Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/16/2019

French billionaires have pledged more than $300 million to help repair the cathedral of Notre Dame. Meanwhile, culture-enrichers on French social media celebrated the fire in the cathedral.

In other news, a Presbyterian church in South Carolina was vandalized and spray-painted with Islam-related graffiti on Sunday night.

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Financial Crisis
» U.K. Jobs Growth Keeps Unemployment Rate at Lowest Since 1970s
 
USA
» “Submit to Islam”: South Carolina Church Vandalized With Islamic-Themed Graffiti
» 5 Social Networks to Use in 2019 Instead of Facebook
» As Promised, Defiant Assange Dumps All WikiLeaks Files — More Shall be Revealed — Find Files Here!
» County Sheriff Blasts Colorado’s Red Flag Law on Facebook
» Google Comes Under Fire for Sabotaging Other Browsers Once Again
» Hero Judge Calls Antifa Teacher’s Lawsuit Against College Repub “Unreasonable, “ Orders Her to Pay Up
» Hypocrite Socialist Bernie Sanders is in the 1%
» Ilhan Omar Raises Massive Donations Despite Anti-Semitic Controversies
» Jet-Setters From Around the World Meet on a Private Island for ‘Orgies’ And Other Sexual Acts With Young, Sometimes Underage, Women
» Liberal Donor Group Wants Next President to Support Green New Deal
» Man Stabbed by Fellow Student at a University in Chicago
» Man Who Threw 5-Year-Old Off of Mall Balcony Reveals Outrageous Motive
» Mapping San Francisco’s Human Waste Challenge — 132,562 Cases Reported in the Public Way Since 2008
» San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle: 3 Formerly Beautiful West Coast Cities Have Literally Been Transformed Into Hellholes
» Socialist Charity Donations
 
Europe and the EU
» “In 15-20 Years Orban Won’t be Alone”
» BuzzFeed Caught in Huge Lie About Notre Dame Fire
» China’s Xi Arrives in Rome
» Denmark Arrests 23 After Violence Triggered by Campaigner Throwing Quran in Air
» Farage: EU Elections Will Herald a ‘New Future for British Democracy’
» Free Julian Assange or ‘Chaos is Coming!’ Anonymous Warns as They Threaten Crime Agency
» French Billionaires Pledge Nearly $350 Million to Rebuild Notre Dame
» French Student Leader: “I Swear to Allah We Don’t Give a Rat’s Ass” About Notre Dame
» Fundraiser Set Up to Rebuild Notre-Dame
» Haunting New Photos Reveal How Notre Dame’s Flame-Ravaged Interior Has Survived
» Hero Priest Saves Precious Artifacts From Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, But the Fate of Many Treasures Remains Unknown
» Immigration Patriot “Singing Revolution” In Estonia?
» Italy: Youth Worker Nabbed for Abusing ‘Fragile’ Minors
» Italy: Infrastructure Investment Needed, Mattarella Says Before Xi Visit
» Italy: League CD Become Top EU Party — Bannon
» Italy: Father of Terror Bus Hero Boy Says Wants Citizenship
» Muslims Gloat on Social Media as Blaze Destroys Notre Dame Cathedral During Holy Week
» Nationalist Finns Party Second Largest in Finnish Election — Social Democrats Won by 0.1% Margin, And Will Form Coalition Government
» Notre-Dame Treasures, Relics Saved After Firefighter-Priest Led Human Chain Inside Burning Cathedral
» Notre-Dame: Fire Believed Accidental, As France Reacts
» Notre Dame Fire Was 2nd to Hit an Iconic French Catholic Church in a Month
» Notre-Dame Fire: Artists Pay Homage
» Notre-Dame: 856 Years of French History
» Record Amount of Czech Households Increased Their Wealth, Shows Study
» Resurrection: Paris Vows to Rebuild Notre Dame After Devastating Fire
» Revealed: Islamic State Plan for Series of Paris-Style Massacres Across Europe
» Romania: Ford to Invest Additional 200 Mln in Car Factory
» Shepard Smith Has to Abruptly End an Interview With a French Elected Official
» Social Media Sees Some Laughing and Mocking Notre-Dame Fire
» Stunning Election Surge by Immigration Patriot Finns Party
» The Internet Erupts With Speculation About Who Started the Notre Dame Fire
» Video Shows Julian Assange Skateboarding in Ecuadorian Embassy, Arguing With Security Guards
 
South Asia
» Historic Dive Reveals New Species, Leaves Researchers ‘Speechless’
» Human Rights Body Raises Concern Over Forced Conversions in Islamic Pakistan
 
Australia — Pacific
» 6 Charged With Spreading New Zealand Mosque Shooting Video Online
» Couple Whose Car Became Stuck in Australian Crocodile-Infested Swamp Were Rescued After Writing ‘Help’ In Giant Letters in the Mud
» Gang of African Teens Storm an Optus Store and Try to Steal Mobile Phones — Before Bowling Over an 81-Year-Old Woman and Breaking Her Pelvis While Trying to Flee
» Woman Who Swore Allegiance to ISIS and Tried to Fly Overseas to Join the Terror Group is Jailed as Judge Slams Her for Showing No Remorse
 
Latin America
» Hackers Unleashed 40 Million Cyberattacks on Ecuador After Julian Assange’s Arrest
 
Immigration
» Denmark: Change Appears Elusive Despite Anti-Immigration Movements
» Italy — 1 in 5 Arrests Are Foreigners Despite Making Up Only 8.7 Percent of the Population
» Libyan PM Warns EU About Almost Million of Potential Migrants, Echoes Gaddafi
» Mexican National Gets Ridiculously Light Sentence for Illegally Voting in U.S. Presidential Election
» Pakistani Migrant Faces Trial for Smashing Historic Church Holding Tombs of French Kings
» Trump Illegal Alien Fugitive List Refutes Democrats’ and Media’s Big Lie
 
Culture Wars
» Baptist Pastor Says Bank of America Shut Down All of His Church’s Bank Accounts
» Buttigieg: Pence Uses Religious Beliefs as ‘An Excuse to Harm’ Others
» Preferred Pronouns or Prison — A Free Speech Emergency
» Socialist Bernie Sanders Gives Shockingly Cold Answer About Late-Term Abortion [Video]
» Tranny Wars: Alaska Girl Meets Boy in Bathroom, Boy Lands in Hospital. Boy Was Protesting Girl in Boys’ Room.
 

