Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/19/2020

A French judge has ruled that churches must be allowed to reopen and hold services. Meanwhile, Germany has decided to reopen its borders on June 15. Also, Japan’s economy has fallen into recession due to the Wuhan Coronavirus.

In other news, two Islamic festivals will become state holidays in Ukraine.

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Financial Crisis
» Chicago Chicken Shop Charges 26% “COVID-19 Fee”, Claiming Rapid Food Inflation
» Coronavirus: Hungary Q1 GDP Growth Slows to 2.2 %
» Japan’s Economy Falls Into Recession as Virus Takes Its Toll
» Trump Gets Tough on Chinese Stocks in Coronavirus Standoff With Beijing
 
USA
» “This Was Some Shady Stuff”: Treasury Department Spied on Flynn, Manafort and Trump Family
» America’s Economy Sabotaged by Totalitarian Dictators
» Barr: “I Don’t Expect” Obama or Biden to be Criminally Investigated
» Blood Brothers: Barack Obama, Lindsey Graham, And John McCain
» Chicago Police Block Church Parking Lots to Prohibit Large Gatherings
» ‘F***ing Devastating’: Katie Hill Says She Cried for Days After Republicans Flipped Her Old Seat
» Flynn Attorney Filed Emergency Appeal to Shut Down Judge Sullivan’s Orders, Boot Him From Case
» Fraudulent Facade for a Worldwide Filching
» Gov. Mike Dewine Lifts Ohio’s ‘Safe at Home’ Order, Makes Coronavirus Restrictions Voluntary
» Honking Geese Loudly Interrupt Streamed Biden Speech
» Huawei’s $6.1m Deal With UK Coronavirus-Modeling College Raises Eyebrows, Faces Scrutiny
» Illinois Governor Retaliates Against Reporter Who Attended Anti-Shutdown Rally
» Maryland Bar Unveils “Bumper Tables” To Keep Customers Socially Distanced
» Media, Leftists Flip Out After Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine
» Opposition to Pritzker’s Lockdown Spreading Rapidly
» Phone Calls Between Biden and Ukraine’s Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion “Quid Pro Quo” To Fire Burisma Prosecutor
» Senate GOP Compile Massive Subpoena List for FBI Abuse Probe; Demand Unredacted Susan Rice Letter
» The Implications of Podcast Exclusives Moving Behind Spotify’s Walled Garden
» Thousands of Workers Return to GM, Ford, Chrysler Plants
» Trump’s Baptism Scene
» Trump Hits Pelosi After “Morbidly Obese” Remark: “She’s a Waste of Time “… “She’s a Sick Woman, She’s Got a Lot of Mental Problems”
» Trump Will Not Hold Unveiling Ceremony for Obama’s Presidential Portrait
» US President Donald Trump Threatens to Permanently Pull WHO Funding
» Winnebago County to Reopen Restaurants, Child Care and Churches on June 1
» YouTube Select is YouTube’s Move to Gain More Premium Advertisers and Force Creators to be “Brand Safe”
» YouTube and Facebook Remove Video From Professor Dolores Cahill Who Criticized Lockdowns
 
Canada
» Ravi Zacharias Dies of Cancer at 74
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium Confirms Probe Into China-Malta Spy Threat
» Biker Dad: Violent Clash With Police in Paris, France Over Death of Young Motorcyclist
» Coronavirus: French Court Orders Ban on Worship to End
» Coronavirus: What’s Going Wrong in Sweden’s Care Homes?
» EasyJet Admits Data of Nine Million Hacked
» France’s Macron Loses Majority as Defectors Form New Party
» Free From EU Rules, UK Can Make Imports Cheaper Under Post-Brexit UK Trade Global Tariff Structure
» French Churches Must Reopen, Court Rules
» Germany to Reopen Borders 15 June
» Germany, France Propose Virus Recovery Fund for EU Economy
» Italians Urge G20 Nations to Join Trump in Defunding W.H.O.
» Opinion: Taqiyya and the Danger of the Muslim Brotherhood in France
» Spain: Moroccan Terrorist Who Planned to Bomb El Clasico Football Match Arrested
» The Netherlands: Mosque Says “Get Used to it” To Citizens Who Complain About Prayer Calls
» Thousands Protest Coronavirus Lockdown Measures Across Germany on Left and Right
» UK: Experts Suggest £90 Million Oxford University Coronavirus Vaccine Doesn’t Work
» UK: Farage Criticises Govt for Being ‘All Over the Place’ on Quarantine as it Considers Exemptions
» UK: Govt Forced to Publish Report on Ethnicity of Rape Gangs After Pressure From Public, MPs
» UK: Judge Rules 14-Year-Old Boy is Safer Living in Sierra Leone Than London
» UK-U.S. Trade Negotiations Should be ‘Absolute Priority’, Says Think Tank, as Advanced Talks Set for June
» Video: Karen Takes Her Family to the Beach, Complains Other People Are at the Beach
» Visegrad Four Consulted With Merkel
 
Russia
» Russia Tells Google to Censor Article Questioning COVID-19 Death Toll
» Two Islamic Festivals to Become State Holidays in Ukraine
 
South Asia
» Baby Boom: Indonesia Faces Virus-Driven Spike in Births
» India: Standing Up to China in the Post-Coronavirus World
 
