Reader’s Links for June 27, 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.

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

98 Replies to “Reader’s Links for June 27, 2020”

  1. “Whiteness” does not exist.
    Blackness wishes it did
    Because then
    it justifies this:
    Men do not have to be men.

    “Brightness” does not resist
    The Eve that they insist:
    Their bodies
    Defined by a twist
    Are angels straight from heaven.

    “Highness” had them amiss
    Black Stone – all will have kissed
    Had changed them to this:
    Women no longer women

  2. Maybe a bit off-topic, but might be entertaining.
    Miltant “vegan streaker” Peter Janssen attacks a slaughterhouse in Ermelo, the Netherlands. Tries to burn the place down, sets himself on fire:

    Article, in Dutch:


    He disrupted a talkshow 12 years ago, see 1:01

  3. The very old man sits in his kitchen drinking his Nescafe. He remembers when Nescafe was a luxury. He recalls when he was a refugee from communism. So long ago and so far away. And a kind man gave him his first cup in Austria after crossing the border. Some things one does not forget.

    These crazy dreams. Why, at 92, does he have such dreams? Bumps in the night. The sound of an intruder getting through the door downstairs. Vivid and real. Enough to wake him. And now the sound of a wristwatch ticking. Impossible but not a dream because he is not asleep. Impossible because he is stone deaf. Yet he hears it. Right there in that closet where the broom and the dust pan are stored. Large enough to hold a man. And his ticking wristwatch. Large enough to hold a man who means him harm.

    But the old man is not afraid. He’s too old now for fear. He calls out to the intruder. “I know you’re there,” he says pushing out the words. “I can hear you.”

    “I want to make sure you’re free and safe,” says Mark Zuckerberg, straight and without blinking, unfolding himself from the cramped space. “All that I do, I do for you.”

    • Johnnyu, great story! Forgive me, I just had to try my hand before I go brain-dead!

      The next morning, as usual, the old man made his cup of Nescafe when there was a loud and rapid knock at the entrance of his flat. He felt the vibrations, and proceeded to open the door. There stood a pair of kindly correctional officers, a look of concern on their faces. “Papa” they said, “we know you have Nescafe here … a little birdie told us … where do you buy this Nescafe when no one here sells it? Nestle products are not allowed here … read about this evil corporation, Google it … go on FaceBook … this company has been an exploiter of children, creator of toxic products and unfair dealings with third world countries … not to mention the oppression of Black and Brown people.” The old man looked puzzled, as he could not hear. The officers, at first kindly, thought he was being belligerent, and grabbed the can of Nescafe from the table and shook it at him. A look of understanding came over the old man’s face, and he proceeded to take the can and heat up some water, to make another two cups of coffee for them, and began telling them the story about how a caring man gave him a cup after he crossed the border from Communist hell, and that he equated Nescafe with feeling free and safe, some 70 odd years ago.

      The two officers looked at each with knowing eyes … they knew what they had to do. The Tree of Life was dead here. What was left was the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which was clearly written in The Manifesto, a copy of which they left on the old man’s table. The officers left their warm cups of freedom coffee sadly undrunk. Mark Zuckerberg would be back.

    • “Frances Fox Piven on Uprisings, Violence/Nonviolence, Resistance, and Community Organizing”
      Politics Art Roots Culture – Media – June 24, 2020

      • “Thomas Sowell Dismantles Egalitarianism (Frances Fox Piven Edition)”
        Free To Choose Network – January 25, 2011

        In this clip from the 1980 Free To Choose, socialist Frances Fox Piven tangles with Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell. Sowell, in particular, is incisive with his discussion of “process” versus aspiration — concluding that whatever the purported social goals, liberty suffers.

  4. Which would you prefer: walking into your darkened bedroom and throwing on the light switch to see that your walls and ceiling are completely covered in cockroaches, or walking into your bedroom and leaving the light off so you don’t have to see them?

    I can only think of one person in the world with the will and the platform to turn on the light to what is no longer conspiracy theory, but conspiracy fact.

    PT MUST be elected in November. He must then end the Fed and the central bank, cutting our collectivist visionary maniacs off at the knees. Time is running out.

    • But, then, just after his handlers had gone home for the weekend and left him alone, Justin got an idea. I’ll show them, he thought. I’ll show them I can think for myself. I’ll show them I’m not a retard.

      So he went into his mommy’s purse and took out some white makeup and smeared it all over his face.

      “There,” he said proudly, satisfied with what he saw in the mirror. “They can’t make fun of me ever again!”

      Then he went back to sucking the latex thumb President Xi had sent.

  5. At Least 15 Taliban Members Killed, 6 Injured by NATO Forces in South Afghanistan (sputniknews, Jun 27, 2020)

    “Fifteen members of the Taliban group were killed and six others were wounded in an attack by the NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, the provincial governor’s press office said in a statement on Saturday.

    “Taliban insurgents in the Siasang Valley of Kandahar’s Arghandab district wanted to attack security forces at around 11:00 p.m. [18:00 GMT on Friday], the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) launched an airstrike on them and 15 killed and six others were injured”, the press office said.

    In a separate incident in the Maroof district, six Taliban members were killed in clashes with security forces.

