Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/17/2019

Extinction Rebellion protesters climbed atop carriages on the London Underground today to protest climate change. Angry commuters forcibly pulled the protesters down from their perches, to the cheers of the crowd below. Videos of the incident do not clearly show whether the protesters were harmed by the crowd after they were dragged to the platform.

In other British news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he has reached a deal with the EU on Brexit. However, the Democratic Unionist Party and Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party say they will not vote to support Mr. Johnson’s deal.

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USA
» “It’s All Just a Bunch of Bulls***”: CNN Manager Laments Network’s Decay on Hidden Camera
» 300,000 Students Without School as Chicago Teachers Strike Begins: 13 Things That Matter
» Beto Says Police Will Go Door-to-Door to Confiscate Guns if Americans Don’t Surrender Them
» Beto O’Rourke Says Mass Shooters Will Hand Over Their AR-15s
» CNN Supervisor Wishes for Trump’s Death: “Hopefully Soon”
» Democrat Adam Schiff Repeatedly Threatened Impeachment Witness: “Ambassador, You’re Making This Much More Complicated Than it Has to be”
» Dems Angry Over Syria Pullout Storm Out of WH Meeting After Trump Calls Pelosi a ‘Third-Grade Politician’
» Display Stating Socialism Killed 100 Million-Plus People Abruptly Taken Down at UNC Charlotte
» Harvard Students Mocked Asian Applicants Who Received Lower Personality Scores
» House Democrat and Trump Nemesis Elijah Cummings Dies
» Trump to Pelosi as She Stormed Out of Meeting: “Goodbye! We’ll See You at the Polls!”
» Trump Destroys Lindsey Graham: “Lindsey Would Like to Stay in Middle East for 1,000 Years… He Ought to Focus on Comey, Page, Strzok, Brennan and Obama!”
» Tulsi Gabbard Calls CNN & NY Times “Completely Despicable” On Debate Stage for Their “Smears”
» Using Children as Political Props
 
Canada
» Antifa Radicals Threaten to “Bring Out the Guillotine” If Church Shows Jordan Peterson Documentary
» Obama Involved in Canadian Federal Election
» Video: Irate Man Breaks Up Line of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ Protesters Trying to Block Intersection
 
Europe and the EU
» AfD-MP to Merkel’s Government: “When Will Germany Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?”
» Barcelona Protests Rage for 3rd Day in Spain Over Catalan Separatist Leaders’ Prison Sentences
» Exclusive: Populist Spanish Vox Leader Abascal Says Party Will Ban Separatist Parties
» France Says Foiled September 11-Inspired Attack
» Greece: Reminding the New Government Why it Was Elected
» Greta Thunberg Suggests Extinction Rebellion Protesters Should Break the Law During Demonstrations
» Netherlands Government Leaders Join the UN in Harassing Pastoral Farmers
» No Extension: EU’s Juncker Says Brexit ‘Has to Happen Now’ — Deal or No Deal
» Norwegians Told to Pee in the Shower to Save Water
» Sweden: Multicultural Malmö: Police Disarm Multiple Explosive Devices
» UK: ‘We’ve Got a Great New Deal’: Brexit Treaty Agreed by Boris Johnson and EU
» UK: Angry Londoners Drag Climate Change Protesters From Roof of Train
» UK: Farage Says New Deal is ‘Just Not Brexit’ As DUP Says it Won’t Support it
» UK: Nigel Farage Would Boycott ‘Democratic Outrage’ Rigged Referendum With No Full Brexit Option
» UK: Watch: Climate Protesters Climbing on London Underground Trains Physically Removed by Angry Public
 
Middle East
» Pence Says US, Turkey Reach Ceasefire Deal in Syria; Lira Soars on “Agreement to Withdraw Sanctions”
» Rand Paul Blocks Senate Democrats’ Rebuke of Trump’s Syria Pullout
» Trump Claims Prison ‘Escape’ of ISIS Terrorists Was Manufactured
 
