Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/26/2017

According to the latest YouGov poll, the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) have moved into first place, ahead of the Social Democrats. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs has warned its investors that Marine Le Pen may well become the next president of France.

In other news, almost 1,200 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya over the weekend.

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Financial Crisis
» Economist: Illinois’ Massive Pension Obligations Separates it From Other States
» 1 Dies in Fatal Bus Shooting on Las Vegas Strip, Hours After Bellagio Burglary
» Almost 90 Percent of Illinois Counties Losing Population
» Some Paws for Celebration: World’s First Cloned Cat Turns 15
» Surveillance? — What Surveillance?
» What Our Politicians Have Done to America, Part 12
» What the Politicians You Elected Have Done to America, Part 11
» Why Security Experts Are Using an Ancient Email Format
Europe and the EU
» Blog: French Establishment Coalescing to Torpedo Le Pen’s Candidacy
» British Taxpayers Have Given £500 Billion to EU Since Joining the Bloc
» Bulgaria: Voters Bussed in for Free From Turkey
» EU Parliament Rejects Sticker for Motorways in Germany
» France’s Le Pen Says People No Longer Want the EU
» Goldman Sachs Tells Investors Marine Le Pen Could be France’s Next President
» Italy: M5S Has Six-Point Lead Over PD — IR Poll
» Italy: Skoda: Sales at Record High in 2016,1.13mn Vehicles
» UK Police Make Another Arrest in Parliamentary Attack Investigation
» Hungary: Interference in Skopje’s Internal Affairs Unbearable
» Journalists Charged With Hatred Against Croats
» US Amb. To Serbia: Balkans, Recruitment Site
Middle East
» Iraqi Premier: ISIS ‘Weeks Away’ From Military Defeat in Iraq
Latin America
» Ecuador Ruling Party Presidential Candidate Pulls Into Lead
» Eurosceptic, Anti-Mass Immigration Sweden Democrats Surge to First Place in Polls
» Finally! The Truth About Sheriff Joe Arpaio
» Germany to Test Dialect Analysis Software on Asylum-Seekers
» Islam, Not Christianity, Is Saturating Europe
» Italian Public Prosecutor Accuses NGOs of Abetting Illegal Immigration Into Italy
» Nearly 1,200 Migrants Picked Up Off Libya, Heading to Italy
» ‘We Reached Our Limits’: Greece to Stop Taking Back Refugees — Migration Minister
» With Trump’s Orders Blocked Over 8,400 Refugees Have Entered the US
Culture Wars
» Criminal Charges Against Boston LGBTQ Demanded
» Cultural Marxism and the Red International Women’s Day
» Making Free Speech Great Again in a World of Safe Spaces

Economist: Illinois’ Massive Pension Obligations Separates it From Other States

Where did Illinois’ government spending go so wrong? State senators asked that question and got an answer.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Economist Thomas Walstrum told lawmakers Wednesday in Chicago that Illinois state government spends at a level that is fairly close to other states, except for one key area — and it’s a budget buster.

“Pension spending was a big part of what the difference was between Illinois and other states,” Walstrum said. “If you combine the pension spending [and deferred payments] over the years … it makes up about 75 percent of the difference between Illinois and a typical U.S. state. If there wasn’t extra pension spending, the difference between Illinois and the average state over this time period would be 75 percent smaller.”

Illinoisans are on the hook for more than $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities — billions more than any other state. Pension spending accounts for roughly a quarter of Illinois’ annual spending.

This was the case at the local level as well, Walstrum told the committee. Municipalities typically spent more and paid less into their police and fire pensions than they should have. The worst municipal offender, he said, is the City of Chicago, accountable for more than half of the total $50 billion in local pension debt accrued over the years by Illinois’ municipalities.

Walstrum said the state’s budget gap has been decades in the making.

“Illinois government started spending beyond their revenues a long time ago. Based on what I’ve found, about 20 years ago is when things started to get to change,” he said.

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

1 Dies in Fatal Bus Shooting on Las Vegas Strip, Hours After Bellagio Burglary

A pair of unrelated Saturday morning crimes on the Strip, seemingly ripped straight from movie scripts, left one person dead, multiple suspects in custody, shut down part of Las Vegas Boulevard and dominated social media for hours.

In the early morning, burglars clad in formal wear and animal masks hit a high-end Bellagio shop; yards away and hours later, a deadly shooting and standoff on a bus closed Las Vegas Boulevard well into the afternoon.

