Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/23/2016

Smoke was detected and reported by automatic sensors on EgyptAir Flight 804 last Thursday in the minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean. The smoke was reported in several locations, including the toilets.

In other news, thousands of Italians gathered for an anti-immigration rally in Rome over the weekend.

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Financial Crisis
» Keynes Must Die
» EPA Conducts Two Secret Meetings a Year to Decide How to Dole Out Billions in Slush Fund Money
» Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Nero Found Not Guilty on All Charges
» The 47 Clinton Friends Who Mysteriously Turned Up Dead
» The Boomerang Effect
» Video: IRS Employee Threatens Conservative Attorney During Live Broadcast
» TPP Would Subject Canadian Citizens’ Banking Data to U.S. Patriot Act
Europe and the EU
» Hungary PM: Clinton is George Soros Puppet, Wants to Overrun EU With Millions of Muslims
» Muslim Stabs 4 Women (Mother With Daughter) In Grocery Store Parking Lot in London
» Number of Potential Terrorists in Germany Almost Doubles in Last 12 Months
North Africa
» EgyptAir Flight MS804: Smoke Detected in ‘Multiple Locations’ Before Crash
Far East
» Obama Lifts Arms Embargo Against Vietnam
Latin America
» Luis Fleischman: U.S. Must Impose International Sanctions on Venezuelan Government
» Italy: ‘This is My Home’: Thousands Gather for Anti-Migrant Rally in Rome
Culture Wars
» Italian Town Ordered to Remove Signs Urging Respect for Christian Traditions
» Obama Demands Employers Disclose Pay by Gender
» Progressive Boot Camp
» ‘Transgender’ Bathrooms and Jurisdiction
» Case Study of Out-of-Control Transnational Adjudicative Body

Keynes Must Die

The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, the seminal treatise by John Maynard Keynes, appeared during the Great Depression, a time when a great many people were beginning to doubt the merits and resilience of capitalism. It was a work of economic theory, but its boosters insisted that it also offered practical answers to urgent, contemporary questions like: how had the Depression occurred, and why was it lasting so long?

The answer to both questions, according to Keynes and his followers, was the same: not enough government intervention.

Now as Murray N. Rothbard showed in his 1963 book America’s Great Depression, and as Lionel Robbins and others had written at the time, the Depression had certainly not been caused by too little government intervention. It was caused by the world’s government-privileged central banks, and it was prolonged by the various quack remedies that governments kept trotting out…

Murray N. Rothbard, who after the death of Ludwig von Mises was considered the dean of the Austrian School of economics, wrote several major economic critiques of Keynes, along with a lengthy and revealing biographical essay about the man. The first of these critiques came in the form of an essay written when Murray was just 21 years old: “Spotlight on Keynesian Economics.” The second appeared in his 1962 treatise Man, Economy and State, and the third as a chapter in his book For a New Liberty.

Murray minced no words, referring to Keynesianism as “the most successful and pernicious hoax in the history of economic thought.” “All of the Keynesian thinking,” he added, “is a tissue of distortions, fallacies, and drastically unrealistic assumptions.”

Beyond the problems with the Keynesian system were the unfortunate traits of Keynes himself. I will let Murray describe them to you:…

Now, why does any of this matter today?

The errors of Keynes have empowered sociopathic political classes all over the world and deprived the world of the economic progress we would otherwise have enjoyed.

[Comment: The fraud of Ketnes was promoted by banksters in order to get nation states into massive debt … a massive debt owed to the banksters… who would then become trillionaires …Keynes “ideas” are a global scam designed to enrich the banksters.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

EPA Conducts Two Secret Meetings a Year to Decide How to Dole Out Billions in Slush Fund Money

Two internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committees secretly control how billions of dollars are spent, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

Congress appropriates about $1 billion annually for EPA’s Superfund program, and the agency has accumulated nearly $6.8 billion in more than 1,300 slush fund-like accounts since 1990.

Two committees consisting entirely of EPA officials meet behind closed doors twice annually to decide how the agency spends those funds on highly polluted — and often dangerous — Superfund sites. All reports to and from the groups, as well as the minutes of their meetings and all other details, are kept behind closed doors.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Nero Found Not Guilty on All Charges

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Freddie Gray arresting officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on all counts by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams Monday morning.

