Reader’s Links for December 26, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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  1. We expected this:

    How Activists Are Hardwiring ‘Race Marxism’ Into The Medical Field
    By Daily Caller News Foundation December 25, 2021

    By Laurel Duggan

    Activists in the medical field are urging doctors to prioritize patients on the basis of race to resolve racial disparities in health outcomes.
    Doctors who question this practice or suggest that personal choices drive racial health disparities are punished and silenced.
    The highest institutions of medical research, including organizations in the federal government, are pushing a radical, racist ideological takeover of medicine.

    The Biden administration proposed giving bonus payments to physicians who acknowledge systemic racism as the primary cause of health differences between racial groups and incorporate so-called “anti-racism” into their medical practices.

    The move to pressure healthcare professionals to repeat the claim that racial health disparities are caused by racism and not lifestyle choices is part of a broader, years-long push to hardwire “race Marxism” into the medical field. The effort stretches from medical schools and research institutions to patient care and medical administration, with potentially devastating effects for patients and the healthcare system as a whole.

    “Race Marxism,” analogous to “anti-racism” as popularized by Ibram X. Kendi, seeks to promote equal outcomes across racial groups, as opposed to a “colorblind” approach which favors equal opportunity and does not take race into account.

    Dr. Erica Li, a pediatrician, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that “race Marxism” — a phrase for which she does not take credit — pits “classes” of people against each other on the basis of race, gender or sexuality rather than economic class, as classical Marxism did.

    The ideology’s newfound popularity caused a frenzy in the medical community in 2020 as doctors, researchers, medical schools and other medical institutions sought to infuse “anti-racist” practices into their work.

    Doctors and medical institutions are questioning how they allocate limited resources in crisis situations in light of unequal health outcomes for different racial groups. Specifically, some medical professionals have advocated for prioritizing black and Latino patients on the basis of race when rationing limited, life-saving medical resources.

    When deciding which groups would receive the first vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended prioritizing essential workers over the elderly — despite the elderly facing higher risk of death from COVID-19 — in order to be more racially equitable (the elderly tend to be more white while essential workers tend to be less white, demographically), according to the Los Angeles Times.

    The CDC walked back the suggestions after public outcry, according to Dr. Sally Satel, but Vermont explicitly granted vaccine priority on the basis of race to non-white households before the general public became eligible. The vaccination rate for white residents (33%) had been outpacing that of non-white residents (20%); Republican Governor Phil Scott said this gap was unacceptable at the time.

    Dr. Harald Schmidt of the University of Pennsylvania medical school advocated for updating guidance for rationing ventilators to account for race and other socioeconomic factors in April 2020. He suggested that hospitals use a zip code-based “Area Deprivation Index” to avoid the “legal complications” of explicitly race-based allocation of medical resources. Dr. Schmidt and the University of Pennsylvania medical school did not respond to DCNF’s requests for comment.

    Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston considered a pilot program which would prioritize patients for cardiovascular care explicitly on the basis of race. Described by doctors Michelle Morse and Bram Wispelwey in a March article in Boston Review, the program would have given preferential admissions to black and Latino people for cardiological services to reduce heart health gaps between white and non-white patients.

    Morse and Wispelwey argued that health gaps between different racial groups are driven by racism, and they viewed their plan as a form of racial reparations. The proposal drew from the 2010 proposal titled, “Critical Race Theory, Race Equity, and Public Health: Toward Antiracism Praxis.”

    Brigham publicly distanced itself from Morse and Wispelwey’s article following public outcry, and it released a statement denying that the hospital offered or planned to offer preferential care on the basis of race, repeatedly stating that the pilot program was merely under consideration.

    Brigham’s statement said news stories about the proposal were misleading, but it did not denounce the Boston Review article or its authors or contest the article’s claim in the article that “[racial reparations are] exactly what we have tried to achieve in the design our new pilot initiative at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.” Brigham also did not challenge the authors’ claims that the colorblind approach to medicine was insufficient.

