Reader’s Links for June 14th, 2022

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.

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

28 Replies to “Reader’s Links for June 14th, 2022”

  1. reuters – China bank protest stopped by health codes turning red, depositors say

    SHANGHAI, June 14 (Reuters) – A protest planned by hundreds of bank depositors in central China seeking access to their frozen funds has been thwarted because the authorities have turned their health code apps red, several depositors told Reuters.

    The depositors were planning to travel to the central province of Henan this week from across China to protest against an almost two-month block on accessing at least $178 million of deposits, which has left companies unable to pay workers and individuals unable to access savings. read more

    Rights groups have warned China could use its vast COVID surveillance infrastructure to stifle dissent. Without a green code on their smartphone app, citizens lose access to public transport and spaces such as restaurants and malls, as well as the right to travel across the country.

    “They are putting digital handcuffs on us,” said a depositor from Sichuan province surnamed Chen, who declined to use his full name for fear of government retribution.

    The Henan provincial government, the National Health Commission and the Ministry of Public Security did not respond to requests for comment.

    After recent COVID outbreaks, some regions in China have asked travellers to register their plans online.

    A man surnamed Liu, who lives in Hubei province, found that his health code turned red on the morning of June 12 after he registered the day before to travel to Henan.

    Liu had planned to travel to a protest planned for Monday in the Henan provincial capital Zhengzhou, where he had hoped to get his money back. The protest would have been the latest among numerous such demonstrations in Henan in recent months.

    More than 200 depositors were similarly blocked when their health codes turned red, according to members of a WeChat group.

    It could not be ascertained if the change in code was intended to block the protesters or for another reason, but three depositors told Reuters they knew people who had registered to travel to Henan, who were not connected to the frozen funds, whose codes did not turn red.

    Yu Zhou Xin Min Sheng Village Bank, Shangcai Huimin Country Bank and Zhecheng Huanghuai Community Bank froze deposits on April 18, with all three telling customers they were upgrading internal systems. read more

    Liu, who declined to give his full name for fear of government repercussions, said his child may not be able to go to school if his code does not soon revert to green.

    “I can’t do anything, I can’t go anywhere. You’re treated as though you’re a criminal. It infringes on my human rights,” said Liu.

    Wang Qiong, who lives in the central city of Wuhan, found her health code had turned red after she registered to travel to Henan on June 11.

    “The police had my identity details from the last time I went to protest in April,” said Wang, who said she has lost access to 2.3 million yuan ($341,550).

    Other depositors told Reuters they were able to arrive in Zhengzhou by train and car but their codes turned red as soon as they scanned city health codes.

  2. europravda – Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks on climate change

    Actor turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger talks at the Austrian World Summit, one of the largest climate conferences in the world sponsored by Schwarzenegger’s climate initiative.

  3. Roe v Wade being over turned isn’t the only game changing decisions that is coming from the Supreme Court this summer. They are going to rule on the New York City law that let’s the police decide on who gets a concealed carry permit based on their need. Living in a bad neighborhood and working at night isn’t considered enough need. The Supreme Court is expected to rule that if you fill the other legal requirements (21 years old, no criminal record, passed a certified training course) the State/City/County must issue the permit.

    This will remove (partially) the requirement that you need Government permission to exercise a Constitutional right. This precedent is part of the argument for the current administration trying to set up Federal group to determine what is approved speech.

    When you remove or change one Constitutional right by reinterpreting the meaning you have set the precedent that you can do this with all Constitutional rights and restrictions on what the Government an do. To remove or change the Constitution you must use the authorized amending processes, anything else will destroy the Constitution.

    • John Adams is smiling, sadly. He did warn us, after all: “Our Constitution is wholly unsuited to the governance of” – the people of today’s America.

      We had a good long run, but we’ve become godless and immoral. Too degenerate to sustain a Constitutional Republic.

      Fractured Electoral College, pernicious judiciary, subjects of unelected technocrats. Looks more like a democracy, bad enough, but trending to a kakistocracy.

      After the wars we’ll cycle through different forms of social organization. We can only pray that in time we merit another divinely inspired system.

      • Yup we will try other things and probably end up amending the Constitution.

        What we end up with will depend on what Social and tech changes happen during the war.

        It is going to be a wild and scary time.

