Reader’s Links for May 4, 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.

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90 Replies to “Reader’s Links for May 4, 2021”

  1. https://youtu.be/JX-H_sRMSUY

    Volcanic eruption in Iceland where “living on the edge” is reality but that is as far as it goes, as like most Scandinavians they are cluelessly Left and a 340K population allows “refugees” entry.
    The original home of the Edda’s may well see their loss once the replacement is complete as true past history is irrelevant and dangerous to both islam and communism.

  2. Further proof of the inherent dishonesty behind the climate scam.

    https://www.thepiratescove.us/
    William Teach May 3, 2021
    Climate Cult Very Upset Over Developing Oil Fields In Africa, Enriching Those “Minorities”
    Why do the climate cultists not want black people in Africa to have the same rise in living conditions from fossil fuels that privileged, white liberals have had in the 1st World?

    A Canadian oil firm thinks it has struck big. Some fear it could ravage a climate change “hotspot”

    Syringa trees rise out of the Kalahari sand in the wild expanse of Kavango East, as the humid heat warns of afternoon showers. It’s easy to imagine this place has looked the same for a hundred years.

    Except, that is, for the road. Recently widened, graded and ramrod straight, new roads like this mean change is coming.

    Carved out of the trees and surrounded by a chain-link fence, that change comes as a shock: a giant oil rig towers above these flat lands, dwarfing the trees.

    In this northeastern corner of Namibia, on the borders of Angola and Botswana, a Canadian oil company called ReconAfrica has secured the rights to explore what it believes could be the next — and perhaps even the last — giant onshore oil find.

    The find — potentially containing 12 billion barrels of oil — could be worth billions of dollars. And some experts believe the oil reserves here could be even bigger.

    And the profits would enrich the people there. It would mean more electricity, better cooking and food conditions, better healthcare, and so much more. White Warmists aren’t happy

    Unlike neighboring Angola, Namibia doesn’t have an oil industry of its own to speak of — so far. Yet it is already being hammered by the world’s dependency on fossil fuels.

    “Southern Namibia already has twice the global rate of warming. In northern Namibia it is a staggering 3.6 degrees Celsius per century,” said Francois Engelbrecht, a professor at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a lead author on the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

    Strange how everywhere always seems to be twice the rate, eh?

    But as the climate warms, those dry spells will become more frequent in the summer months, Engelbrecht said. The change in weather patterns and the corresponding increase in heat will create an even hotter and drier climate. It could destroy the way of life of the people who live here.

    Uh huh. But, the fossil fuels probably will, since the money from them and the energy will enrich the nations and increase their welfare out of a 3rd world nation. Climate cultists hate when black people are able to not be living in un-powered huts cooking with dung.

    Meanwhile, most of these rich, white, privileged liberals won’t give up their own use of fossil fuels.

  3. Western complacency is it’s own worst enemy. The majority of people see no threat from Red China, and CCP stealth prevents the majority from being alerted to the threat. A U.S.-Red China cold war may take two to tango, but the depth and breadth of the communist operation compared to the American level of aggression tells me there is only one dancer on the floor, and it ain’t us:

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17332/china-new-zealand-five-eyes

  4. Ardern is another righteous moron right out of the Trudeau basket. Australia and NZ have a free trade agreement and Oz prohibits many food imports from China but China uses this by selling to NZ having it “repackaged” and then dumped onto Australia. It has partially destroyed the frozen vegetable and nut and seed producers in Australia. Economic warfare and no one notices nor cares especially the local communists(see ALP)

  5. The war on police is in full swing. How does it end? – Liberty Unyielding
    Daily Caller News Foundation
    7-9 minutes

    The war on police is in full swing. How does it end?

    Image: Diego Fabian Parra Pabon/Pixabay

    By Thomas Catenacci

    Police officers nationwide have quit in droves over the last year while law enforcement agencies have struggled to attract new recruits because of the increasingly “toxic” political environment, police groups said.

    Major police departments across the country are reeling, reporting officer shortfalls in the hundreds, after a year that saw massive protests, riots and an uptick in anti-police attitudes, the groups told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The decline of morale and police officers in many major departments in the U.S. has coincided with large upticks in crime — the number of murders committed increased in 51 of the 57 cities with public data, according to data analytics reporter Jeff Asher.

    “We’re very worried,” National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) executive director and CEO Jonathan Thompson told the DCNF. “This may well have been the ulterior motive — to just make officers so uneasy and nervous to just retire and call it quits.”

    Trending: Another ‘noose’ found by another black. Guess what this one turned out to be

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/05/03/the-war-on-police-is-in-full-swing-how-does-it-end/

  6. Understanding the Threat site

    “The top Republican in the house lives with Google lobbyist? Cmon, Cmon. even by the sleepy and corrupt standards of politics in Washington that did not seem possible. In fact, it sounded like a joke………Now you know why they (Republican leaders) listen to Frank Luntz and not you.”

