Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/1/2020

The state of Illinois released 4,000 prisoners early, including 146 sex offenders and 64 murderers, because of the Wuhan Coronavirus. Meanwhile, the governor of Georgia issued an executive order that limits shelter-in-place requirements to the elderly and medically compromised people. Also, Germany is facing its worst recession since World War Two.

In other news, Pakistani Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said on Twitter that blasphemers must be beheaded. The incident had a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.

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Financial Crisis
» German Economy Faces Worst Recession in Post-War History
 
USA
» 7 Facts That Suggest Illinoisans Can & Must Get Back to Work
» Alyssa Milano: Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump “Clearly” Guilty of Sex Assaults, But “I Still Support Joe Biden”
» Biden Campaign Accessed Sealed Senate Records Before Assault Allegation Went Public
» Biden Rejects Call to Open Delaware Archive to Address Sexual Assault Allegations
» FDA Grants Emergency Authorization of Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir
» Feds Probe ‘Substantial Contractual Relations’ Between University of Texas and Wuhan Biolab
» Florida Man Friday: If I Had a Hammer…
» For 1st Time, Biden Verbally Denies Sexually Assaulting Tara Reade: “Unequivocally, It Never, Never Happened”
» Gallup: Trump Hits Highest Approval Rating of His Presidency
» Georgia Governor Limits Shelter-in-Place Order Only to Elderly People, Those Who Are “Medically Fragile”
» Half of U.S. States Begin to Lift Coronavirus Restrictions, White House Lets Guidelines Expire
» Illinois Releases 4,000 Prisoners Early, Including 146 Sex Offenders, 64 Murderers
» Illinois Governor Fumes Over ‘Reprehensible’ Question About Wife’s Bugout to $12 Million Florida Estate
» Michigan Gov. Whitmer Extends State of Emergency Another Month Amid Protests
» NYT Story That Claims US Officials ‘Pressured’ Spies to Link Lab to Coronavirus is Based on One Person’s Comments From January
» Terror Suspect Scrawled ISIS Support, Hid Escape Kit in Prison, Feds Say
» The ADL is Coming for Gamers
» The Power of Political Myth (Part 3 of 3)
» Trump Tells MI Gov. Whitmer to “Make a Deal” With Protesters: “They Want Their Lives Back”
» Watch: American Radio Host Alex Jones Says He is Ready to Murder and Eat His Neighbours Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic, Tells Globalists He Will Eat Them First
 
Canada
» Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Outlaws 1,500 Types of “Assault Weapons”
 
Europe and the EU
» Albanian Criminals Now Largest Group of Foreigners in British Prisons
» Austria: Police May Intervene if They See People Kissing
» Brexit: EU Trade Talks Could Collapse in June Over Fishing, Regulations
» Criminals Quick to Exploit Wuhan Coronavirus Crisis in Europe
» David Icke Banned From Facebook Over “Health Misinformation”
» Denmark: Police Arrest Man Suspected of Planning Imminent Islamic Terror Attack
» Half the Staff of Swedish Hospital Department Test Positive for Coronavirus
» Italian Region Now Thinks it Already Had 1,200 Coronavirus Cases Before ‘Patient One’ Was Even Detected
» Poll: Majority of Brits Uncomfortable About Going to Bars, Restaurants
» Scotland’s SNP Proposes New Law That Would Deal a Massive Blow to Free Speech
» Spain: West African ISIS Supporter Who Threatened King Felipe VI Detained
» Switzerland: Private Investigator Says Requests to Spy on Neighbors Have Exploded Since Lockdown
» UK Health Service Plans to Withdraw Ethnic Minorities From Coronavirus Frontline
» UK: Informant Nation: Lockdown Snitches Report Their Neighbours to Police 200,000+ Times
» UK: Khan’s London: Health Worker Stabbed to Death by Gang Members in Medical Masks
» Vatican Wishes Muslims ‘A Fruitful Month of Ramadan’
 
Middle East
» German Think Tank Classifies Erdogan’s Turkey as an Authoritarian Country
» Major: Turkish Journalist Reveals How Turkey’s Intelligence Agency Operates in Greece
» Muslim Mob Thrash Hindu Driver in Kuwait for Praising PM Modi on Social Media Claiming it is Against Muslim Community
 
Russia
» In Photos: Russia Unveils New Military Mega-Church
» Russians’ Trust in Putin Hits 14-Year Low — State Poll
 
South Asia
» As Hindu Vegetable Vendors Are Targeted for Bhagwa Flags, Here is Why the Indian State Should be Gravely Concerned
» From a Sri Lankan Rainforest, A New Species of Orchid Blooms
» Pakistani Minister Calls for ‘Beheading’ Of Those Who Blaspheme Muhammad
 
Far East
» China Sentences Journalist to Prison for 15 Years for Criticism of Communist Government
» China Inflicts Ever Tighter Information Controls Over Tibet, Long Off-Limits to Foreign Press
» China Opens Businesses, Tourist Sites, But Bans All Church Activities
» Chinese Communists Demolish More Crosses on Christian Churches
» Coronavirus Could Last Another Two Years
» Hong Kong Police Fire Pepper Spray in Mall Ahead of Planned Singalong
» Kim Jong Un Makes First Public Appearance in 20 Days, State Media Reports
» Newsweek Bombshell: COVID-19 Virus Lab-Made? Fauci Connected?
» Pathetic WHO Complains it Has ‘Not Been Invited’ To Investigate Coronavirus Outbreak by China
» Pompeo: WHO Leader Went to China, Didn’t Declare Pandemic Until Everyone Knew
» Prominent Scientists Warned in 2013 of Chinese Labs ‘Appalling Irresponsibility’ With Viruses
» Trump Has “High Degree of Confidence” COVID-19 Came From Wuhan Lab, Says WHO Acting Like China’s “PR Agency”
 
