Reader’s Links for December 16, 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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      • ~LoL~
        Shofar – really tough instrument.

        One of the counselors at camp used to practice for months before the High Holy Days. Every morning we’d hear him from quite a distance – way down a hill, across the river.

        Not quite wake us up, just there, at the transition from sleep to fully awake. _woke_

        By the end of the summer he was great. When that unique High Holy Days sequence is done right, it taps something primal, something in your lizard brain.

  1. Restrictions for thee but not for me:

    Royals break Covid rules: Too many guests at Amalia’s birthday party
    https://nltimes.nl/2021/12/16/royals-break-covid-rules-many-guests-amalias-birthday-party
    Princess Amalia celebrated her 18th birthday in the Huis ten Bosch Palace garden on Saturday, and there were more people present than the maximum of four people allowed under the coronavirus rules. A spokesperson for government information service RVD confirmed this after a report by De Telegraaf.
    It is not clear exactly how many guests were involved. Sources told De Telegraaf there were dozens of guests. In a letter to parliament, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that 21 guests were invited and “not all came.” “The King has informed me that, on reflection, it was not good to organize it in this way,” Rutte said in the letter. “I think that’s a sensible response.”
    The RVD and Rutte emphasized that all guests had been vaccinated and had taken a coronavirus test. “They also observed an appropriate distance. The family was convinced that they responsibly handled the coronavirus advice with this gathering outside and all the precautions taken.”
    The information service and Prime Minister said that Amalia’s 18th birthday is “an important moment in her life.” Most of the Princess of Oranje’s birthday festivities were canceled due to the coronavirus measures. Some things had been “planned at home,” but those were canceled “well before the birthday.” On Saturday, the party was organized “at the last minute” in the palace garden.
    Several politicians criticized the crown princess’s party. Parliamentarian Eva van Esch (PvdD) believes that all 18-year-olds must adhere to the measures, including Amalia. “If we make exceptions for the royal family, all our measures can go overboard.” BBB leader Caroline van der Plas understands that Amalia wanted to celebrate her birthday. “But a lot of birthdays are postponed.” She finds the royal family “human, but not aware enough of their exemplary role.” CrhistenUnie MP Mirjam Bikker said that the same rules apply to everyone.
    This is not the first time that the Oranjes struggled to respect the coronavirus advice of the caretaker Cabinet. Previously, the Royal family failed to maintain social distancing during a trip to Greece, and Willem-Alexander visited a working-class neighborhood during a match of the Dutch national team. Here too, no distance was kept.
    The royal family also came under fire last October after an attempted vacation to Greece just days after the Netherlands entered a partial lockdown because of the escalating coronavirus crisis. The King later delivered a video message to the public where he expressed his regret over the incident.

  2. Activist files terrorism allegations against Covid denier
    https://nltimes.nl/2021/12/16/activist-files-terrorism-allegations-covid-denier
    Activist Norbert Dikkeboom filed charges of incitement, fraud, medical misinformation, and making statements with a terrorist intent against Willem Engel, the leader of the anti-coronavirus group Viruswaarheid. Over 22,000 people joined the case and filed complaints against Engel, NOS reports.
    According to Dikkeboom, Engel made statements intended to instill fear and destabilize political and social structures. He sees that as terrorism. Engel is guilty of this almost every day by portraying the government as a “regime” and by remarking that politicians should be condemned “and so on” for what they do during this period, Dikkeboom said.
    Dikkeboom disagrees with people who say Engel should just be ignored. “He repeats his remarks and statements, which are generally lies, so often that there is a large group of people in the Netherlands who think: if he says it so often, there must be a grain of truth in it,” he said to NOS. And that can be dangerous, Dikkeboom said, referring to Engel’s recommendations on medicine to take for Covid-19. “Maybe there’s the time you need to intervene.”
    Engel also filed charges against Dikkeboom, accusing him of libel, slander, and hate speech.
    Criminal defense attorney Luuk Arends told NOS that it would be challenging to prosecute Engel based on these charges. “For incitement, you must incite a criminal offense or violent action, and that seems difficult to prove here.” Engel will likely invoke freedom of speech, which he said is hard to argue against.
    Engel will appear in court next week on incitement charges based on a Facebook post in October last year. He wrote: “Yes, then we might have to put police officers under citizens’ arrest because they are holding us hostage.” According to the Public Prosecution Service, that is incitement against public authorities.

