Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/14/2019

Prime Minister Theresa May said that blocking Brexit or holding a new referendum would be a “subversion of democracy”. However, she also warned Brexit supporters that the political class will most likely prevent Brexit rather than allow a “no deal” version of it. Meanwhile, Tory supporters of Brexit are mustering for tomorrow’s vote in the Commons. One party whip resigned his post so he could vote against Mrs. May’s deal.

In other news, a new poll shows that the majority of Americans agree with Donald Trump that there is a crisis on the southern border due to illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

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Financial Crisis
» BTPs in Italian Banks Up 11% in a Yr — BoI
 
USA
» 30,000 LA Teachers Go on Strike Over Wages, Class Size
» Assange Defense Team Slams Louise Mensch for Authoring ‘Conspiracies’ Against WikiLeaks Founder
» California’s Largest Utility Plans Bankruptcy as CEO Makes for the Exit
» Chairman of Harvard Astronomy Says “Oumuamua” Object is “Reconnaissance Spaceship… Deliberately Sent to the Inner Solar System”
» Chris Evans Suggests Lindsey Graham is Being Blackmailed: ‘What Do They Have on You?’
» Colleges Promote Anti-Trump Women’s March. One Offers Free Poster Supplies.
» Democrat Makes Violent Threat if Trump Declares National Emergency
» Firefox 69 Will Have Flash Disabled by Default
» Former Communist Leader, FBI’s Most Wanted Activist Set to Keynote MLK Day Speech
» House Democrats’ Gun Control Unenforceable Without Firearm Registry
» Magma Under the Yellowstone Supervolcano is “Rising”, and Scientists Warn That an Eruption Would Devastate the Entire Planet
» More Than 30 UT Students Doxxed for Crime of Being Conservative
» Open Sedition; FBI Caught Targeting Trump
» Philadelphia’s Soda War
» Police Respond to Active Shooting at New Jersey UPS Facility
» Suspect William Owens Shot and Killed, 2 Women Freed After Hostage Situation at Logan Township UPS Facility
» Vatican Whistleblower Calls on McCarrick to ‘Repent Publicly’ Of His Sins
 
Canada
» Driver Alleged to Have Been in Collisions Prior to Friday’s Crash
 
Europe and the EU
» Delingpole: Britain’s Brexit Betrayal Conservatives Are the Walking Dead
» Germany: Battering-Ram Attack on Homeschoolers Gets Court OK
» Italy: Army Won’t Fill in Rome Potholes — Salvini
» Italy: Senate Deputy Speaker Vows to Sue Anyone Attacking Her Mom
» Italy Building Anti-EU Axis
» Lessons We Seem Unwilling to Learn
» Macron in Desperate Need for Change, Writes Letter to the French Public
» Observatory: Court Ruling Against German Homeschoolers is ‘Major Blow to Parental Rights’
» Poles Unite in Grief Over Assassination of Gdansk Mayor
» The EU Offers Its Members a Terrible Choice: Integration or Democracy
» Thought Police in the UK. This is Why We Can Never Let Them Take Our Guns in America. (Video)
» UK: Khan’s London: Gang Members Sentenced for Shooting and Knifing ‘Innocent Bystander’ To Death
» UK: Oxford Union ‘Disinvites’ Conservative Catholic
» UK: Pro-Brexit Govt Whip Resigns to Vote Against May’s EU Deal
» UK: Pro-Leave Tories Make Final Plea for Full Brexit Ahead of Crunch Vote on May Deal
» UK: Theresa May Admits Blocking Brexit ‘Would be a Subversion of Our Democracy’
» UK: Theresa May Warns ‘No Brexit’ Is More Likely Than ‘No Deal’
 
North Africa
» Muslim Brotherhood: Deceptive Since Its Founding
 
Far East
» Cambodia PM Says EU Holding Country ‘Hostage’ With Tariff Threats
» Canadian Sentenced to Death in China After Being Found Guilty of Drug Smuggling
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘I Was Called a Sl*t for Taking Off My Hijab’: Student, 26, Who Renounced Islam Reveals She Still Receives Death Threats for Ditching the Religion — and Says Hundreds More Women Are Living in Fear
» Revealed: The Text Message Islamic Leaders Sent to Would-be Terrorists Before They Were Arrested Over ISIS-Inspired Plot to Blow Up Melbourne Landmarks on Christmas Day
 
Latin America
» Brazil’s New President Declares the End of Socialism & Political Correctness
» Brazil Says it Recognizes Venezuelan Opposition Leader as President
» Brazil President Says He Wants Free Trade With ‘The Entire World’
» Vatican Defends Sending Delegate to Inauguration of Venezuelan Dictator Maduro
» Wikipedia Blocked in Venezuela as Internet Controls Tighten
 
Immigration
» ABC/WaPo Poll: Support for Border Wall Soars Among Swing Voters
» Afghan Stabs Polish Woman in German Hospital, Killing Unborn Baby
» Australians Do Not Want Any More Migrants: Anu Poll
» EU ‘Conservative’ Leader: Europeans ‘Must Open Hearts’ To Mass Migration
» Exclusive — Gov. Jan Brewer: ‘Our Country is Going to Collapse’ Without Border Wall
» Gov. Gavin Newsom Commits Financial Suicide for the State of California by Expanding Taxpayer-Funded Health Care Coverage to Illegal Immigrants
» Here’s Another Border Wall Getting High Marks
» Michael Cutler: Immigration ‘Crisis’ A ‘Delivery System’ For Elites
» Poll: Majority of Voters Agree With Trump, Call Porous Border a ‘Crisis’
» Silence of the Moms: Media Refuse to Discuss Angel Families, Victims of Illegal Alien Crimes
» Spain Saves 493 Migrants Yet Stops Rescue Ship From Leaving
» Stacey Abrams: ‘I Wouldn’t Oppose’ Non-Citizens Voting in Local Elections
» ‘Thank You Australia for Giving Me Money’: Migrant’s Gushing Post Thanking the ‘Lucky Country’ For All of the Taxpayer-Funded Welfare Her Family Receives Goes Viral
» Thousands of Migrants Set Up Camps in Paris as Authorities Scramble to Cope
 
Culture Wars
» “Progressive” Gillette Ad Hugely Disliked, Gets 100,000+ Thumbs Down on YouTube
» Free Speech is Dead in Canada: The Persecution of Christian Activist Bill Whatcott
» Guest Opinion: Why Climate Change Isn’t Science
» Italy: Gay Cop Elected to Union Leader’s Office for First Time
» Pervert Press Promotes the Sexualization of Your Children
» Progressive Indoctrination in Church
» Psychologists “Affirm Without Doubt” The Evidence for Imminent Climate Catastrophe
» Swedish Female Yellow Vest Speaker: “Put Feminism on Hold for 10-20 Years and Reinstate the Patriarchy”
» Texas A&M English Prof Candidates Better Have a ‘Feminist’ Or ‘Queer’ ‘Agenda’
» The American Psychological Association Issues New Guidelines That Say “Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys”
» UK: ‘Transgender’ Children as Young as Ten Legally Changing Names Rising
 
General
» 1,400 Years of Jihad and Islamic Terror, Well Told by Robert Spencer
 

BTPs in Italian Banks Up 11% in a Yr — BoI

Nov total up on Oct

(ANSA) — Rome, January 10 — The proportion of BTP bonds in the hands of Italian banks rose 11% in the year to November, the Bank of Italy said Thursday.