Australia — Pacific
» A VERY Inconvenient Truth: Film-Maker Michael Moore’s Latest Exposé Raises a Host of Troubling Questions About the Eco Bandwagon… And the Green Lobby Are Seeing Red
» Australia Earns a Lockdown ‘Early Mark’: Key Decision on Easing Restrictions is Moved Forward to Next Friday as 11 of 15 Conditions Are Fulfilled
» Disturbing Footage ‘Shows Axe-Wielding Children Under Ten Terrorising Local Shop Owners and Residents During Frightening Rampage’ In One of Australia’s Richest Beachside Suburbs
» How Coronavirus Hit Melbourne’s Property Market While Prices in Other Major Cities Went UP — and Why Buyers Are Turning to Houses Over Inner-City Apartments
» Parts of Australia Shiver Through the Coldest Start to May Ever as an Icy Front From Antarctica Sweeps Across the Country — Bringing Blizzards, Heavy Snow and Temperatures Below Zero Degrees
» Revealed: Mysterious Chinese Diplomat Who Hijacked Government Press Conference and Praised Beijing’s Virus Response After Being Invited by Billionaire Andrew Forrest is a Top SPY
» ‘Unfit for Office’: Peter Dutton Calls for Militant Health Boss Who Compared the Devastation Caused by COVID-19 to Captain Cook’s Arrival in Australia to be Sacked
» Why Two of Australia’s Richest Men Are Backing CHINA in Diplomatic Row Sparked by Push for a Coronavirus Inquiry as Beijing Threatens to Destroy Our Economy as Revenge
 
Immigration
» Farage: We Imported Coronavirus Thanks to UK’s Lax Border Controls
» Finland to Take 130 Migrants From Greek Camps Amid Pandemic
» Frontex Risk Analysis Finds 97% of Illegal Migrants Are Men
» Greek Defence Minister Expects New Wave of Migrants Soon
» Greek Defence Minister Says Country ‘On Alert’ For Fresh Wave of Migrants
 
Culture Wars
» Online Outrage Mobs Are Replacing Peer-Reviewed Scientific Papers
» Trump Admin. Denies Federal Relief Funds to Planned Parenthood
 

German Economy Faces Worst Recession in Post-War History

Europe’s largest economy will contract by 6.6 percent this year, marking the country’s worst recession in post-war history, the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (IFO), one of Germany’s leading think-tanks said on Wednesday.

In its April survey of around 8,800 companies, the think-tank found that Germany’s economic output had fallen by 16 percent across all industries due to the national lockdown measures, which have been in place since March 22, and the survey expected a 12.2 percent fall in the second quarter based on companies’ capacity utilization data.

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

7 Facts That Suggest Illinoisans Can & Must Get Back to Work

Authored by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner via Wirepoints.org

On March 20, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order requiring residents to stay at home in response to COVID-19. With sparse and inconsistent data to go on, the state acted in an abundance of caution. And facing fear and uncertainty, the general public accepted shutdown orders that have resulted in an economic collapse.

But today, the situation is far different. We now have far more data about the crisis and yet the state’s overall shutdown strategy hasn’t materially changed.

For one, the data tells us who’s most at risk from COVID-19, and it’s not the general public. It’s overwhelmingly those with preexisting conditions, especially the elderly. They’re the ones that need to be far better protected, and if necessary, quarantined.

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

Alyssa Milano: Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump “Clearly” Guilty of Sex Assaults, But “I Still Support Joe Biden”

In a piece published on Deadline [warning: language], actress and dedicated #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano tried her best to explain why she still supports Joe Biden for president despite the sexual allegations against him.

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

Biden Campaign Accessed Sealed Senate Records Before Assault Allegation Went Public

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign reportedly accessed sealed records of his Senate career sometime in the last year, possibly shortly before a bombshell sexual assault allegation against the former vice president went public.

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

Biden Rejects Call to Open Delaware Archive to Address Sexual Assault Allegations

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rejected requests to open the University of Delaware archive to address the sexual assault allegations from former Senate staffer Tara Reade.

In an interview with anchor Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, Biden said the university’s archive does not contain any personnel documents from his Senate career.

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

FDA Grants Emergency Authorization of Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted the drug company Gilead emergency authorization to distribute the drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19,a possible flashpoint in the fight against the deadly disease.

President Trump announced the approval on Friday. Remdesivir showed promising results in a clinical trial earlier this week, with at least 50% of participating coronavirus patients showing some improvement with the drug.

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

Feds Probe ‘Substantial Contractual Relations’ Between University of Texas and Wuhan Biolab

The Department of Education is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into “substantial contractual relations” between the University of Texas and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and has asked the university to preserve and produce extensive records of gifts or contracts with the lab, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to a letter addressed to University Chancellor James Milken, the government request includes records of gifts or contracts related to Wuhan researcher Shi Zhengli, who co-authored a controversial 2015 paper which described the creation of a new virus by combining a coronavirus found in Chinese horseshoe bats with another that causes human-like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in mice.

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

Florida Man Friday: If I Had a Hammer…

We’ve got a lot to cover this week, so let’s just get right to it on another thrill-a-minute episode of…

Florida Man Friday!

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

For 1st Time, Biden Verbally Denies Sexually Assaulting Tara Reade: “Unequivocally, It Never, Never Happened”

For the first time in over a month since the allegations became public, presumed 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden has verbally denied every sexually assaulting former staffer Tara Reade.

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

Gallup: Trump Hits Highest Approval Rating of His Presidency

President Trump hit the highest approval rating of his presidency on Friday, a strong sign the country approves of his handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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

Georgia Governor Limits Shelter-in-Place Order Only to Elderly People, Those Who Are “Medically Fragile”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new executive order limiting the shelter-in-place directive to the elderly and “medically fragile” through June 12.

