The Feigned Objectivity of Television Reporting

The late German comedian Loriot understood the deep political bias and dishonesty of television more than forty years ago, all the way back in 1979. In the following clip from a talk show broadcast that year, the comedian expressed his opinion on politics and TV.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling. The translator sends this thumbnail bio from Wikipedia:

Bernhard-Viktor Christoph-Carl von Bülow (12 November 1923-22 August 2011), known as Vicco von Bülow or Loriot, was a German comedian, humorist, cartoonist, film director, actor and writer.

He is best known for his cartoons, the sketches from his 1976 television series Loriot, alongside Evelyn Hamann, and his two movies, Ödipussi (1988) and Pappa Ante Portas (1991).

On the television series Unsere Besten (Our Best), Loriot was ranked the 54th best German ever. In a special comedy episode of Unsere Besten, he was ranked as the most famous German comedian ever.

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Planned Bankruptcy

Below is a wry take on the US presidential election from a German vantage point by the popular columnist Hans Heckel.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this essay from Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung:

Week in Review

by Hans Heckel
September 12, 2020

Planned Bankruptcy

Why Joe Biden reminds us of Heinrich Lübke, and what Wolfgang Schäuble has up his sleeve.

Let us imagine for a moment that Joe Biden, who wants to be President of the USA, was not a member of the Democratic party, but in the wrong party — that of President Donald Trump. How then would the media handle the challenger? Americans can only wonder what that would be like. Not we Germans though, for we had Heinrich Lübke, whose dementia overshadowed the last years of his presidency and was an inexhaustible source of schadenfreude. Leftist media laughed themselves sick over the poor soul’s real and invented slips.

What does that have to do with Biden? Two quotes with which he delighted the coalition of Asians and Latinos: the anti-racist comment: “Poor children are just as clever and talented as white children.” That was a real “Lübke”, right? Another time, he was defending himself against the charge that he was a total opponent of private ownership of weapons: “I have three guns for hunting, my son has three hunting guns, altogether we have five guns.”

He doesn’t get numbers. His appearances in Internet videos are astounding in many ways. Names, too. He once confused Angela Merkel with Margaret Thatcher, and the states of New Hampshire and Vermont.

So, fortunately, our media protect us from knowing of these bizarre reports — they don’t fit the image of the “great hope” and would only confuse us. After all, what were the Democrats to do? The friendly wink to “Black Lives Matter” and Antifa tells us clearly that the party elite has moved so far to the left that it could shake the majority of voters. So somebody who is redolent of the “Middle” is needed. And old man Biden is the right one. People know him. They will vote for him. Later, the party grandees can slide the old man across the stage like a cardboard backdrop, while completely different persons are pulling the strings and making the policy, whether for Vermont or New Hampshire or the whole country. And if President Biden should later address our Chancellor as “dear Maggie”, Tagesschau will cautiously miss this. After all, what is the cutting room floor for?

It is in Germany’s best interests that Biden be elected. For we hear that Trump’s ambassador in Berlin will be no friend of ours. The opposition is seriously concerned that the appointment of Douglas Macgregor would gravely damage German-American relations. PAZ has already published the quotes that are the source of these concerns.

Among them is Macgregor’s attribution of a “sick mentality” to us, because we are fixated on the twelve years of Nazi rule, and pay almost no attention to the other 1500 years of our history. And yet Germany has “played a decisive role in Central Europe in the defense of Western Civilization”. He also reproaches Berlin over its offer of free state aid for “millions of unwanted Muslim intruders”, instead of raising military spending.

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COVID Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Last week, when I posted my observations about the coronavirus “pandemic”, I put the cart before the horse. Those were the conclusions I had drawn after sifting through cubic hectares of data on COVID-19, but I didn’t include any sources. I’ll list some of those sources here, along with some additional data.

