Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/29/2016

A Belgian priest has been called on the carpet by the Diocese of Bruges for his negative remarks about Islam. The priest told a group of schoolchildren that Islam is an “anti-religion”, and that Mohammed was a rapist and a murderer.

In other news, the Office for National Statistics in the UK reports that more than 200,000 migrants arrive in London ever year.

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Financial Crisis
» Italy: Atlante Garners 4.25 Bn From 67 Investors
» Italy: Bank Profitability Up, But Under EU Average
» Carly Fiorina Claims Trump is Part of the Establishment
» Congressman Joins Boehner in Likening Cruz to Satan
» Gun Dean Says, Go Trump and Smash Democrats
» McDonald’s Will Replace Jobs With Kiosks: Ex-CEO Says $15 Wage “Will Trigger Massive Layoffs”
» Salon Admits Mainstream Media Manipulates, Deceives Public
» See Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech Here
» Senate Democrats Push Climate-Change Bond Bill
» Sheriffs Call for Defying Unconstitutional Gun Control: Feds “The Greatest Threat We Face”
» Trump White Powder Scare: Envelope Filled With Mystery Substance is Mailed to Trump’s Campaign Office Forcing Six People Into Isolation
» Video: Mexican Flag-Waving Anti-Trumpers Beat Trump Supporters, Attack Vehicles
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: “Abdeslam Has the Intelligence of an Empty Ashtray”
» Belgium: Priest Called to Book After Attack on Islam
» Italy: Govt Denies ‘Historic’ Teacher Selection Hit by Chaos
» Italy: Luxottica 5-6% Earnings Rise by Year’s End — Del Vecchio
» Italy: Berlusconi Says Charge of Renzi Blackmail ‘Stupidity’
» Italy: Lactalis Has Run Parmalat Worse Than Tanzi — Amber
» Italy: Padua May Extend Face Cover Ban
» Norway Helicopter Crash: 13 Killed Near Bergen
» Prime Suspect in Murder of Rochdale Imam ‘Has Fled the UK’
» UK: Birmingham Couple to Appear in Court Today Charged With Plotting a Terrorist Attack
» UK: BMW Driver Ploughs Into 2 Pedestrians in East London in Shocking CCTV Footage
» UK: Twitter Becomes Source of Venting for London Flat Tenants
» Croatia: Fines for Inappropriate Dress-Code in Dubrovnik
Middle East
» Turkish Violations Fueling Concerns
» World’s Fastest Jet MiG-31 Intercepts US Spy Plane Near Russia’s Far East
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand Plans to Drown Its Citizens in Toxic Fluorides
Latin America
» Why Fidel Castro Loves the Embargo
» 2,000 ISIS “Lost” By EU Police
» Austria Tells Italy No Brenner Wall, Just Controls
» Dissecting America: Our Suicide by Endless Immigration
» Father of Woman Killed by Illegal Blames ‘Failed Policies of Obama Administration’
» Germany: Sex Attacks “To Increase”
» Greece: Welcome for Refugees is Wearing Thin on Chios
» Italy: Migrant Health Card Project Set to Start
» More Than 200,000 Migrants Arrive in London Every Year
» Powerful Moment at Trump Rally — Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Illegal Immigrant Criminals Speak Out
» ‘Undocumented’ Immigrant Gets Life for Deadly Crime Spree
Culture Wars
» Alabama Town Approves Transgender Bathroom Ordinance With Threat of $500 Fine, 6 Months in Jail
» Demonizing Christianity as a Global Menace
» Offending Certain People is OK
» ‘Secret’ of Youthful Looks in Ginger Gene

Italy: Atlante Garners 4.25 Bn From 67 Investors

Stakes not over 20%

(ANSA) — Milan, April 29 — Italy’s new private Atlante fund to help weaker banks has garnered 4.249 billion euros from 67 Italian and foreign institutional investors including banks, insurers, foundations and government bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), sources said Friday. No single stake is over 20%. Atlante has a duration of 5 years, renewable for three, and has a yield of 6% per year, source said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Bank Profitability Up, But Under EU Average

Private sector loans slowly recovering says Bank of Italy

(ANSA) — Rome, April 29 — The profitability of Italian banks has risen but it is still below the average for EU banks, the Bank of Italy said Friday. It added that “tensions on some intermediaries have eased after November’s rescue of four (failed) banks. The BoI also said loans to the private sector were recovering, but “slowly”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Carly Fiorina Claims Trump is Part of the Establishment

A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penny provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.”

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87% of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al-Qaeda,’ “car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’“ People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed well by Penny: “If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters like terrorism and national security, this is a real threat to proper democratic debate.”

