Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/9/2019

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini kept a campaign promise by presiding over the closing of the migrant reception center in Mineo. The center had once been Europe’s largest, and held more than four thousand migrants at its peak population.

In other migration news, lifeguards at Swiss public swimming pools are now under constant threat from migrant men.

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USA
» 15-Yr-Old Boys Defeated US Women’s Soccer Team
» ‘America First’ GOP Congressional Candidate Joey Saladino Files Lawsuit Against AOC for Blocking Him on Twitter
» Ann Coulter Thinks Epstein Had a “State Sponsor” & Was Running a “Blackmailing” Operation
» Appeals Court Rules Trump Can’t Block Annoying Twitter Users
» Charles Hurt: Hatred of Trump Rooted in ‘Contempt’ For ‘Regular American People’
» Climate Change Crusader Tom Steyer Enters 2020 Presidential Race
» Dori: Amazon Pullout Continues, Setting Seattle Up for Devastation
» Facebook Bans Violent Threats… Except the Violent Threats Against Conservatives Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson, Alex Jones, Gavin McInnis, Milo
» Festival Removes Rapper Who Quit Music Fest That Double-Charged Whites
» Former FBI Official: Indictment of Jeffrey Epstein is ‘Placeholder, ‘ Expect Dozens More Charges in Near Future
» Former Florida Gators Player Wearing MAGA Hat Fights Back After Assault by Anti-Trump Group
» Investigative Journalist: Bill Clinton is Lying About Flying on ‘Lolita Express’ Only 4 Times
» Jeffrey Epstein is Being Detained in the Same Prison as El Chapo and Facing 45 Years Behind Bars for Allegedly Paying Dozens of Underage Girls for Massages and Then Sexually Assaulting Them
» Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Pharma Companies to Disclose Drug Prices in TV Ads
» Just in: Ross Perot Dead at Age 89
» Nearly 200K People Have Signed Up to Steal Alien Secrets From Area 51 in Late-Summer Raid
» Newt Gingrich: Pelosi Dealing With ‘Virtually Crazy’ Freshman Dems
» Professor Denounces Student’s MAGA Hat: ‘Undeniable Symbol of White Supremacy’
» Rip Ross Perot: Patriot and Anti-Globalist Prophet
» Ross Perot, Billionaire and Former Presidential Candidate, Dead at 89
» Seattle’s ‘Hate Crime Epidemic That Never Was’
» The Jeffrey Epstein Sex Scandal Has Some of the Biggest Names in America Shaking in Their Boots Right Now
» Top Democrat Donor Ed Buck Accused of Human Trafficking, Revenge Porn After Black Gay Escort Dies in His Home
» Viral Video Shows Man Spitting Into Sweet Tea Before Putting it Back on Shelf
 
Europe and the EU
» A$AP Rocky ‘Is Being Held in “Inhuman” Swedish Jail Where He Sleeps on a Yoga Mat Without Blankets Next to a Mental Patient Who Slams His Head Against the Wall and Throws Faeces’
» Brexit Party Chairman: UK Ambassador ‘Should Have Offered His Resignation’
» Exodus: Brits Abandon Facebook as Usage Plummets
» France Plans ‘Eco-Tax’ For Air Fares
» French State Was Forced to Pay Terrorist ‘Beast of Bataclan’ Compensation
» Germany: “Southern” Suspects in the Gang Rape of 18-Year-Old Girl Free to Go to School
» ISIS Still Strikes Fear in Germany Amid Reports of Government Losing Track of 160 Former Militants
» Theresa May Has ‘Full Faith’ In Ambassador Who Branded Trump ‘Inept’, ‘Incompetent’
» UK: ‘Institutionally Antisemitic’: Three Labour Lords Resign Whip Over Antisemitism
» UK: Corbyn’s Labour to Back “Remain” In a 2nd EU Referendum to Wipe Out Tory Brexit Deal
» UK: Yorkshire Bloke’s Jolly Roger Flag Given the Heave-Ho After Council Receives One Complaint
 
Russia
» In Major Blow to Mueller, Federal Judge Rebukes Mueller and DOJ for Falsely Claiming ‘Russian Bot Farm’ Linked to Russian Government
 
Far East
» Chinese Christians Worship Freely for First Time in Taiwan
 
Australia — Pacific
» Aboriginal Students Are Left in Tears After Classmates Laughed at Them While They Performed a Traditional Dance During a School Assembly
» ‘Calm Down and Suck it Up’: Christian Leader Tim Costello Blasts Believers for Whinging About ‘Persecution’ In Wake of Israel Folau Case
» Don’t Come to Work: Job on the Line for Muslim Convert Prison Psychologist After She Failed to Tell Her New Boss She Was Struck Off After Love Affairs With Two Convicted Rapists
» Halal Row Explodes After a Muslim Spots a Burger Chain Frying Bacon on the Same Grill as Its Islam-Friendly Beef Patties — Before the Restaurant Fires Back
 
Immigration
» AOC Led by Imaginary ‘Voices in Her Head’ On Border Talk, GOP Senator Says
» NYT: Middle-Class Americans Must Sacrifice Their Suburbs to Aid Poor Immigrants
» ‘Promise Kept’: Salvini Makes Personal Appearance as Migrant Centre, Once Europe’s Largest, Closes
» Switzerland: Pool Lifeguards Under Constant Threat From Migrant Men
» Syrian Refugee Complains He Did Not Have Time for Syria Vacation
» The Western World is Finished: Over and Done With
» Video of Migrant Gang Shoving Gun in Swedish Boy’s Mouth Stirs Controversy
 
