Reader’s Links for April 19, 2021

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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  1. Exclusive: Former West Point professor’s letter exposes corruption, cheating and failing standards
    [open letter circulating within the military]

    First and foremost, standards at West Point are nonexistent. They exist on paper, but nowhere else. The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point’s publicly touted high standards on cadets, and, having picked up on this, cadets refuse to enforce standards on each other.

    The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline. The end result is a sort of malaise that pervades the entire institution. Nothing matters anymore. Cadets know this, and it has given rise to a level of cadet arrogance and entitlement the likes of which West Point has never seen in its history.

    Even the curriculum itself has suffered. The plebe American History course has been revamped to focus completely on race and on the narrative that America is founded solely on a history of racial oppression. Cadets derisively call it the “I Hate America Course.” Simultaneously, the plebe International History course now focuses on gender to the exclusion of many other important themes. 

    “fundamental changes […] that have eroded it to the point where I question whether the institution should even remain open.”

    • The life expectancy of a Second lieutenant in combat is 15 seconds, some day they will figure out how long it takes the enemy to kill one.

  2. Stephen Warner, spokespeoplekind announces “walked backed” changes of Solicitor General, Sylvia Jones ruling, the fourth change in just a few weeks, of 0.Reg 8/21 Enforcement of COVID-19 measures.

    Thank God the police in Canada are standing with the “little” people aka as the majority.

    They have also walked back playground COVID playground rules, after BIG backlash. Any politician who mandates anyone to wear a mask outside should be rightfully laughed out of office. “leave the kids alone”

    Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms states we are allowed to leave Canada, so next we must ask is the mail-in guy stopping us from entering the US from Canada, while allowing every skank that ever walked God’s earth to cross the Southern border. Is Justine telling the US not to let us in, or is it a joint agreement?

    Although Justine Trudeau invited them in – –
    A court, a panel of 3 judges unanimously ruled that Canada can turn away asylum seekers entering from the United States. The 3 country agreement between Canada and the US is constitutional.
    Will the RCMP now step up to the plate and actually start doing their job and turn them away at Roxham Road?

    Don’t join any form of policing IF you do not intend to enforce the law. The law is the law and even the PM does not have the right to change it. We have our Charter of Rights and Freedom to protect us from tyrants, evil and madmen.

    It is not time to “Build Back Better”, it is time for Patriots / the “little” people to tell the tyrants to go to hell, where they belong.

  3. Another ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ torpedo makes a U-turn, highlights what Team Obama was doing – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    14-18 minutes

    Another ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ torpedo makes a U-turn, highlights what Team Obama was doing

    U.S. embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Has there ever been a more wretched hive of scum and villainy?) Wikipedia: By Kholodovsky – Embassy of USA in Kyiv, Public Domain, Link

    The U.S. Treasury Department published a list of new sanctions on Russians this past week, and one entry in the list has some hair on fire in the flagging regiment of Russiagate faithful.

    • MSNBC – New Intel Links Manafort to Russian Spy Who Provided Data to Russia

      Rep. Adam Schiff discusses the new developments from the U.S. intelligence that suggests ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort may have passed internal Trump strategy information to “Russian spy” Konstantin Kilimnik.»

  4. TRT – Leaders of Germany, France discuss climate policies with XI

    The leaders of Germany and France discussed climate change in a video conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday expressing support for China to adjust its shorter-term emissions goals.

    John Vogler, Professor of International Relations and author of Climate Change in World Politics weighs in.

  5. CNBC – Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to end the ‘tragedy’ of Covid vaccine inequity

    LONDON — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Monday pressed world leaders to do more to tackle Covid-19 vaccine inequity

    […]Thunberg, via her foundation, will donate 100,000 euros ($120,000) to the WHO Foundation in support of COVAX, an initiative working for global equitable access to Covid vaccines.

    […]“Just as with the climate crisis, we must help those who are the most vulnerable first. That is why I am supporting WHO, Gavi and all involved in the COVAX initiative, which I believe offers the best path forward to ensure true vaccine equity and a way out of the pandemic,” she added.

