Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/30/2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $1 billion cut in the city’s police budget. However, Rep. Alexandria Occasional Cortex was not satisfied, and thinks the reduction is insufficient.

In coronanews, an expert on viruses in the UK said that wearing face masks should be made mandatory.

In other news, residents of the Italian island of Lampedusa voted overwhelmingly in a local referendum to close down the island’s migrant reception center.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Airbus to Cut 15,000 Jobs as No Recovery Expected Until 2023
» Dow Caps Off Best Quarter Since 1987 as Strong Economic Data Drives Gains
» Italy: Tension Between PD and M5S Over Whether to Use ESM
» Now: The World’s Ruling Class Puppets Start Pushing the Great Reset
» Under This New Law, Cryptocurrency Could Become Illegal
» Unemployment in Israel Rises to 21% After Lockdown
 
USA
» “Blah-Blah-Blah…” — Hateful Black Lives Matter Protester Mocks, Interrupts Catholics in Prayer at St. Louis Statue (Video)
» After Two Confirmed Murders in Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP, SDOT Crews Remove Barricades With Heavy Machinery — Defiant Squatters Rebuild Barriers (Video)
» AMC Shifts Reopening to July 30 as Hollywood Pushes Back Blockbusters
» Anarchists and Trump’s Reelection
» AOC: $1 Billion NYPD Budget Cut “Is Not a Victory”
» BBQ Restaurant Cancels Catering Job With “Back the Blue” Police Supporters After Leftists Threaten to Burn Down Their Business
» Biden Holds Low Energy ‘Campaign Event’ In Delaware, Addresses a Handful of People Sitting in ‘Social Distancing Circles’
» Biden Tells Donors He Plans to Roll Back Most of Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Tax Cuts
» Black Lives Matter Chapter Co-Founder Called White People ‘Defects’
» Black Lives Matter Protester Trying to Block Car Carrying Iowa Governor “Shocked” When Hit as Car Driven Right Through Him
» BLM Protesters Pull Out Ak47 Rifle, Curse and Scream at Local Ksdk Reporter During Mob Action at Mayor Krewson’s Home (Video)
» CHOP Zone Mob Holds Rally at Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Home After She Pulls Support for Deadly Squatters’ Camp
» Cinemark to Reopen Movie Theaters, Pizza Continues to Sell
» College Student Will Face Terrorist Threat Charges Over “Snowflakes” Snapchat Post, After Dismissal Rejected
» Coronavirus Cases vs Fatalities: “Why the Next 6 Days Will be Crucial”
» Crooked Soros-Backed State’s Attorney Kim Foxx From Jesse Smollett Fame Now Reportedly Going to Drop Charges on Chicago Curfew Violators
» Democrats Delete Tweet Calling Trump 4th of July Celebration a “Rally Glorifying White Supremacy at Mount Rushmore”
» Desperate Democrats Introduce Resolution to Impeach AG Bill Barr
» Disgusting NeverTrump RINO Opens Hearing With Dr. Fauci by Calling on Trump to Wear a Mask
» Exclusive: Neanderthal ‘Minibrains’ Grown in Dish
» Federal Agents Take Toledo City Council Members Into Custody Amid Bribery Probe
» Flashback: Texas Judge Warns New COVID-19 Guidelines Could “Artificially Increase” Case Totals
» ‘Free Speech Social Network’ Parler Reportedly Bans America First Conservatives and Democrats
» Herd Immunity for COVID-19 May be Closer Than it Seems, New Model Shows
» Hidden Funds Lead to Massive Layoffs at Health Department
» Huge COVID Case-Counting Deception at the CDC
» Huge: Per His Lawyer — General Flynn Was Targeted Because “He Knew About the Billions Brennan and Company Were Running Off the Books”
» Independent Journalist Tours the Cities Destroyed by Black Lives Matter Rioters
» L.A. County Sheriff Says He Will Not Enforce Countywide Beach Closure Over Fourth of July Weekend
» Michelle Obama Cheers Princeton, Her Alma Mater, For Canceling Woodrow Wilson
» Nancy Pelosi Begs the CDC to Implement a Nationwide Face Mask Mandate
» New Poll Finds 38 Percent of Voters Believe Joe Biden Has Dementia — Even 20 Percent of Democrats
» Newsom to Roll Back Reopenings, Enact Stricter COVID-19 Enforcement — Says “Biggest Concern” Is Family Gatherings for 4th of July
» NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Announces $1B Cut to Police Budget
» Plannedemic Bombshell! CDC Inflating COVID Infection Rates at Least 16 Times
» Police: Man Killed in Kentucky BLM Protest Shot by Fellow Protester After Unrelated Dispute
» President of Leftist DC Think Tank Attacks St. Louis Homeowners, Says He Would ‘Beat Their Brains in’
» Rapper Lord Jamar: “Black Lives Matter is a Movement Given to us by George Soros and His F**king Boys” (Video)
» Reddit Policy Director is Recent Soros Official Who Led Charge Against Qanon
» Release the Results! Biden Claims He is “Constantly Tested” When Asked if He Has Been Tested for “Cognitive Decline” (Video)
» Seattle Police Chief Asks Why Black People Keep Dying in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ CHOP Zone
» Shock Video: BLM/Antifa Rioter Shoots Driver Trying to Pass Protest
» Social Media Earthquake as Parler Welcomes 1,000,000 New Users
» Statue Behind Protesting NBA Players and CCP Suckups Was Made in China
» Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools
» Supreme Court Approves the Resumption of Federal Executions
» Systemic Racism Inherent in Democrats’ DNA
» Texas Bar Owner Organizes “Bar Lives Matter” Concert in Protest of Gov. Abbott’s Order to Reimpose Restrictions
» ‘The Next Thing I Know I Was Coming to. They Actually Knocked Me Out” — Catholic Victim Speaks Out After Brutal Beating by Leftist With Brass Knuckles at St. Louis Statue
» The Tulsa Rally and the Trump 2020 Campaign — Getting Things Right
» Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active
» Utah Driver Shot by Antifa Terrorist as He Tries to Flee Swarming Black Lives Matter Mob (Video)
» Video: Rand Paul Slams Fauci for Failed ‘Central Planning’ Approach to Pandemic Response
» Video: BLM Protesters Mob, Shoot at Vehicle That Refuses to Stop
» Video: Man Chokes, Robs 64-Year-Old Woman in Broad Daylight in Manhattan
» Watch: BLM Protesters Invade D.C. Restaurant While Yelling Annoying Scripted Slogans (Video)
» What is Wrong With Old Joe? Despite Looking at His Notes, Biden Forgets the Name of His Hometown Newspaper! (Video)
» Will Judge Amy Berman Jackson Succeed in Giving Roger Stone Death Penalty?
» Woman in Los Angeles Trolls CNN Live on Air With Sign That Says “Fake News” (Video)
 
Canada
» P.E.I. Police Seized Numerous Firearms From Cabin With ISIS Graffiti
 
Europe and the EU
» BBC Claims That the British Countryside is Racist
» COVID: The Silence of Germany
» Czech Government Says the EP is Interfering in Its Affairs Over PM Babis Criticism
» Denmark: Prosecutor in Copenhagen Tax Office Bombing Case Labels Incident Terrorism
» ‘Europe Uncensored’ To Feature Prime Ministers Orban and Jansa, President Vucic
» European Union Leaves U.S. Off Travel “Safe List, “ Prohibits Non-Essential Trips to America
» Former Slovak President Withdraws From Politics
» Former Slovak PM Forms a New Political Party
» French Journalist: Marxist-Islamist Coalition Waging War on Western Civilization
» Italy: FI Calls for Inquiry After Berlusconi ‘Plot’ Report
» Majority of People Are Already Resistant to SARS-Cov-2
» Make Masks Compulsory in Public in UK, Says Virus Expert
» Poland’s “Safe Elections” See Record Turnout Despite Pandemic
» Poland Has Ambitious Plans for Its Visegrad Four Presidency
» UK: Court Hears Reading Stabbing Suspect Allegedly Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ Before Attack
» UK: Downing Street Pushes for September Deadline for EU Trade Deal
» UK: Establishment Back Tracking Begins: Labour Leader Who Took a Knee Claims He Doesn’t Support BLM
» UK: Green Party Councillor Confesses to Dickens Racist Graffiti
» UK: Khan’s London: Met Police Hiring ‘Racism Spotters’ To Examine Prospective Officers
 
North Africa
» Egypt Jails Reporters and Bloggers Who Publish COVID Information That Disputes Government Sources
» The Syrian Mercenary Battleground in Libya
 
Russia
» ISIS Terror Plot Foiled in Vladikavkaz
» Putin Set to Get His New Constitution. But Russians Ask, ‘Why Now?’
» Russian Anti-Terror Chief: Jihadis Are Intentionally Spreading Coronavirus
 
South Asia
» An Intrusive Killer Scorpion Points the Way to Six New Species in Sri Lanka
 
Far East
» 83 Tons of Fake Gold Bars: Gold Market Rocked by Massive China Counterfeiting Scandal
» China Passed Controversial Hong Kong Security Law
» Chinese Bank Got Two Western Companies to Install Tax Software That Has Secret Backdoor, Researchers Say
» Teacher Mei Duo Bypassed Censorship and Posted to Facebook From Tibet in 2016. She Hasn’t Been Seen Since.
» Tokyo Court Rules Twitter Doesn’t Need to Delete Information on Citizens’ Criminal History
 