In the video below, Paul Weston discusses the statistics of COVID testing, and why the large numbers of false positives render “case counts” essentially meaningless:

Mr. Weston doesn’t make it clear whether the expected error rate in PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests would be expected to go in both directions, or would be false positives only. The second video embedded below will help clarify why the errors are essentially all false positives, but even if there could be both false positives and false negatives, a simple calculation shows how bogus the media’s “case numbers” are.

Suppose the expected error rate is 1%, and that the PCR test is administered to ten million people. That means that out of those ten million people, 100,000 would either show false positives or false negatives. Further suppose that the tests indicate that there are 60,000 coronavirus “cases”. That means that at least 50,000 of those supposed infections are false positives, leaving at most 10,000 cases of the disease. However, the media would report 60,000 as the number or coronavirus infections, as if it were an established fact.

The second video features Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, who is licensed to practice law in both Germany and California. He explains the fraudulent nature of the panic over the coronavirus, which is deliberately created and maintained by Western governments, globalist interests, and the media. He also outlines a possible recourse for lockdown opponents: a class-action lawsuit against the government for the substantial harm done to ordinary citizens by draconian anti-COVID measures undertaken for fraudulent reasons.

He also helps clarify why all the errors in the PCR test would tend to be false positives. Pay special attention to his detailed explanation of the uselessness of the PCR test as a tool for diagnosing infection with the coronavirus (or any other disease):

The PCR test does not actually detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2, or any other specific antigen. It simply indicates the presence of a certain sequence of RNA, which is contained in COVID-19 as well as other coronaviruses. It may also be present as a leftover fragment of a virus particle, without there being any infection whatsoever.

A random bowl of porridge is probably just as likely to test positive for COVID-19 as a nasal or throat swab from a human being.

There are reams of data out there supporting the above assertions. Facebook and YouTube may well delete any discussion of them, but they are well-sourced and meaningful. A dedicated reader who is willing to stray outside the pale of the MSM and major social media can discover the facts for himself.

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Azerbaijan’s War Against Artsakh and Armenia

Azerbaijan’s ongoing aggression against Armenia began more than a week ago, but has not been widely covered by the mainstream media. Of special interest is the fact that Turkey has funded the movement of ISIS mujahideen from Syria to the Caucasus to act as mercenaries for Azerbaijan.

Armenian Americans for Human Rights (AAHR) was founded in Massachusetts in early 2018. Its chair is David Boyajian, a number of whose essays have appeared in the past at Gates of Vienna (see the list at the bottom of this post).

Below is a press release issued yesterday by AAHR.

Map: Regions of the Caucasus (See Note 6)

AAHR Calls for an Immediate End to Aggression Against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia

We strongly condemn the latest aggression by Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and the Republic of Armenia.

On Sunday morning, September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan flagrantly violated a negotiated ceasefire by launching a massive, unprovoked attack on Artsakh and Armenia.

In Azerbaijan, the NATO member Turkey has deployed and is using its own armed forces and advanced arms, including American-supplied weapons such as F-16 jets, to attack Artsakh/Armenia.

Using American-supplied weapons for other than self-defense is a grave violation of American law for which the United States must bear full responsibility.

Azerbaijan and Turkey have been deliberately targeting innocent civilians, schools, and homes in Artsakh, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries, including those of children.

Turkish President Erdogan and his country have no business intruding into this conflict — particularly on the side of the aggressor.

For years, Israel has been selling billions of dollars in armaments, including advanced attack drones, to Azerbaijan for use against Armenians. Israeli personnel have even fired such weapons against Armenians.

Israel is now resupplying these weapons to Azerbaijan.

This is not surprising, because Israel, which demands worldwide acknowledgement of the Holocaust, has always refused to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey from 1915-1923.

Leading Jewish American organizations (ADL, AJC, AIPAC, and others) had long colluded with Turkey and Israel to deny/diminish the Armenia Genocide and/or actively defeat Armenian Genocide resolutions in the U.S. Congress[1].

For years, Israel has also been guiding Jewish writers to publish falsehoods about Armenia, Artsakh, and Armenians.

