Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/11/2019

Greg Craig, the former White House counsel for Barack Obama, has been indicted for lying to federal investigators, including Robert Mueller, about his work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Mr. Craig may face up to five years in prison if convicted.

In other news, the latest poll numbers for Canadian Prime Minister Justin “Baby Doc” Trudeau indicate that his party may lose power after the next election, which is only six months away.

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Financial Crisis
» How the Private Central Bank Ponzi Scheme Trapped and Destroyed America
» US Weekly Jobless Claims Drop to the Lowest Level Since 1969
 
USA
» Avenatti Indicted on 36 Counts for Tax Fraud, Embezzlement, Defrauding Paraplegic Client
» Chicago Sues Jussie Smollett Over “Refusal to Reimburse City” For Hoax Investigation
» Dem Congresswoman Claims Criticism of Ilhan Omar Over 9/11 Comment is “Racist”
» Dem Senator Brags: Assange is “Our Property” Now
» Every Illinoisan Must See These Two Charts
» Ex-FBI Official: ‘at Least 2 Trump Cabinet Members’ Helped Rosenstein With 25th Amendment Coup
» Greg Craig, Ex-Obama White House Counsel, Indicted for Alleged False Statements
» Kim Dotcom: Charge Against Assange is a Trick to Make Him Agree to Extradition
» Mexican Police Officer Indicted in South Texas With Importing Methamphetamine
» Obama White House Counsel Indicted for Lying to Mueller Team
» Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig Charged With Lying to Prosecutors About Foreign Lobbying
» Secret Service Agents Say ‘Good Riddance’ To Director Who Proposed No Protection of Trump Family
» Thousands of Amazon Employees Listening to Alexa Conversations
» Trump Responds to Assange Arrest: “I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks”
» Will Trump Pardon Julian Assange?
 
Canada
» Jordan Hunt Update: Man Who Kicked Pro-Life Woman Assaults Rebel Reporter Outside Court
» Trudeau’s Poll Numbers Collapse Six Months Before Election
 
Europe and the EU
» “UK, You Are America’s Bitch”: Pamela Anderson Launches Scathing Tweetstorm Following Assange Arrest
» Conte in Favour of Long Brexit Delay
» Dawkins Welcomes Brexit Delay, More Time for Older Leave Voters to ‘Drop Off Their Perch’
» Emeritus Pope Benedict Weighs in on Abuse Crisis
» Ex-Muslim: “Swedes Will Lose Sweden in 50 Years”
» France: Paris Police Foil Potential Attack, Arrest Armed Man at Railway Station
» French Green Groups Call for ‘Day of Disobedience’
» French Priest Slain by Jihadists Moves Towards Sainthood
» Germany Raids Groups Suspected of Supporting Hamas
» Italy: Lower House Passes Armenian Genocide Motion
» Man Attacks French Police Calling Them ‘Dirty Whites’
» Populists Lead Ranking of Most Influential EU Parliament Politicians
» UK Student President Said She Wanted to “Oppress White People” & See an “Islamic Takeover”
» UK: Here Comes the Internet Czar
» UK: London’s Khan Says May Should Have Cancelled Brexit
» UK: Tory MPs Seek Party Rules Change So May Can be Sacked Early
» WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum
 
North Africa
» We Won’t Stand by if France Blocks Libya Peace Says Salvini
 
Far East
» Scientists Put Human Gene Into Monkeys to Make Them Smarter, Human-Like
 
Latin America
» New ‘Consent’ Condom Requires 4 Hands to Open it
 
Immigration
» Italy: Riace Mayor Mimmo Lucano Indicted
» Italy: One in Five Arrests Are Foreigners Despite Being 8.7 Percent of Population
 
Culture Wars
» 234 House Democrats, Two Republicans Co-Sponsor Bill Forcing Schools to Let Male Athletes Compete on Girls’ Sports Teams
» College Promotes Men’s Cuddling Group to ‘Redefine Masculinity’
» Poll: Contrary to Media Portrayals, Whites Least Likely to View Race as ‘Central to Their Identity’
 