    Moreover, in the east of Afghanistan, two armed Taliban were killed and four others were injured in clashes that erupted after the militants attacked security posts.

    “Last night, Taliban insurgents attacked security and defence checkpoints in Qassaban, Dewi and Manozai areas of the Alishang district of Laghman province. Two Taliban insurgents were killed and four others were injured in the clash”, Laghman police spokesman Shafiullah Afghanyar told Sputnik.

    No Afghan security forces were killed or wounded in the incident in Laghman. The Taliban have not commented on the attacks.”

  6. Sadiq Khan announces £110m police cuts after Scotland Yard vows to stamp out illegal raves (express, Jun 27, 2020)

    “SADIQ KHAN has warned police services in London could face budget cuts of £110million cuts as a result of a financial crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The London Mayor made the shock announcement as Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick vowed to crack down on illegal raves after 140 were injured trying to break up the unlawful gatherings across the capital. Mr Khan released details of the cuts he will have the make in the wake of a £493m collapse in City Hall’s income due to the economic impacts of coronavirus.

    Income from business rates is expected to fall by 11 per cent by March 2022 due to company closures. London’s Council tax revenue is forecast to drop by seven per cent as Londoners lose their jobs and fall into arrears.

    Across the country, the Local Government Association has estimated a £6bn shortfall in council finances and is calling for emergency funding from the Government.

    Mr Khan said: “The scale of the challenge is far beyond anything that any local or regional authority could have prepared for.

    “My first priority is to protect frontline emergency services, which is why we have outlined proportionately smaller savings for the police and fire brigade.”

    Mr Khan’s budget cuts warning came just hours of Ms Dick announced a crackdown on illegal street parties after officers came under attack for the second night running as they tried to disperse an unauthorised gathering…”

  7. Pakistan was the origin for HALF of Britain’s imported coronavirus cases – amid calls for tougher quarantine checks from ‘high-risk’ countries (dailymail, Jun 27, 2020)

    “There are calls for tougher quarantine checks on arrivals from ‘high-risk’ countries as it emerges half of Britain’s imported coronavirus cases originate from Pakistan.

    Half the incidents of imported infections are understood to have come from Pakistan since June 4 as data from Public Health England showed 30 cases.

    Since March 1, 190 flights have arrived from Pakistan which is reporting 4,000 coronavirus cases a day and has had a new spike since easing lockdown.

    More than 65,000 people travelled to Britain and most are thought to have British passports, The Telegraph reported.

    There have been reports of some going straight to hospital from arriving and into intensive care as up to two flights from the country arrive in Britain every day.

    This week Dubai carrier Emirates suspended flights out of Pakistan after 30 passengers on a flight to Hong Kong tested positive on June 22.

    Pakistan International Airlines has been flying directly into and out of the UK since early April.

    At first, these were flights organised to repatriate British and Pakistani nationals but they have now resumed more regular daily flights.

    A spokesman said passengers were screened with heat sensors and had to wear masks with anyone recording a high temperature prevented from boarding.

    A government spokesman told The Telegraph: ‘The new health measures at the border are informed by science, backed by the public and designed to keep us all safe.

    ‘We are seeing a high level of compliance and we expect this to continue as the vast majority of people will play their part to help.’

    Pakistan have recorded almost 200,000 cases of the virus and nearly 4,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource centre.

    Pakistan’s planning minister Asad Umar warned two weeks ago that Pakistan could see a million coronavirus cases by the end of July amid warnings people are ignoring rules on social distancing.

    The country is home to more than 212million people. Experts say cases are expected to double to 300,000 by the end of June and reach 1.2million a month later.

    Hospitals across the country say they are at or near capacity and some are turning coronavirus patients away.”

  8. Former Met chief Ian Blair slams rise in attacks on police and says ‘it cannot be right that this level of injury to officers is seen as acceptable’ (dailymail, Jun 27, 2020)

    “A former Met Police chief said there needs to be a ‘public conversation’ about the violence officers have faced in recent weeks.

    Lord Ian Blair said it ‘cannot be right’ that officers have been injured both during illegal lockdown raves and in Black Lives Matter protests this month.

    He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said: ‘It cannot be right that this level of injury to officers is seen as acceptable.’

    He added: ‘This is not a normal situation where an occupation carries this sort of risk of injury every day.’

    On Wednesday night in Brixton, 22 officers were injured during clashes with a large crowd which Downing Street condemned as an ‘appalling’ scene and Home Secretary Patel dubbed ‘utterly vile’.

    On Thursday, violence flared yet again as Metropolitan Police officers had objects thrown at them while attempting to disperse a crowd at an illegal music gathering near Notting Hill…”

  9. Three young boys are stabbed during a ‘wild brawl’ involving 20 teenagers in Sydney as the youngsters are rushed to hospital with serious injuries (dailymail, Jun 27, 2020)

    “Four teenagers are in hospital after multiple stabbings in a wild brawl involving 20 young boys in Sydney’s north-west.

    Police arrived at Auburn Road in Auburn around 4.50pm on Saturday but the group had already fled the area.

    Three teenagers, one aged 15 and two aged 14, suffered stab wounds while another sustained minor injuries.

    All of the injured teenagers were taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

    Roads have closed southbound between Kerr Parade and Queen Street.

