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12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Spare us from the mental torture of crazy travel rules

It sometimes seems as if someone wants to punish us for wanting to live normally again.

31.07.2021 - 20:16 [ US Senator Ted Cruz ]

Sen. Cruz Fights to Block the American Government from Establishing COVID Vaccine Passports

(28.07.2021)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today participated in a committee markup on three bills, one of which seeks to create a fund for global health initiatives. Sen. Cruz introduced two amendments to prevent the federal government from creating a vaccine passport system and vaccine database to track Americans based on their vaccination status. Read excerpts of his remarks below.

31.07.2021 - 06:11 [ Deutsche Kommunistische Partei ]

Eilmeldung: Verfassungsgericht weist Angriff auf die DKP zurück

(27.07.2021)

Das Bundesverfassungsgericht hat heute den Versuch, die Existenz der Deutschen Kommunistischen Partei (DKP) mit bürokratischen Mitteln zu gefährden und ihr die Kandidatur bei den Bundestagswahlen zu verbieten, zurückgewiesen.

Die Begründung ist eine schallende Ohrfeige für den Bundeswahlleiter und bestätigt außerdem, dass die DKP eine aktive politische Partei ist, so wird zum Beispiel auf die Kundgebung der DKP zum 80. Jahrestag des Überfalls auf die Sowjetunion verwiesen.

31.07.2021 - 06:03 [ butenunbinnen.de ]

Bremer AfD darf nicht mit Landesliste zur Bundestagswahl antreten

Parteiintern wird der Frau vorgeworfen, mit dem Ergebnis der Listenaufstellung nicht einverstanden gewesen zu sein, sie sei die Lebensgefährtin eines unterlegenen Kandidaten, so die Anschuldigung aus der Bremer AfD-Parteispitze während der Sitzung des Landeswahlausschusses.

31.07.2021 - 05:56 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bundestagswahl 2021: Vorerst keine Zulassung für Saar-Grüne

Die Saar-Grünen hatten ihre Liste nach heftigen Querelen infolge der zunächst erfolgten Wahl von Ex-Landeschef Hubert Ulrich zum Spitzenkandidaten erst am 17. Juli neu aufgestellt. Dabei hatten sie auch Jeanne Dillschneider zur neuen Chefin gewählt.

Von der Entscheidung über die neue Liste waren aber 49 Delegierte aus Ulrichs Ortsverband Saarlouis vom Bundesschiedsgericht der Grünen ausgeschlossen worden.

30.07.2021 - 17:08 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

I refuse to be imprisoned by an incompetent Government invoking bogus science

The „amber plus“ regime for those returning from France is on one level a trivial detail, hardly newsworthy when set against the magnificent fiasco of the British pingdemic.

Yet nothing quite so illustrates the bureaucratic incoherence of Britain’s post-vaccination policy as this lunatic quarantine rule for travellers.

Furthermore, it is slightly alarming to see the authorities deploy the coercive power of the state so breezily, in such a random fashion, and in violation of the known scientific data. Bad habits are being formed.

30.07.2021 - 16:34 [ theGuardian.com ]

Keir Starmer urges No 10 to bring forward Covid isolation end date

The call from the Labour leader – which adds to pressure from Conservative MPs – comes after the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, insisted on Thursday that the public had to “stick with” the 16 August date.

“This has been a summer of chaos for British businesses and British families. The Tory government has never been able to explain the logic of their self-isolation rules and has just repeated the same mistakes over and over again,” said Starmer.

30.07.2021 - 09:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More than FIFTY Tory MPs are ready to vote against ‚misguided‘ Covid passports after Government is accused of introducing them ‚by stealth‘ by quietly updating NHS app – as Dominic Raab says they ‚make sense‘ for returning to the office

– Many Tory MPs are ‚horrified‘ by proposals to introduce mandatory passports
– They say it will create a ‚two-class society‘ and plan to block the plans
– Britons with both Covid-19 jabs can now add vaccine certificate to Apple Wallet
– ‚Get your NHS Covid Pass‘ section of the NHS App leads to ‚domestic‘ or ‚travel‘
– ‚Domestic‘ section will display name, date of birth and QR code confirming jabs
– ‚Travel‘ section has same information along with nine extra details for each dose
– Lib Dems: Government has ‚introduced Covid ID Cards by stealth onto phones‘

30.07.2021 - 08:44 [ Senior Editor @EpochTimes / Twitter ]

„Even if we disagree on issues like abortion rights or green energy…there’s a much bigger fight we have to unite for,“ says feminist author & journalist #NaomiWolf. The West is losing freedom of speech, assembly & even „rights to our bodies,“ Wolf says.

30.07.2021 - 08:11 [ Fox News ]

Dozens of House Republicans, staffers march maskless to Senate floor to protest mask mandate

Dozens of House Republicans and their staffers marched maskless out of the House to the Senate floor in protest of the new mask mandate for the lower chamber.

The lawmakers and their staffers traveled across the Capitol on Thursday to protest the fact that Capitol Police have instructed officers to arrest staffers and visitors who don’t wear masks and refuse to leave the House.

30.07.2021 - 08:07 [ Fox News ]

Conservative reaction pours in after Dem mayors, governors impose new mask mandates: ‚Kiss my mask‘

Democratic leaders around the country are facing criticism and blowback after they rushed to reimpose unpopular mask mandates following updated coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said this week that even vaccinated individuals in areas deemed as high-risk should return to wearing masks indoors – prompting the new wave in face-covering requirements.

17.07.2021 - 17:54 [ New York Times ]

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change

(today)

The question is, how much did climate change affect this specific storm and the resulting floods?

A complete answer will have to await analyses, almost certain to be undertaken given the magnitude of the disaster, that will seek to learn if climate change made this storm more likely, and if so, by how much.

But for many scientists the trend is clear. “The answer is yes — all major weather these days is being affected by the changes in climate,” said Donald J. Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois.

10.07.2021 - 19:12 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

I ran as a Justice Democrat. Now I’m joining the People’s Party.

My name is Lisa Ring and I’m a two-time former candidate for Congress endorsed by Justice Democrats and Our Revolution. Today I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining the People’s Party as our new development manager.

Like so many of you, I’m fed up with the two-party system and I’m here to do something about it. I believe in the power of the people to transform this country. That’s what led me to activism in my 20s, inspired me to organize the Coast of Georgia for the past seven years, and drove me to run for Congress in GA-01 against a multi-millionaire Republican incumbent. We knocked on more than 50,000 doors and won my primary in 2018. I want to bring what I’ve learned to the People’s Party.

30.06.2021 - 08:15 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports: It’s all over! Cabinet agrees it’s time to ‚live with Covid’… and you WON’T have to show proof of vaccination to attend mass gatherings

– Ministers are set to shelve plans for the mandatory use of ‚Covid certification‘
– Plans for pubs and restaurants had already been put on the backburner
– The Mail can now reveal that ministers have also dropped the idea of imposing them on mass events

24.06.2021 - 19:46 [ US Außenministerium - State.gov ]

U.S.-Germany Dialogue on Holocaust Issues

– Our shared commitment to a regular dialogue underscores our desire to contribute to a world in which knowledge of the Holocaust is abundant, fact-based, and serves as a foundation for tackling today’s challenges, including those that lead to the normalization of hatred that can result in demonization or persecution of those perceived as “the other.”

– Jointly with Germany, we will produce strategies and tools that governments can deploy to improve education and training on the Holocaust, counter Holocaust denial and distortion, combat anti-Semitism, and ensure policymakers have a strong understanding of these issues and of their responsibility to act.

– We will support innovation in education and commemoration, joint initiatives to ensure understanding of the Holocaust remains grounded in historical fact, and training activities for stakeholders in democratic societies on Holocaust issues.
By launching this bilateral consultation, and by raising public awareness about anti-Semitism and the hatred of “the other” that paved the way for the horrific crimes of the Holocaust, we can stand together as Transatlantic partners to ensure such atrocities never again occur.

24.06.2021 - 19:34 [ AFP Deutschland / Youtube ]

Maas und Blinken besuchen Holocaust-Mahnmal in Berlin | AFP

Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas und sein US-Kollege Antony Blinken haben das Holocaust-Mahnmal in Berlin besucht.

23.06.2021 - 12:19 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Irrational fear of Covid has crushed Brexit Britain’s buccaneering spirit

Five years after the Brexit vote, the pandemic response has suffocated the boosterism that was one of the driving forces behind the Leave campaign. On our own, freed of the EU straitjacket, we would flourish by demonstrating a quintessentially British can-do spirit. Instead, we are still exhorted to cower behind the national sofa by leaders terrified of what the future might bring.

01.06.2021 - 10:40 [ Haaretz ]

Lapid Prepares to Tell the President He Has Formed a New Government

Following overnight efforts, the negotiating teams of the parties opposing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have made progress in formulating an agreement for a unity government, officials from the parties said Tuesday morning.

The teams from Yesh Atid, Yamina, New Hope and Yisrael Beiteinu will reconvene in Kfar Hamacabiah in the afternoon in an effort to seal the agreements.

01.06.2021 - 10:39 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden at the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance

Today, as we remember their sacrifice, we remind ourselves of our duty to their memory, to the future they fought for. We owe the honored dead a debt we can never fully repay. We owe them our whole souls. We owe them our full best efforts to perfect the Union for which they died.

We owe them the work of our hands and our hearts, to make real the promise of a nation founded on the proposition that all of us — all of us — all of us are created equal and deserve to be treated that way throughout our lives.

Democracy is more than a form of government. It’s a way of being; it’s a way of seeing the world. Democracy means the rule of the people — the rule of the people. Not the rule of monarchs, not the rule of the moneyed, not the rule of the mighty — literally, the rule of the people.

The lives of billions, from antiquity to our own hour, have been shaped by the battle between aspirations of the many and the greed of the few. Between people’s right to self-determination and the self-seeking of the dictator. Between dreams of democracy and appetites for autocracy, which we’re seeing around the world.

Our troops have fought this battle on fields around the world, but also the battle of our time. And the mission falls to each of us, each and every day. Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world.

01.06.2021 - 10:01 [ Radio Utopie ]

Coronavirus: Einen kleinen Staatsstreich spielen

(21. März 2020)

Ein denkbares Szenario ist: nach einer unauffälligen Schamfrist und nach Einschätzung der „strategischen Lage“ durch den geheimdienstlichen Komplex (fügt sich die Bevölkerung? Wer widerspricht noch? Wer meckert, wo wohnt der, welche Freunde hat der? Welche Multiplikatoren und Influenzer, äh, dings, berichten noch nicht auf Befehl? Wer liest die Meckerer? Wo wohnen die, was verdienen die? etc, etc) erfolgt ein Umschwenken des organisierten Wahrheitsmanagements seitens Massenmedien und Regierungen hin zu einer Gefahr durch Biowaffen, Biotechnologie und „Bioterrorismus“, natürlich immer durch die Anderen.

07.05.2021 - 09:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tories take Hartlepool in historic Red Wall by-election victory

Sir Keir’s critics point to the voting history of Dr Paul Williams, Labour’s candidate in Hartlepool, who voted to Remain in the EU referendum.

Hartlepool is one of the UK’s strongest Brexit-supporting constituencies, with 70 per cent voting to leave in 2016.