    […]Canada, for example, has purchased enough Covid vaccines to inoculate its entire population five times over, according to data compiled by researchers at Duke University’s Global Health Innovation Centre.
    reuters – LIVE: Greta Thunberg joins the WHO at its COVID briefing

    • Look at a map of the region, a Naval base in Southern Iran would be an ideal resupply base for commerce raiders trying to cut or weaken the supply line from Europe to India. It would force India and the allies to provide escorts for the convoys of merchant ships that are trying to deliver cargoes to the West Coast of India. If this happens there will be a rapid transition to smaller cargo vessels to prevent the massive loss if one of the giant ships is sunk.

    • Russia is building up invasion forces on Ukraine’s eastern and western borders forcing Ukraine to split their military to face both threats. Once the weather warms more and the trees and bushes leaf out will be the dangerous time, if Russia is going to move (I think they will) that will be the time when they start.

      • East of the Dnieper River makes a good natural border. Majority Russian, easy to stabilize.

        Only crazies want to fight for this synthetic nation ruled by oligarchs.

  6. sky news UK – COVID-19: Legal action launched after Italian woman dies weeks after having AstraZeneca jab

    The family of an Italian woman who died weeks after having the AstraZeneca jab have launched legal action.

    Augusta Turiaco experienced a very bad headache and a high temperature before falling into a coma.

    She died nineteen days after having the injection.

    Medical records show that the 55-year-old had developed blood clots and her family want to know if the vaccine was to blame.

    • teh gateway pundit – BUSTED: CDC Created and Was Passing Out Coronavirus Vaccine ID Cards to States Back in August ’20 — Months Before the Vaccine Created

      The world reacted with great optimism at the news announced in November days after the election that test subjects given a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer had 90 percent fewer symptomatic infections of the China coronavirus than those given a placebo.

      This was after the November election. Pfizer delayed their testing to not influence the election — for Trump.

      President Trump repeatedly said in the fall that it looked like a vaccine might be announced in October. Trump was on the right track, but the science community decided to hold off until after the election.

      But way before this the CDC was passing out COVID Vaccine ID Cards to different state governments.

      Reader E. wrote in:

      I was doing a bit of internet sleuthing and was looking for a template for a COVID INJECTION card.

      With the fact that they are standardized I assumed that many places online would have a PDF out of convenience for local offices.

      VOILA, Google didn’t let me down. Now of course I was going to just fill my own out and take advantage of KRISPY KREME and their stupidity…..

      BUT WAIT! The date of the template is from 8/17/20!

      Here is the link and information below…

      And here is a closeup of the card with a date from August 2020.

      The tyrants in government have been talking and thinking about this idea for MUCH LONGER than they have let on!

    • Walensky: we remain in complicated virus stage

      As the country opens up vaccines to anyone 16 and over the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that we are still in a “complicated stage” with coronavirus.

    • the Defender – Scientists Warn of ‘Vaccine Treadmill’ as Vaccine Makers Gear Up for COVID Booster Shots

      COVID booster shots are music to the ears of investors, but scientists warn trying to outsmart the virus with booster shots could create new variants, each more virulent and transmissible than the one before.

      Vaccine makers are telling investors and the media that COVID booster shots are already in the works. In some cases, companies say the boosters may be needed because the vaccine’s effectiveness may run out. In other instances, they suggest booster shots will be needed to combat new COVID variants.

      Annual COVID booster shots are music to the ears of investors. But some independent scientists warn that trying to outsmart the virus with booster shots designed to address the next variant could backfire, creating an endless wave of new variants, each more virulent and transmissible than the one before.

      Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Thursday a third dose of the company’s COVID vaccine was “likely” to be needed within a year of the initial two-dose inoculation — followed by annual vaccinations.

      Bourla said that “a likely scenario” is “a third dose somewhere between six and 12 months, and from there it would be an annual re-vaccination.”

      In a conversation hosted by CVS Health, Bourla explained how some vaccines are given only once, while others need annual boosters like flu shots.

      “It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus,” Bourla said during an interview with CNBC. Booster shots will be an important tool in battling more contagious variants, he added.

      Moderna’s chief commercial officer, Corinne M. Le Goff, said during a call with investors last week that Americans could start getting booster shots of its vaccine later this year to protect against COVID variants.

