Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/27/2019

A New York City man named Zachary Clark was arrested for providing material support to the Islamic State. Mr. Clark allegedly pledged allegiance first to Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and then, after the latter was killed, to the new caliph, Abu Ibrahim al-Sashemi al-Qurayshi.

In other news, more than 700 migrants landed in Greece in the space of 24 hours.

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Financial Crisis
» Hong Kong Q3 GDP Shrinks 3.2%, Confirms Depth of Recession
» India Ratings Expects Q2 Growth at 4.7%; Cuts 2019-20 GDP Forecast to 5.6%
» It’s Official: The United States is Now a Banana Republic
» Stocks Close at New Records on Rosier U.S. Economic Data, Trade Deal Hopes
» US Growth Revised Up to 2.1% in 3rd Quarter
 
USA
» “Furry” Couple Arrested for Rape of 15-Year-Old Boy
» 2 More Soros Connections to Trump Impeachment
» American Life Expectancy Dropping Dramatically Thanks to White Working Class Male Suicides
» Bloomberg’s Gun Confiscation on Display, Leftists Want to Destroy Thanksgiving
» Boeing Shares Slide on Reports 777 Fuselage “Split Dramatically” During Stress Test
» Climate-Fearing Millennial Snowflake Self-Triggers During Hunger Strike
» CNN Hopes Americans Fret Over Climate ‘Catastrophe’ This Thanksgiving
» Court Filing: Obama Holdover Heading Office Under Investigation for ‘Illegally Leaked’ Classified Document
» Evacuation Ordered After Apocalyptic Fireball Erupts Over Texas Town in Chemical Explosion
» Gun Sales Surge Amid Fears of Gun Control Proposals From 2020 Democrats
» Hunter Biden’s Baby Mama Lunden Roberts ‘Was a Stripper Named Dallas at a Washington, D.C. Gentlemen’s Club That He Frequented After Dating His Brother’s Widow’
» Judge Rules in Favor of Washington Man Who Had Guns Seized Over Satirical ‘Joker’ Meme, Incel Jokes
» New York City ISIS Supporter Busted for Allegedly Providing Information for Terrorist Attacks
» Obama Admits He Would Speak Up Only to Stop Bernie Sanders Nomination
» President Donald J. Trump is Appointing a Historic Number of Federal Judges to Uphold Our Constitution as Written
» Solar Minimum Madness: Is Thanksgiving’s Winter Wonderland a Preview of the Bitterly Cold Winter to Come?
» US Police Have Quietly Brought a “Terrifying” Robot Dog Into Their Ranks
» Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Teams Up With Facebook, Google, To ‘Fix the Web’
 
Canada
» Canada’s ‘Conservatives’ Allegedly Hired Pro-Antifa Consultant to Smear Populist Party
» Eco-Teens Launch Lawsuit Against Doug Ford
» Hutterite Turkey Farm Invasion Court Date Postponed in Test Case for Radical Environmental Activism
» Toronto Man Arrested for S*** Show
 
Europe and the EU
» French Farmers Descend on Paris in Fresh Revolt Against Globalist Regulations
» German Farmers Stage Mass Protests Against ‘Climate Change’ Regulation
» Hungary Decries ‘11 Murdered Christians in the World Every Day’
» Hungary: Public Buildings Lit Scarlet for Persecuted Christians on ‘Red Wednesday’
» Julian Assange is in Danger of Dying in Prison, According to 60 Medical Professionals From Around the World. If He Does, He Will Die in Prison for the “Crime” Of Exposing the Government’s Crimes Against Humanity.
» Netherlands: Authorities Foil Jihadi Bomb Plot
» Poland Repatriates Gold From Bank of England
» Protesting Farmers With 8,600 Tractors Paralyse German Capital
» Senior Ex-Deutsche Bank Exec Linked to Millions in Donald Trump Loans Commits Suicide
» Tusk: Trump ‘Praying’ For Breakup of EU
» UK: Boris Rules Out Second Referendum in Minority Govt as ‘Bad for Our Country’
» UK: Election Poll: Boris Set to Smash Corbyn With Massive Victory as Voters Abandon Labour
» UK: Exclusive Video — Farage: Labour Cutting Marriage Tax Breaks Shows the Family is Under Assault
» UK: Lib Dems Reportedly Back Down on ‘Stop Brexit’ Campaign Amidst Drop in Polls
» Ursula Von Der Leyen Warned Brussels Facing ‘Last Call’ To ‘Make Europe or Die’
» Web Giants Paid Only 64 MN in Taxes in Italy in 2018
 
Middle East
» In “Message to Tehran” Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate
» Iran Claims Arrest of 8 “CIA-Funded Citizen Journalists” After Pompeo Called for ‘Crackdown Videos’
» Iran Says Over 700 Banks Were Torched in Vast Protest ‘Conspiracy’
 
South Asia
» India: New Snake Species Found in Arunachal
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Protest Movement Leader Speaks Out Against Chinese: ‘Our Freedoms Are Being Quashed’
» ‘I Love China’: Pope Francis Downplays Hong Kong Protests
» Keean Bexte Finds a Strange Sim Card in His Hong Kong Hotel Room Shortly After 3 Men in Suits Try to Enter
» New Ancient Species of Rodent Discovered in a Fossil From China is Found to Have a Unique Inner Ear Structure Not Seen in Any Other Mammal
» Pope Francis Suggests Moratorium on Nuclear Energy
» Trump Signs Bill Supporting Hong Kong Protesters Despite Strong Opposition From China
 