04.05.2021 - 07:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

I can’t vote for any party that won’t trust us with freedom: With a heavy heart, TIM NEWARK says politicians‘ obsession with Covid lockdowns and zero carbon targets leaves him no choice

This is, I know, a shocking thing to say because democracy is a hard-won, valued right in our country, but I cannot bring myself to support any mainstream party in local elections on Thursday.

Why? Because all of them appear determined to reduce my freedoms, whether it’s the lingering restrictions of lockdown or new plans to change our very lifestyles thanks to zero carbon targets.

11.04.2021 - 06:40 [ Achse des Guten ]

Anleitung zum Ungehorsam (8): Wann ist es bei uns so weit?

Natürlich spielen noch andere als nur ökonomische Faktoren eine Rolle für die Frage, ob und wann sich die Volksmassen erheben. Es braucht Strukturen wie in Polen die Gewerkschaft Solidarnosc oder in der früheren DDR die unter dem Dach der Kirche agierenden Widerstandsgruppen, es braucht charismatische Köpfe und es braucht Symbole, die komplexe Forderungen und politische Programme allgemein verständlich auf den Punkt bringen und Emotionen wecken. Dann fehlt nur noch das Momentum, ein Funken, der die kritische Masse der Unzufriedenen, die bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch die Hand in der Tasche geballt hatten, zur Explosion bringt.

11.04.2021 - 06:28 [ Alternative für Deutschland ]

Bundesparteitag in Dresden beschließt Corona-Resolution

1. einen breiten wissenschaftlichen und öffentlichen Diskurs zuzulassen und dabei auch renommierte Wissenschaftler mit abweichender Meinung zum Umgang mit der derzeitigen Situation gleichwertig zu Wort kommen zu lassen. Gelegenheit dazu gäbe ein unabhängiges Expertengremium, in dem nicht nur Virologen und Epidemiologen, sondern auch Psychologen, Soziologen, Ökonomen und Verfassungsrechtler vertreten sind und auch gehört werden müssten.

2. zu seit Jahrzehnten bewährten Diagnosemethoden zurückzukehren, die eine Anamnese des Patienten mit einschließt. Der PCR-Test allein ist nicht geeignet, um eine Infektion sicher nachzuweisen. Täglich veröffentlichte Infektionszahlen dürfen deshalb nicht mehr ausschließlich auf Labordiagnostik beruhen.

11.04.2021 - 05:55 [ Alternative für Deutschland ]

Programm für Deutschland

1.2 Zurückführung der Europäischen Union in einen Staatenbund souveräner StaatenDas bestehende „Lissabon-Europa“ ist daher zurückzuführen zu einer Organisation von Staaten, die auf der Basis völkerrechtlicher Verträge ihre Interessen und Aufgabenwahrnehmung definieren. Nicht rückholbare Souveränitäts-verzichte der Staaten dürfen mit einer solchen Konstruktion nicht verbunden werden. Ähnlich wie heute im Vertrag über die Europäische Union (EUV) in Art. 50 vorgesehen, behält sich jeder Staat ein Austrittsrecht vor.

Sofern eine solche Konzeption mit den derzeitigen Part-nern der EU nicht einvernehmlich auszuhandeln ist, ist Deutschland gezwungen, dem Beispiel Großbritanniens zu folgen und aus der bestehenden EU auszutreten.

Die Schaffung neuer überstaatlicher Vereinbarungen bleibt vorbehalten und wird aufgrund nationalstaatlicher Souveränität erst ermöglicht.

1.3 Das Volk muss wieder zum Souverän werden

Heimlicher Souverän in Deutschland ist eine kleine, machtvolle politische Oligarchie, die sich in den bestehenden politischen Parteien ausgebildet hat. Sie hat die Fehlentwick-lungen der letzten Jahrzehnte zu verantworten. Es hat sich eine politische Klasse herausgebildet, deren vordringliches Interesse ihrer Macht, ihrem Status und ihrem materiellen Wohlergehen gilt. Diese Oligarchie hat die Schalthebel der staatlichen Macht, der politischen Bildung und des informationellen und medialen Einflusses auf die Bevölkerung in Händen.

(…)

2.1 Die weitere Mitgliedschaft in der Eurozone ist für Deutschland unbezahlbar

Die Geschäftsgrundlage des Euro war: Keine Haftung für die Schulden anderer Länder und keine Staatsschulden über P60 rozent des jeweiligen Bruttoinlandsprodukts. Diese Regeln sind zerstört worden. Deshalb muss Deutschland die Transferunion aufkündigen und den Euroraum verlassen.

08.04.2021 - 18:53 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 53 percent of voters support having ‚vaccine passports‘

Democrats were more likely than Republicans to support a vaccine passport, while independent voters were evenly split on the issue.

Roughly 70 percent of Democratic voters said the government should create such a system, while 60 percents of Republican voters said the opposite.

07.03.2021 - 15:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MARY ELLEN SYNON: Why the roots of the EU’s vaccine catastrophe lie in Merkel’s shadowy past in Communist East Germany

As a young woman, Merkel was taught to believe in a Soviet system that folded 15 republics into a single state, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In the past few months, she has sacrificed all prospects of rapid vaccination – and the lives it would save – for her own population because of her dogmatic belief in folding 27 countries into a single state called the European Union.

As Filipp Piatov, head of opinion at the German newspaper Bild, wrote last week, even in such a vital matter Merkel preferred ideology to good politics – because she was ‘so eager to demonstrate the superiority of Brussels bureaucracy to the nation state’.

05.02.2021 - 21:32 [ Clarity / Twitter ]

The flu abruptly disappeared in March of 2020. It disappeared at about the exact same time covid-19 testing and detection ramped up. See the timing overlay below

05.02.2021 - 21:16 [ theSun.co.uk ]

UK Covid cases fall by a THIRD in a week and deaths down almost 20% piling pressure on Boris to show way out of lockdown

Mark Harper — chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown sceptics, with 70 Tory MPs — said: “Back-of-the-envelope calculations I did based on two million doses a week mean you could get the top nine priority groups, first doses, and the top four groups, second doses, all done by the end of May.

“So it seems to me by the time you get to the end of May, no later than that, you should be in a position to get rid of restrictions completely.

01.02.2021 - 20:08 [ alison williams / Twitter ]

Friend works for Young’s and they got told today that Young’s pubs have heard the earliest they could possibly open would be may ! Fucking May !!!!it’s not even guaranteed that they will open then !!!

01.02.2021 - 20:04 [ Gareth Icke, Singer. Guitarist. Writer / Twitter ]

Britain has gone without a whimper. It’s citizens content to exist without existing, to live without living, and to allow the most untrustworthy among us, to determine every fine detail of their lives. All in less than 52 weeks.

01.02.2021 - 19:57 [ Bernie's Tweets / Twitter ]

BREAKING: looks like lockdown will be extended again. The country is at breaking point. This is a dreadful decision if true.

27.01.2021 - 16:04 [ teachsam.de ]

NS-Machtübernahme: Generalstreik gegen Hitler?

Paul Löbe (1949)
(1875-1967, Mitglied des SPD-Parteivorstandes in der Weimarer Republik, MdR)

„Die Frage, ob die Machterschleichung der Nazis durch gewaltsamen Widerstand abgewendet werden könne, war umstritten. Das Gros unserer Anhänger hat diesen aktiven Widerstand erwartet, die Führer aber waren von der Nutzlosigkeit des damit sicher verbundenen Blutbades überzeugt.“
(aus: Löbe 1949, S.147)

6)
Wilhelm Keil (1948)
(ehem. SPD-Funktionär in der Weimarer Republik)

„Generalstreik? Aussichtslos, da sich die Kommunisten oder Nationalsozialisten sofort seiner bemächtigen würden.“
(aus: Keil 1948, Bd.2, S.491)

7)
Helga Grebing (1959)

„Es war vor allem auf den erzieherischen Einfluss der Sozialdemokratie zurückzuführen, dass die die Arbeiterschaft ihren politischen Überzeugungen treu blieb, sich in den inneren und äußeren Stürmen der Republik diszipliniert verhielt und die auch sie bedrohende soziale Entwicklung als das Ende des von ihr bekämpften Kapitalismus begriff, dem ein neuer Anfang mit dem Sieg der Arbeiterklasse folgen würde. Eine solche Haltung war im Grunde aber eine Überkompensation des Gefühls tiefster Resignation und des schwindenden Glaubens an ihre Führer und an den Wert der politischen Aktionen. So wird verständlich, warum die deutsche Arbeiterschaft und ihre politischen Organisationen 1933 gegenüber dem nationalsozialistischen Gewalteinbruch in Passivität verharrten.“

(aus: Grebing (1959), S.32)

22.01.2021 - 20:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance make shock claim the Kent mutant coronavirus MIGHT be 30-40% more deadly but provide no evidence at all – as Covid cases fall AGAIN by 30% to 40,261 and R number drops below 1

Boris Johnson and his top scientific advisers tonight sensationally claimed the Kent coronavirus variant could be up to 40 per cent deadlier – but sparked fury by not providing the public any evidence for their doom-mongering.

Critics argued No10’s bold claim – based on findings by three academic groups – were reminiscent of ‚Project Fear‘, accusing ministers of managing to find a ’new twist‘ in Britain’s crisis whenever hopes are raised that lockdown could be eased.

18.01.2021 - 15:20 [ Movement for a People’s Party / Twitter ]

Be a nonconformist.

18.01.2021 - 15:06 [ The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center / Twitter ]

A thread of #MLK speeches and sermons in which he speaks truth to power, shares about his philosophy of nonviolence, and expounds on issues of injustice and what our righteous, rigorous response should be. Relevant. Revelatory. Revolutionary. #MLKDay

18.01.2021 - 14:33 [ NPR.org ]

Despite Warnings, Many State Capitols See Only Small Protests And Quiet Streets

In Denver, the Colorado Capitol’s lower windows were covered in anticipation of possible unrest — but hardly anyone showed up on Sunday. „I’m really surprised. I figured there’d be more than this,“ a supporter of President Trump told Colorado Public Radio.

In Lansing, where protesters swarmed Michigan’s Capitol building last May and a plot against the governor was uncovered in recent months, Sunday’s protest was deemed „eclectic, but small and dull“ by Michigan Radio. Events remained quiet, despite some demonstrators bringing their guns to the protest.

09.01.2021 - 18:45 [ Tucker Carlson / Fox News ]

Tucker Carlson: From Twitter to CNN, the left is coming for your speech

The assault on speech accelerates, and we at „Tucker Carlson Tonight“ are not immune. Friday morning, CNN announced that it is working to force the Fox News Channel off the air and run this company out of business. A number of prominent Democrats, including officeholders, support that effort. CNN staffers have already contacted the six major cable carriers in this country, the companies that carry our signal into your home, and pressured them to drop Fox News.

