Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/23/2020

Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota has decided to allow the resumption of limited church services in his state. Meanwhile, an emergency coronavirus field hospital in Brooklyn that cost $21 million to set up has closed without ever treating a single patient.

In other news, the terrorist who attacked Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and was shot and killed by guards has been identified as a Syrian-born college student named Adam Salim Alsahli.

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

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USA
» $21m Brooklyn Field Hospital Never Saw a Patient Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
» ABC, CBS, NBC Average a Minute on Joe Biden’s ‘You Ain’t Black’ Gaffe
» Ahead of Another Protest, Judge Declines to Rule Against Beshear’s Mass Gathering Ban
» Amazon Hits Back at Joe Biden for Saying the Company Doesn’t Pay Its Fair Share in Taxes
» Champion Racer Who Shot & Killed Armed Mugger Slams Democrat Politicians
» Court Rules Feds Need Warrant to Look at Your Phone’s Lockscreen
» Cuomo: New York Coronavirus Hospitalizations Lowest Since Outbreak Began
» Declassified Susan Rice Email Proves Joe Biden Not Only Knew — But Aided in Plotting Against Flynn
» Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Staying Closed for Too Long Could Cause ‘Irreparable Damage’
» Flynn Judge Outsources High-Profile Lawyer to Explain Why He Won’t Dismiss Case
» Ghislaine Maxwell Allegedly Searched Trailer Parks to Find Epstein Victims
» Gov. Northam Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana in Virginia
» Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Chicago’s Phase 3 Set for June, Lolla Decision Coming
» Joe Rogan Opposes YouTube’s Censorship of Doctors, “Let People Discuss and Debate”
» Largest Rally at the Capitol Yet, Protestors Demand California be Reopened
» Lockdowns Failed to Alter the Course of Pandemic and Are Now Destroying Millions of Livelihoods Worldwide, JP Morgan Study Claims
» Millions of Cicadas Expected to Emerge in U.S. After 17 Years Underground
» NAACP Pushes Back on Biden’s Claim it Endorsed Him After ‘You Ain’t Black’ Furor
» No Coronavirus Catastrophes Following Reopenings of Georgia, Florida and Texas
» Phase Two in the Battle to Reopen America
» Pictured: Syrian-Born College Student, 20, Who Was Shot Dead as He Carried Out ‘Terrorist-Related’ Attack at Texas Naval Base and Had ‘Previously Voiced Support on Social Media for Hardline Islamic Clerics’
» Protest Over Public Health Orders Sweeps Through Downtown Durango
» Some Inmates Released Due to COVID-19 Went on to Allegedly Commit Crimes Including Murder
» Trump Reportedly Plans New Commission to Deal With Social Media Platforms’ Restriction of Free Speech
» UK: Girl, 19, Is Charged With Perverting Course of Justice After Telling Police She Was Drugged and Raped by Asian Sex Gang in Cumbria
» Victory for Civil Disobedience: Gov. Loosens Church Restrictions After Catholics, Lutherans Unite
 
Canada
» Cannabis Stocks Soar on Hopes Pot Wards Off Coronavirus
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: “Youths” Hired to Inform Public About Virus Spit on Police Cars to Infect Officers
» EU on Brink: Farage and Soros Warn Italy Will Follow UK With Italexit in Rare Agreement
» Farage Tells Breitbart: UK Govt ‘Dither’ As Flights From Infected Countries Poured in Intensified Pandemic
» Five Alleged Rwandan Genocide Perpetrators Live Openly in Britain, Four on State Welfare
» France: Far-Left Antifa Caught With Explosives in Police Raid
» Fresh Protests Against Virus Measures Held in Germany
» German Police Confronted by 200 No-Go Zone Residents While Making Arrest
» Norway: Art Museum Director Says Collection Should be “Less White and Masculine”
» Spain: Populist Vox Supporters Protest the Government’s Dreadful Response to Virus (Video)
» Spain: Coronavirus: Anti-Lockdown Car Protest Draws Thousands
» Swedish Virus Deaths ‘Catastrophically High’ But Herd Immunity Not on Horizon
 
