Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/7/2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May came away from her meeting with EU leaders in Brussels without any new deal on Brexit. The fruitless outcome of the meeting had been predicted by European leaders.

In other news, Quebec’s newly-appointed minister for the status of women, Isabelle Charest, insists that the Islamic veil is a symbol of the oppression of women.

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USA
» 5G Wireless: A “Massive Health Experiment” That Could Cause Cancer and Global Catastrophe
» BuzzFeed Lobbies Twitter to Ban Memes That Make Fun of ‘Blackface’ Democrats
» Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence Files Amicus Brief Challenging “Auer Deference”
» Court Upholds Conviction of Girl Who Urged Suicide With Texts and Calls
» Democratic Congresswoman Tells Black Teen Conservative: “Be Afraid of Us”
» Fake News About Holes in Antarctic Glaciers
» Islamic Lawmaker Ilhan Omar Goes After Covington Catholic Boys… Again
» Jay Byrne: Meet the Man Behind the Monsanto PR Machine
» Nanny State Hawaii May Increase Smoking Age to 100
» San Francisco’s Drug Addicts Now Outnumber High School Students
» Ted Malloch Decries Rise of American Marxism
» The Ocasio-Cortez ‘Green New Deal’ Is Even Shoddier and More Absurd Than You Thought
» The Spoils of Censorship: NYT Raked in $709 Million Digital Revenue in 2018
» The Worst Mayors in America Are Running for President
» Trump 2020 Campaign Announces Feb. 11th MAGA Rally in El Paso, Texas
» UFO: Alien Ship Has Entered Our Solar System Insists Harvard Professor
» Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s Accuser Vanessa Tyson Discloses Graphic Details of Alleged Sexual Assault
 
Canada
» Muslim Head Scarf a Symbol of Oppression, Insists Quebec’s Minister for Status of Women
 
Europe and the EU
» “EC Vice President Timmermans Should Withdraw!”
» Eco-Group Offers Pope Francis $1 Million to ‘Go Vegan’ For Lent
» EU Army Has to Happen: Germany’s ‘Next Chancellor’ Demands Euro Armed Force
» France: Grenoble Mosque Shut Down Due to Radical Islamic Preaching
» France’s Le Pen Blasts President Macron Over ‘Lack of Democracy’
» Germany’s Antitrust Watchdog Restricts Facebook’s Data Collection Via Other Sites
» German Mayor Wants to Welcome Home an ISIS Bride
» Italy: Yellow Vests Meeting Fully Legitimate Says Di Maio
» Italy: ‘Collegial’ Decision on TAV Says Conte
» Mrs May Leaves Brussels Brexit Talks Empty Handed
» Tensions Ease Between Merkel, Visegrad Leaders
» UK: Farage: EU ‘Scared’ of WTO Clean Brexit
» UK: Father Denies Planning Acid Attack on His Three-Year-Old Son in Worcester
» UK: Homicides Highest for a Decade, Fatal Stabbings Highest Since Records Began
» UK: Why the Left Are So Scared of Turning Point
» ‘Unacceptable Provocation’: Italian Populists Troll French Establishment by Meeting Yellow Vests
 
North Africa
» Female Islamist MP Drops the Veil in Paris, Divides Morocco’s Ruling PJD
 
Middle East
» ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Down to 1 Per Cent of Original Size as Final Assault Nears
» No Confirmation Father Dall’Oglio is Alive — Vatican
 
South Asia
» Leading Muslim Cleric: Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Save ‘Thousands’ Of Lives
» Pak PM Imran Orders Probe Into Attack on Khairpur Hindu Temple and Sacrilege of Holy Books
 
Latin America
» Brazil’s Bolsonaro Suffers Suspected Pneumonia: Doctors
» New ‘Unicorn’ Mantis Species Found in Brazilian Rainforest
» Venezuela: Italy Must be Neutral — Di Maio
» Victims of Socialism in Venezuela Warn U.S.: ‘Don’t Fall for it, ‘ ‘People Are Eating From Trash Bags’
 
Immigration
» A Quarter of French Believe ‘Elites’ Using Mass Migration to ‘Replace’ Native Europeans
» Afghan Migrant Who Killed His German Girlfriend Because She Refused to Convert to Islam Sentenced to Life in Prison
» Germany: Killer Caged
» Illegal Immigrant Killed His German Girlfriend, 17, ‘Because She Refused to Convert to Islam’
» Lauren Southern Slams Pro-Migration NGOs
» Strasbourg ‘Concerned’ By Security Law in Letter to Conte
» Sweden Admits it Cannot Control Its Own Borders
» Swedish Migration Board Finds Nearly One in Ten Turkish Passports Are Forgeries
» The Moment Democrats Realize They Just Got Owned by President Trump on Immigration
» The Strange Death of Europe: Multiculturalism and Diversity Prove Destructive
» These Toronto Hotels’ Only “Guests” Are Illegal Migrants — While Homeless Citizens Camp in the Snow
» ‘We Can’t Hide Behind Walls’: Macron Hails ‘World of Mass Migration’
 
Culture Wars
» Aborted Baby Parts Are Being Grafted on to Mice in Bizarre Scientific Experiments — and the U.S. Government is Paying for it
» Education’s Future: Globalization of Indoctrination
» Gucci Apologises for Women’s Jumper That ‘Resembles Blackface’
» Parents Revolt Against School “Raping” Children’s “Innocence” With LGBTQ Curriculum
» Planned Parenthood President Attending State of the Union as Pelosi’s Guest
» The Big Switch — Socialism’s Plan
 

5G Wireless: A “Massive Health Experiment” That Could Cause Cancer and Global Catastrophe

Experts are warning that superfast broadband known as 5G could cause cancer in humans, and the usage of 5G is nothing more than a “massive health experiment.” 5G could very well be a global catastrophe that kills wildlife, gives people terminal diseases, and causes the Earth’s magnetic field to change, according to shocking claims by a technology expert.

Arthur Robert Firstenberg is an American author and an activist for electromagnetic radiation and health. In his 1997 book Microwaving Our Planet: The Environmental Impact of the Wireless Revolution, he claimed: “The telecommunications industry has suppressed damaging evidence about its technology since at least 1927.” Firstenberg has also founded the independent campaign group the Celluar Phone Task Force and since 1996 he has argued in numerous publications that wireless technology is dangerous.

According to a report by the Daily Star, Firstenberg has also recently started an online petition calling on world organizations, such as the United Nations, World Health Organisation (WHO), and European Union to “urgently halt the development of 5G,” which is due to be rolled out this year. In fact, Verizon has activated the world’s first 5G networks in four cities in the United States: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. According to the Firstenberg, wireless networks are “harmful for humans” and the development of the next generation is “defined as a crime” under international law, as he states it in the online petition.

