Paul Weston on Mass Testing and the New Lockdown in the UK

In his latest video, Paul Weston discusses a new COVID-19 test which has been used to mass-test 100,000 people in Liverpool.

Until I watched this video, I hadn’t heard of the lateral flow test, which is also called a “lateral flow immunochromatographic assay”. According to an article from November 11 on the official website of Oxford University:

Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show Lateral Flow Tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, including for asymptomatic people.

Since then the lateral flow test has been touted by Her Majesty’s Caudillo, Boris “BoJo” Johnson. As Mr. Weston points out, the hoopla surrounding the new test has all but vanished since the tested Liverpudlians yielded such a disappointingly low number of positive “cases”. Thus, if BoJo is going to walk back the lateral flow test, he’ll have to do so over all those glowing recommendations for it. Perhaps the boffins at Oxford will make themselves obligingly prostrate when the boot heels of the Prime Minister go a-wandering their way…

The State-Sponsored Torture of Our Children

The following article describes a protest by school students in Germany against the collective madness that has supplanted any vestige of rationality in the measures taken to mitigate the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

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

Freezing and starving students, mask terror: Entire high school goes on Corona strike

At last, there are student demos in Germany that have a specific and very immediate purpose and are absolutely justified, in contrast to ideological climate FFF [Fridays for Future] or “anti-racism” BLM protests: In Bremerhaven, a large part of the high school students went on strike, because of the insane decrees bordering on child abuse that force them to be taught at 0° [32°F] with open windows.

The youth rebelled. With this clientele of demonstrators, even die-hard Coronazis and agitators of the left-green mainstream press will now find it difficult to lump all of them into the camp of conspiracy theorists, “covidiots”, right-wing extremists or Querdenker [lateral thinkers] — because this is where the very immediate victims of this collective psychosis demonstrate.

“We are cold, hungry and have a headache,” the students chant.

709 high school students from the Carl von Ossietzky school center in Bremerhaven went on a Corona strike. The students are furious, and complain that many children and adolescents are now depressed. In the classroom they freeze as a result of the ventilation, many get sick (and can then be suspected of being potential Corona cases), and almost nobody can still write by hand because of stiff fingers. Concentrating on the subject matter is practically impossible.

As Bild reports, the headmaster has bought his students 30 blankets out of pity, which he gives to those that suffer heavily from the cold. He, too, says resignedly: “The conditions are unbearable.”

People who wear glasses with masks constantly fog up their glasses; many students complain of headaches from wearing masks for long periods of time, and they feel tired and dull.

Child abuse and lunatic measures

In addition, the cafeteria is closed to high school students, which means that at lunchtime and in the free hours, many students huddle together in the nearby supermarket, accompanied by the risk of infection.

Also at the bus stops and in the school buses there can be no question of keeping your “social distance” — the Bremerhaven school center is visited by 4,000 pupils every day, according to Bild.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/27/2020

Two megachurches in California have reopened as “family-friendly strip clubs”. The joke is a reference to the fact that churches have been ordered closed under the latest COVID rules, but strip clubs remain open.

In other news, a British scientist warned that kissing one’s grandparents over Christmas would be a bad idea, since it might spread a lethal dose of the Wuhan Coronavirus to the old folks.

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Infidel Statues Must be Beheaded!

On Wednesday night a Palestinian culture-enricher damaged and decapitated a statue of the Virgin Mary near Venice. No motive for the desecration has yet been determined, but it is thought that the misguided “youth” may be mentally ill.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this Italian news video, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an article about the incident from ANSA:

Statue of Madonna Decapitated Near Venice

Palestinian, 31, charged with offending religion

(ANSA) — VENICE, 26 NOV — A statue of the Madonna at Marghera near Venice had its head and hands lopped off overnight, police aid Thursday.

A 31-year-old Palestinian has been arrested on charges of defacing the statue after being caught on CCTV.

He has been charged with “offending a religious faith via damaging property”.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro issued a firm condemnation of a “cowardly act, aimed at wounding our sensibilities”.