  3. Top privacy violators in the Netherlands:

    Health, Justice Ministers win Big Brother Award for privacy violations
    https://nltimes.nl/2021/12/13/health-justice-ministers-win-big-brother-award-privacy-violations
    Caretaker Ministers Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) and Ferdinand Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) have the dubious honor of winning the Big Brother Award this year. Every year, civil rights organization Bits of Freedom presents these awards to “the biggest privacy violators in the Netherlands.”
    De Jonge received the Audience Award with a large majority of the votes for introducing the coronavirus access pass. According to Bits of Freedom, that measure is “insufficiently motivated.” The civil rights organization applauds the fact that the Cabinet has postponed the introduction of the 2G policy, in which a negative test is no longer sufficient to get a QR code for your access pass.
    Grapperhaus received an oeuvre prize from the professional jury “for a whole series of missteps” by his Ministry. “It is not often that we present a Lifetime Achievement Award, but this Ministry has made us so furious that we and our jury of experts saw no other option,” said Bits of Freedom director Evelyn Austin. “For example, caretaker Minister Grapperhaus secretly turned the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) into a new secret service, the police under his supervision break the law time and again, and our Minister for Legal Protection seems to have disappeared completely without a trace.”
    Grapperhaus personally received his award. Minister De Jonge was too busy to be there in person.

  4. Five municipalities ordered to take in asylum seekers
    https://nltimes.nl/2021/12/12/five-municipalities-ordered-take-asylum-seekers
    Discussions are ongoing between the Ministry of Justice and municipalities about the compulsory reception of asylum seekers in five municipalities. According to insiders, the process is still ongoing. It should be officially announced in the upcoming week which municipalities will be designated.
    According to the NOS, on Saturday, State Secretary of Justice Ankie Broekers Knol called the Gorinchem Mayor Reinie Melissant to inform her the municipality will receive instructions to provide shelter. Melissant said she did not think it was fair that the municipality was chosen. “We are already doing a lot. Give the order to the hundreds of municipalities that are doing nothing,” Melissant said to NOS.
    Broekers reported to the Tweede Kamer on Friday that she is taking harder measures to arrange reception places for at least 2,000 asylum seekers in December. “The procedure followed so far is no longer sufficient. This means that measures must be taken that guarantee extra reception places,” the minister of Asylum wrote.
    Until now, it was unclear whether municipalities will be obliged to create shelters, but any indications are being discussed. Earlier, Broekers-Knol called this “very undesirable.” Until now, she has repeatedly appealed to municipalities for extra asylum reception, but they could choose whether they wanted to comply.
    A spokesperson for the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers did want to confirm which municipalities will be designated. More information is expected next week.

  5. Gov’t forcing Rotterdam, three other cities to house more asylum seekers
    https://nltimes.nl/2021/12/14/govt-forcing-rotterdam-three-cities-house-asylum-seekers
    The municipalities of Enschede, Gorinchem, Venray, and the greater Rotterdam region are obliged to accept more asylum seekers. The Cabinet has decided to designate these specific locations because of the continuing influx of people seeking asylum in the Netherlands, Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren and State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol wrote to the Tweede Kamer. By the end of the year, these cities must create at least 2,000 spaces to urgently accommodate the reception of asylum seekers.
    Recently, attempts have been made to encourage municipalities to come up with more places themselves, but that has not been successful enough to tackle the current crisis, the Cabinet members said. That is why this step is now being taken at the national level. It “cannot be ruled out that other municipalities will also be given instructions in the near future,” the ministers wrote.
    The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) will now work with the designated municipalities to determine what these facilities will include and to identify the exact start date.
    The COA is also starting to renovate an Alkmaar building belonging to the national government’s real estate agency so that it can also be used for asylum reception, should this be necessary at a later date.
    Acute emergency shelters are shelters that are set up for a duration of at least a few months. It is “a last resort to prevent the deployment of crisis emergency care,” according to Ollongren and Broekers-Knol. Such a deployment leads to housing asylum seekers in sports halls filled with camping beds, and possibly moving them from location to location every week.
    “Given the current shortage of reception places, there is a good chance that asylum seekers” would have to move every week for a longer period of time. “This is a very undesirable situation for municipalities, residents, and asylum seekers that does not offer stability.”
    The ministers acknowledge “that this is a far-reaching step, also in administrative cooperation. The current emergency situation makes this necessary, but it does not make it any easier. We will do everything we can to shape and support this as best as possible.”

  6. From the Facebook page of Mazin Abdul-Adhim, the man from Iraq, now living in London, Ontario. The ungrateful, hate filled Muslim, the Canadian leader of the terrorist group Hibz ut-Tharir.

    “People don’t simply change on their own. Most people, if not all, need a push—often many pushes and shoves — in the right direction.

    This is why being a da’wa carrier is intrinsic part of the character of a Muslim. The one who designed us to need to be pushed is the One who instructed us to push.

    Sounds like Justine Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland, Geubault, Carney, Klaus Schwab, Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Bill Gates, George Soros, Barack Obama, Hillary the cackler, Harris the hyena……………

  7. 3 Justine Trudeau

    Between his gasp, gasp, it appears to me , this feckless, little traitor, has a hard time keeping a straight face.

    I am sure his profound statement “I understand this sucks”, will certainly heighten his International standing in the world, such a great statesman!

