Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/17/2019

Despite a heavy police presence, violent clashes broke out between the Proud Boys and Antifa during today’s demonstrations in Portland. Even though police attempted to keep the groups separate, a bus was attacked and four people were arrested.

In other news, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has banned the performance of Islamic prayers on all public roads in the state.

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Thanks to JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

USA
» Actor Who Wanted to Put Barron Trump in Cage With Pedophiles… Told Twitter Followers to Surround Home of ICE Agents Dies at 79
» Complete List of Inconsistencies in Prison Policy Surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s Death
» Cover Up? Epstein Shipped $100K Cement Mixer to ‘Pedo Island’ Weeks Before Crushing Exposé
» Deep State Spy Stefan Halper Claims He Cannot be Sued for Lying About General Flynn Because He’s a Government Agent!
» Donald Trump Says ‘Major’ Consideration Given to Labeling Antifa an ‘Organization of Terror’
» Epstein Death Officially Ruled as Suicide
» He Awoke to the Sound of Breaking Glass. Then He Shot and Killed the Person Who Broke In.
» Here’s Why Trump Wants Greenland
» Jeffrey Epstein Tried to Leverage His Wealth to Survive in Jail: Report
» Johns Hopkins University Fires Professor Who Defied Campus Protesters
» Liberal Justices Are Still Notching Victories Despite Conservative Supreme Court
» Marxism in America — the Final Stages
» New York Times Chief Outlines Coverage Shift: From Trump-Russia to Trump Racism
» Pamela Geller: The Left is Never “Fair” With Censorship
» Peter Fonda Dies at the Age of 79 After Battle With Lung Cancer
» Portland Braces for “End Domestic Terrorism” Rally and Antifa Counter-Protest
» Report: Portland Antifa Planning to Dress Up in MAGA Gear, Attack People
» So Much for Being ‘Peaceful’: Antifa Attacks Reporters and Conservatives in Portland (Again)
» Sorry Elton John, Your Record’s Not Still Standing: Fire Marshal Says Donald Trump’s Boast That He Smashed Pop Star’s Attendance Record at MAGA Arena is TRUE
» Tech CEO Denies Epstein’s Alleged Madam Living at His Oceanfront Mansion
» Three Epstein Lawyers Challenge Autopsy Results… MCC Prison Staff Refuses to Help Investigators
» Trump Tells NH Rallygoers ‘We Have a Bunch of Socialists or Communists to Beat’ — As Dem Rivals Gather Nearby
» Two Google Engineers Join Forces to Expose Tech Tyranny
» Violence Breaks Out Between Antifa and Proud Boys Despite Heavy Police Presence; Bus Attacked, Chased
 
Canada
» Canadians Sour on Trudeau, Less Popular Than Trump
 
Europe and the EU
» Civil Rights Group Warns of Facial Recog ‘Epidemic’ Across UK Private Sites
» France Deports German Suspected Far-Left Extremist Ahead of G7 Summit
» Germany: Merkel Successor Denies Urging Ex-Spy Chief’s Ejection
» ISIS Fighter Jihadi Jack is Stripped of His UK Passport Sparking Furious Diplomatic Row With Canada Where He Has Joint Citizenship
» Poll: Most Britons Prefer a No-Deal Brexit Over a Prime Minister Corbyn and Second Referendum
» Sales of Self-Defense Sprays ‘Explode’ Amid Sweden Rape Crisis
» Three Years Later, The French Solar Road is a Total Flop
» UK: 28-Year-Old Newlywed Officer Murdered in the 3rd Major Attack Against Uniformed Police in Just a Week
» UK: Another Remainer Offers to Depose Boris Johnson to Stop No-Deal Brexit
» UK: Uni That Banned Beef to Fight Climate Change Hosts ‘Communist University’
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Donald Trump: Rashida Tlaib’s Grandmother a ‘Winner’ After Canceled Visit
» Palestinian Organizer of Omar, Tlaib’s Trip Promoted Antisemitic Blood Libel Trope
 
South Asia
» A Northern State in India Completely Bans Namaz [Islamic Prayers] on Roads
» India: New Species of Freshwater Fish Found
 
Far East
» America Can Stop China From Dominating Artificial Intelligence — And Should
» China Readies ‘Giant Forks’ To Subdue Hong Kong Protesters
» Report: China Employs ‘Fake News’ To Smear Hong Kong Protesters
 
Australia — Pacific
» Chaos Erupts as Vicious Brawl Breaks Out Between Rival Youth Gangs at Melbourne Shopping Centre — as Bystanders Watch on in Horror
» Hong Kong Protests Turn Ugly Across Australia as Pro-China Activists Chant Vile Taunts at Pro-Democracy Demonstrators — Sparking Violent Scuffles
» Horrific Details Emerge of the Death of Michaela Dunn Who Had Her Throat Slit in Frenzied 13 Minute Attack — as it’s Revealed ‘Her Alleged Killer Sent a Video of the Gruesome Crime to a Friend’
» How Recycling is a Massive Con Job and an Environmental Disaster in the Making — and Why Everyday Australians Are Wasting Their Time Sorting Rubbish
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» “It Will Crash for Sure”: Meet the Man Who Blew the Whistle on Boeing’s 737 Max
» African Bishop Condemns Violence Against Albinos
» Gunmen Kidnap Two Catholic Priests in Cameroon
» Sudan: Military, Protest Leaders Sign Historic Transition Deal
 
