Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/8/2018

An ex-Marine named Ian Long arrived at a bar in southern California and shot the bouncer before entering, and then shot the cashier inside. After throwing smoke bombs at the patrons to confuse and terrify them, he opened fire. When a sergeant from the sheriff’s office entered the bar, the attacker shot and killed him, and then killed himself before the SWAT team stormed the premises. In addition to himself, the shooter killed 12 people and wounded a number of others. Mr. Long had served in Afghanistan, and it is thought that PTSD may have contributed to his behavior.

In other news, the Italian senate passed Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s proposed law to make it easier to deport criminal migrants.

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Financial Crisis
» Italy: Household Wealth 10 TN — BoI
» Italy: No Bank Risk But Ready to Step in — Salvini
» Unemployment in Poland at 5.7% in October: Labour Minister
 
USA
» 12 Killed & Multiple Injured in California Bar Shooting, Terrorism ‘Not Ruled Out’ (Video)
» Abrams: Banning Guns No Different Than Banning Radar Detectors
» American Politics is Now Just Civil War by Other Means
» Americans Believe in Ghosts, Ancient Aliens and Atlantis, But Not Bigfoot, Study Finds
» Beavercreek Teen Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Join Arm of ISIS
» California Shooting: Country Fans Inside Thousand Oaks Bar ‘Were Las Vegas Massacre Survivors’
» CIA’s ‘Surveillance State’ Is Operating Against US All
» Election Results, 2018
» Farage: If Trump Continues to Campaign Like This, He’ll Win Big in 2020
» Florida’s Richest Man Blasts America’s Wanna-be Socialists, Says “Soros is an Anarchist”
» ‘Go, Donald, Go!’: Italy’s Salvini Congratulates Trump on Midterms
» Good News for Constitutionalist Judges
» Incoming Democrat Chairman: Dems Will Go ‘All-in’ On Russia, Impeach Kavanaugh for ‘Perjury’
» Insanity: Florida Votes to Restore Voting Rights to Estimated 1.4 Million Felons
» Jeff Sessions Resigns as Attorney General, At Trump’s ‘Request’
» Law-Abiding Gun Owner Killed During Red Flag Confiscation Raid
» Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point
» Newt Gingrich: The One Big Thing the Liberal Media Never Told You About Trump and the Midterms
» Non-Citizens Voting in Texas? “We Got Tons of Them” Says Election Official on Undercover Video
» Now That America Has Given the Crazies Control of the House, They Plan to Hit Trump With a Wave of Subpoenas
» Rep. Matt Shea Exposes Marxist and Islamist Counter States in US
» Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Breaking 3 Ribs in Fall
» Socialist Superstar Ocasio-Cortez Elected to Congress
» Suspect Accused of Plotting New U.S. Civil War
» Tattooed Trenchcoat-Wearing Ex-Marine, 29, Dentified as the Gunman Who Masacred Twelve People During Student Night at Country Bar
» Vox’s Tech Magazine Urges Vote Against ‘Unhinged Despot’ Trump
» ‘We Know Where You Sleep at Night! You Are Not Safe’: Antifa Mob Holds ‘Protest’ Outside Tucker Carlson’s Home
 
Canada
» Canada Among Highest Health-Care Spenders Yet Ranks Near Bottom on Number of Doctors, Hospital Beds and Wait Times
» Why This is a Very Scary Time for Young Men
 
Europe and the EU
» 97-Year-Old British War Veteran is Still Selling Poppies: “I Like to Help Those Who Are Still Suffering Today”
» Analyst Explains What the EU Project Really is and Compares it With Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution
» Asymmetrical Warfare and 4GW
» Breaking: Banned Polish Independence Day March Does Continue
» Brexit: Less Poles Want to Leave for the UK
» Brexiteers BoJo and Farage Top Polls for Most Liked Politician, Public Figure
» Britain Launches Body to Make New Buildings More Beautiful, And Places Conservative Philosopher in Charge
» Dutch Ambulance Personnel Now ‘Enriched’ By Bulletproof Vests as Aggression Increases
» Email Leak: British Political Class ‘Colluding’ With Euro Politicians ‘Against Democracy’
» Eurocrat Verhofstadt Launches Anti-Orban Campaign: ‘He Wants to Destroy Europe’
» Five Times More Support for Party That Vows to “Make Spain Great Again”
» France: Police Operation Triggered in Dunkirk Hospital After Reports of Bomb Threat
» France: Bataclan Victims Get 85 Million Euros Compensation as ISIS Leaders Involved in Attack All Eliminated
» France: Emmanuel Macron is ‘Riding a Wave of Fear’, Fumes Marine Le Pen
» French Bishops to Set Up Independent Review on Sex Abuse
» Guy Verhofstadt Agrees With Macron — We Must Create “A European Army”
» Hungary Begins National Family Consultation to Combat ‘Population Replacement’
» Italy: Nigerian Woman Raped: Boyfriend Beaten by Co-Nationals
» Italy’s Enria Picked as Head of ECB Supervision
» Italy: M5S Calls Inquiry Into Dissidents After Decree Vote
» Italy: TAP to be Completed in 2020 — SNAM’s Alverà
» Italy: Statute of Limitations Fundamental Battle for M5S — Di Maio
» Italy: Solve Points Tonight: No Vote in March Says Salvini
» Italy Fights Back: Salvini Warns Merkel Eurosceptics Will be True Saviours of Europe
» Lost Continents Hidden Deep Beneath Antarctica ICE Sheet Discovered From Space
» Merkel Announces She Will Rule Germany Until 2021, But Over Half of Germans Want Her Gone Next Year
» Millions of Polish Children to Sing National Anthem to Honour Independence Centennial Day
» Polish PM: Patriotism is the Fruit of the ‘Memory Tree’ That Helps Build Identity
» Swedish Left Pushing for Full Voting Rights for Foreign Citizens, Teenagers
» Swedish Socialist Youth Organisation SSU Infiltrated by Islamists
» Swedish Couple Raped and Tortured for Hours in Their Own Home — Two Young Men Arrested
» Swedish Psychologist Claims Feelings of Unsafety Have to Do With Darkness and Not Increased Crime
» Szijjarto Meets Strache in Vienna
» The UK’s Muslim Rape Gangs and Maajid Nawaz’s Hypocrisy
» UK Urged to Impose Tobacco-Style Sin Taxes to Slash Meat Consumption
» UK: 2018 World Chess Championship Opens in London
» UK: 98-Year-Old Man Fighting for Life After ‘Brutal’ Attack of ‘Excessive Violence’
» UK: 98-Year-Old Man Fighting for His Life After Being Brutally Robbed in Lawless London
» UK: Exposed: May’s Plot to Use Foreign Interference to Force Soft Brexit Through Parliament
» UK: Home Secretary Calls on London Police to Increase Stop and Search to Combat Knife Crime
» UK: Labour Slammed for Inviting Notorious Islamic Extremist to ‘Anti-Racism’ Rally
» UK: Study: London Kids Most Likely to Get Stabbed Leaving School
» Unelected German Eurocrat: Trump is an ‘Autocrat’
» ‘Very Dangerous’: Ex-UKIP Leader Lambasts Macron’s EU Army Proposal
» We Must Have the Courage to Defend Freedom of Speech Against Islam Every Day — Geert Wilders
 
Balkans
» Serbia: Ministry Forecasts Higher Growth in 2018,4.2%
 
North Africa
» How Extremist Scholars Promote Terrorism, Violence
 
Middle East
» Farrakhan in Iran: ‘Death to America’
» How Saudi “Donations” To American Universities Whitewash Its Religion
» ISIS is Using Turkey to Reorganize, Posing a Threat to Europe — Dutch Secret Service Says
 
South Asia
» Italy Offers to Help Relocate Pakistani Woman in Blasphemy Case
» Out of Its Shell: A New Crab Species Scuttling in the Forests of Arunachal Pradesh
» The ‘Father of the Taliban’ Has Been Mysteriously Killed
» Video From Pakistan: Muslim Boys Hang Asia Bibi Doll for Blasphemy
 
Far East
» China Infiltrates American Campuses
» Hungary: New Direct Air Route From China Next Year
» Japanese Island Completely Vanishes, Government Launches Search Party
» The Chinese Government Identifies Citizens by the Way They Walk
» Trump Combats China’s Intellectual Property Theft
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Leader of Extremist Islamic Group That Wants a Global Muslim Caliphate is Moved to a Notorious Maximum Security Prison in Jordan
 
Latin America
» Ecuador Denies Receiving Orders From Abroad Seeking Julian Assange, Wanted WikiLeaks Founder
» Narco-Terrorism to Worsen Under Mexico’s New Leftist President, State Dept. Warns
» Venezuela’s Consumer Prices Rose 833,997 Percent in Past 12 Months
 
Immigration
» After Migrant Gang Rape German Police Chief Warns Women ‘Not to Drink Alcohol’
» Asylum Seekers From Just One German Refugee Shelter Commit 1265 Crimes in 9 Months
» Bangladeshi Immigrant Convicted of Terrorism Charges in NYC Subway Bombing
» Italy: Senate Approves Security Decree, Historic Day Says Salvini
» Italy’s Senate Approves ‘Anti-Migration Decree’
» Majority of Germans Feel Strangers in Their Own Country Since the Influx of Muslim Migrants — Study
» Merkel Faces Internal Party Conflict Over UN Migrant Pact
» Pakistani Asylum Seeker Riots in Germany and Demands He’s Provided a Wife
» Salvini Wins! Italian Senate Approves New Law to Make Deportation of Migrants Easier
» Slovenia to Arm Border Guards as Migrants Attempt to Break Through the Balkans
» Swedish Police to Recruit Migrant Police Officers From Crime-Ridden ‘No-Go Area’
» UK: Second Student Removed From Ipswich School Amid Investigation of ‘30-Year-Old’ Pupil
» UK: Second Pupil Removed From ‘30-Year-Old Asylum Seeker’ School
» Verhofstadt and His Liberal Pals Want to Turn EU and Hungary Into Lands of Migrants — Gov’t Spokesman
» Viktor Orban: Let’s Take the Side of the People and Protect Them From Illegal Migration, Terrorism and Crime!
 
Culture Wars
» 1,642 “Scientists” Sign Letter Supporting Unscientific “Transgenderism”
» 12 Examples That Show That America is Far More Messed up Than When You Were a Kid
» Anger as UK Heritage Body the National Trust Hides Art Depicting Men ‘To Highlight Representation Bias’
» Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts for Becoming a Little Too Gender-Inclusive
» UK: Conservative Philosopher Sir Roger Scruton Stands Firm Against Leftist Witch-Hunt
 
General
» Intel Chips Smashed by Portsmash
» ‘Remarkable’ Decline in Fertility Rates
» Scientists Mock New UN Climate Report Seeking “Unprecedented Changes” To Society
 

Italy: Household Wealth 10 TN — BoI

BOTs make up only 20% of portfolios says central bank

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — Italian households have a total wealth of some 10 trillion euros, the Bank of Italy said Wednesday.