The two incidents, which police stressed were unrelated, drew international media coverage and sparked a torrent of social media posts.

No one was hurt in the Bellagio burglary, which led to one person’s arrest. The shooting on the double-decker Regional Transportation Commission bus began violently — one person died and another was wounded — but ended peacefully — the suspected shooter surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident.

Before the suspect’s arrest, responding police investigated, and quickly quelled, false reports of a “second shooter” and an “active shooter” situation at any casino. As the situation unfolded, Strip traffic was halted in both directions, and pedestrians were diverted away from the scene. Guests from at least one hotel were asked to stay in their rooms, and other hotels and shopping areas restricted entrances and exits.

At 3:20 p.m., after an hourslong standoff and barricade situation, the suspected shooter, who is male and had a handgun, was taken into custody without incident, Metropolitan Police Department officer Larry Hadfield said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

Almost 90 Percent of Illinois Counties Losing Population

Nearly all of Illinois’ counties shrank in population last year.

Census data released Thursday show Illinois is shrinking in 89 of 102 counties. While Cook County led the way, seeing its population shrink by more than 21,000, St. Clair, Peoria, Winnebago, and Rock Island counties all lost at least 1,000 people in the 12 months that ended in July of last year.

The data also show net outmigration from all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas. In other words, people moving out of the area outnumbered people moving into the area. The metro areas shrank in total population because the number of births and immigrants couldn’t make up for the number of people leaving and dying. Only Elgin and the Champaign area gained population last year.

This data is coupled with information showing 93 of Illinois’ 102 counties are experiencing the same phenomenon.

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

Some Paws for Celebration: World’s First Cloned Cat Turns 15

CC, who made history as the first cloned cat, recently turned 15 and according to her owner is still going strong.

CC — short for Copy Cat — lives with Duane Kraemer, a senior professor in the Reproduction Sciences Lab at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Kraemer cloned CC after 87 attempts, according to Texas A&M.

[Comment: The article is dated March 23, 2017.]

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

Surveillance? — What Surveillance?

“Mass surveillance is different. If you’re truly worried about attacks coming from anyone anywhere, you need to spy on everyone everywhere.” — Data and Goliath p.90

Do you have any idea what these Sons of Sea Biscuits have been doing to you — to me — to all of us these past bunch of years? Well, I’m going to lay part of it out for you, hopefully in technicolor and wide screen.

Our NSA (National Security Agency) does not have an open and transparent history. The NSA was created in secret in 1952 not by Congress, but by a pen stroke of Harry Truman in a 7-page document that remained classified for years. Even its name was undisclosed.

And it stayed hidden until finally, in 1971, NSA analyst Perry Fellwock blew the whistle on NSA and their secret program Echelon with its vast information gathering technology even back then. This led to the Church Committee hearings and some legislation. Obviously, it wasn’t enough…

Over the recent years, 6 additional patriotic whistleblowers have come forward at great sacrifice and risk to themselves. These include Bill Binney, Edward Snowden, Russ Tice, Mark Kline, Thomas Tamm, and Thomas Drake. Click the above link for more information on these men.

NSA Today

Bigger: See Wired article from 2012. Written by James Bamford, this is an article that spares no one’s feelings in laying out what the NSA is, and does.

Bigger and Nastier: “The NSA is more interested in the so-called invisible web, also known as the deep web or deepnet — data beyond the reach of the public. This includes password-protected data, US and foreign government communications, and noncommercial file-sharing between trusted peers. ‘The deep web contains government reports, databases, and other sources of information of high value to DOD and the intelligence community according to a 2010 report.’“ -(Quote from the Wired article.)

But don’t feel left out. Oh No! They already have every keystroke, every conversation, every search (Yes, even those), every credit card purchase, every check, every rewards card purchase, every toll gate, every bill, every-everything about you. What do you think is filling up those monstrous computers?

The next two blue links are enlightening wakeup articles from Bruce Schneier. Bruce is a go-to guy on internet security, and author of Data and Goliath, about collecting your data and controlling the world. It was a best selling Amazon Book of the Year in 2015.

