Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/23/2019

Nine illegal migrants to the UK were discovered in the back of a lorry in Kent. The incident occurred just hours after 39 dead bodies were found inside a container truck in Essex.

In other news, the Sweden Democrats are now the most popular party among members of the country’s trade union confederation.

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USA
» 14 Protesters Arrested in Downtown Pittsburgh Ahead of Shale Insight Conference, Trump Visit
» Arizona GOP Senator: I’m Being Threatened for Trying to Expose Foster Care System’s Links to Child Sex Trafficking Ring
» Bi*ch Please: Democrat’s Bill Would Punish Curse Word With Jail
» Bombshell: Google Caught Blacklisting Tulsi Gabbard
» Breaking: House Ethics Committee to Investigate Katie Hill’s Alleged Relationship With Staffer
» Congressional Candidate Laura Loomer Outraises Democratic Incumbant
» Democrats Launch Militant Offensive, Publicly Dox Trump Donors
» Elizabeth Warren Joins Striking Chicago Teachers on Picket Line: ‘The Unions Are How We Have Power’
» Facebook CEO Tries to Explain Digital Currencies to Maxine Waters & Her Committee
» Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss Chicago Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett
» Gabbard: Clinton’s Foreign Policy ‘Proven to be Incredibly Destructive’
» Google Confirms Achieving Quantum Supremacy
» Hawley to Introduce Bill to Move Federal Agencies Out of Washington D.C. To Economically Stagnant Areas
» Is Deep State Attempting to Run Out the Clock on IG Report?
» Jefferson and Sevier Counties Added to the List of Tennessee ‘Gun Sanctuaries’
» Lying Adam Schiff and His CIA ‘Whistleblower’ Are Likely Guilty of Conspiracy and Treason Under Espionage Act for Spying on President Trump!
» McCarthy: Impeachment Witness’ Claims ‘Destroyed’
» Michael Moore: Whites Vote for Trump Because They Are Afraid of Losing Power to Minorities
» Muslim Employee Claims Discrimination Over Prayer Dispute
» NYT Edits Story to Hide Hillary’s Accusation Russia is Grooming Tulsi Gabbard
» Prof Admits Defrauding Taxpayers Out of $1.3 Million
» The Top U.S. States in Gun Sales
» Tulsi’s YouTube, Suppressed!
» Twitter’s New Rules Lead to Fears of Meme Ban
» University of Minnesota Duluth Student Admits to Tearing Down Turning Point USA Posters
» Video: Dem Intelligence Rep. Refuses to Defend Tulsi Against Hillary’s ‘Russian Asset’ Charge
» Watch GOP Lawmakers Storm Secretive Impeachment Hearing in Capitol Basement
 
Canada
» Jordan Peterson Pulls Out of Politicon 2019, Citing Ongoing Health Concerns
 
Europe and the EU
» 1956 Hungarian Revolution: Why Central Europe Seems to Care More About Freedom Than the West
» Brexit Extension Not Justified Say French Ministers
» Danish Study: “Muslims Need to Leave Denmark”
» EU Reportedly Pushes Decision on Brexit Delay Until Friday
» Farmers Revolt Across Germany Over Climate Regulations
» Norway: Police Open Fire on Man Who Hijacked and Drove Ambulance Into a Crowd
» Sweden Democrats Now Most Popular Party Among Trade Union Members
» The Price Tag of London’s ‘Extinction’ Climate Protest
» Tusk Tells European Leaders to Agree Brexit Extension to Stop No Deal
» UK Police Launch Murder Probe After Finding 39 Bodies Inside Truck
» UK: ‘Parliament is Broken’: No. 10 Could Push for Election if EU Approves Brexit Delay
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Protester Told to ‘Get a Job’ After Vandalising War Memorial
» Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “Swedish National Football Head Coach is a Racist”
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Terrorists Call for Killing Jews — From UN HQ in Gaza
 
Far East
» Controversial Hong Kong Extradition Bill Officially Withdrawn After 20 Weeks of Protests & Rioting
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» A ‘Sly’ Species of Leaf-Tailed Gecko Uncovered From Madagascar
» New Silk Road: Kenya’s Massive $1.5 Billion Railway Funded & Built Entirely by China
 
Latin America
» Argentina Designates Hezbollah a Terror Group
» Venezuelans Buy Gas With Cigarettes to Battle Inflation
» Wages in Venezuela Are as Low as $3 a Month as Hyperinflation Continues
 
Immigration
» 107 Migrants Arrested in Malta for Torching Cars and Injuring a Police Officer
» Czechia, Poland and Slovakia Pledge to Help Hungary in Stopping the Islamic Invasion of Europe
» Report: George Soros Gave $300k to Italian Radicals in 2017 to Promote Immigration
» UK: Nine Suspected Migrants Found in Back of M20 Lorry Just Hours After 39 Found Dead in Essex
» UN Flies African ‘Refugees’ Into Germany
» Watch: Ukraine Busts People-Smuggling Network Ferrying Migrants to E.U.
 