09.01.2021 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tucker Carlson reveals that CNN is trying to force Fox News OFF the air by pressuring cable carriers to drop it because they say the network ‚is irresponsible and dangerous for failing to call MAGA mob an insurrection‘

– Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson revealed during his Friday night show that CNN had allegedly made attempts to take the network of the air
– An enraged Carlson taunted CNN by stating that Fox would be around for a ‚long, long time‘ with ‚enemies like this‘
– He targeted CNN host Brianna Keilar after she tweeted that Carlson is ‚a liar‘ and said he should have called out the ‚insurrection‘ from Trump supporters
– Carlson also responded to an article from CNN’s Oliver Darcy in which he questioned why cable carriers continue to distribute Fox
– Darcy branded Fox’s reporting ‚irresponsible and dangerous‘
– ‚A TV network demanding that media conglomerates ban its competitors,‘ Carlson ranted in his clapback
– In the segment, Carlson also launched into an extended skit casting CNN’s president Jeff Zucker as Mini-Me and correspondent Brian Stelter as Dr. Evil

07.01.2021 - 10:48 [ Nachrichtenagentur Radio Utopie ]

Regarding the US presidential election in 2020: We are done with democracy simulations

(7. Februar 2020)

After the Iowa fraud and Bernie Sanders‘ Al Gore style capitulation (no recount / „recalculation“ of an in broad daylight rigged caucus) and the deafening silence of each and every progressive lawmaker, even from the Squad, we do not support any candidate in this election and furthermore question its authenticity and legitimacy. From this day on, we will rarely post any news to this election-without-a-choice.

We would like to ask you: would the Trumpolini in the White House watch, just for even a few hours, the Republican Party doing this to his campaign? The progressives in the Democratic Party let this happen for days and kept their head down. And Millions of good-willing, hard working people on the ground were let down and deceived, again.

We’re not going along with this dirty game, which can be played again and again and again on people who tolerate it once without resistance.

Notably, we have calculated with this development years ago and described a possibility how Bernie Sanders could have become US president (article in German). Let that sink in, just for a minute or two.

Since decades, only (far) right-wingers, warmongers and egoists have real candidates and political parties.

So, „vote“ yourself.

11.12.2020 - 10:25 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

Polnischer Außenminister: „Polen gegen eine Ausweitung der Kompetenzen der EU-Kommission“

(10.12.2020)

Wie Rau in dem Gespräch erinnert, hätten schon 2018 Juristen des Rats der Europäischen Union und des Europäischen Abrechnungshofs die Bindung des EU-Budgets an ein Rechtsstaatlichkeits-Kriterium als nicht mit den EU-Traktaten vereinbar bewertet. Eine Einführung von neuen Mechanismem hinter dem Rücken der Gesellschaft, ohne Rückfrage, so dass die neuen Regelungen auf demokratischem Wege ratifiziert werden, öffne den Weg zu einer Rebellion gegen die EU, so Rau.

10.12.2020 - 13:46 [ HungaryToday.hu ]

PM Orbán Sticks to Veto of EU Budget if Rule of Law Conditionality Stays

Commenting on a proposal by European People’s Party group leader Manfred Weber that decisions on issues concerning the rule of law should be left up to the European Commission while disputes should be settled by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Orbán said: “Everyone’s talking all kinds of nonsense and this is also true for Mr. Weber.”

“We’re not stupid, we weren’t born yesterday . we can put two and two together,” the prime minister said, insisting that Weber’s proposal meant that the EU wanted to “force anything onto member states that can be painted as a rule of law issue with a simple majority vote”.

10.12.2020 - 13:37 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

Compromise on offer for Poland as EU leaders seek deal on budget

Speaking during a working visit to Prague, where he met Czech President Milos Zeman, Duda said: “There is a preliminary agreement drawn up. Work on it is still underway.”

He added: “The agreement is the result of very strenuous efforts by Poland, Hungary but also the German presidency” of the EU.

10.12.2020 - 12:44 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

„Polnische Verhandlungstaktik erfolgreich“

Kurz vor dem Gipfel ist der Vorschlag einer Kompromisslösung ausgearbeitet worden, laut der die Anwendung des Mechanismus auf Situationen beschränkt werden soll, in denen die finanziellen Interessen der EU gefährdet sind. Zudem soll der Mechanismus noch vor seiner Anwendung durch den Europäischen Gerichtshof auf den Prüfstand gestellt werden. Die EU-Politiker sollen heute entscheiden, ob sie einen solchen Kompromiss akzeptieren.

10.12.2020 - 12:42 [ UngarnHeute.hu ]

Orbán: „Wir haben die Gewinnkarten“

– Das Inkrafttreten des gesamten Rechtsstaatlichkeitsmechanismus wird ausgesetzt, bis der Europäische Gerichtshof über seine Vereinbarkeit mit dem EU-Recht entscheidet.

10.12.2020 - 12:40 [ ZDF ]

Streit um Haushalt – Kompromiss mit Polen und Ungarn ausgehandelt

In dem Entwurf wird auch klargestellt, dass Ungarn und Polen den neuen Rechtsstaatsmechanismus vom Europäischen Gerichtshof überprüfen lassen können. Im Fall einer Klage soll er bis zu einem Urteil nicht angewendet werden dürfen. Zudem sollen die Mitgliedstaaten ein Mitspracherecht bekommen, wenn die EU-Kommission demnächst die Richtlinien zur Umsetzung ausarbeitet.

09.12.2020 - 17:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

STEPHEN GLOVER: When will Europe get it? Britain is determined to have its sovereignty back, come what may

Supported by other leaders, President Emmanuel Macron wants an independent Britain to obey future EU regulations — and be fined if it doesn’t.

Do they expect Boris Johnson to cave in during the next 24 hours? If so, they are tragically mistaken.

09.12.2020 - 14:06 [ UngarnHeute.hu ]

Orbán: „Wir haben die Chance auf einen polnisch-ungarischen Sieg“ in der EU-Haushaltsdebatte

Ungarn und Polen haben gute Chancen, in der laufenden Debatte über den nächsten Haushaltsrahmen der EU und über die Frage der Verknüpfung der Finanzierung mit „rechtsstaatlichen Bedingungen“ zu gewinnen, wenn sich die Dinge in den nächsten Tagen in die richtige Richtung entwickeln, sagte Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán nach seinen Gesprächen mit seinem polnischen Amtskollegen in Warschau am Dienstagabend.

09.12.2020 - 14:02 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

„Karikatur der Rechtsstaatlichkeit“

Das Ziel sei es, die Auszahlung von EU-Fonds von dem Stand der Rechtsstaatlichkeit im konkreten Land anhängig zu machen. Darüber, ob ein EU-Staat die Prinzipien der Rechtsstaatlichkeit befolge oder nicht, sollen andere Mitglieder der Europäischen Union entscheiden. Dies bedeute, dass diese Prozedur beliebig eingesetzt werden könne. In dem Projekt selbst gebe es keine klaren Kriterien, nach denen man die Rechtsstaatlichkeit messen könnte. Das zeige, dass die Auszahlung von EU-Geldern von rein politischen und nicht rechtlichen Faktoren abhängen würde.

05.12.2020 - 15:03 [ Spiked ]

The left now loathes the working class

Paul Embery, trade unionist, writer and author of Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class, joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss the left’s embrace of woke politics, and its rejection of the working class, national democracy and free speech.

13.11.2020 - 19:30 [ @CNNSotu / Twitter ]

Crush of mail-in ballots slows count in 4 key states #CNNElection

@jeremyherb
& @fschouten

13.11.2020 - 12:41 [ Lou Dobbs / Twitter ]

Dominion Voting Systems: Toronto based @dominionvoting was rejected by Texas Secretary of State in 2019 for major flaws in their software. Why was it used this election in 6 battleground states and 22 others?

#MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs

13.11.2020 - 12:30 [ NYBooks.com ]

Who Owns Our Voting Machines?

(November 2020)

These “black boxes” have required both election officials and the public to take on faith that the machines are programmed to capture voter intent, not subvert it. When researchers have attempted to examine the computer code, they have been threatened with lawsuits by the election vendors. (…)

These include machines that can be reprogrammed remotely or in person by surreptitiously (and easily) inserting fraudulent media cards or thumb drives, as researchers have shown over and over again.

Meanwhile, despite claims to the contrary by election vendors, it’s been demonstrated that ballot scanners in precincts in the swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida use wireless modems that connect to the Internet. (…)

These vulnerabilities—and others—inject doubt into the public’s perception of election integrity. That doubt is compounded by the fact that the three major election vendors in the United States—Election Systems and Software, Hart InterCivic, and Dominion—are owned by private equity. Together, they account for about 80 percent of all election equipment used in the United States.

13.11.2020 - 12:14 [ justthenews.com ]

Michigan county flips back to Trump, following repair of voting software glitch

(November 6, 2020)

Addressing the alleged software glitch, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said Friday during a press conference that „47 counties [in Michigan] use this same software in the same capacity.“

13.11.2020 - 12:12 [ apnews.com ]

Officials: Clerk error behind county results favoring Biden

The Department of State said Antrim and many other counties in Michigan use the Dominion Voting Systems election management system and ballot tabulators. The tabulators are programmed to scan hand-marked paper ballots.

13.11.2020 - 11:40 [ Politico.com ]

Cause of Election Day glitch in Georgia counties still unexplained

(11/04/2020 01:55 PM EST
Updated: 11/12/2020 10:28 PM EST)

The supervisor, Marcia Ridley of the Spalding County Board of Elections, had initially attributed the problem to a vendor’s 11th-hour update to the equipment. But log files for the devices — electronic poll books that poll workers use to sign in voters at precincts — show that no such update occurred to the devices the night before Election Day, Ridley said in a statement to POLITICO on Thursday. However, she said she stands by her previous statements last week that a representative for the election technology vendor, Dominion Voting Systems, told her office that it had uploaded some kind of update the night before the election and that this had created the glitch.

13.11.2020 - 11:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

‚They think they are above the law‘: the firms that own America’s voting system

(23.04.2019)

The result is a small network of companies that have near-monopolies on election services, such as building voting machines. Across the spectrum, private vendors have long histories of errors that affected elections, of obstructing politicians and the public from seeking information, of corruption, suspect foreign influence, false statements of security and business dishonesty. (…)

The party narrative is that Democrats are trying to use the federal government to take over state and local elections; the political angle is that recognizing vulnerabilities or flaws in the election system could raise doubts about the legitimacy of the party’s – and Donald Trump’s – victory in 2016.

Raskin’s bill could affect at least two of the largest election companies. Dominion Voting Systems, which is the second-largest voting machine vendor in the US, is based in both the US and Canada.

(…)

Due to that statement and a litany of other scandals – such as leaving an internet-facing server unprotected and revealing the source code for its machines or by installing unapproved software patches on its machines just before an election – that company, Diebold, sold off the election-machine portion of its company in 2009.

13.11.2020 - 11:20 [ Dominion Voting ]

Election 2020: Setting the Record Straight

Edison Research has also categorically denied any claims that their data suggests any voting irregularities, including vote switching.

When asked if the company had noticed these or any other anomalies in the voting data, Edison Research President Larry Rosin told The Dispatch Fact Check, „Edison Research created no such report and we are not aware of any voter fraud.“

11.11.2020 - 10:45 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 85 percent of voters say top priority is to make sure legal votes are counted correctly

Eighty-five percent of registered voters in the Nov. 2-4 survey said every legal vote should be counted correctly.

By contrast, 15 percent said having the results of the election as soon as possible should be the higher priority.

11.11.2020 - 10:42 [ CNN ]

Alarm grows over Trump’s ‚dictator moves‘ as he denies election defeat

President Donald Trump’s administration is taking on the characteristics of a tottering regime — with its loyalty tests, destabilizing attacks on the military chain of command, a deepening bunker mentality and increasingly delusional claims of political victory.

11.11.2020 - 10:40 [ Washington Post ]

The Republican Party Is Attacking Democracy

Its weapons are baseless insinuation and evidence-free charges, deployed solely to sow chaos and undermine the results of a free and fair election — one that produced a clear winner and an even clearer loser.

