Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/8/2019

When Prime Minister Theresa May met with EU leaders in Brussels, the latter refused to reopen negotiations on her Brexit agreement. However, European Council President Donald Tusk spoke highly of the plan proposed by Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party and Mrs. May’s presumed successor as prime minister.

In other news, a second woman has come forward with allegations against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, saying that he sexually molested her. This time the alleged assault was a forcible rape back in the year 2000.

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USA
» ‘Blazing Saddles’ At 45: The Movie That Couldn’t Get Made Today
» Chris Pratt Touts Biblical ‘Daniel Fast’ On ‘Late Show’
» Covington Catholic Teen’s Lawyer: Hundreds in Media Will ‘Pay a High Price’ For Defamation
» Democrats Allow Communists to Infiltrate Their Party Across the Nation
» Exclusive: Surveillance Footage of Roger Stone Raid Appears to Show Authorities Directing CNN
» Honey Bees Can Do Simple Math, After a Little Schooling
» Introducing SocialGalactic
» Jeff Bezos: Trump’s Friends at the Enquirer Are Blackmailing Me Over Dick Pics — and it Might be Political
» Report: Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to be Defrocked
» Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Sexual Assault
 
Europe and the EU
» Air France Enthusiasm for Alitalia Didn’t Cool Now — Di Maio
» Disarmed Britain: Illegal Gun Factory Arrests, Gun Crime at 10-Year High in Four Counties
» EU Undermines UK Govt by Telling May it Prefers Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit Plan
» France Recalls Italian Ambassador as Row Between Two Countries Escalates
» French People Our Reference, Di Maio Tells Le Monde
» Future German Leader Calls for EU Army to Avoid Being ‘Plaything’ of U.S., China, Russia
» Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia to Hold Summit in Jerusalem
» Italy: Man Nabbed for Robbing Pedestrians in Florence
» Man Convicted for Shooting at Swedish Populist Politician
» Orban: “Neglecting the Will of the Citizens Means Building a European Empire”
» Salvini Says Ready for Talks With Macron
» UK: Nigel’s Comeback: Official Brexit Party Recognised by Electoral Commission
» UK: New Attack on Karl Marx — Grave in London ‘Damaged Beyond Repair’ In Hammer Attack
» UK: PM May Vows ‘Brexit on Time’ While Inner Circle Talk up Brexit Delay
 
South Asia
» For Protesting Islamic Conversion, Pfi Jihadi Goons Murdered Hindu Activist Brutally in Tamil Nadu
 
Far East
» Trump Picks Hanoi as ‘Compromise Venue’ For 2nd Summit With North Korea’s Kim Jong UN
 
Australia — Pacific
» Pictured: Senior Police Officer Accused of Forcing His Way Into a Woman’s Home After Watching a UFC Fight at a Pub — Before ‘Raping Her While Pretending to be an African-American Man’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» ‘Open Tombs’: The Perils of Chinese Mining Operations in East Cameroon
 
Latin America
» Brazil President’s Medical Condition Improving: Spokesman
» Calif. College Talk Praises Socialist Venezuelan Dictator
» Venezuela: Lights Go Out on Maduro Twice and He Rips an Aide in Public
» Video: Venezuelan Socialism Victims Send Message to American Socialists
 
Immigration
» “Abolish ICE” To Fight “Cyncial Racist” Trump’s “Wall of White Supremacy, “ Says Totally Normal Ivy League Professor
» Foreigners Make Up 80 Percent of Swiss Prison Inmates
» Migrants: Strasbourg Criticizes ‘Closed Ports’ Policy
» Migrants Banned From Finnish Schools and Daycare Centers After Multiple Child Rape Cases
» UK: Brexit: Labour Abandons Manifesto Promise to End EU Free Movement Migration
 
Culture Wars
» Cardinal Dolan: Democrats ‘Increasingly Intolerant of Pro-Life Americans’
» Cardinal Dolan Battles Andrew Cuomo Over Abortion Law
» Exclusive Report: UC-Berkeley Spends $2.3 Million Annually on Diversity Employee Salaries
» Exclusive: Jordan Peterson, Dozens of Academics Attack Ivy League Anti-Male Bias
» Human Rights Leader: NY’s Abortion Law ‘More Barbaric’ Than China
» Notre Dame President Blasts Andrew Cuomo Over Abortion Law
» What’s Really Behind the Plant-Based Diet Agenda?
 