Far East
» China Says Australia Claiming Credit for an Inquiry Into the Origins of Coronavirus is ‘Nothing But a JOKE’
» Chinese Hackers Suspected of Stealing Details of 9 Million Easyjet Customers
» Coronavirus: China, US Consumers Turn on Each Other’s Goods as Pandemic Drives Commercial Nationalism
» Hong Kong: Lawmakers Carried Out During Parliament Mayhem
» The Smoking Gun Proving SARS-Cov-2 is an Engineered Virus
» Wuhan Writer’s Diary of Life During Coronavirus Angers China, Translated to English
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Minister Claims Chinese Beer Drinkers Will be the Victims of ‘Ridiculous’ Tariffs — as Beijing Will be Forced to Buy ‘Expensive and Substandard’ Produce Elsewhere
» Australia Will Replace Chinese Barley Buyers With Customers in India, Indonesia and the Middle East After Beijing Imposed an 80% Tariff — as Ministers Call the Tax ‘Ridiculous’
» University Student, 21, Makes Sordid Claims About Her Three-Year Affair With a Top Police Boss 30 Years Her Senior — Including Daily Sex in His Office, Sending Nudes on Work Email and Conceiving Their Daughter in a Park
» Vietnamese Women Are Pelted With Coat Hangers and Called ‘Corona’ By Hooded Thugs in Sickening Racist Attack Outside a Coles Supermarket
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Gunfight at Sea as Pirates Open Fire on British Tanker Near Somalia
 
Latin America
» A New Species of Brown Recluse Spider Discovered in Mexico: What to Know About His Venomous Bite?
 
Immigration
» California Opens Up Coronavirus Relief Funds to Illegal Immigrants
» Europol: Deconfinement Likely to Trigger New Migration Wave
» Greek Locals Angered Over Migrant Camp for 3,000 Placed in Village of 500
» Hungary Says it Will Defend Its Borders and Keep Border Fence Despite EU Court Ruling
» Iraqi Migrant Charged With Murdering and Beheading Swedish Teen Girlfriend
» Migration Watch, Farage Warn Boris Immigration Bill May Increase Migrant Influx
» Serbian Army Deployed Near Border to Protect Against Migrants (Video)
» Sweden: 19-Year-Old Man Killed While Trying to Stop Migrant Rape of Woman
» Sweden: Suspected Murderer Was Denied Asylum Prior to Becoming a Citizen
 
Culture Wars
» Cartoon Network Teaches Kids About “Intersex, Non-Binary” Gender Identities
» Catholic League Decries Nancy Pelosi’s ‘War on Catholic Schools’
» Netflix Caught Censoring Back to the Future Part 2 Scene
» Planned Parenthood Improperly Applied for and Received $80m in Coronavirus Relief Funds
» UK: School Apologises After 11-Year-Olds Told to Define Transgender, ‘Hardcore Pornography’ As Homework
» Wikipedia Founder Says the Project Has Abandoned Neutrality Policy, Is ‘Badly Biased’
 
General
» COVID-19: UNESCO and ICOM Concerned About the Situation Faced by the World’s Museums
 

Chicago Chicken Shop Charges 26% “COVID-19 Fee”, Claiming Rapid Food Inflation

Harold’s Chicken on Broadway in Chicago unleashed a wave of public backlash on social media last weekend after it slapped customers with a COVID-19 surcharge of 26%.

Restaurant manager Jacquelyn Santana told CBS Chicago that food suppliers raised wholesale chicken prices by 26% on Saturday “due to the COVID pandemic.” She said a case of chicken wings that generally cost $60, jumped overnight to $90, forcing the wing shop to pass on the costs.

“We’re trying to keep other employees employed, including myself. We are just opening up so we really need to be able to makes ends meet,” Santana said.

She said the surcharge was dropped on Sunday after people bashed her store on social media for raising prices.

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

Coronavirus: Hungary Q1 GDP Growth Slows to 2.2 %

Hungary’s GDP grew by an annual 2.2 percent in the first quarter, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a first reading of data on Friday.

Growth slowed from 4.5 percent in Q4 2019. Annual growth in Q1 2019 was 5.3 percent and 4.9 percent in the full year.

While the coronavirus crisis had a negative impact on most economic sectors, market-based services and, to a lesser extent, industry remained the engines of growth, KSH said.

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

Japan’s Economy Falls Into Recession as Virus Takes Its Toll

Japan has fallen into recession for the first time since 2015 as the financial toll of the coronavirus continues to escalate.

The world’s third biggest economy shrank at an annual pace of 3.4% in the first three months of 2020.

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the global economy with an estimated cost of up to $8.8tn (£7.1tn).

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

Trump Gets Tough on Chinese Stocks in Coronavirus Standoff With Beijing

The Trump administration is exploring ways to crack down on fraud by Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges as tension increases between the two countries over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hundreds of Chinese firms not subject to the same investor protections as U.S. firms have listed on American stock exchanges over the past decade, resulting in billions of dollars of investor losses, administration officials say.

“We have learned that Chinese companies are not transparent,” Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday. “A lot of these companies, by the way, have already had scandals and cost investors a lot of money.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

“This Was Some Shady Stuff”: Treasury Department Spied on Flynn, Manafort and Trump Family

The US Treasury Department was regularly spying on Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort Jr., senior staffers on the 2016 Trump campaign, members of the Trump family, and congressional lawmakers, according to The Tennessee Star‘s Neil W. McCabe.

“I started seeing things that were not correct, so I did my own little investigation, because I wanted to make sure what I was seeing was correct,” a former senior Treasury Department official and veteran of the intelligence community told McCabe. “You never want to draw attention to something if there is not anything there,” she added.

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

America’s Economy Sabotaged by Totalitarian Dictators

Ivette Lozano is a Dallas doctor who is treating her coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine and the recovery success rate of her patients is 100%. In the following video she explains how Texas has passed a bill that disallows prescribing hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin without giving a diagnosis to the pharmacist.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Barr: “I Don’t Expect” Obama or Biden to be Criminally Investigated

Attorney General Bill Barr said on Monday that he does not expect that a review of the origins of the Russia probe will lead to a “criminal investigation” of either former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden.

