Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/7/2019

More than 200 protesters were arrested in London during demonstrations by Extinction Rebellion that blocked streets and snarled traffic. Many other climate protests were staged simultaneously across the globe.

In other news, President Trump defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, saying that he was keeping his campaign promise to the people who elected him.

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USA
» “60 Minutes” Reports on Samuel Little, Serial Killer Who Confessed to Murdering 93 People
» After Trump, We’re Next
» AOC Unveils Manifesto: “A Just Society” Means Rent Control, Abolish Prisons, Welfare for All Illegals
» Black Men Proudly Post Group Photo at White House Black Leadership Summit… Media Members Mock Them… Call Them Coons
» CNN Piece Claims ‘Joker’ Movie is Racist
» Elizabeth Warren’s Story About Getting Fired for Being “Visibly Pregnant” Unravels After Documents, Video Emerge
» FBI Data Shows 5 Times More People Killed by Knives Than Rifles Last Year
» Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion Activists Descend on Lower Manhattan to Protest Against Climate Change as 26 Demonstrators Are Arrested for Pouring Fake Blood on Wall Street’s Charging Bull Statue
» Ilhan Omar Files for Divorce From Husband Ahmed Hirsi Amid Affair Allegations
» Illinois Kidnaps Newborns From Parents for Refusing to Vaccinate Them
» Prince Andrew Now Says Party-Filled 2010 Epstein Visit Was to ‘End Friendship’
» Protesting at Daley Plaza, Climate Change Activists Call for Action: ‘The Oceans Are Rising, And So Are We!’
» The Humanitarian Hoax of Impeachment: Killing America With Kindness — Hoax 49
» Trump Wins Emergency Stay of Tax Returns Release Ruling as Appeal Begins
» Video: Hillary Cites Russia Conspiracy Theories in Case for Trump Impeachment
 
Europe and the EU
» 5200 Tons of Chemicals Blow Up in France, Govt Downplays it Despite Tap Water Turning Black
» Far-Left Group Targets French Newspaper for Publishing Right-Wing Philosopher
» Global Censorship: Court Rules EU Govts Can Take Down Content Worldwide After Politician Insulted
» Pope Francis: Church Must Not Try to ‘Tame’ Indigenous Peoples
» Sweden: One in Four Women Are Afraid to Leave Their Homes
» UK: 16 of 25 Knife Crime Hot Spots Are in London: BBC
» UK: 21 Green Extremists Arrested in London
» UK: Anti-Brexit MPs Plot to Install Speaker Bercow as PM of ‘Unity’ Government
» UK: Boris Johnson Slams Extinction Rebellion’s ‘Nose-Ringed Crusties in Hemp-Smelling Bivouacs’ Amid Fury at Police for Failing to Stop Eco-Mob Shutting Down Swathes of London Despite 280 Arrests
» UK: Boris to Take Legal Action Against ‘Surrender Act’, Allow No Deal: Report
» UK: Extinction Rebellion: 217 Protesters Arrested in First Day of Disruption in Central London
» UK: Fury as Extinction Rebellion ‘Deface’ A Famous White Horse Monument With Their Hourglass Logo Just Weeks After Schoolchildren Helped Restore it
» UK: Johnson Threatens to ‘Sabotage’ EU by Vetoing Budget, Sending “Nuclear Weapon” Farage to Brussels
» UK: Jog on, Jolyon: Court Dismisses Latest Anti-Brexit Challenge
» UK: Sadiq Khan’s ‘Online Hate Crime Hub’ Investigates 1,612 Cases — Nets Six Convictions
» UK: The Madness of Extinction Rebellion
 
Middle East
» Kuwait: Money Laundering Suspicions in US Army Contracts
» Trump: “I Will Totally Destroy and Obliterate” The Turkish Economy if Erdogan Breaks Promises in Syria
» Trump Defends Decision to Withdraw Troops From Syria Amid GOP Criticism
 
South Asia
» New Bird Species Discovered in Indonesia: Alor Myzomela
 
Far East
» China Banned South Park After the Show Made Fun of Chinese Censorship
» China’s Breeding Giant Pigs That Are as Heavy as Polar Bears
» Hong Kong Government Considering Internet Ban to Stop Protests
» Prague and Beijing to End Sister-City Relations Over Taiwan and ‘One China’ Policy
» Protestors Charged in First Use of Hong Kong’s New Mask Ban
 
Australia — Pacific
» Global Extinction Rebellion Protests Begin in Australia
 
Latin America
» Ecuador Protests Shut Major Oilfield During State of Emergency
 
Immigration
» Belgium: 15-Year-Old Boy Savagely Beaten by Group of Immigrant Men
» German Interior Minister Warns of Migrant Crisis Greater Than 2015
» Migrant Kills 2 Police Officers and Leaves 3 Injured in Italian Police HQ Shooting
» New Deadly Migrant Shipwreck Hardens Calls to Revamp Rescues
» Stone-Throwing, No-Go Zones & Rape: Sweden Starts Looking at Migration With New Eyes
» Watch — Julian Castro Escorts Migrants to Southern Border; Agents Return Them All to Mexico
 
