Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/4/2019

The flow of migrants into Greece has increased, with 800 landing on the Greek islands in less than two days. Meanwhile, in a Texas court, a Muslim immigrant was sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling six other Muslims into the USA.

In other news, police in Oklahoma City are investigating the posting of fliers that read “It’s OK to be White” as a possible hate crime.

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Financial Crisis
» Dow Rips to a Record High, Now Up Nearly 18% on the Year
 
USA
» Alex Jones Invades Hillary Clinton Rally in Armored Vehicle
» AOC Says She’s Sorry for Blocking Dov Hikind on Twitter
» Author: Russiagate Was a Political Hit Job Against Trump Campaign by FBI
» Exclusive: In Leaked Audio, Richard Spencer Rages at ‘Kikes’ And ‘Octoroons’ After Charlottesville Protester’s Death
» Gavin Newsom, Your Carbon Offsets Are Burning
» Gov. Cuomo Claims Tornados Didn’t Exist Before Climate Change
» High Crimes? Lawsuit Says Obama Entered Paris Climate Agreement Illegally
» Oklahoma City Police Investigating “It’s Okay to be White” Fliers as Potential Hate Crime
» Pregnant Florida Mom Uses AR-15 to Kill Home Intruder
» Protesters Gather Around ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon in Downtown Lexington Ahead of Presidential Visit
» Report: Steve Bannon Set to Testify Against Roger Stone
» Revenge of the Chair Warmers: Gov’t of, By and for the Bureaucracy
» Soros Sends Last-Minute Cash to Virginia Prosecutor Candidates
» Trump Supporters Enter Rupp Arena Ahead of Monday’s Rally
 
Canada
» Falling Walruses: Attenborough Tacitly Admits Netflix Deception
» Wexit: Five Potential National Anthems for Western Canada
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: Michel Calls for Urgent Government Talks
» ‘Catalonia Has No King, ‘ Separatist Protesters Say During Spanish Royals’ Visit
» Farage: Boris Deal is ‘Remainer’s Brexit’ Where UK Will ‘Never be Free From EU Rules’
» Former Scotland Yard Detective Reveals How Elite Pedophile Rings Are Protected
» France: Six Wounded After Gunman Opens Fire on Bar in Multicultural District
» Johnson Rules Out New Scottish Referendum
» Survey: Nearly 1 in 2 Brussels Residents Carry ‘Means of Self-Defense’
» They’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Activists Need Help Getting to COP25 Climate Summit
» UK: Boris’s Surrender to the Greenies is Fracking Stupid
» UK: Climate Activist Found Not Guilty, Claims Home Was Under Direct Climate Threat
» UK: London Mayor Khan Open to Decriminalising Cannabis to Cut Crime
» Why This is NOT Brexit
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» EU Condemns Rocket Fire on Sderot
 
Middle East
» “Protest All Day, Party All Night”: How Rave is Uniting the Lebanese Rebellion
» Iraqis Attack Iranian Consulate in Shiite Holy City of Karbala
 
Russia
» Eulogy: Vladimir Bukovsky
 
South Asia
» New Species of Tarsier Discovered
 
Far East
» Scores Hurt in Chaotic Hong Kong Protests
 
Latin America
» Bolivian Opposition Leader Calls for ‘Radical’ Strike Action, Blockades
» Protests in Chile Resume as Demonstrations Crimp Economic Growth
 
Immigration
» Essex Lorry Deaths Latest: Eight People Arrested in Vietnam After 39 Found Dead in Lorry
» Migrant Crisis 2.0: 800 Migrants Land on Greek Shores in Less Than Two Days
» Muslim Migrant Smuggles at Least Six Other Muslims Across U.S.-Mexico Border
» Police Find 41 Migrants Alive in the Back of a Refrigerated Truck in Greece in Latest Shocking Example of Ruthless Human Trafficking
 
Culture Wars
» Germany to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’
» Google Funding Media to Fulfill Radical Liberal Agenda
» Katie Hill Affair and Its Aftermath Are Signs of America’s Decline
» Omnicide: More People Than You Think Want to Destroy Humanity
» UK: London Billboards Call on White Britons to ‘Get Sterilized’
» UK: National Health Service to Deny Treatment for ‘Racist or Sexist Language, Gestures, Behaviour’
 

Dow Rips to a Record High, Now Up Nearly 18% on the Year

The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a milestone on Monday, joining the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite at record levels, as investor sentiment was lifted by strong earnings, a rebound in economic data and a potential U.S.-China trade deal.

