Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/21/2019

Angry residents of a migrant holding center in Malta started a riot last night, burning cars and injuring a policeman. Authorities managed to quell the rioters by the early hours of this morning.

In other news, early results in the Canadian parliamentary elections indicate that Justin “Baby Doc” Trudeau will serve another term as prime minister, albeit with a reduced mandate and in coalition with the NDP.

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Thanks to AF, JD, Reader from Chicago, RR, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» “Racist Watch” Website Outs Trump Donors; Goes Offline
» “Toe the Line or be Destroyed”: Tulsi Gabbard Dismantles Establishment ‘Hit-Job’ In Viral Video
» 2020: The Left Goes to War
» 4chan Trolls Planning to Relaunch “It’s Okay to be White” Stunt
» Actual Witches Hunt Trump With Pre-Halloween “Binding Spell”
» Bernie Blasts Hillary’s “Outrageous” Gabbard “Russian Asset” Smear
» Breaking: Dems Block GOP Measure to Censure Adam Schiff
» Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame Running for Congress in Liberal New Mexico District — Even Far-Left WaPo Says She’s Already Misrepresenting Her Past
» Good for These Fast Food Workers Who Manhandled Global Warming Protesters
» Hillary Clinton Cancels Appearance at Event Where Tulsi Gabbard is Speaking
» Is America Becoming Sinicized?
» Mickey Rourke Says Robert De Niro “Refused to Work” With Him on ‘The Irishman’ And Had Him Removed
» Now Sanders Proposes Taking More Money Than People Make
» Pelosi and Schiff Travel to Jordan to Undermine President Trump in Shadow Diplomacy — Violate Logan Act — Should be Immediately Arrested Upon Returned
» Pew Pushes Polling Propaganda
» Report: Kanye West Says Rap is “The Devil’s Music”
» ‘Rolling Stone’ Produces Terrible List of the 100 Best Singers, Hilarity Ensues
» Social Media Responds to Mitt Romney’s Apparent Pierre Delecto Twitter Account
» Trump Administration Calls Out Bias in Middle East Studies Programs
» Trump ‘Demands Deposition’ of ‘Corrupt’ Adam Schiff
 
Canada
» Justin Trudeau Wants to Censor the Internet if He Wins Re-Election
» Polar Bear Expert Purged
» Trudeau Poised for Re-Election With Weakened Canada Mandate
 
Europe and the EU
» First Time Since 1934 — Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” To be Reprinted in France
» France: Anti-Terror Judge Urges Government to Repatriate Jihadists
» Spain: Government Rejects Talks With Catalonian Separatists
» UK Parliament Speaker Bercow Blocks New Vote on Johnson’s Brexit Deal
» UK: 20-Strong Gang Target ‘White Bastards’, Cut Off Teenager’s Hand With Axe
» UK: Assange Denied Request to Delay Extradition Hearing; Prepares to Fight ‘Unprecedented’ Charges
» UK: Boris Govt Prepares for No Deal Brexit, But EU Could Delay it Until 2020
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israel’s Netanyahu Gives up on Forming New Coalition
 
Middle East
» Lebanon Protests: The Voices and Faces of the Demonstrations
 
Russia
» Ukrainian Government Ready to Cooperate With FBI on Laundering Hundreds of Millions of IMF Aid Money and Attempts by DNC to Cover it Up
 
South Asia
» Spectacled Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered
» Thai King Strips Consort of Titles for ‘Disloyalty’
 
Far East
» Chinese Communist Party Says Criticizing LeBron James is ‘Racist’
» Do Not Trade With a China That Lies, Cheats, And Steals
» Magic: The Gathering Pro Uses Win to Show Hong Kong Protest Support
 
Australia — Pacific
» Nick Cave Slams ‘Woke’ Culture as an Assault on Free Speech
 
Latin America
» After Chile Riots, Thousands Rally to Protest at Pinera Government
» My Socialist Hell: 20 Years of Decay in Venezuela
 
Immigration
» Bulgaria: Migrants From Afghanistan Detained for Raping an Underage Girl in Sofia
» France: Migrants Found ‘Smuggled in Cattle Truck’ In Calais
» Rioting Migrants in Malta Injure Policeman, Set Cars Ablaze at Holding Center: Reports
» UK: North African Migrant Who Strangled and Sexually Assaulted Teen Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
» UK: Racist Migrant Gang Cut Teen Worker’s Hand Off in Targeted Attack on ‘White Bastards’
 
Culture Wars
» Actual PC Police: British Law Enforcement Allow Convicted Male Rapists to Identify as Female
» Beto Doubles Down in Attacks on Churches
» Don’t You Dare Grade on Merit, State University Tells Professors
» Moral Relativism Taking Over Everything: Sports, Politics, Libraries
» UK Police Force Highlights Problem of Racist Toddlers
 

“Racist Watch” Website Outs Trump Donors; Goes Offline

Apparently, it’s not enough for the left to just spit on supporters of President Trump.

