Migrants Come to Spain for the Helicopter Money

The populist party Vox has alerted its supporters about a North African YouTuber who encourages people to come to Spain because with the Universal Basic Income “you earn more” than by working.

The original of the video below was in Arabic with Spanish subtitles. Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an article on the same topic, also translated by Pampasnasturtium, from Ok Diario:

Vox alerts its supporters about a Maghrebi YouTuber who encourages people to come to Spain because with the Basic Universal Income “you earn more” than working

This Tuesday Rubén Pulido, Press and Communication secretary for VOX in Andalusia, condemned the way a Maghrebi YouTuber mocks the ‘high welfare benefits of Universal Basic Income’. ‘He boasts that you earn more than working in the fields and suggests that now with Spain (economically) sunk you live better because they have access to more welfare benefits,’ explains Pulido, who asks: ‘Doesn’t this act as a mass invitation to come to Spain?’ (“efecto llamada”).

‘Newspapers say the Spanish government has finally decreed that benefits be increased to as much as 2,000 euros of Universal Basic Income. Some 1,015 maybe. God knows, let’s hope it is so, for taking care of the children. And they say it will be compatible with another benefit, for example, in the Basque Country region, if you have children, many children, three children… with the supplies for them, you can obtain from 1,200 to 1,250 euros,’ states the Maghrebi YouTuber whose content Rubén Pulido re-shared on his social media accounts, and that also the national account of VOX has re-shared.

‘It follows,’ continues the YouTuber, ‘that if you don’t work and are charged with the care of minors, you qualify for the benefit that would combine 1,015 euros for taking care of the family with 1,250 euros. A total of 2,265 euros per couple, while the person who works in agriculture, in the fields, among us in Almería, ha ha ha, works for 800 or 900 euros. When Spain was well-off and there were jobs and industriousness, if you went to ask for a benefit of 400 euros, you were told you had no right to it.’

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Jair Bolsonaro: The Goal is to Remove Me From the Presidency

The video below is a follow-up to several posts (most recently here) about the Brazilian Deep State’s efforts to overthrow President Jair Bolsonaro.

Here in the USA, the executive arm of the Deep State consists of the Democrats and RINO Republicans in Congress, plus parts of the Department of Justice and other elements of the permanent bureaucracy. In Brazil the Supreme Court is charged with doing most of the dirty work.

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

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Fundraising in the Time of Corona

This was the “sticky” post for the spring fundraiser. It was first published on May 25, and was on top throughout fundraising week. Scroll down for items posted on and after that date.

Spring Fundraiser 2020, Day Seven

Sunday’s Update: A Diversity Flashback

We’re moving into the final day of what has been a very unusual fundraising week.

Tip jarThere was no way to tell in advance how this quarter’s fundraiser might turn out, given the economic devastation that is enshrouding most of the Western world. Would anybody have spare cash to donate to a minor website?

Would anyone even be paying attention?

Well… Up until now there have been a greater than average number of donations — which is astonishing. Yet the total amount that has come in is somewhat less than average, which isn’t surprising at all, since most people have been hit hard financially for the past two months or so. It’s gratifying that so many have been willing to chip in, under the circumstances.

If you haven’t got around to it yet, the tip jar is on the sidebar, or you can use this link.

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Instead of another COVID-related update, I’ll close this fundraiser with a blast from the past. The excerpt below was written by Dymphna almost exactly eight years ago, on June 4, 2012, for the final fundraising post of that year’s spring fundraiser.

The theme for that week’s bleg was “Diversity”, and she wrapped everything up with the following remarks:

The subject of Diversity is fraught. So for this Fundraiser, I’ve deliberately kept the lid on certain subjects. They can accumulate like barnacles or smart bombs on the wall of diversity, or rather on the battlements of modern, top-down “Diversity”. As is true of any other project, some stuff has to be routinely scraped off so you can see what’s underneath, yet other junk — whilst appearing to be identical — will blow up in your face. Frankly, the explosions aren’t interesting anymore.

It is the former which draws my curiosity. .The latter, full of traps like the origins or even the existence of “global” “warming” — oops, climate change…oops, methane in the atmosphere. Whatever. Any point in “discussing” those issues is long past. Those in Charge will tell you ahead of time: “It’s settled…” “Consensus Has Been Reached”… “Everyone Knows”… “Only an Idiot Would Think Such a Thing”….and so on, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Have you noticed that the more fervently views on such issues are clung to (bitterly), the less room there is for Reason or even the possibility of entertaining alternate ideas? Entertaining ideas? Enter that realm at your own risk.

Here’s a partial list of Don’t-Go-There-Unless-You-Want-a-Fight hot buttons. No particular order here, simply a reflection of what I’ve been reading and thinking about. These are only contentions; I have no solutions. The mysteries of life usually don’t come with quick remedies:

  • Abortion. Or not. When does life begin to have value? No, it’s not “settled”. Look up the numbers of those who believe religiously in #1 vs. those who think the prize is behind Door #2. Just don’t put these folks in the same room.
  • Gender. What could be simpler: This is a girl; see that little cleft where her penis should be? This is a boy, see his penis hanging there? Gender-bending is occurring at younger and younger ages, much to the horrified sorrow of parents caught in a five year-old’s intense identity crisis. It may well be that the crisis is real enough, but it could turn out to be just one manifestation of a larger, more complex reality than the one we can see. Human beings are quite malleable, but they are also fragile. The times in which we live, where sexual identity is up for grabs — literally — are reflected in many issues, and one of them is seen in these canary children. In different times most of them would’ve been spared this assault from the zeitgeist, an assault which begins during the dark floaty existence in utero. Were there no assaults from the residues of psychotropic drugs left in the drinking water (just to name one possible influence), or the constant low-level cultural exposure to increasingly depraved pornography, these children could have lived within the boundaries of their respective anatomy without a blip. When times simplify again — and they surely will — outlier cases will recede again. That’s not much comfort now to these kids or their parents as they stumble through the nightmare.
  • Religion is a crutch vs. Spirituality is a part of human experience. The former has become the more intellectually acceptable attitude of late, though one wonders what insecurity keeps the more aggressively devout unbelievers at their megaphones, proselytizing like hard-shell Mississippi Baptists. You begin to ask if there is some fervent need on their part to save the unwashed from arrant foolishness. Perhaps a good dose of American history about the cycles of the Great Awakenings in the 18th and 19th centuries would at least help the ardent atheists this side of the Atlantic to gain some perspective.

    My guess regarding the foundation of this popular orthodoxy among the media gatekeepers? It’s high school redux: they want to be with the cool kids and they don’t want to have to actually study anything. Aping your betters is so much easier, especially if your “educated” betters are being all edgy and you know it will irritate those boring duds in Flyover Country… As is the case for other media belief blankets, if you want to hear another side (and there is more than one) you’ll have to hunt for it on your own. What surprises me is the number of people who do — want to hear another point of view, I mean.

  • Sex among adults. Interestingly, as the results from the Boomer generation become apparent, and the laws of unintended consequences begin to take their toll, their children are turning away from their parents’ youthful decisions to let it all hang out. They see the results and politely decline. Or at least the ones who catch on early enough do so. They know the health risks for both sexes of too many sexual partners. They understand the complexities of bonding better than their naïve parents did. Except for the one percent — those befuddled “Occupy” useful tools — for the most part middle-class kids have turned back the clock. Of course many of them face rigors their parents did not: huge education debt, a poor job market, and increasing balkanization by class. Their lives will be tougher in many ways, but then so will they. At least the ones who aren’t forced to move back home, much the same way their great grandparents had to do to get by.
  • Sex with children as the new norm. Nope, that’s not worth our time. The downward deviancy of our culture was seen two generations ago and I’m sure it’s not hit bottom yet. But it will. In the meantime, let’s not contribute to the pollution.
  • Death. Like the beginnings of life, its endings are becoming more fungible. The Right to Die vs. the Responsibility to Die. Our old are becoming the Ice Floe Generation. And who gets to decide whose life has meaning or value? Recently, a couple sued for Wrongful Birth when their child was born with congenital anomalies the parents believed they should have been told about ahead of time. Among the nettles were questions like financial responsibility for this life no one wants. This question lies floundering side-by-side with the reality of aborted, breathing fetuses who are killed on the operating table without a qualm. Are we confused or what?
  • Trash. There are lots more thorns and contention here, but let’s end with garbage, with refuse, with detritus. Like global warming, there are folks on both sides of the Religion of Recycling, which is a smaller denomination of the colossal Environmental Cathedral — and that place makes Vatican City look like a high-rise tenement. Again, this subject has sectarian overtones in the higher reaches (or screeches) of the True Believers. For the dissidents there is often no choice: just because you can ‘prove’ your locality saves nothing by recycling doesn’t mean you can opt out. There are handy garbage technologies in your wheelie bin that will see you fined or put in jail if you don’t conform.

    One of the dystopian uncharms of living in an urban landscape is unending trash. But city-slicker trash has become another source of revenue for cash-poor rural areas. While the downside is that the nearby urban poor often find it cheaper to skulk out here to the country and leave their bags of unidentifiable refuse because they can’t afford the trash stickers the city makes them buy, there’s an upside to this. Big cities up North will pay good money to poor rural areas if they’ll take the garbage out. Thus many county boards of supervisors do just that, and this venture keeps the real estate tax rate down for the bumpkins.

    Don’t you wonder where this will lead as consumers are unable to continue consuming? Will trash reduce itself to an endangered species? In order to continue the justification of its existence, will the EPA have to step in with emergency rulings?

Diverse contentions. They’re endless and they get more polarized all the time. As resources get thin on the ground, look for the rigidities to worsen. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of living in interesting times. I’m ready for a good long spell of boredom — kind of like those endless amber waves of grain we don’t have anymore because they hybridized all the wheat. Modern varieties are now too short to wave at anyone.

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The photo below was taken in the late 1990s. It shows Dymphna on her 58th birthday:

It’s probably the last image of her that I’ll scan and post, unless I happen upon another trove of lost photos. She gave her permission for me to post just one, the photo of her holding a puppy that I included with my eulogy for her last June.

However, I figure that her attitude about such things is probably more relaxed now that she is incorporeal. The photos of her that I’ve posted here over the past twelve months are excellent ones, in my opinion. She is exactly herself in them, and I cherish them more than words can say. I think she’s OK with my including them here.

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Saturday’s gifts came in from:

Stateside: California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas

Far Abroad: Australia and the UK

Canada: Ontario

I’ll be back in a few days to post a wrap-up with the final tally of locations.

The next fundraiser will begin sometime in the hot, hot summer. Who knows what the coronacrisis will have morphed into by then?