    Mark Murphy, a Brigham spokesman, told the DCNF the final version of the pilot program set to be implemented later this year to address racial health disparities would give “educational notices” to clinicians admitting patients with heart failure to the hospital. The notices would educate employees that black and Latino individuals are historically less likely to be admitted to cardiological services, but they would not restrict clinicians’ individual judgement and decision-making, according to Murphy.

    Murphy told DCNF the Boston Review article was “an opinion piece and reflects the perspective of these two physicians,” but the article’s authors, who work at Brigham, called the pilot program “our pilot program,” a fact Brigham has not disputed. Murphy confirmed that both Morse and Wispelwey helped create the final pilot program going into effect this year.

    More than 1,000 health professionals publicly supported mass protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in June 2020 despite COVID-19 concerns, arguing that racism was a public health threat which superseded the medical community’s social distancing advice. Jennifer Nuzzo of Johns Hopkins argued at the time that “in this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.”

    Three scientists argued that “researchers must name and interrogate structural racism and its sociopolitical consequences as a root cause of the racial health disparities we observe” in the prominent Journal of the American Medical Association in September 2020. Their insistence that researchers ignore the impact of personal choice and environmental factors is part of a broader effort within medicine to erase individual agency and blame all health disparities on systemic racism.

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest funder of biomedical research in the world, has also turned its attention to racial issues. Its plan for ending structural racism in biomedical sciences includes pouring funding into research projects on structural racism and expanding diversity and inclusion programs for NIH administrators.

    The NIH plays a major role in determining what kind of scientific research goes on in the U.S., funding more than $30 billion of biomedical research each year. Its new emphasis on race has driven important research on racial health disparities and their causes. It has also resulted in millions of taxpayer dollars being poured into research which is distinctly ideological rather than scientific.

    The NIH gave $3.4 million to a Tulane researcher in October to develop an app that helps white parents teach “anti-racism,” as opposed to color-blindness, to their children. It also gave $600,000 to a University of Michigan professor to teach “anti-racism” to middle school students, Campus Reform reported.

    A 2020 study on racial disparities in birthing mortality for newborns found that black newborns cared for by black doctors are half as likely to die compared to black babies treated by white physicians. The study failed to note that, in cases of a bad NICU outcome, the department chair or division chief is more likely to be listed as the doctor of record regardless of whether that doctor was ever involved in the care of the newborn. Department chairs and division chiefs are more likely to be white, according to Li.

    “It’s garbage data in, garbage conclusion out … but what the public takes away is that white doctors are killing black babies. How is that going to create trust among our African American patients? I worry they will stop going to the hospital if they get sick,” Li said. (RELATED: Professor Sues UCLA After Refusing To Grade Black Students’ Work Differently)

    Dr. Norman Wang, a program director at the University of Pittsburgh medical school, was removed from his position after publishing a paper which questioned the efficacy of race-based affirmative action.

    Dr. Edward Livingston, an editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), argued on a podcast that socioeconomic factors, not structural racism, held back communities of color. Livingston and the top editor at JAMA both resigned after public outcry, with the latter being suspended for three months before his resignation.

    The Association of American Medical Colleges wrote that leaders in academic medicine “are weaving content and experiences throughout their curricula to significantly boost awareness of social inequities and structural drivers of health” and argued that equity-related “social drivers need to be woven into the very fiber of medical education.”

    Li told the DCNF she is concerned that practices based in “race Marxism” could negatively affect medical education and ultimately patient care by detracting from the limited time medical students have to learn critical scientific information. (RELATED: Professor Resigns In Open Letter Because His College Transformed ‘Into A Social Justice Factory’)

    Doctors are noticing a decline in newly-graduated medical interns, Li explained.

    Li also worries that doctors may be asked in the future to pledge allegiance to “race Marxism” ideology in the maintenance of license process, meaning that doctors who do not comply would risk losing their medical licenses or board certifications. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which controls medical licensing in the U.S., already incorporates diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) content into its continuing certification programs.

