Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/15/2018

A petition calling for a “No-Deal” Brexit is the most popular petition on the UK government’s website, and may now have over 100,000 signatures. However, the British government appears to have rejected it.

In other news, it has recently emerged that of the sixteen lawyers on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff, not one is a Republican.

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USA
» “Adulting” Classes Teach Millennials Basic Skills Like Sewing, Cooking and Changing a Tire
» Anti-Trump Dossier Author Was Hired to Help Hillary Challenge 2016 Election Results
» CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Leaves GOP Over Kavanaugh
» Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Down Affordable Care Act
» Google Claims it Won’t Sell Facial Recognition Technology
» My Name is Bosch and I’m a Recovered Muslim
» Not a Single Lawyer Known to Work for Mueller is a Republican
» Patreon Tolerates Calls for Violence From Leftists While Demonetizing Conservatives
» Rep. Lamar Smith: Google Will Have ‘Dramatic Impact’ On Elections
» Texas Federal Judge Rules Affordable Health Care Act Unconstitutional
 
Europe and the EU
» “Britain’s Political Class Could See a Revolution Like They’ve Never Seen Before, “ Yellow Vests UK Warn
» Bare-Breasted ‘Mariannes’ Face Off With French Police; Tear Gas, Pepper Spray Used on Protesting Yellow Vests
» British Govt Appears to Reject Petition for ‘No Deal’ Brexit
» Cars Torched Across Sweden
» First Half of 2018 Sees Lowest Number of Births in Spain Since 1941
» France: Watch: Livestreams of Yellow Vest Protests in Paris
» Human Rights Councillor Wants Hungary’s “Stop Soros” Package to be Repealed
» If Brexit is Abandoned, Will it Ever be Worth Voting Again?
» It Begins: British Yellow Vests Announce Second London Protest
» Italian Reporter Shot in Strasbourg Attack Has Died
» Kate Hoey: ‘We Didn’t Fight IRA Terrorists to Give Away Northern Ireland to Jumped-Up EU Bureaucrats’
» Laughter Erupts as Juncker Celebrates Escaping ‘Hundreds of Meetings With Theresa May’
» Leaked Memo Touts UK-Funded Firm’s Ability to Create ‘Untraceable’ News Sites for ‘Infowar Campaign’
» Pope Francis Receives Italian Prime Minister Conte
» UK: 70,000-Strong No Deal Brexit Petition Most Popular in Country
» UK: BBC Poirot Drama to Reinvent Agatha Christie Tale as Anti-Brexit Parable
» UK: DUP Brexit Spokesman Laughs Off Project Fear: ‘U-Boats and Luftwaffe Couldn’t Starve us Out!’
» UK: Sabotage: Govt Blocking Discussion of Brexit Backstop Alternatives, Inquiry Demanded
 
Middle East
» An 8-Year-Old Bride
 
Russia
» Russia Shock Discovery: New Species of Dinosaur Revealed After Bones Found on Cliff
 
South Asia
» Pakistan’s Minorities and Kartarpur Corridor
 
Immigration
» Algerian Migrant Slaughters Homeless British Man in Greece
» They Lied: The UN Migration Pact is Legally Binding and Could be Valid for All Countries
 
Culture Wars
» Pierce College Student Wins ‘Free Speech Zone’ Lawsuit Against School
» Spanish Professors Publish Research About Bestiality and Toxic Masculinity
» Survey: 27% of Americans Want Santa Claus to be Female or Gender-Neutral
» Swedish Greens Suggested Relocating Swedes Opposed to Multiculturalism
» Wheaton College Students Bash Pro-Life Speaker for Making Them Feel ‘Unsafe’
 

“Adulting” Classes Teach Millennials Basic Skills Like Sewing, Cooking and Changing a Tire

Millennials who feel they lack some basic life skills can now take “adulting” classes, which are expanding across the country. The classes teach life skills like cooking, budgeting and time management, CBS New York reports, and young adults are signing up for lessons in person and online.

Rachel Flehinger co-founded the aptly named Adulting School in Portland, Maine. This month, she is launching online classes geared toward millennials who want to learn how to sew on a button, understand modern art or even deal with love.

