Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/26/2020

A federal judge ruled that the State of New York and New York City cannot limit the size of outdoor religious gatherings while failing to limit the size of street demonstrations. Meanwhile, Virginia Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam requested that citizens report any churches or gun ranges that violate his coronavirus policies.

In other news, an Egyptian man in Italy was arrested after attacking police with nunchucks while shouting “Allahu Akhbar!”

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, Caroline Glick, Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Any Hope for a “V-Shaped Recovery” Has Been Completely Crushed
» DraftKings Insiders Dump $596 Million of Stock on Unsuspecting Robinhood Daytraders
» Italy: Tax Cuts Can No Longer be Delayed — Audit Court
» Media-Induced Fear of COVID-19 is Starting to Cause a Second Wave of Severe Economic Panic
» World Leaders Insist ‘Economic Lockdowns Ravage the Very Fabric of Societies’
 
USA
» “We Will be Making Decisions in the Next Few Weeks About Actions on That” — Bill Barr on Antitrust Investigation of All Major Internet Platforms (Video)
» Academic Department Calls on Penn State to Require ‘Structural Racism’ Courses
» American Soccer Team Replaces National Anthem With Song by ‘Antifa’ Musician
» America Under Siege! UN Orders the World to Quarantine the United States — Watch Live!
» Antifa Offers Perfect Cover for Jihad
» Bill Gates Slams Trump for Blaming Other Countries Like China for Coronavirus Pandemic — as His Wife Melinda Says Black Americans Should Get the Vaccine First
» Black Lives Matter Activist Loses One of His Testicles After Being Shot in the Balls With Rubber Bullets During George Floyd Riots
» Breaking: Conservative Author and OANN Reporter Jack Posobiec Attacked by BLM Mob at DC Rally — Shoved, Thrown Water at, Pushed Out of Park!
» California Legislature Votes to Allow Discrimination by Race, Gender, National Origin
» Caroline Glick: The Silent American Jews
» Communism Comes to America’s Shores: Michigan Woman Urges Voters Not to Vote for Her Republican Father
» D.C. Protesters Invade Restaurant to Demand Recognition of BLM
» Engel’s Looming Defeat Sets Up Fight for Foreign Affairs Gavel
» Exclusive: Police Source: Woman Who Framed Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Guilty of Perjury, Bribed With Cash Payment.
» Federal Judge: Cuomo and De Blasio Can’t Limit the Size of Outdoor Religious Services if They Didn’t Care About Limiting the Size of Protests
» Florida Man Friday: Teach Me How to Fly Your Plane I’m About to Steal
» Florida to Shut Down All Bars After Shattering Single-Day Record of Confirmed New Coronavirus Cases
» Gun Violence is Up 358% in NYC Amid Calls to Defund Police
» Hollywood Producer (And Friend of Jeffrey Epstein) Steve Bing Dead After Falling Off a Building
» Is Portland, Oregon Ready to Elect an Antifa Mayor?
» Joe Biden: “I Would Do Everything Possible to Make it Required That People Had to Wear Masks in Public” (Video)
» Judicial Watch Obtains Secret Service Records Showing Hunter Biden Traveled to 29 Countries, Including Five Visits to China
» Justin Bieber Files $20 Million Lawsuit Against Two Women Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault
» Kansas State Student Flooded With Death Threats Over George Floyd Joke, School Launches Investigation Into Him
» Lebron James — Who Defended Chi-Coms Over Hong Kong Freedom Protesters — Says NFL Owes Colin Kaepernick an ‘Official Apology’ (Video)
» Loomer Surges in FL Congressional Bid With Key Trump Weapon at Her Side
» Minnesota State Rep. Warns Antifa and Muslim Groups Plan to “Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule”
» Newsom Forces CA County to Reinstate COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order, Says 15 Counties on “Watchlist” — Threatens to Withhold Funding to Counties Who Flout Order
» NY Dem Refuses to Concede Defeat in House Primary, Claiming “Intentional Black Voter Suppression”
» NYT Staff Writer and Pulitzer Prize Winner Calls White Race ‘Barbaric Devils’ And ‘Bloodsuckers’
» Oglala Indian Leader Who is Just Out of Jail on Drunk Driving Charges Disputes Trump’s Visit to Black Hills — Wants Mount Rushmore Taken Down
» Orlando City Blows $20k for BLM Street Mural
» Pelosi Calls George Floyd by the Wrong Name During Presser (Video)
» President Trump Tweets FBI Wanted Poster of Andrew Jackson Statue Attack Suspects
» Seattle Sends in Trucks to Clear CHOP Barricades — City Gives CHOP Squatters 72 Hours to Vacate — Mayor Durkan Currently Meeting With CHOP Reps (Video)
» Senate Passes Confucius Act, Aims to Protect US Colleges From Chinese Influence
» Seriously? Are We Really Going to Fall for This Again?… Black Teen Says 4 White Boys Attacked Her in Her Car at Stoplight Screaming Racial Slurs — Then Burnt Her Neck With Lighter Fluid
» ‘Society of Snitches’: Northam Asks Virginians to Report Churches, Gun Ranges That Violate COVID Restrictions
» Students Are Demanding a Professor be Fired for Opposing Slavery
» Tear Gas and Dumpster Fires: Antifa Militants Try to Take Over Portland Police Station (Videos)
» Trump: Joe Biden “Can’t Put Two Sentences Together”
» We Were Right — CDC Now Estimates 22 Million Americans Infected With the China Coronavirus Making US Mortality Rate 0.6% — Confirming Our Estimates From March
» Yahoo Pushes for Replacing Star-Spangled Banner With John Lennon’s Imagine
 
Europe and the EU
» 140 Police Officers Injured During UK ‘Street Parties’ & Protests While Government Cracks Down on Beachgoers
» America Sees Poland as a Stable and Loyal Partner in Europe, Says Former Polish Foreign Minister
» Coronavirus Handling Failure Made Sweden a Regional Outcast, Boosted Right-Wing Parties
» Czechs Pay Tribute to Dr. Milada Horakova, The Only Woman Executed by the Communist Regime 70 Years Ago
» Farage Hails Trump as True Ally of UK, But Fears No Deal Before Election
» Former CEO of Scandal-Hit Wirecard Arrested in Germany
» France: Bordeaux Night of Violence Sees Seven Stabbings in Two Hours
» Germany: Mobility Revolution May Cause 48% Job Loss by 2040
» Hungarian Ambassador Kovacs: Soviet Flag Waving in Brussels is an Insult to All Who Suffered the Horror of Communism
» Hungarian Government Refutes Human Rights Watch Accusations of ‘Lack of Solidarity’
» Hungary: Budapest’s Liberal Mayor to Open Homeless Shelter in Historic City Hall Monument Building
» Italy: Tuscan Governor Rossi Says Transport Probe is ‘Ridiculous’
» Italy: Coronavirus: 18 Bodies Exhumed in Care-Home Probe
» Italy: Coronavirus: Fresh Tension at Mondragone Hotspot
» Journalist Locked Out of Twitter for Sharing Reading Attack Video Says He Has Evidence UK Government Demanded His Censorship
» Merkel to Present Germany’s Coronavirus Action Plan With an Eye on Her Legacy
» Sweden Democrats MP Calls for Antifa to be Classified a Terrorist Group
» The EU’s Leadership is Too White, Claim Black MEPs
» UK Police Force Forbids “Counter-Protest” To Black Lives Matter Gathering
» UK Tells EU: Sovereignty ‘Not Up for Discussion’ In Trade Talks
» UK: Ex-Met Police Chief Cut Off for Saying Black Lives Matter Wants to “Destabilize Society”
» UK: Khan’s London: Another ‘Street Party’ Devolves Into Riot, Police Attacked Again
 
Middle East
» Scholar: Persecuted Turkish Christians Are ‘Erdogan’s Scapegoat’
 