Many thanks to everyone for their generosity.

Saturday’s Update: Who is That Masked Man?

We’re moving into the penultimate day of Gates of Vienna’s quarterly fundraiser.

Readers who are sheltering in place at home and have nothing better to do are invited to send a modest donation by way of the tip cup on the sidebar (or by using this link).

Those small individual gifts are the way I keep this blog going. If a significant number of readers give a little bit each, it adds up to enough to pay for the site and keep me in cheese and crackers for another quarter.

Full disclosure: This website is not corona-compliant. Its proprietor is a coronadissident who refuses to wear a mask.

Since yesterday morning’s update I became aware of an article published by the The New England Journal of Medicinethat bolsters my dissident stance. It concerns the ineffectiveness of wearing a mask as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19. One of our commenters mentioned it, but I also ran across it on Twitter.

This was actually published in April, but for some reason is only now drawing attention:

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José Ortega y Gasset on Self-Satisfaction and Specialization

Thomas Bertonneau’s latest essay discusses José Ortega y Gasset’s most well-known work.

José Ortega y Gasset on Self-Satisfaction and Specialization

by Thomas F. Bertonneau

The Revolt of the Masses (1930) by the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), like many books openly critical of modern trends, was once celebrated and judged to be something of a contemporary classic, but it has gradually, over the last four or five decades, vanished from awareness even among the supposedly educated. I read it for the first time in the early 1970s when I pursued (rather fitfully, I confess) my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. The College Library possessed two copies, an indication of how widely the book circulated in the middle of the Twentieth Century. Were one to canvass today’s English or History faculties, familiarity with Ortega’s book would likely be non-existent; it would be a rare incident even if so much as the name Ortega registered with humanities professors in their thirties and early forties.

The Revolt nevertheless speaks to the present moment with increasing pertinence, as do many similar books of its day, such as Oswald Spengler’s Hour of Decision (1934) and Eric Voegelin’s New Science of Politics (1952), which likewise have lost all currency. The Revolt also describes those who know not of it and who think that knowledge is circumscribed by the syllabus of their graduate studies. The Revolt illuminates a remark made by Alain de Benoist and Charles Champetier in their Manifesto for a European Renaissance (2012): “Modernity has given birth to the most empty civilization mankind has ever known.” Two chapters of The Revolt offer themselves as especially relevant to the situation of the West in the second decade of the Twenty-First Century — “The Self-Satisfied Age” and “The Barbarism of Specialization.” First, however, a brief summary of Ortega’s general argument is in order.

The late Nineteenth Century, according to Ortega, saw the sudden rise in Europe of economies of abundance. This mounting wealth resulted, in the first part of the Twentieth Century, in mass man, a social and cultural phenomenon that adapted itself, but in no positive way, to the advent of material ease and comfort. Mass man reaped the benefits of a civilization to which he had in no way contributed, which he failed to understand, and which he took entirely for granted, identifying it as the natural background to his existence. By the power number alone, mass man, in Ortega’s phrase, intervenes everywhere, breaking down the hierarchical aspects of society and culture, while assimilating to himself — that is, to his limitation and incapacity — every institution. Mass man undertakes no projects, but contents himself with diversion. If he were to labor, it would be reluctantly, without commitment, and for the sake of diversion. Ortega defines mass man as “he whose life lacks any purpose, and simply goes drifting along.” This Homo novus has proliferated with such celerity that he overwhelmed any possibility of education. Thus, in Ortega’s words, “heap after heap of human beings have been dumped onto the historical scene at such an accelerated state, that it has been difficult to saturate them with traditional culture.” Mass man experiences a privative consciousness bereft of history, ignorant of the ancestors, and by tendency self-centered. He is egocentric in the extreme, in fact, but with the codicil that his ego remains at an infantile level of development.

A key to grasping mass man, Ortega argues, lies in the discovery of his most fundamental assumption concerning himself, namely that he is “exempt from restrictions.” Mass man also takes a stance of “radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible his existence,” a disposition related to his lack of any historical perspective or knowledge. Whereas “the ordinary man of past times was daily taught… elemental wisdom by the world about him,” because instability continually unbalanced that world; yet, “the new masses find themselves in the presence of a prospect full of possibilities, and furthermore, quite secure, with everything ready to their hands, independent of any previous efforts on their part.” This almost automatic proffering of goods and services in response to mere whim provokes in mass man “the psychology of the spoilt child.” The child of indulgence confidently presumes his priority over everyone else, and his superiority to anyone who thwarts, or attempts to thwart, him in his desires. He “makes no demands on himself, but contents himself with what he is, and is delighted with himself.” Ortega’s phrase — “full of possibilities” — requires qualification. The range of “possibilities” that interests mass man remains quite narrow. What one specimen of mass man wants, every other specimen of mass man also wants. Mass man brings an unprecedented conformity and homogeneity to his milieu.