The course curriculum on love will include “how to have a relationship, how to talk to someone, conflict resolution — how not to fight,” Flehinger said. It will even offer guidance on how to tell someone you love them.

[Comment: This article is not from The Onion.]

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

Anti-Trump Dossier Author Was Hired to Help Hillary Challenge 2016 Election Results

By Rowan Scarborough

British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the Democrat-financed anti-Trump dossier, said in a court case that he was hired by a Democratic law firm in preparation for Hillary Clinton challenging the results of the 2016 presidential election.

He said the law firm Perkins Coie wanted to be in a position to contest the results based on evidence he unearthed on the Trump campaign conspiring with Moscow on election interference.

His scenario is contained in a sealed Aug. 2 declaration in a defamation law suit brought by three Russian bankers in London. The trio’s American attorneys filed his answers Tuesday in a libel lawsuit in Washington against the investigative firm Fusion GPS, which handled the former British intelligence officer.

In an answer to interrogatories, Mr. Steele wrote: “Fusion’s immediate client was law firm Perkins Coie. It engaged Fusion to obtain information necessary for Perkins Coie LLP to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election.

“Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as ‘Hillary for America’) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.”

The Democrats never filed a challenge, but Mr. Steele’s answer suggested that was one option inside the Clinton camp, which funded Mr. Steele’s research along with the Democratic National Committee.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Moscow interfered in the election by hacking Democratic Party computers and stealing emails that it released via WikiLeaks.

No Trump associate has been charged with collusion.

In a previous court filing in a second case in April-May 2017, Mr. Steele said his job was to find links between Trump associates and Moscow.

Hired by Fusion in June 2016, he wrote a 17-memo dossier alleging a “extensive conspiracy” between the two, which two years later hasn’t been proven publicly by special counsel Robert Mueller or Congress.

In his most recent London court filing, Mr. Steele is defending against a libel lawsuit by citing a discredited story about a computer server, Trump Tower and a Russian bank.

[…]

A Trump Organization official told The Washington Times last year that some of the spam went to Alfa Bank employees who perhaps stayed in Trump hotels. That’s how Alfa turned up in some emails.

The New York Times investigated and said the FBI basically came to the same conclusion.

Mr. Steele didn’t mention the server theory in the dossier itself.

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn R. Simpson did try to sell the idea to the Justice Department, despite The New York Times’ finding. He met with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr.

Trying to prompt an investigation, Mr. Simpson told him the Times story was wrong and the server was used for direct communication, according to Mr. Ohr’s notes turned over to Congress.

In his court filing, Mr. Steele sought to show cronyism between Trump and the bank by noting that Alfa hired then-private attorney Brian Benczkowski to investigate the server allegation.

Mr. Benczkowski is now assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, having won Senate confirmation in a near-party line vote.

Fusion GPS, in defending against the Russians’ libel lawsuit, depicts the three men as corrupt Putin cronies.

Mr. Steele faces a second defamation suit in London […]

[Hope he has lots of QC-type lawyers. Hope he’s cured of Hillary entanglements.]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Leaves GOP Over Kavanaugh

California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye explained during an interview on CNN Friday night that she has decided to leave the Republican Party — she cited the Brett Kavanaugh debacle prior to his confirmation as the reason for her decision.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in July to fill the seat vacated by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Months later, three allegations of sexual misconduct were levied against Kavanaugh.

The first allegation, which was from Christine Blasey Ford, led to a hearing where both Ford and Kavanaugh testified under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.[…]

“…Of course, Justice Kavanaugh is qualified and the president has the prerogative to name to the Supreme Court, but it was the hearing itself and how it was handled and the tone and the polarization and the conduct and the procedure that greatly disturbed me, and that’s really what led me to make the decision to go online and to finally change my party.”[…]

[NOTE:So the Judiciary Committee’s Democrat members’ ugly tricks don’t count? The whole darn country is divided, Judge and you just added to that polarization.]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Down Affordable Care Act

A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation has fallen down like a losing game of “Jenga.”

But the White House said that with the ruling expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the law will remain in place for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth sided with the argument put forward by a coalition of Republican-leaning states, led by Texas, that Obamacare could no longer stand now that there’s no penalty for Americans who don’t buy insurance.