As the Post explains, several other studies have also demonstrated how mass surveillance crushes free expression and free thought. A 2015 study examined Google search data and demonstrated that, post-Snowden, “users were less likely to search using search terms that they believed might get them in trouble with the US government” and that these “results suggest that there is a chilling effect on search behavior from government surveillance on the Internet.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Congressman Joins Boehner in Likening Cruz to Satan

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., went on national television to discuss former House Speaker John Boehner’s likening of Sen. Ted Cruz to Satan — and then tacked on to that characterization with a mocking twist that the comparison was actually a ding to Lucifer.

“I fully agree with John Boehner,” King said, during a discussion with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the former politico’s controversial statement.

Boehner, earlier this week, called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” and added that he “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

King, on CNN, went even further.

“Maybe it gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz,” he said, the Blaze reported.

King explained his view as stemming from Cruz’s shutdown of the government, an act he described as a selfish maneuver aimed at boosting the Texan’s own name recognition.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Gun Dean Says, Go Trump and Smash Democrats

“It’s past time for GOP leaders to get with it, abandon asinine internal conflicts, support Trump, and concentrate on smashing Hillary and other Democratic candidates in November, just a little over six months from now,” gun dean John M. Snyder said on Thursday…

“It’s really sad to see some Republicans persist in their opposition to Trump. Their diehard opposition to him makes one think of the anti-Christian, anti-western, anti-Jewish hatred of Muslim suicide bombing jihadists out to destroy themselves along with their opponents.”

“Unfortunately,” Snyder noted, “a number of Republicans would rather blow up the GOP and themselves along with it than see Donald Trump elected President. Some even have said they would rather see probable Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton elected.

“They can’t stand Trump because they can’t control him. The blue collar billionaire is not part of the ‘club.’ However, he enjoys the support of average American voters. With their ‘anybody but Trump’ attitude, the hate Trump Republican insiders are putting themselves before party and country. What arrogant insolence!”

Snyder said, “The statesmanlike thing for Trump’s primary opponents to do would be to propose his nomination by acclamation.

“Second Amendment champion Trump can beat gun prohibitionist Clinton this year. Trump has the pulse of the nation.”

Snyder said, “People favor Trump over Clinton because of their disgust with Clinton’s support for NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China, amnesty and citizenship for illegal immigrants, and the Iraq and Libyan failures. To the people, Trump’s correct on these and other matters. They think he will reverse policies that led to the destruction of American manufacturing, the loss of millions of factory jobs, the lowering of wages, the massive influx of illegal immigrants, and domestic radical Muslim extremist activity.

“As the Republican presidential nominee, Trump could excoriate Clinton like nobody else, smash her campaign, and assist any number of down-ballot GOP candidates.”

Snyder said, “Some may not prefer Trump for a number of personal reasons, but his financial independence, stated positions on a number of issues, in-your-face campaign style, unique persona and identity with voters make him the best available presidential GOP candidate this election cycle.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

McDonald’s Will Replace Jobs With Kiosks: Ex-CEO Says $15 Wage “Will Trigger Massive Layoffs”

The future of fast food service will involve much less human interaction.

Instead, humans will line up like rats to pellet dispenser, and computer screens will take orders, as the classic menial, entry-level job will gradually disappear along with many other jobs in the workforce.

Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi, who headed the company during the 90s, blasted the push for a $15 minimum wage, which he argued, food companies won’t pay — they just won’t pay it.

And jobs will suffer because of it.

The company will admitted choose to cut jobs altogether, and phase in automated kiosks, rather than pay more in minimum wage. (Perhaps that was their plan all along, and the $15/hour minimum wage controversy is the perfect excuse to put it into action.)

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Salon Admits Mainstream Media Manipulates, Deceives Public

No wonder MSM is rapidly losing viewership

Salon, a leftist media outlet, unintentionally admitted the mainstream media manipulates public opinion.

In an article discussing non-politicians with unrivaled influence over American politics, Salon claimed Amazon’s Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post to influence public opinion.

“Not a known political financier, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos took a less direct route to political influence in purchasing the Washington Post in 2013, and though WaPo is a humongous organization, editorial leanings in the media tend to have a top-down effect,” Salon’s Brendan Gauthier wrote with refreshing honesty.

Although it’s been well-documented that the mainstream media has practically been a government mouthpiece since at least the early 1950s, when the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird began, it’s ironic to see a leftist outlet like Salon openly admitting the Washington Post has a similar bias.

But at least Salon doesn’t try to hide its bias; other mainstream media outlets masquerade as “objective” while pushing gun control, “man-made climate change,” the Trans Pacific Partnership and other items on the globalist agenda.

That’s how deception works, but unfortunately for them, the public is no longer buying into their lies.

“Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media,” the AP reported. “Just 6% of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.”

And coincidentally, the mainstream media is rapidly losing viewership — and control over public opinion.

