ‘This is What a Police State is Like’: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Sounds Alarm on Lock Down Overreach
» UK: Minister: First of Thousands of New Ventilators to be Delivered to NHS Next Week
» UK: NHS Nurses Banned From Wearing Uniforms in Public After Abuse
 
North Africa
» EU Launches New Naval Mission to Enforce Libya Arms Embargo
» Libya: NGO Says 156 Pro-Turkish Syrian Mercenaries Dead
 
Middle East
» Erdogan’s Bluster Could Turn Turkey Into the Next COVID-19 Hotbed
» EU Gives 240 Mln for Syrians in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon
 
Russia
» Moscow’s Lockdown Could Prevent 100k Virus Deaths, Study Says
» New Russian Missile System Overcomes NATO Defenses
 
South Asia
» Corona Jihad: Tabligh-e-Jamaat is Now the Cause of Deadliest Threat of COVID 19 in India.
 
Far East
» A Frank Open Letter From an Emergency Room Doctor on #COVID-19 — the “Surge” Is Coming
» Chinese Biological Experiments to Infect Humans With Coronavirus Exposed in 2015 by Italian State Media
» Chinese Propaganda Accounts and Outlets Rush to Paint China as the Coronavirus Hero
» COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
» ‘Incinerators Have Been Working Around the Clock’: Wuhan Residents Say Official Coronavirus Death Toll Fake
» Missing Warming: Data Show Northwest China Has Seen No Significant Temperature Changes Since 1997!
» The Mounting Human Cost of China’s Coronavirus Censorship
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian MP Demands China Pays Compensation for the Global Spread of Coronavirus — and Repeats Bizarre Claim it May Have Been ‘Deliberate’ After Being ‘Created in a Wuhan Lab’
» Landscaper, 31, Accused of Bashing His Wife Over the Head With a Hairdryer ‘After She Gave a Real Estate Agent Her Number’ Is Let Out on Bail Over Fears He’d Get Coronavirus in Prison
» ‘Treated Like Animals’: Mum-of-Two Quarantined in a Lavish Sydney Hotel Over Coronavrius Complains About Being ‘Trapped’ In ‘Inhumane’ Conditions After Being Forced to Eat on Beds and Wash Dishes in the Bathroom Sink
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Coronavirus Makes it Harder to Battle Swarms of Locusts Ravaging Africa
» Mozambique Bishop: Citizens ‘Terrified’ Over Recent Jihadist Attacks
 
Immigration
» Foreigners Vastly Overrepresented as Criminal Suspects in Germany
» ‘Migrants’ Accused of Filming Coronavirus Cough Prank to Scare Swedes
» Swedish Government Treating Immigrants of Coronavirus is More Important Than Elderly Swedes
» Turkey: Migrants Will Return to Border After Coronavirus Outbreak Ends
 
Culture Wars
» Facebook Fact-Checks Satirical Cartoon Posted by Lone Conservative
» The ‘My Pillow’ Guy Just Triggered a Herd of Leftists and it’s Hilarious
 
General
» New Study: Coral Reefs Thrive Near Acidic Waters (Ph ~6.0) Where Seafloor Vents Emit Up to 95,000 Ppm CO2
» The Truth About Social Distancing
 

EU States Losing 3% of GDP a Month, IMF Says

The virus shutdown is costing EU states 3 percent of their GDP each month and will cause “a deep European recession this year”, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) European director Poul Thomsen has said. But “the determination of euro area leaders to do what it takes to stabilise the euro should not be underestimated,” he added, referring to EU plans to ease fiscal discipline and unlock an anti-financial crisis fund.

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

Pandemic Pandemonium: The Tides of Globalization and Financialization Reverse

Central bank free money doesn’t create collateral or creditworthy borrowers, and without those foundations, the decayed, rotted shack will collapse.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Stock Market News Live: Dow Posts Worst Quarterly Drop Since 1987, Oil Slumps

Stocks ended Tuesday’s session lower, closing out the worst quarter for the Dow since 1987 and its first three-month start to the year on record.

The Dow dropped 23.2% for the year to date, the most since the 25.3% drop seen during the fourth quarter of 1987. The S&P 500 posted a 20% decline, while the Nasdaq dropped 14% over the first three months of the year.

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

This is Not a Recession— This is a Government-Imposed Shutdown of the Private Sector

We are about to enter a production slowdown—a collapse, really—not because some businesses miscalculated their investments, but because government intervened drastically and without warning to shut down all businesses.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

28 of 70 UT Austin ‘Spring Breakers’ Test Positive for COVID-19, APH Says

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Public Health is investigating a large group of people with a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases returning from a Spring Break trip to Mexico, the agency said Tuesday.

APH says about a week-and-a-half ago, the group comprised of approximately 70 adults in their 20s left for a spring break trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Currently, 28 of the 70 have tested positive for COVID-19, and more of them are under public health investigation. The University of Texas at Austin confirmed all 28 people who tested positive were UT students.

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

Adviser to Trump Warns: If Dems Win in November, “They’re Going to Crush Fox News”

A top Fox News personality and adviser to President Trump has warned that if the White House does nothing to roll back censorship, if the Democrats win in November, “they’re going to crush Fox News.”

Speaking privately to Summit, the host was responding to news that fellow Fox commentator Laura Ingraham had been forced under threat of suspension to delete a tweet about the drug Hydroxychloroquine being a potential cure for coronavirus.