Balkans
» Kosovo Albanian Women Charged With Joining ISIS Terror Group
 
Middle East
» Italian Resistance Song ‘Bella Ciao’ Played From Turkey’s Mosques Ahead of Ramzan, Probe Ordered
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Braces for Protests on Heels of Proposed National Security Laws
» US Big Tech Companies Continue to Work With Blacklisted Chinese Companies, Power Human Rights Violations
 
Australia — Pacific
» Fresh Twist in Muslim Fashion Store Crash as it is Revealed Driver Had Done Something Very Similar Just Months Ago as His Lawyer Tries to Claim He Was ‘Unconscious’ At the Time of the Accident
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Muslim Fulanis Kill 2 Christians, Kidnap 2 Others in Nigeria
 
Immigration
» Bosnia: Police Called in as Migrants Riot
» Greece: 67 Illegal Migrants Land on Lesvos
» Professor Caught Calling Rupert Murdoch ‘Anti-Immigrant, ‘ Suggests Fox News Founder is Racist
» Sweden: Migrant Charged With Rape of 3-Year-Old, Gave Her STD
» UK: Former Border Force Boss: Boat Migration is ‘Major Threat’, Australia-Style Patrols Needed
» UK: Patel to Close Channel Loophole Exposed by Farage That Allows Illegal Migrants to Reach UK
 
Culture Wars
» Emory University to Add ‘Race and Ethnicity’ Requirement in Fall 2021
» Harvard Prof. Blames Christianity’s ‘Malignant’ Belief in Afterlife for Lockdown Protests
» John Lennon’s Son Denounces Political Correctness, Says Leftist Intellectuals Have Become Pathetic
 

$21m Brooklyn Field Hospital Never Saw a Patient Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A roughly $21 million Brooklyn field hospital authorized by the de Blasio administration at the height of the coronavirus pandemic opened and closed without ever seeing one patient, according to city officials.

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook was one of several sites across the five boroughs converted into a medical facility as a way to relieve the city’s overburdened hospital system as the COVID-19 crisis mounted.

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

ABC, CBS, NBC Average a Minute on Joe Biden’s ‘You Ain’t Black’ Gaffe

ABC, CBS, and NBC all covered Joe Biden’s gaffe on Friday night, suggesting on the radio show of rapper “Charlamagne Tha God” that if you aren’t supporting him for president, “You ain’t black.” Between the three evening newscasts, there was 187 seconds of coverage, or about a minute each. ABC and CBS turned to political reporters, but NBC anchor Lester Holt dismissed the whole thing in 21 seconds.

By comparison, when the story broke on September 17, 2012, that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would never convince 47 percent of the electorate to vote for him, the same Big Three networks gave than almost an hour and a half over three full days (1 hour, 28 minutes, 23 seconds).

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

Ahead of Another Protest, Judge Declines to Rule Against Beshear’s Mass Gathering Ban

UPDATE: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit partially granted Saturday the protesters’ motion for an injunction against Beshear’s mass gathering restrictions.

During the 30-day window in which the state can appeal the decision, the Sixth Circuit judges said Beshear’s administration may not ban the protesters “from gathering for drive-in and drive-through protests, provided the protesters practice social distancing…”

But Senior Judge Richard F. Suhrheinrich, who concurred in part with the ruling, also wrote in a partial dissent that it “does not go far enough in protecting the plaintiffs’ rights under the First Amendment.”

However, the Sixth Circuit panel said it could not rule on the “in-person protests” restrictions due to receiving the case on “exceptionally short notice.”

The appellate judges referenced the Maryville Baptist Church lawsuit in which a Bullitt County congregation asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to block the state from banning in-person church services.