“If you can become savvy to this manipulation, and sometimes, outright propaganda, you can learn to recognize it and, sort of, filter through it — which, I think, helps people make up their own mind about what’s really going on in the world,” former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

See Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech Here

Most of this is hard to argue with. I don’t really care much about whether we got the Olympics, but for the most part Trump has Obama dead-on right. He does pick fights with our friends while bowing to our enemies. He does make horrible deals that are not in our own best interests. He does inspire no fear whatsoever on the part of adversaries. He does absolutely nothing meaningful to make anyone pay a price when they harm us.

“We’ve let our rivals think they can get away with anything. And they do.”

How can any sane person disagree with that statement?

He’s also correct when he says we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy since the end of the Cold War, although I’m not sure he’s entirely correct in assessing the reasons.

Here’s the whole thing, 38 minutes’ worth:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Senate Democrats Push Climate-Change Bond Bill

(The Hill) Two Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to create a new climate change adaptation fund to be paid for through new federal bonds.

The bond program — from Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) — would provide up to $200 million annually for a Commerce Department grant program to fund climate change adaptation work around the country.

[Comment: More taxpayer money being used to fund fraudulent clobal warning scam programs.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Sheriffs Call for Defying Unconstitutional Gun Control: Feds “The Greatest Threat We Face”

As the federal government continues in its quest to restrict the rights of gun owners across the country, local law enforcement is stepping up their response.

For many, it is one of a line in the sand against a bevy of agencies based in Washington, and partnering state agencies, who have violated the constitution.

The still-growing Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), headed by former Sheriff Richard Mack, is standing up to these infringements, and saying no.

Of course, it has the attention of the indoctrinated Big Government folks, who are apt to see a group of law enforcement officials standing up for the rule of law as — what else, a potential threat.

via the Washington Post:

[A] group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is intent on strictly enforcing their view of the U.S. Constitution … “its ambition is to encourage law enforcement officers to defy laws they decide themselves are illegal.” In essence, they are troubled by the overreach of the federal government in matters concerning guns, taxes and land management, and founder Richard Mack has described the federals as “the greatest threat we face today,” and his association as “the army to set our nation free.”

[…] At the association’s 2014 convention, dozens of sheriffs signed a declaration that they would not tolerate any federal agent who attempted to register firearms, arrest someone or seize property in their counties without their consent.

At a recent training for local police, the CPI reported, Mack declared that “gun control is against the law” and that his goal was to sign up about one-fourth of the nation’s sheriffs to join the association… find a true constitutional sheriff who’ll tell the federal government, ‘You’re not going to abuse citizens anymore.’“ Of course, it is his backbone and conviction that has the system worried — along with his ability to activate what is arguably the most powerful group in the nation at the ground level — the nation’s 3,000 or so sheriffs, who are elected and serve as the highest law enforcement official within the county unit…

The media has been quick to demonize the fiery rhetoric for these constitutional-minded members of law enforcement. But the battle is grounded in sound ideology, and a principle that literally millions of Americans are prepared to fight for.

Last year, a police chief from a tiny East Texas town went on a rant warning President Obama that further attempts to impose gun control would “cause a revolution in this country.” It is entirely possible that this is no exaggeration or bravado:

“Now Mr. Obama, you need to understand what the 2nd Amendment is for. It is not for hunting. It is there for the American people to protect themselves against the criminal element, to protect themselves against terrorists and radical ideology, and it’s also there to protect us against a government that has overreached its power.”

“You are not our potentate, sir. You are our servant. And you were elected to serve and protect us first. And I suggest, sir, since you’re a constitutional expert, that you better review your history on the Constitution and understand that we are a free people. And we are subject to no one other than the almighty God and Jesus Christ the King. And as such, sir, I strongly encourage you to trust the law-abiding American citizen, because we won’t fail you and we won’t let you down. But if you try to disarm us, sir, then you will cause a revolution in this country to occur. So please revise your thinking, because we are not your enemy, the law-abiding gun owner in this country.”

[Comment: Smart sheriffs — the Republic of the United States need more like these. Federal government would not hesitate to bulk up their forces with illegals (on promise of citizenship) and foreign communist troops (via the UN) to help eliminate “terrorists” aka true patriotic American constitution lovers…]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Trump White Powder Scare: Envelope Filled With Mystery Substance is Mailed to Trump’s Campaign Office Forcing Six People Into Isolation

Hazmat teams and emergency crews surrounded Trump Tower this evening after an envelope of suspicious white powder was mailed to Donald Trump.

Six people, including a police officer, were isolated after an intern at the Tower in New York opened the envelope at just after 8pm on Thursday.

They alerted security after they discovered a mysterious white powder inside. The letter had been addressed to Donald Trump at Trump Tower, officials say.

The six people, five staffers and the cop, who were in the room when the envelope was opened are still being evaluated but so far, there are no reports of any injuries.