Immigration
» European Union: First Half of the Year Sees 10 Percent Increase in Asylum Claims
» FBI: Somali Refugee in Arizona Trained to Become ‘The Beheading Guy’ For ISIS in Egypt
» ICE Slams Local Sheriff for Releasing Illegal Arrested on Child Rape Charges
» Sweden: Suspected Terrorist Migrant Previously Hailed as Successful Example of Integration
» Swedish Newspaper Carrier Kidnapped and Tortured by Syrian Refugee
» UK: Sudanese Migrant Jailed for ‘Extremely Savage’ Murder of Woman Who Refused Sex
 
Culture Wars
» Germany: Girl Sues 500-Year-Old Boys’ Choir for ‘Gender Bias, ‘ Loses
» Maryland to Implement LGBTQ Content in Public Schools’ Curricula
» Mercedes Ad Featuring Muslim Drag Queen Pushes LGBTQ Agenda
» UK: Bus Driver Suspended for Refusing to Operate Pro-LGBT Vehicle
» UK: London Council Saves Fetish Gay Club From Redevelopment ‘To Protect Safe Spaces’ For ‘Diverse Community’
 

Actor Who Wanted to Put Barron Trump in Cage With Pedophiles… Told Twitter Followers to Surround Home of ICE Agents Dies at 79

Hollywood actor Peter Fonda, brother of “Hanoi Jane” Fonda, and son of actor Henry Fonda, has died of respiratory failure from lung cancer at the age of 79.

“Hanoi Jane,” wrote about her brother Peter, in her 2005 memoir: ‘Peter is all deep sweetness, kind and sensitive to his core. He would never intentionally harm anything or anyone. In fact, he once argued with me that vegetables had souls (it was the ‘60s). Perhaps in 2005, it was true that “he would never intentionally harm anyone,” but all bets were off the moment Donald J. Trump became President of the United States.

Fonda made big news last year when he suggested President Trump’s 11-year-old son Barron, should be put in a cage with pedophiles, in response to the lie the media was telling about Trump putting kids in cages.

In his now-deleted Twitter account, Fonda tweeted on June 2018:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Complete List of Inconsistencies in Prison Policy Surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

Since his death we have learned a number of things that make you question this man’s death. Here is a Complete List of Inconsistencies in Prison Policy Surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s Death:

  • Epstein said he was considering cooperating in “naming names” in his international sex ring
  • He was found unconscious in his prison cell just three weeks earlier
  • Two days prior to his death documents released for the first time implicated several top Democrats in his pedo sex ring
  • He was taken off suicide watch after a failed attempt just two weeks earlier
  • He was in isolation (unusual for a suicidal individual)
  • The cameras malfunctioned — There is no video
  • Even Mexico had video of El Chapo’s escape from prison
  • Then later we hear the cameras showed the guards did not do rounds? Which is it?
  • The prison guards had worked several extra shifts last week
  • One prison guard on his floor was not even a certified guard
  • The prison guards “forgot” to check on Epstein
  • The prison guards slept through their shift
  • The guards did not check Epstein for several hours
  • There were reports of screaming the morning Epstein died
  • The MCC had not seen a successful suicide in 40 years
  • Epstein said he was the victim of attempted murder three weeks ago
  • Epstein’s former roommate is facing mass murder charges
  • Epstein had dirt on numerous globalist elites
  • Epstein was not given paper sheets
  • Epstein had sheets in his cell to hang himself
  • Epstein was not suicidal according to medical professionals
  • Epstein told his lawyers on Friday, a day before his death, “See you Sunday.”
  • Epstein’s former roommate heard nothing
  • Epstein reportedly had to get on his knees to hang himself from his bed
  • Epstein autopsy showed broken bones in neck common in strangulation deaths

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Cover Up? Epstein Shipped $100K Cement Mixer to ‘Pedo Island’ Weeks Before Crushing Exposé

Approximately three weeks before a series of damning articles hit in the Miami Herald, Jeffrey Epstein paid up front to have a $100,000 cement mixer express-shipped to his infamous Little St. James ‘pedo island’ at great expense, according to the Daily Mail.

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

Deep State Spy Stefan Halper Claims He Cannot be Sued for Lying About General Flynn Because He’s a Government Agent!

Deep State spy Stefan Halper claims in a lawsuit that his lies in framing a Russian-born academic with President Trump ally General Michael Flynn are subject to immunity normally afforded to federal agents. Is this a confession that he is part of the corrupt Deep State?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Donald Trump Says ‘Major’ Consideration Given to Labeling Antifa an ‘Organization of Terror’

President Trump tweeted Saturday that “major consideration” is being given to labeling the violent far-left group Antifa an “organization of terror.”

“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’“ Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”

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

Epstein Death Officially Ruled as Suicide

Medical examiner ruling doesn’t explain shrieking heard from jail cell

A New York medical examiner announced on Friday that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell, according to CNBC.

The 66-year-old millionaire pedophile was found in his cell on Saturday morning at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), after which he was rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

[Comment: There you are. Case closed. ]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

He Awoke to the Sound of Breaking Glass. Then He Shot and Killed the Person Who Broke In.

An armed homeowner shot and killed a home invader Friday morning after waking up to the sound of breaking glass.