“To protect vulnerable populations, I will sign an order today requiring medically fragile and elderly Georgians to continue to shelter in place through June 12, 2020,” Kemp said Thursday.

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

Half of U.S. States Begin to Lift Coronavirus Restrictions, White House Lets Guidelines Expire

Half of all U.S. states are reopening or are set to reopen as the White House let its 2-week-old economic reopening guidelines expire on Thursday.

Eighteen states are reopening with restrictions, such as capacity limits or required masks. An additional seven have orders that are set to expire on May 1 or shortly after.

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

Illinois Releases 4,000 Prisoners Early, Including 146 Sex Offenders, 64 Murderers

The state of Illinois has released 4,000 prisoners as part of its pandemic mitigation strategy, a group of convicted criminals including 146 sex offenders and 64 convicted murderers.

Prisons and jails around the country have resorted to setting criminals free in the hopes of preventing disease outbreaks within correctional houses. In Illinois, criminals were either pardoned by Gov. JB Pritzker or else released early by authorities.

The state attorney’s office said it was originally told the government would only be releasing “non-violent” offenders as part of the strategy. The state has also been releasing offenders so quickly some areas have not had time to inform victims, as required by law.

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

Illinois Governor Fumes Over ‘Reprehensible’ Question About Wife’s Bugout to $12 Million Florida Estate

While Democrats are by and large the staunchest proponents of “stay-at-home” orders aimed at slowing the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, the rules apparently don’t apply if you’re a governor’s wife.

During a Wednesday press conference, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) became visibly irritated over a question over whether his wife, M.K. Pritzker, had flaunted the state’s extended stay-at-home order — which prohibits non-essential travel, skipping skipped off to the couple’s $12 million estate in Wellington, Florida.

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

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Extends State of Emergency Another Month Amid Protests

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s state of emergency and disaster declaration through May 28, just hours before it was set to expire, as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the state Capitol building in Lansing.

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

NYT Story That Claims US Officials ‘Pressured’ Spies to Link Lab to Coronavirus is Based on One Person’s Comments From January

A New York Times story published Thursday claimed that Trump officials have unduly pressured intelligence agencies to link the Wuhan bio-lab to the coronavirus outbreak, yet it simultaneously admits that the President has done no such thing and is based mostly around one comment made by a National Security Council official in January.

The story was cited by mainstream sources and leftist websites ad-nauseam Thursday night, as some kind of proof that the Chinese lab has nothing to do with the virus outbreak.

It was also used to suggest that US intelligence agencies have all but dismissed the notion, when that is simply not the case.

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

Terror Suspect Scrawled ISIS Support, Hid Escape Kit in Prison, Feds Say

Detroit — An Ypsilanti man arrested by the FBI’s counterterrorism team wants out of federal prison during the COVID-19 pandemic despite being caught with an escape kit and scrawling a message of support for the Islamic State in his cell, according to prosecutors.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is fighting a bond request from Yousef Ramadan, 31, who is among a growing list of inmates seeking release from federal prisons nationwide while citing risk factors that leave them susceptible to the virus.

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

The ADL is Coming for Gamers

The unironically named ADL (Anti-Defamation League) have for some reason decided to go hard against gaming in general, and one of gaming’s biggest platforms in particular.

That platform is Valve’s game digital distribution service Steam, which is portrayed in a post on the NGO’s website as a place harboring dangerous criminals and radicals, including anti-Semites and potential mass shooters.

At the same time, Steam is said to be both a leading “storefront and social platform” for PC gamers, who are reportedly a large demographic, present in at least 75% of US households. Building further the case of why it’s important to better control goings-on on Steam, the gaming industry is described as raking in more money than both movies and music giants each year.

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

The Power of Political Myth (Part 3 of 3)

While, ultimately, I believe that we are heading inexorably towards a hot civil war, I do think we can shear a few people away from the other side. Even devoted Leftists can awaken, as noted in On Leaving the SJW Cult and Finding Myself (bolding added):

I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech.I see seemingly reasonable people wishing death on others and laughing at escalating suicide and addiction rates of the white working class. I see liberal think pieces written in opposition to expressing empathy or civility in interactions with those with whom we disagree.I see 63 million Trump voters written off as “nazis” who are okay to target with physical violence. I see concepts like equality and justice being used as a mask for resentful, murderous rage.

The most pernicious aspect of this evolution of the left, is how it seems to be changing people, and how rapidly since the election. I have been dwelling on this Nietzsche quote for almost six months now, “He who fights with monsters, should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” How easy is it for ordinary humans to commit atrocious acts? History teaches us it’s pretty damn easy when you are blinded to your own hypocrisy.When you believe you are morally superior, when you have dehumanized those you disagree with, you can justify almost anything. In a particularly vocal part of the left, justification for dehumanizing and committing violence against those on the right has already begun.

Remember the quote I had in Part I from my essay The Scarlet “R”? Fits right in with the above concerns about what’s happening. How to break this mindset?…

           — Hat tip: DH [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Tells MI Gov. Whitmer to “Make a Deal” With Protesters: “They Want Their Lives Back”

President Trump Friday told Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that she should talk with protesters who have gathered outside the state Capitol building and “make a deal” in an effort to give them their lives back amid the coronavirus crisis.

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

Watch: American Radio Host Alex Jones Says He is Ready to Murder and Eat His Neighbours Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic, Tells Globalists He Will Eat Them First

With the lockdowns in the wake of the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing norms imposed on countries around the world, people in their homes are getting increasingly frustrated and it is starting to impact at a psychological level. The virus has also sparked paranoia in a lot of people and it has also led to doomsday theories and speculation that the world as we know it is at an end. One such individual is ace conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the founder and owner of Infowars. The American journalist, who has been banned by multiple social media platforms, on Friday endorsed cannibalism during his talk show.