Culture Wars
» Blizzard Forces Wow Guild “Make Azeroth Great Again” To Change it’s Name
» In the Courtroom: Jury Condemns 7-Year-Old Boy to Live With Woman Determined to Make Him a Girl
» It’s Back on: Christian Ministry Appeals ‘Hate Group’ Defamation Lawsuit Against SPLC
» New Legislation in Poland Will Criminalize Any Promotion of Underage Sexual Activity
» Teachers Encouraged to Use ‘Gender Snowperson’ In Sex Education Classes
» Your Forced RSVP to the Cancel Party
 

14 Protesters Arrested in Downtown Pittsburgh Ahead of Shale Insight Conference, Trump Visit

PITTSBURGH — More than a dozen protesters were arrested in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday morning.

The protesters were demonstrating ahead of the Shale Insight Conference and President Donald Trump’s visit to speak at the conference.

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

Arizona GOP Senator: I’m Being Threatened for Trying to Expose Foster Care System’s Links to Child Sex Trafficking Ring

Claims fellow AZ senator told him to drop investigation into child sex trafficking.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bi*ch Please: Democrat’s Bill Would Punish Curse Word With Jail

A new bill brought by a Massachusetts state legislator would make it a crime to maliciously call someone a “bitch” within the commonwealth, the Free Beacon reports.

Democrat Daniel J. Hunt (whose last name was surely a playground favorite) introduced “An Act regarding the use of offensive words,” which would fine individuals $150 for a first offense, while repeat offenders would face a $200 fine, up to six months’ imprisonment, or both.

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

Bombshell: Google Caught Blacklisting Tulsi Gabbard

YouTube accused of meddling in election by hiding Dem. presidential candidate’s channel from US users.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: House Ethics Committee to Investigate Katie Hill’s Alleged Relationship With Staffer

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday evening that they will investigate allegations that freshman Rep. Katie Hill, (D-CA) had a sexual relationship with a staffer, according to The Hill.

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

Congressional Candidate Laura Loomer Outraises Democratic Incumbant

Congressional candidate Laura Loomer has made the mother of all comebacks, outraising the Democratic incumbant despite being banned on all social media.

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

Democrats Launch Militant Offensive, Publicly Dox Trump Donors

Dem chances of winning 2020 so slim they have to resort to dirty tricks.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Elizabeth Warren Joins Striking Chicago Teachers on Picket Line: ‘The Unions Are How We Have Power’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took her 2020 campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination to Chicago on Tuesday, where she joined striking members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) on the picket lines.

Warren said in a speech delivered to a crowd of teachers gathered on the picket lines in West Chicago:

I’m here to stand for America’s public schools. I’m here to stand with Chicago’s teachers. I’m here to stand with Chicago nurses. I’m here to stand with Chicago’s librarians. I’m here to stand with Chicago’s bus drivers. I’m here to stand with the low wage workers in the Chicago schools.

I also am here to stand with our unions. To stand with SEIU, to stand with CTU, and here’s why—because the unions are how we have a voice. The unions are how we have power.

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

Facebook CEO Tries to Explain Digital Currencies to Maxine Waters & Her Committee

Update 2: Mark Zuckerberg’s latest turn before Congress slowed slightly after a lengthy lunch break, but the legislators who served as Zuck’s interlocutors’ turned on the aggression, and grilled him about Facebook’s advertising business — specifically its business for political ads.

In one particularly notable performance, AOC tried to suss out the subtleties of FB’s new policy for “fact checking” political ads. The questions made Zuck look befuddled, as he admitted that the company does have standards for removing political ads if they go way too far (though Zuck said he woulld have to check wth his team).

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

Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss Chicago Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall told actor Jussie Smollett the Chicago lawsuit against him “will be going forward.”

The city wants him to pay the $130,166 they wasted on his hoax. He claimed two men assaulted him with a noose and homophobic slurs.

Smollett’s case fell apart almost instantly. Evidence showed that he fabricated the attack, which led police to charge him “with disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police.”