The Palestinian is a regular immigrant with a refugee travel document issued by Belgium, police said.

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Muslim Brotherhood Would Use a Biden Presidency to Advance “Congressional Jihad”

A Biden presidency, however brief it turns out to be, will be a real gift for Islamic zealots. (It’s not yet clear what President Harris’ policies will be vis-à-vis Islam, but one presumes they will be no less accommodating than those of her predecessor.) In the following guest-essay, Ashraf Ramelah discusses the prospects for the Muslim Brotherhood under a Biden administration.

Muslim Brotherhood would use a Biden presidency to advance “Congressional Jihad”

by Dr. Ashraf Ramelah

The 2020 American presidential election will be historically remembered as a unique election. A contested, undecided race is not new, but the media’s hype, backing and declaration for one candidate is unprecedented. Ultimately, the delay caused by the election investigation will be to expose the use of comprehensive fraud within the voting procedures of American elections, past and present. Statements by individuals witnessing voting poll crimes in the form of affidavits are appearing every day.

Once the final verdict is reached and Americans and the world are informed of who will lead the country for the next four years, Americans can do nothing less than demand a permanent fix of the election process. This seems to be a goal of the current administration. This truly is unique.

If anyone thinks a presidential outcome for Biden could occur without empowerment of Islamic radicals, then think again. Take a look at the current fervor in the Middle East over Biden’s premature presidential declaration. The Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) overwhelming enthusiasm for the media’s Democrat “President-elect” is revealed all across the Arabic-speaking media. Certainly they stand to gain by a Biden win and also the reverse; they have much to lose with a Trump win.

Muslim Americans and the Muslim Brotherhood will thrive under Biden

Some world leaders, including the Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Morshed, have already congratulated Joe Biden, the media’s unverified choice for president. The Arabic media reported that the MB issued a “victory” statement while the Deputy Morshed gave the following official statement, “Biden victory proves that the American people can still impose their will.”

Deputy Morshed no doubt refers to media reports of more than one million Muslim-Americans (highest number ever) voting for the Democrat presidential candidate, and gives credit to them for Biden’s success. According to the Al Jazeera and Anadolu agencies, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) promised to deliver Joe Biden these votes. Since the Sharia sheep always follow the wolf, these votes could actually prove to be legal. Brotherhood members form the majority of CAIR’s board of directors. The pro-MB Arabic media are now highlighting how gratified Muslim-Americans are for the Biden “win.”

The Arabic media go on to express satisfaction felt by Muslim-Americans with Biden’s pre-election promise to lift the ban imposed by Trump on citizens of seven Muslim countries, which now prevents them from entering the United States. According to further reports, Muslim-Americans expect Biden to denounce Islamophobia and racism against Muslims in America and around the world.

Meanwhile, Arabic reports show that the enthusiasm of the Muslim Brotherhood, a designated terrorist organization in Egypt, is an all-time high with Biden — perhaps hopeful for another Obama/Biden experience like the one that elevated the MB to power not so long ago with the striking role played by the former American President and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, during the wave of the infamous Arab Spring.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/26/2020

The Supreme Court blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest COVID restrictions on attendance at religious services. Meanwhile, the Disney Corporation is planning to lay off 32,000 more employees as its theme parks remain closed due to the Wuhan Coronavirus.

In other news, an Afghan migrant has reportedly fled Germany after allegedly stabbing his wife to death.

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Viktor Orbán: “The Soros network is the greatest threat faced by the states of the European Union”

The renowned Hungarian-American “philanthropist” George Soros has aimed another angry salvo at Hungary and Poland, which have so far resisted the diktats of the European Union and thwarted the plans of Mr. Soros and his minions to achieve full political, monetary, social, and cultural uniformity among the former nation-states of Europe.

The great philanthropist has made Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán a particular target in his latest article. Our Hungarian correspondent CrossWare sends these notes about Mr. Soros’ intervention:

I know you are busy with the sham so-called election over there, but in the meantime the globalist George Soros network launched another attack against Poland and Hungary. The latest article by Soros, who is demanding that EU leaders punish Hungary and Poland for not accepting the undefined “rule of law” conditions attached to the next EU budget, was published by a group called “Project Syndicate”.