The central bank said the role of finance was rising.

Households only have some 20% of BOT Treasury bonds in their portfolios, it added.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: No Bank Risk But Ready to Step in — Salvini

Italian banking system more solid than Germany’s

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — Italy’s banks face no risks at the moment but the government is ready to step should they arise, Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said Wednesday.

Asked if there were measures in the pipeline to protect the banking system, he replied “there is no risk. The Italian banking system is much more solid, barring rare exceptions, than the German banking system”.

“If there were a need, but i don’t think there is, for any type of intervention, we are ready in a quarter of an hour.

“This to make possible speculators understand that they are spending their money badly if they are betting on Italian problems.

“We are ready, in all scenarios, to cover and support the savings of Italians”.

There has been speculation that banks may be weakened by a persistently high bond yield spread with Germany, sparked by a budget row with the EU.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Unemployment in Poland at 5.7% in October: Labour Minister

Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported last month that the country’s unemployment rate fell to a new 28-year low of 5.7 percent in September, from 5.8 percent in August.

According to the EU’s Eurostat statistics agency, which uses a different methodology, joblessness in Poland dropped to 3.4 percent in August, the second-lowest rate in the 28-member European Union.

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

12 Killed & Multiple Injured in California Bar Shooting, Terrorism ‘Not Ruled Out’ (Video)

At least twelve people, including an officer, have been killed after a gunman went on a shooting spree in a packed bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The suspect is also dead, police announced.

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

Abrams: Banning Guns No Different Than Banning Radar Detectors

Ga. governor candidate previously said some Georgians may have to “turn their guns in”

Ga. governor candidate Stacey Abrams equated banning guns to banning radar detectors.

“I support a law that will ban ‘assault weapons,’“ the Democrat stated on CNN. “And just as when we banned radar detection, for example, some people turned in their devices, some people kept them and just refused to use them anymore.”

But she suggested her gun control policies would be stricter than a radar detector ban.

“Weapons are more dangerous, they are more vulnerable to misuse, and I do think in the state of Georgia we are going to have to figure out how we do this,” she continued.

However, the Democratic candidate, who previously co-sponsored a gun ban bill in Georgia’s House, stopped short of explaining how exactly her confiscation program would be enforced.

Her comments follow her statement on Sunday in which she said her gun control proposals may force some Georgians to “turn their guns in.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

American Politics is Now Just Civil War by Other Means

Those appealing for more civility and a return to polite discourse can save their breath. It’s much, much too late for that.

When Trump calls the establishment media the enemies of the people, that’s because they — together with their passive NPC drones and active Antifa enforcers — are enemies, if by “the people” we mean the historic American nation. Trump’s sin is that he calls them out for what they are.

Trump didn’t cause today’s polarization, he only exacerbates it because he punches back. Good, may he continue to do so. Pining for a more well-mannered time in a country that belongs to another, long-gone era is futile.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Americans Believe in Ghosts, Ancient Aliens and Atlantis, But Not Bigfoot, Study Finds

Americans are into freaky stuff.

At least when it comes to the unexplained and the supernatural, a new study from Chapman University revealed.

The vast majority of Americans believe in some kind of paranormal activity — nearly three in every four people, the study found. Most believe in more than one phenomenon.

Researchers identified seven different paranormal phenomenon and asked respondents whether they agreed with statements like “Places can be haunted by spirits” and “Aliens have visited Earth in our ancient past.”

The most common belief among Americans is that ancient, advanced civilizations — like the lost city of Atlantis — once existed. Ask two people if they believe in Atlantis, and at least one of them will probably say yes.

Read more here: #storylink=cpy

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

Beavercreek Teen Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Join Arm of ISIS

DAYTON — The 19-year-old Beavercreek man accused of trying to fly overseas to train with ISIS has been indicted on a terrorism charge, according to federal court documents.

Naser Almadaoji was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. That charge carries a maximum 20 years in prison.

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

California Shooting: Country Fans Inside Thousand Oaks Bar ‘Were Las Vegas Massacre Survivors’

A gunman dressed in black opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles in California

A number of people at the Borderline restaurant in California where a gunman opened fire had survived the Las Vegas shooting, a friend claims.

At least 11 people have been injured including one police officer at the popular venue in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles.

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

CIA’s ‘Surveillance State’ Is Operating Against US All

Maybe you once thought the CIA wasn’t supposed to spy on Americans here in the United States.

That concept is so yesteryear…

Over time, the CIA upper echelon has secretly developed all kinds of policy statements and legal rationales to justify routine, widespread surveillance on U.S. soil of citizens who aren’t suspected of terrorism or being a spy.

The latest outrage is found in newly declassified documents from 2014. They reveal the CIA not only intercepted emails of U.S. citizens but they were emails of the most sensitive kind — written to Congress and involving whistleblowers reporting alleged wrongdoing within the Intelligence Community.

The disclosures, kept secret until now, are two letters of “congressional notification” from the Intelligence Community inspector general at the time, Charles McCullough. He stated that during “routine counterintelligence monitoring of government computer systems,” the CIA collected emails between congressional staff and the CIA’s head of whistleblowing and source protection.

McCullough added that he was concerned about the CIA’s “potential compromise to whistleblower confidentiality and the consequent ‘chilling effect’that the present [counterintelligence] monitoring system might have on Intelligence Community whistleblowing.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Election Results, 2018

  • Republicans expand their control of the U.S. Senate.
  • Democrats take control of the U.S. House.
  • Democrats flip seven governorships, with Georgia still too close to call. Republicans flip one governorship in Alaska

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

Farage: If Trump Continues to Campaign Like This, He’ll Win Big in 2020

British politician and Brexit leader Nigel Farage has said that if U.S. President Donald Trump campaigns for reelection as hard as he did for Republican midterm candidates, he will win in 2020 “by a big margin.”

Speaking to Fox News’s Ed Henry on Wednesday morning, the former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader said that the UK establishment media had been bombarding Britons with negative predictions for the Republicans’ performance in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

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

Florida’s Richest Man Blasts America’s Wanna-be Socialists, Says “Soros is an Anarchist”

Hungarian billionaire and Florida’s richest man, Thomas Peterffy, had some choice words for fellow Hungarian billionaire George Soros during a conversation with CNBC about socialism and the 2018 US election.

The 74-year-old founder of Interactive Brokers, who has a net worth of approximately $22.5 billion, suggested that people pushing socialism “basically don’t understand what they are talking about,” and likely “haven’t really studied the issue.”

“Products like an iPhone, for example, could never happen in a socialist country,” he said.

When asked about Soros, Peterffy said he is an “enigma” and an “anarchist.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Go, Donald, Go!’: Italy’s Salvini Congratulates Trump on Midterms

Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini tweeted out felicitations to President Donald Trump Wednesday, congratulating him for the results of U.S. midterm elections.

“Congratulations to President Trump for the seats taken in the Senate and confirmation in crucial states, against everything and everyone: lefty journalists, actors and singers, directors and pseudo-intellectuals. #godonaldgo,” Salvini wrote.

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

Good News for Constitutionalist Judges

Senate Republicans increased their seats in the midterm elections, which is good news for continuing to confirm constitutionalist judges. The so-called “blue wave” became a “blue puddle.”

The Senate has already confirmed 84 federal judges nominated by President Trump, which includes 53 trial judges, 29 appeals judges, and two Supreme Court justices. President Trump set a record for appeals court confirmations during the first year of his presidency, and this legacy will continue for many years. With more Republican seats in the Senate, President Trump has a green light to nominate scores of judges that have a constitutionalist judicial philosophy. This impact of reshaping the federal judiciary (including the Supreme Court) will last for decades.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Incoming Democrat Chairman: Dems Will Go ‘All-in’ On Russia, Impeach Kavanaugh for ‘Perjury’

Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., revealed plans for House Democrats to investigate and impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh for alleged perjury and investigate and impeach President Donald Trump for alleged treasonous collusion with Russia.

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

Insanity: Florida Votes to Restore Voting Rights to Estimated 1.4 Million Felons

Republicans must have not realized this is handing Democrats potentially over a hundred thousand or more votes

Floridians just voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Koch brothers and ACLU-backed proposal to give over a million felons the right to vote, which will potentially ensure Trump loses the state in 2020.

Though Republicans are currently leading in the Senate and Governor’s race, Republicans must have not realized this is handing Democrats potentially over a hundred thousand or more votes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jeff Sessions Resigns as Attorney General, At Trump’s ‘Request’

Jeff Sessions, once one of President Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation, has resigned as attorney general at the request of the president.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a Wednesday letter to Trump.

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

Law-Abiding Gun Owner Killed During Red Flag Confiscation Raid

Gary Willis, a resident of Ferndale, Maryland, was awakened Monday morning at 5:17 a.m. when two officers from Anne Arundel County knocked on his door. A law-abiding gun owner, Willis answered the door “with a gun in his hand,” according to a police department spokesman. They were there to serve him with an “extreme risk protective order” and remove his legally owned firearms.

According to the spokesman, Willis put his firearm down to read the ERPO but then, apparently recognizing that it wasn’t a legal search warrant issued by a judge in accordance with protections guaranteed to him by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but instead was issued by a local judge under Maryland’s newly minted “red flag” law, he retrieved his firearm.

The spokesman said that Willis “became irate.” In the melee that followed, one of the firearms carried either by one of the officers or by Willis went off. One of the officers then pulled his own sidearm and shot Willis dead.

Family members told Capital Gazette reporters that a distant relative had requested the ERPO the day before, due to an “incident” that occurred at his residence. The details of the “incident” remain unclear at this writing, but the backpedaling by the police chief began almost immediately…

The point of the “red flag” laws, however, is to do an end run around that Fourth Amendment. As The New American noted back in March when “red flag” laws started popping up in a number of states in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida: “The ‘red flag’ provisions do not allow the person charged to defend himself or even to know who his accuser might be. Further, he must prove his innocence in order to get his confiscated firearms returned to him. He is “guilty until he proves himself innocent.”

ERPOs lower the standard in the Fourth Amendment — probable cause — to “reasonable cause.” They allow judges to act quickly (in Gary Willis’ case, overnight) before the victim gets wind of what’s coming and can secure legal counsel to defend himself or make other arrangements to protect himself and his property.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point

Last week brought new revelations regarding Operation Choke Point, the Obama administration’s effort to freeze politically disfavored businesses out of the financial system. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), who helped lead a multi-year effort to shut the program down, highlighted some of theses newest findings and pointed out that stopping Operation Choke Point is not a partisan issue.