General
» Specter of Communism: Chapter Sixteen: The Communism Behind Environmentalism (Part II)
 

‘Blazing Saddles’ At 45: The Movie That Couldn’t Get Made Today

One of the greatest comedies in the history of cinema is celebrating a birthday.

The Hollywood Reporter celebrated the occasion by republishing its original review of Blazing Saddles.

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

Chris Pratt Touts Biblical ‘Daniel Fast’ On ‘Late Show’

Hollywood superstar Chris Pratt promoted the biblically based “Daniel Fast,” telling Late Show host Stephen Colbert that the 21-day diet had helped him get into fighting trim.

Pratt said that he had just come off the diet, a regimen he was encouraged to try by the pastor at his Christian church.

Speaking of the biblical figure of Daniel, Pratt said: “He’s a guy who only ate fruits and vegetables and cereals. He didn’t have any leavened bread or any animal products.”

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

Covington Catholic Teen’s Lawyer: Hundreds in Media Will ‘Pay a High Price’ For Defamation

One of the attorneys representing Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and his family says he’s confident that the media entities that smeared the 16-year-old boy will eventually be brought to justice in a Covington, Ky., courtroom.

“We clearly think that we’re going to be able to get these issues in front of a jury, and frankly, that jury is most likely to be here in Covington Kentucky,” said Sandmann family attorney Todd McMurtry Thursday. He added, “And this whole community knows what happened.”

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

Democrats Allow Communists to Infiltrate Their Party Across the Nation

The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) is infiltrating the Democratic Party across the country. Communists, some openly, some secretly, are working in Democratic campaigns, holding Democratic Party leadership positions, and even running for public office on the Democratic Party ballot line. The communists also are pushing their policies inside the Democratic Party, to the point that it’s almost impossible to distinguish between the CPUSA and Democratic Party programs. Many comrades also work closely with influential congressmembers or U.S. senators.

[Other articles by Treveor Loudon: https://www.theepochtimes.com/author-trevor-loudon ]

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Exclusive: Surveillance Footage of Roger Stone Raid Appears to Show Authorities Directing CNN

Video surveillance footage of the FBI raid on Roger Stone’s house appears to show authorities giving directions to awaiting CNN reporters before the arrest, prompting fresh speculation as to whether the news network was tipped off in advance.

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

Honey Bees Can Do Simple Math, After a Little Schooling

Researchers trained 14 bees to add and subtract by one, suggesting their tiny brains have found novel ways of doing complicated tasks

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

Introducing SocialGalactic

Twitter is SJW-controlled territory. Gab is a hellhole of defamation and Nazi trolls. So, after many of Infogalactic’s supporters asked us to provide something on the social media front, the InfoGalactic team joined forces with OneWay and created a new social media alternative: SocialGalactic.

We’re presently in Beta. Free accounts have 140-character posts and 1MB storage, which is just enough for an avatar and a header. We’ll soon be making Pro accounts available at three levels, which will provide posts of 200, 480, and 999 characters, and image storage up to 500MB. Sign up and check it out!

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

Jeff Bezos: Trump’s Friends at the Enquirer Are Blackmailing Me Over Dick Pics — and it Might be Political

I am very excited for this new episode in our national drama, in which the world’s richest man publicly accuses allies of the president of extorting him with private photos of his genitalia if he doesn’t stop accusing them of politically driven hatchet jobs.

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

Report: Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to be Defrocked

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is preparing to reduce former cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the lay state for his serial homosexual abuse including that of minors, according to reports Friday.

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

Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Sexual Assault

See below for an update.

A second woman came forward Friday accusing embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

Attorneys for Meredith Watson released a statement alleging that she was raped by Fairfax while they were students at Duke University and calling for Fairfax’s resignation.

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

Air France Enthusiasm for Alitalia Didn’t Cool Now — Di Maio

French carrier pulls out of rescue, Il Sole-24 reports

(ANSA) — Rome, February 8 — Air France’s “enthusiasm” for helping rescue lossmaking Italian airline Alitalia did “not cool now” amid a Franco-Italian diplomatic spat but previously, Deputy Premier and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio said Friday.