Immigration
» “Sweden is Full, Many Migrants Need to Go Home” — Leader Sweden Democrats Says
» 25 Migrants Injured When Truck Overturns in North Macedonia
» France: Paris: Feminists Attack Other Protesters for Highlighting Study Showing 52% of Male Rapists Are Migrants
» Migrant Crisis 2.0: 1000+ Migrants Land in Italy and Greece in Few Days
» Over a Thousand Migrants Storm Greece and Italy in Days
» Sweden: Municipalities Cut Basic Services to Offset Large Cost of Taking in Migrants
» Swedish Towns Slashing Basic Services to Support Migrants
» Switzerland: Drunk Somali Migrant Arrested for Attacking Female Bus Driver
» Switzerland Arrests Islamic State Fighter Who Posed as Asylum Seeker
 
Culture Wars
» Atheist Group Protests Kanye West’s Prison Proselytizing
» Chick-fil-A Donated to ‘Extreme Anti-Christian’ Organizations
» LGBT Jesuit Priest Showcases ‘Gay Jesus’ Art
» Liberal Arts Colleges Running Out of Woke White Men?
» Notre Dame Students Demand to Read Fewer White Authors
» The Guardian Set Up a ‘Cotton Ceiling’ Blind Date
» UK Court Bans Protests Against ‘LGBT Curriculum’ At Muslim-Dominated School
» Video: Global LGBT Indoctrination Curriculum Explained
» Video: Protesters Disrupt Heather Mac Donald Speech at Holy Cross
» ‘Woke’ American Music Awards Sets Record Low Viewership in Key Demo
 
General
» Italy: Renzi Blasts Probe Into Open Foundation
 

Hong Kong Q3 GDP Shrinks 3.2%, Confirms Depth of Recession

HONG KONG, Nov 15 (Reuters) — Hong Kong confirmed on Friday its economy plunged into its first recession in a decade in the third quarter, weighed down by increasingly violent anti-government protests and the escalating U.S.-China trade war.

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

India Ratings Expects Q2 Growth at 4.7%; Cuts 2019-20 GDP Forecast to 5.6%

The Indian economy may have slowed for the sixth consecutive quarter in July-September to 4.7 percent, Fitch group firm India Ratings and Research said on Tuesday, as it lowered GDP growth forecast for current fiscal for the fourth time.

The Indian economy expanded 5 percent in April-June, its slowest annual pace since 2013. The 4.7 percent projection for the second quarter of the current fiscal would mark six consecutive quarters of slowing growth, a first since 2012.

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

It’s Official: The United States is Now a Banana Republic

In some ways, we sympathize with Neel Kashkari’s concern about the unprecedented wealth inequality that has emerged in the US in recent years and which has resulted in a slow, methodical and relentless destruction of the US middle class … or rather make that precedented because there was another time when the top 0.1% had amassed as much wealth and it was just before the Great Depression.

[Comment: A strong middle class is a bulwark against communism. This is why the communist globalists seek the destruction of America’s middle class.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Stocks Close at New Records on Rosier U.S. Economic Data, Trade Deal Hopes

Stocks edged up for a fourth straight day to score another round of records Wednesday, supported by rosier U.S. economic data and ongoing hopes for a U.S. — China trade deal, but Wall Street trading volumes were thinner than usual ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday Thursday.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving Day and will have an abbreviated trading schedule on Friday.

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

US Growth Revised Up to 2.1% in 3rd Quarter

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — The U.S. economy grew an annualized real 2.1 percent in the July-September period, revised upward from an earlier estimate of 1.9 percent, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

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

“Furry” Couple Arrested for Rape of 15-Year-Old Boy

Suspect met the child during a game of Dungeons and Dragons.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

2 More Soros Connections to Trump Impeachment

Globalist billionaire working overtime to dismantle Trump’s presidency.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

American Life Expectancy Dropping Dramatically Thanks to White Working Class Male Suicides

After increasing for decades, American life expectancy is now facing an alarming decline thanks mainly to suicides of white working age men.

A study published by the journal JAMA, found that life expectancy in America increased from 1959 to 2014 but that the number plateaued in 2011 and began decreasing in 2014.

“The study…found that the decline is mostly among “working-age” Americans, or those ages 25 to 64,” reports Live Science. “In this group, the risk of dying from drug abuse, suicide, hypertension and more than 30 other causes is increasing.”

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

Bloomberg’s Gun Confiscation on Display, Leftists Want to Destroy Thanksgiving

There is a war on some of America’s most cherished traditions.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Boeing Shares Slide on Reports 777 Fuselage “Split Dramatically” During Stress Test

With the FAA reportedly preparing to inspect every 737 MAX individually before it signs off on the planes’return to the air — a decision that will likely delay recertification and add to Boeing’s losses — the latest bad news for the aerospace firm comes from its hometown (well, sort of, Boeing is officially based in Chicago but the bulk of its operations are located in Washington State) paper, the Seattle Times.

The paper reported that a recent stress test for a new model of the Boeing 777 resulted in the fuselage (a fancy term for the body of the plane) ripping apart just below the FAA’s official threshold for certification.

