Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2019

President Donald Trump addressed the nation tonight from the Oval Office about border security and the need to build the wall on the border with Mexico. Mr. Trump described the obstruction of his policies by the Democrats, and pointed out the hypocrisy of rich liberals who surround their own mansions with high walls.

In other news, Somali-American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar took her oath of office on a Koran printed in Kuwait.

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USA
» 2019: It is Going to be Much Worse Than You Think…
» Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA’s Tess Keeps Counting More
» Box Office: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Mule’ Crushes Spike Lee, Michael Moore, ‘Vice’
» Bozell: ‘CNN is There to Do Nothing But Anti-Trumpism’
» Bridgeport Bishop: Anti-Semitism is ‘Morally Abhorrent’ And ‘Unspeakable Evil’
» Chicago Seized and Sold Nearly 50,000 Cars Over Tickets Since 2011, Sticking Owners With Debt
» DARPA Wants to Build an AI to Find the Patterns Hidden in Global Chaos
» DHS Has Equipped 400 Police Departments With Military-Grade Sound Cannons
» Food Stamp Money Will Run Out by the End of January if the Government Shutdown Lasts That Long
» Gorsuch and Sotomayor Join Forces in Defense of Sixth Amendment Rights
» Man Wearing ‘Germany’ Shirt Causes Twitter Meltdown
» MAS-ICNA Hosts Several Islamist and Terrorist Speakers in Chicago
» Mitt Still Does Not Get it
» Socialist Democrats: They Didn’t Come to Play, They Came to Destroy the USA
» Tucker: ‘In 2003, Warren Wrote a Book About How the Entry of Mothers Into the Workforce Has Been a Disaster for Families’
» U.S. Cancer Death Rate Hits Milestone of 25 Years of Decline
» US Congresswoman Takes Oath Using Quran Printed in Kuwait
» US Foundations and Others Heavily Fund Green Activists
» Veselnitskaya Charged With Obstruction in Case Linked to Magnitsky
» Virginia Governor Announces Bill to Repeal Voter ID Requirement, Allow No-Excuse Absentee Voting
 
Europe and the EU
» Democracy? France Announces New Measures to Curb Yellow Vest Protests
» EU Budget Would Face Huge Hole in No Deal Brexit: Official
» EU Politicians to Join Anti-Hungarian Government Protests ‘To Serve Interests of George Soros’
» French PM Says New, Tougher Laws on Unauthorized Protests Coming in Wake of Yellow Vest Clashes
» German, 20, Confesses to Mass Data Leak
» Germany: Left-Wing Terrorists Attempt to Assassinate Right-Wing AfD Chairman
» Germany: AfD Leader Blames Media Smear Campaign for ‘Assassination Attempt’ On State Chairman
» Germany Fears Recession After Reports of Decreased Industrial Production
» Germany: AfD Politician Petr Bystron Speaks Out on Attempted Assassination of Frank Magnitz: “Leftist Parties Actively Encourage Extremist Violence”
» Germany: ‘Dark Day for Democracy’: Masked Men Nearly Beat Right-Wing Leader to Death in ‘Politically Motivated Attack’
» German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in ‘Assassination’ Attempt
» ‘Hitler Salute’ Conviction for 90-Year-Old Swede Overturned — ‘I Was Waving’
» Italian Populists Back Yellow Vests While Macron’s France Pledges Crackdown
» Italy’s Populist Leaders Back France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests
» Report: Nearly All Terror Attacks in France Carried Out by Suspects Already Known to Police
» Trump Clips EU’s Wings: Bloc Realises Its ‘Ambassador’ Downgraded Without Notice
» UK: Court Hears Mohammed Abdul Told Bouncers ‘I’ll Kill You Guys’, Drove Into Club Dancefloor
» UK: Davis: Brexit Assurances ‘Not Enough’, Condemns Media ‘Scare Stories’
» UK: Heartbreaking Photo Shows Beaming Smile of Dying Boy Who Battled Cancer Long Enough to Meet Baby Sister
» UK: Watch: Farage Warns Against State Crackdown on People Heckling Pro-EU Figures
» Venice Makes Tourists Pay But Money Goes to MOSE: Another Scam
» WSJ: Gun Ownership on Rise in Europe After Terror Attacks, Sexual Assaults
 
Middle East
» New ISIS Threat Tells Jihadists to Bomb Electrical Infrastructure
 
Far East
» The State Department Issues a Travel Advisory as the U.S. And China Steamroll Toward Open Conflict
 
Latin America
» Castro Grandson Under Fire for Flaunting Decadent Lifestyle: Yachts, Fine Dining, Luxury Suites and More
» Defending a Venezuelan Homestead: “Eventually People Will Come for What You Have”
» UFC Strawweight Polyana Viana Knocks Down, Submits Robber in Brazil
 
Immigration
» “Crisis” of Seriously Ill Migrants Slams Border Patrol — TB, Pneumonia, Influenza, Parasites
» California: Illegal Alien School Worker Charged With Child Porn Possession
» Greek Priest Beaten by Syrian Migrants in Front of His Own Church
» Italian Archbishop Says No ‘Conscientious Objection’ on Immigration Law
» Italian Archbishop Blasts Salvini, Urges Civil Disobedience in Rescuing Migrants
» On 1st Day, Gov. Gavin Newson Proposes Free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants Under 26
 
Culture Wars
» Mother Kicked Out of British Pub for ‘Transphobic’ T-Shirt
» Psychologists Declare War Against ‘Traditional Masculinity’
 

2019: It is Going to be Much Worse Than You Think…

Let’s start by talking about politics. According to Axios, Donald Trump is currently the subject of 17 different investigations.

