Microbiology is a Risky Business

A few days ago I posted MissPiggy’s timeline of events related to SARS, gain-of-function research, the Wuhan Coronavirus, and the “vaccines”.

Hellequin GB left a comment in which he suggested additional avenues of research:

Suspicious deaths

The sudden and suspicious deaths of eleven of the world’s leading microbiologists.

Who they were:

1.   Nov. 12, 2001   Benito Que was said to have been beaten in a Miami parking lot and died later.
2.   Nov. 16, 2001   Don C. Wiley went missing. Was found Dec. 20. Investigators said he got dizzy on a Memphis bridge and fell to his death in a river.
3.   Nov. 21, 2001   Vladimir Pasechnik, former high-level Russian microbiologist who defected in 1989 to the U.K. apparently died from a stroke.
4.   Dec. 10, 2001   Robert M. Schwartz was stabbed to death in Leesburg, Va. Three Satanists have been arrested.
5.   Dec. 14, 2001   Nguyen Van Set died in an airlock filled with nitrogen in his lab in Geelong, Australia.
6.   Feb. 9, 2002   Victor Korshunov had his head bashed in near his home in Moscow.
7.   Feb. 14, 2002   Ian Langford was found partially naked and wedged under a chair in Norwich, England.
8. & 9.   Feb. 28, 2002   San Francisco resident Tanya Holzmayer was killed by a microbiologist colleague, Guyang Huang, who shot her as she took delivery of a pizza and then apparently shot himself.
10.   Mar. 24, 2002   David Wynn-Williams died in a road accident near his home in Cambridge, England.
11.   Mar. 25, 2002   Steven Mostow of the Colorado Health Sciences Centre, killed in a plane he was flying near Denver.
 

Our longtime reader and commenter Acuara sent this note after reading Hellequin’s comment:

I read the timeline and the list of the deaths of the microbiologists that preceded the timeline. My somewhat suspicious sense caught a whiff of something. May I politely request that you contact Hellequin, Gentleman Bastard, and request a compendium of the articles, theses, and/or dissertations that were written by the people that Gentleman Bastard listed.

My sense of things is that these people who died would have provided a credible challenge to what Messrs. Fauci, Gates, et al were planning to proceed with. We know from their increasingly defensive posture that they are running scared while trying to regroup. I would think that the Klieg Light of Public Awareness would result in the lot of them swinging from the gallows as they deserve, not that I am looking for vengeance as that is the Lord’s property, but rather and end to this chicanery and a return to responsible and ethical governance.

I passed Acuara’s message on to Hellequin, who applied himself to the task requested. He sent the list below, with an introductory note:

I think to go through all of these papers and understand the nitty-gritty of this, we need someone who can actually “READ” them, and not just the words. Because I don’t know enough to correlate this and connect the dots here, if there actually are any dots to connect in the end.

A list of the eleven with links to scholarly writings:

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What About Taiwan?

Our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan takes an eastward field trip to investigate an urgent issue: the status of Taiwan.

What about Taiwan?

by H. Numan

For the last couple of months there has been a lot of attention over Taiwan. Now even more, with a senile president in the White House. The Democrat Party is busy replacing senior military officers with more party-compliant officers. Biden is mounting the red mule of war. The rhetoric is cranking up. Will China invade Taiwan? Lots of comparisons can be found on YouTube. They compare the strength of China with that of Taiwan. It seems like an invasion is imminent. How can Taiwan possibly defend itself? The answer may surprise you: yes, easily!

First, let’s have a look at a possible invasion. In order to invade Taiwan, China needs a US president busy elsewhere, and preferably a blithering idiot. They couldn’t have asked for a better president. Not only is Biden senile, he is — almost certainly — bought and paid for by China. Remember the laptop you don’t hear about? Biden’s son Hunter also visited China, and did naughty things with young Chinese girls. We don’t know that for sure, as the laptop is ‘under investigation’. Given Hunter’s track record, you can safely assume the Chinese taped everything. Supposing daddy doesn’t comply, it can and will be leaked. This year an invasion is out of the question. Why? You can only attack for part of the year, from May until November. For the remainder of the year the weather doesn’t allow for it. Next year, then?

