Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/6/2020

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton demanded that a Dallas hairdresser who was jailed for failing to close her business be immediately released. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe initiative set up on her behalf has raised more than $400,000.

In other coronanews, Michigan Republicans are suing Governor Gretchen Whitmer for abuse of power after she defied the state legislature by extending the state of emergency. Also, the Baltic States have reopened their borders to each other, although not to the rest of Europe.

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

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Financial Crisis
» ADP Says 20.2 Million Private-Sector Jobs Lost in April Amid Coronavirus Crisis
» EC Sees Hungary Economy Contracting 7 PC in 2020
» EU Predicts “Recession of Historic Proportions” This Year
» Poland’s Economy Set to be Least Affected in EU by COVID-19 Pandemic, Says Report
» Poland’s GDP Will Drop by 4.5 Pct in 2020, EU Forecasts
 
USA
» “What if You Can’t Get Food?” 6th-Generation Farmer Warns About Coming Fallout From Economic Lockdowns
» Another Left-Wing Attempt to Shut Down Free Speech
» Apple, Google Reveal New System for Tracking People Who Might Have COVID-19
» Coronavirus: Constitution Abuse
» Cruz: Hollywood is ‘Complicit’ In Chinese Censorship; Introduces Bill to Restrict Production
» Dr. Judy Mikovits Plandemic Documentary Removed From YouTube for Violating “Misinformation” Rules
» Facebook’s New Censorship Czar is Anti-Trump Leftist Who Made Barron a Punch Line
» GoFundMe Raises More Than $400k for Salon Owner Jailed for Defying Lockdown
» How Do You Stop a Government That’s Gone Rogue?
» Michigan Republicans Sue Gov. Whitmer Over State-of-Emergency Extension
» NC State Rep. Organizing Lawsuit Against Governor for Violating Religious Liberties, Hundreds of Churches May Join
» Pelosi Said She Refuses to Answer More Questions About Biden Allegation: “I’m Not Going to Answer This Question Again”
» Prof Slams School Choice Advocate as ‘White Nationalist Troll’ For Criticizing Debunked ‘1619 Project’ Essay
» Project Veritas Exposes ‘CBS This Morning’ Crew Faking a Scene at a Michigan COVID Testing Site
» Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Calls for ‘Immediate Release’ of Jailed Dallas Salon Owner Shelley Luther
» Toilet Flush Heard During Supreme Court Oral Arguments Conference Call
» US Universities Now Shutting Down ‘Arms of China’s Propaganda Machine’
» Ventilators May Increase Risk of Death From COVID-19
» Video: NYPD Officer Beats Bystander, Kneels on His Head During Social Distancing Enforcement
» Wake Up America, You Are the Last Asylum for Liberty on Earth
» Weed Warriors Who Mistook Tea for Marijuana Will Pay Their Victims $150,000
» YouTube to Reportedly Cements Its Allegiance With Corporate Publishers by Facilitating Subscriptions
 
Europe and the EU
» Baltic States Reopen Their Borders to Each Other
» European Prisons Releasing 1,000 Returned ISIS Fighters in 2020 Poses New Security Challenge
» Fed Study Ties 1918 Flu Pandemic to Rise of “Right Wing Extremist” Nazi Party
» France: Toulouse Knife Attacker is a Sudanese Asylum Seeker
» France: Anti-Immigration Journalist Éric Zemmour Assaulted by Migrant (Video)
» France: Investigation Casts Doubts on Police Blame for Motorcycle Accident That Sparked Riots
» Freedom House Drops Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro From List of Democracies
» Frexit Rising: EU Rocked as Damning Poll Shows French Euroscepticism Now Higher Than in UK
» German Soccer’s Bundesliga Given OK to Resume in May
» Greta Asks for UN Support in Suit Against Fossil-Fuel Nations (Except China)
» Italians Hug Grandchildren for First Time Since Coronavirus Lockdown
» Macron Govt Demands Air France Go Green to Get Bailout Cash
» Prince Harry Sells His £50k Private Hunting Rifle Collection to Please Meghan
» Sweden: Coronavirus May Have Arrived in Europe From Wuhan as Early as November
» Swedish Doctor: Elderly Suffering From Wuhan Virus Being Refused Oxygen (Video)
» Swedish Teen Girl With Boxing Skills Breaks the Nose of Boy Who Attacked Her
» UK Has Highest Coronavirus Death Toll in Europe, Second Globally
» UK: Chinese Man Steals a Black Swan From a Park After Beating it Unconscious With a Club — Before Turning it Into a Soup at Home
» UK: Home Secretary Priti Patel is in Talks to Force France to Take Back Migrants No Matter Which Side of the Channel They Are Seized on
» UK: London’s NHS Field Hospital to be Closed After Barely Being Used
» UK: Professor Lockdown’s Mistress is a Pro-Greta Virtue Signaling Lefty
» UK: Priti Patel Cleared of “Bullying” Home Office Staff
» UK: Police Won’t Charge Disgraced Govt Scientist Who Broke Own Lockdown Rules
» Will Poland’s Presidential Election Happen in 4 Days?
 