    Police have set up a crime scene and are investigating.”

  10. French Police Were Victims of Chemical Attacks at Recent ‘Protests’ (breitbart, Jun 27, 2020)

    “A central French police laboratory has found that organised protesters targeted riot police with chemical agents after testing samples from a recent protest in Paris.

    The samples were taken from the June 16th healthcare worker demonstration that saw black bloc Antifa militants violently attack members of the CRS riot police near Les Invalides in central Paris.

    After examining riots shields that were used during the protests, the laboratory concluded that it was “highly probable” officers had been attacked with the chemical titanium tetrachloride, Le Parisien reports.

    According to the newspaper, the small containers of the chemical were filled with the compound in liquid form. When broken, the chemical turns to titanium dioxide and releases hydrochloric acid.

    “There is, therefore, a smoke effect, a strong irritant, and an incapacitating effect on the respiratory tract. There is also a burning sensation on contact with the skin,” experts told the newspaper.

    An unnamed member of the riot police dismissed the idea that the violence against police was random, saying: “We were the target of organised groups, not simply demonstrators.”

    Johann Cavallero, a union delegate for the CRS, said violence against police during demonstrations is getting worse and more violent. Mr Cavallero said: “The worst part is that at the same time, we no longer have the means to respond. Hence many are really fed up.”

    Police arrested at least 24 people at the June 16th protest in Paris, which was initially meant to be an event for healthcare workers to express their demands for better working conditions. Patrick Pelloux, president of the Association of Emergency Physicians of France, expressed disgust at the behaviour of the Antifa rioters, saying: “We were robbed of this demonstration. It’s disgusting.”

    Antifa militants have previously resorted to throwing rocks, bricks, or Molotov cocktails at officers during riots — but chemical attacks have been used on police in the past as well. In 2018, youths in Essonne attacked police by spraying acid at them during a riot on Halloween.

    Several months later in the commune of Ygos-Saint-Saturnin, it was reported that members of the Fédération Nationale de Protection Civile (FNPC/French Civil Protection), a civil defence group, were also attacked with acid.”

  11. Satellite image: Iran blast struck by suspected missile site (abcnews, Jun 27, 2020)

    “An explosion that rattled Iran’s capital came from an area in its eastern mountains that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system and missile production sites, satellite photographs showed Saturday.

    What exploded in the incident early Friday that sent a massive fireball into the sky near Tehran remains unclear, as does the cause of the blast.

    The unusual response of the Iranian government in the aftermath of the explosion, however, underscores the sensitive nature of an area near where international inspectors believe the Islamic Republic conducted high-explosive tests two decades ago for nuclear weapon triggers.

    The blast shook homes, rattled windows and lit up the horizon early Friday in the Alborz Mountains. State TV later aired a segment from what it described as the site of the blast…”

  12. 4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police (abcnews, Jun 27, 2020)

    “Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps where refugees from Myanmar live, officials said.

    The gunfight took place Friday when a team of security officials was searching for the gang leader in a forest near the Rohingya camps at Cox’s Bazar, said police Inspector Pradeep Kumar Das.

    Another inspector, Morzina Akhter, said the suspects opened fire at police, sparking the gunfight that led to their deaths. Police also recovered about 40,000 drug pills and locally made guns, he said.

    According to authorities and local media reports, the gang led by Abdul Hakim has kidnapped many locals for ransom and killed those whose families failed to pay. It had allegedly abducted at least seven Bangladeshis over the last two months and killed three hostages. Hakim remains at large.

    While human rights groups acknowledge there are criminal elements among some of the Rohingya refugees, they have urged authorities to thoroughly investigate such cases.

    In March, police fatally shot seven suspected members of a Rohingya gang allegedly involved in drug dealing and human trafficking.

    More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar into Bangladesh after the Buddhist-majority country’s military launched a crackdown against them in August 2017 in response to an attack by insurgents.”

    • Rescued Rohingya speak about smuggling ordeal

      Rohingya asylum seekers who were rescued off the coast of Indonesia speak about their ordeal during a month-long sea journey.

      Around a million Rohingya live in refugee camps in Bangladesh, where human traffickers also run lucrative operations promising to find them sanctuary abroad.

  13. European Court Allows French Move to Strip Terrorists of Citizenship (breitbart, Jun 27, 2020)

    “The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that France has not violated the human rights of five men who were stripped of their citizenship after terrorist convictions.

    The ECtHR ruled on Thursday that France’s decision to strip the citizenship of four Franco-Moroccans and one Franco-Turkish man was legitimate. It said the move “did not have disproportionate consequences for their private lives”.

    The court deemed that “terrorist violence in itself constitutes a serious threat to human rights” and added that the loss of French nationality had not made any of the men stateless as they had dual citizenship — and none were automatically deported as a result of the decision.

    The Strasbourg court also pointed out that the men had only just acquired French citizenship before they engaged in terrorist acts, Le Figaro reports.

    The five men had been sentenced in 2007 for “participation in a criminal association for the preparation of a terrorist act”. They were said to be linked to Moroccan terrorists who killed 45 people in Casablanca in 2003. They were stripped of their French citizenship in 2015 after being released from prison in 2009 and 2010.