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

Blood Brothers: Barack Obama, Lindsey Graham, And John McCain

But here’s the kicker: Graham and the late Senator John McCain were blood brothers with Obama in promoting the “Arab spring” uprisings in the Middle East that left 560,000 dead in Syria alone when a civil war ensued. To make matters worse, the Russians won anyway…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago Police Block Church Parking Lots to Prohibit Large Gatherings

The Chicago Police Department dispatched patrol vehicles to block some church parking lots on Sunday in order to prevent large gatherings and enforce the state’s stay-at-home order.

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

‘F***ing Devastating’: Katie Hill Says She Cried for Days After Republicans Flipped Her Old Seat

Former Democratic California Rep. Katie Hill said Sunday that she cried for days when Republicans flipped her old congressional seat, calling the loss “f***ing devastating.”

Hill, who resigned in October amid allegations that she had an improper relationship with her staffers, tweeted Sunday after Republican former Navy pilot Mike Garcia flipped Hill’s old seat red in the May 12 special election.

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

Flynn Attorney Filed Emergency Appeal to Shut Down Judge Sullivan’s Orders, Boot Him From Case

Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell on Tuesday filed an emergency writ of mandamus to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking the immediate removal of Judge Emmet Sullivan from the case — and saying that under appellate precedent set by the “Fokker Services” case, Sullivan or his replacement must dismiss the prosecution, as the Justice Department has requested.

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

Fraudulent Facade for a Worldwide Filching

President Trump may be committing political suicide by employing Doctors Fauci and Birx as his spokespersons since Fauci is closely allied with the Gates Foundation and Birx has strong ties with the Obama Administration and also the Gates Foundation, and Gates is engaged in an intense behind-the-scenes struggle with Trump over who gets to dominate the virus fighting narrative…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gov. Mike Dewine Lifts Ohio’s ‘Safe at Home’ Order, Makes Coronavirus Restrictions Voluntary

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The last of Ohio’s mandatory restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including a ban on mass gatherings and a two-week self-quarantine period for travelers entering the state, will be cut short, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.

The current “Safe At Home” order will be replaced with an “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans” order, the governor said during his daily coronavirus briefing.

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

Honking Geese Loudly Interrupt Streamed Biden Speech

Former Vice President Joe Biden had to contend with a crowd of loud and enthusiastic Canadian geese on Monday as he gave a campaign speech from his home.

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

Huawei’s $6.1m Deal With UK Coronavirus-Modeling College Raises Eyebrows, Faces Scrutiny

Chinese tech giant Huawei and Imperial College, the university spearheading the UK’s fight against COVID-19, have signed a £5 ($6.1) million deal. The deal will see the tech giant build new tech facilities and avail 5G network on the university’s west London campus.

Talking to the Mail on Sunday, representatives from the university said that, like other universities, they have received funding from Huawei over the past few years. “Such Funding is subject to our robust Relationship Review policies,” the university explained.

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

Illinois Governor Retaliates Against Reporter Who Attended Anti-Shutdown Rally

Democrat Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker has retaliated against an Emmy Award winning journalist for attending an anti-shutdown rally against him and reporting that his family was breaking his own lock down orders.

The billionaire governor’s press secretary sent an email to AM 560’s Amy Jacobson saying that she can no longer be considered an impartial journalist because of her attendance at the rally.

Three days prior to her briefing ban, Jacobson broke the news that his family was violating the governor’s own order against essential travel and staying at his multi-million dollar horse farms in Wisconsin and Florida.

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

Maryland Bar Unveils “Bumper Tables” To Keep Customers Socially Distanced

Fish Tales, a popular bar in Ocean City, Maryland, has devised a clever solution to enforce social distancing measures prescribed by authorities. Large inner-tubes with small, individualized tables inside them will wrap around patrons to ensure they do not get too close to each other.

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

Media, Leftists Flip Out After Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine

The media spent all night in a frothing fit because President Trump told reporters that he is taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, as a precaution against coronavirus.

Trump told reporter that he hopes not to be taking the medication for long, but that he believes it’s effective, and that “people should be allowed to.”

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

Opposition to Pritzker’s Lockdown Spreading Rapidly

Main Street views the COVID-19 pandemic very differently than Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

A recent poll of Illinois voters found 75% were ready now for small retail businesses to reopen, as long as they followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Madison County took action, with the health board allowing businesses to reopen Wednesday as long as they followed the social distancing rules. Ten days earlier, Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler asked Pritzker to stop holding small businesses to a different standard than their big-box competitors.

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

Phone Calls Between Biden and Ukraine’s Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion “Quid Pro Quo” To Fire Burisma Prosecutor

Leaked phone calls between Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko explicitly detail the quid-pro-quo arrangement to fire former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin — who Poroshenko admits did nothing wrong — in exchange for $1 billion in US loan guarantees (which Biden openly bragged about in January, 2018).

The calls were leaked by Ukrainian MP Andrii Derkach, who says the recordings of “voices similar to Poroshenko and Biden” were given to him by investigative journalists who claim Poroshenko made them.

Shokin was notably investigating Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that hired Biden’s son, Hunter, to sit on its board. Shokin had opened a case against Burisma’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, who granted Burisma permits to drill for oil and gas in Ukraine while he was Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources. In January, 2019, Shokin stated in a deposition that there were five criminal cases against Zlochevesky, including money laundering, corruption, illegal funds transfers, and profiteering through shell corporations while he was a sitting minister.