“I’ve been following the Alitalia dossier for several months.

Air France’s enthusiasm has not cooled down now,” said Di Maio on the regional election stump in Abruzzo.

As proof of this, he said the work Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) rail group “is doing with private partners at the moment concerns other private partners”.

On Friday the Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper reported that Air France-KLM is pulling out of the Alitalia rescue.

It is doing so, the Italian financial daily said, “for political and institutional reasons following the recall to Paris of the ambassador to Rome”.

FS, which is handling the rescue, had been expecting a formal commitment by the Air France-KLM board, which was reported to be considering a part in the operation alongside Delta, “but yesterday Paris’s no arrived”, Il Sole said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Disarmed Britain: Illegal Gun Factory Arrests, Gun Crime at 10-Year High in Four Counties

Gun crime has hit a ten-year high in the English counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, and West Yorkshire, despite strict gun control laws.

Local police forces for the four counties dealt with more firearms incidents in 2017-18 than in any year since 2007-08, according to the BBC.

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

EU Undermines UK Govt by Telling May it Prefers Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit Plan

EU bureaucrats have backed plans by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn that would keep the UK closely aligned to the EU, after refusing to reopen negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement with Prime Minister Theresa May.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk told Mrs May on Thursday that the Labour leader’s plans were a “promising way out” of the Brexit deadlock after MPs have refused to back the prime minister’s deal, according to Sky News.

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

France Recalls Italian Ambassador as Row Between Two Countries Escalates

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has recalled its ambassador from Rome as tensions between France and the Italian populist coalition continue to grow.

The French removed the diplomat from Rome citing “unprecedented attacks by the Italian government” according to a statement from the French Foreign Ministry, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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

French People Our Reference, Di Maio Tells Le Monde

Our govt reaffirms desire to collaborate amid diplomatic crisis

(ANSA) — Paris, February 8 — The French people are Italy’s reference point, Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio told Le Monde Friday a day after France recalled its ambassador following Di Maio’s meeting with Yellow Vest members in Paris on Tuesday.

“We look to your people as a reference point and not as an enemy, and the political and vision differences between the French and Italian governments must not impact the historical relationship of friendship that unites our two people and our two States,” he said in a letter to the French daily.

In the letter, Di Maio also said “for this reason, as a representative of my country, I reaffirm our executive’s will to collaborate on the questions that are most dear to our heart”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Future German Leader Calls for EU Army to Avoid Being ‘Plaything’ of U.S., China, Russia

The woman largely expected to take over as chancellor of Germany has echoed calls by her mentor Angela Merkel and French ally Emmanuel Macron for a “European army” to avoid becoming a “plaything” of Russia, China, and the United States on the global stage.

Dr Merkel’s successor as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (also referred to as AKK) made the comments on Tuesday during a speech in the EU capital Brussels where she outlined her party’s campaign themes ahead of May’s European Parliament elections.

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

Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia to Hold Summit in Jerusalem

Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, are set to hold the first overseas Visegrad summit in Jerusalem, Israel, this month.

Media reports that the event is supposed to take place between the 18th and 19th of February with the spokesmen for the governments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia confirming to Agence France-Presse that Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini will be attending.

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

Italy: Man Nabbed for Robbing Pedestrians in Florence

Moroccan, 20, ID’d by victims

(ANSA) — Florence, February 8 — Italian police on Friday arrested a 20-year-old Moroccan man on suspicion of robbing at least eight pedestrians in a few hours in the historic centre of Florence Thursday night.

The man has been identified by his victims, police said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Man Convicted for Shooting at Swedish Populist Politician

A court has found a man guilty of shooting a starter pistol at a bus containing a local populist Sweden Democrats politician in August, shortly before the national election.

The district court sentenced the man, who was not identified, to a fine of 21,000 Swedish Kronor (£1,751) as well as community service following his convictions for arms violations and illegal threats, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

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

Orban: “Neglecting the Will of the Citizens Means Building a European Empire”

No major decisions should be made before the European parliamentary elections “when European citizens will make their choice”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a meeting of Visegrad Group prime ministers and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Cooperation between the V4 and Germany must continue after the EP elections in May, Orban told the press after the summit. The talks were characterised by “a positive and sincere tone,” he added.

