Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/19/2017

An 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker has been identified as the knifeman in yesterday’s terror attack in Turku, Finland, which killed two people and wounded five others. Multiple witnesses, including a former Miss Finland contestant, have confirmed that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akhbar” during his killing spree. However, the incident had nothing to do with Islam.

In other news, a statue of Joan of Arc in New Orleans was vandalized with graffiti that said, “Take it down”.

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Financial Crisis
» Italy Could Destroy Eurozone as M5S Soars in Polls, Expert Says
» A Domestic Destabilization is Underway: “The Left is Fueling and Funding Tensions in Order to Exacerbate Them and Cause a Revolution”
» Charlottesville and Its Aftermath: What if it Was a Setup?
» DOJ Halts Operation Chokepoint, Which Targeted Firearm Dealers
» Don’t Fall for Leftists Dividing us Racially to Get Trump
» Far-Left ‘Antifa’ Agitators on the Rise in the Age of Trump
» Getting My Amiga 1000 Online
» Hypocrisy on Steroids
» It’s Jelly-Knees Mitt Romney, Not President Trump Who Should Apologize to the American People
» Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized in Mission Hills
» Man Fatally Stabbed While Walking With Wife in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
» Mark Dice: MSM is Officially Terrorist Propoganda
» Meckler Admits “Convention of States” Won’t Solve the Problem
» MSNBC Promotes Antifa Violence Against Conservatives
» New Orleans Joan of Arc Statue Vandalized With ‘Take it Down’
» Obama 2.0 in 2020
» Pat Buchanan Asks “In This Second American Civil War — Whose Side Are You on?”
» Tech Companies Continue Efforts to Banish Extremist Accounts
» The Left Openly Wants to Remove Any Reminder of Those That Built This Nation
» The Last Frontier for Gun Control: Washington Court Rules in Favor of Seattle’s “Gun Violence” Tax
» The New Civil War
» USA Today Redefines ‘Racist’ So it Applies to Pretty Much Everyone
» Victim in Downtown High-Rise Slaying Was Stabbed Dozens of Times, Had Meth in System: Autopsy
» Walmart Customers Blast CEO’s Criticism of Trump: “You Want to be a Political Pundit, Go on CNN”
» YouTube’s Soft Censorship
» Your Saturday Morning Funny Courtesy the National Post
Europe and the EU
» Barcelona’s Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Move to Israel
» Berlin Police Separate Hundreds of Neo-Nazis, Opponents in Hess Tribute March
» Europe Wide Poll Shows Increased Distrust for Elites, Pessimism for Future
» Finland: Police Certain of Identity of Stabber in Turku Square, Finnish Personality Heard Allahu Akbar Shouted
» Finland Stabbing That Killed Two People Confirmed as Terrorism
» Knife Rampage Finland Attack: Knifemen Kill Two and Stab Five Women
» London’s Big Ben is Losing Its Gong
» Map Shows Jihadi Attacks Across Europe in Two Years
» Moving House? Too Bad! Corbyn Calls for Crackdown on Van Hire After Islamist Attacks
» Nigel Farage Blasts EU for Endangering Citizens’ Lives in Wake of Barcelona Attack
» UK: Leeds Schoolboy Who Killed His Love Rival Faces Jail
» UK: SAS Hero of the Iranian Embassy Siege Sells Medals
» Russia Knife Attacker Wounds Seven in Surgut
Far East
» Chinese IP Theft Costs America Up to a Half-Trillion Annually
Australia — Pacific
» Police Believe Driver That Hit Pedestrians in Sydney Not Acting Deliberately
Latin America
» Venezuela’s Pro Government Assembly Moves to Take Power From Elected Congress
» Anti-Illegal Immigration Ads Violate Twitter’s ‘Hate Speech’ Rules
» Bavaria Refuses to Bow Down to EU Rules as German State Demands Border Checks Remain
» Finland Terror Attack: Killer is 18 Year Old Moroccan Asylum Seeker
» Finns Party Leader Jussi Halla-Aho: “Policy Makers Have to Bear the Responsibility for the Consequences of Their Policies”
» How Mainstream Islam Threatens Jewish Existence
» Report: German Municipalities Not Equipped to Deal With Migrant Conflict, Islamic Radicalization
» Watch: EU Propaganda Video Says Europe ‘Needs’ Migrants Released on Day of Terror Attacks
Culture Wars
» Dilbert’s Scott Adams Explains “How to Know You’re in a Mass Hysteria Bubble”
» NBA Star Charles Barkley Says Waste of Time Worrying Over ‘Stupid’ Statues

Italy Could Destroy Eurozone as M5S Soars in Polls, Expert Says

ITALY’S growing debt crisis risks being a “ticking time bomb” that could tear the Eurozone apart, a political expert has said.

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

A Domestic Destabilization is Underway: “The Left is Fueling and Funding Tensions in Order to Exacerbate Them and Cause a Revolution”

Under the guise of “political correctness,” cities (such as Baltimore, MD) are removing their Confederate monuments one-by-one and under cover of darkness. Here, as reported by CBS News:

“The Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson monument at Wyman Park Dell was removed with a crowd watching. The Robert B. Taney monument in Mt. Vernon also came down. Crews are on the site of the confederate Women’s monument at University Parkway to take that one down. This comes just days after the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for the immediate deconstruction of these monuments.”

There it is! Straight out of the movie “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson, as with the character he played, Benjamin Martin: “An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king.”

Where’s the vote by the people in the city? Oh, just that the elected officials, mind you, can make such a decision…by their vote, a tyranny in itself. At the bare minimum, it should have been put to a vote.

The important thing to keep in mind is that most of these cities, city councils, and their state legislatures are being run by a pack of liberals. The “paradigm shift” is in full mode: “Democracy in America” did not mention the tyranny of the minority. In this case, a minority viewpoint, fueled by Marxists and liberals is attempting to subvert First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution and begin a policy of redaction to support their revisionist history.

We are right around the corner from a Civil War. The Left is fueling and funding tensions in order to exacerbate them and cause a revolution. In the middle of this, the President is being blamed and threatened with impeachment. The root of it is this: the attempt to destabilize the country and cause anarchy. Black Americans are being used as the vehicle for the destabilization…a vehicle by the oligarchs, such as Soros. Now with Charlottesville being trumpeted up and down the country, Obama weighs in “with the most popular Tweet ever.”

[Comment: If you have not seen this interview I recoomed watching it — where Yuri Bezmenov (ex-KGB) is being interviewed by G. Edward Griffith on the subject of deception. His other presentaion on destabilization and subversion is good. Note how much of what he says he being done by Soros’ Antifa thugs and morons.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Charlottesville and Its Aftermath: What if it Was a Setup?