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

Amazon Hits Back at Joe Biden for Saying the Company Doesn’t Pay Its Fair Share in Taxes

Amazon, a successful capitalist company, has been in the crosshairs of Democrats for a while now. Remember when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed to think she’d helped New York save $3 billion by chasing away a new Amazon distribution center that would have created 25,000 jobs, and that $3 billion (that didn’t exist) could be reinvested into the community?

Joe Biden is now taking on Amazon, accusing the company of not paying its fair share.

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

Champion Racer Who Shot & Killed Armed Mugger Slams Democrat Politicians

‘Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke are totally comfortable with my girlfriend and I laying face down dead.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Court Rules Feds Need Warrant to Look at Your Phone’s Lockscreen

On May 18th, United States District Judge in Seattle John C. Coughenour ruled that law enforcement isn’t even allowed to look at your phone’s lock screen without a warrant.

We obtained a copy of the ruling for you here.

Joseph Sam was arrested on May 15, 2019 on the charge of conspiracy to commit robbery. At the time of the arrest, the officer searched Sam and seized his smartphone.

The contention, in this case, is regarding what happened after the arrest. Police reports describe the wallpaper on Sam’s lock screen that includes the name “STREEZY”, which presumably ties Sam to potential illegal activity. On February 13, 2020, the FBI removed Sam’s phone from inventory, powered it on, and took a picture of the lock screen.

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

Cuomo: New York Coronavirus Hospitalizations Lowest Since Outbreak Began

During New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefing on Friday, he reported that the state’s coronavirus hospitalizations are at their lowest point since the pandemic began.

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

Declassified Susan Rice Email Proves Joe Biden Not Only Knew — But Aided in Plotting Against Flynn

As noted, Obama and Biden both knew about and participated in this sham operation against General Flynn. Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed he knew nothing about Michael Flynn. Sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton who knew nothing about 33,000 missing emails. In a recent interview, Biden stated: “I knew nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn…,”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Staying Closed for Too Long Could Cause ‘Irreparable Damage’

Stay-at-home orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus could end up causing “irreparable damage” if imposed for too long, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNBC on Friday.

“I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,” Fauci said during an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on “Halftime Report.”

He said the U.S. had to institute severe measures because Covid-19 cases were exploding then. “But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal.”

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

Flynn Judge Outsources High-Profile Lawyer to Explain Why He Won’t Dismiss Case

The Obama-appointed activist judge holding up the dismissal of the Michael Flynn case can’t be bothered — or simply doesn’t have the skillset required, to defend his decision not to grant the Justice Department’s request to drop the case.

In a reminder that the ‘swamp’ has many tentacles, the Post (tentacle-ception) a Saturday report in the Washington Post that District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan has retained Beth Wilkinson to represent him after the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered him to explain what on God’s green earth he’s up to, after refusing to grant the DOJ’s request to drop the Flynn case in light of evidence revealing that the FBI obtained a guilty plea as part of a scheme to entrap the former Trump Director of National Intelligence.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Allegedly Searched Trailer Parks to Find Epstein Victims

Ghislaine Maxwell trolled trailer parks to find girls for pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein to fuel his insatiable sexual appetite, Prince Andrew’s cousin says.

“Ghislaine says to me, ‘Jeffrey has a sex drive that I cannot keep up with. He has to have three orgasms a day,’ “ Christina Oxenberg, a sister of actress Catherine Oxenberg, says in a new documentary, according to DailyMail.com.

“She says, ‘I cannot keep up with him physically, and I help by bringing in other girls.’ She said it as a boast. She was proud of it,” Oxenberg, a distant cousin of the prince, said on the new Investigation Discovery documentary series “Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?,” which premieres Monday.

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

Gov. Northam Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana in Virginia

A bill signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to decriminalize possession of marijuana will go into effect on July 1st.

Under the state’s current law, possession of the drug is categorized as a criminal misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to 30 days in jail, a possible $500 fine, the potential loss of driving privileges, and a penalty that remains on a criminal record.

The new law classifies the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana as a civil violation punishable by a fine only up to a maximum of $25. It will result in no arrest and no criminal record.

