Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/25/2019

Hundreds of people have been killed and more than 35,000 displaced by the renewed fighting around Tripoli in Libya. The Libyan government is warning that a new surge of 800,000 migrants may attempt to cross the Mediterranean from Libya as a result of the strife.

In other news, former Vice President Joe Biden officially declared his candidacy for president in the 2020 election.

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Financial Crisis
» Trump to be Blamed for the Next Recession, But Americans’ Lack of Responsibility is Real Culprit
 
USA
» A Hacker Says He Can Kill Your Car’s Engine While You’re Driving
» AOC Humiliated Over Erroneous Tweet, Immediately Deletes it
» Banks Accused of Discrimination Against Gun Owners
» Controversial Political Commentator Milo Yiannopoulos’ TCC Visit in Doubt After Instagram Post
» Democrats Getting Ready to Rig 2020 Election
» FBI Raids Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s City Hall Office, Her Two Houses, As Governor Calls on Her to Resign
» FBI Visits Coach Dave Daubenmire, No Joke
» If You Value Your Privacy, Never Bring an Amazon Alexa Device Into Your Home
» Jim Carrey Attacks Trump Supporters: ‘Minions Who Help Him While Democracy Dies’
» Joe Biden Launches His Campaign on the Lie That Trump Said Neo-Nazis Were “Very Fine People”
» Los Angeles Business Owner: “Raw Sewage” In Streets Creating “Health Crisis”
» Mueller Report Reveals Russia Taped Bill Clinton Having Phone Sex With Monica Lewinsky
» Nolte: Massive Viewership Collapse Drops CNN Prime Time to 15th Place
» Nolte: ‘Empire’ Cast Wants ‘Innocent, ‘ ‘Honest’ Jussie Smollett Back on the Show
» Nonprofit Pays Bail for Man Who Attacked His Wife, Hours Later He Murders Her
» NYC to Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats to Improve Climate
 
Canada
» Canadian Mayor Wants Sarsour Removed From Panel
» Ontario’s Bill 84 Will Silence Legitimate Political Expression
 
Europe and the EU
» Crazed Leftist Calls for UKIP Candidate to be Tortured to Death
» Election Meddling: Facebook Removes Populist Pages Days Before Spanish Election
» EU Shock Warning: Italian Far-Right Party Vows Italexit Will Happen — ‘It’s Fundamental’
» Exclusive: Former British Afghan Commander Warns on ‘Terrible, Highly Political’ EU Defence Fund
» Farage: EU Elections Will be Used to Oust ‘Remainer Parliament’
» Far-Left Swedish Extremist Charged Over Cache of Semi-Automatic Weapons
» Former Commander of UK’s Submarine Fleet Named as Brexit Party Candidate
» Fourth Time’s the Charm? May Reportedly Plans Another Brexit Deal Vote
» France: Cause of Notre Dame Fire Remains a Mystery
» France: Macron to Hold Press Conference and Announce Reform Plan in Response to Yellow Vest Protests
» Free Speech in Denmark
» German Comedian Loses Case Against Merkel Over Erdogan Poem
» Germany: Shock AfD Poster Shows White Woman at Islamic Slave Market
» German Women’s Magazine Gives Tips on Treating Stab Wounds
» Islamic Minaret Should Replace Notre Dame Spire, Says Architecture Expert
» Italy: Anarchist Trial Ends in 5 Convictions, 18 Acquittals
» Italy: ENI Reports Quarterly Profit of 1.09 Bn Euros
» Revealed: Two EU Countries Could Join Britain by Quitting the Bloc — Shock EU Poll
» Romania Unemployment Rate Down to 4.2% in 2018
» Twitter Shadow Bans Michael Savage for Questioning Notre Dame Fire Narrative
» Two Anti-Brexit CUK Party Candidates Resign Over ‘Offensive Twitter Posts’
» UK Police ‘Screen Out’ Nearly Half of Crime Reports While Every ‘Hate Incident’ Investigated
» UK: Tommy Robinson Says He Will Stand as Independent MEP Candidate in May Elections
» Vox Party Secretary General Could Face Prosecution for Decrying “Islamist Invasion”
 
North Africa
» 272 Dead, 35,000 Displaced in Tripoli and Surrounding Area
 
South Asia
» ISIS Celebrate Sri Lankan Bomb Attack With Poster Showing the Pope and Donald Trump on Fire on Blood-Splattered Background
» Sri Lanka Easter Blasts: Death Toll Revised Down From 359 to 253
» Sri Lanka Massacre Part of ‘Ugly, Predictable Pattern’ Of Christian Persecution
» Sri Lanka Cardinal: ‘The Massacre Could Have Been Avoided’
» UK-Educated Sri Lanka Suicide Bomber Botched His Attack When His Vest Failed to Explode at Busy Five-Star Hotel — Forcing Him to Target Tiny Guesthouse Instead Killing Just One Other Person
» Washington Post Worries About “Retaliation” Against Muslims Following Islamic Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka
 
Far East
» Japan’s Medical Freedom: No Vaccine Mandates and Healthier Children
» Japan is Testing Earth’s Asteroid Defense System
 
Australia — Pacific
» A Sign of the Times: Confronting Photo Shows a Sniper on the Roof of a Shrine in Melbourne as 25,000 People Gathered Below for ANZAC Day Service
» ‘It’s Nothing to Do With Australia!’ Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Mural of Jacinda Ardern Hugging a Muslim Woman Being Painted on a Silo in Melbourne
 
Latin America
» New Species of Sea Squirt Named After UNCW Professor
» ‘Unusual and Cute’ New Species Could Redefine the Crab
 
Immigration
» Austrian Asylum Centre Employees Receive Death Threats From Asylum Seekers
» Italy: Coast Guard Denies Mare Jonio SAR Activities
» Italy: Asked EC Action in Case of Libya Migrant Flows — Moavero
» Libya Crisis: 800,000 Migrants Could Soon Head for EU as Deadly War Rages
» Newton Judge, Court Officer Charged With Obstruction of Justice
» Spain: Rising Populist Party Wants to Build a Wall to Stop Illegal Immigration
» Sweden: Christian Migrants Repeatedly Attacked by Muslim Migrants Fear Civil War Will Break Out in the Country
» The Southern Border Invasion is Endangering Americans
» Top Economist Claims Immigration is Soaring Because Government is Afraid to Offend Business Lobby and Ethnic Groups Despite Promises to Cut Numbers
 
Culture Wars
» Academic “Becky Studies” Focuses on Criticizing White Women, or Something
» Biology Course Teaches Students a Fetus is Just Like an Invasive Cancer
» Drawing the Line, At Last
» Erotic Dancer Defends Photo of Child Stuffing Money in G-String
» Evangelist Franklin Graham Challenges Buttigieg’s View on Homosexuality
» French Council Rules to Euthanize Disabled Man Against Parents’ Wishes
» Gender Identity Law Declares War on Women, Forces Trans Men to be Accepted as Female
» Judge Rules High School Girls Must Shower With Boys…girls Have No Right to “Visual Bodily Privacy”
» Let’s Not Get Bogged Down in Multiculturalism Versus Progressivism
» Man Calls Two Planned Parenthood Clinics… Offers to Donate Only if Money is Used to Abort Black Babies… Their Responses Are Stunning [Video]
» New “Identity Survey” Quizzes Ontario Students on Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation
» Now They Hate Your Daughters, Too
» Ohio Bill Introduced to Ban Drag Shows From Involving, Sexualizing Children
» Transgender Activist Suggests Sex Change Operations More Important Than Treatment of Cancer Victims
» UK: “Political Correctness Gone Mad”: Lord Admiral Slams Maritime Museum for Gender-Neutral Ships
 
General
» The Road to Socialism is the New World Order (Book)
 

Trump to be Blamed for the Next Recession, But Americans’ Lack of Responsibility is Real Culprit

President Donald Trump is already taking flack for rolling back regulations designed to keep Americans from overextending themselves when it comes to the use of credit. But this is not actually Trump’s fault; as Americans should learn to control themselves and be responsible for the money they borrow.