South Asia
» Spectacled Flowerpecker Bird Discovered in the Borneo Jungle is Confirmed as a ‘Totally Unique’ New Species 10 Years After it Was First Seen
 
Far East
» A Fan Raised Almost $43K to Hand Out “Stand With Hong Kong” T-Shirts at the Lakers Season Opener
» China Secretly Ordered NBA Commissioner to Fire Rockets’ GM Over Hong Kong Tweet
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Species of Fish Discovered at Aussie Seafood Market
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Catholic Priest Found Brutally Murdered With Throat Slit in Kenya
 
Latin America
» Brazilian Biologist Discovers 4 New Spider Species and Names Them After Heavy Metal Lead Singers
» Scientists Discover New Species of Wasp-Mimicking Praying Mantis
 
Immigration
» Denmark: Half of Second-Generation Immigrants Think Criticism of Religion Should be Banned
» Greece: Second Migrant Camp Up in Flames After Violence Erupts
» Greece Evacuates More Migrants From Islands Fearing New Migrant Wave
» Nearly 1/5 of Sweden’s Population is Now Foreign-Born
» Orban: “Force Will be Used to Protect Border if Erdogan Opens Gates”
 
Culture Wars
» Body Parts Buyers Were ‘Scalping the Babies, ‘ Planned Parenthood Trial Reveals
» British Chief of Police Warns “Misgendering” People is a Form of “Abuse”
» Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder Says Climate Protest is About Ending Idea Heterosexuality is “Normal”
» Female High School Track Athlete Speaks Out Against Transgender Athletes
» Polish Lawmakers Vote for Bill Criminalizing ‘Promoting Underage Sex’
 

“It’s All Just a Bunch of Bulls***”: CNN Manager Laments Network’s Decay on Hidden Camera

In the third day undercover CNN footage obtained by an undercover insider for Project Veritas, Field Ops manager Patrick Davis painfully admits admits that the network he’s devoted his career to has become ‘just awful’ under the leadership of CEO Jeff Zucker.

“…I hate seeing what we were and what we could be and what we’ve become. It’s just awful…I mean, we could be so much better than what we are… And the buck stops with him (Zucker),” said Davis, who has been with the network at least 15 years.

“I haven’t listened to a 9AM call in about 15 years. I just stopped,” he added. “Just, I can’t listen to it. It’s all bullshit. It’s all just a bunch of bullshit. And I wish that wasn’t the case.”

“You learn it in journalism school, we’re supposed to be middle of the road,” Davis continues. “Now it’s just infotainment is all it’s become. There is no true media outlet.”

“Even though we’re totally left leaning … we don’t wanna admit it,” admits Davis.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

300,000 Students Without School as Chicago Teachers Strike Begins: 13 Things That Matter

Submitted by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner of Wirepoints

Chicago teachers are striking for the third time in seven years. The Chicago Teachers Union has rejected what Mayor Lori Lightfoot says is “the most lucrative CTU package in its history.” The union shunned 5-year, 24 percent teacher raises and continues to demand more, including thousands in new hires and additional benefits like affordable housing.

Over 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff will be on strike while 300,000 students will be left in the lurch.

It’s become standard operating procedure for the CTU to strike when it doesn’t like the school district’s contract proposals. In 2012, the union struck for one week over a contract dispute with then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It did the same again in 2016, when the union held a one-day walkout.

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

Beto Says Police Will Go Door-to-Door to Confiscate Guns if Americans Don’t Surrender Them

Democrat lifts curtain on Left’s plan to ban guns.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Beto O’Rourke Says Mass Shooters Will Hand Over Their AR-15s

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told CNN that potential mass shooters would hand in their AR-15s under his forced buyback scheme.

Yes, really.

After asserting that Americans will comply with his proposed law and turn in their weapons, Beto was asked by host Carol Costello, “You expect mass shooters to follow the law?”

“Our fellow Americans will follow the law, yes,” responded O’Rourke.

