Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/15/2019

An improvised explosive device was detonated in front of a police station in the town of Staffanstorp in southern Sweden, causing an undetermined amount of damage. After the explosion the national bomb squad was called in to investigate the incident.

In other news, the climate activists of Extinction Rebellion have defied a police ban, and are continuing their demonstrations in London.

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USA
» “Joe Biden Has a Problem” CNN Senior Justice Correspondent Tells Undercover Veritas Operative
» Bolton Opposed Ukraine Investigations; Called Giuliani “A Hand Grenade”
» Brutal Wipeout for Democrats in Louisiana, And the Press Trying to Keep it Quiet
» California Now Has Highest Gas Prices and Top Gas Tax Rate in Country
» Cops Seize Elderly Crossing Guard’s Guns Under ‘Red Flag’ Law After He Criticized School Resource Officer
» Felicity Huffman Starts Serving Prison Time in College Scam
» Hunter Biden Admits He “Probably Wouldn’t” Have Got Ukrainian Board Seat Without VP Father Joe
» New California Gun Laws Nullify the 2nd Amendment
» Producers of the Flailing Impeachment Inquiry
» Schiff: Public Has No Right to Observe Impeachment Inquiry… Then Kicks GOP Lawmaker Out
» Trump Campaign Manager: Dems Involved in ‘Seditious Conspiracy to Overthrow’ President
» Video: Female Trump Supporter Sucker Punched by Protester
 
Canada
» Leftists Threaten to “Bring Out the Guillotine” if Theaters Show Jordan Peterson Documentary
» Trudeau Wore Bulletproof Vest at Campaign Event
 
Europe and the EU
» Catalan Protests: Fresh Clashes After Spain Jails Separatist Leaders
» Czech Republic Suspends Weapons Exports to Turkey
» EU Says Brexit Treaty ‘Still Possible’, Rees-Mogg Says Votes Are There for a Deal
» Germany Warns Even if Deal Reached, Brexit Will Still be Delayed
» Merkel: Post-Brexit Britain ‘Potential Competitor’ To EU
» Norway: Head of Oslo Sewer Agency Urges People to Pee in the Shower to Save Water
» Spain: Pro-Independence Protesters Cause Travel Chaos at Barcelona Airport
» Sweden: Man Brutally Beaten After Asking Gang of Youths Not to Egg His Car
» Sweden: Bombing Rocks Police Station in Staffanstorp
» Sweden: Afghan Suspected of Murdering Elderly Lover Claims He Killed Journalist
» Swedish Police Station Bombed in Staffanstorp
» Terror Attacks in France: A Culture of Denial
» UK Patients ‘Suffering’ Because EU Rules ‘Kill’ Medical Research: Report
» UK: 11-Year-Old British Girl Gang Raped by 500 Muslims With the Aid of the Police
» UK: Climate Change Activists Defy Police Ban to Keep London Protests Going
 
Middle East
» Etisalat Demos NFC Microchip Implant
» Populist German MP Demands Berlin and Brussels Cut Cash to Turkey
» US Officials: Turkey Deliberately Releasing ISIS Prisoners, Then Blaming Kurdish Forces
 
South Asia
» India: Named After ‘Bhujia’, a New Species of Underground Fish Pops Up in Kerala
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Protesters Slam Lebron James for Comments About China, Free Speech
» Is China Orchestrating the Democrats’ Faux Impeachment Scheme?
» New Species of Marine Insect Recorded in China
 
Immigration
» Italy: Matteo Salvini Laments Immigrant Resurgence Under New Leftist Government
» Migrant Youths Charged With Gang-Raping an 18-Year-Old Girl in Germany
» New ICE Office in Downtown Portland Draws Protests
» Trump Vetoes Measure Voiding Border Wall Emergency Declaration
 
Culture Wars
» Abortion Activists Stage Topless Protest of Argentinean Cathedral
» Air Canada to Stop Announcing ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ In Recognition of Gender Fluidity
» Calif. Gov. Signs Law Requiring Colleges to Offer ‘Free’ Abortions
» Life Leader: President Trump is ‘Delivering Substantial Pro-Life Victories’
 

“Joe Biden Has a Problem” CNN Senior Justice Correspondent Tells Undercover Veritas Operative

Project Veritas has released their part two of their most recent undercover CNN exposé, revealing more political bias within the network. The footage was obtained by Insider Cary Poarch, who “came to CNN a registered Democrat” and “campaigned and voted for Bernie” in the 2016 primaries, says he wants the network to “get back to the facts and get back to reporting news.”