For an apparent activist group called ‘Public Service Media Group’, outing Trump donors across America is what really makes the difference as triggered leftists panic that all they have is #NotTrump as they head into the 2020 election campaign.

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

“Toe the Line or be Destroyed”: Tulsi Gabbard Dismantles Establishment ‘Hit-Job’ In Viral Video

Tulsi Gabbard unleashed her latest counterattack to the establishment hit-job against her, after Hillary Clinton suggested she’s an Russian asset.

“If you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message…,” says Gabbard, who said she’s suffered smears “from day one of this campaign.”

In a Sunday tweet accompanied by a video which has nearly 450,000 views on Twitter (and 18,000 on YouTube) as of this writing, Gabbard writes “Hillary & her gang of rich, powerful elite are going after me to send a msg to YOU: “Shut up, toe the line, or be destroyed.” But we, the people, will NOT be silenced.”

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

2020: The Left Goes to War

Since its birth in the anti-globalist riots in Seattle two decades ago, the Antifa movement has been violent. Trump’s reelection will surely mean not only more of the same but, with Antifa’s exponential growth under the tutelage of the Democrat/media complex, much more.

The left has demonstrated time and again that they believe there is too much at stake to accept the limitations of our Constitution. They feel exactly the same about elections; if the three-plus years of national tantrum since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 has shown America anything, it is that.

Antifa is the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party. Both fancy themselves as speaking truth to power, on the side of all that is right and just in the world. This is not a supposition, it is a tenet. Confident in righteousness justifies all manner of depravity.

That has included assaulting to the point of brain damage a diminutive, gay, Asian journalist (so much for respecting the “other”), intimidating an old lady using a walker as she tried to cross the street (so much for standing up for the weak), and burning MAGA hats while attacking people trying to leave a Trump rally in Minneapolis.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

4chan Trolls Planning to Relaunch “It’s Okay to be White” Stunt

4chan trolls are planning to repeat a stunt where they post “It’s okay to be white” posters around cities and college campuses in order to force the media into generating a fresh moral panic about racism.

The “it’s okay to be white” meme was a troll started by 4chan in 2017 as a way to trigger leftists into revealing their own anti-white bigotry.

Since then it has appeared on signs which have been posted in major western cities on numerous occasions.

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

Actual Witches Hunt Trump With Pre-Halloween “Binding Spell”

Witches across the United States are preparing to cast a coordinated “binding spell” on President Trump on October 25 — their third such attempt.

According to the Boston Globe, the so-called #MagicResistance first sought to bind the president in 2017. Since then, they have attempted to do the same to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as well as “Hex the NRA.”

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

Bernie Blasts Hillary’s “Outrageous” Gabbard “Russian Asset” Smear

While the mainstream liberal media remains firmly in the pocket of the Clintons’ propaganda machine, spewing russophobic accusations at any and every one who dares question the establishment and military-industrial complex line, there are some — on the left — that are willing to step up and defend Tulsi Gabbard against the latest delusional suggestion from Hillary that she is a ‘Russian asset’.

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

Breaking: Dems Block GOP Measure to Censure Adam Schiff

Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican-lead resolution to censure Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) with the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The vote fell completely along party lines and was killed in a 218 to 185 vote. Rep. Justin Amash, a former Republican turned Independent, sided with Democrats, CBS News reported.

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

Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame Running for Congress in Liberal New Mexico District — Even Far-Left WaPo Says She’s Already Misrepresenting Her Past

Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame is running for Congress in an ultra liberal Democrat district in New Mexico. In her campaign she portrays herself as a victim of government abuse while fabricating her history to support her allegations.

Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame is running for Congress and using her personal history as the reason she is running for office. In her campaign ad she claims that Scooter Libby outed her as a CIA agent. But even according to the ultra-liberal Washington Post, this is not true.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Good for These Fast Food Workers Who Manhandled Global Warming Protesters

Employees at an In-N-Out burger restaurant in Long Beach, California are being praised for adroitly handling “Extinction Rebellion” protesters who thought they could barge into the establishment, create tons of noise, and disturb everybody within earshot all for the sake of raising awareness about global warming. Rather than acquiesce to these left-wing protesters’ demands, one In-N-Out employee simply picked up a grown man who was leading the demonstration and carried him out of the joint before calling police who promptly took over the situation.

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

Hillary Clinton Cancels Appearance at Event Where Tulsi Gabbard is Speaking

Hillary Clinton cancelled her appearance at an upcoming event where Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is set to speak.

Clinton was set to give a talk at the 2019 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, but subsequently claimed a “scheduling conflict” would prevent her from doing so.

A source close to Clinton told Slate that Hillary dropped out because Kirstjen Nielsen, the former secretary of Homeland Security, is also scheduled to speak at the event.

However, some speculate that the real reason Hillary got cold feet is because Tulsi Gabbard will be attending.

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

Is America Becoming Sinicized?

[…]

U.S. foreign policy toward China seemed to be based on the belief that the more China modernized and the more affluent its citizens became, the more inevitable Chinese political freedom would be.

Supposedly a free-market China would drop its Communist past to become a Westernized democracy such as Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan. Once China fully joined the family of successful, law-abiding nations, it would empower Western freedoms and help create a stable international order.

None of that came close to happening.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Mickey Rourke Says Robert De Niro “Refused to Work” With Him on ‘The Irishman’ And Had Him Removed

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mob drama The Irishman features a stacked cast, but it could have included another big name: Mickey Rourke. According to The Independent, Rourke told Italian TV show Live — Non è la D’Urso that he was originally being considered for a role in Scorsese’s Netflix film, but his longstanding feud with star Robert De Niro got in the way. “Robert De Niro said he refused to work with me in a movie,” the actor said. “I don’t look up to him no more; I look through him.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Now Sanders Proposes Taking More Money Than People Make

(Washington Examiner) Bernie Sanders’tax plan would impose annual tax rates of well over 100% on the richest 400 Americans, according to his economic advisers, mostly through his new wealth tax.

The idea that the federal government should take more from the very wealthy than they earn in a year is a policy innovation, one the Democratic candidate has advanced as part of a sweeping anti-inequality platform. Critics, however, argue that it’s unrealistic and would harm the economy by reversing billionaires’ incentives to innovate and invest.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pelosi and Schiff Travel to Jordan to Undermine President Trump in Shadow Diplomacy — Violate Logan Act — Should be Immediately Arrested Upon Returned

The Logan Act, enacted in January 30, 1799, is a United States federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.

General Michael Flynn’s job as National Security Advisor was to contact foreign dignitaries including the Russian ambassador after the 2016 election.

Fast forward to today…

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top Lieutenant Adam Schiff flew off to Jordan this weekend on their shadow diplomacy trip.

The Democrat leaders met with Jordanian leaders and others to undermine President Trump’s Syrian policy.

When Obama and Hillary Clinton tore apart the Middle East form Yemen to Egypt to Syria to Libya resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and millions of third world migrants flooding Europe and the US the Democrat Party leaders did nothing.

But this weekend they flew to Jordan to undermine President Trump. Arrest these traitors!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pew Pushes Polling Propaganda

Pollsters are at it again, pushing sketchy polls, not to reflect public opinion, but to shape it. This is called propaganda, a popular tool for dictators who want to control the information flow from an all-powerful government to their subjects, the people.

What once passed for journalism is now mostly propaganda, an effort by major media organizations to insert themselves into the political process, to push their agenda, even if it means throwing any pretense of journalistic principle and integrity to the wind. Look at the Project Veritas undercover videos of CNN for the latest example.

Polls of any type are designed to take a scientific snapshot of opinion at a particular point in time. A small sample is taken from a larger population and if the sample is representative of the entire population, then the poll should be valid.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Report: Kanye West Says Rap is “The Devil’s Music”

Kanye West came to the conclusion that rap is “the devil’s music,” according to his pastor.

According to Adam Tyson, West’s pastor from Placerita Bible Church in California, the superstar made the comments after feeling burdened by the sins that come with being famous.