Don’t be fooled; the People’s Republic of China is not going to invade Taiwan. All comparisons I have seen — a lot! — often forget to mention or take into consideration:

Numbers don’t say much. Yes, if Taiwan had a land border with China, they would have been a Chinese province 72 years ago. Only Taiwan is an island, 180 km away from the mainland. That’s six times the width of the English Channel. The Chinese navy is just as experienced and dangerous as the German Kriegsmarine: not enough to successfully invade. The Germans couldn’t do it across a 30 km stretch of sea; the Chinese can’t cross a 180 km stretch of sea.

You have to know that the most dangerous operations any military can perform are airborne drops or naval invasions in hostile well defended territory. That’s why paratroopers and marines by default are the very best units in the military. They have to be.

Unlike what you often read about the Maginot Line, it did exactly what it was build for: the Germans couldn’t cross it. Their solution was to circumvent it, and attack through the Ardennes Forest and the Low Countries. The commander in chief of France was Maurice Gamelin at that time. He was unwittingly helping the Germans by sending his entire reserve forces towards Breda in The Netherlands. They never got there. On the way they had to retreat back to Dunkirk. When the French government told Churchill they didn’t have any reserves anymore, that was the reason. They were taken prisoner or evacuated at Dunkirk.

Now, Taiwan has been fortified massively for 72 years. You don’t hear a lot about it, but Communist China has tried everything possible to take over Taiwan for 72 years. And failed miserably. There is a problem when you apply maximum political pressure for 72 years nonstop. You can’t apply more pressure. All you can do is invade. Which the Chinese won’t do; it simply can’t be done.

The Maginot Line could be circumvented. That’s not possible with Taiwan. The Taiwanese army doesn’t have the very best military equipment in the world. They don’t even need it (though they often and loudly complain about it). All they need is good enough equipment. They have plenty of that. And lots of more than good enough equipment.

Yes, they have the oldest submarines in service, anywhere on the world. Used primarily for training. But the boat itself doesn’t matter much. It still is fiendishly difficult to find a submarine that doesn’t want to be found. What really matters are the torpedoes and fire-control systems. They are not the most modern, but more than enough to do the job.

The Chinese navy is big, but not big enough to cover an invasion fleet over 180 km of treacherous seas. Of course they can use civilian ships to carry most of the invasion force. China has plenty of those. However, the difference between navy and civilian ships is that navy ships are designed not to sink as fast as civilian ships. They have usually stronger hulls, more redundant systems and more watertight compartments.

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The Nightmare of Hyperinflation is Coming

Our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan extrapolates from our present fiscal woes to something more grievous and possibly terminal.

The nightmare of hyperinflation is coming

by H. Numan

He who doesn’t learn from history is doomed to do it all over again. We haven’t learned a lot from history, and are going to make the same mistakes. However, history never repeats itself. It’s always different. One of the reasons is that people tend to look at history, and think: ‘I wouldn’t have done that. How stupid!’ That’s looking back with 20/20 hindsight. You know the problem, and know what didn’t work back then. Most people think our ancestors were really stupid and they themselves are very smart. No, they weren’t, and you aren’t.

We’re about to make the same mistakes all over again. The current dogma is that Hitler was extreme right-wing and the treaty of Versailles was too harsh. Both assumptions are wrong. Disastrously wrong, as you will find out.

Let’s start with Hitler. He didn’t come out of thin air. He became politically active in 1919. Hitler wasn’t extreme right-wing; he was a socialist. His ideas, many of them, were mainstream in Germany at the time. The Germany army started planning rearmament right after (probably before) signing the treaty of Versailles. All Hitler did, once he gained power, was to speed it up and drop any pretenses. All Germans into a greater Germany (‘Heim ins Reich’) was something every German wanted, left and right. The German army was already planning to conquer the east in the future. That’s why they didn’t have a problem with Hitler’s Lebensraum policy. At first together with Poland, only later they switched to conquering Poland first. Before attacking the USSR, that is. Either way, large swaths of Poland were originally German. They would have reconquered it anyway. With or without Hitler.

Hitler himself was a racist communist. Not my words. His own words. He wrote in Mein Kampf, pages 406-407, that National Socialism differs from Communism only in its racism. Take away racial ideology from Nazism, and you’ve got communism.