Luetkemeyer’s legislation to prevent a redo of Choke Point — The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017 — overwhelmingly passed the House, with only two nay votes. Operation Choke Point was an egregious affront to the rule of law, so it is good to see that so many lawmakers want to prevent a repeat.

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

Newt Gingrich: The One Big Thing the Liberal Media Never Told You About Trump and the Midterms

The biggest change in this election was the sheer volume of money generated by left-wing billionaires and activist groups who hate President Trump.

In congressional race after congressional race, Republicans suddenly found millions of dollars poured in against them on a scale that resembled Senate races in the past.

House Republicans had hurt themselves by allowing the number of House incumbent retirees to become larger than any time since 1930, when the Brookings Institution started tracking congressional retirements. Breaking an 88-year record for retirees is a tough way to start an off-year election for the incumbent president’s party.

Despite this institutional disadvantage, President Trump’s House losses were far less than either the 54 seats President Clinton lost in 1994 or the 63 seats President Obama lost in 2010.

Measured against the Clinton and Obama standard, you would have to give President Trump an A+ for keeping Republican House losses to a minimum — and setting the stage for a Republican majority comeback in the 2020 presidential election.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Non-Citizens Voting in Texas? “We Got Tons of Them” Says Election Official on Undercover Video

Project Veritas has released undercover video of elections officials in Texas explain how non-citizens can vote in the November 6th 2018 Election

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Now That America Has Given the Crazies Control of the House, They Plan to Hit Trump With a Wave of Subpoenas

The United States of America is in an advanced state of decline, and we just got more evidence of that fact on Tuesday night This is a very dark moment in American history.

On November 6th, the American people gave the keys to the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democrats, and that means that the crazies will soon be unleashed on Capitol Hill. They won’t be able to get much legislation pushed through because Republicans still control the Senate and Donald Trump is still in the White House, but they will be able to cause all sorts of chaos with their investigative powers. If you thought that things were bad the last two years, just wait, because you haven’t seen anything yet. Top Democrats are already talking about hitting Trump with a huge wave of subpoenas, and the White House is bracing for the worst. It is going to be a time of bitter partisan wrangling in Washington, and meanwhile the nation as a whole is going to continue to fall apart.

In just a couple of months, Nancy Pelosi will be speaker of the House once again. That also means that if something suddenly happened to Donald Trump and Mike Pence, she would become the president of the United States.

Just the thought of that should chill you to the bone.

And of course Pelosi is just the tip of the iceberg. All of the powerful House committees will now be chaired by Pelosi’s crazy allies, and they plan to use those positions to hurt President Trump as much as possible.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Rep. Matt Shea Exposes Marxist and Islamist Counter States in US

In this exclusive interview with The New American, Representative Matt Shea exposed the emergence of Marxist and Islamist “counter states” in the United States. Both operations are working to bring down America, freedom, and Christian civilization. Rep. Shea, who leads the GOP Caucus in the Washington House of Represenatives, praised The New American as the “premier intelligence digest in America.” He even uses it in committee hearings to question witnesses, he said. Finally, the lawmaker and liberty movement leader called on Americans to reclaim their heritage as a Christian nation.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Breaking 3 Ribs in Fall

On Wednesday night, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell, cracking three ribs and getting rushed to the hospital, the Associated Press reported.

Reports have not confirmed just how serious this fall is.

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

Socialist Superstar Ocasio-Cortez Elected to Congress

Another socialist in the halls of power…

Far-left socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily won a seat in the House, making her the youngest woman elected to Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez beat out Republican opponent Anthony Pappas 79% to 13% in New York’s solid blue 14th district…

Over the last few months, Ocasio-Cortez championed radical leftist issues such as abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] by “occupying” their offices and airports, impeaching President Trump, and Medicare For All.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Suspect Accused of Plotting New U.S. Civil War

Planned to frame militia leaders with porn, tip off FBI, to spark bloody fight with feds

An Ohio Muslim man has been accused of plotting to spark a bloody civil war by provoking standoffs between American militia leaders and federal authorities, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

“We pull something off like filling militia leaders computers and phones with child sexual abuse then tip the fbi,” said the suspect, according to a court filing uncovered by the Investigation Project on Terrorism.

“When the militias see their leaders are being arrested left and right, they’ll panic,” he continued. “Then we start off assassinations … soon militias will have standoffs with the feds which will turn bloody.”

The suspect is Naser Almadaoji, 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iraq. IPT reported he was arrested at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. He was attempting to travel to Astana, Kazakhstan, “hoping then to be smuggled into Afghanistan to be trained by the ISIS affiliate.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tattooed Trenchcoat-Wearing Ex-Marine, 29, Dentified as the Gunman Who Masacred Twelve People During Student Night at Country Bar

  • Suspect killed himself after hurling smoke grenades onto dance floor and slaying cop in California
  • Ian Long, 29, opened fire at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Southern California, at 11.20pm
  • He was dressed in all-black and let off at least 30 shots from a pistol with extended mags
  • Long also let off smoke grenades to confuse the terrified crowds
  • He killed himself after killing 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff’s sergeant who responded to the scene
  • There were around 100 people inside the bar, including some who were under 21, who were there to dance
  • The College Country Night is a regular fixture and youngsters from nearby colleges can go and stamp black X’s on their hands to mark that they won’t drink
  • Some of those inside were students at Pepperdine University and others are thought to have gone to California Lutheran University — both are Christian schools

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Vox’s Tech Magazine Urges Vote Against ‘Unhinged Despot’ Trump

Silicon Valley and the tech world are decidedly left-wing. But the echo chamber they’ve created carries over into tech journalism.

The executive editor of popular tech magazine The Verge is no different. On November 6, Dieter Bohn allowed his real feelings on the election to be made known on Twitter. He encouraged people to vote against President Trump, whom he classified as a dictator, even though Trump doesn’t stop him from tweeting his displeasure.

Bohn wrote, “Maybe you’ve been trying to ignore it, but remember: there’s a cruel, unhinged, uncaring, wannabe despot in the White House. He’s a stain on our country and today we can finally put a real check on his power. If you’re not voting to do that, you are implicitly endorsing him.”

The Verge is a part of Vox Media, a left-wing group that includes Vox, Polygon, Recode, and SB Nation.

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‘We Know Where You Sleep at Night! You Are Not Safe’: Antifa Mob Holds ‘Protest’ Outside Tucker Carlson’s Home

Well, this should win hearts and minds. “Activists” have converged on Tucker Carlson’s home, apparently unaware that he’s at Fox News studios doing the show that they say “spreads fear into their homes.”

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Canada Among Highest Health-Care Spenders Yet Ranks Near Bottom on Number of Doctors, Hospital Beds and Wait Times

Despite spending more on health care than the majority of developed countries with universal coverage, Canada has a relatively short supply of doctors and hospital beds—and the longest wait times, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“There is a clear imbalance between the high cost of Canada’s health-care system and the value Canadians receive,” said Bacchus Barua, associate director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2018.

Canadian health-care system is generally worse than in the comparable countries

The study compares 28 universal health-care systems in developed countries, spotlighting several key areas including cost, availability and use of resources, access to care and treatment, clinical performance and quality, and the health of Canadians.

In 2016, the most recent year of comparable data, Canada’s health-care spending as a share of GDP (11 per cent) ranked fourth highest—after adjusting for age—behind only Switzerland, France and Norway.

But again, despite the high cost, availability and access to medical resources in the Canadian health-care system is generally worse than in the comparable countries.

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Why This is a Very Scary Time for Young Men

When a recent Canadian study of about 30,000 students between 7th and 12th grade found that more boys than girls were victims of physical dating violence, the reaction was one of disbelief. Accusations of male sexual harassment were exploding from the university campuses to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, begetting the #MeToo movement.

The most memorable perpetrators of sexual assault against women committed heinous acts: some women had been drugged and raped; others had been fired after they rebuffed an overt sexual assault. But many other acts were considered by both men and women to be normal fun and flirtation. During the media frenzy, abuse against men was never even reported as a footnote as men—good and bad—were accused and labeled as sexual predators.

In the past 38 years, more than 270 studies, with an aggregate sample size of more than 440,000, have found that “women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners” from teenage years on.

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97-Year-Old British War Veteran is Still Selling Poppies: “I Like to Help Those Who Are Still Suffering Today”

A 97-year-old war veteran still selling poppies. The inspirational hero veteran, Bill Champion served during WW2, and sells poppies Tooting, ITV London footage shows.

Champion said: : “War is a horrible thing. It stays with you for the rest of your life, you can never forget what you went through, you can never forget.

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Analyst Explains What the EU Project Really is and Compares it With Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution

Polish analyst Krzysztof Karon explains why pro-EU politicians are “removed from reality, and that they don’t listen and don’t understand the voices of their societies”.

According to Karon all mechanisms within the EU are focused on “the abolition of sovereign states and the creation of a single European communist country”.

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Asymmetrical Warfare and 4GW

The most direct way of discussing 4GW is to say that it describes any war between a state actor and a non-state actor…

Is fourth-generational warfare coming to the developed world? Quite possibly, especially when you consider the spectre of failed states in the West.

Many Western states are not quite as stable as they are made out to be. Sweden and France in particular have extensive problems with No Go Zones. Other parts of Europe want to secede, such as Catalonia in Spain, and are being violently suppressed from doing so.

Elsewhere around the world, previously first-world countries like South Africa are deteriorating in the span of a generation due to government mismanagement. The United States, for its part, is in what some have described as a “Cold Civil War,” with many futurists agreeing that the potential for outward civil war is greater than you’d like to think.

How might such a 4GW scenario play out in the West? There are two potential scenarios, one for Europe and one for the United States. Each of these is worth considering.

4GW: The European Model

For our purposes, we’re going to call this the “European Model” of 4GW. This is because this model is based on the political and social realities of life in Europe today. It is by no means the only place something like this could unfold, nor is it impossible that 4GW could unfold in an entirely different way in Europe.

4GW in Europe will likely be an outgrowth of No Go Zones and resulting failed states. Geographic areas within European nations will likely increase in size. And conflict will likely develop between the de facto areas of the No Go Zones, as well as more militant elements of the civilian population. While there is not much of a militia movement to speak of in Europe, in true 4GW fashion, people will find ways to improvise weapons out of what they have available to them.

It’s impossible to talk about this phenomenon in Europe without discussing the ethnic and religious character of the areas, as ethnic and ethno-religious conflict will likely be the infrastructure for such a war — especially since many of these areas have legal and social structures based on Islamic laws and customs.