[Comment: Boeing appears to be infested with globalist management whose real goal is the destruction of Boeing.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Climate-Fearing Millennial Snowflake Self-Triggers During Hunger Strike

Watch as this millennial, who thinks she’s changing the world by not eating for four days, discovers the fact that hunger sucks and there are actually people on the planet that don’t have it as good as she does.

Meanwhile, in North America, over 200 cold records were broken over the past 2 weeks, so eat at your heart’s desire and stop the madness.

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

CNN Hopes Americans Fret Over Climate ‘Catastrophe’ This Thanksgiving

CNN Newsroom co-host Jim Sciutto and “climate correspondent” Bill Weir spent time Wednesday warning it may be “too late” to stop the upcoming environmental global catastrophe.

While most Americans are going to be enjoying their families and remembering what they are thankful for this holiday, the CNN duo claimed families would be sitting around worrying about how the world is going to become uninhabitable in the next decade.

Sciutto opened the segment hyping a new United Nations report that warned humanity was running out of time to stop the impending catastrophe (gee, where have we heard this before?).

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

Court Filing: Obama Holdover Heading Office Under Investigation for ‘Illegally Leaked’ Classified Document

The Obama holdover heading the Pentagon office reportedly under investigation by the U.S. attorney who is conducting the criminal probe of the Trump—Russia investigation was accused of leaking a classified document, in a recent court filing for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

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

Evacuation Ordered After Apocalyptic Fireball Erupts Over Texas Town in Chemical Explosion

More details are emerging after a massive chemical explosion at a southeast Texas refinery in the early hours of Wednesday ripped through the plant and shattered windows across nearby residential areas of Port Neches, which lies about 90 miles east of Houston. People in homes that are miles away from the blast site reported windows, doors, and rooftops being blown out by the initial shock wave from the blast.

All residents within a half mile of the burning chemical plant have been issued a mandatory evacuation order, and so far plant operator TPC said its more than 175 full-time employees and 50 contractors are all accounted for, though a handful were transported to the hospital for burns and other injuries, at least one in serious condition.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gun Sales Surge Amid Fears of Gun Control Proposals From 2020 Democrats

Nearly 11 percent more guns were sold in the United States in October than a year ago, according to newly released data.

Roughly 1.2 million guns were sold this October, a 10.8 percent increase from Oct. 2018, according to Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting (pdf). The firm also estimated that about 1.1 million guns were sold in September, another increase of almost 11 percent from the same month last year.

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

Hunter Biden’s Baby Mama Lunden Roberts ‘Was a Stripper Named Dallas at a Washington, D.C. Gentlemen’s Club That He Frequented After Dating His Brother’s Widow’

Lunden Roberts, the woman suing Hunter Biden for paternity, was reportedly a stripper at the Washington D.C. club he frequented after dating his late brother’s widow.

Biden was seen several times at The Mpire Gentlemen’s Club where Roberts, the mother of Biden’s love child, is said to have worked under the stage name ‘Dallas.’

‘He was well-known,’ a source told Page Six of Biden, the son of democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.

DailyMail.com revealed that Biden is the father of the Arkansas woman’s child after obtaining court records.

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

Judge Rules in Favor of Washington Man Who Had Guns Seized Over Satirical ‘Joker’ Meme, Incel Jokes

As it to be expected, the media is now furious that this memester’s out of context jokes were not enough to have him disarmed for life.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New York City ISIS Supporter Busted for Allegedly Providing Information for Terrorist Attacks

A New York City man was arrested for allegedly providing material support to the Islamic State, federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

Since April 2019, Zachary Clark allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS twice — first in July 2019, to then-leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and again after Baghdadi’s death in an American raid in October 2019, to new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Sashemi al-Quarayshi, according to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors with the Southern District of New York.

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

Obama Admits He Would Speak Up Only to Stop Bernie Sanders Nomination

As we noted earlier, a bombshell admission from Politico today exploring Obama’s substantial behind the scenes influence as Democratic kingmaker: included in the lengthy profile on the day-to-day of the former president’s personal office in the West End of Washington D.C. and his meeting with the field of Democratic candidates, is the following gem:

“Obama said privately that if Bernie were running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him.”

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

President Donald J. Trump is Appointing a Historic Number of Federal Judges to Uphold Our Constitution as Written

HISTORIC RESTORATION OF THE JUDICIARY: President Trump is transforming our judiciary — appointing a historic number of Federal judges who will interpret the Constitution as written.

Working with the Senate, President Trump has now had 158 judicial nominees confirmed to the Federal bench — a historic transformation of the judiciary.

President Trump has nominated and had confirmed, two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges, and 112 District Court judges.

President Trump has appointed more circuit judges by this point in his presidency than any president in recent history.

Approximately 1 out of every 4 active judges on United States Courts of Appeals has been appointed by President Trump.

This historic transformation is only accelerating, with President Trump on pace to have more judges confirmed this year than in 2017 and 2018 combined.

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

Solar Minimum Madness: Is Thanksgiving’s Winter Wonderland a Preview of the Bitterly Cold Winter to Come?

This week, three major winter storms will batter most of the country with ice, snow and bitterly cold temperatures just in time for Thanksgiving. It is being projected that 55 million Americans will be traveling this week, and so this bizarre weather comes at a very bad time. But of course we have already seen a series of blizzards roar across the nation in recent weeks and hundreds of record cold temperatures have already been shattered and we are still about a month away from the official start of winter. Normally, it isn’t supposed to be this cold or this snowy yet, but we don’t live in “normal” times.