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

‘Rolling Stone’ Produces Terrible List of the 100 Best Singers, Hilarity Ensues

In what should have been called “100 Singers We Really Like,” geriatric rocker magazine Rolling Stone has produced a terrible list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”

If you want to put together a list of 100 rock/country/R&B/soul/blues singers, RS’s list isn’t quite terrible — but why rank them? What makes Buddy Holly (#48) exactly one better than Donny Hathaway (#49)? (Also, he isn’t.) The whole notion is ludicrous.

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

Social Media Responds to Mitt Romney’s Apparent Pierre Delecto Twitter Account

Sen. Mitt Romney, one of President Trump’s top Republican critics, on Sunday appeared to confirm the existence of a shadow Twitter account with the handle @qaws9876 with the name Pierre Delecto.

A writer for The Atlantic, who just wrote a profile on the Utah Republican and his tense relationship with the president, asked Romney about the mystery Twitter account. He said Romney responded in the affirmative: “C’est moi,” which in French means “It’s me.”

The Twitter account does not have a profile or a banner picture, and it is locked. The account follows 702 users and has 1,173 followers. The Washington Examiner reported that Delecto does not follow Trump’s account.

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

Trump Administration Calls Out Bias in Middle East Studies Programs

The Trump administration recently called out and threatened to cut federal funding for the Consortium for Middle East Studies (CMES), a program run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina. CMES was accused by the U.S. Department of Education of misusing a federal grant to advance “ideological priorities” and unfairly promote “the positive aspects of Islam,” particularly in comparison to Judaism and Christianity.

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

Trump ‘Demands Deposition’ of ‘Corrupt’ Adam Schiff

Critics charge Schiff and Pelosi of violating The Logan Act

President Trump demanded that ‘shifty’ Adam Schiff be deposed Sunday, calling the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, one of the panels investigating impeachment, ‘corrupt’ and ‘a fraud’.

“I demand his deposition,” Trump said.

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

Justin Trudeau Wants to Censor the Internet if He Wins Re-Election

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will mandate social media companies to censor “online hate and disinformation” if he wins re-election.

That’s right, the world’s number 1 blackface enthusiast will decide what constitutes “harmful” content.

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

Polar Bear Expert Purged

Global warming campaigners have done an effective job at convincing the media and much of the world that polar bears are dying out.

It’s not true.

In fact, thanks to a hunting ban, polar bears are a major conservation success story. Their population ballooned from around 5,000 in the 1960s to (depending on whose estimate) from 22,000 to over 30,000 today. Today the North is loaded with fat, happy, fecund bears (sorry seals).

It appears that telling the truth about polar bears made Dr. Susan Crockford, a respected, published Canadian zoologist, the victim of an ideological purge. First she was removed from the University of Victoria’s speakers bureau, and then not renewed to her position as an adjunct professor.

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

Trudeau Poised for Re-Election With Weakened Canada Mandate

(Bloomberg) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose popularity has taken a hit from a series of scandals, was poised to win a second term in national elections with a reduced mandate that will force him to rely on other parties to govern.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party had won or was leading in 138 of Canada’s 338 electoral districts, according to preliminary results from Elections Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Trudeau appeared unlikely to reach the 170 seats needed for a majority, meaning he would be forced to work with at least one opposition party on an issue-by-issue basis to stay in power. The most likely partner would be the pro-labor and anti-pipeline New Democratic Party, which is on track to win seats.

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

First Time Since 1934 — Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” To be Reprinted in France

Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio continues to pitch the idea that the global business cycle is headed for economic doom, sort of like what happened in the 1930s. Dalio warns of populism and nationalism spreading throughout the world and is most analogous to the years before World War II.

History seldom repeats, but there are instances where it rhymes — and maybe Dalio is right about the direction the world is headed.

As the rise of nationalism and populism flourishes throughout Europe, several reports, mostly from French sources, say for the first time since 1934, a publisher in France will start selling “Mein Kampf” (“My Fight”), the book written by Adolf Hitler in 1925.

The book will be released to the public in France in 2020, will be accompanied by a critical edition written by fifteen French and German historians, reported Le Journal du Dimanche.

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

France: Anti-Terror Judge Urges Government to Repatriate Jihadists

A prominent anti-terror judge in Paris has called on the French government to repatriate French jihadists detained in Syrian prisons, warning of a significant ‘risk to the public safety’ if they fail to do so.

Judge David De Pas, head of the anti-terror unit of the Paris court, while speaking about ‘French’ jihadists during an unprecedented speech, said: “We need a political will of repatriation,” FranceInfo reports.