South Fulton Police Lt. Derrick Rogers said that as soon as he woke, the man “grabbed his weapon and started toward the area” where he heard glass breaking.

It was there that he encountered the home invader and “gun shots rang out between the homeowner and the subject” Rogers said.

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

Here’s Why Trump Wants Greenland

Russia, China ramping up military in Arctic, which USGS described as having “tremendous resource potential”

For several years, Russia and China have been ramping up their military operations in the Arctic, which would explain why President Trump is floating the idea of purchasing Greenland, or at least maintaining a presence on the island.

In a report entitled “President Trump Eyes a New Real-Estate Purchase: Greenland,” the Wall Street Journal focuses on Trump’s experience as a real estate developer, but when a proposed Greenland purchase is viewed through the eyes of an U.S. president privy to national security concerns, it becomes clear that Russia and China are major factors behind the decision.

For one thing, the National Defense Authorization Act 2020 already states that the US military needs to establish a strategic port in the Arctic:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jeffrey Epstein Tried to Leverage His Wealth to Survive in Jail: Report

He couldn’t buy his freedom — but he could buy vending machine snacks, the “friendship” of fellow inmates, and hours on end away from his cell meeting with lawyers.

Millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein spread his wealth around as much as he could in the month before he committed suicide on Aug. 10 at the federal Manhattan Correctional Center, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Epstein deposited money in at least three other inmates’ commissary accounts in an attempt to ingratiate himself and possibly buy protection from the hardened criminals in the MCC’s Special Housing Unit, where he awaited trial on a massive underage sex trafficking indictment, outlet reported.

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

Johns Hopkins University Fires Professor Who Defied Campus Protesters

Johns Hopkins University has fired Daniel Povey, an associate professor of speech and language processing, who used bolt cutters to gain entry to an administration building on campus that was taken over by student protesters who had chained the doors shut.

The university, located in Baltimore, has been attempting to create a private, armed campus police force to deal with crimes on and around campus for months. In April, activists from SAPP (Students Against Private Police), took over Garland Hall, the main administration building. Some chained themselves to railings and fixtures while others chained the building’s doors.

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

Liberal Justices Are Still Notching Victories Despite Conservative Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s liberal minority forged winning alliances in unexpected rulings throughout the 2018-2019 term, suggesting the newly entrenched conservative majority is hardly a cohesive unit.

Each of the conservative justices crossed over to form a 5-4 majority with the liberal bloc at least once. A total of 10 decisions featured a five-justice majority with four liberals and one conservative. By contrast, the conservative justices joined together to form a five-member majority in seven cases.

That data point should not be overstated. The court’s personnel are more substantively conservative than they have been in decades, and the five Republican appointees delivered real victories for the right in the past term. But the complex questions posed in many Supreme Court cases, in tandem with the interesting and meaningful differences among the conservative justices, make the right-leaning majority neither predictable nor monolithic.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Marxism in America — the Final Stages

Give these Democrats/Socialists/Communists nothing!…no power, no gun control, no compromise, nothing!

Sit down, focus and read this tale of woe.

Much of what we see happening all across this country began as a spin off of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia that made its way to Germany and then the United States. These German Marxists, or Communists, started a school of social theory called the Frankfurt School; a school that was dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization. Goal is to change society, transform our beliefs from the ground up, leaving fertile ground for communism to grow and flourish

What they taught was ‘Critical Theory.’remember that term for it has guided the Left for generations and has been highly successful. It is defined as a philosophical approach to culture that seeks to confront the social and political forces that constrain society. It all sounds very intellectual and deep thinking, but the essence of it is POWER, the gaining and holding of it. It is all that matters. And with that power destroy the culture, values and political institutions that make Western Civilization and America great.

Their goal is to change society, transform our beliefs from the ground up, leaving fertile ground for communism to grow and flourish. It is what Saul Alinsky practiced and preached to the likes of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and countless others on the Left.

When Hitler threw out these Marxists, not wanting any competition, they made their way to the United States, first finding a home at Columbia University. From there they branched to Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, etc. They are now deeply embedded in our education system from kindergarten on up, our political institutions, Hollywood, and the mass media.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New York Times Chief Outlines Coverage Shift: From Trump-Russia to Trump Racism

“We have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, said recently that, after the Mueller report, the paper has to shift the focus of its coverage from the Trump-Russia affair to the president’s alleged racism.

“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”

[Comment: Should read: “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different LIE.”]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pamela Geller: The Left is Never “Fair” With Censorship

Free speech under attack — even in the land of the free and the home of the First Amendment.

Free speech activist Pamela Geller recently dropped by the National Women’s Republican Club in New York City.

She was a guest of the New York Young Republicans, and her speech focused on the ongoing fight against free speech in America, from college campuses to the Silicon Valley tech titans that control social media.

Indeed, not everyone loves the First Amendment.

Case in point: the uber-litigious and censorious thugs who comprise the rank and file of the Council on American Islamic Relations, which doesn’t like Geller’s criticism of Islam. CAIR, which has been linked to terror groups, pressured the ticket-selling service, EventBrite, to blacklist the Geller event. And CAIR was actually successful in its bully-boy tactics! EventBrite indeed de-listed the event. Shameful.

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

Peter Fonda Dies at the Age of 79 After Battle With Lung Cancer

Peter Fonda has died aged 79 after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer.

The actor, best known for his role in 1969 film Easy Rider, died Friday morning at his California home.

