Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/24/2019

A retired army soldier named Isaiah Joel Peoples drove his vehicle at high speed into a group of pedestrians in California before crashing into a tree. Eight of the pedestrians were wounded, some seriously. Witnesses said he seemed to be deliberately targeting his victims, and did not attempt to slow down or swerve. The driver is now in custody, and the FBI is investigating. His mother says he suffers from PTSD.

In other news, Turkish authorities arrested an Islamic extremist who was allegedly planning an attack at the ANZAC Day observances at Gallipoli.

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Financial Crisis
» The Cataclysmic $243 Trillion Global Debt Bomb Will Explode Impoverishing Everyone
 
USA
» ‘Absolutely Unjustified.’ Activists Decry Police Shooting of Man With Mental Illness
» Anti-Semitic Rep Ilhan Omar Raises Fortune in Campaign Funds… MN Public Schools Elevate Her to Hero Status
» Carjacker Shot by Father After Stealing Car With Child Inside
» Cell Tower Removed From School After Multiple Students and Teachers Diagnosed With Cancer
» CNN’s Stelter: Trump Avoiding Correspondent’s Dinner is an ‘Attack Against the Media’
» Driver Deliberately Plows Into Pedestrians on a Silicon Valley Street, Injuring Eight People Before Being Taken Into Police Custody
» FBI Aids Probe After Car Plows Into 8 California Pedestrians
» Florida Supreme Court Blocks Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel From Getting His Job Back
» Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus: Socialism Ends in Dependence and ‘Lower Standards of Living for Those Under Its Thumb’
» ISIS Terrorist Arrest in Wisconsin Gets No National News Coverage
» More Details Emerge on Boy Scouts’ ‘Perversion Files; Thousands of Boy Scout Leaders Face Child Sex Allegations
» Motorist Who Crashed Into Pedestrians Was Retired From Army
» Senior FBI Official Admits Under Oath They Found Hillary Clinton Email Records in Obama’s White House Office
» Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, First Lady for Property Tax Appeals on Gold Coast Mansion
» Texas Couple Who Enslaved Girl for 16 Years Get Seven-Year Prison Term
» The Resurrection of Death Panels
» ‘They Think They Are Above the Law’: The Firms That Own America’s Voting System
 
Canada
» How PEI’s Election Results Might Reshape Canada’s Constitution
 
Europe and the EU
» AfD Now Strongest Party in East Germany — State Election Wins May Force Merkel Out Early
» Brexit Customs Union Catastrophic for UK Claims Study — But May Still Panders to Corbyn
» German Lawmakers Denounce ‘Global Trend’ of Violence Against Christians
» Is Europe Sick?
» May to Let China Build UK 5G Network, Damaging National Security, Anglosphere Co-Operation
» No Change UK: Pro-EU CUK Party Will Back May to Stop General Election
» Notre Dame is About to be Ruined by Modernist Architects
» Pro-EU Labour Lord ‘Deeply Sorry’ After ‘I Hope You Won’t Vote for Labour’ Brexit Comments
» Swedish Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Calls for Panic — and a General Strike in the UK
» UK: MP Tables Motion to Debate No Confidence in Remainer Speaker Bercow
» UK: Theresa May Approves Huawei 5G Deal Despite Security Warnings
» UK: Veteran Tory Ann Widdecombe Defects to Farage’s Brexit Party
 
Middle East
» Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: Revisiting Islam’s Greatest Slaughter of Christians
» Fears Over Terror Threat to ANZAC Day Services as Turkish Authorities Arrest ‘Islamic Extremist Plotting to Attack Gallipoli Commemoration’ As Authorities Step Up Security Measures
» ISIS Extremist Plotting to Attack Gallipoli Commemoration on ANZAC Day is Arrested — as Security is Stepped Up at Dawn Services Across Australia Where Hundreds of Thousands Are Paying Their Respects
» Pictured — ‘Criminals’ Beheaded in Saudi Arabia After They Were Arrested Aged Just 16 and 17, With One Detained as He Was About to Fly to US to Start College and Another for Sharing Protest Details on WhatsApp
» Turkey: New Insect Species Discovered in Balikesir
 
South Asia
» Deadly Islamist Church Bombings ‘Acts of Violence Against All Faiths’ — EU Foreign Minister
» Exclusive: First Pictures of ‘Middle Class’ Suicide Bomber Brothers Who Calmly Walked Into Sri Lanka’s Five Star Hotels and Murdered Innocents Having Breakfast
» ISIS Member Warned He Had Trained Sri Lankan Bomb Mastermind Shortly Before Terror Attack
» Move Over Bintang! New Centrelink Singlet Featuring ‘Living the Dream’ Tagline Take Markets in Bali by Storm
» Sri Lanka: Islamist Easter Bomber Studied in UK, Australia, Death Toll Hits 359
 
Australia — Pacific
» Bizarre Moment a Man Bursts Into the Middle of a Christian Mass in New Zealand Church and Demands to Speak to Its Leader
» ‘It’s Almost ANZAC Day’: Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Makes Australia’s Most Sacred Day All About Her in Extraordinary Rant About Trolls and ‘White Privilege’
» Major Security Scare at ANZAC Dawn Service in New Zealand as Driver of a Car With No Windows or Seats Ploughs Through a Road Closure as Hundreds Gather to Remember Fallen Diggers
» Prince William Kicks Off New Zealand Tour on ANZAC Day Meeting Jacinda Ardern and Survivors of the Christchurch Massacre — While Kate Attends a Commemoration in London
» The Worst Paedophile in Australian History: Vile Sex Tourist Who Raped 13 Babies and Boys Before Sharing Sick Footage Online Shows No Remorse as He Awaits Sentencing
» ‘There is More That Unites Us Than Divides Us: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Delivers a Moving ANZAC Day Speech in the Wake of Christchurch Terror
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» The Sudanese Military: A Pawn of the Saudis?
 