U.K. Jobs Growth Keeps Unemployment Rate at Lowest Since 1970s

The U.K. labor market continued its impressive performance in the three months through February as employment jumped and wage growth far outpaced inflation.

The number of people in work rose by 179,000 to a record high, keeping unemployment at 3.9 percent, the lowest rate since 1975, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. The growth in employment was driven mainly women, who accounted for more than 140,000 of the increase.

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

“Submit to Islam”: South Carolina Church Vandalized With Islamic-Themed Graffiti

125-year-old windows broken

A South Carolina church had three of its 125-year-old windows broken and was vandalized with Islamic graffiti that read, “submit to God thru Islam”.

“Muhammed is his prophet” was also spray-painted on the outside of Midway Presbyterian Church on Sunday hours after celebrating Palm Sunday.

The Anderson Police Department is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.

“I hope they get changed with a hate crime!” said one respondent on Facebook.

“This is what happens when this ideology is allowed to permeate our country,” added another.

However, other respondents expressed doubt that a Muslim was behind the attack, speculating that it could have just as easily been high school kids.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

5 Social Networks to Use in 2019 Instead of Facebook

In recent years, the tide of public opinion has slowly but surely turned against the intrusive actions of Big Tech companies. People are tired of corporations mining their personal information and censoring or manipulating their content online and, as a result, the biggest social networks, like Facebook and YouTube, are beginning to see a noticeable exodus of users.

Until recently, fleeing users had nowhere else to go. But the advent of decentralized, encrypted technologies has ushered in a new generation of social platforms that prioritize privacy, transparency, and free speech, allowing users more control over their posts and content. There are now dozens of social applications operating on peer-to-peer or blockchain-based networks.

Here are five good starting points in your journey away from Facebook:

Minds — Minds is the oldest network on this list and has slowly cultivated an impassioned legion of users who consider it the heir apparent to Facebook. But Minds is vastly different than Facebook: it is open source, meaning that anyone can help improve the site’s design; it is decentralized and encrypted, which means that corporate data miners can’t poach user data and governments can’t monitor the site’s messaging app; and the site allows its users to earn money through their posts.

Founder Bill Ottman, who launched Minds in 2011 with an innovative model of “hybrid” investing that tapped both tokens and VCs, described the site’s origins: “We started Minds in my basement after being disillusioned by user abuse on Facebook and other big tech services. We saw spying, data mining, algorithm manipulation, and no revenue sharing,” he said. “To us, it’s inevitable that an open source social network becomes dominant, as was the case with Wikipedia and proprietary encyclopedias.”

Minds now has millions of active users. The mission for “Internet freedom” has only grown, underscored in 2018 when hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese users joined the site after their country passed a draconian cybersecurity law that restricted free speech.

[Comment: Sixth one — gab.com]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

As Promised, Defiant Assange Dumps All WikiLeaks Files — More Shall be Revealed — Find Files Here!

This is absolutely incredible and for those who actually do investigative journalism, this is going to be source material for possibly years to come. As co-founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange was arrested and dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, he stated the files would be dumped, and unlike the state controlled media, you could bank on him following through with what he said.

Click here (https://file.wikileaks.org/file/) to view the massive document dump from Wikileaks.

Assange had made it known this was coming as a result of his arrest. Now, once again, he’s made good on his word in the face of the US government’s threats to criminalize him for something that other press and publishers do all the time.

[Comment: It’s a huge document dump — the directory names certainly look interesting. Things like bildeberg-meeting-report, bohemian-grove-guest-list, clinton-emails, uk-masons-yearbook, microsoft-spy — which details what information microsoft retains on its online services, etc.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

County Sheriff Blasts Colorado’s Red Flag Law on Facebook

More than half of Colorado’s county sheriffs are on record opposing the Red Flag (ERPO) bill signed into law by Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Friday. One of them went a very large step further: He posted the reasons for his opposition to it in a carefully crafted, thoughtfully drawn six-page statement on his Facebook page.

Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek wrote that, under the new law to be effective January 1, 2020:

A household/family member could petition the court for an order requiring the Respondent to immediately surrender all firearms and any concealed carry permit. A law enforcement agency could also petition the court for a search warrant, based upon presumptive criminal acts.

Upon a judge’s order, without notice, or the accused’s ability to defend charges, his property is taken away. Imagine … their first awareness of an issue is when police arrive at their home stating that they represent the government and are there to confiscate their guns.

It’s not hard to imagine how that could elicit conflict, which could easily escalate to a physical encounter, as the defendant attempts to protect their property, placing deputies in immediate danger.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Google Comes Under Fire for Sabotaging Other Browsers Once Again

It’s no secret that Google Chrome is the world’s most popular browser, and while a lot of that might be owed to its quality, some believe that Google intentionally sabotaged competing browsers in order to grow in popularity. A former Mozilla executive has lashed out at the Mountain View company for repeatedly and continuously finding less-than-desirable ways to promote its own browser.

Jonathan Nightingale posted a series of tweets over the weekend, detailing some of the events that took place between Google and Mozilla over the years. Nightingale starts by pointing out that Google typically played nice with Mozilla before Chrome was a thing, but things turned sour once Google’s browser launched. While the company kept trying to convince Mozilla that both organizations were on the same side, things would often break in Firefox for no real reason.

According to Nightingale, Google services such as Google Docs and Gmail would have selective performance issues in Firefox, demo sites would incorrectly claim Firefox is incompatible, and so on. Each time Mozilla called attention to those problems, Google would apologize and say a fix is on the way, but the same situation would repeat itself over and over, “maybe hundreds” of times. Each time, Firefox would lose users to Chrome, ultimately giving Google’s browser the popularity it has today.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hero Judge Calls Antifa Teacher’s Lawsuit Against College Repub “Unreasonable, “ Orders Her to Pay Up

Judge Vince Chhabria ordered pro-Antifa middle school teacher Yvette Felarca to pay $11,000 to former UC Berkeley College Republican president Troy Worden to cover his attorney’s fees.

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

Hypocrite Socialist Bernie Sanders is in the 1%

It should come as no surprise that socialists are hypocrites and Senator Bernie Sanders is no different. He likes to spend his time blaming capitalism and free markets for the 1% when he himself is a true 1%er.

