Reader’s Links for June 16, 2020

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Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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79 Replies to “Reader’s Links for June 16, 2020”

  1. To create the perfect scam, anyone who is informed and knowledgeable must be discredited by an ad hominem attack. To call them a racist, a homophobe, islamophobe, sexist etc. To invalidate the speaker – rather than share the idea.

    To make The Authority only an unattainable perfection of beauty either in Heaven or on Earth. Zorb will save us.

    Zorb removes “91% of the negative effects of radiation…” in the home.

    This is the same method for how the Far Left created Black Lives Matter: removes 91% of the effects of Racism imagined to them.

    Create the fear, then sell the gear.

    91% will change the way they feel about it. Guaranteed.

    Zorb is a placebo. ‘Kneeling Police Officers’ is a placibo. Eventually, you will need all of solutions provided by Communism to stay sane.

    Slaves who do not know they are slaves: with their stick/carrot, pain/pleasure, haram/halal answers. Constantly in a state of rage and upset.

    With Absorbo. Strategically placed around their homes, and upon their sleeves, they are saved.

    “You had the religion and we had the land. Now we have the religion, and you have the land” Forgotten African saying by Africans.

  2. Iran’s state hospitals are no longer giving out contraceptives to try revive its dwindling population

    “Contraceptives and vasectomies will no longer be offered in Iran’s state hospitals as the nation attempts to boost its dwindling population.

    On Sunday, Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Hamed Barakati told the Islamic Republic News Agency the measures had to be taken to increase its population, according to The Guardian.

    “Whether we like it or not… we will become an aging country,” he said, according to the outlet.

    In Iran, families are currently having 1.7 children on average. To maintain a population requires 2.2 children per family. By 2050, he said about a third of Iran would be over 60.

    Iran’s annual growth has fallen below 1%, and Barakati predicted Iran would be the “oldest country in the world in the next 30 years,” if the trend continued, the BBC reported.

    It’s not a blanket ban. Private hospitals and pharmacies will still provide the procedures, and the state hospitals will be able to perform them if a woman’s life is in danger.

    Iran’s population growth has been something of a roller coaster. Between 1968 and 1979, the population rose from 27 million to 55 million, boosted by the government encouraging people to have large families.

    Then, from the 1980s until 2012, Iran had the largest and quickest drop in fertility ever, according to the Los Angeles Times. It went from families having an average of seven children to less than two.

    The dramatic drop was due to Iran’s former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who feared the economy could no longer support a growing population after Iran’s war with Iraq.

    His government was responsible for making birth control widely available and it managed to convince conservatives to accept people using it.

    Iran pushed a nationwide campaign to educate people about sexual health, condoms were given out for free, and contraceptives were cheap. It also pushed slogans like “Two children is enough,” and “Fewer kids, better life.”

    One result of this was that more women went to school and work rather than raising children, and in 2001 women outnumbered men in universities, according to the Washington Post.”

  3. Car Bomb Blast Kills Turkish Regime Mercenaries in Hassakeh Countryside

    “A number of terrorists were killed and others were injured in a car bomb blast in the village of Mishrifa Remo, in the Ras al-Ayn region in the northwestern countryside of Hassakeh.

    SANA’s reporter quoted local sources as saying that a car bomb exploded in the proximity of a group of Turkish regime backed mercenaries in the occupied village of Mishrifa Remo in the Ras al-Ayn region, which resulted in the death of three terrorists and wounded several others.

    The village is occupied by the Turkish occupation forces and its terrorist mercenaries, and has witnessed several booby-trapped cars and motorcycles explode and the chaos resulting from infighting among the mercenary groups.”

  4. The word I haven’t heard yet is “genuflect”. It’s what we see now in so many forms. So many people can’t seem to genuflect fast enough to the left’s antics, and if you don’t, watch out. But history shows servility to tyrants is more expensive than it’s worth.

    Yesterday I wrote a thing because I had the idea that alot of our current problems could be laid at the feet of the left’s grand talent for changing our language beneath our feet. (Thanks for the comment Yucki.) Of course, we all know this, but I wanted to give a simple example so used the word “gay” because it’s such an obvious and well known one. The world never reclaimed this word for it’s rightful purpose, and instead chose to genuflect to the masters of language repurposing. I don’t even know if we can get our words back after they’ve gone through the chop shop.

    I can’t help but believe that much of truth and honesty sit in the saddle of our basic use of language. Ask a lawyer. Gay meant happy until it was hijacked. That’s theft and manipulation. Combine rebadged words into sentences cleverly enough and, well, the world’s your oyster.

    If we had a Nuremberg court for crimes against language right now I’d probably place “Black Lives Matter” at the top, because any life or career that gets in the way of this communist organization–be it black, white or paisely–gets steamrolled.

  5. “UTT – Special Guest Trevor Loudon on Riots and the Attack on America”
    Understanding the Threat – June 10, 2020

    • China v India: Beijing issues threat to ‘not stir up troubles’ after deadly battle (express, Jun 16, 2020)

      “CHINA has warned India not to “stir up troubles” after World War 3 fears escalated following a deadly clash between troops on the disputed border at one of the standoff points in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh.