Latin America
» Expedition to Columbia’s Vaupes Discovers 18 Species New to Science
 
Immigration
» Border Invasion Now With Guns; Unholy War
» France: Tunisian Migrant Arrested for Murdering Gay Man, Disembowelling Another
» Italy: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Police Attack Migrant Already Had Two Deportation Notices, Previously Attacked Officer
» Italy: Migrant Stabs Christian After Noticing Crucifix Necklace
» Muslims Attacked in the Christchurch Mosque Massacre Will be Granted Permanent Residency in New Zealand
» President Kushner to Present Trump With His Immigration Plan in Coming Days
» Should Natural Born Citizenship be a Requirement for All Federal Elected Offices?
» UK: Migrants Intercepted in the Channel Near Dover
» Video: “Refugees” Start Fires in Greece
 
Culture Wars
» “Fat Sex Therapist” Says Diet Culture is a Form of “Assault”
» Catholics Reject the Use of Puberty Blocker, Challenging Aifa
» ‘Fat Sex Therapist’ Compares Fitness Trainers to Nazis, Children’s Dieting to Sexual Assault
» Feminism Was Created to Destabilize Society, Tax Women and Set Up the NWO — Aaron Russo
» Living in Leftlandia
» Nicole Kidman Shrugs Off Being ‘Teased’ By Friends for Her Christian Faith
» ‘Orwellian’: Coin Celebrating LGBTQ Enters Circulation
» The Ideologue Who Wrote the Textbook Calling Trump and His Supporters “Racists”
» University Hosts No-Whites-Allowed Faculty and Staff Listening Sessions — to Promote Inclusivity
 

The Cataclysmic $243 Trillion Global Debt Bomb Will Explode Impoverishing Everyone

Once the global debt bomb explodes, there won’t be much left for anyone. Governments will fall, individuals will be impoverished, and businesses will implode. The elitists in power have tried to keep everyone in the dark, but maybe there’s an answer to this devastation.

Global debt now stands at a terrifying $243 trillion according to a report by the Institute of International Finance this week. That’s quarter of a quadrillion. We’re in the realms of the absurd and the unsustainable. That’s money that will never be repaid. The debt-based system is irrevocably broken and is still propped up by the lies told by central bankers and governments in order to remain in positions of power over others.

The record debt figure stands at three-times the world’s total gross domestic product (GDP). In other words, it’s three times larger than the value of all products and services on the planet. And the United States is contributing massively to this problem, propping up a debt bubble that will crush everyone when it finally bursts. It’s pretty safe to say that if you aren’t concerned, you simply aren’t paying attention and will be hurt when it all collapses.

An irresponsible monetary system addicted to printing money and issuing credit is destroying the standard of living almost everywhere on the planet. It’s time to admit that we, as human beings, need a new alternative to the control, wealth redistribution, theft, and slavery that’s overtaken humanity. And one website dares to say that while it’s far from perfect, bitcoin offers a viable solution with its fixed supply.

[Comment: How much of that is for the world’s greatest fraud of privately owmed central banks. Nations should not be going into debt to private banksters when nations seek to create their own curreny. That said, banksters are already seeking to own a worldwide cryptocurrency, to continue to perpetuate the debt spiral of nations.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Absolutely Unjustified.’ Activists Decry Police Shooting of Man With Mental Illness

Community activists on Wednesday night decried the fatal police shooting of Soheil Antonio Mojarrad and questioned whether Raleigh police can handle tense situations involving people with mental illness.

“This is unacceptable that a wonderful human being like Soheil is no longer alive today,” said Faisal Khan, founder and director of the Carolina Peace Center.

“Given the information that we have right now it is absolutely unjustified that he was shot and killed,” Khan said during a brief press conference broadcast by WRAL. “There’s absolutely no reason that he’s dead today.”

Kerwin Pittman, executive director of the nonprofit RREPS (Recidivism Reduction Educational Program Services), asked why crisis intervention was not deployed and why non-lethal measures were not used.

“Could other tactics have been used besides deadly force?” Pittman asked. “Could he have been Tased, maced, detained, restrained?”

Both Pittman and Khan also asked why the officer’s body camera was not turned on.

“This is unacceptable; this is disheartening,” Pittman said. “For officers to be able to turn their body cameras on at their own discretion is unacceptable.”

Officer W.B. Edwards, whom police have said shot Mojarrad on Saturday night, had a body camera but it wasn’t activated, according to a Police Department news release.

The body-camera vendor chosen by Raleigh does not offer a feature that automatically turns on the camera when an officer draws his or her gun, police spokeswoman Donna-maria Harris said by email.

Edwards, a senior officer assigned to the Field Operations Division, was hired in 2000 and has been placed on administrative paid leave, Harris said.

Zainab Baloch, a community activist running for Raleigh mayor, said people with untreated mental illnesses are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than others approached or stopped by law enforcement officers.

“By dismantling our mental health treatment systems we have turned mental health crisis from a medical issue into a police matter,” Baloch said. “Our question is, is our city providing the right resources to our officers to be able to deal with our most vulnerable populations? Until we reform the public policies that have abandoned them these tragic outcomes are going to continue.”

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Anti-Semitic Rep Ilhan Omar Raises Fortune in Campaign Funds… MN Public Schools Elevate Her to Hero Status

John Hinderaker of the Powerline Blog writes — Being anti-American and anti-Israel is working well for Ilhan Omar. The Star Tribune reports that she is far and away the biggest fundraiser among Minnesota’s eight House members:

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at the center of a national commotion for her remarks about Israel and the 9/11 terror attacks, raised more than $830,000 in campaign cash during her tumultuous first three months in office, far outpacing the rest of the state’s U.S. House delegation. *** Donations poured in from across the country. About $400,000 of the $417,000 in itemized contributions reported by her campaign, including small-dollar donations given through the ActBlue fundraising platform, came from outside Minnesota.

Omar’s haul is around three to five times as much as other Minnesota House members have taken in. Meanwhile, Omar is being raised to heroic status in her district’s public schools. Elementary school students are apparently being taught to revere her, much as, in recent years, they have been taught to see Martin Luther King, Jr. as a kind of secular saint. Someone has distributed an Ilhan Omar card that students are instructed to color while writing a “report” on the inside. I assume those reports are paeans to the Congresswoman.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Carjacker Shot by Father After Stealing Car With Child Inside

Second Amendment saves again

An armed father shot a carjacker in Florida after his vehicle was stolen with his six-year-old boy inside.

The incident began at a home in West Palm Beach on Saturday, when the car thief happened upon a car with the engine on.

The father says he’d turned on the vehicle and went inside to say bye to friends.