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

Ancient Mars Had 2 Reservoirs of Water Deep Underground, Study Claims

Scientists have discovered that two unique reservoirs of ancient water once flowed deep beneath the surface of Mars.

It’s hard to believe, but at one time the dry and dusty Red Planet was wet and lush.

“A lot of people have been trying to figure out Mars’ water history,” University of Arizona planetary scientist Jessica Barnes said in a statement. “Like, where did water come from? How long was it in the crust [surface] of Mars? Where did Mars’ interior water come from? What can water tell us about how Mars formed and evolved?”

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

Arizona Governor Issues Stay-Home Order, Closes Non-Essential Businesses

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed an executive order requiring Arizonans to stay home and non-essential businesses to close starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday night.

Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, as will other essential businesses such as gas stations, health care facilities, and food production and distribution. Restaurants are limited to take out and delivery.

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

Chicago Police Break Up Funeral for Violation of Stay-at-Home Order

Police in Chicago broke up a funeral at a church on the city’s south side on Sunday, demanding that the funeral-goers return home and observe the city’s strict stay-at-home orders.

Upward of 60 people were at St. Odisho Church when police arrived. Nobody was arrested and there were no citations issued, according to a police spokesperson, who called the breakup “the last thing we want to do.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker instituted the stay-at-home order March 21. It is scheduled to go until April 7 but may be extended further, according to public officials in the state.

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

DC Mayor Threatens Jail Time for Leaving Home During Coronavirus

Mayor Muriel Bowser is threatening residents of Washington, DC, with 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine if they leave their homes during the coronavirus outbreak.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Democrats & MSM Say Coronavirus Trump’s 9/11, Blame Republicans as Death Toll Reaches 3,000

By their logic, Obama to blame for 12,000 swine flu deaths.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Empire State Building Debuts Dystopian Red ‘Siren’ Light

The Empire State Building debuted what appeared to be a spinning red ‘siren’ light atop the iconic structure in what many observers saw as a dystopian sign of the times.

Scientist Rita J. King explained that the light was not actually spinning but was made to look that way.

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

Hospital Exec Fired After Discussing Ways of Ensuring Trump Supporters Get Coronavirus

A New York hospital executive has been fired after she posted public comments on social media fantasising about how supporters of President Trump would get the coronavirus and not be allowed to get treatment.

The executive also happens to be, unsurprisingly, a former Hillary Clinton advisor.

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

Justice Department IG: FBI Routinely Failed to Document FISA Warrant Claims

The Justice Department’s inspector general revealed Tuesday that in each of more than two dozen cases his office reviewed, the FBI routinely failed to document evidence for claims made in secret surveillance court requests.

The significant findings indicate problems extend beyond those identified last year by the office of IG Michael Horowitz, which concluded that FBI agents had made significant errors and omissions in applications to eavesdrop on a former Trump campaign adviser during the early months of the Russia investigation.

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

Obama Drops Coronavirus Bombshell: It’s All Due to Climate Change!

“We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial.”

[Comment: Taking advantage of the situation to push the globalist agenda.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pastor Who Disobeyed Soviet-Style “Unlawful Gathering” Law Arrested

Florida minister jailed for hosting services during COVID-19 lockdown.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Seattle Police Chief Tells People to Call 911 if They Hear ‘Racist Name-Calling’

Seattle’s top cop may want to get her priorities straightened out. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Police Chief Carmen Best used her most recent “chief’s brief” update on the coronavirus crisis to urge residents to dial 911 if they are the victims of racist name-calling.

It’s a time-wasting imperative—and one that’s at odds with the First Amendment.

In her briefing, Best called upon the expertise of a former local news anchor, Lori Matsukawa.

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

Sen. Richard Burr Under Investigation for Insider Trading Prior to Coronavirus Panic

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over the possibility that he engaged in insider stock trading ahead of the panic surrounding the coronavirus in the United States.

Burr, who has denied the allegations, allegedly dumped around $1.7 million in stocks last month as the coronavirus was slowly but increasingly spreading throughout the country. The senator has called for a complete investigation into the matter in an effort to clear his name.

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

Something is Not Right

“Your mind picks up signals very fast when something is not right…you don’t always have to figure it out completely, you just know.” —unknown author

Something is not right. Too many things do not add up.

Both Covid-19 and the influenza virus are contagious viruses that cause respiratory illness. The flu in America, so far this season, according to the CDC, has caused about 46 million illnesses, 550,000 hospitalizations and about 41,000 deaths. And yet, we have almost completely shut down our economy to the point of approaching collapse because of a comparatively small fraction of Covid-19 cases caused by another virus from China. Instead of preaching good nutrition, a healthy immune system, supplementing with extra vitamins A, C, and D, our political establishment is pushing for lock downs, face masks, and pressuring our president into creating fear and panic. Why?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Suspected SARS Virus and Flu Samples Found in Luggage: FBI Report Describes China’s ‘Biosecurity Risk’

WASHINGTON — In late November 2018, just over a year before the first coronavirus case was identified in Wuhan, China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stopped a Chinese biologist with three vials labeled “Antibodies” in his luggage.

The biologist told the agents that a colleague in China had asked him to deliver the vials to a researcher at a U.S. institute. After examining the vials, however, customs agents came to an alarming conclusion.

“Inspection of the writing on the vials and the stated recipient led inspection personnel to believe the materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials,” says an unclassified FBI tactical intelligence report obtained by Yahoo News.

