Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/8/2019

Due to a stochastic peculiarity in the ebb and flow of news feed tips, the entirety of tonight’s news feed was sent in by Reader From Chicago. And we thank him for an excellent variety of articles!

The most interesting story concerns Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Muslima who represents Minnesota’s 5th District in the U.S. Congress. She said in an interview that former President Barack Hussein Obama was just “a pretty face” who “got away with murder”. Ms. Omar averred that Mr. Obama was not really all that different from President Trump.

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Financial Crisis
» Trump Touts Wage Gains, Strength of the Economy After Labor Department Unveils Weak Job Report
 
USA
» Chelsea Manning is Jailed After Refusing to Testify About WikiLeaks
» Elizabeth Warren Unveils Plan to ‘Break Up Big Tech, ‘ Including Amazon, Google, Facebook
» High School Student Suspended for Posing With Pro-Trump MAGA Flag and Sweatshirt
» Ilhan Omar: Obama’s a ‘Pretty Face’ Who Got ‘Away With Murder’
» Ilhan Omar Backtracks, Claims Media Distorted Obama Remarks
» Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts Following Chicago Attack Allegations
» Mysterious Florida Woman Busted for Voter Fraud Was Registered Democrat: Cops
» New Species Discovered in Lava Tubes by UH Professor
 
Europe and the EU
» Al Gore Brands UK Politicians ‘Cowards’ For Not Forcing Second Brexit Referendum
» Bosnia Braces for New ‘Surge’ of Migrants on Balkan Route
» Britain Should Take EU Negotiators at Face Value and Just Leave, Says Brexit Rebel Eustice
» British Football Fan Stabbed by Paris Taxi Driver Following Match
» Denmark: 14 People Face Prosecution and Up to 3 Years in Prison for Sharing Moroccan Beheading Video
» First Ever UK Woman Convicted of Female Genital Mutilation Jailed for 11 Years
» Merkel Ally Predicts Muslim German Chancellor by 2030
» Muslims Riot for 4th Night Running in Grenoble, France
» Pregnant French Jihadi Wife Killed During Attack on Prison Guards
» UK: Foster Parents Sue Authorities Over ‘ISIS Trained’ Child Migrant Bomber
» UK: May Begs EU for Concessions, Hammond Warns Leavers to Back Deal or Risk Even Weaker Brexit
» UK: Two National Votes and 32 Months Later, Former PMs Call for Another One Year Brexit Delay
» UN Demands Full Investigation on France’s ‘Excessive Force’ Against Yellow Vests
 
Latin America
» Venezuela Hit by Major Blackout, Government Blames ‘Sabotage’
 
Immigration
» Pro-Migrant Groups Complain of ‘Lack of Profit’ After Salvini Cuts
 
Culture Wars
» Dalai Lama Says Women Empathize and Men ‘Kill’
» Pope Francis Stumps for U.N.’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’
» Pope Francis: ‘Women Make the World Beautiful’
» U.K. Pornography Block to Take Effect Next Month
 

Trump Touts Wage Gains, Strength of the Economy After Labor Department Unveils Weak Job Report

President Trump touted wage gains made over the past year and the strength of the economy, as reporters pressed him on the weakest job report since September 2017, which was released Friday.

“Well, it’s a step. I think you will probably find out it averages out,” Trump told reporters. “The unemployment rate just went lower. We’re down now to 3.8 percent. So we had very good news in that. I think the big news really was that wages went up. And that’s great for the American worker.”

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Chelsea Manning is Jailed After Refusing to Testify About WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning, the former Army private, is back in U.S. federal custody, jailed over her refusal to testify before a grand jury in a case involving WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Judge Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia ordered Manning to jail Friday “after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying,” the Associated Press reports.

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Elizabeth Warren Unveils Plan to ‘Break Up Big Tech, ‘ Including Amazon, Google, Facebook

Democratic presidential candidate and senator Elizabeth Warren wants to “break up” growing tech monopolies owned by Amazon, Google and Facebook because they stifle innovation and hurt small businesses.

The Massachusetts senator on Friday published “Here’s How We Can Break Up Big Tech,” a plan to curtail tech giants’ digital dominance.