The size of banks’ BTP portfolios rose to 378.9 billion euros from 373 in October, the central bank said.

There was a constant rise through 2018 after a previous fall, the BoI said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

30,000 LA Teachers Go on Strike Over Wages, Class Size

Jan. 14 (UPI) — At least 30,000 Los Angeles school teachers walked off the job Monday, frustrated with their pay, benefits and resources in the classroom.

Teachers are forming picket lines at the schools and many students and non-teachers are joining them in solidarity. For weeks, a teachers union has been at odds with the Los Angeles Unified School District over the concerns. Monday’s strike follows a weekend during which no new deal was reached.

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

Assange Defense Team Slams Louise Mensch for Authoring ‘Conspiracies’ Against WikiLeaks Founder

Jullian Assange’s legal defense team tweeted a reminder of where the dubious accusations against him originated, pointing the finger at Russiagate conspiracy theorist Louise Mensch.

Monday’s tweet from the team defending Julian Assange slammed former UK conservative MP turned conspiracy theorist Louise Mensch. The attached article is apparently aimed to remind followers of what exactly the Wikileaks legal team thinks of the woman, who’s been smearing Assange for years.

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

California’s Largest Utility Plans Bankruptcy as CEO Makes for the Exit

Geisha Williams is stepping down as the CEO of PG&E Corp., the largest utility in the U.S., while potential liability over recent California wildfires drives the company into bankruptcy.

PG&E announced Williams’s departure Sunday and its plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a day later. Investigators found that the power utility had caused 17 major wildfires in 2017, and evidence suggests the company may be responsible for others in 2018 as well, The Wall Street Journal reports

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

Chairman of Harvard Astronomy Says “Oumuamua” Object is “Reconnaissance Spaceship… Deliberately Sent to the Inner Solar System”

For thousands of years human civilization has documented objects in the sky. With the advent of instant video sharing, we’ve seen hundreds, perhaps thousands of cases of unidentified flying objects. Scientists and governments have discounted the vast majority of these instances as meteors, asteroids, man-made rocket tests or weather balloons.

But on October 19, 2017, a Canadian astronomer saw an anomaly floating through our solar system that can’t be so easily dismissed.

The object, dubbed “Oumuamua,” is the first ever object detected by humans that originated outside of our own solar system. Moreover, what makes Oumuamua even more intriguing is that as it rounded the sun it accelerated in such a way that our known laws of physics simply can’t explain it.

That is, unless the object has its own propulsion system, which would in turn suggest that it is not naturally occurring, but rather, deliberately built by an advanced civilization.

The claim sounds like an Ancient Aliens conspiracy theory, until you realize that the scientists behind the theory is none other than Avi Loeb, Chairman of Harvard University’s Astronomy department and founding director of The Black Hole Initiative. And while most scientists would never risk their careers over wild and outlandish claims, Loeb says he has enough tenure to not be concerned about it. That and he believes his analysis is accurate.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chris Evans Suggests Lindsey Graham is Being Blackmailed: ‘What Do They Have on You?’

Actor Chris Evans attacked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Sunday, blasting his “shameful 180” on supporting President Donald Trump and suggesting that he is being blackmailed.

“Hey Smithers, remember when you said this: ‘You know how you make America great again, tell Donald Trump to go to hell.’ What do they have on you?” Chris Evans said.

“I can’t tell if this shameful 180 is born of fear or thirst. Either way, we will always remember you as nothing more than remora,” the Captain America actor added.

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

Colleges Promote Anti-Trump Women’s March. One Offers Free Poster Supplies.

Students on campuses across the country are being offered opportunities to prepare posters for next Saturday’s Women’s March events scheduled to occur in multiple cities, with one of those colleges even providing students with the supplies.

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

Democrat Makes Violent Threat if Trump Declares National Emergency

Democrats are fighting mad over the impasse between President Trump and Nancy Pelosi that has resulted in a government shutdown over funding of border security and one of them has once again suggested that violence is a legitimate solution to political differences.

This time it is Rep. Mike Levin of California’s 49th congressional district and the freshman exemplifies the new far-left radicalism that has gripped the party and their ANTIFA and socialist hate mobs that are clamoring for open revolution.

Levin took to Twitter to inveigh against Trump and call for fighting in the streets if he uses his presidential powers to declare a national emergency over the deteriorating situation at the border.

According to the 40-year-old environmental activist turned politician:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Firefox 69 Will Have Flash Disabled by Default

According to Mozilla’s plugin roadmap, the firm planned to disable Flash by default in Firefox sometime this year. Now, a new bug filing has revealed that the plugin will be disabled as of Firefox 69 which is due for release on September 3, 2019. Mozilla will disable Flash beginning with the Nightly builds before it works its way down to the Stable channel.

The disabling of Flash comes in anticipation of Adobe ending support for its Flash plugin at the end of 2020. Mozilla has said that it will completely remove Flash support for consumer versions of Firefox in early 2020, while the Extended Support Release (ESR) version will have support until the end of the year. In 2021, Mozilla has said that Firefox will refuse entirely to load the plugin due to a lack of security updates from Adobe.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Former Communist Leader, FBI’s Most Wanted Activist Set to Keynote MLK Day Speech

The University of New England is set to host a former leader of the Communist Party USA as the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

UNE made no mention of Angela Davis’ past involvement with the Communist Party USA in the official releaseabout the event. Davis was fired from her University of California, Los Angeles professorship after the school discovered that she was a member of the party, Central Maine reported. UNE also did not disclose her association with the Black Panther Party and the Soledad Brothers, three violent gang members who, as inmates, were accused of killing a prison guard at Soledad Prison in California.

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

House Democrats’ Gun Control Unenforceable Without Firearm Registry

The gun control currently being pushed by House Democrats is unenforceable without a national firearm registry.

On January 8, 2019, Breitbart News reported that House Democrats introduced legislation to criminalize private gun sales. They are using universal background checks as a means of criminalizing the sales, and they do not mention such checks are unenforceable without firearm registration.