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

Tragic Suicides: Viral Hysteria as Reverse Natural Selection

Millions of people will be miserable due to the economic hardship started by the irrational overreaction to the flu-like virus. Many will commit suicide. The victims of the societal responses may be basically divided into

  • victims who were actually brainwashed by the hysteria
  • people who like freedom and just can’t withstand the shutdown and the choking of the normal life
  • people who don’t find their economic ruined life worth living

[See also:

  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/its-totally-obvious-that-these.html
  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/who-was-feynmans-mr-young-and-what-was.html
  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/great-viral-depression.html
  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/california-under-curfew-truly-crappy.html
  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/italys-lockdown-doesnt-seem-to-work.html
  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/can-freedom-prosperity-return-at-all.html
  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/candace-on-pro-curfew-conservatives.html
  • https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-enthusiasm-with-which-west-commits.html

]

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

UK Mood Shifts After First Week of Lockdown as Brits Blast ‘Overzealous’ Police

Country now concerned about a loss of civil liberties and about the hugely-damaging economic fallout.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

White House Predicts 100k to 240k U.S. Deaths From COVID-19 if Current Social-Distancing Guidelines Are Followed

The White House on Tuesday evening predicted that total American deaths from COVID-19 would fall somewhere between 100,000 and 240,000 if current social-distancing guidelines are maintained.

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

“Like Watching a Horror Movie”: Sweden’s Liberal Approach to Coronavirus Under Fire

Sweden’s liberal approach to coronavirus, which involves zero border controls and a total absence of legally mandated social distancing, is being described as “like watching a horror movie” by residents of other Scandinavian countries.

Sweden has not imposed the kind of draconian lockdown measures enacted by other European countries.

People are still allowed to gather in crowds of up to 50, as well as visit bars, nightclubs and cinemas. Borders and schools remain open. Although more people are working from home, life is pretty much as normal.

“We who are adults need to be exactly that: adults. Not spread panic or rumors,” Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told Swedes in a recent televised address.

The goal is to slowly infect the population with coronavirus in order to create “herd immunity,” an approach that has been called dangerous by health authorities in other major countries and health experts within Sweden itself.

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

Austria: Wearing Masks in Supermarkets Now Compulsory

A new measure introduced by Austria’s conservative government designed to curb the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus will require shoppers to wear face masks at the supermarket.

Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced earlier this week that basic face masks would be handed out at the entrances of supermarkets and that shoppers must wear them to help halt the spread of the virus, Reuters news agency reports.

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

Austria: Nursing Homes Face Critical Loss of Hungarian Staff

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been having far-reaching — and in some cases unanticipated — effects on infrastructure all over Europe. One of them is the potential for a disastrous loss of foreign personnel in Austria’s retirement homes.

The National Chief Medical Officer of Hungary published her new instructions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic on March 26. One of the measures, similar to what is being done in many other countries, requires that every Hungarian citizen must undergo a health check when returning from abroad. Those who are asymptomatic have to spend a mandatory 14 days in home quarantine, but if somebody is showing actual symptoms of coronavirus infection, then they must submit to institutional quarantine for the same amount of time.

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

Budapest Mayor Karacsony Thanks Soros for Donation

Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony thanked George Soros for his donation of 1 million Euros which the billionaire, a central and contested figure of the domestic political debate, gave to the capital.

In his Facebook post, Budapest’s opposition-backed mayor wrote: “…however, it would be good if, instead of petty and offensive misinterpretations, this aid would be seen by everyone as a generous and noble gesture, as effective help. Just as we handle other donations to the city, or when we previously received one million Euros from George Soros during the red sludge disaster following the Prime Minister’s call for help.”

Karacsony then explains that according to their current plans, the donation would be used for tools to help prevent infection and for testing those medics and nurses who work in the districts’ outpatient and primary care locations and in the social services.

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

Coronavirus: Lockdown Working, Hospital Admissions Slowing, Say UK Scientists

There are early signs that social distancing measures are “making a difference” and that the increase of new patients being admitted to hospital with coronavirus is slowing, according to chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

Last week, the British government brought into effect a lockdown, resulting in the closure of most stores, workplaces, and schools. Britons were told to avoid interacting with people outside of their household and to go out only for the minimum necessities or daily exercise, with the police enforcing the rules.

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

COVID-19: Updated Data Implies That UK Modelling Hugely Overestimates the Expected Death Rates From Infection

[…]

Discussion

Based on the Diamond Princess data, the COVID-19 fatality rates by age-group assumed by Ferguson et al. appear to be far too pessimistic for all 60+ age groups, where the vast bulk of fatalities are projected to occur. It is quite possible that they are also too pessimistic for younger age groups as well, but unfortunately the Diamond Princess data are uninformative about death rates below age 60.

It is notable that for all the 60+ age groups the projected excess death rates, based on Diamond Princess case data, caused by COVID-19 is substantially lower than the underlying non-COVID-19 annual death rate. Even assuming, very pessimistically, that there is no overlap between the two, and that the same proportion of each age group becomes infected, projected COVID-19 related deaths from an epidemic in which the vast bulk of the population became infected with COVID-19 are only 9% of expected annual non-COVID deaths for the 60—69 age group.[13] For the 70—79 age group, the proportion is 20%, and for the 80+ age group it is 26%. Relative to the expected non-COVID deaths over two years, the approximate period during which very onerous restrictions are projected to be in force in the UK, these COVID-19 excess death proportions would each be reduced by almost half. In practice, a high proportion of people killed by COVID-19 will have serious underlying health conditions, and would be much more likely than average to die from non-COVID-19 causes.