When speaking to The Daily Star Online, Firstenberg said this 5G rollout is deadly. “There is about to be as many as 20,000 satellites in the atmosphere. The FCC approved Elon Musk’s project for 12,000 satellites on November 15th and he’s going to launch his in mid-2019. I’m getting reports from various parts of the world that 5G antennas are being erected all over and people are already getting sick from what’s there now and the insect population is getting affected,” Firstenberg stated.

“This could become a global catastrophe. When the first satellites were launched in the late 1990s for mobile phones, on the day they were launched people sensitive to these things got very sick. The mortality rate rose in the US by 5-10% too and there were reports that birds were not flying. People who realized this the most were pigeon racers who released their birds who then didn’t return,” he added. And that was when there were only 77 satellites, not 20,000.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

BuzzFeed Lobbies Twitter to Ban Memes That Make Fun of ‘Blackface’ Democrats

BuzzFeed is now lobbying Twitter to censor memes that satirize the Democratic Party.

Yes, really.

Democrats are currently embroiled in a blackface scandal after both Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to wearing make-up to make them look African-American.

One creative conservative chose to make fun out of this by posting a meme during Trump’s State of the Union speech which depicted white-wearing Dem Congresswomen in distinctive KKK hoods.

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

Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence Files Amicus Brief Challenging “Auer Deference”

The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed an amicus brief in Kisor v. Wilkie, which asks whether the Constitution’s text and structure, specifically its separation of powers principles, require or permit courts to defer to a federal administrative agency’s interpretation of its own ambiguous regulations.

Dr. John Eastman, founder of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, argues:

“The doctrine of deference to an agency’s interpretation of its own regulations, first announced in Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co. and ossified in Auer v. Robbins violates standard separation of powers principles. Those principles are the primary protection of individual liberty in the original Constitution.”

Because the interpretive authority belongs primarily to the judiciary, and both Seminole Rock and Auer usurp judicial prerogative, Eastman urges the Court to overrule both cases and reverse the Federal Circuit’s judgment.

Tom Caso, who directs the Institute’s Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic, and Sohan Dasgupta, an alumnus of the 2016 John Marshall Fellowship, co-authored this brief. […]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Court Upholds Conviction of Girl Who Urged Suicide With Texts and Calls

The supreme court of Massachusetts has upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a girl who, at the age of 17, goaded her boyfriend to commit suicide in a series of text messages and phone calls. The state’s highest court rejected her lawyer’s arguments that she couldn’t be held responsible for his death because she wasn’t physically present and that prosecuting her violated her First Amendment rights.

Defendant Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2017, but the sentence was put on hold pending appeal.

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

Democratic Congresswoman Tells Black Teen Conservative: “Be Afraid of Us”

Nydia Velazquez in bizarre threat

Democratic Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez appeared to threaten black teen conservative CJ Pearson during a Twitter exchange when Velazquez told the 16-year-old, “be afraid of us”.

The spat began when Pearson remarked that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared to be constantly talking throughout Trump’s State of the Union speech while “the woman next to her keeps trying to look the other way.”

Velazquez responded aggressively, tweeting, “Hi @TheCJPearson, I’m not “the woman sitting next to her”. @AOC and I — and millions like us — are the future of this country. And you’re right to be afraid of us. But you should learn my name.”

Pearson hit back, tweeting, “I’m sorry, Congresswoman, but as @realDonaldTrump said — socialism will NOT be the future of this country. And Nydia, nothing about you nor @AOC scares me. It’s your policies— that jeopardize the stability of our nation and the future of my generation— that scare me.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Fake News About Holes in Antarctic Glaciers

CNN is breathless over a “Gigantic hole two-thirds the size of Manhattan discovered in Antarctic glacier.” I’m sure they wish the hole actually were in Manhattan and included Trump Tower, but alas the hole is far away from their nemesis, the President.

They describe it as, “A massive cavity” which “has been discovered growing in an Antarctic glacier, signaling rapid ice decay that has shocked scientists.” It’s growing at an “explosive rate” beneath the Thwaites Glacier, they anxiously report.

[… ]

Not only CNN, but their other media brethren are also in a panic over this news. The Hill reports a similar story, as does CBS News. The only explanation offered in any of the articles is climate change. Just as climate change was blamed for the polar vortex and recent cold spell in the Upper Midwest.

Media mavens attribute everything bad in the world to climate change. Forbes believes climate change caused ISIS. Obesity is also blamed on climate change.

Why aren’t the journalistic sleuths thinking beyond their preprogrammed left-wing talking points? What else might be causing holes in the Antarctic glaciers?

I wonder if CNN ever considered volcanos as the cause of glacial melting? Their cousins across the pond at The Guardian did. They reported that scientists recently discovered 91 new volcanoes below the Antarctic ice sheet. This is in addition to 47 already known volcanoes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Islamic Lawmaker Ilhan Omar Goes After Covington Catholic Boys… Again

Prominent Democrat lawmakers like Muslim activist/U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), along with liberals on social media and a number of members of the media, twisted the truth about what happened that day in D.C., as the Covington Catholic boys waited for their bus to take them home to Kentucky from the March For Life. Eventually, several full-length videos were released, showing what really happened, and proving the Covington Catholic students were actually the victims.

Now, almost three weeks later, after it’s been proven that the Covington Catholic boys were innocent kids targeted by a hate group and by an aging, leftist, Native-American agitator, John Calvi, a reporter for EWTN caught up with Omar to ask her about the Covington Catholic kids. Watch, as Omar refuses to apologize for the intentional trashing of their reputations on her Twitter account.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jay Byrne: Meet the Man Behind the Monsanto PR Machine

Monsanto’s former Director of Corporate Communications Jay Byrne, president of the public relations firm v-Fluence, is a key player in the covert propaganda and lobbying campaigns of the world’s largest agrichemical companies. Emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know, posted in the UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive, reveal a range of deceptive tactics Byrne and other industry allies are using to promote and defend GMO foods and pesticides.

The examples here showcase some of the ways companies are moving their messaging into the public arena from behind the cover of neutral-sounding front groups, government helpers and academics who appear to be independent as they work with corporations or their PR consultants.

Clients are top agrichemical, agribusiness and drug companies and tradegroups Byrne’s client list has included a range of the largest agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies and business groups, including the American Chemistry Council, Syngenta, AstraZeneca, Monsanto, Pfizer, the International Rice Research Institute, the American Farm Bureau, National Corn Growers Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Rohm & Haas and the pesticide industry trade group CropLife.