So were the events of Saturday the result of a despicable plan to further undermine President Trump? Or is this a wild conspiracy theory? Perhaps. But the pieces fit.

The ridiculous campaign by virtually every media outlet, every Democrat and far too many squishy Republicans to label Trump some kind of racist and Nazi sympathizer is beginning to have the stink of an orchestrated smear. The conflagration in Charlottesville is beginning to feel like a set-up, perhaps weeks or months in the planning. Planned by whom? Time may tell. We know that Michael Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, declared his city to be the “capital of the resistance” just after Trump’s inauguration. We know that Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a corruptocrat, joined at the hip to the Clintons. He pardoned sixty-thousand felons in order to ensure he delivered his state to the presidential election of Hillary Clinton. We know he would like to run for president himself.

We know that Obama and his inner circle have set up a war room in his D.C. home to plan and execute resistance to the Trump administration and his legislative agenda. None of these people care about the American people, or the fact that Trump won the election because millions of people voted for him. They suggest those deranged persons who gathered in Charlottesville as members of one of several fringe groups, Unite The Right, neo-Nazi or KKK, are Trump’s base — as if there are more than a few hundred or thousand of them throughout the country. There are not enough of them to affect anything or elect anyone. Those who are actual members of these small groups are most likely mentally ill to one degree or another. Trump has disavowed them all, over and over and over again. Liz Crokin, an entertainment reporter and no fan of Trump, wrote in 2016 that she had covered Trump for over a decade and in all that time, no one had ever suggested he was racist, homophobic, or sympathetic to white supremacists. That all began after he announced his campaign. It is as fake a narrative as the “Russia collusion” meme. The left set out to defame Trump from moment one.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

DOJ Halts Operation Chokepoint, Which Targeted Firearm Dealers

The Department of Justice has ended its Obama-era Operation Chokepoint initiative, which aimed to block some businesses, including firearm dealers and payday lenders, from having access to bank loans.

The department made the revelation in response to an inquiry from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Thursday.

In a letter to Goodlatte and ranking committee member John Conyers, Assistant Attorney General Stephen F. Boyd wrote that DOJ considers Operation Chokepoint a “misguided initiative conducted during the previous administration.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Don’t Fall for Leftists Dividing us Racially to Get Trump

As a proud grateful American who happens to be black, I am frustrated by Leftists’/fake news media’s frenzied exploitation of the racial violence in Charlottesville. How can justice, peace, love and unity prevail when leftists are obsessed with using any and every opportunity to further its socialistic/progressive agenda and mission to overturn the peoples’ election of Trump? Leftists/fake news media promote their narrative that America as founded sucks; is eternally racist, sexist and homophobic. Leftists are not interested in truth, fairness or Americans getting along. Patriotic brotherhood would throw a wrench into Leftists’ American-white-males-are-the-source-of-all-evil-in-the-world story line.

Fake news media is having a cow over Trump rightfully and truthfully declaring all sides guilty of spreading racial hate in Charlottesville. Leftists refuse to acknowledge that black racism is just as evil as white racism. Where were Leftists when Black Lives Matter declared it open season on killing whites and cops? The media for the most part was mute when Black Lives Matter marched down a NY street chanting, “What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!!”

Unchallenged or criticized, Black Lives Matter has been inflicting violence across America; numerous incidents which include kidnapping and torturing a Trump supporter and attacking white families at state fairs. Black teens set a 13 year old boy on fire for being white. Have you heard any condemnation of Black Lives Matter from fake news media?

So how can we as right minded Americans of all races come together when Leftists who control most of the airways are committed to spreading division, hate and a one-sided bogus story line?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Far-Left ‘Antifa’ Agitators on the Rise in the Age of Trump

“Antifa is a coalition of hyperviolent activists who are far-left anarchists or communists”

When self-described anti-fascists showed up in force Saturday to oppose a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, some of them turned violent, according to media reports and eyewitness accounts.

President Donald Trump did not specify radicals who operate under the banner of Antifa, an abbreviation for anti-fascist or anti-fascist action, when he said Tuesday that “both sides” bore responsibility for the violence and bloodshed that left three dead and dozens injured.

It is hard to know at this juncture how many of the hundreds of counterprotesters considered themselves affiliated with Antifa. Nor is it clear how many of them were among those who squared off against the white supremacists marching in downtown Charlottesville, trading punches and blows, some with lengths of wood.

The full facts await the findings of a Justice Department investigation of the Charlottesville violence announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.he

[Comment: Antifa are the brownshirts of the degenerate globalist elite.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Getting My Amiga 1000 Online

Amiga Love has had a few articles on getting various Commodore machines back online and into the BBS world. From C64s to Amiga 500s (et al) as well as the terminal programs we use; PETSCII capable (i, ii) in case you’re trying to hit an C64 BBS from your Amiga or ANSI capable, like A-Talk III, for most other boards. There are a lot of options out there, and the BBS scene is vastly smaller than back in the day, but it’s not dead by any stretch. Oh no, dear reader, it is not dead. (I see four lights!) If anything, the interest in this form of socializing and connecting seems to be growing lately as hardware options become easier to build and less expensive to source.

Tonight, I finally got my Amiga 1000 online for the first time ever and connected to some of my favorite BBSes. And oh my god, have you ever seen a more beautiful sight? I doubt it. Well, at least not for about 30 years, give or take.

[Comment: Should globalists succeed insuppressing free speech on the internet, BBS boards may be the only option for getting the truth out. Nice to see there are still some running…there’s even one being run on a Commodore C128.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hypocrisy on Steroids

Personally, I find it both ironic and hypocritical that many of the same people who condemn the president have for years refused to directly condemn Muslim or Islamic terrorists who shot down unarmed American soldiers at Fort Hood, or set off a bomb during the Boston Marathon. Certain politicians are running around yelping about “the racist nationalists,” their horrible actions and words. While trying to describe president Trump as someone who does not mind such madness. But what those dishonest hypocrites will not reveal is that as far back as the year 2000 and many times since then, the Donald spoke out against David Duke. He called him among other things, “a bigot, a racist, a problem.”

But if people want to seek and rout out racists, they can begin by reviewing the long dirty racist history of the democrat party. They should look at the actions of democrat luminaries like Woodrow Wilson, and his connection with the Hollywood racist, Birth of A Nation movie. That one movie helped set race relations way bay and inspired the horrendous Jim Crow laws that democrats used to discriminate against black Americans on every level of existence.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

It’s Jelly-Knees Mitt Romney, Not President Trump Who Should Apologize to the American People

It is the jelly-kneed Mitt Romney who needs to apologize to the American people for allowing his own cowardice to saddle America with another four years of anti-American President Barack Obama.