Nicholas Lewis
March 2020

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark’s Race to the Bottom

by Lars Hedegaard

[…]

Almost all Muslim states have man-made laws, but the true believers regard these laws as an affront to their religion and the regimes upholding them as illegitimate imposters. Which goes a long way towards explaining the constant instability and occasional bloodshed throughout the Muslim world.

But surely, such medieval ideas cannot long survive a confrontation with the enlightened West? Regrettably they can. …

These enclaves may aptly be described as areas ceded to a foreign power and have little in common with the rest of the country — except for their willingness to receive billions from the Danish taxpayers, who they despise.

Back to the question: What happened between 2006 and 2017 that might account for the sudden jump in Islamic devotion? If we understand that Islam’s essence is conquest until Allah’s religion reigns supreme in all corners of the Earth, it is not that difficult to explain. By the early decades of this century, Islam had become so well entrenched and the Muslims so numerous that the prospect of an Islamic takeover of Denmark suddenly appeared as a distinct possibility. And as history shows, it is always a good idea to join the winning side.

The Danes have but a few years to wake up to this new reality. If not, Mohammed will have his way.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark Plans ‘Gradual’ Return to Normal After Easter

“If the numbers remain stable for the next two weeks, then the government will begin a gradual, quiet and controlled opening of our society again”, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Monday. Denmark was one of the first countries in Europe to close its borders, on 13 March. It has recorded 77 virus-related deaths to date.

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

EU Lawmakers Pressure UK to Extend Brexit Transition Due to Coronavirus

The European Parliament’s largest party grouping is pressuring the UK to extend the Brexit transition period because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK left the EU on January 31st, 2020, but remains in a transition period until December 31st, 2020. During this time, the UK abides by the bloc’s rules on issues such as trade and free movement whilst London and Brussels negotiate a future deal. While the EU permits for the transition to be extended for up to two years, the British Parliament passed the Brexit bill earlier this year which enshrines the exit date in law. If a deal is not struck, then the two parties will trade on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms.

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

Europe’s Hospitals Buckle Under the Weight of the Pandemic

LONDON (AP) — As increasing numbers of European hospitals buckle under the strain of tens of thousands of coronavirus patients, the crisis has exposed a surprising paradox: Some of the world’s best health systems are remarkably ill-equipped to handle a pandemic.

Outbreak experts say Europe’s hospital-centric systems, lack of epidemic experience and early complacency are partly to blame for the pandemic’s catastrophic tear across the continent.

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

France: Doctors Sue the Government for Lying

French doctors have filed a lawsuit against several French officials for lying about the government’s preparedness for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

More than 600 doctors have formed a group called C19, and filed the lawsuit on March 19. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and former Minister of Health Agne’s Buzyn, who resigned in February in order to be eligible to run for Mayor of Paris, are named in the complaint, according to a report at Europost.

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

How the American President is Changing Politics in Europe

by Nikola Kedhi

November 6, 2016 it is a historic date that separates two mentalities, two eras, two completely different viewpoints and two Presidents who are the polar opposite. Officially, it gave the United States of America a new Commander-in-Chief. But beyond that, it also brought into being winds of change that were bound to reach European shores as well.

Trump Changed Politics Forever

It is not an overstatement to say that the way of doing politics and campaigning was forever changed after Donald Trump’s highly unconventional campaign. He is a charismatic straight shooter, unapologetic and a talented entertainer. The former Presidential candidate dared utter opinions that were quite atypical even for the conservatives in the Republican Party. In Europe, his views were considered outrageous blasphemy by many.

In at least the last two decades, the Old Continent has not had any governing political forces similar to the Republican Party, with the exception of the British Conservatives. Most countries have been led by centrist or social democrat parties, if we are to define them by American standards. On economic issues the center-right parties such as the German CDU, the Italian Forza Italia, the French Republicans, the Spanish Rajoy-led Partido Popular, for sure espouse and defend the free market, low taxation, less bureaucracy and deregulation. Yet, on social issues, they resemble the American Democratic Party. It is difficult for Europeans to understand the Americans’ fascination with guns, obsession with borders, preservation of cultural ties and tradition, opposition to marijuana, skepticism regarding global warming and their overall viewpoint on life…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

Hungary: The Truth About Viktor Orban’s Emergency Powers

Yesterday, the Hungarian Parliament granted emergency powers to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Many in the international media have been claiming that this gives him dictatorial powers. The truth, however, is very different.

Parliament was originally asked to decide on the measure in an expedited emergency vote last week, which would have required that 80% of MPs voted in favor of it. It was defeated due to lack of support from the opposition parties, however, so the government resubmitted the same bill through the normal procedure, which requires a two-thirds majority.

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

Hungary to UN: If You Can’t Help US Fight Pandemic, Get Out of the Way

The Hungarian government has hit back at the United Nations and other globalist organisations over criticism of its anti-coronavirus policies.

“The Hungarian government’s primary concern during the coronavirus pandemic is the protection of human lives,” insisted Dr Zoltan Kovacs, Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations, in an official blog post.

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

Italy: Looting Prompts Armed Police to Guard Supermarkets

The social order in Italy — the world’s hardest-hit country in terms of the number of deaths caused by the virus — has started to breakdown after three weeks of strict lockdown, with many not able to generate income.