The 30-stock measure rose 114.75 points, or 0.4%, to 27,462.11, its first all-time high since mid-July. Chevron led the way higher for the Dow, rising 4.6%. Trade bellwethers Boeing and Caterpillar also rose more than 1% each.

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

Alex Jones Invades Hillary Clinton Rally in Armored Vehicle

Alex Jones crashed a pro-Hillary Clinton rally in Austin, Texas in an armored tank while chanting “Epstein didn’t kill himself!”

Clinton took the stage at Riverbend Church to promote “The Book of Gusty Women” with her daughter Chelsea.

However, before the event, radio host Alex Jones rolled through the area in an armored tank and bombarded Clinton supporters with his firebrand rhetoric.

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

AOC Says She’s Sorry for Blocking Dov Hikind on Twitter

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has settled a lawsuit with former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind — sparing her from having to testify in federal court Tuesday over why she blocked him on Twitter, The Post has learned.

“I have reconsidered my decision to block Dov Hikind from my Twitter account,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement obtained by The Post on Monday. “Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them.”

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

Author: Russiagate Was a Political Hit Job Against Trump Campaign by FBI

“People in the Clinton world are keen for this book not to come out”

Author Lee Smith proclaimed Sunday that the Russiagate saga was a coordinated political attack on the Trump campaign by the FBI at the behest of the deep state, and claimed that the Clinton camp are keen to prevent his book from being published.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”, Smith explained how the operation was designed to prevent Trump from becoming President, and to aid Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Smith claimed that University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper was paid to sabotage the Trump campaign under the guise of carrying out “studies” on foreign governments for the intelligence community.

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

Exclusive: In Leaked Audio, Richard Spencer Rages at ‘Kikes’ And ‘Octoroons’ After Charlottesville Protester’s Death

Leaked audio of white nationalist Richard Spencer, published here for the first time, shows him fuming after the death of Charlottesville counter-protester Heather Heyer. In the recording, Spencer is heard raging against Jews and blacks.

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

Gavin Newsom, Your Carbon Offsets Are Burning

By Daniel John Sobieski

Those who leave their energy-guzzling multi-million-dollar mansions when they fly off on their private jets to save-the-planet climate change conferences like to ease their consciences and explain their hypocrisy by pointing to their carbon offsets like paying for trees to be planted somewhere that might mature in a hundred years or so.

There are a lot of trees in California and a good number of them are on fire, thanks to environmental regulations and policies that are supposed to protect the environment but are in fact destroying it. The irony in California that the very trees that are supposed to be sucking up those nasty carbon emissions are now a major producer of carbon emissions. As Chuck DeVore, Texas Public Policy Foundation VP and former California legislator, points out in Forbes:

This is California’s big secret: it’s not climate change that’s burning up the forests, killing people, and destroying hundreds of homes; it’s decades of environmental mismanagement that has created a tinderbox of unharvested timber, dead trees, and thick underbrush.

This dangerous situation attracted attention from President Donald Trump who, during the height of California’s wildfires last year insisted that “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor.”

The irony is that forest management is so bad on public lands that a new report, ordered by the California legislature in 2010, shows that the portion of California’s National Forests protected from timber harvesting is now a net contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide due to fires and trees killed by insects and disease.

Imagine that. Environmentalists have managed to turn our forests into major polluters. California Governor Gavin Newsom has carried the environmental terrorism practiced by predecessor Jerry Brown to an absurd extreme, blaming capitalism as well as climate change for California’s fires

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gov. Cuomo Claims Tornados Didn’t Exist Before Climate Change

This afternoon on MSNBC, hosts and climate change propagandists Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle sat back and stayed silent as their Democrat guest made an absurdly comical declaration about climate change.