      India’s army said three of its soldiers were killed in a “violent faceoff” with soldiers from China on Monday night – reporting the first casualties in 53 years to result from a clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Indian Government sources claimed no gunfire took place but instead, the Indian soldiers could have been beaten, stoned and drowned to death in Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh. The Indian army said in a statement: “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides.

      “The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”

      It then emerged five Chinese soldiers were killed and 11 injured during the violent clashes at the China-India border.

      The Chinese Foreign Ministry has warned India not to take any unilateral action or “stir up troubles”.

      Spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing: “Our border troops had a high-level meeting and reached important consensus on easing the border situation but astonishingly on June 15 the Indian troops seriously violated our consensus and twice crossed the border line for illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel which led to serious physical conflict between the two sides and China has lodged strong protest and representation with the Indian side.

      “We once again solemnly ask the Indian side to follow our consensus, strictly regulate its front-line troops and do not cross the line, do not stir up troubles or make unilateral moves that may complicate matters.”

      Spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing: “What’s shocking is that on June 15, the Indian side severely violated our consensus and twice crossed the border line and provoked and attacked the Chinese forces, causing a violent physical confrontation between the two border forces.

      “China is raising strong opposition and stern representations to the Indian side on this.”

      But mystery surrounds the exact detail of the conflict after Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao said on Tuesday he was not aware of any incident on the border with India.

      Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times newspaper, tweeted: “Based on what I know, Chinese side also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley physical clash.”

      The Global Times is published by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.

      China and India have been locked in a bitter standoff on the Galwan valley in the western Himalayas for several weeks, with both sides accusing each other of trespassing into the other’s territory.

      The two countries have rival claims to huge areas of territory along their huge 2,173 mile border, and the disputes have remained largely peaceful since the war in 1962.

      Hundreds of soldiers have faced off in battle against each other in the remote snow desert of Ladakh since April in what is the most serious border conflict in several years.

      This came after Chinese patrols advanced into the Indian side of the de facto border.

      China and India appeared to make progress in talks last week, with Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane suggesting a dis-engagement was close.

      On Saturday, he told reporters in Dehradun: “I would like to assure you that entire situation along our border with China is under control.

      “Both sides disengaging in a phased manner starting from North in GRV where a lot of disengagement has taken place.”

      High level talks between China and India for de-escalation in the Galwan region had taken place, with leading army commanders from both sides meeting in an attempt to reduce tensions.

      The fifth round of talks took place despite the continued build-up of troops on both sides.

      Last week, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: “Through diplomatic and military channels, China and India have recently had effective communication and reached agreement on properly handling the situation in the west section of the China-India boundary.

      “At present, the two sides are taking actions in line with the agreement to ameliorate the border situation.”

      The border conflicts between China and India stretch back nearly 60 years, with the two sides fighting a brief war in 1962.

      But the two military giants have been unable to settle their border dispute following two decades of attempted peace talks.”

    video – 2 mins 12 secs
    How did we get to the point where we are too scared to say that a world without police is not a better world. We are too scared to say that violence is not the answer. We are too scared to say that we can all work together to create a world that celebrates our differences instead of hating each other over them.

    Several years ago two of the victims came forward and told their story, since then the researchers at Hildesheim University have plowed through files and conducted interviews. What they found was a “network across educational institutions,” the state youth welfare office and the Berlin Senate, in which pedophilia was “accepted, supported, defended.” Kentler himself was in regular contact with the children and their foster fathers. He was never prosecuted: By the time his victims came forward, the statute of limitations for his actions had expired. This has also thus far prevented the victims from getting any compensation. The researchers found that several of the foster fathers were high-profile academics. They speak of a network that included high-ranking members of the Max Planck Institute, Berlin’s Free University, and the notorious Odenwald School in Hesse, West Germany, which was at the center of a major pedophilia scandal several years ago. It has since been closed down. Berlin’s senator for youth and children, Sandra Scheeres called the findings “shocking and horrifying.” A first report on the “Kentler experiment” was published in 2016 by the University of Göttingen. The researchers then stated that the Berlin Senate seemed to lack interest in finding out the truth. Now Berlin authorities have vowed to shed light on the matter. Rina Goldenberg

    Lise Kingo, executive director of the UN Global Compact, insisted in an interview with The Guardian that there were “very, very clear connections” linking the current health crisis, climate change issues and the Black Lives Matter protests that have spread across the globe. [Communism, perhaps!] She encouraged CEOs and business owners to become “social activists,” claiming that young people would not want to work for them unless they “understand social equality.”

    video – 11 mins 59 secs
    Former FBI Counterterrorism Director Terry Turchie says the Black Lives Matter movement “is all too familiar” to the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party groups of the 1960s and 1970s.

    Washington had little choice, as the Chinese telecom giant is the global leader in 5G technology, having filed more than 3,000 patent applications. Ban or no ban, US companies have to pay Huawei for the use of those patents. However, without such cooperation on 5G, American tech firms risk being left behind.

  11. “George Floyd’s Family Petitions United Nations to Help Disarm Police in the United States” by Penny Starr – June 8, 2020

    “New York Police Commissioner Announces NYPD Will be Disbanding Entire Anti-Crime Unit Effective Immediately (VIDEO)”
    by Cristina Laila – June 15, 2020

    video – 1 min 32 secs

    • An Imam at his son’s funeral in Montreal said;
      Allah breaks the backs of the tyrants and the oppressors and the unjust and those nations of the world that are with THEM.
      Allah they have gathered against us and are scheming against us, so scheme against THEM…….

