Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/2/2016

According to new information, seven out of the ten mujahideen who planned the terrorist attacks in Paris last November entered Europe disguised as “refugees” as part of the wave of migrants. The new information about the Paris massacre, which killed 130 people, was revealed by Hungarian security officials.

In other news, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble called for the creation of a “German Islam”, a version of the religion based on the country’s values of tolerance and liberalism, so that Germany might better integrate the millions of “New Germans”.

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Financial Crisis
» Billionaire: Chinese Real Estate is ‘Biggest Bubble in History’
» China’s Yuan Joins Elite Club of IMF Reserve Currencies
» Deutsche Bank Charged by Italy for Market Manipulation, Creating False Account
» Deutsche Bank’s Problems Could Snowball… as Soon as Next Week!
» WSJ Reports “No Settlement Deal” Between Deutsche, DOJ as German Econ Minister Slams Deutsche Bank
» Battered But Not Beaten Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts in Auto Repair Shop
» Black Lives Matter Vandalizes Trump International in DC — Liberal Media Completely Ignores Attack
» How Opiates Devastated the Heartland
» Make Life Simple Again
» Minnesota Hiking ObamaCare Premiums at Least 50% to Avoid ‘Collapse’
» Sanders Admits Being Bothered by Clinton’s Depiction of Young Voters Who Backed Him
» The Problem is Conservatives’ Acceptance of Progressive Government
» The Terrorist Study Abroad Program
» Trump “Deep Throat” Emerges: Someone Leaks Donald’s ‘95 Tax Filing to the Nyt
» Trump Responds to Leaked IRS Return, Says He is Best Suited to Fix Country’s ‘Complex Tax Laws’
» US Election 2016: Trump ‘A Genius’ If He Paid No Taxes — Allies
» Wells Fargo Ignored Petition From Thousands of Employees Protesting Unethical Culture, Lawsuit Says
» WikiLeaks Cancels Highly Anticipated Tuesday Announcement Due to “Security Concerns”
Europe and the EU
» 3 Police Cars Set on Fire in Dresden, As Violence Escalates Ahead of Germany Unity Day
» Brexit: Britain to Leave European Union by Spring 2019
» French Church Reopens After Priest Killed in ISIS Group Attack
» Germany’s Finance Minister Presses for a ‘German Islam’
» Returning Jihadists Leave Europe Facing ‘Generation-Long Struggle’
» The MI5 Spy Who Saved Children From a UK Bomb Attack
» UK: NSS: Andy Burnham’s Claim That Muslims Can’t Trust the Police is Deeply Divisive
Middle East
» A Brief, Brutal History of the ‘Vampire-State’
» Sept. 11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia Days After Congressional Override
» Shia Fighters, Assad’s Troops Prepare for Final Assault on Aleppo
South Asia
» Kashmir Attack: Militants Target Baramulla Indian Base
Far East
» China Cyber Espionage Continues
» African Immigrant Arrested After Vandalizing Four Churches in Rome
» Coming to America: Queen Hillary’s Refugee Crisis
» Hungary PM Claims EU Migrant Quota Referendum Victory
» Illegal Who Killed 12 Yr Old Girl Was Obama Amnesty Recipient
» Majority of Paris Attackers Used Migration Routes to Enter Europe, Reveals Hungarian Counter-Terror Chief
Culture Wars
» A Requiem for Feminism
» Canada: Hamilton Father in a Legal Battle Against the Sex Curriculum Speaks Out at Queen’s Park Parent Protest
» Communist “Thought Reform” Used to Homosexualize America
» Report: ‘You Do Not Want to be a Woman in Islam’

Billionaire: Chinese Real Estate is ‘Biggest Bubble in History’

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin made his fortune in the country’s real estate market — and now he’s warning that it’s spiraling out of control.

It’s the “biggest bubble in history,” he told CNNMoney in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

Bubble is a sensitive word in China after the dramatic rise and spectacular crash in the country’s stock market last year, which wiped out the savings of millions of small investors who thought Beijing wouldn’t allow the market to drop.

After struggling to contain the fallout from the stock market debacle, China’s leaders could face a similar headache in the real estate sector.