Instead, the Democrats keep talking of how their bill will “prevent” or reduce “gun violence.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Magma Under the Yellowstone Supervolcano is “Rising”, and Scientists Warn That an Eruption Would Devastate the Entire Planet

All over the world seismic activity has been increasing in recent years, and this process seems to have accelerated during the early days of 2019

Could it be possible that a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano is not too far away?

All over the world seismic activity has been increasing in recent years, and this process seems to have accelerated during the early days of 2019. In particular, quite a few once dormant volcanoes are springing to life again, and this has many concerned about what could potentially happen at Yellowstone. Of course Yellowstone has never been “dormant”, but there have been new signs of life over the past six months. Entirely new geysers have sprung out of the ground, Steamboat Geyser has been the most active that it has been in decades, and some geysers have even been shooting “debris and rocks” into the sky. And now we are being told that “a 465-mile-long piece of molten rock” is “rising” directly under Yellowstone…

We are talking about a disaster that is on a scale that most of us couldn’t even imagine, and it would instantly render most of the country completely uninhabitable. The following is an extended excerpt from one of my previous articles about Yellowstone…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

More Than 30 UT Students Doxxed for Crime of Being Conservative

More than 30 students at the University of Texas have been doxxed by a student antifa group, typically for the crime of joining conservative clubs or being spotted at lectures held by conservative speakers.

The doxxers — calling themselves Austin Autonomous Media (AAM) — are a small collective of UT students. Since fall 2018, AAM members have snuck into conservative club meetings, taken photos of attendees, and posted students’ names and emails online.

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

Open Sedition; FBI Caught Targeting Trump

Once again, Infowars covered this lightyears ahead of MSM so stay tuned for more of tomorrow’s news today!

A recent New York Times report admitted anti-Trumpers within the FBI launched an investigation into President Trump to get back at him for firing former FBI Director James Comey.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Philadelphia’s Soda War

A tax on sweetened beverages harms businesses and achieves none of its goals.

Philadelphia’s outlandish soda tax is what Democratic-party politics looks like when it lets its freak flag fly. So many classic elements are there: (failed) social engineering and “think of the children!” on one side, paid for with a punitive tax on poor people and destroyed businesses, which means destroyed jobs, which in turn means lives upended. What lives? Greedy capitalists with monocles, maybe? No, they’ll be fine. Think of ex-cons trying to regain their footing in society.

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

Police Respond to Active Shooting at New Jersey UPS Facility

Police responded Monday to an active shooting at a UPS facility in Logan Township, New Jersey, the company said in a statement.

The building, located in a commercial district of the south New Jersey township of 6,000, is a supply chain processing facility, UPS said.

In a later tweet, the company said, “We are working with law enforcement as they respond and cannot provide information about the identity of people involved at this time.”

In a tweet just before 10 a.m. ET, the New Jersey State Police said local police were responding to an incident in Logan Township…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Suspect William Owens Shot and Killed, 2 Women Freed After Hostage Situation at Logan Township UPS Facility

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A suspect was shot and killed and two women were freed following a hostage situation at a UPS facility in Gloucester County on Monday. Authorities says a SWAT intervention ended the hostage situation when 39-year-old William Owens, of Sicklerville, was fatally shot.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office says law enforcement fired at Owens when he exited the building with the two hostages.

Authorities say the two women are safe following the standoff that lasted for three-and-a-half hours.

“Both of the hostages have also been taken from the scene. Apparently, there was no serious injuries to either one of these hostages at this point in time,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore.

Sources tell CBS3 the suspect was holding his girlfriend hostage…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Vatican Whistleblower Calls on McCarrick to ‘Repent Publicly’ Of His Sins

A former papal nuncio to the United States has called on archbishop Theodore McCarrick to “repent publicly” of his “sins, crimes, and sacrileges” before it is too late.

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

Driver Alleged to Have Been in Collisions Prior to Friday’s Crash

Multiple transit supervisors expressed concerns about Aissatou Diallo’s suitability as an OC Transpo bus driver after two collisions on the road prior to Friday’s fatal crash at Westboro station, this newspaper has learned.

And several operators are questioning how the transportation service is dealing with new driver road safety.

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

Delingpole: Britain’s Brexit Betrayal Conservatives Are the Walking Dead

We voted for Brexit. And now the political class is ganging up to stop us getting Brexit.

It thinks, as my fat pillock of a QC friend does, that once they’ve explained to us — using ugly phrases like “it’s about the numbers” and “we have to find common ground between Remain and Leave” and “John Bercow” — why we can’t get what we want, we’ll all go: “Oh yeah! Stupid us. We thought we could have Brexit but we now realise that the answer was staring us in the face all along. We can’t have Brexit because reasons…”

But we won’t react that way. Rather we’ll get very angry and we’ll look for revenge. The most obvious targets for this revenge will be the Conservatives government — or governments if you count David Cameron’s and Theresa May’s as separate entities rather than two ends of the same turd — which promised to honour our referendum vote but which then proceeded to break that promise.

This doesn’t augur well for the Conservatives. In fact it will certainly be the most damaging, self-destructive decision they have made since 1846 when Sir Robert Peel’s Tory government repealed the Corn Laws.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Battering-Ram Attack on Homeschoolers Gets Court OK

The European Court of Human Rights has issued a ruling supporting a decision by German authorities to demand parents relinquish their children to state socialization in public schools, accompanied by the right of government to remove those children — through methods including police battering-ram assaults on the family home — to make sure that happens.

The stunning verdict comes in the case involving the Wunderlich family, on whose trials WND has reported over the years.

It was in August 2013 that WND’s report on the battering-ram attack grabbed the attention of millions of readers.

At the time, four children, ages 7-14, of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were forcibly carried out of their parents’ home by police officers. Those cops had arrived while they were homeschooling, and were armed with a battering ram to knock down the front door.

Dirk Wunderlich’s quick actions, in seeing the officers out the window and noticing their attack preparations and then opening the door, prevented the actual physical attack.

But his children were taken by the government, kept in detention for several weeks, and only later returned. But even then the government refused to give parental authority over the children back to their parents.

[Comment: So a policy started by Hitler is still the German law. Sieg Heil.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Army Won’t Fill in Rome Potholes — Salvini

‘More must be done’ by administration says interior minister

(ANSA) — Rome, January 10 — Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday the army would not be used to fill in Rome potholes.

He said he hoped the Rome city administration would “do better” on the problem.

“I’m putting my heart and soul and money into Rome,” he said.