Now the treaty of Versailles. World War One ended in three treaties: Versailles (Germany), Trianon (Austria-Hungary) and Lausanne (Ottoman empire). The treaties of Trianon and Lausanne were really harsh. They literally drew and quartered those empires into little pieces. Versailles was as lenient as it could be. Germany lost some territory, had to pay a steep penalty and was restricted in her armed forces. Compared with the other treaties almost a slap on the wrist. Don’t forget the Allies made huge sacrifices. Settling for anything less was not possible; their electorates would never have accepted that.

On the other hand — something not only the Germans tend to overlook — we have the treaty of Brest-Litovsk (March 3, 1918), which ended the war on the Eastern Front in favor of Germany. That was a real diktat. It was harsh to the max, so harsh that the USSR didn’t want to sign it. Kein Problem, said the German army. Then we simply go on. So they did, and added more demands. The USSR understood they had two options: take it or leave it. They took it. If you are merciless yourself, you can’t ask for mercy.

What you probably don’t know is that Germany, long before the war began, had the most developed welfare state of the time. Not only that, the German parliament was predominantly left-wing, with very strong labor and communist parties. They didn’t have any influence, mind you. Bismarck started with social laws, so they couldn’t. Not because Bismarck was a socialist, far from it. Better to give a little now instead of being forced to give more later on was his policy.

The German plan was to saddle the Allies with massive demands and make them pay for the war, plus a little extra. The problem was they lost that war. Experts have calculated they couldn’t make any profit out of the war. The costs were simply too high. Just like the Allies in the Versailles treaty, they would have to settle for something more realistic. However, that is moot. They lost. The result was a very expensive welfare state and massive war debts.

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Why Does Thailand Have Such a Low Incidence of COVID-19 Deaths?

In the following video a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases for a major group of hospitals in Thailand explains why the country has so few deaths from the Wuhan Coronavirus compared with most other countries.

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

Video transcript:

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M1911

The following essay by our Israeli correspondent MC serves as an appropriate companion to H. Numan’s piece posted earlier tonight. It’s good to have persepctives from abroad on what’s happening here in the Nation Formerly Known as the United States of America.

American Socialism is like playing Russian Roulette with an automatic pistol: there are just too many individualists and too many pistols for a quiet transition to the average socialist utopia.

We have loaded the Biden bullet into the magazine of our 1911 pattern Colt along with a few blanks, and we put it to our collective temple thinking that the blanks are benign.

So here we are, all set. What chance do we have of surviving?

The USA is on the brink of a full-scale Fascist bullet in the bonce, but through ignorance and misdirection, they are unaware that even the blanks are dangerous. One can, if one is stupid enough, play Russian roulette with a revolver and get away with it most of the time, but a semi-automatic pistol is going to kill you every time you pull the trigger (sic), blank or ball.

I lived under socialism for decades; I saw it creep and corrode society until it destroyed the mechanisms that allowed the poor to prosper and the intelligent to be fulfilled.

It starts with education, the process of giving men and woman an asset that they can sell in the employment marketplace, an asset that does not go away, and can be sold and resold on a daily basis.

I profited enormously by being selected for an academic education, and from being groomed as a manager of men, as an intellectual capable of self-learning. But that door, the one that I came through, was eventually slammed shut by socialists, socialists who wanted the utopian equality of outcomes rather than the achievable equality of opportunity.

My paternal grandfather was a coalminer from Yorkshire (the other one, the Jewish one, was a Stoker in the Royal Navy). The miner was a convener of the ILP (Independent Labour Party); whereas the ‘Labour’ party was a country club for rich gentlemen who could not make it in the Liberal or Tory parties of the time, the ILP wanted to get real actual working men and women into Parliament. Arthur, my grandfather, believed in education, and he got his four sons and one of his two daughters through to ‘school certificate’ (high school graduation). My father’s education was interrupted by the War, but his younger brother went on to get a bachelor’s degree, unheard of at the time.

Socialism, with its roots in 19th-century romanticism, cannot admit to being wrong. Pragmatically, we all have different IQs and abilities, but within the socialist romance we are all born equal. Romance is a genre where outcomes follow predictable and desirable courses and the heroes and heroines all live happily ever after, but in politics, romanticism is dangerous, and the outcomes can be dire.