Yes, you read that correctly.

We have never seen anything like this in American history. Even during the Nixon era there was some measure of restraint, but at this point they are trying to come up with any angle that they possibly can to get rid of Donald Trump.

And the left truly believes that this is the year that they are going to get rid of him. In fact, the Hill just published an article containing 30 predictions for 2019, and these were the top three…

[Comment: The demented rage of the left has not stopped since Hillary lost. In large part due to the fakstream media and entertainment shows which boil over non-stop with overt venomous hatred of Trump and conservatives. ]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA’s Tess Keeps Counting More

NASA’s new planet-hunting machine, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is racking up scores of alien worlds.

Less than a quarter of the way through a two-year search for nearby Earthlike worlds, TESS has already discovered 203 possible planets, according to George R. Ricker, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the leader of the project. Three of those candidates already have been confirmed as real planets by ground-based telescopes.

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Box Office: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Mule’ Crushes Spike Lee, Michael Moore, ‘Vice’

At 88 years of age, Clint Eastwood has another major box office success on his hands. As of this weekend, The Mule, which Eastwood both stars in and directs, has cleared an incredible $81 million.

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Bozell: ‘CNN is There to Do Nothing But Anti-Trumpism’

“It’s not news anymore.”

CNN has stopped being a new network and is airing nothing but talk shows, Host Mark Levin and Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell agreed Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Life, Liberty & Levin” program.

“They don’t report news. How many news programs do they have on CNN. They’re all talk shows,” Bozell said, when Levin asked him if the network is actually a news organization. CNN used to be a legitimate news network, Bozell said. But, today, virtually all of its content is devoted to attacking President Donald Trump, Bozell said, citing a recent example, in which 14 of CNN 15 headlines attacked Trump.

Levin agree, adding that “You wouldn’t know the difference” between a talk show and what CNN claims is a news program.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bridgeport Bishop: Anti-Semitism is ‘Morally Abhorrent’ And ‘Unspeakable Evil’

The Catholic bishop of Bridgeport, CT, has condemned anti-Semitism in the strongest of terms, following the discovery of a swastika painted on the door of his cathedral.

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

Chicago Seized and Sold Nearly 50,000 Cars Over Tickets Since 2011, Sticking Owners With Debt

In 2017 alone, Chicago booted more than 67,000 vehicles for unpaid tickets. In about a third of those cases, the driver couldn’t afford to remove the boot, and the vehicle was later towed to a city impound lot.

Of those 20,000 impounded cars, more than 8,000 ended up like Botello’s: They were sold off, with the owners receiving none of the sale proceeds. Instead, the city and its towing contractor pocketed millions of dollars, while residents were left with ticket debt.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

DARPA Wants to Build an AI to Find the Patterns Hidden in Global Chaos

That most famous characterization of the complexity causality, a butterfly beating its wings and causing a hurricane on the other side of the world, is thought-provoking but ultimately not helpful. What we really need is to look at a hurricane and figure out which butterfly caused it — or perhaps stop it before it takes flight in the first place. DARPA thinks AI should be able to do just that.

A new program at the research agency is aimed at creating a machine learning system that can sift through the innumerable events and pieces of media generated every day and identify any threads of connection or narrative in them. It’s called KAIROS: Knowledge-directed Artificial Intelligence Reasoning Over Schemas.

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

DHS Has Equipped 400 Police Departments With Military-Grade Sound Cannons

A recent article in the Mohave Valley Daily News revealed that DHS is using grant money to equip Arizona police departments with military-grade sound cannons or Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD).

The Bullhead City Police Department received $54,000 in grant money to purchase a 100X model and a 450XL model LRAD.

The mass media has known about DHS’s plan to equip police departments with LRAD’s for more than a decade but has remained largely silent.

A Washington Times article from 2009, titled “DHS helps local police buy military-style sonic devices” warned everyone that military-grade sound cannons are being used against Americans.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Food Stamp Money Will Run Out by the End of January if the Government Shutdown Lasts That Long

According to the Department of Agriculture, if this government shutdown stretches into February there won’t be money for food stamps. And it certainly looks like this shutdown could last for quite a while, because President Trump is not backing down on his demand for border wall funding, and the Democrats have pledged not to give him a single penny. So a few weeks from now, approximately 38 million people could be suddenly cut off from the food stamp program. If that scenario were to unfold, there is no telling what could happen. After just a few days, government workers are already freaking out about having their paychecks delayed. If people are getting this restless already, what will things look like when tens of millions of Americans are suddenly cut off from their primary source of food money?

Even though the government has been shut down, the Department of Agriculture still has some existing financial resources at their disposal, and they are assuring us that those enrolled in the food stamp program will still receive their benefits “for January”. The following comes from CNN…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gorsuch and Sotomayor Join Forces in Defense of Sixth Amendment Rights

Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor have once again joined forces, this time dissenting from a decision today not to hear a case related to criminal justice.

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

Man Wearing ‘Germany’ Shirt Causes Twitter Meltdown

Illustrating the pathetic fragility of millennials, a man caused a mini-meltdown on Twitter after a feminist complained that he was wearing a ‘Germany’ polo shirt.