Scientists tell us that solar activity becomes very quiet during a “solar minimum”, and when solar activity becomes very quiet we tend to have very cold winters. And in recent months solar activity has been very, very low. In fact, we haven’t seen any sunspots at all “since November 2”…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

US Police Have Quietly Brought a “Terrifying” Robot Dog Into Their Ranks

Authored by Elias Marat via TheMindUnleashed.com

Police in the United States have quietly begun integrating advanced robots into officers’ ranks, raising alarm among civil liberties advocates and police watchdogs in the country.

Video of Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, carrying boxes, and doing basic parkour have long circulated around the internet, creeping out viewers with the lifelike motion of its humanoid robot model and it’s semi-autonomous four-legged robot “Spot”—a customizable bot which resembles a metal dog without a head that, understandably, some people call “terrifying.”

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

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Teams Up With Facebook, Google, To ‘Fix the Web’

Many of the companies that have backed Berners-Lees’ proposals are notorious for censoring political information.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Canada’s ‘Conservatives’ Allegedly Hired Pro-Antifa Consultant to Smear Populist Party

The Canadian Conservative Party (CPC) has been accused of hiring a pro-Antifa political consultant to smear populist party opponents ahead of this year’s national election. The CPC is accused of hiring political consultant and strategist Warren Kinsella and his Daisy Group firm, whose activities against the populist People’s Party of Canada (PPC) and it’s leader Maxime Bernier as well as leaked recordings being reported on this week in Canadian media, CBC reports.

In the recordings, Mr Kinsella is heard speaking to staff about “Project Cactus,” the alleged codename for the campaign to label Bernier and the PPC “racist” and “white supremacist.”

“I want the hatred you have for Maxime Bernier to wash over you as a purifying force,” Kinsella is alleged to have said in the recording, which reportedly took place in May of this year and added, “There’s nobody in the country doing what we’re doing to Max Bernier.”…

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Eco-Teens Launch Lawsuit Against Doug Ford

A group of young Ontarians is launching a lawsuit against Doug Ford due to the Progressive Conservative’s inaction on climate change. The youths are arguing that Ford has violated their charter rights by reducing their climate targets, according to the CBC.

The group is claiming that the Ford government’s climate policy will lead to widespread death, which if correct, would understandably violate section 7 of the charter: protection for life, liberty, and security of the person.

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

Hutterite Turkey Farm Invasion Court Date Postponed in Test Case for Radical Environmental Activism

Fort Macleod, Alberta — In September, more than two dozen animal rights activists invaded a Hutterite turkey farm in nearby Jumbo Valley. But with the snow falling and cars off the road, today’s court case has been cancelled and rescheduled.

More than two months ago, our reporter Sheila Gunn Reid visited the Jumbo Valley turkey farm near Fort Macleod to exclusively interview some of the farmers whose property was invaded over the Labour Day weekend. The farmers told Sheila that 30 activists staged a sit-in directly inside the building with the turkeys while another 30-50 stood near the highway. It was the activists, not the pacifist Hutterite farmers who called the police. Several RCMP officers showed up but made no arrests, instead choosing to conduct a negotiation that ended with the farmers handing over 5 of their turkeys and allowing media in to view their property.

Arrests connected to the event were not made until late October, and one of the activists picked up in the sweep was an employee of Global News… which was the first media outlet on site!

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

Toronto Man Arrested for S*** Show

Toronto Police have arrested the man responsible for three separate attacks involving feces on young Torontonians.

In each case, the man allegedly poured liquefied fecal matter from a bucket on his young victims.

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

French Farmers Descend on Paris in Fresh Revolt Against Globalist Regulations

Around a thousand French farmers in tractors have descended on Paris in a fresh revolt against globalist government policies they say are ruining their standard of living.

The farmers assembled on the Avenue Foch, near the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe to decry regulations which they assert are devastating the agricultural sector.

Their main concern centers around “agri-bashing” by the media and politicians, where farmers are being blamed for environmental issues and pressured to amend their behavior in the name of preventing climate change.

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

German Farmers Stage Mass Protests Against ‘Climate Change’ Regulation

Globalist war on food supply meeting strong opposition

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hungary Decries ‘11 Murdered Christians in the World Every Day’

“We have 245 million reasons to meet,” Mr. Azbei noted, “one for every Christian in the world who faces extreme persecution.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hungary: Public Buildings Lit Scarlet for Persecuted Christians on ‘Red Wednesday’

Budapest, HUNGARY — The British Foreign Office has joined other governments and groups in the annual “Red Wednesday” global campaign to protest Christian persecution by lighting up monuments and landmarks in red.

Red Wednesday is promoted by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) to highlight the plight of Christians around the world. Currently, some 245 million Christians around the globe face “severe persecution” for their faith in Jesus and on average 11 Christians are killed each day.

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

Julian Assange is in Danger of Dying in Prison, According to 60 Medical Professionals From Around the World. If He Does, He Will Die in Prison for the “Crime” Of Exposing the Government’s Crimes Against Humanity.