In a scenario leading to a 4GW conflict in mainland Europe, attacks on civilians will escalate while the legitimate civilian authority is increasingly incapable of dealing with it. There will be both an inability and an unwillingness to maintain legal norms within larger and larger areas in Europe.

Next would come the formation of militias. The model here is close to what happened in Lebanon during its civil war. Militias will form around political, ethnic and religious lines. Some of these will be the No Go Zones attempting to consolidate their power. Others will be European civilians seeking to protect themselves and their neighborhoods from the growing power of the No Go Zones. This, in turn, will further fuel the breakdown in government control. Members of the government, both law enforcement and military, will increasingly pick sides in the conflict, leaving their allegiance to the rump state behind. In the end, this will make it more difficult for the state to assert its power.

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Breaking: Banned Polish Independence Day March Does Continue

With the regional court within the 24 hours to decide over the appeal over the Independence Day march in Poland, the President’s spokesman Blazej Spychalski announces on Wednesday that “It has been agreed that a white-and-red march organised by the government will take place on November 11”.

It is unsure if the banned march will continue as planned or if the government one is going to be the only one allowed along the route “as the march is organised as the official state ceremony, no other marches can share their routes with it.”

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Brexit: Less Poles Want to Leave for the UK

Study, down 16 percent compared to last year

(ANSA) — BELGRADE, NOVEMBER 7 — A new survey has revealed that only 3 percent of Polish citizens are currently interested to leave Poland to emigrate and work in the United Kingdom, the Polish radio has informed.

The survey, produced by the job agency Work Service, showed that the percentage of Poles interested in emigrating to the UK went down 16 percentage points in one year, down from 19 percent in 2017. According to the agency, the “impending withdrawal from the European Union has had a major impact” on the preferred migration destinations for Poles.

The study has confirmed Germany to be the top destination for work migration among Polish respondents. Germany was indicated as the most preferred destination by 23.3% of respondents (-9%), followed by Norway (15.6%) and Sweden (14.7%), which recorded a huge increase in preferences. “Sweden had never before been indicated by more than 5 percent of respondents in the history of research run by Work Service,” the company said, quoted by the Polish Radio.

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Brexiteers BoJo and Farage Top Polls for Most Liked Politician, Public Figure

After backing the Brexit campaign and stepping down from the cabinet in protest of Theresa May’s “soft” exit plan, Boris Johnson has emerged as the UK’s most popular politician, according to new polling.

Former UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage, meanwhile, is more popular than the former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron, and the most popular “other” public figure not associated with one of the two major parties.

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Britain Launches Body to Make New Buildings More Beautiful, And Places Conservative Philosopher in Charge

Celebrated Conservative Philosopher Sir Roger Scruton will chair the British government’s new beauty watchdog, a body which will be tasked with ensuring new buildings “meet the needs and expectations of communities” and compliment the character of local areas in future, in a serious blow for modernism and bland housing developments.

Communities Minister James Brokenshire announced the Building Better, Building Beautiful commission at the weekend, a body which will “promote better design and style of homes, villages, towns and high streets, to reflect what communities want, building on the knowledge and tradition of what they know works for their area.”

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Dutch Ambulance Personnel Now ‘Enriched’ By Bulletproof Vests as Aggression Increases

Ambulance personnel in the Netherlands will be equipped with bulletproof and stab free vests, Dutch news broadcaster RTL reports.

“Unfortunately it’s necessary, as bystanders become more aggressive. We increasingly see that people are armed with knives or guns,” an ambulance worker tells RTL.

After advice from the branch organisation, all regional ambulances will be equipped with the vests. They will be used to protect ambulance personnel during unsafe situations and terror attacks.

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Email Leak: British Political Class ‘Colluding’ With Euro Politicians ‘Against Democracy’

Nigel Farage has revealed that the British political class are “colluding” with European counterparts to stop Brexit after an email leak.

The former UKIP leader and now LBC host is still an MEP, Member of the European Parliament, and revealed an email from colleague Alyn Smyth, the anti-Brexit, left-wing, Scottish ‘nationalist’ SNP, sent to every politician in the 751 member European Parliament, persuading them to help Remainers in Britain delay and ultimately defeat Brexit.

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Eurocrat Verhofstadt Launches Anti-Orban Campaign: ‘He Wants to Destroy Europe’

Senior Eurocrat Guy Verhofstadt has sent a campaign van on a tour of Brussels with a slogan saying that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban “wants to destroy Europe.”

The ardent EU federalist, known for his bombastic attacks against European conservatives and patriots, attempted to troll Mr Orban by arranging for the van drive past the Hungarian Embassy in Brussels several times during the next week before making its way to Hungary.

The mobile billboard shows a picture of the Hungarian conservative with the text: “First he took our money, now he wants to destroy Europe.”

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Five Times More Support for Party That Vows to “Make Spain Great Again”

The leader of the Spanish Vox party, Santiago Abascal, explained the recent surge in support for the Vox party, he said it is because the are “in step with what millions of Spaniards think”.

The far-left have tried to paint Vox as ‘far-right’ or ‘populist, anti-immigration, anti-Islam’ but 42-year-old Basque says that no, “defends the constitutional order, constitutional reform in some areas, the unity of Spain and centralisation of the state, and wants immigration to be brought under control”. Most people globally would agree.

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France: Police Operation Triggered in Dunkirk Hospital After Reports of Bomb Threat

Police were deployed in downtown Dunkirk, northern France, after reports of a woman threatening to detonate a bomb in the city’s hospital. She was later detained by authorities.

The situation kicked off after a woman showed up in the emergency room on Wednesday morning, saying that there were explosives in the hospital, it is understood.

In addition to police, firefighters and a bomb disposal team, the French military was also dispatched to the site.

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France: Bataclan Victims Get 85 Million Euros Compensation as ISIS Leaders Involved in Attack All Eliminated

Over 2,500 victims of the 2015 Bataclan massacre have now been granted access to a compensation fund of 85 million euros as new reports reveal that all the senior Islamic State figures who sponsored the attack have now been killed.

Three years after the Bataclan terror attack that led to the deaths of 130 people, victims are now gaining access to the Guarantee Fund for Victims of Acts of Terrorism and Other Offences (FGTI), Le Monde reports.

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France: Emmanuel Macron is ‘Riding a Wave of Fear’, Fumes Marine Le Pen

FRENCH right-wing leader Marine Le Pen has accused President Emmanuel Macron of seeking to turn Europe into an “empire”.

The nationalist leader’s comments came just hours after the French leader called for the creation of a “real” European army and said that populism posed a threat to EU peace.

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French Bishops to Set Up Independent Review on Sex Abuse

PARIS (AFP) — French bishops said Wednesday they were setting up an “independent” commission to “shed light on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church since 1950”.

The Bishops’ Conference of France (CEF) said in a statement the panel would seek “to understand the reasons which led to the way these affairs were handled” and make recommendations.

The announcement is the latest from the French Catholic church, which is under pressure from local scandals and cases elsewhere that have seen critics accusing it of dragging its feet in delivering a response.

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Guy Verhofstadt Agrees With Macron — We Must Create “A European Army”

Senior MEP Guy Verhofstadt in a recent Twitter post echoed Macron’s call for a European Army, suggesting even that existing defence forces across Europe should be integrated into a singular EU army.

Mr Macron recently suggested that an EU army would be necessary to counter Russia and China, even saying that the United States under its current leadership could not be trusted.

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Hungary Begins National Family Consultation to Combat ‘Population Replacement’

The Hungarian government began a new national survey this week to tackle the problem of the country’s declining population without resorting to a policy of mass migration.

The new national survey which bears the title “Defence of Families,” contains ten questions sent to around eight million different households across the country and looks to see what Hungarians think of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s pro-family policies, AFP reports.

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Italy: Nigerian Woman Raped: Boyfriend Beaten by Co-Nationals

In Arezzo

(ANSA) — Arezzo, November 7 — A Nigerian woman was raped at knife-point and her Nigerian boyfriend beaten up after they asked for help from some co-nationals after missing their train in Arezzo last night, sources said Wednesday.

The alleged Nigerian gang also shaved the man’s head as a sign of contempt, sources said.

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Italy’s Enria Picked as Head of ECB Supervision

Italian, 57, will be vetted by EP and European Council

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — The Governing Council of the European Central Bank today nominated Italy’s Andrea Enria as the new Chair of the Supervisory Board. Cambridge and Bocconi educated Enria, 57, was selected from a shortlist of candidates compiled by the Governing Council on 26 September.

The ECB today informed the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), Roberto Gualtieri, about its decision, in line with the Interinstitutional Agreement between the ECB and the European Parliament. The ECB also informed the President of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council, Hartwig Löger.

Enria will be invited by the ECON Committee to a public hearing. Andrea Enria currently serves as the Chairperson of the European Banking Authority.

If approved by the Parliament and confirmed by the Council of the European Union, Mr Enria will succeed Danièle Nouy as Chair of the Supervisory Board on 1 January 2019. The Chair is appointed for a non-renewable five-year term.

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Italy: M5S Calls Inquiry Into Dissidents After Decree Vote

‘Reported senators’ behavior to arbitrators’

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — The Senate whip for the Five Star Movement (M5S) said Wednesday after the approval of the government’s security and migration decree that he had called for an investigation into those not toeing the party line.

“As party caucus leader, I have reported to the arbitrators the behavior in the hall by Senators Gregorio De Falco, Paola Nugnes, Elena Fattori, Matteo Mantero and Virginia La Mura, who have initiated an investigation into them,” M5S party whip Stefano Patuanelli said.

“The behavior is especially serious since,” Patuanelli added, “it was a matter of a confidence vote for the government.”

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Italy: TAP to be Completed in 2020 — SNAM’s Alverà

Gas will start arriving that year says CEO

(ANSA) — San Donato, November 7 — The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will be “completed during 2020… with the dispatch of the first gas,” Marco Alverà, the CEO of Italian gas infrastructure company SNAM, said on Wednesday. Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, the TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy, in Puglia, to connect to the Italian natural gas network.

SNAM has a 20% stake in the TAP.

The government recently announced it would not halt the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Puglia, saying stopping the project would invoke huge penalties.

The 5-Star-Movement (M5S), which is in government with the League, had said it was against the TAP in the run-up to this year’s election.

“The project is more than 80% complete and work on the Italian section recently resumed,” Alverà said. “So we can confirm that the completion of project is forecast for 2020”.

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Italy: Statute of Limitations Fundamental Battle for M5S — Di Maio

Tension within government over proposed overhaul

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio said Wednesday that an overhaul of Italy’s statute of limitations to stop criminals getting off because cases time out was crucial for his 5-Star Movement (M5S). There has been tension within the government over proposals to overhaul the statute of limitations, which have reportedly been met with resistance from the M5S’s coalition partners in the League.