Sanders has never actually created much of anything over the course of his life, other than the hot air he expels as he looks down on those who actually produce wealth in a country with a very limited (if any) free market left. He may have written some books in which he bemoans the system that has allowed him to get rich, but Sanders is wealthy not just from his books, but off the backs of the taxpayers. Don’t let him fool you — he became a millionaire in 2016. He was rich because the government steals money from producers and gives it to him and other criminal hypocrites as a salary for being an authoritarian politician. And this was going on long before he wrote a book.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ilhan Omar Raises Massive Donations Despite Anti-Semitic Controversies

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar raised nearly $1 million for her 2020 re-election campaign despite repeatedly receiving backlash for anti-Semitic and anti-America comments.

Omar raised $832,000 in the three months since being sworn into congressional office, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) report filed Monday. The massive fundraising haul puts her among the top-earning House Democrats.

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

Jet-Setters From Around the World Meet on a Private Island for ‘Orgies’ And Other Sexual Acts With Young, Sometimes Underage, Women

LITTLE ST. JAMES, U.S. Virgin Islands (INTELLIHUB.COM) — If you can name it — it has likely taken place on the lavish private island off the coast of Florida which boasts a beautifully landscaped plush luxury estate complete with its own helipad, privy only to certain members of the global elite.

Owned by Jeffery Epstein, a wealthy American financier and convicted sex offender, Little St. James Island appears to be somewhat of a gathering place and is a well desired hangout among key figureheads, actors, and royalty to the likes of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and even Prince Andrew.

However, the people attending the lavish residence are likely not there to discuss “cutting edge scientific and medical research” as the Epstein VI Foundation would like you to believe, but rather experience full-on sexual encounters with underage girls as young as fourteen.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Liberal Donor Group Wants Next President to Support Green New Deal

Private document reveals liberal donor club’s ‘Vision for a Progressive America’

The secretive Democracy Alliance donor club is hoping its nearly $300 million in political spending this cycle will result in a new political leadership willing to advance liberal ideas such as the Green New Deal, a private and confidential document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows.

The document, “Vision for a Progressive America, and What’s Needed to Get There,” was distributed to Democracy Alliance partners at their spring donor conference in Texas earlier this month. In it, leadership reflects on the effectiveness of the $1.83 billion it has injected into “progressive infrastructure” since its founding in 2005, and lays out agreed upon policy objectives for the coming years.

Among those objectives is the Green New Deal, the document states.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Man Stabbed by Fellow Student at a University in Chicago

CHICAGO — A 20-year-old man was critically wounded after being stabbed by a fellow student at a university in Chicago.

Police say the 20-year-old victim and the 42-year-old suspect were in one of East-West University’s academic facilities Tuesday afternoon when the older man produced a folding knife and stabbed the victim in the back.

The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was reported in critical condition. Details about victim’s identity, other than his age and gender, have not been released by police…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Man Who Threw 5-Year-Old Off of Mall Balcony Reveals Outrageous Motive

The man who threw a 5-year old boy off of the third-floor balcony of the Mall of America just became even more outrageous and despicable.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda told authorities he planned the crime the day before and then arrived at the mall around 10:15. He had planned to throw an adult over the balcony because he said adults usually stand close to the balcony on the third floor.

The sickening thing is the reason he gave for why he went to the mall to kill someone is that he was angered by rejection from the women at the mall. He told police he had been coming to the mall for years trying to talk to women but had been rejected. Revenge for being rejected by women? It’s so hard to believe this motive.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Mapping San Francisco’s Human Waste Challenge — 132,562 Cases Reported in the Public Way Since 2008

By many measures, San Francisco is a world-class city. It’s a tourist mecca that boasts 25 million visitors each year. It’s home to wonders of the modern world — the Golden Gate Bridge and its iconic cable cars — as well as powerful progressive politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor Gavin Newsom, and U.S. Senator (and presidential hopeful) Kamala Harris.

The broader San Francisco Bay Area can also claim Silicon Valley and its booming economy.

But the city itself is in trouble. Today, San Francisco hosts an estimated homeless population of 7,500 people. Affluent sections of the city have become dangerous with open-air drug use, tens of thousands of discarded needles, and, sadly, human feces.

Since 2011, there have been at least 118,352 reported instances of human fecal matter on city streets.

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

San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle: 3 Formerly Beautiful West Coast Cities Have Literally Been Transformed Into Hellholes

Today, millions of people are leaving California and never looking back because of the utter hellhole the entire state has become

Once upon a time, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle were three of the most beautiful cities on the entire planet.

I know that this is hard to imagine today, but there was a time when millions of people eagerly moved out to the west coast for a better quality of life. Sadly, the reverse is true today. Millions of people are moving away from our major cities on the west coast because of the hellholes that they have become. A former Seattle police officer that was recently interviewed by a reporter from KOMO News was very honest about the fact that he would never want to raise a family in Seattle because of the hellhole that it has become. Every night he saw the worst of Seattle firsthand, and he finally felt forced to quit because city officials would not allow him to effectively do his job. An explosion of homelessness in our major west coast cities has fueled a wave of crime, drugs and human degradation unlike anything we have seen before, and in many cases our law enforcement officials have their hands tied and are literally being prevented from cleaning up the streets.

Right now, more than half a million people are homeless in the United States. As the economy gets worse, that number will continue to rise.

Many homeless Americans are law-abiding citizens that have just had a tough break. Everyone gets knocked down in life at some point, and we need to do all that we can to help those law-abiding citizens get back on their feet.

But because of their ultra-liberal policies, some of the major cities on the west coast have become magnets for drug addicts, serial criminals, sex offenders, illegal immigrants and people that have simply heard about all of the “free benefits” that are being offered. As a result, the streets of those cities have become a showcase for the social decay that is sweeping across our nation.

Let’s start with San Francisco. According to one report, it is home to more than 28,000 homeless people, and that would make San Francisco the city with the third largest homeless population in the United States.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Socialist Charity Donations

They say that socialist people are very generous with your money and “they” are correct. Bernie Sanders has finally released his tax returns and they show two things: first, running for President has been lucrative for the 77 year old. In 2014, when few knew old Bernie, his income was $206,000. Three years later after his campaign: $1.2 million.

Now you know why folks run. And that doesn’t even address Bernie’s travel and expenses that political donations handle.

The second thing we now know about Bernie is that he’s tight with the charity bucks — just 3.4 percent given in 2018.

But Bernie’s a wild charity donator compared to Kamala Harris who clocks in at 1.4 percent on the charity front, and Kirsten Gillibrand at 1.8.

Harris earned nearly two million last year. Oh, those San Francisco values.

In addition to the “wealth tax” the far left adores, how about a cheap-skate tax?