      “It is likely that the countries that have already achieved high vaccine coverage are going to be ready to shift their focus to boosters in 2022, and possibly even starting at the end of this year,” Le Goff said.

      Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has said its single-shot vaccine will probably need to be given annually.

      The U.S. is also preparing for the possibility that a booster shot will be needed between nine to 12 months after people are initially vaccinated against COVID, a White House official said Thursday.

      While the duration of immunity after vaccination is being studied, booster vaccines could be needed, David Kessler, chief science officer for President Biden’s COVID-19 response task force told a congressional committee meeting.

      According to initial data, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines retain most of their effectiveness for at least six months, though for how much longer has not been determined.

      Even if that protection lasts longer than six months, experts have said rapidly spreading COVID variants may emerge and could lead to the need for regular booster shots similar to annual flu shots.

      Boosters could enable new, more infectious variants — and a never-ending market for vaccines

      According to Rob Verkerk Ph.D., founder, scientific and executive director of Alliance for Natural Health International, variants can become more virulent and transmissible, while also including immune (or vaccine) escape mutations if we continue on the vaccine treadmill — trying to develop new vaccines that outsmart the virus.

      Verkerk said “if we put all our eggs” in the basket of vaccines that target the very part of the virus that is most subject to mutation, we place a selection pressure on the virus that favors the development of immune escape variants.

      Scientists and vaccine developers are trying to work their way around these viral variants, but there’s no guarantee of the outcomes. It’s an experiment in which vast numbers of citizens have become unwitting participants, Verkerk explained.

      In early March, Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche, a vaccinologist who worked with GSK Biologicals, Novartis Vaccines, Solvay Biologicals, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Discovery team in Seattle and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization in Geneva, put out a call to the World Health Organization, supported by a 12-page document that discussed the “uncontrollable monster” that global mass vaccination will create.

      In his letter, Vanden Bossche broke down the dangers of mass vaccination for COVID compared to natural infection and concluded:

      “There can be no doubt that continued mass vaccination campaigns will enable new, more infectious viral variants to become increasingly dominant and ultimately result in a dramatic incline in new cases despite enhanced vaccine coverage rates. There can be no doubt either that this situation will soon lead to complete resistance of circulating variants to the current vaccines.”

      As The Defender reported March 26, a combination of lockdowns and extreme selection pressure on the virus induced by the intense global mass vaccination program might diminish the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the short-term, but ultimately, will induce the creation of more mutants of concern.

      This is the result of what Vanden Bossche calls “immune escape” (i.e. incomplete sterilization of the virus by the human immune system, even following vaccine administration).

      This will in turn trigger vaccine companies to further refine vaccines that will add to, not reduce, the selection pressure, producing ever more transmissible and potentially deadly variants.

      The selection pressure will cause greater convergence in mutations that affect the critical spike protein of the virus that is responsible for breaking through the mucosal surfaces of our airways, the route used by the virus to enter the human body, Vanden Bossche argues. The virus will effectively outsmart the highly specific antigen-based vaccines that are being used and tweaked, dependent on the circulating variants.

      All of this could lead to a hockey stick-like increase in serious and potentially lethal cases — in effect, an out-of-control pandemic.

      Even before boosters, Pharma was cashing in big on COVID vaccines

      Pfizer made headlines last month when its chief financial officer, Frank D’Amelio, said the company would look to raise prices on its COVID vaccine — the second-highest revenue-generating drug in the world — after the pandemic waned and they are no longer in a pandemic pricing environment.

      The company has since doubled down on that stance as it now believes annual vaccinations are “increasingly likely.”

      During a recent virtual investor conference hosted by Barclays, Pfizer’s D’Amelio said the company sees “significant opportunity” for its COVID vaccine once the market shifts from a “pandemic situation to an endemic situation.”

      At that point “factors like efficacy, booster ability, clinical utility will basically become very important, and we view that as, quite frankly, a significant opportunity for our vaccine from a demand perspective, from a pricing perspective, given the clinical profile of our vaccine,” D’Amelio told the analyst.