  7. CBC – Conflicting vaccine messages could cause ‘buyer’s remorse’: Expert

    Changing guidance on COVID-19 vaccines in Canada could lead some people to regret getting the shot that was available to them at the time, says Dr. David Naylor, co-chair of the national COVID-19 Immunity Task Force.

    He says all of the vaccines available in Canada are very effective.

    “… mRNA vaccines are the prefered vaccines …”

    • global pravda – Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout faces confusion as concerns mount over reaching herd immunity

      …Meanwhile, there’s new concern in the United States on achieving herd immunity against the virus.

      Medical experts now believe that country is unlikely to reach herd immunity as demand for vaccines continue to decline there, raising doubts there will be enough immunizations to meet the required threshold.

    • CDC: Anxiety caused last month’s fainting at vaccination sites

      The report concluded that after analyzing dozens of fainting eventsfollowing the administration of the Johnson and Johnson shot earlier this spring.

      According to that report, five mass vaccination sites reported 64 anxiety-related events, including 17 events of fainting, after vaccine administration.

      The CDC states that fainting can be a normal reaction with any shot and largely has more to do with the person than the vaccine.

      • I fainted twice in ten days.
        Everything checked out fine: just benign postural hypotension.

        The doctor and everybody laughed at me when I mentioned – tentatively – The Vaxx.

        • This is a private clinic.
          They’re not allowing un-vaxxed people into the building.

          Patients who call in with symptoms are referred to dedicated covid clinics at Mass General (or I-don’t-know-where.)

    • CDC reviewing woman’s death after Johnson & Johnson vaccine

      CDC reviewing woman’s death after Johnson & Johnson vaccine

    • city news Toronto – Organizers of Rexdale pop-up vaccine clinic urge eligible residents to come down

      ….lot of vaccines … but we are running out of people

    • Immigration Canada

      Canadians Give Vaccine Passports for International Travel Thumbs Up

      Vaccine passports to travel internationally and attend large events in Canada are growing in popularity and Ottawa is working to that happen.

      An Ipsos survey released late last week shows global support for vaccine passports to travel internationally is up throughout the world.

      In ‘Global Public Backs COVID-19 Vaccine Passports For International Travel’, a survey conducted for the World Economic Forum, the global market research firm Ipsos reveals the majority of adults in dozens of countries support the idea of vaccine passports.

      “Three in four adults across 28 countries agree that COVID-19 vaccine passports should be required of travellers to enter their country and that they would be effective in making travel and large events safe,” states the Ipsos report.

      In mid-March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed reservations about vaccine passports for travel within Canada, citing the possibility that these would lead to discrimination. But the Canadian prime minister did leave the door open to the possibility that these vaccine passports might be required for international travel.

      ‘Well Established’

      “The idea of certificates of vaccination for international travel exists already and is well-established. There are countries in the world where you shouldn’t go unless you can prove that you’ve been vaccinated against certain tropical diseases, for example. That’s well established,” said Trudeau.

      “But the idea of certificates of vaccination for domestic use to decide, you know, if you can go to a concert or who can go to a particular restaurant or engage in certain activities does bring in questions of equity, questions of fairness,” said the prime minister.

      “There are some people who because of medical conditions or other reasons will not be able to get vaccinated. There are other people who are not on priority lists who will have to wait much longer before getting vaccinations. These are things we have to take into account.”

      A COVID-19 vaccine passport is a record or health data certificate that would prove whether an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or has recently tested negative for COVID-19. The vaccine passports could be accessible electronically, on mobile phone apps, or as printed documents or cards.

      The Ipsos survey, though, shows Canadians generally disagree with their prime minister about vaccine passports for travel within the country. Canadians favour using vaccine passports for domestic travel and participation in large events within the country, at least until the end of the year.

      Only the Vaccinated Allowed

      A majority of Canadians, 61 per cent, told Ipsos that only people who have been vaccinated should be allowed to do things that involve larger groups of people, including public transit, flying, and attending cultural and sporting events.

      Only 39 per cent of Canadians said that’s unfair to those who either have chosen to not get vaccinated or are still waiting to be vaccinated.

      Globally, support for vaccine passports is seen by most proponents as a short-term measure. Only 13 per cent of respondents in 12 countries said the vaccine passports should be used indefinitely. Another 23 per cent favoured them being used for the next several years.

      Most respondents want them to be used for only a few months, 32 per cent, or until the end of this year, 32 per cent.

      Certainly, the airlines are on board with vaccine passports, eager for their businesses to get back to normal operations.