Sixty medics from around the world warned in an open letter that Assange’s health is failing. He may not even be fit to stand extradition trial, given the years of denial of proper healthcare all because he used his free speech to let the public know what the government is doing to them and in their name.

Assange, the founder of the whistleblower site WikiLeaks, is currently in British custody at a top-security Belmarsh jail. In February of next year, he is set to stand trial over an extradition request from the United States, where he may be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Netherlands: Authorities Foil Jihadi Bomb Plot

Police in the Netherlands arrested two individuals suspected of planning to carry out a terrorist attack that would’ve used suicide vests and a car bomb, prosecutors have confirmed.

The two suspects, aged 20 and 34, are said to have “intended to commit a jihadist attack” somewhere in the Netherlands by the end of the year. Dutch authorities say that what exactly they were going to target isn’t yet clear, NL Times reports.

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

Poland Repatriates Gold From Bank of England

Poland brought about 100 tons of gold home from the Bank of England in a bid to demonstrate the strength of nation’s $586 billion economy, central bank Governor Adam Glapinski said.

The institution bought about 126 tons in 2018 and 2019 to increase its gold reserves to 228.6 tons. As a result, the country has become the 22nd-biggest bullion holder in the world and has the biggest reserves of the metal in the European Union’s east, the central bank said. Glapinski said the central bank will keep bringing the precious metal home if the “reserve situation is favorable.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Protesting Farmers With 8,600 Tractors Paralyse German Capital

Thousands of farmers from across Germany took to the streets of Berlin on Tuesday to protest the government’s agricultural policy with an estimated 8,600 tractors blocking traffic.

Organisers of the event claim that as many as 40,000 people took part in the demonstration, while Berlin police estimated the number of tractors, which caused a shut down to Berlin’s regular traffic, to be around 8,600, Der Tagesspiegel reports.

The purpose of the protest was to demonstrate against new agricultural policies introduced by the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which would see much stricter environmental rules imposed on the nation’s farmers.

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

Senior Ex-Deutsche Bank Exec Linked to Millions in Donald Trump Loans Commits Suicide

During the past few years we extensively covered a bizarre surge in banker suicides, pointing out the various conspiracy theories linking various high-level bank executives and inside scandals at the very highest levels across financial institutions, and no bank had more high profile suicides than Deutsche Bank.

It all started on January 26, 2014 when a 58-year-old former senior executive at German investment bank behemoth Deutsche Bank, William Broeksmit, was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. He had been involved in the bank’s risk function and advised the firm’s senior leadership; according to a suicide note found after his death, he had been “anxious about various authorities investigating areas of the bank where he worked” (we profiled the suicide extensively in “an Inside Look At Two “Unrelated” Banker Suicides Reveals A Fascinating Rabbit Hole”).

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

Tusk: Trump ‘Praying’ For Breakup of EU

US president Donald Trump poses “perhaps the most difficult challenge” for the EU because he is “praying” for the breakup of the bloc, EU council president Donald Tusk told Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper in an interview. “For the first time in history, there is an American president who is openly against a united Europe. He supports Brexit and prays for the breakup of the Union,” the outgoing council chief said.

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

UK: Boris Rules Out Second Referendum in Minority Govt as ‘Bad for Our Country’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that if the Conservatives fail to gain a majority in the House of Commons in the December 12th election, he would not agree to a second referendum as a price for a coalition.

Mr Johnson made the pledge in response to a question on the possibility during the launch of his Scottish manifesto on Tuesday, saying in comments reported by PoliticsHome: “I don’t normally answer that kind of hypothetical question, but I think in that case… I’m going to make an exception.”

I certainly can rule out any such referendum… I genuinely think they would be bad for our country.

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

UK: Election Poll: Boris Set to Smash Corbyn With Massive Victory as Voters Abandon Labour

Seats held by the Labour Party for decades are set to turn blue on December 12 as voters back Boris Johnson to get Brexit done. A YouGov poll, released on Wednesday night via The Times, predicted the Tories would secure a majority of 359 — a 41 seat increase on the 318 seats they won in 2017.

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

UK: Exclusive Video — Farage: Labour Cutting Marriage Tax Breaks Shows the Family is Under Assault

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has hit out at Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to take away a small tax break presently afforded to married couples, telling Breitbart London “the family has been under assault from our political establishment for a very long time” and that it was a subject that deserved more attention.

While Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left Labour manifesto launch promised the increase in taxes to pay for the party’s proposed spending rises would be levied purely on the richest in society — what Labour characterises as billionaires but actually includes anyone earning more than the distinctly less-than-a-billion wage of £80,000 a year — he subsequently admitted taxes would also rise for ordinary married couples.

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

UK: Lib Dems Reportedly Back Down on ‘Stop Brexit’ Campaign Amidst Drop in Polls

The Liberal Democrats have reportedly backed down on campaigning to cancel Brexit amidst negative reactions from voters on the doorstep and a drop in the polls.

According to a report in The Times, activists have said that pledges to revoke Article 50, stopping Brexit altogether, is proving unpopular.

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

Ursula Von Der Leyen Warned Brussels Facing ‘Last Call’ To ‘Make Europe or Die’

Ursula von der Leyen was warned European citizens have delivered the European Union with an ultimatum to sort the bloc out or face the end. Italian MEP Stefania Bonafè insisted Brussels should not be complacent after nationalist parties failed to take over the Parliament but instead urged the new European Commission President to “make Europe” to avoid collapse. Addressing Mrs von der Leyen in the European Parliament, the Italian MEP said: “President von der Leyen, new Commissioners — with the vote today we begin on a new course.