[Comment: No mention of his Trump derangement.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Portland Braces for “End Domestic Terrorism” Rally and Antifa Counter-Protest

Another month, another pair of dueling protests in the People’s Republic of Portland on Saturday morning. Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys are staging an event called “End Domestic Terrorism” in response to Andy Ngo being attacked and the city’s overall preferential treatment given to antifa. Rose City Antifa, meanwhile, is staging their own counter protest. The DSA, along with various other leftist organizations, are planning diversity of tactics disruptions, such as the “Banana Bloc Dance Party” and the “Shit Show Poop Bloc” or the tampon-themed “Tamp Out Hate” put on by mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone.

Expecting mass violence, rumors are abound that the national guard might get called in, since the poortland “police” are short staffed. One former officer tells the Gateway Pundit that there are now 180 vacancies out of 1001 sworn positions. In fact, “police” chief Danielle Outlaw is claiming that this is “all hands on deck” and no one is allowed to have the day off. In a mini fued, the feds could be involved too, but Outlaw is trying to claim that she can handle it on her own.

Police have essentially declared parts of downtown to be NO GO zones, and are urging people to avoid the area. Several businesses plan on shutting down for the day. Police are also shutting down one of the main bridges into downtown.

Pro antifa vichy “mayor” Ted Wheeler had a Freudian slip and referred to Portland as a “sh*tty city” while appearing on FOX news.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Report: Portland Antifa Planning to Dress Up in MAGA Gear, Attack People

With clashes expected in Portland today, some are suggesting that Antifa is planning to dress up in MAGA gear and attack strangers to make Trump supporters look bad.

The Proud Boys’ “end domestic terrorism” rally is now underway in Portland, with the city’s mayor Ted Wheeler acknowledging that “violence is almost guaranteed” as the two groups face off.

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

So Much for Being ‘Peaceful’: Antifa Attacks Reporters and Conservatives in Portland (Again)

Editor’s Note: Most of the videos have strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.

UPDATE (5:05 p.m. PST):

Even after knocking a middle-aged man unconscious, Antifa still continued to surround the guy.

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

Sorry Elton John, Your Record’s Not Still Standing: Fire Marshal Says Donald Trump’s Boast That He Smashed Pop Star’s Attendance Record at MAGA Arena is TRUE

Donald Trump’s claim that his Thursday night campaign rally broke a longstanding attendance record is true, according to the fire department official who supervised the crowd-counting.

‘Great news!’ the president tweeted after returning from the Southern New Hampshire University Arena to his New Jersey golf resort. ‘Tonight, we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena in Manchester, New Hampshire!’

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

Tech CEO Denies Epstein’s Alleged Madam Living at His Oceanfront Mansion

Tech CEO and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member Scott Borgerson has refuted a Daily Mail report that Jeffrey Epstein’s former “best friend” and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, is living at his “secluded oceanfront property” in New England, according to Axios.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Three Epstein Lawyers Challenge Autopsy Results… MCC Prison Staff Refuses to Help Investigators

Following the release of the autopsy Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers challenged the autopsy results.

The lawyers are going to view prison videos themselves from the MCC the night of his death.

And there are reports that the MCC prison staff are not helping investigators.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Tells NH Rallygoers ‘We Have a Bunch of Socialists or Communists to Beat’ — As Dem Rivals Gather Nearby

A fiery stage was set hours before Thursday’s rally, when the president told reporters at a New Jersey airport that Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., were “very anti-Jewish and anti-Israel” — and said he supported Israel’s decision to bar them from entering the country.

“Now we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat,” Trump said, as the Manchester crowd jeered. “They’re not far away. Does anybody want to pay a 95-percent tax?”

Trump went on to say that recent episodes in which people threw water on New York City police officers were indicative of a larger trend among progressives.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Two Google Engineers Join Forces to Expose Tech Tyranny

Google engineers revolt against Big Tech censorship ahead of 2020 election

Two Google whistleblowers, Greg Coppola (@Coppola_Gregory) and Zach Vorhies (@Perpetualmaniac), meet and discuss their mission for a free exchange of information for the first time on The Alex Jones Show.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Violence Breaks Out Between Antifa and Proud Boys Despite Heavy Police Presence; Bus Attacked, Chased

Update: 7PM EST — At least four people were arrested during Saturday’s protest and counter-protest, according to Lt. Tina Jones of the Portland Police Bureau, while one person was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries according to NBC News.

And while we’re not sure if this is the person, or if the cop did it as described in the tweet below — at least one Antifa appears to have had their head cracked.

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

Canadians Sour on Trudeau, Less Popular Than Trump

anada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, once celebrated as the start of a worldwide youth leadership movement, has lost his luster and is now suffering the same level of poor approval ratings that plagued President Trump in his first two years.

With both facing reelection, the latest Zogby Analytics survey found Trump at his highest approval rating, 51%, while Trudeau near his lowest, underwater at 43%.

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

Civil Rights Group Warns of Facial Recog ‘Epidemic’ Across UK Private Sites

Facial recognition is being extensively deployed on privately owned sites across the UK, according to an investigation by civil liberties group Big Brother Watch.

It found an “epidemic” of the controversial technology across major property developers, shopping centres, museums, conference centres and casinos in the UK.