      “To re-open borders without quarantine and restart aviation, governments need to be confident that they are effectively

      “To re-open borders without quarantine and restart aviation, governments need to be confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of importing COVID-19. This means having accurate information on passengers’ COVID-19 health status,” states the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

      Airlines Say Yes

      “Informing passengers on what tests, vaccines and other measures they require prior to travel, details on where they can get tested and giving them the ability to share their tests and vaccination results in a verifiable, safe and privacy-protecting manner is the key to giving governments the confidence to open borders.”

      The global travel industry association has already launched its IATA Travel Pass, an app travellers can use to store and share their vaccine passports.

      Ottawa is reportedly working on adapting its own ArriveCan travel app to include vaccine information.

      “From our perspective we have a bit of a head start in terms of entry into Canada in that we have ArriveCan, the app that allows for digital proof of testing … and a variety of other documents that people have to submit to enter Canada,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu reportedly told the CBC.

      Vaccine passports, however, remain a political hot potato, with many politicians throughout the world taking hard stances against any legislation which would require travelers to be vaccinated and present such documents.

      In the American state of Arizona, Republican Governor Doug Ducey has gone so far as to issue an executive order barring state and local governments from making vaccination passports mandatory to enter an area or receive a service.

      “Vaccination is up to each individual, not the government,” Ducey has reportedly said.

      https://www.immigration.ca/fr/canadians-give-vaccine-passports-for-international-travel-thumbs-up

    • ‘Faster go and vaccinate’: Singapore releases catchy inoculation rap

      Singapore’s government has released a catchy music video urging citizens to get vaccinated. The video features a popular 90s sitcom character sporting his signature afro, facial mole and rubber boots rapping about the benefits of vaccination in Singlish — a patois that mixes English with words from several local tongues.

    • Detroit goes door-to-door to promote vaccinations

      Teams of canvassers from Detroit’s health department are fanning out to educate residents on where to go to get free COVID-19 vaccines

    • Will vaccine resisters block NJ’s path to herd immunity?

      COVID-19 vaccine resisters come in two basic forms: total no-go, and on-the-fence.
      New Jersey’s efforts to vaccinate 4.7 million and reach herd immunity by July will likely focus more on convincing on-the-fencers.

  8. Biden Administration Blasted For Ending Vets’ 30-Year-Old Memorial Day ‘Rolling Thunder’ Motorcycle Parade
    Joseph Curl
    3-4 minutes

    A Florida lawmaker is ripping the Biden administration for ending a 30-year tradition by puling a permit that would allow a massive motorcycle Memorial Day parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

    The gathering, which draws tens of thousands of motorcyclists from across the country each year, stages in a Pentagon parking lot, but the Biden administration has rescinded its annual permit.

    “Memorial Day traditions like Rolling to Remember have been granted permits by every administration, Democrat and Republican, for the past 30 years,” said Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL). “The Biden Administration’s decision to end this Memorial Day tradition flies in the face of the freedoms that so many have died to protect,” Rep. Mast told Fox News.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-administration-blasted-for-ending-vets-30-year-old-memorial-day-rolling-thunder-motorcycle-parade?itm_source=parsely-api?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=050421-news&utm_campaign=position2

  9. ‘Moral Evil’: Pelosi’s Archbishop Demands Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians Refrain From Communion
    Jon Brown
    4-5 minutes

    Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone, whose diocese encompasses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) district, released a pastoral letter Saturday condemning Catholic politicians who support what he described as the “moral evil” of abortion.

    In an extensive document entitled “A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life,” Cordileone laid out a case against abortion, but devoted a particular section to rebuking self-described Catholic political leaders that openly support abortion.

    “Your Catholic ideals inspire you in your work to help those who experience discrimination, violence, and injustice, and you deserve the gratitude of your fellow Catholics and our nation for this service. But we cannot empower the weak by crushing the weakest,” Cordileone wrote in part.

    ‘Moral Evil’: Pelosi’s Archbishop Demands Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians Refrain From Communion
    Jon Brown
    4-5 minutes

    Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone, whose diocese encompasses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) district, released a pastoral letter Saturday condemning Catholic politicians who support what he described as the “moral evil” of abortion.

    In an extensive document entitled “A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life,” Cordileone laid out a case against abortion, but devoted a particular section to rebuking self-described Catholic political leaders that openly support abortion.

    “Your Catholic ideals inspire you in your work to help those who experience discrimination, violence, and injustice, and you deserve the gratitude of your fellow Catholics and our nation for this service. But we cannot empower the weak by crushing the weakest,” Cordileone wrote in part.

  10. ‘Moral Evil’: Pelosi’s Archbishop Demands Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians Refrain From Communion
    Jon Brown
    4-5 minutes

    Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone, whose diocese encompasses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) district, released a pastoral letter Saturday condemning Catholic politicians who support what he described as the “moral evil” of abortion.