The big problem, according to Wang, is that prices keep rising in major Chinese metropolises like Shanghai but are falling in thousands of smaller cities where huge numbers of properties lie empty.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

China’s Yuan Joins Elite Club of IMF Reserve Currencies

The yuan joins the U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen and British pound.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Deutsche Bank Charged by Italy for Market Manipulation, Creating False Account

One day after its stock soared from all time lows, following what so far appears to have been a fabricated report sourced by AFP which relied on Twitter as a source that the DOJ would reduce its RMBS settlement amount with Deutsche Bank from $14 billion to below $6 billion (and which neither the DOJ nor Deutsche Bank have confirmed for obvious reasons), moments ago Bloomberg reported that six current and former managers of Deutsche Bank, including Michele Faissola, Michele Foresti and Ivor Dunbar, were charged in Milan for colluding to falsify the accounts of Italy’s third-biggest bank, Monte Paschi (which itself is so insolvent it is currently scrambling to finalize a private sector bailout) and manipulate the market. Two former executives at Nomura Holdings Inc. and five at Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena were also charged.

The news comes in a time of heated relations between Italy and Germany, when the former has been pushing to get German “permission” for a state bailout of its insolvent banks only to be met by stiff resistance by the latter as Merkel and Schauble have demanded a bail-in of private investors instead, even as — ironically — it has been Deutsche Bank’s woeful financial state that has been in the Wall Street spotlight this past week.

The charges culminate a three-year investigation by prosecutors that showed Monte Paschi used the transactions to hide losses, leading to a misrepresentation of its accounts between 2008 and 2012. The deals came to light in January 2013, when Bloomberg News reported that Monte Paschi used derivatives to hide losses.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Deutsche Bank’s Problems Could Snowball… as Soon as Next Week!

Last week, the situation of Deutsche Bank kept the entire financial world busy as a $14B fine was hanging like a sword of Damocles over the company’s virtual head. We have to admit we had a good chuckle when the mainstream media were falling over themselves to report on Deutsche Bank’s problems, because most open-minded people in this sector already knew the company was one of the weakest links in the entire financial system, with the possibility to infect dozens of other players.

A weak link indeed, but most definitely not an unimportant link considering Deutsche Bank isn’t just ‘too big to fail’ but ‘waaaaay too big to be allowed fail’, and the existing problems very likely are just the tip of the iceberg. The markets were suddenly spooked by a potentially massive fine related to the sale of toxic mortgage bonds, but the concerns seemed to alleviate after the CEO of the bank published an open letter emphasizing the bank still has plenty of liquidity and reserves of in excess of 215B EUR.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

WSJ Reports “No Settlement Deal” Between Deutsche, DOJ as German Econ Minister Slams Deutsche Bank

As we predicted on Friday, and as we reported earlier today, the AFP “story” of a $5.4 billion revised settlement between DB and DOJ was indeed “sources” on Twitter, and had no basis in reality. The reason: not only has John Cryan barely started the negotiations with the DOJ, and is set to arrive in the US this week to beg for mercy, but as the WSJ, which broke the original settlement story more than two weeks ago just reported, Deutsche Bank’s settlement talks with the DOJ are continuing, “with no deal yet presented to senior decision makers for approval on either side.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Battered But Not Beaten Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts in Auto Repair Shop

One common complaint in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last. Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays. One computer in a small auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland, however, has survived for the last twenty-five years against all odds.

In January a photo was taken by Facebook user Bartek for the page Retrokomp/Loaderror. The picture recently resurfaced on Commodore USA’s Facebook page. The computer claiming victory here is a Commodore C64C that has been balancing driveshafts non-stop for a quarter of a century. The C64C looks like it would fit right in with a scene from Fallout 4 and has even survived a nasty flood and pigeon poop.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Black Lives Matter Vandalizes Trump International in DC — Liberal Media Completely Ignores Attack

Hillary met privately in January with #BLM leaders Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie.

DeRay McKesson and Elzie (ShordeeDooWhop) were the lead agitators at the Ferguson and Baltimore riots.

Black Lives Matter activists are responsible for millions of dollars of public destruction and dozens of attacks on police and innocent pedestrians.

On Saturday Black Lives Matter goons defaced the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

How Opiates Devastated the Heartland

Many of us are puzzled, confused and stunned by the rapid expansion of addiction to pain-killing medicines that has swept across America in the 21st century. In a recent year, over 16,000 people died from overdoses of prescription pain-killing drugs — more than from all illegal drugs combined. We always thought that drug addiction was limited to big-city ghettos and Hollywood celebrities; heroin was virtually unknown across the heartland of America. And yet, the reality today is that many small and mid-sized towns in America contain substantial populations who came to their addiction through entirely legal pain-killing medicines. How could that have happened?