Culture Wars
» Gender Ideology Harms Children
» Logan Paul Gets Cancelled for Telling the Truth About Abortion
» New Peer Reviewed Academic Study Finds Diversity is Not a Strength
» Pope Francis Appoints the 13 New Cardinals Who Will Guide the Roman Catholic Church Into Chrislam and the One World Religion
» UK: Parents Outraged as Girls ‘Too Embarrassed to Pee’ In London Primary School Unisex Toilets
 
General
» Climate Activists Block Roads in Major Cities Around the World
 

“60 Minutes” Reports on Samuel Little, Serial Killer Who Confessed to Murdering 93 People

James Holland has heard confessions from many, many murderers. But now one is telling the Texas Ranger he’s committed 93 murders himself, making him perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. The race is on to identify all of the 93 people Samuel Little says he murdered, while the 79-year-old remains alive and continues to cooperate.

Holland tells Sharyn Alfonsi in his first television interview how he got Little to open up about his victims for a story to be broadcast on “60 Minutes” Sunday, October 6, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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

After Trump, We’re Next

Trump is all that stands between the America we cherish and the left’s policies for “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

AOC Unveils Manifesto: “A Just Society” Means Rent Control, Abolish Prisons, Welfare for All Illegals

If it reads like a communist manifesto, centrally-plans like a communist manifesto, and redistributes like a communist mainfesto then it is probably a communist manifesto…

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

Black Men Proudly Post Group Photo at White House Black Leadership Summit… Media Members Mock Them… Call Them Coons

How intolerant is the left?

How open-minded are Democrats?

What about their allies in the media?

Do they even try to understand why black Americans might hold opposing views, or do they just call them names and mock them for having the audacity to think for themselves? Who are the real racists?

On Friday, President Trump invited 400 conservative black Americans to his Black Leadership Summit at the White House. They came from different backgrounds and different socioeconomic backgrounds; they came from all over the United States. Former gangsters, former Democrats, college students, a comedian, successful business owners, motivational speakers, social media personalities, and conservative activists.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CNN Piece Claims ‘Joker’ Movie is Racist

CNN has published an opinion piece insisting that the movie Joker is a racist “validation of white-male resentment” and an endorsement of Trump’s rise to power.

Yes, really.

“While many reviewers have focused on Fleck as an “incel” hero — his status as a sexless loner who turns to violence — the true nature of the movie’s appeal is actually broader: It’s an insidious validation of the white-male resentment that helped bring President Donald Trump to power,” writes Jeff Yang.

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

Elizabeth Warren’s Story About Getting Fired for Being “Visibly Pregnant” Unravels After Documents, Video Emerge

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has been using a fabricated tale of injustice a cornerstone of her 2020 campaign pitch — telling people that she was told not to return to teaching after a single year because she was “visibly pregnant,” and the principal “did what principals did in those days … wish me luck and hire someone else for the job.”

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

FBI Data Shows 5 Times More People Killed by Knives Than Rifles Last Year

Authored by Matt Agorist via The Free Thought Project

On September 30, the FBI issued a press release noting they have published their 2018 crime statistics. Most notable about the report is the fact that despite constant fear mongering by the mainstream media and the government that crime is running rampant, the number of violent crimes decreased 3.3 percent as compared to the previous year. Also contained in the report were the numbers and causes of deaths in murder cases. Although the FBI did not make the comparison themselves, when reading the data we can see the number of murders carried out with knives or cutting devices was five times higher than the number of murders carried out with rifles. This comparison is particularly important given the current gun climate in America.

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

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion Activists Descend on Lower Manhattan to Protest Against Climate Change as 26 Demonstrators Are Arrested for Pouring Fake Blood on Wall Street’s Charging Bull Statue

Hundreds of environmental activists with the group Extinction Rebellion descended on New York City’s Financial District on Monday morning to protest against climate change.

Twenty-six people were arrested at around 10.30am after protesters poured fake blood on the famous Charging Bull statue near Wall Street.

One woman was arrested for reckless endangerment after she climbed on top of the bull waving a green Extinction Rebellion flag.

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

Ilhan Omar Files for Divorce From Husband Ahmed Hirsi Amid Affair Allegations

Rep. Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from the father of her three kids, claiming the marriage is “irretrievable” — amid allegations that she had an affair with DC-based political consultant Tim Mynett.

The freshman congresswoman filed to split from husband Ahmed Hirsi on Friday in Minnesota, the state she represents, The Post has learned.

Omar filed on her 37th birthday, according to the US House of Representatives’ archives.

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

Illinois Kidnaps Newborns From Parents for Refusing to Vaccinate Them

A class-action lawsuit was filed last week in the Northern District of Illinois against the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), its agents, and several doctors and nurses in area hospitals, including Silver Cross, University of Chicago Medical Center, and Christ Hospital, on behalf of families whose babies were seized because parents exercised informed consent and refused vaccines or antibiotic eye ointment at birth.