Far East
» 1.4 Million More People Expected to Die From Tuberculosis Worldwide Due to COVID-19 Lockdowns
» A Chinese Pattern Emerges: First Fentanyl, Now Coronavirus
» North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Might Have Faked His Death to Identify Traitors in Inner Circle: Report
» US & UK Intelligence Warn China is Trying to Hack Bio-Labs Working on COVID Research
» Video: Senator Cotton Says China Should Provide Evidence to Disprove Coronavirus Lab Leak
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘It Felt Like Barbed Wire’: Woman Claims Body Modifier Used a ‘Branding Iron’ Instrument on Her Genitals During ‘Illegal Procedure — Then Gave Her the Burned Off Flesh in a Coffee Jar’
 
Latin America
» Ex-CIA Station Chief Plays Down Scale of Ill-Fated Coup Attempt Against Maduro and Says it Was ‘Roughly 60 Venezuelans and Couple of Ex-Special Forces Which Went Horrifically Bad’
 
Immigration
» Germany: Pensioner Evicted From His Home to Make Room for Migrants
» Italy: 183 Migrants Brought by NGO Ships Allowed to Disembark Despite ‘Closed’ Ports
» UK: Foreigner Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Multiple Sex Offenses Against Underage Boy
» UK’s Nigel Farage Warned by Police After Filming Illegal Migrants Landing in Dover (Video)
 
Culture Wars
» 8-Year-Old CO Boy Regularly Performs as Drag Queen, Mother Accused of Child Abuse
» Catholic League Denounces Soros-Funded ‘Attack on Religious Liberty’
» Doctors: Not About COVID-19, Not About Science, It is About Control
» Facebook Creates an Independent Body That Will Decide What Its Users See
» Pope Benedict ‘Doing Absolute Best to Sabotage Francis’ Amid Gay Marriage-Antichrist Row
» Smells Like Smollett: California Student Faces Felonies for Allegedly Faking Violent Hate Crimes
 

ADP Says 20.2 Million Private-Sector Jobs Lost in April Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The numbers: Private-sector companies shed a whopping 20.2 million jobs in April as many were forced to shutter during a nationwide shutdown to slow the coronavirus, underscoring the biggest crisis for American workers and the U.S. labor market in nearly a century.

What happened: Small employers—those with one to 49 workers—culled 6 million jobs in April, according to data from Automatic Data Processing Inc.

Mid-sized enterprises with 50 to 499 employees shed 5.3 million jobs.

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

EC Sees Hungary Economy Contracting 7 PC in 2020

The European Commission forecasts a 7 percent slump in Hungary’s economy this year followed by a 6 percent rebound in 2021.

The novel coronavirus pandemic hit Hungary after years of above-average growth, the EC’S spring report released on Wednesday notes.

Although the virus has spread only to a limited extent in Hungary, this year’s economic performance would depend on domestic economic policy decisions, the EC said.

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

EU Predicts “Recession of Historic Proportions” This Year

The European Union predicted on Wednesday “a recession of historic proportion this year” due to the impact of the coronavirus.

The European Commission said in its Spring economic forecast that EU economy is predicted to contract by 7.5% this year and grow about 6% in 2021 if countries continue to ease their lockdowns.

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

Poland’s Economy Set to be Least Affected in EU by COVID-19 Pandemic, Says Report

The Polish economy is set to be the least affected in the EU by the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the virus bringing an end to around three decades of uninterrupted economic growth in Poland.

According to an economic forecast by the European Commission published on May 6, the Polish economy will fall by 4.25 percent in 2020 as consumer confidence weakens, unemployment rises and the country battles falling demand for exports.

But the Commission added that Poland should bounce back in 2021 with growth predicted to rise by 4 percent.

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

Poland’s GDP Will Drop by 4.5 Pct in 2020, EU Forecasts

The Polish economy will shrink by 4.3 percent in 2020 and will expand by 4.1 percent in 2021, as the HICP inflation declines to 2.5 percent in 2020 and edges up to 2.8 percent in 2021, the European Commission (EC), the EU’s executive arm, said on Wednesday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is set to end nearly three decades of uninterrupted growth in Poland. GDP is projected to decline in 2020 by about 4.25 percent due to a disruption in economic activity caused by the lockdown measures and an unprecedented fall in external demand. In 2021, GDP should bounce back by 4 percent driven by a strong recovery in household consumption. Nonetheless, GDP is unlikely to return to 2019 levels over the forecast horizon,” the EC said in its Spring 2020 Economic Forecast.

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

“What if You Can’t Get Food?” 6th-Generation Farmer Warns About Coming Fallout From Economic Lockdowns

Dave Johnson, sixth-generation farmer and owner/operator of Johnson Farms — the largest dairy farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — gives a behind-the-scenes look at the possible widespread repercussions looming from the COVID-19 economic shutdowns, from the perspective of the 1%—2% of Americans who provide the nation with food.

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

Another Left-Wing Attempt to Shut Down Free Speech

Chad Richison is a billionaire who lives in Oklahoma. A liberal, he often weighs in on political issues. On March 22, he wrote an open letter to Oklahoma’s Governor, Kevin Stitt, calling on him to impose a harsh shutdown order. Richison criticized Governor Stitt and called for “bold action,” saying “We can’t afford not to act any longer, Governor.”

Richison laid out a lengthy “plan of action” that included commandeering all medical supplies intended for “non-essential” procedures, mandating “newly established uniform standards” for “critical portions of the supply chain,” banning all non-essential air travel, and closing various categories of businesses. Richison’s “open letter” received wide publicity in the Oklahoma news media, which was his intention.

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, run by my friend Jonathan Small, is a highly-respected conservative policy organization. OCPA has clashed with Richison several times in the past.