While discussing the flooding state of emergency in New York, on MSNBC Live With Velshi and Ruhle, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) told the hosts the natural disaster was not only due to climate change, but we never had these natural disasters before:

Ali, anyone who questions extreme weather and climate change is just delusional at this point. We have seen in the state of New York what everyone has seen, we have seen these weather patterns we never had before. We didn’t have hurricanes, we didn’t have super storms, we didn’t have tornadoes.

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

High Crimes? Lawsuit Says Obama Entered Paris Climate Agreement Illegally

Former President Barack Obama illegally entered into the Paris climate agreement, a lawsuit filed Monday says, citing a legal memo the Obama administration allegedly used to justify the deal.

The lawsuit asserts that the Obama administration argued the agreement could be signed without Senate approval because it does not set “legally binding targets and timetables.”

Such justifications are a misrepresentation of the law, according to the lawsuit.

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

Oklahoma City Police Investigating “It’s Okay to be White” Fliers as Potential Hate Crime

Police in Oklahoma City are investigating “It’s okay to be white” fliers that were posted at the Oklahoma City University School of Law as a potential hate crime.

Although authorities acknowledge that the fliers were “not believed to be a threat” and that posting them wasn’t a crime because no property was damaged, the individual responsible is under investigation anyway.

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

Pregnant Florida Mom Uses AR-15 to Kill Home Intruder

A pregnant woman is credited with saving the lives of her husband and daughter after she used an AR-15 to fatally gun down a home intruder, a report said.

The hero mom sprung into action when two intruders entered the family’s Lithia, Fla. home last week and pistol whipped her husband while violently grabbing their daughter, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Protesters Gather Around ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon in Downtown Lexington Ahead of Presidential Visit

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Protesters are flying a ‘Baby Trump’ balloon ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Lexington.

The inflatable Trump caricature in a diaper is often flown ahead of visits from the President as a rallying symbol for protesters, while many supporters call it a disrespectful way to portray the President.

“It’s a big piece of art that travels the world and worth seeing,” Morgan Cain said. “It’s the freedom of America to say whatever you want to say in the form of art.”

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

Report: Steve Bannon Set to Testify Against Roger Stone

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is set to testify against Roger Stone by claiming Stone was in contact with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, according to sources close to the trial.

The information was uncovered by reporters on the scene of Stone’s pre-trial.

Bannon testifying against Stone is an act of revenge for Stone’s role in having him ousted from the Trump administration.

Stone wrote an article that was published by the Daily Caller headlined ‘Bannon’s Time Is Up’ the day before Bannon left the White House, although Bannon asserts his departure was by mutual consent.

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

Revenge of the Chair Warmers: Gov’t of, By and for the Bureaucracy

What have we learned from impeachment so far?

We’ve learned that we don’t need elections anymore. We are in a post-constitutional government.

This is government of, by and for the chair warmers.

From what we can tell, President Trump is guilty of the high crime of disagreeing with unelected bureaucrats adept at justifying their own existence and warming chairs.

One of these unelected, previously unknown office holders is Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

He told Congress he was most alarmed because the president’s foreign policy ran contrary to the “consensus of the interagency.”

Nowhere in the Constitution do the framers mention this “interagency” or empower it to make foreign policy.

Vindman wears a uniform of the U.S. Army, last I checked one of the military services that are supposed to be apolitical and subordinate to civilian authority.

So when Vindman disagreed with the policy set by a) the civilian leader of our country and b) his commander in chief, the lieutenant colonel went outside the chain of command to torpedo the policy he didn’t like, going so far as to aid and abet the removal of the duly elected president.

“Seven Days in May,” anyone?

But Vindman and his exalted “interagency” that felt entitled enough to set U.S. foreign policy and confident enough to instigate the impeachment of President Trump is only one example of insubordination by inferior officers.

Throughout the government we find unelected bureaucrats making policy instead of carrying out the policy set by the president we elected and the Constitution empowered to do so.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Soros Sends Last-Minute Cash to Virginia Prosecutor Candidates

Liberal billionaire George Soros is flooding Virginia with hundreds of thousands of dollars in a last-minute effort to support Democratic prosecutors on the ballot on Nov. 5. The money is part of a liberal effort to reshape the state’s criminal justice system: Progressive Democrats in several races have committed to reforms focused on reducing felony convictions.