How the Private Central Bank Ponzi Scheme Trapped and Destroyed America

Once upon a time, in 1913, a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President transferred the money creation authority vested in the government by the Constitution to a private central bank. It was going to be called the Third Bank of the United States. Such a fundamental change to the nation’s economy should have required a Constitutional Amendment. But earlier that same year, there had been a huge fight to ratify another Amendment, the 16th Amendment authorizing the income tax, and there is good reason to suspect that the 16th Amendment actually failed ratification even though the payers of that income tax were told otherwise.

“I think if you were to go back and and try to find and review the ratification of the 16th amendment, which was the internal revenue, the income tax, I think if you went back and examined that carefully, you would find that a sufficient number of states never ratified that amendment.” — U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox, Sullivan Vs. United States, 2003.

Getting yet another Amendment ratified against such opposition, or worse, having to cheat one through, would be extremely difficult.

Then there was a problem with the proposed name, “Third Bank of the United States”, as it reminded people of the predations of the First and Second Bank of the United States.

Faced with the possibility that a new Amendment to transfer money creation from the US Government to a privately owned bank might fail and fail badly, and with the name “Third Bank of the United States” already leading to opposition to the plan, the plotters did an end run around the Constitution, passing the Federal Reserve act over Christmas vacation when the members of Congress opposed to the bill would be away. The name of the new bank was then changed to “The Federal Reserve.” But, it is a private bank, no more “Federal” than Federal Express. From that moment on all currency would enter circulation as a loan at interest.

The Founding Fathers understood how dangerous such banking systems are, and I will try to teach you here what the public schools are forbidden to let you know. The Federal Reserve system is a deliberate trap, to enslave a population to unpayable debt in order to control and exploit them, and here is how it works.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

US Weekly Jobless Claims Drop to the Lowest Level Since 1969

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a 49-1/2-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that could temper expectations of a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 196,000 for the week ended April 6, the lowest level since early October 1969. Claims have now declined for four straight weeks. Data for the prior week was revised to show 2,000 more applications received than previously reported.

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

Avenatti Indicted on 36 Counts for Tax Fraud, Embezzlement, Defrauding Paraplegic Client

This is the man considered by many Democrats to be a potential candidate for president in 2020?

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels in her suit against Donald Trump, was indicted on 36 counts of tax fraud, bribery, and embezzlement.

One of the accusations against Avenatti alleges he hid $4 million of settlement money from a mentally ill, paraplegic client, Geoffrey Ernest Johnson.

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

Chicago Sues Jussie Smollett Over “Refusal to Reimburse City” For Hoax Investigation

The city of Chicago has filed a civil complaint against Jussie Smollett, who has failed to reimburse the city for the cost of investigating a hate-crime they say the Empire actor perpetrated.

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

Dem Congresswoman Claims Criticism of Ilhan Omar Over 9/11 Comment is “Racist”

Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib claimed that critcism of Ilham Omar’s characterization of 9/11 as “some people did something” was racist and that Omar was speaking the truth.

During an interview on MSNBC, Tlaib immediately began ranting about identity politics, claiming Omar was “taken out of context” because she was a ‘woman of color’.

However, the context was clear; Omar clearly minimized 9/11 by referring to the 9/11 hijackers as “some people (who) did something”.

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

Dem Senator Brags: Assange is “Our Property” Now

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin bragged during an appearance on CNN that Julian Assange is “our property”.

Manchin told CNN’s New Day that Assange is now “our property. We can get the facts and the truth from him.”

Manchin’s macabre delight at Assange being arrested for the crime could barely be concealed.

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

Every Illinoisan Must See These Two Charts

Authored by Mark Glennon via WirePoints.com

Whether you know nothing or everything about Illinois’ state and local fiscal crises, take a moment to digest these two charts published by the Wall Street Journal today. Every high school in the state should be devoting a class to them, and every paper should have them on the front page. After you look at them, take a moment to consider how our political establishment is responding.

