Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/29/2018

French President Emmanuel “Toy Boy” Macron has denied that his disgraced bodyguard Alexandre Benalla was his gay lover. Mr. Macron also denied that the bodyguard had access to France’s nuclear codes. Mr. Benalla was recently forced to resign, due to revelations about his scandalous behavior.

In other news, the Spanish maritime rescue service rescued almost 1,000 migrants in just two days.

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Financial Crisis
» Unsustainable: The Government Pension Pickle That Several States Are Facing
 
USA
» “Vladimir the Terrible” — US Deep State Desperately Needs a Russian Villain to Cover Its Tracks
» Anti-Trump, Dem Candidate for Congress Laughs About Damage Vandals Did to Education Sec. Betsy Devos’ Family Yacht on Twitter
» Black Woman Kidnaps 6-Month Old White Baby From Mother and Burns Him Alive
» City Report on Confederate Monuments Raises Idea of Renaming Austin
» Claremont Closes Philosophy Department, Fires Its Two Tenured Professors
» Disgusting Gang of Anti-Trump Thugs Attack, Beat Trump Supporters at Hollywood Star: “Hey…stop! He’s a Marine!”
» George Soros Spent $10.37 Million Lobbying During Second Quarter
» In Just the Last Two Weeks, Dozens of Children in Iowa Have Vanished
» Peter Thiel: Silicon Valley Like ‘North Korea’
» Report: FBI Has ‘Ongoing’ Relationship With Left-Wing SPLC, Which Once Put Ben Carson on an ‘Extremist Watch List’
» Texas Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Patients
» UCLA Fired a Conservative Professor Last Year. It’s Still Refusing to Tell Him Why.
» UK Halts Cooperation With US on Two ISIS Fighters Over Possibility of Death Penalty
» What Does Google Know About You: An (Auto) Complete Guide
» Woman Finds Her BofA Safe Deposit Box Has Vanished
 
Canada
» Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers’ Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology
» Did We Just Dodge 9/11 2.0?
» Man Shoves Anti-Islam Protester Into Toronto Fountain, Police Make No Arrests
» Mandel: Mentally Ill Stabber in Army Recruiting Centre Attack to be Allowed Into Community
» Mutated HIV Strains in Canada May Cause Quicker Illness, Study Finds
 
Europe and the EU
» “God Help Us” — British Army Readied in Case of Hard Brexit
» Carles Puigdemont is Back in Belgium
» Cyprus to Donate 10 Million Euros as Countries Mobilize to Support Greece
» Dutch Police Have Lost Control Over ‘Urban Jungle’ Amsterdam
» EU Trying to Cheat UK Out of Brexit, May Should Walk Away With No Deal — Salvini
» Farage: Bannon Plan Could Help Populists to EU Election Victory
» Finnish Police Shoot Man in Kotka
» Five Star Movement Founder Grillo Makes Fresh Push for Euro Referendum
» France: Why is President Macron Publicly Denying His Mysterious Bodyguard is His Lover?
» France: Macron Denies Disgraced Moroccan Bodyguard Was Gay Lover, Had Access to Nuclear Codes
» France: Rape Reports in Paris Increase by 20% and Perpetrators Walk Free
» Germany: Rise of the Salafists
» Hungary’s Orban Calls for Surge of ‘Illiberal Christian Democracies’ In Fresh Threat to EU
» Hungary’s Orban: If I Governed Like Merkel, I’d be Kicked Out of Office
» Italy: Transport Min. To Urge New FS Chief to Solve Trenord Issues
» Italy: TAV Project Shouldn’t be Halted — Salvini
» Italy: Priest Accused of Abusing 10-Yr-Old Says Victim Seemed Older
» Jewish Teens Enlisted to Fight Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany
» May’s Brexit Absolutely Hammered by Tory Associations Across the Country
» Merkel’s Conservatives Hit 12-Year Low in German Poll
» Subterranean Wildfire Scourges Danish Acres Near Aalborg
» Theresa May is ‘Abandoning Brexit’ With Latest Plan — Expert
» UK: Cop Sex Abuse Shock: Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal Gets Even Worse as Now Ten Police Officers Are Accused of Sexually Abusing Children
» UK: Davis: Alternative Brexit Plan Ready to Go
» UK: Islamic State Supporter Who Called for Attack on Prince George ‘Stabbed in Prison’
» UK: Remainer MP’s Committee Demands Govt Regulate and Police Social Media to Stop ‘Fake News’
» Viktor Orban: Hungary is One of the World’s Most Stable Countries
 
North Africa
» Coptic Bishop Found Dead With ‘Head Smashed’ In Egyptian Monastery
 
Middle East
» The White Helmets Are a Part of Al-Qaeda, Don’t Let Them Resettle in Europe — Syrian MP Interview
 
Russia
» Mystery as Day Turns Into Night in Arctic Siberia, Baffling Locals as Light Returns With a Layer of Black Dust Covering Everything
» Putin: Christianity is the Foundation of Russian Nationhood and Cultural Identity
 
Far East
» Duterte OKs Bill Creating Muslim Autonomous Region in South
» North Korea Returns Remains. U.S. Korean War Pows Sent to Soviet Union Still Unaccounted for
 
Australia — Pacific
» A Massive Police Presence But No Protesters at Right-Wing Activist Lauren Southern’s Speech as She Accuses Cops of Telling Her That Walking by Mosque Was Illegal
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Obama Admin Gave $200K Grant to Terror-Connected Group
 
Latin America
» The Mysterious Aztec ‘Death Whistle’
 
Immigration
» Border Wall Fight Likely Pushed to After Midterms
» Britain Didn’t Accept a Single Christian Refugee, Accepted Muslims Only
» Dozens of Refugees Storm Spanish Nude Beach
» ‘Extreme’ Mass Migration Drives Historic Population Growth in Swedish Region
» Fail: 9 Times Globalists Claimed Mass Immigration is Necessary to Increase GDP
» French, Italian Far-Right Youth Groups Protest Migrants on Border
» German Woman Receives Large Fine for Criticising Refugees on Facebook
» Germany: Islamic State Supporting Migrant on Trial for Alleged Bomb Plot
» Hatchet Attacks and Sexual Assaults: Migrants Terrorise German Swimming Pools
» How Our Governments Lied: Migrants Are Not Good for the Economy
» Hungarian PM Warns of Muslim Influx and Says Every Country Has the Right to Reject Immigration
» Italian Interior Minister Wants More Babies and Fewer Migrants as the Country’s Traditions and Identity Are at Stake
» Italy Investigating German Refugee Rescue Workers
» Jury Finds Jordanian Immigrant Guilty of Capital Murder in Houston ‘Honor Killings’
» Leftist Journalist Wants to Import More Migrants to Battle Swedish Forest Fires
» Millionaire Immigrants Are Jumping Visa Queues and Buying Their Way Straight Into Australia — and They Only Have to Spend 40 Days in the Country Per Year
» Minors Forced Into Sex at Italian-French Border — Report
» Pope Francis Praises Theological Conference for Focus on ‘Ecology, ‘ ‘Immigration’
» Pope Admits Illegal Migration Linked to Begging Rackets, Organ Trafficking, Prostitution
» Refugees in Germany Demand Everything, Contribute Nothing
» Russian Initiative Helps Hundreds of Refugees Return to Syria
» Spain Recues Nearly 1,000 Migrants From Sea in 2 Days
» Swedish Crazy Feminist Stops Plane From Deporting Afghani Criminal
» The Crimes Committed by Illegals This Month You Probably Didn’t Hear About
» The Socialism Effect? Illegal Migration to Spain Has Tripled Compared to Last Year
» Trump Vows Government Shutdown to Force Funding for Border Wall
» UK Primary School Makes Its Pupils Walk Around a Field Five Times on the Hottest Day of the Year, To Show Solidarity With Refugees
» Underage Migrants Pimped, Raped by People-Smugglers for Passage Across Italian Border
» Video Emerges of Dozens of Illegal Migrants Landing on Spanish Beach
» Viktor Orban: The New EU Leadership Should Punish Those Who Let Millions of Migrants Into Europe
 
Culture Wars
» Who Will Stand for America, Part 2
 
General
» Why Psychopaths Are Unable to Love Their Children
 

Unsustainable: The Government Pension Pickle That Several States Are Facing

In Illinois, an infant coming into the world today owes more than $11,000.00 to the state’s bloated public employees’ pension systems. In 2017, the state needed to pay 17.3 billion dollars to over 480,000 retirees. The median pension payout to former state employees is over $35,000 per year, with some pensioners getting over $100,000.00 in annual payouts.