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

“In 15-20 Years Orban Won’t be Alone”

“Hungary’s anti-migration policy serves as a model for other European countries”, Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum told Hungarian weekly Hetek.

“Your government decided to build a fence on the border and managed to finish it. This was a right and necessary decision because this is a national competence,” Pipes said, adding that European voters are starting to understand the dangers of immigration and Islamisation.

According to Pipes, “civilisational parties” will rule everywhere in Europe in 15-20 years and “then Prime Minister Viktor Orban won’t be so alone”.

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

BuzzFeed Caught in Huge Lie About Notre Dame Fire

Claim video showing people reacting with smiley emoticons was a “hoax” when it was completely legitimate.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

China’s Xi Arrives in Rome

Govt set to sign Silk Road memorandum during visit

(ANSA) — Beijing, March 21 — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Italy on Thursday as part of a State visit during which the two countries will sign a memorandum of understanding for Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a huge infrastructure plan to create a sort of modern Silk Road connecting China to Europe and Africa.

Xi will meet President Sergio Mattarella on Friday and Premier Giuseppe Conte on Saturday.

The Chinese president will also pay a private visit to Palermo on Saturday.

Xi’s trip will also take in Monaco and France up to March 26.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark Arrests 23 After Violence Triggered by Campaigner Throwing Quran in Air

Danish police faced off against civil unrest and riots in a diverse suburb of capital city Copenhagen Sunday night, as local residents reacted violently to the presence of an anti-Islamisation campaigner who threw a copy of the Quran into the air.

Lawyer and political campaigner Rasmus Paludan, who had pre-warned police that he was intending to lead a demonstration on Sunday afternoon, threw a copy of the Quran through the air several times before being escorted away from the area by police for his own safety. Paludan was banned from protesting in Copenhagen for the rest of the day, but launched a new protest Tuesday evening in a neighbouring police district.

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

Farage: EU Elections Will Herald a ‘New Future for British Democracy’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said EU elections will mark the beginning of a new era in British politics and told MEPs in the European Parliament, “I’m coming back. In fact, lots and lots of us are coming back.”

“The Brexit Party will sweep the board at these elections,” Mr Farage told his colleagues in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

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

Free Julian Assange or ‘Chaos is Coming!’ Anonymous Warns as They Threaten Crime Agency

JULIAN Assange must be freed from custody or the UK Government will face “chaos”, the Anonymous hackers group warned.

The threat came after members of the group, thought to be part of the wider Anonymous hackers, claimed they were able to temporarily take down the National Crime Agency website. The account, with the Twitter handle @your_anon-net and nearly 16,000 followers, made the threat to the Government in a post. The tweet says: “Free Assange or chaos is coming for you! National Crime Agency #Offline.”

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

French Billionaires Pledge Nearly $350 Million to Rebuild Notre Dame

In what some might ascribe to a holy week miracle, the interior of Notre Dame was miraculously saved last night by the more than 400 firefighters worker to suppress a devastating fire that destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old cathedral, as well as its iconic spire. In a speech delivered shortly before midnight, French President Emmanuel Macron implored the French people to join a national fundraising campaign to repair the damage, and at least one of the country’s wealthiest men has already obliged.

French billionaire François-Henri Pinault said Monday night that he and his family would donate €100 million ($113 million) to the rebuilding effort. Pinault, who is chairman of Kerring group, the luxury goods powerhouse behind Gucci, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, said the money would come from his family’s investment firm, Artemis.

In a statement, the billionaire, who is married to actress Selma Hayek, said he hopes that the money will help the Catholic Church “completely rebuild Notre Dame.”

“My father [François Pinault] and I have decided to release as of now from the funds of Artemis a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame,” he said.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

French Student Leader: “I Swear to Allah We Don’t Give a Rat’s Ass” About Notre Dame

The Vice-President of the French student union at the University of Lille reacted to the Notre Dame fire by tweeting, “I swear to Allah we don’t give a rat’s ass.”

“How much are people going to cry for some bits of wood? I swear to Allah you like French identity too much while we don’t give a rat’s ass objectively it’s your madness of little white people,” tweeted Hafsa Askar.

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

Fundraiser Set Up to Rebuild Notre-Dame

A fundraiser to ‘rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris’ has started on the homepage of the Fondation de France.

Donations made via this site benefit from a 66% tax credit, so for example a €50 donation will only cost you €17 after a refund from the French tax office, if you are a taxpayer in France

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

Haunting New Photos Reveal How Notre Dame’s Flame-Ravaged Interior Has Survived

Newly-released footage has revealed how heroic French firefighters raced into the burning Notre Dame last night and saved the 850-year-old cathedral from destruction.

The fearless rescue team charged into the inferno with huge flames leaping across the church and sparks tumbling from the ceiling after the roof of the Paris landmark caught fire.

Firefighters battled for eight hours to contain the blaze which destroyed the cathedral’s roof and spire, but despite fears that the whole building could collapse the stone walls and bell towers remain standing today.

The firefighter’s actions — and their quick deployment of a robot to hose down the cathedral — meant that priceless treasures including reputed relics of the Crucifixion and 13th-century stained-glass windows were saved from the blaze.

Today haunting new photos of Notre Dame’s interior showed debris strewn across the floor as detectives probe the renovation work which may have led to the blaze.

[Comment: Two centuries to build (1163AD-1348AD — yes AD, not the PC garbage of CE) — destroyed in 63 minutes. Be sure to check out the graphic that shows which parts of Notre Dame were destroyed, which parts survived, and which parts were damaged.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hero Priest Saves Precious Artifacts From Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, But the Fate of Many Treasures Remains Unknown

A French priest has been hailed a hero for saving the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral during the blaze on Monday — but the fate of other precious treasures remains unknown.

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

Immigration Patriot “Singing Revolution” In Estonia?

Little Estonia played a big role in the collapse of the Communist Bloc, despite having a population of just over a million. With access to Finnish radio and television—Estonian and Finnish are very similar languages—Estonians were acutely aware of just how much more prosperous the West was. And like the other Baltic states, they’d also been independent between the Word Wars, meaning they had recent memories of nation-statehood. They took refuge in an extraordinary national tradition of mass folk singing, brilliantly chronicled in the 2006 movie The Singing Revolution. In June 1988, folk singing spontaneously broke out in the streets of the Estonian capital, Tallinn. By 23rd August 1989, two million people, all singing nationalist folk songs, had formed a human chain—the Baltic Way—across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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

Italy: Youth Worker Nabbed for Abusing ‘Fragile’ Minors

Caught heading for Paris with one-way ticket

(ANSA) — Vercelli, March 21 — A youth worker was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually abusing two ‘fragile’ girls aged 17 and 11 at home in and near Vercelli.