It is feared the white substance could be dangerous after the infamous anthrax attacks in 2001 that followed September 11.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Video: Mexican Flag-Waving Anti-Trumpers Beat Trump Supporters, Attack Vehicles

Gang member-wannabes stage riot in Orange County.

Violent anti-Trump demonstrators waving Mexican flags staged riots in Orange County last night, with video footage showing mobs of agitators surrounding vehicles, attacking police cars and beating Trump supporters.

In the first video, a Trump supporter is knocked to the ground and kicked before he flees the scene.

As blood is pouring out of a head wound, he claims that an anti-Trump agitator stole his stuff and that he was trying to get it back…

Most of the anti-Trumpers in the videos seem to fall into four categories; Braindead teenagers, Mexican gang member-wannabes, vile social justice warriors and black supremacists…

Whether you support Trump or not, these videos once again illustrate how the media narrative that Trump himself is responsible for the violence at his events is completely inaccurate.

In virtually every instance, it is anti-Trump, Bernie Sanders-supporting violent mobs who are to blame for the mayhem.

[Comment: Likely funded by Soros via Open Society. Check out the videos, noteably the pro-Trump hispanic who details the racism of the anti-Trump crowd.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Belgium: “Abdeslam Has the Intelligence of an Empty Ashtray”

Sven Mary, the lawyer of Paris chief suspect Salah Abdeslam, has told the French daily Libération that his client is no more than a petty criminal from the Brussels borough of Molenbeek and that he possesses the intelligence of an empty ashtray.

Mary spoke with his client in Bruges and Beveren penitentiaries on a handful of occasions and comes to the following conclusion.

“Abdeslam is a follower rather than a leader. When I asked him if he had read the Koran he said he’d found a summary on the internet. For a simple soul that is perfect. A summary on the net is the absolute tops he can understand.”

Abdeslam is co-operating in the investigation. Sven Mary says that he could be of capital importance for the investigation.”

The lawyer concedes that he has thought of ditching his client as a result of verbal and psychical attacks: “Two men beat me up outside my office and the police have had to escort my daughters to school on several occasions.”

           — Hat tip: Yokel [Return to headlines]

Belgium: Priest Called to Book After Attack on Islam

The Diocese of Bruges has brought the 77-year-old parish Priest from the West Flemish municipality of Kortemark to book for having made islamophobic comments to a group of children. The Priest called Islam an “anti-religion”. The clergyman made his comments last week during the visit of 14 pupils from the De Kreke primary school who had been confirmed the weekend before.

The Priest launched an attack on Islam that he described as an “anti-religion”. He also called the prophet Mohamed a rapist and the murderer of 54 women.

On returning to school, one of the children’s teachers reported the incident to the School Head. In turn the Headmaster reported it to the Bruges Diocese that has now called the Priest to book.

The Priest says that he was misunderstood and is refusing to retract his words. However, he has apologised and the Bruges Diocese says that the incident is now closed.

           — Hat tip: Yokel [Return to headlines]

Italy: Govt Denies ‘Historic’ Teacher Selection Hit by Chaos

Competition starts for 63,712 posts

(ANSA) — Rome, April 28 — The education ministry on Thursday denied reports on several sites that that start of a new selection competition for 63,712 State teaching positions was hit by chaos. “The competition started normally,” the ministry told ANSA when asked about the reports. Earlier on Thursday, Education Minister Stefania Giannini said the process was “the biggest (selection) competition in the history of Italian schooling”. The average age of the 165,578 candidates taking part is 38.6 years. Some of the candidates are coming towards the end of their careers and there is also a group of ‘dissidents’ who have organised protests via the Internet against what they describe as a “swindle competition” #concorsotruffa.

The selection is part of the government’s ‘good school’ education reform.

The school-workers sections of four mayor Italian trade unions, CGIL, CISL, UIL and SNALS, announced on Thursday during a rally outside the Lower House of parliament in Rome that they will hold a general strike on May 23.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Luxottica 5-6% Earnings Rise by Year’s End — Del Vecchio

‘We’ll do a bit better than last year’

(ANSA) — Milan, April 29 — Luxottica is expecting to see a 5-6% rise in earnings at year’s end, President Leonardo Del Vecchio said Friday. “This year too we expect to do a bit better than 2015,” he said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Berlusconi Says Charge of Renzi Blackmail ‘Stupidity’

After comments by Northern League leader Salvini

(ANSA) — Rome, April 29 — Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi on Friday said charges by Northern League leader Matteo Salvini that Premier Matteo Renzi has blackmailed the ex-premier were “an absolute stupidity”. “That political side allowed dumping at RAI for years that penalised my networks and put the media in truly dangerous conditions. A company like Corriere is bankrupt, they had to put in 400 million and sell headquarters. How can one think that there’s a favor by Renzi to Forza Italia or to me,” Berlusconi said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Lactalis Has Run Parmalat Worse Than Tanzi — Amber

Says Arturo Albano

(ANSA) — Rome, April 29 — French dairy giant Lactalis has run Parmalat worse than former boss Calisto Tanzi who presided over Europe’s biggest corporate bankruptcy, the representative of the Amber investment fund told a shareholders’ meeting Friday. “Looking at what happened over the last four and a half years, we believe, with exclusive reference to corporate governance and with all due proportions, Parmalat’s current situation can be considered as even worse than the Tanzi era,” said Arturo Albano, contesting. along with the representatives of other funds, a clampdown on minority shareholders’ rights.