Sam Quinones answers that question with this gripping presentation of the intertwined pathways of prescription drugs and Mexican heroin. The subheading “true tale” indicates that the narrative is accurate, even if names and other details were changed. To assemble the information underlying this book, during 2009-2014 Quinones conducted many interviews across different segments of the population, including prisoners.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Make Life Simple Again

Modern technology saves a lot of time. Especially when writing because it’s much easier to verify spellings and quotations. But it wastes far more than it saves with its cost-less e-mailing programmed on computers by steel nerved customer service fanatics. And opening every one of those robot e-mails and reading them, if I were ever so foolish as to do such a thing, would have me eating ten or fifteen or thirty minutes out of my nap time every day.

Computer robots talking to you on the phone are similar time predators. I get a post card followed by an e-mail to call the V.A. for my semi-annual appointment and when I do, the phone message I have to listen to and select three or so options from is one minute and fifty-two seconds long! Push the wrong button and it repeats. Even when you get to the clinic, you are driven nuts by this nonsense. It used to be that you went to the very helpful receptionist, identified yourself, she smiled and said, “take a seat Mr. Miniter and I’ll tell the nurse you’re here.” Now there is a touch screen computer kiosk barring your way. You have to enter your Social Security number and verify your name, D.O.B., address, the fact that you don’t want to harm yourself, allergies and emergency phone numbers before you can advance and have the receptionist say “we’re having problem with data entry today sir so give me the last four (digits of your Social Security number and I’ll tell the nurse you’re here.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Minnesota Hiking ObamaCare Premiums at Least 50% to Avoid ‘Collapse’

“Middle-class Minnesotans in particular are being crushed by the heavy burden of these costs.”

[Comment: Crippling the middle class is a goal of the Marxist in Office.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Sanders Admits Being Bothered by Clinton’s Depiction of Young Voters Who Backed Him

Bernie Sanders on Sunday acknowledged being bothered by Hillary Clinton’s unflattering perception of the young Americans who backed his longshot primary bid against Clinton, saying their campaigns still have “real differences,” despite their joint effort to defeat Donald Trump.

“Of course it does,” Sanders, a Vermont senator, told CNN’s “State of the Union,” in response to a question about whether Clinton’s remarks at a fundraiser amid their hotly contested Democratic primary bothered him. “We have real differences.”

Clinton characterized the young voters — impassioned by Sanders’ populist message and who still have yet to embrace Clinton — as “living in their parents’ basement” and disenfranchised about the future, according to a 49-minute audiotape of the February fundraiser, purportedly found in a hacked email, then given to The Washington Free Beacon, which first reported the story.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

The Problem is Conservatives’ Acceptance of Progressive Government

Many conservatives are frustrated with our society’s lack of acceptance of conservatism into the mainstream. But it’s not because of Republican Party weakness or a failure in political strategy, as some conservatives such as Steve Deace suggest on talk radio and among the Internet and TV pundit class.

The problem is because conservatives have abandoned the true moral principles underlying a civilized society: private property, free exchange, and individual liberty.

Starting about a century ago conservatives began to surrender their moral principles to the progressives’ collectivist schemes, including the income tax, FDR’s New Deal, LBJ’s Great Society and the idea of “civil rights.” Even before the 20th century a child’s education was usurped from parents, and conservatives have accepted government schooling, or government-authorized private schooling, ever since.

Many people have been conditioned, however, to rationalize those kinds of compulsory government schemes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Terrorist Study Abroad Program

There has been a long tradition in the U.S. of offering foreign students the opportunity to study in this country, often through scholarship. With foreign terrorists there is now a common link: student visa, Muslim Students Association (MSA), terrorism. While not including all Muslim students, or even all MSA students, it includes some whopping examples. In 1963, members of the Muslim Brotherhood met at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus to spread “Islam as students in North America.”

The MSA was never a benign collegiate group. But the discovery of the Muslim Brotherhood’s 1991 “Explanatory Memorandum: on the General Strategic Goal for the Group”. helps to put the MSA into perspective. The memorandum details the Brotherhood’s strategy for penetrating western organizations in its goal for a “global Islamic State”, (their words). Study abroad and the MSA are part of the “settling process.” The memorandum pulls no punches about what this means: “The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Trump “Deep Throat” Emerges: Someone Leaks Donald’s ‘95 Tax Filing to the Nyt

Indeed, as the NYT itself admits there was nothing illegal about using such a manoeuvre: the world’s rich take advantage of NOL tax planning all the time, and in fact acquiring corporations for their NOL benefit has long been a strategy in corporate America designed to minimize Federal and State tax outflows.