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

Web Giants Paid Only 64 MN in Taxes in Italy in 2018

R&S Mediobanca survey examines main ‘WebSoft’ companies

(ANSA) — Milan, November 27 — Fifteen Web giants paid a total of only 64 million euros in taxes in Italy in 2018, according to a survey by R&S Mediobanca published Wednesday.

The ‘WebSoft’ companies included Amazon, which paid six million, Microsoft, which paid 16.5 million, Google, which paid 4.7 million, Oracle, which paid 3.2 million, Facebook, which paid 1.7 million, Uber, which paid 153,000 euros, and Alibaba, which paid 20,000 euros, the survey said.

The 2020 budget bill introduces a Web tax aiming to get more from Web giants.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

In “Message to Tehran” Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate

The month of protest mayhem has continued in Iraq, on Wednesday once again escalating into attacks on Iranian and pro-Iranian bases and sites, especially in the restive southern provinces, where Tehran’s proxies in Iraq are considered strongest.

Reuters reports, “Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said.”

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Iran Claims Arrest of 8 “CIA-Funded Citizen Journalists” After Pompeo Called for ‘Crackdown Videos’

As we’ve covered earlier, Iran’s leadership in predictable fashion has accused the some 200,000 protesters which took to the streets over the past two weeks — triggered by a Nov. 15 sudden gas price hike of at least 50% (and in some place 300%) — of being willing dupes of external enemies, specifically the US, Israeli and Saudi Arabia.

This week as the mainstay of demonstrations were quelled amid an aggressive police crackdown, with some reports of security forces using live gunfire, both the IRGC chief and Ayatollah Khamenei took a ‘victory lap’ of sorts, claiming the dangerous ‘foreign conspiracy’ has been defeated.

And now state media is attempting to offer its people ‘proof’ in the form of eight arrested individuals accused of being CIA assets. State news agency IRNA reported Wednesday that those detained “had received CIA-funded training in various countries under the cover of becoming citizen-journalists,” according to Iran’s Intelligence Ministry statements.

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Iran Says Over 700 Banks Were Torched in Vast Protest ‘Conspiracy’

After early in the week Iran’s top elite Guard commander gave a fiery ‘victory’ speech declaring the mainstay of anti-government protests which gripped major cities across Iran since Nov. 15 had been quelled, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has followed up with denouncing the unrest as a “very dangerous conspiracy”.

This as according to Reuters Iranian authorities “reported about 731 banks and 140 government sites had been torched in the disturbances.”

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India: New Snake Species Found in Arunachal

Researchers have discovered a new species of non-venomous burrowing snake in Arunachal Pradesh, named Trachischium apteii. It was found under fallen logs inside a thickly forested area of the Tally Valley Wildlife Sanctuary near the town of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh during a field expedition by researchers in July 2019.

“Three specimens of the new species were found in field that helped diagnose the new species,” states the paper published by three researchers — Harshal Bhonsle, Gaurang Gowande and Zeeshan Mirza — in the international science journal Comptes Rendus Biologies.

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Hong Kong Protest Movement Leader Speaks Out Against Chinese: ‘Our Freedoms Are Being Quashed’

On Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive,” Wall Street Journal editorial board member Bill McGurn spoke with one of the young leaders of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, who explained how his generation is responding to creeping Chinese communist control.

Nathan Law is now a graduate student at Yale University, but in 2014 he helped lead the so-called Umbrella Movement, which took part in protests in Hong Kong against growing Chinese influence over the semi-autonomous city.

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‘I Love China’: Pope Francis Downplays Hong Kong Protests

Pope Francis dodged questions regarding his opinion of the Hong Kong protesters Tuesday, saying that such problems are occurring all over the world and that he loves China.

Asked aboard the papal plane about his telegrams to different Asian heads of state and his opinion on the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations, the pope said that telegrams are just a formality and nothing should be read into them.

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Keean Bexte Finds a Strange Sim Card in His Hong Kong Hotel Room Shortly After 3 Men in Suits Try to Enter

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Keean Bexte called in to talk about two incidents at his Hong Kong hotel room: Three men in suits attempted to enter the room while Keean and our Rebel cameraman edited video, and later a strange mobile phone’s SIM card was found on the floor.

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New Ancient Species of Rodent Discovered in a Fossil From China is Found to Have a Unique Inner Ear Structure Not Seen in Any Other Mammal

A new species of rodent-like mammal discovered by researchers in China is shedding light on an unheard of form of hearing.

Well preserved fossils of the creature, dubbed Jeholbaatar kielanae, were discovered in the Jiufotang Formation in China’s Liaoning Province, and studied by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing.

Scientists say the ancient mammal, which comes from a species called multituberculates, weighed about 1.5 ounces and lived about 120 million years ago, meaning it co-existed with dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period.

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Pope Francis Suggests Moratorium on Nuclear Energy

Budapest, HUNGARY — Pope Francis said Tuesday that not only nuclear weapons but also nuclear power plants should be at least temporarily banned because of their destructive capability.

During the press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Thailand and Japan Tuesday, the pope reiterated his belief that not only the use, but also the possession of nuclear weapons is evil, since “due to an accident or the madness of some government leader, a person’s madness can destroy humanity.”