Culture Wars
» Angry Anthem-Kneeler Megan Rapinoe: “The Team is With Me, We Don’t Want to Go to the White House”… But We Will Visit Schumer
» Equal Pay? Women’s World Cup Brings in $131 Million Compared to Men’s Which Earned $6 Billion
» Hockey Coach: If You Disrespect the Anthem, “Get the F**k Out Now”
» Mark Zuckerberg Brags: We Didn’t Allow Pro-Life Groups to Advertise Before Ireland’s Abortion Vote
» MSU Employees ‘Expected’ To Pay $75 for ‘Multicultural Self-Awareness’ Workshop
» NYC Priest, LGBTQ Advocate Retires Amid Claim of Sexual Misconduct
» NYC Public Students Can Change Gender, Name Without Documentation
» Russian TV Expresses Bewilderment Over West Transfixed With Identity Politics
» Twitter Announces Ban on Language ‘Dehumanizing Religious Groups’
 

15-Yr-Old Boys Defeated US Women’s Soccer Team

But they want more money?

Identity politics backfires after the US women’s soccer team is criticized for being too white.

Immediately after they won, the crowd chanted “equal pay.”

Does anyone remember they were defeated by an under-15 boys soccer team recently?

Like other women’s sports, soccer is just waiting to be taken over by boys identifying as women.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘America First’ GOP Congressional Candidate Joey Saladino Files Lawsuit Against AOC for Blocking Him on Twitter

New York GOP candidate Joey Saladino has filed a lawsuit against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for blocking him on Twitter, following a decision from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that President Donald Trump cannot block people on social media because it is a public forum.

Saladino, better known as “Joey Salads” online, filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.

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

Ann Coulter Thinks Epstein Had a “State Sponsor” & Was Running a “Blackmailing” Operation

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says that sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein had a “state sponsor” backing him and that his operation was a way to blackmail powerful men.

During an appearance on 790 KABC, Coulter suggested that Epstein is merely the front man for a far more powerful network.

“Epstein according to both the girls accounts, he wanted them to have sex with powerful men, come back to him and report on it, describe what they wanted what their fetishes were and he had cameras throughout the house so this is obviously for blackmailing purposes,” said Coulter.

“It just seems to me something much bigger is behind this — perhaps a state sponsor — powerful enough people … it just seems to me there’s something a very powerful force behind what’s going on here and I am still nervous about this not coming to a conclusion, somehow this getting compromised,” she added.

Coulter said that it remained a mystery as to how Epstein became a billionaire and that the source of his money should be investigated.

[Comment: Likely only the “Deep State”, run by international bankers.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Appeals Court Rules Trump Can’t Block Annoying Twitter Users

A U.S. federal appeals court says President Donald Trump can’t block critics from reading and responding to his Twitter account — his personal Twitter account.

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

Charles Hurt: Hatred of Trump Rooted in ‘Contempt’ For ‘Regular American People’

Antipathy towards President Donald Trump across the news media is rooted in a broader “contempt” of “regular American people,” determined Charles Hurt, Washington Times opinion editor and Breitbart News columnist. He offered his remarks in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow ahead of Tuesday’s launch of his new book Still Winning: Why America Went All In on Donald Trump— And Why We Must Do It Again .

“[Donald Trump] represents all of these Americans that I grew up with, and that I live with, and that I know,” said Hurt, reflecting on his upbringing. “This hot visceral contempt that these people have in the media for Donald Trump is not about Donald Trump,” said Hurt, reflecting. “They hate these people that I know. They hate these people that I live with and that I grew up with.”

Hurt expressed his support for representative government in America. “My faith, my belief is in regular American people,” he declared. Democrats and the broader left, noted Hurt, reject the premise of government legitimacy being predicated on consent from the governed. “I have no qualms whatsoever about leaving the American people in charge, and that’s what these people want to undo,” he added. “They want to undo that.”

“Regular American people [are] the only reason America is what it is,” determined Hurt.

The Democrat Party’s leadership stands opposed to America’s founding and core principles, said Hurt. “They hate America. They hate what it stands for.”

[Comment: Bingo.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Climate Change Crusader Tom Steyer Enters 2020 Presidential Race

Billionaire Democrat donor Tom Steyer entered the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday.

Steyer, 62, is one of the most visible and deep-pocketed liberals advocating for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. He surprised many Democrats in January when he traveled to Iowa, home to the nation’s first presidential caucus, to declare that he would focus entirely on the impeachment effort instead of seeking the White House.

Despite becoming a national voice on the impeachment issue, Steyer made no mention of it in his campaign announcement. Instead, he said his campaign will focus on reducing the influence of corporations in politics. He also plans to target climate change, which is the focus of the Steyer-backed advocacy group NextGen America.

[Comment: Climate wingnut and globalist seeks to impose Agenda 21 on the USA.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dori: Amazon Pullout Continues, Setting Seattle Up for Devastation

The Amazon pullout of Seattle continues. The corporate giant announced on Tuesday that it is going to build a 43-story tower in Bellevue.