Nero faced second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.

Nero waived his right to a trial by jury. His bench trial began May 12 and final arguments were heard Thursday.

WJZ’s Ron Matz says the trial was attended by a group of Baltimore City police officers, most in plain clothes. After the verdict was read, they came up to Nero one by one, embracing him and slapping him on the back. Nero was seen with tears in his eyes.

Gray, a 25-year-old black man from the Sandtown area of Baltimore, died on April 19, 2015 of a spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody.

His death set off more than a week of protests followed by looting, rioting and arson that prompted a citywide curfew.

According to WJZ’s Mike Schuh, who was outside the courthouse, there was a huge “roar of disapproval” that came from the protesters outside…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

The 47 Clinton Friends Who Mysteriously Turned Up Dead

Funny things always happen to Bill and Hillary Clinton, friends have this nasty habit of turning up dead. We all gotta go sometimes, but the Clinton’s buddies seem to go under weird circumstances (and many by suicide). My friend Tami Jackson has compiled a list and description of 47 Clinton friends whose deaths seemed a bit odd. We will share them over the next few days. Below are the first ten.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Boomerang Effect

With polls showing Trump and Clinton in a dead heat for the nomination, new worries fill the Clinton campaign that negative news may cause her to plummet suddenly, as she has in primary after primary to Bernie Sanders. For over a year, Clinton and her operatives have promoted a false narrative about the email scandal hanging over her head like the sword of Damocles. She has assured supporters and the media that the FBI investigation is only a “security review,” terminology alien to FBI Director Comey who explains the obvious fact that indeed the FBI is engaged in a criminal investigation. Clinton has assured supporters and the media that at the end of the day FBI will find that she did nothing wrong. Clinton promises that there will be no indictment because she has done nothing wrong. Bill Clinton has belittled the criminal investigation, referring to it as a “game.” The dismissive approach taken by the Clinton campaign courts disaster. There is in that approach an inevitable boomerang effect that in the general election may well depress Democratic voter turnout or even cause Democrats who trusted Clinton’s word to vote for Trump when they learn they have been betrayed.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Video: IRS Employee Threatens Conservative Attorney During Live Broadcast

“You can bet every dollar you’ve got, I’m gonna go after you”

Attorney Cleta Mitchell was threatened during a segment on CSPAN, Monday morning, by a supposed IRS employee who said that he will “go after” and “target” her as well as the groups she represents.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

TPP Would Subject Canadian Citizens’ Banking Data to U.S. Patriot Act

A provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, to which Canada and the United States are parties, makes it “quite likely” that the private banking details of Canadian citizens could be “accessible to American security intelligence agencies,” according to a member of the Canadian parliament.

Speaking on May 12 in the House of Commons, Parliament member Guy Caron warned fellow lawmakers that the sprawling surveillance state to the south of Canada could soon swallow up private banking data in Canada.

“Right now, Canadian data, such as banking information and confidential information, are stored on Canadian servers, which are obviously not accessible to the United States at the moment and do not fall within the scope of the USA Patriot Act,” Caron said. “However, the provision that requires these types of data to be stored on Canadian servers may be removed. It is therefore quite likely that these data could be stored on servers on American soil, where they would be accessible to American security intelligence agencies.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hungary PM: Clinton is George Soros Puppet, Wants to Overrun EU With Millions of Muslims

“While the mouth is Clinton’s, the voice is that of George Soros.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban slammed Bill Clinton as a puppet of billionaire George Soros for supporting his plan to flood the EU with “millions” of hostile Muslims.

Fearing Trump’s rise, Soros has already pledged to spend a record $13 million supporting the Democrats this election cycle, at least $8 million of which is going to Hillary Clinton.

While Orban said Soros would loan money to the European Union, in Februrary Soros also demanded EU member states take on massive debt themselves to finance the invasion, lest the EU continue “coming apart at the seams.” […]

Orban also gave a powerful speech in March where he said the real purpose of the so-called migrant crisis was to “reshape the religious and cultural landscape of Europe, and to reengineer its ethnic foundations. — thereby eliminating the last barrier to internationalism: the nation-states.”