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

Senate GOP Compile Massive Subpoena List for FBI Abuse Probe; Demand Unredacted Susan Rice Letter

In the wake of bombshell evidence that shows the Obama DOJ inappropriately targeted the 2016 Trump campaign, Senate Republicans have compiled a list of 53 individuals they want to interview as part of their own comprehensive probe into the matter, separate of the Trump DOJ’s separate criminal investigation headed up by US Attorney John Durham.

That said, as Fox News reports, the effort is being led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), so we expect weekly cable news appearances in which Graham wags his finger and issues the sternest of empty threats to investigate the swamp.

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

The Implications of Podcast Exclusives Moving Behind Spotify’s Walled Garden

A couple of months ago, one of the world’s biggest podcasters, Joe Rogan, praised “Podfather” Adam Curry for starting the podcast movement.

During their conversation on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Curry told Rogan that he and software developer Dave Winer’s mission when creating the technology that powers most of the podcasting ecosystem today was to keep it “completely free and open, so no one owns it.”

And since the very first podcast in 2003 podcasting has mostly stayed true to this mission with the world’s largest podcast directory, iTunes/Apple Podcasts, using open and decentralized RSS feeds to catalog, play, and distribute the content.

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

Thousands of Workers Return to GM, Ford, Chrysler Plants

Thousands of American workers will be returning to work at Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler plants this week after the manufacturing sites shut down for nearly two months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Trump’s Baptism Scene

In this case, as it turned out, “the best and the brightest” of the Obama regime and the “best and the brightest” of the leftist media were no match for the singular brilliance of President Trump…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Hits Pelosi After “Morbidly Obese” Remark: “She’s a Waste of Time “… “She’s a Sick Woman, She’s Got a Lot of Mental Problems”

President Trump swung back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday after she blasted him as “morbidly obese” in response to him taking hydroxychloroquine to stave off coronavirus.

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

Trump Will Not Hold Unveiling Ceremony for Obama’s Presidential Portrait

President Donald Trump will break tradition by not hosting an unveiling ceremony for the presidential portrait of former President Barack Obama.

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

US President Donald Trump Threatens to Permanently Pull WHO Funding

US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to permanently pull US funding of the WHO and reevaluate its membership within the organization unless it makes “major substantive improvements within 30 days”.

Late Monday evening, the US president shared a four-page letter written to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to Twitter.

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

Winnebago County to Reopen Restaurants, Child Care and Churches on June 1

Winnebago County will allow restaurants, child care facilities and churches to reopen on June 1, nearly a month earlier than the timeline outlined in Illinois’ reopening plan, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara and county health officials said Monday.

“The data is showing and is beginning to show our metrics are where they need to be to make reopening earlier than many of us expected,” McNamara said at a news conference. “We’re working to reopen three critical areas of our community that were not expected to open until the end of June.”

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

YouTube Select is YouTube’s Move to Gain More Premium Advertisers and Force Creators to be “Brand Safe”

YouTube is most often described as a video platform, but in reality, it, and its owner Google, are in the advertising business. With its latest moves, the behemoth is signaling an even stronger commitment to ad buyers.

Ever since 2014, Google Preferred has been that program used by YouTube to let advertisers pay to have their ads on the platform’s most popular 5 percent of content.

The program’s goal was to give big marketing spenders access to what was seen as not only extremely popular but also “advertiser-friendly” and “high quality” content.

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

YouTube and Facebook Remove Video From Professor Dolores Cahill Who Criticized Lockdowns

YouTube’s new act of coronavirus-related censorship concerns a video featuring a conversation with Professor Dolores Cahill.

The video, “Debunking the Narrative,” was taken down from the Computing Forever channel after being flagged and reviewed, YouTube said.

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

Ravi Zacharias Dies of Cancer at 74

World-renowned Christian apologist and bestselling author Ravi Zacharias died from a rare form of cancer on Tuesday, his daughter announced. He was 74.

In his final tweet, posted Saturday, Zacharias declared, “My life is unique and will endure eternally in God’s presence”.

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

Belgium Confirms Probe Into China-Malta Spy Threat

Belgian intelligence has confirmed it had investigated potential Chinese espionage out of Malta’s EU embassy in Brussels, as two MEPs demand answers.

“There were Chinese people who were involved in the renovation of the Dar Malta embassy in 2007 and it caught our attention,” Belgium’s homeland security service, the Veiligheid van de Staat (VSSE), told EUobserver on Monday (18 May).

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

Biker Dad: Violent Clash With Police in Paris, France Over Death of Young Motorcyclist

PARIS, FRANCE (CBS NEWSPATH) — Youths clashed with police into the early hours of Monday (May 18) in a Paris suburb after the death of a young man in a motorcycle accident, which some in the community blamed on the police, Le Parisien newspaper and residents reported.

The trouble in Argenteuil, a suburb on the northern outskirts of Paris, marks the latest outbreak of disorder as France’s strict lockdown rules to tackle the novel coronavirus have increased social tensions.

Videos posted on social media showed teams of CRS riot police moving into housing estates. Some youths let off fireworks, while bins had been set on fire and police tear gas swirled in the air. These videos were obtained by Reuters from two different sources filming from their homes, both would like to remain anonymous for security reasons.

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

Coronavirus: French Court Orders Ban on Worship to End

France’s administrative court has ruled that the government must lift a blanket ban on meetings at places of worship within eight days.

The ban was put in place as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Council of State ruled the ban was “disproportionate in nature” and caused “damage that was seriously and manifestly illegal”.

More than 28,000 people have died in France from Covid-19.

Currently, all gatherings in places of worship are banned except for funerals, which are limited to 20 people.

