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Boston Mayor Orders Coronavirus Curfew, ‘Encourages’ Mask Wearing in Public, ‘High Risk’ People Discouraged From Walking or Even Being Outside

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 22:28

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) announced on Sunday strict new measures for the city to curtail spread of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus. The measures include a nightly curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with exceptions for essential workers, the urging of wearing of masks in public, the closure of city park areas with sporting fields and courts and the discouragement of ‘high risk’ people from walking or even being outside. The measures will be in effect from Monday, April 4 through Monday, May 4.

Mayor Marty Walsh, image via Twitter avatar.

Walsh’s administration posted a lengthy statement about the orders on Sunday:


Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced strict new measures for social and physical distancing for residents in the City of Boston, in an effort to curb the anticipated peak of COVID-19 in the coming days.

The new measures align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local public health officials, and if followed by all residents, are expected to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19.

As of April 5, there are 1,877 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Boston residents, representing an increase of 259 cases from the previous day. Public health modeling indicates that Boston is only 11 days away from peak demand for hospital resources, an estimate that emphasizes the critical need to flatten the curve immediately.

“I cannot stress enough that the actions we take now through the next several weeks will help curb the spread of this virus, and save lives,” said Mayor Walsh. “There is nothing that I won’t do as Mayor of the City of Boston to protect our residents, and at this very critical time, we must do everything we can as Bostonians to protect one another. This is bigger than any one person – this is about the greater good of our people. Stay safe, stay inside, and let’s get through this together.”

To date, nearly 45 percent of positive tests in Boston are in people under the age of 40 and more cases of severe illness are now being seen in young people. Further, nearly 80 percent of positive tests are in people under the age of 60. The CDC estimates that nationally 25 percent of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, and may not know they are a carrier of the virus, or that they could be infecting others. As of April 5, 15 residents of Boston have died from COVID-19.

Social and physical distancing remain the primary strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new measures that Mayor Walsh is putting into place strengthen the guidance previously issued around social and physical distancing, which include staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more from others. These new measures will be effective on Monday, April 6 through Monday, May 4, 2020, and include:

Encouraging everyone to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when in public:

In addition to social distancing when going out in public for an essential trip, wearing face covers will help to reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they do not know they are sick. Face coverings should be worn anytime someone is outside the home, including on walks or other passive recreational activities.
Face coverings should not be placed on children under 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Face coverings can include a cloth, scarf, bandana, etc. that cover a person’s mouth and nose. Homemade face coverings should be made of intact, close-weave cloth and allow comfortable breathing. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance.

Face coverings should be frequently washed using a washing machine with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. They can also be hand washed with soap and warm water and left to dry.

It is advised that residents use a face covering, as opposed to a medical grade facemasks, in order to preserve protective equipment for health workers and those serving on the front lines in response to COVID-19.

The Boston Public Health Commission is issuing a Public Health Advisory for everyone in Boston except essential workers to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily:

This advisory will address unnecessary trips to businesses, restaurants, and other locations, and is intended to encourage people to stay inside their homes at night.

Residents are encouraged to utilize delivery services as much as possible after 9 p.m.

As a reminder, residents are encouraged to remain in their homes as much as possible throughout the day and only leave for essential needs, including trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, emergency meal sites and other essential services. Residents are discouraged from visiting essential businesses only to browse and should be mindful of only visiting essential businesses to pick-up essential items.

Closing City parks with recreational sports areas:

Recreational sports areas in City parks, such as courts and fields, will be closed to limit exposure and contact between people. As a reminder, all playgrounds in Boston have been closed since March 20, 2020 and will remain closed. Areas for passive recreation, like walking and jogging, will remain open.

Additional signage will be posted on all recreational sports areas and outside of parks that will be closed. For a full list of park features that are closed, please visit the Parks updates webpage.

If needed, Boston Police are empowered to disperse gatherings and they can order people to vacate closed sections of parks.

Recommendations for people who are at higher risk:

For people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions, the City of Boston encourages taking extra precautions. Trips outside the house should only be made when absolutely necessary, for either food or medications. Those experiencing difficulty with access to food, please call 311 or visit our food resources page for assistance.

In addition, taking walks or spending time outside is discouraged for the next few weeks, and exercising inside the home instead is encouraged as an alternative.

The underlying health conditions that can put someone more at risk are very common and include asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, kidney or liver disease or conditions that can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment and smoking.

In Boston, over 11 percent of adults have asthma, and the rate is higher in black (15 percent) and Latino (12 percent) residents, as well as in Dorchester and Roxbury (15 percent each). One in four Boston public high school students have asthma, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

In addition, in an effort to limit contact, effective Tuesday, April 7, City Hall will reduce the days of operation that it is open to the public to only Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue will be limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. Additionally, everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature. Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of City departments and hours of operation online.

Resources and information about COVID-19 are available on Resources available on and through City departments include support for renters and homeowners; small businesses; free meals for Boston students; free toiletries for Boston students; emergency childcare centers — including 40 centers in Boston — support for older residents; information on homeless shelters; transportation options for healthcare workers; resources for those in recovery or those who have a substance use disorder; and mental health resources.

For additional questions or programs, please visit or call 3-1-1, Boston’s 24-hour constituent hotline. Text BOSCOVID to 99411 to receive text alerts on a regular basis, available in six languages.

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Menards No Longer Allows Children Under the Age of 16 to Enter Their Stores Due to Coronavirus

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 22:02

Menards, a Midwestern chain of home improvement stores, announced it is no longer allowing children under the age of 16 to enter its stores due to the Coronavirus.

“We are no longer able to allow children under the age of 16, nor pets*, in the store due to the COVID-19 crisis,” Menards said in a statement.