The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the law in 2012, by classifying the legislation as a tax. But since Congress removed the individual mandate in 2017, O’Connor ruled, there’s no way the ACA can be allowed to stand.

“The Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress’s Tax Power and is still impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause — meaning the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional,” O’Connor wrote. “The Individual Mandate is essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA.”

Without the system being upheld by a wide pool of mandated participants, the ACA cannot stand, O’Connor ruled.[…]

[Nobody will be sad to see it go. The costs of insurance for many people are beyond their reach]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Google Claims it Won’t Sell Facial Recognition Technology

Google announced this week that it won’t sell its facial recognition technology before a thorough consideration of the impact it might have on society.

According to a report from Engadget, Google will not immediately sell its facial recognition technology. In a statement, Google said that they have to carefully consider how the technology might be abused by others.

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

My Name is Bosch and I’m a Recovered Muslim

From Muslim to Islam Critic and Mohammad Cartoonist.

….that is, if Muslims don’t kill me for leaving Islam, which it requires them to do. That’s just one of the reasons I’ve been writing and drawing against Islam and its Jihad for a number of years now. But fortunately for us, Islam hasn’t been able to make every Muslim its slave, just as Nazism wasn’t able to turn every German into a Nazi. So there is Islam and there are Muslims. Muslims who take Islam seriously are at war with us and Muslims who don’t aren’t. But that doesn’t mean we should consider lax Muslims allies against Jihad

           — Hat tip: MB [Return to headlines]
 

Not a Single Lawyer Known to Work for Mueller is a Republican

None of the 16 lawyers known to work for special counsel Robert Mueller are registered Republicans

None of the 16 publicly-confirmed lawyers on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team are registered Republicans, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.

Voter registration records indicate that 13 of the attorneys are Democrats and three have no party affiliation. This is the first time the political affiliation of all 16 lawyers has been reported.

One of the lawyers, Zainab Ahmad, appears to have registered as a Republican at the age of 18, but has since changed her registration status to unaffiliated.

There is a 17th lawyer on the Russia probe, but this person’s identity and political affiliation remain unknown.

The special counsel’s office has previously disclosed that nine of the 16 lawyers have made a total of $62,000 in donations to Democrats, with one of those nine lawyers having also donated $2,750 to Republican candidates.

However, that analysis only looked at donations found in Federal Elections Commission records. TheDCNF has uncovered two additional Democratic donors by searching for all donations — regardless of party — recorded in campaign finance databases at the state level.

Adam Jed, an appellate lawyer for the Justice Department, made two donations in 2017 — $1,000 to a Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general and $100 to a Democratic candidate for Baltimore state’s attorney. Another DOJ lawyer, Aaron Zelinsky, donated $100 in 2014 to the Branford Democratic Town Committee in Connecticut and $100 to a Democratic state lawmaker in 2016.

That makes 11 lawyers on the Mueller team who have donated to Democratic campaigns.

Mueller, a registered Republican, is not included in these figures, but the former FBI director has donated to Republicans both statewide and nationally.

As his team has grown, details about the lawyers hired by Mueller have fueled accusations of political bias on the probe investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Andrew Weissmann, an early member of the probe, attended former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s election-night party in New York City. In January, he sent an email to then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, praising her for refusing to enforce President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

[Lots more at the link]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Patreon Tolerates Calls for Violence From Leftists While Demonetizing Conservatives

Patreon, a website which allows users to submit donations to independent creators and projects on a monthly or one-time basis, has attracted a reputation for banning right-wingers from the platform for dubious reasons. Meanwhile, it tolerates open calls for political violence from the extremist left.

Research by Far Left Watch, which monitors left-wing extremism, found numerous examples of pro-violence left wing groups and individuals that have active Patreon accounts.

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

Rep. Lamar Smith: Google Will Have ‘Dramatic Impact’ On Elections

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) joined Breitbart News Daily on Thursday to talk about Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Smith said that if Google continues on the same course, it will end up “skewing elections.”

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

Texas Federal Judge Rules Affordable Health Care Act Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.

In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote.