League leader, Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini has said that, while a reform of the statute of limitations was needed, it is also necessary to ensure cases do not drag on forever. “Breakfast this morning with (Justice) Minister (Alfonso) Bonafede to asses the situation on the anti-corruption measures that will soon be debated in parliament,” Di Maio said via Instagram.

“Prison for the corrupt, bans from public office for the corrupt, statute of limitations after the first-instance verdict in criminal trials.

“The latter is a fundamental battle of ours for justice”.

Salvini on Wednesday ruled out the possibility that differences between his League party and the 5-Star Movement could lead to the government collapsing.

“The government is absolutely not at risk,” Salvini said. “One by one, it will maintain all the commitments made with the Italian people, full stop. Everything can be resolved with good sense and humility”.

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Italy: Solve Points Tonight: No Vote in March Says Salvini

Will rule for five years to implement all campaign pledges

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — League leader Matteo Salvini said Wednesday outstanding points of contention with ally the 5-Star Movement (M5S) including statute of limitations reform would be worked out by Wednesday night and there was no chance of the government collapsing paving the way for a general election in March.

Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Salvini said Wednesday all points of contention with the M5S “will be resolved by tonight”. Asked about M5S leader Luigi Di Maio’s insistence on stopping the statute of limitations after first-instance trials, Salvini said “with (Premier Giuseppe) Conte and Di Maio we’ve been working well for five months, on justice we have to find the right way with humility and good sense.” He said this was “because it is right to punish the corrupt and the corrupters but trials have to have a beginning and an end”.

Salvini has previously said that he is open to some reform of the statute of limitations but “trials can’t be infinite, for the sake of the innocent as well as the guilty”.

On Wednesday he reiterated that he was in favour of “a reform but not the abolition of the statute of limitations”.

Salvini also squashed speculation there might be another general election in March because of intermittent and recently rising friction with the M5S.

“We’re not going to the polls in March,” he said.

“When I make a commitment with a party or the Italians I give my soul and blood to respect it. I’ve committed to cancelling the Fornero (pension reform), we’ve put 7 billion in, we’ll lower taxes, but I want to be here for five years because I can’t do everything at once. I won’t pull down the government just because the opinion polls say the League is the top party in Italy”.

A pension overhaul, ‘flat tax’ for the self-employed and a basic income for job seekers and the poor are key parts of the 2019 budget bill, which has been rejected by Brussels.

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Italy Fights Back: Salvini Warns Merkel Eurosceptics Will be True Saviours of Europe

ITALIAN Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini claimed eurosceptics across the continent will be the saviours of Europe ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019.

Speaking on Italian channel La7, the die-hard eurosceptic argued those branded as “populists” and “nationalists” will bring European true values back to life at the next European elections.

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Lost Continents Hidden Deep Beneath Antarctica ICE Sheet Discovered From Space

Scientists have discovered the remnants of ancient lost continents hidden deep beneath Antarctica’s ice. Using the European Space Agency’s gravity mapping satellite, researchers were able to peer beneath the ice to map out the terrain below.

The findings, published in Scientific Reports, reveal a long-lost landscape littered with cratons—large, stable blocks of the Earth’s crust that are remnants of ancient continents. They are part of the lithosphere—which consists of the crust and upper mantle—and are generally found in the center of modern continental plates. Studying these features allow researchers to understand the history of the Earth—and its future.

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Merkel Announces She Will Rule Germany Until 2021, But Over Half of Germans Want Her Gone Next Year

While German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes she will be able to lead Germany for over a year after stepping down as leader of the nation’s largest party it is not a plan popular with the majority of Germans, with 62 per cent saying she should step down before the next election.

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Millions of Polish Children to Sing National Anthem to Honour Independence Centennial Day

As Poland marks the centenary of regaining its independence, more than 4.6 million school pupils and 450,000 teachers will sing the national anthem on Friday.

Public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency said that almost 23,000 schools and kindergartens across the country will take part in the event.

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Polish PM: Patriotism is the Fruit of the ‘Memory Tree’ That Helps Build Identity

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has spoken in praise of patriotism, saying that it helps his nation “build our modern identity.”

“Patriotism is the fruit of the memory tree above all. And this tree is very much needed,” Prime Minister Morawiecki told delegates at the Guardian of Memory gala hosted at Royal Castle in Warsaw on Tuesday by Polish newspaper Do Rzeczy.

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Swedish Left Pushing for Full Voting Rights for Foreign Citizens, Teenagers

If accepted, this step may give hundreds of thousands of immigrants and adolescents a say in Swedish politics.

A bill presented in the Swedish parliament by nine Left Party members proposes extending full voting rights to immigrants who lack Swedish citizenship. This step would allow them to vote in parliamentary elections, as well as referendums and even EU elections.

The Left Party argued that voting and choosing their representatives through elections is a fundamental right in a democracy. In the bill, the Left Party members argue that foreign-born residents of Sweden who currently lack Swedish citizenship should also be able to influence the governance of the constitutional monarchy. Enhanced voting rights, they argue, would give immigrants a “greater sense of participation, togetherness and increased self-esteem.”

[Comment: Communists seek to expand their voters in order to entrench themselves into power.]

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Swedish Socialist Youth Organisation SSU Infiltrated by Islamists

A section characterised by radical Islamism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny has taken over SSU in Skåne.

An imam from a criticised mosque tied to the organisation has said, among other things, that gays are pigs. Others have claimed that gays are filthy and should not be allowed to donate blood.

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Swedish Couple Raped and Tortured for Hours in Their Own Home — Two Young Men Arrested

Early September, two men in their mid-twenties broke into the couple’s home in Härnösand and subjected them to torture-like and sexual violence for over four hours.

The man was beaten with a cane, cut with an axe, forced to drink soap, burned with a lighter, stripped naked and subjected to aggravated sexual assault, according to the indictment.

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Swedish Psychologist Claims Feelings of Unsafety Have to Do With Darkness and Not Increased Crime

Metro — which often accuses others of spreading “fake news”, recently published an article about a new survey on safety in Sweden. This after a weekend filled with shootings and rapes.

The survey shows that one in three Swedes feels unsafe. Unfortunately, Metro couldn’t handle these facts and did everything in their power to rationalise the statistics.

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Szijjarto Meets Strache in Vienna

The United Nations’ migration package equals to “betraying Europe” because the plan is “in conflict with the interests of the people”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a press conference held jointly with Heinz-Christian Strache, the vice-chancellor of Austria, in Vienna on Wednesday.

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The UK’s Muslim Rape Gangs and Maajid Nawaz’s Hypocrisy

The twisted world of the media’s go-to Muslim darling — and ex-terrorist self-promoter.

by Joshua Winston

The media’s go-to Muslim darling and ex-terrorist self-promoter, Maajid Nawaz, is currently having a Twitter spat with Lily Allen (that virtuous pop singer who has promised and failed to give a room to even one single asylum seeker in any of her several properties, in spite of breaking down in tears on TV at Calais and apologizing to the world on behalf of the UK).

Maajid is using the usual buzzwords that keep the cash flowing in his direction: “the regressive left,” “Muslim fundamentalists,” and then he ends their debate by stating that Lily is discrediting the work of the three million British Pakistanis who are trying to address and improve the situation of the over-representation of Pakistanis in grooming gangs in the UK. In reality, however, the entire Pakistani community knew, and still knows, about the rape of white British girls. They are a close-knit community. They would have seen gangs of girls hanging around kebab shops. At no point did anyone try on-street intervention. They would have heard their friends bragging about who and how many non-Muslim girls they had raped last night. They would have heard about the rape parties where non-Muslim girls were drugged and passed around the men to be raped. The wives, too, would have heard these conversations on the telephone, in the next room, or in the shops where their husbands work. The taxi drivers who shuttled the non-Muslims girls back and forth to houses and hotels to be raped were also aware of what was going on.

Contrary to Maajid’s claims, none of these three million Pakistani Muslims chose to speak up. A handful of Ahmadiyyas protested on the streets, and the UK media were in a frenzy to let us know that Muslims oppose violence and rape. The media, as usual, neglected to note that Ahmadiyyas are not considered by mainstream Sunni Muslims to be real Muslims. They are considered apostates, who have every chance of being beaten and killed, just the same as any other non-Muslim does. Literature in the Muslim Council of Britain and Kennington mosque declare this sect to be apostates, and essentially fair game.

I remember a radio conversation in which a Muslima was being interviewed and she said that the entire Pakistani communities knew and still know what is going on. She was so sickened and appalled by what her community was doing to non-Muslim girls that she took her infant child and fled, for her safety, and in order that she could speak about it, from the South to the North of England. What a brave soul. A single mother, on her own, running into poverty and uncertainty in order that she could do one single radio interview…

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UK Urged to Impose Tobacco-Style Sin Taxes to Slash Meat Consumption

Sky-high sin taxes on meat have been branded “inevitable” in Britain after a study asserted that the move could “save hundreds of thousands of lives” as well as helping stop climate change.

Researchers at Oxford University urged ministers to consider the move, claiming that hiking the cost of red meat by 14 per cent and processed meat by 79 per cent could prevent 5,920 deaths in Britain a year and save the NHS an annual sum of £750 million on healthcare costs.

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UK: 2018 World Chess Championship Opens in London

One of the most anticipated world championship matches in recent memory kicked off Thursday at the The College in Holborn, London. For the first time since 1990, the biggest belt in chess will be contested by the world’s top two players.

Not only will Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana be contesting the world championship in this cavernous, stone building, but if there’s a winner in regulation then that person will also be the number-one rated player. You have to go back five years for the last time Carlsen wasn’t world champion. Add two more years for the last time he wasn’t the highest-rated player.

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UK: 98-Year-Old Man Fighting for Life After ‘Brutal’ Attack of ‘Excessive Violence’

Son blasts callous robbers who left his WWII veteran father, 98, fighting for his life after brutally beating him for £20 TV at his London home of 60 years

A 98-year-old Second World War veteran lies unconscious in a hospital bed after thieves broke into his home and beat him senseless for a £20 TV.

Peter Gouldstone is fighting for his life with two bleeds on the brain after he was left battered and bruised in a raid on his home in Enfield, north London.

His son, Simon, who found him lying in his ransanked home, called on the burglars to ‘examine their consciences’, asking: ‘How can you live with yourselves?’

Mr Gouldstone’s son told a press conference that he is ‘lost for words at man’s inhumanity to man’…

Shocked police say the level of violence meted out in the ‘brutal and senseless attack’ was ‘completely excessive’.

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UK: 98-Year-Old Man Fighting for His Life After Being Brutally Robbed in Lawless London

Enfield man having survived for nearly a century left fighting for his life after being attacked and robbed. The 98-year-old man was attacked and robbed in his own home in Enfield, London.