Australia — Pacific
» 36 Melbourne Suburbs Go Back Into Strict Lockdown for Four Weeks — With Cops to Enforce Rules With Heavy Fines and Booze Bus-Style Road Checks — as the Premier Bans All Flights to the City
» Distraught Girlfriend of 20-Year-Old Stabbed to Death on the Way Home From the Gym Breaks Down in Tears Amid Fears Melbourne Gang Violence is Spiraling Into an All-Out War
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» June Tally: 31 Farm Attacks and 3 Murdered White Farmers in South Africa
 
Immigration
» France: Arrests After Five Migrants Found on Fishing Boat
» Illegal Migrants Detained on Czech Motorway
» Italian Island Locals Vote to End Migrant Landings
» Kazakh Migrant Arrested After Stealing €50,000 of Items From Greek Churches
 
Culture Wars
» “Racist” TikTok Video Gets Student Expelled From Hardin-Simmons University
» Americans See Divorce, Fornication, Gay Relations as More Morally Acceptable Than Wearing Fur: Gallup
» Chicago: Independence Day Fireworks Cancelled, But Gay Pride ‘Protest’ For Black Trans Lives Goes Ahead
» JK Rowling Says She Has Received Thousands of Emails of Concern Over ‘Aims and Methods of Trans Activism’
» Largest Lutheran Denomination in U.S. Issues New Guide Arguing Bible Supports Full “LGBTQIA+” Inclusion
» Media Pushing Pig Virus as Potential ‘Next Pandemic’
» Mother Who Defied Doctors’ Advice to Abort Gives Birth to Healthy Baby
» The Corporate Thought Police
 

Airbus to Cut 15,000 Jobs as No Recovery Expected Until 2023

Update (13:48ET): Airbus has just announced it will slash 15,000 workers across its entire global workforce and doesn’t expect a recovery in air travel until 2023.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dow Caps Off Best Quarter Since 1987 as Strong Economic Data Drives Gains

US stocks rose on Tuesday as better-than-expected economic data outweighed mounting concern over a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

The Dow Jones industrial average’s 18% gain in the three-month period from April through June marked the index’s best quarterly return since 1987. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 saw its best gain since 1998 during the period, while the Nasdaq capped off its best quarter since 2001.

Equities got a lift from data showing US consumer confidence jumped in June by the most since 2011, exceeding consensus economist forecasts.

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

Italy: Tension Between PD and M5S Over Whether to Use ESM

Can examine pros and cons when time is right says Gualtieri

(ANSA) — ROME, JUN 30 — There is tension between the two biggest parties supporting Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government, the 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD), over whether Italy should apply for funding from the European Stability Mechanism in the wake of the coronavirus emergency.

The PD is in favour of taking up the option to obtain dozens of billions of euros from the bailout fund at zero interest.

But the M5S is against this, fearful that use of the fund could come with strings attached, even though the EU says there will not be any as long as the money is used for health spending.

Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri, a PD member, has been trying to mediate.

“We can examine all the pro and cons with the M5S experts when the time is right,” he said.

In an interview with Tuesday’s edition of La Stampa, meanwhile, Foreign Minister and M5S heavyweight Luigi Di Maio called for a “profound fiscal reform starting from (income tax) IRPEF”.

Di Maio also said that any reform would not affect the ‘citizenship wage basic income that was one of the M5S’s key manifesto pledges.

On the use of the ESM, the head of the CIGL trade union, Italy’s biggest and most leftwing, Maurizio Landini, said “we cannot squander this unrepeatable opportunity.” He said “it is also an opportunity to change Europe”.

But one of the M5S’s representatives on the Lower House finance committee, Giovanni Currò , said his party’s opposition to using the bailout mechanism did not stem from “stubborn ideological positions” but from “serious economic arguments”.

Currò said “those who say the ESM is an adequate instrument, able to boost our country’s economy, cannot be more wrong.

“The ESM is an inefficient, anachronistic and potentially damaging tool”.

The centre-right opposition is also against using the ESM for fear it would put Italian taxpayers’ savings at risk, according to the leader of the largest opposition force, Matteo Salvini of the nationalist and formerly regionalist League party.

On Tuesday he urged the government to put the ESM issue to a debate in parliament “and we will see how parliament, which is sovereign, decides”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Now: The World’s Ruling Class Puppets Start Pushing the Great Reset

The New World Order is on a roll. The world’s ruling classes are now publically pushing the “Great Reset” on us. The people who got extremely wealthy following by selling out humanity to the international banking cartel are here to convince you that everything needs to reset under a NWO.

The crazy part is that some people seem pretty excited about it. They actually believe that the same criminals who have been robbing them blind while creating money out of thin air for themselves and the government are going to wipe away their debts and “allow” them to live peacefully in a home that they won’t have to pay off and those same bankers will expect nothing in return. Wake up. Central banks are the problem and the owners of them are the Zionist International Banking Cartel that is the NWO.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Under This New Law, Cryptocurrency Could Become Illegal

Over the past few months while everyone has been in mandatory isolation, cowering in fear in their homes… and over the past few weeks while the Land of the Free has been consumed with rage…

[…]a few US Senators have once again proven that chilling political adage— ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’

Exhibit A: Senate Bill 4051, the “Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act”, which was quietly introduced last week when everyone’s attention was consumed elsewhere.

First thing’s first, like all freedom-killing bills, this one has a catchy name.

The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act is LEAD for short, as in “Move over China! The Land of the Free will LEAD the way in destroying the last remaining freedoms of its citizens.”

(In that way it seems more like ‘lead’, the highly toxic metal that poisons the brain and creates severe intellectual disability.)

At its core, the LEAD Act is an encryption killer. It aims to require technology companies to build ‘back doors’ into their products to ensure that the government can remotely access your data, your device, and your life.

This is nothing short of earth shattering.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Unemployment in Israel Rises to 21% After Lockdown

Social tensions growing, nearly 800 infections in 24 hours

TEL AVIV — The Israel Employment Service said Tuesday that the country’s unemployment rate has risen to 21%, two months since the gradual reopening of the country’s economy. In February, before the coronavirus health crisis, the unemployment rate was just 3.4%. The country’s social security service said that during the lockdown, more than one million people filed for unemployment benefits. In the meantime, 400,000 people have returned to work while 670,000 still need unemployment, and social unrest is beginning to increase.

Davar said 5,000 employees in the tourism sector protested on Tuesday in Jerusalem, claiming that government aid was inadequate for the sector, which is important for the national economy and at risk of collapsing. Similar protests were previously carried out by workers in the entertainment sector and by social workers.

A finance ministry report said distance learning risks increasing social inequalities between those who have internet access at home and those who don’t.

On the coronavirus front, the situation in the country is increasingly worrisome. The number of positive cases rose on Tuesday to 24,688, an increase of 781 cases in 24 hours, according to health ministry figures. Currently 7,096 people are ill with coronavirus, compared to 5,000 one week ago. A total of 320 people have died from the virus, and 17,272 people have recovered. The relationship between positive cases and the overall number of daily tests is also growing, from 2.6% last week to 4.2% this week.

On Monday, after two days of meetings, the government approved a series of restrictions to limit contact between people as much as possible without excessively damaging the job market.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

“Blah-Blah-Blah…” — Hateful Black Lives Matter Protester Mocks, Interrupts Catholics in Prayer at St. Louis Statue (Video)

Last week The Gateway Pundit organized a prayer rally at the Statue of St. Louis on Art Hill on Saturday morning in Forest Park.

In response to our prayer rally violent leftists and Black Lives Matter organized a counter rally and smeared the Catholic Prayer rally as a KKK event.

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

After Two Confirmed Murders in Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP, SDOT Crews Remove Barricades With Heavy Machinery — Defiant Squatters Rebuild Barriers (Video)

SDOT [Seattle Department of Transportation] crews on Tuesday morning finally removed barricades from Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP with heavy machinery after two confirmed murders in the “autonomous zone.”

Seattle police showed up to CHOP just in case the protesters gave the crews any trouble.

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

AMC Shifts Reopening to July 30 as Hollywood Pushes Back Blockbusters

As Hollywood once again shifts its film calendar, AMC Theatres is pushing back its reopening date.

On Monday, the largest theater chain in the U.S., said it would now begin its phased reopening of theaters on July 30. Previously, the company had planned on starting to reopen theaters in mid-July in time for the releases of “Tenet” and “Mulan.”

However, late last week both Warner Bros. and Disney pushed their releases into August as cases of coronavirus continued to spike in parts of the U.S. “Tenet” is now expected in theaters on Aug. 12 and “Mulan” is slated to arrive on Aug. 21.

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

Anarchists and Trump’s Reelection

My stomach turns every time I hear conservatives, Republicans and Christians say we must create meaningful dialog with the protesters to discuss their grievances. The problem is their grievances are purposely rooted in the lie that my beloved country is a racist hellhole. I refuse to pander to that concept.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

AOC: $1 Billion NYPD Budget Cut “Is Not a Victory”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed budget cuts in the New York City Police Department on Tuesday, saying that the $1 billion slashed from the budget was “not a victory” and that “the fight to defund policing continues.”