It took former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney almost a full week after tragic events in Charlottesville to sink his shiv in President Donald Trump’s back.

Romney did not comment on President Trump’s condemnation of violence on “many sides” on any one of the six days that have passed since the Charlottesville rally gone riot cost one woman her life and left 38 or more others injured, some critically.

“Romney did not comment on President Donald Trump’s condemnation of violence on “many sides.” (, Aug. 13, 2017)

“In February 2016, Romney called Trump’s response to the endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke “disgusting & disqualifying.”

Now that they’re piling on President Trump, Romney moves back to the head of the line.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized in Mission Hills

MISSION HILLS ( — Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized.

A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white.

While city officials would not confirm the authenticity of the photo or the clean-up, CBS2 reporter Crystal Cruz saw red paint on Serra’s arm and a swastika on the statue of the child standing next to him.

“Everyone’s entitled to their own public opinions and thoughts,” said Cristian Mendoza. “But once it gets to this level I don’t think it’s right.”

“I came because some friends posted a photo of the defaced statue and I wanted to see if it was in fact correct,” Paul Minette said.

The photo comes at a time when many are calling for the removal of controversial statues. Some argue Serra is not the saint the Catholic Church paints him out to be. Instead, they claim he used California Indians and destroyed part of their culture…

           — Hat tip: DC [Return to headlines]

Man Fatally Stabbed While Walking With Wife in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

GREENPOINT, Brooklyn (WABC) — Police are searching for a suspect after a man was fatally stabbed in front of his wife in Brooklyn.

Police say the 42-year-old man was walking with his wife near their home on Monitor Street in Greenpoint at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

There was a verbal altercation with people on a stoop.

One of the individuals on the stoop followed the couple and that is when the stabbing took place, according to police.

The victim was stabbed in the chest and pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

Mark Dice: MSM is Officially Terrorist Propoganda

The globalists are using the media to divide the country

Mark Dice lays out exactly what levels the media has descended to in their war against liberty.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Meckler Admits “Convention of States” Won’t Solve the Problem

A caller asked: “Once the amendments are proposed and ratified, how are they actually implemented?”

In response, Meckler said, “… [the amendments] just automatically become part of the Constitution…part of the structure of governance in America…and that means that government then has to begin operating according to those amendments in the same way that they do with the rest of the Constitution.”

He continued, “And functionally, ultimately that means government will shrink, they will have the authority to do less. And if they fail to follow those amendments, then obviously, there is litigation that ensues up to the federal courts and ultimately up to the Supreme Court, if necessary.” (Emphasis added.)

But wait! COS has contended for years that the Constitution needs to be amended precisely because of decisions by activist judges who have undermined the original intent of the Constitution and allowed the federal government to usurp powers not delegated by our Constitution.

In other words, Meckler gives us a circular argument. He’s saying that COS will add more verbiage to the Constitution to counter activist judges; and then, when the federal government ignores the new wording, as they have in the past, there will be lawsuits to force the government to follow the original intent of the framers. And lawsuits generate still more decisions by activist judges!

It should be noted, too, that our Constitution already limits the federal government to its enumerated powers; and any changes such as a Balanced Budget Amendment, will expand the power of the federal government.

State governments already have the power to resist unconstitutional acts of the federal government — they simply need a backbone!

[Comment: Constitutional Convention is pushed by useful idiots, globalist tools and morons. Globalists already have a “new constitution” ready in and already written. It will ensure serfs know their place, couched in human rights speak.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

MSNBC Promotes Antifa Violence Against Conservatives

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd invites Mark Bray, author of the ANTIFA propaganda handbook, onto his program to help him condone violence carried out against conservatives.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

New Orleans Joan of Arc Statue Vandalized With ‘Take it Down’

Another day, yet another statue of a military hero is reportedly under fire. This figure astride a horse was vandalized with the spray-painted words “Tear It Down.”

Who was this historical figure? General Lee? Stonewall Jackson? Nathan Bedford Forrest?

No, this was a figure who hails from the north.

Of France:

The phrase “Tear it Down” was hastily sprayed in black paint across the base of the golden Joan of Arc statue on Decatur Street in the French Quarter sometime earlier this week. It has since been removed, with only the vaguest traces of the paint remaining.

The “Tear it Down” tag would seem to relate to the debate surrounding the city’s ongoing removal of four Confederate monuments. But the statue of Joan of Arc, a 15th-century military leader, martyr and Catholic saint, hasn’t been mentioned in the controversy to this point.

Amy Kirk Duvoisin, the founder of the annual Joan of Arc parade that ceremonially pauses at the statue on the first day of Carnival season, says she’s confused by the vandalism.

“Surely, people realize she’s not related to American history,” she said referring to the French icon.

           — Hat tip: DC [Return to headlines]

Obama 2.0 in 2020

Not surprisingly, Deval Patrick has been ordained by the Obama camp as the favorite for 2020. As Obama 2.0, the former Massachusetts governor would bring the same failed policies as his mentor. The danger is that by 2020, much of the electorate will have forgotten just how flawed those policies were.

And so a brief reminder:

First, Obama was fortunate enough to have inherited an economy that had begun to recover by the time he entered the White House in January 2009. The economy would have recovered no matter who was president. Obama’s contribution was to make it the slowest post-recession recovery in 70 years.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Pat Buchanan Asks “In This Second American Civil War — Whose Side Are You on?”

What has changed is America herself. She is not the same country. We have passed through a great social, cultural and moral revolution that has left us irretrievably divided on separate shores.

And the politicians are in panic.

Two years ago, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called the giant statues of Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson on Richmond’s Monument Avenue “parts of our heritage.”…

After Charlottesville, New York-born-and-bred McAuliffe, entertaining higher ambitions, went full scalawag, demanding the statues be pulled down as “flashpoints for hatred, division, and violence.”

Who hates the statues, Terry? Who’s going to cause the violence?

Answer: The Democratic left whom Terry must now appease.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Tech Companies Continue Efforts to Banish Extremist Accounts

Apple is giving $1 million apiece to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The iPhone maker also will match employee donations to those two groups and other human rights organizations on a two-for-one basis.

Tech companies’ efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google’s Android app store.

Gab had already been unavailable in Apple’s store, though it remains accessible on the web.