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

Apple, Google Reveal New System for Tracking People Who Might Have COVID-19

Apple and Google are rolling out a new COVID-19 tracking app that will allow authorities to track down and isolate those who may be suspected of having coronavirus.

The program will turn almost all phones on the planet into a way of tracking COVID-19 spread. It will use Bluetooth to determine if someone, at some point, got close to an individual with coronavirus.

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

Coronavirus: Constitution Abuse

Shutting down America has caused many to ask who suspended the Bill of Rights. The re-opening of this country would do well to include close attention to righting wrongs that may — deliberately or inadvertently — have been inflicted on the US Constitution.

At the end of Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s life, one of his great concerns was the government’s use of crisis power at the expense of civil liberties, a concern he shared with law students during his last summer constitutional survey course in Cambridge, England.

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

Cruz: Hollywood is ‘Complicit’ In Chinese Censorship; Introduces Bill to Restrict Production

Senator Ted Cruz has introduced legislation that would see Hollywood productions severely limited if they are found to be bowing to Chinese censors.

Appearing on Fox News with Tucker Carlson Tuesday, Cruz charged that Hollywood is “fully complicit” in enabling Chinese censorship.

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

Dr. Judy Mikovits Plandemic Documentary Removed From YouTube for Violating “Misinformation” Rules

A new documentary, called “Plandemic”, that alleges to expose secrets and corruption within the medical world and accuses big names of being responsible for the current situation of COVID-19, is struggling to stay up on YouTube.

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has reignited a passion for conspiracies and skepticism of governments, groups such as the World Health Organization, China, the media, and Big Tech are at an all-time high.

Enter Plandemic. A new documentary, part one being 26-minutes, that has this week burst onto the scenes and was becoming a viral hit before it was deleted by YouTube.

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

Facebook’s New Censorship Czar is Anti-Trump Leftist Who Made Barron a Punch Line

One of Facebook’s new “content oversight board” members who will decide what information is censored by the social media giant is Pamela Karlan, a leftist who infamously made Barron Trump the punch line of a joke.

“The independent board, which will be able to overturn Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions on whether individual pieces of content should be allowed on Facebook and Instagram, is a high-profile response to criticism of how the social media company handles problematic content,” reports Channel News Asia.

One of the new members is none other than Pamela S. Karlan, an American professor of law at Stanford Law School, who made her name for herself for an anti-Trump rant during the impeachment hearings.

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

GoFundMe Raises More Than $400k for Salon Owner Jailed for Defying Lockdown

Shelley Luther, the Texas salon owner who is spending a week in jail after she opened her business in defiance of a state lockdown order, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in a GoFundMe account after her public display of defiance toward a district judge.

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

How Do You Stop a Government That’s Gone Rogue?

The institutions of government have been turned against the people and their individual, God-given rights have been abrogated and dissolved by government fiat. The people have been done in by an ideology that focuses on the collective, not the individual. They have also been done in by their own negligence and refusal to preserve, protect and defend their own freedom…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Michigan Republicans Sue Gov. Whitmer Over State-of-Emergency Extension

Republicans in the Michigan state legislature have brought a lawsuit against state Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, claiming her extension of the state of emergency constitutes an abuse of the powers of her office.

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

NC State Rep. Organizing Lawsuit Against Governor for Violating Religious Liberties, Hundreds of Churches May Join

North Carolina State Representative Keith Kidwell (R) is organizing a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper for violating religious freedoms by limiting religious activities as part of his statewide stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Pelosi Said She Refuses to Answer More Questions About Biden Allegation: “I’m Not Going to Answer This Question Again”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she would no longer answer any questions about the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden, a sign that the Democratic Party is desperate to shore up its defenses as November draws closer.

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

Prof Slams School Choice Advocate as ‘White Nationalist Troll’ For Criticizing Debunked ‘1619 Project’ Essay

A Rutgers educational theory professor previously accused of taking union bribes is using the controversy over a debunked Pulitzer Prize-winning essay to accuse school choice advocates of white nationalism.

After it was announced Monday that Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her controversial essay featured in the New York Times Magazine’s “1619 Project,” criticism regarding the accuracy of one of the essay’s central claims that America was founded on the desire to preserve the institution of slavery resurfaced.

Rutgers University Professor Bruce Baker took to Twitter on Wednesday to assert that certain critics of the debunked essay are simply partaking in “white nationalist gaslighting.”

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

Project Veritas Exposes ‘CBS This Morning’ Crew Faking a Scene at a Michigan COVID Testing Site

James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas (PV), released a video which had been recorded at a drive-up coronavirus testing site located at the Cherry Medical Center in Grand Rapids, MI. A medical center insider worked with PV on the story.

A member of the ‘CBS Good Morning’ crew saw only one or two cars in line at the site and according to the insider, pulled medical professionals from the center and asked them to get into their cars and pretend to be patients waiting to get tested. They wanted to make sure to show a long line of cars.

O’Keefe, as always, made a video of the story. At times, he spoke to the “insider” and used a voice-changing device to maintain this man’s identity. O’Keefe told viewers, “Our insider witnessed the whole thing and came to Project Veritas, because he knew we would protect him. The insider told us that medical personnel were taken away from treating patients and making the line longer for actual patients wait for the COVID-19 test.”

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

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Calls for ‘Immediate Release’ of Jailed Dallas Salon Owner Shelley Luther

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called for the “immediate release” of a Dallas salon owner who was arrested and sent to jail for opening her business in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home orders.