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

CNN Supervisor Wishes for Trump’s Death: “Hopefully Soon”

A CNN supervisor was caught on tape wishing for President Donald Trump’s death, commenting that it will happen “hopefully soon.”

The footage was released by Project Veritas as part of their ongoing exposé of the network thanked to leaked recordings from an insider.

In the clip, CNN Field Production Supervisor Gerald Cisnette is discussing CNN’s obsession with covering Trump all the time, remarking, “This is a story that’s not gonna go away.”

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

Democrat Adam Schiff Repeatedly Threatened Impeachment Witness: “Ambassador, You’re Making This Much More Complicated Than it Has to be”

Schiff repeatedly threatened the Ambassadro Volker during his questioning inside the Democrat starchamber impeachment proceedings.

Schiff was not getting the answers he wanted so he repeatedly attempted to “persuade” the ambassador to change his testimony.

Byron York at Washington Examiner reported:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dems Angry Over Syria Pullout Storm Out of WH Meeting After Trump Calls Pelosi a ‘Third-Grade Politician’

Based off the statements of Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer, it seems like they’re the ones who threw a fit.

[Comment: Seems Demorats and RINOs wish to follow globalist plan of placing an ISIS government in Syria.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Display Stating Socialism Killed 100 Million-Plus People Abruptly Taken Down at UNC Charlotte

On Monday evening, conservative students at the University of North Carolina Charlotte put a display up on their campus that warned of the deadly dangers of socialism. The “Socialism Graveyard” included headstones that told of the system’s death toll in various countries.

By Tuesday morning, their entire exhibit was gone.

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

Harvard Students Mocked Asian Applicants Who Received Lower Personality Scores

Earlier this month a judge determined that Harvard’s admissions practices did not discriminate against Asian applicants. The lawsuit which led to that decision was filed by a group called Students for Fair Admissions. SFFA hired an expert who looked closely at Harvard’s process and discovered something curious. While Asian students score the highest of any group on academics and extra-curricular activities, they score consistently lower than other groups on Harvard’s personality score.

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

House Democrat and Trump Nemesis Elijah Cummings Dies

Update: Cummings’ widow has released a statement praising her late husband of working “until his last breath” because he “believed in our democracy.”

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

Trump to Pelosi as She Stormed Out of Meeting: “Goodbye! We’ll See You at the Polls!”

President Trump savagely trolled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday after she threw a tantrum and stormed out of a White House meeting with Trump on Syria.

Pelosi was out of control on Wednesday and made a scene at the White House with her partner-in-crime Senator Chuck Schumer.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Destroys Lindsey Graham: “Lindsey Would Like to Stay in Middle East for 1,000 Years… He Ought to Focus on Comey, Page, Strzok, Brennan and Obama!”

Lindsey Graham this week lectured President Trump for removing US troops from northern Syria saying, “I will become President Trump’s worst nightmare!… This is a defining moment for President Trump. He needs to up his game.

President Trump responded to Senator Graham later today during a joint presser with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

President Trump did not hold back and unloaded with both barrels on the RINO Senator.

President Trump: Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next 1,000 years with thousands of soldiers and fighting other people’s wars. I want to get out of the Middle East. I think Lindsey should focus right not on Judiciary. He ought to find out with what happened to Comey, with what happened to McCabe, with Lisa, what happened with Peter Strzok, what happened with President Obama, what happened with Brennan. That’s what Lindsey ought to focus on. That’s what the people of South Carolina want him to focus on. The people of South Carolina don’t want to get us in a war with Turkey, a NATO member, or Syria. Let them fight their own wars.

Trump is right.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tulsi Gabbard Calls CNN & NY Times “Completely Despicable” On Debate Stage for Their “Smears”

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard again radically broke from establishment Democrat talking points on foreign policy Tuesday night, which resulted in her being the most Googled candidate during the Ohio Democratic presidential debate, also earning her a “win” on Drudge Report’s snap poll, with an overwhelming 40% saying she came out victorious.