      Pfizer has said it expects at least $15-$30 billion in revenue from its mRNA vaccine this year with cost and profit margins split equally with BioNTech. At the Barclays event, D’Amelio said his company expects “return after taxes” of around 25% on the $15 billion figure, or around $3.75 billion.

      The CFO previously said he expects margins for the vaccine to grow over time, Fierce Pharma reported.

      Moderna said it expects 2021 sales of $18.4 billion. Barclays analyst Gena Wang forecasts sales of $19.6 billion in 2021, $12.2 billion in 2022, and $11.4 billion in 2023, assuming recurring vaccinations.

      According to The Guardian, a group of investors that backed Moderna when it was founded in 2010 will make substantial returns, with CEO Stéphane Bancelnow worth nearly $5 billion.

      J&J expected sales of $10 billion in 2021 prior to the U.S. pause on its vaccine, with CEO Alex Gorsky poised to receive a $30 million pay package.

      Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical advisor to President Biden, said Sunday the decision about whether a COVID vaccine booster shot would be needed would be made by public health officials and not by pharmaceutical companies.

      “It is going to be a public health decision,” Fauci told NBC’s Meet the Press. “It is not going to be a decision that is made by a pharmaceutical company. We’re partners with them because they’re supplying it. It’ll be an FDA/CDC decision. The CDC will use their advisory committee and immunization practices the way they always do.”

      But as the Washington Post reported last month, Moderna has strong ties to the NIAID, which operates under the National Institutes of Health. NIAID, which partnered with Moderna on its mRNA COVID vaccine, owns half the patent for the Moderna vaccine and under an agreement with Moderna, its director, Fauci, will personally collect royalties on the vaccine.

      Fauci, during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” with Martha Raddatz, was asked about the Pfizer CEO’s comments suggesting vaccine recipients would “likely” need a third dose of its vaccine within six to 12 months after being fully vaccinated, with Moderna, and J&J suggesting the same.

      When asked when Americans would know for sure if they would need a third booster shot, Fauci said it would depend on when immunity would wane, which would likely be determined by summer or fall.

      • It shouldn’t be such a surprise. It’s like the flu. Just as they’ve been saying all along.

        It’s not the scandal pushed by doom-porn websites.

        THEY are equal and opposite fear-mongers to the msm. Polarizing and distracting.

    • the gateway pundit – Stanford Study Results: Facemasks are Ineffective to Block Transmission of COVID-19 and Actually Can Cause Health Deterioration and Premature Death

      A recent Stanford study released by the NCBI, which is under the National Institutes of Health, showed that masks do absolutely nothing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and their use is even harmful.

      NOQ Report uncovered the study:

      Did you hear about the peer-reviewed study done by Stanford University that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that face masks have absolutely zero chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19? No? It was posted on the the National Center for Biotechnological Information government website. The NCBI is a branch of the National Institute for Health, so one would think such a study would be widely reported by mainstream media and embraced by the “science-loving” folks in Big Tech.

      Instead, a DuckDuckGo search reveals it was picked up by ZERO mainstream media outlets and Big Tech tyrants will suspend people who post it, as political strategist Steve Cortes learned the hard way when he posted a Tweet that went against the face mask narrative. The Tweet itself featured a quote and a link that prompted Twitter to suspend his account, potentially indefinitely.

      The NCBI study begins with the following abstract:

      Many countries across the globe utilized medical and non-medical facemasks as non-pharmaceutical intervention for reducing the transmission and infectivity of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Although, scientific evidence supporting facemasks’ efficacy is lacking, adverse physiological, psychological and health effects are established. Is has been hypothesized that facemasks have compromised safety and efficacy profile and should be avoided from use. The current article comprehensively summarizes scientific evidences with respect to wearing facemasks in the COVID-19 era, providing prosper information for public health and decisions making.

      The study concludes (emphasis added):

      The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.

      Here is the table for physiological and psychological effects of wearing a facemask:

      FULL STUDY :

    • I think it was last week that there was a repoirt if China buying Gold and now India is buying Gold and Dollars. Both are good for buying material during a war, Other indications are that China is preparing for a long war where commerce raiders will be used to starve India of the ram materials they need to fight the war.