Shelley Luther, owner of Salon A La Mode, was sentenced to seven days in jail Tuesday after Dallas judge Eric Moye said she violated those orders as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Paxton said he believes the judge is abusing his authority and that her arrest seems like a “political stunt.”

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

Toilet Flush Heard During Supreme Court Oral Arguments Conference Call

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has wrapped up its first week of arguments by telephone, with live audio available for the first time. The three days of hearings were remarkably smooth, although one unexpected audio gaffe certainly got peoples’ attention on Wednesday.

During oral arguments in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, you could clearly hear the sound of a toilet flushing.

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

US Universities Now Shutting Down ‘Arms of China’s Propaganda Machine’

Another US university has announced that it is shutting down its Confucius Institute, the organization which is overseen by the Chinese Ministry of Education, amid charges that the ‘cultural exchange’ programs are being used by the communist state to indoctrinate Americans and spread Chinese propaganda.

The University of California-Davis is the latest of a string of Universities to axe the Confucius Institute, after heightened concerns among US officials that China is abusing the program.

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

Ventilators May Increase Risk of Death From COVID-19

In recent weeks, several doctors and published papers have noted that COVID-19 patients who are put on ventilators have an increased risk of death. April 9, 2020, Business Insider reported that 80% of COVID-19 patients in New York City who are placed on ventilators die, causing some doctors to question their use.

According to The Associated Press, “Similar reports have emerged from China and the United Kingdom. One U.K. report put the figure at 66%. A very small study in Wuhan … said 86% died.”…

Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell, whose video is featured at the top of this article, has noted their patients’ symptoms have more in common with altitude sickness than pneumonia. Similarly, a recent paper by Drs. Luciano Gattinone and John Marini describes two different types of COVID-19 presentations, which they refer to as Type L and Type H.

While one benefits from mechanical ventilation, the other does not. Dr. Roger Seheult discusses this paper, as well as the comparison of COVID-19 to high altitude pulmonary edema or HAPE, in the MedCram video above.

In the final analysis, it may turn out that ventilators are inappropriate for a majority of patients, and doctors at UChicago Medicine report “truly remarkable” results using high-flow nasal cannulas in lieu of ventilators. As noted in a press release:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Video: NYPD Officer Beats Bystander, Kneels on His Head During Social Distancing Enforcement

A social distancing enforcement action in the East Village on Saturday resulted in three arrests, including one bystander whose violent arrest was caught on video.

Witness Daquan Owens, who took the video below, said the incident started after plainclothes officers approached a man and a woman talking outside a deli around 5:30 p.m. and ordered them to separate. But Owens says the two people were maintaining a six foot distance in accordance with rules intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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

Wake Up America, You Are the Last Asylum for Liberty on Earth

As we have said before, any governor’s false imprisonment of the general populace in their homes, the arbitrary declaration of some commerce as non-essential, the misuse of police powers to enforce pretended legislation, is all without constitutional authority and demonstrates a profound disrespect for the rule of law…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Weed Warriors Who Mistook Tea for Marijuana Will Pay Their Victims $150,000

The Leawood, Kansas, couple whose home was raided in 2012 after sheriff’s deputies claimed that loose tea found in their trash was marijuana will receive $150,000 for their trouble under a settlement agreement with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. The settlement—which caps seven years of litigation, including two trips to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit—falls far short of the $7 million that Adlynn and Robert Harte originally sought. But it represents an implicit acknowledgment that the Hartes and their children suffered an outrageous invasion of their privacy and dignity in the service of a comically inept publicity stunt.

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

YouTube to Reportedly Cements Its Allegiance With Corporate Publishers by Facilitating Subscriptions

YouTube’s steady pivot from catering to native, independent creator talent toward catering to the entertainment and publishing corporations it was supposed to replace is set to continue, according to online media trade sources.

It’s YouTube’s owner, Google, who has a real and long-standing problem with legacy publishers — but not for nothing, the “olive branch” is now being offered on the giant video platform.

According to Digiday online magazine YouTube will by the end of this year start testing a tool that would allow legacy news publishers to sell subscriptions via their YouTube channel — and those would be, importantly, “subscriptions to their owned-and-operated digital properties.”

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

Baltic States Reopen Their Borders to Each Other

The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania plan to open their mutual borders on 15 May for their residents, prime ministers of the countries said on Wednesday. However, people arriving from any other country to the Baltic three will have to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. Most member states within the EU’s passport-free Schengen zone have closed their borders in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

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

European Prisons Releasing 1,000 Returned ISIS Fighters in 2020 Poses New Security Challenge

The threat from ISIS will be greater after the release of 1,000 of its returned fighters from European prisons over the course of 2020, chief analyst at the UN told The National.

Efforts to reform Europeans from the ISIS battlefields through official deradicalisation programmes are largely regarded by officials as having failed to change the beliefs of members.

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

Fed Study Ties 1918 Flu Pandemic to Rise of “Right Wing Extremist” Nazi Party

Well, as TargetLiberty.com’s Robert Wenzel notes, this is quite a justification for more government spending and for keeping an eye on “right-wing extremists.”

High death tolls from the 1918 influenza pandemic likely helped the Nazis gain power in “crucial” German elections, according to new research from The Fed.

In a staff report published on Monday, researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that German regions with higher mortality rates from the virus had a higher vote share for the Nazi Party in the elections of 1932 and 1933.