Met Police are asking members of the public for information after Peter Gouldstone was found semi-conscious by his son at his home. Paramedics phoned the police and the elderly man was taken to an east London hospital.

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UK: Exposed: May’s Plot to Use Foreign Interference to Force Soft Brexit Through Parliament

Theresa May has been rebuked after notes laying out a plot to push her soft Brexit through Parliament, by using pressure from foreign leaders and big business, were revealed.

Pro-Brexit MPs and even Cabinet sources warned the Prime Minister not to exaggerate the benefits of her deal or the risks associated with alternatives, after details leaked of a three-week, nation-wide blitz to begin the moment the Cabinet signs up to her plan.

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UK: Home Secretary Calls on London Police to Increase Stop and Search to Combat Knife Crime

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has told London police to get knife crime under control after five fatal stabbings in less than a week, instructing the Met to make “full use” of police powers, including increasing stop and search.

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UK: Labour Slammed for Inviting Notorious Islamic Extremist to ‘Anti-Racism’ Rally

Labour has defended inviting a notorious Islamist preacher to appear at a party event, claiming that collaboration with “faith groups” is an “essential part of the fight against the scourge of racism”.

Shakeel Begg was listed as a speaker along with two of the party’s MPs, Janet Daby and Vicky Foxcroft at a Lewisham Labour Against Racism event Tuesday night, where activists discussed plans to “oppose Islamophobia and anti-Semitism”, “stop Tommy Robinson”, and to “challenge” government policies which make it harder for illegal immigrants to thrive in Britain.

An imam at the Lewisham Islamic Centre, which was attended by the terrorist killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, Begg lost a libel case against the BBC in 2016 when a judge ruled he “clearly promotes and encourages violence in support of Islam and espouses a series of extremist Islamic positions”.

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UK: Study: London Kids Most Likely to Get Stabbed Leaving School

London children are most at risk of being stabbed as they leave school, new research indicates, prompting calls for new measures to protect youngsters.

A study found that children were more vulnerable to knife attacks between 4 pm and 6 pm, noting a “significant peak,” and stabbings involving young victims are more likely to occur close to their home or school.

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Unelected German Eurocrat: Trump is an ‘Autocrat’

European Union Commissioner Günther Oettinger — an unelected, appointed politician who enjoys unchallenged power over the 500 million people and 28 countries that make up the EU — attacked U.S. President Donald Trump, comparing him to “autocrats” ruling Turkey and Russia.

Speaking hours before the results for the U.S. midterms were due to roll in, German politician-turned Eurocrat Oettinger lent his voice to others including France’s increasingly ambitious — but ever less popular — Emmanuel Macron in casting the United States as an enemy of the European Union.

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‘Very Dangerous’: Ex-UKIP Leader Lambasts Macron’s EU Army Proposal

The comments came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron called for creating a “real European army” in order to protect the residents of EU countries. He insisted that Europe should be defending itself in a “more sovereign way,” without depending “only on the United States.”

The creation of a European army would be a dangerous move and insult the United States, Nigel Farage, former leader of the right-wing populist UK Independence Party (UKIP), told the radio program LBC (Leading Britain’s Conversation).

Addressing Emmanuel Macron’s recent remarks about the necessity of a “real European army”, Farage argued that all this echoes comments by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, “who said not too long ago deference to NATO can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts.”

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We Must Have the Courage to Defend Freedom of Speech Against Islam Every Day — Geert Wilders

In a reply on the decision of the European Court to sentence an Austrian woman to 480 euros in fines, Geert Wilders vowed to defend freedom of speech in the Dutch Parliament.

According to the leader of the Party for Freedom, the verdict of the European Court is insane because “How can you be convicted for telling the truth?”.

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Serbia: Ministry Forecasts Higher Growth in 2018,4.2%

Up from 3.5% previously estimated, in line with EBRD estimates

(ANSA) — BELGRADE, NOVEMBER 7 — The Serbian ministry of Finance said it has increased the country economic growth forecast to 4.2% in 2018 from the 3.5% previously estimated, the specialized portal SeeNews reported. The GDP growth in Serbia this year will be stronger due to “positive trends recorded in the first half of the year in the short-term macroeconomic indicators,” SeeNews said, quoting documents from the ministry of Finance.

The economic growth in Serbia is however expected to slow down to 3.5% in 2019. SeeNews noted.

The new forecast is in line with the one from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which recently said that Serbia will record a 4.2% growth in 2018 and 3.5% in 2019. The International Monetary Fund last month forecasted a 4.0% real economic growth in Serbia this year.

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How Extremist Scholars Promote Terrorism, Violence

Prominent Muslim scholars continue to argue that the Quran and Prophet Mohammed do not incite intolerance or killing Christians and Jews. Many scholars, however, seem prepared to do their utmost to hide this “inconvenient truth.”

Take, for example, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s preeminent Sunni university, who recently claimed that “there is no single verse in the Quran that calls for killing Jews or Christians.”

While it is true that the Quran does not specifically call for killing Christians and Jews, the Hadith — a record of the words, actions, and the silent approval of Prophet Mohammed — does refer to killing all Jews.

The Quran, however does refer to Christians and Jews as disbelievers, and calls on Muslims to fight and kill disbelievers.

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Farrakhan in Iran: ‘Death to America’

Agrees with Islamic regime that U.S. is ‘great Satan’

Months after promoting via Twitter his sermon referencing “Satanic Jews,” Chicago-based Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan joined Iranian leaders in Tehran on Sunday in chants of “Death to America” and claimed “America has never been a democracy.”

Farrakhan, at a meeting with the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, criticized the U.S. for imposing new sanctions on Iran, charging Washington is conspiring against the Islamic regime, reported the Algemeiner, citing the Iranian semi-official state news agency Mehr.

“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people, and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” he said. Farrakhan said African Americans are in solidarity with Iran’s Islamic revolution.

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How Saudi “Donations” To American Universities Whitewash Its Religion

Why would the center of illiberalism, religious fanaticism, and misogyny ever sponsor the center of liberalism, secularism, and gender equality?

This is the question that crops up when one considers the largesse that human-rights-abusing Saudi Arabia bestows on the leading universities — those putative bastions of progressive, free thinking — in the United States.

According to a recent report in the Daily Caller:

“… elite U.S. universities took more than half a billion dollars from the country [Saudi Arabia] and its affiliates between 2011 and 2017. Saudi Arabian interests paid $614 million to U.S. universities over a six-year period, more than every country but Qatar and the United Kingdom.”

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ISIS is Using Turkey to Reorganize, Posing a Threat to Europe — Dutch Secret Service Says

The Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) says the so-called Islamic State (IS) is using Turkey as a strategic base to reorganize, posing a threat to the security of Europe, Kurdistan24 reports.

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Italy Offers to Help Relocate Pakistani Woman in Blasphemy Case

Italy’s Foreign Ministry has said it is working with other countries to ensure safety for Asia Bibi, who was acquitted after being sentenced for blasphemy, after her family warned that her life is in danger.

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Out of Its Shell: A New Crab Species Scuttling in the Forests of Arunachal Pradesh

A team from the Zoological Survey of India has found, scuttling in the crevices of boulders of Arunachal Pradesh’s forests, a new species of freshwater crab. “The Teretamon ke-mpi is a 1.5-inch round-shaped crab — extremely small and residing below small stones in creeks and semi-dry areas. That is why many people have overlooked it so far,” says Santanu Mitra, Assistant Zoologist, Zoological Survey of India.

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The ‘Father of the Taliban’ Has Been Mysteriously Killed

A Pakistani Muslim cleric known for his relationship with known and suspected terrorist leaders has been killed in what relatives are describing as a brutal murder.

As NBC News reported, Maulana Samiul Haq was instrumental in the administration of the Darul Uloom Haqqania University, which is said to have recruited and trained thousands of Taliban fighters.

It was unclear from initial reports how Haq was killed, with different sources indicating it was either a stabbing or shooting.

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Video From Pakistan: Muslim Boys Hang Asia Bibi Doll for Blasphemy

The cute little tykes. Imagine what they’re going to be like when they grow up, and what will happen when they meet the children who have been trained to run to safe spaces at the sight of any “microaggression.”

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China Infiltrates American Campuses

Beijing, in seeking influence on American college and university campuses, has been infringing on academic freedoms, violating American sovereignty, and breaking U.S. law. U.S. officials, neglecting their responsibilities to the American people, have allowed this injurious behavior to continue, in some instances for decades.

As an initial matter, some of this impermissible Chinese conduct is harmless, even amusing. As detailed by Anastasya Lloyd-Damnjanovic in a landmark study for the Wilson Center, Chinese officials in 2004 and 2007 threatened then Columbia University professor Robert Barnett, the prominent Tibet expert, that if he did not adopt a more favorable view of China’s policies they would — heavens! — stop speaking to him.

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Hungary: New Direct Air Route From China Next Year

China Eastern will fly between Budapest and Shanghai

(ANSA) — BELGRADE, NOVEMBER 7 — The company China Eastern will launch a new direct air passenger route between Budapest and Shanghai next year, the Hungarian government has announced. China Eastern “is expected to fly four times-a-week between Budapest and Shanghai” from next summer, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said in a statement.

“China has become the country that sends the most tourists, and according to five-year forecasts, Chinese tourism to Europe will be increasing by 70 percent, in addition to which Chinese tourists spend the most”, Szijjarto noted.

Currently, there is only one direct flight from Hungary to China, connecting Budapest to Beijing.

The arrival of Chines tourists to Hungary “increased by 14 percent during the first eight months of this year, and according to forecasts more than 250 thousand tourists are expected to come to Hungary from China before the end of this year,” the minister noted, adding that the new route will further increase the numbers.

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Japanese Island Completely Vanishes, Government Launches Search Party

Things just disappear sometimes: car keys, jewelry, whole entire islands. It’s just the way things are. Sometimes those things are pretty hard to let go of. If your car keys disappeared, it’s a fair bet that you’d tear your house apart trying to find them. Well, in 2014, Japan named 158 uninhabited islands off its coast to delineate the nation’s territorial waters, boundaries that have become increasingly contentious in recent decades. One of those 158 islands has up and vanished. The Japanese government has responded by initiating a search and rescue mission to locate the island that was seriously just there a second ago.

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The Chinese Government Identifies Citizens by the Way They Walk

Communist Chinese authorities are using “gait recognition” technology to identify Chinese civilians by the way that they walk. The new technology uses body shapes and movement to identify people even when their face is not in the camera.

This dystopian big brother nightmare is quickly becoming a reality for the souls residing in the People’s Republic of China. Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across China to develop artificial intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concerns about how far the technology will go.

