Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/9/2019

According to the latest polls, the “Conservatives” are predicted to win a 96-seat majority in next month’s general election in the UK. Working-class Labour voters are expected to defect to the Brexit Party in large numbers.

In other news, Malta is now receiving the largest number of migrants per capita of any country in Europe.

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USA
» 10 Hospitalized From Oklahoma Facility After Flu Shot Mix-Up
» ABC Insider: Why I, Alone, Released the Amy Robach Epstein Tape.
» ABC News, CBS News Face Growing Backlash Over Handling of Epstein Leaker: They ‘Colluded’ And Fired the ‘Wrong Person’
» CIA Officers Urge Director Haspel to Protect Anti-Trump Democrat “Whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella Who Was Spying on President
» Corrupt Mueller Team Official Brandon Van Grack is Now in Charge of DOJ’s Fara Unit Used to Spy on Republicans
» Facebook Scrubs All References to Alleged Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella
» Four Democrats Running for President Admit Their Green Climate Schemes Will Have “Major Effect on Economy” And Destroy Millions of Jobs
» Giant Greta Thunberg Mural Going Up in Union Square
» Green Teen Greta Thunberg Leads Climate Change Protest in North Carolina — Complains World Leaders Are ‘Ignoring Kids’ Who Know Best (Video)
» Investigative Reporters Have Discovered How the Kentucky Governorship Was Stolen — Livestream
» Killer Claims His Life Sentence is Served Because He Briefly Died
» Larry C. Johnson: Understanding What Sidney Powell is Doing to Kill the Case Against Michael Flynn
» Man Tending His Chickens Unloads Shotgun at Armed Intruders Who Assaulted His Fiancée
» Medics to Testify on Trump’s ‘Mental Instability’ During Impeachment Proceedings
» NBC, ABC and CBS Appear to Have Run Cover for World’s Most Powerful Rape Rings
» New Evidence Confirms Kentucky Election Fraud!
» Now That Democrats Control Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam Already Talking About New Forms of Gun Control
» Nunes Demands Schiff Testify After Lying; Also Wants Whistleblower and Hunter Biden to Appear
» Plane Crashes After Unloading 350 Gallons of Pink Water in Gender Reveal Stunt
» President Trump Greeted With Cheers at Alabama-LSU Game
» Quack Psychiatrist Who Wanted to “Physically Restrain” Trump and Frog March Him From Office Begs Schiff to Testify in Next Week’s Show Trial
» Rot at the Top: The Epstein Affair and Progressive CFR Globalism
» Students Told to Pretend They’re ‘Refugees’ From Trump-Fueled Civil War for Homework Project
» Substitute Teacher Arrested Over Brutal Beating She Gave to Student at Texas High School, And There’s Video
» Whistleblower’s Attorney Brags About Getting Security Clearances for “Guys Who Had Child Porn Issues” #KidProQuo
 
Canada
» Canadian Health Minister Fakes Taking Vaccine on TV to Encourage People to Take Flu Shots
 
Europe and the EU
» Divided and Election-Weary, Spain Heads to the Polls
» Italy: We Must Make A. Mittal Stay in Taranto — Di Maio
» Italy: Doctors File Formal Complaint Against Shocking Signs
» Macron Looking for ‘Any Excuse’ To Get Rid of U.S., Build ‘Walter Mitty EU Army’, Says Farage
» The Court of Justice of the European Union Limits Free Speech
» UK Jewish Pedophile Who Made Over 1000 ‘Indecent Pictures’ Will Serve No Time in Jail
» UK: Animal Rights Extremists Verbally Abuse Blind Men for Having Guide Dogs
» UK: Conservatives Could Win 96-Seat Majority, Labour Losing Working Class to Brexit Party
» UK: The Battle for the Soul of Great Britain
 
Middle East
» Iraqi Forces Push Protesters Back to Main Square, Kill Five
 
Far East
» Parents Stop School Mounting Electromagnetic Devices on Students’ Heads to Collect Brainwave Data
» Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Detained in Hong Kong
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» China is About to Own Uganda
 
Latin America
» Bolivian Police Join Protests Against President Morales
» Brazil’s Ex-President Released From Prison After Court Ruling That Could Free Thousands
 
