The Great Divide

Back in August I reported on a dissident Episcopal congregation — of which I am a member — that has been meeting for unofficial Eucharist services at a private home. Even after Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam partially relaxed his rules on religious gatherings, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, in her infinite wisdom, issued a diocesan bull from her offices (which Dymphna used to refer to as the “Winter Palace”) that forbade churches under her purview to take normal communion, sing, use prayer books, drink coffee, or shake hands, for fear that congregants might succumb to the Wuhan Coronavirus and meet an untimely end.

These conditions were unacceptable to more than half the congregation. Our priest resigned, and we dissidents reconvened in the living room of one of our parishioners who has a baby grand piano, which our organist fortunately knows how to play.

We have been meeting there for more than four months, celebrating a full Eucharist, passing the Peace with handshakes and hugs, singing, and gathering afterwards in the adjacent dining room for lunch. Nobody wears a mask, and nobody is afraid. Those precious Sundays are a refreshing change from the COVID madness that seems to have taken over everywhere else.

What struck me during the conflict over these issues is the dichotomy that has developed between those who are afraid, and those who are not. The group that ratted us out to the bishop and forced the closure of the church — a minority — is afraid. They are deeply afraid. They are so afraid that staying home from church and avoiding any possibility of contamination was not enough for them; they had to make sure that the entire congregation endured the same regimen.

The group that meets for Eucharist in a private home is not afraid. We recognize that COVID-19 exists, and that some of us are at risk if we catch it. But we’re still not afraid. For whatever reason, the Coronamadness has not infected us.

Those people who live in fear seem to have forgotten these lines from the Suffrages that we recite during Morning and Evening Prayer:

V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in you can we live in safety.

They apparently believe that safety lies in masks, hand sanitizers, vaccines, Dr. Fauci, etc., rather than the Lord.

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As a matter of interest, the great divide between those who are afraid and those who are not coincides exactly with the political faultlines within our little church. Those who are afraid are all liberals, and voted for Joe Biden. Those who are not afraid voted for Donald Trump, with the possible exception of one person who is basically apolitical.

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Why So Many Coups?

In the midst of our great election crisis, here’s the latest news on another crisis — the one in Thailand, as reported by our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan.

Why so many coups?

by H. Numan

I’ve been reporting about Thailand for many years. This year, on the 30th of December, I celebrate 25 years of being an alien. I kind of dislike being called an alien, but there you go. That is what foreigners are called under Thai law. Thailand is not America. You can’t get a green card. Citizenship is possible, but… his majesty the king personally grants you citizenship. As kings usually have more important things to do, you can understand that acquiring Thai nationality is pretty difficult. In those 25 years I witnessed and reported about three successful coups, several failed coup attempts, a siege of Bangkok and more. When I arrived in 1994 the 24th constitution was being written. I’ve lost count, but the current one should be version 26 or 27.

We expats joke about so many constitutions: The new constitution™. Super clean! Now with more Anti-Corruptors© and extra transparency! I calculated how often a coup has been committed since the bloodless coup of 1932 that abolished the absolute monarchy. Should be around 40. On average a coup every four years. One could say, with good reason, the form of Thai government is a coup-o-cracy. We go to the ballot box every four years; Thais have a coup. Why is that?

One big reason is the capital. Bangkok is twenty-six times bigger than the next largest city. It’s quite common for capitals to be bigger than other cities in a country, but 26 times bigger is unique. The Bangkok Metropolitan Area (BMA) is the city of Bangkok with surrounding provinces as an administrative unit. It is the only multi-province city in the country, and that has vast consequences. Effectively Bangkok is a huge city-state with Thailand surrounding it. For Dutch readers: the size of the BMA is equal to the province of Gelderland, the largest Dutch province. With as many inhabitants as The Netherlands has. Imagine everybody living in Gelderland and nowhere else. Makes for a pretty big city, what?

All roads in Thailand lead to Bangkok. Literally and metaphorically. Most companies have their headquarters in Bangkok. If they haven’t, they are not a nationwide or international company. Same goes for education. Of course you can study somewhere else, but most — and the most prestigious — universities are in Bangkok. A civil career means finding a job in administration — which you find in Bangkok. Bangkokians talk about ‘up country’ which means anywhere outside of Bangkok. The legal minimum wage varies per province, but is highest in Bangkok, where the cost of living is the highest. Roughly speaking, about 20 million people live in Bangkok. The remaining +50 million live ‘up country’. Thais have a saying: the government is elected up country, but sent home in Bangkok.

When I arrived in 1994, Thailand had gone through a bloody coup period. Democracy was new, and thriving. Thaksin Shinawatra was a business tycoon who just went into politics. I was there on a meeting when he, as the new minister for telecommunications, announced he would solve the traffic problems of Bangkok in three months. Of course he couldn’t. I think even the mighty Heracles would prefer cleaning the stable of King Augeas rather than solve that problem. Much easier!

That period was the eye in the storm. A temporary calm period. Thaksin was a very capable politician. His traffic promise cost his party, the Palang Dharma party, everything. They disappeared. He walked away scot-free and founded a new party. He used his own marketing team to do the promotion. That’s like Mark Zuckerberg deciding he wants to become PM, and ordering his marketing team to make it happen. Of course, it happened.