Yet the pontiff also went on to comment on the morality of nuclear energy as well when asked by a journalist whether Japan should shut down its nuclear power stations.

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Trump Signs Bill Supporting Hong Kong Protesters Despite Strong Opposition From China

President Trump on Wednesday signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act after it was passed by the Senate and House earlier this month.

Trump’s signature comes as Hong Kong continues to be gripped by turmoil amid widespread discontent over Chinese rule in the special administrative region. Chinese officials had hoped Trump would veto the bill and the president had expressed some concerns about complicating the effort to work out a trade deal with China’s President Xi Jinping.

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“Sweden is Full, Many Migrants Need to Go Home” — Leader Sweden Democrats Says

“In order to be able to repair any damage that has already been done it is a necessity that asylum and family reuinification immigration come down to an absolute minimum”, Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the populist right-wing Sweden Democrats, said at the party’s conference.

“Simply put: There must be more immigrants returing home than new immigrants arriving. We must send out the signal that Sweden is full and will be so for the foreseeable future. It is a basic premise. If we fail to do so, the problems will only continue to grow, and the consequences will be even worse. And we must at the same time dare to make demands again. Requirements for self-sufficiency. … … but if you live in Sweden you must adapt. You must adapt to our country’s values, respect our standards, learn the language, learn about how our society works.You must understand that you have come to a new country … … and therefore you cannot expect to live the same way as in your home country.”

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25 Migrants Injured When Truck Overturns in North Macedonia

Police in North Macedonia say they have found 25 injured migrants, including seven minors, in an overturned truck in the country’s northeast.

Police said 15 Afghans, nine Pakistanis and one Iraqi were found on a local road early Wednesday and were transferred to a hospital in the northern town of Kumanovo.

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France: Paris: Feminists Attack Other Protesters for Highlighting Study Showing 52% of Male Rapists Are Migrants

Women called “fascists,” forced to leave demonstration.

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Migrant Crisis 2.0: 1000+ Migrants Land in Italy and Greece in Few Days

Greece and Italy have seen a new flood of migrants in the past few days, with more than 700 new migrants arriving in Greece within 24 hours.

Last weekend, 643 migrants landed on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos in a period of just 24 hours, while the Greek coastguard picked up 60 migrants at sea, making for a total of 703 newly arrived migrants, Euronews reports.

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Over a Thousand Migrants Storm Greece and Italy in Days

Both Italy and Greece have seen a new influx of migrants in the last several days, with Greece alone receiving over 700 migrants in 24 hours.

Italian authorities allowed several migrant transport NGO vessels to dock on both Sunday and Monday, with the French NGO Sos Mediterranée dropping off 215 migrants at the port of Messina on Sunday after recovering the migrants off the coast of Libya, Il Giornale reports.

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Sweden: Municipalities Cut Basic Services to Offset Large Cost of Taking in Migrants

Eight out of ten municipalities in Sweden will be forced to slash funds used to finance basic public services to offset the high cost of taking in large numbers of welfare-dependent migrants.

The survey found that 46 percent of municipalities reported having plans to slash disability services, while half said that they would be forced to make serious spending cuts in individual and family care to save money, SVT Nyheter reports.

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Swedish Towns Slashing Basic Services to Support Migrants

Officials planning to reduce street lighting, snow plowing.

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Switzerland: Drunk Somali Migrant Arrested for Attacking Female Bus Driver

Swiss police have arrested a drunk Somali migrant in the town of St. Gallen after he physically assaulted the female bus driver and tried to steal her vehicle.

According to police, the Somali migrant, aged 29, was seen arguing with another individual before the bus driver tried to put an end to the unruly behavior. It was only then when the Somali migrant attacked the bus driver, Swiss daily newspaper Blick reports.

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Switzerland Arrests Islamic State Fighter Who Posed as Asylum Seeker

Police in Switzerland have arrested an alleged Islamic State fighter said to have lived in the country as an asylum seeker for at least six months.

Police arrested the suspected fighter on Saturday, according to the Swiss Public Ministry. Authorities said he had lived at an asylum home in the town of Altstätten before being sent to another centre in Kreuzlingen, 20 Minutes reports.

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Atheist Group Protests Kanye West’s Prison Proselytizing

Prisoners often find themselves mixed up in ideological warfare that has nothing to do with their rehabilitation, and everything to do with opposing cultural forces. Such is the case with born-again Christian pop star Kanye West’s recent visit to the Harris County Jail in Texas. West brought his musical worship service to prisoners, leading with light and God’s love, to the people who need it most. For that, the local Sheriff Ed Gonzales, West, and the prisoners were admonished by anti-faith group The Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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Chick-fil-A Donated to ‘Extreme Anti-Christian’ Organizations

When well known Christian fast-food organization Chick-fil-A has decided to halt funding to the Salvation Army due to what critics called “anti-LGBT stances,” many backers of the delicious chicken joint felt betrayed. But this sense of betrayal has all but intensified, as revelations came that Chick-fil-A has been donating to what some are calling “extreme anti-Christian groups in America.”

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LGBT Jesuit Priest Showcases ‘Gay Jesus’ Art

LGBT promoter Father James Martin SJ has chosen a painting from a collection titled Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision to illustrate the scene of Jesus driving money changers from the temple.