South Asia
» Almost 1 in 3 Pilots in Pakistan Have Fake Licenses, Aviation Minister Says
» Monkeys Rampage Through Streets and Shops in New Footage From Thai City Over-Run by Sex-Mad Macaques — and Also Reveals Squalor Inside the Animals’ Abandoned Cinema HQ
» Priyamvada Gopal’s Double Bind
 
Far East
» China vs. The West: The Start of a Second Cold War
» China’s Undeclared War on India
» Defense Department: 20 Top Chinese Firms, Including Huawei, Owned by or Backed by Chinese Military
» Warning — Apple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying on Millions of iPhone Users
 
Australia — Pacific
» Bizarre Moment Journalist for Chinese State-Owned Media Sparks a Scuffle at Australian Prime Minister’s Press Conference Before Mysteriously Disappearing
» Great-Granddaughter of Australia’s First Prime Minister Supports Calls to Have His ‘Deeply Racist’ Statue Torn Down From an Indigenous Burial Site
» Inside the Operation to Save Victoria From a Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19 as the State Suffers From Soaring Infection Rates, Panic Buying, Football Drama and Soldiers at Their Front Doors
» Labor MP is Questioned by Federal Agents Who Raided His Home Amid Claims Chinese Agents Have Infiltrated His Office — After He Praised Beijing’s ‘Decisive’ Handling of Coronavirus Crisis
» Man Reels in ‘Freak’ 22-Kilogram Red Emperor Off Queensland Coast — and Reveals Why He Won’t be Eating the Fish
» One Third of People Quarantined in Victoria Refuse to be Tested for Coronavirus as State Suffers Through Spike in Infections
» Residents Living in Melbourne Coronavirus Hotspots Say They Will Ignore Social Distancing Advice and Continue to Kiss and Hug People Despite Huge Outbreak
 
Immigration
» ‘Allah Akbar’ Nunchuck Migrant Attacks Italian Police
» Cyprus Launches Probe Into Claims of Child Sexual Assault at Migrant Camp
» Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Admin Can’t Use Military Funds for Border Wall
» Hero Policeman David Whyte, 42, Fights for His Life After Trying to Tackle Knifeman Asylum Seeker Who Stabbed Six at Glasgow Hotel Before Being Shot Dead — Days After Complaining He Was ‘Very Hungry’ Amid ‘Poor’ Conditions
» Human Trafficker, 27, Admits Helping to Smuggle 39 Vietnamese Migrants Into UK Before They Died in the Back of a Refrigerated Lorry
» Scotland: Sky News: ‘Desperate’ Migrants in Glasgow Stabbing Hotel Unhappy With ‘Limited Wifi’, ‘Poor’ Food
» Senator Lindsey Graham Rips President Trump Again for Visa Ban — Claims it Has a Negative Impact on the Economy
» Suspect Shot Dead, Six Injured Including Police Officer Injured at Glasgow Asylum Seeker Hostel Stabbing
» UK: Migrants Detained After Landing on Kent Beaches
» UNM Lost Nearly $50 Million From COVID-19, Still Gave $100k to Illegal Immigrants
 
Culture Wars
» As Social Media Censorship Increases, Parler is Having a Moment
» Facebook Whistleblower: Interference ‘On a Global Level in Elections’
» Facebook to Introduce Notifications on Coronavirus Articles That Direct Users to “Authoritative” Content
» Facebook Bows to Pressure to Censor More “Hate Speech” But the ADL Insist it’s Still “Not Enough”
» Jeffrey Epstein Celebrates Gay Pride From the Grave
» PayPal, Pepsi, BMW, HP, Doritos and More Corporations Join Facebook Boycott Unless Facebook Censor More
» Stop Pandering to Leftists’ Systemic Racism “Big Lie”
» Tech Censorship: VDare.com Today, Newswithviews Tomorrow?
 

Any Hope for a “V-Shaped Recovery” Has Been Completely Crushed

We were supposed to be well into a “recovery” by now, but instead more bad economic news just keeps pouring in. In fact, the numbers that I am going to share with you in this article are absolutely eye-popping. Initially, many of the economic optimists had been trying to convince us that we would experience a “short, sharp recession” followed by a “V-shaped recovery”. Well, at this point it has become quite clear that we can forget all about that scenario. The mainstream media is increasingly starting to use the word “depression” to describe what is happening to the U.S. economy, and the raw numbers definitely support the use of that label. For example, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model is now projecting that U.S. GDP will decline by 46.6 percent on an annualized basis during the second quarter of 2020…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

DraftKings Insiders Dump $596 Million of Stock on Unsuspecting Robinhood Daytraders

by Tyler Durden

DraftKings Inc. filed several Form 4s with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week regarding insider selling by the president of the company, Paul Liberman, and others.

It turns out, as more than 100,000 Robinhood daytraders panic bought DraftKings since its Nasdaq debut in April, soaring 237% in months — Liberman and other insiders dumped a whopping $596 million worth of shares.

On the pump, Liberman sold $31 million worth of stock, with about $15 million left. CEO Jason Robin sold $70 million worth of stock, while director Hany Nada liquidated $37 million.

Clearly, by now, readers should understand the parabolic rise in DraftKings’ shares was nothing more than a spectacular pump — as what comes next is likely the dump.

But wait, there are more insiders dumping stock: Director Steven Joseph Murray sold $40 million worth of shares, while directors Shalom Meckenzie and John Salter sold collectively around $125 million.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Tax Cuts Can No Longer be Delayed — Audit Court

State auditor calls for strategy to recover growth

(ANSA) — ROME, JUN 24 — Italy’s Audit Court said Wednesday that tax cuts “can no longer be postponed” given the economic earthquake caused by the coronavirus emergency.

The State auditor also called for a rapid strategy to regain sustained growth levels.

The court said the current State budgetary expansion was necessary.

But it also stressed that the more the government is committed to using the extra spending to overcome the economy’s structural weaknesses, the greater the credibility to be able to have a higher debt-GDP ratio.

It said tax cuts should target labour, pensions and businesses as the high tax burden could hold back the recovery.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Media-Induced Fear of COVID-19 is Starting to Cause a Second Wave of Severe Economic Panic

Fear of COVID-19 absolutely crippled the U.S. economy during the first half of this year, and now it appears that there are some people that are pushing for that to happen again during the second half of 2020. Earlier this evening, I came across a headline that boldly declared that there will be “180,000 U.S. deaths of COVID-19 by October”, and right now just about every mainstream news outlet is running stories about how the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is surging. And it is definitely true that we are seeing an alarming rise in the number of confirmed cases. In fact, the number of new cases in the U.S. on Wednesday set a new record…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

World Leaders Insist ‘Economic Lockdowns Ravage the Very Fabric of Societies’

An impressive array of more than 500 prominent world leaders, academics, and Nobel Laureates have written “A Call to Defend Democracy” in the face of a worldwide rise in government authoritarianism during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

The June 25 text declares that beyond health concerns the COVID-19 pandemic is “a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy.”

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

“We Will be Making Decisions in the Next Few Weeks About Actions on That” — Bill Barr on Antitrust Investigation of All Major Internet Platforms (Video)

Attorney General Bill Barr joined Senator Ted Cruz and Michael Knowles on The Verdict on Thursday.

During the interview Barr told the Texas Senator that the DOJ had “scores of indictments” filed against the far left criminals who committed violence during the recent far left riots across the country.

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

Academic Department Calls on Penn State to Require ‘Structural Racism’ Courses

An entire academic department at Pennsylvania State University is advocating for courses on “structural racism” to be added to the required course load.

The Penn State African American Studies Department published an open letter to university President Eric Barrontitled, “How We Can Make Black Lives at Penn State Matter.” They alleged that Penn State is an unwelcoming environment for non-white students.

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

American Soccer Team Replaces National Anthem With Song by ‘Antifa’ Musician

Team says ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ does not represent their diverse players, fans and community

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

America Under Siege! UN Orders the World to Quarantine the United States — Watch Live!