Though taking issue with the precise way in which the American troop pullout from northeast Syria was executed, she still applauded Trump’s move, using it as an opportunity to call out “both parties” and the mainstream media “who have been championing and cheerleading this regime change war.”

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

Using Children as Political Props

Suddenly we have a lot of adults getting their marching orders from children. Is that shameful, or what? World leaders sit in deferential silence as they’re scolded by a Swedish teenager for not “Doing Something” to “Stop Climate Change”—like, “how dare you” not set up a global government and… and… and… Well, as long as they “Take Action,” the kind of action doesn’t matter.

Accompanied by a bit less drama, the California legislature last week passed a law providing state-funded free lunch to every kid in California’s public schools. This change in public policy has been ascribed to a nine-year-old boy, now a policy adviser: “this amazing young man,” in the words of Gov. Gavin Noisome.

Do we believe this? His heart moved by the plight of his unfortunate classmates who have suffered “lunch shaming” because their parents had failed to pay their school lunch fees, L’il Whatsisname saved up his allowance until he had the $74.80 needed to pay off all the unpaid fees. All on his own, of course. No one put him up to it. And I have a nice bridge for sale…

Trotting out children, the younger, the better, to make political points—does that strike you as creepy? Or honest? “If I go up there and bloviate about lunch shaming, they’ll all just laugh at me. But they wouldn’t dare laugh at a kid! They’ll have to sit there and take it from a kid! Heh-heh.”

This why we have public schools: to indoctrinate children to be good little democratic socialists. In the meantime, they can always be used as political props.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Antifa Radicals Threaten to “Bring Out the Guillotine” If Church Shows Jordan Peterson Documentary

Antifa leftists are threatening to “bring out the guillotine” if a church shows a documentary about best-selling author Jordan Peterson.

Showings of the documentary in Brooklyn and Toronto were already cancelled after theaters complained they were fearful of “getting in trouble.”

The precise nature of that “trouble” was revealed when the film’s co-creator, Maziar Ghaderi, received a text from a pastor who had received threats after agreeing to screen the film in his church.

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

Obama Involved in Canadian Federal Election

Colluding with the Liberal Party of Canada, Ex-US President Barack Obama became involved in Canada’s federal election today—five days before Canadian voters go to the polls on October 21.

“Here’s what Barack Obama had to say this afternoon,” boasted the Liberty Party of Canada in an email to millions of Canadians.

“I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as president. He’s a hard working, effective leader who takes on big issues like Climate Change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term,” Obama wrote in his endorsement.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Irate Man Breaks Up Line of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ Protesters Trying to Block Intersection

An irate man broke up a line of Extinction Rebellion protesters who were trying to block a busy intersection in Edmonton, Canada as onlookers cheered.

Footage of the incident shows climate change activists blocking a road while holding a banner that says “walk don’t talk.”

Some of the motorists yell at the demonstrators while the people watching the incident from a nearby office debate whether or not to call the police.

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

AfD-MP to Merkel’s Government: “When Will Germany Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?”

Alternative for Germany (AfD) MP Petr Bystron has called on Angela Merkel’s government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In December of 2017, US President Donald Trump was the first head of state in the world to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since then, nine nations — Russia, Brazil, Australia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Guatemala, Honduras, and Taiwan — have all followed suit.

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

Barcelona Protests Rage for 3rd Day in Spain Over Catalan Separatist Leaders’ Prison Sentences

Rioting raged in Barcelona and throughout the Catalan region for a third straight night Wednesday, as police fought street battles with protesters who are angered by lengthy prison sentences for nine leaders of the wealthy region’s drive for independence from Spain. The president of the Catalan region, Quim Torra, called for a halt in the violence, BBC News reports.

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

Exclusive: Populist Spanish Vox Leader Abascal Says Party Will Ban Separatist Parties

Santiago Abascal, the leader of the populist Spanish party VOX, has vowed to ban separatist parties in Catalonia while praising the Spanish monarchy.