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

BBQ Restaurant Cancels Catering Job With “Back the Blue” Police Supporters After Leftists Threaten to Burn Down Their Business

A Tennessee business cancelled their catering job with police supporters after threats from the left.

Shuford’s Smoke House says leftists threatened to burn down their business after the accepted an order from “Back the Blue” police supporters.

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

Biden Holds Low Energy ‘Campaign Event’ In Delaware, Addresses a Handful of People Sitting in ‘Social Distancing Circles’

Sleepy Joe Biden on Tuesday held a ‘campaign event’ in Wilmington, Delaware.

77-year-old Biden delivered remarks on the so-called “Coronavirus pandemic” and the economy.

Biden spoke to a handful of people who were seated in ‘social distancing circles.’

Biden can’t even fill a gym!

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

Biden Tells Donors He Plans to Roll Back Most of Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Tax Cuts

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told potential campaign donors on Monday that he plans to roll back a majority of President Trump’s trillion-dollar tax cuts.

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

Black Lives Matter Chapter Co-Founder Called White People ‘Defects’

Black Lives Matter leader also prayed to Allah for “strength” to not “kill” white people in a tweet.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Black Lives Matter Protester Trying to Block Car Carrying Iowa Governor “Shocked” When Hit as Car Driven Right Through Him

A Black Lives Matter protester who tried to block a vehicle carrying Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) by standing in front of it Tuesday said he was was shocked when Reynolds’ driver hit the gas instead of the brake and drove right through him. The protester, Jaylen Cavil, said he was “physically okay” after failing to block the governor.

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

BLM Protesters Pull Out Ak47 Rifle, Curse and Scream at Local Ksdk Reporter During Mob Action at Mayor Krewson’s Home (Video)

On Sunday hundreds of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters broke through a gate on Portland Place, a private street and marched down the private street to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.

The protest mob threatened local residents, painted the streets and trespassed.

But that’s not all.

The unruly mob also pulled out an AK47 rifle and started cursing and screaming at a local female reporter Justina Coronel from KSDK Channel 5.

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

CHOP Zone Mob Holds Rally at Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Home After She Pulls Support for Deadly Squatters’ Camp

Seattle leftists marched on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s home after she withdrew her support for the CHOP Zone. Durkan pulled her support for the squatters’ camp, after several shootings and at least two homicides.

City Council member Kshama Sawant, a committed socialist, joined the protest mob. Sawant opened city hall last month and allowed hundreds of BLM activists into the building to hold a rally.

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

Cinemark to Reopen Movie Theaters, Pizza Continues to Sell

MOVIE TIME: Cinemark Holdings will reopen some of its U.S. movie theaters on July 24, with additional theaters reopening in subsequent weeks.

All theaters will reopen with elevated cleaning and safety standards.

Cinemark runs 555 theaters in 41 states and 15 countries throughout South and Central America. Rival AMC is also planning to reopen some of its movie theaters next month.

DEAL DELAY: Online services Yahoo Japan and Line Corp. said Tuesday that fallout from the pandemic is causing delays that will push back their merger to later than the scheduled October date.

Z Holdings Corp., which operates Yahoo Japan, and Naver Corp. of South Korea, which owns a majority stake in Line, announced last year the merger as equal partners that will form a joint venture through a tender offer.

Sales Update:

— Papa John’s second-quarter comparable sales at domestic-company owned restaurants are up 22.6%. At North America franchised restaurants, the figure is up 29.6%.

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

College Student Will Face Terrorist Threat Charges Over “Snowflakes” Snapchat Post, After Dismissal Rejected

University students who should have their whole life ahead of them are seemingly getting steamrollered all over the place these days in the US for doing what young people tend to do — express themselves, and make real or perceived “tonal” mistakes in the process.

Some “merely” get expelled because of a post on social media — but other times, they face serious criminal charges, apparently on no solid legal grounds.

One example is 20-year-old Lake Superior State University student Lucas Gerhard, who spent 83 days in prison before being released on bond, and is now facing terrorism charges that could send him to prison for up to the next 20 years of his life.

This is because Gerhard last August posted a photo of his at-the-time newly-acquired rifle on Snapchat, while also making a reference to “snowflakes melting” because of it — and adding, “snowflakes as in snow.”

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

Coronavirus Cases vs Fatalities: “Why the Next 6 Days Will be Crucial”

With the current state of coronavirus infections in the US increasingly about political considerations (especially whether a second wave will lead to another round of shutdowns, more economic carnage, millions more unemployed and crush Trump’s re-election chances) and far less about actual epidemiology and standards of care, two ideological camps have emerged — one which tries to overstate the impact of the pandemic in the US by focusing on the recent surge in new cases in sunbelt states (while ignoring the role recent protests and riots played in said surge), and another which, in downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, has been emphasizing the increasing testing which arguably also explains the jump in confirmed covid cases while underscoring the decline in covid-linked fatalities. This divergence is shown in the chart below.

Of course, this is a simplified assessment of the current debate. For a more nuanced take we go to JPM’s Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou who over the weekend wrote that the bank sees little evidence that the virus transmission rate, the so-called R, is increasing at an alarming rate.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Crooked Soros-Backed State’s Attorney Kim Foxx From Jesse Smollett Fame Now Reportedly Going to Drop Charges on Chicago Curfew Violators

Hollywood “washed up” actor Jussie Smollett was let off by the corrupt Cook County State’s Attorney’s office last year after his vicious stunt to smear Trump supporters as homophobic, racists backfired. Now the State’s Attorney is back in the news for unreasonable acts.

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

Democrats Delete Tweet Calling Trump 4th of July Celebration a “Rally Glorifying White Supremacy at Mount Rushmore”

The Democrats tweeted a statement on President Trump’s planned 4th of July celebration at Mount Rushmore (to be held on Friday the Third) as a “rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore.” The tweet was deleted soon after it was posted Monday night.

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

Desperate Democrats Introduce Resolution to Impeach AG Bill Barr

House Dems targeting head of DOJ after disastrous attempt to impeach President Trump in February.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Disgusting NeverTrump RINO Opens Hearing With Dr. Fauci by Calling on Trump to Wear a Mask

Dr. Anthony Fauci is set to testify before the Senate COVID-19 hearing on Tuesday.

Chairman Lamar Alexander, a disgusting Never-Trumper from Tennessee, opened the hearing with Fauci by calling on President Trump to wear a mask.

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

Exclusive: Neanderthal ‘Minibrains’ Grown in Dish

Until now, researchers wanting to understand the Neanderthal brain and how it differed from our own had to study a void. The best insights into the neurology of our mysterious, extinct relatives came from analyzing the shape and volume of the spaces inside their fossilized skulls.

But a recent marriage of three hot fields—ancient DNA, the genome editor CRISPR, and “organoids” built from stem cells—offers a provocative, if very preliminary, new option. At least two research teams are engineering stem cells to include Neanderthal genes and growing them into “minibrains” that reflect the influence of that ancient DNA.

None of this work has been published, but Alysson Muotri, a geneticist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, described his group’s Neanderthal organoids for the first time this month at a UCSD conference called Imagination and Human Evolution.

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

Federal Agents Take Toledo City Council Members Into Custody Amid Bribery Probe

The FBI has arrested multiple Toledo city council members accused of taking cash in exchange for votes during what is described in court records as a years-long, sweeping bribery scandal involving some of the city’s highest elected officials.

City council members Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes, and Gary Johnson are all charged in federal court with accepting bribe payments for official acts and extortion, according to criminal complaints filed Tuesday. Keith Mitchell, an attorney who is accused of funneling bribes to Ms. Harper, also faces bribery and extortion charges. Ms. Harper is charged as well with interstate communications with intent to extort.

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

Flashback: Texas Judge Warns New COVID-19 Guidelines Could “Artificially Increase” Case Totals

Very nature of the “probable” case definition has the potential to cause a spike in the number of cases, he warned in May

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Free Speech Social Network’ Parler Reportedly Bans America First Conservatives and Democrats

Parler, which describes itself as a “free speech social network,” has reportedly began banning America First conservatives and Democrats, despite their supposed anti-censorship mission statement.

Founded in 2018, Parler bills itself as a “non-biased, free speech driven entity,” with their goal being to “offer the world a platform that protects user’s rights, supports publishers and builds online communities”:

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

Herd Immunity for COVID-19 May be Closer Than it Seems, New Model Shows

We might be closer to herd immunity on COVID-19 than we think, a new model has found.

In herd immunity, enough people become infected with (and cured from) a virus, building antibodies that mean, at least for a while, they cannot catch the virus again. When enough people are included in that herd, the virus has few places to go and often dies off, or at least is greatly reduced.

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

Hidden Funds Lead to Massive Layoffs at Health Department

A concerning proportion of scientists — so far 54 in all — have been fired or resigned due to an investigation by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is looking into the researchers’ undisclosed ties to foreign institutions.

While Charles Lieber, the former head of Harvard’s chemistry department, is one of the highest profile names in the investigation, NIH has been investigating a total of 189 scientists from 87 institutions.