When Trump does things that are insane, such as start a trade war, we’ve called him out. But this time, some personal responsibility would go a long way. Instead of blaming Trump for daring to offer more freedom to the public, take initiative and understand what you are signing. No one is putting a gun to the heads of Americans and forcing them to sign up for an adjustable interest rate, 40-year mortgage with no down payment.

[Comment: Not just Trump, banksters planned and orchestrated economic collpase will be blamed on populist politicians from all western nations.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

A Hacker Says He Can Kill Your Car’s Engine While You’re Driving

A hacker recently demonstrated that he could access two popular vehicle-monitoring apps that let him monitor where the cars were located, access drivers’ private information, and even kill the engines remotely.

The hack targeted two apps, iTrack and ProTrack, that companies can use to monitor their fleets of vehicles, according to Motherboard. The attack, which the hacker said he did to draw attention to flimsy cybersecurity, serves as a cautionary tale to double check your security practices — all 27,000-plus compromised accounts used the default password “123456.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

AOC Humiliated Over Erroneous Tweet, Immediately Deletes it

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was humiliated yet again on Twitter after complaining about Republicans posing an “older male” next to a cardboard cut out of her, only for the man in the photo to turn out to be a Democrat.

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

Banks Accused of Discrimination Against Gun Owners

The House Financial Services Committee’s recent hearing to scrutinize the nation’s largest banks and their practices after they received taxpayer dollars in the 2008 bailout featured some interesting comments by bank executives defending policies that discriminate against gun owners and the firearms manufacturing industry.

During the April 12 “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically

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

Controversial Political Commentator Milo Yiannopoulos’ TCC Visit in Doubt After Instagram Post

Political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos put his pending visit to Tulsa Community College in doubt with an Instagram post Wednesday morning that alleged he had not received payment and wouldn’t appear.

“I regret to announce that my sponsor for the Oklahoma events has failed to produce the funds needed for the events, and left me in debt to designers, lawyers and admin staff,” Yiannopoulos said in the post. “I couldn’t get a response out of him for days after three missed payment deadlines and today he confirmed he’s dropping out entirely! Ho hum.

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

Democrats Getting Ready to Rig 2020 Election

2020 appears to be a history making election. Owen Shroyer breaks down the corrupt plans of the Democrats for the coming 2020 election.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

FBI Raids Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s City Hall Office, Her Two Houses, As Governor Calls on Her to Resign

Hauling out boxes of “Healthy Holly” books and documents, dozens of federal law enforcement agents Thursday struck homes, businesses and government buildings across Baltimore as an investigation into Mayor Catherine Pugh’s business dealings widened.

FBI agents and IRS officials executed search warrants at her City Hall office, Pugh’s two houses, and offices of the mayor’s allies, as the growing scandal consumed the city’s attention, generated national headlines and provoked fresh calls for the embattled Democratic mayor’s resignation.

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

FBI Visits Coach Dave Daubenmire, No Joke

I was visited by the FBI a couple of weeks ago. No joke. They actually showed up at my house to do a “threat assessment.” It seems that someone reported me to them. One of the agents began reviewing my daily show and they decided they needed to pay me a visit. They wanted to be sure that I wasn’t “inciting violence.”

Let that sink in for a minute. A former high school football coach who has never committed or advocated violence against anyone draws the attention of the same agency that ignores the obvious crimes of Hillary Clinton and their own FBI bosses.

Threat assessment. I AM a threat. I am a threat to Devil and all of his minions. My buddy tells me that when I am taking flack I must be over the target. Just for the record, I do everything I can to NOT encourage violence. When was the last time you saw me out on the streets throwing rocks and setting fires? I guess I am making someone in the deep swamp nervous.

Anyone with half a brain…and I admit that number is getting smaller and smaller…knows that we have an unequal justice system. The rich and the powerful have one set of laws and the rest of the peons live by another set. If you have watched any of the travesties of the Mueller report unfold you clearly understand my point. Hillary Clinton did everything that they accused President Trump of yet she sits as a free woman at 15 Old House Lane in Chappaqua, NY.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

If You Value Your Privacy, Never Bring an Amazon Alexa Device Into Your Home

Privacy advocates are sounding alarms about Amazon’s Alexa device. A few weeks ago, the commands users were giving to their “smart devices” were being monitored by humans all in the name of “product empowerment.” But there is even worse news for those who cherish their privacy.

Amazon Alexa’s always-on microphone that so many Americans have willingly invited into their homes gives employees at Amazon enough information that they can “easily” discover any user’s home address, according to a report by Gizmodo. Their report comes from unnamed Amazon employees who talked with Bloomberg News about the distressing and privacy-violating situation.

Bloomberg made it clear that there haven’t been any reports of Amazon employees or contractors actually abusing this power and tracking down users at home, however, they did say that this backend feature gives employees “unnecessarily broad access to customer data.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jim Carrey Attacks Trump Supporters: ‘Minions Who Help Him While Democracy Dies’

Actor-turned-activist Jim Carrey is back with another one of his gory drawings, this time targeting President Donald Trump and his “minions who help him while democracy dies.”

[Comment: Sounds like he was just channeling himself when playing Fire Marshall Bill.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Joe Biden Launches His Campaign on the Lie That Trump Said Neo-Nazis Were “Very Fine People”

Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign on the proven lie that Donald Trump said Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville were “very fine people”.

“He said there were, quote, ‘Some very fine people on both sides,’“ said Biden in his campaign video. “Very fine people on both sides? With those words the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it and in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any other I’d seen in my lifetime,” added the former Vice President.

However, as is manifestly provable, Trump never referred to neo-nazis as “very fine people” and openly condemned them on numerous occasions.

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

Los Angeles Business Owner: “Raw Sewage” In Streets Creating “Health Crisis”

A Los Angeles business owner says she is at her wits’ end as local streets are piled with garbage and flooded with “raw sewage” by homeless people and squatters while lawmakers turn a blind eye.

Karen Hix, a lifelong resident of the area whose family has owned a business in the same location for over 100 years, says transients are being allowed to create a “health crisis” by officials in the sanctuary city.

Hix’s plight caught the eye of Tucker Carlson, who invited her onto his show to discuss the decay of her neighborhood and share photos of the filth.

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

Mueller Report Reveals Russia Taped Bill Clinton Having Phone Sex With Monica Lewinsky

The Washington Examiner reports that a redacted portion of the Mueller report mentions a claim that Russia recorded President Bill Clinton having phone sex from Air Force One with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

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

Nolte: Massive Viewership Collapse Drops CNN Prime Time to 15th Place

The far-left CNN’s embattled prime time schedule collapsed to 15th place last week due to a double-digit ratings reverse.