Journalist and left-wing activist Asher Wolf posted on her verified Twitter account, “Uuuhhhhhh. Guy with a “GERMANY” shirt and breathing heavily just sat down next to me outside the train station.”

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

MAS-ICNA Hosts Several Islamist and Terrorist Speakers in Chicago

What do you get when you mix a group described by federal prosecutors as “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America” with a group identified as the American front for South Asian Islamist movement Jamaat-e-Islami? The Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) annual convention: A multi-day, 20,000-person Islamist conference featuring hateful speaker after hateful speaker — taking place right in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Founded in 1993 in Falls Church, Virginia, the Muslim-American Society claims to work for a more “virtuous and just” America while striving for “liberty, and justice.” ICNA, meanwhile, trumpets the work of its subsidiary humanitarian charities and its involvement with “many national interfaith organizations for the betterment of society.” But, while MAS and ICNA’s “About Us” pages are full of encouragingly progressive platitudes, a quick look through the speakers’ roster for the 2018 MAS-ICNA convention (held from December 28-30) is enough to show that MAS and ICNA are not the paragons of tolerance they pretend to be.

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

Mitt Still Does Not Get it

My dear senator, are you really the last person to the right of the last blue-dog Democrat in America to realize that the reason we have Trump is that the old strategy, that of Republican niceness, was an utter failure? We have Trump because the success of the Reagan years did not result in a fundamental centrist move on the left. We have Trump because the Bush “kinder and gentler … compassionate conservatism” did not result in a kinder, gentler left; it led to Obama and the centralizing administrative-state nightmare of Obamacare. We have Trump because this is a war to the knife.

Then Romney pontificates about moral uplift.

To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.”

Sorry, Senator. You are dead wrong on this. Politics is downstream from culture is downstream from religion. The national religion of America right now is a left-wing secular Puritanism. And the left-wing Puritanism dominates the culture: what you and I are allowed to say. And the left-wing Puritan culture dominates what politicians are allowed to say. Where have you been all these years, Senator?

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Socialist Democrats: They Didn’t Come to Play, They Came to Destroy the USA

“It’s enough to make you want to puke.”

But it’s the magazine’s [Vanity Fair] social justice warriors’ obvious glee in presenting “Freshman Democrats” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar and Sharice Davids whom the magazine proudly states “have sought to project one message since setting foot in Washington: “We did not come to play” bringing on the most grief.

“All six women, along with dozens of others, represent the new face of the Democratic Party-young, non-white, L.G.B.T.Q, disproportionately female, they have indeed proved that “playing” is not on their agenda”. (Vanity Fair)

Nowhere in their florid description does Vanity Fair indicate that all six are Socialist Democrats pushing an agenda to turn America into a Socialist State.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tucker: ‘In 2003, Warren Wrote a Book About How the Entry of Mothers Into the Workforce Has Been a Disaster for Families’

On his show Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson highlighted a 2003 book from Elizabeth Warren and her daughter where they argued “the entry of mothers into the workforce has been a disaster for families and the country.”

“In 2003, Elizabeth Warren wrote a book about how the entry of mothers into the workforce has been a disaster for families and the country,” Carlson tweeted along with a monologue from his show.

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

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Hits Milestone of 25 Years of Decline

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It’s been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.

Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say.

But it’s not all good news. Obesity-related cancer deaths are rising, and prostate cancer deaths are no longer dropping, said Rebecca Siegel, lead author of the American Cancer Society report published Tuesday.

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

US Congresswoman Takes Oath Using Quran Printed in Kuwait

Somali-born Ilhan Omar has officially been sworn-in to represent her constituency in the state of Minnesota at the House of Representatives. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, put her hand on a copy of the Holy Quran and took her oath, in the presence of the House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Thirty-one-year-old Omar also became the first to wear hijab in US Congress, overcoming a 181-year headwear ban. Rules were changed to allow Omar, a Muslim sworn in on the Quran, to wear a religious head covering on the fl oor of the House. There had been a 181-year ban on headwear of any type in the chamber.

The Holy Quran used by Ilhan during the sworn-in ceremony was one of the thousands of bilingual copies which were printed in Kuwait and distributed all over the world. Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, from Michigan, also took her oath to become a congresswoman.

Tlaib, a Democrat, arrived on Capitol Hill to be sworn into the House of Representatives, was wearing a distinctive a traditional Palestinian thobe, without covering her head with a Hijab.

           — Hat tip: RR [Return to headlines]
 

US Foundations and Others Heavily Fund Green Activists

Some of America’s biggest foundations doled out more than half a billion dollars to some of America’s biggest environmental groups

Major foundations handed nearly $4 billion to global warming activists, anti-fossil fuel campaigners and other environmentalists over the past eight years.

“The truth is the environmental left is a deep-pocketed and powerful force in American politics that is working to stop all natural gas, oil and coal production in the United States,,” said Institute for Energy Research (IER) president Tom Pyle.1 .

Some examples: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation gave out $2 billion in grants to environmental causes, including climate activism between 2008 and 2016. The Energy Foundation handed out $444 million in grants and the Sea Change Foundation doled out $373 million (1) ( More on the Sea Change Foundation later on.)

IER followed the money to more than 1,500 environmental groups, including Climateworks and the Natural Resources Defense Council that got $1.7 billion and $79 million, respectively, from major foundations.