Immigration
» Cyprus Now Receiving Most Migrants Per Capita in Europe
» Migrants Charged in Brutal Gang Rape of 13-Year-Old Swedish Girl
» Sanctuary County Ignored ICE Detainer, Released Alleged Child Sex Abuser Back Into the Community
» UK: Suspected Migrants Found in Lorry Near Huntingdon
» Warren Admits She Plans to Force Americans to Pay for Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens… Says Deportation of Illegal Aliens Makes “No Safety Sense”
» Women in Swedish Asylum Home Express Fear of Living With Migrant Men
 
Culture Wars
» Just 29% of Americans Support Allowing Biological Males on Girls’ Sports Teams. A Democratic Bill Would Require it
» Student Suspended After Rejecting LGBT Version of Military Tribute Pin
» UK: ITV-BBC Netflix Rival Bans Politically Incorrect Classic TV Shows
» UK: Leftists Seek to Purge ‘Anglo-Saxon’ From History, Claim Term ‘Bound Up With White Supremacy’
 

10 Hospitalized From Oklahoma Facility After Flu Shot Mix-Up

Ten people at an Oklahoma care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after they were apparently accidentally injected with what’s believed to be insulin rather than flu shots, authorities said.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

ABC Insider: Why I, Alone, Released the Amy Robach Epstein Tape.

Project Veritas is publishing the writing below at the request of the ABC news insider who gave us the Amy Robach tape.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

ABC News, CBS News Face Growing Backlash Over Handling of Epstein Leaker: They ‘Colluded’ And Fired the ‘Wrong Person’

ABC News and CBS News are both facing a firestorm of criticism over their response to a leaked video featuring ABC anchor Amy Robach complaining that the network had spiked an interview with a prominent accuser of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Earlier this week, reports circulated that ABC had identified the employee suspected of leaking the Robach video to controversial watchdog group Project Veritas. According to the reports, ABC executives informed their counterparts at CBS, where the staffer had recently been hired, of their suspicions and the employee soon lost her job.

However, on Friday, ousted CBS staffer Ashley Bianco publicly denied that she was the leaker. At almost the exact same moment, Project Veritas published a note from the alleged “ABC insider” it claimed was behind the leak.

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

CIA Officers Urge Director Haspel to Protect Anti-Trump Democrat “Whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella Who Was Spying on President

The CIA’s primary mission is to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist the President and senior US government policymakers in making decisions relating to national security.

Nowhere in its mission statement does it mention spying on the US President in the White House and plotting with far left Democrats to overthrow the duly elected president. According to far left NBC News Intelligence officers are urging her to protect the anti-Trump CIA “whistleblower” who was spying on the Trump administration from inside the White House.

Let’s look again at what we know about CIA “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella who was plotting with Adam Schiff to overthrow the Trump administration.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Corrupt Mueller Team Official Brandon Van Grack is Now in Charge of DOJ’s Fara Unit Used to Spy on Republicans

Brandon Van Grack served in the Justice Department’s National Security Division. He prosecuted counter-espionage cases in the department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

Role on Mueller team:

Van Grack is one of the lawyers on Mueller’s team that handled the Flynn investigation and guilty plea. He is overseeing Flynn’s case in court.

Notable cases:

Van Grack has been involved in several high-profile cyber and counter-terrorism cases, including the prosecution of a Kosovo hacker who gave personal information of US service members to ISIS. The hacker, Ardit Ferizi, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to a DOJ press release.

Van Grack also helped prosecute a US government employee who took home classified documents that contained national defense information. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee Mohan L. Nirala was found guilty after federal agents made a forced entry into his home and discovered over 500 pages of classified documents in his basement, according to a DOJ press release.

What CNN Left Out — Led a grand jury inquiry in Northern Virginia scrutinizing former Trump associate Michael Flynn’s foreign lobbying. And Van Grack donated to the Obama campaign.

Following the corrupt investigation of the Trump campaign and Trump administration Van Grack was promoted to head the DOJ’s FARA Unit. This is the same unit used to abuse Republican officials in 2016 and it is the same unit Democrats are hoping is politicized to indict President Trump’s Attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Adam Mill at American Greatness wrote about this shocking development last week.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Scrubs All References to Alleged Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella

Facebook announced on Friday that it would be removing an posts which name alleged Trump-Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella.