Focus on the top line in both charts. They aren’t complicated. They show how much of total revenue collected by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago is now being consumed by payments on pensions and other debt, and how much worse it would be if proper amounts were being paid.

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

Ex-FBI Official: ‘at Least 2 Trump Cabinet Members’ Helped Rosenstein With 25th Amendment Coup

Former FBI General Counsel James Baker admits plot existed to remove President Trump from office

At least two members of President Trump’s Cabinet were open to go along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s plot to remove him from office using the 25th Amendment, according to ex-FBI official James Baker.

Former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified to the House Judiciary Committee last October about his role during Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia witch hunt, in testimony released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

“To the best of my recollection [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe] told me that the deputy attorney general said that he had at least two members of the Cabinet who were ready to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Baker said.

Baker’s testimony reveals that not only did Rosenstein plot a coup, but that members of Trump’s own Cabinet went along with it!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Greg Craig, Ex-Obama White House Counsel, Indicted for Alleged False Statements

Greg Craig, former White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday on two counts of making false and misleading statements to investigators — including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team — in connection with his work on behalf of Russia-backed former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

Craig is the first prominent Democrat to be indicted in a case arising from Mueller’s now-completed probe into Russian election interference. Mueller referred the Craig case to prosecutors in New York last year after uncovering possible wrongdoing while he investigated former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Ukraine lobbying work.

The Washington-based lawyer was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for allegedly falsifying and concealing “material facts” and making false statements both to Mueller and to the DOJ National Security Division’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.

The FARA Unit is responsible for enforcing foreign lobbying laws that require the disclosure of certain overseas activity, including public relations work for foreign entities. At issue were Craig’s 2012 lobbying and media contacts on behalf of Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Kim Dotcom: Charge Against Assange is a Trick to Make Him Agree to Extradition

The maximum 5 year sentence hanging over Julian Assange for computer hacking is a trick designed to fool him into agreeing to extradition, only to be hit with far bigger charges when he arrives in America, according to Kim Dotcom.

“The maximum 5 year sentence announced by US DOJ may be a tactic to tempt Assange to consider swift extradition,” tweeted the Internet entrepreneur and political activist.

“DOJ may have a superseding indictment with more charges ready on arrival. I can tell you from experience DOJ is full of liars and tricksters,” he added.

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

Mexican Police Officer Indicted in South Texas With Importing Methamphetamine

LAREDO, Texas — A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas returned an indictment Tuesday charging a Mexican man with conspiracy to import and importing methamphetamine into the United States.

This indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Southern District of Texas. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Gabriel Garrido Isaias, 41, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was originally charged by criminal complaint March 15, 2019, and was later remanded to custody. On April 9, a Laredo grand jury returned the two-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to import and importing methamphetamine into the United States. Garrido Isaias is scheduled to be arraigned April 18.

According to the indictment, Garrido Isaias approached the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge #2 on March 14, 2019, driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck. After CBP sent him to secondary examination, an X-ray examination allegedly revealed anomalies in all four tires. A search of the tires resulted in the discovery of 38.36 kilograms (84.57 pounds) of methamphetamine. During the investigation, Garrido Isaias revealed he is currently a Mexican police officer.

If convicted, Garrido Isaias faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney April Ayers-Perez, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Obama White House Counsel Indicted for Lying to Mueller Team

First of many indictments to come in wake of now-completed FBI probe into Russia-Trump collusion

An attorney for the White House under President Barack Obama has been indicted by the Trump Justice Department for allegedly lying about his lobbying work for a former Ukrainian president.

On Thursday DOJ charged former White House Counsel Greg Craig with two counts of making false statements regarding his connections to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

In a twist of irony, Craig’s alleged dealings were brought to light by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, making him the first Democrat to be indicted as a result of the now-completed probe.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig Charged With Lying to Prosecutors About Foreign Lobbying

Gregory Craig, who was White House counsel under President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday on charges of lying and hiding information related to his work for Ukraine.