That sounds like a threat, or at the very least a call for action. Step 1 accomplished: Identify the enemy, and we can thank Trump for flushing them out

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Left Openly Wants to Remove Any Reminder of Those That Built This Nation

History is being erased as predicted in Orwell’s 1984

Leftists ridiculed Trump for saying Washington statues may be taken down next, but now they openly declare that they will not rest until all vestiges of our past are erased.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Last Frontier for Gun Control: Washington Court Rules in Favor of Seattle’s “Gun Violence” Tax

wo years ago, the president of the Seattle City Council offered a rather ludicrous proposition. He wanted Seattle to place a new tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition within the city limits. Ammo would cost an additional 2-5 cents per round, and a firearm would cost an extra $25. But what was even more absurd than the tax itself, is what the money would be going toward. The tax was supposed to pay for gun violence prevention programs and research.

The way City Council President Tim Burgess explained it, this “gun violence” tax would help offset the costs the city pays to treat gunshot victims. Essentially, it was a tax levied on responsible law abiding gun owners, to pay for the actions of violent criminals.

Despite how utterly stupid that sounds, the proposal passed. However, it didn’t have the desired effect. To the surprise of no one who actually understands the relationship between private firearm ownership and crime rates, the violent crime rate in Seattle has dramatically increased since the tax was put in place. It also brought in only a small fraction of the revenue that the city council was expecting. In short, the tax was a total failure.

So it’s no surprise that the tax has faced a lawsuit over the fact that Washington has a law that prevents municipalities from regulating firearms. Unfortunately, the Washington Supreme Court recently ruled against the lawsuit on the grounds that taxes aren’t the same as regulations, and cities are well within their right to levy sales taxes.

Regardless of whether the court’s decision was right or wrong, it certainly sets a dangerous precedent. As an article from Breitbart recently pointed out, it opens a new avenue for gun control activists to hamper the Second Amendment.

[Comment: Recently it was revealed that more people killed with hammers than guns in America.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The New Civil War

The time for pretending that Democrat leadership is patriotic is over. It’s time to shout from the rooftops that the Democratic leadership is a fascist cabal intent on overthrowing democracy.

The first “shots” in our new civil war were fired after Charlottesville when many Democratic leaders claimed that they had the right to use physical force against anyone they didn’t like.

While cowardly leftist leaders are trying to portray themselves as fighting Hitler they are really fighting anyone they don’t agree with. Remember that some Democrats said that Rep. Steve Scalise had it coming since he opposed gun control and that Democrats have been silent when left-wing violence was used to prevent Republicans marching in a parade in Portland.

Facing a continued loss of power because their radical agenda is toxic to most Americans, the Democrat leadership — which includes the MSM — have decided that they have the right to physically attack anyone who stands in their way.

Like their Nazi and Communist forefathers, today’s Democrat leaders are comfortable sending swarms of Brownshirts out to beat into submission anyone who stands between them and power.

Under Obama, Democrats renounced the rule of law by declaring that they could choose to not enforce laws they didn’t like and make up laws that Congress never passed. Now they’re saying that they have the right to attack anyone who dares speak out in disagreement. Rep. Scalise wasn’t a Nazi or white nationalist, nor were the Republicans in Portland, or the speakers that Democrats forcibly prevented from speaking in Berkeley. Yet the Democratic leadership’s condemnation of all of those events has been muted at best.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

USA Today Redefines ‘Racist’ So it Applies to Pretty Much Everyone

Racism is a serious thing. Racism is a horrible thing. Racism deserves to be treated as a serious, horrible thing. Those who are truly racist need to be called out as such, held accountable for their awful attitudes and never allowed to turn their attitudes into action that can hurt anyone.

But we’re in danger of losing our seriousness on the subject of racism, and it’s precisely because the media and the left are more interested in using the issue as a wedge, even to the point where they’re goading supposed Republicans into signing on with this foolishness.

If everyone is a racist, then racism is meaningless. If you can be a racist without actually hating anyone or thinking ill of others because of their race, then it doesn’t deserve to be treated as the serious matter it should be. If you can be a racist without even wanting to, then what’s the point of bludgeoning people about it? If you can be a racist even though you know racism is wrong, then we’re redefining it such that means next to nothing.

Yet this is what USA Today contributor Josh Langdon wants to do, offering up himself as the self-flagellating example:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Victim in Downtown High-Rise Slaying Was Stabbed Dozens of Times, Had Meth in System: Autopsy

A 26-year-old man who was slain in the downtown apartment of a Northwestern University professor last month had methamphetamine in his system and was stabbed dozens of times, an autopsy report shows.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office released those findings in the death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau as the two suspects in his gruesome slaying were expected to return Friday night to Cook County to face first-degree murder charges. Both surrendered two weeks ago in California after allegedly spending eight days on the run.

The two — Wyndham Lathem, 42, a Northwestern microbiologist who was fired after fleeing out of state, and Andrew Warren, 56, a British national who worked at Oxford University in England — waived extradition during court hearings in the Bay Area.

Authorities have offered little information about what may have led to the brutal attack, but a Chicago police spokesman said Lathem had some sort of relationship with Cornell-Duranleau and the two had “some type of falling-out.” Sources have said they were dating.

The autopsy results showed Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed 47 times to his back, chest, shoulder and abdomen. He was stabbed and cut additional times to his arms, chin, neck, hands and wrists.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

Walmart Customers Blast CEO’s Criticism of Trump: “You Want to be a Political Pundit, Go on CNN”

Walmart shoppers love the everyday low prices (apparently too low judging by this morning’s earnings guidance) they get shopping at the largest big box retailer in the country, but they apparently don’t give a rip about the political beliefs of its executive management team.

In fact, Walmart shopper Ed Congdon of Indiana thinks “all CEO’s should keep their mouths shut” about political issues unless they want to be a political pundit, in which case they should “go on CNN.” Per the New York Times:

“I think all C.E.O.s should keep their mouths shut,” said Mr. Congdon, 63, who was listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio show while his wife shopped inside. “You want to be a political pundit, go on CNN.”

Mr. Congdon, who drives tractor-trailers for a living, said he agreed with President Trump’s hesitation to place the blame for the violence solely on the “conservative side.”

“The biggest problem is that they’re not calling out the liberal side of things,” he said, adding that the Virginia protesters should be “investigated” as to who “paid them.”

Of course, these comments come as Walmart shoppers around the country are being asked to respond to CEO Doug McMillon’s statement released yesterday which, among other things, criticized President Trump for his response to the Charlottesville tragedy.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

YouTube’s Soft Censorship

Internet giant YouTube has been accused of discriminatory practices by two black American video bloggers. Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as “Diamond and Silk,” accused the video-sharing service of demonetizing their videos because of their conservative positions and support of President Donald Trump.