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

Salvini Says Ready for Talks With Macron

Deputy premier says he’s not interested in controversy

(ANSA) — Pianella, February 7 — Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday that he was ready to have talks with French President Emmanuel Macron after Paris recalled its ambassador to Rome for consultations. “We don’t want to row with anyone and we are not interested in controversies,” League leader Salvini said. “We are practical people and we defend the interests of the Italian people. “Extremely willing to meet President Macron and the French government, sit around around and discuss three fundamental issues — no more pushbacks (of migrants at the Italian-French border), no more Italian terrorists (living freely) in France and no more harm to our commuters, who are hit every day with French border checks that last hours”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Nigel’s Comeback: Official Brexit Party Recognised by Electoral Commission

Britain’s Electoral Commission has officially recognised the Brexit Party as an official and legal political party in the United Kingdom, which Brexit leader Nigel Farage has said is a force to fight back against the betrayal of the 2016 referendum.

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

UK: New Attack on Karl Marx — Grave in London ‘Damaged Beyond Repair’ In Hammer Attack

A memorial to the Father of Communism — Karl Marx — in London has been attacked with a hammer and ‘will never be the same again’, a charity has said.

The marble plaque at Highgate cemetery which carries Marx’s name, along with his wife and grandson, had been chipped by a blunt instrument likely to have been a hammer.

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

UK: PM May Vows ‘Brexit on Time’ While Inner Circle Talk up Brexit Delay

As the government’s apparent intention to delay Brexit beyond the legal March 29th date moves beyond rumour to open secret, Britain’s Prime Minister insisted after disastrous talks with the European Union that she would be working to “deliver Brexit, and to deliver it on time.”

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

For Protesting Islamic Conversion, Pfi Jihadi Goons Murdered Hindu Activist Brutally in Tamil Nadu

Hindu activist of Tamil Nadu State Political Party hacked to death by suspected Jihadi PFI members for resisting Islamic conversion. Five Muslims arrested so far.

B Upendran | HENB | Thanjavur | Feb 7, 2019::Tension gripped Tirubhuvanam on Wednesday following the murder of a former PMK (Pattali Makkal Katchi — is a State Party of Indian state Tamil Nadu in the south) functionary allegedly in front of his son, as reported by Express News Service in The New Indian Express. The Murder was took place on Tuesday.

The deceased was identified was V Ramalingam who had some links with various Hindu Organisations active to resist Love Jihad and Islamic Conversion of the Dalit Hindu people in Tamil Nadu.

Police ascertained PFI (Popular Front of India) Jihadi hands behind the murder after divulging a Video footage where it was seen that the deceased man entered into an altercation with the Jihadi groups members in order to protest Islamic conversion in a Dalit Hindu area, just hours before the deadly hacking took place in a very gruesome IS style. Police is on a manhunt for a Jihadi leader Rasudeen for the murder of the Hindu leader. In the meanwhile Thiruvidaimaruthur police arrested five Jihadis viz. Nizam Ali (33), Riswan (23), and Sharbudheen (60), of Thirubhuvanam, Azarudheen (26), of Thiruvidaimaruthur and Mohammed Ryas (27) of Kurichimalai on Thursday…

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Picks Hanoi as ‘Compromise Venue’ For 2nd Summit With North Korea’s Kim Jong UN

Trump previously met with Kim in Singapore last summer, where the North Korean leader agreed to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Washington: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for a second much-anticipated summit in Hanoi, as preparations kick into high gear for the peace talks.

Trump announced the exact location on Twitter — only the country, Vietnam, was previously known — for the follow-on to the leaders’ summit in Singapore last year as he hailed “very productive” preparatory talks between diplomats from the two countries.

“My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un,” Trump said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Pictured: Senior Police Officer Accused of Forcing His Way Into a Woman’s Home After Watching a UFC Fight at a Pub — Before ‘Raping Her While Pretending to be an African-American Man’

A cop has been accused of pretending to be an African American man while raping a woman after watching a UFC fight in Melbourne.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

‘Open Tombs’: The Perils of Chinese Mining Operations in East Cameroon

[…]

Civil society activists say when local populations complain that their rights and community endowments are being grossly violated by the Chinese companies, the government overlooks the issue. But in April 2018, Cameroon’s minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development sanctioned three Chinese companies. Hong Kong, Peace Mining, and Lu & Lang were banned from carrying out gold mining activities and their officials ordered to leave the region.

