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‘We Believe in the Christian Civilizational Foundations of Europe’: Hungary’s Orbán

‘We Believe in the Christian Civilizational Foundations of Europe’: Hungary’s Orbán

“We see a growing demand for church institutions,” said Orbán.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday warned that Europe and Hungary have entered an “era of dangers,” after taking his fifth oath as prime minister in parliament.
  • Orbán spotlighted the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the economy, as well as what he called the “cultural alienation [that] is growing between the western half of Europe and Hungary.”
  • Hungary’s Prime Minister said such cultural alienation between the two regions hs been brought about because his nation “believe[s] in the Christian civilizational foundations of Europe, and in the nation,” which other nations had “given up.”
  • “Everything that has happened since 2020 points in one direction: Europe and the Hungarian people in it have entered an age of danger. The decade began with the coronavirus epidemic and continued with the war. The sanctions from the war brought an economic downturn,” Orbán said. “The war and sanctions policy caused an energy crisis, and U.S. interest rate hikes brought an age of inflation.”
  • Orbán also highlighted the dangers of unmitigated immigration policy and its implications for the Christian population, saying, “All of this will bring the age of economic downturn, threatening epidemics may recur, migration may deepen and may intensify.” “Such is the program of the great European population exchange, the essence of which is to replace the missing Christian children with migrants,” Orbán went on to say. “Such an experiment is a program of gender madness and a liberal Europe that transcends nation-states and Christianity, and puts nothing in their place.”
ORBÁN SEES PATH TO SUCCESS:
  • The Hungarian Prime Minister was hopeful that Hungary could fend off Christianity’s decline by supporting churches. “It is a difficult task, but we can succeed. We can succeed because the Hungarians were carved out of hard wood, so we stubbornly resist the decline,” he said.
  • “We will provide the conditions for preaching the gospel. We see a growing demand for church institutions, and helping them will be important,” stated Orbán.
  • “Hungarians across the border can count on us, we will continue our work of national unification.”
ORBÁN SWIPES AT GEORGE SOROS:

“I shall strive to be worthy of this enormous trust, which is unprecedented in the whole of Europe,” said Orbán. “It is food for thought that we have won by the largest margin ever, at a time when all human reasoning suggested that we were also competing on the most difficult terrain. The Hungarian left and their international allies, politicians, financiers and the media all rallied against us. Let us make it clear: Brussels and George Soros were also playing to ensure our downfall. They threatened us however they could. No wonder this victory fills us with electrifying energy. My friends, there is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. We have won four times in a row, despite financial crises, a global pandemic, floods of migrants, and even a war that was – and is – threatening our country. Such a winning streak is unusual in Europe, and even in the wider Western world; and the scale of the victory is unprecedented.”

BACKGROUND:
  • Orbán was reelected as premier in the 199-seat assembly by 133 votes to 27 against.
  • The prime minister has been pursuing close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he would not support banning his country’s oil imports from Russia as the European Union has proposed. While speaking on state radio on May 6, Orbán said that such an embargo would drop an “atomic bomb” on Hungary’s economy.

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Coffee & Covid, Tuesday, May 17, 2022: RATIONED and It could be much worse

Jeff Childers,  May 17, 2022

Happy Tuesday and good morning, C&C! Today’s roundup: some reassuring thoughts about the world; the FDA magically approves Abbott’s baby food plant; Fetterman might not be out of the woods; another U.S. Senator has a stroke; the WSJ figured out where all the strokes are coming from; right after rationing J&J shots, the White House says it may have to ration the other shots too; an Azov battalion surrenders in Ukraine; and Sri Lanka’s PM tells citizens to get ready for a very bad time.

*SCRIBBLES AND GRINS*

I’ve seen a few comments flowing through suggesting some of you may be starting to worry again. Maybe its the “new thing” that replaced the pandemic. Whichever, let’s not fall for it again. Things are JUST FINE.