Cooked up academic front group to attack Monsanto critics A key strategy of the agrichemical industry, as the New York Times reported, is to deploy “white hat” professors to fight the industry’s PR and lobbying battles from behind the cover of the “gloss of impartiality and weight of authority that come with a professor’s pedigree.”

In March 2010, Byrne and University of Illinois Professor Bruce Chassy discussed setting up a front group called “Academics Review” that could attract donations from corporations while appearing to be independent. Byrne compared the idea to the Center for Consumer Freedom (a front group run by infamous corporate propaganda front-man Rick Berman), which “has cashed in on this to the extreme; and I think we have a much better concept.” Byrne described an “‘opportunities’ list with targets” they could go after. […]

[NOTE: Open page to read his “To Do” list. Disquieting…]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Nanny State Hawaii May Increase Smoking Age to 100

The state government in Hawaii wants to increase the smoking age to 100. Although pretty much everyone on Earth knows smoking is damaging to a person’s overall health, the nanny state is taking it upon themselves to ban the use of more substances.

Nothing good can ever come from the government dictating to people what they are allowed to put in their bodies, and that includes smoking. Are we free or not? Do we own ourselves or not? Governments assume they own us as tax cattle and therefore it’s their right to tell us how to live our lives. Unfortunately, too many bow down to the whims of the state while others enforce these nanny state policies.

If this bill succeeds in becoming a law, it would effectively ban the use of cigarettes for a very vast majority of the Hawaiian population. The bill was proposed by Democrat Richard Creagan, an obvious authoritarian. Even if it does become a law, laws hinge only on the population’s willingness to abide by them, so it could be futile much like prohibition was. Not to mention worldwide smoking rates are plummeting to people voluntarily making the decision that it isn’t good for them. According to the BBC, Creagan, who was an emergency room physician before he was elected as state representative in 2014, calls the cigarette “the deadliest artifact in human history” in the bill.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

San Francisco’s Drug Addicts Now Outnumber High School Students

San Francisco’s drug addicts now outnumber high school students as it was revealed that the city handed out a record 5.8 million free syringes last year — about 500,000 more than in 2017.

Despite spending an extra $1.8 million dollars last year in an effort to retrieve used needles, the government handed out about 2 million more syringes than it got back.

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

Ted Malloch Decries Rise of American Marxism

Marxism and socialism have swung into fashion in America, laments Ted Malloch, just when they seemed ready to be swept into the dustbin of history.

Although the system has failed disastrously wherever it has been applied, from the Soviet Union to Cuba and from Venezuela to North Korea, Malloch notes in an article Wednesday, the Democrat Party seems poised to embrace socialism to its bosom.

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

The Ocasio-Cortez ‘Green New Deal’ Is Even Shoddier and More Absurd Than You Thought

On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) unveiled her much-vaunted “Geen New Deal,” and it’s even worse than you expected. Among other absurd things, it calls for abolishing cows, nuclear energy, and airplanes, “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States,” guaranteeing “high-quality health care” for all Americans, and spreading the Green New Deal to other countries. Oh, and it isn’t even technically a bill.

Ocasio-Cortez leaked a copy of the “Green New Deal” to National Public Radio (NPR), and her slipshod work in progress is a resolution. Rather than making law, the resolution states the “sense of the House of Representatives.”

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

The Spoils of Censorship: NYT Raked in $709 Million Digital Revenue in 2018

Having the number one search result for most news-related topics being links to your paywall apparently helps your business a lot!

Having Big Tech rig their search results to favor you and shut down, censor, demonetize and suppress your competition is very lucrative.

The New York Times reported $709 million in digital revenue for 2018.

Big Tech has effectively melded itself with the New York Times and the Washington Post (which is also now profitable after being bought by billionaire Jeff Bezos).

They working together to crush their competition and set the limits of “acceptable” political debate.

Big Tech wants to shut down competing alt-tech companies like Gab and BitChute so the media moves to demonize and lie about them to get them deplatformed.

The media wants to shut down competing voices like Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes so they lie about them and demonize them and Big Tech shuts them down.

It’s a symbiotic relationship.

While companies like the NY Times and WashPo whine incessantly about Trump supposedly threatening the “free press” (which they comically call themselves), the reality is they themselves are the biggest threat to the free press in America and the number one advocates for political censorship.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Worst Mayors in America Are Running for President

Newark is the most dangerous city in New Jersey, Tallahassee is the most dangerous city in Florida, and South Bend is the most dangerous city in Indiana. But instead of fixing their failed cities, the current mayor of South Bend, and the former mayors of Newark and Tallahassee want to run for president.

Mayor Peter Buttigieg has announced that he’s forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 run. Media reports have focused on the possibility that he might become America’s first gay millennial president, instead of on the fact that he’s headed a city since 2011 which has double the national and statewide violent crime rates. And a city where Hispanic poverty rates are 10% higher than the national average, African-American households have double the poverty rate, and Asian-American incomes are halved.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump 2020 Campaign Announces Feb. 11th MAGA Rally in El Paso, Texas

The president is headed to Texas in the near future to host a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally.

On Wednesday, the Trump campaign announced President Trump will be holding a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on Monday, February 11, 2019.

According to the campaign this will be the president’s seventh rally in the Lone Star State.

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

UFO: Alien Ship Has Entered Our Solar System Insists Harvard Professor

A HARVARD professor has insisted that he has found part of an alien spaceship — and is in the process of finding the evidence.

The head of Harvard’s astronomy department Avi Loeb believes that a cigar-shaped object discovered in 2017 is an sail, claiming that it is travelling far too quickly to be an asteroid. In an interview with Chicago Tribune Mr Loeb shared that he has been working on an equation that will prove that the strange interstellar object, called Oumuamua and currently passing the orbit of the Jupiter, is a part of an alien spaceship. The astronomer, who has been derided by his colleagues, thinks that Oumuamua is a lightsail that was once the driving force of “advanced technological equipment.”

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

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s Accuser Vanessa Tyson Discloses Graphic Details of Alleged Sexual Assault

The woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 on Wednesday released a lengthy statement including details of that alleged attack at the Democratic National Convention.

Vanessa Tyson, a politics professor at Scripps College in California, said Fairfax forced her to engage in oral sex with him after they first engaged in “consensual kissing” in his hotel room in Boston.

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

Muslim Head Scarf a Symbol of Oppression, Insists Quebec’s Minister for Status of Women

Quebec’s newly appointed minister responsible for the status of women is standing by her position that the Muslim hijab is a symbol of oppression.

Speaking to reporters after being named to the portfolio Tuesday, Isabelle Charest said the head scarf “is not something that women should be wearing.”