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“Britain’s Political Class Could See a Revolution Like They’ve Never Seen Before, “ Yellow Vests UK Warn

The Yellow Vest movement is not on course to end anytime soon, with British activists taking to the streets of London on Friday. They donned the appropriate yellow high vis vests and blocked traffic, chanting pro-Brexit slogans.

One yellow vest protester tells of their want to reclaim Great Britain as told to Sputnik: “We don’t want to be part of the federal European superstate that’s going to erode our rights and take away democracy.

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Bare-Breasted ‘Mariannes’ Face Off With French Police; Tear Gas, Pepper Spray Used on Protesting Yellow Vests

Week five of Yellow Vest demonstrations turned violent after protesters in Paris began to scuffle with police.

Just under 70,000 police have been mobilized across France in an effort to contain some 33,500 estimated protesters — a much lower turnout than in previous weeks, while the Yellow Vest movement itself has spread to several countries across Europe, as well as Iraq, Israel and even Canada.

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

British Govt Appears to Reject Petition for ‘No Deal’ Brexit

The British government has seemingly rejected an official petition for the United Kingdom to make a clean break from the European Union on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms — “No Deal” — despite Theresa May’s previous warning to the EU that she believes “No deal is better than a bad deal”.

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

Cars Torched Across Sweden

Swedish police are investigating a slew of arson attacks over the last two nights as cars and taxis were torched across Malmö.

“A total of eleven cars were damaged in a fire on Solröksgatan during the night,” police say in a report. “Five of the cars are expected to be completely destroyed. Initially there was a risk of spreading to a nearby garage, but the rescue service was able to prevent spreading.”

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

First Half of 2018 Sees Lowest Number of Births in Spain Since 1941

The natural demographic decline in Spain has reached a historic high, according to provisional data released by the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE) on Tuesday. In the first half of 2018, there were just 179,794 births in Spain, the lowest figure for the same period since records began in 1941, and 5.8% down from the first six months of 2017.

What’s more, the number of deaths has also grown: in the first half a total of 226,384 people passed away. That’s the highest figure since 1941, when the population of Spain was 26 million. January saw a particularly high mortality rate. The natural growth for Spain — i.e. live births minus deaths — came in at —46,590, a statistical record

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

France: Watch: Livestreams of Yellow Vest Protests in Paris

Four livestreams of the yellow vest protest in Paris, France. Broadcasters: RT.com, Local Team and Ruptly

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

Human Rights Councillor Wants Hungary’s “Stop Soros” Package to be Repealed

The Council of Europe’s (CoE) commissioner for human rights urged Hungary’s president to return the law about administrative courts, while the Venice Commission wants the “Stop Soros” package to be repealed.

Dunja Mijatovic, the CoE’s commissioner for human rights, on Friday called on Hungarian President Janos Ader to return the law setting up administrative courts in Hungary to parliament for review.

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

If Brexit is Abandoned, Will it Ever be Worth Voting Again?

by Douglas Murray

[…]in the last two and a half years it has become clear that though there is not ‘the establishment’ in Britain, there clearly is ‘an establishment’. And while it is not able to control absolutely everything, it can do very basic things like make certain people’s lives very difficult if they have been on the wrong side of a democratic vote. And it can, if not thwart, then at least tie-up all efforts at fulfilling the wishes of the people. From the moment that the British people voted ‘leave’, any and all ‘establishments’ in this country might have pulled together for the national interest. Instead many chose to wage war on the decision of the people, in the hope of reversing that decision, or to conceal the fact that what the people asked for was not going to happen.

The second reason why this fills me with regret is that when I speak with friends across the continent (even those who are ardent opponents of Brexit) they occasionally express a degree of admiration at the fact that the British government has appeared to be at least trying to fulfil the will of the people. Earlier plebiscites in Ireland, France and The Netherlands, after all, were ignored by those countries’ establishments. The people were told to vote again until they got the ‘right’ answer (as we too may yet be asked to do). In such countries there was never any intention of doing what the public wanted. And so the fact that the British government seemed to be trying — loathe though some of them may have been — to do what the public had asked elicited a batsqueak of admiration from some friends on the continent, in a way that permitted an uncommon squeak of pride in return.