The investigation uncovered live facial recognition in Sheffield’s major shopping centre Meadowhall.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

France Deports German Suspected Far-Left Extremist Ahead of G7 Summit

France has deported a 38-year-old German national believed to have previously been involved in far-left extremist activity ahead of the G7 summit this month.

The German national was arrested during a routine road checkpoint and deported from France on Friday after authorities suspected that he might be looking to take part in potentially violent protests during the G7 summit in Biarritz, Europe1 reports.

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

Germany: Merkel Successor Denies Urging Ex-Spy Chief’s Ejection

The head of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats insists she has not called for ex-domestic intel boss Hans-Georg Maassen’s exclusion from the party. The ex-spy chief has been accused of sympathizing with the far-right.

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

ISIS Fighter Jihadi Jack is Stripped of His UK Passport Sparking Furious Diplomatic Row With Canada Where He Has Joint Citizenship

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Jack has been stripped of his British citizenship by the Home Office, sparking a row with Canada. Muslim convert Jack Letts, 24, from Oxfordshire, held dual citizenship.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Poll: Most Britons Prefer a No-Deal Brexit Over a Prime Minister Corbyn and Second Referendum

A poll has revealed that most Britons back a no-deal Brexit over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming a caretaker prime minister and calling a second EU referendum.

The YouGov poll published Saturday revealed that 48 per cent of Britons back the UK leaving the EU “without a Brexit deal, but Jeremy Corbyn does not become prime minister”, versus 35 per cent who said they would prefer that “Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister and holds a second referendum on EU membership including an option to stay in the EU.”

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

Sales of Self-Defense Sprays ‘Explode’ Amid Sweden Rape Crisis

Self-defense sprays are flying off the shelves amid fears about Sweden’s rape crisis, according to local media.

Retailers and manufacturers report a 90% jump in sales of the sprays from June to August alone.

“The Kjell & Company retail chain announces that it looks like they will sell about 90% more self-defense spray in August than in June. Sales figures in recent months are described as an ‘accelerating, increasing trend,’“ Expressen reports.

“The company Plegium both manufactures and sells self-defense spray. The company says sales have increased steadily over the past three years, but this summer it ‘officially exploded.’“

[Comment: These devices will likely be banned on humanitarian grounds.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Three Years Later, The French Solar Road is a Total Flop

It was a solar experiment that seemed ingenious in its simplicity: fill a road with photovoltaic panels and let them passively soak up the rays as cars drive harmlessly above. The idea has been tried a few times, notably in rural France in 2016 with what was christened the “Wattway.”

Three years later, even the most optimistic supporters have deemed the Wattway a failure.

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

UK: 28-Year-Old Newlywed Officer Murdered in the 3rd Major Attack Against Uniformed Police in Just a Week

Ten men between ages 13 and 30 have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old police officer who was killed while investigating a burglary.

The police officer, Andrew Harper, died at 11:30 pm on Thursday in Berkshire. Police in Thames Valley have kept details about Harper’s death to an absolute minimum, saying only that he was investigating a burglary just before being murdered.

Harper, 28, had only been married just four weeks earlier. The newly-wed police officer was due to go on honeymoon next week, the Sun reports.

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

UK: Another Remainer Offers to Depose Boris Johnson to Stop No-Deal Brexit

Tory grandee and arch-Remainer Ken Clarke has said that he would challenge Boris Johnson’s leadership to stop a clean, no-deal Brexit on October 31st.

The declaration came in response to Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson stating that Clarke and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman are ready to lead a caretaker government to “sort Brexit out”.

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

UK: Uni That Banned Beef to Fight Climate Change Hosts ‘Communist University’

London’s Goldsmiths is hosting the Communist University, a series of lectures organised by the Communist Party of Great Britain.

Advertised on Facebook and reported by Guido Fawkes, the week-long “school for the thinking left” will be hosted in the buildings of the constituent college of the University of London, with tickets for the full week of the socialist summer camp costing £250, or £150 for the “unwaged”, with a generous “solidarity price” of £300.

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

Donald Trump: Rashida Tlaib’s Grandmother a ‘Winner’ After Canceled Visit

President Donald Trump ridiculed Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s political stunt on Friday after she canceled a visit to Israel to visit her aged grandmother.

Israeli officials granted her permission, but Tlaib soon rejected the visit, citing, “racism, oppression & injustice.”

“The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “She doesn’t have to see her now!”

[Comment: Too funny! Trump is sharp.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Palestinian Organizer of Omar, Tlaib’s Trip Promoted Antisemitic Blood Libel Trope

The Palestinian group behind Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) trip to Israel once promoted an accusation of blood libel, an antisemitic trope used to justify acts of violence and mistreatment against the Jewish people throughout history.

The anti-Israel group Miftah, led by BDS supporter Hanan Ashrawi, co-sponsored and organized the lawmakers’ trip to Israel.

The group has a history of making wildly inaccurate and extreme statements, from accusing Israel of committing “massacres” to claiming the prominence of “ethnic cleansing.” In 2013, it defended spreading antisemitic blood libel, which smears Jewish people, accusing them of using the blood of Christian children for baking unleavened bread for Passover (which is actually made only of flour and water). The bizarre allegation has been used throughout history to justify acts of violence against the Jewish people.

Miftah was forced to apologize after promoting the antisemitic rumor in a 2013 article, criticizing the Obama administration for holding a Passover Seder in the White House.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

A Northern State in India Completely Bans Namaz [Islamic Prayers] on Roads

Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh bans offering namaz on the roads across the state.