If a person looks under the age of 16, they will be asked to show ID (driver’s license) the home improvement store added in its official statement.

Service dogs however will still be welcome in stores.

Menards posted the signs in front of its brick and mortar stores and added the announcement to its website.

The Gateway Pundit has reported many times that the Coronavirus models being used to predict hospitalizations are complete garbage.

The IHME and Murray models being used to crash the economy have massively overstated the impact of the Coronavirus in 40 different states.

These models are using New York and New Jersey data and applying it to the rest of the US.

Menards and officials in government are making decisions based on faulty Coronavirus models.

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Ex-Navy Captain Removed From Command Over Coronavirus Letter Tests Positive For Virus

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:51

Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed from duty on the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week after penning a demand letter to his superiors, begging for assistance with a coronavirus outbreak on board the aircraft carrier, has tested positive for COVID-19, CNN reported Sunday.

Crozier began exhibiting symptoms of the virus “before he was removed from the warship on Thursday, the [New York] Times reported, citing two Naval Academy classmates of Crozier’s who are close to him and his family.”

The news comes just days after Crozier was removed from duty — a decision made, the Department of Defense says, after Crozier decided to copy more than a dozen additional officials on what should have been a communication made directly to his superiors.

In the letter, Crozier pleaded with Navy higher-ups, noting that “decisive action is required” to handle the outbreak, which has so far sickened 155 sailors. “We are not at war, and therefore cannot allow a single Sailor to perish as a result of this pandemic unnecessarily,” Crozier wrote.

The letter leaked to the press and was published, in full, in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly made the decision to remove Crozier from command last week, citing “panic” created when Crozier’s memo hit the media. Modly noted that Crozier “exercised extremely poor judgment” in disseminating the letter to those outside of the chain of command.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning and defended Modly’s decision, according to the network.

I think acting Secretary (Thomas) Modly made a very tough decision — a decision that I support. It was based on his view that he had lost faith and confidence in the captain based on his actions,” Esper told host Jake Tapper. “It’s just another example (of) how we hold leaders accountable for their actions.”

Esper did say that there is an “ongoing investigation” into the matter, however. He also assured Tapper that Modly did not act on orders from the White House, despite rumors to the contrary that floated on social media Sunday morning.

The military has not been immune from the coronavirus pandemic. Military Times reports that five members of the miltiary have now died from the virus, and infections are “on par” with the general American population. Two aircraft carriers, including the USS Theodore Roosevelt, have seen cases of the virus.

“During these times, it is important that we minimize person-to-person interaction and practice social distancing, whenever possible,” Secretary Esper said in a memo released to service members on Friday. “I know this can be challenging in certain situations, as every unit, installation, and mission is unique.”

Some members of the U.S. military will be deployed to help in hot zones, President Donald Trump said Saturday, including “1,000 military personnel are being sent to New York City, including military doctors and nurses,” per MSN. The military is also operating several “overflow” hospitals in major cities like New York and Chicago, handling patients who exhibit only mild symptoms of coronavirus, or non-coronavirus related overflow from nearby hospitals.

Senator Cruz obliterates smug WaPo reporter who tried to use coronavirus to bash President Trump

LifeZette - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:50

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shut down a reporter from The Washington Post who shamelessly tried to use the coronavirus to attack President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Washington Post “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler took to Twitter yesterday to say that Trump’s pronouncement of record-low unemployment during his State of the Union address back in February “did not age well.”

“Line from Trump’s State of the Union address that did not age well: ‘Incredibly, the average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any administration in the history of our country,'” Kessler tweeted.

Line from Trump’s State of the Union address that did not age well: “Incredibly, the average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any administration in the history of our country.”

— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) April 4, 2020

Kessler appeared to be suggesting that it’s Trump’s fault that unemployment claims have surpassed 10 million over the past two weeks, when in reality, everyone knows that this only happened because of the coronavirus pandemic that has brought the entire world to it’s knees.

Senator Cruz fired back by pointing out that Trump broke numerous economic records, and that we are only in the current situation we are in because of COVID-19. “The press HATED that, three months ago, we had the lowest African-American & Hispanic unemployment ever recorded. Now that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic—which originated in Wuhan, not the Oval Office—too many in the press are giddy with glee,” Cruz tweeted.

The press HATED that, three months ago, we had the lowest African-American & Hispanic unemployment ever recorded. Now that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic—which originated in Wuhan, not the Oval Office—too many in the press are giddy with glee. #RootForAmerica

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 5, 2020

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% last September, which is the lowest it had been since 1969 under the presidency of Richard Nixon.

In the weeks since the coronavirus shut down our country, members of the mainstream media have shown time and again that they would rather see our country fail than see Trump succeed. The glee with which they have watched our economy plummet due to the virus is truly despicable, as all they see is another weapon they can use against Trump.

Members of the mainstream media don’t seem to realize that their obsessive hatred for Trump is only helping him in the long run. Most Americans see right through what the media is trying to do to him, and their witch hunt against the president is only emboldening the rest of us even more to vote for him in November.

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MITSOTAKIS: Communist Blood Money Always Had A High Price

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:34

Those countries with the closest ties to China are the ones suffering the most from Coronavirus. This may seem elementary, as it follows common sense. And yet, those countries failed to predict the consequences of working with such a corrupt and negligent power as the Chinese Communist Party. This despite the fact that doing business with communists has come back to harm us – in one form or another – time and again for a century.

In 1922, Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, condemned those in Europe who, at a conference in Italy, were hoping to profit from business with Lenin’s new slave society. “The truth is that predatory international finance has its appetite up and believes it sees loot in Russia,” he said. “I know of nothing more cynical than the attitude of European statesmen and financiers toward the Russian muddle. Essentially it is their purpose, as laid down at Genoa, to place Russia in economic vassalage and give political recognition in exchange. Recognition in exchange for concessions.”