[Comment: Orban is 100% correct.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Muslim Stabs 4 Women (Mother With Daughter) In Grocery Store Parking Lot in London

A 66-year old Muslim, detained on suspicion of attempted murder, after four women were stabbed at a Sainsburys in Hampton, was on bail for assaulting a police officer a DAY before the attack.

Knife jihad is rampant across the West. ISIS has repeatedly urged Muslims to kill the kufar and many pious Muslims are heeding the call.

An eyewitness described the scene as “horrific” and said she saw the victims lying on the floor bleeding. The jihad knifeman who stabbed shoppers in the car park “was targeting women.” The immediate knee-jerk response from police: “The incident is not believed to be terror related.” How could they possibly know that? A muslim targeting women — first response? Scrub Islam.

Witnesses said the knifeman’s actions were “cold and calculated” as he randomly went from victim to victim before finally surrendering to police, who were armed with a Taser.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Number of Potential Terrorists in Germany Almost Doubles in Last 12 Months

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Die Welt newspaper reported, citing the information from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) that the number of people, capable of conducting an attack was estimated at 497, while in 2015 the BKA had classified as potential terrorists only 270 people.

At the same time, the number of terrorist sympathizers, who could assist in the attacks was estimated at 339 people, the newspaper added.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

EgyptAir Flight MS804: Smoke Detected in ‘Multiple Locations’ Before Crash

French investigators confirm alerts sent in last minutes of flight indicated smoke in cabin, as Egyptian military releases pictures of debris

Signs of smoke were picked up in a toilet and in the aircraft’s electronics, according to data from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (Acars), which routinely transmits data to airlines about the condition of their planes.

As the search for the plane’s flight recorders continued, the Egyptian military released pictures of some the debris recovered on Friday. Photographs of a life vest, parts of the plane’s chairs and other wreckage were posted on Facebook.

“At this time … all theories are being examined and none is favoured,” he said after meeting with relatives of victims.

The warnings came at about 2.26am local time on Thursday, just before air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, which plunged into the Mediterranean killing all 66 on board during a scheduled flight from Paris to Cairo.

“There’s a report of smoke in the forward lavatory [and] a minute later there’s smoke in the avionics bay, which is very worrying; and then two minutes later the flight control computers, one after the other, start to fail,” Learmount told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“Now the question we are left with is did this start with an ordinary electrical fault, a short circuit which started a fire, or was the fire started deliberately with a small explosion or an incendiary device?

“It could still be terrorism but it looks as if the aircraft went out of control because the controls were literally burning up.

But we don’t know if it’s terrorism that started this or an electrical fault.”…

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]

Obama Lifts Arms Embargo Against Vietnam

President Obama on Monday announced the United States was lifting its decades-long embargo on weapons’sales to Vietnam, an act most political watchers say will fuel an angry reaction from China.

The embargo on arms’sales was put in place at the end of the Vietnam War, which left more than 58,000 Americans dead and another 300,000 or so wounded.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Luis Fleischman: U.S. Must Impose International Sanctions on Venezuelan Government

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a state of emergency in an effort to suppress the National Assembly and mass protests. The state of emergency is not aimed at fixing the dreadful inflation, scarcity of food and medicines, and the resulting desperation of the Venezuelan people. The aim is to shut down any opposition activity and save a government that has lost any hope of legitimacy.

As in Cuba, the government’s actions are not aimed at finding solutions to specific problems or formulating new policies or programs that could benefit Venezuelan citizens. These measures are meant to strengthen the government’s hold on power, which if it is not stopped, will become a tyrannical monarchy like that in Cuba, Ceausescu’s Romania, or even an authoritarian Sultanic type of regime like Somoza’s Nicaragua.

This state of emergency suppresses all the rights and guarantees of the citizenry. It gives the army and police additional powers to keep public order, with the backing of pro-government, mostly violent civilian groups. The decree mainly aims at making the repression official and legitimate, blocking the recall referendum and getting rid of the National Assembly, which has been acting as a major opposition force.