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

France: Toulouse Knife Attacker is a Sudanese Asylum Seeker

The knife attacker who injured four homeless people — three seriously and one slightly — in Toulouse on Sunday has been identified as a 32-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker, according to a source close to the case.

The attack, which took place in the early evening hours in the city center of Toulouse, began after the alleged assailant asked two homeless women for a cigarette. When the pair of women refused, the Sudanese became angry and aggressive.

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

France: Anti-Immigration Journalist Éric Zemmour Assaulted by Migrant (Video)

Éric Zemmour, one of France’s most prominent conservative writers and journalists, and who has long taken a stand against mass immigration, was attacked by a migrant on the streets of Paris last week. His attacker, Mehdi Korchi, posted a video of the incident to social media.

In the video, Zemmour can be seen walking alone on a street carrying shopping bags while Korchi stalks him. Zemmour ignores Korchi, even as he shouts insults and threats at him, according to a report by Le Figaro. At the end of the video, Korchi addresses the camera directly and claims that he spat on Zemmour — a form of attack that has become commonplace among migrants in Europe amidst the Wuhan virus (COVID-19) pandemic, due to the risk of infection.

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

France: Investigation Casts Doubts on Police Blame for Motorcycle Accident That Sparked Riots

An investigation into a motorcycle accident that sparked multi-night riots in French no-go areas has cast doubt on claims police purposely injured the motorcyclist.

The incident, which took place in the commune of Villeneuve-la-Garenne on April 18th, saw 30-year-old Mouldi C. collide with the door of an unmarked police vehicle which left him with a serious leg injury.

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

Freedom House Drops Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro From List of Democracies

In its latest report, U.S.-based democracy monitor Freedom House warns of a “stunning democratic breakdown” across Central Europe, the Balkans, and Eurasia as many leaders in the region attempt to do away with any remaining checks on their power.

“A growing number of leaders in Central and Eastern Europe have dropped even the pretense that they play by the rules of democracy. They openly attack democratic institutions and are working to restrict individual freedoms,” the group says in its annual Nations In Transit report, released on May 6.

[Comment: I read somewhere that Freedom House has ties to Soros.]

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Frexit Rising: EU Rocked as Damning Poll Shows French Euroscepticism Now Higher Than in UK

Around six out of 10 people in France questioned said they “no not trust” Brussels, the Jacques Delors Institute’s study indicated. The country’s lack of trust in the EU has jumped to 58 percent — a dramatic rise of 10 points since Emmanuel Macron’s election as president. Just 32 percent of participants said they could trust the EU, while the remaining 10 percent didn’t express a judgement.

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

German Soccer’s Bundesliga Given OK to Resume in May

BERLIN (AP/CBS) — The Bundesliga can resume playing this month, ending its two-month suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It will be Europe’s first major football league to resume playing amid the outbreak.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.

The earliest the league can resume is May 15, with a May 22 start date also under consideration. Soccer in the top two divisions will resume without spectators, as there is a ban on mass gatherings in Germany until Aug. 31. There will also be a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak including player testing. Teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.

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

Greta Asks for UN Support in Suit Against Fossil-Fuel Nations (Except China)

Swedish climate worrier Greta Thunberg asked the U.N. on Tuesday to back her lawsuit against Germany and a selection of other countries that use fossil fuel to drive their economies.

Thunberg’s legal claim alleges minors face “increased death and disease” as a result of climate change, therefore countries that use fossil fuels should face consequences.

China, which accounts for 30 percent of global emissions, has been specifically excluded from the action.

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

Italians Hug Grandchildren for First Time Since Coronavirus Lockdown

European grandparents were able to embrace their grandchildren for the first time in weeks as countries across the continent begin to lift lockdown measures.

Italy, one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, began lifting restrictive coronavirus social distancing measures on Monday. Extended family members are now able to visit each other again, with many grandparents giving their grandchildren hugs for the first time since the lockdown began two months ago.

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

Macron Govt Demands Air France Go Green to Get Bailout Cash

The French government has demanded that its national airline Air France embrace Green ideology and cancel all domestic flights to receive a government bailout.

French Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire said the airline, which is struggling like many others due to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, would be eligible for a loan of up to €7 billion (£6.1bn/$7.55bn) only if it became the greenest airline in the world.

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

Prince Harry Sells His £50k Private Hunting Rifle Collection to Please Meghan

Prince Harry has sold his £50K private rifle collection and given up hunting ‘to please Meghan Markle’

ACCORDING to sources, the animal-loving duchess reportedly “doesn’t like” hunting so husband Harry decided to quit the hobby. A hunter reportedly bought a pair of the Purdey firearms five months ago, before the royal couple stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family.

Meghan Markle is opposed to blood sports and even follows a vegan diet during the week — despite Harry partaking in the sport since he was a child.

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

Sweden: Coronavirus May Have Arrived in Europe From Wuhan as Early as November

The head of Sweden’s coronavirus response, Anders Tegnell, claimed the Wuhan coronavirus might have been in the country as early as November.

Tegnell made his comments at a press conference on Tuesday saying there might have been individual cases of the Chinese virus as far back as November. But he added that the cases would not have had any significant impact on the spread of the infection.

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Swedish Doctor: Elderly Suffering From Wuhan Virus Being Refused Oxygen (Video)

A Swedish doctor has embarked on a crusade to show that his country’s authorities are deliberately denying elderly patients oxygen treatments that could save their lives if they are suffering from Wuhan virus (COVID-19) infection.