In 2013, the Illinois legislature attempted to address the problem by proposing cuts to costs of living adjustments and raising the retirement age for some employees. It was hoped that the measure would save more than 100 billion over thirty years. But the Illinois State Supreme Court found unanimously that those measures violated the state constitution’s prohibition on reducing retirement benefits.

“Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law,” the court’s decision stated.

In the three years since the state’s Supreme Court struck down the state legislature’s attempt to slow down the ever growing financial crisis faced by the state, Illinois’ credit rating has been downgraded to near junk status and it’s bond values have become “uncommonly low.”

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

“Vladimir the Terrible” — US Deep State Desperately Needs a Russian Villain to Cover Its Tracks

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that Russia became America’s sworn enemy in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. As is often the case, however, conventional wisdom can be illusory.

In the momentous 2016 showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a faraway dark kingdom known as Russia, the fantastic fable goes, hijacked that part of the American brain responsible for critical thinking and lever pulling with a few thousand dollars’ worth of Facebook and Twitter adverts, bots and whatnot. The result of that gross intrusion into the squeaky clean machinery of the God-blessed US election system is now more or less well-documented history brought to you by the US mainstream media: Donald Trump, with some assistance from the Russians that has never been adequately explained, pulled the presidential contest out from under the wobbly feet of Hillary Clinton.

For those who unwittingly bought that work of fiction, I can only offer my sincere condolences. In fact, Russiagate is just the latest installment of an anti-Russia story that has been ongoing since the presidency of George W. Bush.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Anti-Trump, Dem Candidate for Congress Laughs About Damage Vandals Did to Education Sec. Betsy Devos’ Family Yacht on Twitter

Let’s just get this out of the way…Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a wealthy woman. Does that make her an unworthy person for the job of Education Secretary? Nope…but the left would like you to think so.

The Left detests DeVos, and they’ve been attacking her since she began her job in the Trump administration.

Betsy DeVos doesn’t need this hassle and she certainly doesn’t need the job. She could be on some tropical island drinking a glass of champagne…Instead, she chose to give back and work hard for school choice. This really upset the teachers because their union would be turned on its head with school choice. But they wouldn’t want to put the students first, would they? It sure doesn’t seem like it.

DeVos has been a target of the Left with protesters but the protest just took a really ugly turn to be more personal. The DeVos family yacht was untied from a dock in an act of vandalism. The Seaquest, a 163-foot boat valued at $40 million, was moored at the Huron Boat Basin when it was untied and began to float adrift in Lake Erie, reported The Toledo Blade. The Captain and crew arrived at the boat around 6:30 a.m. and were able to get the boat back into dock but the boat received thousands of dollars in damage from striking the dock.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Black Woman Kidnaps 6-Month Old White Baby From Mother and Burns Him Alive

A six-month old baby boy was kidnapped, set on fire and dumped near train tracks in Louisiana last week.

Baby Levi Cole Ellerbe was kidnapped on July 17 after two people came to mother Hanna Barker’s trailer door just after 9pm and sprayed her in the face with what she believed was mace.

Instinctively, the Barker ran to get away, a statement from Natchitoches police said, and when she went back home, found her infant son was missing.

Police said the search for baby Levi began immediately, with additional officers from surrounding precincts called in to help.

Unfortunately, less than 90 minutes after Levi went missing, police were alerted to a fire nearby the railroad, where they found a badly burned six-month-old boy.

Levi was rushed to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in a critical condition but died on Wednesday from his injuries.

Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith, 25, was charged with the first degree murder of Levi on Saturday and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

City Report on Confederate Monuments Raises Idea of Renaming Austin

Known as both the “father of Texas” and the namesake of the state’s capital, Stephen F. Austin carved out the early outlines of Texas among his many accomplishments.

He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.”

For that reason, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week.

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

Claremont Closes Philosophy Department, Fires Its Two Tenured Professors

Press Release, CGU Board Votes to Close Philosophy Department; Current Students Will Receive Full Support to Complete Their Degrees:

The Board of Trustees of Claremont Graduate University has decided to close the university’s Department of Philosophy as a result of a “combination of market, enrollment, and limited faculty resources,” according to a statement released late last week by Interim President Jacob Adams.

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

Disgusting Gang of Anti-Trump Thugs Attack, Beat Trump Supporters at Hollywood Star: “Hey…stop! He’s a Marine!”

The news that a crazed anti-Trump protester took a pickax to President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star spread quickly on Thursday (see below). It was dramatic to see the damaged star but then great to see that it was replaced soon after with a new star. The star has become a symbol of the struggle between the anti and pro Trump groups. Joy Villa went out to the star to try and spread some positive vibes but the scene became ugly when a big group of anti-Trump thugs started a fight (video below). Villa tweeted out that a Marine Veteran in her group was punched in the face.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

George Soros Spent $10.37 Million Lobbying During Second Quarter

Liberal billionaire George Soros’s nonprofit spent more on lobbying during the second quarter of 2018 than he has in any previous quarter, disclosure forms show.

The Open Society Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit that deals with domestic and international advocacy efforts that is a separate entity from Soros’s Open Society Foundations, reportedspending $10.37 million between April 1 and June 30—an increase of nearly $8 million from the first quarter of the year when the center reported spending $2.52 million on its lobbying efforts.

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

In Just the Last Two Weeks, Dozens of Children in Iowa Have Vanished

A young University of Iowa student made headlines recently after she disappeared during an evening jog—but she is just one of the dozens of people who have been reported missing in Iowa in the last 10 days, and the overwhelming majority of the disappearances are children.

Mollie Tibbetts, 20, has become the latest face of the missing person database this week after she was last seen going for a jog near her boyfriend’s house on the evening of July 18, and she seemingly vanished. Dozens of people of have pitched in to help search for the college student, and as she appeared to have no motive to flee, and her closest friends and family members have cooperated with police, it raises troubling questions about whether she was abducted.

However, Tibbetts is not alone. According to the Missing Person database published by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, 48 people have gone missing in the last two weeks, and 34 of those people are children.

On the same day that Tibbets disappeared, two minors were also reported missing in Iowa—Mackenzie Lipp, 16; and David Harn, 16. In the next two days, another eight children were reported missing—Mackenzy York, 15; Malachi Vanderpool, 15; Nazario Campbell, 13; Joshua Wallace, 17; Nia Howe, 15; Madeline Francis, 15; Joesiah Armstrong, 14; and Yaritza Arita, 15.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Peter Thiel: Silicon Valley Like ‘North Korea’

Speaking to a raucous crowd of conservative teenagers Wednesday evening, Silicon Valley mogul Peter Thiel lamented that the United States is turning into an authoritarian state like North Korea due to rampant political correctness that is stifling the sharing of ideas. …

“I supported [Donald] Trump for president in 2016,” Mr. Thiel said, prompting a wave of applause from the young audience. “And it was in some ways both, perhaps, the least contrarian and the most contrarian thing I’ve done in my life. It was the least contrarian, because how far off can something be if half the country agrees with you?

