Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/9/2016

The news feed is extremely light tonight. It may be that most of our tipsters were busy watching the Trump-Clinton presidential debate, leaving them no time to find any news items. Readers who want an account of the epochal confrontation between Big Hair and Big Ankles should see The Daily Mail — it has all the lurid details, plus lots of photos.

In other news, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says he will not share the names on the government’s list of terror suspects with any of the country’s mayors — some of whom may soon be receiving batches of immigrants redistributed from the “Jungle” camp near Calais.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to Dean, Diana West, Jerry Gordon, MD, Reader from Chicago, RR, Srdja Trifkovic, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» Former Employees Detail Wells Fargo’s “Boiler Room” Operation
» It’s War: Trump’s All-Out Attack on the Clintons for Their Sexual Past as He Says Bill Abused Women and Hillary ‘Attacked Those Women Viciously’
» Local Police Using CIA-Funded Software to Track All Citizens’ Social Media Posts
» The Moral Depravity of the Power Grab
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria: 15-Year Old Dies in Hospital Week After Syrians Dump Her in Stairwell
» Belgium ‘Missed 13 Chances’ To Unmask Paris Attackers, Says Report
» French Police Injured in ‘Unspeakable’ Molotov Cocktail Attack
» French Govt Will Not Share Names of Terror Suspects With Mayors
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» The Triple Alliance: Cyprus: Greece and Israel
 
Middle East
» Spanish Adventurer Who Walked 6,400km Arrives in Kuwait
» The Unlearnt Lessons of Iraq, Libya
 
Latin America
» Venezuela Crisis: Opposition Leader Capriles Vows to End Maduro Rule
 
Immigration
» German Police Make New Raid in Hunt for Refugee Planning Bomb Attack
» Gun Toting French Soldiers Stop and Search Drivers Leaving Calais
» Hundreds of French Villagers March in Protest at Plans to Re-Distribute Calais Immigrants
 

Former Employees Detail Wells Fargo’s “Boiler Room” Operation

On Friday’s episode of NPR’s Planet Money, former Wells Fargo employees offered details of young salespeople being subjected to intense pressure to sign customers up for multiple accounts, ultimately leading them to engage in fraud. The report also undermines CEO John Stumpf’s claims, including those made before congressional committees, that leadership was unaware of that fraud.

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

It’s War: Trump’s All-Out Attack on the Clintons for Their Sexual Past as He Says Bill Abused Women and Hillary ‘Attacked Those Women Viciously’

— And she responds by calling him a liar and a racist

The debate night that will be discussed for generations in Political Science classes — and Women’s Studies seminars — launched with a bang on Sunday, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squaring off in St. Louis, Missouri.

There was no handshake. Only polite nods at each other. The white-hot stares, straight ahead, came 90 minutes after Trump held a photo-op press event featuring four women with sex-assault accusations from the Clintons’ past.

The first question of the debate was expected to focus on lewd remarks revealed Friday in an 11-year-old audiotape of Trump. But it was milder, asking Clinton about the overall tone of the 2016 campaigns.

The temperature at Washington University in St. Louis dropped. No fireworks. No first blood.

Then Trump found himself behind the 8-ball, with co-moderator Anderson Cooper telling him bluntly that he had admitted to ‘sexual assault’ in the audio — referring to a remark saying that powerful men could touch women whenever they wanted. ‘Grab them by the p***y,’ he said as one example.

‘You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women,’ Cooper charged.

Trump insisted, as he did Friday night, that ‘this was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it.’

But then he turned the discussion on the Clintons.

‘If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse,’ trump jabbed. ‘Mine were words, his were actions.’

‘Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those women, attacked them viciously.’

Earlier in the night Trump had hosted a press event with Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton.

Broaddrick accused former President Clinton of raping her when he was the Arkansas attorney general. She later pointed a finger at Hillary Clinton for intimidating her into silence as her husband launched his 1992 bid for the presidency.

Willey and Jones made similar accusations against this year’s Democratic nominee for the White House.

He also noted that Shelton was sitting in the front row. The Arkansas native was 12 when she was raped by a 41-year-old drifter. Hillary Clinton was her attacker’s lawyer.

‘Her client — she represented — she got him off,’ Trump said, recalling that she was recorded ‘laughing [about the case] on two separate tapes.’

Returning the Bill Clinton’s infamous exploits, he recalled that the former president ‘was impeached, lost his license to practice law’ because he lied to Congress about his affair with a young White House intern named Monica Lewinsky.

‘When Hillary brings up a point like that and she talks about words that I said 11 years ago, I think it’s disgraceful and I think she should be ashamed of herself,’ Trump said.

Trump’s partisans in the audience cheered and applauded.

‘So much of what he said is not right,’ Clinton protested.

‘I’m reminded of what my friend Michelle Obama advised us all: When they go low, you go high.’

Her claque in the auditorium screamed and hollered.

Overall, however, Trump bristled at having to respond to his sexually graphic words from 2005.