However the judge said that as private gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed, the ban was “disproportionate to the objective of preserving public health”…

           — Hat tip: JM [Return to headlines]
 

Coronavirus: What’s Going Wrong in Sweden’s Care Homes?

Care home residents account for nearly half of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Sweden. Some healthcare workers believe an institutional reluctance to admit patients to hospital is costing lives.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

EasyJet Admits Data of Nine Million Hacked

EasyJet has admitted that a “highly sophisticated cyber-attack” has affected approximately nine million customers. It said email addresses and travel details had been stolen and that 2,208 customers had also had their credit card details “accessed”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

France’s Macron Loses Majority as Defectors Form New Party

The party of French President Emmanuel Macron has lost its outright majority in parliament, after a group of MPs broke away to form a new party.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Free From EU Rules, UK Can Make Imports Cheaper Under Post-Brexit UK Trade Global Tariff Structure

The government has announced the UK Global Tariff structures which will replace the EU-enforced Common External Tariff once the country leaves Brussels’ institutions at the end of this year, meaning that items like dishwashers will be cheaper but British industries like car manufacturing and farming will be protected.

The new tariff announced on Tuesday will make it cheaper for businesses to import from abroad, with prices lowering and choice increasing for British consumers.

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

French Churches Must Reopen, Court Rules

A French court, the Council of State, has ruled French authorities must let religious worshippers start going back to church eight days from Monday. It said that since France had permitted gatherings of 10 or more people for social reasons, the church ban was “disproportionate in nature” and caused “damage that was seriously and manifestly illegal”. France has had one of the strictest lockdown regimes in Europe.

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

Germany to Reopen Borders 15 June

Germany is to reopen its internal EU borders from 15 June, its foreign minister, Heiko Maas, has said. “We hope that on 15 June we will be able to replace the general travel warning with travel advice,” he said Monday. People should remain careful and everybody should not start travelling at once, he added. This year’s holidays “won’t have much to do with the [past] vacation[s] you’ve known,” Maas said.

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

Germany, France Propose Virus Recovery Fund for EU Economy

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France agreed Monday on a one-off 500 billion-euro ($543 billion) fund to help the European Union recover from the coronavirus pandemic, a proposal that would add further cash to an arsenal of financial measures the bloc is readying to cope with the outbreak’s economic fallout.

Following a video call, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said the plan would involve the European Union borrowing money in financial markets to help sectors and regions that are particularly affected by the pandemic.

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

Italians Urge G20 Nations to Join Trump in Defunding W.H.O.

ROME — More than 200,000 Italians have signed a petition to cut all funding to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) from G20 nations.

“We humbly ask you to join U.S. President Donald J. Trump to stop sending funds to the World Health Organization,” reads the CitizenGO petition, which is addressed to the heads of G20 nations.

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

Opinion: Taqiyya and the Danger of the Muslim Brotherhood in France

The Muslim Brotherhood is working diligently to influence political decision making in France by affecting Muslim communities and elected officials in municipal councils.

The Danger of the Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood are the purveyors of a totalitarian and oppressive ideology which seeks to unite Muslim society under its umbrella. The organization seeks not only to Islamize France, but it would also like to seize power within the Muslim community, and by extension, be able to wield some influence over French politics.

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

Spain: Moroccan Terrorist Who Planned to Bomb El Clasico Football Match Arrested

Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan jihadist who had planned to use unmanned aerial drone to bomb the El Clasico football match in Barcelona.

The 34-year-old “lone wolf” terrorist had originally planned to target a Barcelona-Real Madrid match at the Camp Nou with a drone carrying explosives. However, because the football game had been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, the Moroccan was forced to scrap his grand plans and settle for a more traditional knife attack on bystanders instead, El Periodico reports.

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

The Netherlands: Mosque Says “Get Used to it” To Citizens Who Complain About Prayer Calls

The administrative board of a mosque in Amsterdam has a simple answer to those of their neighbors who are complaining about their calls to prayer being too loud: get used to it.

Residents of the area surrounding the Taibah mosque, which is in Amsterdam’s Zuidoost district near the Kraaiennest metro station, have been complaining that its daily calls to prayer are excessively loud. Islamic law requires that Muslims pray five times per day, and the Taibah mosque has been broadcasting all five daily on its exterior loudspeakers to mark the holy month of Ramadan, which began on April 23.

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

Thousands Protest Coronavirus Lockdown Measures Across Germany on Left and Right

Thousands of Germans from across the political spectrum turned out to protest the Wuhan coronavirus lockdown measures in several cities for a second weekend.

Demonstrations took place in several major cities including Berlin and Munich. Stuttgart administrators had issued a permit for 5,000 attendees, but more than 5,000 protested on Saturday, resulting in overflows out of the designated area.

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

UK: Experts Suggest £90 Million Oxford University Coronavirus Vaccine Doesn’t Work

Scientists have expressed doubts over the effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine that has been rushed to human trials, after all of the monkeys used in initial testing later contracted coronavirus.

The British government has spent approximately £90 million on the research so far, however, Dr William Haseltine, a former Harvard Medical School professor, notedthat the rhesus macaques monkeys who received the vaccine were found to have the same amount of virus in their noses as non-vaccinated monkeys in the trial.

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UK: Farage Criticises Govt for Being ‘All Over the Place’ on Quarantine as it Considers Exemptions

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has criticised the government for its inconsistent position on quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic, saying he doubts any new arrivals at British airports will be expected to self-isolate.

Speaking on his LBC radio show on Monday night, Mr Farage said that there has been “absolute chaos” over the government’s quarantine rules, with “total, utter confusion over what the government’s quarantine policy is”.