“We are removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower’s name and will revisit this decision should their name be widely published in the media or used by public figures in the debate,” Facebook said in a statement in which they claim it violates their “coordinating harm” policy which prohibits content ‘outing of witness, informant, or activist.’

On Wednesday, the social media giant removed ads naming Ciaramella which had been viewed several hundred thousand times according to the Washington Post.

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

Four Democrats Running for President Admit Their Green Climate Schemes Will Have “Major Effect on Economy” And Destroy Millions of Jobs

The Democrat Party has no plan to improve the lives of Americans. Other than the Green New Deal, and a Medicare for all plan that will bankrupt America, they have no plan at all.

Democrat presidential candidates continue to mystify voters, as they focus on the job and economy-killing Green New Deal introduced by former bartender turned Congresswoman, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Not only will Democrats bankrupt America with their green scheme for votes, but they will also destroy Trump’s incredible economy with their disastrous Green New Deal.

Four of the top Democrat presidential candidates were asked about how the radical Green New Deal will affect Americans. Here’s what they had to say:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Giant Greta Thunberg Mural Going Up in Union Square

If you feel like climate activist Greta Thunberg has been dominating the media lately, she’ll soon be staring down at you on Mason Street near Union Square, too.

Created by the same artist who brought San Francisco its beloved Robin Williams mural (which has since been demolished), a large depiction of the 16-year-old activist is set to be completed next week.

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

Green Teen Greta Thunberg Leads Climate Change Protest in North Carolina — Complains World Leaders Are ‘Ignoring Kids’ Who Know Best (Video)

Greta Thunberg is still in the US.

16-year-old Swedish green activist Greta Thunberg lectured people in North Carolina on Friday about the climate change hoax and griped about world leaders ignoring teenagers and children who participate in climate change protests.

Thunberg has a myriad of mental health issues. She is autistic, has obsessive-compulsive disorder, suffers from Asperger syndrome and selective mutism, but she knows what’s best for the world — just ask her.

Children and teenagers know what is best for this world so we must do as they say, according to Greta Thunberg.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Investigative Reporters Have Discovered How the Kentucky Governorship Was Stolen — Livestream

Meanwhile, Obama DOJ officials are calling for the arrest of Don Jr. & Alex Jones!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Killer Claims His Life Sentence is Served Because He Briefly Died

A court in the US has refused to release a convict who argued that he had completed his life sentence when he briefly “died”.

Benjamin Schreiber, 66, was sentenced to life without parole in Iowa for bludgeoning a man to death in 1996.

He said his sentence ended when his heart stopped during a medical emergency four years ago, even though he was revived.

But judges said Schreiber’s bid — while original — was “unpersuasive”.

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

Larry C. Johnson: Understanding What Sidney Powell is Doing to Kill the Case Against Michael Flynn

Sidney Powell, General Michael Flynn’s magnificent lawyer, is in the process of destroying the bogus case that Robert Mueller and his gang of legal thugs tried to sneak past appropriate judicial review. To help you understand what she is doing we must first go back and review the indictment of Flynn and then look at what Ms. Powell, aka Honey Badger, has forced the prosecutors to admit.

Here are the nuts and bolts of the indictment…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Man Tending His Chickens Unloads Shotgun at Armed Intruders Who Assaulted His Fiancée

A man in Glen Burnie, Maryland said he leveled his shotgun when two armed intruders broke into his home and attacked his fiancée.

Thomas Fisher was reportedly outside feeding his chickens at 7:30 a.m. when he heard his dog barking, and ran back to the house to investigate.

“I pushed open the front door and noticed two gentlemen inside my house holding down my girlfriend,” he told the Baltimore Sun.

Fisher said he noticed the intruders had a gun and a large knife, but it did not dissuade him as he briefly retreated to grab a piece of pipe.

When he returned to the house for a second time, pipe in hand, “the guys were running down towards the basement.” This gave Fisher a chance to get inside the house and retrieve his shotgun. He then fired two blasts into one of the intruders’s legs.