Adherents of Thaksin wore red shirts. The color has nothing to do with communism. The communist party is explicitly forbidden in every Thai constitution. Red stands for the blood of the people or for the people itself. It’s a very common mistake made by left-wing intellectuals: Thaksin supporters are predominantly rural and urban poor, and wear red. So they must fight for the proletariat! Don’t laugh. They really think that. I had the experience during the Siege of Bangkok.

Which brings us to Thai nobility. We have our own nobility. They don’t have western titles, like duke or count. But they do have titles, and are hugely powerful. The system is very different from the West. Every generation inherits a lower ranking title, up to three generations. After that they are no longer noble. Though most often still recognizable: when someone has ‘na’ in the family name, they decent from nobility, like ‘von’ in German. “Somchai Na Ayutthaya” would be someone descending from the royal family of Ayutthaya. We expats often joke about that. Patpong is both the name of the famous red light district of Bangkok and a very rich and extremely powerful family. Jimmy Na Patpong would be a joke name for someone visiting the nightlife very often. Na Patpong, by the way, does not exist. The Patpong family is not noble, though they own that plot of Bangkok.

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Shoot the Mask-Rejecters!

The video below shows excerpts from an entertaining piece of Corona street theater in Germany. Oz-Rita, who translated the clip for subtitles, includes these introductory notes:

This is a “Wake-Up Flash Mob” in the German city of Cottbus. The conceit is that the players are addressing prayers of supplication to the German Core Totalitarian team.

“Söder” refers to Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder, whose party (the CSU) is the Bavarian Siamese twin of Angela Merkel’s CDU. Mr. Söder is rumored to have ambitions to become the next Chancellor. His totalitarian COVID measures are the worst in Germany — he wants to out-Nazi the Nazis.

Jens Spahn (CDU) is the gay Federal Health Minister. The recent Ermächtigungsgesetz hustled through the Bundestag the other day faster than they used to drive wild pigs through the villages — a law very like the 1933 Hitler law —gives unlimited powers over the people (including the right to enter homes) to Merkel and those whom she designates — e.g. Spahn. (He and his husband just bought a residence worth several million euros, while people are losing their jobs.)

Christian Drosten is the Chief Virologist who had his hands in the PCR test that is now considered discredited by everyone of even mild intelligence. He was the Angela Merkel’s Poster Boy (having previously been involved in the scandal surrounding the Swine Flu) and his “prestige” is fast disappearing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The State-Sponsored Torture of Our Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Child abuse and lunatic measures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actually, the real problems are as follows:

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

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

Europe Must Stand Up to Hungary and Poland

by George Soros

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe must not succumb to the Soros network

November 25, 2020

Reply to the article by George Soros

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

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

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Don’t be a Superspreader This Thanksgiving!

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

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

Sit at least six feet apart from each other.

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

Wear your masks between bites.

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

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

Enjoy yourself, and have a SAFE Thanksgiving!

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

I wrote back:

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

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

And no, I’m not making this up.

Everything for the Benefit of the Migrants

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

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

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

by Mauro Indelicato
November 24, 2020

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

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

The EU plan on integration

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

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

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

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

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

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Three Girls Raided by the Corona Stasi

The following video gives an account of a police raid on three young ladies in an apartment in Bavaria. Evidently this was a COVID-related operation, and the girls’ “crime” was that people from three different households had gathered in a single domicile. It took a task force of twenty police officers to subdue these dangerous criminals.

It’s hard to tell for certain, because their faces are blurred, but I think the story is being told by at least two of the three victims of the raid.

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

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The Reset to End All Resets

To paraphrase Hermann Göring*: When I hear the word “sustainable”, I reach for my Luger.

The term “Great Reset” is causing such a buzz in the deplorable fever swamps of the intertubes that even the august New York Times has been compelled to mention it. Just in order to dismiss it as a “conspiracy theory”, mind you; but still, they had to pay attention to it.

Yet how can it be a conspiracy theory when it is featured on the website of the World Economic Forum?

The originator of the phrase is Dr. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the WEF, which is a sort of country club for absurdly wealthy globalists. Dr. Schwab’s treatise on the topic —posted last June on the WEF website — is entitled “Now is the time for a ‘great reset’”. Its subtitle riffs on Rahm Emanuel: “In every crisis, there is an opportunity”.

Two current crises provide the subtext for the opportunity to impose the Great Reset. One is the Wuhan Coronavirus, and I’ll get to the other one in a minute.

First: Dr. Schwab lays out the rationale for taking advantage of the unprecedented opportunity provided by COVID-19, saying that “the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions. Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.”

There are many reasons to pursue a Great Reset, but the most urgent is COVID-19. Having already led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, the pandemic represents one of the worst public-health crises in recent history. And, with casualties still mounting in many parts of the world, it is far from over.

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Left unaddressed, these crises, together with COVID-19, will deepen and leave the world even less sustainable [this is where my Luger left its holster —BB], less equal, and more fragile. Incremental measures and ad hoc fixes will not suffice to prevent this scenario. We must build entirely new foundations for our economic and social systems.