Soon, persuaded by propagandists like Armand Hammer and the New York Times’s Walter Duranty that it was a good idea, the United States followed suit. Stalin would later tell W. Averell Harriman that “about two-thirds of all the large industrial enterprises in the Soviet Union had been built with United States help or technical assistance.”

Unbeknownst to the West, their business partners Lenin and Stalin had secretly agreed to let militarist Germany rebuild its military machine inside Russia, out of sight of the powers that at Versailles had forbidden them from doing so. This arrangement remained intact until the early 1930s, when the rebuilt might of the German armed forces was inherited by Hitler. It would soon lay waste to the cities of Europe, at first with Stalin’s approval before it turned on the USSR.

After the war, the AFL published a detailed map of Stalin’s Gulag system, in order to remind the West that “Uncle Joe” and his successors weren’t to be trusted. It was not long before the Soviet industries “built with United States help or technical assistance” were producing the weapons and vehicles used against American troops in Korea (and later, in Vietnam). Still, there was money to be made, so many businesses just pretended it wasn’t happening.

35 years ago, the exiled Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn spoke to a gathering of the AFL-CIO. “Brothers!” the Gulag forced labor survivor opened, “Brothers in Labor!” After thanking them for having always spoken out against Soviet tyranny, he told the gathered workers “just as we feel ourselves your allies here, there also exists another alliance – at first glance a strange one, a surprising one – but if you think about it, in fact, one which is well-grounded and easy to understand: this is the alliance between our Communist leaders and your capitalists.”

He gave an example: “Certain of your businessmen, on their own initiative, established an exhibition of criminological technology in Moscow. This was the most recent and elaborate technology, which here, in your country, is used to catch criminals, to bug them, to spy on them, to photograph them, to tail them, to identify criminals. This was taken to Moscow to an exhibition in order that the Soviet KGB agents could study it, as if not understanding what sort of criminals, who would be hunted by the KGB.”

Times haven’t changed much. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that “Some of the biggest names in U.S. technology have provided components, financing and know-how to China’s multibillion-dollar surveillance industry. The country’s authoritarian government uses those tools to track ethnic minorities, political dissidents and others it sees as a threat to its power.”

The Coronavirus outbreak isn’t even the first time Americans’ health and wellbeing was threatened by doing business with China. How many children’s toys and animal products have had to be recalled because of safety concerns? And this extends to our food. Pre-peeled Garlic had to have been peeled somewhere, and that somewhere is in unsanitary Chinese prisons where prisoners have to use their teeth because their fingernails have fallen off.

Solzhenitsyn said it best: “This is something which is almost incomprehensible to the human mind: that burning greed for profit which goes beyond all reason, all self-control, all conscience, only to get money.”

HUGE! From CDC Website: Hospitals to List COVID-19 as Cause of Death Even if It’s “Assumed to Have Caused Or Contributed to Death”

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:30

The Democrat media complex are a public heath menace. They mean to make this crisis as dire and terrible as their power allows.

HUGE! From CDC Website: Hospitals to List COVID-19 as Cause of Death Even if It’s “Assumed to Have Caused Or Contributed to Death” – Lab Tests Not Required

By Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit, April 4, 2020:

The Coronavirus crisis took the US by storm, spiking unemployment and crashing the stock market virtually over night.

The media is bombarding Americans around the clock with updates on the death count, highlighting death maps and scaring people into staying home.

Governors are forcing small businesses to shut down and threatening to jail anyone who violates their authoritarian social distancing orders.

The media hysteria is based on a Bill Gates-funded IHME Coronavirus model that has been proven to be way off.

It gets worse…

The amount of Americans who are reported to have died from the Coronavirus is based on a CDC coding system that will “result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.”

A new ICD code was established to keep track of Coronavirus deaths.

The U07.1 code will be used for death by Coronavirus infection.

However, there’s another secondary code, U07.2, “for clinical or epidemiological diagnosis of COVID-19 where a laboratory confirmation is inconclusive or not available,” the CDC guidelines read.

“Because laboratory test results are not typically reported on death certificates in the U.S., NCHS is not planning to implement U07.2 for mortality statistics.”

This is a huge problem.

The underlying cause depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID- 19 being the underlying cause more often than not,” the guidelines read.

“COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death,” CDC guidelines issued March 24 read. “Certifiers should include as much detail as possible based on their knowledge of the case, medical records, laboratory testing, etc.,” the guidance continued.

“If the decedent had other chronic conditions such as COPD or asthma that may have also contributed, these conditions can be reported in Part II.”

1/ As you sit home watching #COVID death counts spiral, please know the official @CDCgov guidance for coding COVID-related deaths is as follows: any death where the disease “caused or is *assumed* to have caused or *contributed to* death.” Confirmed lab tests are not required…

— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 3, 2020

2/ And, btw, other possibly relevant factors, like, oh, COPD, are considered secondary. The rules “are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.”

— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 3, 2020

Loretta Lynn pays tribute to her late friend Patsy Cline as she releases new song cover honoring her

LifeZette - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:28

It’s been 57 years since Patsy Cline was tragically killed in a plane crash at the age of 30, but her best friend Loretta Lynn still remembers her just as much as she ever did. This week, Lynn spoke out to remember her late friend as she prepares to release her new book about their friendship, entitled “Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship With Patsy Cline,” which will be released on April 7.

Lynn, 87, said that she met Cline in July of 1961, and that they were inseparable from the start.

“I met her, and it was just like she was my sister,” Lynn told the New York Post. “It was like we’d been together forever.”

Cline had been in a horrific car crash in June of 1961 that left her hospitalized for weeks, and Lynn was stunned when the country singer asked for her to visit her hospital room.