Diamond and Silk became Internet sensations during the 2016 election cycle with their comical and insightful videos in support of Trump. Though their channel has more than 100,000 subscribers and over 16 million views, their content was deemed “not suitable” for advertisers. Ninety-five percent of the videos on their channel have been demonetized, meaning that Diamond and Silk, while still being able to produce and post videos, cannot be paid for them with advertising dollars.

This is, currently, the highest profile example of YouTube silencing conservative speech, but it’s far from the only one. Conservative commentators Steven Crowder, Mark Dice, Paul Joseph Watson, all with over 800,000 subscribers, have had a high percentage of their videos demonetized by YouTube, supposedly, for controversial content.

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

Your Saturday Morning Funny Courtesy the National Post

Remember when the National Post used to be a newspaper and not a yellow coloured version of the CBC?

Get a load of of this ‘SHOCKING EXPOSE” — Inside Rebel Media

Where you’ll be Shocked! Shocked I tell you, to discover that the Rebel sometimes says unkind things about ISLAM!!!!! (Warning quotes by Bernie Farber and Michael Coren ahead)

The Rebel has had a tough week no question but the only thing stories like this show is how threatened by the Rebel the dead tree media is in Canada. Postmedia is begging for government handouts, the Rebel relies on subscriber fees, donations and online advertising. Government subsidized rags like Macleans are on life support and have about 4 staff left and very few people actually watch CBC news. Meanwhile the Rebel is hiring and the author of the Post’s “Shocking Expose” just can’t understand why the Rebel business model is working and the PC swill of the MSM is failing. But you get the drift.

The MSM in Canada has always been a pretty small pond and it’s shrinking fast, everyone is vying for a well paid government job at the CBC as this latest virtue signaling job application … sorry “scoop” by the NatPo amply illustrates.

[Comment: Whan Nat. Post first started it was a pretty good newspaper. It started going downhill since Conrad Black left. It now is just another leftist screed newspaper, trying to compete with the “Peoples Star” oops, I meant “Toronto Star” for the most rabid leftist prize.]

[Comment from the Baron: Ah, but it said, “The Gates of Vienna blog, perhaps the most influential online source for counter-jihadi news, …” so it can’t be all bad. :)]

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Barcelona’s Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Move to Israel

Barcelona’s chief rabbi has urged Jews to move to Israel after warning that Europe has been ‘lost’ because of the threat from radical Islam.

At least 14 people were killed and some 130 others injured when attackers ploughed into pedestrians on a promenade in the tourist area on Thursday evening.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona outrage and another attack in Cambrils yesterday, which resulted in one person dying and seven people being injured after five men wearing fake suicide belts drove an Audi A3 into crowds on the seafront.

Western Europe has been a regular target for jihadists over the last few years. And Barcelona’s chief rabbi Meir Bar-Hen told his congregation to move to Israel to flee terror.

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Berlin Police Separate Hundreds of Neo-Nazis, Opponents in Hess Tribute March

Berlin police spokesman Carsten Mueller told The Associated Press that authorities gave permission to far-right extremists to hold the rally in the city, but imposed a number of restrictions on Saturday’s march to ensure it passes peacefully. Police have told organizers they can march, but they’re not allowed to glorify Hess “in word, writing or image” who died at Spandau prison, or use military music during the march. The neo-Nazis are allowed to bring banners, one for every 50 participants.

The demonstrators are also allowed to use two pieces by Beethoven and two by Wagner during the march, the court order said, as cited by Der Tagesspiegel newspaper. Berliner Kurier newspaper released a route, which the demonstration should reportedly use. “I regret nothing,” a banner held by demonstrators read during the neo-Nazi march.

The measures are aimed at balancing free speech rights and rights of counter-demonstrators, Sven Richwin, a Berlin lawyer told AP. “Anything intimidating is ‘verboten,’ [Eng: forbidden]” Richwin added.

According to AP, such restrictions are common in Germany and rooted in the experience of the pre-war Weimar Republic, “when opposing political groups would try to forcibly interrupt their rivals’ rallies, resulting in frequent bloody street violence.”

The exact rules differ according to the circumstances, but police in Germany say they generally try to balance protesters’ rights to free speech and free assembly against the rights of counter-demonstrators and residents. As the AP adds, according to German rules, the shields, helmets and batons carried by far-right and Neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last weekend wouldn’t be allowed in Germany.

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Europe Wide Poll Shows Increased Distrust for Elites, Pessimism for Future

The newly released Project28 Europe-wide poll shows that ordinary people are becoming increasingly distrustful of political elites, that many are more pessimistic about the future, and a changing attitude to mass migration is developing.

The survey, which is conducted by the Hungarian Századvág Foundation think tank, reveals in increasing gap between the political elites in Europe and the people they govern on many issues. Over half of those surveyed said they did not trust their government at all, while only nine per cent said they totally trusted their own government.

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Finland: Police Certain of Identity of Stabber in Turku Square, Finnish Personality Heard Allahu Akbar Shouted

Yes, police still trying to determine the jihadi’s motive.

Former Miss Finland contestant insists he shouted Allahu Akbar:

Miss Finland contestant in the middle of Turku attack: “The man with a beard who carried the knife cried out to Allah”[…]

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Finland Stabbing That Killed Two People Confirmed as Terrorism

Police have confirmed a knife rampage in Turku, Finland, which killed two people and injured eight was an act of terrorism.

An 18-year-old man from Morocco was arrested after two Finnish nationals were stabbed to death yesterday.

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Knife Rampage Finland Attack: Knifemen Kill Two and Stab Five Women

Cops gun down one suspect ‘and hunt gang of attackers’

KNIFEMEN killed two people and targeted five women, including one pushing a baby in a pram, in a stabbing spree in Finland.

A BRIT was injured as he rushed to help women stabbed in a bloody terror attack in Finland, with police since revealing the suspect is a Moroccan teen.

Two women were stabbed to death in the streets of Turku, with police revealing six others were injured, including several men who came to the aid of the victims, including a woman with a pram.

Armed police scrambled to the middle of Turku as a knife-wielding group reportedly rampaged through the city — as a manhunt was launched to find the attackers.

People were left covered in blood after the shocking mid-afternoon attack which saw eight people rushed to hospital.

Police urged people to leave the centre as they said they were searching for more possible attackers throughout the city.

[comment: Note that he targeted women and children.]