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

Spain: Government Rejects Talks With Catalonian Separatists

The Spanish government has rejected calls for negotiations with Catalonian separatists after riot police deployed rubber bullets and tear gas against masked demonstrators in Barcelona as the city saw its six consecutive night of protests over the jailing of nine pro-Catalan independence leaders.

Over the weekend, Spain’s socialist government dismissed calls from Catalonia’s regional president to negotiate after days of continued violence, DW reports.

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

UK Parliament Speaker Bercow Blocks New Vote on Johnson’s Brexit Deal

With cable reversing all weekend losses, and spiking overnight on “optimism” that a Brexit vote could be held as soon as today, moments ago House of Commons speaker John Bercow, as expected, blocked the government’s bid to hold a meaningful vote, thwarting Boris Johnson in his latest attempt to put his Brexit deal to a fresh vote in Parliament after suffering a defeat for his strategy on Saturday.

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

UK: 20-Strong Gang Target ‘White Bastards’, Cut Off Teenager’s Hand With Axe

“They’re going to get what they deserve. They’re going to get stabbed.”

A 20-strong gang set upon four tree surgeons in Rochdale, England, calling them “white bastards” and cutting off a teenage worker’s hand with an axe.

27-year-old Habibur Rahman, of Milnrow Road, Rochdale, gathered the mob after the workers had stopped him from abusing an elderly woman, the Manchester Evening Newsreports.

Rahman, incensed that he had been “disrespected” on his “territory”, tracked the four workers to the property they were working on in the rape gang blighted city, blocking them in by parking his car across the driveway while the mob approached armed with weapons including a claw hammer, knives, machetes, a knuckle-duster — and the fateful axe.

“I am not going to let them leave,” Rahman said from his car, abusing the workers as “white bastards” who were in his “country”, the court heard.

“They’re going to get what they deserve. They’re going to get stabbed.”…

Incredibly, Sajid, of Moss Cottage, Kings Road, Rochdale, was acquited of attempted murder. MEN reports that he was instead convicted of a “section 18 wounding” and handed an 18-year term — although there is no indication that this was anything other than a standard determinate sentence, meaning he will almost certainly be automatically released on licence at the halfway point, if not sooner.

Rahman himself was given a four-and-a-half-year term, while brother Zillur Rahma and mob member Arsan Ali each received four-year terms for conspiracy to commit violent disorder — although again, it is standard practice in England that such terms are only served behind bars until their halfway point.

Nine other people investigated in relation to the case were released without charge.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Assange Denied Request to Delay Extradition Hearing; Prepares to Fight ‘Unprecedented’ Charges

Julian Assange’s extradition trial will move forward in February 2020 after a London judge denied his request for a 90-day extension to submit evidence and formulate his claim that “unprecedented” charges against him are politically motivated.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser of the Westminster magistrates court refused the request, which the United States opposed. The 48-year-old Assange faces 18 counts in the US, including conspiring to violate an espionage law and assisting whistleblower Chelsea Manning with hacking into classified Pentagon computers. The Wikileaks founder could face up to 175 years in prisonif convicted. In June, former Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed Assange’s extradition order.

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

UK: Boris Govt Prepares for No Deal Brexit, But EU Could Delay it Until 2020

Boris Johnson’s government is ramping up preparations for a clean, no-deal break with the European Union on October 31st — but the bloc may be about to extend the Brexit deadline until 2020.

The Prime Minister has been forced to ask the bloc for a Brexit delay — which would be the third since Brexit was supposed to take place on March 29th — by legislation rammed through Parliament by Remainers, and it is now up to the European Council to decide whether to accept it or not.

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

Israel’s Netanyahu Gives up on Forming New Coalition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty.

In a statement, Netanyahu said he had worked “tirelessly” to establish a unity government with his chief rival, former military chief Benny Gantz, but been repeatedly rebuffed. Facing a Wednesday deadline, Netanyahu said he was returning the “mandate” to President Reuven Rivlin, who will now ask Gantz to try to form a coalition. Gantz, however, could face an equally difficult task.

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

Lebanon Protests: The Voices and Faces of the Demonstrations

Lebanon is witnessing its biggest protests for 15 years, with huge crowds marching in anger at corruption and the cost of living.

The message is serious, but many of the protests have had a carnival-like atmosphere, with flag-waving, music, chants and drums. The BBC’s Eloise Alanna spoke to some of the demonstrators.

