Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/19/2019

President Trump announced an offer to end the government shutdown, in which he compromised on some of the issues, in return for including funding for the border wall. But Democrat leaders said he was recycling old terms, and rejected the offer.

In other news, the death toll in the pipeline explosion in Hidalgo State, Mexico, has risen to 73.

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Thanks to Dean, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Another Step Toward Auditing the Federal Reserve
 
USA
» Breaking: Trump Announces Plan to End Government Shutdown, Democrats Reject it
» Fail: Only 10,000 Are Expected at This Year’s Women’s March Following Anti-Semitism Scandal
» Left-Wing Nation Author Talks to Breitbart: Russia Hysteria Could Lead to War
» Twitter Tells Pamela Geller “To Consult Legal Counsel” — for Violating Sharia Law
 
Europe and the EU
» 4 Months After the Election, Swedish Parliament Re-Elects Old PM — Who Promises to Both Increase Migration and Solve Sweden’s “Challenges”
» EU Backs Financial Punishment for Nations That Reject Progressive Values
» European Army: Merkel Calls for Development of EU Weapons Systems
» Italy’s League Support Rises in Ipsos Poll as Five Star Slips
» Macron Warning: Yellow Vest Protests ‘Enormously Damaging’ To ‘Aloof’ French President
» Rees-Mogg: Attempts to Extend Article 50 Are Remainer Plot to Stop Brexit
» This Runner is a Hitman. His GPS Watch Tied Him to a Mob Boss Murder
» Yellow Vests Battle Tear Gas and Aggressive Riot Cops During 10th Week of Chaotic Protests
 
Middle East
» Iran Denies Ties to Afghan Held in Germany for Spying
 
Australia — Pacific
» University Lecturer ‘Who Downed Three Bottles of Wine Before Stabbing Six Teenagers in a Park’ Is Charged With Attempted Murder and Denied Bail
» ‘We’re Edging Closer and Closer to That Point’: Native English Speakers to Become the Minority in Sydney in Just Over 10 Years
» Woolworths Becomes First Supermarket to Make Own-Brand Halal Food Due to Growing Muslim Population
 
Latin America
» At Least 73 People Killed, Dozens Injured in Mexico Gasoline Pipeline Explosion
» New Statement From Assange Legal Team on Today’s U.S. Interrogation of Ecuadorian Diplomats
 
Immigration
» Austria: Four Out of Ten ‘Underage’ Migrants Lied About Their Age
» English Channel Migrant Crisis: Smugglers Caught Trying to Send Child to UK From Calais
» Salvini Lashes Out at Brussels Over 670 Migrants Waiting to be Relocated — ‘Zero Response’
» Up to 117 Migrants Missing From Sunken Boat in Mediterranean Sea Off Libya
 
Culture Wars
» Watch Company Launches Response to Gillette ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Ad; It Goes Viral
» YouTube Admits it Meddled With Abortion Search Results — But Calls Downranked Videos ‘Misinformation’
 

Another Step Toward Auditing the Federal Reserve

Representative Thomas Massie kicked off the legislative New Year on January 3 with H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. This bill is the latest in a series of bills introduced by the likes of Massie and former Congressman Ron Paul calling for a congressional audit of the Federal Reserve, an event that has never taken place in the Fed’s 105-year history. Once politically unthinkable, the drive to audit the Fed has gained considerable momentum in recent years as many Democrats and even some influential far-left progressives, such as Bernie Sanders, have signaled their support. With a president in the White House who has made no secret of his dislike for the Fed, there is a real possibility that Massie’s bill — should it ever pass the House and Senate — could become law.

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

Breaking: Trump Announces Plan to End Government Shutdown, Democrats Reject it

On Saturday, President Donald Trump announced a plan to end the partial government shutdown, which was met with an immediate rejection by Democratic leaders who opted to keep the government shut down.

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

Fail: Only 10,000 Are Expected at This Year’s Women’s March Following Anti-Semitism Scandal

This year’s Women’s March has taken a significant hit after reports in 2018 that the founders of the organization were openly anti-Semitic. Many of the founders are supporters of flagrant anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, who routinely calls Jews “termites” and has led a “Death to America, Israel” chant in Iran.