Shock went through Chicago when Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx “dismissed the 16-count indictment” with barely a peep.

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

Gabbard: Clinton’s Foreign Policy ‘Proven to be Incredibly Destructive’

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy has “proven to be incredibly destructive” and it runs contrary to the policy she’s been advocating for on the campaign trail.

Clinton recently said Russia was “grooming” Gabbard for a third party run.

Gabbard was asked on Tuesday at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit for her reaction to Clinton’s comments.

“It’s outrageous. It’s outrageous,” she replied. “Hillary Clinton throughout her career has espoused, advocated, and championed a very interventionist foreign policy, pushing for regime-change wars, toppling dictators in other countries, being the world’s police, using draconian sanctions to accomplish these things, and they have proven to be incredibly destructive. Here’s the big difference: I’m calling for an end to being the world’s police.”

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

Google Confirms Achieving Quantum Supremacy

This morning, Google scientists confirmed in a blog post that their quantum computer had needed just 200 seconds to solve a problem that they claim would take the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to complete.

The team first ran the algorithm last spring using a 54-qubit processor called “Sycamore.” While the achievement is called quantum supremacy, it doesn’t mean that quantum computers are suddenly more capable than classical computers, since Google’s quantum computer only beat the competition at a single, highly contrived problem. Quantum computers with day-to-day applications may still be decades away, but this is an important scientific milestone when comparing quantum computers to their classical counterpart.

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

Hawley to Introduce Bill to Move Federal Agencies Out of Washington D.C. To Economically Stagnant Areas

Days after squaring off online against “elitist” critics of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s relocation of agency jobs, Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would move the majority of the federal bureaucracy out of Washington D.C. to economically depressed areas, according to a summary of the bill provided to National Review.

The “Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy (HIRE) Act,” which is cosponsored by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.), would move 90 percent of the positions within ten executive agencies to economically distressed regions that have a stake in the work of those respective agencies.

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Is Deep State Attempting to Run Out the Clock on IG Report?

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, expressed frustration Monday following the latest delay in the release of the DOJ’s inspector general’s report on FISA Court abuse against the Trump campaign.

Sen. Grassley: “All of the delays and excuses why the Horowitz IG FISA report isn’t public yet after several months of anticipation of its issues leads me to the suspicion it’s going to be ‘deep six’ [sic] by the deep state,” Grassley wrote on Twitter

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jefferson and Sevier Counties Added to the List of Tennessee ‘Gun Sanctuaries’

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Jefferson and Sevier Counties are now considered “gun sanctuaries.” They join Monroe, Blount and Loudon Counties who previously passed similar resolutions.

Both counties passed the Second Amendment gun sanctuary resolutions Monday night at their county commission meetings. This comes after the Town of Dandridge passed a similar resolution earlier in October.

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

Lying Adam Schiff and His CIA ‘Whistleblower’ Are Likely Guilty of Conspiracy and Treason Under Espionage Act for Spying on President Trump!

Ole’ Lying Shifty Schiff may have himself in a real pickle now. If his CIA ‘whistleblower’ is outed and if he was spying on President on behalf of Schiff, then they both could be held accountable for conspiracy and treason under the Espionage Act.

Chanel Rion on OAN had an excellent piece on suspected CIA ‘whistleblower’ and leaker Eric Ciaramella and Shifty Schiff. Both could be guilty of ‘seditious conspiracy to overthrow a sitting President’, the penalty for which is not good —

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

McCarthy: Impeachment Witness’ Claims ‘Destroyed’

‘In 90 seconds’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said a fellow Republican lawmaker deconstructed a key part of the latest Trump impeachment inquiry witness testimony in Tuesday’s closed-door session.

“In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy [acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill] Taylor’s whole argument,” McCarthy said.

The questioning by Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican and member of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, was an important moment in the hearing, McCarthy claimed.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Michael Moore: Whites Vote for Trump Because They Are Afraid of Losing Power to Minorities

Host Chris Matthews asked, why do working class white people “stick with Trump?”

[Comment: Yeah sure, that’s the reason… useful idiot.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Muslim Employee Claims Discrimination Over Prayer Dispute

Part-time worker demands strict scheduling accommodations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NYT Edits Story to Hide Hillary’s Accusation Russia is Grooming Tulsi Gabbard

The New York Times stealth edited a story to hide Hillary Clinton’s claim that Tulsi Gabbard was being groomed by Russia, instead making it appear as though Clinton had said Republicans were grooming Gabbard.