The tax experts consulted by The Times said nothing in the 1995 documents suggested any wrongdoing by Mr. Trump, even if the extraordinary size of the loss he declared would have probably attracted extra scrutiny from I.R.S. examiners. “The I.R.S., when they see a negative $916 million, that has to pop out,” Mr. Rosenfeld said.

Considering that according to Trump he has been the subject of numerous tax audits by the IRS that appears to be indeed the case.

However, the biggest news in the NYT report is not so much the glimpse into Trump’s income statement over 20 years ago, but the fact that unexpectedly a Deep Throat appears to have emerged within Trump’s organization, someone found directly inside the Trump Tower. This is how the NYT explains where it got the questionably obtained filings:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Trump Responds to Leaked IRS Return, Says He is Best Suited to Fix Country’s ‘Complex Tax Laws’

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump responded Sunday to a news report that he declared a loss of nearly $916 million on his 1995 income tax returns, saying he knows the country’s “complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president.”

Trump made the comment on Twitter after The New York Times reported Saturday on the tax return, citing leaked copies of his tax records.

The paper reported that Trump’s claimed losses were so large that they would have allowed him to avoid paying an equivalent amount of federal income tax over an 18-year period.

“I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them. #failing@nytimes,” Trump tweeted.

The Times report noted that tax experts have found no evidence of wrongdoing connected with Trump’s 1995 tax returns, though the paper claimed that the large loss likely would have drawn the attention of the IRS.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

US Election 2016: Trump ‘A Genius’ If He Paid No Taxes — Allies

White House candidate Donald Trump’s allies have said he is a “genius” if a report is true that he paid no federal income taxes for 18 years.

The New York Times said it had received some of Mr Trump’s 1995 tax documents revealing $915m losses that allowed him to legally avoid paying taxes.

The real estate tycoon’s camp refused to confirm or deny the report, but said the filing was “illegally obtained”.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the New York Times article was a “very good story” because it showcased the “genius” of Mr Trump.

Mr Christie told Fox News Sunday the report would only underline that Mr Trump is best qualified to ease tax policy on working people.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Wells Fargo Ignored Petition From Thousands of Employees Protesting Unethical Culture, Lawsuit Says

Thousands of Wells Fargo employees signed a petition asking management to change its cutthroat quotas — but the leadership ignored the complaints, according to the latest lawsuit against the beleaguered bank.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

WikiLeaks Cancels Highly Anticipated Tuesday Announcement Due to “Security Concerns”

Wikileaks has abruptly canceled a much-anticipated announcement on Tuesday, according to NBC News. The announcement had been expected to be founder Julian Assange’s long-promised document dump on Hillary Clinton.

NBC’s Jesse Rodriguez reported that the Tuesday announcement — which was to come from the balcony of London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, where Assange has sought sanctuary for years — was canceled due to “security concerns”.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

3 Police Cars Set on Fire in Dresden, As Violence Escalates Ahead of Germany Unity Day

Three police cars were set ablaze by unknown arsonists in the German city of Dresden in the run-up to German Unity Day, marking 26 years since the reunification of Germany.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Brexit: Britain to Leave European Union by Spring 2019

Britain is set to leave the European Union by spring 2019 after Theresa May announced she would begin the formal process of Brexit within six months.

Read more at:

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

French Church Reopens After Priest Killed in ISIS Group Attack

Parishioners in the small town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northern France gathered on Sunday for the solemn reopening of the church where Father Jacques Hamel was murdered by teenage jihadists two months ago.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Germany’s Finance Minister Presses for a ‘German Islam’

A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a “German Islam” based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society.

Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live.

[Comment: Pfft]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Returning Jihadists Leave Europe Facing ‘Generation-Long Struggle’

Europe faces a generation-long struggle to deal with thousands of battle-hardened jihadists returning as the Islamic State’s caliphate starts to collapse, the EU’s police chief has warned.

An estimated 3,000 European fighters are believed to be with Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) with officials fearing the coming battle for Mosul will see many try to return home.

Around 850 Britons are thought to have gone to fight in Syria or Iraq, with around 400 still in the country.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

The MI5 Spy Who Saved Children From a UK Bomb Attack

As an MI5 agent “Tom Marcus” risked his life for more than eight years, secretly tracking Islamic extremists and IRA dissidents on the streets of Britain. But when he left MI5 — with a CV full of inexplicable holes — he found himself taking jobs in a call centre and burger bar.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

UK: NSS: Andy Burnham’s Claim That Muslims Can’t Trust the Police is Deeply Divisive

The National Secular Society has criticised Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham for suggesting that British Muslims couldn’t trust the police when they report hate crimes.