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

Ukrainian Government Ready to Cooperate With FBI on Laundering Hundreds of Millions of IMF Aid Money and Attempts by DNC to Cover it Up

Late last month OANN invetigative journalist and author Jack Posobiec posted a series of tweets detailing Rep. Adam Schiff’s actions this past month after receiving the CIA ‘whistleblower’report on President Trump’s phone call with the newly elected Ukrainian President. Schiff sent a staffer to Ukraine to meet with the former President Poroshenko after receiving the ‘whistleblower’report.

This trip was sponsored by a think tank that receives funding from a program of left-wing billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundation called “Open Society Initiative for Europe”

Here is Adam Schiff’s signature authorizing the travel, dated July 22

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Spectacled Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered

An international team of ornithologists led by by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History has discovered and scientifically described a new species of flowerpecker from the island of Borneo.

Named the spectacled flowerpecker (Dicaeum dayakorum), the newfound bird lives in the lowland forests of Borneo.

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

Thai King Strips Consort of Titles for ‘Disloyalty’

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles for “misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch”.

An official announcement said Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi had been “ambitious” and tried to “elevate herself to the same state as the queen”.

“The royal consort’s behaviours were considered disrespectful,” it said.

She was appointed in July, just two months after the king married Queen Suthida, his fourth wife.

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

Chinese Communist Party Says Criticizing LeBron James is ‘Racist’

The Chinese Communist Party says that criticizing LeBron James over his anti-free speech, pro-Beijing stance is racist.

You knew it was coming.

Following Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeting his support for the Hong Kong protesters, James said that Morey “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke.”

Siding with his Communist paymasters, who forced the NBA into a groveling apology after Morey’s tweet, the basketball star added that free speech had negative “ramifications.”

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

Do Not Trade With a China That Lies, Cheats, And Steals

“This won’t revolutionize the U.S.-China relationship or the terms of trade between us, but it shows that the two countries can work together on an important issue,” said Clete Willems of Akin Gump to Bloomberg, referring to President Trump’s “phase one deal” announced October 11. “Learning to do so is critical to avoid a broad deterioration of all aspects of our relationship, which is not in anyone’s long-term interest.”

Despite what Willems said, it now is in the long-term interest of the United States to walk away from trade deals with the People’s Republic of China.

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

Magic: The Gathering Pro Uses Win to Show Hong Kong Protest Support

Magic: The Gathering pro Lee Shi Tian used a major win at this weekend’s Mythic Championship V event in Long Beach, California, as a chance to call attention to protesters in his native Hong Kong.

“Life has been very tough in my hometown in Hong Kong,” Lee said in an emotional, livestreamed post-match interview after reaching the Top 8 in the digital Magic: The Gathering Arena event. “It feels so good to play as a free man” he added later.

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

Nick Cave Slams ‘Woke’ Culture as an Assault on Free Speech

Music icon Nick Cave has slammed ‘woke’ culture as an assault on free speech, asserting that it’s “self-righteous” and inflicts “suppression of contrary systems of thought.”

The Australian singer-songwriter was asked about the topic by a fan.

“I tend to become uncomfortable around all ideologies that brand themselves as ‘the truth’ or ‘the way’,” said Cave. “This not only includes most religions, but also atheism, radical bi-partisan politics or any system of thought, including ‘woke’ culture, that finds its energy in self-righteous belief and the suppression of contrary systems of thought. Regardless of the virtuous intentions of many woke issues, it is its lack of humility and the paternalistic and doctrinal sureness of its claims that repel me.”

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

After Chile Riots, Thousands Rally to Protest at Pinera Government

SANTIAGO (Reuters) — Thousands of Chileans poured into Santiago’s central squares Monday to protest high living costs after a weekend of looting, arson and clashes with security forces killed 11 people and prompted President Sebastian Pinera to declare the country “at war” with vandals.

Buses and metro networks were partially restored for people to return to work but many opted instead to join the biggest demonstrations in years in what is normally one of Latin America’s most stable countries.

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

My Socialist Hell: 20 Years of Decay in Venezuela

[…]

While its full-blown implementation slowed to a crawl due to several circumstances, the end goal is the same: absolute control of Venezuela’s citizens to force them to submit to the dictatorship or languish as second-class citizens.

The Fatherland Card database contains a dangerously high amount of information, from names, numbers, addresses, work information, income, family members, vehicle information, and etcetera.

Social benefits and monetary bonuses are now being distributed through this program. If you or any of your family members need a medicine then their goal is for you to obtain it through this; refuse to fall in line and you’ll risk losing access to it.