In one segment, CNN Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Perez says that former VP Joe Biden has a problem.

Now I’ll tell you this. Joe Biden has a problem. Because his son was trading in his name. It looks bad. It smells bad. It’s not illegal. Nothing is illegal about it… How do you go and say that Donald Trump is the person? Get him out of here, and convict him, when your son is doing the same s***.”

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Bolton Opposed Ukraine Investigations; Called Giuliani “A Hand Grenade”

Former national security adviser John Bolton was ‘so alarmed’ by efforts to encourage Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and 2016 election meddling that he told an aide, Fiona Hill, to alert White House lawyers, according to the New York Times.

On Monday, Hill told House investigators that Bolton got into a heated confrontation on July 10 with Trump’s EU ambassador, Gordon D. Sondland, who was working with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate Democrats. Hill said that Bolton told her to notify the top attorney for the National Security Council about the ‘rogue’ effort by Sondland, Giuliani and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

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Brutal Wipeout for Democrats in Louisiana, And the Press Trying to Keep it Quiet

The last of the Louisiana state election numbers are in, and it’s not pretty for the Democrats.

Not only does its moderate Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, face a runoff, as noted here, but the state Senate has taken a supermajority. And a whole bunch of key state offices went squarely to Republicans. Funny how the press isn’t covering this much.

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California Now Has Highest Gas Prices and Top Gas Tax Rate in Country

As gas prices in California hit the highest in the country, the state maintains the top spot for the highest state gas taxes in the nation.

The average price for regular gas in California is $4.09 while the national average is $2.65, according to data compiled by the American Automobile Association.

Gas taxes recently went up by 5.6 cents in California, bringing the total state gas taxes to 62 cents per gallon. Factoring in federal gas taxes brings the total to 80 cents per gallon.

The Tax Foundation ranks California as the state with the highest gas taxes in the country.

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Cops Seize Elderly Crossing Guard’s Guns Under ‘Red Flag’ Law After He Criticized School Resource Officer

Police in Martha’s Vineyard used red flag laws to seize the guns of an 84-year-old Korean War veteran over a comment the man made to a friend at a local diner.

Stephen Nichols was meeting with Edgartown resident Andy Marcus at Linda Jean’s diner in Oak Bluffs a couple of weeks ago when he mentioned that Tisbury School resource officer Scott Ogden often leaves his post as kids arrive to drink coffee at Xtra Mart, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

Nichols, who works as the school’s crossing guard, told his friend someone could “shoot up the school” in Ogden’s absence and criticized the officer for “leaving his post.” Those comments apparently unnerved a waitress at Linda Jean’s, who contacted the police to tattle on the elderly U.S. Army veteran.

The server’s complaint was apparently enough to convince Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio to remove Nichols from his crossing guard duties, revoke his license to carry a firearm, and seize all of his guns at his home. Nichols was not armed at the diner or during his duties at the school.

Saloio and another officer physically removed the old man and took him to his house to seize his guns.

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Felicity Huffman Starts Serving Prison Time in College Scam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman — aka inmate No. 77806-112 — reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities.

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Hunter Biden Admits He “Probably Wouldn’t” Have Got Ukrainian Board Seat Without VP Father Joe

Hunter Biden has finally emerged from ‘hiding’ just four days after President Trump’s campaign had “Where’s Hunter” t-shirts.

In an interview with ABC News, the son of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden denied any wrongdoing in Ukraine and China, though he acknowledged that he exercised poor judgement in maintaining those associations.