Soros’s targeted candidates have expressed opposition to the death penalty and prosecuting marijuana possession and seek to reduce incarceration rates by bringing lower-level charges. The billionaire’s contributions to the candidates in all but one case are by far the largest they have received for their races.

Among the candidates Soros is lavishing with cash is Buta Biberaj, the Democrat running for commonwealth’s attorney in Loudoun County, Va., who received a $260,000 contribution and $3,773 in digital ad productions on Oct. 29 from the Justice and Public Safety PAC, a federal political action committee financed by Soros. The PAC disbursed an additional $337,546 in additional funds for direct ad buys, mail, literature, postage, and polling from mid to late October, filings show. Biberaj, a defense attorney and substitute judge, has advocated for reducing incarceration by bringing lower-level charges.

[Comment: Soros seeking to keep criminals free, and not in jail. Just one of the prongs of the globalist nation destabilization agenda.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Supporters Enter Rupp Arena Ahead of Monday’s Rally

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — President Trump isn’t in Lexington yet, but his supporters are.

Thousands of people are already inside Rupp Arena where the president will be stumping for Governor Matt Bevin ahead of Tuesday’s election.

The committed conservatives came out as early as Saturday, battling the cold and camping out.

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

Falling Walruses: Attenborough Tacitly Admits Netflix Deception

Sir David Attenborough finds himself at the center of another scandal over deceptive filmmaking.

Back in the spring, he was accused of deceiving viewers when he claimed, in his Netflix show Our Planet, that walruses were falling off Siberian clifftops as a result of climate change.

This was shown to be untrue by Canadian biologist and mammal expert Dr. Susan Crockford, who described the abundant scientific literature, dating back many decades, showing that walruses have always taken to the land, and even fallen from clifftops.

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

Wexit: Five Potential National Anthems for Western Canada

Canada’s rich songwriting history spans back many decades, but with the recent rise in separatist sentiment from Western Canadians, particularly within the prairie provinces, a cultural fracture can be clearly observed between Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes.

Many Western Canadians want a way out, riding an emotional tsunami sparked by Justin Trudeau’s reelection. And with the Wexit movement barreling along, some have started asking some important, yet fun, questions.

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

Belgium: Michel Calls for Urgent Government Talks

Former Belgian prime minister and future EU Council president, Charles Michel, urged the two largest Belgian parties, the Flemish nationalist NVA and the Francophone socialist PS to take their responsibility and start government talks. The fact that they are not talking since the elections of 26 May is “a form of weakness, if not cowardliness”, he said. Earlier, Christian Democrat politician Joachim Coens suggested forming a government of experts instead.

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

‘Catalonia Has No King, ‘ Separatist Protesters Say During Spanish Royals’ Visit

BARCELONA (Reuters) — Thousands of demonstrators banged on kitchen pots and chanted “Catalonia has no king!” on Monday to protest a visit by the Spanish royal family to the capital of the region that has been hit by weeks of separatist demonstrations.

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

Farage: Boris Deal is ‘Remainer’s Brexit’ Where UK Will ‘Never be Free From EU Rules’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has warned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s exit treaty is a “Remainer’s Brexit”, and if Parliament passes it, the United Kingdom will “never be free from EU rules”.

Mr Farage made the comments on Saturday in response to reports that Mr Johnson was dropping the “threat” of a clean-break Brexit from the Conservative election manifesto.

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

Former Scotland Yard Detective Reveals How Elite Pedophile Rings Are Protected

A former Scotland Yard Detective has revealed how London police protect elite pedophile rings.

In an in depth interview (see video below), retired police detective, Jon Wedger, who served with Scotland yard for 27 years and specialized in pedophile rings, reveals how the police protect politicians, celebrities, and other powerful people who commit pedophilia.

After blowing the whistle on the police cover-ups, Wedger was bullied and threatened.

Need to know news reports: He says that care homes, residential homes for children who have been separated from their families, were the source of sexual abuse and rape, and led to prostitution, drug abuse and other crimes. He was removed from a number of positions after uncovering child sex abuse, because police in top positions are complicit or covering up for politicians, celebrities and other powerful people.