In Illinois, these procedures are not mandatory and it is completely lawful to refuse what is considered prophylactic treatment. Illinois has both a religious and philosophical exemption for refusing medical procedures for your child that are not “life-saving” or an “emergency.” This would include the vitamin K shot given at birth as a guard against bleeding and erythromycin eye ointment. Vaccines are also considered prophylactic care and are not mandated by Illinois law.

Nonetheless, several parents were investigated, mocked for their religious beliefs, or had their children seized at birth by DCFS, who “used the power given to them as State officials and/or employees and through their authorities and investigative powers to cause the Plaintiffs to be threatened and coerced into accepting unwanted and unnecessary medical procedures,” according to the lawsuit.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Prince Andrew Now Says Party-Filled 2010 Epstein Visit Was to ‘End Friendship’

Prince Andrew is now claiming that his star-studded 2010 trip to stay with Jeffrey Epstein in New York was to end their decades-long friendship, according to the Sunday Times of London.

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

Protesting at Daley Plaza, Climate Change Activists Call for Action: ‘The Oceans Are Rising, And So Are We!’

Several hundred climate change activists gathered Monday evening in Daley Plaza to demand government action and draw attention to environmental concerns, pounding drums and delivering speeches under the watchful eyes of Chicago police officers.

The initial demonstrations were calm until some protesters linked arms and began blocking traffic at Clark and Randolph streets. In earlier protests Monday in Europe, demonstrators also blocked major roads during their actions, leading to more than 100 arrests.

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

The Humanitarian Hoax of Impeachment: Killing America With Kindness — Hoax 49

In a powerful 9.27.19 article appearing in the World Tribune, writer Jeffrey T. Kuhner correctly titles his article, “Trump’s Real Crime? ‘He’s Serious About Draining the Swamp’“ In the article Kuhner explains how the call to President Zelensky was completely appropriate. Zelensky was elected on a platform to crack down on graft and corruption. Plus, we have a treaty with the Ukraine to help each other investigate crimes that would include political corruption.

So, it should come as no surprise that President Trump asked President Zelensky to look into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Kuhner quotes President Trump from the transcript. “‘I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike,’ Trump says, referring to the private security firm that examined the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails. The DNC refused to hand their server over to be analyzed by FBI forensics experts. Instead, they had Crowdstrike do it. And the company’s server is based in Ukraine — meaning it could shed light on whether Russian intelligence agents really did hack the DNC’s emails.”

Crowdstrike is an American cyber-security technology company and its founder is tied to George Soros through the Atlantic Council, a think tank supported by Soros. Are you surprised?

Kuhner is quite right in his assessment — the Democrats are wildly upset because President Trump is draining the swamp. Consider the Biden boomerang. President Trump released the conversation transcripts and Kuhner explains what it exposed:

“Trump asks Zelensky to look into the firing of the former top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma, the natural gas company in which Hunter Biden was on the board. He was collecting $83,000 a month (for doing nothing). In May 2018, Joe Biden publicly bragged that, when he was vice president, he deliberately withheld $1 billion in U.S. aid unless Shokin was pushed out, thereby ending the investigation into Burisma — and of course, shielding Hunter from any prosecution. It was Biden who engaged in sleazy, criminal behavior, using American taxpayer dollars to blackmail a foreign government into allowing his drug addict son to continue enriching himself. In all, Hunter amassed over $3 million in Ukraine (through China his equity firm would collect $1.5 billion — an obscene sum). In short, Biden is one of the most corrupt politicians in Washington. Trump did what he is supposed to do: Investigate Biden’s illicit activity and demand the new Ukrainian government honor its commitment to tackle corruption.”

Everything the swampsters have accused President Trump of doing is precisely what they have done themselves. In psychology it is called projection. In everyday language, what the Democrats have done and continue to do is simply called lying. The Democrats are lying in the service of their political ideology in which the ends justifies the means. It is political cheating on a staggering scale.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Wins Emergency Stay of Tax Returns Release Ruling as Appeal Begins

Update (1035ET): Things are moving extremely fast for the US judicial system. President Trump has won a last-minute reprieve in his effort to block a New York subpoena for his tax records, delaying a federal judge’s ruling from taking effect that would have forced his accounting firm to hand the records to the Manhattan district attorney beginning Monday afternoon.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York granted the emergency stay.

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

Video: Hillary Cites Russia Conspiracy Theories in Case for Trump Impeachment

Suggests Russians could help Democrats win next election

Hillary Clinton is perhaps the only person left in America who seriously believes she lost the 2016 election because of Russian interference. And she is still suggesting that President Trump could be impeached because of it.

During an appearance at George Washington University, Hillary again complained about her loss, floating the interference conspiracy, but suggested that this time around Russia could switch sides.

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

5200 Tons of Chemicals Blow Up in France, Govt Downplays it Despite Tap Water Turning Black

A whopping 5,253 tons of assorted chemicals, mainly oil and fuel additives, have been destroyed in a major blaze at a chemical plant in Rouen that prompted fears of potential health harm and environmental damage last week.