“In retrospect, look, I think that it was poor judgment on my part,” said Hunter, adding “Is that I think that it was poor judgment because I don’t believe now when I look back on it — I know that there was — did nothing wrong at all. However, was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in—in—in many ways? Yeah.”

“So I take full responsibility for that,” Biden then said. “Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever. Did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not.”

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

New California Gun Laws Nullify the 2nd Amendment

Will the state’s law enforcement obey unConstitutional orders?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Producers of the Flailing Impeachment Inquiry

Believing Adam Schiff’s lies and calling for an “impeachment inquiry” has to be one of the worst blunders of Speaker Pelosi’s career. The whistleblower tale has crumbled and the backup witnesses the Democrats are relying on only confirm the Deep State bureaucrats and Democrats believe that they, not the elected president, have a lock on executive powers. In fact, the ploy boomeranged and the spotlight is now on the Democrats’ White Hope, Joe Biden. Despite the media downplaying Biden’s actions, there is more to come of his and his party’s corruption.

The leaker, incorrectly tagged a “whistleblower,” now doesn’t want to testify. Instead he wants to give his testimony “by letter,” presumably from an undisclosed location where no one can test his “testimony.” Ostensibly this is because he fears for his safety. He is anonymous, so any claim of “death threats” seems unlikely, although as we show below, we do have a rather good idea of his identity.

In any event the very notion is preposterous.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Schiff: Public Has No Right to Observe Impeachment Inquiry… Then Kicks GOP Lawmaker Out

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) says that the public shouldn’t be allowed to observe hearings in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, as doing so may allow Republicans to then “fabricate testimony” (and totally not because their case is falling apart).

On Sunday, Schiff told host Margaret Brennan that the ongoing impeachment inquiry is “analogous to a grand jury proceeding,” which is “done out of the public view initially.”

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Trump Campaign Manager: Dems Involved in ‘Seditious Conspiracy to Overthrow’ President

Pelosi should resign for “betraying her oath of office and attempting to overthrow our great Republic.”

President Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale accused Democrats Monday of “undertaking a seditious conspiracy to overthrow the people’s president.”

Declaring that Democrats have “crossed over the line of partisan politics,” Parscale tweeted out a video super cut of various media talking heads criticizing the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The compilation perhaps most notably focuses on the fact that there still hasn’t been a vote held on the matter in the House.

Parscale also called for Nancy Pelosi to resign for “betraying her oath of office and attempting to overthrow our great Republic.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Female Trump Supporter Sucker Punched by Protester

Deranged leftist strikes woman in face from out of nowhere.

Footage has emerged of a woman being assaulted by an anti-Trump demonstrator as she walked through protests during a Trump rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week.

Video shows the woman making her way through a crowd accompanied by a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hoodie, before a deranged leftist strikes her in the face from out of nowhere.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Leftists Threaten to “Bring Out the Guillotine” if Theaters Show Jordan Peterson Documentary

Theaters in many locations are terminating their showing of the documentary “The Rise of Jordan Peterson” after receiving threats of violence.

According to The Stranger, showings in theaters in Toronto and Brooklyn had all been canceled due to complaints by staff that they were fearful of “getting in trouble.” It’s the kind of “trouble” that is seen whenever Antifa and violent leftists show up to impose their anti-fascist fascism on everyone present.

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

Trudeau Wore Bulletproof Vest at Campaign Event

Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau wore a bulletproof vest at a campaign event in Mississauga, Ontario, in what some are calling an “unprecedented” move.

Mr Trudeau was seen wearing the bulletproof vest underneath his suit on Saturday while being escorted by uniformed officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) VIP protective policing unit, Canadian broadcaster CBC reports.

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Catalan Protests: Fresh Clashes After Spain Jails Separatist Leaders

Thousands of people in Catalonia have rallied in support of the region’s independence from Spain for a second day, leading to clashes with police.

Fires were started and protesters attempted to storm government offices in Barcelona, the regional capital.

It follows the sentencing on Monday of nine Catalan separatist leaders.