He was warned by the chief superintendent that child prostitution ran so deep with people who were connected that, if he continued to pursue the issue, he would lose his job, his house, and his children. After Wedger blew the whistle on police cover-ups, he was bullied and threatened.

Wedger investigated the child-protection industry and discovered the lucrative business of privately run care homes that can pay owners over $2,500 per child per week. He says the abuse and prostitution in the care homes is an organized-crime operation involving high-ranking police and politicians. Wedger says the kids are being picked up from the care homes, abused, and then returned after the weekend. 80% of trafficking is within the family or those who have been given parental authority over the children. Sexual assault on children happens in all racial groups. All religious institutions have a problem with pedophilia but are protected by law enforcement. There is only a 2% prosecution rate on child prostitution.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

France: Six Wounded After Gunman Opens Fire on Bar in Multicultural District

Six people were injured in Marseille, France last Thursday evening after a gunman opened fire on customers at a bar in the 15th arrondissement, in the multicultural Calade district.

The gunman, armed with a shotgun, arrived in front of Le Terminus bar around 20:45 before unleashing a hail of gunfire onto patrons. Of the six people who were injured during the attack, one was left in critical condition, Le Parisien reports.

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

Johnson Rules Out New Scottish Referendum

UK prime minister Boris Johnson said he will not give Scotland a second independence referendum, after Scottish first minister Nicolas Sturgeon claimed she would request one. “I think having another referendum, I don’t think people in this country think referendums are very wonderful for harmony. We had one in 2014, the British people, the people of Scotland, were told in 2014 that that was a once-in-a-generation event,” Johnson said.

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

Survey: Nearly 1 in 2 Brussels Residents Carry ‘Means of Self-Defense’

Nearly one in every two residents living in Brussels, Belgium now carries a ‘means of self-defense’ on their person, a new survey has revealed.

The poll, carried out by the Brussels—Prevention & Security (BPV) service, revealed that 44 percent of residents living in the Belgian capital carry a ‘means of defense’, with 38 percent actually carrying some kind of weapon, Belgian radio station Bruzz reports.

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

They’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Activists Need Help Getting to COP25 Climate Summit

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is not alone in asking the world for help so she can join 25,000 other delegates at the rescheduled United Nations COP25 climate conference in Spain.

Young Belgian climate proponents Adelaide Charlier and Anuna De Wever (pictured) had boarded a sailing boat for South America in October to sail to Chile to participate in COP25 when it was set down for South America.

Now they are stranded and desperate to head back to Europe for the COP25 meeting rescheduled for Madrid next month in the biggest and fastest boat that can be made available to them free of charge.

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

UK: Boris’s Surrender to the Greenies is Fracking Stupid

Boris Johnson has done his first really, really bad thing since becoming Prime Minister.

It’s bad, at least, if you think the job of a Conservative leader is to stand up for stuff like innovation, prosperity, moral principle — and for the little guy who wants lower energy prices, a higher standard of living, and a job and an economic future for his kids…

[…]Really great, though, if you think canny politics is to blow with the wind, allow your policies — Blair— and Cameron-style — to be dictated by whatever random focus group you spoke to last, ignore the evidence, stifle entrepreneurship, and give an almighty boost to the kind of people who are always going to hate you.

I’m talking, of course, about the Conservatives’ announcement that they are going to ban fracking for shale gas.

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

UK: Climate Activist Found Not Guilty, Claims Home Was Under Direct Climate Threat

After spray-painting Cambridgeshire county council headquarters during an environmental protest last December, Extinction Rebellion protester Angela Ditchfield was found not guilty of criminal damage.

She successfully argued that she had a legal excuse to commit vandalism as she believed there was an immediate threat to her home from climate disaster.

Given that the offense took place nearly a year ago, it should be obvious that the threat was not ‘immediate’, and in spite of the hysterical claims of Extinction Rebellion and their supporters, ‘climate catastrophe’ has still not struck.

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

UK: London Mayor Khan Open to Decriminalising Cannabis to Cut Crime

Sadiq Khan has signalled that he is open to decriminalising cannabis possession, calling for an “evidence-based conversation” about the drug.

Mr Khan told the Evening Standard: “The time is right for our society to have an evidence-based conversation about cannabis — about the law, how it is enforced, and how we support those struggling with addiction.