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

Left-Wing Nation Author Talks to Breitbart: Russia Hysteria Could Lead to War

The Nation‘s Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies, history, and politics at New York University and Princeton University, told Breitbart News that the “Russiagate fiction” may prevent President Donald Trump from negotiating peaceful resolutions to political conflicts with Russia. He offered his analysis in a Thursday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

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

Twitter Tells Pamela Geller “To Consult Legal Counsel” — for Violating Sharia Law

Pamela Geller should consult legal counsel for violating Sharia Law. That’s what social-media network Twitter advises her.

On 28 December last year Ms Pamela Geller cited one of Voice of Europe’s articles, added her very accurate comment — and a few drawings.

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

4 Months After the Election, Swedish Parliament Re-Elects Old PM — Who Promises to Both Increase Migration and Solve Sweden’s “Challenges”

In the third PM vote, which took place on Friday, Vänsterpartiet (left-wing, communist party) decided to vote in favor of socialist party leader Stefan Löfven.

The two parties have admitted that they made an agreement in order to stop the right-wing anti-mass migration party Sweden Democrats from gaining power.

This means that Stefan Löfven will continue to govern the country for another four years.

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

EU Backs Financial Punishment for Nations That Reject Progressive Values

Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of introducing financial sanctions as punishment for patriotic countries that reject the bloc’s progressive “European values.”

[Comment: Comintern seeks to punish those regions that do not follow communist orders of allowing mass migration. The tyrannical ugliness of EU grows more overt with each day.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

European Army: Merkel Calls for Development of EU Weapons Systems

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the European Union must deepen its defence cooperation, including developing shared weapons systems.

“It is good that after several decades we want to develop a common defense policy… We must develop weapons systems together,” Dr Merkel said in comments on Saturday reported by Reuters.

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

Italy’s League Support Rises in Ipsos Poll as Five Star Slips

Support for Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini’s League party is increasing, giving it the upper hand over its Five Star Movement coalition partner, which is led by Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio, according to an Ipsos survey published in Corriere della Sera.

The League rose to 35.8 percent in the poll from 32.9 percent in a previous survey released on Dec. 21. Backing for Five Star fell to 25.4 percent from a previous 27 percent, according to the poll.

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

Macron Warning: Yellow Vest Protests ‘Enormously Damaging’ To ‘Aloof’ French President

THE ongoing Yellow Vest protests against French President Emmanuel Macron, who is now viewed as an “aloof politician” just a year on from his election, have significantly damaged his reputation within France, an expert in French politics has said.

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

Rees-Mogg: Attempts to Extend Article 50 Are Remainer Plot to Stop Brexit

Chairman of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that attempts to extend the deadline for the UK’s exit from the EU are a Remainer plot to stop Brexit.

Speaking on his LBC radio show Friday evening, the Tory MP for North East Somerset warned, “There are only ten weeks to go and the Remainers are getting desperate — the ones that never accepted the result, don’t think that the people who voted to leave are very bright, think that people like me should have gone back to school to learn the virtues of the EU.

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

This Runner is a Hitman. His GPS Watch Tied Him to a Mob Boss Murder

A British runner, cyclist, and mob hitman has been convicted for the murders of two rival gangsters, in part, because of his GPS watch. Mark “Iceman” Fellows, 39, was found guilty by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court of killing organized crime leader Paul “Mr. Big” Massey and his associate John Kinsella, 55 and 53 at the time of their deaths. Massey and Kinsella were also career criminals, part of a gang scene near Manchester, England, with a reputation known across Europe, according to the Manchester Evening News.

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

Yellow Vests Battle Tear Gas and Aggressive Riot Cops During 10th Week of Chaotic Protests

Despite freezing temperatures and rain, tens of thousands of Yellow Vest protesters took to streets across France on Saturday for a tenth consecutive week of demonstrations, completely ignoring French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for a “national debate” — the latest scheme we can add to the pile of failed gimmicks aimed at stopping the movement.

