Reader’s Links for May 6, 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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    F*c*book/Instagram Bans Signal for Telling the Truth
    Because Signal tried to show people exactly how much data has on them. The Instagram ads Facebook won’t show you

    We created a multi-variant targeted ad designed to show you the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to. The ad would simply display some of the information collected about the viewer which the advertising platform uses. Facebook was not into that idea.
    Here’s a sample of the ads that users would see. But F*c*book didn’t think it was a good idea for people to know how much F*c*book knows about them.

    Images would not post. Go to the page

    Facebook’s own tools have the potential to divulge what is otherwise unseen. It’s already possible to catch fragments of these truths in the ads you’re shown; they are glimmers that reflect the world of a surveilling stranger who knows you. We wanted to use those same tools to directly highlight how most technology works. We wanted to buy some Instagram ads.

    Facebook is more than willing to sell visibility into people’s lives, unless it’s to tell people about how their data is being used. Being transparent about how ads use people’s data is apparently enough to get banned; in Facebook’s world, the only acceptable usage is to hide what you’re doing from your audience.

    No one should be using F*c*book for anything. Certainly no one who values free speech and opposes censorship. (And yes, I know this blog is hosted by Google…) Firefox, as a browser, with the Facebook Container, together with uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger screens out all attempts by F*c*book to track what I do. (Hat tip to Instapu


    Has one of the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial opened the door to a mistrial?
    By Ben Bowles May 5, 2021
    The internet, as everyone should have learned by now, has a long memory. It remembers things we have long forgotten. Such as a comment someone made on social media at age 16 that someone else went to the not-inconsiderable trouble of exhuming and sharing with the world to shame or humiliate the other person.

    Or a photo of Brandon Mitchell, aka Juror #52 in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, wearing a shirt that read “Get your knee off our necks” and “BLM.” The picture, taken in August of 2020, suggests Mitchell may have been less than totally forthcoming when he answered the trial judge’s question about whether he had heard anything about the George Floyd case:

    It gets worse. As Ian Miles Cheong notes at the Post Millennial, Mitchell, who has shed his anonymity as a juror in the case, appeared on a show called Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell on April 27 where he “said that people should say yes to jury duty as a means to promote societal change”:

    I mean it’s important if we wanna see some change, we wanna see some things going different, we gotta into these avenues, get into these rooms to try to spark some change. Jury duty is one of those things. Jury duty. Voting. All of those things we gotta do.

    In fairness, he never actually comes out and endorses lying in a court of law as a means to fostering societal change. But taken together with caption and content of the August 31 photo posted to Facebook by Mitchell’s uncle, Travis Mitchell, there may be enough doubt about Juror #52’s impartiality to throw out the conviction.

    An NBC News notes, Chauvin’s legal team has already filed for a motion for a new trial, alleging that pretrial publicity, which included reports that George Floyd’s family had been awarded $27 million in a wrongful death suit, compromised Chauvin’s chances of receiving a fair trial.

    Because the court failed to sequester the jurors or “admonish them to avoid all media,” [lead defense attorney Ed] Nelson’s filing said, they were subjected not only to prejudicial publicity but also to “jury intimidation or potential fear of retribution.”

  3. Next, a memorial display at the Capitol: The Cult of ‘Insurrection’ continues its assault on sanity – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    8-10 minutes

    Next, a memorial display at the Capitol: The Cult of ‘Insurrection’ continues its assault on sanity

    Fox 5 D.C. video

    The National Pulse’s Natalie Winters reports on Wednesday that House Democrats have introduced a bill to establish a permanent memorial to the 6 January riot.

    I hate to be blunt, but allow me to interrupt uninteresting rants about the Democrats being self-absorbed drama queens. That’s not what’s wrong with this. What’s wrong is that it serves to wildly overhype the significance of the undoubtedly bad and eminently punishable, but nowhere near existential, invasion of the Capitol building that day.

    I yield precedence to no one in my affirmation that people should be charged and punished for vandalizing the Capitol building and entering it without permission. No one asserted earlier than I did that that needs to happen. Throw the book at them.

    Throw the book at them for what they actually did. Not for a concocted narrative about “what happened,” a narrative for which proof has been sorely lacking. There is no evidence for an “insurrection.” We don’t even know the motives of the people who first broke into the Capitol, because none of them has been arrested, questioned, or charged. The several dozen people in the few videos of the initial breaching events are nowhere to be found.

    We don’t know who they are (the tweep’s assessment notwithstanding), because they haven’t been apprehended. Until those people have been identified, and their motives discerned, we don’t know what this was really all about.