Last week, Clinton told David Plouffe, “I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians.”

The context of the conversation was Russian election meddling.

The New York Times initially reported Clinton’s comments accurately, writing that Hillary said “Russia was “grooming” Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii as a third-party candidate for president.”

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

Prof Admits Defrauding Taxpayers Out of $1.3 Million

Purdue University mechanical engineering technology professor and director of Purdue’s Center for Materials Processing Research Qingyou Han pleaded guilty to a felony wire fraud scheme involving the laundering of $1.3 million in federal grant money for the purpose of buying a house and funding other personal expenses.

Along with his wife, Lu Shao, Han admitted to several instances of using a private company owned by Shao called Hans Tech as a front to funnel National Science Foundation (NSF) grant money back into the family for personal expenses. The private company, Hans Tech, was created solely as a front to perpetuate an elaborate scheme in which Han used his wife’s name to write and submit grants proposals to the NSF, according to the Department of Justice. Some of these proposals involved the hiring of Han as a research subcontractor.

The NSF also paid two Hans Tech employees for research purposes. These employees turned out to be the couple’s minor children.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Top U.S. States in Gun Sales

Due to a patchwork of state and federal laws, it has always been difficult to put a precise number on U.S. gun sales. But, as Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, a new analysis entitled “Gun Country” from website security.org used information contained in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System and an industry-accepted formula to estimate the number of gun sales in a given year.

The research found that 972,860 guns were sold in Texas in 2018, making it the state with the highest total.

When it comes to sales per 1,000 inhabitants, however, things look different with Texas only coming 34th with 46.5 guns sold.

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

Tulsi’s YouTube, Suppressed!

Authored by Serban V.C. Enache via Hereticus Economicus

Yesterday, Steven Crowder very easily and quickly proved how Youtube [aka. Google] is sabotaging Tulsi Gabbard with its search results. Gabbard’s channel appeared in the first Youtube results when accessing the website with a Spanish IP. But when Crowder switched to a USA IP address, Tulsi’s channel no longer came up in the results. Crowder’s team made the discovery by carefully monitoring the popular website, after their channel got demonetized back in June.

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

Twitter’s New Rules Lead to Fears of Meme Ban

Twitter’s announcement that it will begin a crackdown on “synthetic and manipulated media” has led to fears that political memes could be censored in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

On Monday, Twitter said that it was “working on a new policy to address synthetic and manipulated media on Twitter.”

According to the Big Tech giant, “synthetic and manipulated media” is “media that’s been significantly altered or created in a way that changes the original meaning/purpose, or makes it seem like certain events took place that didn’t actually happen.”

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

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Admits to Tearing Down Turning Point USA Posters

A student at the University of Minnesota Duluth was captured on video admitting to tearing down Turning Point USA posters, which read, “I love America.”

A member of the school’s Turning Point USA group confronted a student who tore down posters at the University of Minnesota Duluth, according to a report by Campus Reform. The student admitted to tearing down at least four TPUSA posters, one of which, simply read, “I love America.”

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

Video: Dem Intelligence Rep. Refuses to Defend Tulsi Against Hillary’s ‘Russian Asset’ Charge

“If it’s accurate, she has every right to confront her with that”

In a remarkable interview Monday, Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley, who is a member of the House intelligence committee, refused to defend Tulsi Gabbard against baseless claims from Hillary Clinton that she is a ‘Russian asset’.

Erin Burnett of CNN asked Quigley to speak to the issue, and he declared that Hillary “has a right to be upset.”

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

Watch GOP Lawmakers Storm Secretive Impeachment Hearing in Capitol Basement

Update: According to Bloomberg, President Trump knew of the GOP lawmakers’ plan to barge into the secure hearing room on Capitol Hill where Democrats are holding secretive impeachment hearings.

On Tuesday, Trump met with approximately 30 House Republicans at the White House for two hours to discuss the situation in Syria as well as the impeachment inquiry. During the meeting, the lawmakers shared their plans to storm the basement testimony — an action which Trump supported, adding that he wants the transcripts released because they will exonerate him.

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Jordan Peterson Pulls Out of Politicon 2019, Citing Ongoing Health Concerns

Canadian psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson has pulled out of the “unconventional political convention” Politicon this year, citing ongoing health concerns.

The controversial University of Toronto professor, who rose to international attention as a result of his stance against gender-neutral pronouns, checked into a rehabilitation facility in New York last month after he started taking the drug Clonazepam.