“And then in certain contexts like in Silicon Valley,” he continued, “it feels like an incredibly contrarian thing where it’s like you’re the only person [supporting Trump]. It’s like you against everybody, and you always have this sense [of] ‘How can someone who’s in such a small minority ever be right?’“ …

“If you get to unanimity, if you get to 99 to 1… You’re not getting closer to the truth, you’re getting to something like North Korea or a totalitarian one-party state,” he said. “And it’s certainly in a lot of the contexts that we find ourselves in. What’s very odd is that we’re living in something where the politics is this overwhelmingly one-sided, and it’s not an indicator that people have figured out the truth, it’s an indicator that there’s an incredible amount of political correctness and people can’t talk about the truth.”

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Report: FBI Has ‘Ongoing’ Relationship With Left-Wing SPLC, Which Once Put Ben Carson on an ‘Extremist Watch List’

  • The FBI has an ongoing relationship with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported.
  • The SPLC once placed HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on an “extremist watch list,” before backing down and removing him four months later.
  • The SPLC also works with Amazon, Twitter, Google and Facebook in their efforts to police their platforms.
  • The SPLC’s work has been plagued by inaccuracies and the group paid out a $3.3 million settlement in April.

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

Texas Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Patients

A Texas doctor born in Nigeria was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was charged with sexually assaulting several of his patients, including a 71-year-old woman with a physical disability.

The doctor, Donald Ozumba, 45, was found guilty in court Friday and was charged with aggravated sexual assault of an elderly person, according to The New York Post. Ozumba also allegedly sexually assaulted nine patients and was involved with inappropriate sexual contact with others. He originally faced life in prison.

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

UCLA Fired a Conservative Professor Last Year. It’s Still Refusing to Tell Him Why.

UPDATED: TA says UCLA disingenuously cites ‘privacy’ as reason for stonewalling

Today marks the one-year anniversary of professor Keith Fink’s filing of a grievance over his ousting from UCLA—an ousting UCLA remains silent about despite multiple requests for an explanation.

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

UK Halts Cooperation With US on Two ISIS Fighters Over Possibility of Death Penalty

The British government has reportedly halted cooperating with the U.S. over two British members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) due to concerns they could face the death penalty.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who are accused of involvement in the killing of more than two dozen hostages, are two members of a cell of ISIS fighters known as “The Beatles” because of their British accents.

The U.K. government faced backlash earlier this month after agreeing to cooperate with the U.S. and share intelligence about the cases without seeking assurance that they would not face the death penalty if extradited to the U.S.

The U.K.’s Home Office said this week that it had agreed to “a short-term pause” of legal assistance following a request from lawyers representing one of the men’s family, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

What Does Google Know About You: An (Auto) Complete Guide

How much does Google really know about you? We did a deep-dive into the data the company collects to find out…

Google might just know you better than anyone.

Thanks to the data the tech giant collects in order to sell ads, Google has a wealth of information on you — from what you look like to where you live and where you’ve traveled. The corporation may even be able to guess your favorite food.

Just how does Google know all of this? Jump to our infographic for a quick overview of everything Google knows about you, or check out our full guide by clicking on the icons below.

Although “Google it” has officially entered the cultural lexicon, the mega-corporation is much more than a search engine. It’s through its apps, internet-related services, acquired companies and more that the technology company collects data on you. Below, we’ve broken down the most common app, product or service Google uses to track data, as well as an overview of the specific data collected.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Woman Finds Her BofA Safe Deposit Box Has Vanished

A safe deposit box should, by definition, be “safe.” However, to her surprise, that is precisely the opposite of what a California woman discovered a few days ago.

Susan Nomi said that when she went to open the Bank of America safe deposit box she had for 16 years, the entire box had vanished. The safe is where she kept her family’s jewelry and her dad’s coin collection.

“I was in shock; I was just like what happened to my box,” said Nomi, quoted by CBS Sacramento.

Worse, Bank of America — which was custodian of the safety box — couldn’t explain where her valuables went: “They don’t have an answer. They don’t have an answer. They say thanks for letting us know,” Nomi said.

Making matters worse for the infuriated woman, she herself was a retired Bank of America employee of 40 years; and she’s not alone. Others have complained that Bank of America drilled their safe deposit boxes without permission or notice.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers’ Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology

Shoppers at the Chinook Centre, a mall in Calgary, Canada, have been unwittingly scanned by face recognition software.

Canadian outlet CBC reports that the mall’s parent company, Cadillac Fairview, has admitted to using the software without shopper consent, but the company claims they only collect limited data. The software has been in use since June.

Stunningly, Cadillac Fairview never actually disclosed the surveillance, which was used at two malls in Calgary and others in Canada. A shopper simply happened to notice a window accidentally left open in one of the center’s directories. The recognition software was seemingly running the background. The shopper posted a photo of the window to Reddit.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Did We Just Dodge 9/11 2.0?

On July 22, 2018 Faisal Hussein, a Canadian-born 29-year-old male of Pakistani heritage and Muslim faith, opened fire with a handgun on citizens along Toronto’s Danforth Avenue, killing two and wounding 13. After an exchange of gunfire with police Faisal Hussein turned his gun on himself.

Faisal was known to police. He had posted favourable comments on jihadi websites and had recently visited Afghanistan. Cache of weapons, including 31 identical high-end handguns, and 42 kilograms of carfentanil

In mid-2017 Faisal’s brother, Farad Hussain, suffered an overdose. He has been in a coma ever since.

In September 2017 firefighters responded to a carbon monoxide alarm at a house on Liatris Drive, in Pickering, Ontario (40 kilometres east of Toronto). Inside the house they found a cache of weapons, including 31 identical high-end handguns, and 42 kilograms of carfentanil.

The media misrepresent the 42 kilos of carfentanil as a major narcotics stash. Actually, it was a massive chemical weapons stockpile.

A 2016 AP article titled: Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic, stresses that:

“Before being discovered by drug dealers, carfentanil and substances like it were viewed as chemical weapons.”

The article quotes Andrew Webber, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defence from 2009 to 2014. Asked about carfentanil, Webber states bluntly:

“It’s a weapon.”

Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than its weaker cousin fentanyl which is 50 times stronger than heroin. By weight and volume carfentanil is as deadly as traditional military-grade nerve agents.

In 2002 carfentanil was used by Russian authorities to end a hostage-taking incident in a Moscow theatre. Between 100 and 200 hostages died after inhaling a carfentanil mist the authorities had surreptitiously pumped inside that spacious auditorium.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Man Shoves Anti-Islam Protester Into Toronto Fountain, Police Make No Arrests

A man shoved an anti-Islam protester into a Toronto fountain on Friday while police apparently watched and made no arrests.

The incident occurred at the makeshift memorial erected at the site of Sunday’s mass shooting in the city, where two people died and 13 others were injured. Gunman Faisal Hussain reportedly committed suicide in the attack.

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

Mandel: Mentally Ill Stabber in Army Recruiting Centre Attack to be Allowed Into Community

It appears the last mentally ill “lone wolf” who went on a 2016 rampage in Toronto will be free in no time.

In a shocking decision, Ayanle Hassan Ali — a man with schizophrenia found not criminally responsible for the attempted murder of three soldiers at the Canadian Forces recruiting centre in North York — has already been cleared to leave the secure unit of his Hamilton hospital this year on passes into the community, including forays that aren’t even directly supervised.

This follows Ali’s first hearing before the Ontario Review Board earlier this month after a court found him NCR due to his mental disorder, but acquitted him on terrorism charges. The federal Crown is currently appealing that decision, still arguing that a “lone wolf” falls under Canada’s anti-terror laws.

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

Mutated HIV Strains in Canada May Cause Quicker Illness, Study Finds

Mutated strains of HIV circulating in a Canadian province where HIV rates rank among the highest in North America could be leading to the more rapid development of Aids-related illnesses, according to new research.

The research, published in the scientific journal Aids, was sparked by anecdotal reports from Saskatchewan, where HIV rates in 2016 exceeded the national average tenfold in some areas. Nearly 80% of those infected with HIV in the province are indigenous. Canada to test first needle exchange program in a North American prison Read more

“Some of our physician colleagues in Saskatchewan started to report that they were seeing cases of people being infected with HIV and getting very sick, very quickly,” said Zabrina Brumme, the lead author of the study and a professor at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University. “It was almost as if there might have been something particularly nastier about the virus.”