When Viktor Orbán wrote a response, the same publication refused to publish it (in the name of tolerance and liberal principles, obviously). For now the Hungarian government official site is hosting the letter, which was published in Hungarian, German and English.

Let’s review what is going on: The EU wants to define the budget for the next seven years. They also want to get a huge loan to “help” the southern nations, which are always in financial trouble, but now with the COVID are even more down than usual.

It also does not help that all southern states — Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy — are under the rule of leftist governments, who are busy pampering illegal Muslim migrants instead of helping their own economy. They are desperate for more money, obviously for more migrants.

Just like the Democrats with their rabid leftists in their ranks, the EU is also having the same ideological trouble. They call it the “respect for the rule of law”, which is somehow lacking in two countries that do not want to accept those nice military-age Muslim rocket scientists. The real term has never been defined, and it is always used as a political bludgeon.

Last summer the European Commission decided not to get into a discussion on this highly political topic, and wanted to discuss it separately. However, the European Parliament, where Soros has a comfortable majority, overruled that decision.

Now they are once again attaching conditions to the EU budget. One must understand that the money in the budget does not provide gifts for Hungary and the other member countries. That is the price for opening their market and adjusting regulations. The best analogy would be that Hungary is a landlord that rents out his apartment. The tenant is the EU, which is using the apartment and its facilities. One day the tenant decides that he will not pay any more rent until the landlord proves he is “cool”.

What does coolness mean? Nobody knows, but it is whatever the tenant wants at that moment. One day it means the landlord must hop on one leg, or perhaps he has to let in more people into the apartment for free; perhaps he should let the tenant to grope the landlord’s children…

Actually, the real problems are as follows:

  • The northern countries do not want to finance the loser southern states. But they do not want to deny them openly; thus they force the arch-enemy states Hungary and Poland into a situation that they know they will never accept.
  • They want both countries to open their borders and accept Muslim migrants. Primarily Germany wants to dump their useless migrant population they have collected over the last few years.
  • The leftists also want migrants imported into those countries to increase their voter base and eliminate alternative ideas against their Liberal-Bolshevik Caliphate.
  • And of course the LGBTQ… XYZ (soon P for pedophilia) mob wants to enter the kindergartens and prepare the next generation of fresh meat for themselves with sensitivity training.

Below are excerpts from Mr. Soros’ article (the complete original is here):

Europe Must Stand Up to Hungary and Poland

by George Soros

The European Union cannot afford to compromise on the rule-of-law provisions it applies to the funds it allocates to member states. How the EU responds to the challenge to those provisions now posed by Hungary and Poland will determine whether it survives as an open society true to the values upon which it was founded.

NEW YORK — Hungary and Poland have vetoed the European Union’s proposed €1.15 trillion ($1.4 trillion) seven-year budget and the €750 billion European recovery fund. Although the two countries are the budget’s biggest beneficiaries, their governments are adamantly opposed to the rule-of-law conditionality that the EU has adopted at the behest of the European Parliament. They know that they are violating the rule of law in egregious ways, and do not want to pay the consequences.

It is not so much an abstract concept like the rule of law that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and, to a lesser extent, Poland’s de facto ruler, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, oppose. For them, the rule of law represents a practical limit on personal and political corruption. The veto is a desperate gamble by two serial violators.

It was also an unprecedented step, coming at a moment when Europe is suffering from a dangerous surge of COVID-19 cases, and it threw the other EU countries’ representatives into confusion. But when the shock wore off, closer analysis revealed that there is a way around the veto.

The rule-of-law regulations have been adopted. In case there is no agreement on a new budget, the old budget, which expires at the end of 2020, is extended on a yearly basis. Hungary and Poland would not receive any payments under this budget, because their governments are violating the rule of law.

Likewise, the recovery fund, called Next Generation EU, could be implemented by using an enhanced cooperation procedure, as Guy Verhofstadt has proposed. If the EU went down this road, the Orbán-Kaczynski veto could be circumvented. The question is whether the EU, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel perhaps leading the way, can muster the political will.