The Utah Data Center came online in 2014, at a cost of somewhere between one and one-half to two billion dollars for one million-plus square feet. Details are not readily shared with the public.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

What Our Politicians Have Done to America, Part 12

The “advanced biofuel contribution” under the law was to begin in 2009 at 0.6 billion gallons of cellulosic biomass and rise incrementally, first to 1.35 billion gallons in 2011, then to 2 billion gallons in 2012, and so on. By 2022, 21 billion gallons of fuel pumped into the nation’s cars and trucks was to be cellulosic ethanol.

The law further stipulated that if refiners failed to comply with the EPA mandate, they would pay a penalty.

The only problem with this arrangement was that the grant recipients responsible for coming up with Bush’s “cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol … from wood chips and stalks or switch grass” instead came up empty. [1]

The real goal is to penalize coal, gas and oil while pushing what has been nothing but failed ‘green energy’. We saw Obama fund several of these companies and virtually all have gone bankrupt within a five year period. So far, 36 companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy and other agencies. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

  • Evergreen Solar ($25 million),
  • SpectraWatt ($500,000),
  • Solyndra ($535 million),
  • Beacon Power ($43 million),
  • Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million) EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million),
  • Amonix ($5.9 million) Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million),
  • A123 Systems ($279 million),
  • Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981),
  • Johnson Controls ($299 million), Schneider Electric ($86 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), ECOtality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million),
  • Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million),
  • Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million),
  • Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million),
  • Range Fuels ($80 million),
  • Thompson River Power ($6.5 million),
  • Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million),
  • Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million),
  • GreenVolts ($500,000) Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million),
  • Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million),
  • Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million),
  • Mascoma Corp. ($100 million).

Of course MSM will not remind us of these fiascos and they hope you don’t remember them either. It has seem to only prove that the fuels we are using now have been and will be the best in the future but the produce individual wealth and independence and that is totally against the goals of the globalists.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

What the Politicians You Elected Have Done to America, Part 11

This is the goal of the New World Order that George H.W. Bush spoke of. This is the goal of ALL globalist politicians. This is why there is so much opposition to Donald Trump. His nationalism is a threat to their goal. If he manages to stay two terms he will set back their goal 25-30 years. They were expecting the completion of their efforts in the next 4 years under Hillary. This is why there is a Shadow Government and all the calls to impeach Trump. He has already accomplished more in the 50+ days he’s been in office than Obama accomplished in eight years.

In their quest for education they say they are endeavoring to ensure inclusive and equitable education. Common Core is part of that ‘education’. Under Common Core the math you learn is an insane method of adding, subtracting and dividing. You can get an answer ‘right’ even if the answer is wrong by simply showing the process you went through to get the wrong answer!

Cursive writing will not be taught which means the children raised in Common Core will not be able to read family documents or even some of the founding documents unless they are put in digital print. Even then, how will they know it was ‘translated’ correctly? They are teaching that the 2nd Amendment allows people to own guns ONLY if they are in a militia: As the grassroots revolt against Common Core grows stronger, attention to lessons contained in textbooks approved for use within the Common Core curricula is increasing, as well.

One of the chief criticisms of the standards mandated as part of the Common Core education program is that it is one-size-fits-all, federally funded, and permissive of fundamental errors that affect the quality of education of students.

Such errors include those found in history textbooks approved by the Common Core State Standards Initiative — the official name of the scholastic standards copyrighted by the Washington, D.C.-based National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

In a textbook approved by Common Core for use by students studying for the Advanced Placement (AP) history exam, the Second Amendment is defined this way: “The Second Amendment: The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”

Another book that received the Common Core stamp of approval informs students that the Second Amendment “grant[s] citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Why Security Experts Are Using an Ancient Email Format

A quarter of a century ago, checking your email meant logging onto a mainframe and using a command-line email program like elm or pine. Today, many security experts continue to use and recommend mutt, elm’s bastard love child.

Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, confirmed that he is an “unhappy user of mutt.”

“Just because I use mutt doesn’t mean I enjoy it,” he wrote in an email. “I hate it. I wish there were something better, but I’ve not found it yet.”

So why would a security-conscious end user install mutt?

“Simplicity is security,” said Marek Tuszynski of the Tactical Technology Collective, an NGO that trains activists and reporters to use digital privacy and security tools. “Command line tools are generally characterised by much simpler design, much fewer lines of code, and the non-existence of vulnerable code (Java, Flash etc)-all of which generally means better security (less bugs, more stability).”

The home page.

“Because I don’t want my email client to include a web browser rendering engine or a javascript interpreter,” Soghoian wrote. “The less attack surface, the better.”