    In an extensive document entitled “A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life,” Cordileone laid out a case against abortion, but devoted a particular section to rebuking self-described Catholic political leaders that openly support abortion.

    “Your Catholic ideals inspire you in your work to help those who experience discrimination, violence, and injustice, and you deserve the gratitude of your fellow Catholics and our nation for this service. But we cannot empower the weak by crushing the weakest,” Cordileone wrote in part.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/moral-evil-pelosis-archbishop-demands-pro-abortion-catholic-politicians-to-refrain-from-communion?itm_source=parsely-api?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=050421-news&utm_campaign=position3

  11. Derek Chauvin juror could have risked the guilty verdict claim experts by attending BLM rally in DC
    Ariel Zilber, Associated
    8-10 minutes

    A jury took just ten and a half hours to find former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin unanimously guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd.

    But with Chauvin, 45, almost certain to appeal, the politically explosive case could be far from over. With nine out of every ten appeals refused by US courts, defense attorney Eric Nelson will face an uphill task.

    But here, DailyMail.com analyzes the key issues the disgraced ex-cop and his legal team will seize upon as grounds for a re-trial.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9539447/Chauvin-juror-defends-participation-Washington-protest.html

  12. Is Coke rethinking woke? Soft drink giant puts ‘pause’ on diversity plan
    Ariel Zilber, Associated
    16-20 minutes

    Coca-Cola appears to be putting a ‘pause’ on its plan to transition to ‘woke-a-Cola.’

    The soft drink giant announced last week that it was suspending its ‘diversity initiative’ after the firm replaced its top lawyer after just eight months on the job.

    Bradley Gayton abruptly resigned last week as the company’s general counsel just months after he introduced ‘aggressive’ diversity initiatives that included requiring the firm’s outside lawyers to meet diversity quotas.

    In January, Gayton announced that The Coca-Cola Company would adhere to ‘revised outside counsel diversity guidelines.’

    According to the plan, any law firm seeking to do business with the company was required to ‘providing KO (the contracting officer) with self-identified diversity data (including American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black, Women, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and Persons with Disabilities) for KO’s quarterly analysis of the diversity of teams working on KO matters.’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9539511/Is-Coke-rethinking-woke-Soft-drink-giant-puts-pause-diversity-plan.html

  13. Questions rise about motives of Chauvin juror after photos of his participation in BLM march emerge

    Star Tribune (Minneapolis) | May 4, 2021 | News | 11
    Questions rise about motives of Chauvin juror after photos of his participation in BLM march emerge

    Brandon Mitchell, juror Chauvin trial.

    A juror in the Derek Chauvin murder trial is defending his attendance at the March on Washington anniversary last August in light of online speculation about his motives on the jury.

    In recent days, a photo of Brandon Mitchell that was originally posted on social media around the Aug. 28 event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech began circulating online and on multiple news sites. Many online questioned his motive and its potential to fuel a possible appeal in Chauvin’s case.

    Mitchell, who is Black, was one of 12 jurors who convicted Chauvin two weeks ago on all counts against him — second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter — in the May 25 killing of George Floyd, who is also Black. Mitchell was the first juror to go public about his role, and spoke to several media outlets last week.

    “I’d never been to D.C.,” Mitchell said Monday of his reasons for attending the event. “The opportunity to go to D.C., the opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of Black people; I just thought it was a good opportunity to be a part of something.”

    https://www.gopusa.com/?p=109805?omhide=true

  14. Green light given to extend 2020 presidential recount in Arizona – Patriot Daily Wire
    4-5 minutes

    An audit of the 2020 presidential election results from Maricopa County, Arizona, which was one of multiple states where Joe Biden won by a narrow margin, resulting in objections from lawmakers based on evidence of fraud, is likely to be extended.

    Originally the audit, being organized by Republicans in the state Senate, was to have concluded about May 14, as the process is being done at Veterans Memorial Coliseum and that facility has multiple graduation ceremonies booked starting on that date and for a few days following.

    But now it has been revealed the process could continue after those events.

    Ken Bennett, the former Arizona secretary of state who is liaison for the audit, said in a report in the Arizona Republic that the facility now has given permission to resume after those events, and for “as long as we need it” for the audit.

    https://patriotdailywire.com/green-light-given-to-extend-2020-presidential-recount-in-arizona/

  15. Second Steele dossier was created while Trump served as President, report says

    Former British spy and MI6 operative Christopher Steele reportedly produced a second scandal-ridden dossier about Former U.S. President Donald Trump as he occupied The White House.

    Steele’ first dossier, which has been widely debunked as opposition research misinformation, used anonymous sources that claimed Russia had damaging information on Trump. The document, in part, led to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s infamous Russia probe.