The IER database is only the tip of the iceberg. IER tracked more than 8,000 grants from the 10 largest US-based grant-making foundations over an eight year period. Notably, IER found about four times as much funding than a recent study.1

Significant funding was devoted to global warming related issues and significant funding was also devoted to mobilizing public opinion and to opposing the fossil fuel industry.

Billions more are on the way for the environmental movement. A group of 29 foundations pledged another $3 billion over the next five years ‘to reduce the rate of global warming.’2

[Comment: All these foundations are owned by globalists.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Veselnitskaya Charged With Obstruction in Case Linked to Magnitsky

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who was at a 2016 Trump Tower meeting convened on the promise of offering incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, was charged in the Southern District of New York today with obstruction of justice related to a money laundering case.

Veselnitskaya represented Prevezon Holdings, Ltd., in a case related to fraud uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer whose death in Russian custody spawned the human-rights sanctions Veselnitskaya lobbied against in the Trump Tower meeting.

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Virginia Governor Announces Bill to Repeal Voter ID Requirement, Allow No-Excuse Absentee Voting

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Monday that he is introducing a legislative package that would repeal voter identification requirements and implement no-excuse absentee voting.

The package also addresses campaign finance, proposing to limit large campaign contributions, ban contributions made directly by corporations and businesses and ban the use of campaign funds for personal use.

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Democracy? France Announces New Measures to Curb Yellow Vest Protests

Following sustained anti-government protests the French government has announced plans to strictly control what it calls ‘unsanctioned’ protests. Wearing masks on demonstrations will also be prohibited.

Speaking on French TV channel TF1, Prime Minister Philippe said the government would support a “new law punishing those who do not respect the requirement to declare [protests], those who take part in unauthorised demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks”.

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

EU Budget Would Face Huge Hole in No Deal Brexit: Official

A top European Union official warned Tuesday the bloc will have to take urgent action to fill a multi billion-euro black hole in the event of no-deal Brexit with Britain.

In the event of a “disorderly” departure by Britain on March 29, “we would be short a figure in the billions of euros for the rest of the year and a higher figure for 2020”, EU budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger said after talks with EU ministers.

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EU Politicians to Join Anti-Hungarian Government Protests ‘To Serve Interests of George Soros’

The left-wing RED movement — founded by Socialist MEP Istvan Ujhelyi — holds a protest on Tuesday in Brussels’ Schuman Square.

The Hungarian speakers — MEP Istvan Ujhelyi (MSZP/S&D), Barnabas Mester (RED), MEP Benedek Javor (Parbeszed/Greens-EFA), Balazs Nemeth (Momentum), Janos Kendernay (LMP) and MEP Csaba Molnar (DK/S&D) — will be joined by Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, the rapporteur of the report about the rule of law in Hungary.

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French PM Says New, Tougher Laws on Unauthorized Protests Coming in Wake of Yellow Vest Clashes

The announcement comes as part of new “public order” measures.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said that the government will crack down on unauthorized protests and toughen punishment for rioting in the wake of anti-government Yellow Vest demonstrations which began in November.

The new measures will significantly toughen punishment for people who participate in riots, Philippe said, while adding that it was still “necessary to preserve the freedom” to demonstrate in France. Those who want to protest peacefully should not be punished, he said.

The announcement comes as part of new “public order” measures unveiled by the government after the Yellow Vest protests resulted in violence against police officers and government buildings.

[Comment: The only solution to begin to defuse the situation is for Macron to step down.]

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German, 20, Confesses to Mass Data Leak

A 20-year-old man has made a “comprehensive” confession that he was behind a data breach affecting hundreds of high-profile Germans, police say.

Styling himself “G0d”, he published private information about politicians, journalists, and celebrities on Twitter, under the username @_0rbit.

Investigators said the man was still in education and living with his parents.

The suspect said he acted alone and out of annoyance at statements made by the public figures he attacked.

About 1,000 people were affected, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Politicians from every major political party except for the far-right AfD were targeted, although investigators said they had yet to find evidence of the suspect’s political inclinations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Left-Wing Terrorists Attempt to Assassinate Right-Wing AfD Chairman

[WARNING: Graphic photos.]

“Today is a black day for democracy”

Left-wing terrorists attempted to kill the Bremen chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a vicious attack that left the politician fighting for his life.

Frank Magnitz sustained a gaping wound to his head after being attacked by three unknown assailants who were wielding wooden sticks.

The attack, which took place near Bremen’s Goetheplatz on Monday night, was only stopped when a construction worker saw the assault and tried to intervene.

[Comment: This is a direct result of globalist controlled treasonous politicinas and media figures blatantly lying and spewing hatred non stop against those that do not wish to follow the globalist kelergi plan of mass migration. As far as “black day” goes — that started the moment this demonization was sanctioned by the establishment.]

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Germany: AfD Leader Blames Media Smear Campaign for ‘Assassination Attempt’ On State Chairman

The leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party made a video statement on the sickening attack on Frank Magnitz, state chairman of the AfD.

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Germany Fears Recession After Reports of Decreased Industrial Production

(BERLIN) — Concerns are growing that Europe’s largest economy may have slipped into a technical recession after Germany’s Economy Ministry reported Tuesday that industrial production dropped for the third consecutive month in November.

Factory production was down 1.9 percent compared with October, following declines of 0.8 percent and 0.1 percent in the previous two months, meaning that the crucially important industrial sector will be a sizeable drag on the overall economy during the fourth quarter.