‘Equality’ is always a hard and elusive master. The romantics pictured a happy state led by an elite (themselves) of ‘virtuous’ administrators. A lovely comfortable picture — for cows and sheep!

Joseph, he of the ‘technicolor’ dreamcoat, was set apart by his father who recognized his potential. But his brothers just saw what they perceived as his, Joseph’s, arrogance. So they sold him into Egyptian slavery, they squandered their greatest family asset through petty jealousy.

But Joseph was blessed by Yahovah, and as such, he would have succeeded in any situation. His brothers would have prospered greatly if they had been a little less self-obsessed.

Imagine, if the brothers had revered Joseph instead of despising him, then Egypt would have come begging to them for food rather than their having to go to Egypt.

I lived in South Africa during the final years of Apartheid. It was an eye opener. Whilst apartheid stifled growth, it preserved identities and allowed cultural interaction at a level that was ‘defined’ by the idea that high walls made good neighbours; Africans were allowed to defecate in the gutter, whites were not. Apartheid has inbuilt elements of paternalism and socialism; as well as preserving cultural integrity, it gave a defined role to the Afrikaner (Boer = farmer).

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So Here There Be Dragons! (Part V)

The essay below is the sixth in a series by our English correspondent Seneca III. Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3A, Part 3B, Part 4.

So Here There Be Dragons!

by Seneca III

Part V A — Dragons

“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.”

— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, Pub. J. & A. McLean, March-May 1788.

This is a period in history when the entire system under which we live is under attack. From within, disasters real and imagined, a deluge of disinformation and endemic corruption across the complete spectrum of the legislative, the executive and their super-wealthy bag carriers alters the whole perception of the present and future world around us, causing distress, fear, apprehension and even feral hatred for those who are bringing it about.

The worldview encompassed by each generation is developed and formed by the sources and veracity of information available at the time and according to which socio-political environment (community) the individual is exposed to and educated in. These sources and environments change regularly. Whilst it should be incumbent upon every thinking person to re-evaluate from time to time, this is not a particularly common practice, as original ‘indoctrinations’, for want of a better word, are very hard to dislodge or to pass on. Hence the so common in-family disagreements between generations that occur predominantly when the younger generation is in its teens and early twenties.

For example, an intergenerational battle now in progress in many households concerns the sly imposition of ‘gender dysphoria’ theory on young and old minds alike. In reality a very small percentage of gender dysphoriacs[1] are naturally transgender, but in the vast majority the condition has been deliberately induced for the purpose of destabilising the nuclear family unit.

The diagnostic label ‘gender identity disorder’ (GID) was used until 2013, but with the release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), the condition was renamed to remove the stigma associated with the term disorder. This is yet another example of muddying the waters in the cause of ‘Wokeness’ even before that counter-reproductive and societally destructive concept was imposed upon us.

Family activities aside, historically speaking major happenings, tectonic shifts in human life and affairs, do not appear to be measurably cyclic, but random, sometimes with subtle warning signs that tend to be ignored, and sometimes without warnings but with sudden, stunning ferocity. The great tsunami of 6,000 years ago that wiped out at least half of the small number of human inhabitants on the island of Britain and changed the shape of its East coast topography for many leagues inland is one prime example. The far better known and more recent Black Death which resulted in the deaths of 75-200 million people in Eurasia and North Africa is another, and both were natural disasters initiated by events beyond the hand and ken of man.

Between those two events, at the onset of the early Iron Age between 1200 and 1150 BC, an extinction event occurred, that of the late Bronze Age culture in and around the Mediterranean basin, an event the reasons for which remain open to debate, although there is some consensus that the causes were an unfortunate conjunction of both manmade and natural events.

But time moves on, and in the 20th century, still within the living memory of some, two world wars burst upon us, the first one driven by the arrogance of imperial dynastic power players, and the second by the inevitable consequences of national socialist ideology allied again with an unquenched thirst for conquest — motives easily ascribed to the proponents of the beguilingly deceptive memes ‘Build Back Better’ and ‘The Great Reset’, which are nothing more than totalitarian social re-engineering resurrected as a technological art form.