    – By now, it’s impossible not to believe this wasn’t all planned quite some time ago. –

    End of full-time office hours? Nearly ALL of Britain’s 50 biggest firms are planning ‘hybrid’ model allowing staff to work-from-home two or three days a week.

    Working in office part time will be adopted by 43% of UK’s biggest companies. Just 4 firms are still deciding whether hybrid working plan will work for them


    An exemplary New Jersey police officer is fired for true statements about Black Lives Matter, who she deals with on a daily basis. I hope she wins a million in the lawsuit. She got fired for calling them a terrorist organization that hated her and wanted to see her dead. Uh… Wouldn’t being fried like bacon tend to kill you? Just saying…

    Meanwhile, I’ll betcha she takes her severance pay and moves on down to Florida where Ron DeSantis just gave the cops a thousand-dollar bonus just for being such great kids. Isn’t that clever of Ron? At a time when cops are “retiring” at an alarming rate, they’re going to be looking for apartments and Jobs in Florida and saying “goodbye” to the left-wing politically correct cowardly bullshit…

  6. BBC – Malian woman gives birth to nine babies

    A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies – two more than doctors had detected during scans.

    Halima Cissé gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali’s government flew her there for specialist care.

    “I’m very happy,” her husband told the BBC. “My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing well.”

    […]Fanta Siby, Mali’s health minister, congratulated the medical teams in Mali and Morocco for the “happy outcome”.

    Prof Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca where Ms Cissé gave birth, told the AFP news agency that the case was “extremely rare, it’s exceptional” – and a team of 10 doctors and 25 paramedics had assisted at the delivery of the premature babies.

    They weighed between 500g and 1kg (1.1lb and 2.2lb) and would be kept in incubators “for two to three months”, he said.

    Ms Cissé’s pregnancy became a subject of fascination in Mali – even when it was thought she was only carrying septuplets, Reuters news agency reports.

    Doctors in the West African nation had been concerned for her welfare and the chances of the babies’ survival – so the government intervened.

    After a two-week stay in a hospital in Mali’s capital, Bamako, the decision was made to move Ms Cissé to Morocco on 30 March, Dr Siby said.

    After five weeks at the Moroccan clinic, she gave birth by Caesarean section on Tuesday, the minister said.

    According to Prof Alaoui, Ms Cissé was 25 weeks pregnant when admitted and his team had managed to extend her term to 30 weeks.


    Woman From Mali Gives Birth to 9 Babies in Morocco

    Mali’s Ministry of Health says a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven.

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian woman has given birth to nine babies at once — after expecting seven, according to Mali’s Minister of Health and the Moroccan clinic where the nonuplets were born.

    It appeared to be the first time on record that a woman had given birth to nine surviving babies at once.

    The five girls and four boys, and their mother, “are all doing well,” Mali’s health minister said in a statement.

    The mother, 25-year-old Halima Cisse, gave birth to the babies by cesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco after being sent there for special care, Mali’s top health official announced.

    Associated Press reporters saw some of the babies wiggling their hands and feet inside incubators Wednesday in the private Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca. Medical staff checked their status regularly in the neonatal ward wallpapered with cartoon characters.

    Cisse had been expecting seven babies. Malian doctors, under government orders, sent her to Morocco for the births because hospitals in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, are ill-equipped to provide adequate care for this exceptional multiple pregnancy.

    The Casablanca clinic’s director Youssef Alaoui told Moroccan state TV that they had been contacted by Malian doctors about the case a month and a half ago. They were not expecting nine babies, he said.

    Cisse gave birth prematurely at 30 weeks and is now in stable condition after heavy bleeding for which she was given a blood transfusion, he said.



  7. europravda – Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Antonio Guterres set to speak ahead of UN climate summit

    ( 35 min 42 )

  8. Brazil’s Bolsonaro links pandemic to ‘biological warfare’

    President Jair Bolsonaro says the novel coronavirus may have been made in a laboratory to wage “biological warfare,” in the latest comments likely to strain Brazil’s relations with China.

  9. Associated Press – CHINA – Ramadan in Xinjiang: Faith wanes in religious curbs

    Under the weight of official policies, the future of Islam appears to be in doubt in Xinjiang, a rugged realm of craggy snow-capped mountains and barren deserts bordering Central Asia.

    • TRT – Japan’s Muslim community observes 2nd Ramadan since pandemic

      As Japan’s government has in recent years been making preparations to cater to diverse visitors ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Islam has been gradually demystified there.