Charest didn’t back down from those comments Wednesday, though she acknowledged that some women choose to wear the hijab themselves, and she “respects their decision.”

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

“EC Vice President Timmermans Should Withdraw!”

The Hungarian government has called on the European Commission president to withdraw EC vice president Frans Timmermans, who is the spitzenkandidat of the Party of European Socialists, from the commission’s work for the duration of his active campaign to become commission president.

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

Eco-Group Offers Pope Francis $1 Million to ‘Go Vegan’ For Lent

An environmental group has challenged Pope Francis to “go vegan” for Lent in exchange for $1 million dollars to go to a charity of his choice.

An organization called Million Dollar Vegan, supported by celebrities including Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Mena Suvari, launched a video announcing its challenge to the pontiff and enlisted a 12-year-old animal rights activist named Genesis Butler to write an open letter to the pope.

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

EU Army Has to Happen: Germany’s ‘Next Chancellor’ Demands Euro Armed Force

GERMANY’S new Christian Democrat leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called for the creation of a European army amid growing global instability caused by sabre-rattling leaders in Russia, China and the US.

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

France: Grenoble Mosque Shut Down Due to Radical Islamic Preaching

Authorities in Grenoble have shut down the Al-Kawthar mosque for six months following accusations of links to radical Islamic ideologies.

The decision was made by the prefect of Grenoble who issued a statement on the closure, saying “The elements collected by the specialised services have established that the remarks made and the ideas and theories disseminated within this place of worship provoke violence, hate, and discrimination.”

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

France’s Le Pen Blasts President Macron Over ‘Lack of Democracy’

The leader of the French National Party — Marine Le Pen — is criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron amid ongoing yellow vest protests.

In an interview Wednesday, Le Pen said Macron’s attempts at national reconciliation will fail if the president fails to address the demands of yellow vests. She said the popular movement will not subside unless Macron improves the economy, creates jobs, and tackles Islamic mass migration.

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

Germany’s Antitrust Watchdog Restricts Facebook’s Data Collection Via Other Sites

Facebook faces restrictions in Germany on its collection of data from other sites that it owns like WhatsApp. The social media giant intends to appeal, claiming the watchdog underestimated the competition it faced.

The Federal Cartel Office, Germany’s antitrust watchdog, is severely restricting the collection of user data by Facebook after a ruling on Thursday that the social media giant abused its market.

The company will only be able to use data from various non-Facebook programs and apps that it owns, such as WhatsApp and Instagram, with explicit user consent. Currently, Facebook bundles together much of the information it gleans from users across its various platforms.

“In future, Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to the practically unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data to their Facebook accounts,” Andreas Mundt, president of the antitrust watchdog, said on Thursday in Bonn.

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

German Mayor Wants to Welcome Home an ISIS Bride

Leonora converted to Islam at 15 and traveled to Syria two months later to join ISIS. Only three days after her arrival she became the second wife of a Saxon ISIS fighter called Martin Lemke. She has been arrested and claims to be remorseful but her story turns out to be fabricated.

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

Italy: Yellow Vests Meeting Fully Legitimate Says Di Maio

Macron often attacked us says M5S leader, deputy PM

(ANSA) — Rome, February 7 — Deputy Premier and 5-Star Movement (M5S) Luigi Di Maio said Thursday his meeting Tuesday with members of the French Yellow Vests protest movement in Paris was “fully legitimate”.

“And I claim the right to dialogue with other political forces that represent the French people”, he said.

“Just like En Marche, the French government party, is allied with the (Democratic Party), an opposition party in Italy, so the M5S meets a political force of opposition to the French government (RIC)”.

He added, after France recalled its ambassador, “the French people is our friend and ally. President Macron has on several occasions attacked the Italian government for political reasons in view of the European elections.

“This has not affected the feeling of friendship that ties our two countries, and never will”.

On issues such as immigration, he added, “dialogue and collaboration with the French government is always maximum and we are willing to have meetings at the highest level with the French government in order to find solutions”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: ‘Collegial’ Decision on TAV Says Conte

M5S agst project, League in favour

(ANSA) — Beirut, February 7 — There will be a “collegial” government decision on whether to go ahead with the TAV Turin-Lyon high-speed rail line, Premier Giuseppe Conte said Thursday, saying the decision would not be “emotional or personal but transparent”.

He said collegial decisions were the “best way to safeguard Italian interests”.

The decision will be taken on the basis of a government-commissioned cost/benefit analysis which has been reported as arguing against completing the project.

Senior government partner the 5-Star Movement is against the project while junior partner the League is in favour of it.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Mrs May Leaves Brussels Brexit Talks Empty Handed

Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had “robust” talks Thursday morning, which as promised by European leaders beforehand did nothing to advance the two parties towards a Brexit agreement.

The British leader was pictured giving the top Eurocrat a stern glare as the pair shook hands Thursday morning, a move likely calculated to communicate a business-like attitude to British watchers of the talks.

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

Tensions Ease Between Merkel, Visegrad Leaders

German Chancellor Merkel was greeted by the eastern European leaders, a sign that the tensions of 2015 are subsiding. However, Merkel is expected to face tough questions from the alliance’s leaders on a host of issues.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Slovakian Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in Bratislava on Thursday, as well as the other leaders of the Visegrad group.

The group, which comprises Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, was coming together to mark 30 years since the Iron Curtain came down.

“Thirty years ago, people in East Germany and the Visegrad states fought for freedom. The result was a united Germany. Thank you. We will never forget this contribution of the Visegrad Group,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted.

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

UK: Farage: EU ‘Scared’ of WTO Clean Brexit

Brexit architect Nigel Farage has said that Brussels bureaucrats are “scared” of a no-deal, clean Brexit because of the cost to European manufacturers and the looming eurozone recession.

When asked on Sky News on Wednesday if he were offended by European Council President Donald Tusk saying there was a “special place in hell” for Brexiteers, the Leave Means Leave vice-chairman said, “No, not particularly. They’re scared, they’re rattled. They really worried.

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

UK: Father Denies Planning Acid Attack on His Three-Year-Old Son in Worcester

A father accused of planning an acid attack on his three-year-old son has told a jury he was “never” involved.

The 40-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his son, added that he was “shocked” to be arrested.

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

UK: Homicides Highest for a Decade, Fatal Stabbings Highest Since Records Began

Homicides in England and Wales are at their highest rate for decade, as official statistics reveal a rise in fatal stabbings, with largest increases in the numbers of young, male, and black victims.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) data from the Home Office Homicide Index released Thursday revealed that there were 695 homicides in the year to March 2018, 15 per cent higher that in the preceding period.