According to, mutt clocks in at a lightweight 100k lines of code, while Thunderbird plus Enigmail swells to nearly a million. If you’re using Firefox, that’s almost 14 million LOC, and Chromium, the open-source code base for Google Chrome, bulges at 17.4 million LOC.

In the last ten years, the number of security vulnerabilities discovered in mutt has been infinitesimal compared to web browsers like Firefox and Chrome and email clients like Outlook and Thunderbird.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Blog: French Establishment Coalescing to Torpedo Le Pen’s Candidacy

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron received a big boost on Saturday when 9 center-right senators allied with his conservative rival, Francois Fillon, penned an op ed coming out in support of Macron.

Fillon, under investigation for corruption, was the front runner for president in the early stages of the campaign but has since been overtaken by National Front leader Marine Le Pen. The defection of the 9 senators from the UDI-UC party is an indication that the French establishment is coming together in order to defeat Le Pen in the second round of balloting.

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

British Taxpayers Have Given £500 Billion to EU Since Joining the Bloc

Since joining the bloc in 1973, Britain’s annual bill has skyrocketed in real terms from £1.8billion to almost £20billion.

The staggering sum that British taxpayers have been burdened with comes just days before Theresa May triggers Article 50 and begins the process of pulling Britain out the crumbling Brussels bloc.

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

Bulgaria: Voters Bussed in for Free From Turkey

Pm, law does not allow limiting “electoral tourism”

(ANSA) — TRIESTE — Bulgaria’s caretaker government has received reports of buses being organized to bring voters in from Turkey for the March 26 parliamentary elections, Stefan Yanev, the deputy prime minister said. Yanev was speaking a day after Bulgarian nationalist coalition the United Patriots blocked border checkpoints with Turkey, to prevent the entry of buses carrying voters likely to support the Movement for Rights and Freedoms or Dost.

According to The Sofia Globe, media reports have shown places in Turkey where bus rides to Bulgaria are on offer for free.

Sofia’s government doesn’t know who was behind this. Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said that current Bulgarian law does not allow limiting “electoral tourism”. Yanev added that diplomatic instruments were used to respond to moves that would qualify as an attempt to interfere in Bulgaria’s internal affairs. Gerdzhikov said that there were no concerns that parliamentary elections on Sunday would fail.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

EU Parliament Rejects Sticker for Motorways in Germany

Contrary to EU laws, only Germans can deduct it from car tax

(ANSA) — ROME — The EU Parliament has rejected Germany’s decision to introduce, starting in 2019 onwards, a toll on its motorway network; 510 votes in favour, 126 against and 55 abstentions. The payment, as required by regulations issued by Germany’s Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, had to be done through a stamp (or sticker, which is already widespread in Austria and Switzerland). The annual cost was 67 up to 130 Euros per year, depending on engine capacity and CO2 emissions, even valid for 10 days, paying 2.50 up to 25 euro. The reason for the rejection is that — despite being mandatory for all vehicles on motorways — the cost of the sticker (also known as Pkw-Maut) is deductible from the road tax only for cars registered in Germany.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

France’s Le Pen Says People No Longer Want the EU

The European Union will die because the people do not want it anymore, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday, saying it would be replaced by a “Europe of the people.”

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

Goldman Sachs Tells Investors Marine Le Pen Could be France’s Next President

Citing the “shy voter” theory, the idea that people can be reluctant to tell pollsters they intend to vote for a right-wing option in elections — thought to have been at work when electorates opted for Brexit and Donald Trump — Vedral said he believes that a large number of those people don’t want to admit they will vote for populist Marine Le Pen.

“Political correctness leads people to lie in the polls. Hence populist candidates benefit from the ‘shy vote’,” said Vedral, who explained Le Pen gets very close to winning if even just two-thirds of those undecided voters go to Le Pen.

The Goldman Sachs strategist said that if the Front National candidate’s voters are more committed than those of Macron, Marine Le Pen could cross the line to become France’s next president.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Italy: M5S Has Six-Point Lead Over PD — IR Poll

But SWG has PD slightly ahead

(ANSA) — Rome, March 24 — The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has extended its lead over the ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to almost six points in the wake of a PD split, a poll said Friday.

Index Research (IR) put the M5S up 0.6% to 30.8% and the PD steady on 25.3% after falling five points when the Movement of Democrats and Progressives (MDP) split off.

Two other polls differed, however.