In addition, Maduro has moved to give all the country’s closed down businesses to the workers in order to increase productivity and radicalize the revolution. Maduro has accused business owners of deliberately closing down their businesses in order to sabotage the government by cutting production. Of course, that is nonsense as their businesses were no longer profitable in the authoritarian, socialist, and anti-business economy of the Bolivarian revolution. The workers are not likely to increase production either. But it is an excuse to justify the current situation and not assume responsibility for what has been the result of failed government policies.

The National Assembly, which is controlled by the opposition, rejected the state of emergency by a clear majority. However, Maduro is appealing to the packed Supreme Court, which is likely to overrule the National Assembly vote…

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Italy: ‘This is My Home’: Thousands Gather for Anti-Migrant Rally in Rome

“Stop the invasion! This is my home,” the crowd chanted as it started its march from a reception place for migrants and refugees at Piazza Vittorio square on Saturday.

The protesters carried Italy’s national flags as well as the colors of the Casa Pound movement, which stands against the European Union’s refugee policies and demands tougher border controls.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italian Town Ordered to Remove Signs Urging Respect for Christian Traditions

Italy’s Infrastructure Ministry has ordered a small town in the Lombardy Region to remove road signs asking those who won’t respect Christian traditions to leave.

The signs stating that the town of Pontoglio adheres to “Western culture and deep Christian tradition” were erected several months ago.

They also informed readers that “those who will not respect the local culture and tradition are asked to leave,” which caused a lot of controversy.

Dal Ministero Trasporti due settimane di tempo al Comune di #Pontoglio. ‘Questi cartelli devono essere rimossi’

– Discoradio (@discoradioIT) May 18, 2016

The Infrastructure Ministry eventually ruled that the signs had to be taken down within the next two weeks, explaining that they “didn’t respect the Highway Code,” which only allows road signs to contain information useful for driving and identifying locations, routes, and services, Giornale di Brescia reported.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obama Demands Employers Disclose Pay by Gender

New rules give feds oversight to check for discrimination

The Obama administration is poised to announce a plan requiring employers with 100 or more employees to dislose worker pay by gender, so that feds can determine if discrimination is at play.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Progressive Boot Camp

A thought occurred to me the other day, which does actually happen to me now and then; the whole of modern culture, the political correctness, the way the left approaches the rest of us, is very much a kind of boot camp for communism. The purpose of military boot camp is to break down the individual, to wed him to the group, to get him to believe things and do things that are clearly irrational, and to get him to obey orders unquestioningly. In the military this serves a real purpose, because a soldier has to act in ways contrary to personal interest and security.

Here is a good explanation of the purpose of boot camp from a Marine drill instructor:

“You have to train 18-year-olds to run to the sound of gunfire and perform under fire and the threat of death.

This act defies all logic, goes against all human instinct, and takes one of the most intensive acts of psychological reprogramming to overcome”

Which is precisely what the Progressive Left must do; convince the public to defy logic, to defy human instinct, to fundamentally reprogram the American citizen…

Everything the Progressives do has a purpose, and usually not the one that is stated by them. Gay marriage, for instance, or transgendered bathrooms, or Black Lives Matter uprisings, have little to do with fairness for homosexuals and everything to do with breaking down the dominant culture.

It recruits a certain number of children or young people and turns them into social justice warriors, telling them they are fighting for freedom and justice. Those who won’t joint the campaigns are seen as the enemy, and are forced into silence through shaming, through bullying, through acts of aggression. You are taught that everything you were was weak and pathetic, oppressive and, well, wrong or even evil. You have to change, to become one of them.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

‘Transgender’ Bathrooms and Jurisdiction

Bruce Jenner really got the ball rolling when he ‘came out’ and declared he’s a woman. A couple of bags sewn into his chest, some lipstick and claims he is now a woman. Why, the amount of publicity given to his proclamation of ‘gender identity’ one would think he found the cure for cancer! According to reports, he (not she) still hasn’t gone ‘all the way’. Translated he still has male plumbing.

It doesn’t matter if Bruce Jenner does 100 interviews with Diane Sawyer. His DNA is male and male he remains until he leaves this earth. The same scientific FACT applies to females who want to ‘transition’ to male. They might mutilate their bodies, but their DNA doesn’t lie. I must add this is NOT about hate or any of the other smear labels, it’s about science.