These trends, including the abrupt dominance of this new, vague variety of human being, have expressed themselves, as Ortega puts it in one of his chapter titles, in “A Self-Satisfied Age.” Let it be said that the label that applied justly to the civilizational scene of Europe in 1930 applies no less justly, but with greater justice than ever, to the civilizational scene of North America ninety years later. Ortega could be sketching a portrait, for example, of the typical college freshman of 2020 in one of the state systems of (so-called) higher education, or of a self-declared “expert” prattling about this, that, or another thing on one of the cable news channels. The current chapter of modernity — or of “post-modernity,” as it preeningly calls itself — is undoubtedly ten times as self-satisfied, as entitled and narcissistic, as its precursor-chapter. What, then, are the basic characteristics of a “Self-Satisfied Age” or, rather, of the constituent personality of that Age? Ortega draws from his previous analysis three chief traits: “An inborn, root-impression that life is easy, plentiful, [and] without any grave limitations”; “contentment with himself [as he is that] leads [mass man] to shut himself off from any external court of appeal”; and a tendency “[to] intervene in all matters, imposing [his] vulgar views without respect or regard for others.” Ortega unites these traits, while emphasizing the third trait or vulgarity, under the damning etiquette of “spiritual barbarism.” Because “all life is the struggle, the effort to be itself,” and because mass man never struggles, but only revels in diversion, spirit or self has no inward grounds on which it might consolidate or exercise itself. It never appears.

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The Corona Papers

There are a fair number of coronadissidents among credentialed experts in German academia, as evidenced by the following report.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this essay from Die Achse des Guten:

The Corona Papers: How the Ministry of the Interior Conjured up the Risk

Dear readers, what I am writing to you today should, if we still have reasonably functioning institutions, authorities, courts and media, bring the lockdown to an immediate end. The story that follows will remind you of Watergate and whistle-blowing, except it is happening today and we’re in the middle of it. Since I am a doctor, and I am primarily interested in people, I will tell you the story from that perspective.

You may have seen my other Corona articles. The factual and sound approach receives a lot of approval. As a result, ten days ago an employee of the Federal Ministry of the Interior asked me to assist in preparing an analysis of the medical damage resulting from the lockdown. From my twenty years of experience in dealing with the issues of nutrition and obesity, I know how little authorities and institutions — and I won’t even mention the media — are concerned with the actual findings. Therefore, I was not surprised by the answer to the following question: Hasn’t an analysis of the damage due to the Corona Protection Measures been prepared by the ministry already? The incredible answer: unfortunately, no. The employee of the Federal Ministry had already made proposals in this respect, which either fell on deaf ears or in some cases, were answered with threats of consequences for not keeping quiet. In this respect, this call was very courageous and the employee knew that this path would not be easy.

Thereupon I quickly provided this employee with the addresses of my professional network, and the colleagues immediately got to work alongside their demanding professions (ranging from university institute directors to clinic directors), enabling the employee to produce a reliable, highly competent assessment of the medical consequences of the lockdown within a week.

The results do not surprise any expert. From a purely medical point of view, the damage caused by the lockdown will be much higher than Corona could ever have caused. Naturally, the economic, social and political damage is also related to this. Everything is interdependent, but this paper was mainly concerned with the medical side. This includes the 2.5 million operations, follow-up treatment, early diagnosis or care restrictions not carried out during the Corona months.

Yesterday he finished the paper. In addition to the medical damage assessment of the lockdown, the paper also states that these measures should never have been taken. Because, in terms of the dimensions of a national civil protection system, the Corona infection never had the potential to trigger a national disaster with a significant threat to the general public. All the figures, even those of the RKI [Robert Koch Institute], show this. He sent this paper to the official channels of the authorities in the afternoon of May 8, 2020, including to every Ministry of the Interior of each German state. In it he also described in detail how the Corona error occurred and where the systemic error lies in the decision-making processes.

It’s just as I thought it would be. Essential data was negated, along with the technically correct interpretation of that data, and it never reached the departments of the ministries and thus no longer appears in the ministerial work templates. The public, especially the leading media, applauds this, instead of pointing out these fundamental omissions. Those who do, such as Professor Sucharit Bhakdi and Professor Stefan Hockertz, are forced to switch to Internet media, which is used as a tool to defame them as outsiders. This mechanism has become a major vulnerability of our society, which no longer allows us to react to crises in a competence-controlled and appropriate manner. As this paper states, there is no longer a functioning alarm button that effectively warns policymakers when they run the risk of making a colossal mistake.

The Ministry responded promptly

This paper, launched into the ministerial bureaucracy, led to a response from the ministry to all the scientists involved in just two hours. Here is the text of the email:

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Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What? (Interlude IB)

Here’s another interlude post in Seneca III’s latest treatise. See the archives link at the bottom of this post for previous installments in this series.

Signs and Portents Everywhere…But of What?

by Seneca III

Interlude IB

Preamble

Mass alien immigration from the Third World into the First and the social and cultural decomposition that followed is now a fait accompli. This same aggressive war on our way of life is also being fought on another front by other means and by members of the same cabal. They plan to control the ways and means that determine the state of human health on a global scale — aided and abetted by the UN and the WHO, naturally — and through that monopoly to eventually control the world itself. They are the wealthy, politically well-connected and anointed disciples of Mammon who are shaping an autocratic global future controlled exclusively by them and for their benefit alone, not for ours.

If by the time you have finished reading this article and, most important of all, watching the video, you are not frightened by thoughts of what the future holds then so be it. If, however, you can see and understand how the globalist plan is unfolding and it is not what you wish for the future of your children and grandchildren then it is time for some serious preparation and then action.

But before preparation, first must come a full understanding of who the enemy is, his methodology and how he operates as an international distributed network with tentacles stretching into every corner of our lives, and finances and thus what his ultimate destination is.

“The social atmosphere is that of a besieged city. And at the same time the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.”

— George Orwell, 1984

A short review of the revelatory video

…by Amazing Polly.