The 36-year-old man, of Somalia origin, was stopped on board a bus heading for Paris with a one-way ticket in his possession.

The man is accused of abusing his role to take advantage of struggling minors.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Infrastructure Investment Needed, Mattarella Says Before Xi Visit

Italy wants dialogue, relations must be transparent -president

(ANSA) — Rome, March 21 — President Sergio Mattarella has said he hopes Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy will boost bilateral relations in several areas, including infrastructure. The Italian government is expected to sign a memorandum of agreement for China’s Belt and Road Initiative during Xi’s visit. “(We hope the visit) can lead to agreements, ideas, projects for the Italian-Chinese partnership to develop further,” Mattarella told Chinese media after of the visit.

“(Hopefully this will) also benefit cooperation between Europe and Asia, which needs an increasing volume of sustainable investment for infrastructure, to ensure a future of prosperity and peace for all the peoples of the two continents”. The Belt and Road Initiative is a huge infrastructure plan that seeks to create a sort of modern Silk Road to better connect China to Europe and Africa. The United States has expressed reservations about Italy signing up to the plan. “Together with its European and international partners, Italy is committed to dialoguing with Europe to make it possible for companies on the two sides to operate in a fair way and to favour access to the respective markets, while protecting, in particular, the security of the investments and intellectual property, as well as fundamental standards and principles for the sustainability of the interventions in social, economic and environmental terms,” Mattarella said.

“The intensification of our economic relations must come through the creation of a climate that is as open and transparent as possible”. Xi lands in Rome later on Thursday and is set to stay in Italy until Saturday as part of a trip that also takes in Monaco and France.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: League CD Become Top EU Party — Bannon

Populists cd get over 50% od EP seats

(ANSA) — Rome, March 21 — Former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon said in Rome Thursday that the League could become the top party in the next European Parliament after the May European elections.

“The League could become the biggest force in the European Parliament and the National Rally (formerly National Front) (of France) the third biggest party,” he said.

“I think the populists can get over 50% of the seats if they maintain the impetus they have now,” he said.

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Italy: Father of Terror Bus Hero Boy Says Wants Citizenship

Egyptian Ramy hid phone, alerted authorities

(ANSA) — Milan, March 21 — The father of a 13-year-old Egyptian boy who phoned police aboard a school bus hijacked and later torched by a Senegalese bus driver angry at kids’ migrant deaths on Thursday said he would like to see his son get Italian citizenship.

“My son did his duty, it would be nice if he could now get Italian citizenship,” said Khalid Shehata, father of Ramy, who managed to hide his cellphone and make the first call to emergency services on board the terror bus near Milan Wednesday.

“We’re Egyptians, I arrived in Italy in 2001, my son was born here in 2005 but we’re still waiting for the official document.

“We would really like to stay in this country.” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said “we will evaluate” the request for Ramy’s citizenship.

Fellow Deputy Premier, Labour and Industry Minister and 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said he was in favour.

Salvini aslo said Thursday the government would do all it can to strip Italian citizenship from the Senegalese-Italian bus driver.

“We’ll do everything possible to make sure this bloody guy has his Italian citizenship revoked,” said Salvini on the stump for regional elections in Basilicata.

“Let him not speak for 60 million Italians,” he said, referring to the man’s call to stop migrant children’s deaths in the Mediterranean.

Bus driver Oussenyou Sy has a definitive conviction for harassing a minor, sources said on Thursday. Sy, a 47-year-old from Senegal who has Italian citizenship, was handed a definitive one-year suspended prison term in 2018 in relation to harassment of a 17-year-old girl that took place in 2010.

The man was also convicted for drink driving in 2007, the sources said.

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Muslims Gloat on Social Media as Blaze Destroys Notre Dame Cathedral During Holy Week

‘Allah Est Grand’

A whole lot of people with Arab names are finding the historic Notre Dame ablaze very funny.

Twitter user Damien Rieu posted a video showing the amount of people responding to a video of the Paris church with a “laughing” face emoji on Facebook.

Watch:…

A sampling of the Facebook users taking delight in the tragedy…see if you notice anything in common:

  • Wahid Hadji
  • Oubbad Jsk
  • Yusuf Mohammedzai
  • Hessam Massa
  • Mohamed Hiadi
  • Mohamed Bensalem
  • Alaa Atfeh
  • Raidh Khaled
  • Ammar Sofiane
  • Abdelhakim Noui Oua
  • Mohamed Amin

You get the picture.

Witnesses say the fire broke out at the 850-year-old cathedral earlier today.

The roof and spire have collapsed and officials believe “nothing will remain”.

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Nationalist Finns Party Second Largest in Finnish Election — Social Democrats Won by 0.1% Margin, And Will Form Coalition Government

The leader of Finland’s centre-left Social Democratic party (SDP), Antti Rinne, declared victory in the general election after almost complete results showed his party winning by a razor-thin margin with 17.7%.

“For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland… SDP is the prime minister party”, Rinne said after more than 99.5% of votes were counted.

The nationalist, Eurosceptic Finns party (PS) was in second place with 17.6%, according to nearly complete results published by the justice ministry.

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Notre-Dame Treasures, Relics Saved After Firefighter-Priest Led Human Chain Inside Burning Cathedral

The chaplain to the Parisian fire brigade has been hailed as a hero after it was revealed he led efforts to save the priceless holy relics and art stored inside Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The story of Father Jean-Marc Fournier was reported by Christian journalist of French Catholic Television station KTOTV, who revealed the chaplain went into the burning cathedral to retrieve relics and art before they could be damaged by fire and falling debris. Reports state the priest formed a human chain to carry the items away from danger.

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Notre-Dame: Fire Believed Accidental, As France Reacts

The fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris yesterday (April 15) was likely caused by construction work, firefighters have said, as art historians, MPs, business leaders, and the public react to the disaster.

The flames — which are believed to have started at around 18h — have now been completely extinguished, according to the emergency services on the scene.

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Notre Dame Fire Was 2nd to Hit an Iconic French Catholic Church in a Month

The world watched in horror as Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral erupted in flames Monday. It was the second fire to hit a historic French Catholic church in under a month.