Previous research carried out in Japan had explained a similar phenomenon by pointing to resistant strains that had adapted to evade host immune responses. Researchers wondered if the same factors might be at play in Saskatchewan.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

“God Help Us” — British Army Readied in Case of Hard Brexit

Just as was extremely evident prior to the actual vote in 2016, scaremongering around Brexit (deal or no deal) is escalating among the cognoscenti or desperate Remain ‘told you so’-ers.

Britain’s Sunday Times reports that UK ministers have drawn up plans to send in the army to deliver food, medicines and fuel in the event of shortages if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

Blueprints for the armed forces to assist the civilian authorities, usually used only in civil emergencies, have been dusted down as part of the “no deal” planning, with helicopters and army trucks used to ferry supplies to vulnerable people outside the southeast who were struggling to obtain the medicines they needed.

However, as ominous as this sounds, The Sunday Times admits — a number of paragraphs into their “Army on standby for no-deal Brexit emergency” story — that a source inside the Ministry of Defense said they have not yet received “a formal request” to assist the civilian authorities.

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

Carles Puigdemont is Back in Belgium

The former Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont is back in Belgium. Earlier this month the Spanish Government withdraw a European surrender order under the conditions of which other EU countries would have to send him back to Spain. This means that he is now able to travel freely within Europe. Mr Puidgemont wants to continue his political activities in exile here in Belgium.

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

Cyprus to Donate 10 Million Euros as Countries Mobilize to Support Greece

Aid, offers of assistance and expressions of solidarity continued to pour in on Wednesday from around the world as Greece struggles to cope with one of its most deadly natural disasters.

Cyprus offered 10 million euros in aid and also sent 64 first responders to the region early on Tuesday morning.

European Council President Donald Tusk expressed his condolences, saying that “help is on its way from several EU countries.” Moreover, the flags of European Union member-states at the European Commission in Brussels flew at half-mast on Wednesday.

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

Dutch Police Have Lost Control Over ‘Urban Jungle’ Amsterdam

Dutch tourist hotspot, Amsterdam, turns into an “urban jungle” after dark as police are powerless to handle the crime, violence and drug trade. This, according to the city’s ombudsman, Arre Zuurmond.

“The city centre becomes an urban jungle at night,” Zuurmond told Dutch paper, Trouw. “Criminal money flourishes, there is no authority and the police can no longer handle the situation.”

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

EU Trying to Cheat UK Out of Brexit, May Should Walk Away With No Deal — Salvini

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s right-wing interior minister and leader of anti-immigrant Lega Nord, has claimed that Brussels is trying to “swindle” London in their Brexit negotiations, telling Theresa May to walk away without a deal.

Salvini, an outspoken EU critic, told the Sunday Times that the British prime minister should adopt a tougher stance while dealing with Brussels. “My experience in the European parliament tells me you either impose yourself or they swindle you,”he maintained.

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

Farage: Bannon Plan Could Help Populists to EU Election Victory

The intervention of former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in European politics could help rightwing parties become the biggest bloc in the European parliament next year, according to Nigel Farage.

The former Ukip leader predicted sweeping advances for anti-EU parties during next May’s European elections, aided by the new project announced by Bannon . Bannon, one of the architects of Donald Trump’s US election triumph in 2016 and the former head of the rightwing Breitbart News, aims to establish a pan-European populist foundation .

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

Finnish Police Shoot Man in Kotka

A police officer shot a man in the leg on Friday evening in the eastern port city of Kotka. Officers were responding to a domestic alarm around 11pm when they say a man threatened them with a weapon.

“To overcome his resistance, police shot the man in the leg,” the Southeast Finland Regional Police Department said in a statement.

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

Five Star Movement Founder Grillo Makes Fresh Push for Euro Referendum

Five Star Movement founder and comedian Beppe Grillo has backed a referendum on the euro currency in Italy, saying that Italians need a “Plan B” if the economy deteriorates.

The founder and former leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), which governs Italy with populist coalition partner the League (La Lega), said Italians need to be given a choice on whether or not to remain in the euro currency, “spooking” investors according to Bloomberg.

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France: Why is President Macron Publicly Denying His Mysterious Bodyguard is His Lover?

Of all Emmanuel Macron’s remarks following his short, stunning rise to the highest office in France, few have been as bizarre as his announcement this week that, to paraphrase another political denial, he did not have sex with that man.

The French President used a crisis meeting with MPs to vigorously deny any liaison with the suddenly notorious Alexandre Benalla, a son of Moroccan immigrants who, until last Friday, was his personal security guard.

‘Alexandre Benalla has never had the nuclear codes!’ he declared, presumably trying to be witty. ‘Benalla has never been my lover!’

Macron’s extraordinary comment, in response to internet rumours, was reported yesterday as he tried, but failed, to bluster through a growing crisis over his remarkably close relationship with the mysterious 26-year-old.

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France: Macron Denies Disgraced Moroccan Bodyguard Was Gay Lover, Had Access to Nuclear Codes

French president Emmanuel Macron has denied his disgraced private bodyguard Alexandre Benalla was his gay lover, or that he had access to the country’s nuclear codes.

Macron’s presidency has been plunged into scandal by the Moroccan-born aide, who is not a police officer but was recorded striking a male protestor and dragging him to the ground while wearing a police helmet and tags on May Day.

A second video has since emerged, which purports to show Benalla manhandling a female protestor.

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France: Rape Reports in Paris Increase by 20% and Perpetrators Walk Free

Paris seems to follow the dramatic criminal evolution of London as rape reports increased by 20% in the French capital in just five months, L’express reports.

Woman are preyed upon and followed through the streets, sometimes being raped in or near their own homes. Men also offer to accompany, on foot or by car, a girl out partying who’s friends have gone, thinking she is about to get a taxi.

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Germany: Rise of the Salafists

The number of Salafists in Germany has doubled over the last five years and now exceeds 10,000 for the first time, according to Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency. BfV estimates that Germany is home to more than 25,000 Islamists, nearly 2,000 of whom pose an immediate threat of attack.

The new figures are included the latest annual report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV), and presented by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen in Berlin on July 24.

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Hungary’s Orban Calls for Surge of ‘Illiberal Christian Democracies’ In Fresh Threat to EU

EUROSCEPTIC Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban took a swipe at Western political establishment and said next year’s European parliament election could bring to power “illiberal Christian democracy”, ending decades of multiculturalism.

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Hungary’s Orban: If I Governed Like Merkel, I’d be Kicked Out of Office

Viktor Orban made clear that his hard-hitting anti-mass migration policies were no less than what the people of Hungary were demanding of him on Friday, saying that if he adopted a more globalist position he’d be kicked out of office.

In an interview with German tabloid Bild, Orban said: “…if I made a refugee policy like your chancellor, people would chase me out of office the same day”, according to a translation provided by Deutsche Welle.

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Italy: Transport Min. To Urge New FS Chief to Solve Trenord Issues

‘Trains not on time, concessionaries responsible’ — Toninelli

(ANSA) — Rome, July 27 — Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli on Friday said he would call on the new CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), the Italian state railways company, to resolve issues concerning trains in the northern part of the country.

“Lombardy commuters deserve to travel on comfortable and punctual trains. And Trenord does not guarantee this. I will immediately tell the new FS CEO to take action,” he said in a tweet. “We must hold concessionaries to account,” he added. The new CEO of FS will be named by the government by July 31.

On Wednesday the minister, a leading member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), announced he had sacked the board of FS and halted a planned merger between FS and motorway company ANAS.

The CEO that was fired, Renato Mazzoncini said Thursday that his dismissal as the CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) along with the rest of the board of the Italian rail company was down to the “decision of the new government to apply the spoils system”.

“Today the company is worth 2% of the country’s GDP and employs 81,000 people directly and 240,000 indirectly,” he added. Transport ministry sources rejected Mazzoncini’s assertion, saying the decision to fire the board was linked to the failure to apply an ethical clause relating to the CEO position.