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

1956 Hungarian Revolution: Why Central Europe Seems to Care More About Freedom Than the West

On this day in 1956, the Hungarian people rose up against their Soviet occupiers, an important chapter in the history of a country which jealously guards its freedom, and remains at odds with a European Union which continues to push for integration and conformity.

Statues were torn down, members of the brutal secret police lynched, and flags burned. Ordinary people also celebrated in the streets — until it became clear that support from the West to make the revolution permanent was not coming, and the Soviets sent in the tanks to put it down.

[Comment: Article dated October 23, 2019.]

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Brexit Extension Not Justified Say French Ministers

There is no justification for putting off Brexit any more than a few days — if that — French ministers said yesterday.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Europe and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said: “Today, at this stage, we think that a new extension is not justified”.

Any extension would have to be agreed unanimously by the 27 EU heads of state or government; Germany is expected to support an extension and President Macron has not yet given his view officially.

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Danish Study: “Muslims Need to Leave Denmark”

Findings from a new study in Denmark have revealed that as many as one in four Danes believe that Muslims immigrants must leave Denmark.

The study, conducted by the weekly magazine Mandag Morgen (Monday Morning) in partnership with professor Jørgen Goul Andersen, revealed Danes’ belief that mass immigration poses an existential threat to their national identity and culture is the highest it has been in 30 years.

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

EU Reportedly Pushes Decision on Brexit Delay Until Friday

Amid rumors that UK PM Boris Johnson might capitulate and agree to delay Brexit Day until the end of January, reports have surfaced claiming that the EU won’t release its decision on postponement until Friday.

EU DECISION ON BREXIT DELAY WILL PROBABLY COME FRIDAY: OFFICIALS

Sources from within No. 10 Downing Street have reportedly been talking with reporters all day, claiming that if there is an extension, the Johnson government will opt to push for an election, and that the conservatives will campaign on their plan.

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Farmers Revolt Across Germany Over Climate Regulations

Thousands of farmers blocked traffic across German cities to protest against the Federal Government’s agricultural and climate policies.

The demonstrations, which began in Brandenburg on Monday, were organized by the non-profit farmers’ movement known as the Land Schafft Verbindung (Land Creates Connection), which tens of thousands of farmers have joined in just a short amount of time, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

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

Norway: Police Open Fire on Man Who Hijacked and Drove Ambulance Into a Crowd

A Norwegian man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he hijacked an ambulance at gunpoint and drove it into a crowd of pedestrians in Oslo on Tuesday.

Two children in a stroller and an elderly couple were struck by the stolen vehicle driven by the 32-year-old suspect, but were not injured critically, NRK reports.

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

Sweden Democrats Now Most Popular Party Among Trade Union Members

The populist Sweden Democrats are now the most popular party among members of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), an umbrella organization for fourteen trade unions operating in the country.

The Sweden Democrats have now surpassed the Social Democrats as the most popular party among blue-collar workers who are represented by LO, a new survey by Expressen/Sifo has revealed.

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The Price Tag of London’s ‘Extinction’ Climate Protest

The so-called “Extinction Rebellion” protests — about which NR’s John Fund has written a first-person account — are international demonstrations organized by environmentalists hoping to secure radical changes in climate policy.

London has been particularly hobbled by the protests: Activists in the English city have climbed atop trains, blocked traffic, and glued themselves to buildings, bringing the city to a standstill as police remove protesters who block the organs of public transit. Commuters, many late to their jobs on account of the protesters, were furious with the delays, as Fund reported, occasionally seeking to displace the protesters themselves without consulting law enforcement. Vigilante justice, sure, but justice nevertheless.

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Tusk Tells European Leaders to Agree Brexit Extension to Stop No Deal

President of the European Council Donald Tusk had told European leaders to grant the UK an extension to Article 50 to stop a no-deal Brexit.

The chief of the council of EU member state leaders said: “Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to pause the process of ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, and in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, I will recommend the EU27 accept the UK request for an extension.”

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UK Police Launch Murder Probe After Finding 39 Bodies Inside Truck

Offering a grim break from the flurry of Brexit-related news, first responders in the county of Essex made a horrifying discovery early Wednesday morning: A container truck with 39 bodies inside.

According to media reports, the bodies were found inside a truck at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex. Of the 39 people found dead, 38 were adults, while one was a teenager.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning by Essex Police, a spokesman revealed that a 25-year-old truck driver from Northern Ireland had been taken into custody on suspicion of murder. The way the statement was worded, it implied that some of the people inside the truck were found alive, as emergency first responders were called and arrived on scene after they were discovered. It’s unclear how they were discovered, exactly.