Editor’s note: The initial version of this article contained information about vandalism in French churches. The author believed it necessary to include it to point out the troubles that have recently plagued the Catholic churches of France. The text stressed that vandalism had nothing to do with the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Upon review, we believe that although the article was factually correct, some readers may have found it insensitive. That was not what RT was aiming for. Like the rest of the world, we grieve for the partial loss of the architectural masterpiece that is Notre Dame.

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Notre-Dame Fire: Artists Pay Homage

Drawings from artists around the world have been shared throughout the night on social media to pay homage to Notre-Dame.

Here we select a few to share.

Many refer to Quasimodo, le bossu de Notre-Dame (the hunchback of Notre-Dame), the most-known character and bell-ringer of the cathedral in the novel of Victor Hugo.

Here he appears crying over the cathedral that he holds firmly in his arms.

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Notre-Dame: 856 Years of French History

“It’s our history, our literature, our imagination, the place where we lived our greatest moments” — so said President Macron in homage to Notre-Dame Cathedral, whose roof and spire were devastated in a fire last night.

His words might be a slight exaggeration, but they sum up the attachment of the French to the iconic gothic cathedral which was for centuries the tallest building in Paris and with 13million visitors a year (around 30,000 a day) is Europe’s most visited historic monument

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Record Amount of Czech Households Increased Their Wealth, Shows Study

Nearly a third of Czech households saw their financial wealth grow last year, a study published by GfK reveals. The market researcher’s director, Tomas Drtina, told journalists at a press conference that this was the largest wealth increase since the study began to be conducted more than twenty years ago. Households expect their income to continue growing in 2019 as well.

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Resurrection: Paris Vows to Rebuild Notre Dame After Devastating Fire

The morning after a fire ravaged Notre Dame cathedral at the beginning of Holy Week, Parisians have embraced the period of faith and resurrection and vowed to rebuild.

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Revealed: Islamic State Plan for Series of Paris-Style Massacres Across Europe

Plans for a series of Islamic State terrorist attacks across Europe in emulation of the Bataclan massacre in Paris, France, have been revealed.

In a letter to the Islamic State’s self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi uncovered by The Sunday Times, six jihadist leaders describe how they will use a number of so-called “crocodile cells” to acquire funds for terrorist operations through violent crime and perpetrate mass-casualty terrorist attacks against European civilians.

“Killing infidel venture capitalists, hacking banks through bank accounts, bank robberies or robberies of places that are pre-studied” will be some of the tactics used to accrue resources, the letter explains, promising that “After any operation of this kind, we will send the money as we procure it.”

The director of the cells, based in Germany and Russia but operating across Europe, possibly by exploiting the European Union’s borderless Schengen zone, is identified as one Abu Khabab al-Muhajir, with specific targets including German passenger trains and a petroleum refinery oil pipeline near Basel, Switzerland.

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Romania: Ford to Invest Additional 200 Mln in Car Factory

To increase output by two thirds

(ANSA) — BELGRADE, 20 MAR — The company Ford will invest 200 million euros in its Romanian plant in Craiova, with the aim of producing 250,000 cars annually on the local market, local media reported.

Last year, Ford built 150,000 cars and 300,000 engines in Craiova, climbing at the second place in the top of the largest exporters in Romania after the local carmaker Dacia, subsidiary of Renault, the portal Romania Insider reported. “Ford has transformed the Romanian plant into one of the most modern in Europe,” said Andrew McCall, vice president of Ford Europe’s government relations, quoted by Romanian media. “We are Romania’s second-biggest exporter, and the story does not end here,” McCall added.

The president of Ford Romania, Ian Pearson, stated that, in total, Ford invested almost 1.3 billion euros in Romania, Radio Romania International reported, adding that the company will hire another 1,700 people by the end of the year to reach a total number of 6,200 employees.

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Shepard Smith Has to Abruptly End an Interview With a French Elected Official

A surreal moment on Fox, Shepard Smith has to abruptly end an interview with a French elected official who says about the Notre Dame fire that the “politically correct will try to tell you this is an accident”

[Comment: Best comment — “ “We’re not going to speculate on that…” But it’s OK to report before the fire is out that it was not arson or terrorism. What kind of investigation is that? How did French authorities rule out arson and terrorism when they can’t even get within 500 feet and it’s all ashes?” ]

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Social Media Sees Some Laughing and Mocking Notre-Dame Fire

Social media has seen a variety of reactions following the tragic fire at Paris’ iconic Notre-Dame cathedral Monday, but some users chose to mock and laugh at those expressing sorrow.

Several accounts on Twitter expressed mockery over the loss of the 850 plus year-old cathedral, which has become an icon of the city of Paris since the Medieval era.

[Comment: Social media is one of the worst inventions in human history.]

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Stunning Election Surge by Immigration Patriot Finns Party

For a while on Sunday night, it seemed that the immigration-patriot Finns Party, led by the Slavic languages scholar Dr Jussi Halla-Aho, was actually going to come joint-first in the country’s parliamentary elections. Ultimately, it took 17.5% of the vote and 39 sears, compared to 17.7% and 40 seats for Social Democratic Party.

Immigration patriotism is on a roll in Scandinavia (see hereand here.) But nobody expected the Finns Party (Finnish name Perussuomalaiset—often translated as True Finns, although The Finns Party is now its official English-language name) to do so well, let alone to very nearly win. Even the notoriously cerebral and inscrutable Halla-Aho, long dismissed as a far-right fanatic who’d lead his party to electoral oblivion, couldn’t help but beam from ear-to-ear.

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The Internet Erupts With Speculation About Who Started the Notre Dame Fire

Update 2: Ever careful to watch for false-flags and conspiracy theory concerns, video is emerging of a Gilets-Jaunes in black clothes at one of the two towers half an hour after the start of the fire at Notre-Dame…

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Video Shows Julian Assange Skateboarding in Ecuadorian Embassy, Arguing With Security Guards

Video has been released showing some of the bizarre behavior exhibited by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he lived for the last seven years, before being ousted and subsequently arrested by British authorities last week.

Footage filmed inside Assange’s 330-square-foot apartment, obtained by Spanish newspaper El Pais, shows Assange attempting to skateboard around the room to pass the time, and also shows him getting into an argument with a security guard who objected to a meeting he was trying to hold there.

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Historic Dive Reveals New Species, Leaves Researchers ‘Speechless’

American explorer Victor Vescovo completed an historic submersible dive to one of the most isolated places on Earth, and the expedition captured video of a new species that had researchers “speechless.”