Among them, 93% received undisclosed support from China, and many had active NIH grants while accepting foreign grants that were not disclosed. About 75% of those being investigated had received an active NIH grant, and close to half had at least two of them. In all, 285 active grants totaling $164 million were counted among those being investigated.

NIH director Francis Collins described the information as “sobering,” noting, “It’s not what we had hoped, and it’s not a fun task.”

70% of Researchers Did Not Disclose Foreign Grants

In an astonishing glimpse into what appears to be a covert recruitment program, 133, or 70%, of the researchers being investigated did not disclose to the NIH that they had received foreign grants. More than half (54%) also did not disclose their participation in a foreign talent program, while 9% hid ties to a foreign company and 4% did not disclose a foreign patent.

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Huge COVID Case-Counting Deception at the CDC

Agency mixes flu and other disease diagnoses into coronavirus category.

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Huge: Per His Lawyer — General Flynn Was Targeted Because “He Knew About the Billions Brennan and Company Were Running Off the Books”

General Michael Flynn had to be removed. He knew too much. He had to be shut down and silenced. He was the primary Deep State target.

Sidney Powell was on the Vicki McKenna radio show and she dropped another bomb. Per a report from Lifezette, General Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell shared the following:

“He was going to audit the intel agencies because he knew about the billions Brennan and company were running off the books,” Powell said, referring to former CIA Director John Brennan.

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Independent Journalist Tours the Cities Destroyed by Black Lives Matter Rioters

Independent journalist Michael Tracey has been traveling the country over the past few weeks to try and capture the wholesale destruction caused by the Black Lives Matter riots which he suspects the media is refusing to cover because they don’t want to be perceived as “discrediting the movement.”

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L.A. County Sheriff Says He Will Not Enforce Countywide Beach Closure Over Fourth of July Weekend

The Los Angeles county sheriff has announced his department has no plans to enforce the county’s health department order to close all beaches over the Fourth of July weekend.

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Michelle Obama Cheers Princeton, Her Alma Mater, For Canceling Woodrow Wilson

Former First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated Princeton University for its decision to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school.

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Nancy Pelosi Begs the CDC to Implement a Nationwide Face Mask Mandate

Infamous tyrant Nancy Pelosi is begging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mandate the wearing of face masks. Using the fear-mongering techniques, Pelosi thinks that others have the right to tell you what you will do. This is all predictive programming and getting us accustomed to the rules of the New World Order.

Basically, if you don’t accept what the totalitarian Zionist International Banking Cartel will be shoving down your throat, you won’t be able to work, buy, sell, or go to school. Nancy Pelosi is getting Americans ready for this future by trying to force everyone to wear face masks or be forbidden from doing anything. This is predictive programming. This way, the elitists can roll out the NWO and since everyone is accustomed to compliance with these moronic rules they will willingly accept the vaccine, the one world religion, one-world government, and get on the train without question.

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New Poll Finds 38 Percent of Voters Believe Joe Biden Has Dementia — Even 20 Percent of Democrats

Joe Biden is not the man he used to be.

This is obvious to anyone who watches him try to string a sentence together these days.

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Newsom to Roll Back Reopenings, Enact Stricter COVID-19 Enforcement — Says “Biggest Concern” Is Family Gatherings for 4th of July

The tyrants have pivoted back to Coronavirus fear porn now that the George Floyd riots have calmed down.

The new hoax coming out of the Democrat-media complex is the ‘surge’ in Coronavirus cases.

The tyrants have pivoted back to Coronavirus fear porn now that the George Floyd riots have calmed down.

The new hoax coming out of the Democrat-media complex is the ‘surge’ in Coronavirus cases.

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Announces $1B Cut to Police Budget

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his proposal to slash $1 billion from the New York Police Department’s annual $6 billion budget. The plan is in line with the cuts requested by city council officials.

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Plannedemic Bombshell! CDC Inflating COVID Infection Rates at Least 16 Times

Federal order counts probable cases as confirmed.

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Police: Man Killed in Kentucky BLM Protest Shot by Fellow Protester After Unrelated Dispute

Police say a pro-Black Lives Matter photographer was fatally shot while protesting by a fellow Black Lives Matter protester in Louisville, Kentucky, after the man reportedly had an unrelated dispute with someone else at the protest that led him to leave and return with a gun.

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President of Leftist DC Think Tank Attacks St. Louis Homeowners, Says He Would ‘Beat Their Brains in’

Jerry Taylor, president and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, threatened a couple brandishing guns at protesters outside a St. Louis home.

“If I were in that march, and these racist lunatics were waiving guns at me, I’d like to think I’d rush them and beat their brains in. And I wouldn’t apologize for it for one goddam second,” he wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

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Rapper Lord Jamar: “Black Lives Matter is a Movement Given to us by George Soros and His F**king Boys” (Video)

Rapper Lord Jamar is speaking out on the Black Lives Matter movement and he is not buying the bullsh*t.

Lord Jamar says he doesn’t support Black Lives Matter because it “isn’t our movement.”

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Reddit Policy Director is Recent Soros Official Who Led Charge Against Qanon

The current director of policy at Reddit, Jessica Ashooh, arrived at the tech platform from her post at the George Soros-funded left-wing globalist agitation group The Atlantic Council. Ashooh’s Soros ties are especially relevant in light of Reddit’s mass purge of subreddits that supposedly promote “hate,” including The Donald subreddit, which traditionally was the main platform for Trump supporters on the site.

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Release the Results! Biden Claims He is “Constantly Tested” When Asked if He Has Been Tested for “Cognitive Decline” (Video)

Sleepy Joe Biden on Tuesday held a ‘campaign event’ in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden revealed the entire event was staged — all the questions were pre-planned!

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Seattle Police Chief Asks Why Black People Keep Dying in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ CHOP Zone

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best asked why two African-Americans were dead at a place that “clamed to be working for Black Lives Matter” after a 16-year-old teenager was killed inside the CHOP police-free zone.

Despite organizers urging occupiers to abandon the CHOP zone last week, it still remains very much active and as crime-ridden as ever.

A 19-year-old man was shot dead and another wounded during an incident in the area two weekends ago.

That was followed by a similar incident in the early hours of Monday which left a 16-year-old dead and a 14-year-old critically wounded.

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Shock Video: BLM/Antifa Rioter Shoots Driver Trying to Pass Protest

This is what the far-left means by ‘justice’ and ‘equality.’

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Social Media Earthquake as Parler Welcomes 1,000,000 New Users

The Western Journal reports that there has been a breakthrough in the hammerlock Facebook, Twitter and other Big Tech social media have had on the population. For the last few years, these big networks had become creeping censors, eliminating well-known but more “fringe-y” conservatives and their news sites from mainstream sharing and distribution. Now, with Twitter and Google’s recent bans (or warnings) again quite prominent conservative or alternate news sites like ZeroHedge, the Federalist, and Carpe Donktum, it appears that a tipping point has been reached, with alternate social media Parler picking up one million new users in only about one week.

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Statue Behind Protesting NBA Players and CCP Suckups Was Made in China

Several members of the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics took pictures at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during their Juneteenth celebrations.

Members of the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics basketball teams rally at the MLK Memorial to support Black Lives Matter and to mark the liberation of slavery on June 19, 2020 in Washington, DC . Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general read orders in Galveston, Texas stating all enslaved people in Texas were free according to federal law.

The Martin Luther King statue in the photo was made in China.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a ban on taxpayer dollars being used to fund religious schools, in a significant win for the school choice movement.

The 5-4 ruling was authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, who, the previous day, parted ways with the high court’s conservatives and joined the court’s liberals in striking down abortion restrictions.

In Tuesday’s ruling, the court struck down a Montana constitutional provision banning state aid to religious schools, deciding that states cannot exclude religious institutions from programs benefiting secular private schools.

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Supreme Court Approves the Resumption of Federal Executions

After a nearly 20-year pause, the federal government is now free to resume executions of capital offenders after the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of four death row inmates guilty of murdering children. The high court’s refusal to take up the case leaves in place a lower court ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that gave the green light to the Trump administration’s plans to restart the executions.

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Systemic Racism Inherent in Democrats’ DNA

If the upcoming presidential election on November 3, 2020, were not so serious, it would be downright hilarious just watching the Democrats twist themselves into pretzels in their efforts to project onto President Trump their own lengthy and shameful record of racism…

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Texas Bar Owner Organizes “Bar Lives Matter” Concert in Protest of Gov. Abbott’s Order to Reimpose Restrictions

A Texas bar owner organized a “Bar Lives Matter” concert over the weekend in protest of Gov. Greg Abbott’s reimposed restrictions on bars due to the rising coronavirus cases in the state.

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‘The Next Thing I Know I Was Coming to. They Actually Knocked Me Out” — Catholic Victim Speaks Out After Brutal Beating by Leftist With Brass Knuckles at St. Louis Statue

Last week The Gateway Pundit organized a prayer rally at the Statue of St. Louis on Art Hill on Saturday morning in Forest Park.

In response to our prayer rally violent leftists and Black Lives Matter organized a counter rally and smeared the Catholic Prayer rally as a KKK event.

We have covered the rally extensively here at The Gateway Pundit. Several priests were at the St. Louis Statue. Several Catholics were at the statue. And dozens of violent leftists and Black Lives Matter activists showed up to disrupt and hurl profanities at the Catholics and Christians assembled at the statue of St. Louis.