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Czech Republic Suspends Weapons Exports to Turkey

Although the EU stopped short of effecting a legally-binding embargo on weapons exports to NATO ally Turkey, a host of EU countries followed up the agreement to “limit arms exports” by suspending all weapons exports to the country. The Czech Republic is among them. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek:

“All licenses to export weapons and ammunition to Turkey have been suspended and new ones will not be issued until the situation has been cleared up. The Czech Republic is coordinating its steps with its EU partners and is also consulting the matter within the Visegrad Four group of states.”

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EU Says Brexit Treaty ‘Still Possible’, Rees-Mogg Says Votes Are There for a Deal

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said it is still “possible” to agree on an exit agreement “this week”.

Speaking to press in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Mr Barnier said: “Our team are working hard… This work has been intense all over the weekend and yesterday because, even if the agreement will be difficult — more and more difficult, to be frank — it is still possible this week.”

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Germany Warns Even if Deal Reached, Brexit Will Still be Delayed

While claims suggest Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made major concessions to the European Union in his blind pursuit of a Brexit deal, top European figures have warned a Brexit delay is inevitable.

Tuesday’s political developments in Brussels resemble a double blow for the electoral prospects of the British Conservatives. The party stands to be obliterated at the ballot boxif Boris Johnson fails to deliver Brexit as promised by October 31st, an outcome European Union sources quoted by The Times newspaper now says is impossible.

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Merkel: Post-Brexit Britain ‘Potential Competitor’ To EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed concern that Brexit Britain could be a “potential competitor” to the EU like China or the United States.

Mrs Merkel made the comments alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris at a working dinner where the two leaders discussed closer cooperation between their countries on issues such as trade.

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Norway: Head of Oslo Sewer Agency Urges People to Pee in the Shower to Save Water

Frode Hult, who works in the Water— and Sewer Agency in Oslo have been mocked in Norwegian social media after he said that people in Oslo should pee in the shower so to save water.

Every day we use on average 182 liters of water in Norway. That is almost the double of what people in Denmark use. Frode Hult says to Norwegian State Television NRK that there are good ways for people in Norway to save water:

“Do not run the water when you brush your teeth, Only wash with filled Washing machines, Only buy washing machines that don’t use so much water, use a pot when you are watering plants in your garden. And pee in the shower in the morning”.

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Spain: Pro-Independence Protesters Cause Travel Chaos at Barcelona Airport

More than 100 flights were cancelled at Barcelona’s Josep Tarradellas-El Prat airport on Monday after thousands of independence supporters blocked access routes in an organized protest against a Supreme Court ruling that sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison terms for the illegal secession attempt of 2017.

Officers from the National Police and the Catalan regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, charged against demonstrators in a bid to reopen road, train and subway access points to the busy travel hub. The Spanish airport authority, Aena, said that flights were cancelled after crews were unable to reach their aircraft. And by 5pm, passengers trying to travel to the city center found themselves waiting in long lines for buses and taxis that were being obstructed by enormous crowds of protesters.

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Sweden: Man Brutally Beaten After Asking Gang of Youths Not to Egg His Car

Gang of 10-15 youths attack man, destroy vehicle

A man in Sweden was been hospitalized with a broken jaw and teeth after being brutally beaten when he asked a gang of youths not to egg his car, according to reports.

The victim was driving in the city of Borås on Saturday night when his vehicle was struck by egg-throwing youths.

When he stopped to ask them to discontinue their vandalism, the group of 10-15 young people dragged him from the vehicle and viciously attacked him.

“The young man is now being cared for in a hospital with broken jaw and teeth, among other things,” Fria Tider reports. “His condition is said to be stable.”

The gang also destroyed his vehicle.

Police have not identified any suspects or made any arrests at the time of this writing.

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Sweden: Bombing Rocks Police Station in Staffanstorp

Police in Staffanstorp were left stunned after an explosive device was detonated outside of the city’s police station during the early hours of Monday morning.

Upon inspection, police say they discovered some kind of explosive device which had been detonated outside of the entrance to the police station. Police cordoned off the area and technicians from the national bomb squad were then summoned to investigate the damage, Expressen reports.

