Reader’s Links for October 9th, 2022

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

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

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

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    • zero hedge – Top Medical Center To Pause Transgender Surgeries On Minors After Backlash

      A top medical center in Tennessee is pausing the removal of breasts and other procedures that it says were performed on transgender youth in recent years.

      The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) disclosed the pause in a letter to a state representative on Oct. 7.

      VUMC doctors have performed breast removals and other surgeries for youth who think they’re a different gender, according to lectures given by VUMC doctors. Archived versions of the webpage for the VUMC “pediatric transgender clinic” says that puberty blockers and “gender-affirming therapy” are among the services offered.

      The transgender clinic, which also services adults, has performed “gender-affirming surgical procedures” for an average of five minors per year since it started in 2018, Dr. C. Wright Pinson, deputy CEO, told state Republican Rep. Jason Zachary in the new letter.

      All of the minors were 16 or older, none received “genital procedures,” and parental consent was obtained for all patients, according to Pinson.

      Zachary and 61 other Tennessee House Republicans in September asked VUMC to pause what they described as “surgical mutilations of minor children” until they had a chance to craft and pass legislation that prohibits such procedures.

      Pinson’s letter, a response to the request, said that VUMC would pause the surgeries for minors while the center reviews a new version of recommendations by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) and consults with local and national experts on the updated recommendations.

      WPATH’s recommendations say that youth should show “several years of persistent gender diversity [or] incongruence” before being given hormones or surgeries but the group also removed any age restrictions regarding transgender surgeries, which include breast removal and womb removal.

      The review may take several months, Pinson said. He also said that if new laws are passed VUMC will comply with them.

      Zachary said in a statement that he appreciated the response.

      “Glad that VUMC has paused surgeries for children at their transgender clinic. This is a win for the safety of our children, but we’re committed to ensuring this never happens in Tennessee again,” Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth, a Republican, said in a statement.

      Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, has called for lawmakers to pass legislation that would not allow “permanent, life-altering decisions that hurt children,” and a number of legislators said they plan to craft bills to that effect and introduce them in January when lawmakers are due to gather.

  1. Inside China’s secret police station in NEW YORK whose officers hunt down dissidents and ‘persuade’ them to return home
    By Ronny Reyes For Dailymail.Com
    16:11 EDT 07 Oct 2022 , updated 18:00 EDT 07 Oct 2022

    A new report from Safeguard Defenders, a human rights watchdog, revealed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has at least 54 ‘overseas police service stations’ in 30 different countries, including the US.

    New York’s station, located on East Broadway between Chinatown and the Lower East Side, was open on February 15, according to the Chinese-language news site FJSEN.

    The visited the office which is on top a ramen shop and next to an acupuncturist where a receptionist was surprised to hear it was a secret police station.

    It was closed and locals said it seldom opened.

    Like many of police stations around the world, the New York site is promoted as a place to assist Chinese nationals through bureaucracy.

    Since the program’s launch in April 2021, China reported that it had ‘persuaded’ 230,000 Chinese nationals to return home.

    Although the CCP claims the stations are meant to keep an eye on ‘fraud and telecom fraud’ committed by citizens living aboard, the human rights group condemned the stations.

    Laura Harth, the Safeguard Defenders’ campaign manager, said it was shocking to learn that China was carrying out police operations in foreign countries.

    ‘I think it shows how brazen the CCP is getting and how

  2. Declaration Of War Without Rules”: Russian Officials Fume Over Crimea Bridge Blast As Ukraine Celebrates
    Tyler Durden’s Photo
    SUNDAY, OCT 09, 2022 – 06:44 AM
    Update(1435ET): Russia’s state Investigative Committee has put out a statement saying at least three civilians died as a result of the attack on the Crimean Bridge, which was likely a fertilizer-laden truck bombing. “According to preliminary data, three people died as a result of the incident. They were presumably passengers of a car, which was near the exploded track. As of now, the bodies of a man and a women have been recovered from the water, their identities are being established,” the committee said. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at the same time blasted what she called the “criminal logic” of some NATO officials who are positively cheering the attack.