The video is 38 fascinating minutes in length. Below are seven snapshots of some of the graphics found therein. In the video there are many more accompanied by full explanations of the lineages and interconnections between the principal players.

This ‘Pledging Event’ lasted two and half hours. Always follow the money — as the video does.

The web of conspiracy starts to develop.

More players arrive…

…and more…

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Brazilian Establishment Tries to Overthrow Bolsonaro

The Brazilian Left, like the Left anywhere else in the world, never lets a good crisis go to waste. According to this report by José Atento, the ramped-up push to damage President Jair Bolsonaro during the Wuhan Coronavirus crisis is similar to what is being attempted against Donald Trump in the USA.

The continuous effort of the Brazilian establishment to overthrow President Bolsonaro has reached its maximum level

by José Atento

Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil in November of 2018 because for most Brazilians he personified the opposition to many of the issues plaguing Brazil and Brazilians. First, the rampant corruption, notably from the leadership of the Labour Party (herein referred to as PT), which ruled Brazil for sixteen years. Secondly, the precarious situation of the Brazilian economy. PT squandered the economy. When PT rose to power in early 2000s, Brazil was a leading member of the BRICS. When PT left power, Brazil was basically bankrupt. Socialists are good at squandering economies.

Bolsonaro is anti-establishment, and in Brazil the establishment is predominantly of the Left. Bolsonaro spoke the language of the people, who are mostly nationalistic and Christian, disagree with gender ideology, are against abortion, and oppose big government, i.e., are against the flags of the Left.

Bolsonaro is also anti-Socialist and against the South American Socialist alliance known as São Paulo Forum, which has the participation of former and current leaders such as Lula (Brazil), Chavez/Maduro (Venezuela), Morales (Bolivia) and Cristina Kirchner (Argentina).

Bolsonaro showed his independence when he selected his ministers based on competence, not on political arrangements. Among his ministers two would represent the fight against corruption and for economic recovery. Sergio Moro (Justice Minister), the judge who led the Operation Car Wash, which put into jail powerful politicians and entrepreneurs, including former president Lula. And, Paulo Guedes (Finance Minister), a renowned economist from the Chicago School, with the intention of developing the economy towards free market.

By building a team of technical ministers, Bolsonaro angered a large group of politicians (from several parties) known as Centrão, which means roughly, Big Center. This group is not really in the center of the political spectrum, but they are known by their appetite for bargaining with the government, approving projects proposed by the government in the exchange for electoral gains. They did that during the PT government, and, as a consequence, several members of the Centrão are accused of corruption but, as members of parliament, they have “parliamentary immunity.” Both houses of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, are controlled by the Centrão. Unable to sell its support, the Centrão suffers from something similar to what a drug addict in withdrawal experiences.

The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Dep. Rodrigo Maia, has been slowly undermining the government by delaying the consideration of projects and decrees signed by Bolsonaro to the point of letting them expire. Similar action has been undertaken by the president of the Senate, Sen. Davi Alcolumbre. Both are from the Centrão.

Other sources of opposition are the left-leaning media (such as Folha de São Paulo and the all-powerful Globo TV) and the Supreme Court (STF), whose judges were nominated by socialist governments. The current president of the Supreme Court, Dias Tófolli, is a former PT lawyer. It is important to add that the governors of the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both targeting the 2022 presidential elections, would love to see Bolsonaro’s chances for re-election decrease.

Bolsonaro is also the target of relentless attacks by the international media. His anti-socialist stance puts him at odds with the likes of The Guardian, El Pais, the BBC, CBC, ABC, CNN, and other left-leaning globalist media powerhouses, who waste no time before throwing mud at him.

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Sweden’s Elderly Get the Kiss of Death From Socialized Health Care

Jon Tallinger MD is a Swedish family practice physician in a suburb of Stockholm. In recent days he has gained fame as a whistleblower who made public the official guidelines of the Swedish public health service: Very old COVID-19 patients, or those with COVID and additional severe health conditions, are not to be sent to the hospital to receive oxygen therapy, which might in fact help them survive the disease and recover. Nursing homes and family practice doctors are not permitted to administer oxygen, so there is then no possibility for a very old coronavirus-infected patient to receive oxygen therapy.

The recommended alternative is that such patients be given morphine as a palliative measure. This will kill their pain, help shut down their breathing, and send them off to the glorious Folkhemmet in the sky with a smile on their face.

Below is an interview with Dr. Tallinger about the state directive on oxygen therapy. I’ll make explicit what is only implied in Dr. Tallinger’s remarks: the Swedish establishment apparently views the current crisis as an opportunity to administer euthanasia to the very old behind the scrim of COVID-19, thus reducing costs over the next decade or two and allowing the socialized health care system to survive on life support for that much longer.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for conducting the interview and uploading the video:

Panic in the World

I might as well out myself: I’m a COVID-19 skeptic, a.k.a. a Coronaskeptic.

I have to be careful when I talk about the ChiCom flu with my friends and acquaintances. The vast majority of them, both liberals and conservatives, have succumbed to the general hysteria that has been propagated by the television and greatly amplified by social media. Conservatives are slightly less likely than liberals to have joined the mad rush of panic, but most of them have been infected by it to at least some degree.

I don’t think Corona 2019-nCoV, a.k.a. COVID-19, a.k.a. the Chinese Crud, is “the most deadly epidemic in human history”, or whatever hyperbolic designation that is currently being peddled by the media. Rather, it is a pandemic of mass hysteria.