    ABMS member boards, which license doctors in specific fields, such as family medicine or pediatrics, collect racial data on candidates and physicians to evaluate certification exams and incorporate the data into “ongoing improvement efforts,” according to the ABMS website. Most of these boards also provide implicit bias training for item writers and examiners and plan to expand these trainings further, the website states.

    ABMS did not respond to the Daily Caller’s requests for comment.

    Dr. Carrie Mendoza, a Chicago-based emergency medicine physician and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, spoke with the DCNF about how new ideas travel from academia into patient care and medical administration using the example of the opioid crisis.

    Doctors use CPT codes, which are owned by the American Medical Association (AMA), to bill insurance and government programs such as Medicare. Since the AMA derives income through doctors’ use of CPT codes, there is an incentive to create more codes, Mendoza explained.

    In the early 2000s, widespread concern that patients’ pain was not being adequately addressed led regulators to require doctors and hospitals to measure pain, introducing the pain scale as the “fifth vital sign,” Mendoza said. Doctors’ improvement of their patients’ pain scores was used to determine whether doctors were “meeting goals,” and it even impacted doctors’ bonuses, according to Mendoza. Doctors were incentivized to prescribe more pain medication, and the AMA’s CPT codes for pain treatment were the structure through which those financial incentives were fulfilled.

    “In emergency medicine we quickly saw that people were getting inappropriate prescriptions for things like ankle sprains and then becoming addicts, then there were diversions and overdoses,” Mendoza explained.

    Mendoza sees a link between the early stages of the opioid crisis and the current popularity of racial essentialism in the medical field. By creating CPT codes for Social Determinants of Health (SDH), a new umbrella term adopted by the medical industry to focus on patients’ education and their experiences with discrimination, poverty and incarceration, among many other factors, the AMA is incentivizing a bureaucracy to focus on issues outside the doctor’s control, Mendoza argued.

    “There’s a parallel here where admission requirements for medical schools and residency are being loosened. When these factors converge, you get into an environment where there can be patient harm,” Mendoza said.

    Mendoza speculated that the government could use data collected through SDH codes to justify its priorities in healthcare. For example, the University of Illinois, citing data on homelessness as a social determinant of health, partnered with the Center for Housing and Health to provide housing for homeless patients.

    The AMA, which develops CPT codes, released a 2021-2023 “strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity” which aims to “understand and operationalize anti-racism equity strategies … develop structures and processes to consistently center the experiences and ideas of historically marginalized … and minoritized (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other people of color) physicians” and “amplify and integrate often ‘invisible-ized’ narratives of historically marginalized physicians and patients in all that AMA does.”

    The American Medical Association did not respond to DCNF’s requests for comment.

  2. Nighthawks knew the score. Yes, they really knew it. Everyone had a different theory as to what set them apart, but the only thing agreed on was that they were somehow different. Many people came and went, but you spotted a Nighthawk if you were sharp.

    Usually a pseudonym was used. Not because criminality was common–though it would be naive to think there were no bad apples–but because they required their autonomy. Night gave cover, “name” gave cover, and each mind spun like a little gyroscope in what seemed like its epic and never-ending battle for independence. And just as the hum and the thrum of New York City was irresistibly atmospheric, the darkness within each individual sought the light of others to fuel the glow within itself. Such was the honest truth of the Nighthawk despite his detesting any such admission. You did not see much more than a glance or an imperceptible nod, but everything registered. If any salient attribute could be gleaned by sitting among these people for the duration of a cup of coffee, it was that they reveled in the murder of the lie. Even when murdered in silence, or by silence. They defied each other like negative magnets in a positive world, in a negative epoch where the polarity of the cosmos, itself, seemed to be reversing.

    “Now wrap your mind around that,” Mr. Fred said pointing up to the television above the cash register. “The President is about to speak and he’s on the other side of the planet while most everyone here is sleeping.”

    Mr. Fred’s neck tie was loosened and his hat was crooked on his head. His right hand raised up like a pistol when he spoke to the t.v., a cigarette stuck in his gun barrel.