      His son was killed fighting for ISIS.

      Just another maniac Muslim ranting.

  13. Saudi Coalition Intercepts Ballistic Missile Fired by Houthis Toward Najran (sputniknews, Jun 16, 2020)

    “The Saudi-led coalition has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi rebel movement from Yemen in the direction of Saudi Arabia, the coalition’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

    The missile was fired from the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada toward Saudi Arabia’s border city of Najran, targeting civilians, Col. Turki al-Maliki said, as quoted by the official SPA news agency.

    The Houthi rebels have also targeted the kingdom’s military positions and facilities by launching five drones toward the city of Khamis Mushait in southwestern Saudi Arabia late on the previous day, Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarea said in a statement on Tuesday…”

  14. Iraq Summons Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad Amid Ankara’s Op in Country’s North (sputniknews, Jun 16, 2020)

    “Ankara launched Operation Claw-Eagle in northern Iraq against forces from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) earlier this week, as the Turkish Ministry of National Defence promised that “planes are bringing the caves down on the terrorists’ heads”.

    The Turkish envoy to Iraq has been summoned by the foreign ministry as the Turkish military is conducting an operation in Iraqi territory, Baghdad announced.

    “The ministry has summoned the Turkish Ambassador to Iraq, Fatih Yildiz, amid Turkey’s attacks on a number of regions in northern Iraq and fears that these strikes have provoked among the population”, the ministry said in an official statement.

    The news comes as Ankara dispatched warplanes, reportedly striking more than 80 Kurdish targets in northern Iraq. At the same time, Iraq’s Joint Operations Command has condemned the offensive as a “provocative action”, stating that Turkish airstrikes have hit a refugee camp in the area…”

  15. How Chechen gangs issued a Europe-wide call for vengeance over beating of 16-year-old boy that sparked four days of urban warfare with Arab gangs in Dijon (dailymail, Jun 16, 2020)

    “Authorities in Dijon say gangs issued a social media ‘call for vengeance’ urging Chechens to travel from Belgium and around France to join in ‘revenge attacks’, following an assault on a 16-year-old boy.

    The Chechen groups used social media to issue a ‘Europe-wide’ appeal to swell their armed gangs in an attempt to ‘settle the score’ on the streets of Dijon, northeastern France.

    Gangs published videos showing dozens of armed and hooded Chechen men.

    A police spokesman said today: ‘The claim is that they are here from other French towns, and from countries such as Belgium and France.’

    They added: ‘They were incensed by an attack on a teenager from Chechen last week, and said that they wanted revenge’.

    It is thought that the 16-year-old had been caught up in the local drugs and was targeted by a gang made up of youths mainly from North African backgrounds in the city of Dijon.

    Four suspected gang members were arrested following a fourth night of violent disturbances in Dijon overnight.

    All were suspected of using live ammunition to destroy video surveillance cameras capturing footage of them brandishing Kalashnikov assault rifles and pistols.

    Many of the gang members have a background in Chechnya – part of the Russian Federation which has been involved in two bloody independence wars over the past 26 years.

    Announcing the arrests on Tuesday, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said there would be a ‘firm response’ to deal with the ongoing lawlessness in Dijon, capital of the Burgundy region and best known internationally for its mustard.

    ‘The violent disturbances, threats to public order and intimidation are not acceptable,’ Mr Castaner added.

    They started on Friday, and have continued through to the early hours of Tuesday morning.

    The unrest was triggered by ‘a settling of scores’ by ethnic Chechens fighting other residents of Gresilles, a district of Dijon, said local prefect Bernard Schmeltz.

    Regional radio news station France Bleu quoted Dijon prosecutor Eric Mathias as saying he had opened an investigation into attempted murder by an organised group and incitement to violence.

    Mathias said Chechens had allegedly used social media to issue a France-wide call for vengeance over an attack on a member of their community by people from the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa.

    He added that six people were known to have been injured so far.

    Military reinforcements were seen flooding into Dijon yesterday after Chechen gangs were filmed firing assault rifles in the air as they prepared to carry out the ‘revenge attacks’.

    Horrifying videos released on social media show the well-armed masked men – who also brandish pistols – in the eastern city, 200 miles from Paris.

    The hooded gang members are refugees from Chechnya – part of the Russian Federation which has been involved in two bloody independence wars over the past 26 years.

    ‘Unrest has been going on for the past three nights,’ a Dijon police source said on Monday. ‘Chechen gangs linked to the drug trade and other criminal activity have mobilised to take part in battles with other gangs.

    ‘Weapons including Kalashnikovs, axes and baseball bats are being carried openly on the streets, and live ammunition is being fired. People are terrified.’

    The source said that the trouble was originally triggered by an assault of a 16-year-old Chechen last Wednesday which is being investigated as ‘attempted murder’.

    ‘The Chechens reacted violently, going into housing estates in vast numbers to see try and find who was responsible,’ the source added.

    ‘The situation in Dijon is now so tense that military and police reinforcements are being drafted in to the city,’ the source added.

    A government spokesman in Paris confirmed that Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had ordered reinforcements into the city to deal with the growing violence.