The American people and the international community will ultimately not tolerate such hypocrisy.

Consistent with American interests and values, for nearly 30 years America and the American people have generously provided economic, charitable, and political support to Armenia and Artsakh, which also have excellent relations with the European Union.

Armenia participates in NATO’s Partnership for Peace and has supported the U.S. in Afghanistan.

America, the European Union, and NATO must act now, not merely talk, to stop Azeri/Turkish aggression.

Artsakh and Armenia are democracies. Azerbaijan is headed by dictator Ilham Aliyev, and, like Turkey, imprisons political opponents and journalists.

America is now energy independent. It need not sell itself to corporate interests whose only goal is profiting from Azerbaijan’s gas and oil deposits.

Azerbaijan has threatened to bomb Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power plant, a crime against humanity that would spread radiation throughout the world.

Turkey has now sent jihadist terrorists from Syria, Libya, and elsewhere to Azerbaijan to fight against Armenians[2].

Former ISIS commander Sayf Balud is going to Azerbaijan, courtesy of President Erdogan[3].

This continues Turkey’s practice of supporting terrorist organizations such as ISIS[4].

The U.S. State and Defense Departments as well as Congress should be embarrassed that they have long turned a blind eye to Turkey’s support for terrorists — thereby making a mockery of America’s “Global War on Terror.”

In the early 1990s, Azerbaijan deployed Afghan Mujahedin, Chechen militants, Turkish Grey Wolf neo-fascists, and others to fight Armenians.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given his financial investments in Turkey and deep ties to the corrupt Erdogan family, President Trump is ignoring Turkey’s support for terrorist factions, aggression against Armenians (and others), and illegal use of American-supplied weapons.

Similarly, the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee Joe Biden have said little about Turkish and Azeri aggression against Artsakh/Armenia. This implicitly aligns Mr. Biden and Democrats with President Trump with whom they allegedly disagree on issues involving Turkey and Erdogan.

Artsakh is Armenian

In 1921, the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Bolsheviks used “divide and rule” tactics to place Artsakh inside Azerbaijan, even though Artsakh was Armenian and Armenians constituted 95% of the population.

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Ingrid and Maria: Neither of Us Will Ever Be Silenced!

Ingrid Carlqvist and Maria Celander are Swedish journalists who have become virtual outcasts for their politically incorrect opinions, especially those concerning Islam. They are now considered unacceptable “extremists” by mainstream outlets, so they collaborate on a website, “Ingrid and Maria” (Ingrid och Maria). I posted one of their reports in August of 2019.

Full disclosure: I know both of these estimable ladies. I’ve met Ingrid several times, most notably when she gave the country report on Sweden at the second Counterjihad Brussels conference back in 2012. I’ve never met Maria in person, but we have worked together on a number of virtual transatlantic projects over the years.

Ingrid and Maria were notified recently that they have been indicted for “hate speech” — hets mot folkgrupp, which translates roughly as “incitement against a group of people”. Their “crime” was to publish an op-ed about concerns over the employment of large numbers of Muslims who fill prescriptions in Swedish pharmacies.

Below is an interview with Ingrid and Maria about their upcoming court appearance. Many thanks to Tania Groth for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Karen’s Lives Matter

MC weighs in on the culture wars plaguing us in this autumn of our discontent.

Karen’s Lives Matter

by MC

There is a very famous book entitled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

First published in 1841, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is often cited as the best book ever written about market psychology. This Harriman House edition includes Charles Mackay’s account of the three infamous financial manias — John Law’s Mississippi Scheme, the South Sea Bubble, and Tulipomania. [source]

The book is all about human folly, and 2020 deserves a new chapter because humanity changes not.

One can almost understand the “we’re all gonna die’ reaction in the Spring of this year as it became apparent that this new virus was a killer. However, as more information became available, it also became apparent that the public reaction and hysteria were misplaced, and that whilst certain groups were vulnerable, healthy people under 60 had little to fear.