But the most dangerous attackers of American democracy aren’t the Russians or the Chinese. They are the leaders of the Republican Party.

10.11.2020 - 11:43 [ Fox News ]

Live Updates: McConnell backs Trump legal fight in election results

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed the Trump campaign’s legal challenge of voting results in several battleground states on Monday in his first public comments on the floor since Election Day.

In his remarks, McConnell, R-Ky., said, “no states have yet certified their election results” and that recounts are already expected to occur in “at least one or two states.”

10.11.2020 - 11:40 [ ORF.at ]

Justizminister erlaubt Ermittlungen zu Wahlbetrug

US-Justizminister William Barr hat Medienberichten zufolge Staatsanwälten die Erlaubnis erteilt, Vorwürfe des Wahlbetrugs noch vor Bekanntgabe der Endergebnisse zu untersuchen.

10.11.2020 - 11:34 [ theHill.com ]

Barr authorizes Justice to probe any ’substantial allegations‘ of voter fraud

Attorney General William Barr has authorized the Department of Justice to investigate any „substantial allegations“ of voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Barr wrote that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”

10.11.2020 - 11:17 [ Bloomberg Quicktake: Now / Youtube ]

LIVE: Trump Campaign Officials Discuss Legal Fight to Stop Vote Count in Pennsylvania

(Nov. 9) Watch live as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel discuss Pennsylvania litigation and give and the campaign’s overview of the post-Election Day landscape.

10.11.2020 - 11:11 [ taco tuesdey / Youtube ]

Trump Campaign Holds „Voter Fraud“ Press Conference with Kayleigh McEnany & Ronna McDaniel

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel hold press conference to discuss Pennsylvania litigation and give an overview of the post-Election Day landscape.

07.11.2020 - 12:16 [ justthenews.com ]

Rate of rejected mail-in ballots almost 30 times lower in Pennsylvania this year than in 2016

A county-by-county review by Just the News of accepted and rejected mail-in ballots throughout the state of Pennsylvania show that, when added up, the state only rejected 951 of 2,614,011 mail-in ballots this year, or a rate of 0.03%.

06.11.2020 - 10:27 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

Undermining the legitimacy of an election—what Trump is doing now, and in fact has done for months—is how demagogues destroy faith in democracy and move us toward authoritarianism.

06.11.2020 - 10:09 [ News 19 WLTX / Youtube ]

President Trump full speech on Election results: November 5, 2020

President Donald Trump held a news conference at the White House on November 5 where he claimed there was massive voter fraud and that he is the winner of the election. At present, there has been no evidence of any widespread voter fraud.

06.11.2020 - 10:06 [ New York Times ]

Trump’s Stunning News Conference

“If you count the legal votes, I win,” he said, before ticking off a litany of baseless claims about ways his campaign had supposedly been cheated by his opponents, nonpartisan poll workers and a vast conspiracy of technology companies and big business.

But nothing is “rigged” or “stolen” or “illegal.” No one is “doing a lot of bad things.”

05.11.2020 - 17:50 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Inability To Count Votes is a National Disgrace. And Dangerous.

The richest and most powerful country on earth — whether due to ineptitude, choice or some combination of both — has no ability to perform the simple task of counting votes in a minimally efficient or confidence-inspiring manner. As a result, the credibility of the voting process is severely impaired, and any residual authority the U.S. claims to “spread” democracy to lucky recipients of its benevolence around the world is close to obliterated.

04.11.2020 - 09:14 [ CNN ]

Crush of mail-in ballots slows count in 4 key states

Four key battleground states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia — began Wednesday with tens of thousands of absentee ballots uncounted, leaving the White House race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden up in the air.

Election officials in some states called it a night and planned to resume the count in the morning, while some counties in Pennsylvania weren’t even to start tabulating their mail-in votes until later Wednesday morning.

01.11.2020 - 08:20 [ DesMoinesRegister.com ]

Here’s why, despite what polls say, Trump is winning

In August, the respected CATO Institute reported that 62% of Americans acknowledge holding views that many people consider offensive. Among conservatives, that number skyrockets to 77%. With potentially tens of millions of closeted fans, Trump is a pollster’s nightmare. The wife of a pro-Trump buddy of mine detests the 45th president. Yet, when she slams Trump — which is very often — my friend smiles, nods approvingly, and replies, “I hear ya, sweetie,” or, “you sure got that right, honey.” Another guy who does the same thing says, “Happy wife; happy life.”

30.10.2020 - 07:38 [ NPR.org ]

‚No Pandemic Exception To The Constitution‘: Court Rejects Minn. Ballot Extension

„The rule of law, as established by the United States Constitution and the Minnesota Legislature, dictates these rules must be followed notwithstanding the Secretary’s instructions to the contrary,“ the assenting judges wrote in explaining their decision.

„There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution.“

27.10.2020 - 13:32 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats would destroy Supreme Court with scheme to pack justices

Litmus tests and the idea to pack the bench would not honor Ginsburg. They would instead destroy the Supreme Court she loved. These moves would obliterate an institution that has over history preserved the stability and continuity of our country. The Supreme Court has performed this vital role based on its legitimacy and authority with Americans that will surely evaporate if Democrats conduct litmus tests or pack the bench.

27.10.2020 - 13:30 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ABgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Expand the court.

27.10.2020 - 13:27 [ voanews.com ]

If Democrats Can, Should They Pack US Supreme Court?

(20.10.2020)

The number of justices has changed over time, from six to as many as 10, but the number has remained steady at nine since 1869. In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to pack the court to preserve his New Deal legislation, which kept getting struck down by the high court. He failed.

26.10.2020 - 08:08 [ New York Times ]

Fights Erupt During ‘Jews for Trump’ Rally in Manhattan

According to the police, the pro-Trump caravan passed through Times Square, where it converged with a group of anti-Trump protesters who had marched from Brooklyn. The cars in the convoy were then blocked by counterprotesters, and some drivers got out of their cars to confront the anti-Trump demonstrators.

26.10.2020 - 08:05 [ Fox News ]

Family describes horror as violent maskless rioters throw rocks, attack ‚Jews for Trump‘ convoy

A member of the family told Fox News that the unprovoked attack happened while the family was driving down 5th Ave with the car windows down and Trump flags displayed.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous fearing his family could be targeted, said a car pulled up next to them and unleashed pepper spray into their vehicle.

21.10.2020 - 11:25 [ Pew Research Center ]

In U.S. and UK, Globalization Leaves Some Feeling ‘Left Behind’ or ‘Swept Up’

(05.10.2020)

In the course of the focus group discussions, participants observed that globalization extends beyond economic issues, such as trade, multinational corporations and open markets, to questions of governance, sovereignty and the connectivity made possible by new communication technology. Core to the discussion of globalization’s political implications was the role and influence of multinational or multilateral organizations such as the UN, the World Bank and – in the case of the UK – the EU. Particularly for participants who were less comfortable with globalization, these organizations were framed in terms of implications for the nation-state.

20.10.2020 - 04:33 [ Xinhuanet ]

Trump campaign demands foreign policy be central focus of final presidential debate

„As is the long-standing custom, and as has been promised by the Commission on Presidential Debates, we had expected that foreign policy would be the central focus of the October 22 debate,“ Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a letter to the commission on Monday.

„We urge you to recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed,“ Stepien wrote.

20.10.2020 - 04:25 [ Newsweek.com ]

Trump Campaign Requests Debate Topics Change to Focus on Foreign Policy, Alleges Debate Commission is Helping Biden

President Donald Trump’s campaign accused the Commission on Presidential Debates of shifting the focus of Thursday’s debate away from foreign policy in an effort to „insulate“ former Vice President Joe Biden „from his own history.“

20.10.2020 - 04:06 [ Fox News ]

Gidley accuses debate commission of ‚failure‘ by omitting foreign policy from topics list

„First, they tried to mess up the whole process with a virtual debate,“ Gidley told „The Story“ host Martha MacCallum.

„Then, all of a sudden, the last debate — which is typically about foreign policy, something we talked about with the commission early on when we agreed to the rules set forward … now what do you know?“

20.10.2020 - 03:38 [ Washington Examiner ]

Trump campaign cries foul over change in third debate focus from foreign policy

Announced Friday, the topics include, „Fighting COVID-19,“ „American Families,“ „Race in America,“ „Climate Change,“ National Security,“ and „Leadership.“

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Jason Miller, a Trump campaign senior adviser, called the debate’s focus on foreign policy „perfect,“ pointing to what he said was Biden’s support for „endless wars.“

20.10.2020 - 03:13 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump campaign trashes debate commission for leaving foreign policy off list of topics

NBC News’ Kristen Welker, who will moderate the next debate, announced on Monday the topics would cover Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership.

14.10.2020 - 12:37 [ ukcolumn.org ]

Covid-19: The Data Exposing the Deception

Without a functioning mainstream media, and with government scientific advisors seemingly bought and paid for by pharmaceutical corporations, it has been left to independent journalists and researchers to question the Covid-19 narrative that we are all supposed to accept without hesitation. Few have worked harder than Mark Oakford.

Mark has sent 1,392 freedom of information requests to local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS trusts, Police Forces, Education Authorities, Ministerial departments and more.

While a few requests remain unanswered, he has gathered data on more than 1.6 million public sector workers across the UK…

(…)

We are told that lockdowns are essential to avert a so-called second wave. Yet Mark found, for public sector workers who regularly interact with the public in the community, such as police officers, fire officers, park attendants and so forth, mortality was zero.

Our entire way of life is being irrevocably changed because of the claims made about Covid-19. We should insists that those claims be rigorously scrutinised.

10.10.2020 - 13:48 [ Detroit News ]

Opinion: Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers ended immediately with ruling

(today)

In response to the Court’s ruling, the governor incorrectly stated that the decision is not effective for another 21 days: Under Michigan Court Rule 7.315(C)(4), “unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an order or judgment is effective when it is issued…” Not 21 days later. Immediately. Her emergency powers are over, and either the Court or the attorney general should publicly clarify that Whitmer’s executive orders no longer have any force of law.

10.10.2020 - 13:21 [ Detroit News ]

Whitmer slams Supreme Court ruling, warns orders could continue

(02.10.2020)

She warned the court order doesn’t take effect for another 21 days and some of the measures put in place to control the virus can continue under „alternative sources of authority not at issue in today’s ruling.“

10.10.2020 - 12:32 [ ABC News ]

Ohio county says nearly 50,000 voters received wrong ballots

With about 240,000 ballots mailed, that meant one in five voters received a wrong ballot. The error happened Saturday afternoon when someone changed a setting on a machine that places absentee ballots into mailing envelopes, Franklin County elections officials said Thursday.

09.10.2020 - 12:07 [ Washington Post ]

The debate commission grabbed for too much power. Its time is up.

Yet the original design of the party-controlled general-election debate has slowly morphed from Republican Party-Democratic Party negotiation into something wholly different: a free-standing group of self-anointed, self-important Beltway Brahmins. Slowly but surely, the organization added staff, raised funds, expanded its “mission” and deepened its own sense of entitlement.