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UK: ‘Parliament is Broken’: No. 10 Could Push for Election if EU Approves Brexit Delay

Prime Minister Boris Johnson could push for a snap election if the European Union backs a Brexit delay to January 31st, 2020.

Last night, MPs got Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill over its first hurdle, voting to give it a second reading by 329 votes to 299. Mr Johnson succeeded where his predecessor had failed, with Theresa May’s withdrawal treaty having been voted down three times in the House of Commons.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Protester Told to ‘Get a Job’ After Vandalising War Memorial

An out of work Extinction Rebellion (XR) protester has been told to find a job to pay the fine for spray-painting a war memorial honouring women.

Volunteer tree-planter Joseph O’Malley wrote the word “mother” on the 23ft tall bronze sculpture during an XR demonstration through Whitehall last November, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday.

The Monument to the Women of the Second World War, near Downing Street and the Cenotaph, commemorates the work done by millions of British women who signed up for the armed services and in factories to bolster the war effort.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “Swedish National Football Head Coach is a Racist”

The famous football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, recently said in an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen that the Head coach of Sweden’s National Football team Janne Andersson only give time to ethnically Swedish players in football games.

“Janne has destroyed everything I built up in 20 years”, Zlatan says when Expressen meet him in Los Angeles on his 38 year old birthday.

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Terrorists Call for Killing Jews — From UN HQ in Gaza

What is clear — and disturbing — is that the UN officials in the Gaza Strip choose to remain silent when the Palestinian leaders came to their offices to incite their people to step up their terrorist attacks.

The silence of the UN officials speaks volumes about their attitude toward anti-Israel incitement and blood libels against Jews, all of which have become an integral part of both the UN’s and the Palestinians’ culture.

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Controversial Hong Kong Extradition Bill Officially Withdrawn After 20 Weeks of Protests & Rioting

Hong Kong authorities officially withdrew the extradition bill that has sparked months-long massive protests and violent riots across the city.

The city’s security chief John Lee announced that the bill was effectively withdrawn on Wednesday. In response, several opposition lawmakers tried to heckle Lee’s speech, demanding his resignation.

The bill, which would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong, China’s self-governing territory, to mainland China triggered massive protests in summer. Protesters and human rights campaigners feared that Beijing may use the legislation to target dissidents.

While some rallies remained peaceful, others spiraled into widespread rioting and fierce clashes with police.

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A ‘Sly’ Species of Leaf-Tailed Gecko Uncovered From Madagascar

Until they looked into the mouth of a leaf-tailed gecko collected in Madagascar last year, scientists couldn’t be sure they were looking at a new species of lizard. The specimen looked remarkably similar to a known species, Uroplatus ebenaui, known as the spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko and found only in Madagascar.

Indeed, when the first specimen was collected in 2004, it was believed to be of an U. ebenaui. At first glance, apart from a slightly longer tail and smoother skin on its back, there was little to distinguish it from the spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko. The first clue to its distinctiveness came from its genetic differentiation from U. ebenaui. “We then had to find more animals to make sure that these genetic results were not an anomaly,” said Mark D. Scherz, a herpetologist at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich.

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New Silk Road: Kenya’s Massive $1.5 Billion Railway Funded & Built Entirely by China

The so-called Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project was launched in 2017.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Argentina Designates Hezbollah a Terror Group

The registry will function under the Ministry of Justice, but the Ministry of Security and our Financial Intelligence Unit or UIF-AR will have the power to designate terror groups by requesting to freeze the assets of known terrorist actors. This whole-of-government approach ensures that the country can use a variety of tools when targeting terrorists. Just a day after the registry was created, the Financial Intelligence Unit of Argentina (UIF-AR), led by Mariano Federici, ordered the country-wide freeze on Hezbollah’s assets in our country.

Before this executive action by President Macri, Hezbollah was not officially recognized [as a terrorist organization] in Argentina. If someone wanted to raise their flag, they would have been able to do so. Previously, the only people in Argentina labeled as terrorists were those considered terrorists by the U.N. Security Council. This [new] registry works to target all terrorist organizations in the international arena, as well as persons or entities under investigation in Argentina.