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

Medics to Testify on Trump’s ‘Mental Instability’ During Impeachment Proceedings

Desperate move by Dems violates Goldwater Rule.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NBC, ABC and CBS Appear to Have Run Cover for World’s Most Powerful Rape Rings

NBC, ABC and CBS News have all now appeared to run cover for some of the world’s most powerful rape rings, allegedly killing stories and firing employees who tried to expose the outlets.

As three of America’s biggest networks, these outlets have each become embroiled in controversy in 2019 following multiple separate reports that they have played a part in covering up some of the world’s most powerful rape and pedophile rings.

The allegations range from killing entire stories outing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, shutting down an interview detailing accusations against alleged child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and firing an employee who might have tried to hold an outlet responsible.

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

New Evidence Confirms Kentucky Election Fraud!

Non-citizens being added to voter registration from DMV database.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Now That Democrats Control Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam Already Talking About New Forms of Gun Control

Well that didn’t take long.

Democrats took control of Virginia less than a week ago, and Governor Ralph Northam is already talking about new forms of gun control.

No one should be surprised by any of this. Democrats have been very vocal about their intentions.

The Blaze reports:

Gov. Ralph Northam confirms Virginia already ‘working on’ gun confiscation now that Democrats are in control

When asked directly about whether he is supportive of confiscating “assault weapons from gun owners” Northam replied, “That’s something I’m working [on] with our secretary of public safety. I’ll work with the gun violence activists, and we’ll work [on] that. I don’t have a definitely plan today.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Nunes Demands Schiff Testify After Lying; Also Wants Whistleblower and Hunter Biden to Appear

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) made a formal request that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) testify in a closed-door session as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

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

Plane Crashes After Unloading 350 Gallons of Pink Water in Gender Reveal Stunt

A recent plane crash in Texas was caused by a gender reveal stunt that went completely off the rails, authorities said Friday.

The pilot of the plane was flying at a low altitude on Sept. 7 in the town of Turkey, not far from the Oklahoma border, the NTSB said in a report released Friday.

But when the pilot released the 350 gallons of pink water for the gender reveal, the stunt caused the plane to slow down and get “aerodynamically stalled,” according to the report.

The plane slammed into the ground and flipped over, the report said. The two people on board suffered only minor injuries.

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

President Trump Greeted With Cheers at Alabama-LSU Game

President Donald Trump was greeted with loud cheers and chants of “USA! USA!” at Saturday’s college football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers.

Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis reported “cheers and chants” of USA as the presidential couple first appeared in the box before the game.

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

Quack Psychiatrist Who Wanted to “Physically Restrain” Trump and Frog March Him From Office Begs Schiff to Testify in Next Week’s Show Trial

Anti-Trump Yale quack Bandy Lee is back in the news.

Lee told reporters in 2018 that she wanted to “physically constrain” President Trump, “evaluate him in constraints” and then frogmarch him from office.

But Lee was worried it may look like a coup!

Ya think?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Rot at the Top: The Epstein Affair and Progressive CFR Globalism

The Washington Post reported in September that the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an exclusive club of mostly Washington, D.C. and New York City insiders, “took no action” against one of its members, pedophile Jeffrey Epstein after his crimes were known. Epstein, a secretive billionaire with high-level connections in academia and government, had attended CFR events and donated $350,000 to the organization, becoming one of its top donors and a member of the “Chairman’s Circle.” The CFR kept the money.

Epstein, whose “suicide” in jail has been labeled by some informed observers as murder, may be the most controversial CFR member since communist spy Alger Hiss.

If Epstein was murdered, the question becomes what did he know and when did he know it. At the CFR he would have had the opportunity to learn some deep dark secrets about foreign policy matters and the military-intelligence establishment. ABC newswoman Amy Robach said in the video uncovered by Project Veritas, “He [Epstein] made his whole living blackmailing people.” She stated her belief that he was murdered in jail while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.

Her own well-documented story about the sex fiend was killed by ABC News.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Students Told to Pretend They’re ‘Refugees’ From Trump-Fueled Civil War for Homework Project

Parents outraged at anti-Trump assignment

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Substitute Teacher Arrested Over Brutal Beating She Gave to Student at Texas High School, And There’s Video

A substitute teacher was fired and then arrested over a brutal beating she gave to a student after video of the incident was posted to social media.