It will be Amazon’s tallest building anywhere in the world, and it will be the tallest building in Bellevue, which has more than a few skyscrapers. Several thousand employees will be able to work there. So it looks like this is another part in the saga of Amazon leaving Seattle. All of this is because we have a city council and a mayor who have gone fanatic about socialism. They keep pushing anti-business policies.

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

Facebook Bans Violent Threats… Except the Violent Threats Against Conservatives Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson, Alex Jones, Gavin McInnis, Milo

So now it is OK to threaten conservatives… according to Facebook.

Facebook released new community standards that deals with violent threats on the platform. Apparently, Facebook will no longer allow violent threats unless those threatened are conservatives.

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

Festival Removes Rapper Who Quit Music Fest That Double-Charged Whites

“The artist’s actions have created negative and dangerous effects on members of our community”

Detroit, Michigan’s Kindred Music & Culture Festival has removed rapper Tiny Jag from the fest’s lineup after she dropped out of AfroFuture music festival upon learning they double-charged whites for admission.

“We respect her choice to step away from an engagement based on her own beliefs. However, the artist’s actions have created negative and dangerous effects on members of our community,” Kindred Music & Culture Festival said in a statement released on Twitter.

After Tiny Jag dropped out of the AfroFuture festival and ticketing website Eventbrite threatened to pull the event from their listings, the festival heads reversed the payment policy and released a statement claiming “white supremacists” and “racists” threatened them…

Critics have insulted Tiny Jag, saying she is using her “white privilege,” is “ignorant,” and is a “coon,” among other things.

Watch the full interview below and see Tiny Jag begin swallowing the red pill as she stands up to liberal tyranny for the first time.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Former FBI Official: Indictment of Jeffrey Epstein is ‘Placeholder, ‘ Expect Dozens More Charges in Near Future

A former FBI official said Monday that the federal indictment of Jeffrey Epstein is a “placeholder” for prosecutors and he expects a much larger “superseding” indictment to be forthcoming.

An indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against the financier and registered sex offender.

Prosecutors allege Epstein, the 66-year-old wealthy hedge fund manager arrested on Saturday, preyed on “dozens” of victims as young as 14, allegedly operating a “vast network” from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in a New York courtroom Monday afternoon.

Former Assistant FBI Director Chris Swecker said he believes the two-count indictment was brought to get Epstein “off the street” as fast as possible.

“I think a decision was made that this conduct was ongoing, perhaps,” he said.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Former Florida Gators Player Wearing MAGA Hat Fights Back After Assault by Anti-Trump Group

Daniel Weldon is a great example of a young American who stands up for what he believes in.

On the Fourth of July, Weldon went across campus at the University of Florida to grab a late-night snack and was met with a group of angry anti-Trump locals.

He posted what happened on Facebook and has recieved over 600 positivie responses:

So last night I was assaulted for wearing a Maga hat and pin.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Investigative Journalist: Bill Clinton is Lying About Flying on ‘Lolita Express’ Only 4 Times

“Almost every time that Clinton’s name is on the pilot logs there are underage girls”

Clinton released a statement claiming he had not spoken to Epstein in over a decade and that he only took four trips on Epstein’s airplane.

Flight logs obtained by Fox News in 2016 show that Clinton flew on Epstein’s private jet at least 26 times, trips that included, “extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jeffrey Epstein is Being Detained in the Same Prison as El Chapo and Facing 45 Years Behind Bars for Allegedly Paying Dozens of Underage Girls for Massages and Then Sexually Assaulting Them

Jeffrey Epstein famously bragged that he owned the largest home in New York City for years, but this weekend he found his way into an even bigger facility.

The convicted pedophile, who is now facing federal sex trafficking charges, is being housed at the Metropolitan Correction Center in downtown Manhattan, the same facility as Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

He will make his first court appearance in Monday, at which time attorneys for the Southern District of New York will likely present the billionaire as a flight risk and ask that bail be denied in the case.

The Daily Beast reports that it is the office’s Public Corruption Unit that investigated Epstein, who is facing up to 45 years behind bars if found guilty on both counts: sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.

The charges against Epstein were filed following dozens of interviews with victims, who also spoke the FBI and the NYPD.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Pharma Companies to Disclose Drug Prices in TV Ads

A federal judge on Monday stopped a Trump administration initiative that would have required drugmakers to reveal the sticker price of their drugs in television ads.

Under the rule, if a medicine’s list price was more than $35 a month, it would have to be stated during the commercial. The challenge, opponents say, is that a drug’s list price and estimates of what people can expect to pay vary widely depending on coverage.

The rule was blocked hours before it was set to take effect, the latest setback for the White House as Trump administration officials continue to search for ways to pressure pharmaceutical companies into lowering their prices — a proposal made by the Trump administration in the runup to last November’s midterm election.

[Comment: The ruling is bad economics.]

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

Just in: Ross Perot Dead at Age 89

Ross Perot, a two-time presidential candidate and self-made billionaire is dead the age of 89 after a battle with leukemia, reported Dallas Morning News.

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

Nearly 200K People Have Signed Up to Steal Alien Secrets From Area 51 in Late-Summer Raid

Pack your shades, your sunscreen and your coziest tinfoil hat, because the late-summer event of the season is happening in Nevada’s scenic Area 51, and you’re invited.

According to a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” a ragtag army of alien hunters will meet up near the top-secret Air Force base in the predawn hours of Sept. 20, coordinate a plan of attack, then raid the grounds in search of captive aliens. Per the event’s hosts (a page that posts memes and a guy who streams video games on Twitch), the delicate operation will involve running supernaturally fast — faster than the guards’ bullets can fly — but will be worth it to “see them aliens.”