That doesn’t mean that I think that the Wuhan Coronavirus doesn’t exist, or that it isn’t killing people. I’ve simply come to the conclusion that it is no more dangerous than the seasonal flu, and possibly less so.

If I posted the above on social media, it would immediately be taken down, and my account with Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube would most likely be closed. The major social sites have joined hands with the legacy media and governmental agencies to suppress any opinions that contradict the coronavirus narrative.

I’ve waited this long to post about it because I’ve been patiently collecting data on the disease since long before the hysteria began. The first thing I can tell you is that ALL the models that predicted the trajectory of the pandemic are useless. None of them seems to have remotely reflected the reality of the spread of the disease. As a result I won’t be referring to any of them; there’s no point.

Before I outline my general conclusions about what’s happening, I’ll go over some of the data points here.

The single most valuable resource I’ve encountered thus far is a Swiss site called Swiss Propaganda Research. Yes, they are avowed Coronaskeptics, but they have compiled their data carefully and thoroughly, and they source everything they assert. My favorite quote from them is this one:

Danish researcher Peter Gøtzsche, founder of the renowned Cochrane Medical Collaboration, writes that Corona is “an epidemic of mass panic” and “logic was one of the first victims.”

I recommend their page as a useful source for links to detailed, sober scientific data on the spread and virulence of COVID-19. It is updated frequently.

Peter Robinson’s interview with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, is lucid and informative (hat tip Power Line):

Scott Jensen is a physician and — horrors! — Republican state senator in Minnesota. In the following video he reveals to an astonished interviewer that the state government had given doctors instructions on how to tweak death certificates to overstate the incidence of COVID-19 as the cause of death (thanks to Vlad for uploading this video):

For some interesting analysis of the WuFlu data, see Vlad’s two interviews with former CIA station chief Brad Johnson.

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We are far enough into the pandemic now to have ample data on its lethality. At this point it seems to roughly comparable with the seasonal flu — maybe slightly worse, maybe not quite as bad.

The data from Germany have proved particularly useful. According to this article from Reason:

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Poland, PiS and the Liberal West

Our Polish correspondent Green Infidel sends this overview of the relentless pressure on Poland to adopt a progressive stance on issues such as immigration, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

Poland, PiS and the Liberal West

by Green Infidel

In the Autumn of 2015, the Polish party PiS (“Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc”, or “Law and Justice”) won a historic election victory — becoming the first party to win an election outright since the downfall of Communism in 1989. Such a victory came on the back of the presidential election five months earlier, which was also won by the PiS candidate Andrzej Duda. Both victories would have been hard to predict a year earlier, and in both cases a strong factor was disillusionment with the pro-EU government of the PO party (“Platforma Obywatelska” or “Civic Platform”) led by Donald Tusk, who left the post of Prime Minister at the end of 2014 to become President of the European Council in Brussels (thanks to which, he was famously described by Nigel Farage as the “newest Polish émigré”). After Tusk’s departure, the PO party became weaker, and the new prime minister Ewa Kopacz faced accusations about her government’s becoming out of touch.

This feeling increased after the events of Summer 2015, when her government voted in favour of an EU mechanism to redistribute migrants among member states, after promising many times to reject it. This decision proved very unpopular with the Polish public, fearful of the possibility of large-scale migration from Islamic countries, partly out of prejudice, but also in large part because of the experiences of Polish émigrés in countries such as the UK (among whom the most popular party in the October 2015 elections was the even more anti-immigration Kukiz ’15 party, and the pro-immigration PO party only took fourth place). The feeling among Poles against Islamic immigration was so intense and so unanimous, especially on the internet, that in September 2015 the leading liberal newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza took the decision to close its comments on articles related to the migration crisis.

The leader of PiS, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has always been one of the most polarising figures in Polish politics, perceived as desirous of power at any cost, and drawing the ire of the urban elite with numerous statements perceived as insulting, rude or arrogant. Before the October 2015 election, however, he drew himself apart from leaders in the Polish political mainstream by condemning the PO government for agreeing to the “refugee” quotas, and for saying PiS would reject them. Perhaps this became the catalyst for his party’s subsequent historic election victory.

Since that time, the Polish government has united with the governments of the other Visegrad countries (Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia) on the subject of migration, and often drew the ire of Brussels in rejecting the “refugee” quotas.

This was, however, only part of the story. By 2016 the Polish economy was booming, and for the first time ever employers were struggling to find new employees. This resulted in a record number of immigrants, and by 2017, Poland issued the highest number of first-residence permits in the whole of the EU, 683,000). In reality, a large majority of the newcomers came from Ukraine, perhaps due to the terrible economic situation of that country, while the second-largest number of immigrants came from Belarus. Many Poles find it fortunate that the immigrants are mostly from these countries which border Poland and, despite some historic animosities, share a very similar culture with Poles.

Nonetheless, many immigrants have also been drawn from further afield, especially from India. So much so that in 2018, long queues for visas were reported in front of the Polish consulate in New Delhi. And the results can be seen on the streets of big cities such as Warsaw, where chains like Uber Eats employ delivery drivers, seemingly exclusively from the Indian subcontinent. At the same time, universities were putting more effort into “urgently” searching for more foreign students, with the Ministry of Further Education allowing students to apply for more grants, to attempt to entice them.