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

Why This is NOT Brexit

by James Higham

Nigel Farage “suppose(d) that pro-Brexit MPs backing the deal (had) not actually read the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the important Political Declaration (PD) that (went) with it.

These ma(d)e up a new European Treaty that reheat(ed) 95 per cent of Theresa May’s deal — see the sections below from Mr. Farage’s letter at TBP site. I think the TBP could do much better than burying this in a far corner of the site in small print, it should be trumpeted on the front page:

Remaining under EU rules but — no vote, no voice, no veto

During the Withdrawal Agreement’s extendable ‘transition period’ (which lasts until at least the end of 2020 and almost certainly years longer), we won’t withdraw from the EU at all but become non-voting members. We will still be trapped in the EU customs union and single market, subject to all existing EU laws and any punitive new ones they might pass (Articles 4.1, 4.2, 6, 41, 95.1, 127). And we’ll be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (Arts 4.4, 4.5, 86, 87, 89, 95.3, 131, 158, 163). The difference is we won’t have any say (Arts 7.1, 34)….

           — Hat tip: JJ [Return to headlines]
 

EU Condemns Rocket Fire on Sderot

The European Union on Sunday condemned the recent rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel and called for a political solution to end the violence.

“The last few days have seen the firing of more than a dozen rockets from Gaza into Southern Israel by Palestinian armed groups,” said EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic in a statement.

“The firing of rockets against civilian populations is unacceptable and must stop immediately and unconditionally. The priority should be to work on immediate de-escalation to protect civilian lives.”

“Israelis and Palestinians both have the right to live in peace, security and dignity. Only a political solution can put an end to the violence,” the statement concluded.

At least ten rockets were fired on Friday night from Gaza towards Sderot and the area. The Iron Dome system intercepted eight of the rockets, another rocket exploded in an open area and another directly hit a home in Sderot.[…]

[The cogs of war grind slowly in Arab friendly Brussels, 15 years too late, mate]

           — Hat tip: MC [Return to headlines]
 

“Protest All Day, Party All Night”: How Rave is Uniting the Lebanese Rebellion

It’s midnight on a Tuesday night in Beirut and a crowd is forming around a white van that has pulled up in Martyrs’ Square. A dense cloud of smoke is being spewed out from the squealing tires of a nearby BMW, and through it moves a mishmash of street children, wealthy students, and shirtless men wearing masks. Some are shouting at two figures scrambling over the roof of the van tying down speakers and plugging in cables.

It’s nine days since Lebanese protesters spontaneously took to the streets after a raft of new taxes were announced, including a $0.29 daily charge on voice calls made through WhatsApp. The eruption of mass protests closed the country’s banks, universities and night clubs, and led to impromptu all-night DIY raves springing up at protest sites and in abandoned buildings across the country.

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

Iraqis Attack Iranian Consulate in Shiite Holy City of Karbala

BAGHDAD — Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Sunday, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag and replacing it with the Iraqi flag, eyewitnesses said.

Security forces fired in the air to disperse the protesters who threw stones and burned tires around the building on a street corner in Karbala south of Baghdad. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the incident, which comes amid ongoing protests in the capital Baghdad and majority-Shiite provinces in the south.

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

Eulogy: Vladimir Bukovsky

by Diana West

Last night, at the 42nd Annual Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Dinner, I delivered the following remarks to honor the memory of Vladimir Bukovsky.

I never had the joy of meeting Vladimir Bukovsky in person.

We connected over attacks against my book American Betrayal because they were so similar to attacks against his own work. He and his colleague Pavel Stroilov co-wrote two essays about the book and this phenomenon.

For me, of course, this was a very special bond.

Many of us are familiar with Bukvosky’s heroic story. Co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, Bukovsky spent nearly 12 years inside Soviet prisons, labor camps and psychiatric hospitals before his release to the West in 1976. He was 33.

He threw himself into his role as an educator about the dangers of communism and socialism, the centrality of human rights. He met with leaders, starting with President Carter, and counseled many, including Margaret Thatcher. He leaves us numerous essays and two great memoirs, To Build a Castle, which came out in 1979, and Judgment in Moscow, which began to appear in Europe in 1995. It did not come out in English until earlier this year, nearly a quarter-century later.