Ixe’ had the PD just 1.5% behind the M5S while SWG had the PD slightly ahead.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Skoda: Sales at Record High in 2016,1.13mn Vehicles

Revenues of Czech automaker have reached 13.7bn

(ANSA) — TRIESTE — Sales at record high in 2016 for Skoda Auto, the largest Czech car manufacturer. According to figures released by the automaker, 1.13mn vehicles were sold last year all over the world, about 6.7% more than 2015. The revenues from sales grew by almost 10%, reaching 13.7bn euro.

The best results were recorded in the company’s profitability: gross profit increased by 30.8%, reaching almost 1.2bn euro. Net income, therefore, reached 915 mn.

The success of Skoda Auto, the manufacturer underlines, is due to better performances in traditional markets such as Europe and China, as well as the introduction of new models. The company’s good performance also resulted in remuneration, which increased by about 30% since 2010.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

UK Police Make Another Arrest in Parliamentary Attack Investigation

Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in the central English city of Birmingham in connection with last week’s attack on parliament, “on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts”, the Metropolitan Police said on Sunday.

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

Hungary: Interference in Skopje’s Internal Affairs Unbearable

Orban to Ivanov, Ue approach to Macedonia inappropriate

(ANSA) — BUDAPEST — An interference of other countries in Macedonia’s internal affairs is unacceptable for Hungary. New snap poll is necessary for resolving the political crisis in Macedonia, Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban said Monday at a meeting with Macedonia’s president Gjorge Ivanov in Budapest. According to Mia press agency, Ivanov briefed Orban on the developments in Macedonia, possible solutions to the crisis, reiterating his positions: elimination of the obstacles to awarding a mandate for forming a new government or calling new early elections. “Hungary stands firmly against the ‘Tirana platform”‘, Orban said, pointing out that Eu stability “is not possible without stable Macedonia”. Hungary, he added, “will keep supporting Macedonia”. The Eu approach to Macedonia, concluded Orban, “was inappropriate”. Today Ivanov also held talks with his Hungariay counterpart, Janos Ader, and Parliament Speaker, Laszlo Kover.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Journalists Charged With Hatred Against Croats

Veterans’ organizations take legal action

(ANSA) — BRUSSELS — Some Croatian organizations bringing together veterans and victims of the war against Serb forces which occurred in the nineties, have filed a complaint today against three renowned journalists and opinion leaders at the weekly “Novosti”, published by the Serbian minority in Croatia. The three reporters are accused of incitement to ethnic hatred and intolerance against Croatian people and state. According to the veterans’ organizations, well known for their nationalist positions, the three journalists — Boris Dezulovic, Viktor Ivancic and Milorad Krstulovic — have expressed “hatred and intolerance towards the Croatian people and the idea of independence of Croatia and insulted Croatia’s national symbols”.

These journalists, two of whom belong to Croatian ethnicity, have been known for more than twenty years for their criticism of all forms of nationalism and their satirical articles. Recently the association called “In the name of family”, tied to clerical groups and populist far right parties, called on the Croatian institutions to stop funding Novosti. According to this organization, the weekly is abusing its position to promote intolerance and hatred against Croatia and Croats, instead of dealing with the problems of the Serbian minority. Even the veterans’ associations joined today this appeal.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

US Amb. To Serbia: Balkans, Recruitment Site

Extremists’ entry route. 28 Serbs in Syria and Iraq

(ANSA) — BELGRADE — The Western Balkans are among places of Islamic extremists’ recruitment, and the route across these countries is often used to let potential terrorists enter Europe. This strong warning comes from the US ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott, who spoke in Belgrade today at a conference focusing on prevention of violent extremism in Serbia, organized by the local OSCE delegation. The Isis, the US diplomat said, has a propaganda strategy for the Balkans, using the languages of the region in the social networks to recruit potential terrorists. Scott cited a report by the State Department, underling that in 2015 terrorism has hit 92 countries, killing or wounding tens of thousands of people. “We are all exposed to the risk of terrorism — the American ambassador said — and we have to be extremely cautious about it and unite strengths in the fight against Islamic extremism and religious radicalization”. Serbia’s commitment to fighting against terrorism was also emphasized by the Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, according to whom 28 Serbian citizens have reached Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the jihadist formations. In addition to constant monitoring to disrupt the recruitment, the government in Belgrade is committed, in particular, to cutting off channels of terrorist financing. The minister said that among the proposals submitted to the EU by Serbia is the creation of a regional centre for the Balkans’ deradicalisation, by investing mainly in the young generations.

