Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/28/2022

Protests continue in Chinese cities as angry citizens take to the streets holding up blank placards to symbolize their opposition to the strict “zero-COVID” lockdowns. Meanwhile, people searching on Twitter using the names of Chinese cities have encountered pornography and tweets about gambling, which have been published en masse by Chinese bots.

In other news, numerous witnesses in London reported seeing a flash and hearing a loud explosion, after which a thick cloud of smoke could be seen over North London.

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Dutch Delight

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this summary of the multiple political dramas currently unfolding in the Netherlands.

Dutch delight

by H. Numan

What’s going on behind the dikes? A lot. Most of it pretty bad. Hansje Brinkers (PM Mark Rutte) is riding a bulldozer demolishing the dikes as best as he can. I’ve got a tiny bit of good news, and mostly bad news.

Let’s start with the good news. The PVV (Geert Wilders’ party) is on the rise. For almost a month the PVV has been polling as the largest party in the country. Supposing elections were called for today, a conservative cabinet is possible, with Geert Wilders as prime minister. That’s the first time ever, at least in a decade. However, it’s not that the PVV is suddenly running far ahead in the polls. Yes, they have gained some ground, ever so slowly. At this moment a one-seat advantage over the VVD (Conservatives). It’s the other way around. VVD and D66 poll consistently lower.

Still, it is good news. Because in March of next year we have provincial elections. It’s dead certain the coalition will lose their majority in the Senate because of that. Let me explain why. We Dutch have a weird electoral system. Yes, we elect parliament directly. But not the Senate. That is too difficult and delicate for ordinary yokels and bumpkins like you and me to cast the right vote. Our Senate therefore is elected by provincial parliamentarians, after the provincial elections. The provincial elections (almost always as interesting as watching paint dry) will be in March of 2023. After March, we’ll see a reversed situation, compared with America: a cabinet majority in Parliament and a cabinet minority in the Senate. Supposing the cabinet hasn’t resigned before that, and there is good reason to look forward to national elections.

First of all, Mark Rutte, our prime minister got what he wanted. He’s the longest-ruling prime minister in Dutch history. The price he has to pay for it is small. After the next elections his party will be decimated. Which is not his problem. He’ll slither into a nice comfy job somewhere else. During an interview he explained how he went into politics: after his studies, he had to choose between joining the conservatives or the labor party. He thought he had better chances with the conservatives, so he joined them. Not exactly a man with principles. Probably good in business, but in politics, some principles are required. After 12 years, it’s showing.

Mark Rutte doesn’t rule this cabinet. His heart (or stone) isn’t into it anymore. Vice premier Sigrid Al-Qaq — Kaag is the real power behind the cabinet. She rules with an iron rod. She is quite popular within her party, but not with the electorate. D66 is dropping like a stone in the polls. Why? Because D66 — together with all other progressive parties — don’t remember 1792. She literally said we have to work harder, longer, for less pay and retirement later on. But her climate goals are sacred. D66 actually want to spend a lot less on people and much more on climate goals and refugees. Currently +100,000 very questionable refugees are expected for this year alone. There already was a housing crisis. Progressive parties have the gumption to openly say: we give refugees preference in social housing. They get social housing immediately. Ordinary Dutch have to wait twelve years. That’s what caused the French Revolution. The elites partied on, wanted more parties, and made the people bleed for it.

We are blessed with a benevolent king, his majesty William-Alexander. Who has the intellect of a common garden snail and matching empathy. His wife, the queen-consort, is a different story. She could have been the example for Megan Markle. She has as much empathy as her prey husband, but is ruthlessly ambitious. In Holland we have a constitutional monarchy. That means that king is required to keep his trap firmly shut. Given his preponderance for gaffes, he’d better. His consort don’t quite understand that principle. She very openly took a position in favor of a cashless society. That’s an absolute no-no. In fact, parliament can order her to apologize for it. If they have to guts to go that far, that is. See it like this: if my tap leaks, I call a plumber. What I don’t want is the CEO of the plumbing company giving his opinion about my house. Even less so if his wife starts to give her even more unwanted opinions. How this will play out, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/27/2022

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in cities across China to protest the “zero-COVID” lockdowns and demand the resignation of President Xi Jinping. The unrest began after an apartment building in Xinjiang caught fire, and residents died because the doors to the building were locked from the outside, and no one could escape.