“I was a newcomer, I was a nothin’,” Lynn recalled.

Cline had heard Lynn on the radio performing the song “I Fall to Pieces,” which she dedicated to Cline after her accident. Upon hearing the song from her hospital bed, Cline immediately told her husband to fetch Lynn “so she could meet me.”

“We stuck together ever since,” Lynn said, adding of the initial hospital visit, “It broke my heart when I walked in. Her leg was wired to the ceiling, you know. She had broken every bone in her body, I think. It was a terrible wreck; she really got tore up.”

Though Cline was older than Lynn by five months, she was the more worldly of the two by far.

“She taught me how to shave my legs and how to wear makeup,” Lynn said. “Little things like that, that a girl needed to know. Really nice, you know? I never had a girlfriend to teach me anything.”

Cline would teach Lynn many lessons over the next two years, one of them being about how to deal with men in the music business.

“It seemed like all the men on the Grand Ole Opry were respectable . . . I’d built a few of them up in my mind. I had them on a pedestal,” Lynn wrote in her book. “And like Patsy used to say, ‘You know what birds do to anything on a pedestal.’”

After Lynn was pinched in the buttocks one day by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, Cline told her, “If that happens again, you kick the fire out of them.’”

Lynn followed this advice when she was smacked on the bottom one night by singer Faron Young, known as “the Hillbilly Heartthrob” as she entered the Grand Ole Opry with Cline. Lynn responded by kicking Young in the shin, causing Cline to burst out laughing.

All was going well for the pair until Cline was tragically killed in a plane crash on March 5, 1963. One year later, Lynn gave birth to twins at the same Tennessee hospital where she met Cline. She named one of the babies Patsy, who went on to cowrite this new book with her mother.

In the lead-up to the release of her book, Lynn has released a new cover of “I Fall To Pieces,” the song that brought her and Cline together in the first place. Give it a listen for yourself below!

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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English Soccer Star Urged Public To Avoid Visiting Loved Ones. Report Claims He Hosted Two Escorts.

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:27

English soccer star Kyle Walker is among the ranks of countless other celebrities who have been actively encouraging the public to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amidst Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for the country to self-quarantine at home for the next three weeks, the Manchester City star asked his Twitter followers to stay home and avoid physically visiting loved ones, and opt for virtual check-ins instead.

“On a serious note though, please everyone stay home, look after one another through this difficult time and check in on loved ones but don’t visit them,” tweeted Walker in late-March.

But according to a new report, Walker wasn’t exactly following social-distancing guidelines himself.

In an interview with The Sun, 21-year-old escort Louise McNamara said that she and another escort visited Walker at his lavish apartment for a late-night session with him and one of his friends.

“I didn’t know who he was at the time,” said McNamara, who told the news agency that she was first alerted to the soccer star’s identity by the other escort during a smoke break on the balcony.

McNamara claimed that she took “a few photos of him” in his underwear, and that the two men paid the equivalent of over $2,500 dollars for the three-hour session.

“Kyle really should know better,” said McNamara. “On the one hand, he’s inviting strangers round to his house for sex, and the next day he’s lecturing everyone on the need to stay safe.”

The news agency reports that the following day, Walker was once again urging the public to adhere to social distancing protocols: “It’s been tough, but first and foremost, we have to think about other people’s health and protecting the elderly and family members that can spread it.”

In a statement to The Sun, Walker apologized for unspecified actions, and for advocating in favor of public health policies he was not following himself. The soccer star did not deny holding the sex party.

“There are heroes out there making a vital difference to society at the moment, and I have been keen to help support and highlight their amazing sacrifices and life-saving work over the past week. My actions are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown,” said Walker.

According to Off The Ball, Manchester City also released a statement announcing that they would start an “internal disciplinary procedure” shortly.

“Footballers are global role models, and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts,” said the statement.

“We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure in the coming days,” continued the statement.

According to The New York Times, Queen Elizabeth addressed the nation for the fourth time in her 68-year reign, encouraging the public to remain strong in a time of great disruption.

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” said the queen, “and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve, and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.”

USA Today reports that Queen Elizabeth last issued a similar address after the death of her mother in 2002.

Queen Elizabeth delivers powerful message of hope in rare public address

LifeZette - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:26

For just the fourth time of her 68 year reign, Queen Elizabeth gave a televised address today to offer a message of hope to her subjects and the world at large amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the 93 year-old Queen said in pre-taped remarks given from Windsor Castle, where she has been self-isolating from the deadly virus.

She went on to call this “a time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all,” according to The New York Times.

The Queen’s speech was very reminiscent of the address her father King George VI gave on September 1939, as Britain prepared to enter World War II. Like her father before her, the Queen tried to bring the nation together by touting the British characteristics of stoicism and solidarity that can be used to bring down enemy forces.

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge, and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any,” the Queen said. “That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.”

Queen Elizabeth II addresses the U.K. in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

— TIME (@TIME) April 5, 2020

The Queen has already been personally impacted by the coronavirus, as her 71 year-old son Prince Charles tested positive for the virus last month. Thankfully, he has since recovered, but he remains in isolation at his home Birkhall in Scotland at this time.

Given the advanced ages of the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, 98, they are both at serious risk of complications if they were to become infected with coronavirus. That’s why Buckingham Palace has gone above and beyond to isolate the couple and ensure that they do not become infected with COVID-19.

We applaud the Queen for taking the time to give a speech that gives hope to not only the people of Britain, but to individuals from all over the world. As a member of the greatest generation the Queen has been through many crises over the years, and she has gotten through all of them. Even when things seem hopeless during this pandemic, it’s important to remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that we will get through this.

