Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/23/2020

In a press conference after the grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that no charges would be filed against police officers for shooting Ms. Taylor to death. Mr. Cameron revealed that police had in fact knocked on Ms. Taylor’s apartment door and announced themselves to the occupants. After gaining entry they were shot at by the victim’s boyfriend. When they returned fire, Ms. Taylor was shot and killed.

Black Lives Matter protesters in Louisville responded by rioting and attacking police, using weapons and equipment brought to the scene in advance by a rented truck. At least two police officers were shot by rioters. Violent protests also erupted in other cities, including St. Petersburg, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

In other news, the Eiffel Tower was evacuated and closed today after a phone caller shouted “Allahu Akhbar” and threatened to detonate an explosive device at the monument.

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The Slovenian Route to Italy

The following video reports on illegal immigrants who entered Italy through Slovenia. I’m not familiar with the background of this incident, but I would guess that migrants passing through Croatia and Slovenia are having trouble getting across the Austrian border, and are trying for the western route instead — across Italy, into France, and thence into Germany, i.e. the Promised Land.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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The Dysfunctional European Commission

Samuel Johnson is reported to have said, “Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.”

Something similar might be said about this TV editorial from German state TV — it’s a fairly run-of-the-mill critique of Ursula von der Leyen and the European Commission, but what’s amazing is that it aired on ARD, of all places.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Outcast From Comcast, Plus an Eyeball Update

I went to the retinologist’s office this afternoon to get a periodic injection for macular degeneration in my left eye — which I was glad to receive, because the early symptoms of a flare-up had just begun to appear last weekend.

As a result, I’m only semi-functional this evening. There will, however, be a news feed, and possibly a couple of other posts, if all goes well.

As most of you know by now, my protracted summer fundraiser was made more interesting by my being cancelled by PayPal. I was forced to switch to snail mail as an alternate route for donations, which necessitated the exchange of a lot of emails with people who needed the snail-mail address to use.

In the process of all that correspondence, it emerged that most of my emails to Comcast accounts were being bounced. To the extent that I could decipher the bounce message, it seems that my mail server is listed as a spam host in their database. I experienced the same thing a few years ago with another company (Microsoft, I think), and it taught me that it can be a difficult and protracted process to get rid of a false listing as a spammer.

The problem has been further compounded by its not being 100% consistent — I think some of my emails to Comcast accounts got through.

So if you have a Comcast address and emailed me, and never heard back, that may be the reason. Please send me another message, and I’ll endeavor to reply by alternate means.

A final note on the fundraiser: there were at least five anonymous cash donations, with no name and no return address, two postmarked in Illinois, two in California, and one in Washington State (I think that’s all of them). Thank you all very much — you know who you are, but I don’t.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/22/2020

Senator Mitt Romney said that he supports moving forward with a vote on President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Republicans have the votes to confirm whomever Mr. Trump nominates. The president is expected to announce his choice for the seat on Saturday.

In other news, the Centers for Disease Control warned Americans not to go trick-or-treating or attend Halloween parties this year, to help prevent the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

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

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Land Expropriation in Wiesbaden

Farmers in a rural district on the outskirts of Wiesbaden in Germany are facing expropriation of their land, which will be bought by the government at a fixed — very low — price. The authorities intend to sell the land to developers at a handsome profit and use the proceeds to fund the public infrastructure necessary to serve the planned residential area.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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The German Government Extends its Control Even Further

Markus Gärtner is an author, journalist, and editor-in-chief of Privatinvestor Politik in Germany. In the following video Mr. Gärtner discusses the appointment in Bavaria of a representative to monitor hatred and agitation on the Internet. He also talks more generally about the proliferation of unelected federal “representatives”, some of them members of the Bundestag, appointed by the government in Berlin.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Avenging the Prophet in Morges

Morges is a town in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. Earlier this month a “Swiss” culture-enricher stabbed and killed a man in Morges “to avenge the Prophet”.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Le Matin:

Man stabbed in Morges

Possible terrorist motive cannot be excluded

A homicide occurred Saturday in Morges could have connections to terrorism. The Public Ministry of the Confederation has taken over the case.

The Public Ministry of the Confederation (MPC) has taken over the case of homicide Saturday [September 12] in Morges, where a man was stabbed in the city center. The MPC justifies this measure because “a possible terrorist motive cannot be excluded at the moment.”

The suspect, who was arrested Sunday in Renes (VD) by Vaud cantonal police after a night on the run, had already been in the sights of the MPC. “He is already implicated in a criminal procedure led by the MPC,” states the latter in a statement. The federal prosecution adds that the person has also been known to the Confederation intelligence service (SRC) since 2017.

The attack took place Saturday evening around 21:20 at a kebab restaurant located near the Morges train station. The victim, who died at the scene, is a Portuguese national, aged 29. According to several witnesses, the victim was with his companion when the assailant stabbed them with a knife.

“The context of this homicide is in the process of being clarified,” continues the MPC in its statement without giving further details.

The following article from the Central European outlet Remix News “clarifies” the “details” of the case:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/21/2020

Rachel Johnson, the sister of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, suggested that alcohol should be banned until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found. Meanwhile, a borough council in West London banned its employees who work from home from smoking on the job, even at home.