A recent modern example is the arrival of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge in 1975, its Year Zero project and the huge genocide that followed, which to this day remains totally inexplicable to those who do not understand that socialism in any of its many guises always ends up consuming itself and all about it.

Two further examples from the 20th century are second[2] five-year plan in Mao’s PRC (1958-1972) which resulted in 18-45 million deaths, making it the greatest famine in human history. Bear in mind that the People’s Republic of China is neither of or for the people and nor is it a Republic in any sense other than it doesn’t have an absolute monarch at its head (well, not in name, anyway).

Also, in the middle of the second five year plan, there emerged the Red Guards, a mass student-led paramilitary social movement mobilized and guided by Chairman Mao Zedong in 1966-1967 during the first phase of the Cultural Revolution, which he had instituted. According to a Red Guard leader, the movement’s aims were as follows:

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Book Reviews II: The Koran

A year ago Michael Copeland posted his first selection of reviews of the Koran. Below is his second selection.

Book Reviews II: The Koran

Compiled by Michael Copeland

  • “…this indigestible book, whose every page makes healthy human reason quiver.” — Voltaire (1694-1778)
  • “This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented…” — George Sale, Introduction to “The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed”, 1784, belonging to Thomas Jefferson.
  • “The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.” — John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), 6th President of the United States
  • “…incites violence, disturbs public tranquillity, promotes, on grounds of religion, feelings of enmity, hatred, and ill-will between different religious communities…” — The Writ Application in The High Court at Calcutta
  • “The Koran is not the solution to Islamic radicalism, it is the cause.”Daniel Greenfield
  • “To tell you the truth, I didn’t find anything I liked.”Ashin Wirathu, Buddhist monk activist, Myanmar
  • “…a confusing and tedious book that most people don’t enjoy.”Ali Sina, ex-Muslim
  • “It offers nothing but ignorance.”Apostate Prophet
  • “a unified message of triumphalism, otherworldliness, and religious hatred” — Sam Harris
  • “a clearly-written, us-versus-them hate-crime book, endorsing a permanent might-makes-right death-threat.” — Uncle Vladdi, comment
  • “a pretty tedious screed of exhortations to violence against unbelievers interspersed with an occasional thought on the Last Judgment.” — Kepha, comment
  • “It’s horrendous. Shocking. Disgusting.” — OP, comment
  • “…the worst major religious work of all time, … exceedingly repetitive, stupid, boring, nauseating and disgusting ….” — Wellington, comment Jan 31, 2020 at 6:16 pm

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Thailand: It’s Shirt Time Again!

Our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan sends this update on the latest unrest in Thailand.

Thailand: it’s shirt time again!

by H. Numan

I’ve reported extensively about the red vs yellow shirt crises during last decade in Thailand. In the end the green shirts (army) won. At this moment we see the white shirts (students) battling it out with the brown shirts (police). Who will win is not clear, but I’m absolutely certain we are witnessing the beginning of what could become large-scale riots, if not something a good deal worse.

As usual, a bit of groundwork. What’s that with colors in Thailand? Well, you have to understand: Thailand is not a western country. It is one of the few Asian countries that was never colonized. Therefore it was able to keep its identity. In Thai culture colors have names, and every day of the week has its own color. The late king was born on Monday, which has the color yellow. In Thailand yellow is reserved for the king himself. All members of the royal family have their own personal color.

When people started to organize themselves into opposing camps under the Thaksin administration, royalists wore yellow shirts. They were mainly middle class citizens of Bangkok. Adherents to Thaksin started to wear red shirts. Not because they are communist. Communism is explicitly forbidden in Thailand. Red is the color of blood and of love for the country. Thaksin supporters (red shirts) were predominantly lower-class citizens outside Bangkok. In other words: a huge majority. Both the red and yellow shirts were monarchists. The monarchy was not an issue. That’s why you have the weird situation in which both parties were carrying large portraits of the late king Rama IX.

Those colors are important. When the late king Bumibhol left the hospital one day wearing a mint green jacket, I saw lot of people the next day wearing mint green shirts.