Two years ago Italy’s top court confirmed 15 convictions in connection with the collapse in 2003 of food group Parmalat.

The court trimmed five months off the 18-year sentence of founder and former chief executive Tanzi, who was originally convicted for the fraudulent bankruptcy that led to Parmalat’s collapse. Parmalat has been a subsidiary of Lactalis since 2011.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Padua May Extend Face Cover Ban

After woman in niqab stopped at museum entrance

(ANSA) — Padua, April 29 — Padua Mayor Massimo Bitonci said Friday the city is assessing measures to enforce an existing ban on covering one’s face in public in the interests of security.

His remarks came after guards at the city’s Eremitani Civic Museum on Thursday stopped a woman wearing a niqab — or Islamic veil covering the head and face all the way up to the eyes — from entering. They asked her for identification, and told her to remove the veil before visiting the museum.

She decided to leave instead.

“We’re assessing a directive extending this type of controls to all museums and public offices, even though existing laws against circulating in public with one’s face covered are still in force,” Bitonci said.

He cited a May 1975 public security law banning people from wearing head gear that makes recognition and identification impossible — such as motorcycle helmets and balaclavas — in public.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Norway Helicopter Crash: 13 Killed Near Bergen

Thirteen people are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen, rescuers say.

Eleven of those on board were Norwegian, one was British and one Italian. No survivors have been found.

The aircraft was flying from the Gullfaks oil field to Bergen, a centre for the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the helicopter’s rotor blade come loose and shear off.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Prime Suspect in Murder of Rochdale Imam ‘Has Fled the UK’

Jalal Uddin, 64, from Bangladesh, was found lying in a pool of his own blood with severe head injuries in a children’s play area in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Birmingham Couple to Appear in Court Today Charged With Plotting a Terrorist Attack

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 26 and Zakaria Boufassil, 26, are accused of handing over £3,000 to Abrini (pictured) during an alleged meeting in Small Heath Park in Birmingham in July.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: BMW Driver Ploughs Into 2 Pedestrians in East London in Shocking CCTV Footage

Shocking CCTV from Newham shows the moment a BMW charges at full speed down the road into two men crossing. They are hurled into the side of the road where they roll around in pain.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Twitter Becomes Source of Venting for London Flat Tenants

Londoners have been using Twitter and Tumblr to share pictures of themselves holding up signs that show how much rent they pay, where they live and their horrific experiences.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Croatia: Fines for Inappropriate Dress-Code in Dubrovnik

Eur 335 for entering old town in swimming suit

(ANSA) — DUBROVNIK — The authorities of the pearl of the Croatian coast, Dubrovnik, will soon introduce fines for tourists and locals entering the Old Town dressed ‘inappropriately’. As of this year, those caught walking within the historic centre “without clothes, without part of the clothes or in swimming suit” will be charged a 2500 kunas fine (around 335 euros), Croatian media reported quoting local authorities. The decision came due to the frequent cases of tourists taking advantage of the nearby beaches to visit the Old Town wearing nothing but the swimsuit.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Turkish Violations Fueling Concerns

Greek concerns are growing about the continued violation of national air space in the Aegean by Turkish fighter jets ahead of the Easter holiday, usually a calm period.

Earlier this month, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos indicated that Athens was taking action at the international political level over Turkey’s protracted violation of Greek air space, noting that NATO and European Union officials had been briefed about the transgressions along with “high-level US officials.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

World’s Fastest Jet MiG-31 Intercepts US Spy Plane Near Russia’s Far East

A Russian Air Force MiG-31 jet intercepted a US spy plane near Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East last week, flying within 15 meters of the aircraft. Washington downplayed the incident, saying it was carried out in a “safe and professional” manner.

The MiG-31 (NATO code name Foxhound) is a Soviet-design supersonic interceptor, the world’s fastest aircraft in service today. It got to within 15 meters of a US surveillance plane, which was flying in international airspace near the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

“On April 21, a US Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol reconnaissance aircraft flying a routine mission in international airspace was intercepted by a MiG-31 Russian jet in the vicinity of the Kamchatka Peninsula,” Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the Pacific Command, told the Washington Free Beacon.