“As an adoptive Roman I expect more, more can be done. “I’m thinking of the management of public transport and the roads, the army can’t be used to fill in holes in the streets”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Senate Deputy Speaker Vows to Sue Anyone Attacking Her Mom

After appeal on public housing unit rejected

(ANSA) — Rome, January 10 — The deputy speaker of the Italian Senate, Five Star Movement (M5S) MP Paola Taverna, wrote Thursday on Twitter that she would sue anyone who tries to defame her mother.

The comment came after a Rome court rejected an appeal filed by her mother against Aziende Territoriali per l’Edilizia Residenziale (ATER), which manages public housing projects.

“As M5S member of parliament, after having paid back over 200,000 euros, I am so clean that they no longer find anything to attack me with except for through those I care about. I will sue anyone who has spread or will spread false or defamatory information on my mother,” she said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy Building Anti-EU Axis

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is leading an effort to create a pan-European populist alliance to challenge the pro-European establishment over the future of the European Union. The aim is to reclaim sovereignty from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and transfer key EU powers back to national capitals.

Germany and France, the self-appointed guardians of European integration, are responding to the challenge with an ambitious counterplan to make the European Union a “more decisive power on the world stage.”

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

Lessons We Seem Unwilling to Learn

The question to ask is why are there so many people in the Muslim community who would object to such an exhibition and why these extremists have so much sway (as opposed merely to being an embittered fringe) that they can actually get their way. If a church in Britain put on an exhibition about the Holocaust, it would not be forced to cancel it under pressure from any Holocaust-denying Anglicans.

So what is it about the fragility, and vulnerability of the Muslim community to the dictates of extremists that we can learn from an episode such as this one?

Quite a lot, I would suggest. Which is one of the reasons why there has been so little focus. Because what can be learned from such events are lessons that, as a society, we still seem distinctly unwilling to learn.

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

Macron in Desperate Need for Change, Writes Letter to the French Public

While tens of thousands of ‘Yellow vests’ protestors make an ever louder voice against the policies of Emmanuel Macrons’ government, the French president is in desperate need of change.

Last Saturday more than 80.000 French protestors took to the streets for the 9th week in a row, making Macrons need for change more urgent every week.

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

Observatory: Court Ruling Against German Homeschoolers is ‘Major Blow to Parental Rights’

A recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that German authorities had not violated a family’s rights when they stormed their home and carried away their four children to prevent them from receiving homeschooling, a decision condemned by human rights advocates as “a major blow to parental rights.”

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

Poles Unite in Grief Over Assassination of Gdansk Mayor

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The popular liberal mayor of Poland’s port city of Gdansk died Monday after being stabbed at a charity event by an ex-convict with a history of violent crime. The killing plunged the politically divided country into shock and grief and brought Poles into the streets for solemn vigils in a rare show of national unity.

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

The EU Offers Its Members a Terrible Choice: Integration or Democracy

Politicians will sacrifice anything to meet Brussels’ requirements

The EU is not only undemocratic in itself; it also degrades the internal democracy of its constituent nations.

Everyone knows that the EU is run by unelected officials. What is far less widely appreciated is the way that, in order to sustain a fundamentally oligarchic project, the member states are obliged repeatedly to distort their domestic constitutional arrangements.

Consider what happened in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Thought Police in the UK. This is Why We Can Never Let Them Take Our Guns in America. (Video)

Police policing thought crime in the UK. “Nobody is saying you can’t speak your mind,” says the unknown officer who shows up at the door of a private citizen for posting his opinion on social media.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Khan’s London: Gang Members Sentenced for Shooting and Knifing ‘Innocent Bystander’ To Death

Two men have been sentenced for killing an “innocent bystander” by shooting him and stabbing him 12 times in Enfield, London.

Bilkan Bilkaner, 20, and Duke Quainoo, 21, both of Enfield, were found guilty of murder, GBH with intent, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life for the March 16th slaying of 23-year-old Russell Jordan Jones, an official police statement reports.

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

UK: Oxford Union ‘Disinvites’ Conservative Catholic

The Oxford Union has disinvited William Donohue, President of the Catholic League, an American civil rights group, to speak at an upcoming debate.

The debate, titled “This House Believes the Catholic Church Can Never Pay for Its Sins,” is due to be held this term, the Telegraph reported, but will be going ahead without the participation of Dr. Donohue.

Donahue, who holds a doctorate in social science, said he is “appalled” at the way he has been treated by the nearly 200-year-old debating society.

“I have been lied to by the Oxford Union,” Donahue said. “Either no one will debate me or someone got to Wilkinson and nixed the invitation. Either way, it shows what a fraud these people are.”

“They speak endlessly about the virtue of free speech and their commitment to honest debates, yet their public pronouncements are belied by their actions,” he added.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Pro-Brexit Govt Whip Resigns to Vote Against May’s EU Deal

The Prime Minister’s chances of getting her Brexit deal through Parliament have suffered another blow, as one of her own whips resigns his post to vote against it.

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

UK: Pro-Leave Tories Make Final Plea for Full Brexit Ahead of Crunch Vote on May Deal

A group of senior Tory MPs including several former ministers have stepped up calls for the Brexit vote to be respected and for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union cleanly as the Commons prepares to vote on Theresa May’s compromise deal on Tuesday.

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

UK: Theresa May Admits Blocking Brexit ‘Would be a Subversion of Our Democracy’

Theresa May has admitted that overturning the Brexit vote or re-running the 2016 referendum “would be a subversion of our democracy” in the House of Commons.

Speaking to parliamentary colleagues ahead of the so-called “meaningful vote” on her divisive Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, the Prime Minister said that stopping Brexit would be “saying to the people we were elected to serve that we were unwilling to do what they had instructed”.

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

UK: Theresa May Warns ‘No Brexit’ Is More Likely Than ‘No Deal’

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to warn Leave voters that the political class are more likely to block Brexit than allow a clean, No Deal Brexit to happen.

The Tory leader is expected to issue the threat in a set-piece speech to factory workers on January 14th in a last-ditch effort to cajole Brexit supporters in the House of Commons into backing her own exit deal, which has been excoriated as “the worst deal in history” by Leavers and Remainers alike.

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

Muslim Brotherhood: Deceptive Since Its Founding

Since its founding in Egypt in March 1928 at the hands of Hassan Al-Bana, an Egyptian school teacher turned Islamic revivalist, the Muslim Brotherhood has maintained the same logo and motto: a green circle with two crossed swords. Between these two swords is a book which is meant to be the Quran, the most sacred book for Muslims. Under the two swords are the words “And prepare.”

           — Hat tip: MB [Return to headlines]
 

Cambodia PM Says EU Holding Country ‘Hostage’ With Tariff Threats

Phnom Penh (AFP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen blasted the European Union on Saturday for holding the country “hostage” with threats to axe trade preferences after it held elections with no credible opposition.

The EU threatened in October to withdrawal the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia’s garment and footwear sector, the largest formal employer.

