Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/15/2022

Ukrainian beaches on the Black Sea coast in the Odessa area have been cordoned off and marked with warning signs since the war with Russia began, due to the threat of mines and other explosive objects in the water. Several bathers ignored the barriers and signs and went swimming near Odessa. An unknown objected exploded, killing three of them and wounding two others.

In other news, the Department of Justice has acknowledged that FBI agents confiscated Donald Trump’s passports when they raided his home in Florida.

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Thanks to Dean, JW, LP, Reader from Chicago, Roger, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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The Danger of Leftist Violence

For some reason Nancy Faeser, the German Minister of the Interior, has noticed the threat to public order posed by Extinction Rebellion and other left-wing climate activists.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Die Welt. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Faeser warns of attacks on gas terminals and important infrastructure

In the course of possible protests, the Federal Minister of the Interior is now also warning of “targeted attacks on the energy sector”. One was alarmed “by the attempt by left-wing extremists to instrumentalize climate protests,” said Nancy Faeser (SPD). But she doesn’t expect uprisings.

In view of the Russian war against Ukraine and increasing protests in Germany against the Federal Government’s energy policy, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) warns of possible attacks. “We have to be prepared to act against possible attacks on gas terminals and other critical infrastructure,” Faeser told the Bild am Sonntag.

“Targeted attacks on the energy sector or attempts by extremists to abuse legitimate protest, as in the Corona crisis,” are conceivable, said the Interior Minister. However, she does not expect uprisings. “We are alarmed by the attempt by left-wing extremists to instrumentalize climate protests,” said Faeser. “On the other hand, of course, we continue to see the danger from the right.” [Says a bully to the victim.]

Against this background, Faeser announced that there would be no savings on Internal Security. [You shall measure them by their deeds and not by their words! How does a local force disguise themselves?]

Cyber attacks by Russia successfully averted

The Russian threat also means a turning point in internal security, the minister said. “We have to protect ourselves against massive disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks by Russia.” The German security forces are currently successful in this: Since the beginning of the Ukraine war there has not been a successful major Russian cyber attack on German systems.

The minister gave hope to all the people who once worked for German positions in Afghanistan as so-called local workers. They should all be able to travel to Germany. “We won’t leave them behind,” assured Faeser in the Bild am Sonntag. She is currently working with Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) on a new admissions program with “clear criteria”. [What an attractive, lovely and above all eloquent lady]

Faeser put the total number of Afghans admitted to date who previously worked as local staff for German authorities or organizations and their family members at 15,759. In the interview, she did not give an exact number of how many more people are expected. According to figures from last week, since the withdrawal of NATO troops, Germany has promised to take in a total of 23,614 local workers and their families. So more than 7,800 Afghans would be affected.

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My Brain Hurts

After I went through checkout at the grocery store this afternoon, I passed by the newsstand and glanced at the front pages of the papers, as is my wont. My eye was caught by the following headline from Investor’s Business Daily:

How These Biotech Players Could Help Treat Covid-Fueled Depression

I’m not sure why, but it brought to mind the old joke about the man who went on trial for murdering both his parents, and then begged the court for leniency due to his being an orphan.

Below are excerpts from the article:

As a microscopic virus brought the world to its knees in 2020, a long-simmering mental health crisis erupted. Skyrocketing rates of depression and anxiety exposed a glaring void: The current suite of depression treatments doesn’t fit many patients.

A group of biotech stocks including Biogen (BIIB) and Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) could change that as soon as this year.

Psychiatrists have noted the shortfall before, but the coronavirus pandemic put it front and center. By some accounts, rates of depression and anxiety climbed at least threefold as the world struggled to contain personal and societal risks. Some experts see the pandemic as a “triggering event” that ballooned the number of depression patients into the tens of millions. Meanwhile, too few doctors could take on the sudden influx of patients.

The seismic shift opened the window for biotech stocks that began testing new approaches to depression years ago. This group of mostly small companies includes behemoth Biogen, teamed up with Sage Therapeutics, on what could be the fastest-acting depression drug to hit the market. The effort has yet to boost Biogen stock or Sage stock, but the two expect to finish submitting their application for approval this year.

Lesser-known names are pursuing other approaches that could shake the decadeslong hold on the market by traditional depression treatments like Prozac and Zoloft. One company, Axsome Therapeutics (AXSM), already has submitted a new type of depression drug to regulators and could win approval any day.

“While depression and brain health issues were a problem prior to the Covid pandemic, Covid has certainly exacerbated the issue and has created a three(fold) to fourfold increase in the amount of depression in the world,” Sage Chief Executive Barry Greene told Investor’s Business Daily. “We really are in a brain health pandemic.”