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Italy: TAV Project Shouldn’t be Halted — Salvini

Premier office plays down reports Conte decided to scrap project

(ANSA) — Rome, July 27 — Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said Friday that he thinks the TAV Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link should go ahead following media reports that Premier Giuseppe Conte has decided to scrap the controversial project. The premier’s office played down the reports that Conte had decided to meet demands from the 5-Star Movement (TAV) to bin the TAV, saying assessments are still being made and nothing had been decided. “It is necessary to go ahead with the TAV, not go back,” said Salvini, the leader of the League, the M5S’s partner in the coalition government.

“A cost-benefit analysis should be done — is the project necessary or not? Would it cost more to stop it or continue?”. The M5S, led by Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio, has long campaigned for the TAV to be halted due to its cost and environmental impact.

Earlier this week Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli described the TAV as a “huge waste of public money” and said that “no one should dare to sign off on advancing the line” which is being built north of Turin amid constant protests.

On Friday the premier’s office said that “the dossier is in the investigation stage with the competent Minister Toninelli, who is engaged in a cost-benefit evaluation that will be put to, and shared with, the premier and the whole government. The solution will be in line with the content of the government contract”.

It is estimated that around 1.5 billion euros has been spent on the TAV and that it would cost some two billion more to pull out.

Furthermore, halting the project would require a complicated procedure to rescind an international treaty.

The French TAV committee said that there was “confusion in Italy” and pointed out that, if the project is halted, “the Italians will have to reimburse lots and lots of money.

A European Commission spokesperson said that “the Lyon-Turin (line) is an important project not just for France and Italy, but for the whole of Europe, and it is important that all the parties maintain the commitments to complete it on time”.

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Italy: Priest Accused of Abusing 10-Yr-Old Says Victim Seemed Older

Under house arrest, blames girl for initiating

(ANSA) — Prato, July 27 — A priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl attempted to justify himself by saying that he thought “she was 14 or 15”.

The priest, Paolo Glaentzer, 70, made this claim during a July 24 interrogation.

He admitted that he had engaged in similar behavior with the girl “at least three other times” but blamed the girl for initiating it. He was caught in the act by two neighbors and then arrested by the Carabinieri police and has been placed under house arrest in Bagni di Lucca.

The preliminary investigative judge said that the man had shown obstinacy in continuing such “deviant and illicit modes of behavior”.

The judge justified the decision of house arrest for the man by saying that there was no risk of tampering with evidence since the man had confessed, that he was elderly and that his home is far from that of his victim. The judge added that the priest said he had known the family for years, shortly after the little girl was born, which would prove that he knew the girl’s age. “I met the family about ten years ago,” he reportedly said, and “I used to go to dinner at their home once a month.” The man also allegedly said that he had helped the family — which was beset by economic and social problems, to the point of having their children entrusted to social services — economically and that he had given them about 7,000 euros over a period of about ten years.

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Jewish Teens Enlisted to Fight Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany

LUCKAU, Germany (AP) — Sophie Steiert opens a bag of kosher gummy bears and offers them to 20 other German teenagers seated around her in their high school classroom.

“They’re really yummy,” Steiert, 16, says with an enticing smile. “And by the way, does any one of you know what kosher means?”

The students shrug. Most of the 17-year-olds never have met a Jewish person. In school, they’ve only talked about dead Jews: the 6 million killed by the Nazis.

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May’s Brexit Absolutely Hammered by Tory Associations Across the Country

Theresa May is facing a monumental backlash from Conservative Associations across the country over her appalling handling of Brexit.

Westmonster can reveal that 95% of North West Leicestershire’s Conservative Association disapprove of the Chequers Plan, but they’re not alone.

The local associations of seven Cabinet Ministers have spoken out against it, according to The Telegraph.

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Merkel’s Conservatives Hit 12-Year Low in German Poll

BERLIN (Reuters) — Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, trying to move beyond a bitter dispute over migrant policy that threatened the coalition, has fallen to its lowest level since 2006, a poll showed on Sunday.

The Emnid poll published in Bild am Sonntag showed Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their sister party, Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), down one percentage point at 29 percent. That compares with 33 percent in the September election.

The CSU faces a tough regional election in October with polls showing it could lose its absolute majority in Bavaria.

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Subterranean Wildfire Scourges Danish Acres Near Aalborg

A serious wildfire has broken out near Aalborg, presenting a significant challenge to firefighters in the area.

The fire, which started on Wednesday near Dokkedal southeast of the northern city, was extinguished above ground by Thursday morning but is ongoing underground, Ritzau reports.

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Theresa May is ‘Abandoning Brexit’ With Latest Plan — Expert

Theresa May has been accused of Brexit “abandonment” by a top QC who says her Chequers deal means that UK courts will still be ruled by the European Union.

European law expert Martin Howe QC warns that under the White Paper terms, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) “will have direct jurisdiction to bind the UK to make its law comply with the EU rulebook”.

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UK: Cop Sex Abuse Shock: Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal Gets Even Worse as Now Ten Police Officers Are Accused of Sexually Abusing Children

UP to ten cops are being investigated over claims they sexually abused kids in scandal-hit Rotherham.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in to probe the involvement of an undisclosed number of police involved in sex abuse claims — with a top cop further admitting officers were to blame for “significant” failures into the Rotherham scandal.

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UK: Davis: Alternative Brexit Plan Ready to Go

Former Brexit Minister David Davis has confirmed that an alternative Brexit plan, much more akin to what Brexiteers want to see is ready to go if and when Theresa May’s Chequers proposal fails.

Putting together the best bits of current trade deals with the EU, work was originally commissioned by Davis and is picks out elements of the trade treaty Canada has with the European Union.

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UK: Islamic State Supporter Who Called for Attack on Prince George ‘Stabbed in Prison’

An internet terrorist who urged his social media followers to target Prince George at school has reportedly been stabbed in prison. Husnain Rashid, 32, provided advice on how a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist could carry out an attack with poison, chemicals, bombs and knives. He was also in communication with a known IS fighter in Syria and ran his own internet channel.

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UK: Remainer MP’s Committee Demands Govt Regulate and Police Social Media to Stop ‘Fake News’

LONDON (AP) — The British government should increase oversight of social media like Facebook and election campaigns, a parliamentary committee has recommended in a report on fake news, data misuse, and alleged interference by Russia.

The interim report by the House of Commons’ media committee to be released on Sunday claimed democracy is facing a crisis because the combination of data analysis and social media allows campaigns to target voters with “messages of hate”.

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Viktor Orban: Hungary is One of the World’s Most Stable Countries

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in his regular Friday interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio, said the European Commission’s days are numbered, noting that its mandate is set to expire next May.

Orban reacted to the recently-launched infringement procedures against Hungary over its “Stop Soros” law and related constitutional amendments as well as the EC’s proposal to pay 6,000 euros per migrant to member states that accept them.

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Coptic Bishop Found Dead With ‘Head Smashed’ In Egyptian Monastery

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church says a bishop has been found dead inside a monastery in the desert northwest of Cairo.

Bishop Epiphanius is head of Anba Makar Monastery near Wadi el-Natroun in coastal Beheira province. The church did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his death on Sunday.

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The White Helmets Are a Part of Al-Qaeda, Don’t Let Them Resettle in Europe — Syrian MP Interview

In the last week roughly 400 White Helmets were evacuated from Syria by Israel, where they will then be resettled in Western countries. I had the opportunity to talk to Mr Fares Shehabi, the Member of Parliament for Aleppo, and discuss this development, as well as the Syrian situation in general.

What is your personal assessment of the current ground situation in the Syrian Civil War; how close is the Syrian Government to regaining total control of the country?

“There is no civil war in Syria. There is a war raged on Syria using radical jihadi proxies who are backed by the West & Israel and financed by KSA, Qatar, & Turkey. The Syrian army backed by the Syrian population is very close to completely liberating all of Syria from terrorists and separatists alike.”