The multi-billion dollar sector employs hundreds of thousands of labourers and is seen as one of the 66-year-old’s few vulnerable positions in a country he has run for nearly 34 years by building up vast patronage networks.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Sentenced to Death in China After Being Found Guilty of Drug Smuggling

A Canadian man convicted of smuggling an “enormous amount of drugs” into China has been sentenced to death by a Chinese court in a case that will likely further strain relations between Ottawa and Beijing.

A former oil worker, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was initially arrested back in 2015 on suspicion of smuggling more than 200 kilograms of methamphetamine into China. In November 2018, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail and a fine amounting to 150,000 yuan ($22,185).

The Canadian, who claims to be innocent and accuses China of framing him, appealed his case — but his appeal apparently backfired as the Chinese prosecutors considered his sentence too lenient and demanded a harsher one.

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‘I Was Called a Sl*t for Taking Off My Hijab’: Student, 26, Who Renounced Islam Reveals She Still Receives Death Threats for Ditching the Religion — and Says Hundreds More Women Are Living in Fear

Zara Kay, a former international student in Melbourne, has revealed she continues to receive death threats and online abuse after revealing why she renounced Islam.

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Revealed: The Text Message Islamic Leaders Sent to Would-be Terrorists Before They Were Arrested Over ISIS-Inspired Plot to Blow Up Melbourne Landmarks on Christmas Day

Three of the four men accused of conspiring to ‘wage violent jihad’ by detonating a bomb in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Christmas Day, 2016, attended the Hume Islamic Youth Centre.

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Brazil’s New President Declares the End of Socialism & Political Correctness

Leftist ideology is waning thanks to failed globalist policies.

In recent years, Brazilian politics was dominated by progressive leftist ideology.

Black Lives Matter demonized the Brazilizan police, while far left politicians began limiting their power. Eventually the drug cartels began policing the streets.

And with over 60 thousand murders a year, a young Brazilian man has less chance of survival than a soldier in an active war zone. This paved the way for former army captain Jair Bolsonaro to win the presidency in a historical landslide victory.

Immediately upon being sworn in, they passed a bill to provide police and soldiers freedom from prosecution while on active duty.

They announced a plan for jail reform that will isolate the cartel leaders, seperate the gangs, and terminate the use of mobile phones within the jail.

Immediately following this, the gangs struck out against the new government. The Brazilian cartels burned and bombed dozens of public targets including buildings, bridges, buses, and banks.

Bolsonaro responded by sending 300 soldiers into the Favelas to root out and attack the cartels

And he is sending in more.

It appears as if Brazil is about to wage war against the drug cartels. And allow law abiding citizens to own firearms.

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Brazil Says it Recognizes Venezuelan Opposition Leader as President

SAO PAULO, Jan 12 (Reuters) — Brazil’s government on Saturday issued a statement saying it recognized Venezuela’s Congressional leader, who opposes President Nicolas Maduro, as the rightful president of Venezuela.

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Brazil President Says He Wants Free Trade With ‘The Entire World’

SAO PAULO (Reuters) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro wants “bilateral trade with the entire world without an ideological bias,” he said on Twitter on Saturday ahead of the Davos World Economic Forum later this month.

Latin America’s largest economy is also one of the world’s most restrictive. The Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, last year ranked Brazil 153 out of 180 countries in its Index of Economic Freedom.

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Vatican Defends Sending Delegate to Inauguration of Venezuelan Dictator Maduro

The Vatican has defended its decision to send a papal representative to the inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, saying that the Holy See keeps its diplomatic relations with the Venezuelan state for the sake of the common good.

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Wikipedia Blocked in Venezuela as Internet Controls Tighten

The NetBlocks internet observatory has collected technical evidence of the blocking all editions of Wikipedia in Venezuela as of 12 January 2019. The restrictions are implemented by the largest telecommunications provider CANTV.

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ABC/WaPo Poll: Support for Border Wall Soars Among Swing Voters

President Trump’s proposed wall along the United States-Mexico border has soared in popularity with American voters across the board, as he battles a split GOP-Democrat Congress to secure funding for the barrier.

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Afghan Stabs Polish Woman in German Hospital, Killing Unborn Baby

A pregnant Polish woman suffered life-threatening injuries and lost her unborn baby in a knife attack by an Afghan migrant at a hospital in Germany.

Police said an argument broke out at St. Marienwörth Hospital in Bad Kreuznach, west Germany, at around 6 p.m. on Friday, after which the 25-year-old victim was stabbed several times in the stomach.

The woman’s condition stabilised following emergency surgery but her baby died a short time after the operation, according to local media, which reported that the perpetrator surrendered himself to police shortly after the attack, after initially having fled the hospital.

Speaking out after the attack, Alternative for Germany (AfD) MP Petr Bystron remarked that “illegal immigration is not mercy — it is murder”, noting that Germany has suffered rising crime rates since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country’s border to well over a million migrants in 2015.

Linking German problems with illegal immigration to the ones highlighted by President Donald Trump in North America, the populist MP told U.S. news outlet Gateway Pundit: “The simple fact is: if you are willing to break a country’s laws to get in, you are probably willing to break them again once you are in — with horrible, tragic consequences for the most vulnerable members of society.”

[Comment: One of Merkel’s “we can do it” refugee.]

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Australians Do Not Want Any More Migrants: Anu Poll

Support among Australians for a growing population is crumbling amid fears of overcrowded cities and homes priced out of the reach of ordinary people, a new survey by the Australian National University has revealed.

As both the Morrison government and Shorten opposition consider their own approaches to population policy in the run-up to this year’s election, the ANU poll found just three out of 10 Australians believe the nation needs more people.

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EU ‘Conservative’ Leader: Europeans ‘Must Open Hearts’ To Mass Migration

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) leader Syed Kamall has slammed policies to limit mass migration from the third world, blasting EU nations’ “hypocrisy” for refusing to open the border to Africa while their own citizens move abroad.

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Exclusive — Gov. Jan Brewer: ‘Our Country is Going to Collapse’ Without Border Wall

Former Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) says the United States “is going to collapse” as a nation without a border wall and end to mass illegal immigration.

In an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight, Brewer said the importance of a border wall should not be understated, noting that the U.S. has had “a crisis for a long time” on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brewer said:…

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Gov. Gavin Newsom Commits Financial Suicide for the State of California by Expanding Taxpayer-Funded Health Care Coverage to Illegal Immigrants

The economic illiteracy of newly-elected California governor Gavin Newsom was on full display right after his inauguration ceremony. As his first act as governor, Newsom signed a series of executive orders that fine California citizens without healthcare coverage, while financially catering to illegal immigrants and demanding federal assistance for healthcare coverage for illegal immigrants. California governor Gavin Newsom is committed to pillaging California’s hard-working population with higher taxes, while providing illegal immigrants the funds they need for unnecessary healthcare spending…

The executive order also mandates Obama-era fines on individuals who cannot afford or do not want to purchase health insurance plans. This is one way the California governor plans to pay for illegals’ access to more prescription drugs and doctor visits. “To pay for increased financial help for families, the budget proposes fighting back against the federal government’s attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act by reinstating the individual mandate at the state level,” Newsom’s office said.