    The lawyers for the five men attempted to argue that the removal of citizenship was like punishing the men twice for the same act. They also claimed the men had now integrated into French society.

    The ruling against them could set a precedent for other terrorists who have had their citizenships stripped by European countries and may want to take their cases to the ECtHR.

    Islamic State bride Shamima Begum is currently attempting to reverse a decision to strip her British citizenship. Earlier this year, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) rejected her appeal, claiming that the move did not make her stateless.

    Begum, whose parents are both Bangladeshi migrants, has appealed against the SIAC decision to the Court of Appeal.”

    • Hindu Americans don’t trust either party.
      Obviously, Demonrats are the enemy. Hinduphobic, and as anti-India as anti-Israel.

      But conservatives aren’t friendly either. They resent Indians who get visas, who come here and take tech jobs from Americans. Crude, openly raycyst comments aren’t going to motivate Hindu Americans to vote Republican.

    • Tianjin case reveals mystery of carrier who tests negative, no symptoms

      The first local Covid-19 cases in northern Tianjin city in 110 days were infected by an asymptomatic carrier who was believed to have contracted the illness in neighbouring Beijing…

      In Tianjin, mystery surrounds how a 22-year-old hotel kitchen worker became infected.

      The man washed dishes and occasionally cleaned frozen seafood for his work. The centre tested samples of beef, lamb, salmon, vegetables and fruit. They were found to be negative and so were environment samples from the workplace.

      He was diagnosed with Covid-19 last Wednesday but had no history of travel two weeks before being testing positive. All close contacts of the man took nucleic acid tests and were found to be negative.

      The man washed dishes and occasionally cleaned frozen seafood for his work. The centre tested samples of beef, lamb, salmon, vegetables and fruit. They were found to be negative and so were environment samples from the workplace.

      Genome sequencing of the man’s virus sample showed it was identical to that found among patients in Beijing.

      A breakthrough came last Friday when the Tianjin CDC retested 55 chefs from the hotel, this time using a nucleic acid test to detect the existence of Sars-CoV-2 and a serological test to look for traces of infection. Sars-CoV-2 is the virus that causes Covid-19.

      One chef’s serological test came back IgM positive indicating a recent infection, but nucleic acid tests were negative. The chef was tested three more times and the results were the same.…

      The CDC investigation showed the chef once talked with the first case – the kitchen worker – without a mask on. The two also used a basement smoking room with poor ventilation together once or twice a day.

      They were also believed to be in contact when the chef handed over his lunch tray to the kitchen worker, who was responsible for cleaning food residue and washing dishes.

      But the chef was not classified as an official asymptomatic carrier because his nucleic acid test was negative. A positive test is the diagnosis threshold in China.

      Zhang said it was possible the chef was returning a false negative because he had a low viral load.

      The chef was under medical observation for two days before his positive antibody test, cutting off any possible transmission from him.
      Lotsa false negatives with lousy tests. Yaneer Bar-Yam wants everyone to get a COUPLE nucleic acid tests, a CT-scan, PLUS a serological test.

  14. FRANCE – PARIS – Police Protests Against Castaner’s Announcements Continue in Paris – Videos

    Officers in France have organised several demonstrations already, as they believe the authorities have unfairly labelled them as racist in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

    Another nighttime police protest took place in Paris, this time in front of the Bataclan theatre.

    As usual, officers were seen throwing their handcuffs on the ground in a symbolic gesture and singing the French national anthem, La Marseilles.

    On 8 June, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner triggered anger among the French police after he announced that the practice of strangulation during an arrest will be abandoned in France and vowed to systematically suspend officers suspected of racism.

    Bans of excessive police force have become central demands of worldwide protests sparked by the police killing of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis, United States.

    Protesters in France are some of the most aggressiveand regularly engage in fisticuffs with the police, making police unions outwardly support keeping the controversial technique in place.—videos/

    • sky news – Glasgow stabbings: Warning over suspect’s mental state before knife rampage

      Staff at a Glasgow hotel where an asylum seeker launched a knife attack were warned he was mentally unstable the night before he struck.

      Fellow residents at the Park Inn had reported concerns about his mental state prior to the incident, and the warning was passed to staff in a phone call on Thursday evening.

      One of them said the suspect had told him he wanted to attack other people in the hotel.

    • sky news – Glasgow witness says attacker told him he was going to carry out stabbings

      A witness to the Glasgow stabbings said the suspect told him he was going to carry out a knife attack.

      Staff at the hotel where an asylum seeker launched the knife attack were also warned he was mentally unstable the night before he struck.

    • sky news – Glasgow stabbings: Badreddin Abadlla Adam named as attacker shot dead by police

      Six people, including a police officer, were injured when he launched his attack at the hotel on Friday.

      The man shot dead by police after the stabbing attack in Glasgow has been named as Badreddin Abadlla Adam.

      Police Scotland confirmed the man’s identity in a statement, saying he was 28-years-old and from Sudan.

      Sky News reported earlier that the attacker was an asylum seeker, who came to the UK six months ago and had been staying at the Park Inn hotel in West George Street.

      Six people, including a police officer, were injured when he launched his attack at the hotel on Friday.