    The health care system is overwhelmed by all last year’s heroes being fired because they would not comply with the little dictator.

    OMG the sky is still up there! But if you are not full of fear, you should be, it may fall by tomorrow.

    The plague is the traitor or is it the traitor is the plague?

  8. Google To Fire All Unvaccinated Employees

    Google told its employees that they would lose pay and eventually their jobs if they did not abide by the company’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC.

    Employees had until Dec. 3 to state their vaccination status to the company and upload the required documentation or to apply for a medical or religious exemption, according to the memo, CNBC reported.

    Those employees who did not comply with the company’s policy by the Jan. 18 deadline would reportedly be placed on “paid administrative leave” for 30 days, according to the memo. Workers who do not meet the company’s requirements after the 30 days of paid leave would be placed on “unpaid personal leave” for up to 6 months.

    Employees who still refuse to seek out a vaccine after the six-month deadline would be fired, CNBC reported.

    “We expect that almost all roles at Google in the US will fall within the scope of the executive order,” the memo said, according to CNBC. “Anyone entering a Google building must be fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation that allows them to work or come onsite,” the memo said, adding that “frequent testing is not a valid alternative to vaccination.”

    Google chief executive Sundar Pichai announced in July that the tech giant would require vaccines for all those returning to the office, according to CNBC. Google reportedly planned on opening its offices in January, but in early December, executives told employees they could temporarily stay remote.

    Google is just one among many large companies recently deciding to enforce strict COVID-19 rules.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced Tuesday that all unvaccinated employees of its Manhattan offices have to work remotely, citing growing COVID-19 cases and fairness to vaccinated employees, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

    Meanwhile, supermarket giant Kroger said Tuesday that it will eliminate paid emergency leave for unvaccinated workers who have COVID-19 in addition to requiring some to pay a monthly $50 health insurance surcharge starting in 2022.

    https://dailycaller.com/2021/12/15/google-covid-19-vaccine-fire-employees-administrative-personal-leave/

    https://dailycaller.com/2021/12/15/google-covid-19-vaccine-fire-employees-administrative-personal-leave/

  9. COVID-19 reading list – a lot of these titles are $2.99 for kindle on Amazon:

    COVID-19 and the Global Predators: We are the Prey
    Peter and Ginger Breggin

    Is COVID-19 a Bioweapon?
    Dr. Richard Fleming

    The Truth about COVID-19
    Dr. Joseph Mercola

    The Case Against Masks
    Dr. Judy A. Mikovits

    Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and Lockdowns
    Alex Berenson

    Pandemia – How Coronavirus Hysteria Took Over Our Government and Our Lives
    Alex Berenson

    The Real Anthony Fauci
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

  10. DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Should COVID-19 vaccination be mandatory?

    Austria will be the first European country to introduce a general vaccine mandate.

      • The Doctor from South Africa, Sharkara Chetty said “We are entering a pandemic of the vaccinated.”

        Now they are getting sick surprise, surprise – so now to fix themselves they will get more poison injected into their bodies.

        • Dr Shankara Chetty is a legend.I wish he lived where I live so I could be one of his patients.If only very doctor were as good ,we wouldn’t be in this mess.

      • And we the people have still not insisted CBC the propaganda broadcasting corporation be defunded.

        FEAR , FEAR, FEAR inject, inject more, and then inject some more. The new world order NEEDS the world population to decrease down to 500,000 million.

    • sky news UK – Professor Chris Whitty: ‘Antibodies may not protect from Omicron variant’

      England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty says people should prioritise what they want to do this Christmas and avoid excess outings.

      Professor Whitty was giving evidence to the Commons Health and Social Care Committee about booster and vaccine efficacy, restrictions and the impact on the NHS.

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      nkkka82 40 minutes ago :

      Virus gave up but not big farma

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      • DAILY MAIL – Prepare for another 18 MONTHS of Covid chaos: Professor Chris Whitty warns variant-busting jab that frees Britain from endless cycle of restrictions won’t be ready until mid-2023 at the earliest… but insists UK’s position WILL get better with every wave

        Chief medical officer said he expects universal jab to be ready at some point in mid-2023 as well as new drugs

        But he admitted that in the meantime, ministers will have to rely on restrictions to combat jab-resistant strains

        Whitty’s 18-month timeline is more optimistic than No10’s scientists, who warn of Covid misery for 5+ years

        […]Vaccine makers have been quietly working on as polyvalent Covid jabs, designed to immunise against multiple strains, but they are all in early development and way off clinical trials.

        […]During the session, the CMO revealed the UK was currently in a ‘transition period’ with vaccines that are highly-effective but tailored to the original virus, and are being weakened with every new variant.

        […]Professor Whitty is also holding out hope that Plan B and the booster programme will be enough to prevent more severe measures this winter, though he admitted there were still key unknowns about Omicron, including how well vaccines will work and how severe it is.