However, rather than kicking up a fuss, Benham added that the maneuver was carried out in a “safe and professional”manner.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

New Zealand Plans to Drown Its Citizens in Toxic Fluorides

Why should a government be permitted to dump poison into the water and call it medical treatment?

The strategy of the New Zealand government is simple.

A series of local movements is successful. So kill them off by claiming decision-making must occur at a “higher level.” Take power out of the hands of locals.

The people can’t represent themselves. That’s dangerous. No, big government will represent the people-by squashing what the people want.

The issue is fluorides. I recently wrote two articles demonstrating the extreme toxicity of this substance, which of course is dumped in water supplies as a medical treatment. (fluoride archive here).

In New Zealand, a group called Fluoride Free NZ has been highly successful working with town councils to ban fluorides from local communities.

But these successes are a threat, because they contradict the lies medical authorities spew about how safe fluorides are, and because grass-roots victories erode blind faith in centralized government.

Here are quotes from Kane Titchener, who represents the group, Fluoride Free NZ, in New Zealand. His remarks lay out what’s happening behind the scenes in that natural paradise:

“…the fluoridation issue has been brought to a head. The NZ Government is proposing that the [bigger] District Health Boards take over the decision making [about] fluoridation [in water supplies] as opposed to the local councils. This is because we have been very good at winning at the local council level.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Why Fidel Castro Loves the Embargo

Contrary to Castro’s assertions, he has benefited enormously from the U.S. embargo. Far for hurting him, the U.S. economic embargo has greatly helped Castro. It has given him a excuse to claim that the embargo, not Castro’s actions, is the cause for the dismal state of Cuba’s economy.[9]

While the Cuban people lack adequate food supplies, Castro has been exporting food to finance his military adventures abroad. Just a few years after Castro took power in Cuba, a strict system of food rationing was imposed, and is still in force. The daily diet to which most Cubans have been restricted for almost 37 years of rationing is not only inferior to the diet of the 1950s, but also to the nutritional ration normally allocated to slaves in the colonial Cuba of 1842. A final example will provide an indication that the true reason for food scarcities in Cuba is not the American embargo.

One can understand that, because of the embargo, Cubans cannot drink Coca-Cola or eat Burger King’s hamburgers. But Cuba is a big Island with plenty of fertile soil, and a climate that supports four crops a year. Since the Fifties, Cuba was self-sufficient in the production of basic foods for self-consumption, including beef, poultry, fish, vegetables, rice, beans, etc. Now, for the sake of argument, let’s accept that because of the embargo Cuban farmers lack the adequate machinery, fertilizers, and the like to produce enough food. But how about fish? Cuba is a long, narrow island with miles and miles of seacoast where fish and seafood are varied and plentiful. Why, one may ask, don’t Cubans fish to supplement their meager food rations? The answer is very simple: because Fidel Castro strictly prohibits it, the same way he has for many years prohibited Cubans to engage in almost any productive activity he cannot fully control.


Finally, it is important to understand the Obama is just a puppet in the hands of the Council on Foreign Relations globalist conspirators. His efforts to initiate a rapprochement with the Castro government, culminating in his visit to the Island, just follow a plan carefully concocted at the CFR to continue Castroism after Castro’s death.

The plan was delineated in the 2001 CFR document U.S.-Cuban Relations in the 21st Century: A Follow-On Chairman’s Report of an Independent Task Force Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.[11] The Report was the continuation of a similar one issued in 1998 whose “recommendations” — further proof that the U.S. government is under full CFR control — were immediately adopted in toto by the Clinton administration.

The Report shows that the CFR conspirators have been working frantically to prepare the conditions for a “peaceful, democratic transition after Castro”- CFR lingo for “Castroism after Castro.” Some of the “suggestions” in the Report are: softening the embargo, lifting the travel ban for American tourists and businessmen who want to visit Castro’s paradise, and military-to-military “confidence building” between U.S. and Castroist officers.

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2,000 ISIS “Lost” By EU Police

The European Police network has “lost track” of more than 2,000 ISIS fighters who have returned to Europe from Syria, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove has admitted.

Speaking before an EU interior ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg, De Kerchove also said that there were “significant gaps” in their intelligence.”

[Comment: The blood of every European that might now be killed by these “refugees” is on the hands of every traitorous pro-hijra puppet politician. All part of the globalist plan to foment chaos in order to deconstruct nation states.]

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Austria Tells Italy No Brenner Wall, Just Controls

Sobotka comments after meeting with Alfano

(ANSA) — Rome, April 28 — Austria said Thursday it is not going to build a wall at the Brenner Pass to keep asylum seekers out. “There is not going to be a wall or barriers, as has been mistakenly reported,” Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said after meeting with his Italian counterpart, Angelino Alfano. “If necessary, there will be controls”. Alfano said “we have so far averted a crisis and the closure of the Brenner Pass”. Asked if it was definitive, he said “We have to work on it”.