So far, nearly 200,000 Facebook users have signed up to attend, with another 200,000 “interested” in the affair.

This event is, of course, a joke (please, do not raid this or any other military base).

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

Newt Gingrich: Pelosi Dealing With ‘Virtually Crazy’ Freshman Dems

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “essentially right” with her comments about the lack of influence that far-left Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are having on the party, ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday.

“I think you’re beginning to see the bloom come off of the excitement the Democrats had after they won last year,” Gingrich told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “Speaker Pelosi, who I think is essentially right in this argument, is really faced with some people who are virtually crazy, and she doesn’t know what to do with them.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Professor Denounces Student’s MAGA Hat: ‘Undeniable Symbol of White Supremacy’

A law professor recently declared in print that a student’s “Make America Great Again” hat constituted “racial antagonism” and stood as an “undeniable symbol of white supremacy.” The professor offered no evidence that the student wearing the hat was racist.

Jeffrey Omari, a visiting assistant professor at Gonzaga University School of Law, wrote in the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal that near the end of the past academic year he witnessed a student come to class wearing a “Make America Great Again” or “MAGA” hat. The hat, which is bright red with bold white lettering, is a distinctive symbol of the Trump presidential campaign and of Donald Trump more generally. Omari refers to the slogan as “an undeniable symbol of white supremacy and hatred toward certain nonwhite groups.”

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

Rip Ross Perot: Patriot and Anti-Globalist Prophet

A tribute to the self-made billionaire

At the age of 89, Ross Perot has passed away.

Ross Perot fought for the American people and against globalism for many years.

Rest in peace to a true American patriot.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ross Perot, Billionaire and Former Presidential Candidate, Dead at 89

Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate Henry Ross Perot is dead at the age of 89-years-old following a five-month fight with leukemia.

Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past century, died early Tuesday at his home in Dallas surrounded by his devoted family, family spokesman James Fuller said.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Seattle’s ‘Hate Crime Epidemic That Never Was’

Wilfred Reilly, author of the book Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War, has investigated the extraordinary and frightening claims by the Seattle Times that hate crimes and “incidents” in that city were up an astonishing 400% since 2012.

In the immortal words of Defense Secretary Albert Nimziiki from Independence Day, “That’s not entirely accurate.”

An examination of the Seattle data indicates that fewer than 40 actual criminal cases resulting from real, serious hate incidents were successfully prosecuted between 2012 and 2017. This provides an excellent case study of how media coverage of flash-point issues such as hate crime can—whether intentionally or not—sensationalize and exaggerate the urgency of social problems.

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

The Jeffrey Epstein Sex Scandal Has Some of the Biggest Names in America Shaking in Their Boots Right Now

Are we about to see some of the biggest names from Hollywood, Wall Street and Washington actually go to prison? As I discussed in the first part of this series, the prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein has the potential to erupt into the biggest scandal that America has ever seen. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York intends to put Epstein away for the rest of his life, and the only hope that Epstein has of ever tasting freedom again is to cooperate with the prosecutors. That would mean giving up everything that he knows about all of his famous friends, and the end result would be big name after big name going to prison. For years, Epstein hosted wild parties at his homes all over the world where his famous guests would have sex with underage girls. For years, Epstein would fly his famous friends on his private plane to his very secluded private island where his famous friends would have sex with underage girls without having to worry that they would be caught. And according to Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie Brown, sometimes Epstein’s famous friends would call him up and let him know what hotel they were staying at so that he could send a girl over…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Top Democrat Donor Ed Buck Accused of Human Trafficking, Revenge Porn After Black Gay Escort Dies in His Home

Top Democrat donor Ed Buck is being accused of human trafficking and revenge porn after a black gay escort was found dead in his apartment.

As previously reported, a black gay escort named Gemmel Moore died of a meth overdose at Ed Buck’s West Hollywood apartment in July of 2017.

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

Viral Video Shows Man Spitting Into Sweet Tea Before Putting it Back on Shelf

Yet another video has emerged showing someone tampering with food in a grocery store, this time featuring a man spitting into a jug of sweet tea and placing it back on the shelf.

As we have highlighted, despite the threat of 20 year prison sentences, numerous videos have emerged showing young people licking ice cream and putting back in the freezer.

Now another clip has emerged showing a man wearing a hat looking around before spitting into a carton of Arizona Sweet Tea and walking away.

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

A$AP Rocky ‘Is Being Held in “Inhuman” Swedish Jail Where He Sleeps on a Yoga Mat Without Blankets Next to a Mental Patient Who Slams His Head Against the Wall and Throws Faeces’

The 30-year-old American rapper, real name Rakim Meyers, is being held for up to two weeks in Stockholm while police investigate claims he assaulted a man in the street on June 30.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Brexit Party Chairman: UK Ambassador ‘Should Have Offered His Resignation’

Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice MEP has said that the UK’s ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch “should have offered his resignation” as soon as leaked diplomatic cables revealed his insulting remarks about President Donald Trump.

Sir Kim had called President Trump “inept” and “incompetent” in 2017 communications leaked on Saturday, with the President responding that the diplomat had “not well served” the UK.