    “Steele’s continued involvement supplying intelligence to the FBI appears to give credibility to his original dossier,” The Telegraph reported Monday. “Steele, through his company Orbis Business Intelligence, continued supplying raw intelligence to the federal authorities in the US.”

    “The second dossier contains raw intelligence that makes further claims of Russian meddling in the US election and also references claims regarding the existence of further sex tapes. The second dossier is reliant on separate sources to those who supplied information for the first reports.”

    https://breaking911.com/breaking-second-steele-dossier-was-created-while-trump-served-as-president-report/

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    ‘Second Steele dossier’ on Donald Trump’s sexual exploits produced for FBI

    London: The former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a second dossier for the FBI on Donald Trump while he was in the White House, sources told The Telegraph of London.

    Steele filed a series of intelligence reports to US authorities during the Trump presidency, including information concerning alleged sexual exploits.

    Steele’s continued involvement supplying intelligence to the FBI appears to give credibility to his original dossier, which sparked a Special Counsel investigation by prosecutor Robert Mueller into Russian interference into the 2016 US presidential elections.

    Steele’s original leaked dossier detailed allegations of misconduct, conspiracy and cooperation between Trump’s presidential campaign team and Vladimir Putin’s government.

    It also contained the sensational claim that the Kremlin was in possession of compromising material, including a sex tape of Trump with a prostitute at a hotel in Moscow in 2013.

    The former president has strongly denied the claims made in the Steele dossier, denouncing it as fake news.

    The emergence of the 35-page dossier, written between June and December 2016, did not appear to signal an end to the former MI6 officer’s working relationship with the FBI and continued after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.

    The Telegraph understands that Steele, through his company Orbis Business Intelligence, continued supplying raw intelligence to the federal authorities in the US.

    The second dossier contains raw intelligence that makes further claims of Russian meddling in the US election and also references claims regarding the existence of further sex tapes. The second dossier is reliant on separate sources to those who supplied information for the first reports.

    The fact the FBI continued to receive intelligence from Steele, who ran MI6’s Russia desk from 2006 to 2009 before setting up Orbis, is potentially significant because it shows his work was apparently still being taken seriously after Trump took hold of the reins of power.

    The Mueller inquiry led to a series of convictions including the jailing of Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman. Others convicted included George Papadopoulos, an adviser to the Trump campaign; and Roger Stone, a long time ally and former adviser.

    Intelligence gathered by Steele for his second dossier is understood to include further details of Manafort’s alleged Russian contacts.

    Earlier this month, news sources in the US reported that Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate of Manafort, had passed Trump campaign polling and strategy information to Russian intelligence sources.

    The FBI is offering a $US250,000 reward for “information leading to the arrest of” Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate of Manafort.

    The US Treasury has placed Kilimnik under sanctions, describing him as a “known Russian Intelligence Services agent”.

    The Treasury report states: “During the 2016 US presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.”

    It is understood that Steele believes the targeting of Kilimnik shows collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian intelligence services.

    The FBI interviewed Steele at the Grosvenor Hotel in central London, close to his offices, in September 2017 as part of then ongoing inquiries into Russian meddling.

    In the interview, Steele told the FBI that Orbis had “four discrete, ‘hermetically-sealed’ main agent networks”. His primary “sub-source” for the dossier was no longer “active” at the time of the interview with FBI agents, but that another “main agent network is up and running and is now starting to get good information”.

    The Telegraph understands this agent, referred to by Steele in his interview with the FBI, supplied information for the second dossier.

    The new dossier contains, like the first, a series of raw intelligence reports on alleged Russian interference linked to Trump and his associates.

    The suggestion it includes further details of Trump’s sexual exploits will infuriate the former president. On Twitter he has called the allegations a “pile of garbage”.

    The original dossier had been dismissed, according to the New York Times, by sources inside the CIA as “internet rumour”, but it was used by the US Justice Department to support a secret court order authorising surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Page is now suing the FBI and Justice Department for $US75 million.

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/second-steele-dossier-on-donald-trump-s-sexual-exploits-produced-for-fbi-20210504-p57omg.html

  16. SPAIN – Last people vote in Madrid regional elections, as anti-lockdown leader poised for re-election

    Madrid residents vote during the last hour of voting in regional elections, which was also open to people either quarantining or who have tested positive for Covid-19.

    The election is expected to deliver a comfortable victory to the city’s hardline leader of the right-wing Popular Party (PP), Isabel Diaz Ayuso, who has soared in prominence for stubbornly resisting virus restrictions.

    • COVID-19 lockdown rebel wins Madrid regional election

      Madrid’s conservative regional leader won a landslide re-election on Tuesday, propelled to victory by her refusal to close down bars and shops during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Hundreds of flag-waving supporters gathered outside the People’s Party (PP) headquarters, chanting “Freedom! Freedom!” as preliminary results showed regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso more than doubled her score from a previous election in 2019.