And while the MSM is largely ignoring the size and scope of the protests, independent journalists, select foreign news outlets and others have been documenting the mayhem.

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

Iran Denies Ties to Afghan Held in Germany for Spying

DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran on Saturday denied having any link to an Afghan-German man suspected of spying for Tehran, suggesting his arrest in Germany was part of efforts to mar EU-Iran relations, the state news agency IRNA reported.

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

University Lecturer ‘Who Downed Three Bottles of Wine Before Stabbing Six Teenagers in a Park’ Is Charged With Attempted Murder and Denied Bail

Shannon Morrison, 34, allegedly attacked the youngsters in Turramurra, on Sydney’s leafy north shore, after one of the youths told the man to ‘stop staring at my sister.’

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

‘We’re Edging Closer and Closer to That Point’: Native English Speakers to Become the Minority in Sydney in Just Over 10 Years

A population expert has made a claim that within ten years more Sydney residents will speak a foreign language at home than English.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Woolworths Becomes First Supermarket to Make Own-Brand Halal Food Due to Growing Muslim Population

The halal range will be called Al-Sadiq, which means truthful in Arabic, and will start selling in May or June. It will appear in 20 stores in communities with high Muslim populations such as Bankstown.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

At Least 73 People Killed, Dozens Injured in Mexico Gasoline Pipeline Explosion

At least 73 people were killed in central Mexico after a ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded Friday evening, the governor of the State of Hidalgo, Omar Fayad, said Saturday in a news conference in Mexico City.

At least 74 people were injured, with seven of those under the age of 18 and one was 12 years old, Fayad said. He said some of the minors will be transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.

Alejandro Gertz Manero, general prosecutor of Mexico, said Saturday night that the investigation has just started but that a “preliminary belief” is that static electricity from the clothing of people around the pipeline may have caused the blast.

He noted a large number of people were around the pipeline, some of whom were wearing clothes made with synthetic fibers that could “generate electric reactions.”

He said no arrests have been made and that witnesses will be interviewed Sunday.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

New Statement From Assange Legal Team on Today’s U.S. Interrogation of Ecuadorian Diplomats

The WikiLeaks legal team has provided The Gateway Pundit with a new statement asserting that Ecuador allowing the U.S. interrogation of Ecuadorian diplomats is “unscrupulous, lawless behavior” that “is entirely contrary to international norms on refugee protection and press freedoms.”

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

Austria: Four Out of Ten ‘Underage’ Migrants Lied About Their Age

The Austrian government has released statistics showing that in 2017, four out of every ten migrants who claimed to be underage were lying in order to have a better chance of getting asylum.

The statistics come after medical tests showed that 347 migrants out of 867 who were flagged as potentially being adults, were found to be at least 18 or older, Kronen Zeitung reports.

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

English Channel Migrant Crisis: Smugglers Caught Trying to Send Child to UK From Calais

FRENCH border police have revealed two men have been arrested in the northern port town of Calais over allegations they were trying to smuggle an Iraqi migrant woman and a child from France to England by sea.

The two suspected smugglers, also from Iraq, were arrested on a Calais beach as they were about to help send the two migrants — whose age and identity have not been disclosed — reach the UK by boat, Fabien Sudry, prefect for the Pas-de-Calais region, said in a statement. The surge in crossings — possibly driven by the UK’s imminent exit from the EU — has been described as a “major incident,” with extra patrols deployed to help deal with the situation. The two men were already known to police and linked to a separate smuggling investigation.

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

Salvini Lashes Out at Brussels Over 670 Migrants Waiting to be Relocated — ‘Zero Response’

The Italian Deputy Prime Minister claimed to have sent Brussels a list of 670 migrants currently waiting to be relocated from Italy by the European Union. Mr Salvini said he is yet to receive any responses from Brussels and vowed to keep his ports closed to future arrivals in the Mediterranean unless the issue is solved first. The anti-immigration leader claimed to have reduced the number of migrants landing in Italy from 1000 to just 53 from last year.