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Germany: AfD Politician Petr Bystron Speaks Out on Attempted Assassination of Frank Magnitz: “Leftist Parties Actively Encourage Extremist Violence”

German Conservative AfD Politician Frank Magnitz — a member of the German parliament — was badly injured in the German town Bremen late Monday in what is being described as an attempted assassination.

They knocked him out and kicked at his head.

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Germany: ‘Dark Day for Democracy’: Masked Men Nearly Beat Right-Wing Leader to Death in ‘Politically Motivated Attack’

A state chairman and MP of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, was heavily beatenby three masked thugs in Bremen.

The 66-year-old Frank Magnitz was initially knocked out with a square piece of wood and repeatedly kicked in the head on the ground.

The only thing, which likely saved his life from this vicious attack, was a construction worker coming to his aid to defend the unconscious MP.

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German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in ‘Assassination’ Attempt

German member of parliament for the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) Frank Magnitz was brutally attacked Monday evening in what some are labelling an assassination attempt.

Mr Magnitz, who sits in the German parliament and acts as state chairman of the of the Bremen branch of the AfD, was set upon by several unknown individuals after leaving the theatre at the Goetheplatz according to a post which was shared on the AfD Bremen Facebook page.

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‘Hitler Salute’ Conviction for 90-Year-Old Swede Overturned — ‘I Was Waving’

90-year-old Vera Oredsson has had her conviction for making a Hitler salute in Sweden overturned after appealing that she was simply waving.

Ms Oredsson, who was born in Nazi Germany and whose father served with Hitler’s infamous stormtroopers, was initially convicted in February 2018 following the release of a picture that appeared to show her giving the salute at a Nordic Resistance Movement event in May 2016 in Borlänge, SVT reports.

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Italian Populists Back Yellow Vests While Macron’s France Pledges Crackdown

The leaders of Italy’s populist governing coalition have backed protests by the Yellow Vests in France, whilst French president Emmanuel Macron’s administration has pledged a crackdown on the movement.

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), wrote on his party’s blog Monday: “Yellow vests, do not weaken!”

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Italy’s Populist Leaders Back France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

The two leaders of Italy’s ruling populist coalition on Monday publicly threw their support behind the Yellow Vest protesters agitating in neighbouring France.

“Yellow vests, do not weaken!” Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who heads the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), wrote on his party’s blog, echoed by his counterpart from the far-right League, Matteo Salvini.

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Report: Nearly All Terror Attacks in France Carried Out by Suspects Already Known to Police

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services, according to a new report by a global security think tank.

Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities, according to the firm’s new analysis, obtained by NBC News.

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Trump Clips EU’s Wings: Bloc Realises Its ‘Ambassador’ Downgraded Without Notice

The European Union’s super-state aspirations have suffered a setback as Brussels realises its “ambassador” in Washington D.C. was downgraded without notice.

The EU has long sought the trappings of statehood, controlling its member-states’ international trade policy and territorial fishing waters, establishing a body of EU law superior to national law and upheld by an EU court, acquiring (another) highly-paid President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, and most recently setting out its long-term plans for a European military.

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UK: Court Hears Mohammed Abdul Told Bouncers ‘I’ll Kill You Guys’, Drove Into Club Dancefloor

Mohammed Abdul drove onto an outdoor dancefloor, hitting clubbers, after allegedly telling bouncers he was going to “shut this place down and kill you guys”, Maidstone Crown Court has heard.

Mr Abdul appeared before the court Monday facing charges including attempted murder, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), and GBH, reports KentOnline.

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UK: Davis: Brexit Assurances ‘Not Enough’, Condemns Media ‘Scare Stories’

Former Brexit secretary David Davis has rejected EU assurances over the Irish backstop, saying they are not enough and that the £39 billion divorce bill should only be paid on condition of a free trade deal with the bloc.

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UK: Heartbreaking Photo Shows Beaming Smile of Dying Boy Who Battled Cancer Long Enough to Meet Baby Sister

Parents have revealed the heartbreaking story of how their dying son kept fighting cancer long enough to meet his baby sister and pick her name.

Doctors had only given nine-year-old Bailey “days or weeks” to live after cancer spread through his entire body, but he defied the odds to meet and name his sister, Millie…

It started in the summer of 2016, when Bailey started feeling unwell. He went into hospital in September and at first doctors thought he might have had a viral infection, the Bristol Post reported.

When it did not improve, he was given antibiotics for a suspected chest infection, but things got worse.

He started getting severe stomach pains, and he was given a blood test. The results were bad.

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UK: Watch: Farage Warns Against State Crackdown on People Heckling Pro-EU Figures

Nigel Farage has warned against taking police action or passing new laws to punish people for insulting politicians, after British “yellow vests” branded EU loyalist Anna Soubry MP a fascist.

The Brexit campaign leader was responding to incidents in which the Tory MP and left-wing commentator Owen Jones were followed by Brexiteer protesters wearing yellow tabards in the style of the anti-Macron gilets jaunes in France, near Parliament, and criticised in no uncertain terms.