Compared to this same week last year, the fake news outlet lost 17 percent of its prime time viewers.

[Comment: Schadenfreude.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Nolte: ‘Empire’ Cast Wants ‘Innocent, ‘ ‘Honest’ Jussie Smollett Back on the Show

The cast of Empire are hoping to gaslight Americans into believing Jussie Smollett is “innocent” and “honest”so that he can be reinstated on the hit show.

Along with three others, the top-line stars of the show, Terrence Howard, Taraji P Henson, and Gabourey Sidibe wrote a lengthy letter to Fox TV/Disney executives pleading Smollett’s case:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Nonprofit Pays Bail for Man Who Attacked His Wife, Hours Later He Murders Her

Samuel Lee Scott has been charged with murder in the horrific death of his wife, Marcia Johnson.

St. Louis, MO — Just hours after a nonprofit group posted bail for a man accused of assaulting his wife, the suspect went to the woman’s home and brutally murdered her, according to prosecutors.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was arrested for domestic abuse on April 5, after he allegedly beat 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, injuring her cheekbone and ear, the Associated Press reported.

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

NYC to Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats to Improve Climate

New York City is the first city in the United States to eliminate processed meats.

Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change. The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. The new commitment builds off of the Meatless Mondays campaign that was adopted by all NYC schools in 2017.

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

Canadian Mayor Wants Sarsour Removed From Panel

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman wants to stop anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour from participating in an event hosted in the Canadian city on Friday, CBC reports.

Sarsour is set to speak at an event entitled, “Sorry Not Sorry: Unapologetically Working for Social Justice,” hosted by the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.

“Mayor Bowman does not feel it is appropriate to provide this individual a public platform to further propagate anti-Semitic views and hate,” Bowman’s office said in a statement.

           — Hat tip: MB [Return to headlines]
 

Ontario’s Bill 84 Will Silence Legitimate Political Expression

The subjectivity of what is “hate” makes Ontario’s Bill 84 very dangerous. This proposed new law to prohibit hate-promoting demonstrations at Queen’s Park is short and simple: “No demonstration, rally or other activity that, in the opinion of the Speaker, is likely to promote hatred against any identifiable group shall be permitted on legislative precinct grounds.” Bill 84 has passed second reading and is now going to committee.

           — Hat tip: MB [Return to headlines]
 

Crazed Leftist Calls for UKIP Candidate to be Tortured to Death

A crazed leftist uploaded a YouTube video in which she said a UKIP MEP candidate should be “forcefully lobotomized” and tortured to death because he sent a politically incorrect tweet.

The video was in response to re-ignited controversy over Carl Benjamin’s 2016 tweet in which he said he “wouldn’t rape” feminist MP Jess Phillips.

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

Election Meddling: Facebook Removes Populist Pages Days Before Spanish Election

In a clear example of election meddling, Facebook has removed numerous large pages which expressed support for the populist Vox Party days before Spain’s general election.

Pages which when combined reached millions of people were deleted for “violating our authenticity policies,” according to the social media giant.

The pages were removed at the request of Avaaz, a left-wing NGO which is funded by George Soros, according to NGO Monitor.

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

EU Shock Warning: Italian Far-Right Party Vows Italexit Will Happen — ‘It’s Fundamental’

ITALIAN far-right party CasaPound has pledged to make Italexit happen to put an end to the “disastrous” effects agreeing to adopt the euro had on the Southern European country.

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

Exclusive: Former British Afghan Commander Warns on ‘Terrible, Highly Political’ EU Defence Fund

The European Parliament has approved a multi-billion euro EU Defence Fund described as “terrible and highly political” by a senior British Armed Forces veteran, as the bloc’s plans for a European Army — once dismissed as “fantasy” — plod forwards.

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

Farage: EU Elections Will be Used to Oust ‘Remainer Parliament’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has vowed to use the momentum of victory in the European Parliament elections to oust a “Remainer Parliament” which has delayed and derailed the people’s vote to Leave the European Union in 2016.

“Here you are, one of the biggest Leave towns in the country and yet you are represented by a Remainer. Doesn’t that sum up everything that is wrong in the country today?” Farage asked crowds at a rally in Clacton, where he was able to return an MP for UKIP when he led the party in 2014 and 2015.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Far-Left Swedish Extremist Charged Over Cache of Semi-Automatic Weapons

A member of the far-left extremist scene in Sweden faces charges of illegal weapons possession after police found semi-automatic rifles along with police uniforms in a rented storage unit last summer.

The 32-year-old, who originally comes from Gislaved, faces prosecution on serious weapons offence charges according to prosecutors who noted a large number of semi-automatic rifle parts that were recovered from the storage unit last year Sveriges Radio reports.

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

Former Commander of UK’s Submarine Fleet Named as Brexit Party Candidate

Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party has had more candidates standing for May’s European Union elections announced, including a retired Royal Navy Admiral who formerly commanded Britain’s fleet of submarines.

Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott, who has been active in the Veterans for Brexit campaign group was revealed to be one of a group of candidates contesting the South West of England for the May European Union election Thursday.

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

Fourth Time’s the Charm? May Reportedly Plans Another Brexit Deal Vote

Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly planning a fourth vote in the House of Commons on her withdrawal agreement as early as next week.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom are said to have advised the prime minister to hold another vote, according to The Sun, while sources familiar with Number 10’s strategy told Sky News that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) would include incentives to entice cross-party votes.

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

France: Cause of Notre Dame Fire Remains a Mystery

Despite authorities ruling that the Notre Dame fire was “accidental,” it remains a mystery as to what started the blaze that engulfed and nearly destroyed the 850 year old gothic cathedral.

Despite police asserting that an electrical short circuit was the probable cause of the fire, Europe Echaffaudage said that the electricity supply to the two lifts on the site “was perfectly within specifications and well maintained”.

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

France: Macron to Hold Press Conference and Announce Reform Plan in Response to Yellow Vest Protests

French President Emmanuel Macron will today reveal his long-awaited response to almost half a year of street protests in a reform plan that could prove decisive for his presidency and long-term political future.

The Yellow Vests in France and Belgium may be only the tip of the iceberg of a major social upheaval ahead of the European elections, with a common denominator: people protesting their worsening living standards do not want to be represented by the existing political forces.

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

Free Speech in Denmark

In Denmark, in recent weeks, the issue of free speech has figured prominently in the news.

This March, an outspoken critic of Islam, Jaleh Tavakoli, Danish-Iranian blogger and author of the book, Public Secrets of Islam, was threatened by the Social Supervisory Authority (Socialtilsyn Øst) that her foster-daughter would be removed from her care after Tavakoli shared an online video of the rape and murder by Islamic State terrorists in Morocco of two Scandinavian young women. She was informed in a letter that the government agency’s approval of her husband and her as foster parents — they had been raising the 8-year-old since she was a newborn baby — had been rescinded and that the girl might be taken away from them, as the authority did not consider them to “have the necessary quality to have children in your care.”