Italy opposed the idea of Austrian police checking train passengers on the Italian side of the border, Alfano said. “We said no to that,” Alfano said. He added his ministry has requested more police and soldiers to “control (asylum seeker) flows and road and rail routes to the Brenner Pass”. He added Austria “is not going to build a wall” and that Italy “will prove to Austria it is wasting money” on the barrier it is setting up at the Brenner Pass. “Preparatory (barrier-building) will continue in case an extraordinary flow (of asylum seekers) were to reach Austria,” Alfano said. He also announced the two countries signed a deal for their respective border police to communicate on a daily basis.

Also on Thursday, the European Commission said it is concerned over Austria’s plans to introduce border controls. “The European Commission follows all the developments in Europe that go against the schedule to return (to the normal functioning of the Schengen agreement), in this case with serious concern,” said EC spokesperson Mina Andreeva, adding that EC President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Italian Premier Matteo Renzi in Rome next Thursday. “The Commission will evaluate any measures decided or announced by the Austrian government on the criteria of need and proportionality”. Renzi said Thursday that Austria’s idea of introducing controls at the Brenner Pass to stop it being overwhelmed by asylum seekers, possibly with the help of a fence, is “flagrantly against European rules”.

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Dissecting America: Our Suicide by Endless Immigration

“Immigration is a form of war in which the violence is delayed.” ~ Martin Van Crevald

But it’s coming as surely as the dawn!

Today in America, in excess of 1.2 million legal immigrants land on our shores annually. Another 400,000 to 700,000 depending on estimates by the U.S. Border Patrol violate our borders annually.

Within 30 years, their numbers will exceed 100,000,000 (million) added people to the USA to top 438 million people from our current overload of 322 million. Yet, the Main Stream Media utilizes trickery, obfuscation and outright ignoring of the most profound consequences facing the United States of America.

“Mass migration from the developing world (euphemism for the third world that isn’t developing at all) to Europe cannot be stopped, it argues, so it should be taken out of the hands of the illegal people-trafficking industry, legalized and facilitated, in order to “harness the positive effects of people movement.” Quote from German papers

The report seeks to “replace the illusion of control with the concept of flow management.” In reality, Europe faces Africa’s desperate hordes that multiple beyond feeding, water or sustaining.

Nothing can cover up the rapes, cultural conflict, violence, shoplifting, and bombings like Brussels, Paris and Charlie Hebdo. Nothing can stop the loss of the rule of law or loss of civil society by Muslim immigrants that only understand their kind of society: total mayhem through violence…

Thomas Chittum wrote a book: Civil War II-The Coming Breakup of America. He describes exactly what’s happening to Europe and the United States. The book sickened me because I see it manifesting and growing in the USA by each new violent event.

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Father of Woman Killed by Illegal Blames ‘Failed Policies of Obama Administration’

The father of a young Iowa woman killed in a car crash by an illegal immigrant gave heart-wrenching testimony before Congress Thursday.

Speaking to members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the father of 21-year-old Sarah Root, whose daughter died in January after an illegal immigrant drunkenly crashed a truck into her vehicle, testified he and his wife identified Sarah’s body at the hospital via a stomach tattoo.

“Her spinal cord was snapped and her skull fractured in two places. Her face was swollen and she was unrecognizable. We identified her by a tattoo on her rib cage that read, ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ with a crucifix,” Scott Root stated…

“Edwin [Mejia] was released after four days in jail and after his brother posted 10% of $50,000 which is $5,000 bail. It cost more to bury my daughter,” the Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient said.

The distraught father put forth several questions asking about accountability regarding Sarah’s death, including why Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to recognize the degree of violence Sarah had suffered.

“According to local officials of ICE, Edwin’s crime did not meet its criteria for the level of violence. Would someone please explain how my daughter who had her spinal cord snapped and skull fractured in two places by a 6,000 pound pickup loaded with 1,000 pounds of roofing equipment that hits my daughter’s 3,000 pound SUV at an estimated 70-80 miles per hour driven by an underage, three times over the limit, .241 drunk driving, drag racing illegal immigrant from Honduras is not violent? Explain to me what is then?”

Scott concluded that had the nation’s immigration laws been properly enforced, his daughter might still be here.

“Her death was avoidable and would not have occurred if not for the failed policies of the Obama administration that allowed the laws to be ignored and an incompetent local judicial system.

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Germany: Sex Attacks “To Increase”

Sex attacks by nonwhite invaders upon German girls are set to increase even further with the advent of summer, a leading researcher and archivist of the thousands of the assaults has warned.

“If the perpetrators react this way to women in winter clothes, what will happen when they see short skirts and tank tops?” the researcher asked.