  4. Note: another food processing plant catches on fire!

    PORTAGE COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) – Multiple fire departments are responding to a fire in the town of Belmont near Waupaca.

    Crews have been paged to Festive Foods on County Highway D. The first call came in around 9 a.m.

    Festive Food LLC is a manufacturing facility located near the Portage-Waupaca County line.

  5. They want us DEAD.
    Not “just” Zionists. Not “just” identifiable Jews. ALL of us. That’s why they put a bullseye on the seculars, those sneaky, assimilated Jew-“ish”, as-a-jew Jews.

    There was a screaming, twisted mob waving terrorist flags, holding horrifying signs outside Beth Israel Hospital this morning. One of our top teaching hospitals, look up the profile.

    Free speech, ya know?

  6. An American General, an Israeli Defense Minister, and Qatari Handlers Make a Deal: But for what?

    “Qatar wasn’t Allen’s only client, though. From at least November 2016, the retired general had received a $10,000-a-month retainer from an Israeli software company called Fifth Dimension (5D), along with a 1.5% commission on any business he generated for the company.

    Between 2015 and the company’s bankruptcy in 2018, the chairman of Fifth Dimension was Israeli politician Benny Gantz, a centrist former chief of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) general staff, the longtime Washington, D.C., establishment favorite to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, and Israel’s current defense minister… [bold in original]

    Maybe no higher idealism was at play, but also no special nefariousness either—perhaps this was merely the kind of payday that senior former officials are constantly on the prowl for in a time when a big career in government can be so easily monetized…
    Other instances of *very* dubious behavior of Gantz – and others – in this dogs’ breakfast of a coalition govt.

  7. Seth Frantzman:
    Iran is angry about foreign reports of assassinations

    Iran appears non-plussed over reports about the recent deaths of two members of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Iran’s Tasnim news lashed out at The New York Times and Iran International TV in reports about the deaths, accusing these two outlets of spreading “false” information.

    Yet Iran’s media also admitted that the foreign reports were based on an unnamed Iranian official. It noted that this official had said that the two men who died were working on “building and developing weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

    … Iran’s argument is that foreign media is now pushing stories that make the regime appear weak … Iran is obviously feeling the heat from these reports, otherwise government-linked media like Tasnim wouldn’t work so hard to slam the reports.

    “According to Tasnim, in recent months, some Western media, especially Persian-language media, have been trying to portray any incident inside Iran as a security issue in a joint psychological operation, in which the Zionists are playing a more prominent role,” the report says.

    Iran now understands the importance of the information war and that, regardless of how the two men were killed, what matters is perception. The regime is concerned about the reports, maybe even more than the actual loss of key IRGC personnel. It also now knows that its statements are being monitored.

    The recent reports about the deaths of several key IRGC personnel are based on Iranian information. Iran’s regime has admitted the deaths. It doesn’t dispute that the men died, just how they were killed, whether the circumstances are natural or mysterious, or if the men were “martyrs.”

    Iran is now paying close attention to foreign reports and is concerned about Western legacy media reporting about its failure to protect key IRGC figures.

  8. CBC – Quebec expands monkeypox vaccination efforts as virus continues to spread

    Outbreak traced to late-April superspreader event that led to several anonymous transmissions

    With 132 confirmed cases in Quebec, the province’s interim director of public health says the spread of monkeypox is slowly progressing every day and now vaccination efforts are expanding to men who expect to have sexual contact with other men in Montreal this summer.

    Quebec has 40,000 doses of the vaccine and Montreal officials expect 25,000 doses will cover the target population in the city.

    “There are certainly cases we haven’t seen because it is an insidious disease that doesn’t show many symptoms,” said Dr. Luc Boileau during a news conference Monday.

    […]Superspreader event in Montreal

    It is believed a traveller attended an event — now considered a superspreader event — in Montreal at the end of April and that led to transmission in the community, with cases cropping up in May, she explained.

    That superspreader event happened around the same time as other outbreaks developed in several European cities, she noted.

    The fact that there are many anonymous contacts stemming from this event makes it harder to track down potential transmissions and contain the disease, Drouin said.

    […]Drouin said 100 per cent of the cases in Montreal are men, and most had sexual contact with other men. She said the disease is largely spreading through prolonged, intimate, skin-to-skin contact.
    the gazette – Montreal is epicentre of monkeypox outbreak in North America with 126 cases

    […]“There’s one group in particular being affected — men who are having sexual relations with other men,” said Dr. Luc Boileau, the province’s interim public health director.