In other news, a 102-year-old woman in New Hampshire has survived both the Spanish Flu and the Wuhan Coronavirus. She contracted the Spanish flu in 1918, when she was an infant, and COVID-19 earlier this year. She recovered from both, and is now feeling fine.

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Gerald Grosz: It’s Time to Declare the Pandemic Over!

Gerald Grosz is an Austrian politician for the BZÖ (Bündnis Zukunft Österreich, Alliance for the Future of Austria) and the FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Austrian Freedom Party). In the following rant he elaborates on the “second wave” of the Wuhan Coronavirus, which is breaking now over Austria and the rest of Western Europe.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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The Food is Awful! The Staff Are Racists! My WiFi Connection Sucks!

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Politikstube:

For the well-being of the guests —

Stuttgart: Refugee workers demand free internet in accommodations

Refugee helpers complain about desolate internet connections in the Stuttgart accommodations, which is why the city must provide free and stable reception, also in view of the corona pandemic.

How terrible and inhumane, first the “people seeking protection” had to take on the strains of the long escape route, possibly also overcome the Mediterranean or the Balkan route, fight their way through crisis areas such as Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain or France, exhausted and with full expectations finally arrived in the land of milk and honey, a tragic emergency now occurs unexpectedly: poor internet connection.

It is no wonder that the refugee helpers express their displeasure, demand a welcoming culture and want to push through the guests’ demands.

With this mentality in high supply, it is almost surprising that no one has complained about the weather.

Stuttgarter Nachrichten:

The city should provide efficient and free WiFi in the refugee accommodation — this is what representatives of the Stuttgart Circle of Friends, the AK Asylum and asylum pastor Joachim Schlecht demand in a current letter to Social Mayor Alexandra Sussmann, which was also sent to the parliamentary groups.

“The inadequacy of WiFi has become more severe in recent months during the Corona restrictions,” complain the refugee helpers.

The letter refers to a survey with feedback from 14 accommodations.

There, Internet access is often financed through donations; there are only makeshift remedies.

The possibility of setting up an Internet contract yourself with a router in your room is forbidden in the accommodations.

The reception is often only stable in the social workers’ room. For the retrieval of homework and homework help, for online language courses or contact with a lawyer, “these weak emergency solutions are not suitable,” emphasize the refugee helpers.

To make matters worse, for reasons of infection protection, several people are no longer allowed to be at the receiving locations at the same time.

Thus the requirement: good reception in every room.

EU Migration Pact: The Next Conflict on Immigration

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Tichys Einblick:

EU Migration Pact: The next conflict on immigration

The EU Commission has presented a “Pact for Migration and Asylum”.

Critics fear that this will accelerate the UN migration pact that promotes immigration, and that the pact is intended to be the lever to break the resistance of the Eastern European states to migration.

The question that arises is whether the planned migration and asylum pact is more of a defense against “too many” immigrants, especially illegal immigrants and those who are actually not supposed to be in the country — or means a further opening towards more regular, steady and numerically expanded migration, as many critics fear in the commentary section on the “Roadmap”.

This cannot be answered with certainty at the moment — since there is still no concrete (published) pact text that could be evaluated, and presumably the authors of the pact are also torn between humane intentions and the recognition of all kinds of practical problems.

In addition, the commission shies away from open conflict with Eastern European states, which, unlike Germany, are fighting for a limitation and see the German situation as a deterrent.

There is simply no one ideal solution for major global migrations from densely populated, rather poorer regions; this was sufficiently shown by the dispute over the UN migration pact of 2018.

The European conflict remains and is intensifying.

The conflict between the self-proclaimed immigration countries such as Germany and the opponents of massive and unbridled immigration is coming to a head — and it is to be feared that Angela Merkel will try to break the resistance against immigration.

Extensive declarations of intent

The currently available statements on the EU pact contain declarations of intent that amount to a “defense”, control and reduction of the number of migrants. There should be a (security, health and identity) preliminary examination of asylum seekers at the EU’s external borders, the consistent return to their countries of origin of persons not entitled to protection, i.e. the prevention of long-term stays in Europe without authorization. The EU border authority Frontex is to be strengthened and a more intensive security-related exchange between the countries is to control migration. So far so good.

However, the drafts up to now also contain elements such as the principle of the routine EU-wide distribution of all persons considered eligible, as well as a yes to legal migration and resettlement programs for refugees. This increases the potential for immigration and is also intended to cover those regions in which the rights of the state population are taken into account even more, and which do not see themselves as immigration countries, as is the case in Germany. One may understand this passage as an attack on Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary, which generally reject further migration and distribution mandates.

Signal for more migration to Europe

There is a risk that the new migration and asylum pact will dramatically increase in their countries of origin the number of people willing to migrate, and that it will be interpreted as a signal that Europe also accepts and wants to (and can) manage more extensive migration.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/20/2020

A woman suspected of sending an envelope addressed to President Trump that contained ricin was arrested by the US border patrol at the crossing from Canada in Buffalo, NY. Canadian authorities believe the poisoned letter originated in Canada, but it is not yet clear whether the arrested woman is a Canadian citizen.

In other news, in remarks made in Philadelphia, former Vice President Joe Biden said that 200 million people would die of COVID-19 by the time he finished his speech, and it would all be President Trump’s fault.

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

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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