The software, built by a Chinese artificial intelligence company called Watrix, extracts a person’s silhouette from video and analyses the silhouette’s movement to create a model of the way the person walks. It can identify people from 50 meters away and requires no special camera to do so.

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. As if the “social credit” scoring system wasn’t terrifying enough, the country continues to cross the line with surveilling its own people.

“Gait analysis can’t be fooled by simply limping, walking with splayed feet or hunching over, because we’re analyzing all the features of an entire body,” said Watrix chief executive officer Huang Yongzhen. “You don’t need people’s cooperation for us to be able to recognize their identity,” Huang added.

Huang is a former researcher and quite obviously an authoritarian control freak who said he left academia after seeing how promising the technology had become. He then co-founded Watrix in 2016, and his company was incubated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Though the software isn’t as good as facial recognition, Huang said its 94 percent accuracy rate is good enough for commercial use.

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Trump Combats China’s Intellectual Property Theft

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, author Gordon Chang joined me to discuss Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with communist China.

During the Cold War, American Presidents sought closer ties with China as a means to isolate the Soviet Union. But the geopolitical situation has altered greatly, and now China is the main enemy of the West.

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Australian Leader of Extremist Islamic Group That Wants a Global Muslim Caliphate is Moved to a Notorious Maximum Security Prison in Jordan

Former Sydney taxi driver Ismail al-Wahwah, who is also the head of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia, has been moved to a maximum security prison in Jordan that houses terrorists.

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Ecuador Denies Receiving Orders From Abroad Seeking Julian Assange, Wanted WikiLeaks Founder

Ecuador on Wednesday denied receiving any requests to extradite Julian Assange, addressing concerns keeping the self-exiled WikiLeaks publisher from leaving the nation’s London embassy.

“We have told Mr Assange: ‘Up to now, as far as we know, there is no extradition request from any country,’“ Foreign Minister José Valencia told Ecuador’s state-owned Radio Public.

“Ecuador continues to try to build political ground for its dirty deal with U.S. to hand over Julian Assange,” replied a Twitter account operated by the WikiLeaks founder’s legal team.

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Narco-Terrorism to Worsen Under Mexico’s New Leftist President, State Dept. Warns

The overwhelming majority of illegal drugs in the United States already come from Mexico and Mexican traffickers are the greatest criminal threat to the nation, but things are about to get worse when Mexico’s new leftwing president takes over.

His name is Andre’s Manuel López Obrador (known popularly as AMLO), he opposes hardline anti-drug policies and believes in amnesty for drug war criminals. A State Department document obtained by Judicial Watch warns that Obrador, who takes over on December 1, will seek to decriminalize marijuana and poppy cultivation early in his term.

He will also end Mexican military intervention in the drug war and pardon some drug offenders, according to the document which was issued recently by the agency’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and is titled “Mexico’s Drug War & AMLO” and subtitled “Crime; Drug Trafficking; Narco-Terrorism.”

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Venezuela’s Consumer Prices Rose 833,997 Percent in Past 12 Months

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s consumer prices rose 833,997 percent in the 12 months through October, according to a report published by the opposition-controlled Congress on Wednesday.

Monthly inflation decelerated to 148 percent from 233 percent in September, the data showed, but left the OPEC nation on track to reach the 1 million percent inflation in 2018 expected by the International Monetary Fund after five straight years of recession.

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After Migrant Gang Rape German Police Chief Warns Women ‘Not to Drink Alcohol’

A German police chief has warned women not to drink alcohol or use drugs after the gang rape of an 18-year-old girl in Freiburg, Magazine Der Spiegel reports.

“We cannot offer citizens an all-risk insurance [against crime], but I can advise this: Don’t make yourself vulnerable by using alcohol or drugs,” Freiburg’s police chief Bernhard Rotzinger said.

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Asylum Seekers From Just One German Refugee Shelter Commit 1265 Crimes in 9 Months

At the request of the AfD, by André Wendt the Interior Minister of Saxony Roland Wöller of the CDU, has provided police records from January until the end of September.

The police recorded a total of 1265 crimes by 642 residents of the refugee shelter at the Hamburg Street in Dresden.

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Bangladeshi Immigrant Convicted of Terrorism Charges in NYC Subway Bombing

NEW YORK — Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bombin New York City’s busiest subway station at rush hour, was convicted Tuesday of terrorism charges. After the verdict was announced and the jury left the room, Ullah spoke out, telling the judge: “I was angry with Donald Trump because he says he will bomb the Middle East and then he will protect his nation.”

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Italy: Senate Approves Security Decree, Historic Day Says Salvini

Legislation makes it easier to deport convicted asylum seekers

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — The Senate on Wednesday approved the government’s security-and-migration decree with 163 votes in favour, 59 against and 19 abstentions. The legislation, which was approved with a confidence vote, now moves to the Lower House. Among other things, the decree, drafted by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League party, makes it easier for the authorities to deport asylum seekers found guilty of felonies. The package has caused tension within the ruling coalition due to the opposition of some members of the 5-Star Movement (M5S) to certain elements of it.

“Security and Immigration decree, time 12:19, the Senate approves!!!,” Salvini said via Twitter.

“#Salvinidecree, historic day!”.

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Italy’s Senate Approves ‘Anti-Migration Decree’

In early June, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that Italy could not remain Europe’s “refugee camp” while neighboring countries close their borders and defend their borders with weapons.

The Italian government won Wednesday a confidence motion on a security decree that tightens immigration regulations, limits the right to asylum, and bolsters anti-terrorism and anti-mafia rules.

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Majority of Germans Feel Strangers in Their Own Country Since the Influx of Muslim Migrants — Study

Xenophobia is what it’s being branded, but the truth revealed from a survey conducted by researchers from Leipzig, is that in West and East Germany, people feel less at home in their country because of the influx of Muslims and believe Germany should not let them in.

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Merkel Faces Internal Party Conflict Over UN Migrant Pact

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing a revolt within her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) as prominent members begin to oppose the UN migration pact recently rejected by several other countries.

Chancellor Merkel, who recently revealed that she would be stepping down as leader of the CDU next month, is facing challenges over her support for the controversial migrant pact from the more conservative element within the party, Kronen Zeitung reports.

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Pakistani Asylum Seeker Riots in Germany and Demands He’s Provided a Wife

Said K. a 48-year-old rejected asylum seeker has demanded a wife be provided to him or he be deported back to Pakistan in court, as well as, admitting to raping a man in Stuttgart.

He threatened multiple people with a piece of wood with nails in it terrorising an entire office and damaging property 22 Mai in Tuttlingen. He went on to threaten a 40-year-old woman in her car.

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Salvini Wins! Italian Senate Approves New Law to Make Deportation of Migrants Easier

On Wednesday the Senate has approved the legislation making it easier to depot convicted asylum seekers.

The security and migration decree won with 163 votes in favour with only 59 against and 19 abstentions.

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Slovenia to Arm Border Guards as Migrants Attempt to Break Through the Balkans

The Slovenian government has taken new measures to increase border security as an estimated 20,000 migrants attempt to break out of the Balkans into Central Europe.

The Slovenian government has further fortified their border with Croatia, issuing police officers with firearms to control the flow of migrants trying to get through both Croatia and then Slovenia to western Europe, Il Giornale reports.

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Swedish Police to Recruit Migrant Police Officers From Crime-Ridden ‘No-Go Area’

The Swedish police have serious plans to recruit police officers from Rinkeby, a crime-ridden migrant suburb in Stockholm.

To encourage more migrant police officers, the police have planned a presentation in Rinkeby for potential candidates today.

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UK: Second Student Removed From Ipswich School Amid Investigation of ‘30-Year-Old’ Pupil

The first student, said to be an asylum seeker, reportedly lied about his age in order to gain GCSE qualifications at the school.

A second pupil has been removed from a secondary school in Ipswich where a first student’s age is being investigated amid claims he is as old as 30.

The first pupil joined Year 11 at Stoke High School in September and is thought to be an asylum seeker.

One student at the school shared a photograph of him on Snapchat, commenting: “How’s there a 30-year-old man in our maths class.”

Now a second pupil, in Year 7, has also been removed from classes.

A spokesperson for the school said: “This is a matter for the Home Office and we have referred it to them.

“The student is not attending the school at this time. A student in Year 7 is also not currently attending school.

“We cannot comment further on individual cases but we have followed government and local authority policies and guidance, as we do for any admissions matter…

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UK: Second Pupil Removed From ‘30-Year-Old Asylum Seeker’ School

A second pupil has been pulled from Stoke High School following allegations that an asylum-seeking pupil there who claims to be 15 was actually aged 30.

The Ipswich secondary school confirmed the Year 7 pupil, who would apparently be aged between 11 and 12, had been taken out of classes just days after a Home Office investigation was launched into a pupil in Year 11.

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Verhofstadt and His Liberal Pals Want to Turn EU and Hungary Into Lands of Migrants — Gov’t Spokesman

Hungarian Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs has lashed out against EU pro-migration advocate Guy Verhofstadt.

“Guy Verhofstadt and his liberal pals are beating up on Hungary for our immigration policy. His cabal would turn HU and EUR into lands of immigrants.

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Viktor Orban: Let’s Take the Side of the People and Protect Them From Illegal Migration, Terrorism and Crime!

Without its nations, Europe would lose its spiritual and cultural identity, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, addressing a European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki on Thursday.

“Europe will either be a Europe of nations or it will cease to exist,” Orban told the congress ahead of a vote on the lead candidate for the post of European Commission president.

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1,642 “Scientists” Sign Letter Supporting Unscientific “Transgenderism”

Children generally can tell the difference between boys and girls by age three — then, apparently, some grow up, get a Ph.D., and are confused about it by age 30.

A good example is a letter signed by 1,642 “scientists” opposing a Trump administration proposal to define “sex” under Title IX as what it is: a binary quality.

The letter’s authors stumble right off the bat, opening with a complaint about, as they put it, “the current administration’s proposal to legally define gender as a binary condition determined at birth, based on genitalia, and with plans to clarify disputes using ‘genetic testing.’“

The problem? There doesn’t appear to be any Trump administration proposal to define “gender.” At issue is “sex,” the term used in the Title IX legislation, and this matters. For even if you accept the application of “gender” to people, it is not synonymous with “sex.”

As I pointed out last month:

Even psychologists advocating for “transgenderism” will typically define the two words thus: “In general terms, ‘sex’ refers to the biological differences between males and females, such as the genitalia and genetic differences,” explains Medical News Today. ‘‘‘Gender’ is more difficult to define, but it can refer to the role of a male or female in society, known as a gender role, or an individual’s concept of themselves, or gender identity.”

In a nutshell, “sex” is a biological phenomenon; “gender” is a social or psychological one.