Police armed with guns and batons on the island of Sicily are now guarding supermarkets after locals who can longer afford to feed themselves have started loot and carry out planned supermarket raids.

As of this report, Italy has recorded 101,739 cases of the Wuhan virus and has a death toll of 11,591 — nearly a third world’s total — according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University.

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

New Oxford Study Hidden by Mainstream Media: Millions Already Infected, Recovered, & Immune

A new Oxford study said that millions of people in the United Kingdom (and therefore, in other countries) have likely already gotten the coronavirus, recovered from it, and are immune. But the mainstream media doesn’t want this information to get out, and some went to work quickly telling people “not to believe it.”

A newer model, which predicts the progression of the novel coronavirus, set off governments’ reactions around the globe and has systematically ruined lives across the Western world (not because of the virus, but the reaction to it). pandemic produced by researchers at Imperial College London set off alarms across the world and was a major factor in several governments’ decisions to lock things down. But a new model from Oxford University is challenging its accuracy, the Financial Times reports.

The head of the study, professor Sunetra Gupta, an Oxford theoretical epidemiologist, said she still supports the U.K.’s decision to shut down the country to suppress the virus even if her research winds up being proven correct. But she also doesn’t appear to be a big fan of the work done by the Imperial College team. “I am surprised that there has been such unqualified acceptance of the Imperial model,” she said.

[Comment: Globalists used the Imperial College model to sell globalist tyranny to a sufficiently cowed and terrified public.]

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Pics: Field Hospital Nears Completion as UK Braces for Coronavirus Surge

The first 500 of 4,000 beds will be ready at NHS Hospital Nightingale London this week, as the UK braces for a surge in cases of coronavirus.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced the establishment of NHS Nightingale London less than one week ago. With beds furnished with ventilators and oxygen, the hospital will be used to treat coronavirus patients.

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Spanish Government Being Sued for Encouraging Mass Gatherings Right as Coronavirus Hit

The Spanish government is being sued for gross negligence after it encouraged citizens to attend giant feminist rallies across the country on March 8, potentially exposing hundreds of thousands of people to coronavirus.

“A class action lawsuit filed on March 19 accuses the Spanish government — highly ideological by any standard, as the Communist coalition partner, Podemos, was founded with seed money from the Venezuelan government — of knowingly endangering public safety by encouraging the public to participate in more than 75 feminist marches, held across Spain on March 8, to mark International Women’s Day,” writes Soeren Kern.

The rallies were attended by Spain’s deputy prime minister, as well as the prime minister’s wife and mother.

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Sweden is Not Using Authoritarian Controls & Economic Shutdowns to Fight the Pandemic

Sweden is perhaps the only country that is not demolishing it’s people’s means of making a living in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Their approach is much different, and they are still thriving while we are all suffering in what could very well be the beginning of another Great Depression.

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UK: ‘This is What a Police State is Like’: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Sounds Alarm on Lock Down Overreach

A recently retired supreme court judge has sounded the clearest warning yet over the major threat to the freedom of the British people by overenthusiastic police forces responding to the unprecedented demands made by the government over coronavirus.

Speaking to the BBC, Lord Sumption — who stood down from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in 2018 as one of the most senior judges in the country — called the actions by one Police force in particular “frankly disgraceful”. While noting the majority of police forces had acted with restraint so far, the prominent lawyer warned the public against giving up hard-won freedoms while in a panic and craving security over coronavirus.

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UK: Minister: First of Thousands of New Ventilators to be Delivered to NHS Next Week

Senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove announced that the first of thousands of new ventilators will be rolling off of production lines this weekend and will be sent to NHS hospitals next week.

The National Health Service has only 8,000 ventilators and needs some 30,000 more. The British government has secured orders for 61,000 ventilators as an “insurance policy”, according to a report in The Guardian, of which 30,000 will be brand new.

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UK: NHS Nurses Banned From Wearing Uniforms in Public After Abuse

NHS nurses have been told to not wear their uniforms in public after some had been discriminated against and verbally abused in public, spat at, and called even “disease spreaders”.

“Until further notice, can all nurses no longer wear their uniforms to travel to and from their place of work… There have been reported cases of some nurses being challenged by the public so this is not just to protect you from carrying anything on your uniforms but potential abuse,” said an email sent to nurses on Thursday and reported on Monday.

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EU Launches New Naval Mission to Enforce Libya Arms Embargo

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union announced Tuesday the launch of a new naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at enforcing the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, after Italy blocked a previous operation claiming that the warships attracted migrants.

The new operation, dubbed Irini, the Greek word for “peace,” will start work for a year from Wednesday. The European Council said it will have as “its core task the implementation of the U.N. arms embargo through the use of aerial, satellite and maritime assets.”

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Libya: NGO Says 156 Pro-Turkish Syrian Mercenaries Dead

(ANSAmed) — BEIRUT, MARCH 30 — A total of 156 pro-Turkish Syrian militants have died in Libya in the past two months, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

It said in the past 24 hours, the bodies of five fighters who died in the ongoing battle around Tripoli were sent back to Syria.

The fighting is taking place between the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, backed by Russia and Egypt, and those of the government in Tripoli, backed by Turkey and recognised by the United Nations.

SOHR said in recent weeks Turkey has sent 4,750 Syrian mercenaries to the Libyan front, while another 1,900 were transferred to training camps in Turkey to await airlifts to Libya.

Previously, various Syrian sources confirmed the existence of transfers of Syrian mercenaries to the Libyan front by Russia as well, to support Haftar’s forces.