If California cannot recoup the money through fines, they will attempt to take the money from the rest of the country’s taxpayers. Newsom has already sent a letter to President Trump and congressional leaders, demanding that federal laws be amended to enable California to apply for and receive “Transformational Cost and Universal Coverage Waivers.” In other words, California’s illegal immigrant population is entitled to the taxpayer funds from every other state. Newsom’s letter says this will “empower California to truly innovate and to begin trans-formative reforms that provide the path to a single-payer health care system.” What a con artist!

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Here’s Another Border Wall Getting High Marks

Do border walls work?

Yes, they do, say Israelis who built a particularly troublesome barrier six years ago in cooperation with Egypt.

Today, says Ofer Israeli, an international security expert, says it has almost completely halted the mass movement of illegal migration from Africa, other human trafficking problems and provided defense against terrorist attacks.

Human trafficking “is almost zero now,” he says.

It is one of the border barriers inspected by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen six months ago when officials in the U.S. were looking for ideas for President Trump’s Mexico wall.

“Border security is national security,” said Nielsen at the time. “Our Israeli partners know that better than anyone and I was fortunate today to see the incredible work they’re doing to keep their territory and citizens safe.”

While a government shutdown is still in place over Trump’s call for Congress to approve $5.7 billion in funding for of the wall, Israel built its border wall for just $380 million. It is 143 miles wide and is between 15 and 24 feet in height. It took three years to complete.

“The obstacle separates two entities: Israel and Egypt,” said Israeli. “Today, inside Egypt, there are groups that view Israel as a target for attack. Here, too, the fence has managed to decrease friction both because of the physical obstacle, which is difficult to overcome, and because of the sensors installed on it.”

The setting up of dedicated IDF units whose goal is to patrol the fence and prevent cross-border infiltrations into Israel, is a major part of the barrier’s success, he stated. Another positive side effect has also been the decrease in cross-border narcotics-smuggling, according to Israeli.

“The quantity of drugs coming has significantly dropped,” he said.

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Michael Cutler: Immigration ‘Crisis’ A ‘Delivery System’ For Elites

Former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) official Michael Cutler says the current “crisis” of mass illegal and legal immigration to the United States is the direct result of “globalists going back decades.”

In an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight, Cutler argues that the country’s immigration system — which imports more than 1.5 million illegal and legal immigrants a year — is not “broken” as Democrats and Republicans often claim, but actually operating “exactly” how politicians and their billionaire donors intended it to work.

Cutler said:

“Both sides of the aisle have been globalists going back decades. And that’s how we’ve gotten ourselves into this mess.”

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Poll: Majority of Voters Agree With Trump, Call Porous Border a ‘Crisis’

The establishment media and elected Democrats have failed to convince the American public that mass illegal immigration and drug trafficking at the United States-Mexico border is a “manufactured crisis,” a new poll reveals.

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Silence of the Moms: Media Refuse to Discuss Angel Families, Victims of Illegal Alien Crimes

Since January 1, neither CNN nor MSNBC has booked a single “Angel Mom” — mothers of children brutally murdered by illegal aliens — as guests on their networks, per an analysis conducted by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

The RNC told Breitbart News it has tracked both networks since the beginning of the year as they intensely bash President Donald Trump over the government shutdown that is now the longest ever in the history of the United States. Since the turn of the year to 2019 from 2018, neither network has conducted a single interview with any family members of victims of illegal alien crimes.

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Spain Saves 493 Migrants Yet Stops Rescue Ship From Leaving

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities pulled 493 migrants from eight rickety boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday yet blocked a humanitarian rescue ship from leaving the port of Barcelona, saying it violated maritime regulations on previous trips.

[Comment: Article dated 1/14/2019.]

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Stacey Abrams: ‘I Wouldn’t Oppose’ Non-Citizens Voting in Local Elections

Stacey Abrams said she would not oppose the extension of voting rights to non-citizens in local elections, offering her remarks in a Friday-aired interview on PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.

Abrams ran for Georgia’s governorship as the Democrats’ nominee in 2018 and is the Democrats’ former leader in Georgia’s House of Representatives.

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‘Thank You Australia for Giving Me Money’: Migrant’s Gushing Post Thanking the ‘Lucky Country’ For All of the Taxpayer-Funded Welfare Her Family Receives Goes Viral

A migrant who relocated to Australia with her family in 2015 has written a gushing post on social media highlighting the benefits of calling the ‘lucky country’ home.

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Thousands of Migrants Set Up Camps in Paris as Authorities Scramble to Cope

France’s capital is facing another migrant crisis as more than 2,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East are now sleeping in the open in the city, according to French media — less than a year after President Emmanuel Macron’s government evacuated makeshift camps around the capital.

[Comment: Article dated 1/12/2019.]

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“Progressive” Gillette Ad Hugely Disliked, Gets 100,000+ Thumbs Down on YouTube

UPDATE: The video is now approaching 100,000 thumbs down.

Go woke, get broke.

The new Gillette commercial, which alternates between echoing glib feminist talking points and bashing men, is hugely unpopular on YouTube, receiving over 40,000 thumbs down compared to less than 6,000 thumbs up.

The ad, entitled ‘We Believe’, asks men to “shave their toxic masculinity,” while blaming an entire gender for the actions of a small percentage of sexual abusers, rapists and perverts.

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Free Speech is Dead in Canada: The Persecution of Christian Activist Bill Whatcott

We’ re already on that totalitarian road. Canada is just farther along.

In the past year, I witnessed two frightening assaults on free speech by a kangaroo “justice” system. This wasn’t in some banana republic, North Korea, or China; it was in Canada. These were gut-wrenching experiences for me.

These stories from Canada are potent warnings to the U.S.

If Congress and more states pass anti-discrimination “equality” laws giving special protection to LGBTQ identities, “hate speech” prosecutions and compelled speech will surely follow.

There can be no doubt of that, given the LGBT-driven lawsuits we have already seen against florists, bakers, and wedding photographers. The Civil Rights Commission of Colorado has tried to compel speech from Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop. We’re seeing numerous battles over bathroom use and forced use of silly pronouns in our media, colleges, and public schools. The EEOC already interprets Title VII (employment) to protect employees from “sexual orientation” discrimination.