In the end, the green shirts won. They committed a coup d’état in 2014 and are still in control. Both the yellow shirt and red shirt leaders were arrested and put on trial. Both movements were disbanded. As usual they claimed no other solution was possible but a coup, and they would put things right and fight corruption. And, of course, as soon as possible democracy would be restored.

And, of course, that didn’t happen. This military government may not have been the most corrupt government in Thai history, but they sure tried. One nice juicy scandal involved the many watches of General Prawit Wongsuan. He was spotted wearing an expensive watch he hadn’t declared when he took office. Soon it was clear he had a collection of 24 watches. We’re talking top-of-the-line watches costing many thousands of dollars. Each watch is more worth than the annual salary of a general.

We do have a national anti-corruption commission — which is akin to Marlboro running anti-smoking campaigns. That NACC did its utmost best to keep Prawit out of the wind. After a lengthy investigation they accepted his excuse: those watches were from a friend, who sadly passed away. That friend had loaned him those 24 watches, and matching jewelry. He will return them to the next of kin, some day in the far future. He wears them today. As a badge of (dis)honor, even. After all, he, an honest hard-working underpaid officer, defeated the evil corrupt NACC.

Last year the military government announced they had re-written the constitution, would resign from office, and called for democratic elections. When Prayuth announced his candidacy for premier, I knew he was going to win. No Thai PM would ever announce his candidacy if he wasn’t 100% certain he was going to win. Which he did.

Were the elections rigged? Probably. A vote costs Bt. 500 ($16) each. Thai politics are not based on national parties, but on persons. For example, scumbag first class, I mean police captain Chalerm Yubamrung. Talk about every crime in the book, he will assure you he committed more. His youngest son Duangchalerm shot a police officer in a bar. He fled to Singapore. There the Thai ambassador personally escorted him home, where daddy had arranged a hero’s welcome for him on the airport, with thousands cheering the returning hero. He never had to see a judge, the court has ruled that the bribe was sufficient there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. Daddy was member of parliament and even vice-premier under the Yingluck administration. He supported the wrong team, and was arrested shortly after the coup. Now he is retired in comfort.

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Is China Going to Trigger a World War?

Our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan sends his take on the ChiCom flu and related matters.

Is China going to trigger a world war?

by H. Numan

We don’t quite know (yet) what caused the Chinese virus. Probably it comes from an infected bat, butchered and sold for food on an extremely unhygienic open air market. I know all about street markets. We have plenty of them in Thailand. Only with some standards of hygiene. You cannot butcher on the spot for example. In China, no such rule. Hygiene was never butchered. You can’t butcher what ain’t there, right?

We hear plenty of silly conspiracy theories these days. I get really sick of all the nonsense people dump online about Bill Gates, Soros and NWO. If aforementioned were only 5% as effective as those really dumb people claim, they would have achieved their goals a long time ago.

Another theory is that this Chinese virus didn’t start on a market, but in a nearby laboratory. Not impossible, but highly unlikely. Given that the POTUS makes such claims, I very humbly have to debunk it. I attended the NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare) school in the army. My instructor began by telling us how truly horrible those weapons are and how little we can do against it. Actually only against N weapons. Only within the army itself, and with very limited effect. Forget the civilian population. Y’all gonna die. Sorry about that.

It is technically impossible to prevent. We simply don’t have the resources for it. What we learned is how to detect it, and how to clean up yourself and your equipment after an N or C attack. There is no protection against B weapons at all. None whatsoever.

He told us that compared with chemical weapons, nukes are just firecrackers. Chemical weapons are almost innocent compared with biological weapons. All three are the stuff of horrors. You even imagine how truly horrid they are, not even in your worst nightmares.

A nuke explodes, that is it. Huge damage, and for a limited time, radiation. You can treat survivors immediately, and some infrastructure will remain intact. Large scale chemical attacks (most of them) cover large areas for weeks up to months. Whole areas or even entire countries will biologically die. Most life dies. Plants, insects and animals. Everything. For example, a large scale chemical attack on military installations in Germany would basically exterminate all life in central Europe. The unlucky survivors would slowly die of starvation and lack of medical facilities. Even clearing paths to walk on safely would be a huge effort. Months later gas would still stick to fences, leaves, in puddles, in houses and in cellars. Merely touching it would kill you. All life, plant life, insects and animals would have to be re-introduced to start life again. Forget about restarting civilization. Europe would be a literal valley of death.