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Erdogan’s Bluster Could Turn Turkey Into the Next COVID-19 Hotbed

by Alex Kassidiaris

There is no doubt that President Recep Erdogan has been trying to downgrade the impact of Covid-19, since the very first reports about the virus. Turkey has raised international concerns, as Ankara was insisting up until March 10 that no Covid-19 incidents had reached the country. This claim has been particularly controversial, considering that the new Istanbul airport is one of the busiest hubs in the world, while simultaneously there has been a massive number of Chinese tourists and business travelers all across Turkey over the previous months. And of course, we should highlight that Turkey borders Iran, the second most impacted country after China back in early March. The allegation that Covid-19 has not reached Turkey by then was utterly bogus and misleading.

Turkey’s Misinformation and False Assertions

Since the beginning of the global outbreak, Turkey has been reluctant to address the problem and take decisive countermeasures. Instead, the government has adopted a rather irresponsible stance, implicating that an outbreak in Turkey was highly unlikely despite the signs from other countries were clear and should be concerning. There has also been considerable delay in terms of accurate and reliable governmental guidance on how people should respond to Covid-19. There have also been reports about Turkish people trying dubious recipes in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak has been moving from China to the Middle East and Europe, Turkey should react with transparency and responsibility in order to primarily protect their citizens and further the safety of the international community. However, the government decided to downplay the significant threat from the virus and have been trying until recently to ascertain the Turkish people that they should not be particularly worried about it. Once more and more cases were reported within Turkey, then the much-anticipated response came but it would not be farfetched to say that it’s been “too little too late”…

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EU Gives 240 Mln for Syrians in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon

Regional Trust Fund has provided 2 bln total now

(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, MARCH 31 — With a 240-million-euro aid package, the EU on Tuesday announced increased support for Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon.

In total, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis has provided more than 2 billion euros in financial aid. The fund was originally set up in 2014 in order to tackle the humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian war and will operate until 2023. Some 168 million euros of the aid package announced Tuesday will support Syrians in Lebanon, with 57.5 million for schools and facilities for children, 60.5 million for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and 10 million for Syrians in Iraq, according to a European Commission statement. EU High Representative Josep Borrell said in the statement announcing the package that the aid was a way to continue supporting Syrians and neighbouring countries in the tenth year of the crisis affecting the war-town country, as a way to help them build a future and deal with the most immediate challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Moscow’s Lockdown Could Prevent 100k Virus Deaths, Study Says

Up to 117,000 people might have died from the coronavirus by fall had Moscow not introduced its partial lockdown, according to a study cited by the Meduza news website Monday.

The Russian capital enacted an indefinite citywide quarantine Monday to slow the spread of the pandemic that has infected more than 1,613 Muscovites out of 2,337 nationwide cases. More than 40 other Russian regions have adopted similar measures at the prime minister’s recommendation.

Moscow’s quarantine could result in 250 eventual deaths from coronavirus instead of the 117,000 deaths projected by September without any measures, according to Moscow State University Associate Professor Mikhail Tamm’s model.

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New Russian Missile System Overcomes NATO Defenses

Russia has deployed a new type of missile at its Kaliningrad base aimed at overcoming NATO missile defense systems in Poland and Lithuania.

The NATO alliance has been building up its forces in the Baltic region in recent years, which is viewed as a threat by Russia’s leadership. Its latest attempt to counteract NATO’s forces is the Smerch mobile ultra-long-range multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), which has replaced the BM-21 Grad, according to a report at the Bulgarian Military website. The Smerch, or Tornado, which is now in service with Russia’s units in Kaliningrad, is more powerful and has a longer range.

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Corona Jihad: Tabligh-e-Jamaat is Now the Cause of Deadliest Threat of COVID 19 in India.

Indian War against Corona is now highly threatened by the Tabligh-e-Jamaat and like minded fanatic Muslims, very unfortunately.

Upananda Brahmachari | HENB | Haridwar | March 31, 2020:: Undoubtedly, Tabligh-e-Jamaat is now the prime carrier and deadliest threat for of COVID 19 in India.

Though, the Maulana who led Nizamuddin gathering in the first half of March, has been booked for violating govt orders of complete lock-down under National Disaster, but by the Grace of Allah, Corona is now spreading everywhere in India as his Gajab (curse) from Delhi with these fanatic Tabligh men.

The markaz (centre) in the south Delhi neighbourhood organised a Tabligh-e-Jamaat from March 1-15 and at least 2,000 people, including foreigners from many countries from Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal. Bangladesh, Middle East, Indonesia, Thailand+, Kyrgyzstan, Algeria, Tunisia, Belgium, Italy and Indians from across the country, attended the gathering. On Sunday night, many residents of the centre started re started showing symptoms for COVID-19 and police and paramilitary officials locked down the area but authorities fear a possible spread of the virus which now comes as true.

As of March 21, there were about 1,746 persons staying in Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz. Of these, 216 were foreigners and 1530 were Indians. Additionally, about 824 foreigners had been, as on March 21, doing Chilla activities in various parts of the country, as reported by Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.

107 people who attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi have entered Madhya Pradesh. I have ordered to identify them immediately. Police have identified some who are being taken to quarantine centres. Search for others is on, as told by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivaraj Singh Chouhan

82 people have been identified in Madhya Pradesh who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area. Madhya Pradesh CM requested others to come out and declare themselves to undergo Corona test.