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Mystery as Day Turns Into Night in Arctic Siberia, Baffling Locals as Light Returns With a Layer of Black Dust Covering Everything

Locals in north of Yakutia reported that their day suddenly turned to night around noon on Friday, and for almost three hours they needed torches to see where they were going. People from remote Eveno-Bytantaisky, Zhigansky and Verkhoyansky districts turned to newspapers, begging local media to explain what the hell happened, baffling by this sudden darkness — even though they should have 24-hour light at this time of year.

‘The sun went out around 11am, and didn’t come back until about 2pm. I couldn’t see a thing without switching lights on. We took torches to walk outside, but actually no-one wanted to be on the street because the feeling was as if something heavy in the air was pressing on your chest’, said one resident.

The darkness had a ‘yellow’ tinge, or was associated with dust clouds, say various versions.

After the sun returned, locals found thick layer of dust covering everything outside. The other version says it is ash from wildfires that have been raging over a territory of 12,500km2 since beginning of July. Yet neither Eveno-Bytantaisky, nor Zhigansky district were close to the wildfire areas, and air was completely still on the morning it happened.

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Putin: Christianity is the Foundation of Russian Nationhood and Cultural Identity

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin says the adoption of Christianity more than 1,000 years ago in territory that later became Russia marked the starting point for forming the Russian nation itself.

President Putin’s comments came Saturday in a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption by Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes that preceded the Russian state.

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Duterte OKs Bill Creating Muslim Autonomous Region in South

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into a stronghold.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque and another key aide, Bong Go, told reporters without elaborating late Thursday that Duterte signed the bill creating the region, to be called Bangsamoro. The autonomy deal, which has been negotiated for more than two decades under four presidents, was ratified earlier this week by both chambers of Congress.

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North Korea Returns Remains. U.S. Korean War Pows Sent to Soviet Union Still Unaccounted for

More than six decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of 55 Americans came home from North Korea in what the New York Times called the “first visible result” of President Donald Trump’s effort to bring the fallen heroes home.

The remains rested in small coffins, draped with the United Nations flag under which the men fought, and were sent first to South Korea. Once in Hawaii, their destination, government forensics experts will try to identify them before burial.

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A Massive Police Presence But No Protesters at Right-Wing Activist Lauren Southern’s Speech as She Accuses Cops of Telling Her That Walking by Mosque Was Illegal

Riot police on horses and more than a dozen police four-wheel drives were stationed at Darling Harbour in Sydney on Saturday night for right-wing YouTube star Lauren Southern.

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Obama Admin Gave $200K Grant to Terror-Connected Group

The group was designated terror connected because of its ties to Usama Bin Laden in 2004. Flash forward to 2014 when USAID gave World vision, Inc. over $700K. World Vision then gave the $200K portion to Islamic Relief Agency. See how that’s done?

A second payment of over $100K was given to the group in May of 2015…

Westrop continued, “Obama-administration officials knowingly approved the transfer of taxpayer dollars to an al-Qaeda affiliate, and not an obscure one but an enormous international network that was often in the headlines.”

USAID has now changed its policy and screening for awardees but you can imagine that this is just the tip of the iceberg in free money given to Obama’s choice groups whether they were designated terror-connected or not. A president who hosts the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House is not to be trusted.

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The Mysterious Aztec ‘Death Whistle’

In the 1990s, archeologists in Mexico City unearthed a 500-year-old skeleton near an ancient Aztec temple—a victim of human sacrifice. A grisly discovery, yes, but perhaps even more chilling was what the beheaded skeleton was holding: two small whistles, one in the shape of a skull. When a researcher blew into one of the tiny instruments, the horrifying sounds that emerged immediately captivated imaginations. One scholar described the noise as “a shriek of death.”

The dreadful, high-pitched sound of the whistle is perhaps most comparable to a human scream. “There are different air streams generated within the structure of these instruments, which then diametrically hits against each other,” said Arnd Adje Both, a music archeologist who has examined the whistle. “And thus the Aztecs were able to produce a very shrill and noisy sound.”

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Border Wall Fight Likely Pushed to After Midterms

Securing funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall once again seems to be getting punted further down the road by congressional leadership.

During a radio interview with WHAS on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will likely not make it into the next funding legislation, which must be passed by the end of September in order to avoid another government shutdown.

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Britain Didn’t Accept a Single Christian Refugee, Accepted Muslims Only

There were 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in the first three months of the year. The Home Office now admits that there was not a single Christian among them, Premier Christian Radio reports.

The information, including the rejection of Christian applicants, came to light following a freedom of information request by the Barnabas Fund — a charity that supports persecuted Christians.

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Dozens of Refugees Storm Spanish Nude Beach

Spain has been accepting migrants from across the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta said that they would turn them away from their ports.

A dramatic video has emerged on YouTube, showing illegal African immigrants reaching the coast of Spain and immediately encountering chaos.

A group of nearly 30 people on an inflatable boat, apparently coming from Morocco through the Strait of Gibraltar, is filmed sailing towards the nudist beach of Tarifa near the Spanish port of Algeciras. After being approached by a coast guard boat, they disembark and run towards the wood line in a bid to get away from the police.

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‘Extreme’ Mass Migration Drives Historic Population Growth in Swedish Region

Every single municipality in the Swedish county of Kronoberg has seen historic population growth in recent years, with much of the driving force behind the trend coming from an “extreme” level of mass migration.

The statistics, published by the Kronoberg regional authority, say that “for the most part, the population increase is due to Sweden having historically high immigration”.

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Fail: 9 Times Globalists Claimed Mass Immigration is Necessary to Increase GDP

For decades, the big business lobby, ideologically globalist politicians, and economists have claimed that the only route to increasing the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is through increasing legal immigration levels.

On Friday, thanks to President Trump’s “America First” economy, GDP soared to 4.1 percent for the second quarter of 2018, outpacing the first quarter, in which GDP was 2.2 percent.

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French, Italian Far-Right Youth Groups Protest Migrants on Border

The youth wings of France’s far-right National Rally party (formerly National Front) and Italy’s League held a joint anti-immigration protest on Sunday on the border of the two countries in the French city of Menton.

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German Woman Receives Large Fine for Criticising Refugees on Facebook

A German cleaning lady received a fine of 1,650 euros for criticising refugees and the country’s asylum policy, news outlet Wochenblick reports.

The woman commit her ‘Orwellian thought crime’ on Facebook, as she said this about refugees:

“Sh*t on the state, steal from people, rape, swirling the eggs, demand money from us and sue the state. That’s what they can. They’re more valuable than gold, our super-skilled people.”

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Germany: Islamic State Supporting Migrant on Trial for Alleged Bomb Plot

The trial of a 20-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, accused of plotting to detonate explosives in a crowd in Germany, started at a court in Hamburg this week.

The 20-year-old migrant was brought before the Hamburg Higher Regional Court Thursday to begin the process following his arrest in October of last year, Die Welt reports.

According to the federal prosecutor’s office, the 20-year-old had not only looked up instructions for how to make explosive devices online but had also begun the process of manufacturing the explosives for a potential device.

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Hatchet Attacks and Sexual Assaults: Migrants Terrorise German Swimming Pools

For several weeks Western Europe has been suffering through a record breaking heatwave. Normally this would mean more people visiting outdoor swimming pools. However, in Germany, after numerous incidents with migrants, more Germans simply won’t risk going to the pools, tabloid BILD reports.

Last Wednesday a large fight started in a Magdeburg swimming pool between groups of Croatians and Afghans. A 17-year-old Croatian girl is said to have been splashed several times with water by the Afghans.

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How Our Governments Lied: Migrants Are Not Good for the Economy

Definition of the Gross Domestic Product

GDP — Gross Domestic Product. It is the total economic output of a country in a given year. All products bought and sold, and services delivered and used. To put it in the words of Investopedia:

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period. Though GDP is usually calculated on an annual basis, it can be calculated on a quarterly basis as well (in the United States, for example, the government releases an annualized GDP estimate for each quarter and also for an entire year).