  7. Worshippers wounded in Albania mosque knife attack; suspect arrested

    TIRANA (AFP) – A knife-wielding man attacked worshippers at a mosque in Albania’s capital Tirana on Monday (April 19), police said, wounding five people.

    It is believed to be the first such incident inside a place of worship in Albania, a country where more than half the people identify as Muslim.

    The victims had been taken to hospital but none was thought to have received life-threatening injuries, the police added.

    A 34-year-old suspect was arrested but the motive behind the attack, which took place at around 1230 GMT (8.30pm Singapore time), was unclear.

    “I hope that it is not a terrorist act but the act of an unstable person,” the mosque’s imam Ahmet Kalaja told local media.

    Local reports said the attacker stabbed and injured a waiter at a nearby pizza restaurant before rushing into the mosque, but the police have not yet confirmed that detail.

    Widespread religious practice only returned to Albania in the 1990s, after being banned for more than four decades by the country’s former communist rulers.

    Albania is generally regarded as a bastion of religious tolerance, where communities share each other’s feast days and interfaith marriages are common.


    reuters – Five people stabbed in attack inside Albania mosque

    Five people were injured in a stabbing attack in a mosque in the Albanian capital Tirana on Monday following afternoon prayers, police said.

    They said a 34-year-old man was quickly arrested over the attack and local media said he had been suffering from depression and was wanted by police over another stabbing incident in March. Police had no immediate comment.

    Police said all those injured in the 2.30 p.m. (1230 GMT) attack in the Dine Hoxha moaque in downtown Tirana had been hospitalised.

  8. Suburban Minneapolis police shoot, kill alleged carjacker of vehicle with woman and child

    Associated Press | Apr 19, 2021 | News | 1
    Suburban Minneapolis police shoot, kill alleged carjacker of vehicle with woman and child

    BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Police in suburban Minneapolis shot and killed a man Sunday afternoon who was allegedly involved in a carjacking and fired shots at pursuing officers, according to a release from the Burnsville Police Department.

    The release said officers encountered the suspect, believed to be a white man in his 20s, driving a vehicle with stolen plates in Burnsville, south of Minneapolis. Shortly after the suspect crashed the vehicle, officers received a report that the same man had then stolen a car from a woman at gunpoint.

  9. Biden’s party is over

    Daniel McCarthy, The Spectator | Apr 19, 2021 | Commentary | 6
    Biden’s party is over

    File – (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    The Democratic party is dying. That may be hard to believe since Democrats control both houses of Congress and won the last presidential election with a record 81 million votes. But the exiguous margins of their hold on the House and Senate, with fewer than 51 per cent of the seats in either chamber, tell another story, as does the desperation of their struggle to abolish the filibuster and federalise election law.

    Those policy aims are of a piece with dreams of ‘packing’ the Supreme Court with left-liberal justices — and packing the Senate too, by turning tiny Democratic bastions into new states. The left wing of the party even assails the constitutional principle behind the Senate itself, the idea of equal representation of the states.

    Simply put, Democrats know they can no longer win by the old agreed-upon rules, constitutional or otherwise. As recently as the Obama years, they were content with a system of 50 states represented by two senators each — because the party still had a wide enough base of support to win the Senate with an outright majority. They had taken control after 2006, amid the wreckage of George W. Bush’s forever wars, and kept it until 2014. Barack Obama’s coat-tails in 2008 were strong enough for him to take off with 57 Democrats in the Senate and a majority of nearly 80 seats in the House.

    Joe Biden had no coat-tails in 2020, even though he won 12 million more votes than Obama did in 2008. The 81 million who voted for him — or against Donald Trump — didn’t give Democrats a majority in the Senate, and Republicans actually made gains in the House. Do Puerto Rico or Washington, DC have a better case for statehood today than they had in 2009? What changed? Nothing about PR or DC, but everything for the Democrats.v

  10. Supreme Court Rejects Pennsylvania GOP Challenge Over Mail-In Balloting
    By Jack Phillips
    April 19, 2021 Updated: April 19, 2021
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    The Supreme Court declined on April 19 to hear a lawsuit regarding a Pennsylvania voting dispute nearly six months after the Nov. 3, 2020, election.