09.10.2020 - 12:02 [ Fox News ]

Joe Lieberman: The Commission On Presidential Debates Have Become Very Powerful & A Little Autocratic

Joe Lieberman, former democrat vice presidential candidate and senator, spoke with Brian Kilmeade and criticized the Commission on Presidential Debate’s decision to make the next debate virtual. Lieberman agrees with President Trump being upset over the decision and says he didn’t think „to just decide“ was the way to make the announcement and that the people on the commission „have become very powerful and a little autocratic.“

09.10.2020 - 11:31 [ Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) ]

CPD ANNOUNCES SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WILL BE VIRTUAL

Washington, D.C. (October 8, 2020) – In order to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15, 2020, The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced the following today:

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.

06.10.2020 - 17:32 [ New York Times ]

Trump Leaves Hospital, Minimizing Virus and Urging Americans ‘Not to Let It Dominate Your Life’

President Trump returned to the White House on Monday night, staging a defiant, made-for-television moment in which he ripped off his face mask and then urged the nation to put aside the risks of the deadly coronavirus that has swept through his own staff and sent him to the hospital for three days.

06.10.2020 - 17:20 [ Heise.de ]

Corona: Zwei Jahre bis zur Normalisierung?

Der Münchner Kinder- und Jugendmediziner Martin Terhardt ist Mitglied der Ständigen Impfkommission des Robert-Koch-Instituts. Er sagte der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung (FAS), dass der Corona-Ausnahmezustand mit Maskenpflichten und Kontaktbeschränkungen noch bis zu zwei Jahre dauern könne.

05.10.2020 - 02:50 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

Federalist’s Sean Davis: CIA Director Haspel Personally Blocking Declassification Of Documents That Will Reveal Truth About Russiagate

„Unfortunately those releases and declassifications according to multiple sources I’ve talked to are being blocked by CIA director Gina Haspel who herself was the main link between Washington and London,“ Davis said. „As the London station chief from John Brennan’s CIA during the 2016 election. Recall, it was London where Christopher Steele was doing all this work. And I’m told that it was Gina Haspel personally who is blocking a continued declassification of these documents that will show the American people the truth of what actually happened.“

02.10.2020 - 17:26 [ Sky News ]

Coronavirus: Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance say numbers ‚going wrong way‘

(30.09.2020)

Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance both warn that the UK’s coronavirus epidemic has a concerning direction of travel.

02.10.2020 - 17:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The selfish hypocrisy of champagne lockdownism is demolishing our society

Britain is in the grip of a curious psychological phenomenon. Predictably, we are on the brink of yet another populist lockdown. But here’s the thing: nobody really believes in it this time. Not our libertarian PM who can’t quite muster the energy to memorise his own rules. Perhaps not even the politicians lobbying in favour of lockdowns. And certainly not the millions of closet individualists who are lying to the pollsters.

24.09.2020 - 16:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces growing backbench rebellion as up to 50 Tory MPs and a MINISTER oppose plans to extend Government lockdown powers

Such a move, if they vote against the measure, would wipe out the Government’s 80-seat majority, although many could choose to abstain, which could make it a close vote and could avoid them possibly losing the party whip if it sneaks through.

23.09.2020 - 05:00 [ NCSC / Twitter ]

Foreign actors & cybercriminals likely to spread disinfo on 2020 election results, per @FBI , @CISAgov . They could create new websites, change existing ones, create or share social media content to spread false info to discredit process.

23.09.2020 - 03:40 [ Spiked ]

We need to take back control from the government

Covid authoritarianism is out of control. It’s time the people pushed back.

22.09.2020 - 09:41 [ UN.org ]

LIVE: UN ‚only as strong as its members‘ Guterres tells UN75 event, looking to the future

On Monday the UN marks the 75 years of the Organization with a High-level meeting featuring many world leaders. The theme is, “The future we want, the United Nations we need”, and there is a strong focus on the role of youth, and ensuring the UN remains relevant for future generations.

Highlights:
• Live broadcast of High-level meeting

• UNcomplicated podcast: the UN turns 75
• UN75 photo story

• Richard Curtis video, Nations United

• Lid Is On podcast, narrated by Julia Roberts

• W.H. Auden’s „Hymn to the United Nations“

19.08.2020 - 02:06 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Streit um Briefwahl: US-Post schiebt Reformen auf

In mehreren Bundesstaaten hatte die Post gewarnt, Wahlunterlagen würden eventuell nicht rechtzeitig zugestellt werden können, um alle Stimmen zu zählen. Interne Unterlagen tauchten auf, denen zufolge Sortiermaschinen und Briefkästen abgebaut würden.

Eben solche Maßnahmen würden nun vorerst auf Eis gelegt, so DeJoy. Außerdem sollen die Öffnungszeiten von Postämtern nicht eingeschränkt werden, deren Mitarbeiter könnten im notwendigen Umfang Überstunden leisten, um den erwarteten Mehraufwand zu stemmen.

19.08.2020 - 02:01 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi on postmaster general pausing changes: ‚They felt the heat‘

Pelosi first announced on Sunday that she would call the House back early from its August recess to vote on legislation that would prevent the Postal Service from making changes to delivery operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The House is scheduled to convene on Saturday to vote on the bill in a rare weekend session sandwiched between the Democratic and Republican conventions.

17.08.2020 - 19:28 [ Vox.com ]

The all-virtual Democratic National Convention, explained

“This is a very serious time”: The coronavirus has reshaped the Democratic National Convention.

17.08.2020 - 19:22 [ Jonathan Turley / theHill.com ]

Virtual democracy means Congress and the courts should go online now

(21.03.2020)

Both Congress and the Supreme Court have stopped meeting out of fear of physical contact, even though the technology exists to allow officials to continue working in virtual spaces. Legal barriers could be removed to allow such a shift to a type of virtual democracy, but the main barrier seems to be conceptual and cultural.

We must not allow a constitutional system to wither like a starving man staring at an apple tree but incapable of imagining a stick.

17.08.2020 - 10:57 [ gesetze-im-internet.de ]

Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

Article 28
[Land constitutions – Autonomy of municipalities]

(1) The constitutional order in the Länder must conform to the principles of a republican, democratic and social state governed by the rule of law within the meaning of this Basic Law. In each Land, county and municipality the people shall be represented by a body chosen in general, direct, free, equal and secret elections.

(…)

Article 38
[Elections]

(1) Members of the German Bundestag shall be elected in general, direct, free, equal and secret elections.

17.08.2020 - 10:37 [ Bundestag ]

Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Art 28(1)

Die verfassungsmäßige Ordnung in den Ländern muß den Grundsätzen des republikanischen, demokratischenund sozialen Rechtsstaates im Sinne dieses Grundgesetzes entsprechen. In den Ländern, Kreisen und Gemeinden muß das Volk eine Vertretung haben, die aus allgemeinen, unmittelbaren, freien, gleichen und geheimen Wahlen hervorgegangen ist.

(…)

Art 38(1) Die Abgeordneten des Deutschen Bundestages werden in allgemeiner, unmittelbarer, freier, gleicher und geheimer Wahl gewählt. S

16.08.2020 - 07:09 [ Cory Doctorow / Wired ]

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever – The power to end it is in your hands.

(28.07.2020)

What I showed those journalists was proof, in the form of the government’s own classified documents, that the self-described “Five Eyes”—the state security organs of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada—had together conspired to weaken their laws. They had forced clandestine access to the networks of their largest telecommunications and internet titans (some of whom hadn’t needed much in the way of arm-twisting) in pursuit of a single goal: the transformation of the free and fragmented internet into history’s first centralized means of global mass surveillance.

15.08.2020 - 19:24 [ teachsam.de ]

NS-Machtübernahme: Generalstreik gegen Hitler?

Paul Löbe (1949)
(1875-1967, Mitglied des SPD-Parteivorstandes in der Weimarer Republik, MdR)

„Die Frage, ob die Machterschleichung der Nazis durch gewaltsamen Widerstand abgewendet werden könne, war umstritten. Das Gros unserer Anhänger hat diesen aktiven Widerstand erwartet, die Führer aber waren von der Nutzlosigkeit des damit sicher verbundenen Blutbades überzeugt.“
(aus: Löbe 1949, S.147)

6)
Wilhelm Keil (1948)
(ehem. SPD-Funktionär in der Weimarer Republik)

„Generalstreik? Aussichtslos, da sich die Kommunisten oder Nationalsozialisten sofort seiner bemächtigen würden.“
(aus: Keil 1948, Bd.2, S.491)

7)
Helga Grebing (1959)

„Es war vor allem auf den erzieherischen Einfluss der Sozialdemokratie zurückzuführen, dass die die Arbeiterschaft ihren politischen Überzeugungen treu blieb, sich in den inneren und äußeren Stürmen der Republik diszipliniert verhielt und die auch sie bedrohende soziale Entwicklung als das Ende des von ihr bekämpften Kapitalismus begriff, dem ein neuer Anfang mit dem Sieg der Arbeiterklasse folgen würde. Eine solche Haltung war im Grunde aber eine Überkompensation des Gefühls tiefster Resignation und des schwindenden Glaubens an ihre Führer und an den Wert der politischen Aktionen. So wird verständlich, warum die deutsche Arbeiterschaft und ihre politischen Organisationen 1933 gegenüber dem nationalsozialistischen Gewalteinbruch in Passivität verharrten.“

(aus: Grebing (1959), S.32)

14.08.2020 - 05:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Michael Cohen has offer to be a political consultant, his lawyer says

(06.08.2020)

Michael Cohen hopes to accept the offer to work on the committee’s behalf, attorney Danya Perry told US District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in a letter aimed at ensuring the judge does not object. She did not identify the committee.

01.08.2020 - 15:36 [ Radio Utopie ]

Tag der Freiheit: 100.000 demonstrieren und Zombie-Linke hetzen dagegen

GenossInnen, macht nur so weiter. Ihr steht irgendwann wie anno ´75 in Saigon auf dem Dach und wartet auf die Hubschrauber…

01.08.2020 - 14:44 [ MMnewsTV / Youtube ]

Demo Berlin – Livestream: Tag der Freiheit 1.8.2020

Bericht von der Demo in Berlin. Michael Mross auf der Straße. Zum Tag der Freiheit trafen sich circa 100.000 Menschen.

31.07.2020 - 17:49 [ QUERDENKEN 711 - Wir für das Grundgesetz / Youtube ]

Info zur #Demo in #Berlin am 01.08.2020 / Tag der Freiheit

– Aufzug
– Hautkundgebung
– Presse
– Organisatorisches

31.07.2020 - 16:21 [ RoteFahne.eu ]

Presseerklärung der Antifaschistischen Aktion – Wir nehmen unsere historische Verantwortung ernst, weil es unsere Pflicht ist

Breites Bündnis der Demokratiebewegung:
Sofortige Rücknahme aller Einschränkungen der Grundrechte!
Samstag 1. August 2020 BERLIN
10:30 Uhr Brandenburger Tor

27.07.2020 - 20:07 [ SproutWired.com ]

Rep. Nunes on solution source for anti-Trump Steele dossier: ‘expanded our investigation’ into Brookings Institute

House Intelligence Committee Position Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., instructed “Sunday Early morning Futures” in an distinctive job interview that “we’ve now expanded our investigation, full-blown investigation, into the Brookings Institute.”

27.07.2020 - 20:02 [ theGreggJarrett.com ]

The Secret Source Behind The Anti-Trump Dossier Is Finally Exposed

The fabulist behind the infamous and discredited anti-Trump dossier has finally been exposed. His name is Igor Danchenko.