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Hungarian PM Warns of Muslim Influx and Says Every Country Has the Right to Reject Immigration

The Hungarian Prime Minister said on Saturday that every European country has the right to defend its Christian culture and to reject immigration.

Viktor Orban took this stance during a speech at a Summer University Camp in Balvanyos, Hungary. According to the Prime Minister it is a basic principle that countries have the right to defend their borders and reject immigration.

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Italian Interior Minister Wants More Babies and Fewer Migrants as the Country’s Traditions and Identity Are at Stake

Matteo Salvini, The League (Lega) leader heads one half of Italy’s new populist coalition government and he’s not held back his opinion that Italy’s “tradition, our story, our identity” was at risk while the political left have used declining birthrates and threat of an ageing population as an “excuse” to “import migrants”.

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Italy Investigating German Refugee Rescue Workers

Prosecutors from the Sicilian town of Trapani opened an investigation on Wednesday into more than 20 sea rescue workers accused of assisting with illegal immigration, according to a report from German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

The rescuers work for various international nongovernmental organizations, including Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children. Prosecutors have not pressed any charges and the preliminary investigation is a “technical process” in order to gather information from computers and phones, a spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders told German press agency DPA.

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Jury Finds Jordanian Immigrant Guilty of Capital Murder in Houston ‘Honor Killings’

A five-week capital murder trial came to a swift ending Thursday when a Harris County jury took less than an hour of deliberations to convict a Jordanian immigrant of killing his son-in-law and orchestrating the slaying of his daughter’s close friend in what prosecutors said were “honor killings.”

Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, was found guilty of masterminding the two homicides as part of broader plot to kill five people, including his daughter, after she ran away from the family compound in rural Montgomery County, converted to Christianity and married a Christian man.

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Leftist Journalist Wants to Import More Migrants to Battle Swedish Forest Fires

With forest fires ravaging Sweden and rescue services under strain, Andreas Magnusson has the solution — Increase migration.

A high school teacher and columnist for Magazine Paragraph, Andreas Magnusson, in his latest article has addressed the question of the forest fires due to the hot summer. He asserts that as Sweden is a large country on the surface, with few inhabitants, that there are large uninhabited forests.

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Millionaire Immigrants Are Jumping Visa Queues and Buying Their Way Straight Into Australia — and They Only Have to Spend 40 Days in the Country Per Year

Cashed-up foreigners are jumping immigration queues in their thousands by taking advantage of special investment visas — and some only need to spend 40 days in Australia every year.

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Minors Forced Into Sex at Italian-French Border — Report

Save the Children says victims from Sub-Saharan Africa

(ANSA) — Rome, July 27 — Minors are being forced to have sex to cross the French-Italian border at Ventimiglia or to obtain food and shelter, according to a new report by Save the Children. The report said that in most cases the ‘survival sex’ victims were girls from the Horn of Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa who have to pay between 50 and 150 euros to ‘passeurs’ to cross the border via car. “These girls are very young and especially vulnerable because they are part of a big invisible flow of unaccompanied migrants in transit at the north Italian border who, while attempting to reach their relatives or acquaintances in other European countries and unable to use safe, legal paths, are exposed to great risks of abuse and exploitation,” said Save the Children’s Raffaela Milano. The report estimated that almost 10 million children and adolescents were forced into a state of slavery worldwide in 2016, meaning they were sold and exploited for work and-or sex.

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Pope Francis Praises Theological Conference for Focus on ‘Ecology, ‘ ‘Immigration’

Pope Francis delivered a message Friday to an international Catholic theological conference in which he congratulated organizers for keeping attention fixed on the environment and immigration, two issues the pope has held at the centre of his pontificate.

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Pope Admits Illegal Migration Linked to Begging Rackets, Organ Trafficking, Prostitution

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging everyone to combat the “shameful crime” of human trafficking, noting that it’s often linked to migrant smuggling.

In remarks Sunday to the public in St. Peter’s Square, Francis decried that many adults and children are trafficked into slavery for forced labour, sex businesses, organ trafficking, begging rackets and other criminal activities.

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Refugees in Germany Demand Everything, Contribute Nothing

Asylum, thought of as a temporary tool to ensure the safety of people until a threat is no longer prevalent, is no longer what it used to be. Simply being safe, fed and having a roof provided over your head isn’t enough anymore. Refugees are making many demands and claims, which are hardly reasonable if not laughable to a sane person.

One of the more well-known refugees with questionable demands is Aras Bacho a writer for the Huffington post in Germany. He has previously demanded all Germans should donate money to refugees, provide smartphones and that angry Germans should leave the country — all for the good of the country and integration of course.

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Russian Initiative Helps Hundreds of Refugees Return to Syria

MASNAA, Lebanon (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbour.

Three buses carrying scores of people crossed the border into Syria in the early afternoon and more than 30 other buses are in Lebanon to carry more refugees later in the day.

Russia has put forward an initiative to return hundreds of thousands of refugees to Syria, and hundreds have returned from Lebanon over the past weeks.

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Spain Recues Nearly 1,000 Migrants From Sea in 2 Days

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved nearly a thousand migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to European shores over the last two days.

The service says it pulled 206 people from 10 different boats Saturday morning, after rescuing 774 migrants traveling in 52 boats Friday.

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Swedish Crazy Feminist Stops Plane From Deporting Afghani Criminal

Sweden is one of the most pro-immigrant countries in the world, they just about receive anyone, including former ISIS terrorists. Heck Sweden is now even training the immigrants on how to have sex with their blondes and impregnate them until their seed goes extinct.

Imagine that, imagine Japan for example, asking millions of white Europeans to come to Japan then issuing guides to the immigrants in their own native languages, on how to have sex with their Japanese women and impregnate them all… So by all means Sweden is the most non-racist country in the world. You have to be really bad, you need to have committed something really horrific in order to get deported from Sweden. So who knows what this Afghani monster may have done in order for him to get deported out of Sweden. Who knows? Nobody knows because nobody wants to talk about it.

Yet here you are having a crazed pscyho feminist woman named Elin Ersson protesting against his deportation to Afghanistan because “he will most likely get killed”.

[comment: Send her there with him.]

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The Crimes Committed by Illegals This Month You Probably Didn’t Hear About

The liberal media has been too busy breathlessly reporting on the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy to give attention to the heinous crimes committed by people who shouldn’t be in this country in the first place.

Now of course these crimes go ignored or underreported because they don’t fit the liberal agenda, and they also make the case for actually enforcing our immigration laws and building Trump’s wall.

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The Socialism Effect? Illegal Migration to Spain Has Tripled Compared to Last Year

Spain’s new socialist government sees irregular migration volume more than trebled since same period last year with 38 per cent of all Mediterranean coming to Spain.

Migrant arrivals to Spain surpass those to Italy in July, according to the International Organisation for Migration. As of 25 July, arrivals to Italy stood at 18,130 while arrivals to Spain is at 20,992.

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Trump Vows Government Shutdown to Force Funding for Border Wall

President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers do not fully fund his proposed border wall and enact his immigration priorities.

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UK Primary School Makes Its Pupils Walk Around a Field Five Times on the Hottest Day of the Year, To Show Solidarity With Refugees

A primary school in the UK made it’s pupils walk around a field five times on the hottest day of the year in a move to show solidarity with refugees.

Last year, Pope Francis launched the campaign “Share the Journey” in a effort to recognise people who are forced to flee war, poverty, persecution or natural disasters.

St Gregory’s Catholic primary school made their students walk around the school grounds 5 times on the hottest day of the year, in a bid to honour the “Share the Journey” campaign.

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Underage Migrants Pimped, Raped by People-Smugglers for Passage Across Italian Border

According to a shocking new report, underage migrant girls are being pimped out to people-smugglers in northern Italy for a chance to be taken across the border into France.