The worst of all are biological weapons. This Chinese virus is relatively mild. Moderately contagious, but not very deadly. Yet this relatively mild virus spread like wildfire around the globe. The real danger is in overloading the medical system. Once you catch it, you need to be hospitalized. We simply don’t have that many hospitals or equipment to help everyone. That’s why this pandemic is so deadly and dangerous.

Again, this is a fairly mild virus. Imagine — better not do that — something designed in a lab that’s not so innocent and much more contagious. Such a virus would not be easy to counter. Designing a deadly virus is one thing. Designing one that only kills what you want or to have an antidote for your own population is quite another. Even if a vaccine is possible, inoculating 1.5 billion people is a massive undertaking.

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A New Conservatism: Nationalist, Populist and Converging

Dr. Turley sums up the realignments that even the New York Times is admitting. From India to Australia to Japan, a form of “Trumpism” is coming into being. And the EU is trembling as it feels the earth moving under its old globalist certainties:

That doesn’t mean the realignments don’t hurt. Some people will be discombobulated; change is inevitable and rocky. Those who can see their loss as an opportunity will flourish. Others, like PM May in Great Britain, could be looking at the end.

With these changes, Gates of Vienna needs to update its categories. No longer is it enough to have the “EU” without naming its constituent nation-states. We will probably have to list “globalism” as a thing, even as it shrinks into something less…well, less global.

Thailand After the Elections

Thailand held its election, but the results are, well, hard to explain. But H. Numan gives it a go for Gates of Vienna readers.

Thailand after the elections

by H. Numan

Last Sunday Thailand went to vote, for the first time in four years. The generals staged a coup in 2014 ‘to combat corruption and institute more transparency.’ I reported about the coming elections, and you probably want to know the outcome. Well, I don’t know. Nobody knows. Rest assured, Prayuth won, and will almost certainly head a new government. Why don’t we know the outcome after a full week?

That’s because the official outcome cannot be published until after the king’s coronation on 5-7 May. Actually, the elections should have been held on the 24th of February, but had to be postponed due to the king’s wish to be crowned on 4-6 May. That date was already past the deadline set for it in the new constitution, but barely. The 24th constitution of Thailand stipulated that elections must be held within 150 days after they are announced. It also gives a timeframe when elections must be called for. The government literally waited until the last possible second to comply with the law. And then some more.

What the law doesn’t specify is when the final results must be announced. ‘When hell freezes over’ seems the correct answer. One would get the strange impression that the current military government is quite happy where they are and don’t want to give up their comfy seats.

There were no foreign observers present. Many organizations and governments (the EU for example) wanted to send observers, but nobody replied to their requests. During the elections irregularities were reported. Nothing new in Thailand; I know of no election without any irregularities since the beginning of democracy here.

The election committee, which is in charge of the elections, is now in deep, deep trouble. Most parties weren’t particularly happy that the election committee — read: the government — postponed the election until the last moment possible under the constitution. Much less so when those postponed elections were postponed again. Do note that the generals announced immediately after the coup they would call for elections as soon as possible. That’s four years ago. The postponements were postponed many times already.

I reported about a Thai princess who wanted to run for prime minister and was told not to do that by her brother, the king, the same day. The party, The Future Forward Party, had to withdraw from the elections. Right after the elections the chairman was accused of sedition for something he did four years ago.

This party is closely allied with the Pheu Thai party of the ex-prime minister and now fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra. A deliciously juicy incident happened in Hong Kong during the elections: princess Ubolrattana, the one who was explicitly forbidden to run for prime minister, attended the wedding of the Thaksin’s daughter in Hong Kong. There is no law forbidding her to do that, and all of Thailand smiles. Why? Because Thailand is the land of smiles, of course. We always smile. Why else would we smile?

The sedition charge against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is rather dated. He committed his offense in 2015, on the first anniversary of the coup. He visited a police station where he transported fugitives from the police to safety. That’s the charge. He himself says that he did visit the police station, where a demonstrator was released by the police. He merely offered him a ride home. Who’s right? I don’t know. What I do know is that the chief prosecutor has been replaced three times already.