The armed dad pursued the thief, Lamar Thurman, 29, in another vehicle and was able to catch up to him after he crashed.

But Thurman again attempted to take off when the dad tried to rescue the boy.

That’s when the dad opened fire “in an attempt to stop him from fleeing further with his child in the car,” according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

Thurman crashed the vehicle a second time about 200 yards away, police say, and needed to be hospitalized in critical condition.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Cell Tower Removed From School After Multiple Students and Teachers Diagnosed With Cancer

As 5G technology begins to roll out across the country, it is being met by a massive wave of resistance over concerns that it can cause health problems. While 5G is still relatively new, concerns over 4G and older technology still persist as well. A school in California has taken things to the next level and removed a cell tower from their campus after several students and teachers were diagnosed with cancer.

Since 2016, four students and three teachers have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer at Ripon Elementary. Also, two smaller children — too young to attend school — who live near the school tower, have been treated for a malignant tumor and leukemia, and a 22-year-old former student has recently undergone surgery for a brain tumor.

“I think it is admirable,” Monica Ferrulli, a parent of one of the children with cancer said. “I was actually very hopeful at first but after going to school district meetings I had lost a lot of hope. We have eliminated one factor that could cause the students to be unsafe.”

Ferrulli’s son, who attends Ripon elementary, spent two years trying to get the district to remove the tower after her son was diagnosed with brain cancer.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CNN’s Stelter: Trump Avoiding Correspondent’s Dinner is an ‘Attack Against the Media’

Whingy CNN anti-Trump obsessive Brian Stelter complained Tuesday that President Trump’s decision not to attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past weekend actually constituted an ‘attack’ on the media.

Despite the fact that the WHCD is a back slapping self-congratulatory monumental waste of time, and that the President should really have better things to do, Stelter was adamant that the snub by Trump was part of a rabid anti-media agenda.

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

Driver Deliberately Plows Into Pedestrians on a Silicon Valley Street, Injuring Eight People Before Being Taken Into Police Custody

The dark sedan was seen moving at speed before crashing into the crowd of people at 6:30pm on Tuesday evening

A car has ‘deliberately’ plowed into a group of pedestrians, leaving eight injured on a sidewalk in Silicon Valley.

The dark sedan was seen moving at speed before crashing into the crowd of people at 6:30pm on Tuesday evening.

The crowd were standing at the side of the road waiting to cross and the eight victims reportedly included a 13-year-old boy. The driver was taken into custody.

‘It looks like, based upon the preliminary investigation, that a driver deliberately drove into a group of eight pedestrians,’ said Capt. Jim Choi of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.

‘The driver is in custody. This is an isolated event in the sense that we don’t have anyone outstanding.’

Choi told ABC: ‘We do have witness statements that show that vehicle did not attempt to slow down or brake.’

He added, ‘The scene itself doesn’t show any evidence of braking.’

All of the victims were rushed to hospital and the Department of Public Safety told CBS some had been seriously hurt.

Choi told CBS it was too early to rule out a terrorist motive.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

FBI Aids Probe After Car Plows Into 8 California Pedestrians

SUNNYVALE, Calif. The FBI is assisting California officials in the investigation of a motorist who appeared to deliberately plow into a group of people, injuring eight, authorities said Wednesday.

Prentice Danner, a spokesman for the FBI’s field office in San Francisco, said the Sunnyvale Police Department is the lead agency in the investigation but that the bureau will become more involved “if it is determined a federal crime was committed.”

Sunnyvale Police Cpt. Jim Choi said the driver of the car was arrested and has been identified but that his name is not being made public to avoid compromising the investigation. He said the driver was not injured.

He said the department notified the FBI after the Tuesday evening crash because “we are making sure we are looking at all the possible motives and angles.”

Witnesses told investigators the motorist was speeding and drove directly toward the pedestrians without trying to veer away or stop the car before striking them, Choi said.

Some of the witness statements “show that the driver did not try to avoid the pedestrians at the cross walk, and there was no attempt to swerve, drive away or brake,” he said.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Supreme Court Blocks Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel From Getting His Job Back

Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost his fight Tuesday to have the Florida Supreme Court return him to duty.

Now, in all likelihood, it’s up to the voters of Broward County to return him to office — if they want him back.

The court ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis had the constitutional authority to suspend Israel in January for his agency’s failure to adequately respond to mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland and the Fort Lauderdale airport.

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

Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus: Socialism Ends in Dependence and ‘Lower Standards of Living for Those Under Its Thumb’

“When I co-founded the Home Depot in 1979, I just been fired and I was broke,” Bernie Marcus continued. “There’s no other country in the world that has a system where someone under these circumstances could turn a simple idea and hard work into a company that employs more than 400,000 people and has created thousands of successful millionaires. While I’m no longer in the management of the Home Depot I still believe in the free market enterprise system that helped build it.”

“That’s why it pains me to see people in this country glorifying socialism; young people especially have been indoctrinated into believing that free enterprise is immoral, because it enriches the greedy and depresses the poor,” Marcus said in the video. “The reality is that the free market system has created the biggest middle class population in the world. And while some may say socialism is well-intentioned the fact is it robs people of their independence their dignity and their finances leading to government dependence suppression of ideas and lower standards of living for those under its thumb.”

“Free enterprise just doesn’t create an environment where individuals have the opportunity to prosper but makes charitable giving possible in the first place. It’s not a random occurrence that Americans are the most charitable people in the world. It’s a result of a hard work, entrepreneurship, and, yes, a free market system — because in order to give money you need to make money,” Marcus continued. “It’s not an evil concept. In the last 15 years I’ve donated to causes that have included in medical research autism research, advocacy for veterans causes, and even building the Georgia Aquarium. Call it whatever you like; free market, free enterprise or, even capitalism. I don’t care, as long as you understand that these free market ideas have made giving back in these big ways possible.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

ISIS Terrorist Arrest in Wisconsin Gets No National News Coverage

Owen Shroyer reports on the arrest of a woman in Wisconsin who was caught preparing an ISIS style bombing and/or poison attack, yet the mainstream media forgot to cover it, only local news stations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

More Details Emerge on Boy Scouts’ ‘Perversion Files; Thousands of Boy Scout Leaders Face Child Sex Allegations

More alarming details have surfaced about how many people were listed in the Boy Scouts of America’s “perversion files,” according to lawyers who demand the full release of thousands of names of alleged offenders in the files. Nearly 200 of them are from New York and New Jersey.