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

Exodus: Brits Abandon Facebook as Usage Plummets

The decline in Facebook activity by Brits coincided with privacy and hate speech scandals throughout 2018

Facebook activity among Britons has crashed by more than one third over the past 12 months, according to the analytics firm Mixpanel, first reported by The Daily Telegraph.

Since June 2018, several months after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed, activity on Facebook’s mobile app in the UK dropped 38% through June 2019.

User clicks on web links or adverts inside the Facebook app declined in seven of the last 12 months, with an average monthly drop of 2.6%.

The alternative data outlines an entirely different story from Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, who recently said Europe’s monthly active users continued to rise.

Investors have traditionally viewed the total number of users as a reliable metric of the social media company’s health, but with millions of fake accounts, many have turned to alternative data that shows a mass exodus of users started in the UK.

Last July, $120 billion was wiped off Facebook’s market value after it reported an unexpected drop in European users and shifted guidance about future growth lower.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

France Plans ‘Eco-Tax’ For Air Fares

France is set to introduce an “eco-tax” for all flights from French airports, the government has said.

The tax is expected to raise about €180m ($202m; £162m) from 2020, said Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne.

The amount of the tax will depend on the type of ticket being bought.

Economy class tickets on flights within France or the EU will have a tax of €1.50 imposed. Business class tickets for flights out of the EU will have the highest tariff of up to €18.

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

French State Was Forced to Pay Terrorist ‘Beast of Bataclan’ Compensation

The French state was ordered by an administrative court to pay compensation to the “beast of the Bataclan” Salah Abdeslam over the terrorist’s prison conditions.

The Administrative Court of Versailles ruled in 2017 that the prison surveillance of the sole survivor of the 2015 Bataclan massacre had been unlawful, claiming the constant 24-hour video cameras in his cell were a violation of Abdeslam’s privacy, Le Figaro reports.

The revelation comes in a new book released by French journalist Elsa Vigouroux, entitled The Journal of Frank Berton. Abdeslam is said not to have even discovered about the case until July of 2018, over a year after the ruling was made when Berton — a French lawyer who defended Abdeslam — asked for his bank details.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: “Southern” Suspects in the Gang Rape of 18-Year-Old Girl Free to Go to School

A 18-year-old young woman was dragged into the woods in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany and raped there by the group of five, 12 to 14 year olds.

Locals were alarmed by their barking dog refusing to be calmed down around 10:15 pm on Friday. After finding the injured woman in their garden with two male figures they called the police.

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

ISIS Still Strikes Fear in Germany Amid Reports of Government Losing Track of 160 Former Militants

The Islamic State caliphate may have fallen in the Middle East, but the terrorist group still strikes fear in Germany.

A newly released German government intelligence report for 2018 finds a high level of danger from ISIS returnees. Of the more than 1,000 Germans who traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the terrorist group, 350 are back in Germany. Others have died, or remain in Kurdish prisons, mainly in Syria, with a small number in Iraq.

Some of the returnees are in German jails, while others await trial. Some are in hiding after slipping through the European Union’s porous borders. The German government has admitted having completely lost track of more than 160 of the former ISIS militants, the DW reported.

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

Theresa May Has ‘Full Faith’ In Ambassador Who Branded Trump ‘Inept’, ‘Incompetent’

Theresa May is standing by Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador in Washington D.C. who insulted President Trump and suggested he could be in hock to “dodgy Russians” in leaked memos…

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who President Trump once recommended as British ambassador to the United States, said he was unsurprised by Mrs May’s decision to stick by Sir Kim, tweeting: “She would do, all Remainers together.”

[Comment: Good luck going into a room and with NO US representatives there. Darroch is essentially useless. Perhaps the US should find a way to boot him out.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: ‘Institutionally Antisemitic’: Three Labour Lords Resign Whip Over Antisemitism

Three members of the House of Lords have resigned the party whip over Labour’s ongoing antisemitism scandals, BBC Newsnight revealed.

Former general secretary of the Labour Party Lord Triesman has resigned the whip, writing in his resignation that Labour was “plainly institutionally antisemitic” and that the party was no longer “a safe environment” for Jewish people.

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

UK: Corbyn’s Labour to Back “Remain” In a 2nd EU Referendum to Wipe Out Tory Brexit Deal

The UK Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn will campaign to remain in the EU if a second referendum is called by the next UK prime minister, to see off a Tory Brexit deal or no deal, RT.com reports.

In a highly significant move, Corbyn wrote to Labour members on Tuesday, outlining the party’s shift in Brexit policy that is likely to please its majority Remain base of supporters, but may alarm a number of Leavers.

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

UK: Yorkshire Bloke’s Jolly Roger Flag Given the Heave-Ho After Council Receives One Complaint

Budding buccaneer Mike Darragh, 40, has come across more Guybrush Threepwood than Blackbeard after receiving a letter from the local council ordering the removal of the flag flown from his home in Howden, Yorkshire.

HullLive reports that Darragh decided to hoist the flag during May’s Tour de Yorkshire bike race — as you do — then kept it up once the event was over.

However, a single complaint was lodged with East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 10 June, and a little over a week later Darragh received the note asking him to lose the banner, identical to that flown by legendary corsair Calico Jack Rackham, or walk the plank.

Sorry, “apply for planning permission”.

Though it seems our swashbuckling suburbanite grabbed the wrong end of the cutlass.

He told the local paper: “To start with it [the letter] made me angry and upset — we tried to work out who was so silly to complain and if it was racist or ageist, or against someone’s beliefs.