That the letter’s authors would misunderstand, or misrepresent, the Trump administration proposal speaks volumes about their lack of scholarship, of honestly, or both. As I explained last month in-depth, Title IX bans “sex discrimination” in educational programs receiving federal funds. Its crafters wrote nothing about “gender,” a term that was used mainly in reference to word categories when the legislation became law in 1972. And forget the “transgender” agenda — the term itself didn’t even exist back then.

So the letter’s signatories don’t appear to understand law. But is their grasp of the science in question here any better?

Appeals to authority are common; “1,600 scientists say” impresses many. But in the United States there are approximately 21.1 million people with a bachelor’s or higher degree in science or engineering, 2.4 million boasting life-sciences degrees, and one million with Ph.D.s in such fields. So even if we use the last figure, 1,642 scientists would constitute less than 0.16 percent of the total.

Yet not all the letter’s signatories hold Ph.D.s, as many are students. Some also aren’t exactly what most people think of as “scientists,” and others certainly are not. For example:

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12 Examples That Show That America is Far More Messed up Than When You Were a Kid

What in the world has happened to our country? Most of us have very fond memories from when we were younger, and it is true that often our memories of “the good old days” can leave out the bad parts. None of us are perfect individually, and America has certainly never been without major problems as a nation. But have we ever witnessed the level of social decay that we are seeing around the country today? We are like a divorced, bloated, drug-addicted middle age man that has seen his life completely fall apart, and it would be nice to believe that we have hit rock bottom, but the truth is that we just keep on sinking even lower. The following are 12 examples that show that America is far more messed up than when you were a kid…

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Anger as UK Heritage Body the National Trust Hides Art Depicting Men ‘To Highlight Representation Bias’

The National Trust has been slammed by visitors after covering all art depicting men as part of a taxpayer-funded exhibition aiming to promote female representation.

Visitors to Cragside over the past few weeks were disappointed to find that a large proportion of the significant art collection at the Northumberland property and former home of Lord William Armstrong had been hidden behind white sheets while sculptures of men had bags placed over their heads.

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Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts for Becoming a Little Too Gender-Inclusive

The Girl Scouts are suing the new gender-inclusive version of the Boy Scouts, claiming the 107-year-old youth group’s rebranding is confusing potential members and cutting into its market share.

Using the marketing tagline ‘Scout Me In’, the Boy Scouts announced in October 2017 they would start letting girls join in 2019 under the organization’s new name, Scouts BSA. The Girls are crying foul, claiming the campaign makes it sound like the Boy Scouts now have sole purview over all scouting-related activities. Read more (c) Shannon Stapleton Twitter meltdown after Boy Scouts announces ‘gender neutral’ name change

The Girl Scouts have no problem with the Boys opening their doors to a wider range of people, but they don’t want them poaching in their territory, according to the suit, which alleges trademark infringement, unfair competition, and dilution. The ‘scouts’ branding is at issue — where it concerns boys, the Boy Scouts can do what they like with it, but where it concerns girls, Boys Keep Out!

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UK: Conservative Philosopher Sir Roger Scruton Stands Firm Against Leftist Witch-Hunt

Britain’s pre-eminent conservative philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton, has come out fighting in response to a left-wing campaign to drive him from public life.

The celebrated writer, who has been decorated in multiple ex-Communist countries where he helped to support the underground universities during the Cold War — with the Soviet puppet regime in Czechoslovakia arresting and expelling him and before placing him on their ‘Index of Undesirable Persons’ for his troubles — has fallen victim to an online outrage mob.

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Intel Chips Smashed by Portsmash

New exploits take advantage of side-channel Simultaneous multithreading capabilities.

Intel and AMD are not getting any breaks from chip-level vulnerabilities. A team of researchers from the Tampere University of Technology (Finland) and Technical University of Havana (Cuba) has found a new vulnerability in Intel processors. Dubbed PortSmash (CVE-2018-5407), the exploit allows an attacker to steal sensitive data, including passwords and cryptographic keys.

This time the exploit is found in a side-channel in Intel’s hyperthreading technology. Simultaneous multithreading (SMT) is used for improving the efficiency of CPUs with hardware multithreading.

The exploit affects two of the most popular Intel platforms, Kaby Lake and Skylake, which power most modern PCs, including laptops, desktops, and servers. All of these devices are vulnerable to attacks.

In a security advisory, Red Hat said, “This is a flaw in the Intel processor execution engine sharing on SMT (e.g., Hyper-Threading) architectures. It can result in leakage of secret data in applications such as OpenSSL that has secret dependent control flow at any granularity level. In order to exploit this flaw, the attacker needs to run a malicious process on the same core of the processor as the victim process.”

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‘Remarkable’ Decline in Fertility Rates

There has been a remarkable, global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers.

Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” — meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.

The researchers said the findings were a “huge surprise”.

And there would be profound consequences for societies with “more grandparents than grandchildren”.

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Scientists Mock New UN Climate Report Seeking “Unprecedented Changes” To Society

The latest UN IPCC report, released on October 8, demands “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” if the world hopes to avoid the wrath of the climate gods over its carbon dioxide-emission sins. In fact, by 2030, according to the UN “Special Report 15” (SR15), the planet may become 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than “pre-industrial levels.” And that could lead to disasters of biblical proportions, the UN warned, without noting that the world has been warmer than that at many points in its history — and it was quite pleasant. “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1 degree C of global warming,” claimed Communist Chinese “scientist” Panmao Zhai, co-chair of the UN IPCC Working Group I.

The “solution,” though, is simple: Give the UN and its more oppressive member regimes much more money and power. A “carbon tax” of $5,500 per ton of carbon by 2030, and $27,000 per ton 2100, should help, the UN said, demanding trillions in new annual spending. (To put this in perspective, this would be equivalent to $49 and up to $240 of taxes for every gallon of gasoline burned! ) And, you’ll have to give up much more of your freedom, of course. Interestingly, those were the same basic solutions offered to deal with the global-cooling hysteria of decades ago — that and “melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot,” as Newsweek put it, citing climate “experts,” in an April 28, 1975, article. More recently, prophets of climate doom such as Al Gore have repeatedly warned that “global warming” was going to melt the Arctic ice cap within some number of years. And just as the global-cooling theorists of yesteryear, they have been consistently and spectacularly wrong about that, and virtually everything else.

But this time, it did not take long for serious scientists and experts to debunk the latest round of UN fear-mongering in SR15. One of the many groups of scientists to speak out was the Canada-based non-profit organization known as Friends of Science. In a report headlined “Faulty Premises = Poor Public Policy on Climate,” the group systematically dismantled the claims and demands made by the UN in its report. Indeed, the organization, which brings together earth, atmospheric, and solar scientists as well as engineers, argued that the public is being “misled.” After reviewing the literature and evidence, the group concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not CO2 as claimed by the UN.

Among other concerns with the UN IPCC SR15 report, the experts noted that all of the climate models used by the IPCC run “too hot” versus the real-world observations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/8/2018

  1. “Communist Chinese authorities are using “gait recognition” technology to identify Chinese civilians by the way that they walk. The new technology uses body shapes and movement to identify people even when their face is not in the camera.”

    George Orwell would have wished he dreamed up this one. But more evidence of the “Big Brother” aspirations of the CCP. The most controlled and monitored population on earth.

    • From China at times disgusting news comes. If the “Chinese mandarins” become world hegemones, they will differ little from the Islamic caliphate.
      I recently read this news:

      Managers of a Chinese company were forced to drink urine and eat cockroaches.

        Employees of the company could not stand it and complained to law enforcement agencies. People flogged at all and forced to drink urine. And this is not a complete list of the bullying of the employer, who felt like a king.

      http://fedpress.ru/news/eastern-asia/society/2150141

  2. Further to the Melbourne Australia knife attack.
    This article although claiming the Somali was a “lone wolf”, he was actually a “known wolf”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6370669/Car-smashes-Melbournes-Bourke-Street-Mall-bursts-flames.html A knife-wielding Somali terrorist has been shot dead by police after crashing a car on Melbourne’s Bourke Street and setting it on fire, before stabbing three shoppers, killing one.

    The lone wolf attacker, who a witness claimed was yelling ‘Allahu akbar’ and is known to counter-terrorism agencies , was then rushed to hospital in a critical condition but later died from his wounds.

    Officers shot him in the chest after his Holden Rodeo loaded with gas cylinders hit a pedestrian as it mounted the kerb and exploded outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection about 4.20pm on Friday.

    Another “known wolf” , probably a peaceful and kindly gentleman from a mosque who would not harm a fly. 🙂

  3. Socialist Superstar Ocasio-Cortez Elected to Congress

    I keep chuckling to myself at the thought of Occasional Cortex in the House for the next two years. It was always going to be a DEM seat anyway but having this one’s bottom occupying it is going to be a joy to behold and the entertainment value every time she speaks is going to exceed even Hollywood’s wildest dreams. I await her maiden dissertation and subsequent contributions with eager anticipation and my acidic pen at the ready.

  4. Not sure if this news was already posted on here, but a 98-years-old war veteran was robbed in his house in North London. His caregiver found him on Monday morning brutally beaten on his bedroom’s floor, unable to speak. He suffered severe injuries, among them an intracerebral hemorrhage, and is currently fighting for his life in a hospital. Stolen were some minor valuables and an old TV worth £20. As of now, so far our media reported, there are no leads to the perpetrators, but I imagine we all know whose signature cases like this are.

  5. From the “1,642 “Scientists” Sign Letter Supporting Unscientific “Transgenderism”” article: “There is no genetic or blood-chemistry test, no brain scan — no medical test of any kind — to prove that my GD is anything but a psychological phenomenon, a delusion.”
    This is incorrect. While the article otherwise is well written and I agree with what it says, this particular sentence is wrong. There have been studies that clearly showed male activity paterns in the brains of female-to-male patients and female activity patterns in the brains of male-to-female patients. There’s also a small portion of transsexual patients that indeed have the chromosomes of the gender they identify with (or a rare combination of XXY, etc.).
    In other words, transsexuality could be easily confirmed by biological matters in a potential patient.
    I imagine the overal improvement of a transsexual person’s life once they start their transition should also be proof enough that it’s not just some kind of delusion. It’s probably a similar feeling to feeling discomfort in your palm for a few days and then finding a splinter in it and feeling a big sense of relief once you remove it – and nobody’s gonna tell you you’re just imagining the discomfort or being too sensitive, right? Even though you could just suck it up and continue your life with the splinter still inside, why would you when you can live more comfortably by removing it?
    Anyway, because working with biological facts doesn’t fit the political agenda behind the transgender movement (and most definitely doesn’t in any way support snowflakes), nobody is going to cite those studies or request that kind of testing.

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