I am a committed supporter of the EU as a model of an open society built on the rule of law. Being of Hungarian Jewish origin, I am particularly concerned with the situation in Hungary, where I have been active as a philanthropist for more than 30 years.

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Hungary’s opposition parties are bravely trying to challenge Orbán by forming a common list of candidates for the 2022 general election. But their chances of success are limited because Orbán can change the rules at short notice, as he has already done several times before. Conveniently, Orbán is planning to introduce the latest changes to the electoral law while the pandemic is raging, Budapest is under curfew, and soldiers are patrolling the streets.

Moreover, Orbán exercises almost total control over the countryside, where the majority of the population lives. He controls the information they receive, and voting in many villages is not secret. There is practically no way the opposition can prevail.

Only the EU can help. EU funds, for example, should be directed to local authorities, where there is still a functioning democracy in Hungary, unlike at the national level.

The EU can’t afford to compromise on the rule-of-law provisions. How it responds to the challenge posed by Orbán and Kaczynski will determine whether it survives as an open society true to the values upon which it was founded.

This is the full text of Viktor Orbán’s response, which Project Syndicate refused to publish:

Europe must not succumb to the Soros network

November 25, 2020

Reply to the article by George Soros

Many believe that the prime minister of a country should not enter into an argument with George Soros. Their reasoning is that Soros is an economic criminal, because he made his money through speculation, ruining the lives of millions of people, and even blackmailing entire national economies. Just as governments must not negotiate with terrorists, they say, prime ministers must likewise not debate with economic criminals.

Yet now I am compelled to do so, because in an article appearing on the Project Syndicate website on 18 November, the Hungarian-born speculator and billionaire George Soros issued open commands to the leaders of the European Union. In his article he instructs them to severely punish those Member States that do not want to become part of a unifying European empire under the banner of a global “open society”.

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Don’t be a Superspreader This Thanksgiving!

I urge you to maintain proper social distancing at your Thanksgiving dinner.

Greet each other from a distance using hand signals or semaphore, with no personal contact.

Sit at least six feet apart from each other.

No passing food back and forth — the meal should be served in previously prepared portions sealed in individual plastic containers or pouches that have been sanitized before distribution.

Wear your masks between bites.

There should be no conversation during the meal. Instead, people may send text messages to each other via hand-held devices.

Singing, humming, whistling, and non-silent prayers should be completely avoided.

Enjoy yourself, and have a SAFE Thanksgiving!

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When I sent the future Baron these guidelines for a COVID-compliant Thanksgiving, he replied: “The sad thing is, this doesn’t sound like satire.”

I wrote back:

No, it’s not really. I just took the requirements from the diocesan “guidelines” for safe worship, and adapted them. And threw in a little sarcasm.

The latest innovation from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia is the fortuitous invention of the “singing mask”. Choral singing is allowed if the singers wear the singing mask. The congregation can’t sing, but a limited subset of the choir can (I forget how many, maybe ten or fewer). The singers must be spaced at least six feet from each other, and at least twenty feet from their audience.

And no, I’m not making this up.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/25/2020

A trade association in Tuscany announced that Tuscan businesses will go on a tax strike if the Italian government shuts them down again in a new lockdown. Meanwhile, six women in the English city of Hull were arrested for holding a dinner party, which violated Wuhan Coronavirus restrictions.

In other news, President Donald Trump has pardoned General Michael Flynn.

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Everything for the Benefit of the Migrants

The following article from Il Giornale references a speech given in the European Parliament by Silvia Sardone, an Italian MEP for the Lega. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation:

Europe’s priority on migrants: housing and jobs for those who disembark here

The new plan on integration into the EU revealed: Space and social inclusion projects and new housing for migrants. Meanwhile, the report on civil rights arrives in the European Parliament: No mention of terrorism, priority given to the fight against racism and Islamophobia

by Mauro Indelicato
November 24, 2020

Crucial days in Brussels, between sessions in the European Parliament and commission meetings. It was to be expected, given what is happening in all of Europe, between the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

Still, the ongoing arguments have nothing to do with recovery or recovery plans. On the contrary, they talk about migrants and civil rights.