“I will admit it — I would eat my neighbours,” Alex Jones said during the rant. “I’m not letting my kids die. I’m just going to be honest. My superpower is being honest. I’ve extrapolated this out — and I won’t have to for a few years because I’ve got food and stuff — but I’m literally looking at my neighbors now and going, ‘I’m ready to hang ‘em up and gut ‘em and skin ‘em and chop ‘em up. You know what? I am ready. My daughters aren’t starving to death. I will eat my neighbours.”

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

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Outlaws 1,500 Types of “Assault Weapons”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced a sweeping ban on 1,500 different “assault weapons” in Canada, a rule instituted through an executive cabinet rather than the country’s legislature.

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

Albanian Criminals Now Largest Group of Foreigners in British Prisons

The number of Albanian criminals in British prisons has increased fourfold since 2013, to the point where they now account for the largest group of foreigners in the estate.

Criminals from the Balkan country — Europe’s only Muslim majority state, besides the only partially-recognised Republic of Kosovo — make up a full tenth of all foreign national offenders behind bars in England and Wales, despite measures which are supposed to see them transferred to Albanian prisons.

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

Austria: Police May Intervene if They See People Kissing

Despite being one of the first countries to begin relaxing its lockdown laws, authorities in Austria have said that police may intervene if they see people kissing.

Yes, really.

From May 15th onwards, Austrians will once again be permitted to visit re-opened bars and restaurants. As of today, they are already allowed to visit friends.

Fearing that this will incentivize a rash of dating, which in turn will lead to couples being very physically affectionate, Austria’s Health Minister Rudolf Anschober warned that the love police will be watching.

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

Brexit: EU Trade Talks Could Collapse in June Over Fishing, Regulations

Negotiating sources on both sides of the English Channel have admitted that UK-EU trade talks could collapse in June over fishing and regulations.

The British government revealed in February that if sufficient progress is not made on a trade deal with the EU by June, then London’s negotiators would pull out of talks and the government would spend the rest of the transition period preparing to move the UK onto World Trade Organization (WTO) terms with the bloc.

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

Criminals Quick to Exploit Wuhan Coronavirus Crisis in Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) — Individuals and criminal organizations have taken immediate advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to find new ways of making money, the European Union’s law enforcement agency said Thursday, citing a spike in counterfeiting and cybercrime.

In a report Thursday looking at how the pandemic will shape organized crime in the EU, Europol said much of the criminality related to the deadly virus reflects the flexibility of criminal organizations, a trend that was already witnessed during previous financial crises.

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

David Icke Banned From Facebook Over “Health Misinformation”

Facebook has shut down the main Page of UK author and speaker David Icke.

A screenshot published by Icke shows he received a message from Facebook that says: “Your Page has been unpublished for going against the Facebook Community Standards on health misinformation that could cause physical harm.”

Facebook’s move follows soon after Icke, who describes himself as a conspiracy researcher, has been questioning the narrative regarding COVID-19, and being vocal about the ways in which the pandemic and lockdowns are being used to erode civil liberties.

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

Denmark: Police Arrest Man Suspected of Planning Imminent Islamic Terror Attack

Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) and Copenhagen police on Thursday announced the arrest of man who is suspected of having planned to carry out terrorist attacks with a militant Islamist motive.

During a press conference, Chief Police Inspector Jørgen Bergen Skov from the Copenhagen Police said that a “coordinated police action” was conducted in Copenhagen on Thursday which allowed security forces to foil a “terror attack with an Islamic motive.”

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

Half the Staff of Swedish Hospital Department Test Positive for Coronavirus

Half of the staff at a department of the Helsingborg hospital tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus as Sweden reports over 2,500 deaths across the country.

The department within the Helsingborg hospital has been partially closed as a result of the number of the medical staff that have tested positive for the virus. Patients have been relocated to other areas of the facility.

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

Italian Region Now Thinks it Already Had 1,200 Coronavirus Cases Before ‘Patient One’ Was Even Detected

An analysis of the Italian region of Lombardy has found that the area had as many as 1,200 cases of Wuhan coronavirus before the official “patient one” was identified in February.

The first positively identified case was thought to have occurred on February 21st, but research claims that the first case actually occurred nearly a month before on January 26th. On that day, Milan alone had at least 46 cases out of the total of 543 across all of Lombardy, on what is being labelled “Day Zero”.

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

Poll: Majority of Brits Uncomfortable About Going to Bars, Restaurants

A new poll has found that even after the lockdown ends, a majority of Brits will still feel uncomfortable about going to bars and attending large social gatherings.

The survey by Ipsos Mori shows that 61% would be uncomfortable visiting bars or restaurants, with the same figure feeling uncomfortable about using public transport.

The poll also found that 67% would be uncomfortable attending large public gatherings such as sport or music events.

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

Scotland’s SNP Proposes New Law That Would Deal a Massive Blow to Free Speech

Scotland’s government, led by the pro-EU SNP party, has joined the ranks of many others around the world who are actively working on constraining free speech by amending existing laws and coming up with new solutions.

UK’s Spiked magazine says that currently a law regulating what is known as hate crimes is modeled after that in England, covering threats, abuse, and insults.

But based on what’s described as a “hard-line” report from 2018, Scotland’s upgraded Hate Crime and Public Order Bill proposed by parliament now looks to change that and introduce three new offenses, the report says.

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

Spain: West African ISIS Supporter Who Threatened King Felipe VI Detained

The Spanish Civil Guard on Thursday detained a West African ISIS supporter who threatened various state officials including King Felipe VI on social media.

The 48-year-old Guinean citizen, who has legal residence in Spain, has previously spent time in prison for having committed violent crimes like robbery with intimidation and injuries, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports.

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

Switzerland: Private Investigator Says Requests to Spy on Neighbors Have Exploded Since Lockdown

A Geneva-based private investigator says the number of requests he has received from people wishing to spy on their neighbors since lockdown has exploded.