Access to subsidized gasoline through this program has been one of their goals as well. Our gasoline is so absurdly cheap it might as well be free — paradoxically, you will be long dead before you’re able to save enough money for a new vehicle.

[Part two: www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/10/20/my-socialist-hell-the-death-of-free-speech-in-venezuela/ ]

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Bulgaria: Migrants From Afghanistan Detained for Raping an Underage Girl in Sofia

Two migrants from Afghanistan have been arrested for raping an underage girl in Sofia.

The migrants detained live in a refugee shelter in the capital city. The incident took place a few days ago. Pre-trial proceedings have been initiated. The foreign nationals detained are seeking asylum and refugee status.

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France: Migrants Found ‘Smuggled in Cattle Truck’ In Calais

Five men have been arrested after a group of migrants, including a child, were found inside a cattle truck.

The 13 migrants were discovered in a hay compartment of the truck carrying livestock in the French port of Calais on Saturday evening.

The British driver of the lorry was detained by French authorities.

Four men, aged 23 to 39, were arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in a string of raids in Romford, London and Brentwood in Essex.

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Rioting Migrants in Malta Injure Policeman, Set Cars Ablaze at Holding Center: Reports

Migrants in Malta reportedly injured a police officer and burned several cars during a violent riot Sunday night after a group of migrants took control of a holding center and demanded their freedom.

Maltese authorities regained control of the Hal Far compound Monday around 4 a.m., but the reeking odor of burnt plastic still hung in the air over the former British army barracks, Malta Today reported.

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UK: North African Migrant Who Strangled and Sexually Assaulted Teen Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

An illegal migrant from Algeria who entered the UK via France by stowing away in the back of a truck has been imprisoned for sexually assaulting and strangling a teenage girl.

Oxford Crown Court has sentenced Khaled Meridja to seven and a half years in prison after convicting Meridja of one count of attempted rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and two counts of sexual assault, the daily tabloid Oxford mail reports.

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UK: Racist Migrant Gang Cut Teen Worker’s Hand Off in Targeted Attack on ‘White Bastards’

A teenage arborist had his hand chopped off with an ax after an armed gang of twenty racist migrants targeted a group of four white British teen workers, calling them ‘white bastards’ in Rochdale, England.

The 18-year-old victim and his three colleagues were tracked down by the lead perpetrator, Habibur Rahman, 27, who gathered a mob of twenty of his friends to get back at the four after they had reportedly stopped him from abusing an elderly woman earlier, the Manchester Evening News reports.

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Actual PC Police: British Law Enforcement Allow Convicted Male Rapists to Identify as Female

Six departments, including the South Yorkshire and Thames Valley constabularies, were revealed to have adopted the mind-numbing practice

At least six police forces across Britain allow convicted male rapists to be documented as female if they don’t identify as what they really are — male rapists. Because heaven forbid a rapist is mis-gendered?

Six departments, including the South Yorkshire and Thames Valley constabularies, were revealed to have adopted the mind-numbing practice, which allows violent sex offenders to be listed as female in a database used by the Home Office. Durham, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk police forces, as well as the British Transport Police, are also believed to allow dangerous criminals to define their own gender — biology or facts be damned.

A women’s rights group, Fair Play for Women (FPW), discovered the bizarre policy after filing a Freedom of Information request.

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Beto Doubles Down in Attacks on Churches

(Washington Examiner) Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke claimed religious organizations receiving tax benefits from the federal government should be required to “follow the law” when it comes to discriminating against gay and transgender people.

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Don’t You Dare Grade on Merit, State University Tells Professors

A public university that warned faculty against propping up white supremacy now is hosting workshops to persuade professors not to grade based on merit.

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Moral Relativism Taking Over Everything: Sports, Politics, Libraries

In a letter he wrote in 1953, C.S. Lewis lamented the “apostasy of the great part of Europe from the Christian faith.” This apostasy, Lewis warned, presented “very grave dangers.” If Lewis could see Europe today, he would rightly conclude that his warnings went almost completely unheeded.

Lewis continued:

For my part I believe we ought to work not only at spreading the Gospel (that certainly) but also at a certain preparation for the Gospel. It is necessary to recall many to the law of nature before we talk about God. For Christ promises forgiveness of sins: but what is that to those who, since they do not know the law of nature, do not know that they have sinned? … Moral relativity is the enemy we have to overcome before we tackle Atheism.