There are historical echoes to be heard in the title, Judgment in Moscow. Among many —many — amazing things, the book examines (and destroys) the reasons for the West’s failure to try and convict communism as Nazism was tried and convicted in Nuremberg.

As the subject of a eulogy, Vladimir Bukovsky poses a challenge. Yes, he was a hero, and his triumphs over evil are epic.

However, that for which he is renowned — his life’s work to break communism’s hold on the world, and especially the West — did not go as he had hoped and believed possible.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New Species of Tarsier Discovered

An international team of scientists has discovered a new species of tarsier living on the Togean Islands of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Tarsiers are small, nocturnal, predaceous primates of the 45-million-year-old family Tarsiidae.

Together with their presumed sister family, the extinct Omomyidae, they were once widespread in Asia, Europe and North America, but today populate only insular Southeast Asia.

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

Scores Hurt in Chaotic Hong Kong Protests

Scores of people have been injured in Hong Kong during a chaotic weekend of anti-government protests that left one man in a critical condition.

Twelve police officers were also injured during the weekend clashes, with more than 300 people ranging from 14 to 54 years of age arrested between Friday and Sunday, police say.

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

Bolivian Opposition Leader Calls for ‘Radical’ Strike Action, Blockades

SANTA CRUZ/LA PAZ (Reuters) — A civic leader urged Bolivians to “paralyze” government institutions and block the borders as protests sparked by the contentious election victory last month of President Evo Morales entered their third week on Monday.

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

Protests in Chile Resume as Demonstrations Crimp Economic Growth

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of Chileans took to the streets again Monday to demand better social services, some clashing with police, as protesters demanded an end to economic inequality even as the government announced that weeks of demonstrations are hurting the country’s economic growth.

The latest protest came after a short break in the weekslong wave of demonstrations in which 20 people have died in clashes amid looting and arson that forced the cancellation of two upcoming major international summits in what is considered one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries.

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Essex Lorry Deaths Latest: Eight People Arrested in Vietnam After 39 Found Dead in Lorry

The arrests were made in Vietnam, state media reports. Nghe An province police chief Nguyen Huu Cau said: “Based on what we learn from the suspects, we will actively launch investigations to fight and eradicate these rings which bring people illegally to Britain.” On Friday, Vietnamese police arrested two people and summoned others for questioning on suspicion of involvement in the incident.

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Migrant Crisis 2.0: 800 Migrants Land on Greek Shores in Less Than Two Days

Migrants continued flooding into Greece this week as close to 800 migrants successfully made their way from Turkey to Greece in just 48 hours, marking the highest rate of new arrivals in more than three years.

According to official data from the Greek Ministry of Citizen’s Protection, 795 new migrants and asylum-seekers made it to Greek shores between Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, until 12 o’clock noon, the Greek Reporter reports.

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Muslim Migrant Smuggles at Least Six Other Muslims Across U.S.-Mexico Border

While leftists continue to deny that border control is a national security issue, on Tuesday, a Muslim migrant from Jordan named Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi was sentenced to three years in prison for sneaking at least six Yemeni Muslims into the United States across the border from Mexico. What could they possibly have been planning? No doubt they just wanted to do the jobs that Americans refuse to take, right?

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Police Find 41 Migrants Alive in the Back of a Refrigerated Truck in Greece in Latest Shocking Example of Ruthless Human Trafficking

Police have discovered 41 migrants alive stowed in the back of a refrigerated truck on a motorway in Greece, officials today confirmed.

The migrants, most of them Afghans, were found hiding in the lorry during a routine check by police near the northern Greek city of Xanthi.

It is understood that none of the migrants were injured and the refrigeration system had not been turned on, officials said.

The driver, from Georgia, was arrested and taken into custody. The migrants were also taken to the nearby police station for identification.

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Germany to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

Germany’s minister for health, Jens Spahn, has announced he is working on a law that bans so-called “conversion therapy” for LGTB people under 18-years old, Deutsche Welle reports. The “therapy” will still be possible for consenting adults, but under strict circumstances. Those who violate the law will receive up to a year in prison. Spahn said he wants to make clear “You’re OK just the way as you are”.