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UK: Govt Forced to Publish Report on Ethnicity of Rape Gangs After Pressure From Public, MPs

The British government has announced that it will finally publish a report on the “characteristics” of offenders in grooming gangs, following pressure from voters and MPs after accusations the Home Office tried to bury the report from the public under the guise of providing a “safe space” for lawmakers to consider policy.

In July 2018, former Home Secretary Sajid Javid had commissioned a report into the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of grooming gang rapists who have abused victims on an “industrial” scale in cities like Rotherham, Rochdale, and Telford since the 1970s. The phenomenon has been reported on multiple occasions to involve the dynamic of Muslim, Pakistani-heritage rapists targeting mostly white, working-class underage girls.

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UK: Judge Rules 14-Year-Old Boy is Safer Living in Sierra Leone Than London

A judge in the UK has ruled that a 14-year-old boy is safer living in Sierra Leone than London due to the English capital’s problem with crime gangs.

“The teenager was taken to Freetown as his mother was worried about his involvement in county lines gangs in London after he was excluded from school,” reports BBC News.

Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that the boy should stay in Freetown until the end of his GCSEs in 2022 against the wishes of his estranged father.

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UK-U.S. Trade Negotiations Should be ‘Absolute Priority’, Says Think Tank, as Advanced Talks Set for June

The first round of trade talks between the UK and the U.S. have concluded with advanced negotiations set for June, according to the government, days after discussions with the EU hit a deadlock.

International trade secretary Liz Truss announced on Monday that the first round of talks with her U.S. counterpart Robert Lighthizer and 200 other experts and negotiators last week had been “positive and constructive”.

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Video: Karen Takes Her Family to the Beach, Complains Other People Are at the Beach

A video of a British woman has gone viral after she took her entire family to the beach and then complained that there were too many other people at the beach who were not social distancing.

The video, shot by the BBC, shows the Karen talking about how nice it is to be at the beach with her loved ones, after she drove an hour and a half to get there. But then the complaining kicks in.

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Visegrad Four Consulted With Merkel

On Tuesday morning, the V4+Germany summit — which focused on the coronavirus crisis — was held as part of an online conference, Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister’s press chief informed the Hungarian news agency MTI.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic consulted with respect to the alleviation of the economic losses caused by the coronavirus epidemic. They agreed that in Europe a much better-prepared health care system would have to manage the next wave of the epidemic expected to emerge in the autumn, the press chief highlighted.

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Russia Tells Google to Censor Article Questioning COVID-19 Death Toll

Sometimes it’s media. Sometimes it’s activists. But now it’s Russian government regulators that want articles scrubbed from the internet for being “disinformation.”

The Russian government has demanded that Google censor a news story that accuses the nation of artificially reducing the reported number of deaths from COVID-19. The news data, however, comes from government-run institutions and official records.

The nation’s media regulator, the Roskomnadzor, is trying to remove a news item from the MBKh Media website for being considered “disinformation”.

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Two Islamic Festivals to Become State Holidays in Ukraine

Islam’s two most important festivals, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, will become official state holidays in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on May 18, the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide.

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Baby Boom: Indonesia Faces Virus-Driven Spike in Births

Indonesia is facing a baby boom that could see more than 400,000 unplanned pregnancies as coronavirus lockdowns cut access to birth control, the national family planning agency said Tuesday.

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India: Standing Up to China in the Post-Coronavirus World

As coronavirus leaves behind a trail of human suffering and economic devastation, nations across the world have begun asking critical questions about the global pandemic. Countries are enquiring into Communist China’s handling of the pandemic, which first appeared late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

As early as January 14, China had used the World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations agency, to spread disinformation about the human-to-human transmissibility of Covid-19, a remark that led US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien later to call the WHO a “tool of Chinese propaganda.”

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China Says Australia Claiming Credit for an Inquiry Into the Origins of Coronavirus is ‘Nothing But a JOKE’

The Chinese Embassy in Canberra has dismissed claims that Australia is responsible for getting China to agree to a coronavirus inquiry.

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Chinese Hackers Suspected of Stealing Details of 9 Million Easyjet Customers

LONDON (Reuters) — Chinese hackers are suspected of accessing email and travel details of about nine million easyJet (EZJ.L) customers, said two sources familiar with the investigation into a cyberattack disclosed by the British airline on Tuesday.

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Coronavirus: China, US Consumers Turn on Each Other’s Goods as Pandemic Drives Commercial Nationalism

The coronavirus pandemic is fuelling mistrust among consumers in China and the United States about each country’s products, as the momentum for a decoupling between the two world’s largest economies intensifies.

A recent survey by Deutsche Bank’s big data platform dbDIG showed 41 per cent of Americans would not buy a “Made in China” product again and 35 per cent of Chinese would avoid buying products “Made in USA”.

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Hong Kong: Lawmakers Carried Out During Parliament Mayhem

A number of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were dragged out of the chamber during a row about a Chinese national anthem bill.

The bill would criminalise disrespect of the anthem.

Legislators were arguing over the leadership of a key committee, which would affect the bill’s progress.

One of the lawmakers carried out, Eddie Chu, told the BBC: “If Hong Kong was a democracy, we would not need to start scuffles like this.”

He added: “Unfortunately we are forced into this situation. I can foresee more fights within the chamber and outside the chamber.”