Though allegations came to light Monday night, a victims’ rights attorney who compiled an “incomplete” list of former Boy Scout leaders accused of abuse in New York held a press conferences Tuesday to discuss what he claims to be a widespread pattern of abuse. He also asked more victims to come forward.

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

Motorist Who Crashed Into Pedestrians Was Retired From Army

A California man who authorities said drove into a crosswalk in a quiet Silicon Valley suburb, injuring eight people, is an Iraqi war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, his mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Sunnyvale Police Department said in a tweet that the suspect is Isaiah Joel Peoples, a 34-year-old resident of Sunnyvale. He was arrested Tuesday night after speeding through an intersection and crashing his Toyota Corolla into a tree. The conditions of the injured, who included a 13-year-old girl, were not immediately disclosed.

Peoples’ mother, Leevell Peoples of Sacramento, California, said Wednesday that she couldn’t fathom any situation in which her timid son would deliberately crash into innocent people, other than something related to the PTSD he experienced after serving as an Army sharpshooter in Iraq, she said.

“Unless the car malfunctioned, he would not have done that. He’s like the perfect, model citizen,” she said. “He’s an Army vet, he’s a good kid, never been arrested. I promise you: It was not deliberate. If anything, it was that Army.”

Peoples, who is an auditor for the Department of Defense in Mountain View, received inpatient treatment for PTSD in 2015…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Senior FBI Official Admits Under Oath They Found Hillary Clinton Email Records in Obama’s White House Office

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton just tweeted a major bombshell, explaining why Hillary was allowed to skate on her email scheme.

This astonishing confirmation, made under oath by the FBI, shows that the Obama FBI had to go to President Obama’s White House office to find emails that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or hide from the American people.

Fitton also tweeted: No wonder Hillary Clinton has thus far skated — Barack Obama is implicated in her email scheme.

In the newly released Judicial Watch press release, Fitton outlines the bombshell announcement, that includes 49,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that were found on pedophile Anthony Weiner’s laptop, as well as emails from Hillary’s private server that were found in Barack Obama’s executive office in the White House, while he was serving as President.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, First Lady for Property Tax Appeals on Gold Coast Mansion

Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign last year, WBEZ has learned.

A law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation confirmed to WBEZ that the probe, which has not been revealed publicly until now, began last October and remains active. There are no signs that criminal charges are imminent.

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

Texas Couple Who Enslaved Girl for 16 Years Get Seven-Year Prison Term

A couple who enslaved a young woman for 16 years at their home in the US have been sentenced to seven years in jail.

Mohamed Touré and his wife Denise Cros-Touré, both 58, were found guilty in January of bringing the young girl from Guinea to Texas and forcing her to work for them without pay in early 2000.

The couple, both citizens of Guinea, may lose their US immigration status, the US Department of Justice said.

Mr Touré is the son of Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré.

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

The Resurrection of Death Panels

“Death panels” are making a comeback.

About ten years ago, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin helped neuter a part of ObamaCare known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board. This 15-member bureaucratic body had been tasked with cutting Medicare costs — a goal that would have been partially accomplished by rationing care to seniors. Hence the cryptic moniker. The backlash led to explicit language in the Affordable Care Act that any cost savings achieved by this board could not come as the result of denying care.

Today, politicians and patient advocacy groups must redouble their efforts to fight the death panels’ reincarnation: The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). This Boston-based nonprofit, seeded with nearly $20 million from the left-wing Arnold Foundation, is promoting its framework to determine whether pharmaceutical drugs are valuable enough to warrant government and private health insurance coverage — decisions that have life and death consequences for some patients.

In an attempt to cut drug spending, ICER’s framework has already been partially adopted by CVS Caremark, one of the biggest healthcare players, the Veteran’s Administration, and New York State’s Medicaid program. Medicare Part D, which covers 43 million seniors, has indicated it might use ICER’s approach for its coverage decisions beginning in 2020.

Trying to reduce drug costs is a worthy goal. But not if it is achieved by denying the best care to the sickest and most vulnerable segments of the population. Such a move amounts to a collectivist solution to the problems facing individual patients with rare and chronic diseases across the country. Deeming expensive medicines not valuable enough for coverage is a blunt and crude way to bring down overall prescription drug costs.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘They Think They Are Above the Law’: The Firms That Own America’s Voting System

The fact is that democracy in the United States is now largely a secretive and privately-run affair conducted out of the public eye with little oversight. The corporations that run every aspect of American elections, from voter registration to casting and counting votes by machine, are subject to limited state and federal regulation.

The companies are privately-owned and closely held, making information about ownership and financial stability difficult to obtain. The software source code and hardware design of their systems are kept as trade secrets and therefore difficult to study or investigate.

It’s for this very reason that my own country — for now — of The Netherlands went back to pencil and paper voting with public manual counting by actual humans.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

How PEI’s Election Results Might Reshape Canada’s Constitution

A blue wave has gripped Canada. And no, Justin Trudeau, if you’re watching this, you can’t surf this one.

The Progressive Conservative Party in Prince Edward Island emerged victorious last night following a tight, three way race.

There are now seven conservative premiers in Canada representing over 50 per cent of the population.

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

AfD Now Strongest Party in East Germany — State Election Wins May Force Merkel Out Early

Germany’s far right AfD party looks set for a huge election win in a bombshell vote that could force Angela Merkel out early.

The party stands a good chance of winning the most seats in the east of the country this autumn, which would be a serious blow to the German chancellor.

Although the AfD’s poll ratings remain in the low teens for Germany as a whole, it’s expected to seize control of dozens of councils in local elections next month, reports the Times.

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

Brexit Customs Union Catastrophic for UK Claims Study — But May Still Panders to Corbyn

THERESA MAY risks damaging the UK’s global influence and economic prosperity if she agrees to Jeremy Cornyn’s demands for a permanent EU customs union in cross-party Brexit talks, a damning new report claims.

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

German Lawmakers Denounce ‘Global Trend’ of Violence Against Christians

German lawmakers from across the political spectrum have denounced the ‘global trend’ of violence against Christians following the Islamic terror attacks in Sri Lanka which killed over 300 people.

“Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens all expressed their concern about what they saw as growing violence against Christians,” reports Deutsche Welle.

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

Is Europe Sick?

There’s been a kind of pandemic in the press in recent weeks about Europe being “sick.” The trouble is, it’s very hard to figure out, after reading the articles, exactly what the sickness is.

A recent Bloomberg Opinion column asks “What is ailing the Euro-zone economy?” — as though Europe were moribund, deathly ill. The author then incorrectly cites an IMF blog to justify the claim. The blog actually says: “We have revised downwards our forecasts for advanced economies slightly, mainly due to downward revisions for the euro area.” Sounds more like a head cold to me.

There have also been various articles headlined with “the sick man of Europe — of dubious accuracy.” That country is either Germany, or Italy or France, depending on the author. The Wall Street Journal pops for Germany where there is supposedly a “productivity crisis.” Yet, according to OECD current statistics, Germany is smack in the middle of the developed countries for productivity, ahead of the Netherlands and behind Denmark…

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

May to Let China Build UK 5G Network, Damaging National Security, Anglosphere Co-Operation

Theresa May appears set to approve Chinese participation in “non-core” elements of Britain’s 5G network via Huawei, delivering a blow to the Five Eyes security alliance of Anglosphere nations, reports suggest.

The British prime minister overrode the objections of Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Trade Secretary Liam Fox, and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt at a meeting of the National Security Council to allow Huawei, an allegedly employee-owned Chinese telecoms giant, to develop “non-core” infrastructure for the 5G network, according to The Telegraph.

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

No Change UK: Pro-EU CUK Party Will Back May to Stop General Election

Heidi Allen, interim leader of the globalist Change UK party (CUK), has said her MPs would not support a vote of no confidence in Theresa May which could trigger a fresh general election.

“It becomes very dramatic and exciting, ‘Oh, a general election’, said the MP for South Cambridgeshire, a former Tory who joined a breakaway faction of Labour Blairites led by EU loyalist Chuka Umunna, when asked if Change UK would support changing the Government.

“But actually it is absolutely the last thing this country needs right now,” she insisted.

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

Notre Dame is About to be Ruined by Modernist Architects

Notre Dame is about to be ruined by modernist architects.

Their ‘rebuild’ will be a hideous act of desecration.

We cannot let them get away with this obscene vandalism.

Please share this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lB5QbMxvac

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

Pro-EU Labour Lord ‘Deeply Sorry’ After ‘I Hope You Won’t Vote for Labour’ Brexit Comments

Top Labour Remainer, member of the House of Lords, and ardent anti-Brexit campaigner Andrew Adonis has issued a grovelling apology for comments he made saying Brexit supporters shouldn’t vote for his party, because they had no interest in seeing Brexit happen.

Lord Adonis, who is standing for Labour in the upcoming European Parliament elections, said he was “deeply sorry” and walked back his previous remarks on Wednesday, claiming that Labour would respect the outcome of the referendum after all in a letter posted to social media.

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Swedish Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Calls for Panic — and a General Strike in the UK

Britain’s most high-profile politicians rushed back from their holidays yesterday to be photographed alongside the 16-year-old environmental activist who took the House of Commons “by storm”.

MPs including John Bercow, Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband welcomed Greta Thunberg to Parliament, where she made a speech about climate change and got a rapturous round of applause.

Greta told a packed room in the Palace of Westminster that her future and those of her fellow children had been “sold”, so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money.

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UK: MP Tables Motion to Debate No Confidence in Remainer Speaker Bercow

Brexiteer Tory MP Crispin Blunt has tabled an early day motion for debate of taking a formal position of no confidence in Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, based on how he has handled Parliamentary procedure in favour of Remainers.

Mr Blunt revealed Tuesday afternoon that he had tabled an early day motion — motions submitted for which there is no fixed day of debate — writing, “There are well over 100 MPs profoundly unhappy with the conduct of the Speaker” and his “handling of the Brexit issue.”

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UK: Theresa May Approves Huawei 5G Deal Despite Security Warnings

Critics blast Theresa May’s ‘very poor judgement’ for letting Huawei build Britain’s 5G network despite spying fears and warnings from security chiefs

Theresa May has today been accused of showing ‘very poor judgement’ and risking the special relationship with the US by allowing Huawei to help build Britain’s new 5G network.

The Prime Minister has defied security warnings from her own ministers, Donald Trump’s White House and the CIA not to give the Chinese telecoms giant access because of its alleged links to President Xi’s global spy network.

In a chorus of criticism at the decision, senior Tory backbencher Iain Duncan Smith said today: ‘It puts special relationship under strain. I consider her [the PM’s] judgement on this to be very poor. I would call a reconsideration of decision given nature of the risks it implies’.

Chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee, Dr Julian Lewis, also warned Huawei ‘intimately linked with the Chinese government’ and its ‘deeply hostile’ intelligence services.

But Cabinet minister David Lidington htoday defended Huawei’s potential involvement, insisting the company was privately run and not linked to the ruling Communist Party.

[Comment: All this press about Huawei is being used to mask the real health danger of 5G. ]

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UK: Veteran Tory Ann Widdecombe Defects to Farage’s Brexit Party

Tory Grandee Ann Widdecombe has defected to Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party, remarking that it was time to deliver a “seismic shock” to the establishment parties.

Widdecombe, a former Conservative MP and Shadow Home Secretary said that she will stand for the Brexit Party in the upcoming EU elections due on May 23rd. The move would seem to end a lifetime of support for the Conservative Party, which included time served as a Member of Parliament, minister, and shadow minister through the Thatcher, Major, and Hague eras.

Speaking of her defection, Ms Widdecombe said she wanted to “fire a very loud warning shot across the bows” of the establishment parties. She also described Prime Minister Theresa May as “hopelessly inadequate”, reports Sky News.

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Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: Revisiting Islam’s Greatest Slaughter of Christians

Today, April 24, marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the genocide of Christians—mostly Armenians but also Assyrians—that took place under the Islamic Ottoman Empire throughout World War I. Then, the Turks liquidated approximately 1.5 million Armenians and 300,000 Assyrians.

Most objective American historians who have studied the question unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated genocide.