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London’s Big Ben is Losing Its Gong

On British TV a picture of Big Ben and the sound of its gongs have signalled in the evening news on a nightly basis across the nation. It has famously introduced state occasions. It is known for the eleven solemn gongs on Remembrance Day signalling its citizens to remember those who have died in wars; and besides its face on the numerous tourist souvenirs of tea-towels and fridge magnets depicting the London scene, perhaps it is most widely and emotively remembered by the older generation for the famous speech made by Sir Winston Churchill announcing to the world that the war was over on V.E Day in 1945. The three introductory gongs at the significant time of 3.00 p.m. on the afternoon before his announcement are particularly relevant to the occasion.

Therefore the news that Big Ben will have to go silent for four years, due to Health and Safety issues for the workers who have been set with the task of renovating the clock, have raised immediate objections that London, and indeed the UK, would not be the same without its gongs. Some have called it ‘PC madness’, especially when sufficient ear defenders could be supplied to the workers.

There is a slight panic across the nation. For some British people, that sudden loss of all that is familiar may have suddenly hit home. What will fill their silence?

Homing in on the issue, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has also raised her concerns on its silence, along with other notable MP’s. It sounds like they couldn’t have possibly known this was about to happen, and in their very own house as well! A suggestion has been made that a recording of the gongs set some distance away may be the solution for those who will suffer from the silence of Big Ben, and as a bonus, the health and safety of the workmen will also benefit.

There may be nothing like the ‘echo’ of times past to give people that false sense of security, regardless of whether it is authentic or false, and there is nothing like a false sense of caring for people too.

So why is our famous tower and clock being dismantled and renovated, and what is the cost? In monetary terms it is £29 million…

In honesty, I don’t really think people are interested in the sexuality of the owner or people who lived in National Trust properties. What people are tired of is being continually indoctrinated and forced into a one world view of sexuality, or else be labelled bigoted. They go to National Trust properties for a nice day out. Sometimes it is like a breath of fresh air to visit and know that the most exciting event you will hear about is how the Gardenia’s have grown this year. Is the National Trust so really out of touch?

In a country where we have been told that Christians need re-educating and that the bible and its message is hateful by the organization, Wilton Park, (an executive agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth office) it is also clear to see that another agenda is really taking place which has a dark and sinister motive. It has no real concern for people and like the instigation of gay history in national heritage sites is only using the issue as a form of manipulation and subversion techniques into breaking down society and creating further dissension towards its aim of communist goals.

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Map Shows Jihadi Attacks Across Europe in Two Years

This terrifying map documents the sixteen different attacks carried out by jihadis which have killed 364 people in Europe.

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Moving House? Too Bad! Corbyn Calls for Crackdown on Van Hire After Islamist Attacks

After a spate of terror attacks in Europe which have seen Islamists ploughing trucks into crowds of pedestrians, instead of looking to the motivating ideology behind the events, British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for restrictions on access to automobiles

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Nigel Farage Blasts EU for Endangering Citizens’ Lives in Wake of Barcelona Attack

FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage accused of “endangering” the lives of EU citizens by failing to establish a stronger security policy to protect them from terror attacks such as Barcelona.

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UK: Leeds Schoolboy Who Killed His Love Rival Faces Jail

The 17-year-old — who cannot be named for legal reasons — was found guilty of killing Irfan Wahid, 16, by a jury; Irfan was getting close to the ex-girlfriend of the defendant, Leeds Crown Court heard.

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UK: SAS Hero of the Iranian Embassy Siege Sells Medals

Warrant Officer Ian White, an SAS hero of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege, is selling his medals for £30,000 to help fund his retirement.

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Russia Knife Attacker Wounds Seven in Surgut

Seven people have been wounded in a knife attack in the Russian city of Surgut, security sources say.

The man, who apparently stabbed passers-by on the street at random, was shot dead by police.

The injured have been taken to hospital, where two are in a critical condition, the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reports.

The Islamic State militant group (IS) said on its official news channel that it was behind the attack.

Russia’s Investigations Committee said it had identified the attacker and was checking his psychological history.

The attacker was a local resident born in 1994, it said…

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Chinese IP Theft Costs America Up to a Half-Trillion Annually

On Monday, August 14, President Trump announced that he is authorizing a public inquiry into China’s predatory trade regime. Specifically, he is empowering Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, to investigate China’s trade policies as they relate to the theft of American intellectual property (IP). Hopefully this is the beginning of a policy shift that sees America finally address the ‘China question’ — the systematic exploitation of America’s market by Chinese state actors.

Briefly, IP theft is a big problem because it costs America money, undermines the rule of law, and endangers America’s national security.

The first issue is the most data-heavy, and therefore deserves the most treatment. Chinese companies, most of which operate with the explicit blessing, if not aid, of China’s government, steal hundreds of billions of dollars of American IP. They steal everything from industrial technology to branded products to software to entertainment — it is open season on anything even mildly creative.

Calculating economic value of IP theft is difficult, but a few recent estimates provide some sense of the scale. According to estimates from William Evanina, the director of the Counterintelligence and Security Center under Obama, cyberespionage alone cost America’s economy $400 billion in 2015. This estimate was extrapolated from reports filed by 140 American companies with interests in China. As costly as this is, the real concern is the origin of said cyberthreats. Evanina claims that China’s government was behind 90 percent of all attacks — not rogue companies or individuals.

This figure also underestimates the actual damage of IP theft. Why? Because companies, especially publicly traded companies, are likely to mitigate damage estimates so as to avoid hurting their fragile business relationships with Chinese government officials, or their stock prices. After all, very few investors would be enthused if 20 percent of their profits were stolen by a hostile government. Likewise, Evanina’s figure only includes losses from hacking, and does not include losses from Chinese copycat companies. For example, the Chinese market is stuffed to the brim with knockoff products.

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Police Believe Driver That Hit Pedestrians in Sydney Not Acting Deliberately

Seven people have been injured with one woman in a serious condition after a car ploughed into pedestrians on a busy street in Sydney’s northern suburbs.

The male driver is believed to have suffered a medical episode when he crashed into the footpath out the front of a restaurant on Victoria Avenue in Chatswood on Saturday afternoon.

Six people were taken to Royal north shore hospital, with a 22-year-old woman in a serious condition…

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Venezuela’s Pro Government Assembly Moves to Take Power From Elected Congress

Venezuela’s new pro-government Constituent Assembly formally moved Friday to assume the powers of the opposition-dominated congress, completing what critics call a power grab that effectively puts all branches of government under the control of President Nicolás Maduro.

The Constituent Assembly, created in a July 30 vote decried as fraud by the opposition and a host of nations, had begun to assume the role of the National Assembly, whose members were democratically elected in 2015.

But in a move likely to spark further international condemnation, the motion Friday formalized the arrangement. The body was also poised to pass a new law that critics say could be used to punish opposition leaders and anti— government protesters with as much as 25 years in prison.