Christian Sideris, founder of Seeclop, said that he normally gets around two requests a year for such cases but that since Switzerland imposed its coronavirus shut down, he’s receiving two a week.

Describing some of the callers as “desperate,” Sideris said, “We have a lot of these types of cases because people are confined and on top of each other all day.”

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

UK Health Service Plans to Withdraw Ethnic Minorities From Coronavirus Frontline

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) plans to withdraw black and minority ethnic (BAME) health workers from frontline roles in the fight against the coronavirus, in order to reduce the supposedly disproportionate BAME death toll.

Amanda Pritchard, the Chief Operating Officer for NHS England and Chief Executive Officer for NHS Improvement, has sent a nine-page letter to health chiefs highlighting “Emerging UK and international data suggest[ing] that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are also being disproportionately affected by Covid-19.”

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

UK: Informant Nation: Lockdown Snitches Report Their Neighbours to Police 200,000+ Times

British people have taken to their new roles as government informants with surprising enthusiasm, inundating police forces with reports of neighbours allegedly breaking the terms of the state-imposed coronavirus lockdown.

British newspaper of record The Times reports perceived crimes such as public loitering and having house parties have been reported to police in recent weeks.

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

UK: Khan’s London: Health Worker Stabbed to Death by Gang Members in Medical Masks

A National Health Service (NHS) worker was stabbed to death in a “ferocious assault” by a gang wearing medical masks just days before the funeral of his father, who succumbed the Chinese coronavirus, was due to take place.

24-year-old David Gomoh was set upon in Newham, east London, by a group of men near the NHS Nightingale emergency hospital, according to an appeal for information from the Metropolitan Police.

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

Vatican Wishes Muslims ‘A Fruitful Month of Ramadan’

ROME — The Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue released a message to the world’s Muslims Friday, extending fervent best wishes for a “fruitful month of Ramadan.”

The month of Ramadan is “a time for spiritual healing and growth, of sharing with the poor, of strengthening bonds with relatives and friends,” the message states, and also a good moment for Christians “to further strengthen our relationships with you” and to “foster fraternity between Christians and Muslims.”

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

German Think Tank Classifies Erdogan’s Turkey as an Authoritarian Country

The German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung has classified Turkey as an authoritarian country in its biennial Transformation Index report.

The Gütersloh-based think-tank notes that Turkey’s domestic politics, increasingly, have become shaped by “nationalist, Islamist, and authoritarian forces”, while radical changes in the country’s international outlook — which came after its new executive presidential system was put into place — have resulted in deteriorating relations with other countries.

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

Major: Turkish Journalist Reveals How Turkey’s Intelligence Agency Operates in Greece

Turkish journalist Abdullah Boskurt has made revelations about the action of the Turkish intelligence agency, known as the MIT in Greece, in an interview with Ethnos tis Kyriakis.

The day Turkish journalist Abdullah Boskurt left his country for Sweden in July 2016, Turkish police raided his office in Ankara. For the “exile,” it was a one-way journey for him, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had decided to relentlessly pursue those he considered “enemies.” Journalists were first.

Boskurt escaped prison for a few hours. He is the journalist who revealed the relationship between the (MIT) and armed jihadist groups and organised crime networks. The news agency Muhabir, where he worked, was among the Turkish media outlets shut down by Turkish authorities, which went so far as to confiscate all computers and journalists’ files.

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

Muslim Mob Thrash Hindu Driver in Kuwait for Praising PM Modi on Social Media Claiming it is Against Muslim Community

A complaint has been registered with the Union Home secretary against an individual named Asi Chullikara for allegedly assaulting a Hindu resident in Kuwait after he had praised Prime Minister Modi on his social media account.

According to the complaint filed by advocate Pratheesh Vishwanath, Asi Chullikara, hailing from Kasargod district of Kerala and currently residing in Kuwait, along with his friends had barged into the residence of Praveen on April 28 and brutally assaulted him after Praveen had made pro-Modi comments on social media.

The video of a mob attacking Praveen had gone viral across social media platforms. In the video, it was clearly seen how a mob allegedly led by Asi Chullikara had thrashed Praveen over his Facebook posts.

In his complaint, Pratheesh Vishwanath has stated that the mob led by Asi Chullikara threatened and forced Praveen to apologise to the Muslim community at large and made him confess that the post he had put in his Facebook account was against the Muslim community.

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In Photos: Russia Unveils New Military Mega-Church

Russia is close to completing the construction of a new Russian Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the country’s Armed Forces.

The 95-meter cathedral, located on a sprawling military theme park and exhibition center near Moscow, is set to open its doors on May 9 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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Russians’ Trust in Putin Hits 14-Year Low — State Poll

Russians’ trust in President Vladimir Putin has fallen to a 14-year low, the state-funded VTsIOM polling agency said Monday.

The latest poll results come as Russian authorities — and Putin in particular — have faced criticism for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, which many see as providing insufficient support to businesses and workers. Before the coronavirus hit Russia, Putin had been pursuing a series of constitutional amendments that would allow him to stay president until 2036.

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As Hindu Vegetable Vendors Are Targeted for Bhagwa Flags, Here is Why the Indian State Should be Gravely Concerned

A new phenomenon has emerged in recent times. Attempts are being made to target vegetable vendors who demonstrate their Hindu identity while they are going about their daily business. They are, of course, doing nothing wrong or breaking any law of the country, for the choice to display one’s faith publicly is one that has been granted by the Indian Constitution. Prior to this, an organized attempt was launched to target Hindus living in the Gulf. These two events came after the termination of the Shaheen Bagh protests in the wake of the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic. The end of these Islamist protests were preceded by a cycle of violence that began after the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act and culminated with the anti-Hindu riots in Delhi. These might come across as a disjointed set of events but in reality, they are not. These are symptoms of a disease that has gripped the heart of the country. The core of the Secular Republic of India is coming apart and the ideas of a certain German Jurist are becoming relevant again.