    Francois Rebsamen, the Mayor of Dijon, said: ‘What happened is unprecedented and unacceptable.’

    He said Chechen gangs carried out three ‘revenge’ raids on four successive nights starting on Friday.

    Unverified reports claimed Chechen gangs had been due to have a ‘meeting’ with Algerian gangs to ‘settle the score’ after an attack on the 16-year-old – but instead it became a shootout, prompting more Chechens from across France to travel to Dijon.

    Footage of a seemingly dead or severely injured man hanging from the door of a people carrier, after what appears to have been a car crash, has been shared widely on social media.

    While several other videos show a shocking display of armoury from various gangs.

    Bernard Schmeltz, the local Prefect, confirmed in a statement that the violence ‘appeared to be part of a settling of scores between members of the Chechen community in France and residents of Dijon’.

    One attack saw some 50 Chechens enter an estates in the Gresilles are of Dijon on Saturday, where a man who owns a pizzeria was badly wounded by gunfire.

    The normally refined city of Dijon became a centre for battle-hardened Chechen refugees in the early 2000s.

    This followed two bloody wars against Russia which led to chaos in Chechnya – now officially a ‘federal subject’ of the Russian Federation.

    ‘Around 30,000 Chechens escaped to France,’ said a local council source in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy and internationally famous for its mustard.

    ‘Some were resettled in Dijon, particularly in the kind of council estates where the current violence is breaking out.

    ‘While there are plenty of former Chechen war veterans living in Dijon, their sons and daughters are increasingly becoming active politically.

    ‘Some of these Chechens are involved in criminal activity, notably in the drug trade, where there are constant wars.’

    Dijon has a population of 155,000, many of them members of communities who settled within the past 70 years.

    Beyond Chechens, they include those from France’s former North African colonies, such as Algeria.

    These communities mainly live in council estates on the edge of the city, where there is constant tension.

    Chechen dissidents living in other countries remain fierce opponents of Ramzan Kadyrov, the current head of the Chechnyan government, who they see as a puppet of Russian Federation leader Vladimir Putin.

    The Russian backed Chechens are frequently accused of hunting down opponents in western Europe so as to murder them.

    This is one of the reasons so many Chechens feel justified in amassing illegal arms, such as Kalashnikov assault rifles and pistols.

    Many of the weapons are ones that were discarded by the Red Army following the break up of the Soviet Union….”

  16. sky news – Major breakthrough’ as UK scientists find cheap steroid cuts COVID-19 deaths

    Scientists in the UK have discovered a cheap and available treatment for COVID-19 patients.

    They have described the use of a common steroid drug as a “major breakthrough”.

    The drug, dexamethasone, reduced death rates by a third for patients on ventilators, and by a fifth for patients needing oxygen.

    • fox news – Hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus has ‘no effect’ in clinical trials: Dr. Badley

      Mayo Clinic Covid-19 Research Task Force chair Dr. Andrew Badley on discontinuing the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus and how the side effects outweigh any benefits.

      + comments on the YT page

    • Scott Gottlieb on the FDA’s decision to revoke emergency use of hydroxychloroquine

      The Food and Drug Administration said it is ending its emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drugs backed by President Donald Trump to combat Covid-19.

      Dr. Scott Gottlieb, member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina and former FDA commissioner, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss.

    • bloomberg – Trump Continues to Tout Hydroxychloroquine After FDA Ends Emergency Use

      President Donald Trump continued to tout the benefits of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus patients on Monday, despite word from the Food and Drug Administration Monday that regulators are revoking emergency authorization for it.

      The FDA said the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus and could cause serious side effects.

      Trump said he hadn’t seen the statement from his own administration but maintained he’s had many people tell him they are “thrilled” with the drug’s results in reducing COVID symptoms.

      “I took it and I felt good about taking it. I don’t know if it had an impact, but it certainly didn’t hurt me. I feel I feel good,” he said.

    • WHO DG says USA and other countries must wait for the COVID-19 outbreak review report

      Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the United States and other countries, who have raised concerns on how the Organisation has handled the COVID-19 outbreak in China, must wait for the review panel report.

      The report will look at how this matter was handled and reported to member countries.

      Recently United States President Donald Trump critisised the WHO, announcing the withdrawal of the US from the organisation.

      He said the US wasn’t happy with the WHO and China’s handling of the pandemic.

  17. Clashes erupt in Paris at protest for public hospital

    Scuffles break out in Paris, on the Esplanade des Invalides, during a protest by medical staff asking for better work conditions. After being pelted with projectiles, the police responded with tear gas.

  18. Frontex: Migrant Numbers Beginning to Surge as Coronavirus Lockdowns Ease (breitbart, Jun 16, 2020)

    “Data released by the European Union border agency Frontex has revealed that as the Wuhan coronavirus lockdown measures ease across Europe, the number of migrant arrivals has begun to surge.

    Frontex data from May states that there were at least 4,300 illegal arrivals, triple the number of arrivals from the same period last year with the total number of illegal immigrants entering the EU’s borders reaching 12,700 since the start of 2020.

    Greece has seen a huge surge in May with 1,250 new arrivals, eight times more than April when coronavirus lockdowns were in full force in Greece and in neighbouring Turkey where most illegal migrants entering Greece originate, Il Giornale reports.