Mr Abascal spoke to Breitbart London saying that the three main branches of the Spanish government had failed to combat the rise of Catalonian separatism. He said that no party except VOX had truly fought against the separatist movement.

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

France Says Foiled September 11-Inspired Attack

PARIS (Reuters) — France’s interior minister said on Thursday that intelligence services had arrested a man for planning an attack inspired by plane attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in Sept. 2001.

France has for several years grappled with how to respond to both homegrown jihadists and foreign militants following a series of attacks across the country. French officials say the threat of attacks remains very high.

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

Greece: Reminding the New Government Why it Was Elected

A resolution adopted by the European Parliament on September 20, “paying tribute to the victims of communism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes,” was passed by an overwhelming majority. This is as it should be, given that communist regimes around the world have caused the deaths of more than 100 million people.

Surprisingly, however, only one out of 21 Greek members of the European Parliament — the New Democracy Party’s MEP, Anna Michel Asimakopoulou — voted in favor of the resolution. This was in spite of the thousands of casualties and massive damage resulting from the Greek Civil War in 1945-1949 between the communists and the democratic forces in the country.

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

Greta Thunberg Suggests Extinction Rebellion Protesters Should Break the Law During Demonstrations

Greta Thunberg has told Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters that they should consider breaking the law so they can continue their demonstrations.

Police this week imposed a section 14 order on XR, meaning any group of two or more people linked to the group’s Autumn Uprising is banned.

The move, which was taken after Londoners began to grow irritated by the disruption on the streets, was swiftly condemned by human rights groups and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Now, teenage climate change campaigner Greta has suggested XR protestors continue on regardless.

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

Netherlands Government Leaders Join the UN in Harassing Pastoral Farmers

First it is voluntary, then it is mandatory — There is no moderate Socialism

Even as they plough their fields, farmers whose work feeds cities, are being ploughed out of business by the United Nation’s destructive-to-humanity Agenda 21/30.

The most frightening thing about this worrisome turn of events is that most farmers don’t even know that their demise by the world’s biggest bureaucracy is already well underway.

In fact, were it not for an email from Lt. Robert K. Powell Jr. (Ret) in Oregon, Canada Free Press (CFP) may never have come across it this stunning news:

“Lt. Robert Powell here—The media is not noting a very serious Agenda 21 event in the Netherlands”.

One of the most massive farmers’ protest in history took place in the Netherlands yesterday, but the local and international media all but ignored it.

Because it’s deliberately heralded as “voluntary”, most people do not even know what Agenda 21 is.

Yet, The UN’s Agenda 21 is being incrementally imposed worldwide in a worldwide Climate Change/Global Warming scam, promoted on the QT by a myriad of towns, cities and entire countries.

Wrapped in typical UN bureau-speak, Agenda 21, birthed in 1992, moves forward by stealth. Working from the largely ignored municipal level of government, conveniently dogged by voter apathy, it has already recruited thousands of mayors and reeves in countless cities and towns, including those of North America.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

No Extension: EU’s Juncker Says Brexit ‘Has to Happen Now’ — Deal or No Deal

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has told reporters Brexit “has to happen now” and there will be no deadline extension — MPs must accept Boris Johnson’s new deal or leave without one.

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

Norwegians Told to Pee in the Shower to Save Water

Norwegians are being told to pee in the shower in order to save water for the good of the environment.

Yes, really.

Frode Hult of the Water and Sewer Agency in Oslo appeared on Norwegian State Television NRK to raise awareness about the fact that Norway uses almost double the amount of water used in Denmark.

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

Sweden: Multicultural Malmö: Police Disarm Multiple Explosive Devices

Police in Malmö disarmed several devices in the southern Swedish city that were later confirmed to be explosives.

The officers were made aware of the first device at around 10 am on Tuesday outside the entrance of a building in Fosie, not far from the notorious “vulnerable” no-go area of Rosengård, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

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

UK: ‘We’ve Got a Great New Deal’: Brexit Treaty Agreed by Boris Johnson and EU

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a new Brexit deal has been brokered between the UK and the EU.