Meanwhile, Bill Gates announces blacks to be forcibly inoculated first. Fight back! Share this link!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Antifa Offers Perfect Cover for Jihad

America slowly has been going through a process called subversion. Regrettably, not many Americans have a slightest clue that this takes place daily here at home. Muslims have become calculatingly meek and mild in their demeanor. They have learned how the American system works. For now, they are not openly resorting to violent jihad although we know Islam cannot be separated from its most powerful tool, Jihad. Without Jihad, Islam would go through a slow death. Jihad is perpetual in Islam. They both need each other for their survival.

Here is the disturbing question, what if this violent domestic group known as Antifa offers perfect cover for jihad and secretly works with the Islamic organizations as an arm of violent jihad?

According to Diana West, “here is more on Antifa/jihad connections from Edward Klein’s book, All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump. Note that in Portland they were chanting, “Allah-u Akbar, smash these Nazi scums.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bill Gates Slams Trump for Blaming Other Countries Like China for Coronavirus Pandemic — as His Wife Melinda Says Black Americans Should Get the Vaccine First

Bill and Melinda Gates said the United States needs to step up and work with other countries in fighting coronavirus at recent philanthropy summit hosted by Forbes.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Black Lives Matter Activist Loses One of His Testicles After Being Shot in the Balls With Rubber Bullets During George Floyd Riots

A Black Lives Matter activist lost one of his testicles after getting shot in the balls by rubber bullets during George Floyd riots in Los Angeles.

Bradley Steyn says he plans on suing the LAPD after law enforcement officials shot him in the scrotum on May 30 during a ‘protest.’

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

Breaking: Conservative Author and OANN Reporter Jack Posobiec Attacked by BLM Mob at DC Rally — Shoved, Thrown Water at, Pushed Out of Park!

Earlier this week idiot criminal vandals announced their intent to tear down a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, DC, on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The statue was paid for and erected by freed slaves to honor the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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

California Legislature Votes to Allow Discrimination by Race, Gender, National Origin

This week, the legislature in California voted to remove the constitutional prohibition on “discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.” That’s right, California just voted to allow racial and gender discrimination in all its public activities. The bill will move to the ballot in November for a popular vote.

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

Caroline Glick: The Silent American Jews

The silence of the Jews of America in the face of rising anti-Semitism is stunning.

Over the Shavuot festival on May 30, members of Black Lives Matter, (BLM) carried out a pogrom in Fairfax, the oldest Jewish community in Los Angeles, largely populated today by ultra-Orthodox Jews. They vandalized five synagogues and three Jewish schools. Most of the Jewish businesses on Fairfax Avenue were looted.

As Daniel Greenfield reported at Frontpage, Allyson Rowen Taylor, a co-founder of StandWithUs shared an account of the riots in which they chanted, “Fk the police and kill the Jews.”

Aryeh Rosenfeld, whose store was looted, told the Jerusalem Post that when he came to defend his store there were people driving through the streets screaming, “effing Jews,” at the Jewish store owners.

Greenfield revealed that the Jews were not incidental victims in a larger night of “anti-racist” rioting by BLM. BLM in Los Angeles is led by outspoken anti-Semites with intimate ties to the virulently anti-Semitic Nation of Islam.

Over the past several years both the BLM-Los Angeles head Melina Abdullah and her daughter Thandiwe Abdullah who is the co-founder of the BLM Youth Vanguard have racked up long records of anti-Semitic rants and fawning praise for Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan. Farrakhan who has praised Hitler, recently called Jews “termites,” and obsessively rails against Judaism and Jews.

As its charter makes clear, BLM itself is structurally anti-Semitic.

While accusing Israel of committing “genocide,” BLM blames Israel for the U.S. war against militant Islam. Its charter states, “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

According to the BLM charter, U.S. military aid to Israel is the foundation of America’s problems. Because of U.S. military aid to Israel, BLM alleges, “every year billions of dollars are funneled from U.S. taxpayers to hundreds of arms corporations, who then wage lobbying campaigns pushing for even more foreign military aid. The results of this policy are twofold: it not only diverts much needed funding from domestic education and social programs, but it makes U.S. citizens complicit in the abuses committed by the Israeli government.”

In other words, Israel is the root of America’s troubles at home and abroad..

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Communism Comes to America’s Shores: Michigan Woman Urges Voters Not to Vote for Her Republican Father

This is the type of nightmare we used to read about in Soviet Russia.

Michigan teen Stephanie Regan, the daughter of Republican candidate Robert Regan urged voters NOT to vote for her father in the upcoming election.

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

D.C. Protesters Invade Restaurant to Demand Recognition of BLM

Over a dozen left-wing activists entered Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, a restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine with limited capacity due to coronavirus-related decrees restricting commerce.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Engel’s Looming Defeat Sets Up Fight for Foreign Affairs Gavel

Rep. Eliot Engel’s apparent defeat in the New York Democratic primary on Tuesday will set off a scramble for the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship in the next Congress.

And Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight and Reform Committee, remains in a cliffhanger battle with Democratic challenger Suraj Patel, potentially putting another high-profile gavel in play. That race has not been called yet, and Maloney retains a slight edge with thousands of absentee ballots still being recorded.

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

Exclusive: Police Source: Woman Who Framed Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Guilty of Perjury, Bribed With Cash Payment.

Newly obtained evidence indicates the woman who made false allegations against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was bribed to willfully lie under oath and engaged in extensive perjury in an effort to oust the rising Republican star from office, according to a police source with knowledge of an investigation into the circuit attorney’s misconduct.

Katrina “Kitty” Sneed, testified under oath that she secretly met with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a George Soros funded prosecutor, in a hotel room in January and February of 2018.

Following the secret meeting, Gardner charged Greitens with felony invasion of privacy in February 2018 for allegedly taking nude a photograph of Sneed without her consent and threatening to use the photo for blackmail. Greitens denied the allegations and Gardner never produced any evidence.

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

Federal Judge: Cuomo and De Blasio Can’t Limit the Size of Outdoor Religious Services if They Didn’t Care About Limiting the Size of Protests

A gratifying victory. The subtext of the ruling, wrote Peter Spiliakos, is that “the NY state and city governments were treating left-wing protest as a de facto state religion and were discriminating against other faiths.”

Gotta treat all creeds equally under the law. No special privileges for devotional wokery.

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

Florida Man Friday: Teach Me How to Fly Your Plane I’m About to Steal

How do you kick off Florida Man Friday on the same day it was revealed that a record-shattering 9,000 COVID-19 cases were just recorded in the Sunshine State?

First, take a deep breath with or without your mask on.

Second, remember that COVID-19 deaths have been declining since April even as we’re learning that we might have undercounted the real number of cases by a factor of ten. And that means COVID is much less deadly than feared.

Third, on the off chance that we really are all doomed, why not wrap up the End Times with a few minutes of fun and frivolity on another action-packed episode of…

Florida Man Friday!

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

Florida to Shut Down All Bars After Shattering Single-Day Record of Confirmed New Coronavirus Cases

Florida is closing all its bars in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus after the state posted a single-day record of confirmed new infections.

The state’s department of health reported nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, shattering the previous one-day record of 5,511, set earlier this week.

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

Gun Violence is Up 358% in NYC Amid Calls to Defund Police

Gun violence is up 358% in New York City since June 2019 as police are being stripped of resources in Democrat run cities nationwide.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that “It has been nearly a quarter century since New York City experienced as much gun violence in the month of June as it has seen this year.”

The report states that the city “logged 125 shootings in the first three weeks of the month, more than double the number recorded over the same period last year,” according to police data.

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

Hollywood Producer (And Friend of Jeffrey Epstein) Steve Bing Dead After Falling Off a Building

Steve Bing was mostly known for creating Shangri-La Entertainment, the production company behind several Hollywood movies including Kangourou Jack and The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks. Bing was also known for being a high-rolling financier who was close with several elite figures including Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Is Portland, Oregon Ready to Elect an Antifa Mayor?

A poll came out this week showing Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in a dead heat with his challenger. Sarah Iannarone, who forced a runoff in the May primary, has declared herself “the antifa candidate” for mayor.