The EU plan on integration

In these days, for example, placed at the top of the work agenda of the European Commission is the new plan for the integration of migrants. These are multi-year projects, with which the EU is trying to give precise directions on the issue. In recent hours, the plan, which will substitute that approved in 2016, and which should last for a period of time including the years between 2021 and 2027, was announced by the European Commission itself.

It is based on four principal pillars: Education, work, access to health care, and adequate housing. The responsible principals of social policies are the member states, but the EU has the possibility to coordinate the policies and give specific directions. And according to the institutions of Brussels, in the coming years, the various governments must always commit themselves to inclusion, with investments and spending relative to more adequate accommodation for the migrants present in EU territory.

The first point concerns inclusion in the world of education: “There is a need to commit to education and training that are inclusive from early infancy to higher education,” the commission plan reads, “concentrating on the facilitation of recognizing qualifications and on continuous learning of languages, with the support of EU funds.” The second point, however, concerns the work world, where all migrants, “and women in particular,” the plan further reads, must receive the support to express “their full potential”.

Then there is the third point, concerning the health sector. “In addition to specific financing of the EU, “the document states, “the action plan looks to guarantee the people are informed as to their rights and recognize the specific challenges faced by women, in particular during and after pregnancy.” Finally, the fourth pillar calls for, “adequate and convenient finances through the European Fund for regional development, the European Social Fund Plus, the Asylum Fund, and Migration and Invest EU,” to find better housing for migrants.

Investments and priorities that could cause — and not a little — those outside EU institutions to wrinkle their noses. Especially because for the moment, in the countries hardest hit by the Corona virus pandemic, there are no clear indications as to funds that the EU will make available to restart the economy. Whose eventual collapse, not so remote through anti-contagion measures, could involve everyone, from citizens to migrants.

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Cultural Enrichment, With Tourniquet

In the following video a man in a German hospital bed gives an account of what put him there. It seems he attempted to serve an eviction notice on a “Syrian” “refugee”. Big mistake!

The prosecutor’s office ordered the alleged assailant released before his victim was even discharged from the hospital.

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

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Culture-Enriching Femicide

Mariana Harder-Kühnel is a member of the German Bundestag for the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). In the following video she speaks on the floor of the Bundestag about the abuse and murder of women by migrants, addressing her remarks to feminists who protest about the “patriarchy” without ever mentioning the role that cultural enrichment plays in the increasing violence against women.

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

Video transcript:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/24/2020

The CDC has advised Americans to eschew alcohol and singing during Thanksgiving celebrations, in order to mitigate the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. Meanwhile, Belgian police notified citizens that they will knock on people’s doors over Christmas in order to enforce COVID rules, if necessary.

In other news, according to a new Politico poll, 79% of Trump voters believe that the election was stolen by illegal voting and fraud.

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“Italians, We Will Cut Your Throats”

The following brief article describes the situation in the CAS migrant reception center at Monastir in Sardinia. Gary Fouse, who translated the report, notes that the Monastir center (populated mostly by Algerians) is a powder keg waiting to blow. He says that there are videos of rap “songs” that threaten to murder Italians, but they seem to be in some variant of North African French, and he can’t make sense of the lyrics.

The translated article from the Milan daily Libero Quotidiano:

Migrants in a reception center in Sardinia

Songs, dances, and music videos: “Italians, we will cut your throats”

November 21, 2020

North African immigrants in a reception center in Sardinia sing, dance, make music videos, and threaten to cut the throats of Italians. And someone on the left defends them invoking “cultural difference” or perhaps, linguistic specificity of street hip hop. The video of these immigrants awaiting recognition of their status is making the rounds on the internet, posted also on Radio Savana on Twitter, which wrings its hands against the “illegal Africans” who evade, rob, harass minors, brawl, get drunk, attack police, and more. Strong words, which, however, express the sense of anger and frustration of many Italians. In a word, injustice.