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The Tulsa Rally and the Trump 2020 Campaign — Getting Things Right

Trump needs to dismiss or transfer a number of his officials, who are sabotaging his policies. But the time is short, with the election only months away. The big priority now is to get control of the rioting and speak clearly to the public about it, showing them why he, and not Biden, is the Law and Order candidate.

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Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

You may soon be living in a world where your personal health data — including results from COVID-19 testing and data proving whether or not you’ve received certain vaccines — must be shared and authenticated before you’re able to enter a sports arena, travel by air or even enter your workplace.

The technology behind such innovations, which many are calling a threat to civil liberties and privacy, is already available to the general public in the App Store and Google Play via Civic Technologies’ Civic Wallet. Civic Technologies, which bills itself as a “leading innovator in digital identity solutions,” released its “Civic Wallet” app June 16, 2020. Previously it was only available in private beta mode.

In addition to offering a way for users to send and receive digital currency, including bitcoin, ethereum, CVC and USDC, which are U.S. dollars converted to assets on the ethereum blockchain, Civic Wallet will also offer proof-of-health verifications via its so-called Health Key…

Vinny Lingham, Civic’s co-founder and CEO, told Forbes, “You don’t have to transmit your name, or anything like that … So you can walk into a stadium anonymously like you do today, but just prove that as you walk through the gates that you’d been vaccinated.”

As for those who may feel that having to “prove” they’ve been vaccinated to enter a stadium or other facility is a violation of their privacy and right to informed consent, Lingham stated, “If you’re part of a society where the majority of the people want everyone to be vaccinated, and you don’t want to be part of that society change countries, move somewhere else.”…

Meanwhile, as Civic Technologies quietly released an app to track your vaccination status, the Virginia legislature passed H.B.1090 earlier in 2020, which amended a law requiring children attending day care and public and private schools in the state to receive vaccines.

The bill proposed that children enrolled in Virginia day care or schools automatically be required to receive all vaccines recommended by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as a condition for getting a school education.

The final bill gives the Virginia Board of Health the legal authority to add any vaccines recommended by ACIP, except for the annual influenza vaccination, to the list of vaccines required for children to attend school without holding public hearings or a vote by elected state legislators.

In so doing, Virginia citizens have been blocked from participating in the vaccine law-making process and legislators have turned over their law-making authority to unelected members of the board of health and a federal advisory committee…

What’s more, in a legislative committee public hearing on the proposed law that was held January 21, 2020, no time restrictions were placed on those speaking in favor of the bill, but a 10-minute cap — total — was placed on those speaking in opposition. This meant the majority of those waiting to testify in opposition were prevented from speaking, blocking their right to participate in the democratic law-making process.

The same pattern occurred again when the bill moved to the House Appropriations Subcommittee, with no time limit place for those in favor of the bill and a 10-minute cap placed on those speaking against it. The bill’s passing is even more concerning in light of the current race to develop COVID-19 vaccines, which are being fast-tracked and will likely be mandated despite legitimate concerns about potential risks and concerns about effectiveness.

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Utah Driver Shot by Antifa Terrorist as He Tries to Flee Swarming Black Lives Matter Mob (Video)

A man in Provo, Utah was shot by an Antifa terrorist Monday night as he tried to escape a Black Lives Matter protest mob that had taken over an intersection and swarmed his vehicle. The driver reportedly received a non-life threatening wound.

Video taken of the shooting appears to show a masked white man firing at the driver from the passenger side of a white SUV as the driver is trying to drive thorough a mob that is blocking and surrounding the vehicle. At least two gunshots can be heard on the video.

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Video: Rand Paul Slams Fauci for Failed ‘Central Planning’ Approach to Pandemic Response

‘It is a fatal conceit to believe any one person or small group of people has knowledge necessary to direct an economy or dictate public health behavior,’ he says.

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Video: BLM Protesters Mob, Shoot at Vehicle That Refuses to Stop

A vehicle attempted to drive through Black Lives Matter protest blocking the street on Monday in Provo, Utah and was shot at as they slowly moved through the crowd.

Video uploaded to Twitter shows a vehicle be quickly surrounded by rioters as the driver attempts to make their way through a Black Lives Matter protest. As the vehicle slows down to make its way through the mob of people, gunshots are heard as the mob continues attempting to stop the progress of the vehicle.

Immediately after the shots are fired, the vehicle quickly begins speeding through the crowd, even as more members of the mob attempt to throw themselves in front of the vehicle.

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Video: Man Chokes, Robs 64-Year-Old Woman in Broad Daylight in Manhattan

Video footage posted on Twitter by the New York Police Department shows a man approach a 64-year-old woman from behind and choke her before pulling her to the ground, stealing her bag, and calmly walking away — all in broad daylight.

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Watch: BLM Protesters Invade D.C. Restaurant While Yelling Annoying Scripted Slogans (Video)

Black Lives Matter protestors took over a Peruvian restaurant called Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar in Washington D.C. while many customers were just trying to enjoy their meals.

This just goes to show that nowhere is safe from the mob anymore, it doesn’t matter if you are on private property or are out in public with your family, they will find you and harass you!

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What is Wrong With Old Joe? Despite Looking at His Notes, Biden Forgets the Name of His Hometown Newspaper! (Video)

Sleepy Joe Biden on Tuesday held a ‘campaign event’ in Wilmington, Delaware.

77-year-old Biden delivered remarks on the so-called “Coronavirus pandemic” and the economy.

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Will Judge Amy Berman Jackson Succeed in Giving Roger Stone Death Penalty?

President Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone was convicted in the Mueller Witch hunt on five counts of lying to Congress and a grab-bag in which all these charges were wrapped together for a seventh charge of obstruction.

Now, Judge Amy Berman Jackson has sentenced Stone to death for these nonviolent process crimes!

Late Friday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ignored the substance of Stone’s motion to either delay his surrender date or mandate home confinement due to the dangers of Coronavirus, and ordered him to report to prison on July 14.

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Woman in Los Angeles Trolls CNN Live on Air With Sign That Says “Fake News” (Video)

A woman in Los Angeles trolled CNN live on air with a sign that said “fake news.”

CNN was reporting live from a beach in Los Angeles Tuesday on Governor Newsom’s announcement to roll back reopening his state because of a surge in Coronavirus cases.

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P.E.I. Police Seized Numerous Firearms From Cabin With ISIS Graffiti

A Kings County man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to various weapons charges had ISIS graffiti in his cabin.

Christopher Jamieson, 37, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while prohibited, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and unsafe storage of a firearm. He appeared in provincial court in Charlottetown by video link from jail.

The charges stem from an incident on May 22 when RCMP officers from Queens and Kings districts, along with the police dog service and a drone officer, responded to a report of shots fired in the St. Marys Road area.

The firearms prohibitions relate to convictions in Grand Falls and Woodstock in New Brunswick. Jamieson has lived in P.E.I. for the past three years.

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BBC Claims That the British Countryside is Racist

The BBC’s Countryfile ran a segment on their Sunday program claiming that minorities don’t visit the English countryside because it’s racist.

The Countryside segment was hosted by Dwayne Fields, who claimed that “many black and minority ethnic people who already live in our rural areas, can sometimes feel unwelcome,” due to pervailing racist attitudes.

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COVID: The Silence of Germany

by An Investigation by: Alessandra Benignetti, Andrea Indini

The genetic mapping of the virus that struck Codogno and the Lodi area is clear. The infectious disease specialist Massimo Galli has pointed his finger at the outbreak outside Munich in the second half of January. He is not afraid of being contradicted. The scientific results in his possession cannot be refuted and they explain to us how the Italian epidemic is the “daughter” of the flare-up that began on 20 January at the Stockdorf headquarters of the Webasto Group, a company that produces spare parts for cars. “The arrival in our country at the same time of a very similar strain by any other way seems frankly unlikely,” he explains to us by e-mail, pushing back against press releases issued by the Bavarian company boasting that it had contained the outbreak and had not had any contact with Italy and their two branches in Molinella (Bologna) and Venaria Reale (Turin).

To carefully reconstruct the chain of contagion, we have to take a step back in time. It is January 19th. A Chinese employee of Webasto China arrives from Shanghai. She has just celebrated New Year’s Eve with her parents from Wuhan. She has Covid but still doesn’t know it. The first symptoms have not yet appeared, and from 20 to 22 January, the day on which she catches the plane to go back home, she attends a series of corporate meetings during which she meets several colleagues. Her temperature begins to rise during the flight back to China. But it is now too late to contain the spread of the virus. The domino effect has begun and cannot be stopped. The first to fall ill is a 33-year-old who sits next to her at the first meeting, the one on January 20. Three days later he is already experiencing chills, a sore throat and muscle pain, the following day his temperature rises above 39 degrees and the dry cough begins. Within a few days, the number of infected rises to eight. Among these, according to some reconstructions carried out in recent months, there was also the patient who, between 24 and 26 January, reportedly travelled (always on business) to villages in the Lodi area. Caution must however be exercised in relation to these reports as it is not so easy to reconstruct the “close contacts” of the infected people since the symptoms appear two to seven days later. During this time the patient spreads the virus to all the people he meets and nothing can be done to prevent it from happening.