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News From the Führerbunker

It seems that the leaders of the New Improved Reich have once again smelled the smoke of the pine-tar torches and seen the glint of the pitchforks approaching the walls of their high-tech bunkers.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from JournalistenWatch. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Perverse: NRW interior minister fears “new enemies of the state”

Düsseldorf

Sorry, but that now sounds as if someone with full diapers wants to hide in a Führerbunker: NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) is concerned that issues such as the Ukraine war, the energy crisis and rising prices will give food to new conspiracy theories. “It’s no longer about protesters, it’s almost about something like new enemies of the state who are establishing themselves,” he told the broadcasters RTL and ntv. The protest potential has not increased, but the occasions have become more intense.

“I’m worried that if it gets really tangible, energy crisis, prices, cold living room, fuel is getting more and more expensive, that the ground for such narratives, for such conspiracy theories, will expand.” Corona and vaccination are no longer issues. “But they are now abusing people’s fears in other areas.” [says the fearmonger and doom-peddler: being unable to feed one’s family due to government policies is an outright lie, because there are plenty of cockroaches and crickets and rats to feed on.]

And they are “not made of cardboard,” says Reul. The interior minister advises taking the dangers seriously. “If you look at it on the Internet today, on Telegram and such, they are increasingly addressing these topics, Ukraine, war, crisis, gas crisis, prices and are trying to get more people together.”

In his opinion, panicking makes no sense. “We can only be careful, watch out, look on the net, keep our eyes and ears open, notice what’s happening.”

Here an escalation spiral is being vigorously spun. Those who brand worried, perhaps justifiably angry, citizens as “enemies of the state” are more at home in Stalinism.

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Panic and overreaction, the late response of fools. And, on the other hand, can you show me one puppetician who hasn’t, throughout history, created mountains of dead and untold riches for the select few, and afterwards blamed those mountains of dead on the victims and their surviving folks?

For me personally, the stench of politics is worse than the stench of corpses under the midday sun, but that seems to be the fertilizer that makes this evil thrive in perpetuity.

Also, there’s really no point of arguing with these puppeticians, because, even when you think that you’ve won the argument, it turns out, by some magic unavailable to good human beings, that you had, in fact, been totally misinformed, since the “powerful” don’t punish themselves for their failures.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/14/2022

In the wee hours of this morning, a 29-year-old Delaware man named Richard A. York III rammed his car into a police barricade near the Capitol in Washington D.C. After setting the car on fire, he exited from the vehicle while firing a gun into the air. As police approached him, he turned the gun on himself and shot himself to death. It’s not yet clear how much of a white supremacist he was.

In other news, a young woman on a flight from Cyprus to Manchester stripped to her underwear and tried to storm the cockpit twice while shouting “Allahu Akhbar” (Arabic for “Down with patriarchal oppression”) and claiming that she had explosives. She was eventually restrained by a courageous fellow passenger.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, JW, LP, MM, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Culture-Enriching Murder of a Hairdresser in Pisa

The following video report concerns the murder of a Moroccan hairdresser by a Tunisian in the Italian city of Pisa. Given the occupation of the victim, and the well-known proclivities of Muslim males, I have to wonder whether this tragic incident might have been the result of a romance gone horribly wrong.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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An Identity Crisis

Boy, I just can’t wait for the advent of a full digital identification system — chip implants, biometrics, CBDC, the works — which will make it so much easier and more convenient to forge identity documents.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Der Wochenblick:

Between WEF control and ID theft

Digital driving license is not forgery-proof

For the globalists, it is the next big step on the way to becoming a transparent citizen: the “digital driver’s license” should be the starting point for merging all ID cards and, in the final phase, for all administrative procedures. But a plan is only as good as the person who executes it — for example, due to security gaps in the implementation.

Blatant security flaws

While Austria is still working on its “ID Austria”, its German neighbors are already one step further; the “Verimi ID-Wallet” can already display the digital ID cards. But the whole thing has an additional catch: Because the “Foto Ident” system was not sufficiently secure. Photograph the front and back of the ID card and upload a photo.

This is checked by an artificial intelligence — without human intervention. Because counterfeits are easily produced, the IT expert Martin Tschirsich pointed out the blatant security gap on Twitter. After some trial and error, according to Tschirsich, he was “the proud owner of several digital driving licenses and Swiss citizenship.”