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference, Burnham said that the police had a “possible conflict of interest” when dealing with anti-Muslim hate crimes, and that the Government “almost legitimise” anti-Muslim “behaviour”.

Burnham compared the Government’s anti-extremism strategy with burkini bans in France, describing Prevent as “an approach to policy that singles out one community for different treatment”.

According to a report in the Independent Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary said: “There’s a lot of people in this country not necessarily at risk from ‘Islamic extremism’ but it’s far-right extremism. That’s what we’re talking about here, but where is the statutory duty on that? … There are so many issues with it that it needs a root and branch review.”

In reality, the Government’s guidance on Prevent says: “Our Prevent work is intended to deal with all kinds of terrorist threats to the UK. The most significant of these threats is currently from terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq, and Al Qa’ida associated groups. But terrorists associated with the extreme right also pose a continued threat to our safety and security.”…

           — Hat tip: Mark H [Return to headlines]

A Brief, Brutal History of the ‘Vampire-State’

Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died Oct. 2, 1975. He provided foreign intelligence for the British during World Wars I and II, and served as a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences following both wars.

Arnold Joseph Toynbee was educated at Oxford “almost entirely in the Greek and Latin classics.” Toynbee taught at King’s College of London, the London School of Economics and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Toynbee authored many history books, including “Greek Policy Since 1882” (1914), and “The Murderous Tyranny of the Turks” (London, New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917), in which he wrote:…

Tracing the history of the Islamic State, Toynbee continued: “There are three stages in the history of Ottoman tyranny. … Osman, its founder, from whom the Osmanli Turks take their name, was the hereditary chief of a wandering band of Turkish freebooters from Central Asia … carve(d) out a principality for himself at the expense of the neighboring Christians. … This Ottoman dominion, which started thus in the 13th century with a few square miles of territory in North-Western Asia Minor, expanded during the next 300 years till it stretched from within a few miles of Vienna to Mecca and Baghdad.

“It destroyed the Ancient Empire of Constantinople, which had preserved Greek learning during the Middle Ages; the free Christian kingdoms of Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Wallachia, Moldavia and Hungary. … Such a career of destructive conquest was a disaster to civilization, and it was only made possible by a ruthless militarism. … “

Toynbee described: “The Ottoman method of conscription was to take a tribute of children from the conquered Christians so many children from each family every so many years bring them up in barracks as fanatical Moslems and train them as professional recruits. These ‘ Janissaries,’ militarized from their youth up and divorced from every human relation except loyalty to their war-lord, were the most formidable soldiers in Europe, and each new Christian land they conquered was a new field of recruitment for their corps. The Ottoman Empire literally drained its victims’ blood, and its history as a Vampire-state is unparalleled in the history of the world.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Sept. 11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia Days After Congressional Override

A woman whose husband was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia Friday, two days after Congress passed a law allowing Americans to sue foreign governments over their alleged roles in terror attacks.

Stephanie DeSimone filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. Her husband, Navy Cdr. Patrick Dunn, was killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. DeSimone, then known as Stephanie Dunn, was two months pregnant with the couple’s first child.

DeSimone’s lawsuit, which was first reported by Bloomberg, alleges that the Saudi government provided material support to Al Qaeda and its leader, Usama bin Laden. She is seeking unspecified damages for wrongful death and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who commandeered passenger flights to use in the attack were Saudi.

On Wednesday, both houses of Congress overwhelmingly overrode President Obama’s veto of the bill, which allows families sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the 2001 attacks. Courts would be permitted to waive a claim of foreign sovereign immunity when an act of terrorism occurred inside U.S. borders.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Shia Fighters, Assad’s Troops Prepare for Final Assault on Aleppo

(London Telegraph) Syrian rebels and civilians in the besieged eastern half of Aleppo are bracing for an onslaught ground assault by Syrian regime forces and their Shia fighter allies which could once and for all end the opposition’s resistance in the city.

US officials said they were seeing signs that thousands of troops from across the Shia world — including Syrian regime soldiers, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hizbollah fighters, Iraqi militiamen and Afghan mercenaries — were massing for a final assault on Aleppo.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Kashmir Attack: Militants Target Baramulla Indian Base

Militants have attacked an Indian army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir with gunfire and grenades, killing one border guard and wounding another.