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High School Student Suspended for Posing With Pro-Trump MAGA Flag and Sweatshirt

Last Friday, Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz., suspended student Logan Jones after a security officer reprimanded her as she posed for photos in a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) sweater while holding a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” flag. On Wednesday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sent a demand letter warning of legal action unless the school dropped the suspension. The school agreed to allow Jones to return to school that day but it refused to remove the suspension from her record.

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Ilhan Omar: Obama’s a ‘Pretty Face’ Who Got ‘Away With Murder’

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar ripped former President Barack Obama in an interview published Friday, belittling his “pretty face” and saying his agenda of hope and change was an illusion.

She cited the “caging of kids” at the Mexican border and the “droning of countries around the world” on Obama’s watch — and argued that he wasn’t much different from President Trump

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Ilhan Omar Backtracks, Claims Media Distorted Obama Remarks

Rep. Ilhan Omar on Friday tried to walk back her explosive criticism of former President Obama in an interview published earlier in the day — claiming that her words were distorted.

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Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts Following Chicago Attack Allegations

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts following his Chicago attack allegations.

The Cook County grand jury indictment ,dated Thursday and made public on Friday, gives details of the disorderly conduct charge against Smollett, according to The Associated Press. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported that he’d been attacked in late January.

The indictment — eight counts from what he told the officer who responded to the report of the attack and eight for what he later told a detective — comes a little more than two weeks after prosecutors announced one felony count of the same charge.

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Mysterious Florida Woman Busted for Voter Fraud Was Registered Democrat: Cops

Charges were filed against a 71-year-old Florida woman who prosecutors say committed voter fraud using fake citizenship papers.

Aida Xilomen Rodriguez de Shehab, who registered as Democrat, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly voting illegally in at least five elections in Alachua County since 2016, the Ocala StarBanner reported.

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New Species Discovered in Lava Tubes by UH Professor

A University of Hawaii at Manoa professor’s research of lava tube animals earned her a prime spot on a new PBS documentary, “Living Volcanoes.” Megan Porter, an associate professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, discovered that lava tubes on different parts of Hawaii Island harbor numerous species that are new to science.

One of these unique animals, called a “thread-legged bug,” is particularly rare and was featured on film for the first time. The documentary explores how life adapts and thrives in the shadow of active volcanoes.

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Al Gore Brands UK Politicians ‘Cowards’ For Not Forcing Second Brexit Referendum

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has branded British politicians “cowards” for failing to push their voters into a re-run of the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Speaking at the Climate Change Leadership summit in Porto, Portugal, the 70-year-old Democrat took aim at the (in)famous “Breaking Point” poster unveiled by Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage at the height of the campaign, showing a huge column of illegal migrants pouring through the continent’s borders in late 2015.

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Bosnia Braces for New ‘Surge’ of Migrants on Balkan Route

Bosnia is expecting an “escalation” of EU-bound migrants passing through its country in 2019, Bosnia’s security minister told AFP, saying the European Union had failed to solve a brewing crisis.

Last year some 25,000 migrants fom the Middle East, North Africa and Asia trudged through the mountainous country in hopes of entering the EU through neighbouring Croatia, which is a member state.

The vast majority — around 22,000 — successfully passed through Bosnia while several thousand are currently housed in reception centres, said Security Minister Dragan Mektic.

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Britain Should Take EU Negotiators at Face Value and Just Leave, Says Brexit Rebel Eustice

The United Kingdom has failed to succeed in its Brexit negotiations with the European Union because it has played according to the same rules the bloc uses in all its internal business, which are designed specifically to always give the right outcome to Euro-federalists, Brexit rebel former minister George Eustice has claimed.

Slamming Britain’s approach, where it has acted as a passive member of the European Union in negotiations rather than a dynamic external power, former farming minister George Eustice — who quit the cabinet over the government’s Brexit failure last week — said the EU’s style was to give nations “a few crumbs to brandish back home” while taking power for itself.

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British Football Fan Stabbed by Paris Taxi Driver Following Match

A British fan of Manchester United football team was stabbed by a Paris taxi driver Wednesday night after the team defeated local club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the Champions League.