OpIndia Staff | Lucknow | Aug 17, 2019:: After the successful implementation of a limited ban on offering Namaz on roads in some parts of the state like Meerut and Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh has decided to impose a complete ban on offering namaz on roads across the state.

Confirming the ban, Director-General of Police (DGP), OP Singh, on Tuesday said direction had been issued to all districts police chiefs and other authorities to ensure that no namaz was offered by blocking roads. “On special occasions, when a large crowd gathers for offering prayers on festivals, it could be allowed by the district administration, but this practice will not be allowed as a routine during every Friday prayer,” he said.

The DGP furthered that after attaining success in cities like Meerut and Aligarh, the district officials have been asked to hold meetings with clerics and mosque administrations of various districts to sensitize them on how namaz on roads interrupted smooth traffic flow and caused other problems.

He confirmed that the Aligarh district administration had apart from holding such meetings with clerics and mosque administrations, had also issued a detailed circular for not allowing namaz on roads and it was imposed successfully.

Singh furthered that other communities would also not be allowed to hold similar religious gatherings on roads if it interrupted the traffic flow or caused inconvenience to others…

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India: New Species of Freshwater Fish Found

Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India have discovered two new species of freshwater fish from the north-eastern and northern parts of the country.

While Glyptothorax gopii, a new species of catfish was found in Mizoram’s Kaladan river, Garra simbalbaraensis was found in Himachal Pradesh’s Simbalbara river. Both fish, measuring less than seven centimetres, are hill stream fauna and are equipped with special morphological features to suit rapid water flow.

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America Can Stop China From Dominating Artificial Intelligence — And Should

China, writes Amy Webb in Inc., has been “building a global artificial intelligence empire, and seeding the tech ecosystem of the future.” It has been particularly successful, Webb, the founder of the Future Today Institute, believes. “China is poised to become its undisputed global leader, and that will affect every business,” she notes.

Not everyone shares Webb’s assessment that Chinese researchers are in the lead. America, after all, is home to most leading AI tech. The People’s Republic of China, nonetheless, is already an AI powerhouse, and for America to maintain its edge—and to prevent U.S. tech from being used for exceedingly disturbing purposes, Washington should force U.S. companies to end cooperative AI projects in China.

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China Readies ‘Giant Forks’ To Subdue Hong Kong Protesters

Hong Kong protesters may be in for an electrifying experience after Chinese riot police were pictured training with ‘terrifying giant fork devices’ designed to subdue humans and pin them to the ground, according to the Mirror.

While unconfirmed, the 8-foot poles with U-shaped prongs are believed to be able to deliver an electric shock.

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Report: China Employs ‘Fake News’ To Smear Hong Kong Protesters

A new report alleges that the Chinese government has set its formidable propaganda machine in motion against Hong Kong protesters, issuing false reports riddled with ideology in an attempt to deflect attention from the reasons behind the demonstrations.

Saturday’s report, which comes from AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, said that mainland China has sent undercover police and secret service agents posing as tourists to infiltrate protesters.

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Chaos Erupts as Vicious Brawl Breaks Out Between Rival Youth Gangs at Melbourne Shopping Centre — as Bystanders Watch on in Horror

Shocking footage of the fist fight was live-streamed on Instagram as the violence unfolded at Melbourne Central on Friday night.

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Hong Kong Protests Turn Ugly Across Australia as Pro-China Activists Chant Vile Taunts at Pro-Democracy Demonstrators — Sparking Violent Scuffles

Pro-China and pro-Hong Kong rallies being held across Australia have turned ugly, as both sides clashed and police were forced to step in.

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Horrific Details Emerge of the Death of Michaela Dunn Who Had Her Throat Slit in Frenzied 13 Minute Attack — as it’s Revealed ‘Her Alleged Killer Sent a Video of the Gruesome Crime to a Friend’

Michaela Dunn, 24, was found with her throat slit inside an apartment in Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday, with her accused killer, Mert Ney, 20, then allegedly sparking chaos on the city’s streets.

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How Recycling is a Massive Con Job and an Environmental Disaster in the Making — and Why Everyday Australians Are Wasting Their Time Sorting Rubbish

Australians think they are doing the right thing when they throw their empty milk bottles, beer cans, and junk mail into their yellow bin — but millions of tonnes of recycling is instead burned, buried, or tipped.

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“It Will Crash for Sure”: Meet the Man Who Blew the Whistle on Boeing’s 737 Max

Ethiopian Airlines captain Bernd Kai von Hoesslin warned about Boeing’s MCAS system months before March’s fatal crash. And now, he has broken his silence and officially blown the whistle.

von Hoesslin is a Canadian citizen and gave Bloomberg his first interview since leaving the airline. He shared “hundreds of pages of emails, videos and documents” to back up his arguments.

After witnessing the Ethiopian 737 Max 8 crash in March, he knew there wasn’t going to be any survivors, he said. He said that he felt a “sense of responsibility” about the crash, after pleading with pilots and managers to look into risks of the 737 Max flight control feature that turned out to be the cause of the crash several months prior in Indonesia.

After the March crash, he feared it had been triggered by the very same feature from the Indonesian crash, the prior October.