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

German Comedian Loses Case Against Merkel Over Erdogan Poem

Prosecutors dropped investigation for lack of evidence of crime

(ANSA-AP) — BERLIN, 16 APR — A German comedian has lost a court case against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s description of a crude poem he wrote about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “deliberately hurtful.” Amid tensions with Turkey over a TV satire poking fun at Erdogan, Jan Boehmermann read the poem on television in 2016 to illustrate something he said wouldn’t be allowed in Germany. Merkel’s spokesman said she considered the poem “deliberately hurtful,” which Merkel later said was a mistake. Prosecutors dropped an investigation of Boehmermann for lack of evidence of any crime. Berlin’s administrative court on Tuesday rejected Boehmermann’s bid to ban the government from repeating Merkel’s assessment, since it was clear that wouldn’t happen. It also found Merkel’s comments weren’t unlawful and didn’t constitute “prejudgement” of the case against Boehmermann.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Shock AfD Poster Shows White Woman at Islamic Slave Market

A shocking poster created by the German right-wing AfD Party shows a white woman being sold at an Islamic slave market alongside the words “So that Europe does not become ‘Eurabia’…Europeans vote for the AfD!”

The poster was displayed outside the Konzerthaus in Berlin to promote AfD candidates in the upcoming European elections.

The painting is The Slave Market by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. It depicts a white female slave in an unspecific Middle Eastern or North African setting. The woman is having her teeth checked by a man wearing Islamic garb.

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

German Women’s Magazine Gives Tips on Treating Stab Wounds

As knife crime continues to be a major issue in Germany, one German women’s magazine has written an article on the treatment of stab wounds in its “health and fitness” section.

The April edition of the women’s magazine Illu der Frau contained the article “How do I treat a stab wound?” along with an adjacent subtitle which highlights the growing problem of knife crime across the country, Tichy’s Einblick reports.

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

Islamic Minaret Should Replace Notre Dame Spire, Says Architecture Expert

An architecture expert has called for Notre Dame’s fallen spire to be replaced with an Islamic minaret as an apology to Algerian Muslims killed by French police.

Writing in Domus, Tom Wilkinson, history editor of the Architectural Review, argues that the rebuild is an opportunity to communicate a message of political correctness.

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

Italy: Anarchist Trial Ends in 5 Convictions, 18 Acquittals

FAI-FRI group ‘carried out attacks between 2003 and 2016’

(ANSA) — Turin, April 24 — A Turin anarchists trial ended Wednesday with five convictions and 18 acquittals.

The FAI-FRI anarchist group is suspected of carrying out a string of attacks between 2003 and 2016.

Prosecutors had asked for 22 convictions for a total of 204 years in jail.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: ENI Reports Quarterly Profit of 1.09 Bn Euros

Up 15% on same period last year

(ANSA) — Milan, April 24 — Italian energy giant Eni said Wednesday that it made a net profit of a whopping 1.09 billion euros in the first quarter of 2019, up 15% with respect to the same period last year.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Revealed: Two EU Countries Could Join Britain by Quitting the Bloc — Shock EU Poll

THREE European Union countries could vote to quit the Brussels project if a bloc-wide referendum on membership was held, according to a shock poll.

Research carried out by the European Parliament suggests Britain, Italy and the Czech Republic could all quit the EU if given the chance in a vote. The so-called “Spring Eurobarometer” poll shows that less than 50 percent of the electorate in the three EU member states “would vote to remain in the EU”. A total percent of 55 percent of Britons would be unsure on maintaining membership of the Brussels project if a referendum was held.

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

Romania Unemployment Rate Down to 4.2% in 2018

Employment close to national target of 70%

(ANSA) — BELGRADE, APRIL 19 — The unemployment rate in Romania decreased to 4.2% in 2018 from 4.9% recorded in 2017, data recently made public by the Romanian National Institute of Statistics (Insse) show. Unemployment in Romania currently affects more graduates of low (5.8% rate) and medium level of education (4.3%), while the unemployment rate for higher education graduates was only 2.1% in 2018, Insse said. In 2018, the Statistical Institute added, the employment rate for the population aged 20-64 was 69.9%, only 0.1 percentage points less than the national target of 70% established in the context of the Strategy Europe 2020.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter Shadow Bans Michael Savage for Questioning Notre Dame Fire Narrative

Michael Savage believes that Islamist terrorists may have been behind the Notre Dame blaze, and he is being vocal about it. In response, Twitter has reportedly moved to shadow ban Savage to stop his opinion spreading.

Savage’s reasoning is that terrorists attempted to set the cathedral on fire as recently as 2016, in addition to the fact that hundreds of churches in France have been desecrated over the past year.

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

Two Anti-Brexit CUK Party Candidates Resign Over ‘Offensive Twitter Posts’

Two candidates for the pro-Remain Change UK (CUK) have resigned just two days after after the party launch over “offensive Twitter posts” about black women, Catholics, and Romanian migrants.

The first resignation from the Europhile party — which wants to retain membership of the EU and supports the uncontrolled free movement people — came the day of the launch on Tuesday, when a tweet surfaced of Ali Sadjady describing Romanian migrants as “pick pockets.”

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

UK Police ‘Screen Out’ Nearly Half of Crime Reports While Every ‘Hate Incident’ Investigated

Police have been accused of “ignoring crimes which aren’t easy to solve” after figures showed a steep rise in the number of cases UK forces close or “screen out” within 24 hours.

Freedom of Information requests found that police across ten UK forces gave up investigating 431,000 reported crimes within a day — a figure which has more than doubled from the 194,500 recorded in 2014, the Sunday Telegraph revealed.

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

UK: Tommy Robinson Says He Will Stand as Independent MEP Candidate in May Elections

Anti-immigration activist Tommy Robinson has announced plans to stand as MEP for north-west England in the upcoming EU parliamentary elections.

Robinson will run as an independent candidate, despite being appointed as an advisor to UKIP’s leader Gerard Batten. The move into politics comes nine years after he founded the far-right English Defence League in 2009.

In his bid to become one of eight MEPs for the region, Robinson will face competition from nine other political parties, including UKIP and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the May 23 election. Robinson has previously branded Farage as “another millionaire stockbroker who looks down at the working classes.”

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Vox Party Secretary General Could Face Prosecution for Decrying “Islamist Invasion”

The number two man in Spain’s populist Vox Party could face prosecution for decrying what he called an “Islamist invasion” of Europe.

Javier Ortega Smith, who serves as Vox’s Secretary-General, gave a speech in which he said that the biggest threat Europe faces is from Islamists.

“Our common enemy, the enemy of Europe, the enemy of liberty, the enemy of progress, the enemy of democracy, the enemy of the family, the enemy of life, the enemy of the future is called the Islamist invasion,” said Smith.

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272 Dead, 35,000 Displaced in Tripoli and Surrounding Area

30 people injured in Qasr Ben Ghashir migrants’ detention center

TUNIS — The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Wednesday that 35,000 people have been displaced from Tripoli and the surrounding area due to armed clashes, in an update on the situation.

It said the UN and its humanitarian partners are closely following the situation of 30 people who were injured and are now hospitalised after suffering abuse in the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention centre, which hosts about 890 migrants and refugees.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Libya said the victim toll in Tripoli has risen to 272 dead, 1,272 wounded.

It said it is working with its partners to ensure that primary healthcare structures have the supplies and resources they need to assist displaced families.

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ISIS Celebrate Sri Lankan Bomb Attack With Poster Showing the Pope and Donald Trump on Fire on Blood-Splattered Background

The poster, being circulated on pro-ISIS forums shows the eight suspected Sri Lankan bombers above text which pledged to make ‘enemies of religion’ bleed ‘rivers of unclean blood’.