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Fears Over Terror Threat to ANZAC Day Services as Turkish Authorities Arrest ‘Islamic Extremist Plotting to Attack Gallipoli Commemoration’ As Authorities Step Up Security Measures

The suspect, 26-year-old Syrian national Abdulkerim H, was detained in Tekirdag, a northwestern province close to the Gallipoli peninsula.

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ISIS Extremist Plotting to Attack Gallipoli Commemoration on ANZAC Day is Arrested — as Security is Stepped Up at Dawn Services Across Australia Where Hundreds of Thousands Are Paying Their Respects

According to Turkish media, the suspect, 26-year-old Syrian national Abdulkerim H, has been detained in Tekirdag, a northwestern province close to the Gallipoli peninsula.

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Pictured — ‘Criminals’ Beheaded in Saudi Arabia After They Were Arrested Aged Just 16 and 17, With One Detained as He Was About to Fly to US to Start College and Another for Sharing Protest Details on WhatsApp

Mujtaba al-Sweikat, then 17, was arrested at the King Fahd International Airport while on his way to the Western Michigan University.

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Turkey: New Insect Species Discovered in Balikesir

Three new inspect species have been discovered in the Kapidag Peninsula and Kaz Mountains in the northwestern province of Balikesir’s Erdek district.

The insects have been named “karesiensis,” “erdeki” and “tezcani.”

“We give local names when naming the species,” said Sakin Vural Varli, an academic at Balikesir University Biology Department. “We try to give names by exchanging ideas with the authorities of the city.

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Deadly Islamist Church Bombings ‘Acts of Violence Against All Faiths’ — EU Foreign Minister

Deadly Easter suicide bombings targeting Christians in Sri Lanka were an attack on people of “all faiths”, according to EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini.

The EU Commission’s vice-president and ‘High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy’ said the suspected Islamist terror blasts, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, were an attack on multi-religious societies, “freedom of religion and the choice to worship”.

“Easter Sunday is a special moment for Christians around the world,” Mogherini acknowledged in a statement, before declaring that the attacks — in which suicide bombers targeted hotels, a housing complex and three Roman Catholic churches — constituted “acts of violence against all beliefs and denominations”.

Left-wingers in the U.S. have been accused of hypocrisy after neglecting to identify victims as Christian or perpetrators as Islamist in their responses to the attack on Sri Lanka. Breitbart News reported how leading Democratic figures including the party’s former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama tweeted Sunday to denounce terror attacks on people they described as “Easter worshippers” rather than Christians.

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Exclusive: First Pictures of ‘Middle Class’ Suicide Bomber Brothers Who Calmly Walked Into Sri Lanka’s Five Star Hotels and Murdered Innocents Having Breakfast

Wealthy brothers Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim calmly walked into Sri Lanka’s luxury Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels and detonated their vests as guests were eating breakfast

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ISIS Member Warned He Had Trained Sri Lankan Bomb Mastermind Shortly Before Terror Attack

An ISIS suspect arrested in India revealed to investigators the name of his protégé, Zahran Hashim (pictured), who is the chief suspect behind the bombings.

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Move Over Bintang! New Centrelink Singlet Featuring ‘Living the Dream’ Tagline Take Markets in Bali by Storm

The singlet’s popularity has seen it threaten to top the classic ‘Bintang’ singlet as the must-have Bali accessory for tourists.

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Sri Lanka: Islamist Easter Bomber Studied in UK, Australia, Death Toll Hits 359

Sri Lankan officials say at least one of the suspected radical Islamic terrorists who targeted Christians and tourists on Easter Sunday studied in Britain and Australia.

Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told a briefing on Wednesday, “We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his post-graduate [degree] in Australia before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka,” the BBC reports.

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Bizarre Moment a Man Bursts Into the Middle of a Christian Mass in New Zealand Church and Demands to Speak to Its Leader

The shocking moment a man stormed into a church in New Zealand on Sunday and demanded to speak to its leaders have been captured on video.

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‘It’s Almost ANZAC Day’: Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Makes Australia’s Most Sacred Day All About Her in Extraordinary Rant About Trolls and ‘White Privilege’

Ms Abdel-Magied, a former ABC presenter who left Australia in 2017 after being trolled for using Anzac Day to make a political point about detention centres.

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Major Security Scare at ANZAC Dawn Service in New Zealand as Driver of a Car With No Windows or Seats Ploughs Through a Road Closure as Hundreds Gather to Remember Fallen Diggers

A car with one seat and no windows smashed through a road closure near an Anzac dawn service in Stratford this morning, sparking a major security scare after the Christchurch terror attack.

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Prince William Kicks Off New Zealand Tour on ANZAC Day Meeting Jacinda Ardern and Survivors of the Christchurch Massacre — While Kate Attends a Commemoration in London

The Duke of Cambridge cut a sombre figure during the ceremony under the morning sun at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and tens of thousands.

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The Worst Paedophile in Australian History: Vile Sex Tourist Who Raped 13 Babies and Boys Before Sharing Sick Footage Online Shows No Remorse as He Awaits Sentencing

Ruecha Tokputza, 31, appeared in the District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to 51 charges against 13 babies and boys over more than six years.

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‘There is More That Unites Us Than Divides Us: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Delivers a Moving ANZAC Day Speech in the Wake of Christchurch Terror

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has touched on the Christchurch mosque terror attacks as she paid tribute to the World War 2 generation.

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The Sudanese Military: A Pawn of the Saudis?

Saudi Arabia has shown support for the transitional military government in Sudan since the ousting of the country’s longtime president. Observers suggest the Saudis are increasing their influence over Khartoum. But why?

Sudan’s delicate balance of power between the civilian population and the military has entered its third week. The country’s longtime president, Omar al-Bashir, has been successfully deposed, succeeded a day later by General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf — who later stepped down in favor of Sudan’s current army ruler: General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Although the new leadership has announced reforms, people continue to demonstrate on the streets. They say they will continue protesting until their demands are met.

The uncertainty of the outcome has also sparked nervousness beyond the Red Sea. Shortly after the deposition, the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia declared their intention to support the Sudanese military. Over the weekend, they agreed to send $3 billion (€2.6 billion) worth of aid to Sudan, including a cash sum of $500 million to be deposited directly into the Sudanese central bank. The rest is to be delivered as food, medicine and petroleum products.