He is not some mysterious Russian agent operating in the bowels of the Kremlin. Danchenko is a Ukrainian-born resident of the United States who worked as a senior research analyst for the Washington D.C. liberal think tank, Brookings Institution.

04.07.2020 - 13:05 [ Newsweek ]

The Top Five Rigged U.S. Presidential Elections

„There was a cemetery where the names on the tombstones were registered and voted. I remember a house. It was completely gutted. There was nobody there. But there were 56 votes for [John F.] Kennedy in that house.“

Mazo also found that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s charge that other counties were doing the same thing in favor of Republicans proved to be true—but nothing on the scale of what happened in Chicago.

04.07.2020 - 12:51 [ CBS Los Angeles ]

CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year

(May 23, 2016)

And then there’s Julita Abutin.

Records show she voted in Norwalk in 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008 though she died in 2006.

Abutin’s daughter, Marivic, says it’s impossible that her mother voted.

But the Los Angeles County Registrar confirms they have signed vote-by-mail envelopes with her mother’s name for the 2014 and 2012 election, though she died 10 years ago.

04.07.2020 - 12:44 [ CNN ]

Supreme Court temporarily blocks court order that cleared the way for expanded vote by mail in Alabama due to Covid-19

The court’s decision also comes as President Donald Trump has repeatedly disparaged voting by mail as prone to fraud. The President has claimed, without evidence, that there is systemic cheating with mail-in ballots and has made false accusations against states that are expanding absentee and mail-in options, despite voting by mail himself.

Numerous studies suggest that voter fraud is all but nonexistent in the US, and the President’s own voter fraud commission disbanded without finding any evidence to back up his claims.

27.06.2020 - 09:19 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court Turns Down Request to Allow All Texans to Vote by Mail

The state’s primary runoff election, which was postponed in light of the pandemic, is scheduled to be held on July 14. Judge Biery’s ruling also applied to the general election in November.

20.06.2020 - 08:04 [ theHill.com ]

Oklahoma Supreme Court denies appeal to enforce social distancing at Trump rally

The Oklahoma Supreme Court denied a legal request to require that social distancing be enforced at President Trump’s campaign rally on Saturday, according to media reports Friday.

The decision comes in response to a lawsuit brought by two attorneys on behalf of city residents, businesses and immunocompromised individuals who claimed that the rally would put the community at increased risk of coronavirus infection.

18.06.2020 - 17:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Lionel Shriver talks to Allison Pearson: ‚The British people have never more profoundly disappointed me‘

Speaking to The Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast – which you can listen to on the audio player above – Shriver told podcast host and Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson she was „dismayed“ with the way Britons have stayed at home without questioning government strategy.

„The British people have never more profoundly disappointed me. It seems so un-British to say, alright then I’ll just roll over and I’ll stay home. I think part of it was being able to feed into the Blitz narrative,“ she said. „The bizarre attachment to being confined to your homes and not making a living and relying on the government…I’m just dismayed.“

16.06.2020 - 11:19 [ DemocracyNow.org ]

Angela Davis on Not Endorsing Any Presidential Candidate: “I Think We Need a New Party”

(28.03.2016)

For more than four decades, Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Davis talks about the “fascist appeal” of Donald Trump and explains why she is not officially endorsing any candidate in this election. “I believe in independent politics,” she says. “I still think that we need a new party, a party that is grounded in labor, a party that can speak to all of the issues around racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, what is happening in the world. We don’t yet have that party.”

15.06.2020 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

Coronavirus Live Updates: As Social Distancing Wanes, Cuomo Warns of Another Lockdown

Specifically, Mr. Cuomo said that bar patrons in Manhattan and the Hamptons on Long Island had been flouting the rules, and warned that if local officials did not crack down on such behavior the state could be forced to suspend re-opening plans.

“There is a very real possibility that we would roll back the reopening in those areas,” he said, adding that if people didn’t abide social distancing rules, including wearing masks, a second wave of infections was almost inevitable. “It will come. And once it comes, it’s too late.”

13.06.2020 - 06:45 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I genuinely don’t understand why people who say „Free speech is an important principle, but…“ don’t just say: „I don’t believe in free speech because…“ People have always debated free speech. There have always been & always will be people who want to limit it. Just say that.

13.06.2020 - 06:08 [ Matt Taibbi ]

The American Press Is Destroying Itself

But police violence, and Trump’s daily assaults on the presidential competence standard, are only part of the disaster. On the other side of the political aisle, among self-described liberals, we’re watching an intellectual revolution. It feels liberating to say after years of tiptoeing around the fact, but the American left has lost its mind. It’s become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.

09.06.2020 - 08:24 [ theAtlantic.com ]

America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic

After months of deserted public spaces and empty roads, Americans have returned to the streets. But they have come not for a joyous reopening to celebrate the country’s victory over the coronavirus. Instead, tens of thousands of people have ventured out to protest the killing of George Floyd by police.

Demonstrators have closely gathered all over the country, and in blocks-long crowds in large cities, singing and chanting and demanding justice.

09.06.2020 - 06:59 [ DeAnna Lorraine, Fmr Congressional Candidate vs Nancy Pelosi / Twitter ]

Someone show Dr. Fauci this now!

07.06.2020 - 12:01 [ Jack Posobiec, Information warfare analyst / Twitter ]

Jacob Frey just found out Mensheviks get sent to the wall

07.06.2020 - 11:35 [ See new Tweets Conversation Geoff Diehl & KathyJoBoss: MassGOP State Committee / Twitter ]

Charlie Chase, 82 year old Air Force Vet thrown to the ground in Fall River for holding a Trump sign, was back at it today! Supported by people from all over, he had nothing but love for everyone, including his attacker, & he Fall River Police made sure they had his back!

(06.06.2020)

07.06.2020 - 11:20 [ wbsm.com ]

Police: Fall River Man Assaulted Elderly Trump Supporter

(04.06.2020)

The victim was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Police say the victim had visible bruising on his lower back. Two independent witnesses say they observed the attack and corroborated the victim’s version of events.

The victim stated that he believed that he was targeted and attacked because of his political beliefs and the Trump hat that he was wearing. Courtright was contacted by police and later turned himself in to authorities at the Fall River Police Station.

21.05.2020 - 06:33 [ ZDF ]

Lockdown verlängert – Proteste in Spanien

Nur kurz nach der Abstimmung gingen Lockdown-Kritiker und Gegner der Regierung in Madrid und anderen Städten an die Fenster, auf die Balkone und zum Teil auch auf die Straßen, um lautstark zu protestieren. Sie machten ihrem Ärger Luft, indem sie auf Töpfe schlugen und „Freiheit, Freiheit!“ skandierten. Viele schwenkten spanische Fahnen, andere waren in die Landesflagge gehüllt.

21.05.2020 - 06:25 [ okdiario.com ]

Sevilla ya es un clamor: cientos de personas marchan por cuarto día contra Sánchez

(today)

Varios cientos de personas se han vuelto a juntar este miércoles para protestar contra el Gobierno de un Pedro Sánchez del que exigen su dimisión. Se trata de la cuarta movilización celebrada en Sevilla contra el Ejecutivo.

21.05.2020 - 06:20 [ El Pais ]

Hundreds of Spaniards march against government despite social-distancing rules

The protests in Madrid intensified over the weekend, after health authorities on Friday rejected the region’s request to move to the next phase of the coronavirus deescalation plan. While much of the country is now in Phase 1, which allows some degree of social interaction and the reopening of some businesses, Madrid remains in Phase 0, although a few restrictions have been eased.

21.05.2020 - 06:15 [ okdiario.com / Twitter ]

La rebelión ciudadana se extiende a toda España: clamor general contra Sánchez e Iglesias

(17.05.2020)

16.05.2020 - 14:18 [ New York Times ]

With Move to Remote Voting, House Alters What It Means for Congress to Meet

Some Republicans privately support a remote House, but sided with their leaders on Friday and voted against it anyway. The vast majority, though, have resisted the changes, calling Democrats’ decision to move ahead over their objections “the most significant power grab in the history of Congress.”

On the House floor on Friday, an unmasked Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, accused Democrats of “suspending the Constitution,” and setting up a scheme where just 22 members “with 10 proxies in their back pocket could do the business of 300 million great people in this country.”

16.05.2020 - 10:13 [ Radio Utopie ]

Geheimdienste-Ausschuss-Vorsitzender: U.S.-Dienste sammelten „versehentlich Informationen über U.S. Bürger im Trump Team“

(23.03.2017)

Am 12. März äußerte sich dann jemand, der Ahnung hat: Rand Paul. In der „CBS“-Sendung „Face the Nation“ rückte Rand Paul, unter vielem Hin und Her und Ach und jaa-nee, endlich mit der Sprache heraus (Links wurden hinzugefügt):

„Der Weg wie es funktioniert ist – das F.I.S.A.-Gericht, mittels Section 702 (Anm.: vom Patriot Act), hört Ausländer ab und hört dann Amerikanern zu. Es ist eine Durchleuchtung von Amerikanern durch die Hintertür. Und weil sie so viele Daten haben, können sie abhören — tippen sie Donald Trump in ihre gewaltigen Ressourcen (Anm.: Datenbanken) über Leute ein, die sie in Übersee abhören, und sie kriegen alle seine Telefonanrufe.

Und so haben sie das mit Präsident Obama gemacht. Sie — eintausendzweihundertsiebenundzwanzig Mal haben sie Präsident Obamas Telefonanrufe belauscht. Dann maskieren sie ihn (Anm.: anonymisieren seine Daten). Aber hier ist das Problem. Und General Hayden hat dies am anderen Tag gesagt. Er sagte, sogar niedere Angestellte können den Anrufer demaskieren (Anm.: die Daten wieder einer bestimmten Person zuordnen). Das ist vermutlich dass, was Flynn passiert ist.

Sie zielen nicht auf Amerikaner. Sie zielen auf Ausländer. Aber sie tun das absichtlich, um an Amerikaner heran zu kommen.“

16.05.2020 - 09:23 [ JustTheNews.com ]

Making of a myth: Timeline of media’s role in selling ‚Trump-Russia collusion‘ tale

Nov. 18, 2016:

Trump announces Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his choice for National Security Adviser. Over the next few weeks, Flynn communicates with numerous international leaders.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2016:

Two dozen Obama administration officials make requests to unmask the name of National Security Adviser designee Flynn, who was „incidentally“ captured by intel surveillance. The officials include: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan.

Jan. 5, 2017:

Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough requests Flynn unmasking.

Intelligence Community leadership, including FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, CIA Director Brennan and Director of National Intelligence Clapper, provides classified briefing to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice on alleged Russia hacking during 2016 campaign, according to notes later written by Rice.

After briefing, according to Rice’s notes, President Obama convenes Oval Office meeting with her, Comey, Biden, and Yates. The „Steele dossier“ is reportedly discussed. Also reportedly discussed: Flynn’s intercepted talks with Russia’s ambassador.

16.05.2020 - 08:37 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: BOMBSHELL reveals Biden at center of Obamagate, media ignores

Saagar blasts Joe Biden for being among the Obama administration officials who „unmasked“ former national security adviser Michael Flynn, despite his wavering stance on involvement in the prosecution.