The 44-year-old Manchester United supporter was on the way to the centre of the French capital along with three other fans of the club following the match in which the British club beat PSG 3-1, Le Bien Public reports.

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Denmark: 14 People Face Prosecution and Up to 3 Years in Prison for Sharing Moroccan Beheading Video

Danish police have charged 14 people for sharing a video on social media purportedly showing the murder of Danish hiker Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and her Norwegian friend Maren Ueland in Morocco last December, Danish Radio reports.

The video, shared by 14 Danes, six of whom were minors, showed the beheading of Jespersen with what appears to be a kitchen knife.

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First Ever UK Woman Convicted of Female Genital Mutilation Jailed for 11 Years

A Ugandan origin woman living in Britain has been jailed for 11 years after her conviction under Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) laws.

The 37-year-old woman became only the first person to be convicted under the UK’s anti-FGM laws in February, despite the nation seeing tens of thousands of cases of this kind of abuse, and the laws having been on the statute books for 34 years.

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Merkel Ally Predicts Muslim German Chancellor by 2030

Faction head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Ralph Brinkhaus has predicted the country could see a Muslim chancellor by as early as 2030.

Despite being named the Christian Democratic Union, Brinkhaus said the party sees opportunities for non-Christians to rise in the ranks and possibly even become the leader of the party and chancellor, Bild reports.

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Muslims Riot for 4th Night Running in Grenoble, France

Predominantly Muslim rioters in the French city of Grenoble set cars on fire and hurled molotov cocktails at police for a fourth consecutive night.

The rioters were expressing their anger at the deaths of two boys aged 17 and 19 who were not wearing helmets and refused to pull over for police before leading them on a high speed chase.

The two were killed when a bus traveling on a bridge moved to make way for the police cars and crushed the teenagers against the wall of the bridge.

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Pregnant French Jihadi Wife Killed During Attack on Prison Guards

The pregnant wife of notorious French Islamist Michaël Chiolo was shot dead by prison guards this week after the pair stabbed two guards with a ceramic knife.

Muslim convert Michaël Chiolo was joined by his wife Hanane Aboulhana in the prison’s Family Life Unit (UVF) where the attack occurred on Tuesday morning at around 9 am, Le Point reports.

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UK: Foster Parents Sue Authorities Over ‘ISIS Trained’ Child Migrant Bomber

The foster parents of the Parsons Green bomber are to sue the local authority for placing the Iraqi teen in their care without telling them he had been “recruited” and “trained to kill by ISIS.”

Pensioners Penny and Ron Jones are to sue Surrey County Council for negligence claiming it had withheld vital information about the dangers posed by Ahmed Hassan, the ‘child refugee’ who went on to injure 51 people when he left an explosive device on a train which detonated at Parsons Green London underground station on September 15th, 2017.

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UK: May Begs EU for Concessions, Hammond Warns Leavers to Back Deal or Risk Even Weaker Brexit

Theresa May is set to urge the EU to drop its intransigence over changes to the proposed Withdrawal Agreement with the EU — as Chancellor Philip “Remainer Phil” Hammond warns Leave supporters that rejecting the deal may lead to an even weaker form of Brexit.

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UK: Two National Votes and 32 Months Later, Former PMs Call for Another One Year Brexit Delay

Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for a delay to the UK leaving the EU of one year for another “public consultation” on Brexit, after the country had already voted to leave in 2016 and voted in the vast majority for parties in 2017’s general election that promised to deliver Brexit.

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UN Demands Full Investigation on France’s ‘Excessive Force’ Against Yellow Vests

The UN human rights chief called Wednesday for a “full investigation” into the possible excessive use of force by French police during the “Yellow Vest” demonstrations.

“The ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (Yellow Vests) have been protesting what they see as exclusion from economic rights and participation in public affairs,” rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in her annual address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Venezuela Hit by Major Blackout, Government Blames ‘Sabotage’

CARACAS (Reuters) — A major power outage hit crisis-stricken Venezuela on Thursday, according to Reuters witnesses, a problem the government of President Nicolas Maduro quickly blamed on “sabotage” at a hydroelectric dam that provides much of the country’s power.