He complained that ‘where you have ISIS chopping off heads … when you have wars and horrible, horrible sights happening,’ talking about his lewd banter was a waste of time.

‘Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker-room talk, and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS,’ he said.

Trump insisted: ‘I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do. I said things … but I have tremendous respect for women. And women have respect for me.’

Cooper asked Trump repeatedly if he had ever made unwanted sexual advances on a woman, or touched her without consent…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Local Police Using CIA-Funded Software to Track All Citizens’ Social Media Posts

Local police departments are using software developed by a CIA-funded company to monitor citizens’ social media posts and their physical locations in real time 24 hours a day.

Stories from across the country have revealed that several local law enforcement agencies — in Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Oakland among others — and corporations — the Mall of America and McDonald’s — have purchased surveillance software from a company called Geofeedia. The program will inform police of the physical location from which you made your last social media post. It will provide the content of your posts, too.

Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are all included in the surveillance sweep, and all the updates posted to any one of these popular services will be uploaded to one single database available all day, every day, to police.

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

The Moral Depravity of the Power Grab

by Diana West

Did this lewdest, crudest and most putrid behavior (not talk), ever drive press and Democratic party elders to call on President Bill Clinton to resign? Never.

As the globalists leave what they hope and pray and have planned and calculated is a sinking USS Deplorables, opening hatches as they disembark, preening, in a cloud of noxious hypocrisy, it is not enough to say, Good riddance.

It is time to nail their hypocrisy to the wall, revealing the moral depravity underneath — and, more immediately dangerous, the political movement that will finally and completely destroy this nation under another Clinton.

This is a long (maybe lifelong) project. But time is short. I will focus today narrowly on the hypocrisy of the onslaught du jour — how it is that the political-media complex is trying to eliminate Donald Trump before Election Day with calls for him to “step aside” over his 2005 hot mic conversation on a tv set with host Billy Bush. This was released to “the press” on the same day that a signal 2013 speech to a Brazilian bank by Hillary Clinton came to us little people, not from the dark arts masters of the Clinton campaign, of course, but through Wikileaks.

In his conversation, then-television personality Trump talked lewdly about “pussy” and groping, bedding (to use an antique, if descriptive term), a married woman, while married himself, in an exchange secretly taped and saved for 11 years until Friday.

In a prepared speech to an audience organized by a South American bank three years ago, former Secretary of State Hillary spoke about her “dream of … open borders” and hemispheric union. Many of our forbears would have recognized this as treason against the people of this republic of the Communist and/or one-world-government variety.

In today’s depraved political culture, what draws fire is Trump’s trash talk, but only as a bead to draw on the dreaded, loathed patriot-politician. It is he, and only he, whose rebellion threatens the power and “progress” of the globalist Uniparty. Its mission, then, is to destroy Trump by any means necessary that avoid his main issues — the wall, immigration, trade, America First…

           — Hat tip: Diana West [Return to headlines]
 

Austria: 15-Year Old Dies in Hospital Week After Syrians Dump Her in Stairwell

A 15-year-old girl has died in hospital a week after she was found in a stairwell. Police are questioning two Syrians in connection with her death.

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

Belgium ‘Missed 13 Chances’ To Unmask Paris Attackers, Says Report

Belgian police missed 13 opportunities to unmask the participants of the deadly Paris November attacks before the events, according to an internal report leaked to a newspaper on Saturday.

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

French Police Injured in ‘Unspeakable’ Molotov Cocktail Attack

Four police officers were injured in a notorious working class housing estate near Paris on Saturday after being struck by a volley of Molotov cocktails, a police source said.

PARIS: Four police officers were injured on a notorious working class housing estate near Paris on Saturday (Oct 8) in a Molotov cocktail attack President Francois Hollande slammed as “unspeakable”.

“Everything will be done to find the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice so they receive a sentence in-keeping with the severity of their crime,” said the president.

Hollande said the attack in Grande Borne, a residential residential area built in the 1960s in Paris’ southern suburbs, was “unspeakable and intolerable because it endangered the lives of officers whose job was to protect the population”.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said two officers “were violently attacked with incendiary bombs while they were on a surveillance mission in the Grande Borne high security zone.”

“Their colleagues who came to back them up were also targeted,” he said, describing the attack as “extremely serious and very cowardly”.

Earlier a police source described the weapons used as Molotov cocktails.