Ethiopian Airlines didn’t dispute the documents that von Hoesslin provided, but called his allegations “false and factually incorrect”. The airline issued a safety bulletin about the flight control system after the Indonesia crash and says it “strictly complies” with all standards for safety and regulatory requirements. It also says it was one of the first airlines in the world to buy a 737 Max simulator for training.

Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw said he was: “a disgruntled ex employee pilot who is fabricating all kinds of false allegations against his former employer to mislead the public at large.”

But von Hoesslin specifically pointed out the MCAS system — implicated in the Indonesian crash — as cause for concern in numerous emails, arguing that multiple cockpit warnings could overwhelm pilots.

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African Bishop Condemns Violence Against Albinos

South African Bishop Sithembele Sipuka has denounced the epidemic of violence against albinos, calling on the African church to employ all its resources to bring the practice to an end.

Sipuka, the Catholic bishop of Mthatha and first vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), said this week that the symposium condemns “all forms of violence against albinos,” from murders to mutilations to prejudiced attitudes.

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Gunmen Kidnap Two Catholic Priests in Cameroon

Church officials in Cameroon announced Friday that two Catholic priests have been abducted at gunpoint at Ibal village in the anglophone region of the country’s Northwest.

Father Franklin Banadzem Dindzee, the diocesan youth chaplain of Kumbo Diocese, and Father Patrick Atang were “kidnapped late at night on Thursday along Ibal-Jikejem road on their way to the town of Oku in the Northwest Region,” said a statement by the local Catholic church, which called on the kidnappers to release the clerics unharmed.

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Sudan: Military, Protest Leaders Sign Historic Transition Deal

Months after mass protests erupted, the main opposition coalition and the ruling military council have signed off on plans for a transitional government. If it works, Sudan could return to civilian rule in three years.

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European Union: First Half of the Year Sees 10 Percent Increase in Asylum Claims

According to a new report, during the first half of 2019, the EU saw a ten percent increase in the number of asylum claims.

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the EU’s asylum agency, reported that from January 1st to the end of June, 305,000 migrants applied for asylum in the bloc. This marks a ten percent increase from the same period in 2018, Die Welt reports.

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FBI: Somali Refugee in Arizona Trained to Become ‘The Beheading Guy’ For ISIS in Egypt

“I love jihad so much.”

Details surrounding the arrest of two Somali refugees arrested on terrorism charges in Tucson reveal the duo were hitting the gym to bulk up, in hopes of becoming “the beheading guy” when they joined up with ISIS in the Middle East.

FBI agents posing as overseas contacts communicated with 21-year-old Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and Abdi Yemani Hussein, 20, for months before agents arrested the two at the Tucson International Airport late last month.

Federal court records detailing the conversations between the undercover agent and Mohamed, a lawful permanent U.S. resident, show he longed to “achieve martyrdom” as an ISIS terrorist, and he was bulking up to lop the heads off infidels in the name of Allah.

“Mohamed stated, ‘I love jihad so much wallahi (Arabic for ‘I swear by Allah’) I give my jihad life, I only think about jihad everywhere I go, but my father and mom they don’t like jihad, if they knew me I want to make hijrah they would spy me,” according to his arrest affidavit.

Mohamed told the undercover agent he planned to fly to Egypt with the intent of joining ISIS and terrorizing non-Muslims. His specific goal was to become “the beheading guy,” AZcentral reports, and he saved up $2,000 to make the trip.

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ICE Slams Local Sheriff for Releasing Illegal Arrested on Child Rape Charges

Sheriff’s department accused of endangering public by refusing to honor ICE detainer requests

ICE officials slammed a local North Carolina sheriff’s department after it released a previously deported illegal alien who was arrested on child sex charges.

In a statement blasting the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office, the federal immigration authority accused the department of endangering the public by refusing to honor an ICE detainer request for 33-year-old Honduran national Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo.

Pacheco had an immigration detainer placed on him after being arrested in June on charges of first degree rape and sex crimes involving a minor, but the sheriff’s department refused to honor the detainer and released him without informing ICE.

Pacheco, who had previously been deported to Honduras in 2006, was re-arrested by ICE in a targeted August 9 raid.

“By releasing a previously deported alien facing serious criminal charges, Mecklenburg County chose to release a serious public safety threat onto the streets of Charlotte where he was free to potentially harm others for nearly two months until his capture by ICE,” the agency wrote in a statement.

ICE’s Atlanta Field Director also slammed the Charlotte area sheriff’s department for endangering the community by serving as a “Sanctuary City.”

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Sweden: Suspected Terrorist Migrant Previously Hailed as Successful Example of Integration

Swedish police have arrested an Uzbek migrant this week on suspicion of terrorism who had previously been deported from the country and held as an example of successful integration.

The man, who is said to be in his 30s and is also a citizen of Kazakhstan, was said to have been driving near the Stortorget square in Östersund when he was pulled over by armed police and arrested with investigators discovering items in the car the led them to believe he had been preparing a potential murder, Nyheter Idag reports.

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Swedish Newspaper Carrier Kidnapped and Tortured by Syrian Refugee

Naked and all bloody, the 25-year-old newspaper man managed to escape his torturer, open a small window in the addict and crawl into an apartment where a young woman took care of him and called the Police. A Syrian man is now placed in custody suspected of abduction and two cases of abuse of the first degree.

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UK: Sudanese Migrant Jailed for ‘Extremely Savage’ Murder of Woman Who Refused Sex

A migrant who arrived in the country as an asylum seeker four years ago was jailed for murdering a young woman who refused his sexual advances.