    “Alienation is more than just river.” Kulik mumbled without looking up. He rubbed the cup in his hands with a tea towel and placed it on the shelf. He said this expression at least once a day. It came when a customer said something he thought was nonsensical, or unfinished. It was not meant to be insulting or dismissive. It was used like a missing punctuation mark. The only way to connect the disconnected was to add another disconnect specific to that particular disconnect. Strange, perhaps, but it worked for him, at least. Kulik’s hair was cropped short. He was beginning to develope middle-aged jowls. Jowls made a man look either aging or tough. His made him look tough.

    “There’s only one thing he can say at this point,” Mr. Fred said, exhaling a vapour trail of cigarette smoke. There were not more than four or five people in the diner. It was common for wanderers to drift in only to leave five minutes later saying they didn’t like the saturated colours. At table three by the window a man and a women sat. She wore a dress by Chanel and he a well-trimmed, navy-blue suit. His hat sat straight on his head, a cigarette hung from his lips. Her nail polish was a soothing pastel aqua. Her fingers played gently on her coffee cup sitting on the table. He was in love with her but wouldn’t tell her. She was beautiful in the best American way. She had fallen for him, too, and liked their dance just as it was, for now.

    “I stopped writing the day I was married,” he said.
    “When did you start again?”
    “The day my marriage ended.”

    More often Nighthawks spoke past each other into ether unknown. Shooting thoughts like silver arrows waiting to see where they landed. If they landed. Caring not terribly if they did not, for surely there were more on offer.

    “Ladies and gentlemen,” came the t.v. announcer’s voice, “please stand for the President of the United States of America.” Kulik quit washing cups and turned around. He rested one elbow on the counter. His head turned to the door as a beat cop entered the diner. It was raining hard now out in the street. Cold and wet and recalcitrant. He turned back to the television. The black and white image of the President stepping to the podium was crisp. He began to speak without hesitation.

    “People of the world, it is time to end the madness and chaos that has come over our planet. It is time to end the instability and confusion that has so many captured and distraught. It is time for truth no matter the consequences, for only truth can set us free….”

    “Coffee, please,” said the police officer as he sat down on a stool at the counter two spots from Mr. Fred. He shook the rain from his hat. Kulik poured a cup for the cop, barely taking his eyes from the screen. This was the officer’s favourite café. He didn’t know why. It just was.

    “Today I announce the offering to everyone, everywhere, of a therapeutic remedy designed to reverse the toxic effects of the Covid-19 injections. Just as the so-called “vaccines” were introduced under Operation Warp Speed, under my own watch, with all the weight and power of the major pharmaceutical companies, so have we developed what we hope to be a cure for this crime against humanity.”

    The President then turned smartly and walked away from the podium as quickly and assertively as he had appeared.

    “Uh-huh.” said Mr. Fred, satisfied.,g_1:original:Rzp2AoAvjoA%3D&client=ms-android-bell-ca&prmd=isnxv&hl=en-US&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiBq4_9nYH1AhVUgXIEHRjvAyQQ4lYoAHoECAEQBA&biw=360&bih=550#imgrc=gI4vgAJ2OkeWPM

  3. NEWSWEEK – Alex Jones Slams Donald Trump Over COVID Vaccine in ‘Emergency Christmas Day Warning’

    Conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones issued an “emergency Christmas Day warning” to former President Donald Trump on Saturday, after Trump touted the COVID-19 vaccine in a recent interview.

    This week, Trump pushed back against Daily Wire host Candace Owens as she attempted to cast doubt on the vaccine’s efficacy. The former president provoked the ire of his own fanbase by stating vaccines work, “but some people aren’t taking them.”

    “The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take their vaccine,” Trump said in the interview. “But it’s still their choice, and if you take the vaccine, you’re protected.”

    “Look, the results of the vaccine are very good,” he continued. “And if you do get [COVID-19], it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.”

    The interview incensed Jones, a fervent anti-vaccination proponent who has propagated disinformation during the pandemic, as well as attempted to profit from it by promoting his own products as cures against the coronavirus.

    “This is an emergency Christmas Day warning to President Trump,” Jones said in Saturday’s video.