In other news, dramatic nighttime satellite photos show that Ukraine is dark in comparison with surrounding countries as a result of the destruction of its power grid by Russian attacks.

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Election-Hacking in Brazil

The recent presidential election in Brazil bears a strong resemblance to the one held here in the USA in 2020. Supporters of Lula da Silva, like those of Joe Biden, were not all that visible before the election. Then, late on election night, they suddenly appeared, as tallied by the voting machines. Graphs of the count show those same strange vertical jumps in the middle of the night, miraculously pushing Lula’s total past that of Jair Bolsonaro.

A lot of reports appeared today in the fever swamps about a supposed move by the Brazilian military to support Mr. Bolsonaro under Article 142 of the Constitution. Don’t bother trying to find them on Google — search results are being suppressed there — but instead try searching for “Brazil Bolsonaro Article 142 military” on DuckDuckGo. I turned up a lot of them that way. Except for a few tweets, they all seemed to be based on a single Revolver article about what somebody said in Steve Bannon’s War Room. So it may all just be wishful thinking; it’s still too soon to tell.

Below is a report from Argentinean television about voting machine fraud in the Brazilian election. An analyst on the program asserts that a statistical analysis has definitively shown that the result was fraudulent.

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

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/26/2022

Yesterday’s Black Friday sales were lackluster, according to retail statistics, presumably due to the severe inflation crisis. Meanwhile, more than 40% of American small businesses say they cannot afford to pay their rent in full this month.

In other news, according to a new poll, 23% of Americans say they have not yet been “vaccinated” against the Wuhan Coronavirus.

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Is the “Pandemic” Over? Maybe, Maybe Not

I thought the Great Corona Pandemic was so 2021. Didn’t everyone already get over it? Even President Biden said it was over!

The famous German virologist Christian Drosten, however, can’t make up his mind.

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

What a realization: Drosten sees signs that the pandemic will end soon

Berlin

One had already hoped that this worthy gentleman would finally have disappeared into the obscurity he deserved (or even better: been taken to court), and now he still speaks up and informs his audience of his superfluous wisdom:

The virologist Christian Drosten sees the rapid succession of the latest Corona waves as a sign that the pandemic will end soon. Whether next winter will be hard again depends on which Omicron variant of the virus prevails, he told the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. Two variants are about to start: BF.7 and BQ.1.1. “BF.7 would be the better case; this variant is very similar to BA.5, which a large part of the population is already immune to. Then there would be a gentle winter wave.” This wave would differ from all previous ones and would no longer be caused by a significant change in the virus: “It would then no longer be a pandemic wave,” said Drosten. “We would have arrived in the endemic state with BF.7.”

But the virologist is still hesitating, with good reason, to commit to his prognosis: “It would not be so clear with BQ.1.1, because there is additional immune escape here.” The virus can escape the immune system of those who are already infected or better, vaccinated. And, in fact, BQ.1.1 is catching up in several European countries.

“If it becomes dominant, winter could become difficult again.” In the short term, the virologist from the Berlin Charité does not believe that a significantly more dangerous variant of Sars-CoV-2 will occur. “At many points in its evolution, the virus cannot easily go back.”

However, the virologist does not want to completely rule out a possible scenario: “It would take a kind of revolution, through renewed massive spread somewhere in the world.” His current concern is China. “Immunity is distributed quite homogeneously worldwide, in industrialized countries through infection through vaccination, in poorer countries even through multiple infections of the population. In China, however, that is not the case. I wouldn’t rule out another leap happening there in terms of evolution.”

China as the source of all evil, even though they pull off the most brutal zero-Covid act. Who would have thought it?

Afterword from the translator:

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An Institutional Rupture in Brazil

As discussed in a number of previous posts about Brazil, the Federal Supreme Court is the most powerful institutional force that opposes President Jair Bolsonaro. Alexandre de Moraes is a justice of the Supreme Court, and he also happens to be the president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE).

Earlier this week Mr. De Moraes, acting on behalf of the TSE, denied a lawsuit filed by President Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party (PL) that questioned the legitimacy of the result of the recent presidential election. The PL had alleged that irregularities in the functioning of some of the voting machines demonstrated that the final tally was fraudulent.