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

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Chicago’s Phase 3 Set for June, Lolla Decision Coming

Chicagoans are set to learn more about how the city plans to reopen Friday as uncertainty grows over when a third phase will begin.

Though much of Illinois is expected to enter the state’s phase three of reopening as early as May 29, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has declined to say when the city will be ready.

Meanwhile, much of neighboring state Indiana entered its own phase three Friday with even fewer restrictions.

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

Joe Rogan Opposes YouTube’s Censorship of Doctors, “Let People Discuss and Debate”

One of the world’s most popular podcasters, Joe Rogan, has decided to discuss social media censorship in a video, featuring political pundit David Pakman.

Rogan mentions that YouTube has recently been removing videos by doctors who hold views on how to deal with coronavirus that, while rational, are not in line with the official message; for example by questioning whether lockdowns are the right way to go about handling the pandemic.

“YouTube has decided they’re going to pull down videos from doctors who have different opinions on how to handle the coronavirus and criticisms of how things are and, I’m like, it’s really interesting that they make that line — that that’s the line — that doctors (practicing physicians), they’ll pull their video down but people talking about flat earth — they leave that up,” Rogan said.

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

Largest Rally at the Capitol Yet, Protestors Demand California be Reopened

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Memorial Day weekend brought the largest protest against the statewide shutdown at the Capitol so far.

A crowd of people gathered on 10th Street for what organizers called “Liberty Fest.” The protesters want California to follow the lead of other states that have reopened businesses and ease social distancing restrictions.

Honking pickup trucks circled the Capitol as a plane flew overhead, pulling a sign with the message: ‘End His Tyranny!’ aimed at Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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

Lockdowns Failed to Alter the Course of Pandemic and Are Now Destroying Millions of Livelihoods Worldwide, JP Morgan Study Claims

Falling infection rates since lockdowns were lifted suggest that the virus ‘likely has its own dynamics’.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Millions of Cicadas Expected to Emerge in U.S. After 17 Years Underground

As many as 1.5 million cicadas are expected to emerge after sheltering underground for the past 17 years.

According to an AccuWeather report, the group of 17-year cicadas dubbed Brood IX is set to burst above ground in Southwestern Virginia, and parts of North Carolina and West Virginia.

For most of their lives, 17-cicadas stay below the surface, drinking sap from root trees. Once the soil warms up to 64 degrees in their 17th year, they emerge to fly and mate before dying at the end of the summer.

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

NAACP Pushes Back on Biden’s Claim it Endorsed Him After ‘You Ain’t Black’ Furor

The NAACP on Friday pushed back on a claim by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden that the civil rights organization had endorsed him “every time I’ve run” — stating that the group never endorses any political candidate.

“Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement,” the statement by Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, said. “We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.”

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

No Coronavirus Catastrophes Following Reopenings of Georgia, Florida and Texas

Three large Southern states that moved aggressively to reopen amid the coronavirus crisis have seen new cases and deaths largely hold steady since then — despite several controversies over some of their data.

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

Phase Two in the Battle to Reopen America

We the people finally rising up to say this is America and we’re not gonna take this cr*p makes me extremely proud to be an American. Thank God that we have not become a nation of metro-sexual wimps, allowing power-drunk Democrats to behave like our parents.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pictured: Syrian-Born College Student, 20, Who Was Shot Dead as He Carried Out ‘Terrorist-Related’ Attack at Texas Naval Base and Had ‘Previously Voiced Support on Social Media for Hardline Islamic Clerics’

The suspect who was shot dead as he carried out Thursday’s ‘terrorism-related’ attack on a Texas naval air base has been identified by the FBI as a 20-year-old Syrian-born college student.

According to investigators, Adam Salim Alsahli opened fire at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in an attack that wounded one sailor, a member of the base security force, but no one other than the assailant was killed.

A group that monitors online activity of jihadists has since claimed that Alsahli voiced support for hardline Islamic clerics on social media prior to the thwarted attack.