15 people who attended the 2020 Markaz at Nizamuddin in Delhi) and their relatives have been diagnosed coronavirus positive in Telangana. At present, 77 active positive cases are being treated in various hospitals of state, told Telangana Public Health & Family Welfare Department.

7 members of Shillong Markaz who attended Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi’s Nizamuddin have not returned to Meghalaya. They are not traceable anywhere…

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A Frank Open Letter From an Emergency Room Doctor on #COVID-19 — the “Surge” Is Coming

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Every day at the hospital we are meeting constantly and changing policies—directions from world, federal, and state programs change multiple times per day. This is an unheard of pace of change.Here are the basics about the Covid-19 illness. The virus is highly contagious. It is predicted that eventually, nearly everyone will be exposed and been infected.

A very few very lucky people may not develop any symptoms at all. The vast majority of people will get a mild syndrome of variable symptoms including “flu”—fevers, achy-ness, upper respiratory congestion (ie nose and throat symptoms). Then they will get over it. And probably wonder what the big fuss about it was. Younger children may have an even milder syndrome.

However, during the typical 7 days of mild disease and then another 7 days later, all infected patients will be spreading this virus. If you turn up to the Emergency Department with mild illness, you will be screened (important factors such as vital signs and your oxygen saturation percentage), and likely sent home with 2 important instructions: signs of worsening illness, and strict self-quarantining precautions.

However, if you are unlucky, after the initial mild syndrome, instead of getting better, you may get worse. You may develop worse “flu” symptoms and then pneumonia—filling of the lungs with infected fluid.

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Chinese Biological Experiments to Infect Humans With Coronavirus Exposed in 2015 by Italian State Media

The video, which was broadcast in November, 2015, showed how Chinese scientists were doing biological experiments on a SARS connected virus believed to be Coronavirus derived from bats and mice.

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Chinese Propaganda Accounts and Outlets Rush to Paint China as the Coronavirus Hero

After COVID-19 became a worldwide problem, the Chinese government-owned media has focused their reports on discrediting the West’s actions against the pandemic, positioning China as a pioneer in treating the new coronavirus.

In reality, it was China’s censorship that caused the rest of the world to lack a full understanding of what to prepare for.

The fight against COVID-19 has not been limited exclusively to the health field. Since the WHO recognized the new coronavirus on January 9 of this year, China’s government has worked tirelessly to try to control the problem. However, among the strategies applied by the government is that of appearing to be the heroes during the pandemic.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Cases:

858,371

view by country

Deaths:

42,146

Recovered:

177,931

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‘Incinerators Have Been Working Around the Clock’: Wuhan Residents Say Official Coronavirus Death Toll Fake

Communist Party reportedly paying off bereaved families to keep silent about true death count.

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Missing Warming: Data Show Northwest China Has Seen No Significant Temperature Changes Since 1997!

China has a widespread network of temperature stations used by NASA.

Today we plot the NASA mean annual V4 unadjusted temperature data since 1997 for 18 stations situated in the northwest China Shinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, shown in the map below (blue dots):

No significant trends

The data show that 10 of 18 stations in this very rural region show zero warming or cooling! This defies the claims that climate change is global and unprecedented. The reality is that nothing unusual is happening.

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The Mounting Human Cost of China’s Coronavirus Censorship

Covid-19, the condition that first rose from a wet market in Wuhan, is now crippling a better part of the world. While China says that it is recovering and is returning to normalcy, it is worth noting that the country has time and again wiped evidence, manipulated the state media, and blatantly lied.

This has been the same way the country tackled the SARS outbreak— hiding facts and silencing whistleblowers.

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Australian MP Demands China Pays Compensation for the Global Spread of Coronavirus — and Repeats Bizarre Claim it May Have Been ‘Deliberate’ After Being ‘Created in a Wuhan Lab’

Federal Nationals MP George Christensen has suggested China may have created coronavirus in a Wuhan laboratory that handled diseased bats.

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Landscaper, 31, Accused of Bashing His Wife Over the Head With a Hairdryer ‘After She Gave a Real Estate Agent Her Number’ Is Let Out on Bail Over Fears He’d Get Coronavirus in Prison

Sydney landscaper Abdul Rakielbakhour, 31, allegedly used his fists and a hair dryer in a jealous rage leaving his wife with two black eyes, a swollen face, a forehead gash and neck scratches.

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‘Treated Like Animals’: Mum-of-Two Quarantined in a Lavish Sydney Hotel Over Coronavrius Complains About Being ‘Trapped’ In ‘Inhumane’ Conditions After Being Forced to Eat on Beds and Wash Dishes in the Bathroom Sink

Aimee Roberts and her Irish partner Jamie Cullinan are among the thousands of travellers being forced into quarantine in Australia after arriving from overseas.

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Coronavirus Makes it Harder to Battle Swarms of Locusts Ravaging Africa

Coronavirus is making it harder to eradicate gigantic locust swarms that are wreaking havoc in East Africa.

The outbreak of locusts, which can be carried in part by the wind, has overwhelmed local officials in multiple countries — including Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and the Congo.

The COVID-19 crisis, which is straining public health systems and resources in multiple countries, has added a new layer of complication to the battle against the locusts.

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Mozambique Bishop: Citizens ‘Terrified’ Over Recent Jihadist Attacks

Mozambique Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa said that citizens are “terrified” over a spate of recent jihadist attacks in the country, as emboldened Islamists show no sign of letting up in their assaults.