    Fabrice Leggeri commented on Turkey’s attitude in the region, which saw a shift in February when the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the borders to Greece for any and all migrants in Turkey.

    “In recent months, Turkish border police have opened fire on Greece on at least five occasions, but none have been injured,” Leggeri said. He added that if Turkey repeated the opening of the gates as they had done earlier in the year, Frontex would rapidly increase its presence on the Greek border.

    Currently, there are around 600 officers posted on the land border between Greece and Turkey and the various islands in the Aegean. Those numbers could increase to 1,500 if the situation deteriorates once again.

    The Balkan migrant route has also seen a surge of activity with 900 crossings in May, ten times the number of the previous month.

    “Many are originally from Pakistan, crossing Turkey, Croatia, and Slovenia without finding any obstacles, and we find them here. They know that in Italy there is a more tolerant policy,” Trieste mayor Roberto Di Piazza said.

    Italian authorities have previously slammed Slovenia for not doing enough to stop illegals from crossing into Italy.

    Edoardo Alessio, Provincial Secretary-General of the Italian State Police, spoke out about the issue in May, saying: “Slovenia does not stop them, does not identify them, and lets them pass with impunity.”

    The Frontex data comes as Italian intelligence officials recently warned at least 20,000 migrants were ready to head for Italy.”

  19. NYC clarifies that there’s no social or ethical obligation to cooperate with contact tracing
    By J.E. Dyer June 15, 2020

    In recent months, it’s been obvious on so many occasions that politicians and media aren’t telling us the truth, it’s sometimes hard not to burst out laughing.

    But for a long time, the retailing of untruth at least came with earnest pretense and attempts made to hide a little of the mendacity. Perhaps the Big Lie wasn’t exposed by its own crafter’s hand right out of the gate. Some effort was made to extend tokens of bona fides.

    Some things, of course, aren’t necessarily about lies. They could be about mistakes or lack of foresight. We can’t always see everything coming. I think that’s the explanation for at least some of the surreal, near-daily about-facing on COVID-19.

    But it clearly doesn’t explain the two-faced sham that is concern about social-distancing. Social-distancing, we are to understand, is so vital that we can’t hold church in our cars in a parking lot with the windows rolled up. We can’t open small businesses, unless they sell liquor or marijuana, and we can’t sit in baseball parks or have outdoor concerts, much less have indoor gatherings, or assume a stationary position on the beach.

  20. ctv news – Police investigating ‘disturbing and patently racist’ video shared by Montreal teens

    MONTREAL — Police are investigating a video staged by two West Island girls where they wear blackface and act out a series of what their school board calls “disturbing and patently racist” scenes.

    The video was posted to social media early Monday, though the girls’ classmates say it was made months, if not years, ago.

    […]In the video, the girls dance around, remaining in blackface the entire time, frequently using the N-word and moving between several racist tropes. CTV has published one segment here but has chosen not to publish or link to the full video.

    […]One of the girls’ mothers contacted CTV on Monday to say the family is now fearful after a huge volume of threats made to the family. She said her husband had lost his job.

    […]Tom Rhymes, the board’s assistant director general, said the video was a “devastating reminder” that racism was not something the board could “duck” and that it would need to confront it head-on.

    “I was horrified. Absolutely horrified,” he said. “From the first five seconds of the video I was horrified, and it only became more intense as I continued to watch.”

    CBC – Racist video posted on social media prompts Montreal police investigation

    Montreal police are investigating a racist video that is circulating widely on social media and is believed to have been published by two West Island high school students.

    The video shows two teenagers dancing in blackface to an English-language song laced with racial slurs and derogatory statements against Black people. The song is dubbed over the video and it begins with the introduction of the two women by name.

    Police spokesperson Const. Véronique Comtois said the Montreal police service (SPVM) was alerted about the video at 9 a.m. Monday after a 911 call.

    CBC News could not confirm where the two teens attend school or when the video was produced.

    […]The two teenagers cannot be named because they are minors and there is an open police investigation.

    the gazette – Montreal teens in blackface post racist video that’s riddled with the N-word

    Warning: This article includes content that most will find offensive.

    The West Island community is reeling after a racist video laced with the N-word was posted on Twitter by two teenage girls.

    The girls, who are purported to be students of John Rennie High School, posted a music video with racist language and imagery.

    The 44-second video, which had garnered more than 1,700 views on Twitter as of 4 p.m. Monday, begins with the girls putting on blackface makeup, and then shows racist images and words denigrating Black people. It ends with both girls shouting the N-word together.

    The video was brought to the attention of the West Island Black Community Association on Monday morning.

    Association chairperson Kemba Mitchell reported the video to police, as well as to the Lester B. Pearson School board. She was told that the girls are enrolled at John Rennie High School, information that was confirmed to her by the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

    “I could not finish watching it,” Mitchell said. “It’s hard to put words out there (about this) because it’s just disgusting. The amount of calls I received about this video today is unbelievable.”

    She said the remarks were hardly made off the cuff, because the song was written beforehand and the images chosen and it was probably also rehearsed by the girls.

    The girls have also posted another video on Twitter, where they use the N-word repeatedly, but that one was not reported to police. It only had 10 views on Monday afternoon.

    “The fact that these girls thought this was OK, and that they took the time and put so much thought behind it, is very disturbing,” Mitchell said.