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The Smoking Gun Proving SARS-Cov-2 is an Engineered Virus

As noted by GM Watch,3 “Bolstering the lab escape hypothesis in the eyes of the media is the news that the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has updated its assessment of the origin of the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2 to reflect that it may have been accidentally released from a lab in Wuhan due to ‘unsafe laboratory practices.’“

Unfortunately, mainstream media journalists are by and large ignoring the long history of accidental releases of dangerous pathogens from BSL3 and 4 laboratories. Journalist Sam Husseini discusses this history in a May 5, 2020 article in Independent Science News.4

Mainstream media journalists clearly are also not asking enough questions, or the right questions, about the origins of SARS-CoV-2. In his May 4, 2020, video update (above), Chris Martenson,5 who has a Ph.D. in pathology, carefully details the science behind his assertion that SARS-CoV-2 must have undergone laboratory manipulation. The evidence he lays out is close to conclusive, and really would be front-page news if unbiased journalism still existed.

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Wuhan Writer’s Diary of Life During Coronavirus Angers China, Translated to English

A diary written by a Chinese author living in Wuhan in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak gives a glimpse inside the city where the pandemic emerged — and local authorities aren’t happy.

Fang Fang, a 65-year-old award-winning author whose real name is Wang Fang, began publishing online diaries of her experience as early as January.

Weibo, a Chinese social media website, became her platform and her popularity grew as Wuhan was cut off from the world.

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Australian Minister Claims Chinese Beer Drinkers Will be the Victims of ‘Ridiculous’ Tariffs — as Beijing Will be Forced to Buy ‘Expensive and Substandard’ Produce Elsewhere

The 80 per cent tax on importing Australian barley means Chinese beer makers and livestock farmers will need to source their grain from other countries at higher prices.

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Australia Will Replace Chinese Barley Buyers With Customers in India, Indonesia and the Middle East After Beijing Imposed an 80% Tariff — as Ministers Call the Tax ‘Ridiculous’

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the federal government is urgently searching for more buyers in Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia and other countries.

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University Student, 21, Makes Sordid Claims About Her Three-Year Affair With a Top Police Boss 30 Years Her Senior — Including Daily Sex in His Office, Sending Nudes on Work Email and Conceiving Their Daughter in a Park

Sarah Colja was 21 when she began working as an administration assistant under John Purcell, the former Assistant Director in the Office of Information Management at Western Australia Police.

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Vietnamese Women Are Pelted With Coat Hangers and Called ‘Corona’ By Hooded Thugs in Sickening Racist Attack Outside a Coles Supermarket

Linh Phung said she, her sister, and a friend were racially abused by a group of masked teenagers in Launceston, Tasmania, and had objects thrown at them as they walked past Coles.

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Gunfight at Sea as Pirates Open Fire on British Tanker Near Somalia

CAIRO (AP) — Pirates attacked a UK-flagged chemical tanker off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, Stolt Tankers said.

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A New Species of Brown Recluse Spider Discovered in Mexico: What to Know About His Venomous Bite?

The coronavirus has heavily crushed any other piece of news. Like the discover of a new species of a brown recluse spider, and his potentially deadly bite.

This discovery by the entomology staff of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, of this brown recluse spider, also called violin spider, is more relevant than one could suspect.

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California Opens Up Coronavirus Relief Funds to Illegal Immigrants

Illegal immigrants in California are now able to apply for the state’s coronavirus relief program, collecting $500 per person and up to $1,000 per household.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in April that he would spend $75 million in taxpayer money to create a Disaster Relief Fund for illegal immigrants. The fund could help about 150,000 people who have been facing financial troubles due to the coronavirus pandemic and could reach $125 million, including $50 million in donations. It is expected to run out quickly.

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Europol: Deconfinement Likely to Trigger New Migration Wave

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, has warned that migrant smuggling is expected to increase considerably as deconfinement continues across Europe.

In its annual report, the European Union’s police agency notes that the bloc is likely to face a new wave of migration from the Third World as lockdown measures are lifted and border restrictions are eased.

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Greek Locals Angered Over Migrant Camp for 3,000 Placed in Village of 500

In Malakassa, Greece, local politicians and residents have criticised a move to house over 3,000 migrants in a camp next to the village of just 514 residents.

The Greek government has placed over 2,000 migrants in the camp in Malakassa since March in what NGO Human Rights Watch labelled as “unsanitary and cramped conditions” and within another structure built for deportation, housing 1,180 migrants.

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Hungary Says it Will Defend Its Borders and Keep Border Fence Despite EU Court Ruling

The Hungarian Defense Ministry said both the armed forces and Hungarian government would do all they could to defend the country’s border and maintain its border fence despite a new ruling from the European Court of Justice that Hungary illegally detained asylum seekers in transit zones.

The statement from Hungary comes at a time when the vital Western Balkans route has seen a sharp increase in crossing from illegal migrants. Despite a sharp fall in April due to the border closures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, illegal border crossings in the Western Balkans rose by 60 percent in the first four months of the year compared with the same period of 2019, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex said in its April migration update.

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Iraqi Migrant Charged With Murdering and Beheading Swedish Teen Girlfriend

A 23-year-old Iraqi has been charged with the murder of Swedish girl Wilma Andersson after the head of the 17-year-old was discovered in the migrant’s apartment.

The teen had gone missing on November 14th 2019, triggering an investigation involving 5,000 officers and volunteers. Investigators found her partial remains in the apartment of Iraqi-born Tishko S. on the 22nd of November.

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Migration Watch, Farage Warn Boris Immigration Bill May Increase Migrant Influx

The Migration Watch think tank and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage have warned that a new Immigration Bill sold to the public as bringing migration under control could actually increase arrivals, by lowering barriers to entry.

“Our population has risen by over six million since 2001 and 80 per cent of that is down to immigration. I do not believe a rapidly rising population improves our quality of life,” Farage observed on his LBC Radio show.

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Serbian Army Deployed Near Border to Protect Against Migrants (Video)

Belgrade, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has sent its army to a town near the border with Croatia where hundreds of migrants remain stranded in hopes of reaching the European Union.