“They left a message that they would be returning. The people are afraid,” Bishop Lisboa told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in reference to a jihadist takeover of Mocimboa da Praia last week. Both the Islamic State and Somalia-based paramilitaries Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama have taken credit for the raid on the port town.

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Foreigners Vastly Overrepresented as Criminal Suspects in Germany

Figures released by the German Criminal Federal Police (BKA) have revealed that in 2019, 35 percent of all criminal suspects in the country were foreigners.

The figures show that foreigners living in Germany — a group that makes up just 12 percent of the population — are vastly overrepresented as criminal suspects.

With respect to murder suspects, close to 40 percent of the suspects in 2019 were referred to as “immigrants”.

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‘Migrants’ Accused of Filming Coronavirus Cough Prank to Scare Swedes

A pair of YouTube pranksters have caused concern in Sweden after footage emerged of the men coughing on Swedish people while asking for directions to the hospital.

The video was released by the YouTube channel “Alpha & Ali” on the 25th of March, but has since been deleted along with all of the other videos on the channel, which, according to YouTube, amassed 12,746 views.

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Swedish Government Treating Immigrants of Coronavirus is More Important Than Elderly Swedes

Under new guidelines drawn up to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, illegal migrants in Sweden could be given higher prioritization for health care than the elderly from the country’s native population. The National Board of Health and Welfare has issued guidelines to medical staff which specifically state that patients should be treated on the […]

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Turkey: Migrants Will Return to Border After Coronavirus Outbreak Ends

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has announced that after the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak ends, his government will not stop migrants from travelling to the Greek border.

Interior Minister Soyilu said that the government had evacuated an estimated 5,800 migrants from the border area and transported them to nine different Turkish provinces where they will be held in deportation centres until the outbreak ends.

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Facebook Fact-Checks Satirical Cartoon Posted by Lone Conservative

After Facebook started fact-checking memes on Instagram last year, the program quickly became a parody of itself and users started to mock the absurdity of fact-checking jokes and satirical content.

But Facebook has stuck with the program and today another satirical cartoon has been flagged by its fact-checkers.

The cartoon was created by the cartoonist A.F. Branco in 2015 and posted recently by Lone Conservative, a student platform that focuses on politics, campus conservatism, and culture.

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The ‘My Pillow’ Guy Just Triggered a Herd of Leftists and it’s Hilarious

A load of leftists screeched into the ether Monday night after Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, who has pledged to use his factories to make 50,000 N95 masks every day for healthcare workers, was given a platform by President Trump, which he used to praise God.

My Pillow announced last week that it was shifting 75 percent of its production capacity to making the medical masks. It joined other companies such as Ford, United Technologies Corporation, Honeywell, and Proctor and Gamble in joining the cause to protect Americans against the deadly Chinese virus.

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New Study: Coral Reefs Thrive Near Acidic Waters (Ph ~6.0) Where Seafloor Vents Emit Up to 95,000 Ppm CO2

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Though many believe humans are “acidifying” the oceans by burning fossil fuels and emitting CO2, the ability of humans to impact the oceanic CO2 concentration is already compromised by the observation that the ocean waters contain about 50 times more CO2 (38,000 vs. 750 PgC) than the atmosphere does (North et al., 2014).

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The Truth About Social Distancing

The same world leaders now demanding we follow “social distancing” were, as little as 3 weeks ago, encouraging people to congregate in huge crowds.

Why?

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10 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/31/2020

  1. ‘Treated Like Animals’: Mum-of-Two Quarantined in a Lavish Sydney Hotel Over Coronavrius Complains About Being ‘Trapped’ In ‘Inhumane’ Conditions After Being Forced to Eat on Beds and Wash Dishes in the Bathroom Sink

    Sounds like this woman doesn’t understand what “quarantine” means and if she’s stuck in a hotel room she can hardly have a kitchen to her disposal.

  2. “How the American President is Changing Politics in Europe”
    I’m sorry for nitpicking, but this once more such a Western Europe-centered article it’s completely wrong to use just “Europe” in it! Europe isn’t just the patch of land between UK and Germany, you know?

  3. Well, nurses SHOULD NOT wear their working attire outside hospital, it is the same like going to operation theatre in your outside clothes.

  4. Wearing Masks in Austrian supermarkets now compulsary-that’s if you can a mask? In England all masks have gone to our National Helath system and for those working in medic situations. Any that were available were taken by Chinese living in the UK.

    • I found your experience on my own 2 months ago. After reading about the CCP I went to a home improvement store (Lowe’s) looking for n-95 20 and 10 count packages. All I could find were 3 count packages, so I grabbed 3 or 4 packs, and when I checked out I ask the clerk, “where are your 10 and 20 count pack of n-95 masks?” He answered me by saying 2 weeks before I came to his store Chinese people came in and bought all the large count packs to send to China. Also, this clerk checked to see if any large count packs were left in the store’s storage, as well as checking to see if any other Lowe’s in the metro area had said packages. No luck, and he wasn’t aware when a new shipment of masks would be made available.

      • a german sayed the same.chinese buyed all the masks and send them to china long before the germans were afraid….they do it all the time.some years ago they buyed all food for babys and sent it to chine,because many babys died because of chinese moneymakers who put chemicals into milk…

  5. “Turkey: Migrants Will Return to Border After Coronovirus Outbreak Ends.”

    We are waiting for you,only you will smash your thick heads as the fence now is getting concrete all along the river.

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