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

Protest Over Public Health Orders Sweeps Through Downtown Durango

About 200 people gathered Friday evening in downtown Durango to protest public health orders aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

What was originally said to be a peaceful walk down Main Avenue to promote local businesses turned into a rambunctious rally that paraded through downtown Durango around 6 p.m.

The organizer, La Plata County rancher John Avery, said this week the event was not a protest to the public health orders. During a speech Friday, however, Avery decried actions by the government as a violation to the constitution.

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

Some Inmates Released Due to COVID-19 Went on to Allegedly Commit Crimes Including Murder

Some state governments have released inmates due to the COVID-19 pandemic who have allegedly gone on to commit more crimes including murder, according to news reports.

Governors are releasing inmates to help slow the spread of virus in detention facilities, where the population is especially susceptible because of close living conditions. However, some of the inmates released from jail have been re-arrested, in some cases, in connection with violent crimes.

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

Trump Reportedly Plans New Commission to Deal With Social Media Platforms’ Restriction of Free Speech

President Trump plans to create a panel to examine cases of bias against conservatives and suppression of free speech on social media, reported The Wall Street Journal.

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

UK: Girl, 19, Is Charged With Perverting Course of Justice After Telling Police She Was Drugged and Raped by Asian Sex Gang in Cumbria

A 19-year-old girl has been charged with perverting the course of justice after telling police she was drugged and raped by an Asian sex gang in Cumbria.

The teenager, from Barrow-in-Furness, is currently in custody awaiting a court hearing, having allegedly breached her bail conditions.

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

Victory for Civil Disobedience: Gov. Loosens Church Restrictions After Catholics, Lutherans Unite

On Saturday, Gov. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) announced that churches and other houses of worship would finally be allowed to host services with more than ten people. His announcement came after Catholic and Lutheran churches warned the governor that they would reopen their churches to more than ten people before May 31, Pentecost Sunday, with or without his permission.

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

Cannabis Stocks Soar on Hopes Pot Wards Off Coronavirus

Cannabis company stocks are skyrocketing as investors are high on new hopes that marijuana might help ward off the deadly coronavirus.

Shares in major pot firms climbed in late trading Thursday after The Post reported on a Canadian study showing that certain strains of cannabis may help prevent COVID-19 from entering host cells.

Canadian pot giant Canopy Growth Corporation saw its stock jump 7.8 percent to close at $18.25 thanks to a spike in the final hour of trading. The shares had climbed another 0.5 percent in premarket trading Friday to $18.34 as of 9:19 a.m.

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

Belgium: “Youths” Hired to Inform Public About Virus Spit on Police Cars to Infect Officers

Three “youths” were arrested for spitting on the door handles of police vehicles last week in the hope of infecting officers with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). The same youths had been employed by their municipality to raise awareness about the virus in their community.

The incident took place in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district of Brussels, where a large Muslim migrant community resides. Nearly 40% of young people in the district are unemployed, and it is well-known for being a hotbed of Islamic radicalism.

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

EU on Brink: Farage and Soros Warn Italy Will Follow UK With Italexit in Rare Agreement

NIGEL FARAGE has claimed that he believes Italy will be the first country to follow Britain out of the EU after its treatment over coronavirus.

He also said that he is “delighted” with the tougher tactics being employed by Boris Johnson’s government in the latest EU negotiations.

But with a decision on whether to extend the transition period looming, he warned that the Conservatives could still betray Britain over Europe.

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

Farage Tells Breitbart: UK Govt ‘Dither’ As Flights From Infected Countries Poured in Intensified Pandemic

Brexit Party leader has given his assessment of the British coronavirus experience to Breitbart News, blaming government “dither” as infected passengers travelled to the island nation en masse and unchecked from countries where the Chinese virus had already taken hold.

Speaking to Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow on his regular radio show on Sirius XM Patriot, the veteran campaigner turned investigative reporter

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

Five Alleged Rwandan Genocide Perpetrators Live Openly in Britain, Four on State Welfare

A former Secretary of State for International Development has revealed that at least five suspected Rwandan genocide perpetrators are living openly in Britain, with four of them on taxpayer-funded state benefits.