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Sweden: Afghan Suspected of Murdering Elderly Lover Claims He Killed Journalist

A 20-year-old Afghan suspected of murdering his 69-year-old lover has told investigators he remembers killing Swedish anti-establishment journalist Joakim Lamotte, who is very much alive.

Police recently arrested the Afghan migrant in connection with the June murder of the 69-year-old woman who lived in the municipality of Kil. The 20-year-old was allegedly in a sexual relationship with the woman and had strangled her to death, Nyheter Idag reports.

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

Swedish Police Station Bombed in Staffanstorp

Police in Staffanstorp were left stunned after an explosive device was detonated outside of the city’s police station during the early hours of Monday morning.

Upon inspection, police say they discovered some kind of explosive device which had been detonated outside of the entrance to the police station. Police cordoned off the area and technicians from the national bomb squad were then summoned to investigate the damage, Expressen reports.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Terror Attacks in France: A Culture of Denial

That a radicalized militant had been able to remain undetected in a critical security institution for years sent shockwaves throughout the country. Members of the parliamentary opposition asked for the resignation of Home Affairs Minister Christophe Castaner, who at first had said that the attacker “had never shown any warning signs or behavioral difficulties.”

For the record, this “very normal behavior” included cutting down to a bare minimum communication with women (he had for months being avoiding all women but his wife), attending a notoriously radical mosque, and having a phone full of Islamist contacts. His colleagues reported that already in January 2015, he had cheered the murderous Islamist terror attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in front of other police employees. In many countries, a mistake of this scale would be enough for a government minister to resign, but not in France.

The whole picture of the attack, which is still not clear, demonstrates an incredible failure of internal control inside the French police. The French Parliament is now asking how the murderer managed to fly under the radar when everything in his behavior clearly signaled an increasing radicalization.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK Patients ‘Suffering’ Because EU Rules ‘Kill’ Medical Research: Report

Top scientists have said that the EU’s Clinical Trial Directive is making medicine more expensive and research anti-competitive, while the long delays between trial and prescription are causing patients to “suffer”.

Angus Dalgleish, Professor of Oncology at St George’s, University of London, and Director of advanced technology consultancy Sciovis Professor Keith Lewis criticised the EU directive that mandates how clinical research is undertaken, saying that “patients suffer from directives.”

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UK: 11-Year-Old British Girl Gang Raped by 500 Muslims With the Aid of the Police

Robbed of her childhood, degraded by hundreds of abusers and betrayed by the authorities she ran to for help.

The horrifying seven-year ordeal of sex trafficking victim Jennifer today marks a new low in the Telford abuse scandal .

Jennifer — not her real name — tells the Sunday Mirror for the first time how she was raped by over 500 men from the age off 11 — yet she is the one left with a criminal record.

She was gang raped, often in her school uniform, trafficked and held at gunpoint. Her nightmare left her so broken she attempted suicide.

At just 16, she feared for her life as one rapist battered her and shoved gravel in her mouth to silence her cries.

For four years, until she was 19, she fell under the control of a man who hawked her around like a piece of meat.

Jennifer claims police refused to intervene and repeatedly arrested her for prostitution from the age of 16 to 19, despite her plea she was being exploited.

Yet not one of her abusers has been brought to justice despite multiple reports to police. Jennifer says: “I must have been raped by more than 500 men.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Climate Change Activists Defy Police Ban to Keep London Protests Going

London — Climate change activists staged fresh protests in London on Tuesday after police banned them from the city Monday evening, evicting them from their main camp in Trafalgar Square and declaring that anyone continuing to protest could face arrest and prosecution. The protests — organized by the group Extinction Rebellion — have entered their second and final week. The activists are demanding political leaders take action on climate change.

Demonstrations continued Tuesday morning in defiance of the ban, however, and organizers said they had “taken the first steps towards a judicial review” of the move by London’s Metropolitan Police force.