At Webasto in Stockdorf they realise they have a problem on January 26 when the (positive) result of the swab test that the Chinese colleague has undergone arrives. The German colleague who had been ill in the previous few days also rushes to undergo a swab test. He too is positive. “Both are doing quite well, given the circumstances,” said CEO Holger Engelmann in an initial press release that announced that corporate travel “to and from China” would be stopped and all employees would be allowed to “work from home”. On January 28, however, the situation worsened: three other employees tested positive for the virus. Of these, only one had come into contact with “patient 0”, in other words the Chinese employee. The other two (“patient 3” and “patient 4”) had only had contact with the 33-year-old German.

The company is therefore forced to close, albeit only temporarily, the headquarters outside Munich, to cancel all business trips both abroad and within Germany and to have anyone who has had contact with the infected people to take a swab test. The management also rushes to sanitize all the offices. “We were able to sever the chain of infections — Engelmann says with satisfaction on January 29 — the fact that we have not yet had a case of coronavirus in one of the other Webasto sites demonstrates the effectiveness of our measures”. And although over the next few days the number of infected people rises to eight, after two weeks of quarantine, the Stockdorf site reopens its doors and receives praise from the president of the Bavarian Health Authority. “The consistency with which the company has acted in these exceptional circumstances is commendable,” commented the president of the authority, Andreas Zapf. “From the beginning we have been in close contact and have exchanged information in a very open and continuous way — he explains — the knowledge acquired through close collaboration with Webasto will also help us to analyse the epidemic.”

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Czech Government Says the EP is Interfering in Its Affairs Over PM Babis Criticism

The Czech government has objected to parts of a resolution on the conflict of interests of Prime Minister Andrej Babis adopted by the European Parliament. According to the Czech cabinet, MEPs are interfering in the internal and political affairs of a member state. The resolution also violates the presumption of innocence and assumes the result of EU audit proceedings on Babis’s conflict of interest.

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Denmark: Prosecutor in Copenhagen Tax Office Bombing Case Labels Incident Terrorism

A Danish prosecutor has called for terrorism legislation to be invoked in the case of two Swedish nationals on trial for the bombing of a Copenhagen tax office.

Prosecutor Andreas Christensen presented evidence on Monday during the start of the trial against the two Swedish nationals that revealed they were both in Copenhagen at the time of the bombing on August 6th, 2019. Mobile phone data showed that the pair, who are from Skåne in southern Sweden, returned to their country just half an hour after the bombing took place.

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‘Europe Uncensored’ To Feature Prime Ministers Orban and Jansa, President Vucic

The leaders of three Central European countries, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa will hold a video conference on July 8, entitled “Europe Uncensored,” Katalin Novak, vice president of Hungary’s ruling conservative party Fidesz told news radio InfoRadió.

“These are national leaders elected with sizeable majorities in their respective countries. The goal is to hear directly from them, not distorted by translation, what they think about Europe,” Novak said. The English-language video conference will be streamed on Viktor Orban’s Facebook page.

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European Union Leaves U.S. Off Travel “Safe List, “ Prohibits Non-Essential Trips to America

The United States is not on the European Union’s “safe list” of countries that EU citizens may travel to for non-essential reasons beginning in July, according to the European Council.

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Former Slovak President Withdraws From Politics

Former Slovak President Andrej Kiska, leader of the government party For the People (Za ludi), has decided to end his political career and withdraw from public life, stating health issues as the main reason. He made the announcement after months of silence on his Facebook page yesterday.

Kiska also expressed disappointment that his party is the smallest member of the governing coalition after the February parliamentary elections. “My health does not allow me to remain active in politics,” Kiska wrote, adding that he will have another operation on Monday, the third in five years and the second in less than a year.

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Former Slovak PM Forms a New Political Party

Former Slovak Prime Minister and current Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Peter Pellegrini has named his new political party ‘Voice — Social Democracy’ (Hlas — SD), explaining that he wants to build a new modern social democracy.

Pellegrini withdrew from the strongest opposition party, Direction-Social Democracy (SMER — SD) earlier this month. Along with him, another ten members of Slovak parliament left the former government party.

Explaining the basis behind his new party, Pellegrini said he wanted to build a new modern social democracy. He emphasized that they wanted to be the voice of the people forgotten by those who are in power in Slovakia today.

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French Journalist: Marxist-Islamist Coalition Waging War on Western Civilization

Radicals have been plotting full-scale assault on white, Christian nations for decades, he says

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Italy: FI Calls for Inquiry After Berlusconi ‘Plot’ Report

Magistrate said ex-premier ‘treated unjustly’ in Mediaset case

(ANSA) — ROME, JUN 30 — Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) party on Tuesday called for a parliamentary commission of inquiry after reports that the ex-premier was the victim of an injustice in relation to a tax-fraud conviction.

Berlusconi’s was definitively convicted in a case of tax fraud at his media empire in 2013 and got a four-year term, although he did not have to go to jail and only had to serve a small part of the sentence by doing community work.

But the ruling hit the billionaire’s reputation and prevented him from running for office for several years.

The case erupted after daily newspaper Il Riformista published a recording of a magistrate, Amedeo Franco, saying Berlusconi was “treated unjustly” as there was a “big plot” and he was condemned “from the off”.

FI lawmakers started a social-media campaign with the hashtag #veritàperberlusconi — #truthforberlusconi.

Franco Coppi, one of Berlusconi’s defence lawyers, said “I have always been surprised by that sentence.It was a decision that went against jurisprudence”.

League leader Matteo Salvini expressed solidarity for Berlusconi.

Ex-premier Matteo Renzi, the leader of the centrist Italia Viva party, called for “clarity” to be shed on the case because “no one can afford to pretend nothing has happened”.

Judge Antonio Esposito, the supreme court section head at the time of the ruling, said Tuesday that he had “never been subject to pressure, not from above nor any other direction”.

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Majority of People Are Already Resistant to SARS-Cov-2

According to research1 conducted in Switzerland, SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies are only found in the most severe cases — about 1 in 5. That suggests COVID-19 may in fact be five times more prevalent than suspected. It also means it may be five times less deadly than predicted.

The study,2 “Systemic and Mucosal Antibody Secretion Specific to SARS-CoV-2 During Mild Versus Severe COVID-19,” was posted on the prepublication server bioRxiv, May 23, 2020. According to the authors:

“When symptomatic, COVID-19 can range from a mild flu-like illness in about 81% to a severe and critical disease in about 14% and 5% of affected patients, respectively.”

The Swiss study,3 which sought to investigate SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody responses, found that even though people who had been exposed to infected individuals had SARS-CoV-2-specific immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies in their mucosa, there were no virus-specific antibodies in their blood.

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Make Masks Compulsory in Public in UK, Says Virus Expert

Prof Peter Piot nearly died of coronavirus and says he now wears one wherever he goes

Face masks should be compulsory for adults in all public and enclosed spaces, such as shops, according to a leading infectious diseases expert.

Prof Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said he did not understand why the government had only ordered their use on trains, tubes and buses in England.

“I don’t understand why it is not official policy to have compulsory face masks not only on public transport but when you go into public places, enclosed places and shops and all that,” said Piot in an interview with the Guardian.

He contrasted Britain with Japan, where people use face masks even if they have a cold in the interests of protecting others, and have done since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, he said. Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan have also adopted masks as “an act of civic duty and of the collective wellbeing”.

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Poland’s “Safe Elections” See Record Turnout Despite Pandemic

More than 19 million people (64.51 percent of voters) participated in Sunday’s first round of presidential elections, one of the highest turnouts in Polish democratic history.

Janusz Cieszynski, Deputy Minister of Health, stated that the Polish government was able to organize safe elections due to delivering voting stations with protective equipment supplied by the Ministry of Health.

“There were 5 million pairs of gloves, hundreds of thousands of liters of disinfectant liquid and masks, especially in the regions where the levels of infections were the highest,” he said. The deputy minister added that polling stations were also able to minimize crowds within the buildings.

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Poland Has Ambitious Plans for Its Visegrad Four Presidency

The Polish V4 presidency will be inaugurated on June 30 at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU in Brussels. Apart from the V4 ambassadors to the EU, ambassadors from Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia will also participate. EU commissioners from the Visegrad Group were also invited.

The Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU Andrzej Sados explained that during the Polish presidency, there will be many events that all EU members will have to face together.

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UK: Court Hears Reading Stabbing Suspect Allegedly Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ Before Attack

Khairi Saadallah, 25, has appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on charges of murdering three men and the attempted murder of three other men in a park in Reading, in what police have described as a terrorist incident.

Appearing via videolink from Coventry Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Saadallah confirmed his name, his residence in Reading, and his death of birth.

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UK: Downing Street Pushes for September Deadline for EU Trade Deal

Downing Street has indicated that it wants to sign a trade deal with the European Union by September, as leading Brexiteers have urged the prime minister to reject any calls from Brussels for a “compromise” that could see the UK surrender on fishing or regulations.

Face-to-face talks between Brussels and London recommenced on Monday in Brussels, with a Downing Street spokesman suggesting that the end of September was the cut-off for agreeing on a trade deal.