Dr. Schwab intends a thorough overhaul that will fix the global system once and for all. He tells us that “populations have overwhelmingly shown a willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of health-care”, out of which arises the golden opportunity that will allow the bumpkins and hayseeds to be gulled into global governance — for their own good, of course.

The Great Reset agenda would have three main components. The first would steer the market toward fairer outcomes.

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The second component of a Great Reset agenda would ensure that investments advance shared goals, such as equality and sustainability.

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The third and final priority of a Great Reset agenda is to harness the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to support the public good, especially by addressing health and social challenges.

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The Mysterious Crime of Andreas Noack

This is a follow-up to my two posts from earlier today. We’re still no closer to knowing what Dr. Andreas Noack did wrong that caused him to be raided by the Bavarian police.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from article from RT:

One day after the amendment to the Infection Protection Law in the Bundestag, a video went viral in social media which shows a police raid. What was it about?

It’s about the YouTuber Andreas Noack, who has attracted attention in the past with crude theories on topics such as artificial intelligence, health, minerals and nutrients.

While the chemist was making a livestream, you can see police storming the premises. The incident is said to have happened on Wednesday evening.

In the meantime, the police of Middle Franconia confirmed via the short message service Twitter that the police operation had taken place, but pointed out that it was “not directed against the operator of the livestream”.

Andreas Noack is said to live in the district of Fürth and to have been critical of the Coronavirus measures in the past. Because of the amendment to the Infection Protection Act being passed in the Bundestag and thousands protesting against it near the Reichstag building, speculation quickly arose in social media on Thursday that the police deployment might also have something to do with Noack’s criticism of Corona policy. However, the authorities denied this. It was pointed out that the operation had “no connection to Corona”.

Was the Corona Gestapo Raid a Fake?

Long-time readers know that on those rare occasions when Gates of Vienna gets fooled by a hoax, we own up to it. Posting a correction or retraction is painful medicine to take, but necessary.

Some sites (I don’t want to start an intramural food fight, so I won’t be more specific) just remove the bogus post and never mention it, as if nothing had happened. But I can’t do that; it just doesn’t sit right. When I get snookered, I let my readers know.

In the wee hours of this morning I posted about the raid on Dr. Andreas Noack during his livestream. A few hours later a reader emailed me to say this:

Hi Gatesofvienna Team,

about your newest post “Livestream of a Gestapo Raid”, i’m afraid it is not very clear, maybe not entirely fake, but look here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53_ViCbetJo

Since the linked video was in German, I had to consult the German Desk to find out more about it. They looked into it, and here’s a summary of what they found:

The original unlisted video is on the channel of the man in the little box in the lower right-hand corner, who calls himself Jabba.

Jabba attacks Dr. Noack and says his story is [bovine excrement]. He’s really rude, and says the doctor can’t prove there was an actual raid. He says there would be documents.

But the police raid was real. The police confirmed it.

It was reported in at least one article that a special police unit raided his apartment. This is an article from Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten: Video: Police raid on YouTuber during live broadcast on the Internet

During the video Dr. Noack holds up the only document he has from the incident, which is a report from the paramedics who were called to the scene. Some people in the comments paused the video and looked at the document he was holding up, and could see that it states he was arrested and then handed over to the paramedics.

Dr. Noack is an alternative doctor, i.e. a real doctor who treats patients with alternative therapies. Someone in the comments suggested the raid was about vitamins, but a poster in the comments writes: “Das war ja die USK, dass Unterstützungskommando aus Bayern, also war das mit Sicherheit nicht wegen Vitaminverkauf.” (“That was the USK, the support squad from Bavaria, so it was certainly not because of the sale of vitamins.”)

Someone also writes that due to the new Corona law, the police can enter anyone’s residence at any time for any reason. (Die Polizei kann in D jetzt leider ohne Dokumente, Richterliche Verfügung in jede Wohnung kommen dank neuem Gesetz.)

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Livestream of a Gestapo Raid

A German health expert named Andreas Noack was arrested yesterday during a livestream broadcast when police raided his apartment. Some notes on the incident:

Dr. Andreas Noack is one of the most famous and popular experts when it comes to nutrition, nutrients and health. He was rumored to be under investigation for not complying with German COVID-19 lockdown laws, but some speculate there could be more to it. The arrest came after the German Parliament passed the new “Infection Protection Law”.

The translator includes these observations:

This is how must have felt when people’s homes were raided during the Nazi era. I really did not expect to live in a time that I had only heard about from family, schoolteachers, books, and old Hollywood movies.

I stand chastised.

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

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The Coronavirus Makes Me Insane!

The following video (which is audio-only) was recorded surreptitiously in a German schoolroom. If this incident is representative of the emotional state of this particular teacher, she is likely to be facing severe stress-related medical disorders in the not-so-distant future.

Coronamadness is abroad in the land. It has infected a large proportion — possibly a majority — of the population in Western countries. That’s why I expect the vaccine to be made mandatory — when strong feelings are this prevalent among the electorate, it motivates politicians to enact repressive legislation that seems to solve the issue.

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

Video transcript:

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