Riyadh maintains ties with Sudan

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Expedition to Columbia’s Vaupes Discovers 18 Species New to Science

The expedition Colombia BIO visits every year regions of the country with bountiful, yet often endangered biodiversity. The recently released findings from a 2018 trip to the Apaporis River, in the department of Vaupe’s, has confirmed the discovery of 18 new species of flora and fauna.

As part of a joint scientific venture between Colciencias and the Amazonian Institute for Scientific Research (SINCHI), researchers documented 1608 species among them amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, fish, spiders and other arachnids. During various outings along one of Colombia’s lesser-known rivers, the scientists also confirmed that 10 species of flora, two species of herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians), as well as six species of butterflies have been validated by international experts as new to the world of science. Additionally, three species of fish and seven arachnids could also be included once the international validation protocol is submitted.

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Border Invasion Now With Guns; Unholy War

U.S. soldiers were recently held at gunpoint by Mexican troops and video shows coyotes with rifles smuggle illegals

On this Wednesday transmission, David Knight covers the crisis on the southern border, Islam, vaccines and much more.

Be sure to share the link to this censored broadcast to join Infowars in the fight against big tech’s crackdown on free speech.

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France: Tunisian Migrant Arrested for Murdering Gay Man, Disembowelling Another

A 21-year-old migrant from Tunisia has been arrested following a brutal attack in which a homosexual man was stabbed to death and his friend was disembowelled just outside of Paris.

The attack took place over the night of April 10th and the early morning of April 11th and saw the two victims take a night bus back from a local nightclub in the Le Marais district of the city back to their home in Villejuif just south of the city. The two men are said to have met the Tunisian on the bus who followed them back to their apartment, Actu 17 reports.

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Italy: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Police Attack Migrant Already Had Two Deportation Notices, Previously Attacked Officer

A 26-year-old Senegalese migrant was arrested after attacking a pair of Italian police officers with an iron bar in the city of Turin while allegedly yelling “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked them.

The 26-year-old was later identified as illegal Senegalese migrant Ndiaye Migui who attacked the two police officers over the weekend along the via Cuneo wounding the two officers, with one suffering trauma to the head and the other injuries to his hand as a result of the attack, Il Giornale reports.

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Italy: Migrant Stabs Christian After Noticing Crucifix Necklace

A Moroccan illegal migrant was arrested in Rome after a heated argument on religion escalated into violence with the migrant allegedly stabbing an Italian Catholic after noticing his crucifix necklace.

The attack took place near Rome’s Termini train station and saw the Moroccan enter into an argument with the victim, a homeless man from Georgia, onboard a bus. The argument quickly escalated according to witnesses who say the North African shouted insults at the Georgian before stabbing him and attempting to slit his throat, Il Giornale reports.

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Muslims Attacked in the Christchurch Mosque Massacre Will be Granted Permanent Residency in New Zealand

The New Zealand immigration department created a new visa on Wednesday specifically for people were at the Masjid Al Noor or Linwood mosques during the attacks.

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President Kushner to Present Trump With His Immigration Plan in Coming Days

Is there anything this kid can’t do?!?!

President Kushner announced Tuesday he’ll be presenting his “humanitarian” immigration plan to White House aide Donald Trump for looking over in the coming days.

No doubt supporters of former President Donald Trump will be giddy to see all the wonders President Kushner has in store for our country’s immigration laws after his Democrat-approved criminal justice reform and all his other greatest hits!

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Should Natural Born Citizenship be a Requirement for All Federal Elected Offices?

On February 27, 2019 at a speaking engagement held at a Washington D.C. bookstore, newly elected Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar stated, with apparent reference to both American Jews and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”), “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” This comment followed recent tweets from Omar suggesting that American elected officials were “bought off” by the pro-Israel lobby, and earlier tweets from before she was elected, beseeching Allah to punish Israel for its “evil deeds.”

The tweets were roundly condemned as dog whistle anti-Semitism both by conservatives and members of her own party. However, the greater question raised by Omar’s conduct before and after her election pertains to the path that brought her to the United States as a young refugee from a war-torn country on the Horn of Africa and ultimately lead to her becoming a powerful elected official. In an attempt to defend or minimize Omar’s statements, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered, “She didn’t have a full appreciation of how [her words] landed on other people where these words have a history and cultural impact that might have been unknown to her.”

The import of Pelosi’s comments is clear. Omar comes, as an immigrant, from a different cultural milieu, and she could not be expected to understand how Americans, given our culture and history, would interpret her statements. Whether joking about the American view of terrorist organization al Qaeda, dismissing the notion that America is a “Christian” nation, or referring to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something,” Omar’s apparent indifference to American culture and history has been showcased on multiple occasions.

It is fitting, albeit ironic, that Omar, a naturalized American citizen, by raising an accusation of dual loyalty and self-dealing against other Americans, has opened the door to a conversation about whether natural born citizenship should in fact be a requirement for the very office she holds.

Under Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution, natural born citizenship is a requirement for eligibility to run for President; the section provides:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

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UK: Migrants Intercepted in the Channel Near Dover

A boat carrying a group of suspected migrants has been intercepted in the Channel.

Eight men and a teenager were found in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat off the Kent coast at 06:00 BST.

They presented themselves as Iraqi nationals. The Home Office said they were transferred to a Border Force cutter and brought to Dover.

[Comment: Article dated April 24, 2019.]

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Video: “Refugees” Start Fires in Greece

Video footage out of Greece shows refugees starting fires as they try to break through the border to reach northern European welfare havens.

The fires were set at migrants tried to reach the northern border with Macedonia earlier this month. They also clashed with police.

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“Fat Sex Therapist” Says Diet Culture is a Form of “Assault”

A woman who calls herself ‘The Fat Sex Therapist’ gave a speech to St. Olaf College in Minnesota during which she claimed that diet culture was a form of “assault” and that weight loss science was “white supremacy”.

“I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex,” Sonalee Rashatwar told the audience during a two hour speech on the topic of “radical fat liberation”.

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Catholics Reject the Use of Puberty Blocker, Challenging Aifa

Conservative associations reject treatments for children and teenagers who are confused about their gender identity issues

Because of theological and ethical differences, Italian Catholics strongly reject the use of the puberty blocker “triptorelin”, which is a medication that acts on the endocrine system to suspend the arrival of puberty In addition to treating prostate and breast cancer, triptorelin is used to treat adolescents with “gender dysphoria”: The discomfort someone experiences when they do not recognize himself in their gender determined by birth but instead feel like they’re trapped inside someone else’s body. The backlash was provoked after the Italian Drug Agency (Aifa) authorized doctors to prescribe the medication, and reimburse families for the cost.