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UK: Establishment Back Tracking Begins: Labour Leader Who Took a Knee Claims He Doesn’t Support BLM

Black Lives Matter UK has criticised Sir Keir Starmer for his public reversal of supporting the far-leftist movement, with the Labour leader claiming he never backed the group’s core tenet of defunding the police.

Just three weeks ago, the Remainer centrist, along with dozens of other Labour MPs, had made headlines by taking a knee in solidarity with the far-left movement that was even at that time perfectly clear in its endeavours to ‘defund the police’, i.e., dismantle law and order.

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UK: Green Party Councillor Confesses to Dickens Racist Graffiti

Green Party Councillor and former Westminster candidate Ian Driver has confessed to a spate of Black Lives Matter-inspired graffiti across Thanet, targeting Charles Dickens, whom he describes as “an extreme racist”.

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UK: Khan’s London: Met Police Hiring ‘Racism Spotters’ To Examine Prospective Officers

London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is currently hiring so-called ‘racism spotters’ to examine whether prospective police officers are prejudiced, as the city’s leftist mayor, Sadiq Khan, prepares to cut the budget of actual police.

The civilian staffed position has been in place since 2003, yet the salary for racism spotters has recently been given a 50 per cent bump, meaning that they can earn £150 per day, plus expenses. The pay for the position, which is part-time, would be equivalent to a full-time salary of £39,000 — ten thousand more pounds than the starting rate for actual police officers, according to calculations made by British newspaper The Sun.

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Egypt Jails Reporters and Bloggers Who Publish COVID Information That Disputes Government Sources

The government of Abdulfatah al Sisi in Egypt has increased the monitoring of information shared on the internet using the COVID-19 outbreak as an excuse, which has reached the extreme of jailing and deporting journalists for not using data from government sources.

Like other nations such as China, and increasingly in the West, the regime has increased the already-strong censorship in the media using the coronavirus as the premise for doing so. As soon as the virus reached the nation, cases of arrests and harassment by the authorities towards journalists increased dramatically, according to a report published on afteegypt.org.

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The Syrian Mercenary Battleground in Libya

by Alex Kassidiaris

As tension heats up in Libya, the conflicting sides are finding themselves in a race against time. Despite the unceasing negotiations and the international pleads for ceasefire, Government of National Accord (GNA)-affiliated forces are getting ready for a major offensive in Sirte, the most crucial strategic point for Libyan National Army (LNA) leader General Khalifa Haftar at the moment.

Over the last few months, a massive recruitment operation has been taking place in several areas of Syria, as a desperate effort by the LNA to bolster its manpower and establish a new balance in the operational theater across Libya. The deployment of foreign fighters to Libya is also closely related to the proxy nature of the Libyan conflict, with the roles of Turkey and Russia being especially fundamental.

Ankara Deployed First Mercenary Forces From Syria to Libya

Haftar wasn’t the first to use mercenaries in the Libyan conflict. By late 2019, when Turkish President Recep Erdogan made clear that the Turkish aspirations towards Libya were far from superficial or simplistic. To that end, a significant number of Syrian rebels were recruited by Turkey and sent to Tripoli. The individuals to take over this mission had previously formed a part of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, fighting against President Bashar al Assad in Syria, and allegedly participating in anti-government and anti-Kurdish operations in Afrin, Azaz, Idlib, Manbij and tal Abyad.

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ISIS Terror Plot Foiled in Vladikavkaz

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has thwarted a planned terrorist attack in Vladikavkaz, the North Caucasus. A follower of the ISIS international terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) who was plotting to carry out a blast there was detained, the FSB Public Relations Center said.

“The Federal Security Service prevented a terror attack in the city of Vladikavkaz. As a result of the operation, a Russian citizen born in 1990 was detained. He was plotting to detonate an improvised explosive device near one of the administrative buildings with subsequent plans to head out to a combat zone in the Middle East in order to participate in the activities of the ISIS (outlawed in Russia) international terrorist organization,” TASS cited the center as saying.

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Putin Set to Get His New Constitution. But Russians Ask, ‘Why Now?’

Russia has had five different constitutions since the beginning of the 20th century. All of them were linked to the fortunes of a particular leader, rather than being a permanent distillation of national principles.

If exit polls are correct, after voting ends this Wednesday, Russia is about to get its sixth new constitution — this one shaped around President Vladimir Putin.

Russians have been voting over the past week, amid the still-raging coronavirus pandemic, on a sweeping package of more than 100 amendments to the country’s 1993 charter. Unsurprisingly, its best-known feature is a clause that will enable Mr. Putin to evade past term limits and potentially remain in the Kremlin until 2036. The measures are expected to pass handily, but the controversy the effort has kicked up seems unlikely to die down anytime soon.

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Russian Anti-Terror Chief: Jihadis Are Intentionally Spreading Coronavirus

The head of Russia’s Anti-Terrorism Center has warned that terrorists are intentionally trying to spread the coronavirus, using it as a form of bio-weapon.

Andrei Novikov, head of Russia’s Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), told Russian state news agency Tass that the terrorists are using the health crisis to further their own agendas.

“While governments are trying to ensure health security, focusing on protecting the lives and health of their people, recruiters of international terrorist groups are not just taking advantage of the difficult situation in order to recruit more ‘Jihad soldiers,’ they are calling on infected members to spread COVID-19 as wide as possible in public places, state agencies and so on,” Novikov said.

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An Intrusive Killer Scorpion Points the Way to Six New Species in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO — Getting out of their vehicle in the middle of the night, armed with small digging tools, UV lights and headlamps, the members of the research team looked like a group of treasure hunters. But they were out looking for scorpions, checking on the insects as they came out of their hiding spots at night.

It was during one such an expedition in southern Sri Lanka that the team found the treasure they were looking for: a new species of scorpion that they have described in a recent study.

“The instant we saw this particular scorpion in our study area, we recognized it is different from other scorpions found in Sri Lanka,” co-author Sanjeewa Jayarathne, a researcher at the University of Peradeniya, told Mongabay.

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83 Tons of Fake Gold Bars: Gold Market Rocked by Massive China Counterfeiting Scandal

Over the years, we have periodically reported of the occasional gold bar discovered as counterfeit in Manhattan’s Diamond District which instead of containing the yellow precious metal would be filled with gold-plated tungsten or in some cases copper. The news would spark a brief wave of outrage, prompting physical gold holders to run ultrasound spot checks of their inventory, at which point interest would wane and why not: buyer, after all, beware in gold as in every other market, and if someone is spending thousands to buy fake gold, well that’s Darwinism in action.

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China Passed Controversial Hong Kong Security Law

China has passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, deepening fears for the city’s freedoms, the BBC reports. Last month China was criticised when it said it would criminalise any act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with foreign forces, after months of protests in the city. China defended the law saying Hong Kong lacked adequate security measures.

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Chinese Bank Got Two Western Companies to Install Tax Software That Has Secret Backdoor, Researchers Say

Trustwave Holdings has published a report implicating a Chinese bank in an apparent malware operation targeting several corporate Western users of Microsoft Windows.

Trustwave — an infosec subsidiary of Singapore’s Singtel — reported that it identified this suspected malware software as installed by “at least” two Western entities — a UK tech company, and what’s described as a “major financial institution” — also headquartered in the West.

It seems like the suspect software — which Trustwave’s researchers have dubbed GoldenSpy, deeming it to contain a backdoor, alongside its legitimate tax-filing purpose — found its way onto these companies’ systems when they recently inaugurated their Chinese offices. The Chinese bank they were working with — which also as of now remains unnamed — then, unsurprisingly, imposed the requirement of installing a local tax package, so they could keep up with the financial law of the land.

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Teacher Mei Duo Bypassed Censorship and Posted to Facebook From Tibet in 2016. She Hasn’t Been Seen Since.

Ms. Mei Duo, who was a teacher at a primary school in Tibet, disappeared shortly after she made a Facebook post about her local situation. This information has been discovered four years after her disappearance by a Chinese human rights blog.

The Chinese Communist Party is again demonstrating why it is not a good idea to cross the limits they have imposed on the nation. The victim, this time, was Mei Duo, a resident of Tibet, who was using “special software” (we predict that it was likely a VPN) and managed to circumvent the so-called Chinese “Great Firewall” to use Facebook and share information from international media about Tibet.

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Tokyo Court Rules Twitter Doesn’t Need to Delete Information on Citizens’ Criminal History

Twitter’s lately been the social media/politics talk of the town, and praise/rage in the US — because of some of the recent decisions it has made — but how is this social network holding up internationally?

When we talk about Big Tech, we mean trillion-dollar companies like Google (YouTube), Facebook, Apple, Amazon — but when we talk about influence on the web, we can’t leave out Twitter. Even though it is by all accounts at this point a struggling entity, business and user numbers-wise — it still plays an asymmetrically huge role on the internet.

Take a look at this ruling from a Japanese court, that justified its ruling against a regular citizen by saying that Twitter had the right to perpetuate information about them because basically, “Twitter plays a significant role on the internet.”

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36 Melbourne Suburbs Go Back Into Strict Lockdown for Four Weeks — With Cops to Enforce Rules With Heavy Fines and Booze Bus-Style Road Checks — as the Premier Bans All Flights to the City

Victoria has reported 64 new cases of coronavirus. The number is down from the 75 reported on Monday and is the state’s sixth-worst figure since the pandemic began.