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WHO Official: Lockdowns Driving Infections From Street To ‘Household,’ Suggests Removal Of Likely Infected Family Members To ‘Dignified’ Isolation

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:23

During a daily press briefing last week, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that lockdowns in nations across the world have “in some senses” driven infections from off the street to inside the home.

Praising efforts in Singapore, Dr. Micheal Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, suggested there be medical professionals going door to door to find those likely infected, and “remove” them from the home for “dignified” isolation.

“In most parts of the world, due to lockdown, most of the transmission that’s actually happening in many countries now is happening in the household, at family level,” acknowledged Dr. Ryan on March 30. “In some senses, transmission has been taken off the streets and pushed back into family units.”

“Now, we need to go and look in families to find those people who may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner,” the official continued.

“That’s what I was saying previously … the transition from movement restrictions and shutdowns and stay-at-home orders can only be made if we have in place the means to be able to detect suspect cases, isolate confirmed cases, track contacts, and follow up on the contacts’ health at all times,” explained Dr. Ryan, “and then isolate any of those people who become sick themselves.”

The Chinese government has attempted to cover up the China-originated novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, for months, reportedly silencing whistleblowers and allegedly lying about the real death toll, which has been estimated to be as high as 40,000. Mouth pieces for the communist regime have also tried to pin the virus on the United States, suggesting it was spread by the U.S. Military, though this has been thoroughly debunked.

On their part, the WHO has come under increasing scrutiny for “act[ing] as Beijing’s handmaid,” as one New York Post column phrased it.

“The WHO should have known at the outset that it was dealing with a bad-faith actor in Beijing,” the Post said. “Yet ­instead of immediately insisting upon access, openness and transparency from China, WHO leadership followed the Chinese lead and at times even took the Chinese line.”

“The very fact that truth-seekers are left counting urns is an indictment not only of the Beijing ­regime, but also of the WHO. To help stem the pandemic, the WHO should have been tirelessly pressing China to tell the truth,” the column argued. “Far from sounding an alarm, however, the UN outfit was ­impassive while Beijing stonewalled international health ­authorities for weeks. Indeed, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the Chinese regime for its ‘transparency’ in the crisis. Tedros, ­recall, was Beijing’s candidate for WHO chief and owes his job to China’s campaign for him at the United Nations.”

“When the full history of this episode is eventually written, the Chinese Communist Party will bear massive responsibility for this plague that has swept the earth. So will a World Health Organization that seemed too interested in the health of the Chinese regime at the moment of truth,” the Post blasted the organization.

WATCH (relevant comments begin at the 49-minute mark):

Archie’s birth certificate reveals surprising details about Meghan Markle’s real name and title

LifeZette - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:22

The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was finally made public this week, and many were surprised to see some of the information on it.

Fans were shocked to see that the document was signed by Harry and Rachel, which is Meghan’s real name, according to the U.K. Mirror. Most fans were not aware that Rachel was her birth name because her parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland have called her Meghan since she was born.

Many were also left puzzled by the fact that Meghan listed her job description as “Princess of the United Kingdom,” which seemed odd given the fact that her official royal title was duchess. However, it has since been noted that Meghan is technically a princess, though not in her own name.

Harry and Meghan had long tried to keep the location of Archie’s birth private, but the document revealed that he was born at the ritzy Portland Hospital in Westminster, England. This hospital is a celebrity favorite, and rooms there cost a reported $25,000 per night.

It has been quite an eventful few months for Meghan and Harry since Archie’s birth last May, as they have stepped down as senior members of the British royal family and moved to Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles, California. Royal commentator Angela Mollard told The Star this week that the move must be especially hard on Harry given the fact that he is so far away from his family amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“He is separated from his family at a time when the rest of the world is using Zoom or Whatsapp to chat to each other – I can hardly see that happening,” Mollard said. “You know, they must feel very separate. He doesn’t have the friends in LA, she does. She has [her mother] Doria, she has her family, and while Meghan might have been feeling equally removed in the UK, for Harry, friends have been the people who have supported him, friends and his brother, through all of the years since his mother’s death — and to have that stripped away I think will be very discombobulating for him.”

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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DISGUSTING: ABC News Anchor TAUNTS Vice President Mike Pence Over His Christian Faith

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:16

Absolutely despicable! This segment from ABC may represent a new low for the depraved mainstream media. President Trump is 100 percent correct: the mainstream media is the enemy of the people.

SICK: ABC News Anchor TAUNTS Vice President Mike Pence Over His Christian Faith

By The DC Patriot, April 5, 2020:

This is one of the sickest and most disrespectful displays we’ve seen in quite sometime in regards to our faith in America.

ABC Nightline Anchor Byron Pitts taunts Vice President Mike Pence in his latest interview. He even asks if he “Talks To God” about people who have died of the coronavirus because of Federal Government.

“When you talk to God in your moments alone, do you find yourself worrying at all that people you represent and care deeply about have died and will die that did not need to because of steps the federal government did not take soon enough.”

What a sickening and disgusting question to ask the Vice President of the United States. This is not only mockery of our faith, but as disgusting as it gets.

You can watch the full interview below for yourself. The question is at the end of the interview with the Vice President.


Fauci Fun Facts: Dr. Fauci’s AIDS Predictions Were Also WAY OFF THE MARK

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:10

Fauci Fun Facts: Dr. Fauci’s AIDS Predictions were also WAY OFF THE MARK

Dr. Anthony Fauci, current director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, in 1984. (Science Speaks)

** Dr. Fauci claimed that AIDS might be transmissible by “routine close contact.” (May 5, 1983, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association). (Michael Fumento, The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, p. 237).

** Dr. Fauci claimed that ten percent of the HIV/AIDS infected would be heterosexual—more than two and half times the rate – four percent – it actually was.