Then came the vested interests.

The MSM fanned the flames, and the COVID bubble got bigger and bigger as the whole thing got more and more political rather than medical, and rational science had left the building.

The medical profession, backed by big pharma, have virtually created the religion of ‘Science’ where the ‘deniers’ are deemed delusional idiots who need to be shut out and deplatformed, and where free speech should only be allowed to supporters and co-religionists. Criticism is banned and books should be burned. Sieg Heil!

The new social crime of Scientific sedition has now been created.

There is no real definition of many of the ideas of Scientific religiosity, and ‘racism’ is a word that is bandied around and is used as a hammer on the anvil of Multiculturalism. In this delusional race war, ‘racism’ can be overloaded into the most egregious connotations which undermine the very existence of culture, any culture, as long as it is not ‘white’.

This morning I watched the first football game of the season. The prologue was so soppy and sickly I skipped it, and the adverts were simply delusional lies, including the Biden ad. If you want to know what socialism really does to a country read this op-ed.

Yes, we Jooz are waking up to the perils of the great delusion.

Many things really look and sound good when well-presented, but how many of those toys that look so wonderful in the Christmas adverts are five-minute wonders on the home front? And the little UPS girl even prefers the packaging box to the toy inside.

But we really need to apply the ‘toy’ test to many things in life: do I really need to pay hundreds of dollars extra for the electric tailgate that I will really NEED about once a year? Or is it just the vanity of showing off?

Fashion is a terrible thing, and is a major cause of temporary insanity, delusion and the madness of crowds. When BLM burn African-American businesses, and Antifa behave like Nazi Sturmabteilung, we need to stop and look at what is happening.

In February 1917 there was a revolution in Russia, and the Kadets took limited power:

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Leftist Lives Matter

Dr. Gottfried Curio is a member of the Bundestag for the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). In the following speech on the floor of the Bundestag, Dr. Curio discusses the media’s double standard concerning protests in front of the Reichstag. He compares the alarmed response to the anti-Corona protesters with the non-reaction to Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Extinction Rebellion, and other far-left protests.

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

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Dr. Bhakdi on the Dangers of Masks and the Risks of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Professor Doctor Sucharit Bhakdi is a German virologist and professor of microbiology. He is an ethnic Thai who was born in the USA and educated at schools in Switzerland, Egypt, and Thailand. He studied medicine at the University of Bonn. He is the former head of the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene in Germany.

Dr. Bhakdi is 73 years old, and says he will never allow himself to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Below are two videos featuring Dr. Bhakdi. The first is a brief clip in which the doctor examines the possible legal consequences for those German public officials who issue mandatory mask orders.

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

The second video is a 20-minute interview with Dr. Bhakdi. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Wilders Has Been Convicted: 2-0 for Wilders

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, has been convicted yet again in yet another kangaroo court proceeding. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a video of Mr. Wilders’ remarks at a press conference after the verdict.

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends the following report.

Geert Wilders: “The Netherlands has become a corrupt country,
where the leader of the opposition in parliament is sentenced in a political trial.”

Wilders has been convicted: 2-0 for Wilders

by H. Numan

Friday the court handed down the verdict in the never-ending Geert Wilders trial, on appeal this time. Guilty, without punishment. Wilders called the trial and judicial process a farce and will again appeal. This time to the High Court (Hoge Raad). The court dropped some of the lesser charges, but not all. The main charge was reduced to guilty without punishment, against which Wilders appealed.

Let’s recap for new readers. Geert Wilders is the leader of the Dutch opposition. During an election rally in 2014 in Scheveningen (part of The Hague) he asked his audience if they wanted more or fewer criminal Moroccans. The audience yelled: Fewer! Fewer! Fewer! The whole country was in an uproar. Most people fully agreed with Wilders. Privately, of course. The uproar was created by the united left wing. They showed how immensely powerful the left really is.