The drug has been used for years to treat breast and prostate cancer, but only in rare instances has it been recommended to children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and then the child taking the hormone should be monitored by a “multi-specialist team”. For constituents of the Catholic right who repudiate abortion and consider homosexuality “the work of the devil” (led by the Nova Civilitas movement), use of the drug is a choice “to be irresponsible, caused by the deleterious effects of ideological propaganda”…

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‘Fat Sex Therapist’ Compares Fitness Trainers to Nazis, Children’s Dieting to Sexual Assault

‘I experience diet culture as a form of assault because it impacts the way that I experience my body.’

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Feminism Was Created to Destabilize Society, Tax Women and Set Up the NWO — Aaron Russo

Hollywood producer, filmmaker, activist and truth seeker Aaron Russo reveals some of the REAL reasons for feminism which was funded and pushed by the Rockefellers and the CIA for very nefarious reasons, which includes being part of their central banking worldwide takeover to help set up the New World Order.

[Comment: There is a link on this page to see the full interview. If you click on the link you get youtube’s warning about objectional material. If you proceed you see the video but many youtube features are removed. So you cannot share the video. To download the interview to watch it offline archive.com comes to the rescue — you can get the full interview here : archive.org/download/ReflectionsAndWarningsAnInterviewWithAaronRussoFullFilm1 ]

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Living in Leftlandia

It’s hard not to notice how little growing up those on the left have actually accomplished. They live in La-la Land, in Leftlandia, saturated in fantasies filled with pots of gold at the ends of LGBT rainbows. They never touch down. Just look at the fairytale multiverse they swoop around in:

1. Leftlandians actually believe that the world’s climate is something they can control, that man is so much greater than the God Who created the world that humans can use so much toilet paper, or so much gasoline that they can undo creation. They also believe that using fossil fuels to generate electricity with which to run our cars is somehow more environmentally sensible than just using the fossil fuels directly. When someone points out the damage — both human and environmental — done by building all those lithium batteries, the Leftlandians just cover their eyes and holler La-La-La-La. 2. In their unicorn-inhabited world they can pass laws forbidding plastic straws and shampoo bottles and assume that this terrible sacrifice will clean the oceans of the trash dumped into it by billions of people in the third world. 3. They actually believe they can impose tax hikes on the wealthy and on corporations and said entities will just sit and take it. It doesn’t occur to the left that anyone smart enough to get rich in the first place will be smart enough to hide their money offshore, or move their business to a less onerous tax environment. Remember the little girl in your neighborhood who always wanted to boss everyone around and how mad she’d get when no one would obey her? That’s the left. “I’m the boss!”

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Nicole Kidman Shrugs Off Being ‘Teased’ By Friends for Her Christian Faith

Actress Nicole Kidman said she is often teased by friends for her Christian faith and for going to church with her family, in a new cover story with Vanity Fair.

“A lot of my friends tease me,” said Kidman, who came back to her Catholic faith prior to marrying country singer Keith Urban in 2006. The couple settled in Nashville, Tennessee, where they have lived ever since.

Kidman said that regular Mass attendance is an important part of their family life.

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‘Orwellian’: Coin Celebrating LGBTQ Enters Circulation

‘State-operated propaganda, pure and simple, using our money system’

The homosexual agenda is now being thrust directly into the money system, at least in Canada.

The Royal Canadian Mint on Tuesday put into circulation a new coin, celebrating the “decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.”

Valued at one Canadian dollar, the coin, known as the “loonie,” features the words “Equality-Egalite” with the artwork of Vancouver-based artist Joe Average.

The debut of the newly minted coin is not without controversy.

“This is state-operated propaganda, pure and simple, using our money system,” Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s largest pro-life group, told the Daily Caller.

“It’s Orwellian. Something you’d expect from a dictatorship like Communist China, the former Soviet Union …

“What [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau has done in putting homosexual propaganda on our coinage is really beyond the pale. Justin’s father famously said that the state doesn’t belong in the bedrooms of the nation. Justin is doing the opposite of what his father preached, and imposing the bedroom on our currency! It’s outrageous … This really is a brain-washing exercise, using our currency to indoctrinate all of society with Justin Trudeau’s personal beliefs about homosexuality.”

“We encourage Canadians to boycott the gay loonie. If offered the coin as change, Canadians should say, ‘No, please give me real currency.’“

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The Ideologue Who Wrote the Textbook Calling Trump and His Supporters “Racists”

Yesterday, I wrote about the AP U.S. History textbook By the People that calls President Trump and his core supporters “racists” and suggests that the president is “mentally unstable.” Today, I want to write about James W. Fraser, the author of this egregiously biased left-wing book.

Stanley Kurtz blew the whistle on Fraser a year ago. Rereading Stanley’s piece made my blood boil, just as it was simmering down.

Fraser isn’t just a hard-leftist. Stanley shows that, at a minimum, he’s a communist sympathizer. That phrase went out of style decades ago, perhaps for the best. But applying it to Fraser actually gives him the benefit of the doubt.

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University Hosts No-Whites-Allowed Faculty and Staff Listening Sessions — to Promote Inclusivity

Wake Forest University is hosting a series of “listening sessions” for faculty and staff of color that aim to advance inclusion efforts on campus.

The listening sessions come amid ongoing racial tensions on campus, including a protest Monday at which some students decried the “white supremacy” that allegedly runs rampant at the private, North Carolina institution.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/24/2019

  1. A Czech firearms maker is going to open a factory in Little Rock Port, Arkansas. Plans to employ 565 people within the next six years, construction should begin next year. It’s the biggest industrial undertaking in Little Rock in a decade.
    Česká zbrojovka (CZUB) is the mother of the famous CZ 75 handgun (used, among others, by the Delta Force): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CZ_75.

    Source: https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2019/04/23/czech-firearms-maker-to-build-factory-at-little-rock-port

  2. ‘Fat Sex Therapist’ Compares Fitness Trainers to Nazis, Children’s Dieting to Sexual Assault
    We all have to admit this is great comedy!

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