Hot Air reported earlier this month:

Longtime Portland community organizer Sarah Iannarone has made no secret of her political sympathies. She declared last year that “I am Antifa” and wryly embraced the “Antifa mayor” label. She and her campaign manager, Gregory McKelvey, were featured in a December article in Playboy with the headline “Antifa in Focus.”

“I am antifa,” she tweeted in September. “I stand proudly beside the good people of this city organizing in countless ways every day to oppose hate in its myriad forms.”

Two months later, she tweeted, “If they’re going to call me ‘Antifa Mayor,’ then I might as well fight fascism.”

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

Joe Biden: “I Would Do Everything Possible to Make it Required That People Had to Wear Masks in Public” (Video)

Joe Biden told KDKA in Pittsburgh that he will force Americans to wear masks in public… In 2021!

Joe Biden will force Americans to wear masks over a disease that is slightly worse than the seasonal flu.

That is just crazy.

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

Judicial Watch Obtains Secret Service Records Showing Hunter Biden Traveled to 29 Countries, Including Five Visits to China

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained Secret Service records for the first five years of the Obama Admin showing Hunter Biden took 411 flights and visited 29 countries.

The Secret Service did not disclose, as requested by Judicial Watch, if Hunter Biden flew on Air Force One, Air Force Two or other government planes or whether other family members were in attendance.

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

Justin Bieber Files $20 Million Lawsuit Against Two Women Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault

On Thursday, June 25, pop star Justin Bieber filed a $20 million lawsuit against two women who recently accused him of sexual assault on social media. Per Pitchfork, Bieber’s suit claims that the women “fraudulently schemed to seek attention and fame by maliciously posting despicable, blatantly false, fabricated, defamatory accusations that Justin Bieber engaged in sexual assault.” He goes on to claim in the suit that “it is abundantly clear that these two individuals are trying to capitalize on the climate of fear permeating the entertainment industry.”

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

Kansas State Student Flooded With Death Threats Over George Floyd Joke, School Launches Investigation Into Him

A Kansas State student is being flooded with violent threats and calls for his college to expel him over a joke he made about George Floyd.

Instead of condemning the students who are issuing death threats over words, a school official has sided with the violent mob and issued a statement about the joke — and the university has announced that they are launching an “investigation” into the matter to “review the university’s options.”

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

Lebron James — Who Defended Chi-Coms Over Hong Kong Freedom Protesters — Says NFL Owes Colin Kaepernick an ‘Official Apology’ (Video)

Lebron James told Bloomberg Businessweek that the NFL owes Collin Kaepernick an apology for criticizing his kneeling his protests during the National Anthem.

This is the same NBA player who sided with Chinese Communists over Hong Kong Democracy protests.

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

Loomer Surges in FL Congressional Bid With Key Trump Weapon at Her Side

For Laura Loomer, the young firebrand investigative journalist and activist currently scaring the hell out of the far left and their friends in the media, along with some of the ideologically gentler, Romney-esque Republicans by running for congress in President Trump’s home district, last month’s New York Post headline couldn’t have been more perfect:

‘Republican AOC’ Laura Loomer Gains Steam in Congressional Run

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

Minnesota State Rep. Warns Antifa and Muslim Groups Plan to “Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule”

Minnesota State Rep. Steve Green this week warned that domestic terrorists Antifa and Muslim groups plan to “police Minneapolis under Muslim rule.”

The Minneapolis City Council two weeks ago unanimously voted a resolution to replace the police with a ‘community-led public safety system.’

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

Newsom Forces CA County to Reinstate COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order, Says 15 Counties on “Watchlist” — Threatens to Withhold Funding to Counties Who Flout Order

The George Floyd riots are over so it’s back to COVID-19 fear porn.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday told Imperial County they must reinstate their stay-at-home order because of an ‘alarming’ trend of Coronavirus cases.

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

NY Dem Refuses to Concede Defeat in House Primary, Claiming “Intentional Black Voter Suppression”

A New York lawmaker who is seeking to replace a retiring Congress member refused to concede defeat on Thursday, claiming the Democratic primary election was impeded by “intentional black voter suppression.”

Assemblyman Michael Blake, an African-American candidate, finished second behind New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres in the 15th Congressional District’s in-person ballot count on Tuesday. Torres is also African-American.

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NYT Staff Writer and Pulitzer Prize Winner Calls White Race ‘Barbaric Devils’ And ‘Bloodsuckers’

Founder of New York Times 1619 Project wrote a letter colorfully condemning white race in college.

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Oglala Indian Leader Who is Just Out of Jail on Drunk Driving Charges Disputes Trump’s Visit to Black Hills — Wants Mount Rushmore Taken Down

Oglala Sioux Presient Julian Bear Runner says the Trump administration failed to consult with tribal leaders before his visit to Mount Rushmore next week.

Julian Running Bear, fresh out of jail on drunk driving charges, wants Mount Rushmore removed from the Black Hills.

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Orlando City Blows $20k for BLM Street Mural

The City of Orlando has announced that it will shut down on of the busiest roadways in Downtown Orlando to paint a BLACK LIVES MATTER mural on the street. Worse yet, Orlando taxpayers are on the hook for the total cost of the mural, which will cost a minimum of $22,000 and could cost considerably more if the city opts to maintain and refurbish it for the indefinite future. It will come out of the transportation fund for the city, according to Local 6 News.

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Pelosi Calls George Floyd by the Wrong Name During Presser (Video)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday called George Floyd by the wrong name during a press conference less than 24 hours after House Democrats passed police reform legislation.

80-year-old Pelosi referred to George Floyd, the black man who was killed by a Minnesota police officer, as “George Kirby.”

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President Trump Tweets FBI Wanted Poster of Andrew Jackson Statue Attack Suspects

President Trump tweeted an FBI wanted poster of suspects alleged to have been involved in the attack and attempted takedown of the equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square in front of the White House on Monday that left the monument to the nation’s seventh president and surrounding cannons damaged.

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Seattle Sends in Trucks to Clear CHOP Barricades — City Gives CHOP Squatters 72 Hours to Vacate — Mayor Durkan Currently Meeting With CHOP Reps (Video)

Seattle Department of Transportation trucks cleared several CHOP Zone on Friday morning.

The SDOT crews then halted their work and left after speaking with the CHOP Zone squatters.

The protesters blocked the crews from removing their street barriers.

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Senate Passes Confucius Act, Aims to Protect US Colleges From Chinese Influence

The U.S. Senate passed a new bill to protect free speech on American college campuses with the main focus on the Chinese Communist Party’s Confucius Institutes, which U.S. intelligence officials have said operate as propaganda centers.

The Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States (Confucius) Act was passed by a unanimous vote and sponsored by Sen. Marsha Blackburn(R-Tenn.), John Kennedy( R-La.), Doug Jones( D-Ala.), and Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa).

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Seriously? Are We Really Going to Fall for This Again?… Black Teen Says 4 White Boys Attacked Her in Her Car at Stoplight Screaming Racial Slurs — Then Burnt Her Neck With Lighter Fluid

Another hoax.

Say her name: Althea Bernstein

18-year-old Althea Bernstein — who is black or mixed — says four white boys attacked her while she was in her car at an intersection in Madison, Wisconsin. The white boys screamed racist slurs at the light-skinned woman. Then they threw lighter fluid and a match at her face.

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‘Society of Snitches’: Northam Asks Virginians to Report Churches, Gun Ranges That Violate COVID Restrictions

The Virginia Department of Health under Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) is encouraging Virginians to file an anonymous report to snitch on various establishments for violating the governor’s restrictions to fight the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic that came from China. State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) pondered whether Northam is trying to turn Virginia into a “society of … snitches.”

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Students Are Demanding a Professor be Fired for Opposing Slavery

Students are petitioning to have a professor at Loyola University New Orleans fired over his opinions on slavery, even though he vehemently opposes it.

Economics professor Walter Block says his opposes slavery because he is a libertarian, but that reasoning isn’t good enough for some students, who wish to see the professor removed because he doesn’t have exactly the same opinions as they do.