    The court rejected an appeal from a Republican congressional candidate’s unsuccessful challenge of the state’s mail-in ballot initiatives, which is the final Nov. 3-related action to be dismissed related to Pennsylvania’s voting laws.

    In a two-line order (pdf), the Supreme Court wrote: “The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit with instructions to dismiss the case as moot.”

    The decision is the Supreme Court’s latest rejection of a slew of election lawsuits that came before and after the Nov. 3 election, as President Donald Trump and his Republican allies attempted to challenge the results.

  11. (Richard: This will destroy the economy of all of the western world, you would think the people would learn this and start opposing actions like these. When the new power sources become economically viable they will replace fossil fuels.)

    Banks Face Growing Pressure to Phase Out Fossil-Fuel Lending
    Alastair Marsh 20 hrs ago
    4-5 minutes

    (Bloomberg) — Investors managing $11 trillion have called on the world’s biggest banks to phase out financing of fossil-fuel companies and throw their weight behind the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
    a building with smoke coming out of it: Emissions rise from cooling towers at the Schwarze Pumpe lignite fueled power plant, operated by Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG), in Spremberg, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Government plans to exit coal-fired power generation by 2038 have enraged voters already stirred up by a wave of immigration in 2016. © Bloomberg Emissions rise from cooling towers at the Schwarze Pumpe lignite fueled power plant, operated by Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG), in Spremberg, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Government plans to exit coal-fired power generation by 2038 have enraged voters already stirred up by a wave of immigration in 2016.

    Asset managers, including Federated Hermes Inc.’s EOS division and Pacific Investment Management Co., have asked 27 banks to commit to eliminating emissions across their operations by 2050, including those generated from lending, trading and underwriting, and set interim reduction targets. The group of 35 investors, which was convened by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, also said the banks should expand their green finance activities and withdraw from any projects that are at odds with the Paris accord.

  12. Two dead after driverless Tesla slammed into tree and burst into flames, police say
    Phil Shiver
    3-4 minutes

    Two men were killed over the weekend in Texas when a driverless Tesla vehicle slammed into a tree and burst into flames, police said.
    What are the details?

    According to KHOU-TV, the accident occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m. local time on Saturday night in Spring, Texas, which is near Houston.

    Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman reported that a 2019 Tesla Model S, believed to be in self-driving mode, failed to negotiate a cul-de-sac curve while driving at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then traveled off the roadway and crashed into a tree before bursting into flames.

  13. Albuquerque police take defiant stand after leadership disciplines officer: ‘There is no morale’
    Chris Enloe
    3 minutes

    Police officers in Albuquerque took a defiant stand last week after one of their own was disciplined for miscommunication during a counterprotest in New Mexico’s largest city earlier this month.
    What is the background?

    During a counterprotest on April 11 for a Proud Boys rally that never happened, police detained Deyontae Williams, who they say was armed with a rifle, KOB-TV reported.

    There was subsequent confusion over whether Williams, who said he is not associated with Proud Boys, would be charged with a crime.

    “There was a lot of concern throughout because this gentleman did have a child with him,” APD spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos told KOB. Ultimately, police charged Williams with one charge of child endangerment. Williams later told KOB that he had not been charged, but the APD said he simply had not yet received his summons.

  14. Planned Parenthood CEO wakes up to Margaret Sanger’s racist, evil beliefs
    Chris Pandolfo
    4-5 minutes

    The president and CEO of Planned Parenthood says it’s time for her company — the nation’s largest abortion provider — to “reckon” with the racist legacy of its founder, eugenicist Margaret Sanger.

    “Up until now, Planned Parenthood has failed to own the impact of our founder’s actions,” Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson wrote in an op-ed for the Saturday edition of the New York Times. “We have defended Sanger as a protector of bodily autonomy and self-determination, while excusing her association with white supremacist groups and eugenics as an unfortunate ‘product of her time.'”