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Distraught Girlfriend of 20-Year-Old Stabbed to Death on the Way Home From the Gym Breaks Down in Tears Amid Fears Melbourne Gang Violence is Spiraling Into an All-Out War

Thomas Tran died after a fight broke out between a group of people in Oakleigh, in the city’s south-east, at about 8pm on Monday.

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June Tally: 31 Farm Attacks and 3 Murdered White Farmers in South Africa

Radical race-baiters in the US frequently claim there can be no such thing as racism against white people — a claim that Holocaust survivors, for example, obviously cannot share. In South Africa, violence against farmers, often on the ethnic group of the Boers, has become rampant.

Guest post by Collin McMahon

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France: Arrests After Five Migrants Found on Fishing Boat

Four men have been arrested during a people smuggling investigation after five migrants were found on board a fishing boat in France.

The five, thought to be Albanian, were found on the boat as it was about to leave Cherbourg on Saturday.

The boat had travelled to France from the Isle of Wight.

Three men, two British and one Albanian national were arrested on the boat, the fourth man, aged 43, was arrested on the Isle of Wight.

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Illegal Migrants Detained on Czech Motorway

Czech police officers detained five migrants on the D1 motorway, as a passing driver had alerted them to a man peeking out of a semi-trailer truck.

Police stopped the truck with a Serbian license plate on Thursday night. The driver of the vehicle and his co-driver ended up in jail.

“During an inspection of the truck, they found that in addition to tractor tires, it was also transporting migrants,” said Pavel Švab, a spokesman of the Brno district police.

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Italian Island Locals Vote to End Migrant Landings

Locals on the Italian island of Lampedusa have participated in a referendum calling for an end to new illegal migrant landings.

The referendum was called two weeks ago and saw the majority of participants, some 988 people, vote to close the migrant “hotspot” centre, with only four people voting to keep the centre’s doors open.

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Kazakh Migrant Arrested After Stealing €50,000 of Items From Greek Churches

Greek police arrested a 36-year-old migrant man from Kazakhstan on suspicion of stealing €50,000 (£46,000/$56,000) worth of goods from churches.

The arrest took place on Saturday morning while the man was attempting to steal items from a church in the town of Lagadas. All of the thefts occurred in the Greek region of Thessaloniki over the last month, according to investigators.

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“Racist” TikTok Video Gets Student Expelled From Hardin-Simmons University

You’d think everyone would have by now figured out that “expressing themselves” on the web without first essentially “TV producing” themselves to project exactly the desired personality — however spur-of-whatever-moment their postings may be — is, unfortunately, a very bad idea in this here “global democracy” that we live in.

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Americans See Divorce, Fornication, Gay Relations as More Morally Acceptable Than Wearing Fur: Gallup

More Americans believe wearing clothing made of animal fur is morally wrong than those who are morally opposed to divorce, gay relations, or sex between an unmarried man and woman, a new Gallup poll shows.

The poll, conducted May 1-13, surveyed 1,028 adults. Among participants, 54% said buying or wearing fur clothing is morally acceptable.

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Chicago: Independence Day Fireworks Cancelled, But Gay Pride ‘Protest’ For Black Trans Lives Goes Ahead

A Chicago fireworks display celebrating Independence Day has been cancelled due to fears of large congregations becoming COVID-19 infection hotspots, even as the city allows thousands to march in Chicago’s North Side to elevate black LGBT voices.

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JK Rowling Says She Has Received Thousands of Emails of Concern Over ‘Aims and Methods of Trans Activism’

Author JK Rowling took to Twitter once again Sunday and posted another string of tweets condemning the trans-activist movement, noting that she has received thousands of emails of support from people who are concerned it is being used to further sexual assault.

Rowling’s posts came in response to a commentary piece by Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle over the weekend, charging that Rowling is using her history of sexual assault, which she revealed in a recent essay, as “justification” for “discriminating” against transgender people.

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Largest Lutheran Denomination in U.S. Issues New Guide Arguing Bible Supports Full “LGBTQIA+” Inclusion

The largest Lutheran denomination in the United States has published a new guide arguing the Bible supports full “LGBTQIA+” inclusion.

The guide, issued by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), advocates for the complete “welcome, inclusion, and equity of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church.”

The denomination claims that “each of us is a beloved child of God, perfectly and wonderfully made, just as we are.”

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Media Pushing Pig Virus as Potential ‘Next Pandemic’

The “new normal” of perpetual fear

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Mother Who Defied Doctors’ Advice to Abort Gives Birth to Healthy Baby

A mother who was advised by doctors “three or four times” to have an abortion gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

At just 12 weeks pregnant, Kimberly James was diagnosed with hydrops fetalis, a rare but serious condition described as “accumulation of fluid in at least two fetal compartments.” The condition has a survival rate of just 10%.

Her baby was also diagnosed with cystic hygroma — abnormal growths in the lymphatic system near a baby’s neck and head.

Doctors told James that her baby would not survive the pregnancy and advised her to have an abortion. James, however, refused the procedure.

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The Corporate Thought Police

Our corporate thought police have been working overtime, and from the look of it, they are only beginning.

Mats Skogkär, a journalist and editorial writer at one of Sweden’s largest regional newspapers, Sydsvenskan, was recently demoted from editorial writer to a non-writing position for tweeting the following:

“When you see the Left’s almost sexual excitement over the riots in the United States, over the looting, fires and violence, it also becomes easier to understand its desire to create similar conditions here with a large… segregated underclass of migrants”.

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20 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/30/2020

  1. I think we’re getting live exhibits of that Neanderthal brain on a daily basis now. As a young person wondering about our prehistory (many years before the current public madness went viral) I once wondered how this would work with our Human Rights, if the Neanderthal man had survived to this day and would be thoroughly overstrained with our civilization. Would we have to regard them as humans at all? Then on the other hand, they might have been more advanced than the current rage mobs with their outright ape behaviour.

    • Likely they discovered wokeness and intersectional minority transgender studies. This led to their rapid extinction after they started spending all their time protesting the effects of wooly mammoth flatulence upon the glaciers covering the northern hemisphere, opening the borders to sabre-tooth cats and Homo Sapiens, and endlessly attempting to plug slot C into slot C and square peg D into square peg D until there were no more baby Neanderthals.

      • Heh! I quite enjoyed that, 007 (will you change your avatar after Daniel Craig’s last James Bond film airs, probably later this year?)

        I can’t claim to be an expert in current research into the DNA of Homo Sapiens and other proto-humans, but as I understand it, the early Hom.Saps. who left their ancestral home in East Africa interbred with Neanderthals, and perhaps others, whereas those who remained in Africa are the most “pure” (excuse the expression) humans. I’m not trying to get into a debate about what happened afterwards, especially in evolutionary terms; I’d just like to have seen the expression on Hitler’s face (and those of many others at the time) if he’d been presented with this evidence.

        • Interbreeding with Neanderthals just proves the existence of alcoholic beverages is much older than previously imagined. Same goes for paper bags and females lying about being on the pill.

    • More important is the reconquista of the mind.

      Ridding lands of the muslim or african orc is worse than useless without also ridding the minds of the Western inhabitants of the ideologies that allowed them to be imported in the first place.

  2. “….terrorists are intentionally trying to spread the coronavirus, using it as a form of bio-weapon.”

    Are they the only ones?

    • Very true.

      Not all terrorists wear man-jammies, sport unkempt beards, or bray “dirka dirka mohammed jihad”. Many of the worst terrorists wear suit and tie, count their billions, and use financial weapons of mass destruction to destroy the economies of entire nations.

    • Bio-weapons or feed. The hunter-gatherers will never come close to the bio-self-degradation underway in the west right now.

  3. If the lefties ever achieve their goal of worldwide communism, with the help of Islam, what are they going to do when they find out that Muslims will not share power?

  4. In response to the cuts in police department funding by the various big cities, New York, L.A. and Detroit et al, I am wondering if this a reaction on the part of municipal governments against those who consider themselves to be a law unto themselves and not the stewards of public safety as they were intended to be. Joseph Wambaugh wrote about this regression towards an ad hoc military unit in his book “The New Centurions” which described L.A. during the 1960s and laid the blame on the Watts Riots on William Parker’s ‘proactive policing’ approach which was nothing more than Nazi Germany version 2. We were taught in school that the policeman is your friend, but nowadays contact with a policeman is to be avoided at all costs as in their sight you are guilty unless you are in a position of authority or can afford a high-priced attorney. The police should never have been allowed to have been unionized, because now they answer to their union bosses and not to the municipal government from which they derive their authority.
    Oh, BTW, check out the story behind the apparent George Floyd hoax here, https://deepstaterabbithole.com/internet-erupts-after-gop-house-candidate-publishes-deep-state-report/ And you wonder why all the caskets at the funerals were closed and the studio that makes life-sized mannequins in Minneapolis was burnt to the ground.

  5. Occaisonal Cortex knows she will have a high cabinet position in the Kamala Harris presidency.
    It will be the final destruction of Amerikwa the Kwanstain.
    The bankers intend to milk the last few sheckels and jump over to China but is China really on board for the JWO or do they have other plans?

  6. Pulling rickshaw carts for Chinese VIPs is the future of the failed species known as manboons.

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