“Only if we are united we will be able to get results” in the hard fight against extremism and terrorism, said Stefanovic. The conference — organized by OSCE and Interior Ministry of Serbia, and financed by US and UK governments — was also attended by the head of the OSCE mission in Serbia, Ambassador Andrea Orizio, and the Deputy chief of Mission of the British Embassy in Belgrade, Tracy Gallagher.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Iraqi Premier: ISIS ‘Weeks Away’ From Military Defeat in Iraq

The leader of Iraq is confident that the military defeat of Islamic State is imminent, but he said that the organization still has the capability to conduct terror attacks.

“I think the defeat is definite and we will finish the job in a short time,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Fox News Sunday.

Al-Abadi later said that the terrorist organization can be defeated militarily in the next few weeks. Iraqi and U.S. forces have been engaged in a major effort to free the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS rule.

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

Ecuador Ruling Party Presidential Candidate Pulls Into Lead

The presidential candidate from Ecuador’s ruling party has pulled ahead in key polls ahead of the April 2 runoff that will determine the fate of the country’s decade-long “Citizens’ Revolution” and President Rafael Correa’s socialist legacy.

A series of polls released this week give Lenín Moreno, Correa’s one-time vice president, a lead over former banker Guillermo Lasso. In particular, polling firm Cedatos, whose closely-watched polls accurately predicted the Feb. 19 first-round vote, puts Moreno ahead for the first time since its runoff polling began.

In a survey released Wednesday, Cedatos said Moreno has 52.4 percent of the valid votes versus Lasso’s 47.6 percent. A month ago, Lasso had a four-point lead in the race.

[Comment: The fate of Julian Assange hinges on this election.]

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

Eurosceptic, Anti-Mass Immigration Sweden Democrats Surge to First Place in Polls

According to the latest YouGov poll to come out of the Scandinavian country, the party could expect to secure almost a quarter of the vote if elections were held tomorrow — almost double its level of support in 2014 — making it the single largest political force in the country.

Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Workers’ Party, which drives Sweden’s current minority coalition government, is down by nine points.

Other polls reported by the Express suggest a somewhat less dramatic but still significant rise in support for the populists, which would appear to suggest a trend. The country’s next elections will be held on September 9th 2018, unless a change in the political situation prompts a snap election.

YouGov poll — Sweden. Populists lead:

  • 23.9% Sweden Democrats (=)
  • 22.0% Social Democrats (-1.5)
  • 15.4% Moderates (-1.6)
  • 12.5% Centre (+0.7)

— Robert Kimbell (@RedHotSquirrel) March 25, 2017

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Finally! The Truth About Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The illegal immigrants of today simply crash our borders, cannot speak English and demand all rights granted to American citizens apply to them, plus they demand and receive welfare, food stamps, housing, medical care and schooling. What is worse, Muslims, who are instructed by their ‘religion’ Islam, slip into this country to attack us from within, which has happened with increasing regularity. Yet, the Dem-wits keep letting them in.

What is worse, it is our tax money that pays the millions of dollars a year for their upkeep.

Obama who was groomed and sponsored by Soros and The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was placed, not voted in but PLACED, in The Oval Office for the purpose of surrendering the United States to the One World Government Communist Order. The fraudulent president had his ‘Justice Department’ file misdemeanor charges against Sheriff Joe just before his re-election campaign. He had served 24 years as the elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, and did so with honor…

Meanwhile it is reported that McCain is being financed by George Soros to do everything possible to sabotage the American system. This is the same George Soros who poured out $4 million to buy attack ads against Sheriff Joe that were nasty, vicious, deceptive and ultimately cost him the election.

At Soros’ orders, the Obama Justice Department filed criminal contempt of court charges (?) against him the day before critical early voting began in Arizona. These costly efforts influenced voters who defeated Sheriff Joe at the ballot box.

The same dirty tactics were and are being used to vilify President Trump. He is NOT disliked by the American people. It was the American people who VOTED him in. The so-called ‘protests’ and riots were and are all planned by George Soros. They are paid misfits to, again, make it APPEAR that Trump is a disaster and not liked. Soros even paid for and furnished the protest signs used.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Germany to Test Dialect Analysis Software on Asylum-Seekers

It will help determine where migrants are from

(ANSA) — TRIESTE, 17 MAR — Germany plans to test software that can automatically recognize a person’s dialect to help determine whether asylum-seekers are really where they claim they’re from, Ap said. Germany’s Office for Migration and Refugees confirmed a report on the pilot project Friday by the Die Welt newspaper. An agency spokeswoman, Andrea Brinkmann, says the software would complement existing methods used to verify a person’s identity.