      “The identity is based on information the deceased provided to the Home Office earlier this year,” the force added.

      “Police Scotland continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident in Glasgow.

      “The police discharge of firearms resulting in a fatality will always continue to be fully investigated by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

      Glasgow stabbings: Warning over suspect’s mental state before knife rampage

  15. Greece: Hundreds march in Athens condemning refugee eviction

    The group of protesters were seen marching in central Athens waving, Black Lives Matter, anti-racism and pro-refugee banners before arriving at the Hellenic parliament, where police in full riot gear were guarding the scene.

  16. Germany: Hundreds of Berliners march against racism and right-wing extremism

    Hundreds of Berliners marched through the Berlin district of Neukoelln on Friday to lambast racism and right-wing extremism, following the recent attack on a Syrian confectionery stop.

    Protesters were seen waving Antifa flags and chanting anti-racist slogans as they marched through the streets, stopping by the Damascus confectionery stop to show solidarity for the recent attacks.

    SOT, Ferat Kocak, Die Linke activist and organiser (German): “We are here today because we are protesting against right-wing terrorism in Neukoelln. And that is the right-wing terrorism that has been unexplained for the last 11 years. The people in Neukoelln are being terrorised despite it being a known act. And it is important for us to be in solidarity with the people who are being met with racist terrorism. And it was our main goal that a thousand people come together today, the same when I am terrorised by the right-wing, having people coming together gives us the strength to keep on living.”

    SOT Rahel, Buendis Neukoelln alliance activist and organiser (German): “So, first of all, is extremely frustrating because for many, many, many years, always again, in many different places in Neukoelln, like north of Neukoelln, or also south of Neukoelln, attacks happen. So it could be that rocks are being thrown at windows, cars are being burnt, people get attacked and there are confrontations. All these things that have been happening for years, there are new series (of attacks) and series that have been for a long time. And just nothing happens, that is what’s frustrating. We demonstrate relatively frequently because we are against that, so yeah is just frustrating. ”

  17. LONDON – UK – Black Trans Lives Matter’ protesters hold march in London

    […]to commemorate black trans victims of violence.

    The protest comes as the UK government is reportedly planning to drop gender self-identifying plans that would allow people to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis.

    • CBC – Black LGBTQ activists bring Pride back to its protest roots

      As protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism spill into Pride month, Black LGBTQ activists are drawing attention to the lives and voices often left out of the picture with the phrase “All Black Lives Matter”.

  18. CBC – Black CBC journalist present when Wendy Mesley used N-word speaks out

    Imani Walker, a Black associate producer at CBC, was on the call in which Wendy Mesley, host of the CBC News program The Weekly, used the N-word.

    Walker took to Twitter after an internal investigation was carried out.

  19. ctv – Trudeau pledges $300 million to fight COVID-19 … ABROAD

    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that Canada will contribute $300 million towards the international effort to battle COVID-19.

    Trudeau announced the new funds in another virtual international fundraiser — this one sponsored by an organization, Global Citizen, that is trying to raise $42.8 billion.

    “COVID-19 has changed the lives of people everywhere, and it has highlighted inequalities around the world,” Trudeau said in a recorded address from outside his Rideau Cottage home in Ottawa.

    “None of us have been spared from the effects of COVID-19 and none of us can beat it alone.”

    Canada will contribute $180 million to address the immediate humanitarian and development impacts of the pandemic, he said.

    And Canada will contribute $120 million towards a new initiative called the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which was created in April by the World Health Organization, the French government, the European Commission and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ensure equitable access to medical treatments.

    The ACT Accelerator supports organizations, health professionals and businesses in their efforts to develop a vaccine, as well as drug therapies and diagnostic tools to battle the pandemic.

    Trudeau said the pandemic has hit vulnerable populations especially hard and the ACT Accelerator will ensure that when a vaccine is found, it will be able to reach all the people who need it.

    “We’re also committed to working with countries around the world on how we can pool procurement efforts to make sure all countries have access to the vaccine,” said Trudeau.

    Canadian aid agencies and advocacy groups say the contribution is only a fraction of what is eventually needed to fight the pandemic. It will also to be a challenge to ensure that when a vaccine is developed, it reaches poor countries that don’t have the ability to pay for it.

    Julia Anderson, the chief operating officer of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health, said the ACT Accelerator is the “robust mechanism” the world needs to co-ordinate the fight against the pandemic while supporting the existing health systems of vulnerable countries.

    “It’s shaping up to be hopefully the one-stop shop,” Anderson said, adding that the ACT is very much a work in progress. “The plane is being built as it is being flown.”

    Anderson said whatever Trudeau announces Saturday should only be seen as a “deposit” on future spending. Her group and two anti-poverty organizations — the One Campaign and Results Canada — say Canada should be devoting one per cent of its overall COVID-19 spending programs to international assistance.

    They say that would require a boost of at least $1.5 billion to Canada’s foreign-aid budget, which stands at about $5 billion.

    Chris Dendys, the executive director of Results Canada, said she expected Trudeau to announce a “meaningful investment” but thatmore will be needed.

    “We’ve been calling for Canada to commit at least one per cent of what we’ve spent on COVID within our borders, on the global response,” she said.