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The Ikhwan in Italy

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Linkiesta. It’s from a year ago, but still relevant:

International traffic

April 4, 2019

Qatar Finances the Muslim Brotherhood in Italy. And in Return They Buy Our Arms

The book Qatar Papers, written by the French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, reveals the funding given by Doha in 2014 to mosques and Islamic centers in Europe: €72 million, of which €22 million went to Italy alone. The currency of exchange? The arsenal made in Italy.

The Italian press struggles to make the connections. Either it is not capable, or it is because it is in bad faith. That is demonstrated by the articles in Qatar Papers, the book written by the French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, which reveals the funding from Doha to mosques and Islamic centers in Europe in 2014: €72 million, of which €22 million went to Italy alone. This sounds the alarm of the newspapers on the links of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood. None of them recall our furnishing of arms to the Emir Al Thani: In a little more than a year, €9 billion in ships and helicopters. Perhaps that way explains to us better how things are, right? Qatar, for Italy, is a small Sparta in the Gulf. We are arming the emirate to the teeth, which is under embargo by Saudi Arabia and their allies in the Gulf, who accuse Doha, along with Turkey, of protecting the Muslim Brothers and their leader, Yusuf al Qaradawi, with their political Islam considered a lethal trap for the absolute monarchies of the region.

In little more than one year we have sold Doha 7 Fincantieri warships for €4 billion, 28 NH 90 (formerly Agusta Westland) helicopters for €3 billion; in addition, an agreement has been signed for 24 Typhoon fighters from the Europefighter consortium, of which Leonardo-Finmeccanica has a share of 36%. Planes, more than anything else, have also been sold to Saudi Arabia after a visit to London by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon, who according to the CIA ordered the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Here are some of the many motives: the tensions in the Gulf and Libya, for the emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who for us has a relevant weight. We are a strategic ally. The emirate is a large producer of gas, in partnership with Iran — under American sanctions — and one of the largest foreign investors in Italy, where the Qataris have acquired fashion brands (Valentino), real estate, large hotels, and the Air Italy company, formerly Meridiana, of the Agha Khan.

The Qatar Investment Authority (Qia) is a colossus, whose assets are estimated at €335 billion. Italy certainly cannot be presumed to have treated it badly. Here it wants to proselytize among Muslims at the expense of the Saudis and other monarchies of the Gulf. It cannot shock; therefore, if, in the book by Malbrunot, a colleague and friend, kidnapped in Iraq in 2004 while we were together in Baghdad, a letter from Yusuf al Qaradawi is cited, in which the sheikh praises the Caim (Coordination of Islamic Associations of Milan) Monza and Brianza, and exhorts its recipients to donate generously to their representatives, Yassine Baradei and Davide Piccardo, noted promoters of Islam in Lombardy, to support their project to construct a large new Islamic center in Milan with a mosque and several educational centers.

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The Ikhwan in Luxembourg

The following article concerns the Muslim Brotherhood’s use of Luxembourg as a financial hub. It’s from 2018, but still relevant — the situation has not changed in the interim.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this piece from the Yoan Kaufman Blog:

Investigation: Luxembourg, the fiscal paradise of the Muslim Brotherhood?

June 14, 2018

If Switzerland is known to have been a rear base of the Muslim Brotherhood, Luxembourg, on the other hand, has long been ignored. However, historically the Grand Duchy has played a central role in the financial strategy of this organization.

Luxembourg has become one of the strongholds of worldwide Islamic finance, and its authorities boast about it: “As the second largest world center for funds and host of the world’s principal stock exchange for stock securities, Luxembourg is today a key center for the development of Islamic finance in Europe,” stated Tom Theobald, Luxembourg’s deputy director general for finance at the end of 2017.

It is true that the publicity and lobbying carried out around this “Islamic finance” lends credence that this “finance” might be cleaner, more ethical because it is religious! In the name of God, is it less neo-liberal or less opaque? Nay. Such affirmations are absurd at best and at worst deceiving.

In reality, however, the valuation of this so-called new market quite simply hides the financial infiltration strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and certain Gulf countries.

A project under construction for over 40 years…

In 2005 the Swiss journalist Sylvain Besson published a remarkable work, “The conquest of the West”, which everyone unfortunately forgot, and would be good to update.

In this book, the investigator-journalist recalls that after the attacks on September 11, the Swiss police conducted a search at the home of Youssef Nada, the chairman of a group named al-Taqwa, which was suspected of having financed al-Qaeda. In Nada’s house, the police seized an exceptional document, which had to do with “Project” of the Muslim Brotherhood, written in 1981. This document established the global strategy of the Brotherhood and more specifically, that which was envisioned for Europe.

During a second search of the offices of al-Taqwa, investigators found another document fascinatingly titled “Financial Strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood”.

This edifying text details the financial structures created by the leaders of the Brotherhood during the 1970s, thanks to funds principally coming from the Gulf countries.

The central position of Luxembourg is clearly exposed in the first pages. “The Islamic International Bank of Luxembourg is the principal entity that directs and controls all other institutions. ARINCO, an affiliated entity, manages the long-term investments.” And here we are!

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The Coming Elections in the Netherlands

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan has the latest on the convoluted political situation in his homeland.

The coming elections

by H. Numan

In the UK the Labour party lost massively. Their biggest loss in nearly a century. In America the Democrat party is going to lose even more. The signs are all there. The most important candidate is Bernie Sanders who isn’t even fit to sit in a clown car. Much less to drive it. The man has absolutely no authority whatsoever. I’ve seen clips where his radical supporters grab the microphone out of his hands and totally humiliate themselves. With comrade clown standing next to it. Seething, and not able to do a darn thing about it.