Electricity outages are frequent in Venezuela, where the economy is collapsing under hyperinflation, with chronic shortages of food and medicine and a mass emigration of more than 3 million citizens.

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Pro-Migrant Groups Complain of ‘Lack of Profit’ After Salvini Cuts

Pro-migrant co-op groups which manage asylum reception centres have complained there will be a lack of “profit” after cuts made by populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

The associations which run the migrant reception centres expressed displeasure over the cost-cutting measures that look to reduce the cost of each migrant from 35 to 20 euros per day, arguing that “quality” of service would be affected, Il Giornale reports.

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Dalai Lama Says Women Empathize and Men ‘Kill’

The Dalai Lama said Friday that more women are needed in leadership roles because they are more compassionate than men, who are valued instead for their ability to “kill.”

“Women have been shown to be more sensitive to others’ suffering, whereas, warriors celebrated for killing their opponents are almost always men,” he tweeted in celebration of International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8.

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Pope Francis Stumps for U.N.’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’

Pope Francis urged Catholics to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Friday, asserting they are “supported by our deepest religious and ethical values.”

Speaking in the Vatican to participants at an international conference on “Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals: Listening to the Cry of the Earth and of the Poor,” the pontiff said the SDGs, which mandate climate action and gender equality among other things, represent “a great step forward for global dialogue.”

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Pope Francis: ‘Women Make the World Beautiful’

Pope Francis took advantage of International Women’s Day to tell members of the American Jewish Committee on Friday that “women make the world beautiful.”

“Today, 8 March, I would also like to say a few words about the irreplaceable contribution of women in building a world that can be a home for all,” the pope said. “Women make the world beautiful, they protect it and keep it alive.”

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U.K. Pornography Block to Take Effect Next Month

Viewing free internet porn in the United Kingdom is about to become markedly trickier when new legislation which seeks to protect children from internet excrement comes into effect as soon as the first of next month.

But for all the hopeless fappers and reprobates with voyeuristic proclivities, not to worry, if you must, you will still be able to unlock the smut by handing over some identification or by purchasing a £5 ‘porn card’ at your local retailer.

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19 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/8/2019

  1. “the entirety of tonight’s news feed was sent in by Reader From Chicago. And we thank him for an excellent variety of articles!”

    Yes, thank you very much !!

    It requires much time and effort to find, format and send news items.

  2. “Elizabeth Warren wants to “break up” growing tech monopolies”

    Ronald B:

    Your ideas have been noticed …..

    • Ronald:

      I mean this in this most flattering manner possible.

      Although Warren’s pathetic name is linked to this, please don’t think that I was making light of your ideas, which I think are spot on.

  3. Women seem to love anniversaries and birthdays and all kinds of special days, so here we go girls: It is for the greater good!

    Wikipedia: After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

  4. re: Need More Women in Leadership

    What we need is not simply more women in leadership positions but more GOOD women.

    The Dalai Lama makes the blanket statement that women are more gentle and not prone to killing. Hillary Clinton is not such a woman.

    I suspect that the truly good women who would make excellent, compassionate leaders are basically prevented and discouraged from reaching higher levels of government in the same manner that decent men find it difficult to get ahead.

  5. Stochastic! Wow, I had to look it up…..events or systems that are unpredictable due to the influence of a random variable.

    Thank you, noble wordsmiths.

        • Enthropic?? Do you mean entropic? I don’t think entropy accounts for the system that a stochastic process entails.

          But I’ll check with the Baron; he’s the mathematician in the family. I’m just the chef and chief flibbertigibbet.

          • Entropy effects everything, the whole of the universe. One might consider entropy as a constant (it having a rate of change, deltaS = q/T) rather than a variable.

          • Yes re entropy. But its inexorable finality isn’t the equivalent of a stochastic process. They describe different things.

    • Nearly each day on this site I have to research a word !!

      The high level of English language and intellect displayed here at GoV is refreshing and very necessary to help prevent what appears to be the impending total collapse of the King’s English and deep thought in the Western world.

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