The painting selected by Father Martin depicts Jesus as a gay man, part of a series of 24 works from homoerotic painter Douglas Blanchard, which have been used as illustrations for a book featuring a homosexualized Jesus.

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Liberal Arts Colleges Running Out of Woke White Men?

The financial struggles of New England liberal arts colleges have been in the news lately. “Marlboro planning to give campus and endowment to Emerson College” describes the end of 73 years of operation in Southern Vermont. “Can small liberal arts colleges survive the next decade?” (Christian Science Monitor)

A friend who has worked at the highest levels of college governance said that these bastions of righteousness in which white males are blamed for most things are having difficulty recruiting white males. Why does that matter? “Once the men stop attending,” he noted, “then women don’t want to enroll.”

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Notre Dame Students Demand to Read Fewer White Authors

SJW group seeks to overhaul campus rules, curriculum.

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The Guardian Set Up a ‘Cotton Ceiling’ Blind Date

Anna and Jen went on a date. The Guardian set it up, as part of their blind dating service. It was a sweet little date, both Anna and Jen enjoyed themselves. They shared some wine, they shared a kiss, and the whole experience was written up in their Blind Date column. The Guardian didn’t reveal the daters’ genders to one another—presumably because The Guardian‘s editors think everyone should be okay with being pansexual.

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UK Court Bans Protests Against ‘LGBT Curriculum’ At Muslim-Dominated School

Islamic parents staged mass demonstrations against “pedophile agenda”

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Video: Global LGBT Indoctrination Curriculum Explained

Learn how the left is trying to corrupt the family unit.

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Video: Protesters Disrupt Heather Mac Donald Speech at Holy Cross

Protesters disrupted a lecture by conservative commentator Heather Mac Donald at a Massachusetts Jesuit college, shouting phrases like “my oppression is not a delusion” and “your sexism is not welcome.”

The Fenwick Review, the independent student newspaper of The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., hosted Mac Donald on Nov. 18 to discuss her new book “The Diversity Delusion.”

Video and audio obtained by Campus Reform, captures protesters trying to shout down Mac Donald while she is speaking, but according to a spokesperson from The Fenwick Review, the event was not canceled and Mac Donald carried on.

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‘Woke’ American Music Awards Sets Record Low Viewership in Key Demo

Audience getting tired of relentless progressive preaching.

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Italy: Renzi Blasts Probe Into Open Foundation

Party-funding commission a priority for M5S says Di Maio

(ANSA) — Rome, November 27 — Ex-premier Matteo Renzi, the leader of the new, centrist Italia Viva (IV) party, on Wednesday blasted a criminal probe into Open, a Florence-based foundation set up to finance his political initiatives. “Who decides what a party is? The political world or the judiciary?,” Renzi, who left the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), said via Facebook. “At this point a decisive contest for our democracy is being played out,” said the former PD leader.

“At this point we will call upon all the levels of the public institutions to establish whether parties are what is laid down in the Constitution, or they are what the Florentine magistrates have decided to define them as. “Two Florentine judges have decided that Open is not a foundation, it’s a party.

“And so the rules change retroactively”.

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), reiterated his call for a parliamentary commission into the funding of political parties.

“It’s a priority for us,” he said.

“We’ll ask for support to deliver it as soon as possible”.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/27/2019

  1. Baron writes: [Comment: A strong middle class is a bulwark against communism. This is why the communist globalists seek the destruction of America’s middle class.]

    It is true that the anti globalist French girl group Les Brigandes sing in a recent song of the union of the Internationale, communist anthem, and Capital, which rhymes in French.

    However, while the phrase “communist globalists” may make you and others of like mind feel good and keep the Right together, it is empty.

    That is because the neoliberal oligarchic economic policy of the globalists at the various finance institutions and their tame politicians aims at anything but what Communism provided by way of social welfare 1917-1991.

    You can see this from what happens when Chicago School economists of the Milton Friedman type get hold of a country eg Chile post-1973.

    It is naturally true that the Left hopes for immi-vader votes in 2019 but it is not in the driver`s seat.

    • I did NOT write that. All comments in square brackets on the news feed were written by the tipster who sent that particular article in.

  2. Swedish “officials planning to reduce street lighting” to save money for migrants! How very convenient, without street lights the blond “uncovered meat” will be much easier to catch! And “without snow plowing”, just throw the infidel in the snowdrift after use and forget about her till April.

  3. ““Furry” Couple Arrested for Rape of 15-Year-Old Boy” While obviously morally wrong, the whole case sounds more like the boy did everything willingly and after his father discovered his interests, he claimed to be a victim to avoid getting punished by his dad. And then it’s posted on infowars, so it needs to be taken with a large grain of salt too…

  4. There will be no civil war in France

    Articles have appeared here and there talking about a possible civil war in France. Ivan Rioufol, for whom I have a very high esteem, mentioned the issue and even devoted a book to it. Eric Zemmour speaks of “colonization” and sometimes evokes the hypothesis of a French resistance to what awaits them.

    I must say no: I do not think there will be a civil war in France, nor do I believe in the emergence of resistance. I have already in the fairly recent past explained why, and I think it useful to emphasize again some points…

    https://www.dreuz.info/2019/11/26/il-ny-aura-pas-de-guerre-civile-en-france/

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