** On February 15, 1987, then conservative columnist George Will said to Dr. Fauci that HIV/AIDS was principally a homosexual affliction and that it was not exploding and Fauci quickly replied, “That’s not correct. The percentage of individuals who have gotten AIDS by heterosexual transmission is about four percent now. It is projected that that number will be up in 1991 to about 10 percent.”

This ten percent claim was a standard talking point of his. “We expect 10 percent of U.S. AIDS to be heterosexually transmitted by 1991,” he said, citing, Scientific References, Group I: The Epidemiology of AIDS. HIV/AIDS in the heterosexual community has never been more than four percent.

Which brings us to today–

NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci is amassing quite a record these past three months.

** In January Dr. Anthony Fauci told Newsmax TV that the United States did not have to worry about the coronavirus.
Now, three months later, he wants to shut down every state!

** Dr. Fauci warned of an apocalyptic pandemic and later compared the coronavirus to a bad flu.

** Dr. Fauci based all of his predictions on models and then told reporters this past week, “You can’t really rely on models.”

And on March 20th Dr. Fauci “corrected” the president during a press briefing on hydroxychloroquine saying, “You got to be careful when you say ‘fairly effective.’ It was never done in a clinical trial… It was given to individuals and felt that maybe it worked.”

Dr. Fauci quickly corrects Trump’s misstatements about hydroxychloroquine

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 20, 2020

** Exactly two weeks later hydroxychloroquine has been deemed the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus in an international poll of more than 6,000 doctors.

Will the liberal media report any of this?

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital over ‘Persistent’ Coronavirus Symptoms

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:58

Amid reports his condition was worsening and doctors were concerned about his breathing, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for “persistent” symptoms of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus according to a statement by his office, but remains in charge of the government. Johnson, 55, announced ten days ago on March 27 he had tested positive for the virus and was self-quarantining at 11 Downing Street. His pregnant fiance Carrie Symonds, 32, spent the past week in bed with coronavirus symptoms, was jot tested, but says she is “on the mend“. Johnson was seen in public on Thursday when he stood outside his 11 Downing Street residence for the nightly salute to healthcare workers, he posted a video on Friday updating his condition.

Motivational graphic posted to Johnson’s Twitter page earlier Sunday.

Excerpt from the BBC:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

He “continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus”, a spokeswoman said – including a high temperature.

It was described as a “precautionary step” taken on the advice of his doctor.

The prime minister remains in charge of the government and urged people to follow its social distancing advice…

The Guardian reported there have been rumors about Johnson’s health and concerns for his breathing:

…Downing Street insisted it was just a precautionary measure but Johnson’s admission on a Sunday evening comes after days of rumours that his condition has been worsening.

…The Guardian was told last week that Johnson was more seriously ill than either he or his officials were prepared to admit, and that he was being seen by doctors who were concerned about his breathing…

Johnson joined in the salute to healthcare workers Thursday evening:

Thank you to the NHS and all of our critical workers for all you are doing to fight #coronavirus. You really are an inspiration. #ClapForOurCarers #ThankYouThursday #ClapForKeyWorkers

— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 2, 2020

Johnson’s update on his condition posted Friday:

Another quick update from me on our campaign against #coronavirus.

You are saving lives by staying at home, so I urge you to stick with it this weekend, even if we do have some fine weather.#StayHomeSaveLives

— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 3, 2020

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British PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests over ‘persistent’ coronavirus symptoms

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:46

Praying for him.

British PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests over ‘persistent’ coronavirus symptoms

By: CNBC, Apr 5 2020:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital for tests 10 days after contracting the coronavirus.

A Downing Street spokesperson said it’s a “precautionary step” since the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of the virus.

“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” the spokesperson said.

Johnson, 55, is the first major governmental leader known to have contracted the disease and had been self-isolating at home.

He remains in charge of the government and is in contact with ministerial colleagues and officials.

The news of Johnson’s hospitalization followed a rare television address to the nation by Queen Elizabeth, who urged citizens to confront the pandemic with resolve and unity.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the queen said in a taped broadcast from Windsor Castle. “A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”

The virus has infected more than 40,000 people in Britain, including the Queen’s eldest son and heir to the British Throne, Prince Charles.

WATCH: Fauci Says ‘We Are Struggling To Get’ COVID-19 ‘Under Control,’ But ‘Mitigation Is Working’

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:41

On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” with host Margaret Brennan to speak about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Brennan first asked Fauci about what Americans “should … be preparing for” given President Trump’s remarks about near-term deaths, as well as Dr. Birx’s recommendation that people avoid leaving their homes as the virus approaches the apex.

Fauci replied, saying that it’s “going to be a bad week.” He added that according to projections, the United States will “continue to see an escalation,” but that he hopes “to see a flattening out of the curve” soon, “within a week, maybe a little bit more.”

He then stated that mitigation is vital in the United States being able to turn the corner:

The mitigation that we’re talking about, that you just mentioned, is absolutely key to the success of that. So on the one hand, things are going to get bad, and we need to be prepared for that. It is going to be shocking to some. It certainly is really disturbing to see that – but that’s what’s going to happen before it turns around. So we’ll just buckle down, continue to mitigate, continue to do the physical separation because we’ve got to get through this week that’s coming up because it is going to be a bad week.

Brennan asked for clarification: “Are you saying … that despite the deaths that we may see, that mitigation is working and that you do have this outbreak under control?”

Fauci replied in the affirmative that mitigation is working. As for having the virus “under control,” the doctor made sure to stress that such a claim would be “false.”

I will not say we have it under control, Margaret. That would be a false statement. We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now. The thing that’s important is that what you see is increases in new cases, which then start to flatten out, but the end result of that, you don’t see for days if not weeks down the pike because as the cases go down, then you get less hospitalizations, less intensive care, and less death.