    Nicolas Moyer, the executive director of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, said his organization will be making a formal submission over the summer to the government to increase aid spending in the next federal budget. The CCIC, an umbrella group for aid organizations, has not yet formulated how much that increase should be, but Moyer agreed that the one-per-cent target suggested by the two advocacy groups was appropriate.

    “Canada’s response to the pandemic has been significant at home and it needs to be matched with global ambition,” said Moyer.

    The aid agencies and anti-poverty groups are crediting International Development Minister Karina Gould for being one of the strongest advocates they have seen for their sector around the federal cabinet table.

    “We are happy to see Minister Gould pushing for more investment because more is desperately needed,” said Stuart Hickox, the Canadian director of the One Campaign.

    “There is an immediate two-part need for investment to address the humanitarian crisis and make sure tests, treatments and eventually a vaccine are available everywhere.”

    In past interviews, Gould has repeatedly stressed that Canadians’ safety is linked to the success of stamping out COVID-19 abroad.

    “The needs around the world are staggering and our investments are crucial to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and the poorest and most vulnerable around the globe. Our global response is part of our domestic response: we will not be safe from COVID-19 in Canada until everyone, everywhere is,” Gould said in an emailed statement to The Canadian Press on Friday.

    Gould has also stressed that there can be no rolling back of existing spending, or else there could be new flare-ups of preventable diseases such as tuberculosis, polio and malaria.

    “What keeps me up at night is not just the immediate needs of the pandemic, but the collateral damage if we turn our attention away from our core activities,” Gould said Friday.

    Global Citizen bills itself as the world’s largest anti-poverty advocacy group, and it is organizing Saturday’s pledging conference <as well a star-studded evening concert that is to be livestreamed across the world.

  20. “CNN’s Tapper: Trump, Pence ‘Feeding the American People Lies’ About Pandemic” by Pam Key – June 26, 2020

    “Did I miss something? Did Bill Gates become an immunologist? Virologist? Does he have a medical degree? A science degree?
    Or did he buy the “health expert” title?”
    Dr. Zev Zelenko – June 26, 2020 – Twitter

  21. (Richard: For those who are buying into the media BS about what is going to happen in November, an analysis of several data points about the US people.)

    Illinois: Gun permit requests – and sales – skyrocket, but uptick began with COVID-19 lockdown
    By J.E. Dyer June 26, 2020

    This is a little data point that reminds us of the implications from disrupting social order.

    CNSNews, citing the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), reports that requests for gun permits in Illinois have jumped by 501% over last year. And gun sales have skyrocketed as well.

    It’s no surprise that the most rapid increase has been since the massed, violent attacks in Chicago began at the end of May. But the increase in permit requests and sales began with the coronavirus lockdown in March. As most of us are old enough to remember, that could be at least partly because gun dealerships were being deemed “non-essential” businesses in many states, and citizens were hastening to make their gun purchases before lockdowns took effect.

    However, Illinois was a state that listed gun dealers as essential businesses and allowed them to remain open. That, of course, facilitated the exceptional increase in gun sales. It’s the rest of the story that we can take a timely reminder from.

    (Richard: Remember the Obama years we didn’t like what Obama was doing to the nation but were willing to wait and see what would happen once he was out of office. However just in case the radical left managed to put another person into the White House we armed up, just in case. Now we expect Trump to win and continue to move us back to freedom, strength and prosperity, but just in case.

    When analyzing coming elections pay attention to the data points the left can’t manipulate to make you think they are going to win no matter what. Leftist lie, that is what they do. Also remember what happened at the Bundy Ranch, people thought that the Government had turned oppressive and moved to support Bundy, they went out and waited to see what the government was going to do. The Patriots in the US don’t want a fight, they want to go through the ballot box and Courts to win and keep our freedom. But just in case …..)

    • Comparing Today’s Unrest to 1968

      Today’s progressives are almost proudly ignorant of the history they want to destroy, rewrite and or at least ignore and in the process, they are toying with repeating the mistaken strategy that brought their revolutionary predecessors down in the late sixties.

      1968 was perhaps the most turbulent year Americans had faced since the end of the Second World War. It saw the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, riots in major American cities that took hundreds of lives, and the emergence of organized leftist radicals who saw themselves as in a position to destroy the America they had come to detest. The Weathermen, the Black Panthers and radical offshoots of the Students for a Democratic Society threatened those with whom they disagreed, dominated many American campuses, and embraced terrorism as legitimate.

      Many liberals of the day sympathized with the radicals and their attacks on the police. Hollywood parties were held honoring them, the media lionized them and agreed that, yes, they were changing the country for the better. Many politicians cheered them on as well and analysts suggested that outrage over the war in Vietnam, racism at home and a system that just wasn’t working would virtually guarantee that Democratic politicians who seemed prepared to placate if not embrace the new radicalism would win that November.

      I was a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison back then. We lived through riots and those of us who didn’t agree with the left were shouted down or threatened with reprisals for the positions we took. I was informed by a radical debate opponent in front of an audience of six hundred that he wouldn’t dignify anything I said with a reply other than to promise that “Come the revolution, I would be among the first executed.”