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Anti-Illegal Immigration Ads Violate Twitter’s ‘Hate Speech’ Rules

Twitter has rejected a conservative organization’s request to promote tweets highlighting the harmful effects of illegal immigration, apparently because using the word “illegal” to refer to immigrants violates the company’s hate speech rules.

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Bavaria Refuses to Bow Down to EU Rules as German State Demands Border Checks Remain

BAVARIA has refused to listen to European Union demands to withdraw border controversial border checks.

The border controls on the German state’s border with Austria were introduced in September 2015 at the height of the refugee crisis.

And the Bavarian government claims the reintroduction has been highly successful in stopping criminals and illegal immigration.

But the European Commission claims there is no longer a threat to the state, and is pushing Bavaria to cease controls from November.

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Finland Terror Attack: Killer is 18 Year Old Moroccan Asylum Seeker

Finnish police investigating a mass knife attack in the city of Turku Friday afternoon have said they consider the event a possible terror attack and have made a number of further arrests at private homes and an asylum centre.

An 18-year-old Moroccan male asylum seeker was arrested Friday after having been shot in the leg by a police officer. He is being held on suspicion of murder and a possible terrorist intent.

The suspected killer arrived in Finland last year and was “involved in the asylum seeking process” and lived in an asylum centre in the city of Turku, according to reporting from the police press conference by Finnish broadcaster YLE.

Finnish police released more details about the investigation and incident Saturday morning, including that the two deceased victims are female Finnish citizens aged 15 and 67. Among the eight injured victims are one British, two Swedish, and one Italian citizen.

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Finns Party Leader Jussi Halla-Aho: “Policy Makers Have to Bear the Responsibility for the Consequences of Their Policies”

More sane politics is in order here, and fast.

Condolences to those involved in the Turku terror attack

According to current information, there are two deaths and several injured in the terrorist attacks in Turku. The situation was not unexpected, but obviously part of the series of Islamist attacks in Europe. Like many other blows to Europe, the suspect is an Arab who exploited the asylum system.

The leadership of the Finns Party and the Parliamentary Group expresses its condolences to the victims and their relatives. At the same time, we recall that Islamic terrorism is the result of a long-running, relentless immigration policy and the unsuccessful integration of these migrants.

Condolences and trivialities are not enough. Policy makers have to bear the responsibility for the consequences of their policy, to identify the motives of terrorists and to take legislative and other measures to break terrorist attacks on innocent bystanders…

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How Mainstream Islam Threatens Jewish Existence

by Andrew Bostom

Whether one considers the masses of Muslims flowing into Europe as (primarily economic) refugees, proud hijra colonists “quietly” Islamizing the continent, or both, these newly arrived votaries of Islam express an unabashed Islamic Jew-hatred. Germany’s failed attempt to mollify this Muslim immigrant animus toward Jews by “sensitivity” visits to Nazi-era concentration camp memorials, demonstrates its deep-seated intractability.

The spectacle of brutality on display at Sachsenhausen did not awe [Syrian Muslim] Jamo, a former photographer who had known daily violence in Syria. No matter the direct perpetrator of the violence Jamo had witnessed, the greatest cause of conflict in the region, he said, was Israel…”The Arabs think what Hitler did was a good thing, because he freed them from the Jews.”

As I will elucidate under three subheadings [(I) Canonical Islam is Rife with Jew-Hatred, and Mainstream Islam’s Most Authoritative Theologians and Institutions Actively Promote This Bigotry; (II) Mainstream Islam’s Inculcation of Canonical Islamic Jew-Hatred is Mirrored by the Pandemic of Global Muslim Jew-Hatred; (III) Non-Muslim Religious and Political Leaders—Including Jews—Remain in Abject Denial About the Direct Causal Link Between the Mainstream Inculcation of Canonical Islamic Jew-Hatred, and the Pandemic of Global Muslim Jew-Hatred], the evidence is overwhelming, and irrefragable, that contemporary mainstream Islam foments the global scourge of annihilationist Islamic Jew-hatred in a simple, powerful manner: invoking Islam’s most important canonical sources, and their most authoritative interpretations.

But who best represents “mainstream Islam”? By Islamic consensus, The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre [RISSC], Amman, Jordan has defined, and further epitomizes, the phenomenon. The major aims of this mainstream Islamic organization, which each year puts out the “The Muslim 500—The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims”, per its 2007 Charter, are:

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Report: German Municipalities Not Equipped to Deal With Migrant Conflict, Islamic Radicalization

Despite municipalities being able to house asylum seekers, many are unable to cope with ethnic and religious conflicts or recognise Islamic radicalisation, according to a study.

The report, which measured the consequences of asylum accommodations, was published by the Centre for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies and the Bonn Centre for Conversion. The study claims that many municipalities are ill equipped to deal with the realities of ethnic and religious conflict that often can lead to violence in asylum homes, Taggespiegel reports.

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Watch: EU Propaganda Video Says Europe ‘Needs’ Migrants Released on Day of Terror Attacks

The European Parliament has produced a slick propaganda video claiming Europe “need[s] people to come here… to maintain the level of our welfare systems”.

The video, put out on Twitter, features liberal and socialist members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who concede migrants often come from a “totally different culture”, but say it is the European people’s “responsibility” to “foster an atmosphere of integration”.

EuroparlTV released the short film on the 17th of August, just hours before terrorists of North African Muslim background murdered 14 people in Spain in an Islamist attack claimed by Islamic State.

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Dilbert’s Scott Adams Explains “How to Know You’re in a Mass Hysteria Bubble”

History is full of examples of Mass Hysterias. They happen fairly often. The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you don’t know when you are in one. But sometimes the people who are not experiencing the mass hysteria can recognize when others are experiencing one, if they know what to look for.

I’ll teach you what to look for.

A mass hysteria happens when the public gets a wrong idea about something that has strong emotional content and it triggers cognitive dissonance that is often supported by confirmation bias. In other words, people spontaneously hallucinate a whole new (and usually crazy-sounding) reality and believe they see plenty of evidence for it. The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known example of mass hysteria. The McMartin Pre-School case and the Tulip Bulb hysteria are others. The dotcom bubble probably qualifies. We might soon learn that the Russian Collusion story was mass hysteria in hindsight. The curious lack of solid evidence for Russian collusion is a red flag. But we’ll see how that plays out.

The most visible Mass Hysteria of the moment involves the idea that the United States intentionally elected a racist President. If that statement just triggered you, it might mean you are in the Mass Hysteria bubble. The cool part is that you can’t fact-check my claim you are hallucinating if you are actually hallucinating. But you can read my description of the signs of mass hysteria and see if you check off the boxes.