        […]Data on boosters will take longer because South Africa is not rolling them out widely yet and UK scientists say they need 250 Omicron patients in hospital before they can make vaccine efficacy estimates.

        […]But he said it’s possible that three vaccine doses offer more protection from severe illness caused by Omicron than two jabs offer against becoming seriously unwell from Delta.

        […]Professor Whitty warned that even if current boosters do hold back Omicron to a large extent, a lot of people across the whole economy will still ‘simultaneously fall ill’ and have to isolate, creating a de facto lockdown.

        […]In a worst-case scenario, 22 per cent of over-65s would be hospitalised with the virus — the same proportion seen during the Alpha wave last winter, before the vaccines were rolled out, Professor Whitty said.

        more:

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10313513/Prepare-18-MONTHS-Covid-chaos-says-Chris-Whitty.html
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        DAILY MAIL – Have you got the sniffles, a headache or fatigue?
        You’ve probably got Omicron: How Covid’s symptoms have become milder SINCE VIRUS FIRST HIT DUE TO SUCCESS OF VACCINES .

        Latest data show Omicron has cold-like signs, like a runny nose, or a headache

        Expert say Brits should keep watch out for these and not classic Covid symptoms

        Covid symptoms have changed over pandemic and jabs may be playing a role

        An analysis of cases in London, where Omicron is growing most rapidly, reported the most common signs of the virus between December 3 and 10 were a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, and a sore throat.

        None of these are the classic signs of the virus that Britons are warned to watch for — a new continuous cough, high temperature or change/loss of their sense of taste and smell.

        […]The Omicron variant multiplies 70 times faster than Delta in the airways, according to a study which may explain why the mutant virus is spreading at a ferocious pace.

        Hong Kong University researchers also found the new variant replicates 10 times slower in the lungs than its predecessor.

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10316663/Have-got-sniffles-headache-stomach-pains-Youve-probably-got-Omicron.html

    • CBC – What masks are most effective against Omicron?

      Andrew Chang finds out what researchers have learned about cloth, surgical and N95-style masks and the protection they offer against the Omicron variant.

    • sky news UK – WHO: Today is the start of an “extraordinary acceleration” of COVID

      Dr David Nabarro, Special Envoy on COVID-19 for the World Health Organisation, has told Sky News he’s concerned people are thinking Omicron is mild.

      He added that the new variant is going to cause a “serious problem” and described the situation as “unprecedented” and that there are two pandemics – from Delta and Omicron.

    • the sun – Omicron ‘most significant threat’ since pandemic started

      THE NHS could be in “serious peril” and overwhelmed within weeks due to Omicron spreading like wildfire in the UK, experts warn.

      Doctor Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency said the UK could face ‘staggering’ numbers and faces the ‘most significant threat’ since the pandemic began.

      Though uncertainties remain over the impact of the virus strain, there is a possibility that the wave will soar past January’s peak.

      Covid case rates are not far behind the level seen at the start of the year, but severe illness is currently far lower, with 800 admissions and 120 deaths a day.

      Prof Graham Medley, a member of the Government’s scientific advisory panel Sage, said: “We’re probably now at the level that we have been at the past, sort of back in January, and it does look as though it’s going to continue beyond that and go over it.”

    • twitter @disclosetv

      Several triple-vaccinated staffers infected with COVID19 following BuzzFeed’s Holiday party in NYC – with mask rules & vaccination cards entry.

      https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1471574663490940937

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      BuzzFeed NYC Holiday Party Becomes a Covid Superspreader Event, Several Employees Infected: Insider

      Several BuzzFeed staffers have been infected with Covid-19 following the company’s Holiday party in Manhattan last week, according to a report from Insider.

      Three BuzzFeed employees who tested positive following the party told Insider that they were vaccinated and received their booster shots prior to contracting Covid-19 at the event, and are experiencing mild symptoms.

      BuzzFeed has reportedly strengthened Covid-19 protocols following the party and amid a surge of cases in New York City, including putting a temporary freeze on group meetings over six people, requiring masks in the office until further notice, and freezing all non-essential business travel until the new year.

      The company is also conducting contact tracing, as well as offering free testing for close contacts.

      The party, held on Dec. 10 at the Starrett-Lehigh building in Manhattan, was attended by employees from BuzzFeed’s New York and Washington offices, in addition to employees from HuffPost, which BuzzFeed acquired last year.

      One of the positive staffers told Insider that they became aware that they had been exposed after BuzzFeed’s in-house contact tracing team notified them that they had been in contact with a positive case.

      “The communication referenced that the contact might have been at BuzzFeed’s New York office, the holiday party, or at a group gathering in Los Angeles the prior weekend,” added Insider’s Steven Perlberg. “Another of the COVID-positive employees estimated that there were about 10 cases they knew of. This staffer said they were aware of five or six other staffers who currently feel sick and are awaiting test results.”