The targeted attempts at harassing Hindu vegetable vendors are only the latest in a series of attempts to target Hindus. While the Delhi Police and security personnel were able to ensure that the riots in Delhi did not spell absolute carnage, although far too many lives were lost, they were not in a position to do much when Hindus living in the Middle East were targeted and frankly, in the attempt to harass Hindu vegetable vendors, they have been complicit. If we are to be honest, we cannot blame the conduct of the Police on the novelty of the situation, the blame for it lies squarely on the manner in which political parties and Indian institutions of all hues have adopted a harsher stance towards Hindus while observing lenience during their interactions with the Muslim community.

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From a Sri Lankan Rainforest, A New Species of Orchid Blooms

COLOMBO — A rare new orchid described from a tropical lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka now bears the name of two of the island’s pioneering forest ecologists.

A new paper published in the journal Biotaxa identifies the new discovery as Gastrodia gunatillekeorum, a species found in just three small populations comprising fewer than 100 mature individuals. That makes it both habitat specific and endangered.

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Pakistani Minister Calls for ‘Beheading’ Of Those Who Blaspheme Muhammad

Pakistan’s Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs has called for the beheading of people who commit blasphemy.

“Beheading is the only punishment for those who mock the Prophet Muhammad,” Ali Muhammad Khan tweeted this week in the Urdu language, UCA News reported Friday.

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China Sentences Journalist to Prison for 15 Years for Criticism of Communist Government

Continuing its longstanding trend of jailing members of the media, the Chinese government has sentenced a journalist to 15 years in prison after he criticized the country’s one-party communist government.

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China Inflicts Ever Tighter Information Controls Over Tibet, Long Off-Limits to Foreign Press

Chinese authorities in Tibet have further tightened controls over information flows in the region, arresting Tibetans last year for sharing news and opinions on social media and for contacting relatives living in exile, according to rights groups and other experts.

Particular targets of censors and police were images of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama shared on mobile phones and calls for the preservation of the Tibetan language, now under threat from government orders to establish Chinese as the main language of instruction in Tibetan schools.

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China Opens Businesses, Tourist Sites, But Bans All Church Activities

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has reopened businesses throughout the country while suspending all Christian church activities, from worship services to pilgrimages.

The seemingly arbitrary targeting of religious practice for the ban has led Christian leaders to suspect “a communist ploy to suppress religion,” according to a report Thursday from UCA News.

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Chinese Communists Demolish More Crosses on Christian Churches

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has torn down more crosses from Christian churches this month as part of its unrelenting crusade to eradicate the Christian symbol from the Chinese landscape.

On Easter Sunday, authorities ripped down the cross that used to surmount the tympanum of a church in the diocese of Xinxiang in Henan province. A blogger priest, Father Shanren Shenfu said that silence in the face of the destruction of crosses is part of the price to pay for the Vatican’s agreement with the CCP on the appointment of bishops in the country.

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Coronavirus Could Last Another Two Years

A new report says the coronavirus pandemic could last another two years.

Two more years of dancing nurse Tik Tok videos.

Can’t wait.

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Hong Kong Police Fire Pepper Spray in Mall Ahead of Planned Singalong

Police in Hong Kong fired pepper spray at a crowd in a Shatin shopping mall on Friday after they planned a public singalong as part of the city’s ongoing pro-democracy movement, with police out in force after the authorities turned down an application to hold a Labor Day march in the city.

Dozens of riot police charged into Shatin’s New Town Plaza mall ahead of the planned “sing with you” event, to be faced with people hurling insults and chanting “Free Hong Kong! Revolution now!”

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Kim Jong Un Makes First Public Appearance in 20 Days, State Media Reports

North Korean state media has claimed that the country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, made his first public appearance in 20 days amid a flurry of speculation about his health.

South Korea-based Yonhap News Agency, citing state-run media, reported that Kim attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, in the South Phyongan Province Saturday.

Photos from the ceremony weren’t immediately released.

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Newsweek Bombshell: COVID-19 Virus Lab-Made? Fauci Connected?

One of the more acutely-asked questions since the covid-19 pandemic broke out has been: Is the virus man-made? Debate on the matter has been wild and furious. After much investigation, Chris is now chiming in on the heels of an explosive Newsweek report. Newsweek reveals that as recently as last year, the US funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in ‘gain of function’ research on bat coronaviruses. The source of that funding? The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, headed by…..(drumroll please)….Dr Anthony Fauci, lead medical expert for America’s Covid-19 task force. Now, this doesn’t mean the virus was lab-engineered as a bio-weapon. But it does suggest a naturally-occuring bat virus could have been artificially accelerated along certain vectors. Of course, this raises an awfully lot of urgent and important questions. So far, Fauci has not commented on the Newsweek report. But we will be keeping close tabs on developments from here…

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Pathetic WHO Complains it Has ‘Not Been Invited’ To Investigate Coronavirus Outbreak by China

The World Health Organisation has repeatedly requested access to China to take part in the country’s investigations into the origins of the coronavirus, but has been denied an ‘invite’, according to one leading official.

Dr Gauden Galea told Sky News that “WHO is making requests of the health commission and of the authorities,” but has so far come up empty handed.

“We know that some national investigation is happening but at this stage we have not been invited to join,” Galea explained.

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Pompeo: WHO Leader Went to China, Didn’t Declare Pandemic Until Everyone Knew

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the WHO, and its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Thursday.

Pompeo said that the organisation has “failed in its mission,” and noted that Tedros “traveled to China and then declined to declare it a pandemic until everyone in the world knew that was already true.”