Underage migrant girls are allegedly being pimped in the Italian city of Ventimiglia for passage across the border into France, according to the children’s rights NGO Save The Children, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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Video Emerges of Dozens of Illegal Migrants Landing on Spanish Beach

Video footage has now emerged of dozens of migrants landing a boat on a Spanish beach before running into Europe.

The footage, taken by shocked beach-goers, just goes to highlight the fact the migrant crisis is far from over. In fact, as Italy takes a hardline approach, migrants are finding alternative routes.

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Viktor Orban: The New EU Leadership Should Punish Those Who Let Millions of Migrants Into Europe

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Prime Minister, says a new European Commission is needed with a new approach to migration policy, stating that the days of the current EU executive are “numbered” with its mandate expiring next May, Reuters reports.

He made the comments Friday to state radio and said the next Commission should not punish countries that protect their borders from migrants. Orban added that the new EU leadership should punish those who let millions of migrants into Europe in violation of the EU’s rules.

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Who Will Stand for America, Part 2

There are many cases we see today where the real values of America that have sustained America for 242 years. In reality it has sustained us since 1620 as we were founded and grew on the same values. Todays so-called places of higher education are no longer performing what they used to do. In days past all points of view would be brought forth, discussed, weighed for their value and then decided which idea would be better for a civilized society. This concept taught students how to think and evaluate good and bad ideas. That is no longer the case in todays colleges. Students today are taught what to think not how to think.

Just recently a student at Polk State University was given “0’’s because she wouldn’t condemn Christianity. A Polk State University student says that her humanities professor gave her four consecutive zeros after she disagreed with his negative views toward Christianity.

One of professor Lance “L.J.” Russum’s assignments asked students: why did Christianity and its male gods seek to silence women? Another insisted that Michelangelo’s sculptures and paintings communicated that same-sex relationships are not a sin.

Russum also reportedly criticized Christianity as one of the “most violent forms of religion the world has ever seen.” This is not a healthy debate on religion, this is a demand by the professor to adopt his point of view on Christianity. If this professor had bothered to do any research on the subject, which he didn’t, he would have found that islam is the most violent religion on earth. Islam is not only the world’s most violent religion in writing. A huge study, based on in-depth interviews with 45,000 subjects, confirms that it is also the world’s most violent religion in practice.

The study shows that Islam is the only religion in the world in which people become more violent, the stronger they believe in their religion.

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Why Psychopaths Are Unable to Love Their Children

Dark triad personality (DTP) traits are narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. These traits manifest in people as excessive self-love, a manipulative attitude, and a lack of empathy.

It’s unclear how many people in the population have these traits, but various studies and estimates put the number somewhere between 1 percent and 10 percent.

DTPs are often reported to have an obsession with themselves, and they struggle to see the point in other people’s feelings. Because of this, their relationships are often abusive and controlling.

Romantic partners are manipulated, used, and tricked into believing they are crazy, before being abruptly devalued and discarded.

A common question that comes up is whether the offspring of a DTP would be treated any differently than the individual’s romantic partners.

Narcissists ‘can never really love anyone’

According to Perpetua Neo, a psychologist and therapist who specialises in DTPs, the answer is no.

“Narcissists, psychopaths, and sociopaths do not have a sense of empathy, they do not and will not develop a sense of empathy, so they can never really love anyone,” she told Business Insider.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/29/2018

  1. “The interim report by the House of Commons’ media committee to be released on Sunday claimed democracy is facing a crisis because the combination of data analysis and social media allows campaigns to target voters with “messages of hate”.

    So this is an emerging strategy of the Left. The false claim that more information weakens a democracy. The Left always says “democracy is facing a crisis” when they know they are losing a political argument. For example the debate on migration in Europe, muslim rape gangs and BREXIT to name a few.

  2. Sometimes interesting articles are published in Russian. But I’m afraid a lot of people won’t like them. Sometimes they are called specific names, and not some mythical “cultural Marxists”.
    But we are adults and we are able to accept the truth, of course, if it is true. After all, it wasn’t us who did this.

    Common-Europeans – the new nation of Europe

    http://xn—-8sbeybxdibygm.ru-an.info/%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8/%D0%B2-%D0%B5%D0%B2%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%B5-%D1%84%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%81%D1%8F-%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8F-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%86%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%BE%D0%B1%D1%89%D0%B5%D0%B5%D0%B2%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%B5%D0%B9%D1%86%D1%8B-%D0%B8%D0%B7-%D0%BC%D0%B8%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%B8-%D0%BC%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BD%D1%8B%D1%85/

    • I machine-translated this and it’s highly paranoid – to put it politely. “A pamphlet” whose thousands of copies were distributed in the West, but this site doesn’t show any copies of it??

      Please don’t post links to Paranoid People with no standards of what constitutes genuine historiography. I realize that those on the other side do the same thing, but that doesn’t make this right. I’m not always well enough to check links but this example shows why I need to find the energy to do so.

  3. Having spent much time around Tarifa, the video of the migrant boat linked above says Punta Paloma straight off. That stretch of coast and inland used to be a military base but was closed sometime after turn of century, but even before that the wrecks of small wooden pateras (basically small fishing boats) were to be found along the shore, sometimes occupants who were unsuccessful also. For over a decade now high resolution radar is installed for the straights and adjacent, built in the name of drug trafficking (note Algeria just sacked highest police commanders et al for drugs shipment FROM Spain) , so the Spanish are fully aware of each patera in that zone making the crossing. There is not much the police and coastguard are able to do except try to roundup arrivals for processing.

    Tarifa passenger terminal closes to house migrants:

    https://www.lavozdigital.es/cadiz/provincia/lvdi-inmigrantes-suelo-terminal-pasajeros-tarifa-plena-201807271446_noticia.html

    The Morrocans are not going to go too far trying to patrol their whole coast without good incentive, even if they get bribed off by EU it would probably not be effective – migrants are allowed to leave Morroco.

    The stretch of coast usable is vast, from Almeria, Valencia sometimes even I think, through to Portugal. Here is a recent arrival further west from Tarifa near cape Trafalgar.

    https://www.diariodecadiz.es/provincia/patera-decenas-inmigrantes-desembarca-Zahora_0_1267673766.html

    I don’t think forced returns and assembly points in countries outside Europe will work, not as long as there is easy welcome from some countries in EU, but maybe those points would just become a formalised compromise for entry so avoiding some of the scenes we are watching.

    The formal legal movement currently looks like this

    https://www.lavozdigital.es/andalucia/cadiz/sevi-puertos-algeciras-y-tarifa-superan-nota-primer-semana-critico-201807300729_noticia.html

    which is the Operacion Paso del Estrecho. That is only the land route seasonal migration between Spain and Africa that takes place over summer mostly for holiday visits to family. The outward bound to Africa is busiest at the start of summer, so far 200 000 vehicles and a million passengers that way, 33 000 vehicles and 145 000 passengers going the other way. Those numbers reverse as the flow of people return.

    So you might realise maybe that this whole migratory flux is very deep and long running, and imo not something that will be stopped by bureacracy which will only wish to/ be able to manage it in an accomodated way. From that viewpoint the removal of incentives would be a start, but in reality there is still enough unsubsidised incentive, as well as existing informal infrastructure, to justify many more migrants attempting to make the journey to Europe.

  4. So, here is an attempt to formulate the presence of Benalla within the close entourage of M…….

    https://leblogalupus.com/2018/07/28/douce-france-lelysee-et-le-gladio-b/

    Anyone not french speaking will have to pick their way through a web translate. The crux of the theory is that Benalla is part of a “Gladiol-B” enterprise, not a previous Gladio stay-behind of anti-communist western intelligence mixed with “ex Nazi” influence, but this time anglo-saxon deep state vs. russia-us alliance. It is an idea, gives some details. Personally I find it hard to extricate the positions france adopts with russia from the whole EU mixture and other, to know exactly who really means what and when, so someone with greater depth of knowledge on how this all stratifies would have to give their impression and opinion to expand on or reduce the above theory.

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