Princeton Prof: Transgenderism Not Scientific, ‘Superstitious Belief’ — Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton. “A noted Princeton University professor has attacked the very notion of transgenderism, saying that the belief “that a woman can be trapped inside a man’s body” is ludicrous and superstitious, with no basis in medical fact.”

American College of Pediatricians: Gender Ideology Harms Children

“No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women. 2,3,4

“ A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).5 The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved. 2,4,5”

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’ — very important read

“Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

“Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’“ — the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

“He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Case Study of Out-of-Control Transnational Adjudicative Body

Multilateral treaties have become a bedrock of international law, especially since the end of World War II. More than 600 multilateral treaties have been sponsored by the United Nations out of the approximately 8,000 multilateral treaties entered into since World War II. In setting out the parties’ rights and obligations, norms of behavior and dispute resolution mechanisms, carefully written treaties that have buy-in from the member countries can reduce the potential for resort to armed conflict or economic warfare. However, when a party to a multilateral treaty seeks to exploit perceived ambiguities to gain exclusive benefits beyond the intended scope of the underlying treaty, it is risking the legal and moral foundations on which multilateral treaties are based.

The compulsory arbitration provisions contained in the treaty known as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) provide a case in point.

UNCLOS establishes the legal framework under which coastal states can claim, manage, and utilize their ocean resources. It defines the maritime zones subject to jurisdiction of coastal states and governs the determination of the bases for delimitation of maritime boundaries.

UNCLOS sets forth an elaborate, multi-phased compulsory dispute resolution process to address the maritime issues within its scope. It stipulates that judgments rendered by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea or a specially constituted arbitral tribunal (both referred to in this article as “Arbitral Tribunal”) in accordance with the Convention are final and non-appealable. The process is subject to abuse by UNCLOS parties who seek to upend normal direct channels of diplomacy and negotiations to force a resolution of territorial disputes in their favor.

This article analyzes one example of abuse of UNCLOS’s compulsory dispute resolution process and the Arbitral Tribunal’s overreaching in accepting jurisdiction of a case. The Arbitral Tribunal decided to assume jurisdiction over a maritime territorial dispute between two UNCLOS parties, the Philippines and China. The Philippines had initiated the case despite China’s objection that the subject matter of the dispute was outside of the authority of the tribunal to arbitrate. A final decision on the merits of the Philippines’ case by the Arbitral Tribunal is expected.

whatever the substantive outcome of the case turns out to be, most disturbing is that the Arbitral Tribunal determined it had legal authority to impose its will on a non-consenting party to a territorial dispute in the first place…

For all the reasons discussed in this article, the UNCLOS Arbitral Tribunal acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it granted the Philippines’ request to accept jurisdiction of the Philippines’ compulsory arbitration case against China. This article analyzed how the tribunal aggrandized itself at the expense of national sovereignty. The tribunal’s conduct serves as a case study of the dangers in delegating too much ill-defined juridical power to an unaccountable, non-democratic transnational institution, which begins to take on a life of its own.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/23/2016

  1. Orban is correct. Clinton is a puppet of Soros and the globalists. The whole immigration thing is being orchestrated by the globalists’ plan for world domination. In Canada, PM Trudeau has already called Canada the first “post national” state — very spooky. Trump could possibly delay their plans if they cannot otherwise come up with a way to side-line him.

  2. Orban is one of the smartest men in Europe. Hungary is lucky to have him, speaking as a Hungarian by descent — but I am an American citizen and I don’t like the direction our government is taking us. We do NOT need more Muslims. This is an invasion, especially in Europe and Europe is lying down in front of it instead of doing something about it. I am voting for Trump — simply on the fact that he is at least a patriotic American. Don’t know what kind of president he will be, but can’t be worse than the current occupant of our White House.

    The Europeans have evidently forgotten their history. Ie, the Gates of Vienna and Jan Sobieski of Poland riding to the rescue. Sigh.

    And, Baron, I KNEW that jet crash was terrorism as soon as I saw it, but your information confirms it. Thank you. My husband thought it my misguided feminine intuition, of course.

  3. The western Euros have forgotten everything from everywhere. The Canadians are playing catch up. This is not being missed by organized crime. The memory of 9//11 will be lost in the dark. The world looks at the EU and maybe thinks, “Definately don’t want what they have right now”?

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