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Culture-Enriching Kidnapping and Rape in Yakutsk

The following report comes from the autonomous Republic of Sakha, also known as Yakutia, in the Far East of Russia. Its population is 300,000, 47% of which is Yakut and 38% Russian. The Yakuts are a Turkic people, and speak a Turkic language, but they are not Muslims. The Kyrgyz enrichers are also Turkic, but they are Muslims.

Many thanks to RR translating this article from the Rosbalt news site:

In Yakutsk, About a Hundred Buses Out of Service Due to Anti-Migrant Sentiments in the City

Nearly 100 bus drivers of migrant origin were afraid to go to work because of the hostile attitude of citizens to migrants after the kidnapping and rape of a local woman by a labor migrant born in Kyrgyzstan. This was announced to the media by Andrei Sharygin, the director of the United Dispatch Service.

According to him, this halted service for 90 buses, out of 430 working in the city. Sharygin noted that drivers are worried about their safety. All vegetable kiosks [a type of “farmers’ market” entirely controlled by migrants from Central Asia] all over the city of Yakutsk [capital of the autonomous Republic of Sakha] are closed for a second day.

The head of the SoyuzAvto partnership, Andrei Kositsky, said that passengers got into numerous confrontations with migrant bus drivers yesterday, refusing to pay and insulting drivers.

In addition, local media reported yesterday that that there were clashes between citizens and kebab shop owners and staff [again predominantly migrants]. On Monday a video appeared, showing a man with a gun dragging a native of Central Asia to an unknown location.

Yesterday tens of thousands of residents of Yakutsk and the nearest uluses [clan groups] met with the authorities in the city. Officials assured the protesting crowds that they would conduct mass raids to identify illegal migrants and illegal businesses, and then deport violators.

A very brief video of the demonstration is here.

An afterword from the translator:

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Drink Up, Kiddies! It’s Educational!

Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from Politically Incorrect:

Templin: “Chaperoned boozing” as an experiment at school

After mandatory porn class fitting into the scheme of early childhood sexualization of six- to ten-year-olds, our children now are going to have to learn how to booze at school. The red-red state government in Brandenburg wants to teach the “correct” drinking of alcohol in a tax-financed project.

As Nordkurier reported earlier, at the beginning of this week, outraged parents called into the editor’s desk. Their children had brought home a paper from school for parents to give their consent for a “school experiment”. In it parents were expected to give written consent that during class their minor children would be given alcohol under the guise of a “drinking experiment”.

The grammar school of Templin on the Uckermark had invited 90 students from the 9th class for this “experiment” in getting kids drunk, chaperoned by the school.

It was explained that for those under 16 years old, a maximum of three Trinkeinheiten (TE) is optimal. This corresponds to about 0.6 liters (1.25 pints) of champagne or wine. And the highest amount that is given to the minors corresponds to up to four TE, which is about 0.8 liters (1.7 pints) of wine or 1.3 liters (2.75) pints of beer, which the “youths” are supposed to drink under supervision.

Even though the school principal Barbara Liedtke admitted that even she would basically be “flat on the floor” after one liter of beer, she defended the boozing class. Because, after all, this was about observing the consequences.

So now students have to play at being guinea pigs for the country.

“First we’re supposed to teach our kids about the damaging effects of alcohol and drugs. And now they’ll get the booze handed to them by their teachers at school!,” says one angry mother.

The medical insurance company DAK has also reported concerns. Rüdiger Scharf, a spokesperson for DAK, is outraged: “Children are not guinea pigs;” this can be done without alcohol. In a similar project conducted by DAK, the subject group was given so-called intoxication goggles which simulate a high alcohol level, Scharf explained.

According to the people responsible, this joint-joint-scholastic getting hammered on command is supposed to promote the “responsible handling of alcohol” in the future.

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Alain Wagner to the OSCE: We Need Referenda to Restore Popular Sovereignty

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Monday, 17 September 2018

Working Session 10
Fundamental Freedoms I, Including Freedom of Expression

Intervention read by Alain Wagner, representing International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA)

Note: The intervention is in French, with a simultaneous voice-over translation.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.