The detailed report on what exactly burned in the September 26 incident at the plant, operated by US multinational chemical firm Lubrizol, was released by local administration on Tuesday.

Most the destroyed chemicals turned out to be multi-purpose fuel additives (3,308 tons) and viscosity booster (711 tons), according to the report that includes detailed graphs on what components exactly hide behind these names. Other compounds included various solvents, lubricants, anti-freeze and other fluids.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Far-Left Group Targets French Newspaper for Publishing Right-Wing Philosopher

The far-left French activist group SOS Racisme has begun targetting advertisers of French newspaper Le Figaro after one of its writers, philosopher Eric Zemmour, made a controversial speech on Islam and immigration.

The group began targetting the newspaper advertisers on social media last week, posting several pictures of the magazine Madame Figaro, a women’s magazine published by the paper and a supplement to the paper’s Saturday editions.

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

Global Censorship: Court Rules EU Govts Can Take Down Content Worldwide After Politician Insulted

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that EU governments can order Facebook to take down content worldwide after an Austrian politician was insulted online.

Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, a leading figure in Austria’s left-progressive Greens Party, was branded a “lousy traitor of the people” and a “corrupt oaf”, among other things, in an Austrian news article concerning her party’s support for a minimum income for refugees which was shared on a Facebook user’s personal page, according to court documents.

The Green politician demanded Facebook Ireland, which manages Facebook in Europe, remove the post, and secured an Austrian court order commanding it when the U.S. subsidiary failed to comply — but was not satisfied when the social media giant only restricted the content in Austria.

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

Pope Francis: Church Must Not Try to ‘Tame’ Indigenous Peoples

ROME — Pope Francis kicked off the long-awaited Vatican synod for the Amazon this weekend, urging in his opening address on Monday greater acceptance of the wisdom and culture of indigenous peoples and cultures.

“We approach the Amazonian peoples on tiptoe, respecting their history, their cultures, their style of good living,” the pope said in his morning speech in the synod hall, “because all peoples have their own identity, all peoples have their own wisdom, self-awareness, peoples have a way of feeling, a way of seeing reality, a history, a hermeneutic and tend to be protagonists of their own history with these things, with these qualities.”

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Sweden: One in Four Women Are Afraid to Leave Their Homes

According to a new survey, almost a quarter of Swedish women are afraid to leave their homes over fears they will be attacked or sexually assaulted.

“15.3 percent of people aged 16 or older stated that they did not want to go out in the evening out of concern about being assaulted or threatened. Among women, the proportion was almost 25 percent,” reports Statistics Sweden.

As we reported back in August, sales of pepper spray in some areas of Sweden have surged as much as 90 per cent amidst concerns over the country’s rape problem.

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

UK: 16 of 25 Knife Crime Hot Spots Are in London: BBC

BBC analysis has revealed that London has 16 of the top 25 knife crime hot spots in England and Wales.

The data from 34 of the 43 police forces include crimes of assault, robbery, sexual offences, the threat to kill, attempted murder, or murder committed with a blade. The report comes as the capital looks set to see the murder rate surpass that of last year, which was already a decade-high level.

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

UK: 21 Green Extremists Arrested in London

London Police say they’ve arrested 21 climate change activists over the past few days as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Anti-Brexit MPs Plot to Install Speaker Bercow as PM of ‘Unity’ Government

Anti-Brexit MPs are plotting to install Speaker John Bercow as prime minister of a so-called “unity” government “of all the talents”, according to reports.

Backbench MPs such as Tory arch-europhile Ken Clarke and former Labour acting leader Margaret Beckett had previously been considered as so-called “caretaker” prime ministers, installed to delay Brexit beyond October 31st and either cancel it or rig a second referendum on the issue, but the pugnacious Speaker has now emerged as frontrunner in the scheme, The Times reports.

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

UK: Boris Johnson Slams Extinction Rebellion’s ‘Nose-Ringed Crusties in Hemp-Smelling Bivouacs’ Amid Fury at Police for Failing to Stop Eco-Mob Shutting Down Swathes of London Despite 280 Arrests

Eco-activists who left London in chaos today were branded ‘crusties’ and ‘importunate nose-ringed climate change protesters’ by Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister told Extinction Rebellion demonstrators to ‘stop blocking the traffic’ as the city centre ground to a halt despite a massive police presence.

Officers arrested 280 protesters who closed bridges and major roads on the first day of a fortnight of action in London.

Among activists in Trafalgar Square were celebrities including model Daisy Lowe, comedian Ruby Wax and actors Juliet Stevenson and Mark Rylance.

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

UK: Boris to Take Legal Action Against ‘Surrender Act’, Allow No Deal: Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson would go to the Supreme Court to win the right to take the UK out of the EU in a clean break on October 31st, according to reports.

The Benn Act forces the prime minister to seek an extension of Article 50 — delaying Brexit — until January 31st, 2020, if European and British parties cannot agree on an exit treaty by October 19th.