The two badly injured officers “have major burns and were taken to a hospital in Paris,” they added…

           — Hat tip: MD [Return to headlines]
 

French Govt Will Not Share Names of Terror Suspects With Mayors

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has ruled out sharing details of individuals on the intelligence services’ watch list with town mayors, he told weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

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

The Triple Alliance: Cyprus: Greece and Israel

In January 2016, we wrote about the triple alliance formed with Israel, Cyprus and Greece for export of natural gas produced in their respective offshore Exclusive Economic Zones, “The Triple Alliance Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline announced in Cyprus.” We wrote:

Auspicious meetings were held in Nicosia, Cyprus with members of the emerging Trilateral Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline alliance: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

The alliance was focused on the possibility of developing the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline with EU assistance to avoid the rising geo-political problems and desires of Turkey’s Islamist President Erodgan. He prefers t have Israel transport natural gas via a Turkish pipeline. However concerns with Turkey’s stability have arisen, with domestic turmoil as a result of the staged coup and purge by Erdogan. There is also his renewal of relations with Russia over the completion of the Turkish pipeline have raised questions about the wisdom of that option. This is notwithstanding the reconciliation pact between Israel and Turkey reached in August.

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]
 

Spanish Adventurer Who Walked 6,400km Arrives in Kuwait

KUWAIT: An intrepid adventurer, who has been walking from Paris to Makkah to perform umrah, arrived in Kuwait a few days ago. Ishaq, a 33-year-old Spaniard of Algerian descent, began his journey around five months back. He has already walked a distance of 6,400 km and is planning to reach his destination in 50 days. He is now waiting for a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. Ishaq was received by his Kuwaiti host Abu Mohammed Al-Mutairi at the Iraqi border in Abdaly. Mutairi promised him to help him obtain the umrah visa, and has put him up at his house till then.

This is Ishaq’s first walking trip, which he calls the ‘Walk of Peace’. He aims to deliver a message to the world that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, not terror and aggression. He wants to tell the world that Muslims are good people who love peace, not killing. Ishaq noted that he doesn’t need anything, and only wants to reach Makkah. He doesn’t have a big budget for this trip, and has managed to survive on Ô10 a day.

Ishaq told Kuwait Times about the mountainous terrain he had to cross during this journey, and it was very cold. “I stayed in a tent, and when I woke up in the mornings, my fingers were frozen. This was the biggest obstacle that I faced. Fortunately, I wasn’t injured, but I faced some trying situations. Once I was sleeping in my tent and heard a wolf in the night. I cowered in the tent, and in the morning I saw the tracks of the wolf,” he said. Ishaq began his journey by carrying his stuff in a backpack. After three days, he got exhausted and decided to travel with a trolley. During the journey, the wheels of the trolley got damaged, and he had to change them.

Ishaq is also documenting his journey. Various media outlets have interviewed him in the countries he passed through. He crossed from Europe into Turkey, then to Iran, Iraq and Kuwait, from where he will continue to Makkah.

           — Hat tip: RR [Return to headlines]
 

The Unlearnt Lessons of Iraq, Libya

by Srdja Trifkovic

Two weeks of atrocity management over Aleppo indicate that the Deep State is still intent on intervening in Syria. Most Americans don’t want another Middle Eastern war, but if Hillary Clinton wins on November 8 it is looks incresingly likely that they will get it.

Writing in Consortiumnews.com on October 5, Robert Parry warned that official Washington’s political/punditry class has developed a new “group think” on Syria that is even more dangerous than the one preceding the Iraq war. Like the “frenzied war fever of 2002-2003,” this new consensus is based on “a mix of selective, dubious and false information,” while excluding from the public forum all discordant voices:…

           — Hat tip: Srdja Trifkovic [Return to headlines]
 

Venezuela Crisis: Opposition Leader Capriles Vows to End Maduro Rule

Venezuela’s opposition leader says he is confident he will be able to force President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

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

German Police Make New Raid in Hunt for Refugee Planning Bomb Attack

German police commandos stormed an apartment in the eastern city of Chemnitz on Sunday and detained a man in connection with a hunt for a Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack.

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

Gun Toting French Soldiers Stop and Search Drivers Leaving Calais

The gun-toting soldiers have been quizzing drivers, asking about the nature of their journey.

The step-up in security comes amid terror fears and rumours that the jungle camp may be about to be demolished.

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

Hundreds of French Villagers March in Protest at Plans to Re-Distribute Calais Immigrants

Scores of migrants from the sprawling camp at the port town are being distributed throughout the country as the government looks to shut down the shanty town.

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

3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/9/2016

  1. Not much news tonight (other than the debate and the fly!)…
    Merkel is in Africa. I liked the best comment under an article:
    “Merkel is in Africa to check out how Germany will look like in 10 years!”

  2. >> Belgian police missed 13 opportunities to unmask the participants of the deadly Paris November attacks before the events <<

    The excuse is a "lack of investigators". Well, of course nobody wants to take on a task that will more than likely get them branded as a racist or Islamophobe. Why is anyone surprised?

  3. There are two online versions of the Daily Mail. The US version…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

    …which headlines with a report on the debate tailored for a US audience (see respondent locations in the Comments section) and the UK version which doesn’t even mention it:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/index.html

    Both have exactly the same URL and are specific to the geographic location of the computer being used to access them. Hence, if you are in the UK and want to access the US version you have to put ‘mail online usa’ into your search engine and if in the US and want the UK one you use ‘mail online uk’.

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