“I feel the fun has all gone from the world — the people of Howden were very supportive and told me to keep it up. It’s political correctness gone mad.”

[Comment: Article has link to pdf for “acceptable flags”.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

In Major Blow to Mueller, Federal Judge Rebukes Mueller and DOJ for Falsely Claiming ‘Russian Bot Farm’ Linked to Russian Government

Dabney Friedrich, a Trump-appointed federal judge rebuked Robert Mueller and the DOJ for falsely suggesting the IRA (Internet Research Agency) and Concord Management and Company, the so-called Russian troll farms, were linked to the Russian government.

Mueller’s core claim that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 US presidential election in a “sweeping and systemic” fashion revolves around his bogus claims that a Russian bot farm was linked to the Kremlin — a core claim that has never even been proven.

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Chinese Christians Worship Freely for First Time in Taiwan

Some members of the persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church in China were reportedly able to worship publicly for the first time on Sunday in democratically ruled Taiwan after communist authorities shut down their congregation in China as part of Beijing’s widespread crackdown on ethnoreligious minorities across the Asian country.

A family from the persecuted congregation, once home to hundreds of worshippers, joined the much smaller Reformed Presbyterian Xinan Church in Taiwan after fleeing alleged threats to their safety and pressure to renounce their faith in China.

Beijing only allows government-sanctioned churches to operate on Chinese soil. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Chinese authorities in early December 2018 detained more than 100 members of the prominent Early Rain church, which had not been approved by Beijing

The Associated Press (AP) describes the Early Rain congregation as a “thorn” on the side of the communist Chinese government.

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Aboriginal Students Are Left in Tears After Classmates Laughed at Them While They Performed a Traditional Dance During a School Assembly

Aboriginal students were left in tears after their classmates laughed at them while they performed a traditional dance in front of their western Sydney school.

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‘Calm Down and Suck it Up’: Christian Leader Tim Costello Blasts Believers for Whinging About ‘Persecution’ In Wake of Israel Folau Case

Tim Costello, senior fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, said believers need to ‘calm down’ amid outrage over the dismissal of Israel Folau from the Wallabies.

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Don’t Come to Work: Job on the Line for Muslim Convert Prison Psychologist After She Failed to Tell Her New Boss She Was Struck Off After Love Affairs With Two Convicted Rapists

A Sydney psychologist who had a prison love affair with a locked up gang rapist was told not to come to work after she failed to tell her new employer about her sordid past.

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Halal Row Explodes After a Muslim Spots a Burger Chain Frying Bacon on the Same Grill as Its Islam-Friendly Beef Patties — Before the Restaurant Fires Back

Raz Domingo said he was shocked when he saw the chef cook bacon on the same grill he fried halal meat at a Better Burger store in Auckland, New Zealand.

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AOC Led by Imaginary ‘Voices in Her Head’ On Border Talk, GOP Senator Says

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy has a new theory on where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting her explosive talking points on immigration issues: imaginary “voices in her head.”

The Republican politician joined a chorus of his peers this week in condemning the New York Democrat’s “concentration camp” rhetoric on detention facilities for illegal immigrants.

“Let me be frank. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez — someone needs to tell her that the voices in her head are not real,” Mr. Kennedy told a local CBS affiliate, The Hill reported Wednesday. “She says that the men and women of our Border Patrol and our authorities are intentionally running concentration camps on the southern border.”

“The Department of Homeland Security is out of money, and the congresswoman knows that. She says the conditions are inhumane,” he continued. “But yet when we send a bill over to her to vote to improve those conditions, she voted no. Her hypocrisy is breathtaking.”

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NYT: Middle-Class Americans Must Sacrifice Their Suburbs to Aid Poor Immigrants

The federal government must force tens of millions of suburban voters to sacrifice their houses’ value, their quiet schools, and their green neighborhoods so poor immigrants can have cheaper rents and investors can build more houses, according to the New York Times’ editorial board.

[Comment: Dirtbags. Better yet how about sacrificing the neighbourhoods where NYT editorial board lives.]

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‘Promise Kept’: Salvini Makes Personal Appearance as Migrant Centre, Once Europe’s Largest, Closes

MINEO, Italy: AFP — What was once Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo in Sicily, is to officially close on Tuesday in the presence of its biggest critic, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

“Promise kept,” Salvini, in government also as deputy prime minister for the past year, said last week when the centre’s final inhabitants were removed, to be sent to another centre in Calabria.

This reception centre, a former housing complex for the US military that resembles an American suburb, is now guarded by Italian troops who block access under a roasting Sicilian sun.

At its peak in 2014, Mineo housed more than 4,100 people.

Its population then steadily dropped. When anti-migrant Salvini and the populist Five Star Movement came to power in June last year, it housed 2,500.

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Switzerland: Pool Lifeguards Under Constant Threat From Migrant Men

Lifeguards across Switzerland are routinely threatened and abused by migrant-background youths, according to the president of the country’s lifeguard association.

Michel Kunz, President of the Badmeister Association, said that the level of abuse, particularly towards female lifeguards, has increased saying in comments reported by 20 Minutes: “I have already experienced a lot, but what is currently happening in Swiss swimming pools is no longer sustainable.”

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Syrian Refugee Complains He Did Not Have Time for Syria Vacation

A Syrian refugee living in Germany complained on social media about not being able to go on holiday to Syria because he had “something important” to do.