Craig, a 74-year-old lawyer based in Washington, D.C., was charged by the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, unit. Craig faces up to five years in prison for each of the two counts.

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

Secret Service Agents Say ‘Good Riddance’ To Director Who Proposed No Protection of Trump Family

The appointment of Secret Service Director was pushed by General John F. Kelly, then Secretary of Homeland Security

The ouster of Secret Service Director Randolph D. ‘Tex” Alles on Monday was not unexpected, and, in fact, was welcomed by most members of the law enforcement agency, sources tell DailyMail.com.

‘The sentiment at the agency is “good riddance,”‘ they say.

‘Alles seemed more interested in making friends with agents than fixing the problems that plague the once-proud agency,’ according to agency sources. ‘He proved to be the exact opposite of what was needed to reform the agency. ‘

His idea for trimming costs was to get rid of protection for members of the Trump family.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Thousands of Amazon Employees Listening to Alexa Conversations

Amazon employs thousands of people to listen in on what people around the world are saying to their Alexa digital assistant, according to what is sure to be a Congressional hearing-inspiring report by Bloomberg, which cites seven people who have worked on the program.

While their job is to “help improve” NSAlexa — which powers the company’s line of Echo speakers — the team “listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices,” which are then transcribed, annotated and fed back into the software in order to try and improve Alexa’s understanding of human speech for more successful interactions. In other words, humans are effectively helping to train Amazon’s algorithm.

In marketing materials Amazon says Alexa “lives in the cloud and is always getting smarter.” But like many software tools built to learn from experience, humans are doing some of the teaching. —Bloomberg

The listening team is comprised of part-time contractors and full-time Amazon employees based all over the world; including India, Romania, Boston and Costa Rica.

Listeners work nine hour shifts, with each reviewing as many as 1,000 audio clips per shift according to two employees from Amazon’s Bucharest office — located in the top three floors of the Romanian capital’s Globalworth building. The location “stands out amid the crumbling infrastructure” of the Pipera district and “bears no exterior sign advertising Amazon’s presence.”

While much of the work is boring (one worker said his job was to mine for accumulated voice data for specific phrases such as “Taylor Swift” — letting the system know that the searcher was looking for the artist), reviewers are also listening on people’s most personal moments.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Responds to Assange Arrest: “I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks”

Update (1:15 pm ET): The editor of the Global Times, widely seen as a mouthpiece for Beijing, has weighed in on Assange’s arrest, comparing him to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the “Chinese Nelson Mandela.”

The West deified Liu, while persecuting Assange, even though their actions — exposing government malfeasance — were similar. Why? Because Assange picked the wrong target.

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

Will Trump Pardon Julian Assange?

According to his lawyer, Julian Assange was arrested on a US extradition request, diminishing the chances that he will receive a presidential pardon.

But why is the Trump administration seeking to prosecute the Wikileaks founder?

Assange exposed war crimes committed at the behest of neo-con warmongers.

It was the war crimes that harmed America’s reputation, not Wikileaks.

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

Jordan Hunt Update: Man Who Kicked Pro-Life Woman Assaults Rebel Reporter Outside Court

A publication ban prevents us from reporting the details of Jordan Hunt’s pretrial hearing. But that doesn’t prevent us from asking him questions outside the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto.

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

Trudeau’s Poll Numbers Collapse Six Months Before Election

Canada’s SNC-Lavalin scandal appears to have seriously damaged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has avoided resignation at the cost of his “golden boy” image and watched his poll numbers plummet with only six months to go before the next election.

Reuters looked at the latest polls this week and speculated Trudeau could become “the first prime minister to lose power after a single majority mandate since the 1930s.”