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Venice Makes Tourists Pay But Money Goes to MOSE: Another Scam

Faced with tourist overcrowding, day visitors to the canal city will soon be required to pay an entrance fee

“My fear is that this new tax will be used to fund the completion and maintenance of the Mose project [Experimental Electromechanical Module]. It would be a crime; yet another thieving done in the name of this wasteful business-antiquated and not at all not useful to defend Venice from the high tides”“ says the patron of Harry’s Bar, Arrigo Cipriani. Eighty-six years old, yet strikingly lucid, Cipriani firmly opposes the entrance fee Venice plans to impose on tourists who do not spend the night in the canal city after gaining parliamentary approval for Italy’s 2019 budget.

Venice suffers from tourist overcrowding. Don’t you think it should be regulated?

“Two or five euros a day will not decrease the number of visitors. The application will be very cumbersome, if not impossible. Every day about 60,000 people come to Venice to work-will they also have to pay admission? What about those who come here on business, to bring work and wealth? Will there be special passes that authorize exemption categories, like a pass for those arriving by train, car, boat or ferry? I see confusion, bureaucratic bottlenecks, more waste. To make up for the cost of the entrance fee, these ‘hit and run visitors’ will all arrive with a sandwich they prepared at home”…

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WSJ: Gun Ownership on Rise in Europe After Terror Attacks, Sexual Assaults

Personal weapons ownership is on the rise in Europe in response to mass sexual assaults and radical Islamic terror attacks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey found that a rise in personal firearms ownership on the continent represents only 10 per cent of the 32 percent global rise in the decade to 2017, the WSJ remarks that “Europe’s shift has been rapid”.

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New ISIS Threat Tells Jihadists to Bomb Electrical Infrastructure

A new online threat from ISIS supporters encourages jihadists to target critical infrastructure, with the suggestion of bombing power stations.

The image shows a faceless figure in a black hoodie with the Islamic State flag holding a bomb with a lit fuse with transmission towers and lines in the background. Along the power lines is the phrase “Just Terror” — the ISIS slogan for lone jihadist operations — and blood-spattered ground.

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The State Department Issues a Travel Advisory as the U.S. And China Steamroll Toward Open Conflict

The U.S. State Department has officially issued a level two advisory for travel to China, and U.S. citizens are being warned that they could “be detained” and “subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention”. That sounds extremely ominous, but most Americans typically ignore warnings like this and continue with their normal travel plans anyway. However, this time around people might want to take heed, because as you will see below westerners are being grabbed and held indefinitely by China right now. After Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou was grabbed while she was changing planes in Canada on December 1st, the Chinese decided that they could play that game too. So if you are planning to travel to China, the truth is that you could very easily become a pawn in a struggle between the world’s two largest superpowers.

If you have not read the travel advisory yet, you can find it right here. The following is how it begins…

[…]

Unfortunately, the Chinese feel justified in doing these things to us, because Canadian officials grabbed Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou on December 1st as she was switching planes in Canada. That was done at the request of U.S. authorities, and the Chinese are extremely upset about this.

In the aftermath of that “arrest”, the Chinese grabbed Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig. And then subsequently, a “third Canadian citizen” was detained…

[…]

And the Chinese military is being instructed to get prepared for a “military struggle”. The following comes from a mainstream British news article entitled “World War 3 WARNING: China orders army to ‘PREPARE for WAR’ in 2019”…

China has told the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that they must be prepared for a “military struggle”. The terrifying message was published in an editorial in the PLA Daily, the Chinese army’s newspaper…

Unfortunately, the gap between the U.S. military and the Chinese military has significantly narrowed in recent years, and the Chinese continue to develop extremely impressive new weapons systems.

For example, they just tested a brand new submarine launched missile that can deliver nuclear warheads to U.S. cities…

[Comment: China also recently launched a rail gun equiped ship ahead of schedule.]

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Castro Grandson Under Fire for Flaunting Decadent Lifestyle: Yachts, Fine Dining, Luxury Suites and More

Photos of young people living it up and flaunting their material trappings are nothing new on social media.

Except when it’s the grandson of Fidel Castro, the late Cuban Communist leader.

Tony Castro, who is in his early 20s and a spitting image of his grandfather, has been posting photos on his private Instagram account showing off his BMW, meals at posh restaurants around the world, and luxuriating aboard a yacht.

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Defending a Venezuelan Homestead: “Eventually People Will Come for What You Have”

Note from Daisy: If you aren’t aware, a short time before the collapse became evident, the Venezuelan government confiscated all the guns from people. This left the population disarmed and vulnerable. In this article, Jose discusses some of the very real dangers of being at a rural homestead and ways to defend yourself if you do not have a gun…

J.G. Martinez D. :

My cousins there in the open country of Venezuela tell me that nights are dark. The government cut the power, and hungry people use this to go to the farms and see what they can steal. Don’t rely on your elaborate systems too much.

I must tell you that those who rely on power and water off-the-grid, are wrong. Use it while you have it, but plan for when you stop having it. You will not be able to get supplies for your systems.

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UFC Strawweight Polyana Viana Knocks Down, Submits Robber in Brazil

Polyana Viana put a beating on someone over the weekend, but that won’t enter her official MMA record.

The Brazilian fighter, who competes in the UFC’s strawweight division, used her mixed martial arts skills Saturday night when a man tried to steal her phone next to her apartment complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Viana confirmed to MMA Fighting after a report by MMAjunkie.

Viana, who is 1-1 inside the Octagon and 10-2 as a MMA fighter, was waiting for an Uber around 8 p.m. local time when a man approached her.

[Comment: File this under ‘Positive News’.]