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Etisalat Demos NFC Microchip Implant

UAE operator Etisalat has partnered with Swedish company Biohax International to implant microchips in a person’s hand that can be loaded with all kinds of data, including medical history and passwords, Khaleej Times reported. The demonstration of the microchip NFC card was shown at the Gitex Technology Week 2019 which ended on 10 October. Several ministries including the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance showed interest in the technology and are in talks with the Swedish firm.

[Comment: now you too can get The Mark, oops I meant, chip implant. Note how they market it as a “wonderful and convenient” thing to implant.]

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Populist German MP Demands Berlin and Brussels Cut Cash to Turkey

Alternative for Germany (AfD) MP Petr Bystron has called on Germany and the European Union to halt payments to the Turkish government following threats by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr Bystron called on Brussels and Berlin to stop paying the Erdogan government billions of euros after the Turkish leader threatened to send 3.6 million Syrian migrants to Europe if the EU interfered with Turkish military operations in northern Syria.

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US Officials: Turkey Deliberately Releasing ISIS Prisoners, Then Blaming Kurdish Forces

Invading Turkish-backed forces are freeing Islamic State prisoners, according to Foreign Policy, also “executing Kurdish prisoners and killing unarmed civilians, videos show.”

On Monday a senior U.S. administration official told reporters that Turkey’s Syrian Islamist ground proxies are “going to unguarded prisons and releasing ISIS detainees — then blaming Syrian Democratic Forces.”

And following prior reports since the start of Turkey’s ‘Operation Peace Spring’ of mass ISIS prison breaks as Kurdish positions came under Turkish artillery fire, more former US captives are taking advantage of the chaos.

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India: Named After ‘Bhujia’, a New Species of Underground Fish Pops Up in Kerala

What lurks underground, is miniature and resembles bhujia, a popular Indian snack, when preserved? A very special fish called the Bhujia eel loach.

Bhujia eel loach (Pangio bhujia), a new species of eel loaches described from the southern Indian state of Kerala, is the first subterranean species of eel loaches. Pangio is a genus of freshwater fish in the loach family, and several of the loaches have become increasingly popular among aquarists.

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Hong Kong Protesters Slam Lebron James for Comments About China, Free Speech

The King no longer reigns supreme in Hong Kong.

Lakers superstar LeBron James took a hit in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, where basketball fans trampled on jerseys bearing his name after the four-time MVP waded into the NBA controversy involving the country.

On Monday, James touched a nerve among protesters in the former British colony for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences.

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Is China Orchestrating the Democrats’ Faux Impeachment Scheme?

China has not only compromised Biden, it is extremely likely that they are actively colluding with Democrats and the media to take down Trump.

Last Thursday, a caller into the Mark Levin Show made a brilliant point: Joe Biden has been completely compromised by Red China, and perhaps other foreign interests. His family members, and perhaps Biden himself, have significant personal wealth now controlled by Beijing.

While his troubled son Hunter may have forfeited his “board seat” (as an aside, how many no-show jobs does this clown have?), his ownership stake in the $1.5 billion “hedge fund” appears to remain in force. The typical fee that managers would charge for these assets would typically be between $15 and $30 million a year. Nice work if you can get it. And you can’t, because your last name isn’t that of a powerful Democrat politician.

Biden isn’t the only one beholden to China. John Kerry’s stepson is a partner in Rosemont Seneca, the investment firm that “partnered” with the Bank of China to create a $1 billion investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR). As Peter Schweizer notes:…

[Comment: Communists of a feather flock together.]

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New Species of Marine Insect Recorded in China

BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — Chinese researchers have discovered a new species of marine insect from the Hermatobatidae family in the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, marking the first time the insect was recorded in China.

Researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University said the insect, with a body length of 3 to 4 mm, lives on the surface of the ocean and sometimes hides in the tiny holes of coral stone, and eats small arthropods.

Compared with previously known Hermatobatidae species, the researchers found significant differences and identified it as a whole new species, increasing the number of Hermatobatidae family members from 12 to 13.

The newly found species was named “H. lingyangjiaoensis Luo, Chen & Wang, 2019” as specimens were only found on the Antelope Reef (lingyangjiao in Chinese pinyin) in the Xisha Islands.