I highlighted “criminal”, as this really is important. He never ever called for unlimited deportation of all Moroccans. Not even for those with a minor criminal record. That would account for just about 50% of all Moroccan males. Only for those with a severe criminal record. Something always glossed over by the media. I wonder why…

All media slammed him. All VIPs spoke against him. The government was horrified. Immediately an action was initiated to indict Wilders. Now we’ve finally got him! He won’t get away this time! The police, as one man, rallied against Wilders. Police stations extended their opening hours, so more people could file a complaint against him. The police provided pre-printed forms where you could mark what you were offended about. They provided translators for those who couldn’t read or write. If you can’t write, just ask and we’ll tell you where you can place your thumbprint. Moroccan organizations provided the translators and organized transportation to police stations. Commissioners were present, just to answer questions.

Just about the only thing the police did not do was go to every door and knock on it with a truncheon to ask if the occupants had already filed a complaint. Contrast this with regular complaints. You have to make an appointment, usually months in advance. The police actively try to get you not to file a complaint, unless it is very serious (=non-political).

The actual trial was more like a clown car with square tires. I’ve reported extensively about it. That trial was a farce, a kangaroo court beginning with pre-printed complaint forms. Ending with a pre-printed verdict. It started with one of the judges stating publicly on TV that she abhorred Wilders. Which his solicitor, Mr. Moskowitz used to remove her from court. He opened a new trend in justice, as before his action a judge was rarely removed from court.

Next, the court allowed entire lunatic asylums to take the witness stand. A female lawyer with green hair and a nose ring was allowed to speak at length for the prosecution. Another one, Jeroen de Kreek, ranted for hours about the pain Wilders had caused. (Both are native Dutch, not Moroccan.) The court suddenly found a nice legal loophole in changing the legal definition of ‘race’. It decided that from now on Moroccans are a race. So they could convict Wilders of racial discrimination and sowing hatred. The verdict in this farce was a fine of €5,000. Wilders went on to appeal. Score: 1-0 for Wilders.

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The BBC’s Useless Waffle About “British Islam”

The article is being reposted now because the Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons are in the news again. It was originally published in late January 2015 at LibertyGB, not long after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The BBC’s Useless Waffle About “British Islam”

by Michael Copeland

The BBC’s The Battle for British Islam on Panorama could justifiably be re-titled “The Waffle about British Islam”.

The able broadcaster John Ware fronts the investigation. He asks at the beginning,

“Why is it that some Muslims feel justified in killing their fellow citizens in the name of Islam?”

He could have provided the answer straight away from the Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller. This is available as both a book and a free download: anyone online can consult it. It lists, under “Acts that entail leaving Islam” (o8.7), “to revile Allah or his messenger’ (o8.7(4)). The penalty is death. The penalty can be carried out, vigilante style, by anyone without blame or legal consequence “since it is killing someone who deserves to die” (o8.4).

There you have it: in Islamic law any Muslim is authorised to kill without penalty someone (or twelve someones) who reviles Allah or his messenger. It is not that “some Muslims feel justified in killing their fellow citizens in the name of Islam”. It is that all Muslims are entitled to do so under Islamic law. The opening sequence even includes a subtitled recording of a French voice on the telephone (maybe one of the perpetrators: it was not explained) that said exactly that: “If someone offends the Prophet no problem, we can kill him” [it was one of the killers]. The opportunity to use that to explain the Sharia law penalty was missed.

Thereafter the programme could have examined how foreign law, such as Islamic law, which has never been ratified or passed by Parliament, has no standing in Britain or France. It is a simple matter of rules on how we are governed, that is to say, constitutional law. But no, the programme sets forth on a long quest involving terms such as “British Islam”, and “extreme but non-violent ideology” that are not defined.

“A group of British Muslims say they believe they have an answer” says John Ware. Note that they do not say that they have the answer: no, they “believe” they have “an answer”. Here it is:

“An extreme but non-violent ideology helps push Muslims into the arms of violent extremists.”