Andrew Mitchell, a Member of Parliament for the governing Conservative party, publicised the scandal in an article for The Times following the arrest of Félicien Kabuga, another Rwandan genocide suspect, in Paris, France, where he has been living under an assumed name.

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

France: Far-Left Antifa Caught With Explosives in Police Raid

Several people have been arrested after French police raid alleged Antifa headquarter that was used to make explosive devices. The raid took place in the Paris suburb of Bagnolet.

Police discovered dozens of molotov cocktails inside the Antifa building and firework mortars.

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

Fresh Protests Against Virus Measures Held in Germany

Dozens of demonstrations were held across Germany on Saturday as part of a protest movement against coronavirus lockdown measures which is gaining momentum.

The rallies have been held weekly since the start of April, swelling in recent weeks to gatherings of thousands in major German cities.

The movement sees the government restrictions to curb the spread of the virus as the beginning of an authoritarian regime or an illegal attack on individual freedoms.

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

German Police Confronted by 200 No-Go Zone Residents While Making Arrest

A mob of around 200 people attempted to interfere with German police in the Marxloh no-go zone of the city of Duisburg as they were trying to arrest an 18-year-old.

The incident took place on Tuesday evening when the officers attempted to enforce an arrest warrant against the young adult, but would not specify what the exact charges were.

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

Norway: Art Museum Director Says Collection Should be “Less White and Masculine”

The Astrup Fearnly Museum in Oslo has a new director who says that it’s her mission to make the museum’s art collection “less white and masculine”.

In a recent interview, Solveig Øvstebø tells the website Kulturplot that today’s collection at the museum is a bit too “masculine and white”, and she says that it should feature more works by women since there are “so many good female artists”.

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

Spain: Populist Vox Supporters Protest the Government’s Dreadful Response to Virus (Video)

Several thousand supporters of Spain’s populist party took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to express their discontent with the government’s mismanagement of the Wuhan coronavirus crisis.

In Spain, where more than 28,000 people have died as a result of the government’s poor response to the virus, the authorities have cautiously started to ease restriction measure that were first put in place on March 14. However, in Madrid and Barcelona, where the outbreak was more severe, strict lockdown measures have remained, Spanish newspaper La Razon reports.

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

Spain: Coronavirus: Anti-Lockdown Car Protest Draws Thousands

Thousands of people in Spain are protesting against the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

The far-right Vox party urged supporters to drive through major cities without leaving their vehicles in order to maintain social distancing.

Protesters in the capital, Madrid, drove in convoy and waved Spanish flags as they called for socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to resign.

Spain imposed some of the tightest restrictions in Europe on 14 March.

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

Swedish Virus Deaths ‘Catastrophically High’ But Herd Immunity Not on Horizon

Several Swedish medical experts have slammed the government’s response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, stating that the death toll is “catastrophically high” as a report reveals herd immunity is likely not on the horizon.

The six academics, including Uppsala University Professor of Infectious Diseases Björn Olsen and Professor Emeritus of Clinical Virology at the Karolinska Institutet Anders Vahlne, compared Sweden to several other countries and noted that nearly all others had successfully decreased infections.

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

Kosovo Albanian Women Charged With Joining ISIS Terror Group

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Friday filed terrorism charges against two ethnic Albanian women for allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria.

Prosecutors alleged in a statement that the two women, identified only as A.A. and L.I., went to Syria where they “willingly became part of the terrorist organization” and provided logistical support to the group’s male fighters.

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

Italian Resistance Song ‘Bella Ciao’ Played From Turkey’s Mosques Ahead of Ramzan, Probe Ordered

In a bizarre incident, the Italian resistance song “Bella Ciao” was broadcast from several mosque minarets in Turkey’s western province of Izmir on May 20 leaving the local Turks shocked.