Syrian asylum seeker Aras Bacho, who has previously written for several publications including HuffPost, said he knew at least six Syrians who had travelled from Germany to Syria on holiday.

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The Western World is Finished: Over and Done With

The white world is overrun with immigrants taught by Identity Politics to hate white people and all their works.

Classical music, being a white activity, has been branded racist. There is an effort underway to prove that Beethoven was partly black so we can continue to listen to classical music without being white supremacists.

Vladimir Putin wonders why countries with core white populations decided to destroy themselves with unimpeded immigration of different cultures and races. Why is it racist for governments to consider the interests of their core white populations?

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Video of Migrant Gang Shoving Gun in Swedish Boy’s Mouth Stirs Controversy

“The future seems promising”

A video showing a gang of migrant youths bullying a Swedish teenager by shoving a gun in his mouth and forcing him to dance has stirred controversy.

The short clip shows an obviously traumatized teen being intimidated and kicked.

The gang speak with heavy accents and force the teen to kiss the gun, “which they refer to by a Turkish-derived slang word (Swedish “tabbe”, from Turkish “tabanca”),” reports Sputnik.

The boy is clearly being humiliated for the pleasure of his tormentors.

The video was uploaded to YouTube but subsequently deleted. It is unclear where in Sweden the incident took place or the circumstances behind it.

Swedes reacted the video with a mixture of anger and dark humor.

“The youngsters’ voices are still cracking, and they are already running around with weapons and terrorising the Swedish people. The future seems promising,” remarked one.

“A foul deed that should have been classified as a hate crime. It purely screams racism. Regardless of how clear it is, some groups get away with just about anything,” added another.

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Angry Anthem-Kneeler Megan Rapinoe: “The Team is With Me, We Don’t Want to Go to the White House”… But We Will Visit Schumer

Radical leftist Megan Rapinoe started kneeling during the national anthem back in 2016. She said it was a protest against “white supremacy” and in support of black lives matter movement. She later said it was a protest against the treatment of gays in the US.

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Equal Pay? Women’s World Cup Brings in $131 Million Compared to Men’s Which Earned $6 Billion

After the U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup, fans in the stadium chanted “Equal pay! Equal pay!”

For the past month, the media has also pushed the narrative that female soccer players, despite being obviously inferior to men (a team of under-15 boys beat the U.S. women’s professional team 5-2), should be paid the same.

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Hockey Coach: If You Disrespect the Anthem, “Get the F**k Out Now”

A hockey coach has gone viral on Twitter for a video in which he tells his team if they disrespect the national anthem they can “get the f**k out now”.

It’s not yet known who the coach or the team is, but the clip already has nearly 400,000 views.

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Mark Zuckerberg Brags: We Didn’t Allow Pro-Life Groups to Advertise Before Ireland’s Abortion Vote

During this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that Facebook is increasingly trying to work with governments to determine what political speech it does and does not allow. Oh sorry, I mean: what kind of political ads it is willing to approve.

In the particular example Zuckerberg cited, in 2018, American pro-life groups wanted to run advertisements for Facebook users in Ireland. This is because the Irish were about to vote in a referendum on whether abortion should be legalized.

When Facebook saw the ad requests, the company contacted the Irish government asking whether this should or should not be allowed. “Their response at the time was, ‘we don’t currently have a law, so you need to make whatever decision you want to make.’“

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MSU Employees ‘Expected’ To Pay $75 for ‘Multicultural Self-Awareness’ Workshop

A Michigan State University college is holding a two-day “multicultural self-awareness” event Tuesday and Wednesday for all employees at a cost of $75.

MSU Extension, a branch of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will run its “Multicultural Self-Awareness Workshop,” exploring “feelings and values from a multicultural perspective.” Non-MSU Extension employees can attend if they pay $150, with MSU noting that attendance is “expected” from MSU Extension employees at $75 admission.

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NYC Priest, LGBTQ Advocate Retires Amid Claim of Sexual Misconduct

A New York City priest and longtime advocate of the LGBTQ community announced his retirement Sunday following a claim of sexual misconduct.

Rev. John Duffell, 75, who was pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was suspended from exercising his priestly duties following a letter written by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

“The allegation was made first to the [Manhattan] District Attorney, and then brought to our attention. This allegation involves an adult; it does not involve a minor. It is important that the archdiocese take such allegations seriously,” Dolan wrote in the letter, which was sent to parishioners on July 1.

“Father Duffell has been directed not to publicly exercise his priestly ministry due to an allegation from the past that he abused his position of authority in a violation of his promise of celibacy,” he concluded.

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NYC Public Students Can Change Gender, Name Without Documentation

The New York City Department of Education announced recently that all students will be permitted to change their names and genders at will.

According to a press release, students at the New York City public school will be permitted to change their name and gender without providing proper legal documentation. Instead of first changing their name at city hall, students will be permitted to change their personal identifiers with the New York City school system itself. However, students will be required to obtain their parent’s permission before requesting a name change.

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Russian TV Expresses Bewilderment Over West Transfixed With Identity Politics

“You know, I’m just at a loss, it’s very hard to explain it all”

An exchange between two speakers on one of Russia’s largest television shows illustrates how people in eastern Europe are completely bewildered by the west’s obsession with identity politics.

The dialogue took place during a discussion on Russia-1, a state owned channel with the second largest viewership in the country.