In the Triton submarine called Limiting Factor, Vescovo descended 23,596 feet into the deepest part of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, becoming the first human to dive to its depths.

Vescovo is attempting to reach the bottom of all the Earth’s oceans. This was his third dive as part of the Five Deeps Expedition and it occurred April 5, though it was just announced Tuesday in a news release.

At the bottom of the Java Trench, the team captured video footage of species never before seen by humans.

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Human Rights Body Raises Concern Over Forced Conversions in Islamic Pakistan

In its annual report, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said the government has done little in the past to stop such forced marriages and asked the lawmakers to pass effective legislation to end the practice.

PTI | Islamabad | April 15, 2019:: Pakistan’s independent human rights watchdog on Monday raised concerns about incidents of forced conversions and marriages of Hindu and Christian girls, saying around 1,000 such cases were reported just in the southern Sindh province alone last year.

“Around one thousand cases of Hindu and Christian girls were estimated in the province of Sindh alone in 2018. The cities where such cases occurred frequently included Umerkot, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Karachi, Tando Allahyar, Kashmore and Ghotki,” said the 335-page report titled “State of Human Rights in 2018”.

Stating that no authentic data is available on forced conversions and forced marriages in Pakistan, the report said that the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 has not been enforced effectively and the state’s response to forced marriages has been mixed.

“If not accomplices, police are insensitive and indifferent at best in most cases,” the report said…

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6 Charged With Spreading New Zealand Mosque Shooting Video Online

Six people appeared in a New Zealand court Monday on charges they illegally redistributed the video a gunman livestreamed as he shot worshippers at two mosques last month. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll denied bail to businessman Philip Arps and an 18-year-old suspect who both were taken into custody in March. The four others are not in custody.

The charge of supplying or distributing objectionable material carries a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment.

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Couple Whose Car Became Stuck in Australian Crocodile-Infested Swamp Were Rescued After Writing ‘Help’ In Giant Letters in the Mud

A Western Australian couple whose car became stuck in a crocodile-infested swamp have been rescued after they spelled out ‘HELP’ in giant letters in the mud.

Shantelle Johnson and her partner Colen Nulgit became stuck a bog during a fishing trip to the Keep River National Park in the Northern Territory on Monday.

They tried to free the car by digging around the tyres but they eventually gave up and were forced to spend the night in the marsh…

Eventually the couple realised that they would have to take matters into their own hands if they wanted to be rescued.

They managed to start a fire and penciled out the word HELP in the mud to attract the attention of passing planes.

‘I guess we were both upset but I had to put on my big boy boots and keep her calm and also try to keep myself calm,’ Mr Nulgit said.

After more than 24 hours the couple’s quick-thinking finally paid off when they were spotted by rescuers flying overhead.

Kununurra police later praised the couple for how they handled the situation, including staying with their vehicle and for letting relatives know their whereabouts.

Acting Sergeant Dean Andrzejaczek told the publication if the couple hadn’t told their family where they were going their fishing trip could’ve ended in disaster.

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Gang of African Teens Storm an Optus Store and Try to Steal Mobile Phones — Before Bowling Over an 81-Year-Old Woman and Breaking Her Pelvis While Trying to Flee

CCTV footage captured the group of up to 15 boys entering the store during the alleged attempted robbery at Casula Mall in Sydney’s south-west last Friday.

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Woman Who Swore Allegiance to ISIS and Tried to Fly Overseas to Join the Terror Group is Jailed as Judge Slams Her for Showing No Remorse

Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif was jailed for three years in a South Australian legal first, convicted of taking steps to become a member of Islamic State.

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Hackers Unleashed 40 Million Cyberattacks on Ecuador After Julian Assange’s Arrest

Julian Assange’s arrest at the end of last week by British officials who finally snatched him at the London embassy in Ecuador where he’d been living for years did not, in turns out, put the matter to rest for Ecuadorian officials.

Patricio Real, the county’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies, told Agence France Presse in an interview that Assange’s controversial arrest prompted a massive wave of cyberattacks against the country. They added up to a whopping 40 million attacks and “principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom,” as well as from South America.

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Denmark: Change Appears Elusive Despite Anti-Immigration Movements

Although Denmark is home to one of Europe’s most successful anti-mass-immigration movements, the bleak facts concerning the effects of mass-immigration have not been taken seriously by the mainstream media, and politicians are often reluctant to address the matter.

How did this situation come about?

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Italy — 1 in 5 Arrests Are Foreigners Despite Making Up Only 8.7 Percent of the Population

Newly released statistical data from Italy’s national police force show that approximately one fifth — twenty percent — of all the arrests made in the country during 2018 were of foreigners.

According to the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, the crime report asserted that of the 5,173 individuals who were arrested by Italy’s police force in 2018, 990 of them were foreign-born nationals.

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Libyan PM Warns EU About Almost Million of Potential Migrants, Echoes Gaddafi

“We are facing a war of aggression that will spread its cancer throughout the Mediterranean.”

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Mexican National Gets Ridiculously Light Sentence for Illegally Voting in U.S. Presidential Election

A Mexican national was sentenced to one month in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced Monday.

Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, 61, pleaded guilty to illegally voting in the 2016 general election in North Carolina. He was consequently sentenced to one month in prison followed by a supervised release for one year.

Espinosa-Pena is a lawful permanent resident in Wake County, however, his application for United States citizenship had been denied. He had attempted to register to vote prior to the election but was initially denied since he was not a U.S. citizen.

An election official ultimately registered Espinosa-Pena and advised him that “if he wanted his voice to be heard, he needed to vote,” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Pakistani Migrant Faces Trial for Smashing Historic Church Holding Tombs of French Kings

A 41-year-old Pakistani migrant will face trial after vandalising the Saint-Denis Basilica, the home of the tombs of many French Kings including Charles Martel.

The Pakistani origin male, who had arrived in France only two months ago, will stand trial in Bobigny next month, accused of causing serious damage to the main organ of the basilica as well as smashing stained glass windows in an apparent attack that took place in March, Le Parisien reports.

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Trump Illegal Alien Fugitive List Refutes Democrats’ and Media’s Big Lie

The latest strategy being used by the Democratic Party and their supporters in the news media is the perpetuation of the Big Lie that the enormous flow of illegal aliens into the United States makes the nation even safer. They also provide statistics that are almost impossible to verify.