Silas Malafaia is a Pentecostal televangelist in Brazil. In the following video Pastor Malafaia delivers a spirited rant about Alexandre de Moraes and his decision on the PL lawsuit.

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

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/25/2022

During the first half of 2022, more than three-quarters of arrests in the Spanish city of Barcelona were of foreigners. Meanwhile, ambulance drivers in Sweden threatened to stop answering calls in no-go zones.

In other news, Antifa activists in Portland threatened to firebomb Tesla dealerships in retaliation for Twitter’s closure of accounts that promote violence.

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All the Fake News That’s Unfit to Print

The following article reminds me of the notorious Washington Post feature on Jimmy the 8-year-old heroin addict. It was written by Janet Cooke and printed in the paper in the fall of 1980. The author won a Pulitzer Prize for her work, but a few months later the story began to unravel. It eventually emerged that the account was entirely fabricated, and Ms. Cooke had to return her prize and resign. Her name became synonymous with “fraudulent journalism”.

Nothing numbs the critical faculties of newspaper editors like the tear-jerking plight of the Puir Wee Bairns.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Focus Online. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Four years after the Relotius scandal*

Doubts about the death of refugee girls: Spiegel takes its own article offline

Almost four years after the Relotius scandal, Der Spiegel again has a problem with some of its articles. There are doubts about the truthfulness of Spiegel reports from last August. Specifically, it is about a refugee girl who is said to have died on an island between Turkey and Greece.

Der Spiegel has now taken four articles about the case offline. Instead, the editors have published a statement under the respective URLs. Under the headline “Death trap EU border” of the original article from August 19th, 2022 it now says: “At this point there was an article about the fate of a group of refugees on the Greek-Turkish border river Evros in the summer of 2022. There are now doubts about the previous description of what happened at that time. We have therefore temporarily removed several posts on this topic from our website. We are reviewing our reporting and, once the research is complete, will decide whether or not to republish the articles in a corrected and updated form.” [Shouldn’t professional journalists research BEFORE they publish something? Or could it be, since this story fits the narrative, this isn’t done?]

Letter to Spiegel from Greek migration minister

As Medieninsider reports, there are not just doubts about the death of the girl. It is therefore unclear whether she existed at all. In one of the articles in question, the Spiegel reporter wrote accusingly, according to Medieninsider: “Now Maria is dead. She died at the beginning of August at Europe’s external border because the Greek authorities refused her any help. She had just turned five years old.”

According to Medieninsider, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi expressed doubts, which he also shared with Spiegel editor-in-chief Steffen Klusmann in a letter in September. According to Medieninsider, Mitarachi accused the reporter of the Hamburg news magazine of having acquired the information on the case from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) almost unfiltered. And most importantly, “From the facts and all photographic evidence, it is clear that there is no missing child, let alone a dead child.”

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Sudden Death

Below is the recently-released documentary video Died Suddenly. It concerns the worldwide surge of excess deaths that has been underway since the rollout of the experimental mRNA treatment intended to mitigate the effects of infection with the Wuhan Coronavirus.

This documentary focuses primarily on the strange elongated rubbery “blood clots” that have frequently been found in the blood vessels of deceased people by undertakers and embalmers, beginning when the vax was first introduced. The accounts given by multiple embalmers about the clots, and the visual evidence of the clots themselves, are what make the video so valuable — the independent testimony from so many witnesses is difficult to refute.

The rest of the footage contains a lot of sensationalized material, including clips of people who collapse suddenly. Some of these may be fakes, and some samples were definitely taken from videos that predate the COVID hysteria. But the sections featuring the embalmers are convincing, and very important.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video. WARNING: some of the autopsy footage is graphic, and sensitive viewers may find it disturbing:

Indians in Brazil Demand UN Intervention Against Election Fraud

In the following video Cacique Raimundo, the “supreme president of the majority of indigenous chiefs in Brazil”, appeals to the UN for help. He maintains that the indigenes of Brazil who supported Jair Bolsonaro in the recent presidential election have been disenfranchised by election fraud.

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

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Mandatory Vaccination? Never Mind!