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Sri Lanka Easter Blasts: Death Toll Revised Down From 359 to 253

Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned over his failure to prevent the Easter blasts even as the health ministry Thursday night revised the death toll down to 253, from 359, saying the previous figure was due to a calculation error. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said authorities were targeting the “sleepers” who could trigger another round of bombings as police released photos of six suspects, including three women, wanted for their involvement in the attacks and sought information regarding them from the public.

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Sri Lanka Massacre Part of ‘Ugly, Predictable Pattern’ Of Christian Persecution

The author of a major study on worldwide Christian persecution said that the tragedy of the recent slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka is how unsurprising it is.

“On major Christian feast days, somewhere in the world, some number of Christians are likely to be killed for no reason other than that they chose to attend religious services,” wrote John L. Allen Jr., author of The Global War on Christians, in a Tuesday op-ed in the Washington Post.

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Sri Lanka Cardinal: ‘The Massacre Could Have Been Avoided’

Sri Lanka’s highest-ranking Catholic prelate said Wednesday the decision by national intelligence officials to conceal information about the possibility of a terrorist attack is “extremely serious,” since “it means that the massacre could have been avoided.”

In an interview with Italy’s Religion Information Service (SIR), Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said citizens are both in sorrow over the incident and irate with their own government. “If our local security agencies do not do their job, to whom can we turn?” he asked.

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UK-Educated Sri Lanka Suicide Bomber Botched His Attack When His Vest Failed to Explode at Busy Five-Star Hotel — Forcing Him to Target Tiny Guesthouse Instead Killing Just One Other Person

Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed failed to detonate his suicide vest at the luxury Taj Samudra hotel during the co-ordinated attacks across Sri Lanka.

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Washington Post Worries About “Retaliation” Against Muslims Following Islamic Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka

following the Islamic terror attacks in Sri Lanka which targeted Christians.

The Post published an article entitled Sri Lanka’s Muslims fear retaliation after Easter attacks on Christians.

“I am just glad the Washington Post finally identified the *real* victims of the mass terror attack on Sri Lankan Christians that killed almost 300 ppl,” quipped Harry Khachatrian.

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Japan’s Medical Freedom: No Vaccine Mandates and Healthier Children

As politicians in the United States do their best to remove Americans’ freedom of choice when it comes to vaccines, Japan has medical freedom. There are no vaccine mandates in Japan and their children are growing up healthier than ours.

Officials in California are desperately trying to take away the rights of their residents by seeking to override medical opinion about whether or not a person is fit for vaccination, while politicians in New York are mandating the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for 6-12-month-old infants even though that vaccine’s safety and effectiveness “has not been established.” (Link to Merck’s website — the creator of the MMR vaccine,) By Merck’s own admission, this vaccine is probably not safe, especially for infants.

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Japan is Testing Earth’s Asteroid Defense System

From the giant comet that once wiped out 75 percent of life to the equally intimidating sucker that once killed off Téa Leoni, asteroids have long presented threats both real and imagined to our big blue marble. And we’ve tried our best to stop them in their tracks, or at least limit the damage.

Earlier this month, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s spacecraft Hayabusa2 practiced Earth defense against an asteroid striking the planet, planting a small projectile of a near-Earth object known as Ryugu. Later this week, JAXA will return to the site and see what this man-made crater did to the asteroid.

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A Sign of the Times: Confronting Photo Shows a Sniper on the Roof of a Shrine in Melbourne as 25,000 People Gathered Below for ANZAC Day Service

The sniper was present at the Shrine of Remembrance in the Victorian capital for Anzac Day services early on Thursday morning.

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‘It’s Nothing to Do With Australia!’ Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Mural of Jacinda Ardern Hugging a Muslim Woman Being Painted on a Silo in Melbourne

An approved plan to paint the 23-metre image at the Tinning Street silo in Brunswick comes after the Christchurch mosque shootings, which cost 50 lives on March 15.

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New Species of Sea Squirt Named After UNCW Professor

Two new species of sea squirt were named in honor of a UNC Wilmington associate professor, and her lab’s dedicated research on the subject.

One species was named in homage to Susanna López-Legentil, associate professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, for her important research contributions on ascidian genetics and systematics.

López-Legentil stated a colleague of hers who was working in Brazil discovered the species in Panama.

“It’s an honor to have another colleague name a species after you,” López-Legentil said.

López-Legentil stated that sea squirts are classified in the phylum Chordata, which is what humans are classified within. However, sea squirts do not have vertebrate as people do; they have a notochord when they are in the larvae stage.

“They are simpler than us, so we can learn a lot from them,” López-Legentil said.

The two new species are called P. lopezlegentilae and P. imesa. The first named after López-Legentil, and the second in honor of the iMESA Lab (Integrated Molecular Ecology of Sponges and Ascidians). Including López-Legentil, the iMESA Lab consists of two principal investigators and several students.

The P. lopezlegentilae were discovered off the Atlantic coast of Panama, while the P. imesa were found off of the Pacific coast of Panama. They inhabit piers, mangroves, and coral reefs.

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‘Unusual and Cute’ New Species Could Redefine the Crab

A newly discovered, 95-million-year-old species will force scientists to rethink the definition of a crab—and perhaps the disparate ways animals evolve over time.

The researchers announced the discovery of hundreds of exceptionally well-preserved specimens from rock formations in Colombia and the United States that date back to the mid-Cretaceous period of 90-95 million years ago.

The cache includes hundreds of tiny comma shrimp fossils, with their telltale comma-esque curve; several carideans, which are the widely found “true” shrimp; and an entirely new branch of the evolutionary tree for crabs.

The most intriguing discovery, according to the researchers, is Callichimaera perplexa, the earliest example of a swimming arthropod with paddle-like legs since the extinction of sea scorpions more than 250 million years ago.

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Austrian Asylum Centre Employees Receive Death Threats From Asylum Seekers

According to information from the Austrian Interior Ministry, asylum home employees face threats of murder from angry asylum seekers with at least 15 serious incidents occurring in the last year.

The information came in response to a question posed to populist Interior Minister Herbert Kickl from David Stögmüller of the Green party, Kronen Zeitung reports.

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Italy: Coast Guard Denies Mare Jonio SAR Activities

Not in line with rescue norms

(ANSA) — Rome, April 24 — The Italian coast guard on Wednesday stopped the NGO migrant rescue ship Mare Jonio carrying out search and rescue (SAR) activities in the Mediterranean until it complies with sector regulations.

The decision came after the coast guard carried out an inspection on the ship, which is the only Italian-flagged rescue ship and operated by the NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans.

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Italy: Asked EC Action in Case of Libya Migrant Flows — Moavero

Tells UN envoy Salamé

(ANSA) — Rome, April 24 — Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said after meeting UN Liba envoy Ghassan Salamè in Rome Wednesday that “in the last few days I wrote to the European Commission (asking for it) to stay ready for action in case large and sudden migrant flows should happen from Libya”.

There have been several forecasts that thousands of migrants may leave Libya for Italy if the fighting in the north African country intensifies.

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Libya Crisis: 800,000 Migrants Could Soon Head for EU as Deadly War Rages

ITALY has warned the European Union to brace for a mass influx of refugees as the war in Libya rages on.