According to the reports, on Wednesday, several residents in Izmir’s Konak, Karsiyaka, Cigli and Buca districts were bewildered by the unexpected “call for prayer” after they heard “Bella Ciao” from the minarets of mosques in their respective cities.

Bella Ciao is an Italian protest folk song which was altered and adopted as an anthem of resistance by the Italian partisans during World War II.

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

Hong Kong Braces for Protests on Heels of Proposed National Security Laws

Hong Kong braced on Sunday for its first protests since Beijing’s controversial plan to directly impose national security laws on the city, in what could provide a litmus test of public opposition to China’s tightening grip over the financial hub.

Beijing on Thursday proposed tough security legislation for Hong Kong, a move that sent a chill through financial markets and drew a swift rebuke from foreign governments, international human rights groups and some business lobbies.

In drafting the new laws, which could see the setting up of Chinese government intelligence agencies in the global financial center, Beijing plans to circumvent Hong Kong’s lawmaking body, the Legislative Council.

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

US Big Tech Companies Continue to Work With Blacklisted Chinese Companies, Power Human Rights Violations

Almost all US tech giants are banned from China when it comes to the consumer market, but according to reports, some of the biggest among them continue to do business there in web services.

Specifically, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and others are providing services necessary to power websites of Chinese AI surveillance companies that are blacklisted in the US for human rights abuses.

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

Fresh Twist in Muslim Fashion Store Crash as it is Revealed Driver Had Done Something Very Similar Just Months Ago as His Lawyer Tries to Claim He Was ‘Unconscious’ At the Time of the Accident

Sabry Moustafa Nassar applied for bail when he appeared in Parramatta Bail Court but was successfully opposed by police prosecutors.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Muslim Fulanis Kill 2 Christians, Kidnap 2 Others in Nigeria

Armed Muslim Fulanis killed two Christians in an attack on the predominately Christian village of Ungwan Anjoy in Kaduna State, Nigeria, days after two others were abducted in the nearby village of Zango Tama, sources said.

Christians Isa Dauda and John Zaman were killed on May 16, after Fulani militia ambushed the small village, destroying many of its houses and causing four churches to close after all members fled for safety.

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

Bosnia: Police Called in as Migrants Riot

Bosnian police were compelled to use force to control migrants in the town of Velika Kladusa yesterday when they began rioting and threatening local staff.

Officers were called in by workers from the pro-migrant non-governmental organisation, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), as they felt they were in danger from the migrants, according to a report by Nova24TV.

The incident took place in the county of Una-Sana, which lies near the Croatian border and where several migrant camps have been established. Bosnia is currently hosting approximately 10,000 migrants — according to official estimates — most of whom hope to eventually be able to cross illegally into Croatia and the European Union. But more are coming all the time.

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Greece: 67 Illegal Migrants Land on Lesvos

Two dinghies carrying 67 illegal migrants landed on Lesvos earlier this week, bringing the total number of migrants who’ve landed on the Greek island in May to 173.

According to a report from the Greek broadcaster News 247, most of the migrants on board the boats claimed to be from Africa and Afghanistan, while a few claimed to be Syrian nationals.

After arriving on the island, the migrants were checked by medical personnel for COVID-19 symptoms. The group will now be placed in a 14 day quarantine in order protect against the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

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Professor Caught Calling Rupert Murdoch ‘Anti-Immigrant, ‘ Suggests Fox News Founder is Racist

In footage obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, East Carolina University journalism professor Cindy Elmore tells students that billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who founded NewsCorp, the parent company of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, is “anti-immigrant” and that he has “vilified people of color,” whom he sees as “threats to a white majority.”

In addition to these comments, she also suggests that Murdoch has used his companies for his own personal gain, by deploying his media properties to “help get people elected who can then help his businesses.” However, the professor never made the same critique of any other major media outlet, such as Fox News’ rivals CNN and MSNBC, because “there simply isn’t a parallel figure overseeing CNN or MSNBC.”