      “Freedom” was Ayuso’s campaign motto, as she banked on her loose COVID strategy to appeal to voters tired of restrictions imposed to fight the pandemic.

      “Freedom has won,” PP leader Pablo Casado, beaming, told supporters. Voters “trusted (Ayuso’s) handling of the pandemic.” “Freedom, always, always,” an emotional Ayuso said.

      Critics accuse Ayuso of neglecting health services while looking after business. But she won the support of many Madrid residents by refusing to close bars and restaurants to help curb the pandemic. read more

      The Madrid region, home to seven million of Spain’s 47 million people, recorded 343 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days on Tuesday against a national average of 213. Occupancy of intensive-care units is the highest in Spain, at 44%.

      FAR-RIGHT SUPPORT?

      Ayuso fell just shy of winning enough seats to rule the region without support from any other party, according to preliminary results with 92% of votes accounted for, which showed her obtaining 65 seats, from 30 in 2019. Final results are expected later in the evening.

      The PP has controlled the capital region for the past 26 years and the convincing win could give it impetus at a national level. In the national parliament, PP is the second-biggest party after the ruling Socialists.

      The far-right Vox party, which went from 12 seats to around 13, according to the preliminary results, said it would back Ayuso in the 136-seat regional assembly.

      “During the next two years our votes will be decisive for everything,” regional leader Rocio Monasterio told supporters.

      Vox was already backing the outgoing coalition between PP and the centre-right Ciudadanos. Monasterio did not say if she would this time demand that her party be part of the regional government.

      Ciudadanos collapsed, winning no seats at all, compared with the 26 it achieved two years ago, according to the preliminary results.

      Official results kept trickling in and confirmation of the winner should come in the next few hours.

      The Socialists of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez went from 37 seats to 24, according to the preliminary results, not enough to allow them and other left-wing parties to challenge Ayuso.

      Unlike in other elections in the COVID era in recent months, turnout was high, at around 74%, well up from 64% in 2019.

      https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/madrid-voters-go-polls-covid-influenced-crunch-election-2021-05-04/

  17. VIDEO: Antifa militant jumps on car’s hood as fellow comrades close in. So the driver — reportedly an elderly man — hits the gas.
    Dave Urbanski
    3-4 minutes

    Left-wing militants posing as protesters are an eccentric bunch, to put it mildly.

    Particularly when they assemble to block vehicle traffic on freeways and street-level intersections. To borrow a common phrase, they think they own the road.

    Showing no apparent fear that they’ll be run over by motorists, their M.O. is to form a small army and stand in the way of moving vehicles — fully expecting motorists to stop.

    And the strategy has pretty much worked. Drivers typically have been the first ones to blink, and depending on how much fear is involved, might even consider themselves lucky if they can make U-turns and escape with just a few dents and broken windows.

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/video-antifa-militant-car-hood-driver-hits-gas?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20210504Trending-ChauvinJuror&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News

  18. Biden Pushes Founders’ America to the Brink – Frontpagemag
    Gen. Michael Flynn
    8-10 minutes

    Originally posted at Western Journal.

    James Madison, hailed as the father of our Constitution, is probably turning over in his grave given the shredding of our God-given constitutional values and principles upon which we were founded.

    Madison recognized that since concentrating power leads to tyranny, dividing government power was essential for the preservation of liberty. He will never be accused of being short-sighted about the threats government would pose to the people.

    Madison and others set out deliberately to design a form of government that would limit abuses and withstand the test of time. America now faces that test, and the central question that has emerged is: Will we pass the test, or will we fall into the abyss of history as other nation-states have done?

    Along with other framers of our nation’s Constitution, Madison argued for dividing federal power among the three branches of our government — legislative, executive, and judicial. These should be studied and clearly understood by every American schoolchild from an early age, but to our nation’s and our children’s detriment, they are not.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/biden-pushes-founders-america-brink-americans-must-gen-michael-flynn/

  19. The Left’s Systemic Exploitation of Race – Frontpagemag
    David Limbaugh
    5-7 minutes

    And how to counter its false and destructive narrative.

    When I occasionally complain about the left politicizing race, fellow conservatives often say to me, “Don’t worry about this. They’ve lost all credibility on the issue, trivializing it by overuse. They’re getting no traction with it.” Oh?

    You’d have to be blind and deaf to deny that this tactic is working for the left politically and that it has caused great harm. Democrats and the left bring up race every five minutes to demonize Republicans and profit politically. It is nothing more than a raw power grab.