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

“UK, You Are America’s Bitch”: Pamela Anderson Launches Scathing Tweetstorm Following Assange Arrest

As the world digests the shock news that Julian Assange is in custody in Britain after Ecuador withdrew asylum from the WikiLeaks founder, Pamela Anderson, a staunch supporter of the Australian, has let her feelings be known, RT.com reports.

The Baywatch star unleashed a barrage of criticism at the UK, Ecuador and the US in the aftermath of Thursday’s dramatic arrest, which saw 47-year-old Assange carried out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London into a waiting police van.

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

Conte in Favour of Long Brexit Delay

Italy doesn’t want postponement of one or two months — premier

(ANSA) — Brussels, April 10 — Premier Giuseppe Conte said Italy would prefer a long Brexit delay than a short one as he went into the EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

“We are in favour of a delay,” Conte said.

“Obviously not for one or two months but a longer delay.

“We’ll discuss it with the others, which is the right way to do things”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Dawkins Welcomes Brexit Delay, More Time for Older Leave Voters to ‘Drop Off Their Perch’

Prominent biologist and “anti-theist” Richard Dawkins has welcomed Theresa May’s move to delay Brexit yet again, appearing to suggest it will improve the electoral arithmetic for Remain in a second EU referendum.

“9 month delay? The longer the better,” Dawkins gloated on social media.

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

Emeritus Pope Benedict Weighs in on Abuse Crisis

Emeritus Pope Benedict has emerged from his cone of silence to offer a personal analysis of the clerical sex abuse crisis, citing the sexual revolution, a corruption of moral theology, and the formation of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries as causes of the problem.

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

Ex-Muslim: “Swedes Will Lose Sweden in 50 Years”

Mona Walter is a Somali woman who came to Sweden in the 90’s. In Somalia, she had never been religious, but in Sweden she was more or less forced to go to the mosque and wear a hijab.

After a couple of years she rebelled, left Islam and became an atheist. Eventually she came to believe in Jesus and converted to Christianity.

“For many years I have tried to get the Swedes to understand what the Muslim goal is — to take over your country. The first thing they will do is demand sharia courts, just like in the UK”, she says.

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

France: Paris Police Foil Potential Attack, Arrest Armed Man at Railway Station

French police arrested an armed man and two others at the Austerlitz train station in Paris this week, with all three coming from migrant backgrounds.

The police operation took place on Tuesday at around 4 pm and saw officers from the specialist anti-gang Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) secure the area after railway police had arrested a man armed with a pistol around an hour before, Le Parisien reports.

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

French Green Groups Call for ‘Day of Disobedience’

A total 14 environmental organisations call for day of action on April 19 in protest over government inaction on climate change

A total 14 environmental organisations have called for a day of ‘non-violent civil disobedience’ to ‘block the Republic of polluters’.

In an article published on April 11, the associations — including Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace France — demanded an escalation of protests over environmental issues following recent climate marches and school strikes.

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

French Priest Slain by Jihadists Moves Towards Sainthood

The cause for beatification of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in 2016, took an important step forward Wednesday as the Vatican received a massive dossier on his case from the archdiocese of Rouen, France.

Rouen’s archbishop Dominique Lebrun came to the Vatican to deliver the dossier personally to the Vatican’s Congregation of the Causes of Saints, together with a delegation of some 40 young people from the archdiocese.

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

Germany Raids Groups Suspected of Supporting Hamas

BERLIN — German authorities have carried out raids on groups suspected of helping the militant Palestinian group Hamas under the guise of providing humanitarian aid.

The interior ministry said some 90 properties across Germany associated with an “Islamist network” were searched on Wednesday. It said the network was headed by two groups based in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, WWR Help and Ansaar International.

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

Italy: Lower House Passes Armenian Genocide Motion

No votes against call for govt to recognize genocide

(ANSA) — Rome, April 10 — The Lower House on Wednesday approved a motion calling on the Italian government to “officially recognise the Armenian genocide” and raise the profile of this issue at the international level. The motion was approved with 382 votes in favour, none against and 43 abstentions by MPs from the opposition, centre-right Forza Italia party. Turkey refuses to use the accept that the deaths of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1917 amounted to genocide.