First, let’s evaluate the situation from both Christian and secular perspectives. From a Christ-follower’s point of view, we have absolutely nothing to worry about anyway. And despite lots of speculation, it is NOT the End Times, since Israel is not yet at peace and has not yet begun rebuilding the Temple — key signs of the beginning of the End. One world government is clearly reserved for the last few years of history, since the Book of the Revelation describes all the trappings of normal world function: nations, commerce, wealth, ships, and most important, a worldwide state of high function to be later destroyed by the Great Tribulation. Klaus Schwab must fail. So we can rest on the promises of Scripture that the world is going to keep on spinning more or less normally, at least for now.

From a secular viewpoint, as crazy as they are, they are nowhere near the kind of crazy that our parents and even some of us have seen before. The Carter years and earlier featured 90% income tax rates, double-digit inflation, stagflation, race riots, gas lines, communist infiltration of government, and worst of all, hippies and disco, blech, and we still roared back from that unhappy period, not only surviving but manfully defeating the Soviet Empire in the process, without a nuclear war or even a non-nuclear war.

I know it’s hard to watch current foreign policy, Bill Gates, and the WEF, but never forget that conservatives were forced to grind their teeth down into tiny nubs watching helplessly while a known communist spy working for the U.S. State Department, Alger Hiss, helped design the United Nations. Later, Nixon, a republican, tried to vaccinate the whole country for Swine Flu, until we hit 500 cases of Guillain Barré and they pulled the plug.

So.

While there are fair comparisons to make, we are still NOWHERE near those collective levels of suffering yet. Not even close. Not even after Joe Biden’s best efforts. Well, best efforts for Joe. You have to grade on a curve.

I’m not minimizing the risks and dark potentialities. Admittedly, our generation has its own issues. But don’t lose sight of the silver linings. Like what? How about the fact that a temporary period of hardship might be the way we come back from wokeness, CRT, dissolving definitions of morality and ethics, and loss of our national sovereignty.

They say that hard times create tough generations. Tough generations create good times. Good times create soft generations, which then create hard times again. Rinse, cycle, repeat. We’ve enjoyed a long period of prosperity. It’s possible that we are due for a little bit of a hard time that will toughen us up — which is just what we need. That means we’ll win in the end, and the faster we toughen up, the shorter the suffering will be. Let’s get tough!

Now on to the roundup. Lots of highly interesting news today!

🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 And just like that, right after Abbott Labs went public with the FDA’s refusal to return its phone calls, the baby formula shortage has been addressed. The Daily Wire ran a story yesterday headlined, “Baby Formula Could Return To Shelves As Abbott Plant Takes ‘Major Step’ To Reopening Facility.”

So, literally two or three work days after Abbott tweeted that the FDA had been ignoring it for weeks, and Republicans pounced on the Biden Administration’s bungling, the formula manufacturer is now already “entering into a consent decree” with the FDA to take “the steps necessary to resume production and maintain the facility.” Just like that. Whoosh! That was fast.

The press release announcing the new agreement noted that production could restart within two weeks, meaning product would be available on merchant shelves in six to eight weeks. In the meantime, Abbott says it has also been authorized to work with an Irish facility to help meet short-term demand.

For some reason, Abbott’s president Robert Ford apologized in a carefully-worded statement. “We know millions of parents and caregivers depend on us and we’re deeply sorry that our voluntary recall worsened the nationwide formula shortage. We will work hard to re-earn the trust that moms, dads and caregivers have placed in our formulas for more than 50 years,” his written statement said.

To my trained lawyer ears, Ford’s apology sounds a lot like it was carefully negotiated and wordsmithed. Despite the apology, Abbott’s press release noted that the CDC’s investigation of its plant found “no … link between Abbott formulas and infant illnesses.” So what is Ford apologizing for?

Anyway, great news for moms and babies.

💉 Yesterday, I accurately reported that corporate media said Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor John Fetterman, now running for Senate, had a stroke but the clot was promptly removed and all was well. You aren’t going to believe this, but that was, apparently, fake news. At least to some extent.

The Hill ran a story late yesterday headlined, “Fetterman stroke throws curve into Pennsylvania primary,” which said that Fetterman “would be off the campaign trail for the near future” and he has cancelled all his scheduled events. The Hill also noted that Fetterman “does not have a history of being in poor health.” It’s baffling.

So, apparently the news that Fetterman was right as rain was premature. We hope he recovers quickly.