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Venezuelans Buy Gas With Cigarettes to Battle Inflation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Motorists in socialist Venezuela have long enjoyed the world’s cheapest gasoline, with fuel so heavily subsidized that a full tank these days costs a tiny fraction of a U.S. penny. But the economy is in such shambles that drivers are now paying for fill-ups with a little food, a candy bar or just a cigarette.

Bartering at the pump has taken off as hyperinflation makes Venezuela’s paper currency, the bolivar, hard to find and renders some denominations all but worthless, so that nobody will accept them.

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Wages in Venezuela Are as Low as $3 a Month as Hyperinflation Continues

Abnormal circumstances oblige people to be creative and innovative.

The hyperinflation in Venezuela made wages a complete joke. We’re talking about the equivalent of $3 USD per month. The inability of the government (by far the largest employer in Venezuela) to provide raises as this hyperinflation destroyed the remaining acquisitive power people once had and condemned millions of people to misery, hunger, and deprivation.

This has originated a myriad of protests and demonstrations all over the country. Entirely useless, as the country is not a democracy nor there are any high-level functionaries that are going to do something. They’re too busy trying to evade the sanctioning of other countries while looting whatever is left of the national treasure.

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107 Migrants Arrested in Malta for Torching Cars and Injuring a Police Officer

107 migrants have been arrested after five staff cars and buildings were set ablaze at a holding center in Malta. The fires left sections of the buildings which migrants stay in destroyed and one policeman injured.

Witnesses say that on Sunday night, violent migrants took control of part the Hal Far reception center, a former British army barracks close to the Malta International Airport, setting fire to several rooms as well as cars belonging to staff, Reuters reports.

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Czechia, Poland and Slovakia Pledge to Help Hungary in Stopping the Islamic Invasion of Europe

In the event of an upsurge of migration pressure from Turkey to Europe, the Visegrad Group countries are ready to renew their help to protect Hungary’s southern border, the PM’s media chief said after a V4 meeting ahead of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the other V4 leaders were in agreement that another migration wave from Turkey was on the cards if a safe zone for repatriated refugees failed to materialize in Syria.

Orban asked his counterparts to make arrangements to bolster the Hungarian border guard at the country’s southern border.

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Report: George Soros Gave $300k to Italian Radicals in 2017 to Promote Immigration

ROME — The former national secretary of the Italian Radicals has confirmed his party received $298,000 in 2017 from George Soros’ Open Society foundations for the purpose of promoting international immigration.

Riccardo Magi, former secretary of Emma Bonino’s globalist Radical party and now deputy of +Europa, said that the financing came from the multi-billionaire “to promote a wide-ranging reform of Italian immigration laws through initiatives aimed at providing aid to immigrants and advancing their social well-being.”

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UK: Nine Suspected Migrants Found in Back of M20 Lorry Just Hours After 39 Found Dead in Essex

POLICE have found nine suspected migrants in the back of a lorry on the M20 hours after 39 have been found dead in Essex sending shockwaves across the UK.

The lorry was stopped between Junction 9 near Ashford and Junction 8 near Maidstone, in Kent. Officers said there were tailbacks of up to seven hours. Police attended the scene following reports of possible migrant in the back off the lorry.

It remains unknown where the migrants in Kent have come from.

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UN Flies African ‘Refugees’ Into Germany

THE UNITED Nations has started flying African ‘refugees’ directly into Germany. Did they ask the German people, who are already reeling from the 2015 influx of ‘refugees’? Of course not, because ‘they’ know better.

In 2018 the United Nations persuaded many nations to sign the protocol for managed migration which gives migrants the right to go wherever they like in the world, and outlaws criticism of migration.

A few sensible European leaders refused to sign the document, which had precursors nearly 20 years previously which had been signed by their predecessors.

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Watch: Ukraine Busts People-Smuggling Network Ferrying Migrants to E.U.

Ukrainian law enforcement agencies revealed on Wednesday the discovery of a people-smuggling network ferrying illegal migrants from Turkey to European Union countries such as Italy and Greece.

“It was established that, on the territory of Kherson and Mykolayiv oblasts [adminitave regions], an organized group is engaged in the transfer of illegal migrants from Turkey to the EU countries, in particular, Greece and Italy,” explained an October 23rd official statement issued by Ukraine’s national police, reported in English by the Kyiv Post.

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Blizzard Forces Wow Guild “Make Azeroth Great Again” To Change it’s Name

Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo forced the guild “Make Azeroth Great Again” to change their name.

WoW Classic player and the leader of the guild Cogblast spoke to GameByte after they reported another guild called “GAY BOYS” was forced to change their name.