It says that the 1.5-million death toll is inflated and that many died on both sides as the Ottoman Empire crumbled during World War I.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Man Attacks French Police Calling Them ‘Dirty Whites’

A 37-year-old man was convicted of assault and uttering threats after he verbally and physically attacked French police, labelling them “dirty whites” as he did so.

The incident took place on a bus early Saturday morning in Limoges after the suspect who boarded the bus with a severe eye injury while heavily intoxicated, was confronted by three police officers, local newspaper Le Populaire du Centre reports.

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

Populists Lead Ranking of Most Influential EU Parliament Politicians

Establishment news website Politico has ranked Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage as the top two MEPs who mattered in the 2014 to 2019 EU Parliament.

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

UK Student President Said She Wanted to “Oppress White People” & See an “Islamic Takeover”

The new UK National Union of Students president once said that she wanted to “oppress white people” and have an “Islamic takeover”.

In 2012, 24-year-old Zamzam Ibrahim wrote on Twitter, “I’d oppress white people just to give them a taste of what they put us through!”

After urging people to read the Koran, she also tweeted, “We would have an Islamic takeover!”

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

UK: Here Comes the Internet Czar

The freedom of the Internet, although frequently and flagrantly abused, was great while it lasted. But the world’s governments don’t intend for it to last much longer.

The United Kingdom, a country with no First Amendment to protect free speech, is preparing to set up an “Internet safety czar” to promote “Internet safety” and prevent “online harms,” with full powers to regulate the social media and shut sites down if he sees fit. “Huge fines” will also be on the menu.

According to plan, the “czar” will come crashing down on any site where he finds any of the following.

  • “Violence or incitement to violence.”
  • “Encouraging self-harm or suicide.”
  • “Fake news.”
  • Cyber-bullying.
  • Children given access to “inappropriate material.”
  • Child exploitation or “abuse content.”

Let’s take a little closer look, shall we?

Take “violence.” Because I state the truth, that there is no such thing as a “transgender person,” but only people who say they are, I have been accused of “violence” and even “assault” and “beatings.” For the Far Left Crazy, “violence” is any degree of dissent from their program. So depending on which political faction happens to be in power at the time, I could be shut down and fined for “violence”—without ever having raised a hand to anyone.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: London’s Khan Says May Should Have Cancelled Brexit

Labour’s London mayor Sadiq Khan has said the prime minister should have cancelled Brexit by revoking Article 50 after Theresa May returned from Brussels with a second delay.

Speaking to LBC radio host James O’Brien on Thursday, Mr Khan said that instead of negotiating for a delay to October 31st, “what the prime minister should have done was to stop the clock… by withdrawing Article 50.”

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

UK: Tory MPs Seek Party Rules Change So May Can be Sacked Early

Tory MPs who have lost patience with Theresa May’s repeated efforts to delay Brexit, breaking multiple promises along the way, are trying to organise an internal petition to change party rules and remove her as leader.

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

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for aiding Chelsea Manning in the cracking of a password to a classified U.S. government computer in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department announced hours after Assange’s arrest in London.

Assange is accused of engaging in a conspiracy with Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst, in breaking a password stored on a U.S. Defense Department computer connected to a U.S. government computer network for classified documents and communications, the Justice Department said. Manning later transmitted a trove of classified government files to Assange, whose website posted the materials to a worldwide audience. Cracking the password allowed Manning to use a different username “rather than her own,” officials said.

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

We Won’t Stand by if France Blocks Libya Peace Says Salvini

If someone plays at war they’ve found the wrong minister

(ANSA) — Rome, April 11 — Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, the League leader, said Thursday he would not “stand by” if France were to block peace in Libya.