But that brings me to the real reason why I say all this. I am not the world’s most ardent Brexiteer. I voted to leave because I could see what the EU now wanted to become, and whether or not that direction was right for the rest of the continent it was not right for the UK. We were always going to be an awkward and aggravating presence holding back this project. We were going to have to divorce at some point. […]

[Read three essays a month for free at The Spectator…]

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It Begins: British Yellow Vests Announce Second London Protest

The British Yellow Vests have announced a ‘Day of Action’ in London on Saturday with a meeting point at Parliament Square, Westminster at 1pm.

The Facebook event page says “Bring your vest and join us!” The event isn’t party political and all are welcome. On Friday sixty protesters hit global headlines after bringing a mass rebellion to the capital.

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

Italian Reporter Shot in Strasbourg Attack Has Died

Antonio Megalizzi was hit in the head in terrorist attack

(ANSA) — Paris, December 14 — Antonio Megalizzi, a young Italian reporter who was shot in the head in Tuesday’s terrorist attack at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, has died, foreign ministry sources said on Friday. “This news saddens me a great deal,” Premier Giuseppe Conte told a news conference following this week’s European summit.

“Affectionate, emotional thoughts go to his girlfriend. “We must unite in this pain”.

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Kate Hoey: ‘We Didn’t Fight IRA Terrorists to Give Away Northern Ireland to Jumped-Up EU Bureaucrats’

Labour’s Kate Hoey had harsh words for Brussels on Friday, saying the United Kingdom did not spend 30 years battling IRA terrorists in Northern Ireland so “jumped-up EU bureaucrats” could carve off the British province as the price of Brexit.

The veteran stateswoman, who has served as a London MP since 1989 but was born in Northern Ireland and educated in the Belfast Royal Academy and University of Ulster, was speaking at a Leave Means Leave rally, joining a cross-party line-up of entrepreneurs and politicians including Sammy Wilson for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis, and former UKIP supremo Nigel Farage.

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

Laughter Erupts as Juncker Celebrates Escaping ‘Hundreds of Meetings With Theresa May’

The boss of the European Commission took to an unexpected tangent during a press conference in Brussels on Friday afternoon. Mr Juncker made a joke about leaving Brussels for Christmas and escaping all the one on one meeting he has had with Theresa May.

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Leaked Memo Touts UK-Funded Firm’s Ability to Create ‘Untraceable’ News Sites for ‘Infowar Campaign’

The hacking collective known as “Anonymous” has published more explosive documents detailing a UK-based psyop to create a “large-scale information secret service” in Europe in order to combat “Russian propaganda” — which has been blamed for everything from Brexit to Trump winning the 2016 US election to this month’s anti-Macron “Yellow Vest” protests.

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

Pope Francis Receives Italian Prime Minister Conte

Pope Francis received Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday morning during a private audience in the Vatican. Conte was accompanied by the Italian ambassador to the Holy See, Pietro Sebastiani.

Migration, environment, peace

The Pope and Conte met for some 45 minutes during which they discussed some pressing issues. In a post on Facebook, Conte wrote that the Pope and he committed themselves to a broad reform plan for those they are responsible for, in their respective spheres of authority.

“We discussed issues such as social inequalities, migration, the environment and peace,” Conte wrote. He said it was a very touching meeting, which renewed his political, ethical and social commitment to work with great determination to improve Italian society and to make all citizens fully participate in the country’s social and economic well-being.

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UK: 70,000-Strong No Deal Brexit Petition Most Popular in Country

A red hot petition calling for the UK to exit the EU on 29th March 2019 without a deal is the most popular petition on the official Parliamentary website.

It has rocketed to over 70,000 signatures already, and reads: “We are wasting billions of pounds of taxpayers money trying to negotiate in a short space of time.

“Leaving the EU in March 2019 will allow the UK good time to negotiate more efficiently. The EU will be more eager to accept a deal on our terms having lost a major partner.”

[Comment: I think the petition now has over 100,000 signatures.]

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

UK: BBC Poirot Drama to Reinvent Agatha Christie Tale as Anti-Brexit Parable

The BBC are reinventing Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot story The ABC Murders as a morality tale comparing Brexit to the rise of fascism.