The host and his guest were talking about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 when the conversation suddenly veered into the bizarre.

“These days in Scotland, a 17-year-old schoolboy was suspended from school for 3 weeks… for saying that there are only two sexes, male and female, there is no in-between,” said the guest, referring to a real story that happened.

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Twitter Announces Ban on Language ‘Dehumanizing Religious Groups’

Twitter announced in a statement issued Tuesday a new protected class is being recognized by the online forum: Religious groups. The move comes as one religion has campaigned for decades for a global ban on speech critical of Islam, while other major religions have been content to use public persuasion rather then the jackboot of government or corporate totalitarianism to deal with critics.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/9/2019

  1. “Aboriginal Students Are Left in Tears After Classmates Laughed at Them While They Performed a Traditional Dance During a School Assembly” why is this even on the news? Children will use any chance to make fun of their peers, some can be very cruel about it even. It might be disheartening to those being laughed at, but it certainly is nothing to make international news, c’mon! And to be completely frank, none of the performers looks very aboriginal. I know some Australians and they like to claim they have Aboriginal ancestry because there may have been some great great grandma and they don’t look Aboriginal at all, so I can imagine the other students laughed at them not for performing a traditional dance, but for pretending to be Aboriginal when they don’t look like it.

  2. #Genocide #Europe

    In German cities, the majority German Society is finished

    Frankfurt am Main, Offenbach, Heilbronn, Sindelfingen – in these and other cities, Germans without a migration background are only the largest group, but no longer represent an absolute majority. This affects West Germany more than the East and more cities than the country.

    Already in the 1980s, the Greens propagated “multiculturalism”, ie a multicultural society. At that time, many bourgeois voters at the thought stood in the hair, even though Multikulti had long begun. This reality has been accentuated in the past decades. The term has, however, come out of fashion. Nowadays people talk about diversity and colorful society. In major German cities, the majority society is now coming to an end – this means that Germans without a migration background (as defined by the Federal Statistical Office) are no longer the absolute majority (> 50%), but only the largest group alongside Germans with a migrant background and foreigners.

    https://www.nzz.ch/international/in-deutschen-staedten-geht-die-mehrheitsgesellschaft-zu-ende-ld.1492568

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https://www.nzz.ch/international/in-deutschen-staedten-geht-die-mehrheitsgesellschaft-zu-ende-ld.1492568

  3. If you were never shocked before, watch this video.

    YouTube allows a Muslim Rapper in Germany to idolize the killing of a Spanish priest using Kalashnikov mache guns, attack the Virgin Mary, calling her a broken-a**-b****.

    https://youtu.be/IlBtZMpbKi8?t=183

    This is permitted and not deemed hate speech. Watched 12 million times.

  4. Re: “The Western world is finished”.

    Who says classical music is a “white” activity? Anyone may participate, if qualified; Brits may be familiar with Nigerian-Irish double bass player Chi-Chi Nwanoku, who is very active in trying to include black and ethnic minority people; generations back, conductors like Stokowski and Bernstein did the same.

    Beethoven was sometimes nicknamed “The Spaniard” due to his swarthy appearance; as his ancestry was Flemish, and the Spanish occupied the Netherlands for many years, there’s no need to look for African ancestry as an explanation (unless you go back to our common origins, but I doubt whethet these PC idiots have that in mind).

  5. GERMAN RAPE EPEDEMIC

    German State TV !!! trying to copy with the massive outbreak of rapes…

    “It doesn’t matter when a girl is raped. She can still live her life. It’ll just be a different life that if she hadn’t been raped.”

    http://www.politikversagen.net/gruppenvergewaltigung-muss-nichts-schlechtes-sein

    Before Merkel opened the Borders…
    2014: 848

    After Merkel opened the borders….
    2018: 6.046

    Sexual assaults +713%, in just 4 years.

    In the last few days, there have been multiple reports of group rapes my migrants, mainly Arabs, where up to 15 men have drugged and raped girls.

    Some of the rapists are supposed to be 11 years old. Under 14, they cannot be prosecuted under liberal, left-wing German laws.

    Old enough to do the crime, too young to do the time.

    And since they don’t need a passport to enter into Germany’s welfare system, they were all born on Jan 1. 2003. Of course. If you believe it.

    Also, Merkel has recently begun “violently shaking”. It’s all over the news. She said she was dehydrated. 3 times. Yeah, right!

    How do you explain this then? 2017.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9Vbt9AOyXc&t=6m30s

    She’s got BIG health issues.

  6. It all smells of a brave new world that awaits us all. The reliance/addiction on
    storytellers, peddlers and magicians allows them to do what they will, say the ‘right’ words and enough of us fall for the trick, it makes us happy, a gram is better than a damm. Given enough time, life will consist of the worst parts of dystopian sci-fi you have ever read…. Soylent is here…..1984 has gone, Animal Farm was intensified years ago…… Because we all have bit parts on the farm, if we rebel………… You want to say what!!!! No, you can’t say that….the star won’t like that. I’t’s against the law……bludgeon….boot….. now what you say? … Yes, that’s better. Now be quiet….no one cares……..the star of the show is performing…..

    It all hinges on warping belief……….. the magician performs the trick, the storytellers ensure it has been well warped and sticks so the peddlers have real snake oil to sell.

    Don’t worry, around the corner lies the Golden Apples, next to the Clockwork Orange, Time Machine, Akita and Bladerunner……

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