Brinkmann told Ap that officials would still rely on a range of information, including documents presented by the asylum-seeker and an expert opinion, before reaching a final conclusion. Last year officials commissioned 1,405 language analyses, up from 431 in 2015.

Authorities have expressed concern that some asylum-seekers from Arab countries are claiming to be from Syria in hopes of increasing their chances of staying in Germany.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Islam, Not Christianity, Is Saturating Europe

According to US President Trump’s strategic advisor Steve Bannon, the “Judeo-Christian West is collapsing, it is imploding. And it’s imploding on our watch. And the blowback of that is going to be tremendous”.

The impotence and the fragility of our civilization is haunting many Europeans as well.

Europe, according to the historian David Engels will face the fate of the ancient Roman Republic: a civil war. Everywhere, Europeans see signs of fracture. Jihadists seem to be leading an assault against freedom and against secular democracies. Fears occupy the collective imagination of Europeans. A survey of more than 10,000 people from ten different European countries has revealed increasing public opposition to Muslim immigration. The Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs carried out a survey, asking online respondents their views on the statement that “all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped”. In the 10 European countries surveyed, an average of 55% agreed with the statement.

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Italian Public Prosecutor Accuses NGOs of Abetting Illegal Immigration Into Italy

An Italian public prosecutor has called for monitoring of the funding of NGOs engaged in rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, noting that “the facilitation of illegal immigration is a punishable offense regardless of the intentions.”

The remarks of Carmelo Zuccaro, the chief prosecutor of Catania (Sicily), followed closely on the release of a report last week by the border control agency of the European Union (EU), suggesting that NGOs have been complicit with human traffickers by providing a shuttle service from North Africa to Italy.

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Nearly 1,200 Migrants Picked Up Off Libya, Heading to Italy

Humanitarian ships rescued almost 1,200 migrants who were crossing the Mediterranean Sea at the weekend on an array of small, tightly packed boats, Doctors Without Borders said on Sunday.

A young woman was found unconscious on one of the vessels and later died, the group said.

Some 412 people were crammed onto a single wooden boat, while the others were picked up from huge inflatable dinghies, which had set sail from the coast of Libya.

The weekend rescues mean that about 22,000 mainly African migrants have been picked up heading to Italy so far this year, while around 520 have died trying to make the crossing.

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‘We Reached Our Limits’: Greece to Stop Taking Back Refugees — Migration Minister

Greece will cease taking back refugees under the controversial Dublin Regulation, as the country’s limited capacities to host people are already on the brink of collapse, the Greek migration minister announced in an interview.

As the European Commission pressures Athens to re-implement the Dublin Regulation — stipulating that refugees can be returned to the first EU state they arrived in — the Greek migration minister told Spiegel his country is not in a position to do so. The agreement was put on hold for Greece back in 2011 over problems in the country’s asylum system.

“Greece is already shouldering a heavy burden,” Ioannis Mouzalas, the migration minister, said.

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With Trump’s Orders Blocked Over 8,400 Refugees Have Entered the US

President Trump’s attempts to block refugee admittance through executive action have been stopped in federal court. Consequently, over 8,400 refugees have resettled in the U.S., according to State Department figures released Sunday.

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Criminal Charges Against Boston LGBTQ Demanded

Extortion results in jail time and other penalties. It is an attack on all civilization for personal gain, either monetarily or ideologically. Extortion is a serious legal offense. It is time for this law to be utilized and action taken whenever these threats arrive. So why does this statute not apply to sodomites when it is the law for everyone else? The laws DO apply to the LGBTQ crowd as it does to the rest of us.

Boston has already had a taste of this by the Muslim attacks on those attending the Boston Marathon. They planted bombs to go off in the crowd, killing and maiming spectators. This was a form of extortion. Either all become Muslims, or all will be brutally killed. That threat still stands. But the feeble minded dem-wits insist upon letting them all in our country so they can commit jihad from the inside.