Cogblast told Gamebyte, “[Blizzard] did the same thing to my WoW Classic guild ‘Make Azeroth Great Again,’ which was just a tongue-in-cheek name for what was really just a social guild. We got it changed back, and then twelve hours later it was force-changed again.”

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In the Courtroom: Jury Condemns 7-Year-Old Boy to Live With Woman Determined to Make Him a Girl

Yesterday, a Dallas jury decided that father Jeff Younger was not only to lose his joint custody over his 7-year-old twin boys, but that one of those children, under the mother’s care, will have his hormones suppressed and his body surgically altered to appear female.

I reached out to Kayla White, a #SaveJames supporter who flew from Illinois to Dallas last week to document the trial. In her own words, she explains what it was like to be in that courtroom and witness the heartbreak delivered by the jury that is absolved from the effects of its decision. She, like most of the nation, is horrified that a Texas jury gave sole custody to Anne, a woman propositioning a court to chemically castrate a young child. Our interview below has been slightly edited for length and clarity.

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It’s Back on: Christian Ministry Appeals ‘Hate Group’ Defamation Lawsuit Against SPLC

In 2017, the Christian ministry D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a defamation and discrimination lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Amazon after Amazon booted DJKM from its charity program (Amazon Smile) due to the SPLC accusation that the ministry is a “hate group.” Last month, an Alabama district court dismissed the suit, but on Tuesday DJKM announced it would appeal the decision, breathing new life into a key legal battle.

The ministry announced it has filed a notice of appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

DJKM noted that U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson accepted the SPLC’s argument that the “hate group” accusation is protected by the First Amendment “because it is essentially meaningless and cannot be proved right or wrong.”

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New Legislation in Poland Will Criminalize Any Promotion of Underage Sexual Activity

In yet another common sense measure to protect families and children, the Polish legislature has voted in favor of a new law that would criminalize any promotion of sexual activity of children under the legal age of consent:

About a 1,000 people held a rally in Warsaw as Polish lawmakers voted in favour of a new legislation set to criminalize “the promotion of underage sexual activity,” with protesters expressing concerns that the bill might be aimed at banning sex education by treating it as pedophilia…

Sexualizing children at younger and younger ages has been an essential part of the the LGBT agenda, and this new law is a simple and elegant solution to thwarting their indoctrination campaign. Of course, the Polish government has no intention of sending parent to jail for discussing sex with their children, but that’s how the opposition works: on irrational fear.

[Comment: Legislature realizing that sexual indoctrination, not education, is going on at public schools.]

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Teachers Encouraged to Use ‘Gender Snowperson’ In Sex Education Classes

Teachers are being encouraged to use a ‘gender snowperson’ drawing in sex education classes.

Yes, really.

Teacher2Teacher, a resource community which provides lesson plans and other tools for educators, tweeted the image with the words “Using this “gender snowperson,” learn about identity and language!”

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Your Forced RSVP to the Cancel Party

This list is hardly a complete list but it should stimulate some critical thought when it comes to Progressives attempting to run our lives and force law and policy upon us. The Progressives equal the Democrats, the Socialists, the Liberals. The notion of civil society is fading fast.

Consider the following:

1. The impeachment inquiry consuming Washington, DC is effectively canceling not only the vote for Trump to drain the swamp but to undo and redo past administration(s) actions.

2. Canceling history, changing the education syllabus on civics, monuments, and principles.

3. Canceling the protections of the Bill of Rights, mostly all of them forcing government, state, and federal to dispense their own versions of protections.

4. Democrat organizations conspiring with media to cancel real news and facts with opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/23/2019

  1. UK Police Launch Murder Probe After Finding 39 Bodies Inside Truck

    Latest news is that they are all Chinese. Police in Ireland raid driver’s family homes rumoured to be on the suspicion that they have been running a people smuggling ring from Armagh via Varna in Bulgaria.

  2. And in our country, everything is more wonderful and interesting. In the conditions of the economic crisis, it seems that the special services decided to put Turkish “relatives” – Azerbaijanis on a strict collar.

    For several days all the social. networks stand on their heads – the Nazi Azerbaijani group is “appearing” in the country. Acts for several years, but no one was in the know. And now this news unexpectedly (!) became known.

    If “Komsomolskaya Pravda” printed about this, it is very very serious. Apparently, someone aimed at the assets of the Azerbaijani diaspora. Because all these years, the authorities have not been interested in these unfortunate victims.

    Let google translate help you!
    https://www.kp.ru/daily/27046/4111950/

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