    “You are either completely ignorant about the so-called vaccine gene therapy you helped ram through with Operation Warp Speed, or you are the most evil man who has ever lived to push this toxic poison on the public and to attack your constituents when they simply try to save their lives and the lives of others.

    “Recently, Candace Owens attempted to confront you politely face-to-face with the fact that the so-called vaccines are causing a lot of deaths and illnesses,” Jones said. “And you doubled down, saying that nobody has been hurt by these shots and that is just a flat-out lie.”

    The Infowars host went on to say the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to “erase the population’s immune system and make them dependent on ongoing gene therapies.”

    In clips from his show featured in the video, Jones said vaccines have caused “spontaneous abortions and miscarriages,” nosebleeds, convulsions, paralysis, blindness, “ovaries basically dissolving,” interference with women’s periods, and endometriosis.

    “This, President Trump, is what you are now signing onto,” Jones said. “It’s one thing to rush the shot out because you believed it would save the people and help end the lockdowns.”

    He went on: “But now that you know that [Anthony] Fauci signed you onto a fraud, you must extricate yourself from this lie, or you will be forever known as the M.V.V.P., the Most Valuable Vaccine Pusher. And the name Trump will be associated with pure evil. Do not go down history as Josef Mengele 2.0.”

    Jones then continued by calling Trump a “coward” but urged him to “turn back,” saying: “Your legacy will be that of a monster. Your legacy will be that of a eugenicist. Your legacy will be that of a child killer, using medical tyranny.”

    Newsweek has contacted Trump’s office for comment.

    A former vocal Trump supporter who is currently in hot water with Congress over his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, Jones recently positioned himself as a scathing critic of the ex-commander-in-chief for supporting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    In a leaked outtake from an interview for the documentary You Can’t Watch This in January 2019, Jones said he wished he “never would have f***ing met Trump.”

    “I’m so sick of f***ing Donald Trump, man,” he said. “God, I’m f***ing sick of him. And I’m not doing this because, like, I’m kissing his f***ing ass, you know. It’s, like, I’m sick of it.”

    The Daily Wire interview was not the first instance of Trump’s own supporters turning on him over the vaccine issue. Last week, the former president was booed at an event in Dallas after saying he received the booster shot.

    • AUSTRALIA – ‘We’re all going to get Omicron’: Hazzard’s bleak COVID warning

      NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has warned residents to get vaccinated because “we’re all going to get Omicron”.

      “There is no question that vaccinations, particularly once you have the booster, will empower you to meet the oncoming Omicron variant of this coronavirus,” Mr Hazzard told a media conference on Sunday.

      “Bottom line here is that we would expect that pretty well everybody in New South Wales at some point will get Omicron.

      “If we’re all going to get Omicron, the best way to face it is when we have full vaccination including our booster.”


      • Australia – Unvaccinated putting health workers ‘at risk’: Hazzard

        Health Minister Brad Hazzard says those who choose to be unvaccinated are taking up more ICU places than they should as New South Wales records more than 6,000 cases for the second consecutive day.

        Mr Hazzard said while studies have indicated Omicron is less severe than other variants it nevertheless has an impact on the unvaccinated.

        “The majority of people who are in intensive care in New South Wales and requiring health staff to be looking after them, putting them at risk also, are people who have not been vaccinated,” he told a media conference on Sunday.

        “So the unvaccinated are … taking more places than they should be in our ICUs simply because they have chosen not to be vaccinated.”

    • COVID-positive Vermonters with no symptoms clog up ERs

      RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) – Some Vermonters who are able to find antigen tests and then test positive are clogging up emergency rooms.

      The emergency department at the Rutland Regional Medical Center has been overwhelmed with asymptomatic folks.

      Dr. Rick Hildebrant is RRMC’s medical director. He says some people who test positive with a rapid test go to the emergency room looking for a PCR test.

      The Vermont Hospital Association says it’s hearing similar stories from other parts of the state.

      Hildebrant says those who are asymptomatic and receive a positive antigen test should stay home and reach out to their primary care provider.