    Pro-life activists have for years criticized the racist origins of Planned Parenthood. The organization’s founder, Sanger, supported eugenics and was an outspoken advocate for ridding the United States of poor non-whites through birth control and abortion. In her writings, Sanger referred to blacks, immigrants, and indigenous Americans as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders,” “spawning … human beings who should never been born.” v

  15. The Catholic Church is Building Mosques Now – Frontpagemag
    Robert Spencer
    7-9 minutes

    Christianity exhorts its adherents to be charitable, but it is really charitable to affirm people in a belief system that tells them that hatred, contempt, and violence are blessed by the deity? The question is pertinent because recently in Nigeria and France, Catholic bishops have used the money donated by their own Catholic people to build mosques for Muslims. Charity, foolishness, or both? History will be the judge, but we can see right now a great deal of what is coming. reported Saturday that in France, “Tours Diocese donated money for the construction of a local mosque,” and that “Tours Bishop Vincent Jordy justified his donation on April 15 with the fact that for John Paul II’s 1996 visit to the city, the local Muslims made a symbolic donation which the diocese wanted to reciprocate. adds that in 2015, Auch Diocese – where John Paul II never visited – donated €5000 for a mosque.” Also, the amount of the Muslims’ “symbolic donation” was not reported, but it is not likely to have been enough to build a church, much less two churches.

  16. (Richard: Remember my predictions about house hold troops, big tech firms are making that prediction come true.)

    Facebook Has a Private Army: Its Founders Want to Free Criminals – Frontpagemag
    Daniel Greenfield
    9-11 minutes

    Facebook’s private force is half the size of the San Francisco Police Department.

    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

    It was a love story made in the start-ups of San Francisco when Mike Krieger, the co-founder of Instagram, proposed to Kaitlyn Trigger, a former product manager at TaskRabbit.

    Instagram is where celebrities go to post their vacation photos and TaskRabbit is the gig economy app where random people labor to perform menial tasks for a few bucks. While both of these apps are a blight on the world, it’s different for the wizards behind the curtain.

  17. (Richard: Another of JFKs big mistakes, if he hadn’t cancelled the bombing attack on Castro’s air force by the Cuban Exiles they could have held out long enough to satisfy international law and our military would have been sent in to help them take Cuba away from the communists. Another fact that isn’t taught in the schools because they don’t want people to know that JFK was a big screw up and a failure as President.)

    The Bay of Pigs 60th Anniversary – Frontpagemag
    Humberto Fontova
    10-13 minutes

    And the media-Democrat cover-up continues.

    “It was 60 years ago this week that an uncertain new president launched an ill-conceived military venture of astonishing naivety… 1,400 U.S.-trained Cuban exiles would land at the Bay of Pigs… It was an unmitigated disaster… Kennedy had learned the hard way not to blindly trust the advice of his decorated military and intelligence chiefs. (Beltway media stalwart and former Democrat White House official Lawrence Hass writing in The Hill, April, 12.)

    And yet again, rather than go through the trouble of concocting their own propaganda, communist Cuba’s KGB-founded and -mentored media simply transcribed the U.S. beltway media. Think I exaggerate?

    “It was 60 years ago this week that an uncertain new president (John F. Kennedy, JFK) launched an ill-conceived military venture of astonishing naivety…. 1,400 U.S.-trained Cuban exiles would land at the Bay of Pigs… Lawrence J. Hass, a U.S. expert on international relations, acknowledged on Monday that Washington’s invasion of Cuba in Bay of Pigs was ‘an ill-conceived military venture and an unmitigated disaster.” (Stalinist Cuba’s propaganda organ Prensa Latina, April, 12.)

    Between snickers 62 years earlier, Che Guevara explained the fascinating process seen so starkly above:

    “Much more valuable than rural recruits for our Cuban guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda.” (Ernesto “Che” Guevara, 1959.)

    In fact, in complete refutation of the Media-Democrat-Castroite spin, the lack of naivete started with the invasion’s very begetter and main booster: Vice President Richard Nixon.

    Here was the man who bucked the astonishing naivete (and treachery) of the Beltway establishment to see through and call out Alger Hiss. Nixon was also among the first U.S. officials to buck the astonishing naivete (and treachery) of the Beltway establishment by calling out and urging the overthrow of the closet Stalinist and Soviet asset Fidel Castro—and at the very moment Castro was being lionized by the U.S. media, State Dept., and even many in the CIA.