A petition, signed by over 600 students, alleges that Block has ‘racist and sexist beliefs’.

The petition claims that Block “has publicly stated that he believes slavery to be wrong because it goes against Libertarianism, not because it is morally wrong.”

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Tear Gas and Dumpster Fires: Antifa Militants Try to Take Over Portland Police Station (Videos)

The communist agitators in Portland once again took to the streets to protest whatever the outrage-of-the-week is, and again tried to copy-cat Seattle by setting up an “autonomous zone.” They tried that last week near vichy “mayor” Ted Wheeler’s apartment, but the police actually did their job and broke up the party.

This time, the protesters targeted Portland police’s north precinct. They did all their usual stuff, such as tagging the police building, setting up pallets and barricades, and lighting random stuff on fire, before the police moved in and actually did their job for the second time in a week, if you can believe that!

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Trump: Joe Biden “Can’t Put Two Sentences Together”

President Trump noted Thursday that it is highly concerning that his Democratic rival for the Presidential election in November cannot even speak properly.

Appearing at a Fox News town hall event, Trump noted that it is conceivable that Joe Biden could become President even though he is not all there mentally.

“Whenever he does talk, he can’t put two sentences together,” Trump said.

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We Were Right — CDC Now Estimates 22 Million Americans Infected With the China Coronavirus Making US Mortality Rate 0.6% — Confirming Our Estimates From March

We first reported on March 17, 2020, on the controversial Ethiopian politician and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and his irresponsible and criminal fear mongering. Tedros claimed in a press conference in early March that the fatality rate for the coronavirus was 3.4% — many multiples that of the fatality rate of the common flu which is estimated to be around 0.1%.

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Yahoo Pushes for Replacing Star-Spangled Banner With John Lennon’s Imagine

‘This is about the deep-seated legacy of slavery and white supremacy in America.’

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140 Police Officers Injured During UK ‘Street Parties’ & Protests While Government Cracks Down on Beachgoers

Around 140 police officers have been injured as a result of breaking up illegal ‘street parties’ and Black Lives Matter protests in the UK over the past 3 weeks, although the government and the media appears to be more concerned about too many people visiting the beach.

Police were attacked and pelted with objects for a second night running as they tried to break up a gathering in Notting Hill, London. This followed a similar incident in Brixton, during which 22 officers were hurt as they were chased away by street mobs who smashed up cars.

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America Sees Poland as a Stable and Loyal Partner in Europe, Says Former Polish Foreign Minister

Former Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski explained in an interview for wPolityce that President Donald Trump’s support for Polish President Andrzej Duda means that there are friendly international and interpersonal relations between the two leaders.

He referred to opposition criticisms of Trump openly endorsing Duda and Duda’s decision to visit the White House prior to the elections.

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Coronavirus Handling Failure Made Sweden a Regional Outcast, Boosted Right-Wing Parties

Sweden’s uniquely lax treatment of the coronavirus pandemic has made it an outcast among the traditionally closely allied Nordic states of Finland, Norway and Denmark, and has also severely eroded the popularity of its Social-Democrat government, conservative Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reports.

According to the latest data, Sweden had 63,890 coronavirus cases and 5,230 casualties against 8,788 cases and 249 casualties in neighboring Norway. While Sweden’s population is 10.2 million versus Norway’s 5.3 million, even allowing that Sweden has double the population, the difference is still staggering. Sweden had 518 deaths per one million inhabitants while Norway’s death rate was only 46 per million.

In its recent analysis, Swedish news portal SVT called the pandemic a “political game changer”, pointing out that the conservative Democrats closed most of the popularity gap that separated them from the ruling party. According to an SVT poll, if elections were to be held now, the Social Democrats would receive only 30 percent of the votes, followed by the moderate liberal-conservative party with 20.7 percent and the right-wing Democrats with 18.4 percent.

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Czechs Pay Tribute to Dr. Milada Horakova, The Only Woman Executed by the Communist Regime 70 Years Ago

In a major memorial event, Czechs will honor the memory of Milada Horakova who was executed 70 years ago by the communist regime after a trial based on a fabricated charge of conspiring to overthrow the totalitarian government.

Black flags and banners with the slogan, “Murdered by communists”, and a photo of Horakova will appear on buildings all over Prague with the electronic sirens system in the capital playing authentic recordings from her trial.

Horakova was the only woman executed by the communist regime in the political trials of the 1950s, becoming a symbol of defiance against the injustice and violence in then totalitarian Czechoslovakia.

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Farage Hails Trump as True Ally of UK, But Fears No Deal Before Election

Nigel Farage has said that U.S. President Donald Trump remains a staunch ally of the UK. But the Brexit Party leader fears that Washington and London will not have agreed on a free trade deal before November’s presidential election.

President Trump, whose mother was Scottish and British by nationality, has been an avid supporter of Brexit since his 2016 election campaign and promised a “massive new trade deal after Brexit”.

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Former CEO of Scandal-Hit Wirecard Arrested in Germany

In relation to the case of 1.9 billion missing from accounts

(ANSA-AFP) — FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 24 GIU — The former chief executive of Wirecard, Markus Braun, has been arrested on suspicion of market manipulation, German prosecutors said Tuesday, after the payments provider admitted that 1.9 billion euros missing from its accounts likely “do not exist”.

Prosecutors in Munich said Austrian-born Braun, who resigned as CEO on Friday, had voluntarily presented himself to the authorities on Monday evening after the arrest warrant was issued. Current investigations show that “the conduct of the accused justifies the suspicion of inaccurate presentation concurring with market manipulation,” they said in a statement.

It marks the latest twist in what is fast turning into one of Germany’s biggest ever financial frauds, drawing comparisons with the Enron accounting scandal of the early 2000s in the United States. (ANSA-AFP).

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France: Bordeaux Night of Violence Sees Seven Stabbings in Two Hours

Seven people were stabbed in the centre of the French city of Bordeaux on Wednesday night, with police saying that five of the victims were seriously injured.

The attacks all took place within just two hours, between 11:30 pm and 1:30 am on Thursday, but so far police have not stated whether or not the attacks are linked.

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Germany: Mobility Revolution May Cause 48% Job Loss by 2040

Ministry of Economy, it will also affect repairs and services

(ANSA) — ROMA, 19 GIU — The transformation of mobility could entail a real revolution in the automotive production system in Germany, causing a job loss of between 39 and 48% by 2040, according to ‘Automobile Wertschoepfung 2030/2050’, a study carried out before the pandemic by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Environment, in collaboration with IPE, IKA, FKA, and Roland Berger.

Along with factories — where a 10-24% drop in employment could be recorded within ten years, equal to about 640,000 jobs — assistance, after-sales and repairs could also suffer from the spread of electric and semi-autonomous models.

According to the study, the automotive services sector could drop from about 180,000 current employees to 130,000 by 2030, and 110,000 by 2040. In the most extreme scenario, with the widespread use of self-driving vehicles, jobs could amount to 90,000 by 20240, half of them today. The study authors identified three main reasons for job losses in trade and the aftermarket: lower repair needs and lower repair costs for electric cars, lower accident rates for self-driving vehicles, and fewer vehicles in circulation.

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Hungarian Ambassador Kovacs: Soviet Flag Waving in Brussels is an Insult to All Who Suffered the Horror of Communism

After spotting a Soviet flag waving in the European Union quarter of Brussels, Hungarian Ambassador Tamas Ivan Kovacs took to social media to share a photo of the flag and question why someone in 2020 would celebrate a symbol of mass murder and oppression right in the heart of the EU.

“Today in #Brussels’ #EU-quarter (we’re in 2020(!)) I never understood the glorification of #Communism, a failed system guilty of mass murder and all those #CCCP and #CheGuevara T-shirts in Western Europe… Haven’t they learnt from #Hungary 1956 and Central European #history?!?” wrote Kovacs on Twitter.