The attack came three days after the Indian army said it had carried out a “surgical strike” in the region.

The army said it had destroyed “terrorist launching pads” used by militants with support from Pakistan, but the Pakistani military disputed this.

The Indian assault followed the deadliest attack on one of its bases in Kashmir in years. On 18 September, militants entered an army base in the town of Uri and killed 18 soldiers.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan, a claim Pakistan denies.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

China Cyber Espionage Continues

U.S. Cyber Command recently reported within secret government channels that China is continuing aggressive cyber espionage against American companies.

An intelligence report disseminated earlier this month stated that one of China’s biggest cyber spying operations involved the theft of 1.65 terabytes of sensitive proprietary data from a major U.S. software company, according to a defense official familiar with the report.

The U.S. company was not identified by name. But the hacker group behind the data theft is part of the Ministry of State Security, China’s main police and intelligence service.

The hacking operation by the MSS was carried out from at least October 2015 and contradicts the U.S.-China agreement on cyber espionage reached between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2015.

The agreement requires both sides to halt government-backed cyber espionage against private companies. Critics say the accord was skewed in Beijing’s favor because U.S. intelligence agencies are barred from spying for American firms, while most Chinese companies are under government control or influence.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

African Immigrant Arrested After Vandalizing Four Churches in Rome

Italian police have arrested an African immigrant after the man went on a rampage through four Roman churches, demolishing statues and knocking over candlesticks and reliquaries.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Coming to America: Queen Hillary’s Refugee Crisis

Clinton plans to resettle at least 1 million migrants if elected

Hillary Clinton plans to permanently resettle close to one million Muslim migrants during the first term of her presidency alone, according to the latest available data from the DHS.

The vetting process is a scam. Did vetting stop San Bernardino, Orlando, the New York bomber the Minnesota radical Islamist knifer? What is extreme vetting? Why is abandoning your country as a refugee the answer in the first place? Would Americans do the same? No. We would stand and fight.

The U.S. constitution deems it necessary to defend our Republic. And now that very ideal is under attack!

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has called for the ‘complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the U.S. from countries with ties to terrorism.

[Comment: What Trump is proposing is “shutdown and analyse and then after a time selectively allow” has been done before by a Democrat president. President Carter shutdown immigration from Iran during the Iran crisis.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hungary PM Claims EU Migrant Quota Referendum Victory

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has declared victory in a referendum on mandatory EU migrant quotas, despite a low turnout that appeared to render it invalid.

Nearly 98% of those who took part supported the government’s call to reject the EU plan.

But only 43% of the electorate voted, short of the 50% required to be valid.

A government spokesman said the outcome was binding “politically and legally” but the opposition said the government did not have the support it needed.

Mr Orban urged EU decision makers to take note of the result and said he would change Hungary’s constitution to make the decision binding.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Illegal Who Killed 12 Yr Old Girl Was Obama Amnesty Recipient

“Lopez Aguilar apparently received deferred deportation protection…”

Lopez Aguilar, 18, is accused of running a stop sign at Southeast Sixth Street and Bell Avenue, causing a three-vehicle crash Sept. 8. Police said he was driving too fast.

Lopez Aguilar was charged with homicide by reckless driving Monday after 12-year-old Lea Phann died Sunday night from injuries she suffered in the crash.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Majority of Paris Attackers Used Migration Routes to Enter Europe, Reveals Hungarian Counter-Terror Chief

The majority of the Isil extremists who carried out the November 13 Paris attacks entered Europe while posing as migrants, Hungarian security officials have disclosed.

Seven of the attackers, who killed 130 people and left more than 360 others injured, slipped through Hungary’s borders while posing as migrants.

It is understood that ten extremists in total were closely involved in planning and carrying out the massacre.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

A Requiem for Feminism

Transgenderism is fatal to feminism, which has relied on the binary distinction of humanity in order to foster the idea of equality between the sexes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Canada: Hamilton Father in a Legal Battle Against the Sex Curriculum Speaks Out at Queen’s Park Parent Protest

On September 21, another parent protest was held at Queen’s Park against the sex curriculum released by the Liberal government in 2015. The event was organized by the Canadian Families Alliance (CFA) and Campaign Life Coalition (CLC). One of the speakers was Dr. Steve Tourloukis. He is the father who has taken the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to court. Why? Because the board refused to grant his family accommodation so that he could withdraw hid children from components of the sex curriculum that contradict his Greek-Orthodox faith. This is a clear case of Christian discrimination and a total violation of parental rights at the hands of the school board and backed by the province.