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Choice between plague and cholera

While WEF & Co. are already dreaming of being able to monitor and control us via a single app, reality suffers from the basics. For the end consumer, however, both are a terrible idea: In one case, there is a risk of complete control by the elites; in the other case the danger that someone else could “only” walk around with their own identity…

Afterword from the translator:

In South Africa, when they introduced the Digital ID and Driver’s Licence, the people with the know-how defrauded thousands in a myriad of ways within the blink of an eye. People suddenly found out that they’d been married, bought furniture and appliances on credit or even borrowed money from banks. Not that something like this didn’t happen before, but now they didn’t have to go through a corrupt Home Affairs official first.

Just imagine what the Ukrainians and Romanians will be able to do with that in Europe.

Beheading: It’s All in the Family

A family dispute in the French city of Lyon took an unfortunate turn today when a young man decapitated his father in a parking lot. It was an “Allahu Akhbar” moment for the youngster, but French citizens were reassured by the police that the youth was not thought to have been radicalized.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Le Figaro:

Lyon: Man beheaded by his son in a parking lot

August 14, 2022

The suspect, of Moroccan nationality, was arrested while walking around with his father’s head in one hand and a knife in the other.

A man in his 60s was beheaded with a knife late Saturday night at Saint-Priest, in the Lyon area. His 25-year-old son was arrested at the scene, we have learned from multiple sources.

The initial elements of the investigation on “the murder by beheading,” show that the man taken into custody “killed his 60-year-old father using a kitchen knife,” the Lyon Prosecutor’s Office stated to Agence France Presse.

“A head in one hand and a knife in the other”

In the night, “around 2am, municipal police alerted the national police to the discovery of a beheaded body in a parking lot. The municipal police reported that a man was walking around with a head in one hand and a knife in the other,” according to a source close to the case.

BAC [Anti-Criminality Brigade] police, who arrived as reinforcement, were able to arrest the man, “who tried unsuccessfully to stab them,” according to the same source. According to ActuLyon, as he was fighting against police, the man reportedly cried, “Allahu Akhbar.”

The suspect, a Moroccan with legal immigration status, is known “for common law incidents, family disputes involving alcohol or drugs,” according to the same source, as reported by AFP.

The man who was placed in custody is not known for incidents of radicalization, the same source added. The investigation, assigned to the Rhone Security Department, “will determine the exact circumstances of the tragedy as well as his motive and will delve into the personality of the perpetrator,” according to the Lyon Prosecutor’s Office.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/13/2022

A day after he was stabbed onstage in Chautauqua, Salman Rushdie has been taken off the ventilator and is able to talk. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Hadi Matar has been charged with attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty at his court appearance.

In other news, Argentina’s central bank raised its prime lending rate to 69.5% in an attempt to dampen runaway inflation.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, JW, LP, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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A Holodomor in Our Future

The following article from Germany describes a new phenomenon, the result of accelerating price inflation: the use of anti-theft devices on ordinary food staples displayed in supermarkets.

If the trend continues, one can envision a situation in which food stores will resemble Korean markets found in inner-city neighborhoods in the USA. All merchandise will be inaccessible to the customer, protected by bulletproof Plexiglas barriers. Customers will tell the clerk what they want, and hand their cash (or CBDC cards) through the slot before receiving their purchases. $30 for a loaf of bread. $75 for a dozen eggs. Forget meat — can’t possibly afford that. And expect the price to rise another 10% in the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Report24. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Price explosions: German supermarkets attach anti-theft devices to staple foods

In the best Germany of all times, groceries now apparently have to be provided with anti-theft devices based on the English model: the first citizens seem to be driven to acts of desperation in view of the price explosions. This does not affect high-priced items such as champagne, but staple foods. Are these now becoming luxuries?

Inflation is causing food prices to skyrocket, and further price increases are forecast for the next three months. This was the result of a survey by the ifo Institute, as reported by ARD. More and more people can no longer afford these horrendous prices and are driven to desperate acts — obviously the number of thefts is increasing. The first supermarkets are taking countermeasures — with anti-theft devices.

A supermarket in Berlin-Weißensee has now attached security markings to some types of meat — yellow stickers with the inscription “Secured article”. While cheap meat with the husbandry level one, such as rump steak, lamb skewers, steak from the prime rib of a young bull or Argentinean steak, is secured here, the yellow warnings in a Lidl branch in Tegel are for higher-priced meat (beef fillet, steak and soup meat).

The anti-theft devices also seem to be used in other supermarket branches. On Twitter, a user shared a photo showing the yellow stickers on butter. She wrote: “I think this is insane, Lidl! Have we gotten to the point where regular butter has to be protected against theft with a security tag?”