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Greece: Welcome for Refugees is Wearing Thin on Chios

A group of residents on the eastern Aegean island of Chios have blocked the road leading to a refugee hot spot to protest its further expansion as tensions in and around camps across the country have intensified in recent weeks.

With thousands of migrants stranded on the Greek islands for more than a month, authorities are growing increasingly concerned with increased tensions, as exemplified by the violent clashes between riot police units and migrants at a hot spot on Lesvos earlier in the week.

The deal signed last month between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into Europe has indeed reduced arrivals, but Greece is now grappling with hosting asylum applicants for the long term rather than waving them through.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Italy: Migrant Health Card Project Set to Start

From July first deliveries in Lampedusa and Trapani

(ANSA) — Rome, April 29 — Italy is set to start trialing a health card for migrants, Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said Friday. She said the first “deliveries” of the new card would take place in Lampedusa and Trapani in July. She said the card would contain “all the migrant’s health data and will enable us to trace the state of health of those entering Europe. She also said it would permit “the traceability of people as regards security”. The card is part of the EU’s ‘Care’ scheme, she said.

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More Than 200,000 Migrants Arrive in London Every Year

Office for National Statistics figures revealed that net migration — the number of people arriving from abroad minus those who have left the country — has surged and reached 107,404 in London.

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Powerful Moment at Trump Rally — Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Illegal Immigrant Criminals Speak Out

This is a parent taking tragedy and turning it into action.

Jamiel Shaw, who has become an acquaintance of Mr. Trump over the last year and whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant. spoke with both passion and dignity about the change he sees coming in the form of a Trump presidency and then proceeds to tell the horrific final moments of his child.

This is a parent taking tragedy and turning it into action:…

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‘Undocumented’ Immigrant Gets Life for Deadly Crime Spree

Will not be eligible for parole as part of deal struck last month with prosecutors that took death penalty off table

An undocumented Mexican immigrant was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for killing a 60-year-old woman, shooting a woman in a park and trying to rape a 14-year-old girl.

Juan Razo will not be eligible for parole as part of a deal struck last month with Lake County prosecutors that took the death penalty off the table.

Razo, 36, pleaded guilty in March to 16 charges including aggravated murder in the violent July crime spree that sparked national debate about illegal immigration.

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Alabama Town Approves Transgender Bathroom Ordinance With Threat of $500 Fine, 6 Months in Jail

Would be enforced like any other city ordinance, such as noise violations or public indecency

The City of Oxford Tuesday passed an ordinance making it illegal to use a public bathroom different from the gender on a person’s birth certificate.

The ordinance also affects changing rooms and applies within the city limits and its police jurisdiction.

Police Chief Bill Partridge said the law, which makes the offense a misdemeanor, would be enforced like any other city ordinance, such as noise violations or public indecency.

“If somebody sees something that makes them uncomfortable, they would call the police,” he said. “If the person is still there when the officer arrives, the officer has to witness the crime. Then we take down the person’s information, and the person who reported it has to sign out a warrant.”

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Demonizing Christianity as a Global Menace

Can you believe anyone even organizes a “white privilege” conference these days — seven years into Barack Obama’s presidency? Well, you’d better believe it, and you should also know that at least one of the speakers at this conference is militantly Christophobic.

The 17th annual White Privilege Conference was held in Philadelphia from April 15 to 17. Blake Neff of The Daily Caller attended the conference and reported that “activist and author Paul Kivel” actually claimed that “almost every dysfunction in society, from racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of ‘Christian hegemony.’“

What’s the problem, you ask? Well, in the United States, according to Kivel, between 7,000 and 10,000 predominantly white Christian men run the major institutions and “colonize our mind” with Christianity’s core ideas, which leads to most of the world’s problems.

[Comment: Another useful idiot. Notice how rabid the Christophobic’s are? Notice how they have nothing to say about Islam?]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Offending Certain People is OK

When good education is replaced with immoral, politicized, progressive indoctrination that includes an exaggeration of the problem of racism in America. The end result is the multi-generational decline in the quality of life, for the very sovereign citizens the progressives like to say they are trying to help. An even bigger insult is the fact that the progressives actually know that their so-called solutions will not work. For me, that is very offensive.

Progressives are often offended by what is good because, their goal is to fundamentally change America into the total evil opposite of the great republic she was meant to be. When president Obama assumed office, he openly told the American people that he would “unite the country.” However, behind closed doors he plotted the opposite and through numerous deeds of his, our republic is more divided now than during almost any time since the civil war.

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‘Secret’ of Youthful Looks in Ginger Gene

Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

They found the first part of human DNA — the genetic code — that seems to affect how old people look to others.

The mutations, reported in the journal Current Biology, were in the genetic instructions for protecting the body from UV radiation.

But these can also lead to red hair, and experts caution the findings may be confused by eye, skin or hair colour.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/29/2016

  1. “Ich bin ein Türke …..

    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me ….”

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