Karar Ali Karar, 29, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday after pleading guilty to murdering 21-year-old Jodi Miller in Harehills, Leeds, in February, after she had refused to have sex him. He stabbed Jodi 15 times, and so violently that the knife was broken into three pieces, according to the Metro.

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Germany: Girl Sues 500-Year-Old Boys’ Choir for ‘Gender Bias, ‘ Loses

Family cries sexism because daughter not allowed in

A young girl’s family filed a ‘gender bias’ lawsuit against an established boys’ choir and lost after a judge ruled the group’s right to freely control its artistic expression could be infringed upon if forced to admit a female singer.

The German State and Cathedral Choir was allowed to preserve a boys-only tradition it has held since its founding in 1465 by Frederick II, Prince-Elector of Brandenburg.

However, the judge did leave the ruling open to appeal, saying “the case could serve as a ‘pilot,’“ according to Deutsche Welle.

“The acoustic pattern of a choir is part of its artistic freedom,” the judge said.

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Maryland to Implement LGBTQ Content in Public Schools’ Curricula

Other states enacting similar measures

Maryland public school history teachers will add LGBTQ content to high school curricula during the coming years, a lawmaker said.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) agreed to add “expectations” and implement new standards for high school U.S. history curricula, according to WUSA9. The changes are expected to be made in 2021 or 2022, the publication reported.

“When we’re teaching history, we want to make sure we teach all of history, and our history the way we teach it has traditionally left out a lot of Americans,” Montgomery County Democratic state Del. Eric Luedtke said, according to WUSA9. Luedtke said school districts will decide on specific lessons.

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Mercedes Ad Featuring Muslim Drag Queen Pushes LGBTQ Agenda

Drag Queen known as Halal Bae joins Mercedes-Benz in latest ad campaign

Mercedes-Benz is the latest company to jump on the LGBTQ bandwagon with a new series of advertisements called, “The Many Colours of Pride.”

Pride Month is two months in the past now, but Mercedes-Benz isn’t finished virtue-signaling yet.

The latest ads from Mercedes-Benz Canada show members of the “LGBTQ+ community” explaining which color in the Pride flag resonates with them the most.

In the videos made specifically for the colors red, yellow, blue and purple, Arab Muslim activist and drag queen Halal Bae makes an appearance.

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UK: Bus Driver Suspended for Refusing to Operate Pro-LGBT Vehicle

UK company investigating driver for thought crime A bus driver in the UK has been suspended for refusing to operate a vehicle emblazoned with a pro-LGBT emblem following a complaint on social media, according to his employer.

After a rider alleged that a driver had declined to pilot a public bus in Norwich, England, because it promoted an agenda he opposed, Konectbus replied that they were investigating the incident and had suspended him.

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UK: London Council Saves Fetish Gay Club From Redevelopment ‘To Protect Safe Spaces’ For ‘Diverse Community’

Tower Hamlets council has rejected plans to redevelop a site into housing to save the “strictest” leather and rubber fetish gay club in Europe.

The council governing the East End borough ruled against the Backstreet bar being torn down to build a 12-story tower block, because to redevelop the site into 46 homes would “harm the long-term provision of a nightclub that serves the LGBT+ community”.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/17/2019

  1. We have become accustomed to the carefully neutral terminology employed in reports, such as “scuffles broke out”, or “violence erupted”.

    South Fulton Police Lt. Derrick Rogers has authored a masterpiece for when a house owner shot an intruder:
    “gun shots rang out between the homeowner and the subject”.

    Remarkable. They “rang out”. All by themselves.
    Of course, they have a right to ring out, the homeowner’s right to defend his home.

    • Of course. Gunshots, just like guns, are ANIMATE objects, with a will of their own, independent of their owners.

      In the UK, knives are also becoming animate objects. Someone gave me (as a gift) a package of kitchen knives, and printed on the back was a statement that they’re not for sale to the under-age in the UK.

      I suppose that teenagers in the UK are only supposed to eat at fast food restaurants. God forbid they should prepare a meal for themselves. (And as if a kitchen knife can’t be “borrowed” from a parent’s kitchen.)

  2. I read the news about the choir of boys in Germany.

    Living in Russia, I understood one thing: if people in the country are specially shaken by the psyche and nerves and distract the attention of the population with idiotic information stuffing, then there will soon be serious political upheavals.
    Just like that, things are not done. When a collapse occurs, people should be especially confused and fragmented so that there are as many victims as possible.

  3. Equal application of the Law under the Constitution is so last century. The mayor needs to be arrested.

    President Eisenhower would have sent in the 2nd Infantry to maintain order.

  4. “A lot of Muslim praying”: how Russians systematically defamed Chechens

    https://www.focus.de/politik/experten/osthold/gastbeitrag-von-christian-osthold-tschetschenen_id_10998893.html

    An amazing publication in the German press in defense of the Chechens. After all their “tricks” in Europe and especially in Germany, where they set up Shariah patrols. Even the Poles, after many years of flirting, began to send them back to Kadyrov. “Go home,” – they write – ” in Russia there is no Guantanamo”.

    Here is one of the old publications.
    https://wiadomosci.wp.pl/czeczeni-zaatakowali-polska-szkole-dzieci-byly-przerazone-6117342855493761a
    The Chechens attacked the Polish school. “The children were terrified!”

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