It is at this point that viewers can begin to wonder whether the documentary-makers had been constricted by rigid “sensitivity” parameters imposed by the Islam-compromised BBC to control the words used and to steer the discussion into abstract “violent extremism”, being sure to emphasise “version”, “interpretation”, and so on. It seems so.

Nowhere does the discussion mention jihad, “warfare to establish the religion” (Manual o9.0). This is odd, as a planned armed attack resulting in twelve killings, and another planned armed attack resulting in five further killings, both qualify as acts of war. These events were not armed robberies: the shooters were not ex-employees with a grudge, or jilted lovers, or insane. The attacks were one system of laws being asserted by force over another in hostile acts of armed supremacism — war. Two of the shooters explained their motivation, loudly proclaiming “We have avenged the prophet”, but this was not mentioned. These were acts of jihad, but viewers were not told that. Had Mr. Ware looked, Jihad is explained in the Manual of Islamic Law.

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Let Them Come to Berlin — To Protest the Coronavirus Restrictions

Last Saturday a huge demonstration against the government’s Wuhan Coronavirus restrictions took place in Berlin. If I understand it correctly, the sequence of events went as follows:

The demonstration was at first denied a permit by Interior Senator Andreas Geisel.

Then the Berlin Administrative Court overturned the ban, which allowed the demonstration to proceed.

After the march started on Saturday, police “dissolved” the demo due to violations of coronavirus restrictions.

Then the court (the same court? or a different one?) ordered the police to allow the demonstration to continue.

Below are nine videos and two articles about the events leading up to and during the demo. All translations are by MissPiggy, except for the Guido Hofmann video, which was translated by Hellequin GB. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

First, a report by Bild on the initial ban against the demo:

Police corral marchers (no subtitles). If I’m not mistaken, this is what the British call “kettling”:

Police stop the demo (no subtitles):

Brutal treatment of demonstrators by police at the Brandenburg Gate (no subtitles):

This video is really heartening — all those thousands of people who have seen through the lies of the media, and chant “lying press” and “fake news” at a Bild reporter, who complains that she was — horrors! — squirted with water:

Police “dissolve” the demo:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke at the demonstration (possibly only by video link, it’s not clear). He talked about the health of children, the danger of mercury contamination in vaccines, and the corruption of science and government by the pharmaceutical industry. He said, “Governments love pandemics,” because they induce fear in the populace, which allows them to exert greater control.

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A Sick Old Man Called CDA

H. Numan is back with an update on the Christian Democrat Party in the Netherlands, plus the latest multicultural Dutch news.

A sick old man called CDA

by H. Numan

A few days ago I wrote about the election of Pipo the Clown Hugo de Jonge as the newly-elected leader of the CDA (Dutch Christian Democrat party*). I explained a bit that his election wasn’t the smartest move and why. Well, it’s going to get worse. A lot worse. At this moment the CDA is a very sick old man. With very fancy shoes, I have to grant him that. Unfortunately, he’s standing in a pool with hungry sharks.

On the 17th of March 2021 we will have elections. Dutch elections are rather complicated, because we have so many parties*. More parties than a month has days, to be exact. So a coalition government must be formed. We have 150 seats in parliament, which requires a minimum of 76 seats for a workable cabinet. The biggest electoral victory ever was in 1977 by the socialists (PvdA), who took 53 seats. Even with that huge victory they couldn’t form a cabinet. They thought they could demand the moon. Reality hit them very hard when enough other parties teamed up together to scrape the required 76 seat majority. Which they did. The PvdA spent the next decade in the opposition.