    Ukrainian government sources have owned up to the attack, but this claim of responsibility stopped short of being made publicly or officially: “A Ukrainian government official told The Washington Post that the country’s special services were behind the attack, though Kyiv stopped short of saying it was responsible — even as top officials taunted Moscow.” As for the taunting and trolling, the official Twitter account for the government of Ukraine also tweeted out:

  3. Can’t Make This Up… FBI Sends Out Agent Elvis Chan Who Led Efforts to Censor Hunter Laptop Story to Ensure Americans 2022 Election will be “Safest Election Yet”
    By Jim Hoft
    Published October 9, 2022 at 9:48am
    1 Comment

    The FBI sent out Agent Elvis Chan this week to ensure Americans that the 2022 midterm election will be “the safest election yet.”

    Elvis Chan told FOX 2 KTVU, “The election process itself is as safe as it’s ever been, and even more so with all of the different protections we have in place.”

  4. zero hedge – Twitter Removes Florida Surgeon General’s Vaccine Warning Tweet

    Update (Sunday):

    Twitter censored Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s tweet about a new Covid vaccine study that “the public needs to be aware of.” He said, “this analysis showed an increased risk of cardiac-related death among men 18-39. FL will not be silent on the truth.”

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      The following is a compilation of 100+ news articles from the past 10 days leading up to 7th October 2022, of young people who have either died suddenly, had serious heart issues or severe adverse complications.

      These are only the ones who make the news.

      EDIT: Loretta Lynn doesn’t belong in this video as she was elderly. It was a production error. The Young Hearts series and other checkur6 videos are intended to present young ‘injured’ people. E.g. The video ‘A YEAR OF ATHLETES COLLAPSING – 769 SPORTS RELATED INCIDENCES – TO MARCH 2022’ is a compilation of 769 Athletes, with an average age of 23 years old.

    • twitter @EpochTimes

      An 18-year-old @USMC recruit collapsed during training at Camp Pendleton and later died at the Marine Corps base hospital, officials said.

      Marine Recruit Collapses, Dies During Camp Pendleton Training

      SAN DIEGO—An 18-year-old Marine recruit collapsed during training at Camp Pendleton and later died at the Marine Corps base hospital, officials said.

      Private First Class Javier F. Pong was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the hospital, the United States Marine Corps Capt. Joshua D. Collins said.

      While engaged in scheduled training, Pong became unconscious and unresponsive, Collins said in a news release late Oct. 8.

      “We are greatly saddened by the untimely passing of Pfc. Javier Pong as he pursued his journey to become a United States Marine,” said Brig. Gen. Jason L. Morris, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego.

      “All of us here at MCRD San Diego mourn his loss, and extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

      “We are committed to honoring his memory, supporting those with whom he served, and investigating the cause of his death to ensure we can safely transform civilians into Marines and retain the trust of the American people,” Morris continued.

      Pong was born in Las Cruces, N.M., according to an online obituary.

      He is survived by his father, Javier F. Pong Sr., mother Angela Menchaca, brother Jesus, sister Angie L. Aguilera and stepsister Alexis L. Gonzalaz.

      An investigation into the death was ongoing.

  5. europravda – Chitin-free crickets provide tasty boost for Thai burger joint

    Crickets are extremely popular to eat in Thailand but some parts of the insects can be problematic as they get stuck in between teeth.

    An enterprising fast-food restaurant may have the answer.

    • Trump speaks via video at rally of global far-right in Spain

      MADRID (AP) — Former U.S. President Donald Trump threw his weight behind Spain’s far-right Sunday in a video shown at a rally in Madrid that also featured messages by the leading stars of Europe’s populist right like Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Hungary’s Viktor Orban.

      In a recording that lasted under 40 seconds made while Trump was on a plane, Trump thanked Spain’s far-right Vox party and its leader Santiago Abascal for what he called the “great job” they do.

      “We have to make sure that we protect our borders and do lots of very good conservative things,” Trump said. “Spain is a great country and we want to keep it a great country. So congratulations to Vox for so many great messages you get out to the people of Spain and the people of the world.”