So, we’re already on that totalitarian road; Canada is just farther along.

An Enemy of the Canadian State

The victim of Canada’s repressive “injustice” system is Bill Whatcott, a pro-family born-again Christian activist. He is about to have his life ruined by the courts in Canada (with fines, possible jail time, ruined employment prospects, social ostracism). But he will not bend to tyranny and is standing for free speech.

Whatcott’s two ongoing cases are discussed below.

December 2018: His “hate speech” hearing before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (with further court action pending). Hundreds of thousands in fines may be assessed. 2019: His ongoing $104-million lawsuit in Toronto for a “hate crime” (preceded by his June 2018 arrest on a national criminal warrant).

What terrible “hate crimes” did Whatcott commit? The Orwellian tyrants in Canada deem it criminal to speak the truth about transgender ideology and the health hazards of homosexuality. Furthermore, he speaks from the unwanted Christian viewpoint. Then he adds a dash of humor. And so he has become an Enemy of the State in Canada.

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Guest Opinion: Why Climate Change Isn’t Science

[…]

Global warming appealed to the press’s appetite for calamity and became an instant hit. The headlines wrote themselves: The poles will melt! The oceans will rise! Lakes and rivers will dry up! Farmlands will become deserts! Millions will starve to death! This was big. Government would have to join the fight.

In the nineties, environmentalists switched their emphasis to “Climate Change” This was a marketing move. Global warming could credibly be blamed for warming, but climate change could be blamed for anything. If hurricanes increase one year, that’s evidence of climate change. If they decrease the next year, well, that’s climate change too. Droughts are caused by climate change, but so are exceptional rains. Warmer winters prove climate change, but so do colder winters. (Claiming that frigid temperatures are caused by global warming would sound ridiculous.) “Climate Change” was disaster gold. It couldn’t be disproved. …

Strictly speaking, “Climate Change” theory isn’t really a scientific theory at all. It doesn’t take into relevant account factors which arguably have a far stronger effect upon climate than CO2, like the sun, ocean currents, and the greatest greenhouse gas of them all, water vapor.

What “Climate Change” is, is a bunch of doomsday predictions. Now, predictions are the critical part of the scientific method. They are what enable a theory to be proven or disproven. If they prove false, they’re also the best way to refute a theory.

Climate change alarmists have made lots of predictions. Perhaps too many, because not one of their predictions whose expiration date has passed has proven correct. Here’s a sampling, courtesy of Anthony Watts at wattsupwiththat.com: …

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Italy: Gay Cop Elected to Union Leader’s Office for First Time

Hope my election helps others to come out

(ANSA) — Rome, January 11 — A gay cop has been elected to a police union’s leadership office for the first time in Italy.

“I hope my election helps others to come out,” said Michela Pascali, 45, after she was voted onto the SILP-CGIL secretariat.

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Pervert Press Promotes the Sexualization of Your Children

Child hypersexualization pushed under guise of liberal inclusivity and tolerance

Alex Jones breaks down how the corporate media is actively trying to sexualize your children through social media, entertainment vectors, and cultural cues to capture their spirit and dissolve the family unit.

[Comment: Globalists, who ranks are infested with pedophiles, ultimately seek to normalize pedophila — hence the explosion of “grooming” masquerading as “education”.]

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Progressive Indoctrination in Church

I became aware that the “Head Start” program for preschool children is not simply preparation for elementary school work when this federally funded program trickled into a church in Maine during Sunday School. I was music director at the time (the 1980s), and the choir gathered in the church’s assembly hall before the start of each Sunday service, as children gathered for their Sunday session.

Wittingly or not, the church had allowed a de facto collusion between secular and sacred teaching. Unsuspecting families were in fact exposing their children to ideas more in line with paganism than with Christianity. It was a subtle form of indoctrination. I was not amused when I saw, among the children’s playthings, dolls of both sexes that were “anatomically correct.” Parents who might justifiably object to this public display of what was formerly a private matter were out of luck.

Unmistakable evidence of tampering with Christian doctrine came during the Sunday School lessons. Children were being made to understand that Jesus was not at all different from you or me, that He was simply an extra-nice and loving man. The Christian tenets that He is the Son of God, divine, and without sin were details left out of the narrative. The relation between Jesus and His Father — to whom the adults on the other side of the church wall would pray (“Our Father…”) — was also omitted. And God loves you, no matter what you do was the only side of Christian theology emphasized. The “go and sin no more” side was not even whispered.

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Psychologists “Affirm Without Doubt” The Evidence for Imminent Climate Catastrophe

According to Psychology Today contributors Sara Gorman, Ph.D., MPH, and Jack M. Gorman, MD, psychologists are united in their determination to help climate “deniers” face the need for urgent climate action to prevent imminent human extinction, though they are uncertain about how to deliver group therapy to millions of people in the same session.

“But there are also many points that are clear and not subject to legitimate debate. We can affirm without doubt that anthropogenic climate change is a real phenomenon that is already apparent and will, if not mitigated, cause terrible suffering and destruction before this century is over. A recent report from the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us we can still hope to avert some of the catastrophic consequences of climate change, but only if we “abandon coal and other fossil fuels in the next decade or two.” Scientists may disagree about how fast the atmosphere is warming or what the best solutions are, but except for a small number of outliers, none doubt that we are rapidly approaching climate catastrophe.

That a few misguided politicians believe climate change predictions are exaggerated or even fabricated is lamentable. But perhaps more puzzling is the lack of alarm among the general public. As monumental hurricanes lash out in Houston and Puerto Rico and California forests burn out of control, it would seem that the evidence that climate scientists are right would be clear enough. Almost annually meteorologists tell us we have just experienced the warmest year in recorded history. Yet even people who experience extreme weather events often still refuse to report the experience as a manifestation of climate change. Polls tell us that many people are worried about climate change, but that does not seem to motivate much willingness to take action to mitigate it. Others deny that climate change is either occurring at all or that it represents any significant threat to civilization. …

Climate change denial is in some ways a new mental process for psychologists to understand. Of course, the concept of denial itself is well understood. Psychologists consider denial—the refusal to accept facts in order to protect us from uncomfortable truths—to be a primitive defense mechanism.

But despite the fact that psychologists know a lot about denial, they have never had to face denial on this scale before. Millions of people share the phenomenon of climate denial. This is clearly not something that is amenable to individual or even group psychotherapy. …

Organizations like Climate Psychiatry Alliance and Climate Psychology Alliance have been formed not only to point out the severe consequences of climate change for emotional and behavioral health but also to lend expertise in determining how best to overcome climate change denial. For these and similar organizations, climate change denial constitutes an emergency that demands immediate attention. We need urgent attention to developing and implementing the best practices for overcoming public despair and inaction and increasing the motivation to demand large-scale climate change mitigation action.”