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Hungarian Government Refutes Human Rights Watch Accusations of ‘Lack of Solidarity’

Tristan Azbej, Hungary’s state minister in charge of the country’s Hungary Helps program responsible for aiding persecuted Christian communities around the world, has refuted allegations from the George Soros-funded Human Rights Watch (HRW) which claimed — among other things — that the country was unfairly singling out NGOs operating in Hungary who receive funding from abroad.

“As the leader of the Hungarian government’s humanitarian program and vice-president of the KDNP [Christian-Democratic Party], I write to you because you have publicly accused my country of lack of solidarity,” Azbej wrote in a letter to Hugh Williamson, Director of Human Rights Watch’s European and Central Asian division. “Quite the opposite, the truth is that the Hungarian government supports the legal and transparent functioning of civil organizations.”

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Hungary: Budapest’s Liberal Mayor to Open Homeless Shelter in Historic City Hall Monument Building

Disregarding the arguments of opposition assembly members and protests of district residents, the liberal majority of the Budapest assembly voted to establish a night shelter for homeless people in the historical monument building of the capital’s City Hall, news portal Mandiner reports.

In a plenary session on Wednesday presided by Mayor Gergely Karacsony, the assembly approved an amendment of the founding document of an existing homeless shelter, adding the 5th district building to the locations where it can provide night refuge for up to 30 persons.

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Italy: Tuscan Governor Rossi Says Transport Probe is ‘Ridiculous’

Case concerns alleged tender rigging say sources

(ANSA) — Rome, June 17 — Tuscan Governor (post-Communist) Enrico Rossi said Wednesday that accusations in a reported probe by Florence prosecutors in which he one of several people under investigation were “defamatory and ridiculous”. Sources said that Rossi, a member of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), is suspected of public tender rigging in a probe into a local public-transport contract.

The tender, worth four billion euros over 11 years, was won by Autolinee Toscane SPA, which is part of the French RATP group.

The sources said Rossi was probed in relation an interview he gave in November 2015 in which he allegedly spoke about Autolinee Toscane SPA winning the tender before the process had been completed. Six other people are also under investigation, the sources said.

“I’ll wait for the right moment to sue the defamers,” Rossi said via Facebook.

He said the same case stemmed from a complaint lodged by “a consortium of companies that lost the tender.

“They are not just accusing me, but the whole (tender) commission and the transport sector managers”.

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Italy: Coronavirus: 18 Bodies Exhumed in Care-Home Probe

Parish priest among five people under investigation

(ANSA) — ROME, JUN 23 — Prosecutors in Reggio Emilia have ordered that the bodies of 18 elderly people who died of the coronavirus in a residential care home in the town of San Giuseppe’ di Montecchio Emilia be exhumed so autopsies can be performed on them, local newspapers reported Tuesday.

The move is linked to an investigation into COVID-19 deaths in the town, which was among the worst-hit by the coronavirus in the province of Reggio Emilia.

Five people are under investigation in relation to the case, including the local parish priest and the director of the care home.

Investigators want to establish whether negligence was behind the deaths and are looking into possible charges of culpable homicide.

They suspect that an infection hotspot may have been caused by an elderly person being taken to the care home after a spell in hospital.

The suspects have said they did no wrongdoing via their lawyers.

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Italy: Coronavirus: Fresh Tension at Mondragone Hotspot

Van set alight overnight after clashes on Thursday

(ANSA) — ROME, JUN 26 — There was fresh tension on Friday at Mondragone, a town in the province of Caserta where a ‘red zone’ area has been sealed off to prevent contagion spreading after 49 people tested positive for COVID-19.

Clashed erupted on Thursday between Bulgarian nationals inside the sealed-off area, who want to leave it to be able to work on local farms, and Italian residents who want the red zone to be respected.

Firefighters had to intervene at around 2:00 on Friday to put out a van in flames.

The vehicle reportedly belongs to a Bulgarian.

Arson is suspected.

An army contingent has been sent to the area to help keep the situation under control and the police presence has been beefed up too.

Campania Governor Vincenzo De Luca has threatened to seal off the whole town if the number of people infected reaches 100.

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Journalist Locked Out of Twitter for Sharing Reading Attack Video Says He Has Evidence UK Government Demanded His Censorship

“I have evidence that the British government demanded Twitter suspend my account.”

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Merkel to Present Germany’s Coronavirus Action Plan With an Eye on Her Legacy

With Germany scheduled to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union on July 1 from Croatia, pressure is mounting on Europe’s economic powerhouse to both show a way out of the crisis induced by the coronavirus pandemic and reestablish Germany’s leading role in the beleaguered community, conservative daily Magyar Nemzet writes in a report from Brussels.

Determined once again — and perhaps for the last time in her long political career — to show leadership and give an impetus to Germany’s presidential term, Merkel will personally present her country’s plan for the next six months.

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Sweden Democrats MP Calls for Antifa to be Classified a Terrorist Group

Populist Sweden Democrats MP Björn Söder has called on the Swedish government to consider classifying the far-left anarcho-communist group Antifa as a terrorist organisation.

The populist MP addressed the topic in the form of a question to Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg earlier this week. He said that Antifa, known as Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) in Sweden, often engage in political violence to further their goals of a “stateless and classless society”.

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The EU’s Leadership is Too White, Claim Black MEPs

There are too many white European Commissioners and MEPs, two MEPs of African descent complained as they called for new legislation that would take into account the racial and ethnic origin of EU representatives.

Alice Bah Kuhnke, a Swedish MEP and Vice-President of the European Greens, and Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, a German MEP from the same faction, shared their complaints on the EUobserver, claiming they had encountered racism from the European Parliament’s security guards.

Kuhnke and Herzberger-Fofana say it is time for change and a real fight against “systematic racism”.

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UK Police Force Forbids “Counter-Protest” To Black Lives Matter Gathering

A police force in the UK is “facilitating” a Black Lives Matter protest despite it violating coronavirus laws, while forbidding any form of counter-protest.

“We’ll be in attendance to facilitate a planned Black Lives Matter vigil at Keel Square in #Sunderland tonight,” tweeted Northumbria Police

“A Section 14 order is in place forbidding any other public assembly, including counter-protests, to ensure the public’s safety. Anyone with concerns should ring 101.”

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UK Tells EU: Sovereignty ‘Not Up for Discussion’ In Trade Talks

The UK’s trade negotiator David Frost has fired a warning shot at Brussels, saying that sovereignty over Britain’s fishing waters, laws, and courts is “not up for discussion”.

Publishing the agenda for the next round of talks with his EU counterpart set to take place on Monday, Mr Frost said: “For the first time since March we will meet face to face, in Brussels. We look forward to welcoming the EU team to London the week after.

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UK: Ex-Met Police Chief Cut Off for Saying Black Lives Matter Wants to “Destabilize Society”

Former Metropolitan Police Chief Kevin Hurley was cut off during a live TV interview when he blamed single parent black homes for riots and said the agenda of Black Lives Matter was to “destabilize society”.

Hurley appeared on Sky News with presenter Adam Boulton, who is notorious for aggressively patrolling guests who dare dissent against the establishment consensus.

Hurley was asked about Wednesday night’s riot in Brixton, where at least 22 police officers were injured as they tried to break up an illegal street party, with mobs chasing them down the street and pelting objects. The culprits were almost if not all black.

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UK: Khan’s London: Another ‘Street Party’ Devolves Into Riot, Police Attacked Again

For the second night in a row an illegal “street party” in London devolved into a riot, with police officers being bombarded with glass bottles as they attempted to disperse a raucous gathering in Colville Gardens, Notting Hill.

Police deployed extra units across London on Thursday night, following up on an outburst of violence against officers on Wednesday, at an event Britain’s established news outlets characterised as a “party”.

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Scholar: Persecuted Turkish Christians Are ‘Erdogan’s Scapegoat’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been using the nation’s Christians as a “welcome scapegoat” to distract from his political errors in Syria and Libya, asserts prominent religious scholar Alexander Görlach.

“The persecution of Christians in Turkey continues,” writes Görlach, senior fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. “While the world is busy fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with mass unemployment and a global recession, the Turkish government is taking advantage of the situation to further pressure minorities.”