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

UK: Extinction Rebellion: 217 Protesters Arrested in First Day of Disruption in Central London

More than 200 people have been arrested as Extinction Rebellion protesters begun their attempt to shut down central London for two weeks.

The activists succeeded in bringing the Westminister area to a standstill on Monday with roadblocks on Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, Victoria Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards Road and the Mall.

By 5pm, the Metropolitan Police said there had been 217 arrests in connection with the protests.

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

UK: Fury as Extinction Rebellion ‘Deface’ A Famous White Horse Monument With Their Hourglass Logo Just Weeks After Schoolchildren Helped Restore it

Neighbours of a famous White Horse have accused Extinction Rebellion of ‘defacing’ the monument by covering it with their logo just weeks after schoolchildren helped restore it.

The activists used dark cloth to create their hourglass symbol on the top of the Alton Barnes White Horse in Wiltshire, which was cut in 1812.

It angered locals who re-chalked the precious site back in August, using 46 tonnes of pristine rock dumped from a RAF Chinook helicopter.

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

UK: Johnson Threatens to ‘Sabotage’ EU by Vetoing Budget, Sending “Nuclear Weapon” Farage to Brussels

The next ‘Brexit Day’ deadline is roughly three weeks away, and as Prime Minister Boris Johnson rallies support for his new Brexit plan, British media report that he has started playing ‘hardball’ with the EU.

In an effort to discourage the EU from extending the Brexit deadline, the Telegraph reports that Johnson has threatened to sabotage the bloc’s next seven-year budget, while sending Nigel Farage to Brussels as the UK’s EU commissioner.

As for the EU’s 2021-2027 budget, Brussels hopes it will be approved in March, but Johnson could veto it with the stroke of a pen if the UK is still in the EU come March.

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

UK: Jog on, Jolyon: Court Dismisses Latest Anti-Brexit Challenge

Scotland’s Court of Session has dismissed a request for orders laying out Boris Johnson’s obligation to seek a Brexit delay and “the imposition of penalties” if he does not.

The case, fronted by Joanna Cherry, the MP for the left-wing Scottish National Party (SNP) who took the Government to court over prorogation, and serial litigant Jolyon Maugham, sought to secure “orders aimed at ensuring that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom complies with the statutory duties imposed on him under the European Union (Withdrawal) (No 2) Act 2019” — better known as the Benn Act or, to its detractors, the Surrender Act.

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

UK: Sadiq Khan’s ‘Online Hate Crime Hub’ Investigates 1,612 Cases — Nets Six Convictions

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s controversial “Online Hate Crime Hub” has investigated 1,612 cases over two years — but secured only six convictions.

The £1.7 million unit, which ties up five “specialist officers” including a senior detective policing Facebook comments, tweets, and so on for “hate”, was hugely controversial when it was announced in 2016, at a time when London’s ongoing violent crime crisis was spiralling out of control.

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

UK: The Madness of Extinction Rebellion

Yesterday, in London, I witnessed an eerie, chilling sight: I saw a death cult holding a ceremony in public.

The men and women gathered outside King’s Cross station and formed a circle. They swayed and chanted. They preached about End Times. ‘What will you do when the world gets hot, what, what?’, they intoned, conjuring up images of the hellfire they believe will shortly consume mankind. They sang hymns to their god — science. ‘We’ve got all the science / All that we need / To change the world / Hallelujah‘, they sang, rocking side to side as they did so.

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

Kuwait: Money Laundering Suspicions in US Army Contracts

Relevant Interior Ministry security and detectives of the US army launched an investigation over suspicions of the involvement of five local companies in money laundering in contracts to provide logistics services for the US army. Informed sources said that the suspected companies had recently won a $140 million tender go provide vehicle services in US camps and drivers inside and outside Kuwait, while their local licenses are related to garments and sanitaryware sales and contracts. The sources added that four of the five companies are officially partners and executives in all of them are linked in the founding contracts or KCCI registers, which is illegal as per Kuwaiti and US tender laws and regulations. — Al-Qabas

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Trump: “I Will Totally Destroy and Obliterate” The Turkish Economy if Erdogan Breaks Promises in Syria

Update 4: Trump’s tweetstorm continues.

In another salvo of sweets sent about 20 minutes after the last round, Trump insists that “I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” if Erdogan does anything “off limits” — presumably implying that there will be some punishment if Erdogan attacks the Kurds.

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

Trump Defends Decision to Withdraw Troops From Syria Amid GOP Criticism

President Trump vigorously defended on Monday his decision to withdraw United States troops from northern Syria ahead of a planned invasion of the region by Turkey, even as his Republican allies in both the Senate and House vehemently criticized the move.

In his first public comments since news broke early Monday of the troop withdrawal, Trump said he understood the concerns raised by his fellow Republicans, but added that it was time to fulfill his campaign promise to bring the troops home.

“We want to bring our troops back home and I got elected on that,” Trump said during a news conference Monday. “I fully understand both sides but I promised to bring our troops home.”