Dr Jon Tallinger, who goes by the name “Whistleblower MD” on social media, is a General Practitioner at a clinic in Tranås, in the province of Småland in southern Sweden. He cares for approximately 2,000 patients. Yesterday he appeared on the Angry Foreigner YouTube channel to talk about his discoveries because no mainstream Swedish news source has been willing to carry his story.

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Swedish Teen Girl With Boxing Skills Breaks the Nose of Boy Who Attacked Her

A Swedish teenage girl put her boxing skills to use over the weekend when three boys in their late teens to early twenties attacked her on the street in Härnosand.

Last Saturday, My Isaksson Nilsson, aged 15, was walking home after visiting her sister in Härnosand when she was surrounded by three young men who started to attack her. The boys would soon regret the move, however, because Nilsson knew how to fight back. Her father and grandfather had taught her how to box at a young age.

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UK Has Highest Coronavirus Death Toll in Europe, Second Globally

The United Kingdom now has the highest recorded coronavirus death toll in Europe, surpassing virus hotspot Italy, and second globally only to the United States of America.

Latest data collated by Johns Hopkins University puts the UK at 29,501 deaths, ahead of Italy’s 29,351 deaths, with the U.S. having the highest number of fatalities at 71,078 as of Wednesday, May 6th.

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UK: Chinese Man Steals a Black Swan From a Park After Beating it Unconscious With a Club — Before Turning it Into a Soup at Home

The Chinese resident, known by his surname Wu, claimed that he attacked the black swan after the animal ‘pecked him when he was teasing it with a club’, according to the press.

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UK: Home Secretary Priti Patel is in Talks to Force France to Take Back Migrants No Matter Which Side of the Channel They Are Seized on

Home Secretary Priti Patel is in talks with her French counterpart to force the return of asylum seekers even if they are picked up on the British side of the Channel.

Ms Patel is involved in negotiations with her French counterpart Christophe Castaner and has stressed that the threat of being returned no matter where they were caught, will stop the migrants making the dangerous journey.

‘If people know that they can’t get across the Channel, they are less likely to congregate in the camps so it is a benefit to the French. It’s not just in the interests of the UK,’ a source close to Ms Patel told the Telegraph.

The source added that the talks had been ‘very positive’.

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UK: London’s NHS Field Hospital to be Closed After Barely Being Used

The 4,000-bed field hospital NHS Nightingale London, the jewel in the crown of the government’s emergency coronavirus planning, will be “placed on standby” from next week.

Officially opened on April 3rd, the facility was set up in the ExCeL Centre in east London in preparation of a predicted influx of coronavirus patients, but has reportedly not treated more than 40 COVID-19 patients at a time.

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UK: Professor Lockdown’s Mistress is a Pro-Greta Virtue Signaling Lefty

The married woman who violated the UK’s lockdown law to have an illicit affair with the professor responsible for advising the country to go into lockdown is a pro-Greta Thunberg virtue signaling left-wing activist.

Last night it was revealed that government adviser Prof Neil Ferguson, whose warning that 500,000 Brits could die of COVID-19 unless a lockdown was imposed became the basis for government policy, personally violated this lockdown numerous times.

He did so in order to have sex with 38-year-old married mother of two Antonia Staats, who traveled across London to visit Ferguson on several occasions.

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UK: Priti Patel Cleared of “Bullying” Home Office Staff

An investigation into Boris Johnson’s Home Secretary has found no evidence the government minister behaved inappropriately towards civil servants working for the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for International Trade or The Home Office which is responsible for police, counter-terrorism and immigration , The London Evening Standard reports.

The investigation into Priti Patel was launched after professional bureaucrat Philip Rutnam resigned in February, criticising the Conservative MP for Witham who he claimed was behind a “vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign” against him. Whilst the investigation is still ongoing, the government has indicated that Priti Patel is unlikely to be forced to resign.

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UK: Police Won’t Charge Disgraced Govt Scientist Who Broke Own Lockdown Rules

London’s Metropolitan Police Service has confirmed it will take no further action over disgraced former government scientific adviser Neil Ferguson breaking the country’s lockdown laws by allowing his married mistress to visit his home, merely saying that his actions were “disappointing”.

The Imperial College epidemiologist’s modelling became the basis for the Johnson administration’s reaction to the Chinese coronavirus and resulted in the current lockdown measures. Professor Ferguson resigned on Tuesday night from his government role after it was revealed that he had allowed left-wing activist Antonia Staats to meet him at least twice at his London home, while she was isolating with her husband and children at a different residence.

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Will Poland’s Presidential Election Happen in 4 Days?

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is scheduled to hold a presidential election in just four days but nobody can say whether it will happen or not.

Sunday’s election date was was set months ago but preparations have been thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown Poland is under to control the spread of the virus. Bitter fighting between the ruling conservative party and its opponents is preventing the sides from coming together to find an alternative.

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1.4 Million More People Expected to Die From Tuberculosis Worldwide Due to COVID-19 Lockdowns

Nearly one and a half million people worldwide are expected to die from tuberculosisdue to the coronavirus shutdowns, a stark reminder of the exceptionally high costs of the global lockdowns instituted by governments to fight the disease.

Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership Lucica Ditiu said that the TB cases that are going undiagnosed and untreated during the lockdowns will lead to around 1.4 million deaths, bringing the global fight against tuberculosis “back to 2013 figures.”

Those figures are based on a lockdown lasting around three months, suggesting that if it were to go on further — as many public officials have claimed it should — the death toll could be even higher.

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A Chinese Pattern Emerges: First Fentanyl, Now Coronavirus

There are people in China and America, some with connections to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, who are upset with reports that the coronavirus is linked to the lab. They want to blame President Trump for a plague unleashed by China…

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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Might Have Faked His Death to Identify Traitors in Inner Circle: Report

The disappearence of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un in mid April had stirred up a series of rumours and speculations about his death after a surgery gone bad. Since then the North Korean dictator has been in news on one pretext or the other. Today reports have emerged that he may have deliberately done this to pretend to be dead. He is said to have done this to reveal traitors.

According to a report by news agency WION, Kim might have faked his death to unmask people in his inner circle who were pinning hopes on grabbing power after his death. WION says that Kim may have done this to identify the leaks within his inner circle.

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US & UK Intelligence Warn China is Trying to Hack Bio-Labs Working on COVID Research

Intelligence agencies in the UK and the US have jointly warned that ‘rival states’ are conducting ‘malicious cyber campaigns’ against universities, pharmaceuticals and research institutes carrying out research on the coronavirus.

A joint advisory published Tuesday by the UK’s GCHQ run National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), stressed that

healthcare workers and medical research officials should up their security amid hacking attempts.

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Video: Senator Cotton Says China Should Provide Evidence to Disprove Coronavirus Lab Leak

Senator Tom Cotton said Tuesday that the onus is on China to produce evidence that will dispute the global intelligence assessment that there is a high possibility that the coronavirus could have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Appearing on Fox News, Cotton said “all of the evidence — albeit circumstantial — points directly at those labs.”

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‘It Felt Like Barbed Wire’: Woman Claims Body Modifier Used a ‘Branding Iron’ Instrument on Her Genitals During ‘Illegal Procedure — Then Gave Her the Burned Off Flesh in a Coffee Jar’

A woman who underwent an allegedly illegal genital modification has told a Sydney court the procedure initially felt like ‘really hot barb wire’ and she screamed out in pain.

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Ex-CIA Station Chief Plays Down Scale of Ill-Fated Coup Attempt Against Maduro and Says it Was ‘Roughly 60 Venezuelans and Couple of Ex-Special Forces Which Went Horrifically Bad’

A former CIA Station Chief warned that Monday’s failed coup of Venezuela, which resulted in the arrest of two U.S. citizens, may have been infiltrated by Venezuela’s intelligence unit or military.

Daniel Hoffman told Fox & Friends Wednesday that the arrested men — veterans Luke Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41 — could be used as leverage against the U.S. by Venezuela, warning that the foiled attack could ‘make it that much more difficult for us’.

Denman and Berry were arrested Monday along with six Venezuelans following the launch of a haphazard coup organized by ex-Green Beret Jordan Goudreau. It came after eight people were killed and two more arrested on Sunday also linked with the failed plot.

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Germany: Pensioner Evicted From His Home to Make Room for Migrants

A pensioner in Germany was fighting in court against his local council’s decision to evict him from his home to make room for migrants. The court has now upheld the council’s order.

Klaus Roth, 75, lives in Neckartailfingen near Stuttgart with his partner, who is 73. Neckartailfingen is a village of approximately 3,800 residents. More than a year ago, the village, which was already hosting 40 migrants, was instructed to take in even more of them.

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Italy: 183 Migrants Brought by NGO Ships Allowed to Disembark Despite ‘Closed’ Ports

After a two week quarantine on a cruise ship off the coast of Sicily, illegal migrants from the NGO ships Alan Kurdi and Aita Mari have been allowed to enter Italy, despite the country’s leftist-establishment government claiming last month that its ports would remain closed until July 31st.

On Monday, 181 migrants were allowed to leave the cruise ship ‘Raffaele Rubattino’ to land at a port in Palermo after they all tested negative for the Wuhan coronavirus, Italy News Agency reports.

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UK: Foreigner Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Multiple Sex Offenses Against Underage Boy

A judge at Oxford Crown Court has sentenced a man with a foreign background to 11 years in prison after finding him guilty of multiple child sex offenses earlier this year.

Following trial proceedings which lasted a total of seven days, Sabir Hussain, aged 42, was found guilty of one count of child rape and 12 counts of indecent assault on a child. Hussain was convicted on February 4th, 2020 and received his sentenced last Wednesday, according to a report from the Thames Valley Police.

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UK’s Nigel Farage Warned by Police After Filming Illegal Migrants Landing in Dover (Video)

British police officers paid a visit to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on Monday to issue a warning that Farage should follow “essential travel” rules after he reported on a migrant boat arriving in Dover.

Farage, who has long campaigned against illegal immigration to Britain, filmed the British Border Force bringing a group of migrants to shore in the port at Dover. According to him, the group included a very young baby.

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8-Year-Old CO Boy Regularly Performs as Drag Queen, Mother Accused of Child Abuse

A 34-year-old Colorado mother has received criticism, including accusations of child abuse, for allowing her 8-year-old son to regularly perform as a drag queen named “Salt Qween” — the child dancing around dressed as a female as adults pass him money.