      BuzzFeed’s head of global real estate, office services, and security, reportedly sent an email to employees on Thursday, writing, “With COVID positive cases rising across the US, we now have a number of known full-time and freelance employees who have tested positive in recent days.”

      The email went on to say that staffers who had close contact with a positive case were able to take a same-day PCR test at the BuzzFeed offices in New York or Los Angeles, while those not located near an office could get the cost of their tests reimbursed by the company.

      “BuzzFeed requires vaccinations for staffers, and partygoers had to present their vaccination cards to get into the event,” Perlberg reported, noting that CEO Jonah Peretti was in attendance. “Two days before the party, BuzzFeed updated its rules to require masks ‘unless you are actively eating or drinking.’”

      https://www.mediaite.com/entertainment/buzzfeed-nyc-holiday-party-becomes-a-covid-superspreader-event-several-employees-infected-insider/

    • Pro Biker Tells Personal Story of Serious Vaccine-Related Injury | The Megyn Kelly Show

      Megyn Kelly is joined by Kyle Warner to share his personal story of his serious vaccine-related injury, media portrayal of the vaccines, and more.

    • Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel: Omicron and mRNA Tech

      As the world faces Omicron and other potential COVID-19 variants, many are asking, are we stuck with COVID forever?

      In this special episode of Exceptional Leaders / Exceptional Ideas, Matthew Harrison, Equity Analyst covering Biotechnology, sits down with Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, to discuss what it was like during the most trying periods of vaccine development, Stéphane’s views on new variants and the possibilities ahead for mRNA technology.

    • Biden warns of illness and death as omicron surges

      Biden predicts a “winter of severe illness and death” for those who are still unvaccinated and implores Americans anew to get their shots and boosters.

    • city news – Quebec changes COVID restrictions

      “In the past few days we’ve seen a significant increase in cases,” says Premier Legault as he changes COVID restrictions ahead of the holidays.

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Why does Germany not have enough vaccine doses?

      It is not the beginning Germany’s new Health Minister Karl Lauterbach would have hoped for.

      A week after taking office, he admitted on Thursday that Germany has a shortage of both BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses and that he is negotiating to buy more vaccines, mainly from Eastern European countries.

      “We want to buy BioNTech from other countries — Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal,” he confirmed.

      He also suggested some of the BioNTech vaccine doses ordered for the second quarter of 2022 could be obtained earlier.

      Lauterbach confirmed that 35 million additional doses of Moderna had been ordered directly from the manufacturer with EU approval.

      On Wednesday, Lauterbach and Finance Minister Christian Lindner announced that Germany would shell out an extra €2.2 billion ($2.48 billion) for vaccine purchases.

      The third “booster shot” will be the “central building block” in the fight against the omicron variant, the health minister told the Thursday press conference, adding, “We need to be very quick.”

      As things stand, 50 million vaccine doses are expected in the first quarter of 2022, but 70 million are needed.

      Lauterbach said he is especially concerned after examining current data from the UK, where cases of the omicron coronavirus variant are believed to be doubling on a near daily basis.

      He stressed that an “offensive booster strategy” is Germany’s best tool in fighting the pandemic.

      Meanwhile, children between the ages of 5 and 11 are now being vaccinated in Germany. It’s a step many parents have long been waiting for.

  11. DAILY MAIL – Boris accused of attending ANOTHER lockdown party: PM ‘joined pizza and wine bash with 20 staff in No10 during in May’… a month after he left hospital following intensive care Covid battle

    The PM accused of attending late-spring celebration in Downing Street gardens

    Mr Johnson said to have rubbed shoulders with up to 20 civil servants on May 15

    Indoor socialising banned and outdoor mixing limited to two households at time

    Staffers had planned the boozy event ‘in advance’, according to sources there

    Mr Johnson had left the ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital, London just a month earlier

    […]But, Mr Johnson is alleged to have attended a celebratory event, categorised as a party by those in attendances, that breaced his own Government’s restrictions just a month later on May 15.

    […]Days earlier, on May 10, Mr Johnson warned that fines for those breaching social distancing restrictions would be increasing.

    At the time, the indoor mixing of multiple households was banned, and only two separate households were eligible to mix outdoors.

    […]Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ staffers threw an ‘illegal’ Whitehall office party on the same day that London was placed into Tier 3 restrictions.

    […]Downing Street staff are accused of holding four gatherings that may have broken lockdown rules last year – including one gathering on November 13 in the Prime Minister’s Downing Street flat attended by his wife Carrie.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10318177/Boris-Johnson-accused-attending-lockdown-busting-party-2020-Covid-battle.html

  12. twitter @patrickbrownont

    We can’t allow the defense of the Charter & the foundational value of religious freedom to be on the backs of racialized communities against a provincial gov’t with unlimited legal resources.