10.05.2020 - 07:22 [ VeritasLiberabitVos.info ]

EIN AUFRUF FÜR DIE KIRCHE UND FÜR DIE WELT an Katholiken und alle Menschen guten Willens

In einer Zeit schwerster Krise erachten wir Hirten der katholischen Kirche, aufgrund unseres Auftrags, es als unsere heilige Pflicht, einen Appell an unsere Mitbrüder im Bischofsamt, an den Klerus, die Ordensleute, das heilige Volk Gottes und alle Männer und Frauen guten Willens zu richten. Dieser Aufruf wurde auch von Intelektuellen, Medizinern, Anwälten, Journalisten und anderen Fachleuten unterzeichnet, die dem Inhalt zustimmen; er kann von denjenigen unterzeichnet werden, die sich ihn zu eigen machen möchten.

Es sind Tatsachen, dass unter dem Vorwand der Covid-19-Epidemie in vielen Fällen unveräußerliche Rechte der Bürger verletzt und ihre Grundfreiheiten unverhältnismäßig und ungerechtfertigt eingeschränkt wurden, einschließlich des Rechts auf Religionsfreiheit, freie Meinungsäußerung und Freizügigkeit. Die öffentliche Gesundheit darf und kann kein Alibi werden, um die Rechte von Millionen von Menschen auf der ganzen Welt zu verletzen, geschweige denn, um die Zivilbehörden von ihrer Pflicht zu befreien, klug für das Gemeinwohl zu handeln. Dies gilt umso dringlicher, je mehr Zweifel von verschiedenen Seiten an der tatsächlichen Ansteckungsgefahr, der Gefahr, sowie der Resistenz des Virus laut werden: Viele maßgebliche Stimmen in der Welt der Wissenschaft und Medizin bestätigen, dass dieser Alarmismus seitens der Medien gegenüber Covid-19 in keinster Weise gerechtfertigt zu sein scheint.

Wir haben Grund zu der Annahme – und das auf Grundlage offizieller Daten der Epidemie in Bezug auf die Anzahl der Todesfälle – dass es Kräfte gibt, die daran interessiert sind, in der Bevölkerung Panik zu erzeugen. Auf diese Weise wollen sie dauerhaft Formen inakzeptabler Freiheitsbegrenzung und der damit verbundenen Kontrolle über Personen und der Verfolgung all ihrer Bewegungen durchsetzen. Diese illiberalen Steuerungsversuche sind der beunruhigender Auftakt zur Schaffung einer Weltregierung, die sich jeder Kontrolle entzieht.

Wir glauben auch, dass in einigen Situationen die ergriffenen Eindämmungsmaßnahmen, einschließlich der Einstellung kommerzieller Aktivitäten, zu einer Krise geführt haben, die ganze Wirtschaftssektoren niedergeschlagen haben. Dies wiederum fördert eine Einmischung von fremden Mächten und hat schwerwiegende soziale und politische Auswirkungen.

Diese Formen des „Social Engineering“ müssen von denen, die Regierungsverantwortung tragen, verhindert werden, indem Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Bürger ergriffen werden, deren Vertreter sie sind und in deren Interessen sie zu handeln haben, wie es ihre ernste Pflicht ist. Sie müssen der Familie, der Zelle der Gesellschaft, helfen und vermeiden, schwache und ältere Menschen unangemessen zu bestrafen und sie zu schmerzhaften Trennungen von Angehörigen zu zwingen. Die Kriminalisierung persönlicher und sozialer Beziehungen muss als inakzeptabler Bestandteil eines Projekts beurteilt werden, mit dem die Isolation von Personen gefördert wird, um diese besser manipulieren und kontrollieren zu können.

Wir fordern die wissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft auf, dafür zu sorgen, dass die medizinische Behandlung von Covid-19, in aufrichtiger Sorge um das Gemeinwohl gefördert und daher sorgfältigst vermieden wird, dass zweifelhafte Wirtschaftsinteressen die Entscheidungen der Regierungen und internationalen Behörden beeinflussen. Es ist nicht sinnvoll, einerseits Arzneimittel, die sich als wirksam erwiesen haben und oftmals kostengünstig sind, zu ächten, und andererseits Behandlungen oder Impfstoffen Vorrang einzuräumen, die Pharmaunternehmen höhere Gewinne garantieren, aber nicht gleichermaßen wirksam sind. Damit erhöhen sich die Kosten für die öffentliche Gesundheit. Wir erinnern als Hirten daran, dass es für Katholiken moralisch inakzeptabel ist, sich mit Impfstoffen behandeln zu lassen, zu deren Herstellung Material von abgetriebenen Föten verwendet wird.

Wir fordern die Regierenden außerdem auf, dafür zu sorgen, dass Formen der Kontrolle von Menschen auf Strengste vermieden werden, sei es durch Tracingsysteme, sei es in durch irgendwelche anderen Arten der Lokalisierung. Der Kampf gegen Covid-19, so ernst er auch sein mag, darf nicht als Vorwand zur Unterstützung unklarer Absichten supranationaler Einheiten dienen, die sehr starke politische und wirtschaftliche Interessen verfolgen. Insbesondere muss den Bürgern die Möglichkeit gegeben werden: Einschränkungen der persönlichen Freiheiten abzulehnen, sich straffrei einer drohenden Impfpflicht zu entziehen, sowie Tracingsysteme oder ähnliche Instrumentarien nicht zu benutzen.

Diejenigen, die eine Politik der drastischen Bevölkerungsreduzierung verfolgen, und sich gleichzeitig als Retter der Menschheit präsentieren – noch dazu ohne irgendeine politische oder soziale Legitimierung – befinden sich im offensichtlichen Widerspruch zu sich selbst. Letztendlich kann die politische Verantwortung derjenigen, die das Volk vertreten, auf keinen Fall „Experten“ übertragen werden, die – und das ist fürwahr beunruhigend – für sich selbst Formen der strafrechtlichen Immunität fordern.

Wir wenden uns eindringlich an die Medien, auf dass sie sich sich aktiv um eine korrekte Informationsweitergabe bemühen, in der Dissens möglich ist und nicht, wie mittlerweile in den sozialen Medien, in der Presse und un Im Fernsehen weit verbreitet, mit einer Art von Zensur bestraft wird. Korrekte Informationsweitergabe bedeutet, dass auch anderen, von der allgemein vorherrschenden Meinung abweichenden Stimmen Raum gegeben wird. So gesteht man den Bürgern zu, die Fakten selbstbewußt bewerten zu können und nicht von starken Wortmeldungen derer, die Partei sind, beeinflusst zu werden. Eine demokratische und ehrliche Konfrontation ist das beste Gegenmittel gegen das Risiko subtiler Formen der Diktatur, vermutlich noch schlimmere als jene, die unsere Gesellschaft in der jüngeren Vergangenheit hat entstehen und vergehen gesehen.

Lassen Sie uns abschließend als Hirten, die für die Herde Christi verantwortlich sind, daran denken, dass die Kirche mit Nachdruck Autonomie in der Leitung, im Gottesdienst und in der Verkündigung beansprucht. Diese Autonomie und Freiheit der Kirche ist ein Grundrecht, das der Herr Jesus Christus ihr gegeben hat, damit sie die Ziele verfolgen kann, die ihr eigen sind. Aus diesem Grund beanspruchen wir als Hirten nachdrücklich das Recht, über die Feier der Heiligen Messe und der Sakramente unabhängig entscheiden zu können. Wir fordern ebenso die Anerkennung unserer uneingeschränkten Autonomie in allen Angelegenheiten, die in unmittelbare Zuständigkeit der kirchlichen Autorität fallen, wie z. B. die liturgischen Normen und die rechtlichen Vorgaben zur Spendung der hl. Kommunion und der Verwaltung der Sakramente. Der Staat hat keinerlei Recht, sich aus irgendeinem Grund in die Souveränität der Kirche einzumischen. Kirchliche Autoritäten haben sich nie verweigert, mit dem Staat zusammenzuarbeiten, aber eine solche Zusammenarbeit darf nicht bedeuten, dass seitens der Zivilbehörden, ganz gleich in welcher Form, Verbote oder Einschränkungen des öffentlichen Gottesdienstes und der Seelsorge aufgestellt werden. Gottes Rechte und die seiner Gläubigen sind das oberste Gesetz der Kirche. Davon kann und will sie nicht abweichen. Wir fordern, dass die Beschränkungen für die Feier öffentlicher Gottesdienste aufgehoben werden.

Menschen guten Willens laden wir ein, sich der Pflicht zur Solidarität und dem Gemeinwohl aller – gemäß ihres Standes und ihrer Möglichkeiten – im Geist der brüderlichen Nächstenliebe nicht zu entziehen. Diese von der Kirche gewünschte Zusammenarbeit kann jedoch weder von der Beachtung des Naturrechts, noch von der Gewährleistung der Freiheiten des Einzelnen getrennt werden. Die zivilrechtlichen Pflichten der Bürger implizieren die Anerkennung ihrer Rechte durch den Staat.

Wir sind alle zu einer Bewertung der gegenwärtigen Tatsachen im Einklang mit der Lehre des Evangeliums aufgerufen. Diese beinhaltet eine Kampfentscheidung: entweder mit Christus oder gegen Christus! Lassen wir uns nicht von denen einschüchtern oder gar erschrecken, die uns glauben machen wollen, wir seien nur eine Minderheit: Das Gute ist viel weiter verbreitet und mächtiger als das, was die Welt uns weis machen will. Wir kämpfen gegen einen unsichtbaren Feind, der die Bürger untereinander, die Kinder von ihren Eltern, Enkelkinder von Großeltern, Gläubige von ihren Seelsorgern, Schüler von Lehrern und Kunden von Verkäufern trennt. Wir lassen nicht zu, dass Jahrhunderte christlicher Zivilisation unter dem Vorwand eines Virus ausgelöscht werden, um eine hasserfüllte technokratische Tyrannei zu begründen, in der Menschen, deren Namen und Gesichter man nicht kennt, über das Schicksal der Welt entscheiden können, um uns in einer nur virtuellen Wirklichkeit einzuschließen. Wenn dies der Plan ist, mit Hilfe dessen uns die Mächtigen der Erde beugen wollen, dann mögen sie wissen, dass Jesus Christus, König und Herr der Geschichte, versprochen hat, dass „die Tore der Unterwelt nicht siegen werden“ (Mt 16,18).

Wir vertrauen die Regierenden und all diejenigen, die das Schicksal der Nationen lenken, dem allmächtigen Gott an, damit Er sie in diesem schweren Moment der Krise erleuchte und führen möge. Sie sollen daran denken, dass, so wie der Herr uns Hirten, denen Seine Herde anvertraut ist, richten wird, so werden auch die von Ihm gerichtet werden, deren Pflicht es war, die Bevölkerung ihres Landes zu regieren und zu behüten.

Wir wollen mit festem Glauben zum Herrn beten, damit Er die Kirche und die Welt schütze. Möge die allerseligste Jungfrau, Hilfe der Christen, den Kopf der alten Schlange zertreten und die Pläne all derer zunichte machen, die Söhne der Finsternis sind.

10.05.2020 - 07:14 [ VeritasLiberabitVos.info ]

APPEAL FOR THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD to Catholics and all people of good will

In this time of great crisis, we Pastors of the Catholic Church, by virtue of our mandate, consider it our sacred duty to make an Appeal to our Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Clergy, to Religious, to the holy People of God and to all men and women of good will. This Appeal has also been undersigned by intellectuals, doctors, lawyers, journalists and professionals who agree with its content, and may be undersigned by those who wish to make it their own.