Enzo Moavero, Italy’s foreign minister, has written to EU chiefs telling them to be prepared for “large and sudden flows of migrants” as the nation’s civil war continues. The warning comes after Libyan government also warned that up to 800,000 Libyans and foreign migrants could attempt to make the cross to Europe if the fighting continues.

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Newton Judge, Court Officer Charged With Obstruction of Justice

A judge who allegedly helped an illegal immigrant escape out the basement door of Newton District Court last spring, and the court officer accused of assisting, were charged in federal court today with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced the indictments against Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and former Court Officer Wesley MacGregor. (Here is the story right from federal court…)

Judge Joseph, the indictment alleges, allowed an illegal immigrant wanted by immigration officers to leave Newton District Court without being detained for possible deportation.

“I’m not gonna allow them to come in here,” the judge is alleged to have told the man’s defense attorney. She was basically keeping an ICE officer on the outside of the courtroom

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Spain: Rising Populist Party Wants to Build a Wall to Stop Illegal Immigration

Spain’s national populist Vox party has pledged to build an “insurmountable wall” to protect the country from illegal immigrants ahead of an expected breakthrough in the elections on April 28th.

Spain provides the European Union’s only land border with an African country around the exclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and their environs — known collectively on as the plazas de soberania, or “places of sovereignty” — which have been integrated with Spain since the 1400s.

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Sweden: Christian Migrants Repeatedly Attacked by Muslim Migrants Fear Civil War Will Break Out in the Country

Today, around 120,000 Syriac Christians reside in Sweden. While many of them fled genocide in the Middle East, attacks against their churches and threats against their organisations are still not uncommon.

Following repeated threats, the Syriac National Federation in Sweden has stepped up security measures, from camera surveillance to its own security guards, the news outlet Samhällsnytt reported.

A recent Facebook post by the Syriac National Federation has detailed expletive-loaded threats it received from speakers of Arabic.

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The Southern Border Invasion is Endangering Americans

Ranchers and farmers are finding prayer rugs along the United States-Mexico border — evidence corroborating President Donald Trump’s assertion that migrants from Islamic terrorist hotbed nations in the Middle East are breaking into the country.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Burgard producer of “BORDER” DVD)

Texas rancher Dr. Mike Vickers found an Urdu-to-English (official language of Pakistan) dictionary dropped under the cattle fencing on his 1,000-acre ranch north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

While local ranchers have to contend with torn-up fences, broken water lines, contaminated wells and robbery on a daily basis from illegal immigrants streaming through, a Texas Border Patrol agent said there is “no doubt” that among the hordes of Central Americans are also crossers from Pakistan and Afghanistan, raising significant national security concerns.

Other than Mexicans (OTMs) cross our southern border every day and never turn themselves in to Border Patrol like the family units or children.

Dr. Vickers’ wife, Linda, said the southern border ranchers have been dealing with illegals for years and no one seemed to care until our government started shipping illegal aliens all over the country. Once that happened, it wasn’t just the ranchers’ problem; it became the nation’s problem.

The southern border is 1,933 miles long, and it crosses through arid deserts, rugged mountains, and winding rivers, many areas of which are unprotected by border security, and easily crossed border obstructions.

Hezbollah and Latin America

Relations between Hezbollah and Latin American drug cartels have been well known for two decades. In recent years, border security officials in southwest states have seen an alarming rise in Hezbollah insignia tattoos among imprisoned drug cartel operatives suggesting a very strong relationship amongst rank and file these days, let alone at the command level.

Over the years pro-Iranian websites have proliferated across Latin America. Latin American politicians, notably Venezuela’s Maduro, have been in bed with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC)/Hezbollah operatives for years.

The terror threat from the south is not so much from illegal Latin American immigrants per se, but from Shiite Lebanese Hezbollah working with Iranian IRGC. Of course, Hezbollah can recruit South Central Americans as operatives as well. There is little doubt that Hezbollah’s connections enable them to enter the U.S. as they desire, through our porous border with Mexico.

Our efforts to combat Islamic terrorism needs to consider the open southern border, the IRGC and Hezbollah threat to national security.

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Top Economist Claims Immigration is Soaring Because Government is Afraid to Offend Business Lobby and Ethnic Groups Despite Promises to Cut Numbers

Westfield shopping mall board member Judith Sloan said it appeared Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government was too afraid to offend powerful business and ethnic lobby groups.

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Academic “Becky Studies” Focuses on Criticizing White Women, or Something

You might be surprised to learn that “Becky,” an insult used to describe a basic white woman, is now part of the academic furniture cluttering up higher education.

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Biology Course Teaches Students a Fetus is Just Like an Invasive Cancer

A biology course at the University of California San Diego teaches students that a fetus is no different from an invasive cancer.

A slide for the course depicts “parallels between fetuses and cancers”.

Describing a fetus as a “legitimate parasite,” the slide says a fetus “rapidly grows, invades, manipulates immunity of mother, reshapes blood vessels.”

Below it is an image depicting invasive cancer cells with the same defining characteristics.

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Drawing the Line, At Last

To appreciate the significance of recent events at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, it helps to recall briefly some landmark moments in the College Administrator Hall of Shame.

[NOTE: See long list of atrocities at original URL]

Given the ubiquity of administration cowardice, any instance of adult leadership should be celebrated. And the last two weeks have offered two signs of hope. On April 9, at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Professor Camille Paglia, famed nemesis of victimology feminists everywhere, gave a university-wide lecture entitled “Sexual Duality and Sexual Multiplicity in Western Art.” A self-described “non-binary” student, Joseph McAndrew, had organized a protest against the speech after failing to get it moved off campus. McAndrew was upset by recent interviews Paglia had given. In one, she challenged the seriousness of campus rape allegations brought six months after the fact and decried students’ reflexive stampede to the college bureaucracy for every perceived personal problem. In another interview, she observed that trans identity had become a fashion statement and called sex-reassignment surgery for children and adolescents a crime against humanity, since children are too immature to make such a life-altering decision.

McAndrew masterfully blended victimology and the consumerist model of education in his complaint against Paglia. “We’re giving a space for her following to come, into our safe space that we pay to be in,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. A photo of the protest shows a group of well-fed, healthy, eminently protected, privileged teenagers sitting in a lobby under a large banner reading “Camille Paglia, Stop Victim Blaming.” They hold signs such as “Sexual Assault Is NEVER the victims [sic] fault.” A male lays his head on the shoulder of a female, who gives him a supportive hug; presumably both procured affirmative consent for this Platonic embrace.

About 30 minutes into Paglia’s lecture, someone pulled a fire alarm, following the Middlebury precedent. All 17 floors of the building where Paglia was speaking had to be evacuated into the nighttime streets of downtown Philadelphia, while protesters continued to chant: “Trans lives matter! We believe survivors!” (The trans community apparently is allowed to use the “lives matter” trope without being accused of racism, unlike those naïfs who dared to suggest that “all lives matter” or “blue lives matter” during the height of the Black Lives Matter fury.)