18:00 UPDATE — Johnson confirms EU leaders have approved the deal, and says it is time for people and parliamentarians to come together and “get this done”

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

UK: Angry Londoners Drag Climate Change Protesters From Roof of Train

Angry Londoners furious at having their lives disrupted dragged ‘Extinction Rebellion’ climate change protesters from the roof of a train this morning.

The incident happened at Canning Town Tube station, located in London’s poor east end — a particularly stupid venue for Extinction Rebellion activists to try to pull such a stunt.

One decidedly middle class looking protester climbed on top of the train but was pelted with objects before being dragged back down to the platform.

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

UK: Farage Says New Deal is ‘Just Not Brexit’ As DUP Says it Won’t Support it

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that the deal agreed between Boris Johnson and the EU is “just not Brexit”, while the DUP has said it will not back it in parliament.

The prime minister and EU bureaucrats agreed on a Brexit deal on Thursday morning which eliminates the Irish backstop and puts in place other measures to ensure EU customs regulations are respected on the isle of Ireland whilst keeping Northern Ireland in the UK’s customs territory.

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

UK: Nigel Farage Would Boycott ‘Democratic Outrage’ Rigged Referendum With No Full Brexit Option

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has revealed he and his party would refuse to legitimise a rigged second referendum by participating in it, as anti-Brexit politicians make clear their belief the British public should only be given the choice to cancel leaving altogether, or stay in the EU with a new treaty.

Speaking moments before the details of Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal were announced in Brussels, Brexit leader Nigel Farage expressed his concern that when the deal is put to Parliament, a condition of it passing may be a second referendum.

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

UK: Watch: Climate Protesters Climbing on London Underground Trains Physically Removed by Angry Public

Extinction Rebellion protesters attempting to bring the London Underground subway system to a halt by climbing on top of trains got a sense of how much support they enjoy among ordinary members of the public when angry commuters pelted them with rubbish and physically dragged them back to the platform.

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

Pence Says US, Turkey Reach Ceasefire Deal in Syria; Lira Soars on “Agreement to Withdraw Sanctions”

Update: A deal has been reached for Turkey to suspend military operations in northern Syria, as Vice President Pence has confirmed in a briefing to reporters. “A pause in military operations for 120 hours” — or 5 days — while the US facilitates an “orderly withdrawal” of its forces as well as partner SDF Kurdish forces outside a 20-mile ‘safe zone’ will take effect based on Thursday’s meeting with President Erdogan, Pence said. Meanwhile a senior Turkish official has told Middle East Eye “We got exactly what we wanted out of the meeting.”

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

Rand Paul Blocks Senate Democrats’ Rebuke of Trump’s Syria Pullout

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) shut down an effort by Democrat Chuck Schumer (NY) to rebuke President Trump over his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

Schumer attempted to get consent on Thursday to bring up the House-passed resolution, arguing that “we’re in real trouble,” according to The Hill.

On Tuesday, the house voted 354-60 “opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.”

Paul blasted Schumer, saying “He should come to the floor and say that we are ready to declare war. We are ready to authorize force, and we are going to stick our troops in the middle of this messy, messy, five-sided civil war where we would be ostensibly opposed to the Turkish government that has made an incursion.”

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

Trump Claims Prison ‘Escape’ of ISIS Terrorists Was Manufactured

“Some were released just for effect to make us look a little bit like ‘oh gee, we have to get right back in there.’“

President Trump claimed Wednesday that the purported ‘escape’ of hundreds of ISIS terrorists from a prison in northern Syria was purposefully manufactured in order to draw US troops back into the conflict there.

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

Spectacled Flowerpecker Bird Discovered in the Borneo Jungle is Confirmed as a ‘Totally Unique’ New Species 10 Years After it Was First Seen

The Spectacled Flowerpecker bird which was first spotted 10 years ago in the jungles of Borneo has just been confirmed as a new — and totally unique — species.

The Spectacled Flowerpecker was first spotted 2009 by a team of birdwatchers including ornithologist David Edwards, currently of the University of Sheffield.