Failing to win the support of most Americans to their radical leftist agenda, the Democrats appear to encourage an unlimited number of foreigners, especially the uneducated, underclasses from Third World Countries. The thinking is that the impoverished and ignorant are much more likely to accept hardcore socialism than Americans who understand politics, economics, and the law.

During his first year in office, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated a “VOICE Most Wanted” fugitives list, highlighting fugitives connected to victims and families of victims who have sought help or information from ICE through the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office.

The fugitive list was reintroduced this week during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to help raise awareness of the work the VOICE Office does every day to support victims of crimes committed by individuals with a nexus to immigration. While the majority of news outlets are ignoring the program, many law enforcement agencies are directing victims to seek assistance from VOICE.

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Baptist Pastor Says Bank of America Shut Down All of His Church’s Bank Accounts

We’re entering new territory when unelected bankers can close down people’s bank accounts over their political and religious views.

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Buttigieg: Pence Uses Religious Beliefs as ‘An Excuse to Harm’ Others

During Tuesday’s CNN broadcast of “New Day,” South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg reacted to Vice President Mike Pence saying in an interview Friday that the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful has an issue with him using the First Amendment to speak out against homosexuality.

Buttigieg said his issue with Pence is that he uses his policies to “hurt people” — including children.

[Commenter: “Pete Buttigieg uses his sexual orientation as an excuse to harm those who adhere to their religious beliefs.”]

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Preferred Pronouns or Prison — A Free Speech Emergency

Misgendering could become a serious issue.

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Socialist Bernie Sanders Gives Shockingly Cold Answer About Late-Term Abortion [Video]

Brit Hume said it best when he tweeted out his opinion about Bernie Sanders’ demeanor as a politician:

Say this for Bernie Sanders. Most politicians, whatever else they do, try to be charming, or at least pleasant. Sanders makes no effort. I guess that’s his form of authenticity.

Sanders proved Hume right tonight with his snarky answers at a Fox News Town Hall. Yes, he got tough questions but one issue, in particular, showed a side of Sanders that is just cold. He was asked about late-term abortion and said he supports aborting babies up until the day they are born. Sickening…

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Tranny Wars: Alaska Girl Meets Boy in Bathroom, Boy Lands in Hospital. Boy Was Protesting Girl in Boys’ Room.

At North Pole High School in North Pole, a little southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, a girl is in trouble because she kicked a boy in the groin.

She kicked him the groin because he was in the girls’ restroom.

He was in the girls’ restroom not because he thinks he is a girl, but instead to protest the school’s decision to permit a girl who thinks she is a boy to use the boys’ bathroom.

The girl and seven boys got in trouble.

Another day, another victory for the pedagogues who run American education…

But what happened in Alaska will likely happen elsewhere if the so-called LGBT movement gets its way. Forcing normal kids to share restrooms with boys and girls who either pretend they are the opposite sex, or think they are the opposite sex because they are mentally ill, is one of its cherished goals.

As of 2017, 38 states were trying to stop the insanity by designating multi-user restrooms for boys or girls only. Not surprisingly, the radical Left immediately began a campaign of lawfare to block those actions. In Virginia, for instance, a federal judge ruled that a school must allow boy a who pretends he is a girl to use the girls’ restroom.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/16/2019

  1. https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/edgar_leitan/16825585/715115/715115_original.jpg

    “This post does not meet the standards of our community, so no one else can see it.”

    On the photo: Catholics, praying on the knees of the burning Council of Notre Dame. The photo on the knees of praying Christians is blocked by Facebook as extremist, containing “hatred”. This is a screenshot that the owner sent out over the web. The post is most likely blocked by direct demand-denunciation.

    Orwell is no longer only moving in the coffin, but is also tossing and turning more restlessly, preparing to rise from the dead. Or maybe he was already embodied in the army of zombie censors Zuckerberg?

    https://edgar-leitan.livejournal.com/343985.html

  2. “Record Amount of Czech Households Increased Their Wealth, Shows Study” – that’s great news and was to be expected as our economy is doing really well and unemployment is extremely low. Our businesses kept wages pretty low and now they are forced to give a moderate amount even to lower paying jobs, so even people with lower education can make a decent living.
    And recently there’s been some talk about putting more responsibilities on work agencies in order to prevent migrant crime, so if that goes beyond just talk, that would be good and better the situation even more. Right now the agencies just bring some workers from Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland or Ukraine and once their contract runs out nobody cares about them anymore (because the agencies get extra cash for new workers) and they tend to end up on the street and/or turn to crime (and sometimes drugs). With the new law in place the agencies would have to either find new work for them or take them back home before they can bring new workers in.

  3. “Update 2: Ever careful to watch for false-flags and conspiracy theory concerns, video is emerging of a Gilets-Jaunes in black clothes at one of the two towers half an hour after the start of the fire at Notre-Dame…” the person in the video look more like typical muslim attire, what are they even talking about, lol, no wonder that Clown World meme is going so strong these days…

  4. [Comment: Social media is one of the worst inventions in human history.]

    Social Media is just like a gun or Capitalism. All of them are totally amoral tools whose performance entirely relies upon the user’s intent.

    Yes, Social Media has been specifically designed to be addictive (through dopamine release) and play upon base insecurities (FOMO, Fear of Missing Out, being prominent amongst them).

    Just like a gun or Capitalism, nobody is forcing anyone to use either one. Just like a gun or Capitalism, the user’s safety is largely a matter for their own concern. Although, between corruption and regulatory subversion, the issue of individual safety no longer is so user-centric.

    A major tragedy centers upon how Financial Capitalism has supplanted Industrial Capitalism (i.e., wealth creation) in order to be transformed into an infernal weapon for the predatory and parasitic 1%.

    Ironically, most of today’s 1% wouldn’t know which end of a screwdriver to pick up, much less why one might be useful in assembling a car, changing history, and lifting millions out of poverty.

    Far better that they are entitled to pull up the ladders, create their own little pseudo-aristocracy, and fart through silk; all to convince themselves that buying a yacht is job creation and how it’s possible to spend your way out of a recession (with other people’s money, of course).

  5. French Billionaires Pledge Nearly $350 Million to Rebuild Notre Dame

    We already know how that money will be spent.
    The French are capable of horendous barbarity when it comes to their own culture.
    The roof will be rebuild with cheap steel girders and trusses and covered with aluminum sheeting. The new spire will be a glasfibre minaret to keep the muslims happy.
    With the money thus saved they will build a glass and steel monstrosity smack in front of the church and call it Centre Macron.
    Pretty much along the lines of how they buggered up the Louvre Palace.

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