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

UK: Why the Left Are So Scared of Turning Point

Earlier this week I made the usual mistake of looking at Twitter and saw that ‘Turning Point’ was trending. This is unusual in Britain. Turning Point is a very successful organization set up in the US to counter the dominance of left-wing views on campus. It turned out to be trending because of the launch of Turning Point UK this week. In essence the response to the launch of Turning Point demonstrated the need to launch Turning Point in the UK.

After all, what we are talking about here is a student-oriented organization which wants to extol the virtues of free markets over socialism and individual liberty over identity politics. There is nothing in the group’s statements so far that should cause a flutter even among the precious mobs on social media. But the launch of Turning Point UK was covered in exactly the way you might expect.

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

‘Unacceptable Provocation’: Italian Populists Troll French Establishment by Meeting Yellow Vests

France’s foreign ministry has reacted with anger after Italy’s populist deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio met with French Yellow Vests, calling the gathering an “unacceptable provocation.”

Di Maio, whose anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) party governs Italy in coalition with the right-populist League, met with Yellow Vest leader Christophe Chalençon as well as candidates for European Parliament from the anti-government movement on Tuesday.

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Female Islamist MP Drops the Veil in Paris, Divides Morocco’s Ruling PJD

The ruling party can no longer preserve its politico-religious speech following scandals that have involved its politicians and leaders.

CASABLANCA — Morocco’s ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) is going through turmoil amid growing division between its leaders over scandals involving its politicians.

The PJD’s popularity dwindled following personal photos of an unveiled female member of parliament in Paris that were shown by Moroccan media.

MP Amina Maelainine initially said that the picture with her exposed hair blown by the wind in front of the Moulin Rouge in Paris was fabricated and denounced a “slanderous” campaign against her. She later admitted on Facebook that the photos were genuine…

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ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Down to 1 Per Cent of Original Size as Final Assault Nears

BEIRUT (AFP) — The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group’s (ISIS’) “caliphate” has shrunk to less than 1 per cent of its original size, the US-led coalition said on Thursday (Feb 7), as a final onslaught in eastern Syria loomed.

Kurdish-led forces spearheading the offensive have paused operations but US President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that a final declaration of victory would come next week.

At its height, the jihadist proto-state proclaimed by IS in June 2014 straddled swathes of land in Syria and Iraq and was roughly the size of Britain.

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No Confirmation Father Dall’Oglio is Alive — Vatican

Jesuit priest in ISIS-held area, according to The Times

(ANSA) — Vatican City, February 7 — Well-informed Vatican sources on Thursday did not confirm a report in The Times according to which Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian Jesuit priest kidnapped in Syria in 2013, is alive. “We have no confirmation”, the sources told ANSA of the report, which cited Kurdish forces. The article said the extremist Islamist group is using Dall’Oglio and two other Western hostages, British journalist John Cantlie and a nurse from New Zealand, as “bargaining chips” in negotiations with the US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces surrounding them.

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Leading Muslim Cleric: Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Save ‘Thousands’ Of Lives

A prominent Muslim cleric has defended Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws, insisting that they actually have saved the lives of “thousands” of people from public lynching.

Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, known as a “liberal” and open-minded maulvi (cleric) in his native Pakistan, said this week that blasphemy laws, which severely punish conversion from Islam or insults against the prophet Mohammad or the Qur’an, protect citizens from vigilante justice by turning them over to public officials.

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Pak PM Imran Orders Probe Into Attack on Khairpur Hindu Temple and Sacrilege of Holy Books

Sacrilege in Pakistan Hindu temple including Bhagavat Gita and Guru Granth Sahib causes uproar. Pak PM Imran Khan orders a probe for eyewash!

Upender Singh Bedi | HENB | Karachi | Feb 6, 2019:: Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday (05/02/2019) night ordered a probe and urged the provincial government in Sindh to take action after a Hindu temple in Khairpur was attacked and scriptures holy to Hinduism were set on fire.

Muslim miscreants in Pakistan attacked a temple, vandalised idols, and set ablaze Hindu and Sikh religious scriptures on Sunday (03/02/2019). The act has triggered sharp criticism from both the Hindu-Sikh minority communities of Pakistan.

The President of Karachi­ based organisation Pakistan Hind Seva, Sanjesh Dhanja, said that a group of Muslim people forcibly entered Sham Sundar Sewa Mandali temple on Sunday late evening and broke the idols and set fire to Bhagwat Gita and Sri Guru Granth Sahib kept there.

The temple is located in Kumb, about 30 kilometres from Khairpur, in Kot Diji taluka of Khairpur district in Sindh province of Pakistan. The temple is surrounded by as many as five dozen houses of Hindus..

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Suffers Suspected Pneumonia: Doctors

Sao Paulo (AFP) — Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro had a fever and possible pneumonia, his doctors said Thursday, 10 days after the far-right leader underwent surgery on the stomach wound he suffered when stabbed last year.

The 63-year-old remains in semi-intensive care in Sao Paulo following a procedure to remove his colostomy bag and reconnect the bowel.

“Last night he had a fever (and) was subjected to a CT scan of the chest and abdomen that showed good intestinal evolution” as well as “an image consistent with pneumonia,” Bolsonaro’s doctors said in their daily medical bulletin.

The president’s spokesman, Otavio do Rego Barros, said the image “confirmed the possibility of pneumonia” but added that doctors “didn’t seem more worried” than before.

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New ‘Unicorn’ Mantis Species Found in Brazilian Rainforest

Researchers have discovered a handful of new praying mantises, some that boast incredible horn-like appendages on their heads.

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Venezuela: Italy Must be Neutral — Di Maio

Can’t create another Libya says deputy PM

(ANSA) — Rome, February 7 — Italy must be neutral on Venezuela and there must not be another Libya, Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio said Thursday.

In a letter to opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidò, Di Maio said the Italian government “must avoid all external interference” and be a possible mediator to arrive at fresh elections, “free and monitored by international organisms”.

Guadò on Wednesday asked Di Maio, fellow Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini and Premier Giuseppe Conte to meet a delegation from him in Rome.

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Victims of Socialism in Venezuela Warn U.S.: ‘Don’t Fall for it, ‘ ‘People Are Eating From Trash Bags’

Victims of Venezuelan socialism who have come to America recently attended a Venezuela Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C., where Campus Reform asked them for their message to Americans who support socialism.

“Bernie Sanders is your enemy. Do not ever, ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists,” one man who escaped Venezuelan socialism warned. “People are eating from trash bags in the streets,” one woman said.