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“Crisis” of Seriously Ill Migrants Slams Border Patrol — TB, Pneumonia, Influenza, Parasites

[…]Judicial Watch has interviewed medical experts that confirm illegal immigrants do indeed pose a serious public health threat to the U.S. by bringing dangerous diseases into the country. This includes tuberculosis, dengue and Chikungunya. After returning from covering the Central American caravan along the Guatemala-Honduras border, Judicial Watch spoke with a prominent physician in a border state who warned that the migrants will undoubtedly bring infectious diseases into the U.S. Among them are extremely drug resistant strands of tuberculosis and mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya that are widespread in the region.

The same week Judicial Watch published the story about the caravan health threat a major newspaper reported on the health crisis created by the influx of Venezuelans fleeing to neighboring countries. The migrants are spreading malaria, yellow fever, diphtheria, dengue, tuberculosis and AIDS throughout South America. Many of the diseases had been considered eradicated in the neighboring Latin American countries, according to government officials cited in the article, which states that “contagion from Venezuela’s economic meltdown is starting to spread to neighboring countries—not financially, but literally, in the form of potentially deadly diseases carried among millions of refugees.” As an example, the story reveals that “measles reappeared with a vengeance” in a Brazilian city near the Venezuelan border that had declared the highly contagious airborne disease “vanquished” nearly two decades ago. “Measles is already spreading beyond the Brazilian Amazon to other Brazilian states, as well as Colombia, Peru and as far south as Argentina, according to recent Pan American Health Organization reports,” the article states. “Other diseases racing through communities in Venezuela are now crossing borders and raising concerns among health authorities as far away as the U.S.”

Years ago, when Barack Obama let tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors into the country, health experts warned about the serious hazards to the American public. Most of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) came from Central America, like the current caravan, and they crossed into the U.S. through Mexico, in the same way that the caravan expects to. Swine flu, dengue fever and Ebola were among the diseases that the hordes of UACs brought with them, according to lawmakers and medical experts interviewed by Judicial Watch during the influx. At the time, a U.S. Congressman, who is also a medical doctor, told Judicial Watch about the danger to the American public as well as the Border Patrol agents forced to care for the UACs. The former lawmaker, Phil Gingrey, referred to it as a “severe and dangerous” crisis because the Central American youths were importing infectious diseases considered to be largely eradicated in this country. Many migrants lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles, leaving America’s young children and the elderly particularly susceptible, Gingrey pointed out then. To handle the escalating health crisis the CDC activated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that largely operated in secrecy.

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California: Illegal Alien School Worker Charged With Child Porn Possession

An illegal alien who worked at an elite boarding school has been charged with possession of child pornography in the sanctuary state of California.

Francisco Perez, a 34-year-old illegal alien, allegedly had more than 600 images of child pornography in his possession and allegedly had been storing image files in his Google account that contained child pornography.

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Greek Priest Beaten by Syrian Migrants in Front of His Own Church

A Greek Orthodox priest was beaten by a pair of Syrian asylum seekers in front of his own church.

The priest observed the migrants parking their motorcycles in the courtyard of the sanctuary of St. Nicholas in Patisia, a neighbourhood in Athens, on Friday afternoon, and went to confront them, newspaper Proto Thema reports.

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Italian Archbishop Says No ‘Conscientious Objection’ on Immigration Law

An archbishop has broken ranks from fellow Italian prelates, saying that mayors have no right to appeal to conscientious objection to disobey the nation’s immigration laws — an Italian parallel to American sanctuary cities.

Luigi Negri, the former archbishop of Ferrara, suggested Sunday that bishops who have supported or called for recourse to conscientious objection have overstepped their competence, failing to respect the legitimate autonomy of the political sphere in questions that require prudential judgment. Similarly, mayors who appeal to the principle to disobey immigration laws misuse it.

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Italian Archbishop Blasts Salvini, Urges Civil Disobedience in Rescuing Migrants

The archbishop of Chieti has joined the growing ranks of Catholic prelates voicing public opposition to the immigration policies of interior minister Matteo Salvini.

Rescuing migrants is not something optional but a “moral imperative,” said Archbishop Bruno Forte in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera Sunday, in reference to the 49 African migrants currently on board two vessels belonging to German NGOs.

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On 1st Day, Gov. Gavin Newson Proposes Free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants Under 26

Gavin Newsom, former mayor of disease-ridden San Francisco and Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown’s Lieutenant Governor, began his governorship in true progressive style.

For starters, 2 journalists covering the inauguration were ejected. Though one was disruptive, the second was not, but was associated with citizen groups battling the state’s sanctuary policies.

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Mother Kicked Out of British Pub for ‘Transphobic’ T-Shirt

A British mother was kicked out of her local pub after a complaint that her T-shirt emblazoned with the dictionary definition of ‘woman’ was offensive to transgender people.

Rebekah Wershbale was “stunned” when, on a visit to the Five Clouds Tap and Bottle in Macclesfield last week, staff informed her she was barred from the pub as a result of her T-shirt slogan, which read, “Woman — noun — adult human female”.

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Psychologists Declare War Against ‘Traditional Masculinity’

The American Psychological Association (APA) effectively declared war on “traditional masculinity” in its newly released rules on how psychologists should deal with men. Acting like masculinity is a disease will only further alienate the men psychologists aim to serve, however. It will also serve to blind psychologists and academics to the good aspects of masculine virtue.