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Almost 1 in 3 Pilots in Pakistan Have Fake Licenses, Aviation Minister Says

(CNN) More than 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses and are not qualified to fly, the country’s aviation minister revealed Wednesday.

Addressing Pakistan’s National Assembly, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots in the country “did not take the exam themselves” and had paid someone else to sit it on their behalf.

“They don’t have flying experience,” he said.

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Monkeys Rampage Through Streets and Shops in New Footage From Thai City Over-Run by Sex-Mad Macaques — and Also Reveals Squalor Inside the Animals’ Abandoned Cinema HQ

Areas of Lopburi city are no-go zones, with one abandoned cinema serving as the macaques’ base — and cemetery of their warrior kings.

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Priyamvada Gopal’s Double Bind

Gopal, it seems, felt emotionally blackmailed by Time’s stark representation of one of Afghanistan’s most terrible realities. I feel I ought to assume that some part of her understands that pre-medieval religious codes mandating the mutilation of 18-year olds are completely deplorable. But nowhere in her article could she bring herself to actually say this. For to have done so, in Gopal’s mind, would have been to endorse a neo-colonialist narrative which invokes women’s rights only to denigrate the “other” and to drum up support for Imperialist wars of aggression.

So, instead, she buried her concerns about the spiteful disfigurement of Afghan girls and women, and instead mounted a furious defence of Afghan culture and an equally furious denunciation of the West’s alleged hypocrisy. Time’s use of such an emotive image, she argued, was simply another instance of the West egregiously misrepresenting the Global South as inferior and backward:

Formulaic narratives are populated by tireless Western humanitarians, sex-crazed polygamous paedophiles (most Afghan men) and burqa-clad “child-women” who are broken in body and spirit or have just enough doughtiness to be scripted into a triumphal Hollywood narrative.

Apparently by now oblivious to the fact that the young girl in question was — and still is — a survivor of real and horrific male violence, Gopal dismissed her image with this:…

[Comment: Comrade Gopal is now a full professor at Cambridge after spewing her latest hate whitey bile. This 2013 Article is a rebuttal to Gopals article. Gopal has a track record of cultural marist speak. Scroll down and read the last comment (#6) to the article.]

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China vs. The West: The Start of a Second Cold War

by Nikola Kedhi

Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the politburo and the entirety of the ruling class have clearly envisaged a Chinese century, shaped to their liking and belonging to them, similarly to how the previous century saw America rise as a world superpower.

To be fair, China has tried to open up, both politically and financially. But it was just enough to allow it to grow economically, without giving up any real political control. And as Chinese leaders would soon discover, there can be no free markets and enduring growth without democracy and political freedom.

The COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus crisis, both the medical and economic parts, proved to be a turning point in the West’s relationship with China. It was an awakening to a reality that has existed for decades, but which economic and political interests had hidden and obscured. Whether the release of COVID-19 was intentional or accidental remains to proven. And it will, if leaders such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson remain true to their words. Nevertheless, the virus caused a shakeup in the status quo that will have deeper adverse ramifications for the Chinese dragon than for the US, as this analysis deduces from the facts that are present.

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China’s Undeclared War on India

India has been facing its toughest military challenge in nearly six decades after 20 Indian soldiers were reported killed by Chinese troops in a border clash.

The soldiers were beaten to death with “sticks, fists, rocks and wooden clubs” during a confrontation in the Himalayan region of eastern Ladakh, Indian sources

said. In keeping with a 1996 bilateral border agreement between India and China, soldiers are forbidden from firing weapons in the area where the clash occurred.

Chinese troops carried out a “premeditated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties”, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on June 17.

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Defense Department: 20 Top Chinese Firms, Including Huawei, Owned by or Backed by Chinese Military

(BBC NEWS) The US Defense Department has determined that 20 top Chinese firms, including Huawei, are either owned by or backed by the Chinese military.

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Warning — Apple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying on Millions of iPhone Users

As I reported on June 23, Apple has fixed a serious problem in iOS 14, due in the fall, where apps can secretly access the clipboard on users’ devices. Once the new OS is released, users will be warned whenever an app reads the last thing copied to the clipboard. As I warned earlier this year, this is more than a theoretical risk for users, with countless apps already caught abusing their privacy in this way.

Worryingly, one of the apps caught snooping by security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk was China’s TikTok. Given other security concerns raised about the app, as well as broader worries given its Chinese origins, this became a headline issue. At the time, TikTok owner Bytedance told me the problem related to the use of an outdated Google advertising SDK that was being replaced.

Well, maybe not. With the release of the new clipboard warning in the beta version of iOS 14, now with developers, TikTok seems to have been caught abusing the clipboard in a quite extraordinary way. So it seems that TikTok didn’t stop this invasive practice back in April as promised after all.

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Bizarre Moment Journalist for Chinese State-Owned Media Sparks a Scuffle at Australian Prime Minister’s Press Conference Before Mysteriously Disappearing

Tensions flared in the prime minister’s courtyard when Bai Xu, the chief of Xinhua New’s Canberra bureau, became angry that a SBS cameraman was filming her.

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Great-Granddaughter of Australia’s First Prime Minister Supports Calls to Have His ‘Deeply Racist’ Statue Torn Down From an Indigenous Burial Site

Anne Barton has thrown her support to remove the statue of Sir Edmund Barton placed at an Indigenous burial site in Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of NSW.

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Inside the Operation to Save Victoria From a Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19 as the State Suffers From Soaring Infection Rates, Panic Buying, Football Drama and Soldiers at Their Front Doors

Victorians will go into the weekend unsure of what lies ahead following another shocking week of COVID-19 chaos.

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Labor MP is Questioned by Federal Agents Who Raided His Home Amid Claims Chinese Agents Have Infiltrated His Office — After He Praised Beijing’s ‘Decisive’ Handling of Coronavirus Crisis

Federal agents have raided the Sydney home of an MP amid an investigation into Chinese influence over Australian politics.

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Man Reels in ‘Freak’ 22-Kilogram Red Emperor Off Queensland Coast — and Reveals Why He Won’t be Eating the Fish

Ed Falconer, a charter operator, was fishing off Rainbow Beach in south-east Queensland earlier this week when he hooked the beast.

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One Third of People Quarantined in Victoria Refuse to be Tested for Coronavirus as State Suffers Through Spike in Infections

Victoria recorded another 30 positive cases of coronavirus on Friday.

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Residents Living in Melbourne Coronavirus Hotspots Say They Will Ignore Social Distancing Advice and Continue to Kiss and Hug People Despite Huge Outbreak

Residents in a hotspot of Melbourne’s surge in of COVID-19 cases say they will disregard social distancing guidelines despite a massive testing blitz in the Victorian capital.

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‘Allah Akbar’ Nunchuck Migrant Attacks Italian Police

Italian police arrested a 29-year-old Egyptian national after the migrant attacked the officers while armed with Japanese-style nunchucks and yelling “Allah hu Akbar”.

The incident took place after the Egyptian national initially threatened municipal workers in the town of Fiumicino just outside of Rome on Tuesday. The man came to the office with his dog. He is said to have reached into his bag and pulled out a pair of nunchucks and other weapons to threaten officials.

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Cyprus Launches Probe Into Claims of Child Sexual Assault at Migrant Camp

The government of Cyprus is launching an investigation into allegations of the sexual assault of underage girls at a migrant centre.

The investigation comes after a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) official made the allegations. The UNHCR officer also revealed that the Cypriot government had not separated boys and girls from adult migrants and that they were only kept apart from adults in the showers by a curtain.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Admin Can’t Use Military Funds for Border Wall

A federal appeals court on Friday determined that the Trump administration does not have the authority to use military funds to pay for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Hero Policeman David Whyte, 42, Fights for His Life After Trying to Tackle Knifeman Asylum Seeker Who Stabbed Six at Glasgow Hotel Before Being Shot Dead — Days After Complaining He Was ‘Very Hungry’ Amid ‘Poor’ Conditions

Asylum seekers living in the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street had demonstrated against ‘poor conditions’ before the attacker, from Sudan, just ‘went mad and attacked people around him’.