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A Quarter of French Believe ‘Elites’ Using Mass Migration to ‘Replace’ Native Europeans

The study found that 27 per cent of French believe in an “Illuminati” of elites who control the population

A study claims that up to a quarter of the French population not only believe in a conspiracy of “elites” but also think those same elites are using mass migration to replace European populations.

The study, released by Jean-Jaure’s Foundation and Conspiracy Watch, is the second of its kind and looks at the extent to which the French believe in various so-called conspiracy theories.

The study found that 27 per cent of French believe in an “Illuminati” of elites who control the population while one quarter say they believe in the theory of the “Great Replacement,” Le Point reports.

The theory of the Great Replacement was coined by French writer Renaud Camus and encompasses several subjects under the broad scope of interchangeability and exchangeability, from goods and services to people themselves.

[Comment: Elites still repeating the lie that it is all a “conspiracy” even though native population are seeing the effects of mass migration.]

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Afghan Migrant Who Killed His German Girlfriend Because She Refused to Convert to Islam Sentenced to Life in Prison

The illegal Afghan immigrant Ahmad S. was found guilty of murder by the district court of Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

He received life imprisonment for killing his 17-year-old German girlfriend “because she refused to convert to Islam”.

His ex, identified only by her first name Mireille, was stabbed 14 times in her flat, after she ended their relationship.

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Germany: Killer Caged

Illegal immigrant, 30, killed his German girlfriend, 17, ‘because she refused to convert to Islam’ after lying about being a CHILD to slip into country

AN ILLEGAL immigrant, 30, has received life imprisonment for killing his 17-year-old German girlfriend “because she refused to convert to Islam”.

Identified as Ahmad S. due to privacy reasons, the Afghan was found guilty of murder by the district court of Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The man turned out to be 11 years older than he claimed during his trial.

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Illegal Immigrant Killed His German Girlfriend, 17, ‘Because She Refused to Convert to Islam’

After lying about being a CHILD to slip into country

AN ILLEGAL immigrant, 30, has received life imprisonment for killing his 17-year-old German girlfriend “because she refused to convert to Islam”.

Identified as Ahmad S. due to privacy reasons, the Afghan was found guilty of murder by the district court of Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The man turned out to be 11 years older than he claimed during his trial.

His ex, identified only by her first name Mireille, was stabbed 14 times in her flat, after she ended their relationship.

The court heard that the Afghan migrant was jealous she had found a new boyfriend, and hated that he could no longer control every aspect of her life.

Yet Ahmad S. denied the murder and claimed that someone else must have committed the crime.

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Lauren Southern Slams Pro-Migration NGOs

Canadian right-wing YouTuber, author and filmmaker Lauren Southern spoke to Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap about her upcoming documentary, Borderless.

According to Southern, with her team they initially wanted to show how mass immigration disintegrates Europe’s culture and traditions, but later they discovered the less talked about aspect of the story: the massive crime ring of smugglers and NGOs that boost illegal immigration to Europe.

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Strasbourg ‘Concerned’ By Security Law in Letter to Conte

CoE mentions repercussions on ‘access to essential services’

(ANSA) — Strasbourg, February 7 — The commissioner for human rights of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, on Thursday expressed “concern” in a letter to Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte over the repercussions for migrants and asylum seekers of recent migrant and security legislation. Mijatovic wrote that she was concerned for the possible “repercussions of the security decree on the right to access accommodation and essential services, healthcare and education, for residents who have a residency permit for humanitarian reasons and by disconcerting information reporting that a number of them would risk becoming homeless”.

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Sweden Admits it Cannot Control Its Own Borders

The chief of Sweden’s National Border Police has sounded the alarm on the ability of his force to do its job — even to the low standard required by the European Union under its Schengen zone open borders agreement.

Former Europol top cop and Swedish police superintendent Patrik Engström [pictured above, left] made the warning when he said the Border Police that he commands did not have enough resources to adequately patrol the 102 border crossings and ports nationwide. A Swedish newspaper has claimed the nation is short of 500 border officers to do the job adequately, but Engström declined to discuss specific numbers, Sweden Radio reports.

Engström said: “… the border police’s mission is not resourced to meet Schengen’s requirements for border control… It is a work that is carried out in all seven regions of the police. What is needed, without entering the exact number, is more staff to be able to carry out the external border control that the EU requires. It is about being able to conduct control at both large and small border crossing points.”

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The officer’s comments come months after an explosive leaked European Union report lifted the lid on the extent of disarray in Sweden’s border control apparatus. The paper, which it is alleged was hushed up in the run-up to the 2018 national elections in which immigration and border control were key issues for the electorate, claimed Sweden has the worst border control of any nation in the Schengen zone, and that “there is no actual border control.”

Faults including border agents receiving only very basic training, not being told how to spot forged documents, and not checking for jihadist fighters travelling to the nation were highlighted in the document.

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Swedish Migration Board Finds Nearly One in Ten Turkish Passports Are Forgeries

The Swedish Migration Board has sounded an alarm over the high number of fake Turkish passports being found at border checks, saying some of the passports show advanced forging knowledge.

Since the Autumn of 2018, Swedish border officials have sent around 400 Turkish passports for extra checks and have found that nearly ten per cent of those examined were forgeries, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

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The Moment Democrats Realize They Just Got Owned by President Trump on Immigration

When President Trump finally got to the immigration portion of his speech, he boldly stood in front of Nancy Pelosi and the #ResistTrump Democrats and brilliantly framed his argument for a wall on our southern border. Trump started out by looking at the Republican side of his audience, saying: “Tonight, I am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country. No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working class and America’s political class than illegal immigration.” It was at that moment, that President Trump turned to address the smug, open borders Democrats, and that’s when the gloves came off. Trump looked directly at them and called them out for their hypocrisy, saying: “Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.” Republicans jumped to their feet and applauded Trump, showing their unity with him on the border issue. “Meanwhile,” Trump continued, “working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration, reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals that are so crowded, you can’t get in, increased crime and a depleted social safety net. Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is actually very cruel.”

Bingo… Trump just managed to brilliantly flip the “compassion” narrative on the Democrats, revealing how welcoming mass numbers of unvetted foreigners into our nation is anything but compassionate for American citizens.

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The Strange Death of Europe: Multiculturalism and Diversity Prove Destructive

Several dozen letters poured into my inbox in the past week from this series. One from Great Britain rendered these sobering words, “And the faster and greater the dilution of citizenship due to immigration and multiculturalism, the less likely it will be to find anyone with enough courage to speak out, until finally the real truth of this terrible mistake will be lost forever.”

As Douglas Murray states in his book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, mass immigration and competing cultures wreak havoc on European culture like a 1-million-pound steel ball smashing into a skyscraper at the base. No matter how strong or tall the building, and no matter how long it soared into the sky—it will collapse.