      Here is how Muslims are observing Ramadan since the country’s infrastructures improved

  10. China vs Taiwan: Why Biden won’t defend Taiwan from growingly aggressive China
    •May 5, 2021

  11. I tried to comment on the new Yeadon video, but seem to have been unable to do so. Here I am trying to post that comment:

    I greatly appreciate Yeadon’s bravery in relaying his knowledge in this horrible tragedy, but greatly enjoy his scholarship too. There are big issues at stake and many discussions occur about them. Most people struggle with the science of it. I know slightly more, but still am mostly struggling like most people. That makes Yeadon very important to me.

    I barely passed my history masters thesis. I focused on the eastern gulf blockading squadron’s attacks on salt manufacturing around what is now Panama City. But there were important aspects of the salt deprivation the South suffered that played into other diseases and conditions. The real story I discoverd was the whole complex mess exacerbated by salt deprivation, which was facilitated by the North, but by what I found to be the relationship of salt deprivation to especially hookworm, but malaria, pelagra, and starvation, and the interplay of these things with each other (Of course there were many other diseases and afflictions that plagued North and South, but I did focus on these four things as what I found most interesting and relevant concerning the South.). There were various immunities that I learned about. Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress, by Robert A. McGuire and R.P. Coeltho helped me a lot.

    I learned a little about the long history of malaria and the multiple forms of immunity black people tended to have, and how black people from various areas of Africa tended to have various levels of various types of immunity to malaria, but hookworm too. So I knew a little about and understood a little about T-cell immunity being described by Yeadon because I had been exposed to that sort of material learning about malaria. I learned how malaria was, and continued for a long time to be a huge problem in the South, but Africa too, regardless of all the immunities. I saw the uncaring of the entire West as hookworm ended in the South, but continued to overun Africa through almost all of the 20th century. Popular delusion concerning the nature of reality was always relevant equal to ignorance and apathy in different ways from the Civil War onwards to the very last decade of the 20th century, when out of the blue, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, in a manner no one could probably believe at this point, largely ended hookworm in Africa.

    I learned that hunger and disease, and various combinations of conditions and diseases can become exponentially bigger killers than hunger and diseases considered singularly.

    All this to say that there is more death and dying among humans than Yeadon might tend to focus on. The human condition of singular diseases and irradicating those diseases is different from considering real life humans in various cultures that have a complicated soup of issues. The horrors of hell Yeadon sees and anticipates belies a worse hell that is at present unfathomable.

  12. 50 percent price increase: Pfizer vaccine should also be more expensive for Austria

    According to a German newspaper, the EU Commission pays a drastic surcharge for 900 million second-generation corona vaccine doses from BioNTech / Pfizer.

    Germany will pay 3.83 billion euros for its share of 165 million cans from the quota, “Welt” reported in advance, citing a letter from the German finance ministry to the budget committee.

    Instead of the previous 15.50 euros per dose, the calculated price is 23.20 euros. That’s a 50 percent surcharge. For Austria, which has decided to order 35 million cans from Pfizer, this results in a mathematical price of 812 million euros.

    […]“Everything else is even more expensive”

    Chancellor Sebastian Kurz pointed out, however, that all other measures in the pandemic are more expensive than vaccinations

    […]“Record Profits”
    The global vaccination campaign against Covid ensures significantly higher income at Pfizer. The US pharmaceutical company raised its annual sales target for the Covid-19 vaccination to $ 26 billion from $ 15 billion previously.

    1.6 billion vaccine doses are expected to be sold in 2021.

    Overall, consolidated sales are expected to skyrocket to $ 70.5 to 72.5 billion in 2021. At the beginning of the year Pfizer had expected sales of 61.4 billion. This is also an increase of 47 percent.


    bloomberg – Olympic Athletes to Receive Vaccines Donated by Pfizer, BioNTech

    Tokyo Olympic athletes and delegations will be able to receive Covid-19 vaccine doses donated by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE as organizers push ahead with preparations for the delayed games.

    The International Olympic Committee signed an agreement with the companies to donate the doses, with the first delivery expected to begin at the end of this month, according to a statement from the drugmakers on Thursday. The statement did not specify the number of doses.

    While the IOC has said vaccination is not a requirement for athletes to participate in the games, the spread of more contagious variants and the resurgence of infections in some countries have raised questions over the safety of holding the world’s biggest sporting event in less than three months.

    Even with the decision to exclude foreign spectators, more than 60,000 athletes, coaches, national team staff, media representatives and other essential workers are expected to converge on Tokyo from more than 200 countries when the games start in July.

    Public support is low in the host country, where just 1.4% of its population has been given doses — the lowest among the 37 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker.

    About 73% of those surveyed in Japan over April 17-18 said they were against holding the event this summer, according to a poll conducted by broadcaster ANN. As of Thursday, more than 100,000 people signed an online petition calling for the games to be called off.