On many other campuses, such tactics would have been greeted by either dead air from the administration or an expression of concern for the University of the Arts’ wounded “survivors.” President David Yager, however, denounced the repressive mindset spreading from American campuses to the culture at large. The suppression of speech “simply cannot be allowed to happen,” he wrote in a campus-wide email the day after the shutdown. “I firmly believe that limiting the range of voices in society erodes our democracy. Universities, moreover, are at the heart of the revolutionary notion of free expression: promoting the free exchange of ideas is part of the core reason for their existence. . . . Artists over the centuries have suffered censorship, and even persecution, for the expression of their beliefs through their work. My answer is simple: Not now, not at UArts.” While his email did not mention the protest or the fire alarm activation, which would have been ideal, the protesters understood that Yager was referring to them.

The university should identify the individual who pulled the fire alarm and subject him to discipline. Otherwise, students may conclude that there is no downside to disrupting speakers, even if they don’t wrest an apology from the administration for having allowed such pariahs onto their campus. Indeed, the Paglia opponents have now launched the usual self-engrossed Change.org petition demanding that Paglia be fired and replaced with a “queer person of color.” Yager must also apologize for his “wildly ignorant and hypocritical letter,” and the administration must sit down with a group of “survivors” and trans students—a group that “must include students of color”—to discuss “how they can best be supported moving forward.” (Judging by the photo of the anti-Paglia sit-in, however, the administration will be hard-pressed to come up with “students of color” to join the delegation desperately in need of support.) The petition ends with a stiff admonition: “UArts: you are disrespecting your students and putting them in danger. Do better.”

The hysteria over Paglia is particularly ironic, since her scholarship celebrates the fluidity of sex and gender in art; she was investigating transsexual identity decades before it became an adolescent status symbol. But today’s students will never let their own ignorance stand in the way of a good temper tantrum.

The University of Arizona has gone one better than Yager. On March 19, two agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol were giving a presentation at a job-recruiting fair, having been invited by the undergraduate Criminal Justice Association. Protesters invaded the room and continuously screamed “murder patrol” and “murderers,” preventing students from listening. “We won’t stop until you get off our campus,” the protesters shouted, as they hounded the agents into their cars. In a sharp departure from the norm, the campus police have filed criminal-misdemeanor charges against the disruptors, for “threats and intimidation” and “interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution.” And the university president, Robert Robbins, after issuing a bland statement about “ensuring safety” for students and respecting others’ right to speech, followed up with a far more explicit denunciation. The “incident with the Border Patrol officers” was a “dramatic departure from our expectations of respectful behavior and support for free speech on this campus,” Robbins wrote. “Student protest is protected by our support for free speech, but disruption is not.” The administration was reviewing potential violations of student and employee codes of conduct, he said. Robbins’s turnaround followed criticism from the National Border Patrol Council and Judicial Watch, but as Stanley Kurtz has observed, the important thing is that the university is now pursuing sanctions, regardless of the impetus.

The University of Arizona has been a hotbed of Chicano activism, so the president’s stand is even more noteworthy. Naturally, faculty and students are demanding that all charges be dropped and that the CBP be permanently banned from campus so that, in the words of the faculty petition, the “learning environment does not further traumatize or disrupt the emotional, physical, psychological and holistic well-being of our students.” Robbins, of course, must resign if the demands are not met. The Department of Mexican-American Studies has issued a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

Robbins is under enormous pressure to back down, but so far he has supported the filing of misdemeanor charges against the students. Whether or not the Pima County Attorney’s Office goes forward with the case, Robbins must make sure that the disrupting students face serious internal punishment.[…]

[NB This essay is by Heather MacDonald. Her work on urban and academic issues is outstanding]

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Erotic Dancer Defends Photo of Child Stuffing Money in G-String

A photo of a child stuffing money in a burlesque performer’s G-string sparked outrage this week, causing the entertainer to delete her post.

But instead of apologizing for the shocking nature of the picture, the stripper doubled down, defending her right to sexualize children.

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Evangelist Franklin Graham Challenges Buttigieg’s View on Homosexuality

Franklin Graham, evangelical Christian leader and son of the most widely known evangelist of the 20th century — the late Billy Graham — took issue Wednesday with South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate who has publicly attacked Vice President Mike Pence, a former Indiana governor, on the issue of homosexuality and its relationship to Christianity.

Graham said in a tweet, “Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman — not two men, not two women.”

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French Council Rules to Euthanize Disabled Man Against Parents’ Wishes

The French Council of State upheld Wednesday the decision of a Reims hospital to remove food and water from Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old man in a vegetative state for ten years.

The Council, which functions as France’s supreme administrative court, decided that the April 9 decision made by the University Hospital of Reims to suspend treatment was legal. Immediately after the Council made its ruling public, Vincent Lambert’s parents announced their intention to file an appeal before the European Court of Human Rights.

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Gender Identity Law Declares War on Women, Forces Trans Men to be Accepted as Female

House Democrats have reintroduced a bill that would make “gender identity” a protected class under federal civil rights law and force men who identify as women to be treated and accepted as female. If the measure, known as the Equality Act, becomes law, it would drastically impact numerous sectors.

Hospitals and insurance companies will have to provide costly sex-reassignment therapies, employers and workers who don’t conform to new sexual norms will lose their businesses and jobs and women would lose female-only facilities and sports. The only requirement for protection under the bill is a self-declared “gender identity.”

In a statement celebrating the Equality Act’s reintroduction last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this: “To dismantle the discrimination undermining our democracy, we must ensure that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are treated equally under the law—not just in the workplace, but in education, housing, credit, jury service and public accommodations as well.”

The veteran California congresswoman claims the measure has strong bipartisan support even though two Republicans that supported it when it was first introduced in the last Congress are no longer in office. Florida’s Ileana Ros-Lehtinen retired and Virginia’s Scott Tayler failed to win reelection. Fortunately, the bill is likely to encounter serious resistance in the Republican-majority Senate as well as the White House.

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Judge Rules High School Girls Must Shower With Boys…girls Have No Right to “Visual Bodily Privacy”

Boys who claim to be girls are dominating in girls sports. And now, those same girls who are being beaten by boys in their sport are also being forced to shower and undress in the same locker rooms with them. We can thank the Obama administration and progressive Democrats for this nightmare.

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Let’s Not Get Bogged Down in Multiculturalism Versus Progressivism

In his reply to an essay by Ryan P. Williams of the Claremont Institute calling for a defense of America against multiculturalism, my Federalist colleague David Marcus misreads Williams’ core argument, which is that America’s most vital virtue is an insistence that its citizens and potential citizens “assimilate to a certain view of justice embodied in the Declaration of Independence and safeguarded by our state and national political institutions, first and foremost the U.S. Constitution” (emphasis mine).

Marcus avers that Williams is “demanding, especially of potential citizens that they assimilate into American culture,” and goes on to argue that Williams’s fundamental error “is the focus on culture.” Williams’s focus is not on culture, but justice. That’s why, despite Marcus’ claims, he doesn’t demand that citizens and potential citizens assimilate into American culture—a phrase that never appears in his essay.

Rather, he is concerned with the uniquely American view of justice that insists, with the Founders, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. The safeguarding of those individual rights is the purpose of just government, and of the American regime properly understood.

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Man Calls Two Planned Parenthood Clinics… Offers to Donate Only if Money is Used to Abort Black Babies… Their Responses Are Stunning [Video]

In the video, a man can be heard speaking to a Planned Parenthood worker, as he asks about offering a donation to the abortion mill, in return for a promise that his money will be used for the explicit purpose of killing black babies only. In a video that will shock you to the core, two separate Planned Parenthood representatives agree to his terms.