    Indeed, if you want to talk about shameful behavior on race, look no further than the liberal politicians and the media who smear half the country as racists daily because of their views on economic, political and cultural issues. If you champion American sovereignty, advocate border control, support the indispensability of law enforcement, promote our free market economy and cherish America’s founding principles — and if your skin happens to be white (unless you’re a progressive) — you are presumptively racist.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/lefts-systemic-exploitation-race-david-limbaugh/

  20. France: Generals Warn of Civil War Due to Creeping Islamism
    Soeren Kern
    17-21 minutes

    Pictured: French President Emmanuel Macron arrives with Chief of the Defense Staff General François Lecointre prior to the annual Bastille Day military ceremony on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, on July 14, 2020. (Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)

    A group of retired generals has warned in an open letter that France is sliding toward a civil war due to the government’s failure to control mass migration and creeping Islamism in the country. The letter, which has broad public support, according to polls, also warns against cultural Marxism, runaway multiculturalism and the expansion of no-go zones in France.

    The warning comes amid a wave of jihadist attacks — including the beheading of a schoolteacher — committed by young men, none of whom were previously known to French intelligence services. The letter also comes after widespread public indignation over a French justice system compromised by political correctness — as evidenced by the refusal to prosecute an African immigrant from Mali who, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is the Greatest”), killed an elderly Jewish woman by breaking into her home and pushing her off her balcony.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17333/france-islamism-civil-war

  21. Billionaire-Backed Operative Kept Funding Steele and Fusion GPS in 2019, Even After Dossier Credibility Crumbled
    By Ivan Pentchoukov
    May 4, 2021 Updated: May 4, 2021
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    A former staffer for Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) continued to pay large sums of money in 2019 to former British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the American firm that retained him for work on a Clinton-funded misinformation dossier, even as the credibility of both Steele and the claims in his dossier evaporated.

    The Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP), a non-profit operated by former Feinstein staffer Daniel Jones, paid $1,222,714 in 2019 to Bean LLC., the shell company that controls Fusion GPS, and $700,000 to Walsingham Partners Ltd., a British company co-owned by Steele, according to a tax filing.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/billionaire-backed-operative-kept-funding-steele-and-fusion-gps-in-2019-even-after-dossier-credibility-crumbled_3801994.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-05-04-2&mktids=66f437005142be5fa4bccaab660b88dd&est=8Yo2A68rrGMGc%2FjoXJo1p6Qs1reBra2ptE6wQF8Yabpnr5qtVAZEv6enjCg%3D

  22. Iran: Any Sanctions Relief Will be Used Against Americans
    Majid Rafizadeh
    6-7 minutes

    The extent to which the Biden administration is willing to go to appease the Iranian regime to revive the 2015 nuclear deal boggles the mind. During the current nuclear negotiations, the Biden administration has reportedly been offering increasing concessions and sanctions relief to the Iranian leaders. “Any return to the JCPOA would require sanctions relief…” said State Department spokesman Ned Price recently. Pictured: Price speaks to reporters during a news briefing in Washington, DC on February 24, 2021. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

    The extent to which the Biden administration is willing to go to appease the Iranian regime to revive the 2015 nuclear deal boggles the mind. During the current nuclear negotiations, the Biden administration has reportedly been offering increasing concessions and sanctions relief to the Iranian leaders.

    Not only has the current US administration seemingly been planning a major rollback of nuclear and economic sanctions on Iran, it is also reportedly eyeing lifting non-nuclear sanctions, for instance those linked to terrorism, missile development and human rights. According to the Associated Press:

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17342/iran-sanctions-relief

  23. Opinion: Abolish the FBI
    Dinesh D’Souza
    Dinesh D’Souza
    May 3, 2021 Updated: May 4, 2021
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    Commentary

    For a long time, the FBI has stood as the admirable symbol of a police agency of government, implacably going after the bad guys and neutrally enforcing the laws. This is the FBI of the movie “The Untouchables,” in which special agent Eliot Ness leads his devoted crew of armed agents in a heroic battle against the forces of organized crime.

    Well, forget about the Untouchables. Today’s FBI has quite obviously been corrupted from the top. This is a process that seems to have begun under President Barack Obama, endured during the President Donald Trump years, and has now reached its unfortunate nadir under President Joe Biden. It’s time for conservatives and Republicans to start thinking about getting rid of the FBI.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/abolish-the-fbi_3799023.html?utm_source=morningbriefnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-05-04&mktids=70d7e48ee298ee1a92a11645db08b3f8&est=oYJSCSzF0%2BbUg1gBxCo2II83ZyGwPGCUr5SQuWnEaN6on5pu0oiYFc%2BYrgI%3D

  24. Pelosi: ‘I Feel Very Confident that the Democrats Will Hold the Majority After the Next Election’
    Jeff Poor
    2 minutes

    Thursday on CBS’s “This Morning,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was confident in Democrats’ election prospects in 2022.

    Pelosi touted the Census results, which she hinted could be favorable for her party’s cause.