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Prominent Scientists Warned in 2013 of Chinese Labs ‘Appalling Irresponsibility’ With Viruses

A number of leading western scientists issued a stark warning in 2013 that Chinese researchers in virology labs were playing with fire by mixing animal viruses with human pathogens, and that the new strains could leak into the world, causing a killer pandemic.

The Independent published a piece covering the scientists’ concerns on Thursday 2 May 2013.

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Trump Has “High Degree of Confidence” COVID-19 Came From Wuhan Lab, Says WHO Acting Like China’s “PR Agency”

President Trump said Thursday that he has a “high degree of confidence” that the novel coronavirus currently sweeping the world originated in a lab in Wuhan, China. He further blasted the World Health Organization for acting “like the public relations agency for China”.

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A VERY Inconvenient Truth: Film-Maker Michael Moore’s Latest Exposé Raises a Host of Troubling Questions About the Eco Bandwagon… And the Green Lobby Are Seeing Red

It’s a pity that the emotional energy generated by the documentary Michael Moore Presents: Planet Of The Humans, can’t be used on the national grid, writes TOM LEONARD.

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Australia Earns a Lockdown ‘Early Mark’: Key Decision on Easing Restrictions is Moved Forward to Next Friday as 11 of 15 Conditions Are Fulfilled

Coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed from next Friday after Scott Morrison brought forward the date because the infection rate is so low.

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Disturbing Footage ‘Shows Axe-Wielding Children Under Ten Terrorising Local Shop Owners and Residents During Frightening Rampage’ In One of Australia’s Richest Beachside Suburbs

The boys, two of whom are younger than ten years-old, could be seen running riot during the Cottesloe crime spree.

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How Coronavirus Hit Melbourne’s Property Market While Prices in Other Major Cities Went UP — and Why Buyers Are Turning to Houses Over Inner-City Apartments

Melbourne has suffered a bigger hit to house prices than any other capital city during the first full month of the coronavirus lockdowns, new real estate data from CoreLogic showed.

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Parts of Australia Shiver Through the Coldest Start to May Ever as an Icy Front From Antarctica Sweeps Across the Country — Bringing Blizzards, Heavy Snow and Temperatures Below Zero Degrees

Parts of Australia will shiver through the coldest-ever start to May with temperatures below zero as an icy cold front sweeps across the country.

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Revealed: Mysterious Chinese Diplomat Who Hijacked Government Press Conference and Praised Beijing’s Virus Response After Being Invited by Billionaire Andrew Forrest is a Top SPY

Long Zhou used to work in a secretive cyber cell inside the Chinese Communist Party, helping it wage war against western governments and pump out propaganda.

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‘Unfit for Office’: Peter Dutton Calls for Militant Health Boss Who Compared the Devastation Caused by COVID-19 to Captain Cook’s Arrival in Australia to be Sacked

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has taken at Dr Annaliese van Diemen after she compared Captain Cook’s famous voyage to the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.

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Why Two of Australia’s Richest Men Are Backing CHINA in Diplomatic Row Sparked by Push for a Coronavirus Inquiry as Beijing Threatens to Destroy Our Economy as Revenge

What do mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest and media mogul Kerry Stokes have in common? Both stand boost fortunes thanks to China, and both have done Beijing’s bidding on COVID-19.

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Farage: We Imported Coronavirus Thanks to UK’s Lax Border Controls

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that when an inquiry into coronavirus is held, “we will see that we allowed ourselves to import this disease and the British government did nothing”.

In recent weeks, Mr Farage has criticised the Conservative government for failing to both stop travellers from legally entering the UK during the coronavirus pandemic whilst Britons are forced into lockdown in their own homes, as well as for failing to stop illegal migration across the English Channel.

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Finland to Take 130 Migrants From Greek Camps Amid Pandemic

Greece’s migration ministry said Thursday Finland has agreed to take in 100 unaccompanied refugee children and 30 adults, expanding the number of European countries which have begun taking in young asylum-seekers from Greece.

The ministry said the agreement came in a call between deputy minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos and senior Finnish Interior Ministry official Olli-Poika Parviainen, adviser to Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo.

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Frontex Risk Analysis Finds 97% of Illegal Migrants Are Men

In its 2020 risk analysis report, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency tasked with controlling the EU’s Schengen Area, found that 97 percent of migrants who were caught attempting to enter the area illegally in 2019 were men.

The report notes that while overall illegal migration slightly decreased last year, an increase in illegal migration along the Western Balkan Route and around Greece was seen.

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Greek Defence Minister Expects New Wave of Migrants Soon

Although the Greek-Turkish border has seen a drop-off in migrants attempting to illegally cross in recent weeks due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Greece’s Minister of National Defence says that he expects the migrant wave to surge again soon.

Greece has been on the front line of the ongoing migrant crisis from the beginning. And after Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced that his country would no longer prevent the millions of migrants on its territory from crossing the border at the end of February, Greek security forces faced nightly battles with armies of migrants being aided by the Turkish police for weeks afterwards, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

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Greek Defence Minister Says Country ‘On Alert’ For Fresh Wave of Migrants

Greek defence minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos has stated that Greece is on alert for new waves of migrants as the country has called on the European Union to strengthen its border agency Frontex ahead of the summer.

While he acknowledged that migrant traffic along the Turkish border has dramatically decreased, primarily due to the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus, Minister Panagiotopoulos stated that the country was still on alert for another surge at the border area.

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Online Outrage Mobs Are Replacing Peer-Reviewed Scientific Papers

Scientific journals have been under fire for a while now for their staunchly profit-oriented business models that are said to undermine both research and open data.

But the case detailed on by Colin Wright, an evolutionary biologist, presents a different kind of criticism: namely, that journals are now caving to online outrage and dropping what would have otherwise been acceptable scientific papers.

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Trump Admin. Denies Federal Relief Funds to Planned Parenthood

The Trump administration took the necessary steps to ensure Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, would be excluded from receiving funds from the new Paycheck Protection Program, White House officials told Fox News Thursday.