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Italy: Matteo Salvini Laments Immigrant Resurgence Under New Leftist Government

ROME — The head of Italy’s Lega party, Matteo Salvini, has slammed the unelected reigning coalition government for reigniting the nation’s migrant crisis by reopening borders to migrants and foreign NGOs.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Mr. Salvini, former Italian interior minister, underscored the “2,498 arrivals in September compared with 947 in the same month a year ago,” while noting that in October “landings have already exceeded 700, compared with the 1,007 for the entire October 2018.”

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Migrant Youths Charged With Gang-Raping an 18-Year-Old Girl in Germany

A court in Duisburg, Germany has charged three migrant youths with the gang rape of an 18-year-old girl in July.

Police say that the three youths who’ve been charged are Bulgarian nationals living in Germany.

According to a report by Deutsche Welle, there were two other boys, aged 12, who were also involved in the brutal gang rape but were too young to be charged.

On Thursday, court prosecutors in Duisberg announced that the rape charges would be brought against the three 14-year-old foreign youths. The trio is accused of raping an 18-year-old girl in a public park in Mülheim an der Ruhr in North Rhine-Westphalia in July.

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New ICE Office in Downtown Portland Draws Protests

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is opening an office in downtown Portland, prompting some activists to hold demonstrations over the weekend and into Monday.

The Department of Homeland Security agency, known simply as ICE, has been the focus of protests in Maine and nationally. “Abolish ICE” became a rallying cry in response to the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, including the separation of children from their parents at the southern border and the deportation of immigrants who for many years were allowed to remain in the U.S. with their families. Customs and Border Patrol is the lead enforcement agency at the border, while ICE is the primary enforcement agency in the country’s interior.

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Trump Vetoes Measure Voiding Border Wall Emergency Declaration

President Trump vetoed a measure Tuesday night that terminated his emergency declaration to divert military construction funds for building a wall along the southern border.

In his veto message, which was expected, Mr. Trump said “the situation on our southern border remains a national emergency, and our armed forces are still needed to help confront it.”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper agreed last month to transfer $3.6 billion from the Pentagon’s budget for the border wall, essentially by defunding 127 military construction projects under emergency powers.

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Abortion Activists Stage Topless Protest of Argentinean Cathedral

ROME — Topless protesters assailed the cathedral of La Plata, Argentina, this weekend, hurling Molotov cocktails and human excrement at the church building while demanding legalized abortion.

The “tetazo,” or topless protest, was a spin-off from Argentina’s annual “National Encounter of Women” taking place Sunday in La Plata, home to one of the world’s largest Catholic cathedrals.

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Air Canada to Stop Announcing ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ In Recognition of Gender Fluidity

Employees aboard Air Canada flights will no longer greet guests by referring to them as “ladies and gentlemen” or “mesdames et messieurs,” which has been typical protocol for years, in an effort to be conscious of gender fluidity.

Flight attendants and other staff will not use the language in boarding announcements, and the company instead plans to replace the standard greetings with neutral words, such as “everybody” or “tout le monde.”

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

Calif. Gov. Signs Law Requiring Colleges to Offer ‘Free’ Abortions

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a bill requiring all University of California and California State University campuses to offer chemical abortion to students for free.

Senate Bill 24 — the “College Student Right to Access Act” — passed the California Legislature in September, giving Newsom about one month to either sign or veto the bill. Prior to Friday, when Newsom signed the bill into law, every indicator was that he would sign it.

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

Life Leader: President Trump is ‘Delivering Substantial Pro-Life Victories’

The president of Americans United for Life (AUL), Catherine Glenn Foster, said President Trump may well deserve the title of most pro-life president in American history but the test will be whether Roe v. Wade is ultimately reversed through his influence.

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

2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/15/2019

  1. “Leftists Threaten to “Bring Out the Guillotine” if Theaters Show Jordan Peterson Documentary” I just can’t wrap my mind around this. Shouldn’t the proper reaction of the theaters be to protect free speech and have the police involved or hire security guards to prevent any mischief?

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