    “[E]lections are always a contest, and you see what happens in them,” she said. “But I feel very confident that the Democrats will hold the majority after the next election. I think that we’re — for all the huffing and puffing the Republicans are doing, these numbers were not as good for them as they had hoped. They wanted three in Texas, two in Florida and the rest. But many of the — much of the growth in many of these places that picked up more numbers, more — more members in Congress, the growth was from Hispanics, African-Americans and the rest, so we’ll see where those votes go.”

    “But this is right now,” Pelosi added. “The best

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/04/29/pelosi-i-feel-very-confident-that-the-democrats-will-hold-the-majority-after-the-next-election/

    • It’s absurd to talk about 2022.

      PTrump stumping for “MAGA candidates”? He’s clasped snakes to his bosom before. Plus a series of terrible appts, not all requiring senate confirmation. (Think Fauci, for one.)

      Who says 2022 elections will be free and fair?

      PTrump failed to deal with the problem before the 2018 election, having put Gen. Kelly’s girlfriend in charge of DHS.
      The one who wept over "children in cages" at the border.

      Then he did nothing but talk and tweet about mail-in fraud. Anything he did top-secret – 64-D chess – turned out to be inadequate.

      Maybe he didn’t have the power to secure election integrity in 2020. That itself would be a damning indictment of the office of Prez. A shadow of checks & balances that define our Republic.

      Maybe he counted on his personal, fervid base – with the eyes of the world upon us. That would be reckless egoism. Like rockstar-style rallies planned for this summer.

      The Enemy, here in the person of Nancy Pelosi, has the vast power of the permanent bureaucracy, corporate media, big tech, enemies foreign and domestic.

      If she says she’s “confident in Democrats’ election prospects in 2022”, I’d believe that faster than anything Gen. Flynn or any of the heroes on our side say.

  25. UK tools up against China’s intel gathering
    Cristina Gallardo, Stuart Lau
    7-9 minutes

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    LONDON — The U.K. has realized it is going to need more than James Bond to counter Chinese influence and espionage.

    Beijing’s massive state-backed effort to infiltrate British companies and research institutions in the race to develop key technologies is mostly not the stuff of traditional spying. And Britain has realized that its response needs to go well beyond the intelligence services.

    Matthew Henderson, a former U.K. diplomat in Beijing and now an associate fellow at the Council on Geostrategy, says the great majority of the information gathering carried out by China in the U.K. “is done in open sight” at institutions such as R&D-intensive companies handling sensitive innovations such as graphene, encryption systems and hypersonic tech.

    https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-seeks-to-build-great-wall-against-chinese-and-russian-espionage/?aid=app_feed

  26. EXCLUSIVE: Spy Plane Identified Circling the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Where the Election Audit Is Taking Place – What’s Going On? …Update: Phoenix Police Respond
    Joe Hoft
    4 minutes

    A spy plane was identified flying over the Maricopa County audit.
    What information are they after?

    Sunday morning we were alerted to the fact that a plane was circling around the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum last week. We received only the picture above. We followed up and found more information on this plane and additional information on other events where a plane circled the sky in a similar fashion. One such incident was in San Bernadino after the shooting spree by Islamic terrorists Farook and Malik.

    But we looked further into this flight above in Arizona and found the plane used was owned by the City of Phoenix:

    UPDATE: We received the following response from Maggie Cox, Sergeant Public Affairs Bureau Phoenix Police Department:

    This was brought to our attention by another media outlet. The article narrative is not accurate. While the maps do accurately represent our flights, both times were the aircraft was on police calls that had nothing to do with the events at the Veteran Memorial Coliseum. Please update your news story”.

  27. Biden admin slow-walked releasing John Kerry’s financial disclosures for weeks
    Evie Fordham
    6-7 minutes

    President Biden’s State Department dragged its feet for weeks before releasing climate czar John Kerry’s public financial disclosures, which revealed new details about Kerry’s wealth, including that he received $5 million from Bank of America as chair of the bank’s Global Advisory Council.

    JOHN KERRY TOOK PRIVATE JET TO ICELAND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD, CALLED IT ‘ONLY CHOICE FOR SOMEBODY LIKE ME’

    Fox News first requested a copy of Kerry’s financial disclosures on April 9 to no avail. While such requests are typically fulfilled in a day or two, that wasn’t the case here — and it’s not clear why.

    Fox News sent the State Department five total requests for the documents before they were released, despite communications with an agency spokesperson who directed Fox News to contact the same email address to which the requests had already been sent.

    The State Department only released the documents after Fox News informed the agency that it was preparing a story on the administration’s refusal to comply with the records request. A State Department spokesperson then said they were “seeking an answer” about the document request.

    Fox News received the documents the same day, April 29.

    The State Department didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the delay.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/john-kerry-finances-oil-energy-special-climate-envoy-net-worth

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