      Vox captured national attention on Spain’s political landscape in 2019 when it became the third-largest force in Spain’s Parliament after an election that led to a national left-wing coalition that still holds power. Vox’s messages include zero tolerance for Catalan separatism, disdain for gender equality, diatribes against unauthorized immigration from Africa and embracing both the “Reconquista” of medieval Spain from Islam as well as the legacy of Gen. Francisco Franco’s 20th-century dictatorship.

      Abascal returned the flattery when he took to the stage at the outdoor venue after more video messages by European and South American right-wing politicians and an in-person speech by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

      “My thanks for President Donald Trump, a visionary in the fight for sovereign nations, a visionary in the fight for secure borders, who has had to suffer (attacks) from the most powerful establishment in the world and the largest media attack that any world leader has had to face in recent memory,” Abascal told the crowd of several thousand, many waving red-and-yellow Spanish flags.

      Despite its spectacular rise, the party led by Abascal failed to meet the expectations it set for itself in regional contests this year and had suffered its first serious bout of in-fighting among its leaders. Vox is now eyeing regional and municipal elections next year as it battles to surpass Spain’s traditional conservatives.

      The annual rally came just weeks after Abascal and the rest of Europe’s far-right celebrated the victory of Meloni’s neo-fascist Brothers of Italy Party.

      Meloni’s recorded message lasted several minutes and was focused on her priorities as she prepares to become Italian premier: pushing for a price cap on energy in the European Union and recovering economic self-reliance.

      The win by Meloni has worried European Union leaders that Italy, the bloc’s third-largest economy, could put national interests first, like Hungary and Poland are doing.

      “We are not monsters, the people understand that. Long live Vox, long live Spain, long live Italy, long live Europe patriots,? Meloni said. “Only by winning in our countries can Europe become a political giant that we want, and not a bureaucratic giant.”

      Vox and its supporters are hoping that Meloni’s surge in Italy can spill over to Spain.

      “Meloni’s victory has given us reasons to believe that this is possible and that our side is not as demonized in Europe as some want to make us believe,” said Francisco Hermida, a 25-year-old entrepreneur attending the rally.

      Trump and others leading figures of the world’s popular right have been trying for years to weave together networks of support in what they describe as a winner-take-all struggle against the political left. Orban was in the U.S. recently to speak to leading conservatives there and met with Trump.

      The Vox rally also featured video appearances by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, Chilean right-wing politician José Antonio Kast, the daughter of former Bolivian interim President Jeanine Añez, and U.S. Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

      “On the one side, there is the global elites and the global left, that is growing evermore thuggish and violent, on the other side are conservative populist, who share the values of God, and country and family and freedom,” Cruz said. “Sometimes the left scores dangerous victories, as we saw in Colombia. Sometimes the good guys win, like we saw in Italy.”

      Cruz said he is looking forward to a landslide Republican win in the U.S. congressional midterm election next month. Trump has been campaigning for right-wing candidates in the Nov. 8 election and is pondering another presidential run for the 2024 vote.

    • europravda – Protesters block two TotalEnergies facilities in Belgium

      Climate activists demonstrated at TotalEnergies oil sites at Feluy and Liege in Belgium on Saturday, against sky-rocketing energy prices and the use of fossil fuels.

  6. Unhinged’ Katie Hobbs Freaks When Kari Lake Shows up in Town Hall Audience
    By Bonchie | 8:30 PM on October 08, 2022

    Over the last few months, Arizona’s gubernatorial race has firmly moved into my “want to win the most” column right alongside John Fetterman being defeated in Pennsylvania. Republican Kari Lake is an excellent candidate running against Democrat Katie Hobbs, whose quintessential Karen-ness has just become unbearable.

    Hobbs has refused to debate Lake and has laughably gone to great lengths to never even be in the same room as her opponent. That led Lake to call Hobbs “unhinged” during a press gaggle on Tuesday after the Democrat demanded the two candidates enter from opposite sides of the building for an event. Fact-check: True.

    The silliness continued on Saturday at another town hall event. Naturally, Hobbs refused to appear on stage with Lake as is customary. Then this bit of hilarity happened.

  7. Gambia police launch inquiry following deaths of dozens of children from imported medicines

    Police in Gambia on Saturday announced they were launching an investigation into the deaths of dozens of children, amid growing concern over imported medicines.