    With Covid cases on the rise, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters earlier in the day she would propose extending the state of emergency, set to end May 11, to the end of this month. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would decide Friday on the extension for the capital and three other regions.

    The national Olympic committees will work with their local governments to coordinate local distribution of the Pfizer vaccine, the IOC said in a statement, while Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa welcomed the agreement. The IOC drew criticism from human rights activists in March after President Thomas Bach said that the organization was ready to pay for vaccines offered by China to protect athletes and officials from countries that have approved that nation’s shots.

    • zero hedge – Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists Opens The Wuhan Virus Pandora’s Box

      The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: The political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press seems helpless to dispel.

      In what follows I will sort through the available scientific facts, which hold many clues as to what happened, and provide readers with the evidence to make their own judgments. I will then try to assess the complex issue of blame, which starts with, but extends far beyond, the government of China.

      By the end of this article, you may have learned a lot about the molecular biology of viruses. I will try to keep this process as painless as possible. But the science cannot be avoided because for now, and probably for a long time hence, it offers the only sure thread through the maze.


      more :



    • paul j watson – Head of German Police Union Calls For Ban on Anti-Lockdown Protests

      Authorities set to clamp down hard on Querdenkerwill movement.

      The head of the German Police Union has called for a total ban on all anti-lockdown protests because participants are not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

      Well, duh.

      After numerous hugely attended protests across Germany in recent months, Rainer Wendt has had enough and wants the government to criminalize them before they can begin.

      “In these demonstrations, the violation of the law is preprogrammed and takes place permanently and thousands of times because the participants do not wear masks and do not keep the minimum distance,” Wendt told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

      “You have to act much more rigorously against it,” he added.

      According to Wendt, the intention of demonstrators to disobey lockdown rules (despite them literally being anti-lockdown protesters), should give authorities all the justification they need to ban the events in advance.

      “It is completely incomprehensible why such demos are even still approved,” said Wendt.

      Does Wendt really expect the thousands who attend the demonstrations to be concerned about masks and social distancing when a majority of them firmly believe that the government has massively overexaggerated the threat of the virus?

      Many of the anti-lockdown protests in Germany have been organized by the Querdenker (lateral thinkers) movement, with authorities responding by characterizing the collective as a violent extremist group.

      As we previously highlighted, Germany’s domestic BfV spy agency is monitoring anti-lockdown protesters, claiming they are potentially involved in a plot to subvert the country.

      “Authorities fear that far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who either deny the existence of Covid or downplay its threat to public health are exploiting lockdown frustrations to stir anger against politicians and state institutions five months before a general election,” reported Reuters.

      Maybe members of the Querdenker movement all end up in detainment camps that have been set up to incarcerate persistent COVID-19 rulebreakers.

      Because as anyone knows, German authorities putting dissidents in camps having treated them as second class citizens who don’t deserve basic rights always ends well.

    • al jazeera – Pledges to boost COVID vaccine manufacturing in G7 meeting

      Foreign ministers from the world’s wealthiest industrialised countries agree to provide financial support to the UN-backed COVAX vaccination scheme.

      Foreign ministers from the world’s wealthiest industrialised countries have pledged to boost the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines.

      They also agreed to provide financial support to the United Nations-backed COVAX vaccination scheme.

    • ctv news – ‘She deserved more’: Alberta reports first death linked to AstraZeneca

      The daughter of a 52-year-old woman who died from a rare blood clot says her mother’s warning signs were ignored at the emergency room.

    • global news – Frustrations arise over Alberta’s toughest COVID-19 restrictions since pandemic began

      The government said fines will double from $1,000 to $2,000 for those found to be breaking COVID-19 restrictions.

      “Action must be taken and action is being taken,” Justice Minister Kaycee Madu said Wednesday morning.

      “We need concrete action to address the ongoing and escalating threat to public health and the strain on our healthcare system being imposed by those who continue to defy our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

      • sky news Australia – TGA confirms five new cases of blood clots linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

        The TGA and health authorities are cautioning Australians not to be alarmed over the “very rare” risk of the side effect.

    • Deutsche PRAVDA – Canada authorizes coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12 to 15

      Vaccinations save children’s lives.

    • CBC – Safe to vaccinate kids, helps protect community, expert says

      Not only is it safe to vaccinate young people against COVID-19, but it’s also a necessary step towards lifting public health restrictions, says Dr. Cora Constantinescu of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

    • CBC – Alberta promises more enforcement of public health rules

      Alberta promised more crackdowns and higher fines for people flouting public health rules as the premier warns the province’s intensive care units could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 within a month.