💉 Racing close behind the Fetterman stroke story was ANOTHER one, this time a CNN story headlined, “Maryland Sen. Van Hollen Hospitalized After Stroke But Says No Long-Term Damage.”

According to CNN, the Maryland Democrat announced Sunday that he suffered a “minor stroke” over the weekend and is currently hospitalized. Van Hollen has not tweeted since his May 15th announcement about the stroke. Presumably he is following his doctor’s orders and resting.

Van Hollen’s stroke created renewed chatter about the Senate’s precarious 50-50 split. He is also running for re-election this year.

Just to recap, we now have THREE strokes among lawmakers so far this year:

1) New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Luján (D) — stroke in March

2) Maryland Senator Van Hollen (D) — stroke in May

3) Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D) — stroke in May

🔥 But don’t worry! It’s not that mysterious after all. The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday headlined, “Strokes of John Fetterman, Chris Van Hollen Highlight One of U.S.’s Top Health Risks,” which informs us that strokes can happen to anybody at any time at any age. It’s totally normal.

The Journal explains that “common medical conditions” like diabetes can cause strokes at any age. It suggests, and this is truly cutting-edge medical advice, eating healthy and exercising. It ends by suggesting that STRESS causes strokes, and quotes a cherry-picked expert saying “The world is stressful these days.” So…

💉 What an amazing covid coincidence! Politico ran a story yesterday headlined, “White House Prepares To Ration Vaccines As Covid Funding Impasse Looms.” Stay with me here.

Politico explained that “a painful and foreboding reality is setting in for the White House as it enters a potentially dangerous stretch of the Covid fight: It may soon need to run its sprawling pandemic response on a shoestring budget.” Painful, foreboding, dangerous, sprawling, shoestring. Politico nearly wrote a poem about it.

First of all, the White House doesn’t run ANYTHING on a shoestring budget. That’s just a way to blame this on Republicans. To reinforce whose fault it is, Politico quoted an anonymous staffer who said, “inaction in Congress is already forcing difficult and unnecessary compromises that have dire consequences for the American people.” Dire ones.

Removing all the overheated rhetoric, the gist of the story was that because of Republican obstructionism, the mRNA vaccines may have to be reserved only for people who are at high-risk of covid.

None of it makes sense. Republican obstructionism? Please. The dems run the House! That’s a dumb excuse. But they’re running with it:

So, politics as usual. But consider the TIMING for a second.

We are within two weeks of the FDA’s rationing Johnson & Johnson for the most at-risk — for safety, citing the threat of ultra-rare blood clots. Now the White House is signaling it might ration the other vaccines too, this time citing poverty and obstinate Republicans. Different explanations, same result.

Budget limits doesn’t make any sense either. Biden literally JUST promised to vaccinate the WHOLE WORLD about ten minutes ago. They’re scaring up $40B for Ukraine. Now they suddenly can’t afford jabs for Americans?

And all of this right behind the similar J&J safety lockdown. Makes you think.

A cynical person might suggest the budget limit claim is just an excuse to remove the jabs from the market without admitting there’s anything wrong with them. Sure, they’re still available to at-risk people, but that just proves there’s nothing wrong with them, and jab injuries are harder to see in at-risk people, because any strokes, clots, or death can be blamed on their comorbid conditions.

Politico is upset that the jabs might dry up, and so it’s HOPING FOR a covid comeback to force congress to cough up the dough. I am not making that up. The article suggests longingly, IN WRITING, that “with little ability left to force Senate Republicans’ hand, there’s growing fear that perhaps the only way to keep the Covid response alive will be for Covid itself to swamp the nation in infections once again.”

The geniuses at Politico don’t seem to get the irony of hoping for the thing they want to avoid in order to get the thing that would prevent the solution, if you follow me. Dummies.

💉 I’m out of time, but tomorrow, I’m reporting on the biggest vaccine story this year, which slipped by under the radar exactly one week ago. If you thought that public health experts couldn’t be shown to be any dumber, prepare to be astounded and amazed.

🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀

🚀 After weeks of reporting that the Russians were losing, badly, all over Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal ran a long story yesterday headlined, “Ukrainian Soldiers Lay Down Arms at Mariupol’s Azovstal Steel Plant.”

Yesterday, the Kremlin agreed to allow Ukraine to evacuate wounded Azov battalion fighters from the besieged city, and the others became POWs. The Journal noted hopefully that while Moscow might claim victory, at least the Russian forces were tied up there during the siege. So that’s something. Silver linings, I suppose.

I think Ukrainian readers and other supporters believe that when I report news like this it means I don’t “support Ukraine” or something. That’s not true. I wish fervently for an end to the war and for not one more Ukrainian to be injured or die. But I frequently don’t believe our lying corporate media and call them out whenever I see their lips moving. Here, the WSJ was forced to report something they’d been explicitly denying for weeks.

In general, I do not want to be told what to think or who to support. I just want the facts. I want to make up my own mind. I believe I am smarter, more ethical, and more reasonable than the poltroons who are in charge of the narrative. Especially experts.

🚀 The prime minister of Sri Lanka, who was recently rescued from his compound in a daring pre-dawn operation, posted a remarkable tweet yesterday. It begins by admitting, “The next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives. I have no desire to hide the truth and to lie to the public. Although these facts are unpleasant and terrifying, this is the true situation.”

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (no idea), who just took the job last Thursday, goes on to lay out eight huge problems and short proposed solutions, most of which involve borrowing money and asking for help from the developed world. This is how the World Bank can make or break a country.

Prayers for the Sri Lankans as they navigate a terrible period.

🔥 Finally, here are the alert readers and scavenger-contest winners who found rare pictures of John Fetterman not wearing a hoodie!

— Dave Ross

— Heidi Shires

— Karen Karen

— Mary Barrentine

— Penny Bargo-Buckhalter

— Ellen Middlebrooks

I owe you guys lunch! Stand by for a Facebook message from my team.

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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What Netflix can teach Universities

By Vinay Prasad, May 17, 2022

A lesson in courage

During the COVID19 pandemic, I looked around for universities to host debates or roundtables on school closure, mask mandates, business closure, lockdown, the varied interpretations of the IFR— in other words: the biggest policy issues of our day. And what did I find?

A single debate for JAMA, a couple of videos from across the pond (BMJ), and a debate for Johns Hopkins hosted by the great humanitarian & thinker Stef Baral. What about Stanford? Nothing; Yale? Crickets. Princeton? Harvard? Zilch.

Why did the most prestigious universities abdicate the responsibility to host debates? And worse: why do they still abdicate it? There are no debates on boosting 5-11 year olds, vaccine mandates for college kids, or the evidence FDA should demand for a yearly COVID shot.

The answer is simple: University administrators are jellyfish (spineless), and they are scared that some fraction of their faculty, staff, or students will label some position as harmful. Ergo, they do not want to host a debate, lest some fraction of their body be offended or hurt by a “harmful” idea.

What does that mean? Our society further slides into the abyss, making bad policy choices, and universities forfeit their position to podcasts and videos, such as Plenary Session, which do push a range of COVID19 ideas and guests.

Enter Netflix. Netflix recently told its employees.

Not everyone will like—or agree with—everything on our service. While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.

As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.

This is exactly the memo that universities should be sending their own faculty, students and staff.

“I know some of you like school closure, and some of you think it is a bad idea. We are going to debate it here. If you’d find it hard to support holding open debates, Stanford may not be the best place for you.”

“I know some of you favor mandatory college boosters, and some of you think it is a bad idea. We are going to debate it here. If you’d find it hard to support holding open debates, Yale may not be the best place for you.”

“I know some of you think boosting a healthy 5 year old who just had omicron is a genius move, and some of you think that only a moron would do it. We are going to debate it here. If you’d find it hard to support holding open debates, Harvard may not be the best place for you.”

University administrators need to marshal the courage to tell their staff, faculty and students to shut up, and hear a range of opinions. So we can make progress as a people. And if they won’t, I have one more letter to send:

“I know some administrators fear confrontation and prefer to avoid making trouble. As such, they capitulate to a noisy group on campus. If this is you, being an administrator may not be the best job for you.”

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