    Montreal Police Constable Véronique Comtois confirmed police were made aware of the video and are investigating it, and said the perpetrators are minors, so their identities won’t be revealed.

    Mitchell said police told her the incident is being investigating as a hate crime.

    “(Police were) also looking to us, to calm down the community, because apparently these girls are getting death threats,” Mitchell said. “We don’t condone violence, but people are very angry and we want this to be investigated as a hate crime.”

    After being made aware of the video, the Lester B. Pearson School Board posted a statement at the top of its website.

    “We are horrified by the content of the video and we reject outright and unequivocally the tone and orientation of its content,” the statement read. “That this video is purported to have been posted by students enrolled in one of our schools is devastating. There is work to do for all of us and this incident is a stark reminder of this fact. We denounce racism and, as educators, we commit to work together with the community to lead positive change.”

    Mitchell said the video shows there is far too much ignorance about issues being faced by the Black community both in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere.

    “Obviously, there needs to be training and workshops, because at the end of the day, this hate is taught at home,” she said. “The parents need to be held accountable in this situation.”

    She added this is also a reminder about the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    “To me, this is a visual reminder that there is much ignorance and work to be done. These videos didn’t just start, they’ve always been there, but now with social media, people are being exposed to it,” she said.

  21. yahoo news – afp – Saudi faces perilous hajj call as virus spikes

    Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off this year’s hajj pilgrimage for the first time in its modern history, observers say, a perilous decision as coronavirus cases spike.

    Muslim nations are pressing Riyadh to give its much-delayed decision on whether the annual ritual will go ahead as scheduled in late July.

    But as the kingdom negotiates a call fraught with political and economic risks in a tinderbox region, time is running out to organise logistics for one of the world’s largest mass gatherings.

    A full-scale hajj, which last year drew about 2.5 million pilgrims, appears increasingly unlikely after authorities advised Muslims in late March to defer preparations due to the fast-spreading disease.

    “It’s a toss-up between holding a nominal hajj and scrapping it entirely,” a South Asian official in contact with Saudi hajj authorities told AFP.

    A Saudi official told AFP: “The decision will soon be made and announced.”

    Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, withdrew from the pilgrimage this month after pressing Riyadh for clarity, with a minister calling it a “very bitter and difficult decision”.

    Malaysia, Senegal and Singapore followed suit with similar announcements.

    Many other countries with Muslim populations — from Egypt and Morocco to Turkey, Lebanon and Bulgaria — have said they are still awaiting Riyadh’s decision.

    In Muslim countries like France, faith leaders have urged Muslims to “postpone” their pilgrimage plans until next year due to the prevailing risks.

    The hajj, a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, represents a major potential source of contagion as it packs millions of pilgrims into congested religious sites.

    But any decision to limit or cancel the event risks annoying Muslim hardliners for whom religion trumps health concerns.

    It could also trigger renewed scrutiny of the Saudi custodianship of Islam’s holiest sites — the kingdom’s most powerful source of political legitimacy.

    A series of deadly disasters over the years, including a 2015 stampede that killed up to 2,300 worshippers, has prompted criticism of the kingdom’s management of the hajj.

    “Saudi Arabia is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea,” Umar Karim, a visiting fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told AFP.

    “The delay in announcing its decision shows it understands the political consequences of cancelling the hajj or reducing its scale.”

    – ‘Buying time’ –

    The kingdom is “buying time” as it treads cautiously, the South Asian official said.

    “At the last minute if Saudi says ‘we are ready to do a full hajj’, (logistically) many countries will not be in a position” to participate, he said.

    Amid an ongoing suspension of international flights, a reduced hajj with only local residents is a likely scenario, the official added.

    A decision to cancel the hajj would be a first since the kingdom was founded in 1932.

    Saudi Arabia managed to hold the pilgrimage during previous outbreaks of Ebola and MERS.

    But it is struggling to contain the virus amid a serious spike in daily cases and deaths since authorities began easing a nationwide lockdown in late May.

    In Saudi hospitals, sources say intensive care beds are fast filling up and a growing number of health workers are contracting the virus as the total number of cases has topped 130,000. Deaths surpassed 1,000 on Monday.

    To counter the spike, authorities this month tightened lockdown restrictions in the city of Jeddah, gateway to the pilgrimage city of Mecca.

    – ‘Heartbroken’ –

    “The hajj is the most important spiritual journey in the life of any Muslim, but if Saudi Arabia proceeds in this scenario it will not only exert pressure on its own health system,” said Yasmine Farouk from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    “It could also be widely held responsible for fanning the pandemic.”

    A cancelled or watered-down hajj would representa major loss of revenue for the kingdom, which is already reeling from the twin shocks of the virus-induced slowdown and a plunge in oil prices.

    The smaller year-round umrah pilgrimage was already suspended in March.

    Together, they add $12 billion to the Saudi economy every year, according to government figures.

    A negative decision would likely disappoint millions of Muslim pilgrims around the world who often invest their life savings and endure long waiting lists to make the trip.

    “I can’t help but be heartbroken — I’ve been waiting for years,” Indonesian civil servant Ria Taurisnawati, 37, told AFP as she sobbed.

    “All my preparations were done, the clothes were ready and I got the necessary vaccination. But Allah has another plan.”