    • the rebel – “These are not temporary measures:” John Carpay gives powerful speech on lockdowns

      The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms president John Carpay, gave a powerful speech about lockdowns and the implication on the freedoms of all Canadians.

    • city news Toronto – This Is Our Shot campaign aims to fight vaccine hesitancy in Canada

      The ‘This Is Our Shot’ campaign is being backed by doctors and celebrities from across the country.

      Dilshad Burman with how the movement is helping to battle vaccine hesitancy in the country.

      + comments on the YT page

    • California mayor offers scholarship raffle for vaccinated teens

      The mayor of Lancaster, California, is offering a raffle for scholarships, including a grand prize of $10,000, for teens who get the COVID-19 vaccine.

      The raffle is the city’s effort to combat vaccine hesitancy among young people as the state reports declining vaccinations

      So far 15.8% of 16 to 29-year-olds have received at least one dose of the vaccine,

      […]”Teens can increase their chances of winning by getting unvaccinated friends to get the shot and alert medical staff to say they’re voting for the person who referred them, KABC reported. The person with the most referrals will win the top prize.

    • CBC – Will you need a vaccine passport to travel?

      Chief Science Adviser Mona Nemer tells Power & Politics a standardized proof of vaccination for international and domestic travel would be the best approach to travelling.


    People who are to be forcibly deported can stop their own deportation by refusing to take covid tests.

    For entry into most recipient countries, a negative PCR test is required and according to Swedish law, the test must be done voluntarily.

    “Those who do not want to go home do not get themselves tested,” says Mikael Holmgren, acting head of the Border Police Section in Region West, where they have several cases every week.

  14. Kansas Legislature Rallies Around Election Integrity Reforms, Overrides Democratic Governor’s Veto
    Tim Pearce
    4-5 minutes

    The Kansas Legislature voted to override Democratic Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of a couple of election reform bills Monday.

    Inspired by controversies from the 2020 election, the bills aimed to prevent similar fights from taking place in future elections. Kelly vetoed the bills last month claiming that the legislation was “designed to disenfranchise Kansans,” according to the Kansas City Star.

    Republican state Sen. Caryn Tyson rejected the governor’s characterization of the bills and said the new legislation would secure “voter accuracy” in later elections: “Every single vote matters and the accuracy matters. This bill is not about voter suppression it is about voter accuracy and making sure every legal vote counts.”

  15. Bill Passes Tennessee State House Prohibiting Critical Race Theory In Public Schools
    Chrissy Clark
    4 minutes

    On Wednesday, the Tennessee State House voted to ban critical race theory — the theory that teaches people that America is irredeemably rooted in racism — from public schools.

    According to City Journal’s Christopher Rufo, “The legislation, which moves to the Senate, would prohibit schools from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and state-sanctioned racism.”

    The bill prohibits K-12 institutions from stoking racial divides by forcing certain children to view themselves as “oppressors” while others are viewed as “oppressed” merely because of their skin color.

    Teachers can no longer tell an individual “by

  16. Wokeness Has Come for Adoption. It’s the Children Who Will Suffer | Opinion
    Naomi Schaefer Riley
    6-8 minutes

    In a startling new report, Bethany Christian Services, one of the largest adoption agencies in the country, announced that allowing white families to adopt Black children from the foster care system “can cause a lot of harm to children of color.” As a result, the agency favors “overhauling” the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, which bars racial discrimination in placing a child into an adoptive family. As part of its “long journey toward becoming an anti-racist organization,” Bethany’s leaders now believe a child’s race should be considered “as part of the best interest determination for child placement.”

    How the agency arrived at this backward view—that determining the most welcoming, stable and potentially permanent home for a child should involve matching their skin color with that of the adults involved—is worth understanding both because it bodes ill for the tens of thousands of children of all races who need permanent homes and because it demonstrates just how quickly our understanding of discrimination has shifted in recent years.

  17. Wisconsin dairy farmer says Biden administration COVID relief plan is racist
    Keith Griffith, Associated
    6-7 minutes

    A dairy farmer in Wisconsin who is physically disabled has sued the Biden administration over a COVID relief program that excludes white farmers, arguing the program is racist.

    Adam Faust, who runs a herd of 140 Holsteins on his family farm in Chilton, joined other plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed last week in Green Bay, alleging the loan forgiveness program illegally discriminates against them.

    At issue is a $4 billion program tucked into the Biden administration’s COVID-19 stimulus plan that forgives loans for farmers and ranchers who are black, native American, Hispanic, or Asian — but not those who are white.

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