The Defense Ministry said on Saturday that President Aleksandar Vucic ordered the troop deployment to “secure” three migrant camps near the western town of Sid that are housing some 1,500 people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Sweden: 19-Year-Old Man Killed While Trying to Stop Migrant Rape of Woman

A 19-year-old Swedish man was stabbed to death while trying to prevent a Sudanese migrant raping a woman at a party.

“A group of migrants broke into an uninvited party in the town of Härnösand in eastern Sweden,” according to reports.

“Reports say a Sudanese migrant tried to rape a girl while a 19-year-old man tried to stop him. The teenager did not expect the migrant to have a knife with him, so he stabbed him easily. The migrant finally raped the girl twice more.”

The culprit was later named as 22-year-old Abubaker Mohamed, a Sudanese migrant who was granted Swedish citizenship in 2011 and had a long criminal record, including a 2015 conviction of raping a girl under the age of 15.

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Sweden: Suspected Murderer Was Denied Asylum Prior to Becoming a Citizen

Records have established that the Kurdish migrant who has been charged in the murder of 17-year-old Wilma Andersson in Sweden was rejected for asylum on multiple occasions before requesting citizenship and being granted it in less than a year.

The 23-year-old migrant, whose name has not been released, is suspected of having murdered Wilma, his girlfriend, following an argument at his home in Wakesborg, Uddevalla, on November 14, 2019, as previously reported by Voice of Europe. Police discovered Wilma’s head in a suitcase in a closet in the migrant’s home, as well as traces of blood elsewhere in his flat. The rest of Wilma’s body has not yet been recovered. The migrant maintains his innocence, claiming that he would not have kept her head if he had not loved her, and hence was incapable of killing her.

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Cartoon Network Teaches Kids About “Intersex, Non-Binary” Gender Identities

A Cartoon Network show is teaching kids about “intersex, non-binary” gender identities.

A clip from the Steven Universe show made in partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project was uploaded to Twitter in which one of the characters says, “Let’s talk about social media, this is my page.”

The profile page belonging to the character reads “Intersex, non-binary, they-them.”

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Catholic League Decries Nancy Pelosi’s ‘War on Catholic Schools’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is seeking to “cripple Catholic schools” by cutting off needed funding while subsidizing “illegal aliens and sanctuary cities,” said Catholic League president Bill Donohue Monday.

Ms. Pelosi “boasts of her Catholic schooling,” Dr. Donohue notes in Monday’s statement, and yet “wants to rescind funding for Catholic schools that were granted money by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.”

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Netflix Caught Censoring Back to the Future Part 2 Scene

Netflix looks like it’s been on a mission to rewrite a bit of entertainment history, not unlike what Disney has been doing of late by giving its movies some “politically correct cuts.”

YouTuber Justin Proper uploaded a Netflix-edited scene from “Back to the Future 2,” that shows the protagonist, Marty, looking through a copy of Sports Almanac.

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Planned Parenthood Improperly Applied for and Received $80m in Coronavirus Relief Funds

Three dozen Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly applied for and received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, Fox News reports.

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UK: School Apologises After 11-Year-Olds Told to Define Transgender, ‘Hardcore Pornography’ As Homework

A British school has apologised after asking children as young as 11 to define “inappropriate” sexual terms including “transgender pornography”, but insisted that the homework was in line with government “equality” guidelines.

Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull said it was sorry for any offence caused following outcry from parents angered by the exercise.

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Wikipedia Founder Says the Project Has Abandoned Neutrality Policy, Is ‘Badly Biased’

Larry Sanger, the founder of Wikipedia says that the project has abandoned neutrality and is now “badly biased.”

Sanger is no longer involved with Wikipedia, and his co-founder, Jimmy Wales, is a far-left activist.

In a blog post on Thursday, Sanger wrote a scathing critique of the bias at his former website.

“Wikipedia’s ‘NPOV’ is dead,” Sanger began, referring to the site’s neutral point of view policy.

He specifically pointed to the entries for former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump as examples.

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COVID-19: UNESCO and ICOM Concerned About the Situation Faced by the World’s Museums

On the occasion of International Museum Day, two studies by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) confirm that museums have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 90% of them, or more than 85,000 institutions, having closed their doors for varying lengths of time during the crisis. Nearly 13% of museums around the world may never reopen.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/19/2020

  1. A store employee hit a visitor on the head with a bottle due to a cough.

    As it became known to REN TV, a native of Central Asia, working as a seller in a store in Moscow, beat a visitor, deciding that he coughed up on him specially. The attacker took a liter bottle and hit her on the visitor’s head.

    The victim was hospitalized with a fracture. The attacker was detained, he is under recognizance not to leave.

    https://ren.tv/news/kriminal/699872-prodavets-udaril-posetitelia-butylkoi-po-golove-iz-za-kashlia

  2. “A clip from the Steven Universe show made in partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project was uploaded to Twitter in which one of the characters says, “Let’s talk about social media, this is my page.”

    The profile page belonging to the character reads “Intersex, non-binary, they-them.””

    I’ve only seen a few pictures from that show and honestly, it looks so apaling I wouldn’t allow any child to watch it.

  3. More twitter enrichment news. Just FYI I do hate social media, but as it turns out Twitter is one of the best ways to finding out about enrichment, strange that hyper liberal twitter hasn’t banned that many people over these postings compared to YouTube.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/steviesteve3211/status/1263208285341208578

    Feel the enrichment, feel the love of our new Mughal masters!

    Also, check out BasedPolands feed for the last three days: nothing but mass-scale riots in French cities.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BasedPoland

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