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Sweden: Migrant Charged With Rape of 3-Year-Old, Gave Her STD

A migrant from Eritrea has been charged with raping a 3-year-old girl in Sweden. A medical center has determined that the girl now also has a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

The 32-year-old migrant, whose name is being withheld due to Swedish privacy laws, was charged in the Attunda District Court, according to a report by Samhällsnytt. He resides in the Sundbyberg Municipality, north of Stockholm. Swedish tax records indicate that he is an Eritrean national who was first registered in Sweden in February 2010.

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UK: Former Border Force Boss: Boat Migration is ‘Major Threat’, Australia-Style Patrols Needed

The former head of UK Border Force has called illegal boat migration from across the English Channel a “major threat” to Britain’s border security and has called for the British government to adopt a strict Australia-style approach and return illegal aliens to France.

Speaking to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on Friday, Tony Smith CBE said: “This was declared a critical incident by the Home Secretary last year.

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UK: Patel to Close Channel Loophole Exposed by Farage That Allows Illegal Migrants to Reach UK

HOME Secretary Priti Patel is planning on changing international law in the Channel to close a loophole that is allowing hundreds of illegal migrants to cross over from France.

Ms Patel has been described as “furious” about the crisis which was highlighted by Nigel Farage last week and has vowed to put a stop to it. Tensions have also been raised with the French over allegations that their authorities are escorting boats of illegal migrants into British waters from camps in northern France. And Mr Farage warned that over the summer the Kent coastline is “facing an invasion” unless swift action is taken.

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Emory University to Add ‘Race and Ethnicity’ Requirement in Fall 2021

Emory University will mandate that students take a “Race and Ethnicity” course as part of their General Education Requirement beginning in the fall of next year.

According to The Wheel, the new obligation comes five years after the group Black Students at Emory demanded a requirement “that focuses specifically on the histories and experiences of people of color.”

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Harvard Prof. Blames Christianity’s ‘Malignant’ Belief in Afterlife for Lockdown Protests

Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker said Thursday that the push for reopening society from lockdowns comes from Christianity’s “malignant delusion” of belief in an afterlife.

Atheists who believe in this life alone are more concerned with health and safety, Professor Pinker suggested in a Tweet, while Christians tend to devalue “actual lives” and live a riskier existence.

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John Lennon’s Son Denounces Political Correctness, Says Leftist Intellectuals Have Become Pathetic

The son of the famed Beatles member John Lennon has publicly made it clear that political correctness has destroyed the left he once knew and respected.

Sean Ono-Lennon took to Twitter on Friday and tweeted out a message that stirred controversy within the left.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/23/2020

  1. Articles are starting to appear stating that the lockdown failed as far as suppressing or containing the flu.

    It only failed if you look at it from the ground up, if you were to look at it as a grand experiment on whether or not a few mouthpieces could incite enough hysteria to cause people to duck and cover, it was a smashing success. By pushing the infected up against the vulnerable certain petty tyrants were able to double the kill and are pushing still this house arrest scenario even after the data is in, the curve has flattened and their murderous actions have been revealed. With the inflated unemployment benefits, it has been shown that many – as much as half the world would rather hide in their cave than fight against this unprecedented assault.

  2. German president: No tolerance for attacks on Muslims
    Steinmeier hails Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, says state must protect Muslims from racist hatred, violence
    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/german-president-no-tolerance-for-attacks-on-muslims/1850298

    The long-established fact that the Hanau massacre was arranged by a psycho with voices in his head. But who cares. And take into account the “little tricks” committed by Muslims, this country is not accepted.

  3. https://twitter.com/RaheemKassam/status/1264574762698899456

    “The British media is worse than America’s.

    Hounding the Prime Minister’s advisor for daring to see his parents during Britain’s overzealous “lockdown”.

    And all while few of them were wearing masks, crowded together like the jackals they are”

    Joke country, millions of people are entering every month with zero checks yet here the West Mercia Constabulary is stopping and questioning lone joggers in the middle of farm country.

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