Peace Mining and Lu & Lang were indicted for environmental degradation as well as recurrent deadly conflicts with locals fueled by the companies’ Chinese employees. For its part, Hong Kong company did not even have an authorization to carry out mining activities.

Despite the sanctions, The Epoch Times learned that some of the suspended companies have continued operations.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Brazil President’s Medical Condition Improving: Spokesman

BRASILIA (Reuters) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has no fever or pain and is quickly overcoming a bout of pneumonia, signs that his medical condition is improving, spokesman General Otavio Rego Barros said on Friday.

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

Calif. College Talk Praises Socialist Venezuelan Dictator

On Monday—amid the Venezuelan presidential crisis in which human rights activists and international observers accused Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro of an illegitimate election—Scripps College hosted two speakers to defend the regime against perceived foreign intervention in the country’s crisis.

Scripps has previously hosted officials and speakers who were either supportive or sympathetic to the murderous Maduro regime, including last November.

[Comment: Article dated Jan 29, 2019]

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

Venezuela: Lights Go Out on Maduro Twice and He Rips an Aide in Public

The lights went out on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as he spoke to a group of reporters and government officials in Caracas.

Then they went out again.

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

Video: Venezuelan Socialism Victims Send Message to American Socialists

This month, the eyes of the world have been on Venezuela, where millions have protested in opposition of the socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.

At this week’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump offered a stinging critique of Maduro, as well as a warning to those wanting socialism in the United States, saying, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

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

“Abolish ICE” To Fight “Cyncial Racist” Trump’s “Wall of White Supremacy, “ Says Totally Normal Ivy League Professor

Princeton’s Professor Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor had the hottest take on Trump’s State of the Union this year, tweeting out that the USA should “abolish ICE” before launching into every available insultagainst the President and the proposed border wall.

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

Foreigners Make Up 80 Percent of Swiss Prison Inmates

The number of prisoners in Switzerland has soared in the last 30 years with foreigners now accounting for 80 per cent of the prison population, according to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

The study shows the rate of incarceration has gone from 72 per 100,000 residents in 1988 to 82 in 2017, Radio Télévision Suisse reports.

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

Migrants: Strasbourg Criticizes ‘Closed Ports’ Policy

‘Deep concern’ expressed by human rights commissioner

(ANSA) — Strasbourg, February 7 — The commissioner for human rights of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, on Thursday expressed “deep concern” at the Italian government’s policy to close ports to ships carrying migrants rescued at sea and other measures taken recently in a letter sent to Premier Giuseppe Conte.

The commissioner asked the government “to ensure that the human rights of rescued people are not put at risk due to the current disagreements between countries on their landing, and that the humanitarian aspect is always prioritized”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Migrants Banned From Finnish Schools and Daycare Centers After Multiple Child Rape Cases

The Finnish municipality of Oulu announces that migrants are no longer allowed to visit schools and daycare centers.

The reason is that parents have complained about so-called integration visits and feel worried about their children after the recent rape wave against young girls.

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

UK: Brexit: Labour Abandons Manifesto Promise to End EU Free Movement Migration

The Labour Party has abandoned its 2017 manifesto commitment to ending Britain’s participation in the European Union’s Free Movement migration regime after Brexit, according to its Shadow Attorney-General.

Baroness Sharmishta ‘Shami’ Chakrabarti, a “human rights” lobbyist with a ubiquitous media presence prior to her elevation to the House of Lords as a Labour peer in 2016, told BBC interrogator-in-chief Andrew Neil that keeping Britain tied to the European Union’s unlimited and effectively unvetted Free Movement migration regime would be “a matter for negotiation” under a Labour government — at least eight times.

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

Cardinal Dolan: Democrats ‘Increasingly Intolerant of Pro-Life Americans’

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal comparing recent abortion legislation to the ignominious Dred Scott Supreme Court decision that ruled that blacks were not human persons.

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

Cardinal Dolan Battles Andrew Cuomo Over Abortion Law

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has entered into a sparring match with Governor Andrew Cuomo over recently enacted abortion legislation, accusing the governor of “hiding behind labels” rather than debating facts about abortion.