Mill Blackburn reportedly was exposed to drag queen performances as a 2-year-old, when he began watching the series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” His mother, Manige Blackburn, says her child is non-binary, meaning he does not identify as either a boy or girl. He also goes by the pronouns “they” and “them” instead of “he” and “him,” according to his parents.

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Catholic League Denounces Soros-Funded ‘Attack on Religious Liberty’

Catholic League president Bill Donohue has decried a coordinated left-wing attack on the project of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights in an attempt to downgrade religious freedom and elevate LGBT and “reproductive” rights.

Dozens of international left-wing organizations “recently signed a statement lecturing the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights,” Dr. Donohue noted, including “the Center for Reproductive Rights, Human Rights Watch, and the International Women’s Health Coalition.”

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Doctors: Not About COVID-19, Not About Science, It is About Control

What they are scrubbing from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc. is information or videos that have everything to do with exposing government’s propaganda, exposing false narratives, or blatant lies….

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Facebook Creates an Independent Body That Will Decide What Its Users See

Facebook has finally announced the formation of a new body that will moderate content, an independent body that users and the same company can use to decide on publications that affect freedom of expression and human rights. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the company, announced in 2018 his intention to create an entity outside the social network to moderate the most controversial content. The result is a council currently made up of 20 personalities from around the world that will select and weigh on the global limits of freedom of expression. Their decisions will be transparent and binding for the network, provided they do not break local laws. The contents that can be moderated will be from Facebook and Instagram. The council will not have, at least for now, capacity on WhatsApp, another company platform.

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Pope Benedict ‘Doing Absolute Best to Sabotage Francis’ Amid Gay Marriage-Antichrist Row

POPE BENEDICT has been accused of “doing his absolute best to sabotage Francis” after his shocking comments linking gay marriage to the Antichrist were exposed in a bombshell new book.

The former pope, who stood down in a controversial move in 2013, claimed that people who oppose homosexual unions in today’s world are “excommunicated from society”. He said that it was “the same thing with abortion and creating human life in the laboratory”, adding that it was natural for those who oppose it to be concerned about the “spiritual power of the Antichrist”. The comments were taken from an authorised biography of the ex-head of the Vatican, called ‘Benedict XVI — A Life’.

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Smells Like Smollett: California Student Faces Felonies for Allegedly Faking Violent Hate Crimes

In a case reminiscent of that of Jussie Smollet, one California student is facing felony charges for allegedly faking ten separate incidents of racist attacks or threats against her own on campus. Students rallied behind her, naive to the fact that she fabricated it all.

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21 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/6/2020

      • Is this a result of the legal case started recently by a Regretter? They’ve caved pretty quickly. I wonder if the case will now stop as it would have shown what lunatics the medical profession have become?. More concerned with ideology than the welfare of their patients.

  1. “‘It Felt Like Barbed Wire’: Woman Claims Body Modifier Used a ‘Branding Iron’ Instrument on Her Genitals During ‘Illegal Procedure — Then Gave Her the Burned Off Flesh in a Coffee Jar’”
    But did she undergo the procedure on her own acord or was she forced?
    If she wanted it, it’s her own fault it went south…

  2. The more I see and read of Priti Patel, the more I like her. She seems to be one of the few in the Boris Johnson administration to have a real spine. I wish her godspeed and the best of luck.

    “Illegitimati non carborundum”

  3. Quodverum calls himself a patriot and wraps himself in the flag but if your views so much as steps away from his he slaps a conspiracy tag on you and freezes account. After watching Plandemic, I made a comment about how we were told exactly what the globalists were going to do and how they were going to do it and he froze me, no debate.

    • edit: in the movie ‘Batman Begins’
      1. Bio-agent from Asia
      2. Spread fear
      3. Bust open Arkham
      4. Destroy the economy
      5. Burn down the Citadel
      6. Turn the hero into enemy #1

  4. Volleyball player Spiridonov said that he was attacked by two with a knife
     
    2013 European Champion, volleyball player Alexei Spiridonov said he was attacked by two unknown people, one of whom had a knife.

    “I was leaving the bank, and two of the prisoners attacked me. He managed to hit one, and the second grabbed the knife. I was with a friend, he helped me.

    Fortunately, we did not suffer, everything is in order. It becomes terrible to live, because already in broad daylight two huge men are being attacked. And all this under cameras, in a crowded place. Imagine if in my place there was a grandmother, grandfather or a person who could not resist, ”Spiridonov quotes“ R-Sport ”.

     
    https://www.championat.com/other/news-4033453-volejbolist-spiridonov-soobschil-chto-na-nego-napali-dvoe-s-nozhom.html

    • Fully pcified natives watch as their country is owned. Better start removing the garbage before the stench becomes overwhelming. Syria and Lebanon.

  5. Voice of Europe is usually good, but they can sensationalize only my opinion, at least in the case below.

    https://voiceofeurope.com/2020/05/germany-we-have-to-help-all-the-migrants-in-the-greek-camps/

    “He wants the the camps up to EU standards”
    >”he’s saying we have to take in all the Orcs as part of mama Merkels Islamization!!!!!!!!!!!”
    Look, I understand Europe is insane and it’s hard to not read between the lines, but putting a failed motion by a state Green Party together with a statement that was point-blank about maintaining the camps on the island is not great reporting.

    • I imagine once the EU markets are opened to the United States all kinds of innovation and professionalism will be brought to bear. Especially when it comes to arms and weaponry in general. Full cooperation of a desperate and grateful local population.

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