      The revolution he was so sure was coming never took place. The excesses of the left may have resonated with the media and the smart set, but most Americans watched quietly and were appalled by what was going on. They loved the country the left despised and knew that while they couldn’t compete with them on the streets, an election was fast approaching.

  22. abc news – Brazilian President Bolsonaro ordered to wear face covering or pay fine

    He has often refused to wear a face covering during the pandemic.

    A judge has ordered Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a face mask or receive a fine.

    In a decision issued Monday, Brazilian Federal Judge Renato Borelli said the president of South America’s largest country must wear a face covering while in public or receive a fine of nearly $400 a day.

    “The President of the Republic has a constitutional obligation to observe the laws in force in the country,” the court said in its ruling. “A simple Google search is enough to find countless images of the defendant Jair Messias Bolsonaro moving around Brasília and the surrounding federal district without using a mask and exposing others.”

    Brazil’s leader has been criticized at home and abroad for his lax response to the coronavirus pandemic, dismissing it as a “little cold” at the onset of the crisis.

    Bolsonaro — similar to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and President Donald Trump — has often refused to wear a face covering during the pandemic.

    Defying social distancing recommendations of many Brazilian health and government officials, Bolsonaro has ousted two health ministers during the pandemic. He fired one for supporting restrictions imposed by regional governors, as Bolsonaro publicly undermined them and rallied his supporters to disobey them.

    The second quit after openly disagreeing with Bolsonaro over chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug related to hydroxychloroquine, which Trump has also touted as a treatment for COVID-19.

    the guardian – Brazilian judge tells Bolsonaro to behave and wear a face mask

    President reminded he is not above the law and risks fine if he continues to break rules

    A Brazilian judge has ordered Jair Bolsonaro to rectify his “at best disrespectful” behaviour by wearing a face mask when circulating in the capital, Brasília.

    The president has sparked outrage by repeatedly flouting measures designed to slow the advance of a coronavirus pandemic[…]

    On Monday, a federal judge ruled Bolsonaro was not above the laws of the federal district, which contains Brazil’s capital, and would face a daily fine of 2,000 reais (£310) if he continued to break the rules. The use of masks has been compulsory there since late April.

    […]The judge cited Brazil’s oath of office in which presidents vow to “uphold, defend and fulfil the constitution, obey the laws [and] promote the wellbeing of the Brazilian people”.

    “That’s to say, the president is constitutionally obliged to follow the country’s existing laws, as well as promote the wellbeing of the population, which means taking the necessary measures to … prevent the propagation of a virus that is spreading rapidly and often silently.”

    “No one, not even the head of the executive, is above the constitution and laws of the republic,” the judge concluded.

  23. See ‘black bloc militants’ attack and harass conservative journalist to drive him from D.C. park
    By J.E. Dyer June 27, 2020

    The videos being tweeted here are from Friday evening in Washington, D.C. Jack Posobiec, a conservative new-media journalist, was there to cover the ongoing protests.

    Violent hooligans in “black bloc” attire, commonly affected by Antifa and similar groups, recognized Posobiec and decided to harass him and drive him from the park. Andy Ngo, an independent journalist with extensive experience covering black bloc agitators on the West coast, identifies them as such in forwarding this clip from the encounter.

    • Remember what I said about the Patriots wanting to do things legal but just in case ….

      Here is part of why I add the just in case, Unfortunately, Democrats have a history of ignoring and dismissing Antifa, including pretending that it doesn’t really exist. this is the last sentence in the article. We are all hoping, praying that Barr gets the rot cut out of the Department of Justice and that they can stop the lefts push to take over the US. We hope and pray but just in case …

  24. 5 – As the disasters for China continue to grow in number the Mandate From Heaven is looking further and further away. Below is a video where Gordon Chan is talking about what is happening in China, he is ignoring most of the disasters but is talking about how Xi has seized total power and how he is now bears total responsibility for everything that is happening.

    If 3 Gorges Dam breaks it is unlikely that many of the members of the Chinese Communist Party will make it out of China alive, and everyday a new problem about the 2 Gorges Dam emerges.

  25. Everytown: Second Amendment ‘Loophole’ Doesn’t Really Guarantee Right Bear Arms

    Everytown for Gun Safety is now claiming the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is a loophole that needs to be fixed. They’re so convinced, they’ve listed this loophole as a “fact” of the Second Amendment.

    It’s beyond a misunderstanding of the text of the Second Amendment. It’s an attempt at a wholesale revision of it.

    The maneuver, however, is hardly surprising. Everytown labeled protestors carrying firearms as “extremists” and say gun owners are using recent protests “as opportunities to openly display military-style firearms to incite fear, suppress civil discourse, and threaten public safety.”
    Fear Mongering

    Even in gun-owning circles, there is debate as to whether protesting with firearms is effective. The denigration of those publicly carrying firearms using fear-inducing labels is hardly new as well. Moms Demand Action, a gun control group affiliated with Everytown, previously maligned protestors as “white supremacists” and invoked fears that protests last year in Richmond, Va., would descend into the chaos of Charlottesville protests.

    Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam fanned the flames. He declared a state of emergency, banned firearms on the state capitol grounds and fenced off the area. In reality, Richmond protests were peaceful. Over 22,000 attended, representing all gun owners in Virginia, black and white together. A single arrest was made, but charges were later dropped for wearing a mask. Protestors even cleaned up their own trash.