This Mr. de Jonge is as ambitious as he is incompetent. There was a debate in parliament in which he had to defend himself against Geert Wilders, the leader of the PVV*. He didn’t defend himself at all. He just sat quietly at the back, waiting for Mark Rutte to do the saving. Geert Wilders was at his best. And de Jonge? Not so much. He sat quietly in the corner like a naughty schoolboy waiting for the trashing to be over. Even poor old Joe Biden would have done better…

His poor performance means that the sharks have smelled blood. Now everybody is out to get a piece of the corpse. Not by attacking de Jonge directly. There’s really no need for it. His faith is far worse. He is ignored. Wilders mentioned him, sure enough. But only because he is the minister of health, and as such responsible for the CCP virus debacle. Wilders didn’t attack him, but his ministry and the cabinet. So will all the others. The CDA will probably lose massively. So much so that it’s not at all unlikely they will have to merge with the CU (Christian Union*, communist Calvinist Christians) to survive.

How did this come to be? That’s because of the CDA mastodons. There is a huge difference — just like in your Democrat party — between what the party elite wants and what the voters want. The party elite is staunchly against Wilders and pro-political correctness. The voters are exactly the other way around. Perhaps not really in favor of the PVV; otherwise they would have voted for it. But definitely not against a coalition with the PVV. Unlike the party elite, who would rather shut the party down than work with Wilders. Even Rutte has no real problem with the PVV. Provided of course that he remains in power. But the CDA would rather dies than give in. Not a big problem, I think. That can be arranged.

The election of de Jonge was an internal election. Only card-carrying CDA members could vote. Most Dutch people are not members of any party. Of a population of 17 million, perhaps 40,000 people are members of the CDA party. The CDA is a big party; most parties have far fewer members. That meant that the election could easily be directed toward the desired result. Someone who really hates Wilders, not the other candidate (Pieter Omtzigt), who is more open for a compromise.

That opens a new track for the elections. Left and right are looking for the corpse that is the CDA. The party elite wants to turn left. The electorate does not. They have to decide now where to go. Some will turn left. But I think most will have no other option than go conservative. Do mind that I say: conservative, not right. If you read the party programs of really right-wing parties, you might think you were reading the same nonsense of really left-wing parties. There is very little difference between the extreme left and right. (Also in America.) In Dutch politics the conservative parties almost all moved to the left, which created a gap. That gap is filled by the PVV and to a lesser extend the Forum for Democracy (FvD). The CDA is polling at around 16 seats right now. They’ll be lucky to keep 10 of them.

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Brazilian Social Media and the Deep State Conspire to Overthrow Jair Bolsonaro

Allan dos Santos is a journalist and the founder of the Terça Livre, a Brazilian website and online media outlet. In the following video Mr. Dos Santos talks about the efforts of the Brazilian Supreme Court, working in tandem with Facebook and other social media — apparently with the help of China and North Korea — to undo the election of President Jair Bolsonaro.

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

The article below from Terça Livre (also translated by José Atento) discusses the same issues that Mr. Dos Santos describes in the video:

Former employees accuse Google and Facebook of global censorship

An article by Bruno Rodrigues in the Brazilian online magazine Terça-Livre reported today (July 31st) they had access to a joint letter of complaint signed by a former Google employee and two other former Facebook employees addressed to members of the United States House Judiciary Committee accusing both platforms of running a censorship project called ‘Machine Learning Equity’, which they compared to a global pandemic.

The six-page document pointed to a series of accusations against social networks of censorship applied to conservatives or liberals “more aligned to the right.”

In the letter, Zach McElroy, a former Facebook content moderator, Zach Vorhies, a former Google software engineer, and Ryan Hartwig (photo), a former Google content creator, say censorship “is not just a domestic concern, “but a global pandemic that has infected the world in a major way.”

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Let the Coronadissidents Come to Berlin

Last Saturday a huge crowd of demonstrators gathered in downtown Berlin to protest the government’s coronavirus restrictions. Police attempted to shut down the demonstration under the Infection Protection Act, but the crowd booed the police and resisted. The event was too large to be stopped forcibly.

The organizers said that a million people participated in the protest, while the mainstream media gave an estimate of 20,000. Even if the first number is an exaggeration, the second is obviously absurd, based on panoramic photos of the crowd.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this video report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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