[The Onion? April Fools Day? — No, just modern psychologists in action.]

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Swedish Female Yellow Vest Speaker: “Put Feminism on Hold for 10-20 Years and Reinstate the Patriarchy”

During the weekend yet another demonstration was held in central Stockholm. This time, people gathered at Norrmalmstorg to show their dissatisfaction with how Sweden is governed.

As we reported earlier, the Swedes don’t riot, burn and smash things up like the French — instead they arrange peaceful events with popular speakers.

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Texas A&M English Prof Candidates Better Have a ‘Feminist’ Or ‘Queer’ ‘Agenda’

Texas A&M University-Commerce is seeking a new assistant English professor, preferably one versed in topics such as social justice or “queer” and “decolonial” “rhetorics.”

The job listing reads like that of a typical tenure track English professor opening but specifies that the ideal candidate’s background would include an “active research agenda” in one of a number of specified categories. Aside from “community writing,” and “public rhetoric,” the desired topics are largely focused on writing through social justice or identity politics-themed lenses.

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The American Psychological Association Issues New Guidelines That Say “Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys”

Should we be teaching young boys to reject traditional masculinity? According to the American Psychological Association, that is precisely what we should be doing. In this day and age, “traditional masculinity” has been renamed “toxic masculinity”, and an all-out attempt is being made to eradicate traditional forms of male behavior from our society. We see this happening in our classrooms, we see this happening in popular culture, and lately this new agenda is being constantly pushed by the mainstream media. For example, the New York Times just published a piece about the new guidelines for men that the American Psychological Association recently issued. Their article was entitled “Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys, Say New A.P.A. Guidelines”, and it suggests that we need to totally redefine what it means “to be a man”…

In other words, they want men to become weak, feminine under-achievers that never take risks and never go on adventures.

And to a significant degree, the elite have already made quite a bit of progress in removing traditional masculinity from our society. Today, millions upon millions of American men feel lost, defeated and beaten down…

But instead of embracing masculinity, the solution that the American Psychological Association is pushing is to try to eradicate it altogether.

They openly admit that they are trying to “change” the culture, and they argue that traditional masculinity had been hindering our society “by conferring benefits to men and by trapping them in narrow roles”…

[Comment: File this under “more garbage from the APA”. Globalists seek to make psychological eunuchs of western men so they can’t defend their repective nations.]

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UK: ‘Transgender’ Children as Young as Ten Legally Changing Names Rising

The number of cases of parents are using Deed Poll to legally change the gendered names and titles of their children has risen significantly, as more children claim to be transgender.

The UK Deed Poll Service has found that at least one under-16 is having his title changed from “Master” to “Miss” or vice versa every day, usually accompanied with a change to the child’s birth name, reports the Sunday Times.

Children must have the consent of the parents to change title and/or name, and the service comes with a fee of £35…

Breitbart London reported in November on one teacher who warned that children believing they were the wrong gender were appearing in clusters in her schools, with older ‘transgender’ children grooming and coaching younger, vulnerable children.

The whistleblower teacher had said that the majority of the 17 transgender pupils at her school were socially awkward girls or those with mental health issues…

Unscrupulous medical professionals prescribing hormone suppressants to underaged children — the NHS guidelines say children under 16 should not be prescribed body-altering drugs — are also contributing to the phenomenon.

Dr Helen Webberley, from Wales, was found guilty of illegally prescribing sex-change hormones to children as young as 12 and of running an illegal clinic in December. Her husband, also a doctor, said he would continue his wife’s work at Gender GP.

[Comment: Direct result of intensive propaganda and brainwashing at public schools. Nothing less than child abuse.]

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1,400 Years of Jihad and Islamic Terror, Well Told by Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer is the man, the best prepared person to write a comprehensive history of the horrors of Islam.

And he has.

Spencer’s The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS is an amazing book, extraordinary in its detail and riveting in its narratives and analysis.

This book documents the history of horrors, violence, brutality, oppression, conquests by the sword, beheadings of hundreds of thousands (probably millions), destruction of civilizations and cultures, corruption, deception, and lies that are part of the Islamist culture, and every other evil that you can imagine that one group of humans could impose on others in the name of an ideology or, in this case, a pseudo-religion. The book is a comprehensive history of the role of war and terror in the spread of Islam, and the book details 1,400 years of sheer evil with no relief, imposed on the Middle East, Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, India, and Asia. The only let-up in these killings that ever came was when some of the cultures and civilizations successfully repulsed the monsters, or else were conquered and then violently and rapidly subdued.

Spencer briskly traces the 1,400-year war of Islamic jihadis against the rest of the world, detailing the jihad against Europe, including the 700-year struggle to conquer Constantinople; the jihad in Spain, where non-Muslims fought for another 700 years to get the jihadi invaders out of the country; and the jihad against India, where Muslim warriors and conquerors wrought unparalleled and unfathomable devastation in the name of their religion.

Spencer adds to the drama and impact by telling much of the tale in the words of contemporary chroniclers themselves, both Muslim and non-Muslim. The History of Jihad shows that jihad warfare has been a constant of Islam from its very beginning, its major focus.

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11 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/14/2019

  1. “Theresa May said that blocking Brexit or holding a new referendum would be a “subversion of democracy”. However, she also warned Brexit supporters that the political class will most likely prevent Brexit rather than allow a “no deal” version of it. ”

    “rather than allow”…

    There it is right there.

    • May day, May day! 🙂
      BTW, she had her ‘deal’ handed to her by Parliament in the biggest upset in almost 200 years. I suppose that the rest of the English are heading for the brexits.

  2. The American Psychological Association Issues New Guidelines That Say “Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys”
    ===============
    Have you read this book by Polish writer Stanislav Lem?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_from_the_Stars
    …Humans themselves have changed, having undergone a procedure called betrization, designed to neutralize all aggressive impulses.

    The only difference with modernity is that in the future world of Stanislav Lem there are no aggressive troglodytes.
    Therefore, we will close this book and open the book by HG Wells.

  3. The British people voted for Brexit, and now, it appears that either Parliament won’t let it happen, or, Theresa May won’t let it happen. Nice government you got, there, Brits. Almost as good as the governments in the U.S., France, Germany, Canada… I guess it’s just a coincidence.

      • You can guarantee:-

        That when, not if, the remainder movement
        Win a 2nd referendum there will be no best of 3!

        A stitch up from the start, once the useless May
        Became PM!

        The EU is littered with a history of making
        States keep have elections until they vote
        The “correct” way.

        This morning I am ashamed to be British!

        I would happily be poorer in a sovereign
        State as opposed to being a marginally
        wealthier vassal in the EU.

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