The German health authorities have finally realized the uselessness of the experimental mRNA treatment intended to mitigate the effects of infection with the Wuhan Coronavirus, and will not renew the “vaccine” mandate. Everyone else reached the same conclusion a year and a half ago, but the wheels of God grind slowly.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of the Epoch Times:

Lauterbach: Vaccination does not protect against infection — vaccination obligation no longer applies

The Minister of Health is re-evaluating the vaccines with consequences for the institution-related vaccination mandate. Critics have been complaining about this for months.

Up until now, Health Minister Karl [“Klaboosterbach”] Lauterbach (SPD) has been a vehement advocate of compulsory vaccination in the nursing professions. One of Lauterbach’s main arguments was that the Corona vaccines protect against infection and guarantee milder courses. Now, however, there are new statements from the Minister of Health: “The vaccination no longer protects against infection. If it no longer protects against infection, then there is no longer any reason for it in these facilities,” Lauterbach told ZDF.

The Minister of Health adds that the “new variants” of the coronavirus in particular “cannot be detected” by the current vaccine. “That means you can still get infected, which will probably also apply to the BQ1.1 variant.”

The BQ1.1 variant is an Omicron subvariant and is considered to be more contagious than the Omicron variant. It is currently spreading in Europe as well as in the USA. The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) justifies the expiry of the vaccination requirement for this new variant: “We expect that variant BQ1.1 or similar variants will dominate the infection process at the turn of the year,” said a spokesman for the BMG. However, the vaccination does not protect against infection with the variant.

As recently as two weeks ago, on November 8th, Lauterbach tweeted that the current vaccines would also work well with new variants. However, our Minister of Health does not see any reason to do without the injections entirely. According to him, the vaccination would still provide “very good” protection against serious illness. He has no qualms about voluntary vaccination.

Rationale against compulsory vaccination

Critics have been complaining for months that there are not enough reasons for compulsory vaccination.

In October of 2022, the state health ministers of Saxony, Bavaria, Thuringia and the Baden-Württemberg department head wrote a letter to the Federal Health Minister against an extension of the vaccination requirement. They feared that compulsory vaccination would exacerbate the lack of staff in the healthcare system.

“The institution-related vaccination obligation brings us more harm than good,” said Bavarian State Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU). “We need every available member of the workforce in medicine, nursing and integration assistance.”

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/24/2022

An economic advisor to Joe Biden said that the president is “happy” with the current trajectory of price inflation. Meanwhile, a Bank of England official said the country needs the digital pound, due to the collapse of FTX.

In other news, most Ukrainians have been left without electricity in the wake of Russian air strikes against the energy grid.

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Teach Your Children Well… NOT

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Bild. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Teachers’ Association President

The more migrants, the worse school performance

WHY are German schools so bad in an international comparison (30th place)? A current study by the Institute for Economic Research (University of Munich) shows: 23.8% of all students “do not achieve any basic skills that should be taught in school.” [Maybe if they taught “Taharrush”, the achievements would go through the roof.]

The President of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger (68), speaks plainly to Bild: “A key reason for the drop in performance at primary schools is the proportion of students with a migration background, which has increased by more than 50% in the last ten years.” The higher their proportion, according to Meidinger, “the lower, at least tendentially, the level of performance — this has been shown by accompanying PISA studies.”

Meidinger also emphasized: “If a large part of the class can no longer follow the lesson at all, the teacher must of course lower the targets. The performance level of children without a migration background then falls too.”

Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (54, FDP), according to Meidinger, is “a queen without a country, because the actual school policy is made in the individual German states.”

With regard to the 200,000 Ukrainian students in the country, Meidinger was also skeptical “whether permanent, successful integration into the German school system will be possible if the conditions do not improve.”

Stark-Watzinger knows the level problem, said Bild with a view to the poor performance of the German schools: “This development is alarming and makes the great need for action clear. We need modern schools, more teachers and more digital teaching.” [What about repatriation, along with their entire families, of those that do not bother to learn?]

Stark-Watzinger emphasized that with the start-up opportunities program she wanted to “use a big lever” in order to ensure better educational opportunities in Germany in the long term. [This is nothing more than multicultural balderdash under the scaffold.]