Now a team from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the US has become the first to capture and study the small, grey bird.

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

A Fan Raised Almost $43K to Hand Out “Stand With Hong Kong” T-Shirts at the Lakers Season Opener

When Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” on October 11, the NBA responded by referring to the tweet as “regrettable.” That didn’t sit well with Bay Area-based basketball fan Sun Lared (a pseudonym, according to LAist), who channeled his frustration into a campaign to convince Lakers Nation to wear T-shirts that quote Morey’s since-deleted tweet verbatim at the team’s season opener.

On the Lakers’ Reddit page, Lared discussed his plan to make the shirts and hand them out for free during the game October 22. To fund the protest, Lared launched a Gofundme with a goal of $20,000; the project raised nearly $43,000 before donations were disabled.

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

China Secretly Ordered NBA Commissioner to Fire Rockets’ GM Over Hong Kong Tweet

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed on Thursday that the Chinese government insisted the league fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a now-deleted October 4 tweet supporting the protesters in Hong Kong, according to Time.

“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver said in his first US interview about the league’s ongoing free speech scandal. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”

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

New Species of Fish Discovered at Aussie Seafood Market

SYDNEY, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — Scientists have identified a new species of fish after finding some rare samples at a local seafood market north of Brisbane.

On the hunt for the mysterious rock cod for almost two-decades, Ichthyologist Jeff Johnson from the Queensland Museum told Xinhua on Thursday, “I had received inquiries from commercial fishermen and fisheries patrol officers for quite some years, dating back to about the year 2000.”

“I had received photographs of an unknown species that occasionally turns up in their catches, but these weren’t sufficient to confirm my suspicions that it was a species unknown to science.”

Named Epinephelus fuscomarginatus, its lack of distinguishing features is actually what makes it so unique.

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

Catholic Priest Found Brutally Murdered With Throat Slit in Kenya

A Catholic priest in Kenya who had been missing for seven days after being kidnapped has been found dead with his throat slit and his body “cut” and buried in a shallow grave.

Police unearthed the maimed body of 43-year-old Father Michael Maingi Kyengo Tuesday on the banks of a seasonal river in Embu, central Kenya.

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

Brazilian Biologist Discovers 4 New Spider Species and Names Them After Heavy Metal Lead Singers

A Brazilian biologist who specializes in spiders — and who likes heavy metal — has discovered four new spider species and named them after the lead singers of Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Def Leppard and the Brazilian band Angra.

Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, Extraordinarius rickalleni and Extraordinarius andrematosi are now spider species named after Bruce Dickinson, Rick Allen, Klaus Meine and Brazilian singer Andre Matos.

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Scientists Discover New Species of Wasp-Mimicking Praying Mantis

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Director of Research & Collections and Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Gavin Svenson and former Case Western Reserve University graduate student, Henrique Rodrigues, have discovered a new species of praying mantis, described as the first known mantis species to conspicuously mimic a wasp. In addition, the new species joins one previously described species within a newly erected genus Vespamantoida. The results of the team’s findings were published today in the online journal PeerJ.

The new species, named Vespamantoida wherleyi, was discovered near the Amazon River in Peru in 2013 during a general entomological survey of the field site. The male specimen was attracted to a light trap, and its bright coloration and wasp-like shape and behavior immediately caught the team’s eye.

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Denmark: Half of Second-Generation Immigrants Think Criticism of Religion Should be Banned

A new survey in Denmark has revealed that nearly half of second-generation think that criticizing religion should be banned outright.

The Danish 2019 Citizenship Survey found that 48 percent of second-generation immigrants believe that criticizing religion should be banned by the state, compared to 42 percent of first-generation immigrants and under 20 percent of ethnic Danes, the Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad reports.

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Greece: Second Migrant Camp Up in Flames After Violence Erupts

Hundreds have been left without shelter after fires broke out at an overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos. The incident marks the second of its kind in less than a month.