At some point, with enough of the Middle Eastern and African immigrants flooding into Europe, every country will meet its end. It’s called exponential growth, and/or, you could address it from the sociological angle, which means European ethos from each country will fall into the quagmire of diversity and multiculturalism.

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These Toronto Hotels’ Only “Guests” Are Illegal Migrants — While Homeless Citizens Camp in the Snow

While Toronto’s domestic homeless must go to shelters or even sleep under elevated expressways, Justin Trudeau’s increasing number of illegal migrants are given the royal treatment at Toronto hotels.

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‘We Can’t Hide Behind Walls’: Macron Hails ‘World of Mass Migration’

“We are living in a world of mass migration,” Emmanuel Macron has proclaimed, warning citizens not to be “deceived” by claims Europe could stem the flow, because border walls “don’t work”.

At a town hall in the suburbs of Essonne, a migrant-heavy department south of Paris which was hit hard during the 2005 riots, the French president also hinted he was in favour of amnesty for illegal immigrants while answering questions during what was his first urban appearance as part of a ‘grand debate’tour.

At a town hall in the suburbs of Essonne, a migrant-heavy department south of Paris which was hit hard during the 2005 riots, the French president also hinted he was in favour of amnesty for illegal immigrants while answering questions during what was his first urban appearance as part of a ‘grand debate’tour.

[Comment: “Grand Debate”tour — what a crock. More like a “Bend Over and Take It” tour. Western nations citizens need to wake up to this treasonous mass migration plan by the globalist puppet leaders. It is an intentional plan to balkanize and disintegrate western nations prior to implementation of a global tyrannical feudal NWO.]

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Aborted Baby Parts Are Being Grafted on to Mice in Bizarre Scientific Experiments — and the U.S. Government is Paying for it

Is it okay for the U.S. government to pay for scientific experiments involving bizarre mouse/human hybrid creatures that were created by grafting aborted baby parts on to mice? Needless to say, the answer to that question is self-evident. Our tax dollars are being used to fund experiments that are so sickening that it is difficult to find words to describe how evil they are. What you are about to read is deeply unsettling, but we must get the word out about this, because most Americans have no idea that this is happening. And we must do everything in our power to stop this, because there is no future for any nation that engages in this sort of extreme evil.

By this point, most people know that Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts to the scientific community. But now we have learned that sickening experiments are being performed that involve fusing aborted baby parts on to mice. The following comes from a bombshell report by the Sun…

ABORTED babies are being used in macabre experiments in the US that involve grafting dead fetus parts onto mice which are then used to test drugs.

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Education’s Future: Globalization of Indoctrination

In the future, children will all be learning from the same script, literally. Parents will become increasingly sidelined as globalized schools take over everything from mental and dental health to sexuality and nutrition. Indeed, even as Americans fought against the nationalization of education via Common Core, the United Nations was globalizing education and pushing its World Core Curriculum. The UN has decreed that it will decide what children learn and what values they should have. UN leaders have boasted that children’s behavior, attitudes, beliefs, views, and even “spirituality” will be shaped by global programs. And incredibly, national governments have gone along with it.

If current trends continue, the future of U.S. education is globalization and indoctrination — on steroids. It has been happening for decades, of course. It accelerated under the Obama administration. But years before Obama was even a candidate, Microsoft boss Bill Gates — the chief nongovernmental financier of Common Core — signed a global education partnership with the UN. And it is going to get worse. Instead of actually educating children, government schools in America and all over the world are being transformed into indoctrination centers. Using a century of psychological research, these indoctrination centers are designed to transform children into unthinking cogs in a globalist machine. Many of its architects have boasted of their agenda to weaponize public schools against individualism, Christianity, religion, and more. Now it is under way.

True critical thinking is on the way out — logic, truth, real philosophy, and more have been replaced with emotionalism and post-modernism. Teaching real history is becoming a thing of the past. Legitimate science, too, is going by the wayside, as “science” lessons increasingly focus on the man-made global-warming hypothesis, false religious doctrines of atheism disguised as science, and sexual perversion. Even reading, writing, and arithmetic — the “Three R’s” — are being replaced with social justice, values clarification, and absurd math that confuses even professional mathematicians. It’s by design.

The real goal behind what is taking place in education is more than just mass-producing uneducated people unable to resist planetary totalitarianism. It is about transforming human society, bringing the world together under a single system, and preparing children not just to accept tyranny — but to love it and demand it.

[Comment: An important article on evil globalist propaganda masquerading as “education”. Highly recommended reading.]

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Gucci Apologises for Women’s Jumper That ‘Resembles Blackface’

Gucci has been embroiled in a racism row after shoppers complained a women’s jumper resembled “blackface”.

The Italian fashion brand faced a barrage of criticism after images emerged of the “balaclava jumper”, which features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.

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Parents Revolt Against School “Raping” Children’s “Innocence” With LGBTQ Curriculum

Despite parental concerns, school district approves textbooks highlighting LGBTQ historical figures

Parents at a school board meeting in California fumed over the implementation of textbooks indoctrinating youngsters into the LGBTQ agenda.

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) on Tuesday held its final meeting over whether to adopt History and Social Science textbooks which would highlight contributions to history from LGBTQ figures.

Parents blasted the textbooks, which would be used as instruction materials for grades K-8, arguing LGBTQ issues shouldn’t be taught to children at such a young age.

“I totally support inclusivity,” stated one woman at the meeting, “however I do not believe it’s necessary for 7 and 8-year-olds to be required to learn about bi-sexuality.”

Another person accused the school district of corrupting young minds: “You are raping the innocence of our children.”

And another parent asked why knowing the sexual preferences of historical figures should factor into education.

“If they don’t need to know what your sexual preferences are, why is this information relevant for them for historical figures?” she asked.

EGUSD argues they need to adopt the new textbooks, published by McGraw-Hill, to replace older ones from 2007.

Additionally the textbooks will meet requirements put forth in California’s SB 48, or Fair Act, which changed the state’s Education Code to require “inclusion of the contributions of various groups in the history of California and the United States,” including from “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.”

Despite tense deliberation with parents, the school board unanimously approved the new textbooks, which will be in EGUSD schools in the upcoming fall semester.

[Comment: Parents, pull your kids out of government schools.]

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Planned Parenthood President Attending State of the Union as Pelosi’s Guest

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has invited Planned Parenthood’s president, Dr. Leana Wen, to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night as her guest, Planned Parenthood announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood says Wen’s attendance is significant, given Pres. Trump’s pro-life policies:

“Tonight, we expect President Trump to address abortion and reproductive rights — no doubt doubling down on the attacks we’ve seen over the last two years. Dr. Wen’s attendance is significant at a time when women’s reproductive rights are under constant threat, and is a symbolic reminder that majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion.”