If moral relativity was an “enemy” in 1950s Europe, I’m not sure of the correct noun to describe what it is in twenty-first-century America. What’s a more definitive word than “enemy”? For, while atheism is still quite rare in the U.S., moral relativism is rampant — far more rampant than in 1953 Europe, I would wager. The National Basketball Association (NBA) provides the latest in a long line of recent examples.

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UK Police Force Highlights Problem of Racist Toddlers

As part of “hate crime awareness week”.

A UK police force created a video which portrayed a white toddler being racist towards another toddler in kindergarten as part of “hate crime awareness week.”

Yes, really.

Devon & Cornwall Police posted a cartoon video to their official Twitter account which features a blonde haired, blue eyed girl racially abusing a dark skinned boy.

The video is one of numerous different cartoons posted to Twitter by Devon & Cornwall Police where in every case the bigoted or racist protagonist is white.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/21/2019

    • As illegitimacy creeps above 35% across Canada, the moms need massive government support and they vote to get it.

    • Ethics are done in Canada. Done.

      Suddenly one day a few years ago I just realized it as an epiphany.

      Especially at the highest levels of society.

      Watching politicians, the MSM, the virtue signalling neighbours, the diversity for thee not for me, the ‘we need more taxes’ –for someone else to pay, for the decision is mine but the outcome is your responsibility, for the endless status seeking in the smallest of interactions–even from family members who don’t even grasp it–like programmed sheep, it was shockingly clear:

      Our conscience won’t allow us to actually pillage our neighbours, but to lead/push them every step of the way but the last to their destruction for our aggrandizement–is just giving them what they want. Carry on.

  1. My deepest condolences to our Canadian friends here and elsewhere. I thought you actually had a chance that decent leadership would be elected.

    • Thanks. I came to several tentative conclusions long before the election.
      1) in the 1940s and 50s Canada was, unbelievably, a center right country.
      2) in the 70s it shifted to center left; in the last 10 years it’s gone far left, which appears permanent
      3) it’s having profoundly ruinous effects already, the oil & gas industry has been blithely shut down by climate Marxist activists and govt inaction.
      4) the same will now happen to other industries, seriously.
      5) the Liberals will lock in their victory by illegally ramping up immigration to an annual intake of 1.5% of Canada’s population, b/c 70%+ of immigrants vote Liberal
      6) left voters vote on emotion not reason
      7) an anti-patriotic sentiment prevails in Canada, much as it does in US Democrats
      8) corruption, still relatively mild, will escalate fast as Liberals are how successful their mild lies and corruption was in boosting their outcome (they know they would have lost in the Canada of 10 years ago, so they’ll now double down on leftworld lies, identity politics, climate Marxism, etc)
      9) the future IS bleak, b/c this reflects the new far left reality of Canada’s political makeup
      10) the far left ruinous wokeness is primarily the result of 1) feminist activism and 2) migrant contempt for the waning Canadian values.

      There’s no turning back from this.

  2. Re C. S. Lewis, moral relativism, & the NBA.
    Moral relativism equates to a kind of refined deliberate self-aware perversion of truth only possible when people consciously knowingly spit on God. It’s a deep Screwtape level of sin. This will have a realworld impact back on its smirking adherents, quite apart from eternal residence in Hell. It makes those who hold such beliefs steadily more unhinged, crazy, losing grip on what’s real. This will lead to their acts of violence just to try and escape the self-torture involved in denying to themselves the harm they’re causing.

    Eventually they become the victim of what they send out into the world: violence against the innocent, and feel in their imagination every injury they inflicted ten thousand-fold.

    Why did Lewis feel such horror and pity over this? B/c he could imagine and visualize what such lazy relativism and indifference to the impact of one’s actions leads directly to. Like looking in the face of somebody being sentenced to be burned alive, and seeing sudden “I didn’t know” recognition there, but of course they did, they laughed at it before, and know now what’s coming. Imagine Lewis observing and knowing that about relativists glibly, virulently condemning a fatuous solecism while not only ignoring an unfolding holocaust but implicitly condoning it, and all for material gain. No wonder Lewis was so shocked.

    I can’t imagine a more utterly debased, subhuman thing to do, like denial of the moral reason God gave them. And that pervades Western countries now. We are, as a society, walking into a hellscape we pretend doesn’t exist. It even exists at the psychological level, which is Holocaust horror enough, but it also exists at a Screwtape cosmological level.

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