    Following the deaths of 66 children, most from acute kidney failure, police said in a statement they were putting senior officers on the investigation.

    The news came a day after President Adama Barrow promised to boost health measures including better quality control over imported medicines, amid mounting concern that imported cough syrups caused the deaths.

    “I assure you all that the government will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this incident,” Barrow said Friday.

    The World Health Organization on Wednesday issued an alert over four cough and cold syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in India over possible links to the deaths.

    Laboratory testing had found unacceptable levels of potentially life-threatening contaminants, the WHO said, adding that the products may have been distributed beyond the West African country.

    Gambian health authorities had on September 23 ordered a recall of all medicines containing paracetamol or promethazine syrup.

    In a statement, Barrow announced a raft of measures to avoid future tragedies, including the creation of “a quality control national laboratory for drugs and food safety”.

    He also promised to update the nation’s drugs-related laws to ensure regulation could prevent any such incidents in the future.

    He praised the work of the health ministry in preventing further deaths.

    “Due to their timely intervention and the support of our partners, the outbreak is now under control, with only two cases reported in the last two weeks.”


    Gambia urgently recalls syrups blamed for 66 child deaths

    Gambia has launched an urgent door-to-door campaign to remove cough and cold syrups blamed for the deaths of more than 60 children from kidney injury in the tiny West African country

    Speaking to The Associated Press, the Director of Health Dr. Mustapha Bittaye confirmed the wave of child deaths from acute kidney injury, sending shockwaves across the country of 2.4 million people and around the world.

    The U.N.’s World Health Organization has issued an alarm in response to the deaths, saying it had been working with Gambia’s government to investigate the cause of the cases and deaths since August.

    “WHO has issued a medical product alert for four contaminated medicines identified in The Gambia that have been potentially linked to acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths among children,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday. “The loss of young lives is beyond heartbreaking for their families.”

    The four medicines are cough and cold syrups produced by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited in India, WHO said.

    While the contaminated products have so far only been detected in Gambia, they may have been distributed to other countries, WHO said. The U.N. health agency said it is pursuing investigations with the company and regulatory authorities in India.

    “WHO recommends all countries detect and remove these products from circulation to prevent further harm to patients,” it said.

    Teaming up with the Gambia Red Cross Society, the Ministry of Health has dispatched hundreds of young people to collect the suspect syrups through a house-to-house campaign.

    Gambia’s Medical Research Council has also issued an alarm.

    “Over the last week, we admitted a child with this condition (acute kidney injury) … and she has unfortunately died. We were able to confirm that she had taken one of the drugs that is suspected to be causing this, prior to her arrival at our clinic. It had been bought at a pharmacy within The Gambia,” the council said in a statement. “The drug has been identified as containing a significant amount of a toxin which damages kidneys irreversibly.”

    In India, the federal regulator and the state regulator of northern Haryana state are conducting an inquiry into the contaminated medicines.

    Of the 23 samples tested, four had so far been found to be contaminated and India is waiting for the analysis to be shared with it, said an Indian health official who spoke on condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    Phone calls to the headquarters of Maiden Pharmaceuticals went unanswered. Neither India’s health ministry nor the federal regulator responded to queries from the AP.

    Surge in Gambia child deaths linked cough syrup under control, president says

    Gambia’s President Adama Barrow on Friday said a surge in acute kidney injuries likely linked to a paracetamol syrup that killed dozens of children in past months was under control, with only two diagnoses in the last two weeks.

    Authorities launched a probe last month after doctors in July noticed that a number of children developed symptoms after taking a locally-sold paracetamol syrup used to treat fevers.

    Kidney injuries caused 66 child deaths in the past three months, Barrow said in an address to the nation, adding that investigations were ongoing.

    The government has meanwhile ordered importers and shops to suspend sales of all brands of paracetamol syrup in the tiny West African country. The medicine has also been recalled from all pharmacies and households.

    The World Health Organization (WHO), which is also investigating the deaths, on Wednesday said they could be linked to contaminated cough and cold syrups produced by an Indian drugmaker, New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

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