“I am honored to attend the State of the Union as the guest of Speaker Pelosi,” Wen said in a statement. The president of the nation’s largest abortion provider added that she’s looking forward to working with Pelosi to advance a common agenda:

“Planned Parenthood is proud to have Speaker Pelosi’s leadership of a pro-reproductive health House of Representatives. And we look forward to working with her to advance a pro-women, pro-family, and pro-economy agenda that affirms health care as a fundamental human right, and women’s rights—and all people’s rights—as human rights.”

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The Big Switch — Socialism’s Plan

Central to political persuasion is the usage of words in modern language, how traditional definitions are subverted until the word means the opposite of the original intent. What is fascinating is how, by the time the word is accepted under its new guise, it is still emotionally connected to its origin.

Trigger words for today have long since been undergoing a slow transformation that has actually switched definitions but not the emotional attachment to what it once meant. As twisted as this sounds, it’s primary to converting and controlling public opinion. As an ideal illustration of this phenomenon are two words bandied about by media, politicians and pundits: Liberal and Reactionary.

We all know how the terms are currently applied, but are we aware of how the careful usage has preserved the emotional response of which word represented good and which was considered bad? Examining modern dictionaries, it’s found that the etymology of these words is fairly well ignored.

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Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto was a masterpiece of semantics, relabeling the old feudal system with new verbiage to induce the “masses” to accept their underclass identity, which requires rising up against the status quo to institute the ancient status quo of overseers distributing equal shares of misery and hopelessness by calling it “wealth.” All of it managed by a regenerated, renamed noble class of legislators in a politburo of meanness (in the archaic “Lowness of mind; want [lack] of dignity and elevation; want [lack] of honor. Meanness in men incurs contempt. All dishonesty is meanness.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) that turns on its own. This is what the Enlightenment instigated from the French Revolution through the 21th century demagogues; Godless elevation of men who killed the aristocracy, replacing the class with themselves who then murdered their comrades to consolidate power. Guillotine to firing squad, nothing has changed.

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16 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/7/2019

  1. re: Macron’s “Grand Debate”tour

    Macron wants the moslem horde immigrants to turn against the Yellow Vests. He is setting himself up as the hero who wants to set the immigrants free

  2. re: Education’s Future: Globalised Education

    I had an opportunity to speak with several upper echelon people in the education system here in Canada and we spoke about the future of education. Basically, the view is that education must be globalised / standardised across all nations in order to raise up young people to become ‘partners’ with the global and regional goals of the path laid out in Agenda 2030 of the UN. It is believed that the average student does not need as much education, as in the past, to train them for careers in the traditional industries. The focus is now on raising children to become equipped to be ‘citizen partners’ of their own country and of the UN (their phrase, not mine) in order to work together to implement the so-called vital global goals of the UN. Of course, the key phrase was repeated: “sustainable” education. ‘Sustainability’ is the UN’s key word for nearly all their goals.

    Universities don’t have the same government oversight of their curriculum but we all know that they are aligning their curriculum with the EU and UN goals.

    It was made clear that the EU and UN directives on education are very highly regarded, at least here in Canada, and are used to construct curriculum at the primary and secondary levels (ages 4-18).

    • This is not much more than ‘window dressing’ to hide true intent.
      Either that or there is a great disconnect or divide between the leaders of the CofE and the ECHR.

      The ECHR is a body of the CofE and it obviously does not show any major signs of wanting to condemn sharia law in Europe.

      Its judgement against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is one such example.

      My belief is that the CofE and the ECHR would be very agreeable to a slightly modified form of sharia law which could be allowed and enforced in Europe. Sharia can be useful to them as a socially stabilising force if presented to Europeans in a careful manner the people will tolerate and accept. That recent ECHR case proves the average European is now ready to allow this to occur.

  3. .
    These loovehungry muslims.

    Muslim broke into funeral parlor – to have sex with corpses

    Kasim Khuram, 23, broke into the funeral parlor Central England Co-Operative Undertakers in the city of Birmingham on November 11 last year, the BBC reports. Once there, the drug-influenced Muslim has begun to lift the coffin caps of nine different coffins before choosing a deceased woman – and had sex with the body.

  4. re: Venezuelans eating from Trash Bags

    This only confirms that socialism is working perfectly.

    The people have equal access to trash.

  5. … but how aware is the average European of the recent ECHR case – finding that Elizabeth had in effect been ‘blasphemous’ of Islam’s prophet…? Certainly not in the UK – the Court decision hasn’t been widely publicised anywhere. And not a word on the popular current affairs talk-radio shows either.
    If people were aware of the decision that discriminates against their criticism – that stuns them into silence – there would be consternation. Perish the thought they would ever in a million years knowingly agree to any “slightly modified form of sharia” – that they know in outline, if not in detail, to be horrific and contrary to our human rights and common laws evolved over centuries. Such a subversion of European countries’ laws would require another huge deception by govt legislators and the media to remain silent on a seachange of treachery. (Not that such betrayal of the people would be beyond the wiles of govt – as the UK knows, certainly by the obfuscations and machinations played by the current Brexit govt.)
    At present, and for the foreseeable future, the focus is being kept on Brexit. That focus keeps the public distracted, quite wrongly. But the general public would be aghast at sharia knowingly being implemented – which is what the ECHR has done in reality – and no media in the UK has mentioned it, perhaps for fear of uproar.
    In its own right, the UK govt has issued hate laws that silence (Islamic) criticism, (a form of ‘blasphemy’), and these new laws are draconian to most right minded people who certainly want to get rid of them.

    • No authority would ever use the term ‘sharia’ to describe a law or court decision. Too obvious.

      Perhaps 50% of the citizens would vigorously fight such ECHR things now but I’m sure the elites expect this number to drop within a generation or two. However, according to Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff herself, presently the average European apathetically refuses to engage.

      • Stating the obvious: it’s now that those somnolent Europeans need to shake themselves, start talking and engage, if they want a western future for their grandchildren. A couple of generations hence, with the growing 3rd world diaspora, will likely be too late to bother themselves.

      • The muzzling of the media and the public internet forums across most of Western Europe with regards to speech against moslems and islam in general is evidence enough of a sort of desire to enforce the will of islam.

        Creeping sharia by any other name smells just as horrible.

      • Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff would no doubt have been convicted of hate speech if she had made her anti-mohammed remarks in Sweden, Germany and a few other Western countries.

        These are sharia blasphemy laws by other names.

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