The facts have shown that, under the pretext of the Covid-19 epidemic, the inalienable rights of citizens have in many cases been violated and their fundamental freedoms, including the exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement, have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted. Public health must not, and cannot, become an alibi for infringing on the rights of millions of people around the world, let alone for depriving the civil authority of its duty to act wisely for the common good. This is particularly true as growing doubts emerge from several quarters about the actual contagiousness, danger and resistance of the virus. Many authoritative voices in the world of science and medicine confirm that the media’s alarmism about Covid-19 appears to be absolutely unjustified.

We have reason to believe, on the basis of official data on the incidence of the epidemic as related to the number of deaths, that there are powers interested in creating panic among the world’s population with the sole aim of permanently imposing unacceptable forms of restriction on freedoms, of controlling people and of tracking their movements. The imposition of these illiberal measures is a disturbing prelude to the realization of a world government beyond all control.

We also believe that in some situations the containment measures that were adopted, including the closure of shops and businesses, have precipitated a crisis that has brought down entire sectors of the economy. This encourages interference by foreign powers and has serious social and political repercussions. Those with governmental responsibility must stop these forms of social engineering, by taking measures to protect their citizens whom they represent, and in whose interests they have a serious obligation to act. Likewise, let them help the family, the cell of society, by not unreasonably penalizing the weak and elderly, forcing them into a painful separation from their loved ones. The criminalization of personal and social relationships must likewise be judged as an unacceptable part of the plan of those who advocate isolating individuals in order to better manipulate and control them.

We ask the scientific community to be vigilant, so that cures for Covid-19 are offered in honesty for the common good. Every effort must be made to ensure that shady business interests do not influence the choices made by government leaders and international bodies. It is unreasonable to penalize those remedies that have proved to be effective, and are often inexpensive, just because one wishes to give priority to treatments or vaccines that are not as good, but which guarantee pharmaceutical companies far greater profits, and exacerbate public health expenditures. Let us also remember, as Pastors, that for Catholics it is morally unacceptable to develop or use vaccines derived from material from aborted fetuses.

We also ask government leaders to ensure that forms of control over people, whether through tracking systems or any other form of location-finding, are rigorously avoided. The fight against Covid-19, however serious, must not be the pretext for supporting the hidden intentions of supranational bodies that have very strong commercial and political interests in this plan. In particular, citizens must be given the opportunity to refuse these restrictions on personal freedom, without any penalty whatsoever being imposed on those who do not wish to use vaccines, contact tracking or any other similar tool. Let us also consider the blatant contradiction of those who pursue policies of drastic population control and at the same time present themselves as the savior of humanity, without any political or social legitimacy. Finally, the political responsibility of those who represent the people can in no way be left to “experts” who can indeed claim a kind of immunity from prosecution, which is disturbing to say the least.

We strongly urge those in the media to commit themselves to providing accurate information and not penalizing dissent by resorting to forms of censorship, as is happening widely on social media, in the press and on television. Providing accurate information requires that room be given to voices that are not aligned with a single way of thinking. This allows citizens to consciously assess the facts, without being heavily influenced by partisan interventions. A democratic and honest debate is the best antidote to the risk of imposing subtle forms of dictatorship, presumably worse than those our society has seen rise and fall in the recent past.

Finally, as Pastors responsible for the flock of Christ, let us remember that the Church firmly asserts her autonomy to govern, worship, and teach. This autonomy and freedom are an innate right that Our Lord Jesus Christ has given her for the pursuit of her proper ends. For this reason, as Pastors we firmly assert the right to decide autonomously on the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, just as we claim absolute autonomy in matters falling within our immediate jurisdiction, such as liturgical norms and ways of administering Communion and the Sacraments. The State has no right to interfere, for any reason whatsoever, in the sovereignty of the Church. Ecclesiastical authorities have never refused to collaborate with the State, but such collaboration does not authorize civil authorities to impose any sort of ban or restriction on public worship or the exercise of priestly ministry. The rights of God and of the faithful are the supreme law of the Church, which she neither intends to, nor can, abdicate. We ask that restrictions on the celebration of public ceremonies be removed.

We should like to invite all people of good will not to shirk their duty to cooperate for the common good, each according to his or her own state and possibilities and in a spirit of fraternal charity. The Church desires such cooperation, but this cannot disregard either a respect for natural law or a guarantee of individual freedoms. The civil duties to which citizens are bound imply the State’s recognition of their rights.

We are all called to assess the current situation in a way consistent with the teaching of the Gospel. This means taking a stand: either with Christ or against Christ. Let us not be intimidated or frightened by those who would have us believe that we are a minority: Good is much more widespread and powerful than the world would have us believe. We are fighting against an invisible enemy that seeks to divide citizens, to separate children from their parents, grandchildren from their grandparents, the faithful from their pastors, students from teachers, and customers from vendors. Let us not allow centuries of Christian civilization to be erased under the pretext of a virus, and an odious technological tyranny to be established, in which nameless and faceless people can decide the fate of the world by confining us to a virtual reality. If this is the plan to which the powers of this earth intend to make us yield, know that Jesus Christ, King and Lord of History, has promised that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail” (Mt 16:18).

Let us entrust government leaders and all those who rule over the fate of nations to Almighty God, that He may enlighten and guide them in this time of great crisis. May they remember that, just as the Lord will judge us Pastors for the flock which he has entrusted to us, so will He also judge government leaders for the peoples whom they have the duty to defend and govern.

With faith, let us beseech the Lord to protect the Church and the world. May the Blessed Virgin, Help of Christians, crush the head of the ancient Serpent and defeat the plans of the children of darkness.

08.05.2020 - 19:51 [ Washington Post ]

Five Republican governors: Our states stayed open in the covid-19 pandemic. Here’s why our approach worked.

Mark Gordon is governor of Wyoming. Pete Ricketts is governor of Nebraska. Asa Hutchinson is governor of Arkansas. Kim Reynolds is governor of Iowa. Mike Parson is governor of Missouri. They are all Republicans.

02.05.2020 - 13:00 [ Digitaler Chronist Alternative / Youtube ]

Hygiene-Demo #NichtohneUns! Live aus 7+ Städten – Auf 8 Plattformen

Liebe Zuschauer, wir führen wieder eine Direktübertragung mit Live-Schalten aus mindestens 7 Städten durch. Bernd und ich werden aus 2 Studios moderieren und die Regie führen.
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02.05.2020 - 12:40 [ CNN ]

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a new executive order on Friday that will allow some types of work — including construction, real estate and outdoor work — to resume next Thursday

02.05.2020 - 12:27 [ Mr. Jones / Twitter ]

Wow…protestors make it INTO the Michigan Statehouse Think little miss Hitler wanna-be gets the message yet?

02.05.2020 - 12:23 [ BlackChristianNews.com ]

Members of the Michigan Liberty Militia stand guard with weapons and tactical gear in an angry protest before the Michigan statehouse

The “American Patriot Rally” started on the statehouse steps, where members of the Michigan Liberty Militia stood guard with weapons and tactical gear, their faces partially covered. They later moved inside the Capitol along with several hundred protesters, who demanded to be let onto the House floor, which is prohibited. Some protesters with guns — which are allowed in the statehouse — went to the Senate gallery, where a senator said some armed men shouted at her, and some senators wore bulletproof vests.

02.05.2020 - 12:22 [ ORF.at ]

Kalifornien: Tausende demonstrieren für Lockerungen

Es gab gestern Proteste in mindestens elf Städten des US-Bundesstaats, darunter die Hauptstadt Sacramento sowie San Francisco, Los Angeles und San Diego. Die Proteste richteten sich auch gegen die Entscheidung von Gouverneur Gavin Newsom, einige Strände zu schließen.

Die meisten Demonstrierenden, die in Sprechchören „Öffnet Kalifornien“ und „Freiheit“ riefen, trugen keine Schutzmasken und hielten sich nicht an die Abstandsregeln.

02.05.2020 - 12:20 [ ABC7 News Bay Area / Youtube ]

Reopen California protests at state capitol against coronavirus lockdown — WATCH LIVE

Protesters frustrated with ongoing shelter-in-place restrictions in California due to the novel coronavirus pandemic are gathering at the state capitol in Sacramento.

02.05.2020 - 12:18 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Tensions escalate in California: Cities file lawsuits against Gov. Newsom

People protest state’s stay-at-home orders; William La Jeunesse reports.

16.04.2020 - 13:06 [ Süddeutsche.de ]

Trump droht dem Kongress mit einer Zwangspause

Der US-Präsident verurteilte die bisherige Praxis, den Kongressbetrieb durch Pro-Forma-Sitzungen, bei denen keine Abgeordnete oder Senatoren anwesend seien, aufrechtzuerhalten. Dies sei eine „Vernachlässigung der Pflichten, die sich das amerikanische Volk in dieser Krise nicht leisten kann“, sagte Trump. Er sprach von „Betrug“.

16.04.2020 - 12:54 [ theHill.com ]

Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress

Lawmakers in both chambers are not expected to return to the Capitol until May 4 but both the House and Senate have been conducting pro forma sessions in the meantime. Those sessions prevent Trump from making recess appointments.

„The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people can not afford during this crisis,“ he said. „It is a scam, what they do. It’s a scam. And everybody knows it and it’s been that way for a long time.“

16.04.2020 - 10:08 [ LA Times ]

Democracy beats the coronavirus in South Korea as voters turn out in record numbers

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic puts civic life on hold in many countries around the world, South Koreans turned out in record numbers to vote in their country’s parliamentary elections Wednesday, setting aside fears of the coronavirus in a democratic show of force.

11.04.2020 - 19:49 [ Yonhap ]

Unfazed by virus scare, S. Koreans hit polls as early voting begins

Early voting got underway Friday morning, as health authorities reported 27 additional cases confirmed nationwide the day before.

A total of 3,508 polling stations were set up across the country, running from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Election Commission (NEC).

06.04.2020 - 18:02 [ FightCoronavirus2020 / Twitter ]

US election: Can Donald Trump wait out the coronavirus? – CNN

06.04.2020 - 18:00 [ NBC News ]

Can Donald Trump win re-election despite the coronavirus outbreak?

President Donald Trump’s approval rating is up — a little bit.

In the RealClearPolitics average of all polls, it sits now at 47.3 percent, the highest mark since he took office.

05.04.2020 - 19:12 [ theHill.com ]

Biden says Democratic convention may need to be virtual

Joe Biden said Sunday that the Democratic National Convention may need to be held virtually.

The former vice president and 2020 Democratic frontrunner told ABC’s “This Week” that his party’s convention is “necessary,” but added it may not be possible to bring thousands of people to one location safely amid the pandemic.

05.04.2020 - 11:46 [ Charlie Kirk / Twitter ]

Why do you think Democrats are fighting so hard for Mail-In voting in November? Because there’s no way to verify someone’s identity RT if we should implement NATIONAL Voter ID before the November election!

05.04.2020 - 11:19 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

Trump Opposes Mail-In Voting In November: „I Think A Lot Of People Cheat“

President Donald Trump said during Friday’s coronavirus task force press conference that he would oppose the idea of using mail-in ballots in the November 2020 election, saying it would allow people to „cheat.“ He also added that Voter ID is „the real deal.“

„I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,“ Trump said. „I think people should vote with Voter ID. I think Voter ID is very important, and the reason they don’t want Voter ID is because they tend to cheat.“