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/1/2020

  1. A bit about the cynicism of the Russian government.
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    In St. Petersburg, before paying compensation to doctors, officials will assess the percentage of their guilt in coronavirus infection

    The administration of St. Petersburg instructed the special commissions to make decisions on the payment of compensation to physicians infected with the coronavirus. The order is published on the government website. However, the money will be paid only after officials find out what percentage of the doctor’s guilt is that he became infected with a highly contagious virus.

    The published document says that in order for the family of the deceased medic to receive compensation, the coronavirus must be indicated in the death certificate. If the doctor died “from concomitant diseases”, there will be no payment. “Fontanka” writes that this item was not in the draft order – it was added “at the stage of approval.”

    To determine whether compensation is due to the health care provider or his family, a special commission should conduct an investigation. It will include the direct head of the physician, labor protection specialist, a representative of the trade union, and “other officials by decision of the employer.” It should be headed by one of the deputy heads of the hospital.

    The commission will determine under what circumstances the employee has become infected. Members of the commission must establish “the presence of guilt of the medical worker (in percent).” Based on the outcome of the investigation, the commission will indicate whether the physician should be recognized as “injured as a result of helping patients.”

    According to the head of the working group on the fight against coronavirus, director of the medical center Almazov Evgeny Shlyakhto, in St. Petersburg, only half of the doctors have the disease COVID-19 directly related to work. Most likely, infected doctors working in unprofiled hospitals will not automatically fall under Smolny’s decree on payments.

    In mid-April, St. Petersburg authorities decided to pay a million rubles to the families of physicians who died from coronavirus, 500 thousand rubles to those who received disabilities due to infection, and 300 thousand rubles to the rest. However, only 30 million rubles were allocated for these purposes. At the same time, on April 30, about 250 cases of infection by doctors, paramedics and orderlies were already detected in the city. Eight COVID-19 medical personnel died. Some of them were not included in the official statistics of coronavirus victims.

    More details: https://www.newsru.com/russia/01may2020/compenspb.html

    • I completely forgot about one detail. This migrant, whom the media calls a “resident of Moscow,” first tries to assert “his rights” according to the scheme that “human rights activists” of migrants teach on social media blogs.
      But something did not work out – nature failed.

    • I watched the whole film (Moore was executive producer, not director, but we may assume he approved of the content).

      At no point was the desirability-indeed, the need- for increased reliability on nuclear power considered. Yes, it has its problems, not least with keeping waste safe, and of course plants shouldn’t be built in geologically unstable locations (sorry Japan and California), but it does seem the least bad option.

  2. I would think the “tune up” that refugee gets at the Russian police station after arrested would put him in the hospital or the morgue .The Russian police would not abide or worry about “civil rights” or liberties of other police officers standards in Western Europe or North America.I would think twice about fooling around with Russian or South American police officers if I were a stranger in their land.People can have been known to have very nasty “accidents” or suicides in police stations in far away lands.

    • Surprise! As the ancients said: everything flows, everything changes.
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      The court did not arrest a man who attacked a policeman in Moscow

      The Perovsky District Court of Moscow refused to arrest a man who hit a police officer in the face and tried to seize his weapon. This was reported to TASS in court.

      “The court received a motion from the investigation to take a preventive measure in the form of taking into custody M. Matmusaev, in respect of whom a criminal case was initiated under part 1 of article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (” The use of violence against a representative who is not dangerous to his life or health “). Having examined this material, the judge decided to refuse to satisfy this petition,” the court said, without specifying what preventive measure was chosen by Matmusaev.
      https://tass.ru/moskva/8389107
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      Now there are a lot of Muslims in the police, courts and prosecutors.

    • I completely forgot: in some media this person is called a “Muscovite” (a resident of Moscow). He does not speak Russian, but “Muscovite”!

  3. Okay, this one is pretty shocking, even for the Merkel governed Germany.

    I’m sure you’ve read from Breitbart that the two main parties in the Bundestag (Dhimmistag) were actually arguing for allowing Mosque Muezzins to, I [defecate] you not, conduct calls to prayer on a nation-wide scale as a “sign of solidarity and cohesion” in these times…“after all, the church sounds the bell all the time right?” I wanted to rip my hair out reading that.

    Nowhere, I mean nowhere, could I find any comment in any comment section of even the most liberal site anyone who thought it was anything less than nuts. Not even Die Welt or Der Spiegel.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article207559513/Muezzin-Ruf-Wir-sahen-den-sozialen-Frieden-in-Gefahr.html

    Why? Why???? Why would anyone even consider that? Even the dhimmis determined to bow all of Germany to Mecca—why? Ever heard of boiling the frog slowly do it doesn’t jump out? Whackos….such brazen treason.

    https://www.katholisch.de/artikel/25356-muezzin-und-kirchenglocken-emotionale-debatte-um-religioesen-laerm

    The silver lining? Well, it remains the decision of local authorities regardless, so de jure nothing has changed as far as I know, but the mere fact it was considered is absolute insanity. In fact it has backfired in the CDU leaderships faces with the Local CDUs administrations rebelling : In Hager, Hesse for example, the Hager CDU pushed back and after one day of permission to the Muezzin deliver the call of Muslim conquest it was cancelled. I don’t know why Germany has such dhimmi leaders in particular—there are plenty of Euro countries with worse demographics…Mutti has to be an ex-Communist infiltrator

  4. With respect to Covid-19 Wuhan, we are seeing normal mortality from a flu. However, it is on a cold type virus. An engineered virus, if the discoverer of HIV is to be believed.

    Based on the small numbers of deaths in healthy individuals, this is a disease of concern only to nursing homes, the aged in frail health, and people with bad diseases.

    • That’s what I love about you pesky Russians, not afraid to kill as many enemies as it takes to get the job done. Well done.

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