    If Canada’s big Cities can fund the #Bill21 challenge then we level the playing field.

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    https://twitter.com/patrickbrownont/status/1471148509751615509

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    TORONTO STAR – Cities should meet Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown’s challenge and oppose Bill 21

    ‘It’s been left up to a municipal politician, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, to step up and launch a campaign to help finance a crucial legal challenge to Bill 21.’

    Finally, some political leadership in the fight against Bill 21, the noxious Quebec law that bars people who wear religious symbols like hijabs and turbans from a range of jobs in public institutions.

    […]Brown is calling on mayors and cities across the country, 100 of them in all, to join with his city in making sure the legal challenge is fully funded.

    […]But that was all a bit abstract until Anvari was forced out of her classroom. Now we can see what kind of impact Bill 21 can have on a young, popular teacher whose own community has rallied around her.

    […]It will cost an estimated $3 million to take it all the way to the Supreme Court, and Brown is calling on cities to cover a shortfall of $1.9 million in funding.

    https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2021/12/15/cities-should-meet-brampton-mayor-patrick-browns-challenge-and-oppose-bill-21.html
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    CBC – Brampton calls on cities across Canada to ‘join the fight’ against Quebec’s Bill 21

    Local residents, organizations applaud action; Calgary’s mayor to bring urgent motion in support

    […]”We stand united in protecting racialized communities against discrimination,” Gondek wrote.

    Leaders will ‘have to answer for which side of history they were on’

    […]Last week, a teacher in Chelsea, Que., Fatemeh Anvari, was reassigned from her job as a teacher to a position outside the classroom because she wore a headscarf.

    Shortly after, Quebec’s premier Francois Legault said the teacher shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. That prompted backlash from communities across the country.

    www(dot)cbc(dot)ca/news/canada/toronto/brampton-mayor-quebec-bill-21-1.6287278

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    Calgary will look at helping fund legal challenge to Quebec’s Bill 21

    ‘As municipalities, we are banding together to send a clear message that a bill like this is unacceptable in our country’

    City council in Brampton has agreed to put up to $100,000 toward the fund to fight Bill 21 in court, with Brown saying cities can help make sure the fight isn’t “shouldered solely by religious and racialized minorities in Canada.”

    […]

    https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/we-cant-let-this-keep-happening-calgary-will-look-at-helping-fund-legal-challenge-to-quebecs-bill-21

  13. Iranian Paper Publishes ‘Map of Israeli Targets’

    “An intensification of Israeli military threats against Iran seems to suggest that the Zionist regime has forgotten that Iran is more than capable of hitting them from anywhere,” began an article published Tuesday in the Tehran Times, a newspaper identified with the Iranian regime.

    The article ran under the headline “Just One Wrong Move!” and featured a “map of Israeli targets,” which showed nearly every populated community in the country labeled with a red dot.

    The article discussed recent reports in Israeli media that strikes against Syria’s chemical weapons facilities in March 2020 and June 2021 were “a direct message” to the Islamic Republic, as well as reports that Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi wanted to increase the number of permanent Israeli Air Force bases….

    The article quoted the head of the Iranian military, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Bagheri, as saying that Iran “never underestimates” threats from an enemy.

    “Despite our confidence in the deterrence situation … We are prepared for the smallest of threats in the strategic field….
    https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/12/15/iranian-paper-publishes-map-of-israeli-targets/
    …………
    Tehran Times threatens Israel with map of targets

    ‘The Iranians are basically saying with this article… we are able to hit any point in Israel’

    Iran-based newspaper The Tehran Times published a cover story on Wednesday morning with a direct threat to Israel, including a so-called “target map” portraying a list of sites in the Jewish state.

    The article quotes recent reports in Israel about the alleged strike in Syria against chemical weapon facilities, which the Iranian regime appears to see as a direct warning.

    ‘The Iranians are basically saying with this article… we are able to hit any point in Israel’

    Iran-based newspaper The Tehran Times published a cover story on Wednesday morning with a direct threat to Israel, including a so-called “target map” portraying a list of sites in the Jewish state.

    The article quotes recent reports in Israel about the alleged strike in Syria against chemical weapon facilities, which the Iranian regime appears to see as a direct warning.

  14. Citing Anti-Jewish, Anti-Christian and Homophobic Hate Sermons, French Interior Minister Orders Closure of ‘Islamist’ Mosque

    Local tards are shocked - SHOCKED !!

    Samim Bolaky, a lawyer for the mosque, told the paper that the sermons of Imam Islem, who presides at the Beauvais mosque, had been “taken out of context… reported facts dating back more than 1,400 years, in particular on the first two main wars in the history of Islam…. [without] the delicacy to speak in the past tense…”

    Asked about the charge that Islem incited against the LGBTQ community, Bolaky replied that “the imam only gives the point of view of religion to a question that was put to him. This question was: Is homosexuality allowed in religion?”
    […]
    The interior minister’s move came as campaigning for France’s presidential election next year shifted into higher gear. With immigration and French identity crystallizing as key issues in the campaign, the field already includes two far-right candidates – Marine Le Pen of the National Rally (RN) and independent candidate Eric Zemmour — who have pledged to crack down on radicalism among France’s Muslim population of more than five million.