    Full scale hajj 2011 – farewell circumambulation

  22. Here Are the Heroes Whose Statues Black Lives Matter Has Attacked

    War heroes, Founding Fathers, explorers, abolitionists, and a Scottish king.
    June 16, 2020
    Daniel Greenfield

    The statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, stands at the corner of Fairfax and Beverly in Los Angeles. When the racist mobs swept through the area, looting Jewish stores and defacing synagogues with “BLM” and “Free Palestine” graffiti, the statue of a man who risked his life to resist fascism and bigotry was one of their targets.

    The racists and leftists vandalizing statues across the world claim that they’re fighting hate, but their targets have often been the men and women who courageously stood up to racism and hatred.

    When the statue of Churchill was vandalized in London, the thugs who did it went after the one man who had done the most to wake up the world to the threat of fascism. In Philadelphia, the thugs scrawled “murderer” and “colonizer” on a statue of Philadelphia abolitionist Matthias Baldwin and in Boston, they vandalized the ‘Glory’ monument of the African-American 54th Regiment.

    In Washington D.C., the Lincoln Memorial and the National WW2 Memorial were both defaced.

    This is not the work of anti-racists, but of racists. It’s not the work of anti-fascists, but of fascists.

    While the media has upheld the racist narrative justifying the Taliban campaign against America by focusing on confederate memorials, the vandalism has been extensive, targeting both sides in the Civil War, and spilling over to vandalize statues that have absolutely no relevance to contemporary politics.

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  23. Obama vs. African Americans

    How the president deployed white education secretary Arne Duncan to keep black students trapped in failing schools.
    June 16, 2020
    Lloyd Billingsley

    “I was considered only because of the intervention of Gramps’ boss, who was an alumnus.”

    That may sound like some New York stockbroker’s son, just admitted to the upscale Trinity or Horace Mann schools. It’s actually the author of Dreams from My Father, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, touting his admission to the prestigious Punahou School, founded by Christian missionaries in 1841 and by all accounts the very best Hawaii had to offer.

    Though not named in the account, “Gramps,” is Barry’s grandfather Stanley Dunham. Stan and Madelyn Dunham raised Barry after his mother Ann Dunham divorced Barry’s stepfather Lolo Soetoro, the Indonesian student she met at the University of Hawaii. In Indonesia, where Soetoro moved the family in 1967, Barry attended Menteng 01, also known as the Besuki School, as Reuters noted, “in a posh, leafy district of Jakarta, founded by Indonesia’s former colonial rulers as a school for Europeans and the Indonesian nobility.”

    For Barry, only the best would do, but when it came time for college, Barry did not follow the footsteps of Kenyan student Barack Obama to the University of Hawaii. Instead he chose highly regarded Occidental College in Los Angeles. Then it was on to Columbia University and Harvard Law School. At every step, choice was the key factor, but that was not the case when the Punahou grad became president of the United States. “I was considered only because of the intervention of Gramps’ boss, who was an alumnus.”

    That may sound like some New York stockbroker’s son, just admitted to the upscale Trinity or Horace Mann schools. It’s actually the author of Dreams from My Father, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, touting his admission to the prestigious Punahou School, founded by Christian missionaries in 1841 and by all accounts the very best Hawaii had to offer.

    Though not named in the account, “Gramps,” is Barry’s grandfather Stanley Dunham. Stan and Madelyn Dunham raised Barry after his mother Ann Dunham divorced Barry’s stepfather Lolo Soetoro, the Indonesian student she met at the University of Hawaii. In Indonesia, where Soetoro moved the family in 1967, Barry attended Menteng 01, also known as the Besuki School, as Reuters noted, “in a posh, leafy district of Jakarta, founded by Indonesia’s former colonial rulers as a school for Europeans and the Indonesian nobility.”

    For Barry, only the best would do, but when it came time for college, Barry did not follow the footsteps of Kenyan student Barack Obama to the University of Hawaii. Instead he chose highly regarded Occidental College in Los Angeles. Then it was on to Columbia University and Harvard Law School. At every step, choice was the key factor, but that was not the case when the Punahou grad became president of the United States.

  24. Australia: Sheep cleared for export to Kuwait on coronavirus-hit vessel

    Tens of thousands of sheep were loaded onto the Al Kuwait livestock carrier in the Australian port of Fremantle on Tuesday.

    The animals will be exported to Kuwait after activists failed to stop the delivery.

    Australia’s Federal Court ruled that the ship could leave Fremantle on Wednesday.

    At least three animal rights activists gathered near the port holding a sign reading “ban live export.”

    The sheep were initially scheduled to be exported more than a month ago aboard the Al Kuwait, but those plans were cancelled after crew members tested positive for coronavirus.

  25. NYPD Cops Poisoned at Shake Shack: Where Are We Heading?

    Americans are now facing a new reality: Three New York Police Department (NYPD) cops had their drinks poisoned with bleach at Shake Shack.

    Tonight, three of our fellow officers were intentionally poisoned by one or more workers at the Shake Shack at 200 Broadway in Manhattan. Fortunately, they were not seriously harmed. Please see the safety alert??

    — Detectives’ Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) June 16, 2020

    This comes on the heels of National Guardsmen who found shards of glass baked into a pizza they ordered while deployed at the Washington, D.C. protests.