Don’t be mistaken: The other clowns are almost as bad as he is. That’s pretty good news, I think. Even Bloomberg isn’t going anywhere. He can’t help it, he simply has the wrong credentials. Just like a child abuser has to live with his past, so must he. He was not only a strict Republican, he’s also a billionaire. Apart from the fact that he is simply bribing his way to nomination, and gloating that he can do it. Voting fraud is now completely legal in at least California. You can collect all the ballots in a retirement home or a town, fill them in as desired and present them as valid votes.

Even so, Trump is going to win. He doesn’t have to do a thing himself. The clowns do all the hard work for him. I hope the Milwaukee police department is planning for some huge riots. Antifa is not going to accept anyone else but comrade Sanders. They’re going to be very angry, as Sanders will not be elected.

Now, in Holland we’re also heading for elections. Officially we aren’t. Elections are due in March of 2021. That’s a full year in the future. The government is basically finished governing. Their goals have been achieved, or need a different coalition. I have no idea what will cause the resignation of the cabinet, but all parties are gearing up in election mode. The conservatives (VVD) and Christian Democrats (CDA) especially are making very bold statements about fewer migrants, stronger borders and — don’t laugh — less money to the EU. That’s a sure sign elections are coming.

It’ll be a very interesting election. In the recent past, first the Christian Democrats got trashed, followed by the labor party PvdA. In both cases after a long period of governing and a string of broken promises. This election will be the same, only now it’s the VVD’s turn to get trashed. Like their Christian and Labor compatriots earlier, the VVD has governed for a very long time, nearly 12 years continuously. The broken promises of Mark Rutte are legendary. As before people had high hopes during the first Rutte cabinet, which over time lessened. Currently the government is a minority government. The cabinet had a one-seat majority at the start in parliament. They lost that seat last year. In the senate it’s already a minority cabinet.

We’ve seen a massive shift to the left in nearly all parties. We used to have three large parties: a big conservative party (VVD), an even larger center party of Christian Democrats, and a large labor party. All of them moved far to the left. They want to woo young, hip and progressive voters. Nothing wrong with that, but there is a price to pay. There are lots of young people who are not progressive. Most of the not-so-young voters are anything but progressive. The price the formerly big parties have to pay is far fewer voters. They all shrank from their position of the big three to middle of the road. Or in case of the PvdA: that’s now a small party. In Dutch politics anything under 10 seats is small fry, 10-25 is middle of the road and anything above is a big party.

Progressive parties want to create a united left front. That won’t fly, because the PvdA party knows very well that will cost their party whatever seats they have left. Of course GL (former communists) and the SP (former Maoists) are in favor. They would gain the seats lost by the PvdA. Two birds with one stone!

That big gap on the right is being filled by two parties: The PVV party and the new Forum for Democracy (FvD). The PVV currently holds 19 seats, and FvD 2. It’s highly likely both will gain a lot in the coming elections. I expect both to grow to about 30 seats each. However, that is not enough for a majority. They will need 76 seats. That’ll be a problem as both the PVV and FvD parties are boycotted by the others.

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Ghetto Sweden

Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna), caused outrage when he appeared on state TV and declared that all of Sweden was a no-go zone.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Fria Tider:

Åkesson: “All of Sweden Is a Ghetto”

January 28, 2020

There are not only “vulnerable areas” in certain places in Sweden. The whole country is such an area, says Sweden Democrat (SD) leader Jimmie Åkesson on SVT [Swedish Television] Aktuellt on Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday evening, Justice and Migration Minister Morgon Johansson (S) and Sweden Democrat party leader Jimmy Åkesson (SD) met in a debate on SVT Aktuellt 21.

The topic was so-called “quota refugees”.

Johansson wants Sweden to continue filling the country with thousands of people from the Third World. Sweden accepts about 5,000 quota refugees every year, mostly from Africa and the Middle East.

Åkesson held the opposite view.

“Sweden is full,” he explained.

Morgon Johansson believes that Jimmie Åkesson lacks empathy because he doesn’t want quota refugees. We are talking about the “most vulnerable” people imaginable, he [Johansson] argued. The minister went so far as to suggest that the SD leader is racist and really doesn’t want people in the country who don’t look like typical Swedes.

“Don’t talk to me about compassion. You chose to prioritize 9,000 adult Afghan men without asylum. Year after year, you prioritize people who should not be here. Where is the compassion for the elderly people who cannot access the welfare they are entitled to? Where is the compassion for all those who cannot get the care they need? People are dying in health care queues today in Sweden, and you want even more to come here and share the welfare? There isn’t any room for that,” answered Åkesson.

Johansson made a weak effort at a comeback and repeatedly appeared anxious and unsure. He trembled as he spoke.

“My opinion is that all of Sweden is a vulnerable area today,” the SD leader maintained.

That statement made Annika Strandhäll (S) go through the roof. Sweden is the best country in the world. That is a fact, she believes.

“Åkesson stands there in Aktuellt and says that all of Sweden is a vulnerable area today. He should get a counter-question. Thus, Sweden is the land that has the highest reputation in the world. When will the ‘black-painting’ SD and right-wing movements subject themselves to factual examination,” Strandhäll writes on Twitter.