So even though you’re getting … really improvement in that the number of new cases is starting to flatten, the deaths will lag by, you know, one or two weeks or more. So we need to be prepared that even though it’s clear that mitigation is working, we’re still going to see that tail off of deaths.

Fauci went on to stress that the thing to watch is stabilization of new cases, which he said is being witnessed in Italy, and will “hopefully be” seen shortly in New York, the COVID-19 epicenter in the United States.

Brennan proceeded to ask Fauci what New York’s Governor Cuomo means when he says that the state “is not yet at the apex.”

“And what happens on the other side of that apex?” Brennan asked.

Fauci replied:

You know, what the governor is saying is that we are still going to see an increase. The curves that we show at the conferences often is that the epidemic curve goes up, and it hits the top a bit and then it starts coming down. So what Governor Cuomo was saying is that we haven’t yet reached that peak. And when you do, you’ll start to see a bit of a flattening and come down. So, where we are right now is really approaching that apex, and that’s why what he’s saying and what we’re saying is that this next week is going to look bad because we’re still not yet at that apex. And I think within a week, eight days or nine days or so, hopefully you’re going to see that turn around.

Surgeon General: this week will be America’s ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘9/11’ moments

LifeZette - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:25

On Sunday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the upcoming week of America’s coronavirus pandemic would be “our Pearl Harbor moment. It’s going to be our 9/11 moment.”

While appearing on NBC News‘ “Meet The Press,” Dr. Adams addressed statewide stay-at-home orders, saying, “I talked to many of these governors, and here’s what I say to them. Here’s what I would say to them right now. The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment. It’s going to be our 9/11 moment.”

Surgeon general says coming week will "be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment"

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 5, 2020

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“It’s going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives, and we really need to understand that if we want to flatten that curve and get through to the other side, everyone needs to do their part,” he added.

Dramatic shift in tone for the surgeon general, who said in February that the risk for Americans getting coronavirus is “low” to now saying US is about to face its Pearl Harbor
and 9/11 moment. He said his info was based on best available evidence at time

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 5, 2020

“Ninety percent of Americans are doing their part, even in the states where they haven’t had a shelter in place,” Adams continued. “But if you can’t give us 30 days, governors, give us a week, give us what you can so we don’t overwhelm our health care systems over this next week and let’s reassess at that point. We want everyone to understand — you have to be Rosie the Riveter. You have to do your part.”

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.@Surgeon_General said an aggressive response, such as practicing social distancing and staying home, could change the trajectory of the pandemic.

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 5, 2020

NBC News‘ Chuck Todd asked, “At a minimum, you wish every governor would issue at least one week?”

“I wish every governor would encourage the people in their states to follow these guidelines for 30 days,” Adams replied. “That’s what I want.” Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Dr. Adams repeated his remarks, saying that the week ahead would be “the hardest and the saddest” of “most Americans’ lives.”

U.S. surgeon general who said, a month ago, that he’s not worried about the coronavirus now comparing it to Pearl Harbor and 9/11

— Charlie (@CharlieMARs_) April 5, 2020

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted To Hospital Over Coronavirus

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:25

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after continuing to experience symptoms from the coronavirus after testing positive 10 days ago.

A spokesperson for Johnson said in a statement, “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.”

“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus,” the statement continued. “The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

BREAKING: British Prime Minister @BorisJohnson admitted to hospital tonight for tests due to persistent #coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive.
Worrying development – he's looked worse each time we've seen him, poor guy. Wish him well.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 5, 2020

The news of Johnson’s hospitalization comes as the U.K. has continued to deal with a growing outbreak of the coronavirus, which originated in China, in their country.

A Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker reported on Sunday that the U.K. had over 48,000 cases of the coronavirus and nearly 5,000 deaths.

Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s pregnant fiancée, has reportedly been recovering from symptoms of coronavirus.

“I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus,” Symonds tweeted on Saturday. “I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.”

I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.

— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 4, 2020

Bloomberg News reported last week that U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to President Donald Trump that communist China was lying about the extent of the outbreak that originated in their country.

“China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete,” Bloomberg News reported, according to three U.S. officials that it spoke to. “Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.”

The New York Post highlighted China’s lies and cover-up of the outbreak:

The fog of war obscures much about the novel coronavirus pandemic. But two facts seem absolutely certain. First, China’s Communist authorities have lied, concealed and misled about the origins of the epidemic and the toll of the virus in China. Second, the World Health Organization has acted as Beijing’s handmaid.

Independent Chinese journalists have detailed the Wuhan coverup: They report that a Chinese lab isolated and identified the strange new virus last December — but that the authorities ­ordered it to stop its work, get rid of its specimens and keep quiet. It took almost another month for the government to acknowledge that a SARS-like contagion, spread by human contact, was exploding in Hubei province.

When the late Dr. Li Wenliang, the heroic whistleblower, tried to warn the public about the coronavirus, he was detained, charged with “spreading false rumors” and accused of “seriously disrupting social order.” All discussion about the virus is now censored.

An analysis from The Washington Post estimated that based on “evidence,” the real outbreak numbers out of Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak, was 16 times higher than what China reported.

Despite its drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus, China has failed to contain it and is now dealing with another outbreak in its country and recently had to quarantine a county of more than 600,000 people.

This report has been updated to include additional information.

India Bans All Exports of “Game-Changer” Hydroxycholoroquine to Treat Coronavirus — First Touted by President Trump

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:05

India is banning all exports of hydroxychloroquine for treating the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump first touted the drug during a daily press conference and was widely mocked and ridiculed by the enemedia.

Some reporters in the liberal media would rather have Trump fail than people survive a viral scourge.