Showrunner Sarah Phelps, previously a writer for the long-running EastEnders soap opera, will shift the story from 1935 to 1933 for her three-part Christmas drama, and “bring Brexit into the mix, inviting audiences to draw parallels between the rise of fascism in 1930s Britain and the state of the nation today,” according to the Telegraph.

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

UK: DUP Brexit Spokesman Laughs Off Project Fear: ‘U-Boats and Luftwaffe Couldn’t Starve us Out!’

Sammy Wilson, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) spokesman on Brexit, has rubbished claims by Chancellor Philip “Remainer Phil” Hammond and others that a “No Deal” exit from the European Union would plunge the United Kingdom into a post-apocalyptic situation.

In an impassioned but humourous speech to a Leave Means Leave rally featuring speakers from the business world as well as a broad range of political parties, the East Antrim MP took Remainers to task over claims a clean break with the EU would lead to shortages of all sorts of vital items.

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

UK: Sabotage: Govt Blocking Discussion of Brexit Backstop Alternatives, Inquiry Demanded

Pro-Brexit group Labour Leave has demanded a public inquiry into the Brexit negotiations after a customs expert told MPs he suspected HMRC was given a “political instruction” not to discuss alternatives to the contentious “backstop”.

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An 8-Year-Old Bride

“At eight years old my parents sat me down for a serious talk,” said Noushin, during the interview. “I can still remember the tremble in my mother’s voice. She told me that in two days I would be part of an Islamic religious blessing. My father insisted that I behave, and not cause a scene. I was confused, but I trusted them, that they were telling me the truth. I trusted them right up to the moment that the wedding ring went onto my finger and I became the bride of a 43 year old man.” Noushin, now 19, is the mother of three.

You might assume that her parents, who so willingly gave their child to this man, were not educated or had never been exposed to modern ways of thinking. In fact, Noushin’s father had been educated in Europe, and then came back to his country to work for the regime.

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Russia Shock Discovery: New Species of Dinosaur Revealed After Bones Found on Cliff

RUSSIA has discovered a brand new species of dinosaur that walked the earth up to 200million years ago and weighed 17 tonnes.

The giant fossil has been called Volgatitan, with scientists confirming it belonged to the herbivore family and had a long neck similar to a brontosaurus, but called sauropods. The beast was identified through seven of its vertebrae, which had been stuck inside a cliff for more than 130million years before erosion washed the bones up on the banks of the Volga river near Ulyanovsk, west Russia, in 1982. When more of the vertebrae fell from the cliff when its limestone broke away it enabled the discovery to be identified as “giant vertebrae of unknown taxonomic affiliation” in 1997. Now 21 years on, the bones were re-examined by experts after being sat in a lab in Russia gathering dust.

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Pakistan’s Minorities and Kartarpur Corridor

Recently the Prime Minister has also declared that there is no mention of Jesus in history — a statement which is deeply hurtful for the nation’s Christians as well as being palpably untrue historically speaking, whatever your religious persuasion

I am wondering if Imran Khan, who has doubtless seen the happiness on the faces of Sikhs, could take the time to observe the sadness and fear on the faces of his nation’s Christians. They are never allowed to visit their holy places in Palestine and Israel.

And, tellingly, as Imran continues his expanding his cabinet, this is the first time in the last 50 years that there is no Christian cabinet minister.

The sad reality is that that new Pakistan is proving no different for Pakistan’s beleaguered minorities. Imran Khan who claims to want to make the country into Quaid’s Pakistan, seems far from that man’s vision. Quaid was driven by a desire for fairness. He was keen that Pakistan’s minorities didn’t suffer in the way that Pakistan’s Muslims had. He assured minority leaders the full protection of the state and guaranteed that they would have equal rights under the constitution.

We have failed to protect and safeguard religious minorities’ constitutional and political rights through inserting several articles into the constitution of 1973 like 2A, 41(a) 93(a) etc. to bar them from participating and fulfilling their roles in the government.

Now is the time to accept the truth and change our policies to fit Quaid E Azam’s vision and give minorities the rights they deserve — including safe passage to their own holy sites. Kartarpur Corridor: good news for Sikhs, but no progress for our minority pilgrims.