    It is interesting to note other cases where shards of glass were weaponized against political opponents. During Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution in Iran, a band of women drove around searching for women who deviated from the new norms. If they found a woman wearing lipstick, they would hand them a napkin to wipe it off. The napkin would be laced with shards of glass.

    Taking things by force is at the heart of what extremists do. It’s a repeated pattern that crosses all extremist ideologies. While its current incarnation started with good intentions, there is unfortunately an extremist undercurrent steering its direction, which includes taking things by the illegitimate use of force and cancelling all other points of view.

    This isn’t happening in a vacuum

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  26. Beijing City Releases Inconsistent Data on New Virus Infections as Outbreak Worsens

    A new outbreak in the city of Beijing has prompted authorities to enact strict measures to contain the virus.

    A city official said on June 15 that the entire city has entered “war-time mode,” while people infected with the virus after visiting Beijing have been located in Hebei, Sichuan, and Liaoning provinces—spurring fears that the virus was spreading further.

    Meanwhile, authorities cited contradictory figures for new virus infections. New internal documents that The Epoch Times obtained revealed yet another figure.

    Chinese medical specialists attributed the new outbreak to contaminated salmon that was sold at a Beijing market, leading to authorities halting imports of European salmon—though experts say the fish itself is unlikely to carry the disease.

  27. CCP Virus Paralyzes Public Security Bureau in Shulan City
    By Epoch Video
    June 14, 2020 Updated: June 14, 2020

    Shulan city, located in China’s northeastern region, has locked down since the first confirmed case of the CCP virus infection was identified. At least 34 cases have since been identified in Jilin province. All reportedly confirmed cases in Shulan are linked to a 45-year-old laundry worker for the Public Security Bureau in Shulan.

    Introduction: A local resident of Shulan revealed that a local hospital has been designated for accepting patients with the CCP virus infection.

    “The entire city is locked down. No one is allowed to enter or leave. The local residential complexes are also locked down.

    The city mandated testing for anyone who has come into contact with the laundry worker and her family.

  28. Inflated Costs for Food, Testing, and Quarantines Have Become a Norm in the New Chinese Epicenter
    By Mary Hong
    June 15, 2020 Updated: June 15, 2020

    Northeast China is the heartland of three provinces, Jilin, Liaoning, and Heilongjiang. After Heilongjiang was hit by the CCP virus, the neighboring two provinces also experienced lockdowns due to the spread of the virus. Subsequently, inflated costs for food, testing, and quarantines have become a norm in the new Chinese epicenter.

    Residents in Jilin and Liaoning were interviewed after the regime imposed a lockdown. On top of the draconian lockdown measures and inflated cost of living, not only is there no aid or subsidies from the regime, but the cost of testing is much higher.

    The interview was conducted by Xiong Bin and Chang Chun of the Chinese-language Epoch Times.

  29. On Vote-By-Mail

    by J. Christian Adams

    Never before in the history of the country has the election process system been under greater attack. In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, heavily funded organizations and lawyers with fat trust deposits have been seeking to undo how we elect the President, Congress and state officials.
    Like the rioters in the streets of American cities, they are taking advantage of a crisis to try to fundamentally transform American institutions.

    They are seeking to throw out state laws designed to protect the integrity of American elections.

    The first target of the election transformation was Congress. Soon after the pandemic reached our shores, House Democrats passed emergency legislation that would have federalized election process rules.

    The Constitution decentralizes how we run elections because decentralization promotes individual liberty. When elections are decentralized, no single malevolent actor can manipulate or control the outcome.

    During both the Bush and Obama administrations, I worked in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. I witnessed firsthand how federal bureaucrats could manipulate, coerce and threaten state officials who did not conform to the bureaucrat’s sensibilities about how elections should be run.

  30. India, Pakistan Exchange Massive Fire Along Line of Control, Civilian Injury Reported (sputniknews, Jun 16, 2020)

    “The two south Asians nations have been locked in territorial disputes over Kashmir for decades. On 14 June, India accused Pakistan of killing one soldier and injuring three others in heavy cross border firing along the Line of Control (LoC), a de-facto border dividing the two nations.

    Pakistan accused India of initiating a ceasefire violation in Bagsar town of Rajanpur district, Punjab on Tuesday and targeting the civilian population. Pakistan claimed that the Indian side targeted the civilian population during the firing, in which one person was injured.

    The Pakistani Armed Forces stated that a civilian, Babar Hussain, was injured in the line of fire from the Indian side.

    According to data from the Pakistani Armed Forces, India has violated the ceasefire 1,296 times in 2020, leading to seven deaths and injuries to 98 civilians.

    Earlier in the morning, the India’s Army said that Pakistan started firing with mortars and other weapons at Indian positions in the Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district…”

  31. India and Australia lead the “Boycott Chinese” movement and China is already feeling the heat
    •Jun 16, 2020

  32. China steps up mass surveillance; 2nd coronavirus outbreak in Beijing; China’s new mask diplomacy
    •Premiered 20 hours ago

  33. (Richard: I just ran across this report, if it is true things are taking a very serious turn in the Indian – China border conflict. This is happening just as Trump puts 3 Carrier groups into the South China Sea. We will see what the Dems reaction to this is, my bet is they will stall for a while and then support China.)

    20 Indian soldiers killed in border clashes with China

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