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

Exclusive Report: UC-Berkeley Spends $2.3 Million Annually on Diversity Employee Salaries

Each year, colleges spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, some even millions, in an effort to foster more diverse campuses. Universities allocate funds for diversity centers, peer groups, and inclusivity measures all designed to make non-traditional and minority students feel more welcome. What is unknown, however, is whether or not these pricey diversity efforts actually pay off.

At UC Berkeley, diversity-focused employees cost over 2.3 million dollars annually, according to 2017 salary records obtained by Campus Reform from the University of California Office of the President.

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

Exclusive: Jordan Peterson, Dozens of Academics Attack Ivy League Anti-Male Bias

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychology professor signed onto a Title IX legal complaint against Ivy League school Cornell University claiming anti-male bias.

University of Southern California Ph.D. student Kursat Christoff Pekgoz filed the complaint and more than 185 professors, scholars, and activists signed onto it. The complaint alleges instances of anti-male bias by Cornell, according to documents obtained by Campus Reform.

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

Human Rights Leader: NY’s Abortion Law ‘More Barbaric’ Than China

Prominent human rights advocate Reggie Littlejohn issued a scathing indictment of New York’s recently passed abortion legislation, saying on Friday that the law permits practices “more barbaric than that of the Chinese Communist Party.”

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

Notre Dame President Blasts Andrew Cuomo Over Abortion Law

Father John I. Jenkins, the president of the University of Notre Dame, slammed New York governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday for legislation expanding abortion access and removing protections for mothers and babies.

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

What’s Really Behind the Plant-Based Diet Agenda?

[…]

Controlling the means of production and interfering with a country’s food supply appears to be a constant theme of totalitarianism. Undoubtedly (from an historical point of view at least), the consumption of nutrient dense animal source foods is associated with wealth, health, physical strength and intelligence. In combination, these attributes empower the individual and enable independence from the state.

It is not hard to deduce, that the end goal of this contemporary plant-based diet agenda, is not about treating animals with humanity, but treating humans like animals.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Specter of Communism: Chapter Sixteen: The Communism Behind Environmentalism (Part II)

[…]

First, environmentalist ideologies are used for redistribution of wealth. Traditionally, communist states reallocated wealth through revolution. Over the years, however, this approach became increasingly difficult. Therefore, environmentalists adopted indirect strategies, forcing people to quietly give up their freedom and property in the name of preventing environmental tragedy. The group Friends of the Earth states, “A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources.” Mayer Hillman, a leading green thinker, said that “rationing is the only way to prevent runaway climate change,” and “[carbon rationing] has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not,” because “democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the planet from the death of life, the end of life on it.” …

Klaus summarized his views: “If we take the reasoning of the environmentalists seriously, we find that theirs is an anti-human ideology.” He agreed with biologist Ivan Brezina that environmentalism is not a rational, scientific answer to ecological crisis, but boils down to an overall denial of civilization.

[The Epoch Times is serializing a translation from the Chinese of a new book, How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World [https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-how-the-specter-of-communism-is-ruling-our-world], by the editorial team of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party [https://www.theepochtimes.com/nine-commentaries-on-the-communist-party-introduction_3942.html]. ]

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/8/2019

  1. Gun crime has hit a ten-year high in the English counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, and West Yorkshire, despite strict gun control laws.

    I know! We need more gun laws, increase penalties, and employ 100,000 more cops and increase taxes. That will help!

  2. A memorial to the Father of Communism — Karl Marx — in London has been attacked with a hammer and ‘will never be the same again’, a charity has said.

    So will this entire world “never be the same again”, thanks to you-know-who. But I don’t see the MSM making much in the way of any Sturm und Drang about that.

    The marble plaque at Highgate cemetery which carries Marx’s name, along with his wife and grandson, had been chipped by a blunt instrument likely to have been a hammer.

    Couldn’t this funerary revisionism have been done with far better taste? I mean, after all, just a hammer? Puhleese. Such gaucherie.

    Far more appropriate would have seen the addition of a few sharp-pointed gouges so that the job of defacing history was done in true Soviet style.

    With hammer and Sickle.

    • Any kind of historical “revisionism” is suspect, but of course there would never have been such a memorial to Hitler unless he’d won.

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