      He says the only time to go to the ER is if you have a positive test and are very sick.

      Hildebrant says the flood of asymptomatic people is preventing others in need of immediate care from getting it.

      “It’s not so much the beds that are the precious resource, it’s the staff at this time. So we have to have some of our clinical staff providing care to those people and they can’t provide care to the folks in the ER,” Hildebrant explained.

      Hildebrant says health department PCR testing is the best option for asymptomatic people, even though the results take a little longer.

      He says by going to the emergency department, you are also potentially exposing yourself to someone with COVID who is very sick.

    • the gateway pundit – Investigation Has Launched After Three-Year-Old Girl Dies From Cardiac Arrest One Day After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine in Argentina

      […]“On Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 12:00 hours, a 3-year-old patient, in cardiorespiratory arrest, enters the Emergency Service of the Hospital of the Child Jesus. Advanced resuscitation maneuvers are carried out and, when [she] does not respond, [her] death is declared,” the Tucumán Ministry of Health said in a statement.

      The 3-year-old child, Ámbar Suárez, received one dose of the Sinopharm, China’s COVID-19 vaccine

      […]Miriam Suárez said her daughter Ámbar was vaccinated last week on December 15th and passed away a day later from sudden cardiac arrest.

      The 3-year-old had received the jab because otherwise she would not have been allowed to go to kindergarten due to a vaccine mandate.

      Miriam told Argentine media that her 3-year-old had no symptoms immediately after the jab, but while playing with the neighbor’s kids the next morning, Ámbar fainted and was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Tucumán where she died from cardiac arrest.

      The heartbroken mother said:

      “I’m sure my daughter was killed by the vaccine. She was a healthy girl, full of life, without any health issues.”

  4. The first step to combat a disease, is proper diagnosis of that disease. The first diagnostic test the CDC recommended for Covid-19 was RT-PCR which is based on the presence of just a 72 base pair nuclei, acid sequence. Surprisingly, CDC did not isolate any viral particle or RNA from any patient and just relied on the first reported sequence from Fudan University, Shanghai, China (NC_045512,29.9kb). Astonishingly, CDC states that “Negative results do not preclude 2019-nCoV infection and should not be used as a sole basis.” another point is that SARS-CoV-2 can integrate into a human genome and hence PCR results can produce false positive results which further questions its applicability.

    The other flaw of the PCR diagnosis of an infection as the late (Oct 2019) inventor and Nobel Laureate, Kary Mullis indicated is that a single molecule can be propagated until it is measurable and that can be misinterpreted in determining whether someone is sick or not. The existence of a solely specific sequence can NEVER tell if someone is infected with a virus.
    The only authorized people that are allowed to diagnose a disease, must be a qualified physician or healthcare workers, not advertised commercial kits.
    an experienced physician can differentiate between a common cold, influenza, dengue, or Coronavirus based on clinical symptoms and further complementary tests.

    Who has benefited from this unscientific approach?

    What happen to the influenza virus, has it been cancelled?

    Why are politicians telling people who have no cough, sore throat, runny nose, temperature or headache, that they are sick?

    Perhaps it is time people realized some SICK Build Back Broke individuals are manipulating our lives. Crimes against humanity.

  5. Programming DNA: a video from Microsoft Research in 2016 showing how far they are in programming DNA research and that soon, they’ll be doing it in living cells.

  6. December 24 2021 Four years in jail for man who shot at Saudi embassy
    The Hague District Court has convicted a man from Zoetermeer for attacking the Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague November 2020 and sentenced him to four years in jail.
    Mohamed A. shot into the embassy building 29 times after consulate staff refused to give him a visa to travel to the kingdom. He wanted to travel to Mecca for an Islamic pilgrimage.
    The public prosecution service asked for a ten-year sentence, but the court refused to convict him on charges of terrorism, writing there was no evidence he was attempting to frighten the Dutch public. He was, however, convicted of attempted murder because a security guard was in the building during the early morning attack.
    His sentence was reduced because of ongoing mental health problems. According to the prosecution, he suffers from delusions of grandeur.

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