Listen to the incredible exchange here:…

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New “Identity Survey” Quizzes Ontario Students on Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation

A concerned parent in Ontario got in touch with us about something she received called the Student Identity Survey.

The Near North District School Board has announced the creation of their first “Student Identity Survey,” which will quiz students on their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

So naturally I began contacting the various edu-crats staffing the school board, asking to clarify several points including why the survey is described as “confidential, while not anonymous.”

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Now They Hate Your Daughters, Too

You work like a dog to earn the money for your kids to go to college, they’re still going to be saddled with a student debt that’ll take years to pay off—and what do you get?

Well, one thing you can count on getting a lot of is hate. Especially if you’re white. “The Problem of Whiteness.” “Toxic Masculinity.” “Check Your Privilege.” Endless workshops on how white males who are not homosexuals are responsible for every evil in the world. Evergreen Looniversity even had a “No whites allowed on campus” day, a year or two ago.

And now, having no more abuse they can heap on white men without repeating themselves, they’re turning on white women.

Your daughters.

Academic pinheads are flocking to a symposium in Toronto to hear a paper by a student—love it: a student lectures a hall full of professors—entitled “Love in the Time of Beckyism: On Willfulness and Wokeness in Teacher Education” (https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12134).

“Wokeness”? Never mind that: what the devil is “Beckyism”?

“Becky” is a new term of abuse coined by college clowns for generic young white women—sort of like calling black persons “Sambo”—to express contempt for them.

But let’s let the academics themselves explain it, quoting at length from the chimposium’s organizers.

“In the tradition of speculative fiction, parable, and counterstorytelling within critical race theory, this session aims to problematize the characterization of ‘Becky,’ a term specific to white women who engage in whiteness, often in gendered ways… This characterization is relevant to education by critically examining who is Becky and how she is characterized, her positionality in education, and how the hope for diversity, inclusion, equity, and racial justice within the P-20 education pipeline is impacted by Becky” (who, we are told “enacts oppression”)…

Have you ever heard such cr*p in all your life? I think their P-20 pipeline must be clogged with something nasty. But wait, there’s more!

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Ohio Bill Introduced to Ban Drag Shows From Involving, Sexualizing Children

Lawmakers in Ohio are taking a stand against the sexualization of children by introducing new legislation that would ban drag shows and other sexually-suggestive or explicit performances from using minors.

Introduced by Republican state Rep. Tim Schaffer, House Bill 180 amends Ohio’s child endangerment statute to include involving minors in any material or performance that “suggests a minor is participating or engaging in sexual activity, masturbation, or bestiality.” Adults violating the law could face fines starting at $1,000 and six months in prison.

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Transgender Activist Suggests Sex Change Operations More Important Than Treatment of Cancer Victims

A transgender activist on Twitter was ridiculed after suggesting that sex change operations were more important than the treatment of cancer patients.

“Trans patients were called last week and informed their long-awaited top surgery had been cancelled to let more cancer mastectomies happen. It’s not their responsibility,” tweeted Toby Sinbad Walker.

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UK: “Political Correctness Gone Mad”: Lord Admiral Slams Maritime Museum for Gender-Neutral Ships

The de-gendering of ships by the Scottish maritime museum is “political correctness gone mad,” a retired senior British Royal Navy officer has said. He warned conceding to pressure groups is a “very dangerous road to go down”, RT.com reports.

Admiral Lord Alan West was responding to the Scottish Maritime Museum’s decision to introduce a “gender neutral interpretation” of ships, following a spate of vandalism targeting the words ‘she’ and ‘her’ on one of their signs.

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The Road to Socialism is the New World Order (Book)

By Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D

Many today are looking for a “conspiracy” behind the movement for world government, but they may not find it in the usual sense of a secret cabal meeting clandestinely. Rather what is a type of “networking” of like minded individuals. For years, leaders in education, industry, the media, banking etc., have promoted those with the same world view as theirs.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

10 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/25/2019

  1. Yeah, he’s been Biden his time until he could see straight. Now he’s got 2020 vision. Hey, wasn’t he the person who helped to set up the uranium deal that O’Bama and Mdme. Hillaryous tried to blame on Trump and used an FBI director who was as stubborn as a Mueller?

  2. Graham said in a tweet, “Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman — not two men, not two women.”

    And others may argue the Bible says “hate the sin, but love the siner,” so how do we deal with this?

    Personally I feel like it’s nobody’s business what anyone’s preferences are when it comes to the bedroom and hence no politian should use his minority sexuality as a way to earn votes from his homosexual peers (and they should know better than to vote based on that, though I’m aware that’s not how it works in America these days).
    I don’t think we should revert back to looking at homosexuality as something unnatural, however, I DO think we should push it away from the public space and I would welcome laws that prohibit sex between older men and boys up to 20-years of age or so (in fact, I would be ok with such a law for everyone, have kids explore their sexuality, but protect them from exploitation by significantly older adults). There are some countries with different ages of consent for straight and gay relationship and I think that’s fine – a 15-year old boy won’t know what hit him if a 50+ man takes advantage of him. And when I think back on how easily arousable I was during puberty it’s no wonder a boy might follow the advances of someone way older, just because it feels good – and then it might conflict them once the arousal’s gone and other problems might follow – hence why they should be protected from that.
    But that would be moral and I know that’s not “in” nowadays…

    • You make some excellent points.

      Mr. Graham certainly had every right to question Mayor Buttigieg’s public parading of his homosexuality. Since the Mayor claims to be a Christian he is therefore obligated to put his faith and actions where his mouth is.

    • All fine. Yet, I dislike it when they call it “marriage”. They better find a different name for their actions: Zarriage or Karriage, or whatever unused word they prefer, but never Marriage.

      Two guys start throwing stones to each other and call it “Olympic Games”. Certainly they have no intention other than mocking Olympic Games.

      • Yes, I, too, am somewhat opposed to calling it “marriage”. And as long as the partnership has the same rights and obligations as marriages, I don’t see a problem either. A different name isn’t discriminatory.

  3. Czechia: Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders visited Prague for a joint speech with Tomio Okamura to kickstart his party’s (SPD) EU Parlamentary Elections campain. I’m sure there are going to be plenty of English sources, but as a headstart: for once our media reported about the meeting objectively and refrained from using words such as “populistic”. Another refreshing news is that the police actually pushed back the “liberals” opposing the meet and arrested some of them, as opposed to usually giving a hard time to the “populists”.

  4. In retrospect, the President and his SecState, Clinton, have blood on their hands for the Libyan War and the foreseeable consequences.

    It was a war of deliberate choice, with immigration-led destruction of allies, many needless deaths, and the ongoing misery of millions.

    Yet the Left is silent.

  5. I follow news reports from Sri Lanka.

    Do not you think that what is happening in Ceylon is only running the script for later reproduction on a global scale?
    The country is small, easy to destabilize. Then they will take a bigger object.

  6. “Gender Identity Law Declares War on Women, Forces Trans Men to be Accepted as Female” as far as I know “transmen” are females transitioning to males, males transitioning to females are called “transwomen”. Please use the correct words, otherwise the title has the opposite meaning of what’s explained in the article (instead of forcing the public to accept pre-transitioning men as females, it proposed the law would force transmen to stay women – two very different things) and that’s simply unprofessional.

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