Readers may recall that when the controversial and inappropriate curriculum was released in 2015 both the Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of Education at the time Liz Sandals reassured parents that they could remove their children from curriculum topics that opposed their faith or family values. It turns out they both lied to Ontarians. We can say this because Tourloukis’ long court case would have ended long ago had the government just instructed the school board to simply comply with his simple request. Instead, the board, teacher unions and the government have done the opposite: they are fighting in every way against parental rights and freedom of choice in education…

“There are policies in Hamilton that require teachers to challenge and eliminate traditional beliefs from the minds of their students. That’s right; teachers in Hamilton are required to replace what I teach my kids about homosexuality with what Kathleen Wynne (left) wants to teach my kids about homosexuality.”

“I am no longer fighting just my school board. Unfortunately, the teacher’s union and the government of Ontario have become involved in my case. The last time we were in court, the other side had such a large herd of lawyers that there were not enough tables and chairs in the court room for all of them. Can you imagine? Lawyers from the board, lawyers from Queen’s Park and lawyers from the teacher’s union all arguing that I don’t have the right to even know when they will be indoctrinating my children.

“The involvement of the teachers union and Queen’s Park is proof that my case a threat to an indoctrination industry that pretends to be an education system. I cannot fight this unholy trinity by myself. How can I fight my school board, the powerful teacher’s union and the government of Ontario all by myself? They have unlimited resources. We need your help.”

[Comment: In Ontario, the sex ed curriculum was designed by a pedophile currently serving jail time.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Communist “Thought Reform” Used to Homosexualize America

by Charles W. Socarides, M.D.

Written in 1995, Dr. Socarides’ warnings proved to be accurate.

In my 1994 report I noted that a revolutionary change in sexual mores and customs had been ushered in by that singular act of considerable consequence — the removal of homosexuality from the category of aberrancy by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973. It was a fateful consequence of, and disregard of established psychoanalytic and psychological knowledge of human sexual behavior. At that time I presented an account of the social and political forces within and without the American Psychiatric Association responsible for this act, and critically examined the spurious and pseudoscientific reasons put forth for the removal of a diagnosis from the diagnostic and statistical manual. This removal amounted to a full approval of homosexuality and an encouragement to aberrancy by those who should have known better, both in a scientific sense, and in the sense of the social consequences of such removal. Those who wished to retain homosexuality as a valid diagnosis had been essentially silenced at meetings, lectures, and publications — a silencing that originates both from within our organizations and from other sources. Political parties and religious leaders have been utilized to reinforce this silence. The press was thoroughly influenced; the electronic media, television, and movies began to promote homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle and censored all information that might show homosexuality as a disorder. Movies have been routinely censored by a gay Hollywood review board for the last 7 to 8 years; other films critical of homosexuality have been boycotted at the box-office; books which portray homosexuality in any unfavorable way have not been published, and many books have been removed from library shelves in universities and public libraries. Of over 500 titles found in a major bookstore in New York City, only 2 or 3 were found to be at all critical of homosexuality or the homosexual movement. Homosexual sex education entered our schools and colleges, and pro-gay activists — homosexual and otherwise — portrayed their way of life as normal and as “American as apple pie,” intimidating others with different views. In essence, this movement has accomplished what every other society, with rare exceptions, would have trembled to tamper with: a revision of the basic code and concept of life that men and women normally mate with those of the opposite sex and not with each other.

This psychiatric nonsense and social recklessness has brought with it many individual tragedies which you’ve all heard in your consultation rooms. Men and women who no longer care for their appropriate gender roles have created confusion in the very young for generations to come. Homosexuals in therapy have tended to develop tremendous resistances. Medical specialists such as pediatricians are terribly confused. For example, one of our pediatric journals, influenced by gay activism, has recently announced (Spring 1995) that parents should not be encouraged to seek therapy for children with gender-defined self disorders, which are actually the nuclear problem in obligatory homosexuality! Thus the removal of homosexuality from the DSM — a political not a scientific decision — was simply the opening phase of a war with normality. It was part of a two-phase sexual radicalization, the second phase being the raising of homosexuality to the level of alternative lifestyle. This removal of a diagnosis was a Trojan Horse which, once admitted into the gates of the heterosexual world, has led to a sexual and social dementia.