  18. Hawley to introduce anti-trust legislation to ‘bust up’ Big Tech, including Google and Amazon
    By Nicholas Sherman
    2 minutes
    Dig InThe Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

    Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley will introduce a bill Monday to “bust up” such Big Tech corporations as Amazon and Google by banning them from simultaneously running an online marketplace and selling goods on that marketplace.

    “Woke Big Tech companies like Google and Amazon have been coddled by Washington politicians for years,” said Hawley, according to Fox News. “This treatment has allowed them to amass colossal amounts of power that they use to censor political opinions that they don’t agree with and shut out competitors who offer consumers an alternative to the status quo.”

    Hawley’s “Bust up Big Tech Act” would ban companies such as Amazon from selling Amazon-branded products on the Amazon marketplace, where its competitors also do business.

    Hawley argues that practice allows Amazon and other companies to muscle out other businesses.

  19. Explosions of peace: moroccan ATM-crackers stuck fto the Netherlands initially, now they travel all over western Europe
    It is significant that Dutch criminals were most likely involved in all 180 explosions that ravaged North Rhine-Westphalia last year, the German state that borders the Netherlands. The fact that criminals are increasingly eyeing ATMs abroad has to do with tightened security measures domestically. Wösten explains that among European countries, the Netherlands has one of the most stringent security systems for ATMs. “In Germany, for example, ATMs are often still easy to crack, as if they were biscuit tins. National policy is more difficult to get off the ground there than in the Netherlands. German states each have their own legislation.”
    Wösten says that “banks are increasingly securing ATMs. That’s why criminals make heavier explosives. It’s a game of cat and mouse between police and criminals.
    A few years ago, the explosive charge of explosives weighed up to one kilo, now we encounter bombs of more than two kilos, the size of almost a pavement tile. Such an explosive can completely destroy safes. Sometimes fragments are almost 200 meters away from a blown up ATM.”
    Explosive squatters often put local residents’ and passers-by’s lives in danger, says the police expert. “During an explosive attack in Amsterdam, to the shock of parents, pieces of metal flew through a nursery. Fortunately, the residents were then unharmed. In another explosion, shards hit a passer-by in the face.”

  20. Labor market participation of fmr. asylum seekers stagnates
    By mid-2020, 43 percent of asylum seekers who were granted residency in 2014 were working in a paid position. When the pandemic hit, however, many asylum seekers lost their job, Statistic Netherlands (CBS) reported based on the Asylum and Integration Survey 2021.
    In recent years, there was an upward trend in those granted asylum joining the labor market. Only six percent of those who obtained residency in 2014 had a job two years later. In contrast, 12 percent of those who received their residence permit in 2017 were working by 2019.
    The coronavirus pandemic had the unfortunate effect of stagnating the level of labor market participation among former asylum seekers.
    Asylum seekers granted residency often work part-time, only have a temporary work contract and/or have a job in the hospitality sector giving them a less secure position on the labor market. Of those newcomers that arrived in the Netherlands in 2014 and obtained work, 65 percent had a part-time job and 78 percent did not have a permanent contract by mid-2020.
    Between 2014 and June 2020, 158 thousand asylum seekers received a residence permit. The majority of them came from Syria, followed by Eritrea. Since 2017, there has also been an increase of asylum seekers coming from Turkey and Yemen.

    • The Baron’s thoughtful essay:
      On Being a Compliant Drone

      […]By now it is glaringly obvious that the State gains no fiscal advantage from the importation of the replacement population. The original rationale — that the newcomers would be needed to pay the taxes that would fund the care of the white native population after retirement — has become completely unsupportable. The migrants themselves will remain net consumers of state welfare benefits even as the original population ages into senescence.

      Why, then, is the “refugees welcome” ideology still propagated with such fervor? Self-interest would seem advise taking the opposite tack. Why the continued push for mass immigration?

      I used to wonder whether a form of pseudo-religious mania might be at work, some sort of collective suicidal madness. Or was it perhaps that the elites who foisted their migration policies on the populace had realized their earlier mistakes, but were unable to change course without risking their political careers?

      In the last few years, however, I’ve come to a different conclusion. The Powers That Be don’t want to import producers; they want to import consumers. The production machine that is a modern Western economy requires a consumer base to buy all the stuff that keeps the system humming.…

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