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

Up to 117 Migrants Missing From Sunken Boat in Mediterranean Sea Off Libya

Three people who survived when a rubber dinghy sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday.

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

Watch Company Launches Response to Gillette ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Ad; It Goes Viral

On Tuesday, Egard Watch Company released an advertisement on YouTube in response to Gillette’s controversial ad regarding alleged “toxic masculinity.”

The video features footage of men in various situations — from fighting fires to hugging their children — while the company’s founder, Ilan Srulovicz, narrates. The footage and narration are accompanied by sobering statistics relating to men.

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

YouTube Admits it Meddled With Abortion Search Results — But Calls Downranked Videos ‘Misinformation’

In a comment to the Daily Mail for a story about Breitbart News’ publication of internal discussions revealing search manipulation by the Google-owned video platform, YouTube admitted that it meddled with search results for “abortion.”

However, YouTube seems to be standing by its decision, claiming that the videos that were pushed out of the top search results for the query contained “misinformation” or “graphic content.”

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

12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/19/2019

  1. re: only 10K for Women’s March

    Good and surprising news.

    Nice to see even many Leftist public figures and the DNC condemn the anti-semitic ties.

  2. re: Youtube abortion videos

    Some videos contained “graphic content.”

    They don’t want women to see the actual barbaric horror.

    This is common in abortion clinics where many, perhaps all, don’t allow the woman to watch the procedure.

    Clinic Nurses and doctors who have ‘blown the whistle’ on the industry say that nearly everytime that a woman sees the butchery, she experiences extreme regret at best and mental illness or suicide at worst.

  3. I can not find the exact information on this news:
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/norway-police-says-oslo-knife-attack-probed-terror-140242887.html

    In our social networks published a photo of the mother and brother of the victim of the attack. Unhappy family.
    https://pp.userapi.com/c852032/v852032200/889dc/Qc7q_KioRrg.jpg

    As I wrote earlier, the criminal comes from the Muslim region of Russia – Bashkiria (Bashkortostan, as they call themselves)
    Today in the news it was that he received a Russian passport relatively recently. The name and nationality of the criminal is still unknown.

    https://riafan.ru/1142651-arestovannyi-iz-za-napadeniya-v-oslo-rossiyanin-poluchal-pasport-v-bashkirii

  4. Yesterday, the Orthodox celebrated Baptism – plunged into the ice font.
    This is how Chrislam in Russian looks like
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL-ueWhlKBg

    Here is more news from the Muslim region of Tatarstan.

    In the village of Kuyuki, Pestrechinsky district of Tatarstan, soldiers of the Kazan special forces detachment “Bars” of the Volga District Rosgvardia, soldiers of the Kazan Tank School and cadet students became participants in traditional Epiphany bathing

    … Not only Orthodox, but also Muslims became participants in Epiphany bathing. One of the servicemen plunged into the hole with shouts of “Allah Akbar!” And “For the Airborne Forces!”.
    https://www.tatar-inform.ru/news/2019/01/19/639590/

    Madhouse, right?

    • I guess it continues to cost something to be a Christian in Russia!!

      The Russians are a tough people.

      I had a can of fish from Russia and found inside a large jaw bone with fierce sharp teeth.

      • I once found a piece of some mechanism in a can of Spanish olives. This does not mean anything. You just had no luck.

        But seriously, I do not know what is in the brains of Russian Orthodox people.
        When I read Russian classics – these are sane people, whose motives are clear to me.
        I recently spoke with an Orthodox woman. She completely, to hysterics, denied the ugly social society of pre-revolutionary Russia. Although all this is in the books of his contemporaries. It is also the followers of Stalin deny the gulag.

        • This strange phenomenom of denial appears to be the main problem we have as humans and why we now have all these problems with immigration.

  5. Currently enjoying Thomas Massie as my congressman in Kentucky. Previously lived in Ohio and represented by Jim Jordan. I must be doing something right!

    • It’s about time the Federal Reserve is under scrutiny.

      Andrew Jackson railed against it in the 1830’s:

      “You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.”

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