If you’re in the mass hysteria, recognizing you have all the symptoms of hysteria won’t help you be aware you are in it. That’s not how hallucinations work. Instead, your hallucination will automatically rewrite itself to expel any new data that conflicts with its illusions.

But if you are not experiencing mass hysteria, you might be totally confused by the actions of the people who are. They appear to be irrational, but in ways that are hard to define. You can’t tell if they are stupid, unscrupulous, ignorant, mentally ill, emotionally unstable or what. It just looks frickin’ crazy.

The reason you can’t easily identify what-the-hell is going on in the country right now is that a powerful mass hysteria is in play.

If you see the signs after I point them out, you’re probably not in the hysteria bubble.

If you read this and do NOT see the signs, it probably means you’re trapped inside the mass hysteria bubble.

Here are some signs of mass hysteria. This is my own take on it, but I welcome you to fact-check it with experts on mass hysteria.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

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NBA Star Charles Barkley Says Waste of Time Worrying Over ‘Stupid’ Statues

“I’m 54 years old; I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life”

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20 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/19/2017

  1. Joan of arc? Really? I had no idea she fought for the confederacy in the American civil war and to my knowledge she was never a slave owner either.

    • It’s a statue therefore oppressing the [leftist] masses.

      The [person] who defaced it wouldn’t know Joan of Arc from Andrew Jackson.

      Mass hysteria on the left that will logically end up in violence in this country.

      • You are absolutely correct. 99% of so-called Liberals a misnomer for those mobs whose facts are second to their emotions. They protest because they feel like it, not because they understand the crisis and how to remedy it.

        This reminds me of the George Bernard Shaw’s Apple Cart.

        A man was walking along a street of Londonistan. In the 1920’s it was called London. The man saw a column of enthusiastic, screaming, shouting mobs. He galloped and reached the end of the column and asked the man/woman on the tail of the comet:

        Inquirer: What is this commotion about.
        The Liberal: I don’t know. I just joined because it is fun shouting.

        He quickly ran forward and asked another feminist. He got the same answer. He went faster and reached the first one abreast of the column. And the inquirer asked the same question. The liberal rioter explained: You see we are following this cow. They say it was purchased from Russia. We assume it is communist.
        The inquirer started to weep convulsively, whip himself and pull his hair. A feminist came and tried to console him: Why are you weeping. Get up smile and laugh like everyone here. Be positive and optimistic. And life will laugh with you.

        Inquirer: Optimism must be based on facts and understanding of nature of things not on foolish illusions.

        Feminist: Don’t pretend to wise up. What . . . are you wiser than the 20 thousand rioters here. You are nothing.

        Inquirer : Yes, Femininistan… that’s the problem: something is nothing, and nothing is something. That’s our pending doomsday in the west.

  2. When tens of thousands of folks think opposing 50 insane Nazis ( half of whom are undercover for the FBI) will solve our problems, they’ve bought into the mass hysteria.

    Marxism “owns” many of our churches, most of our universities, almost all of our foundations, elements of our corporate leadership involved with Beiping, the Democratic Party and the “mainstream” media. That’s the enemy folks.

    GofV readers know this but singing to the choir helps.

    • And your voice is heard Patrick. If you’ll take a little advice from an old copper, stay away from crowds and look to your own.

    • George Orwell – 1984 , a novel that is coming to life just a little
      Later than expected!

      Rewrite history, report your neighbour for thought crimes,
      No proper jobs, an over inquisitive and intrusive state,
      An eeriely prophetic piece of literature.

  3. The New Civil War

    What every frustrated supporter of the Constitution is furious about is why the police are not cracking down on antifa big time? And the neo-Nazis too, but as yet they are a tiny number of people, not like in Germany.

    These professional revolutionaries want to make the nation ungovernable. They need to be locked up and a few of them shot, while resisting arrest.

    WHERE IS LAW ENFORCEMENT? Are they waiting for us to take to the streets armed?

  4. Charles Barkley has the correct attitude – live your life and don’t worry about an inanimate object.

    The Joan of Arc vandalization is unbelievable. She is one of the biggest feminist icons going, you’d think the Left would be out there protecting the statue.

    • Learning the truth about J of A disappointed me no end, as she had been a heroine for myself growing up. My Father had once mentioned she was mentally ill, I decided he said that because he was English !
      It seeme though that he was right.
      I later learned she somehow managed to convince theDauphin to go to war. She never fought herself, just sat in full armour on her horse watching battles, (having falsely predicted victory) which is why she was easily captured.
      Nowadays after much research into her life, many wonder what caused her ‘ voices’ . Hallucinations, from bacteria caught as a dairy maid? Epilepsy which can cause hallucinations in some un-medicated , or Schizophrenia. ? Personalty disorder?
      She could not deny her voices as to her they were real.

      Very tragic case really. Todsy she would be treated and helped.
      She was a lot but no icon. ! Feminist or otherwise.

      No reason whatsoever to pull down her statue though or anyone’s , or for any reason as it is there , a work of art and historical realism.

      • The Maid of Orleans was the subject of a moving song by Leonard Cohen. from his one great album (this man’s opinion), Songs of Love and Hate (1971).

        “Joan of Arc”:

        P.S. These leftist nihilists and anarchists will tear down everything, even the firmament. Perhaps Monday’s eclipse will sate them for a while and direct their madness elsewhere.

  5. “New Orleans Joan of Arc Statue Vandalized With ‘Take it Down’”

    The depth of the ignorance of the Antifa/BLM/Snowflake/Feminazi/NAACP/SPLC/DNC/SWP/LBGT Alaphabet Soup alliance is a huge, non-racist, racially appropriated, trigger worded Black Hole.

    Or vice versa…in such times as this where sublime madness rules it really doesn’t matter which.

    • very funny! that terrorist odeh is a real beauty, huh?!

      to where is she being deported? where will she end up?
      she’d sure sit pretty in any european parliament as a rep for a mainstream leftist political party.

    • Odeh was one of the ‘Palestinian terrorists’ who took to throwing hand grenades into a family restaurant in Tel-Aviv resulting in the deaths of several Jewish mothers and their children while eating lunch.

      Odeh was apprehended, and then convicted to life imprisonment, but was released in a prisoner/jewish hostage exchange ( a number of Jews kidnapped from their homes and then held hostage by the PLO)

      She then gained U.S. citizenship under suspect procedures, but in doing so had to lie about her previous criminality and conviction in Israel.

      What a pity this….woman …..did not receive a death sentence for what she wrought to innocent Jewish women and their children who stood no guard against her indoctrinatid hatred.

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