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Google Funding Media to Fulfill Radical Liberal Agenda

The world’s most powerful company claims political bias plays no role in its day-to-day operations. Yet how do we explain its funding of left-leaning media amid elections and calls to regulate the Silicon Valley monolith?

Google has announced it will be funding 34 media organizations in North America — 29 in the US, four in Canada, and one that has remained undisclosed. The project is being undertaken by the so-called Google News Initiative (GNI), a three-year, $300 million effort designed to “help journalism thrive in the digital age.”

But is it really Google’s job to meddle in journalism?

The fact that Google is financing media organizations, regardless of their political ideology, is in itself very problematic. After all, from the time of its founding, the search engine giant was expected to remain a neutral platform from which clients could freely access a variety of news and information; the more popular selections among users would automatically rise — in pure democratic fashion — to the top of the searches. However, in our post-Russiagate, fake news media hell-scape, Google has taken it upon itself to manually steer the algorithms, which in effect gives audiences a distorted perception of reality. Let’s call it the ‘Google reality’.

The situation becomes doubly disconcerting when it is understood there is a clear political bias in Google’s decision-making process.

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Katie Hill Affair and Its Aftermath Are Signs of America’s Decline

It’s truly not shocking that a political leader would be a reprobate behind closed doors. From Caligula to the Marquis de Sade to Bill Clinton, the depraved have always been overrepresented among the ruling classes. It is for this reason that what’s even more distressing about the Katie Hill affair than what she did is the reaction to it from the broader society — including “broadminded conservatives” defending her.

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Omnicide: More People Than You Think Want to Destroy Humanity

Omnicide is defined as the extinction of humans at the hands of humans. And more people than you could imagine want humanity to become extinct and eerily enough, we now have the technology to make it possible.

With the invention of the atomic bomb, the ultimate self-destruction of humanity and our extinction became possible. Right now, the governments of the world could eliminate humanity with nuclear weapons if they choose to do so. They could also, most likely, exterminate everyone but themselves, as they relax in their safe houses and bunkers built to withstand a nuclear apocalypse.

My own research suggests that the percentage of people who would push a doomsday button, if it were placed within finger’s reach, is fairly small, but the absolute number is unacceptably high. Even a quick Google search seems to affirm this. —OneZero.Medium

Some groups, such as the Gaia Liberation Front (GLF), an ecoterrorist group, want everyone dead. GLF says that their mission is “the total liberation of the Earth, which can be accomplished only through the extinction of the Humans as a species.” In advocating this, they argue that “if any Humans survive, they may start the whole thing over again. Our policy is to take no chances.”

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UK: London Billboards Call on White Britons to ‘Get Sterilized’

Images of a London billboard that appear to urge white Britons to get sterilized have started to circulate throughout social media.

Interestingly enough, the billboard lacks the ‘diversity standard’ that’s normally applied to every form of marketing or propaganda that can be seen in the UK, and especially in London, where, according to the last census, ‘white English’ composed just 41 percent of the population.

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UK: National Health Service to Deny Treatment for ‘Racist or Sexist Language, Gestures, Behaviour’

A National Health Service (NHS) trust has announced that it will withdraw treatment from patients it deems to be racist or sexist.

The North Bristol NHS Trust announced that patients will be subject a “sports-style disciplinary yellow card and then final red card in which treatment would be withdrawn as soon as is safe” on its official website.

The policy would cover not just “Threatening and offensive language” but also “Racist or sexist language, gestures or behaviour” more generally, as well as “malicious allegations” — a rather troubling caveat, given the NHS has in the past been entangled in large-scale malpractice scandals which hospitals and staff have initially denied.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/4/2019

  1. “UK: London Billboards Call on White Britons to ‘Get Sterilized’” Hmmmm…imagine London with only natives, I bet that would be very far from crowded.

  2. “However, that for which he is renowned — his life’s work to break communism’s hold on the world, and especially the West — did not go as he had hoped and believed possible.” That just means we have to pick up his work and continue!

  3. I watched the democratic party Iowa speeches on CSPAN. Andrew Yang spoke about being a parent and asked how many in the audience were also parents. He got a smattering of applause. Why have children if you have the eternal mother of big government to take care of you? They are not even reproducing.

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