In announcing the new guidelines on the APA website, Stephanie Pappas notedthat most of the top CEOs, business leaders, and politicians are men, but that men also commit most homicides, are most likely to be victims of violent crime, have a shorter life expectancy than women, and face harsher punishments in school.

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13 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2019

  1. “Woman — noun — adult human female” I don’t understand the problem. Some women are flat as board, so he potential lack of breasts is clearly not a defining factor, and individuals after a sex change will have a vagina, hence will be female. I don’t buy the “but they’re still infertile” argument because so are many born and bred women and men and nobody would think of them as not such, right? And those people inbetween, just starting on hormone therapy or not done with the surgical part yet? I’m sure they are aware it’s just a temporal state of affairs and are happy about finally slowly feeling right in their bodies.
    And those claiming they’re female while spurting a heavy beard and whipping their d’s around? Yeaaah…good luck with feeling offended…

    • I can only surmise that the pub is located in an area with a vocal and thirsty trans clientele. Money makes the rules.

      Either that or pub owners are now frightened of bad press.

  2. “‘Hitler Salute’ Conviction for 90-Year-Old Swede Overturned — ‘I Was Waving’” this is just about as ridiculous as Slovakia abolishing the citizenship of a 96 (or so) old lady of Hungarian ethnicity after Orban announced dual-citizenship for Hungarians all over the world and Slovakia swiftly prohibiting dual-citizenship for their citizens in response. That lady was born in Austria-Hungary, she was just happy she can once again have a passport like that, who is a 90+ person going to harm, no matter what they say or do?

    • It’s the idea
      People from countries under austrohungary regime where almost destroyed culturally and many where killed
      The Huns/hungars where cruel and we will never forget and forgive them
      So read and feel the real history before you throw ideas there

      • There’s not a country/area which hasn’t behaved abominably toward one group or another.

        Keeping the flame of resentment going is easy. Your refusal to forgive will cause harm – to you. It’s a boomerang, friend.

  3. What is the significance of making an oath on a book that encourages the telling of lies (takiyah). Am I missing something here?

    • At least she is being honest about her intentions. Maybe the other more mendacious members of Congress should swear on it as well. At least we will then know where their sympathies and preferences are and be more able to keep ready watch upon them.

    • Heartbreaking.

      Here is a portion of one of the comments from Finland:

      “It’s really important to get the information of the Finnish society edging deeper and deeper in disgrace…… French society is close to a collapse and civil war due to the insanely traitorous politics. That is exactly where we are heading too with a small delay……. Are we cowards or are we up to the challenge for defending our children and women and finally ourselves?”

  4. Greek Priest beaten?

    I’m surprised if no revenge is inflicted by the local Greeks.
    They have generally retained their respect for their religion and religious leaders.

    Surprisingly, in my city, the Greek community built a new church. The only Christian group to do so in perhaps 30 years, apart from the Pentecostals. They are such a peaceful and integrated people that the sight of their 2 churches are nearly the only visible signs of their presence in the city.

    I grew up surrounded by Greek families and all were good people. It is obvious to me that they are possessive of their culture and seem to be quite willing to fight to keep it.

    • I am sad about this.

      I have a Greek Orthodox friend and the church does a lot of good for the Greek speaking community here in Melbourne.

      My friend has two children ,has breast cancer ,endured a double hysterectomy, chemotherapy ,radiotherapy and discovered she had cancer the day before news reached her that her father was dying back home.

      So she told her doctor she had to go home to see her father and say goodbye.
      Her gave her a week to do so.
      She got back and had her
      father died the morning she went into surgery.

      the church has been wonderful.

      They organized a roster so that the women of the congregation come in ,clean the house ,cook and supervise her children .

      I am absolutely lost in admiration for those wonderful Greek Orthodox women.

      I’d be happy to punch out the lights of any cheeky young whippersnapper who had the gall to beat up a Greek Orthodox priest and I hope the Greek community took matters into their own hands.

      • Wonderful yet also sad story.

        Yes, it is true that Greeks, especially the church going inclined, are a very tight knit group. Very family oriented with a high respect for elders.

        They also have a great sense of humour.

        When I was a kid, the old grand-father of one of my Greek friends would visit from Greece every few years.

        He was always outside watering the grass, depressed that there was no large vegetable garden to attend.

        Each day after school when I had to walk past their house, he would spray me with the water hose as I ran like lightning past him. He would laugh and his gold teeth would glimmer in the sun.

        Sitting on the porch on a little wooden stool he would call me over to him. He had a pocket watch and liked to have me say the numbers on the dial as he pointed to each number. As I called off each number, he would steadily increase the speed of his finger across the dial numbers until I was breathless and tongue tied.

        Again, he would laugh, I would admire his gold teeth and he would pat me on the head and say ‘good boy’.

        Good times. Love the Greek people.
        Damn I miss my childhood.

  5. War Against Masculinity

    I can’t believe how ridiculous the APA manual has become. When I was in University to get a degree in Social Work, which wisely I chose not to pursue fully, the manual was quite good and reasonable in its treatment of sexual and gender issues.

    Now it is little more than a political tool of the Left.

    When or if our societies become more dominated by moslems, I suspect the war against masculinity will take on a very different tone.

    I laugh at the idea that giddy Social Workers will be entering the homes of moslem families and pulling out the APA manual to help guide the prescribed so-called therapies.

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