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Human Trafficker, 27, Admits Helping to Smuggle 39 Vietnamese Migrants Into UK Before They Died in the Back of a Refrigerated Lorry

A human trafficker has admitted he helped smuggle 39 Vietnamese migrants in the UK before they died in the back of a refrigerated lorry.

Alexandru Hanga, 27, today accepted he was part of an international gang ferrying migrants into Britain.

Appearing in the dock at the Old Bailey Hunga admitted one count of conspiring to commit unlawful immigration and is now awaiting sentencing.

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Scotland: Sky News: ‘Desperate’ Migrants in Glasgow Stabbing Hotel Unhappy With ‘Limited Wifi’, ‘Poor’ Food

Sky News reporter James Matthews said that asylum seekers staying at a Glasgow hotel where multiple people including a police officer have been stabbed were unhappy with the “limited WiFi” and “the quality of food”.

Matthews, the Scotland Bureau Chief at Sky News, said he had spoken to an asylum seeker “who was in the [Park Inn Hotel] when this incident took place” and that “he’s told me about limited WiFi which made it difficult to get in touch with relatives back home, the quality of food was very poor, there was little to no money given to the asylum seekers” — leading to “a great degree of unhappiness”.

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Senator Lindsey Graham Rips President Trump Again for Visa Ban — Claims it Has a Negative Impact on the Economy

A month ago in May, nine US Republican Senators wrote President Donald Trump telling him not to restrict work visas for foreigners.

Lindsey Graham was one of nine RINOs who wanted to bring in more foreign workers when there millions of Americans out of work due to the impact of the China coronavirus.

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Suspect Shot Dead, Six Injured Including Police Officer Injured at Glasgow Asylum Seeker Hostel Stabbing

Police shot dead a man suspected of stabbing several people in a Glasgow hotel reportedly being used for asylum seeker accommodation on Friday afternoon.

The incident took place after 1300 in central Glasgow and saw one man killed by a police officer and six individuals, including a police officer, stabbed The incident appears to surround the city’s Park Inn Hotel, with injured individuals carried out of the hotel on stretchers. Police are not treating the attack as terrorism-related.

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UK: Migrants Detained After Landing on Kent Beaches

More than 20 migrants have been detained after landing in two boats on Kent beaches, the Home Office says.

Another boat was also intercepted on Thursday in the Channel, with 13 men and one woman on board saying they were Syrian and Iraqi.

Eight people were were detained by Border Force officers after landing at Kingsdown at about 07:30 BST.

Two women and 13 men who had landed on the beach at Abbotscliffe at about 09:30 were also detained.

All 37 migrants were taken to Home Office facilities in Dover and Folkestone.

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UNM Lost Nearly $50 Million From COVID-19, Still Gave $100k to Illegal Immigrants

The University of New Mexico is providing illegal immigrant students with economic aid after discovering they are ineligible for federal aid through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Recovery (CARES) Act, despite announcing in May that the coronavirus pandemic cost it nearly $50 million in lost revenue.

After receiving $17.2 million in federal aid to help offset some of its losses, $8.6 million of which is required to be distributed directly to students as a form of economic stimulus, the school has also claimed to devote more than $100,000 for illegal immigrant students.

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As Social Media Censorship Increases, Parler is Having a Moment

Social app Parler has hit number one in the News Section of the App Store. The increase in social media censorship is partly responsible for the increase in downloads of the app, a social media platform that promises to uphold free speech.

In French, Parler means “to speak.” It is a social networking service, and microblogging platform (like Twitter) launched in 2018 by John Matze. Matze could not contain his excitement on his app’s achievement. He posted a screenshot of the charts and declared it a victory over “tech tyrants,” obviously referring to Twitter and Facebook.

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Facebook Whistleblower: Interference ‘On a Global Level in Elections’

Another whistleblower at Facebook has revealed that its culture and policies are lined up to throw elections in the direction they choose, throwing all non-leftists out of the political process. At a very minimum, this is Sedition.

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Facebook to Introduce Notifications on Coronavirus Articles That Direct Users to “Authoritative” Content

With over 2 billion users, Facebook’s control over the flow of online information is vast and amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company has made several changes that ensure users are directed to mainstream media outlets and health authorities instead of independent outlets that welcome debate and discussion on the topic.

Now Facebook has announced another change that will funnel users to these sources via a new notification screen which will appear whenever they attempt to share articles about the coronavirus.

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Facebook Bows to Pressure to Censor More “Hate Speech” But the ADL Insist it’s Still “Not Enough”

After facing a mass ad boycott in response to the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign which was launched by the controversial non-profit the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and several other groups, Facebook has bowed to the pressure and announced changes to its policies.

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Jeffrey Epstein Celebrates Gay Pride From the Grave

The latest and best Jeffrey Epstein book, A Convenient Death, by Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper, strongly suggests that Epstein was a mastermind of a pedophile network serving the rich and powerful that involved gay blackmail, similar to the Lavender Mafia in the Roman Catholic Church that protects and rewards pedophile and predator priests.

This new book provides the circumstantial evidence that Epstein’s deepest and darkest secret was that he was a practicing homosexual and that, as sick as this may sound, his entourage of young girls provided a cover story that actually made him seem “respectable” to the movers and shakers in New York and Washington, D.C. Billionaires like Bill Gates associated with Epstein after he was convicted of sex crimes.

He may have been bisexual, but the book makes it clear that homosexuality, blackmail, and extortion were behind his initial acquisition of wealth and power. Later, Epstein used the young girls to provide blackmail material on other elites.

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PayPal, Pepsi, BMW, HP, Doritos and More Corporations Join Facebook Boycott Unless Facebook Censor More

There’s currently a campaign out there, hashtagged, “Stop hate for profit.”

(And, by the way, good luck stopping anything for profit.)

To make things worse, this campaign looks like a list of corporations hoping to maximize their business by being on the right bandwagon at this particular junction in US history — while at the same time taking aim at a much bigger and more powerful member of their own club — Facebook.

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Stop Pandering to Leftists’ Systemic Racism “Big Lie”

Fake news media and Democrats repeatedly use the bullying tactic dictating what everyone must say and think about an issue. Anyone who dares to go against their narrative is high-tech burned at the stake in the public square. Here are a few examples of the growing long list of topics we are not allowed to tell the truth about.

People have been fired for stating the scientific fact that a man cannot transform into a woman. A broadcaster was fired for stating the biblical truth that “all lives matter”.

Leftists’ latest “Big Lie” that we don’t dare reject is America is irreversibly infected with “systemic racism.” Sadly and frustratingly, Christian broadcasters, corporations, and politicians are on their knees, bombarding us with TV commercials pledging to fix the cruelty blacks are suffering at the hands of racist white America. Their cowardly surrender to the “Big Lie” turns my stomach!

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Tech Censorship: VDare.com Today, Newswithviews Tomorrow?

The big tech companies support leftism and globalism. They don’t like dissidents reaching Americans with their views. And so they are moving to shut down dissent.

It doesn’t all happen at once. But by brandishing the banners of tolerance, multiculturalism, “anti-racism”, “hate speech”, etc. they can squeeze us out eventually.

One of the best sources on the Internet for news and analysis on immigration and related topics Is VDARE.COM, which has been in existence for twenty years.

VDARE.COM was founded by Peter Brimelow, who used to write for National Review but was kicked off for posing too many questions about immigration policy. Can’t have that…

Now, VDARE.COM’s domain name registrar (Network Solutions) is terminating the website’s account. Network Solutions gave VDARE.COM just ten days notice.

Its only stated reasons were supposed violations of its “Acceptable Use Policy” and this cryptic statement “we consider your continued use of our services a serious issue and risk to our business and corporate reputation”.

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/26/2020

  1. There is a price to pay for being consciously unconscious. It’s hard to believe that these primitive racist killers can knock on any EU door – and walk right in. The ladies left (sic) in Bruxelles it seems like to see. “….the whites of their eyes”.

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