           — Hat tip: KS [Return to headlines]
 

Algerian Migrant Slaughters Homeless British Man in Greece

A 32-year-old Algerian migrant, is the perpetrator of the homeless man’s murder committed last week, in Thissio, one of the most visited locations in Athens, Greece.

The migrant has confessed his crime to the Hellenic Police officers, as Greek webpage Tanea reports.

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

They Lied: The UN Migration Pact is Legally Binding and Could be Valid for All Countries

They lied.

For months proponents of the UN Migration Pact told us that the pact was non-binding. The response to the many citizens of nation states worldwide having signed country specific petitions was that it was non-binding so there was nothing to worry about, it was going to be good.

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Pierce College Student Wins ‘Free Speech Zone’ Lawsuit Against School

Pierce College has been forced to abandon its “free speech zone” policy after losing a lawsuit that was sparked after a student was told he couldn’t hand out copies of the Constitution on campus.

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Spanish Professors Publish Research About Bestiality and Toxic Masculinity

A group of professors from Spain published a research paper in November that analyzes the intersection of bestiality and toxic masculinity.

The paper, which is titled “Human—animal sexual relations and the construction of masculinity in livestock farming contexts,” was written by three professors at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Spain. The disturbing paper focuses on bestiality practices in the Andalusia region of Spain. It offers a range of bizarre perspectives, including the argument that men only seek intercourse with female animals because of their toxic constructions of masculinity.

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Survey: 27% of Americans Want Santa Claus to be Female or Gender-Neutral

A new survey found that 27 percent of Americans want Santa Claus to be rebranded as either female or gender-neutral.

A new survey by a graphic design company revealed that 27 percent of Americans want to see Santa rebranded as a female or a gender-neutral figure. More than 10 percent of respondents said that Santa should be a woman. A whopping 17 percent said that Santa should be a “gender-neutral” figure.

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Swedish Greens Suggested Relocating Swedes Opposed to Multiculturalism

Swedish Green Party politicians in Eslöv have issued an apology after the local council group suggested forcing out Swedes critical of multiculturalism from the area, saying the proposals were just satire.

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Wheaton College Students Bash Pro-Life Speaker for Making Them Feel ‘Unsafe’

Students at the Evangelical Christian Wheaton College in Illinois said that a guest lecture from a pro-life speaker made them feel “unsafe” while recounting his life story of being a Black American conceived through rape and put up for adoption at birth.

The Wheaton College College Republicans recently invited pro-life speaker Ryan Bomberger to speak on campus. Bomberger travels to campuses to give a lecture entitled “Black Lives Matter: In and Outside the Womb.” Bomberger was conceived through rape and put up for adoption after birth. He speaks about his personal story as a Black American during his campus lectures.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/15/2018

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7y4dVYFRjE

    “Build wells”. Detained ISIS financiers posing as philanthropists

    They have withdrawn bank cards involved in the financing of terrorism. For several years, they have transferred more than 38 million rubles.
    Under the guise of raising funds for the construction of wells in Africa, attackers from Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and the Moscow region sponsored militants from ISIL * and Dzhebhat an-nusra * terrorist organizations. About this reports RIA “News” with reference to a source in law enforcement agencies of Dagestan.

    Recall that in two years the criminals managed to translate their accomplices more than 38 million rubles. They have “discovered and withdrawn a significant number of bank cards involved in the financing of terrorism, extremist literature, instructions for purchasing equipment and telephone SIM cards.”
    https://life.ru/t/%D1%84%D1%81%D0%B1/1178048/stroili_kolodtsy_zadierzhannyie_finansisty_ighil_vydavali_siebia_za_blaghotvoritieliei

    • And here I was believing that muslims always help their own people in poor nations.

      Well, well, well. What’s all this then.

  2. May, Steele, Macron, Hillary, Merkel…all interconnected tyrants fighting the spirit of guy Fawkes and “the people”. We are all yellow vests now.

  3. re: teaching Melinnials basic skills

    Why bother.

    Just teach them how to get a good muslim wife and she do all the work including changing the car tire. She could probably be used to renovate the house also.

  4. re: My Name Is Bosch……..Recovered Muslim

    from the article:

    “….it’s no accident that those who are most informed about Islam are also most critical of it, while those least informed are least critical. “

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