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New Bird Species Discovered in Indonesia: Alor Myzomela

An international team of ornithologists has discovered a new species of the honeyeater genus Myzomela in the highlands of the Lesser Sunda island of Alor, southeast Indonesia.

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China Banned South Park After the Show Made Fun of Chinese Censorship

In a case of life imitating art imitating life, the Chinese government has purged all references to South Park from the country’s highly restricted internet—following an episode of the show that criticized Chinese censorship.

“Band in China,” the second episode of the show’s 23rd season, satirizes China’s heavy-handed crackdowns on free expression. The kids attempt to make a biopic about their new rock band, only to discover that they need to sanitize the plot to appease the Chinese government. Meanwhile, Randy Marsh gets sent to a Chinese prison, where he meets Winnie the Pooh—a reference to China’s odd attempts to clamp down on the beloved bear for its supposedly resemblance Chinese President Xi Jinping. The episode also castigates Disney for making artistic concessions in order to remain in Chinese markets. “You gotta lower your ideals of freedom if you want to suck on the warm teat of China,” one character says.

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China’s Breeding Giant Pigs That Are as Heavy as Polar Bears

In a farm deep in the southern region of China lives a very big pig that’s as heavy as a polar bear.

The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is part of a herd that’s being bred to become giant swine. At slaughter, some of the pigs can sell for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,399), over three times higher than the average monthly disposable income in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province where Pang Cong, the farm’s owner, lives.

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Hong Kong Government Considering Internet Ban to Stop Protests

The Hong Kong government is considering an Internet ban as the latest tactic to stop protests and riots that have been ongoing since June.

As violence continues to escalate, a ban on face masks that was put into effect before the weekend failed to keep thousands of demonstrators off the streets who defied the new law.

Now authorities are refusing to rule out blocking the Internet in an effort to stop protesters organizing.

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

Prague and Beijing to End Sister-City Relations Over Taiwan and ‘One China’ Policy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Oct. 4 it was reported that the Czech capital of Prague is planning to cancel its sister-city relationship with Beijing over the latter’s unwillingness to re-negotiate wording relating to Beijing’s “One China Policy” in the partnership agreement.

The move, made thanks to Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib, indicates that the Czech capital has reconsidered its position on China’s claims to Taiwan, and this could indicate a first step by the Czech government towards strengthening ties with Taiwan. According to Expats.cz, the Prague City Council will meet Monday (Oct. 7) to address the issue.

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Protestors Charged in First Use of Hong Kong’s New Mask Ban

HONG KONG — Two protesters were charged Monday with violating Hong Kong’s new ban on wearing masks at rallies, a move likely to add to a backlash that has thrown the semi-autonomous Chinese territory into deeper crisis.

An 18-year-old student and a 38-year-old unemployed woman were the first to be prosecuted under the ban, which came into force Saturday under sweeping emergency powers aimed at quashing violence in the protests for more democratic freedoms.

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Global Extinction Rebellion Protests Begin in Australia

Extinction Rebellion activists began gathering in cities across Australia and New Zealand on Monday to kick off a fortnight of global civil disobedience demanding governments take urgent action on climate change.

Protesters held a silent meditation vigil on the steps of state parliament in Melbourne early Monday ahead of a march through the southern Australian city.

Meanwhile demonstrators shut down part of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, by chaining themselves to a bright pink car.

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Ecuador Protests Shut Major Oilfield During State of Emergency

Rioters attacked a major oil production facility, a major dairy, dozens of rose plantations and burned police and military vehicles as Ecuador struggled to enforce a four-day-old state of emergency imposed after President Lenin Moreno scrapped fuel subsidies.

In the oil-producing Amazon region, demonstrators entered facilities of the Sacha oilfield, prompting authorities to shut down production there and causing the loss of 70,000 of Ecuador’s 550,000 barrel-a-day oil output.

Parts of central Ecuador again were cut off from television and radio service as demonstrators seized repeater antennas. Indigenous communities continue to block numerous main roads in the Andean region, home to half the nation’s 17 million residents. Cuenca, the third-largest city, is receiving supplies by air.

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Belgium: 15-Year-Old Boy Savagely Beaten by Group of Immigrant Men

A 15-year-old boy was brutally beaten by a group of immigrant men in the municipality of Kalmthout in Antwerp over the weekend.

On Saturday evening, Lennert Bastiaensen, 15, was oenjoying an evening out at a party in Kalmthout when the night turned sour, SCEPTR reports. Bastiaensen had stepped outside with his girlfriend to eat some French fries when he was approached by a group of five immigrant men, one of which whose name is Nazmi, who has apparently beaten Bastiaensen before.

The group of immigrants then surrounded the 15-year-old and proceeded to beat him to a pulp.

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German Interior Minister Warns of Migrant Crisis Greater Than 2015

As greater numbers of migrants make their way to the Greek islands from Turkey, Germany’s Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has called on EU member states to step up and provide more support to Greece and Turkey.