“If there were economic interests behind the chaos in Libya, if France blocked a European initiative to bring peace, if that were true, I won’t stand by and watch,” he said on Italian radio.

“Also because the Italians would pay the consequences”.

Salvini said “if someone for business (interests) plays at war, they’ve found the wrong minister in me”.

Libya is locked in crisis after eastern strongman General Khlaifa Haftar launched an offensive against the UN-backed government in Tripoli.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Scientists Put Human Gene Into Monkeys to Make Them Smarter, Human-Like

For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists made use of gene-editing techniques to make monkey brains more human-like

Making monkeys more smart and human-like, scientists have used gene-editing to insert human brain gene in a monkey.

For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists made use of gene-editing techniques to make monkey brains more human-like. By the end, the monkeys, rhesus macaques, got smarter and had superior memories as compared to the unaltered monkeys.

[Comment: Thin end of the wedge.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New ‘Consent’ Condom Requires 4 Hands to Open it

A new condom aimed at promoting “consent” being marketed by an Argentine company requires four hands to open it.

Because rapists always wear condoms.

“The “Consent Pack” of condoms was designed by ad agency BBDO Argentina for Tulipan, a company which sells adult toys and condoms,” reports CNN.

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

Italy: Riace Mayor Mimmo Lucano Indicted

26 others also sent to trial over administration of migrants

(ANSA) — Locri, April 11 — Suspended Riace Mayor Domenico ‘Mimmo’ Lucano was indicted along with 26 other people on Thursday in relation to the southern town’s management of migrants. The trial will start on June 11 in Locri.

Last month the supreme Cassation Court ruled that Lucano’s ban from returning to Riace should be annulled, saying that there was no evidence to back allegations of fraud or organizing arranged marriages.

However, that decision did not wipe out charges over other alleged irregularities relating to the treatment of migrants.

Lucano’s administration of the small town in the southern region of Calabria has been frequently lauded by commentators for the way migrants were integrated into the local community and made a positive contribution to it.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: One in Five Arrests Are Foreigners Despite Being 8.7 Percent of Population

Statistics from Italian police have shown that around one-fifth of the total arrests made last year in the country were of foreigners.

The report claims that 5,173 people were arrested by the country’s police force last year and that of those, 990 were foreign-born nationals, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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234 House Democrats, Two Republicans Co-Sponsor Bill Forcing Schools to Let Male Athletes Compete on Girls’ Sports Teams

Every House Democrat but one has co-sponsored a bill requiring schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender girls to compete on female sports teams.

Democrats’ Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.

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College Promotes Men’s Cuddling Group to ‘Redefine Masculinity’

A Pennsylvania university is promoting the concept of men cuddling as a way to help them deal with stress and “redefine masculinity.”

Dr. Christopher Liang, a counseling psychology professor at Lehigh University’s College of Education, recently came out in support of a Philadelphia area “Men’s Therapeutic Cuddle Group,” a function advertised by Lehigh University in a news release. The Meetup.com page for the group currently has 69 members and the group has held 46 events so far. The meetups are held once every other week.

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Poll: Contrary to Media Portrayals, Whites Least Likely to View Race as ‘Central to Their Identity’

A new poll from Pew Research found only 15 percent of white people say their race is either “extremely important or very important to how they think about themselves” while solid majorities of every other race feel just the opposite.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/11/2019

  1. “Ex-Muslim: “Swedes Will Lose Sweden in 50 Years”” (Mona Walter)

    She is a huge optimist. 50 years is enough time for a major social turnaround.

    I would have said 20.

    Here’s the thing: once it “starts”, a lot of productive Swedes will leave Sweden, hastening the demise. I don’t think that she took this into consideration.

    • Sweden made $$$ on supporting the 3rd Reich….now they must pay!

      No tears here as the basic weakness of the Swedish soul is revealed again.

  2. “For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists made use of gene-editing techniques to make monkey brains more human-like” hm, guess Planet of Apes isn’t such sci-fi anymore…

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