    The WHO has said the high number of cases in this group may be, as has been seen before, the product of “positive health-seeking behaviour in this demographic.”

    Drouin said public-health officials believe there was a superspreader event in Montreal at the end of April. She did not give details about the event, but said it was linked with other events in the United Kingdom, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe.

    […]“We are asking men who plan to or are having sexual relationships with men in Montreal during the summer — we are offering them the vaccination,” she said.

    […]Also Tuesday, the WHO said it would convene an emergency committee next week to assess whether the monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern.

    That is the highest level of warning issued by the UN agency, which currently applies only to the COVID-19 pandemic and polio.

    There have been 1,600 confirmed and 1,500 suspected cases of monkeypox this year, the WHO said, and 72 deaths in 39 countries, including those where the virus usually spreads.

    global news – Quebec now has 132 monkeypox cases, with majority in Montreal

    Quebec public health officials are reporting 132 confirmed cases of monkeypox across the province as of Tuesday, with more than 3,000 vaccine doses administered to date.

    Dr. Luc Boileau, interim director of Quebec’s public health department, told reporters in Montreal the situation is “under control for now.”

    “It’s not rising quickly,” he said, referring to the number of infections, which is up from 98 in the last report. “It’s rising slowly but there’s still a progression.”

    The majority of the province’s monkeypox cases have been detected in Montreal, which accounts for 126 infections to date.

    “Montreal is the epicentre,” said Dr. Mylène Drouin, the city’s public health director.

    Most of the cases are not severe, she added. Three people have been hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak but all of them have been discharged.

    […]The province is administering smallpox vaccine Imvamune, though it has been reserved for close contacts at high risk of developing the disease. More than 3,000 doses have been given since late May, Boileau said Tuesday.

    The majority of cases have been detected among men who have sexual relations with other men, so Drouin explained the vaccine will now be offered within that community as a preventive measure.

    Sex workers and men who are visiting Montreal and plan to have sex with other men during their visit are among those who are eligible for vaccination, she said.

    “It is an additional measure we are putting in place to control the outbreak,” Drouin said.


  9. city news – Bogus terrorism threat at Parliament hill

    A bad tip on a possible terrorist threat has Sikh Canadians asking what happened.

    Sikhs were in Ottawa for a memorial event.

    But an organizer says two of their number were detained & questioned by police, before being released.

  10. CNN – What we know about Patriot Front and its origins

    When “a little army” of men with shields and other riot gear was spotted near a Pride parade in Idaho on Saturday, authorities soon linked the men to a relatively new White nationalist group and charged them with conspiracy to riot.

    Most of the men arrested had logos on their hats “consistent with the Patriot Front group,” and some had other clothing associated with the White supremacist group, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said.

  11. daily caller – WHO To Rename Monkeypox After Allegations Name Is Racist

    World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference Tuesday the international body is working on renaming the monkeypox virus after scientists accused the name and its variants of being discriminatory.

    Last week, an international group of scientists wrote a position paper arguing that the names of the primary two types of monkeypox, the “West African” clade and the “Congo Basin” clade, are discriminatory and should be renamed with numerical identifiers. Tedros said Tuesday that the clades, the disease caused by monkeypox and the virus itself will all be renamed.


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    “WHO is also working with partners and experts from around the world on changing the name of monkeypox virus, its clades and the disease it causes,” he said.

    Monkeypox is generally found in the tropical rainforests of Africa, but has garnered more attention in recent weeks due to outbreaks occurring in uncommon locations throughout the West. The virus derived its name because it was initially discovered to circulate amongst primates for years before being discovered in humans in the 1970’s.

    “Given the increasingly rapid communication of, and attention to, the international human MPXV outbreak, it is important to consider an appropriate, non-discriminatory, and non-stigmatizing nomenclature and classification of MPXV clades,” the scientists wrote last week.

    In addition to a stigmatizing name, some public health officials have warned that the outbreaks may lead to stigma against the LGBT community, as many of the outbreaks in the West have been tied to homosexual men.

    • Are these raycysts thinking that colored people identify themselves as monkeys? So they might take offense?
      Would “smallpox” offend [whatever current euphemism is used to describe] midgets?

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