The fires were started after violent clashes broke out between groups of Syrian and Afghan migrants. Greek police say that no injuries resulted from the blaze at Vathy camp, the Athens morning newspaper Ekathimerini reports.

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Greece Evacuates More Migrants From Islands Fearing New Migrant Wave

The Greek government has evacuated more migrants from the island of Lesbos to the mainland as the country prepares for a potential new wave of migrants from Turkey.

Around 13,500 migrants are estimated to currently live at the infamous Moria migrant camp that is only supposed to hold 2,500. As arrivals continue to increase, the government has begun both evacuating migrants as well as building further accommodations on the island, Sveriges Radio reports.

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Nearly 1/5 of Sweden’s Population is Now Foreign-Born

Nearly one in five people living in Sweden was born in a foreign country, newly released statistics have revealed.

According to Statistics Sweden, a government agency responsible for producing official statistics, around 19.1 percent of Sweden’s population, nearly 2,000,000 people, were born outside of the country.

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Orban: “Force Will be Used to Protect Border if Erdogan Opens Gates”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has declared that Hungary would be forced to “use force” at its southern border to protect the European Union if Turkish President Erdogan makes good on his promise to ‘open the gates’ and ‘flood’ Europe with migrants.

“If Turkey sets off further hundreds of thousands on top of (existing migrant flows), then we will need to use force to protect the Hungarian border and the Serbian-Hungarian frontier and I do not wish for anyone that we should need to resort to that,” Orban said.

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Body Parts Buyers Were ‘Scalping the Babies, ‘ Planned Parenthood Trial Reveals

In chilling testimony last week, an abortion whistleblower involved in revealing how Planned Parenthood affiliates had sold aborted baby body parts revealed one of the horrifying research purposes of body parts buyers: they were “scalping the babies.”

In 2015, David Daleiden shocked America’s conscience by releasing a slew of videos showing abortionists at Planned Parenthood affiliates admitting that they sold the body parts of aborted babies, often to medical research establishments. Planned Parenthood and its allies have dragged Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), through the courts. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (following the lead of Kamala Harris) has brought 15 felony counts against Daleiden for his undercover journalism, and Planned Parenthood launched a $7 million, 14-count racketeering lawsuit against Daleiden and his allies.

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British Chief of Police Warns “Misgendering” People is a Form of “Abuse”

Amidst soaring violent crime and stabbings across the country.

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Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder Says Climate Protest is About Ending Idea Heterosexuality is “Normal”

he co-founder of Extinction Rebellion writes that the climate protest “isn’t about the climate” and is actually about toppling European civilisation and ending the idea that heterosexuality is “normal.”

Wait, what?

In a lengthy article for Medium entitled ‘Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the Climate’, Stuart Basden reveals the true goals of the far-left environmentalist action group.

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Female High School Track Athlete Speaks Out Against Transgender Athletes

Female high school track athlete Selina Soule has filed a Civil Rights complaint to remove transgender athletes from women’s sports.

WATCH her powerful story here:…

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Polish Lawmakers Vote for Bill Criminalizing ‘Promoting Underage Sex’

WARSAW (Reuters) — Polish lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to criminalize “the promotion of underage sexual activity,” in a move seen by some as a government effort to court conservative support and which outraged liberals who say the bill aims to ban sex education.

As protesters gathered outside the parliament and in cities across Poland, lawmakers from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party voted for the bill to go to a parliamentary commission for further work.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/17/2019

  1. Welcome to Russia and Germany in 1938 in one set!

    The Bremen Office for the Protection of the Constitution promotes the support of citizens in the fight against right-wing extremism. They should report conspicuous statements or behavior that may indicate a right-wing extremist background with the authority. This is possible by phone, by mail or anonymously. “We want to be a constitutional protection, with which one speaks,” said the Bremen intelligence chief Dierk Schittkowski on Thursday at a press conference.

    https://www.butenunbinnen.de/nachrichten/gesellschaft/verfassungsschutz-bremen-rechtsextremismus-100.html

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