    Since 2013, there have been 293 deaths resulting from 50 attacks in France by Islamist terrorists, according to research conducted by Fondapol, a Paris-based think-tank.

    https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/12/14/citing-anti-jewish-anti-christian-and-homophobic-hate-sermons-french-interior-minister-orders-closure-of-islamist-mosque/

  15. 2nd-Temple-period synagogue found where Gospel’s Mary Magdalene was born

    A 2,000-year-old synagogue was discovered in the ancient Jewish settlement of Migdal in Galilee, the second synagogue from the Second Temple Period uncovered in the town, also known as Magdala. The location is prominently featured both in the Jewish-Roman historian Flavius Josephus’ writings, and as the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in the Gospels.

    “The discovery of a second synagogue in this Galilean settlement casts light on the social and religious lives of the Jews in the area in this period, and reflects a need for a dedicated building for Torah reading and study and for social gatherings,” said Dina Avshalom-Gorni, one of the directors of the excavations.

    “We can imagine Mary Magdalene and her family coming to the synagogue here, along with other residents of Migdal, to participate in religious and communal events.”

    According to the Gospels, Mary Magdalene – also known as Mary from Magdala – was one of the women who traveled with Jesus and witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection.

    In the first century CE, Migdal was also the main base of Yosef ben Matityahu (Flavius Josephus), who served as commander of the rebellion against the Romans in Galilee before he surrendered to them and eventually obtained Roman citizenship.

    https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2nd-temple-period-synagogue-found-where-gospels-mary-magdalene-was-born-688519

  16. Israeli Military Leaders: Biden Nuclear Deal Poses ‘Significant Threat to Israel’s Security’

    A group of nearly 3,000 Israeli military leaders, soldiers, commanders, and intelligence officials are warning the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress that a new nuclear deal with Iran poses “a significant threat to Israel’s security.”

    These leaders, who organized under the umbrella group Israel’s Defense and Security Forum (IDSF), raise concerns that the United States will sign a deal that gives Iran the cash assets needed to fund terrorism and put it on a glide path to a nuclear weapon that will be used to destroy the Jewish state…

    The 2015 nuclear accord “is fatally flawed and represents a significant threat to Israel’s security.…

    “Returning to this expired and flawed agreement would be a grave mistake.” Iran’s only goal, they say, is to create a “nuclear umbrella under which Tehran can dominate the region.”

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/israeli-military-leaders-biden-nuclear-deal-poses-significant-threat-to-israels-security/

    Note: Especially strong given that Israeli military professionals are largely LEFT of the political center.
    …………..
    Jonathan S. Tobin:
    Gantz was warning Washington, not Tehran

    Talk about preparations for a strike on Iran is aimed at restraining American appeasement, though the tactic may not stop back channel nuclear talks that could render Israeli protests moot.

    It is a classic case of good news and bad news. The good news refers to reports that the United States appears to be backing off on its plans to reopen the Jerusalem consulate to the Palestinians that was shuttered when former President Donald Trump moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital in 2018.

    The bad news is that if that is true, it may be more a function of the Americans realizing that it’s not in their interests to be fighting the Israeli government on two fronts rather than just one.

    Meaning, if President Joe Biden is, at least for now, not going to make good on his promise to the Palestinian Authority to compromise Israeli sovereignty over its capital, it’s because he is preparing for a major fracas with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett over the Iran nuclear threat….

    As the most recent New York Times compendium of leaks from the highly placed sources in the American government shows, the era of good feelings between the Biden administration and Israel’s coalition government may be on thin ice. The shaky alliance of right-, center and left-wing parties has done everything possible to make nice with Biden and his foreign-policy team in the hopes that they could influence US attitudes towards Iran….

    If, as the Times reports, the Israelis fear that the United States is currently conducting secret back-channel diplomatic discussions with Iran that will lead to renewed public negotiations, whose outcome will be a pre-ordained surrender of Western interests, then they have good reason to think so.

    That’s what happened nine years ago when President Barack Obama was conducting his successful re-election campaign in 2012. During his foreign-policy debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Obama promised that any nuclear agreement with Iran would mean the end of Tehran’s nuclear program. But he was already planning on ignoring that pledge.

    Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett was conducting backchannel talks with the Iranians and preparing the way for a deal that would contradict Obama’s avowals. By the time new talks had convened in 2013, the Western slide to surrender to Iranian demands was a fait accompli….

    The Israelis know their window for both attempts to influence Biden and/or to take action on their own may be closing….