Seehofer warned that if the EU fails to address the migration situation in Turkey and Greece, a new mass migration of people from southern Europe into Germany — similar to what was seen in 2015 — could occur, Spiegel Online reports.

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Migrant Kills 2 Police Officers and Leaves 3 Injured in Italian Police HQ Shooting

Two Italian police officers have been shot dead at police headquarters in Trieste after a detained robbery suspect managed to steal one of their firearms and opened fire on Friday afternoon.

The suspect, a Dominican migrant who has been described as having ‘psychiatric problems’, is said to have asked to use the bathroom before he grabbed a police officer’s gun and shot him and another officer at point-blank range, the Daily Mail reports.

As a result of the shootout, two police officers — Pierluigi Rotta, 34, and Matteo Demenego, 31 — died at the hospital because of their injuries, while three other officers were injured. One of the two robbers was also injured.

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New Deadly Migrant Shipwreck Hardens Calls to Revamp Rescues

MILAN (AP) — The deaths of at least 13 people early Monday on an overloaded migrant boat that capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa have galvanized calls to shut down smuggler routes and revamp search-and-rescue efforts in the deadly central Mediterranean Sea.

The Italian coast guard said one of its vessels was about to begin the rescue about six nautical miles Italy’s southernmost island when the boat capsized. Survivors told the U.N. refugee agency that the migrants moved to one side of their unseaworthy vessel when they saw the rescue ship, capsizing it.

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Stone-Throwing, No-Go Zones & Rape: Sweden Starts Looking at Migration With New Eyes

Problems stemming from Sweden’ s openness towards asylum-seekers are, at long last, getting the attention of the country’ s mainstream media. Sweden-based academics Bilyana Martinovski and Anders Hellström explain why the press is finally paying attention.

It appears that the latest attack on the national broadcaster’s reporters has changed their tone, prompting them to address the broader social trouble which has been brewing for the past few years in the country: Sweden is one of a handful of countries to accept a record number of migrants in recent years.

According to the official statistics, 806,155 newcomers were awarded residencies in Sweden between 2013 and 2018, i.e. almost 10 per cent of the entire population.

Anders Hellström, associate professor in political science at the Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity, and Welfare at Malmö University, insists that stone-throwing is not common for Sweden, adding that those incidents “have actually become less frequent during the years”.

Bilyana Martinovski, an associate professor in Human-Machine Interaction, who was expelled from Stockholm University over her research into migrant-related rape cases in Sweden; she insists the opposite is true: the problem is by no means fading.

“Stone-throwing is frequent, especially at police,” she says. “Most interesting was the taxpayer-funded SVT programme by Janne Josefsson; when he visited a migrant area in Göteborg [in May 2019] where a guard was heavily beaten by a male migrant gang, almost to death. This prominent journalist was in shock, things there have become much worse than the [community] he reported on 20 years earlier in the same place.”

She notes that Josefsson’s podcast revealed that law enforcement agents avoid migrant gang areas and that the gangs watch the police with drones and know each move they make.

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Watch — Julian Castro Escorts Migrants to Southern Border; Agents Return Them All to Mexico

Democrat presidential hopeful and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro escorted a group of migrants to the United States-Mexico border, but they were all returned to Mexico.

On Monday, Castro traveled to the Brownsville, Texas, region of the southern border where he escorted 13 migrants in Mexico to U.S. Border Patrol agents in an effort to get them released into the interior of the country while their asylum claims were adjudicated.

The Texas Civil Rights Project confirmed that all the migrants escorted to the border by Castro were returned to Mexico as part of President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. Castro said the migrants identify as “members of the LGTBQ community” who have been “beat up,” and one is disabled.

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Gender Ideology Harms Children

The American College of Pediatricians urges healthcare professionals, educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts — not ideology — determine reality.

1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of male and female, respectively — not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs (also referred to as “intersex”) do not constitute a third sex.1

2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.2,3,4

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Logan Paul Gets Cancelled for Telling the Truth About Abortion

YouTuber Logan Paul is the latest victim of cancel culture for the crime of criticizing someone for having multiple abortions.

Paul made the comments during an event to promote his upcoming boxing match with fellow YouTuber KSI.

“Y’all might not know but JJ’s on his fifth abortion,” said Paul referring to KSI, whose real name is Olajide William “JJ” Olatunji.

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New Peer Reviewed Academic Study Finds Diversity is Not a Strength

It has a negative impact on communities because it erodes trust.

It turns out that diversity is not a strength after all.

The study, entitled ‘Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: A Narrative and Meta-Analytical Review’, was conducted by Peter Thisted Dinesen and Merlin Schaeffer from the University of Copenhagen and Kim Mannemar Sønderskov from Aarhus University.