The LGBTQ misfits threatened Boston with similar violence, destruction of property, overall chaos and death if they were not allowed to march in the recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade which honors a Catholic Saint. Plus they demanded that they be able to carry their rainbow flags signifying sexual preferences in that parade which is offensive to God Himself. Indeed, this is blasphemy.

Why should these degenerates, who do not believe in God, the Bible or the church be allowed to march in a Christian parade? This parade is to honor a saint, not to honor the filthiest of all perversions. For example, “gays” smear their poop over each other’s bodies, then lick it off. This is called, “scatting.” Sorry, I hate to even acknowledge this, but it is reality…a reality that they demand for all of us to accept.

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Cultural Marxism and the Red International Women’s Day

by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

Global civic demonstrations as practiced by young and compass-less anarchist hordes have become the latest expression of cultural Marxism, an “unseen plague which corrupted America” and now threatens the rest of the western world, including small, formerly communist countries that allegedly overcame Soviet satellite status.

To understand why I use the term “allegedly,” you must understand the nostalgia of older generations, for the good ole simple days of communism, the longing for the days when they were dependent on the meager rations doled out to them monthly by the communist party apparatchiks in order to keep them compliant and willing to be subjected to the utopia of “communist freedom,” a form of mental and physical enslavement.

The insidious cultural Marxism has affected the minds of millions, how they think, how they perceive the world around them, life in general, and how humanity evolved. Academia, liberal textbooks, and books in general, movies, the main stream media, Internet, and television have shaped a new generation of drones who worship at the feet of cultural Marxism.

Karl Marx and the Bolsheviks in Russia tried to unite the proletariat by force under the Soviet banner but countries resisted, they cared more about their nationalism, their borders, about their economic freedom than the Bolshevik’s envy and desire to destroy capitalist success. But Antonio Gramsci’s idea, lesser known to the western world, was to change the western culture, the American and European culture slowly, so that the new generations will be willing and eager to accept Marxism.

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Making Free Speech Great Again in a World of Safe Spaces

Free speech has become anything but.

Instead of engaging in productive dialogue to understand different viewpoints, people are lining up to shut down conversation. Sadly, these days the exercise of “free speech” comes at a price—bodily harm, verbal abuse, etc.

This trend is most evident on college campuses via the “safe space” movement.

Students at DePaul University refused to let conservative author and activist Ben Shapiro speak on campus for “security reasons,” yet they rolled out the red carpet for a convicted Palestinian terrorist (and leader of the Women’s March), Rasmea Odeh, who murdered Israeli college students.

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10 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/26/2017

  1. HomeNews :

    UK’Foreign affairs is not his job!’ Sadiq Khan slammed for ‘not putting London first’

    Why should he put London – from white man’s vantage- first. He was invited to Britain. Muslims are invited into the west by millions, and then we expect them to keep London for the indigenous people. To leave it intact for Christians? We are dying to invite them here and then ask them not to build one mosque a week?

    Muslims are not stupid like infidels. They have their own Constitution and sharia and book that guide them and sharpen their brains in strategies of how to take infidels’ lands.

    This surrender happens and has happened when:

    1. infidels turn themselves into zombies and cannot see what the Traitors are doing and promoting caliphate. or They don’t want to know.

    2. half of infidels side with the jihadis.

    3. traitors persecute and prosecute their own natives and become the laughing stock of the jihad world.

    • Just to set the record straight, Sadiq Khan was born in London, albeit from a Pakistani family.

    • RE #2: Leftist infidels see the jihadis as a wedge group with which to smash anything to the right of their belief system.

  2. Re “Surveillance? What Surveillance?”, I wouldn’t call Edward Snowden a “patriot”. He did release facts which should have been made public, but he failed to redact information which prejudiced the safety of military and security personnel.

    • I see where Wikileaks has been accused of that too – the safety of military and security personnel that is.

      I think what we should be determining in Snowden’s and Wikileaks case is, who really is responsible for undermining the safety aspect of those exposed in such leaks – the government, the agency, the leaker, or those who have chosen such employment and know the risks?

      And in support of Snowden and Wikileaks, how would we now be faring if such people chose self preservation over what is obvious to them, the tyranny of government?

    • That link worked for me. Interesting to see how far that ‘call out’ will go knowing that the smuggling ‘system’ now in operation is all done via payoffs.

      I wonder if ol’ Georgie is starting to lose sleep at night over the many fingers now pointing at him and his family?

      I hope so!

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