Today I would like to address the question of how this has happened before the very eyes of psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers — and the public — most of whom, it would seem, have not apprehended the full meaning of what they have been subjected to. Surely it says much as to the status of objective clinical judgment when even experienced clinicians are not aware of what they have been exposed to…

The original work on thought control was done by Robert J. Lifton, an intrepid American army psychiatrist in 1961, later on the faculty of Yale, who described the communist takeover of China, how it led to a dramatic change in the beliefs of a population, with severe mental and physical punishment meted out to anyone who held a different point of view.

The techniques used to radically change the intellectual and emotional climate of the Chinese people bears, in my opinion, an amazing similarity to the “brainwashing” of a nation as regards homosexuality (see “Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China” by Robert J. Lifton, M.D., W.W. Norton and Company, 1961).

Let us first address the “control of human communication” effected by the homosexual movement. For this purpose I shall borrow freely from Dr. Lifton’s observations and point out what is strikingly similar in the propaganda of both movements: communistic totalism and homosexual totalism.

The gay movement has established almost complete domain not only over the individual communication with the outside world — that is, all one sees and hears, reads and writes, experiences and expresses on the subject of homosexuality (a censorship of which you all are aware) — but it has also penetrated one’s inner life, that is, one’s communications with oneself.

As Lifton suggested, such an atmosphere is uncomfortably reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984. This type of communication has the assumption of an air of omniscience, a conviction that reality is the exclusive possession of the gay movement, for these gay social planners consider it their duty to create an environment containing no more and no less than the “truth” as they see it. The average individual is thus deprived, as Lifton puts it, “of the combination of external information and inner reflection” which anyone requires to test the realities of the environment and to maintain a measure of identity separate from it.

Look at the fact that the American Psychiatric and Psychological Associations can be so blind to the facts of life, to the scientific evidence of over a hundred years supplied by psychoanalytic research, to the fact that children, boys and girls, differ anatomically and psychologically and are designed anatomically and psychologically for complementariness, and to the erosion of family structure, family cohesion so implicit in the total approval of homosexuality.

In such an environment one undergoes a “personal closure” which frees one from the incessant struggle with the elusive subtleties of truth and, therefore, in a sense, one is programmed. No one dares speak out. If an individual’s intellect and honesty make him resist, he feels estranged.

Another feature of thought control is “extensive personal manipulation. This psychological technique, according to Kirk and Madsen, seeks to provoke specific patterns of behavior and emotion in such a way that they will appear to have arisen spontaneously from within the environment.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Report: ‘You Do Not Want to be a Woman in Islam’

There’s been one issue on which Obama hasn’t really elaborated: Islam’s treatment of women. And a new report from the Gatestone Institute this week details why that position would be indefensible.

“You do not want to be a woman in Islam,” said the report by Raymond Ibrahim, whose projects also include “Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.”

He writes for the institute, which is a nonpartisan policy council and think tank pursuing democracy and the rule of law, human rights, strong economies, a military capable of ensuring peace, energy independence and a public informed of threats to liberty and speech.

In the new report, Ibrahim explains, “Islamic law, always harsh, is still harsher for women. According to the Quran, men have ‘ authority’ over women and may beat them if they are ‘ disobedient’ (4:34). According to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, women are less intelligent than men — two women are needed to equal one man’s testimony — and the majority of hell’s population is made up of women, who are likened to donkeys and dogs in their ability to distract a man from his prayer and thereby annul it.”

And it’s even worse for women who are not Muslims.

The report documents the results of those concepts:

Abductions, assaults, abuse, rape, slavery, death.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/2/2016

  1. On ‘Communist “Thought Reform” Used to Homosexualize America’, this reminds me of the time I was in the 6th grade (late 70s) and we put out of order signs on the urinals except for one and then proceeded to notice the signs and say I guess we will have to use this one to encourage everyone to line up behind us. That was my first experiment I can remember in behavior control.

  2. ” The new information about the Paris massacre, which killed 130 people, was revealed by Hungarian security officials.”

    Why wasn’t it revealed by our own officials?

    • Pfffffff did you really think that French officials would say that. Everything for them is either a lone wolf or mentally ill. It doesn’t match their schemes of things. We have a word in French lache. ”
      The seven were allegedly part of a larger 14-member terrorist cell that used Hungary as the springboard for their bloody actions in Europe.”

      How many more are out there, especially in France & Belgium. How many are free, not even with an electronic bracelet? There are even discrepancies appearing in relation to Nice between local & national authorities. It reeks of fishy business.

      Interestingly Jacques Sapir has just written an article about Islamphobia, using a court case in Montreal concerning Djemila Benhabib.

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