[Twitter photo]

When asked by Bild, Aldi did not rule out such theft-prevention either, but, like Lidl, Rewe, Netto and Norma, did not want to comment publicly on security measures.

Citizens are driven to desperate acts

The development is worrying. Accordingly, Adolf Bauer, President of the Social Association Germany, said: “The fact that supermarkets and discounters have come so far that they do not categorically rule out anti-theft devices for food leaves us stunned. It is more than obvious that staple foods must not become even more expensive. It is imperative that we prevent the majority of people from no longer being able to afford this and that their last resort is theft.” And he warns politicians: “We must not leave people alone with their existential fears. Because otherwise the social division will continue to increase and social unrest could no longer be ruled out.”

According to the consumer protection center, food has become more expensive in all food groups: “In the past 20 years, food prices have risen significantly less than other living costs. While inflation was still just under 1.5 percent on average between 2000 and 2019, the price increase from July 2021 to July 2022 was 14.8 percent.” [Lucky them. Food prices have gone up in South Africa since the “Mad Cow Plandemic” of the late 1990s, and each and every time the oil price increases, and the food never decreases when the oil price drops, either.]

Additional security measures are already being taken in Great Britain. Supermarkets from the chains Sainsbury’s, Coop, Tesco and Aldi provide baby milk, vitamin supplements, steak, cheese and butter.

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Astroturfing a Farmers’ Demo in Jaén

Farmers in the Spanish province of Andalucía staged a demonstration yesterday in the city of Jaén protesting rising production costs. However, according to an organization called ASEPRES (Asociación del sector primario de España) of Andalucía, the demonstration was actually a diversion from the real concerns of farmers, because it was staged by a trade union that is funded by the government.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

For an English-language report on the demo in Jaén, see this article in Euro Weekly News.

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Iranian Media Celebrate the Stabbing of Salman Rushdie

Below are translated excerpts from two Spanish-language newspapers concerning the Iranian reaction to yesterday’s stabbing of Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua, New York. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translations.

The first article is from Excelsior (Mexico), quoting the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is said to represent the views of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran:

On Saturday Kayhan, the principal ultraconservative daily in Iran, congratulated the man in the United States who stabbed Salman Rushdie, the British writer of Indian origin who wrote The Satanic Verses, the work for which the Iranian religious leader, Khomeini, issued a fatwa condemning him to death in 1989.

“Congratulations to this brave and duty-conscious man who attacked the apostate and depraved Salman Rushdie in New York,” declared the newspaper, whose head is appointed by the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“We kiss the hands of him who cut the throat of the enemy of God with a knife,” the article added.

The second article is from the Spanish daily El Pais:

Although New York authorities are declining to comment on the nationality and other information on the perpetrator, and, for the moment, about his motives, the expert on Islamism Romain Caillet stated on Twitter that [the alleged knifeman Hadi] Matar is of Lebanese origin and a follower of the pro-Iran Shiite militia party, Hezbollah. In Iranian media, the news was received with jubilation. “A Lebanese hero,” the website “Iran in Arabic” called the attacker in a tweet that was later removed. From Beirut, a spokesman for Hezbollah stated on Saturday that the group knew nothing about the attack. Caillet explained, nevertheless, that Matar was using a false driver’s license issued in New Jersey in the name of Hassan Mughniyah. Imad Mughniyah was chief of security and one of the most important Hezbollah commanders, eliminated by Israel in Damascus in 2008.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/12/2022

The Pakistani-British writer Salman Rushdie was attacked with a knife onstage just before he was scheduled to give a talk at an event in Western New York State. He was stabbed in the neck and the abdomen, and his publicist says he will most likely lose the sight of one eye. He is reportedly on a ventilator now in the hospital. His alleged assailant, one Hadi Matar, was arrested immediately after the incident. Mr. Matar is said to be a supporter of the mullahs’ regime in Iran, and may possibly be a white supremacist.

In other news, a gunman massacred eleven people in the Montenegrin city of Cetinje before being shot dead by an alert citizen.

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Thanks to Caroline Glick, Dean, DV, JAS, JW, MM, Reader from Chicago, Steen, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Vaxed and Damaged

Oliver Janke is a German fireman who experienced a severe adverse reaction to the experimental mRNA treatment that is intended to mitigate the effects of infection with the Wuhan Coronavirus. After receiving his second (Pfizer) “vaccination”, Mr. Janke was afflicted with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which caused massive paralysis and almost killed him.

In the following video Oliver Janke tells his story. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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