    At this stage, no one on either side of the alliance knows what the next move on Iran will be. But, if Israel’s all-too-realistic fears about an American secret betrayal prove justified, future protests about Biden’s policies may be a waste of time.

    https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/gantz-was-warning-washington-not-tehran/

    • Iran’s Nukes: This Time the Wolf Is Here

      Iran’s nuclear weapons program is no longer years or even decades away from completion, but on the verge of a real breakout. And its ideological commitment to Israel’s destruction is as intense as ever, buttressed by a far-flung network of deadly missiles, militias, and other military means.

      Iran is closer than ever to a nuclear bomb: probably only weeks away from enough 90% enriched uranium, and a few months away from its crude weaponization. Any “compromise” that leaves Iran with these capabilities guarantees that it will remain a nuclear threshold state.

      Thus, the imperative today is not merely to freeze, but to roll back, at least some of Tehran’s advances from the past two years.

      Still, even if a new deal is achieved, that almost certainly means that Iran will retain much of the material and the know-how needed to break out toward a bomb relatively quickly someday. Once again, a deal would only buy time, without resolving the problem.

      https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/irans-nukes-time-wolf-here

      ……..Depressing……..
      One report after another.
      ……..grim, grim, grim………

  17. Italy to probe claims government enabled 1982 terror attack on Rome synagogue

    An Italian government body that oversees the activities of the country’s intelligence agencies will probe documents published last week that appear to confirm long-held accusations that Italy agreed on a deal not to interfere with Palestinian terror attacks on Jewish targets, including a deadly assault on a Rome synagogue in 1982.

    The documents showed that Italian intelligence had clear information on the planned attack on the synagogue, in which a 2-year-old boy was killed, but did not stop it, and police even reduced security around the house of worship.

    “Thirty-nine years after the terror attack in the synagogue of Rome, the time has come for us to hear the truth,” Enrico Borghi, a member of the Italian Parliamentary Committee for the Security of the Republic (COPASIR) told the La Repubblica newspaper Thursday.

    “A state must fully come to terms with its own history,” Borghi added to the newspaper, as the committee began laying the groundwork ahead of officially probing the recently released documents, Channel 12 news reported, citing Italian media.

    The allegations have been known since 2008, when former Italian prime minister and president Francesco Cossiga told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth that Italy had “sold out its Jews” and signed a deal that gave Palestinian terror groups a “free hand” to operate against Jewish and Israeli targets in Italy in exchange for not attacking other Italian interests.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/italy-to-probe-claims-government-enabled-1982-terror-attack-on-rome-synagogue/

    The Soviets funded and directed terror ops of their creature, the victim-identity “Palestinian”. That’s why they were so “successful”: Not only were they lethal, but they managed to intimidate leaders in what we used to call the free world.

    Lots of fellow-travelers in the West admired the “audacity” of stone-cold killers. Poke Uncle Sam in the eye by targeting his pet: Israel.

  18. Filthy Turk guts the lira.

    Seth Frantzman @sfrantzman
    It’s unfortunate but the goal of the ruling party was to break the middle class and opposition through ruining the currency, just like Hezbollah in Lebanon and the rulers in Iraq ruined their countries to “break” the opposition who were economically successful

    Once gutted then the vacuum is filled with party loyalists and the economy is given over to the rulers, just as was the Venezuela model; the Ankara model is to get the middle class to be poor and then put stranglehold on country as was done to media etc. this is the goal.

    Few people understand the new feudalism is based on this: destroy the middle class, replace it with the new ruling class, get rid of social mobility, politisize everything, gut the media and universities…fill the vacuum with government appointed political loyalists.

    https://twitter.com/sfrantzman/status/1471405776954699779

  19. Hussein Aboubakr Mansour:
    A child’s simple faith

    On Dec. 8, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl stabbed a 26-year-old Jewish woman who was pushing a stroller and walking her children to school.

    Can critical theory and institutional racism help you understand this? Can apartheid and social justice explain it without entangling us in delusional abstractions? Can the raging crime of a 14-year-old be blamed on systematic racism or Israel settlement’s policy?

    https://www.jns.org/opinion/a-childs-simple-faith/

  20. the rebel – SHOCKING: Rebel News journalist ASSAULTED by Trudeau’s bodyguards

    Rebel reporter David Menzies was assaulted by Justin Trudeau’s bodyguards while trying to ask the prime minister questions outside of a public event.

    FULL REPORT from Ezra Levant: https://rebelne.ws/3m6dtY3

  21. the rebel – POLICE STATE: Trudeau’s RCMP bodyguards shut down independent press

    Trudeau’s personal bodyguards physically shut down freedom of the press at a recent event, where Rebel News reporter David Menzies was trying to ask the prime minister questions.

    FULL REPORT from David Menzies: https://rebelne.ws/3247a0i

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