India banned all exports of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted as a “game changer” in the fight against Covid-19.

Exports of the drug and its formulations are prohibited “without any exceptions” and with immediate effect, India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in an April 4 order on its website. The trade regulator had last month restricted overseas shipments of the drug, allowing only limited exceptions such as on humanitarian grounds and for meeting prior commitments.

At a press conference on Saturday, Trump said he spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and appealed for the release of shipments U.S. has already ordered. India is giving his request “serious consideration,” he said.

Then in the fourth paragraph of the article the Bloomberg author writes: there is no conclusive scientific evidence that hydroxychloroquine can treat the infection from the novel pathogen.

This is despite the fact that the FDA issued an emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine to be prescribed to coronavirus patients.

** Last week Dr. Vladimir Zelenko reported that he has now successfully treated 699 COVID-19 patients in New York for the coronavirus. Dr. Zelenko reported 100 percent success using a cocktail of drugs: hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin (Z-Pak), an antibiotic to treat secondary infections, and zinc sulfate.

** Also the French research team led by the renowned epidemiologist Dr. Didier Raoult was able to repeat his findings from a previous study. Dr. Raoult administered hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to 80 patients and observed improvement in EVERY CASE except for a very sick 86-year-old with an advanced form of coronavirus infection.

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Instagram Forces Right-Wing Author Brittany Pettibone to Delete All Photos With Her Political Activist Husband — Including From Their Wedding

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 19:45

Instagram suspended right-wing author and political commentator Brittany Pettibone three months ago for seemingly no reason. It turns out, she was barred from the platform for posting photos of her husband’s face.

Pettibone’s account was just like any normal twenty-something woman’s account, though perhaps a bit more enviable. There were beautiful photos from balls, charming pictures with her family and friends, whimsical wedding portraits and captivating images of her travels. Though there might have been some politics scattered in here and there, it was largely a personal look at her everyday life.

Pettibone’s Instagram

The problem, in Instagram’s eyes, is that last year Pettibone married right-wing Austrian political activist Martin Sellner.

Sellner focuses on non-violent protests over the dangers of European nations taking in migrants — and the nonprofit organizations that assist them. He has never been convicted of a crime nor advocated for violence, and yet, he was labeled a “dangerous person” and Instagram does not allow posts that “promote” any “dangerous” person or organization. Their label likely stems from Sellner’s home being raided twice in 2019 because he was one of many people who received a donation from the man who became the Christchurch mosque shooter.

Sellner maintains that he receives donations for his activism from people all over the world and that he had no knowledge of what was to come over a year later. His property was later returned and nothing was found that could implicate him.

The High Court of Austria ultimately deemed the raids on Sellner’s home to have been illegal.

Other “dangerous” people whose faces can’t be posted on Instagram or their parent company, Facebook, include Tommy Robinson and Paul Joseph Watson. Curiously, we have yet to hear of bans on Antifa imagery, or heck, even serial killers.

“Per instagram’s TOS, it appears that I am forbidden from posting photos that show the face of my husband, Martin Sellner—including non-political photos, such as from our wedding or at a Viennese Christmas market. Instagram categorizes these photos as promoting ‘dangerous people and organizations,’” Pettibone told the Gateway Pundit. “My husband has never advocated for violence against anyone. He has never been convicted of a crime either. He is a strict advocate of non-violent political protest. It’s utterly unprecedented and unjust for Instagram to label him a ‘dangerous person’, even going so far as to ban his name and face from their platform.”

In order to restore her account, Pettibone was forced to delete nearly 100 posts and story archives that showed her husband’s face, including the stunning portraits from their wedding.

Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, Sellner compared what Instagram is doing to him and others to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

“In Orwell’s 1984, there is a term ‘to vaporize’ a person,” Sellner began. “This is what’s happening today in the digital sphere to people like Tommy Robinson, Alex Jones and myself. Every photo of me, and even just sharing a video or news article with my name in the title, will get the post deleted on Facebook and Instagram.”

Sellner explained that even the logo for Generation Identity, a European patriotic youth movement that he is a member of, is recognized by the algorithms and immediately banned.

“Dozens of people, and even some patriotic newspapers, have lost their Facebook accounts for simply sharing videos about me or writing articles which included me. This leads to a situation where people even have to avoid posting my name, which effectively means that I don’t ‘exist’ anymore on important platforms like Facebook and Instagram,” Sellner continued. “This even affects people who share my last name, especially my wife, Brittany. The reason for this is a baseless investigation for ‘terrorism’, including two house-raids in 2019. Both house-raids have been declared illegal. The Austrian police were forced to return my property and delete all the data they collected. The highest court in Austria ruled that there was never a substantial suspicion to begin with. However, Facebook and Instagram still treat me as if I was a terrorist and Generation Identity a terrorist organization like ISIS.”

In 2018, Sellner and Pettibone travelled to the United Kingdom where he was scheduled to give a speech on migration. Though the couple were facing violent threats from Antifa militants, he continued to spread his message of using words and not violence to promote his ideology. Despite the fact that they were the ones who were being targeted with violent threats, the couple was stopped in the airport, detained, branded “dissidents,” and forced to leave the country. All of this for holding right-wing political views.

In 2019, Sellner had planned to travel to the US to marry Pettibone, who is from Idaho, but US authorities canceled his permit to travel without a visa. The couple had planned to wed in her home state, but their efforts were unsuccessful even with lobbying from her local Republican Committee of Kootenai County.

The Gateway Pundit has reached out to Instagram to ask if these photos were flagged using facial recognition software or from manual reporting by users, what their guidelines are for determining who is a “dangerous person,” and why they would remove and ban inoffensive non-political personal photos. We will update this report if a comment is provided.

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