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Pope Francis Appoints the 13 New Cardinals Who Will Guide the Roman Catholic Church Into Chrislam and the One World Religion

FROM CNN: The Pontiff’s new cardinals have defended the commitment to fighting populism, supported the inclusion of gay Catholics, sought to improve inter-religious dialogue with Muslim communities, and expressed concern with the environment and youth issues, according to their biographies…

The appointments, which can be compared to the selection of cabinet ministers upon a new government, come from countries such as Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Indonesia, Morocco, Cuba or Guatemala — representing “the Church’s missionary outreach and universal character,” according to Vatican News. Among his picks, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Miguel Guixot, the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Guixot has a long history of working with Muslim leaders on religious cooperation, having spearheaded talks with Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Azhar mosque, and represents Pope Francis’ push for interreligious dialogue between Catholics and Muslims.

As does Cristobal Romero, archbishop of Rabat, is representative “of the church in North Africa,” Vatican News writes. British citizen Michael Louis Fitzgerald has worked with people “from other faiths, especially from the Arab culture,” and Indonesian Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, who will work as a bridge to South East Asia and to Indonesia, a country “with the biggest Muslim following in the world,” Vatican News says.

Newly minted Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna is a supporter of LGBT Catholics, writing an essay for the Italian version of a book on how the Catholic church can reach out to the gay community, according to a tweet by the book’s author, the American Jesuit priest James Martin.

Pope Francis also appointed Jean-Claude Hollerich from Luxembourg, who has been outspoken about the importance of fighting populism and protecting migrants. Alvaro Imeri, from Guatemala, was also picked because of “his openness to dialogue, especially among indigenous people and migrants.” Archbishop of Kinshasa, DRC, Fridolin Besungu was also appointed to contribute to peace in his country and the region.

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UK: Parents Outraged as Girls ‘Too Embarrassed to Pee’ In London Primary School Unisex Toilets

“Girls are being forced to hold themselves until they get home which could damage kidneys.”

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Climate Activists Block Roads in Major Cities Around the World

Thousands of climate change activists led by group Extinction Rebellion kickstarted 2 weeks of peaceful protesting around the world on Monday to demand a drastic global reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Protests throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand saw activists blocking busy bridges and roads, gluing and chaining themselves to cars and lampposts, and singing together as police stepped in to arrest them. In Amsterdam, activists held signs that read: “SORRY that we blocked the road, but this is an emergency,” per Reuters.

[Comment: Protesting is not peaceful if it prevents others from going about their lives.]

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

  1. “Pope Francis: Church Must Not Try to ‘Tame’ Indigenous Peoples” isn’t it one of the churche’s activities to spread their religion further? Or is that no longer the case? I wonder how many of the initial supporters still like Francis by now…

    • The Bible talks about the Israelites, the chosen nation to “lead by example”. When Israelites of old stopped leading the heathen to the knowledge of God, they were punished. The more so if they led heathen away from God, down the path of sin, which is the cause of death.

      The Church is supposed to lead by example, and proclaim Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who overcame sin and death, and that we can in like manner overcome sin and death too. If they do not do so, they are on the same path as Israel of old, who in like manner abandoned their own God and started to worship the gods of the heathen.

  2. “The move, made thanks to Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib, indicates that the Czech capital has reconsidered its position on China’s claims to Taiwan, and this could indicate a first step by the Czech government towards strengthening ties with Taiwan.” I’m all for stronger ties with Taiwan, but don’t be fooled, Mr. Hřib is a Pirate, who are basically an Antifa party, so personally I’m rather careful about their activities.

  3. “Belgium: 15-Year-Old Boy Savagely Beaten by Group of Immigrant Men” did the girlfriend call security or did she flee or what was her role? She was lucky they didn’t have time to pay her any attention, we all know how that would’ve ended. And I’m also pretty sure we all know what men that go five on one underage boy deserve to have done to them, too.

  4. “She notes that Josefsson’s podcast revealed that law enforcement agents avoid migrant gang areas and that the gangs watch the police with drones and know each move they make.” That’s just incredible! A bunch of criminal lowlives watch the police with drones! Shouldn’t that be exactly the other way around?

    Further more, it begs the question how much surveilance from, for example, mosques, is going on day by day. Not just in Sweden, but everywhere with migrant populations.

  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU7Ww6BwQkU

    Sincere adherents of the beautiful new religion of the New Multicolor, Tolerant and Beautiful Europe and brought in the Brussels and Berlin laboratories of the New, European Man, who stands for the destruction of the damned industry of bloody capitalism and for a humble return to naked Mother Nature, a religion of faith in St. The climate and the Prophetess of his St. Greta of Sweden is practicing the ritual and magical exile of evil spirits of global warming, mystically invoking the spirits of the Protection of St. Climate through the rhythmic repetition of a powerful magical mantra: “Climate protection – up! Coal – down!”, And participation in the esoteric rite of body movements.

    https://edgar-leitan.livejournal.com/389909.html

  6. Why are the protesting in Londonistan and other people’s collective utopias? Don’t they know that the fierce warrior princess Greta and her marionette strings are going to save the world?
    Forward! The Great Leap Forward.

  7. The “Emergency!!” is that free people don’t want venal, ideologically stupefied bureaucrats stealing their liberties in the name of some principle the bureaucrats themselves violate.

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