  26. If Joe Biden Becomes President, He Says He Will Use His Power To Order All Americans To Wear Masks In Public

    If Joe Biden Becomes President, He Says He Will Use His Power To Order All Americans To Wear Masks In Public
    By Ben Dutka|June 26, 2020
    If Joe Biden Becomes President, He Says He Will Use His Power To Order All Americans To Wear Masks In Public

    Joe Biden isn’t President just yet, but he’s already talking about his Oval Office plans, and many Americans are concerned.

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee leads Trump in several recent polls, and one could argue he’s gained momentum in recent months.

  27. “Inside the Autonomous Zone “CHAZ” | Benny Johnson And Rudy Giuliani | Ep. 48″ Rudy W. Giuliani – June 26, 2020

  28. Modern Slavery and Woke Hypocrisy

    The news has been filled with reports about Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters vandalizing and tearing down statues of slave traders, slave owners, and anyone who they perceive as having been historically involved with slavery. In Bristol, England, a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down and thrown into the harbor. In Belgium, statues of King Leopold were defaced.

    The actions have caused some local authorities to consider whether all statues perceived as offending current sensibilities should be removed. The London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a commission to examine the future of landmarks, such as statues and street names, in the UK capital.

    What is not apparent is how attacking old statues of people who have been long dead is supposed to help anyone, especially millions of black and non-black people, who are still enslaved today. It would appear that the woke activists of BLM and their many kneeling supporters do not care about the plight of modern slaves, of which there are an estimated whopping 40 million today. Evidently, it is far easier, and presumably more pleasurable, to destroy Western historical monuments than to embark on the difficult work of actually abolishing modern slavery.

    In the UK itself, there is a shocking range of modern slavery, something that the local wokesters are happy to ignore as they bravely attack statues of stone and metal. According to the UK government’s 2019 Annual Report on Modern Slavery, there are at least 13,000 potential victims of slavery in the UK, although as that number dates back to 2014, it is questionable. According to the 2018 Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 136,000 people living in modern slavery just in Britain.

  29. Sweden: Teen Gets Away with Probation After Torching 21 Vehicles in One Night (breitbart, Jun 27, 2020)

    “A young man has been convicted and sentenced to “protective supervision” after setting several fires that led to the destruction or damage of 21 vehicles.

    The incidents of arson took place on the night of February 11th earlier this year in the city of Gävle and saw the teen set fires in six different areas across the city. The teen was arrested a short time after the arson attacks but initially denied any involvement with them.

    A Swedish court found that the 18-year-old was the only person behind the fires after examining both testimony and forensic evidence that was gathered at the various crime scenes, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

    Due to the fact that the perpetrator was 17 at the time of his crimes, he received a far lesser punishment than the already short one-year sentence recommended for adult offenders.

    Indeed, the court gave a sentence less than the recommended four-month term for juvenile convicts and gave him protective supervision, with certain regulations regarding drug-withdrawal treatment.

    The young man will also be asked to pay damages in the amount of 400,000 Swedish Krona (£34,755/$42,851) to the victims of the attacks, with the court ruling that his parents will also have to pay a small part of the damages.

    Car fires have become a problem in many of Sweden’s so-called “vulnerable areas,” often referred to as no-go zones.

    In the summer of 2018, a gang of masked youths set around a hundred cars on fire in the city of Gothenburg and even attracted the attention of Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who had harsh words for the rioters.

    “I’m getting pissed off – really! My question to these people is what the hell are you doing?” he demanded.

    A 19-year-old man was later arrested in connection with the fires, not in Sweden but in Turkey, with Swedish police arresting another two men aged 19 and 20.”

  30. Saudi Arabia Says it Fired Warning Shots at Iranian Boats That Refused to Stop (sputniknews, Jun 27, 2020)

    “In recent years, the countries have traded tit-for-tat movements seizing each other’s boats. In 2017, Tehran seized a Saudi fishing boat and arrested some fishermen. A year later, Riyadh arrested several Iranian fishermen, which Iran claimed had ended up in the kingdom’s waters due to bad weather.

    Saudi Arabia’s coastguard has fired warning shots at Iranian boats that refused to stop, said the country’s state news agency SPA. A spokesman for the Saudi coastguard said after the shots were fired, the Iranian vessels retreated. The spokesman added that any violations in the kingdom’s waters would not be tolerated.

    According to Iran’s Mehr News, the incident occurred on 24 June when the country’s fishing boats were pushed off their course by waves. The outlet said no fishermen were harmed in the incident and the boats returned to Iran the following day.

    In 2017, Saudi Arabia’s coastguard killed an Iranian fisherman when Tehran’s fishing boats were in the waters of the Persian Gulf. Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned Riyadh’s move, which it said was illegal and lacked justification.

    Saudi Arabia and Iran have tense relations, which stem from their religious differences. Both nations also struggle for dominance in the region, backing opposite sides in the conflicts across in Middle East.

    Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has been fighting against Shia Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen, which ousted president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi a year earlier. Riyadh has repeatedly accused Iran of providing military support to the rebel group, a claim which Tehran vehemently denies.”

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