32-year-old Tiffani Shadell Lankford can be seen wailing away at the student and then kicking her after she falls to the ground. The incident occurred during a foreign language class at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas.

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

Whistleblower’s Attorney Brags About Getting Security Clearances for “Guys Who Had Child Porn Issues” #KidProQuo

Mark Zaid, one of the lawyers representing CIA leaker Eric Ciaramella, previously bragged about getting security clearances for “guys who had child porn issues.”

Mr. Zaid in 2018 was responding to a fellow lawyer on Twitter who had claimed they helped people with past domestic abuse issues get security clearances.

“I’ve gotten clearances for guys who had child porn issues,” Zaid responded to an attorney who specializes in helping government employees get security clearances.

“Why would the whistleblower’s lawyer brag about this?” GOP operative Arthur Schwartz tweeted over Zaid.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Health Minister Fakes Taking Vaccine on TV to Encourage People to Take Flu Shots

Canadian Health Minister Christine Elliott recently made an appearance at a Rexall drugstore in Ontario where she claims to have gotten a “free” flu shot. But video evidence shows that there wasn’t actually a needle in the syringe that was pressed up against her arm, proving once again that when it comes to politicians, it’s always vaccine for thee, but not for me.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Divided and Election-Weary, Spain Heads to the Polls

MADRID (Reuters) — A bitterly divided Spain goes to the polls on Sunday for its second parliamentary election in just over six months, likely to deliver an even more fragmented parliament with no clear winner and a sizeable showing by the far-right.

Spain has been struggling to put stable governments together since 2015, when new parties emerged from the financial crisis following decades during which power oscillated between the Socialists and the conservative People’s Party (PP).

Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called this election — the fourth in four years — after his Socialist Party won a ballot in April but failed to form a government, betting that a new vote would strengthen his hand.

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

Italy: We Must Make A. Mittal Stay in Taranto — Di Maio

Conte travels to southern Italian city for talks

(ANSA) — Rome, November 8 — Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told an ANSA Forum on Friday that the issue of the former ILVA steelworks at Taranto is back in the news because “ArcelorMittal is going back on the agreement” to take over the facility.

“The old consortium (to take over ILVA) no longer exists. We must oblige ArcelorMittal to stay in Taranto,” the 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader added. Di Maio, who was industry minister in Premier Giuseppe Conte’s first government, said the administration was open for talks, but will not be bullied into accepting big job cuts at the long troubled plant.

“Dialogue is fine, but without threats,” he said.

“ArcelorMittal knew they would face a government that demanded the pacts be respected.

“Asking to leave Taranto is an unacceptable act that is not the basis for dialogue.

“Putting 5,000 people out of work seems absurd to me”.

Di Maio also took a swipe at the M5S’s former coalition partners in the League, who pulled the plug on Conte’s first government in August and have been highly critical of the new executive over the Taranto case.

“Every time I tried to be tough (when I was industry minister), the League sided with ArcelorMittal,” he said.

“Now I know why. They invested in ArcelorMittal and they are battling for the multinational, not the workers.

“We have unmasked their fake nationalism”. The government is desperately trying to stop ArcelorMittal pulling out of an agreement to take over the troubled former ILVA steel plant in Taranto, a move which could wreck the Italian steel industry and make thousands of workers redundant.

Premier Giuseppe Conte travelled to Taranto for talks with unions, officials and residents on Friday.

Conte told a scrum of workers and citizens at his arrival at the former ILVA steelworks that “I’ll talk to everyone, but calmly”.

Conte was challenged by some citizens who said they want the plant closed after the spate of cancer cases.

“You must know the situation,” said one citizen.

The premier replied: “That’s why I’m here.” Another woman said “there are more deaths than births here.” Another man said “this city needs something else, why are you still insisting on this factory?” The crowd of environmentalists, workers and residents of the cancer-hit Tamburi district told Conte repeatedly they wanted the plant closed.

Asked if they wanted it converted, they insisted it must be closed.

“Closure, closure, Free Taranto, Free Taranto” the activists shouted, prompting Conte to say “you have to let me speak”. Conte said “we are working hard for clean energy”.

The premier is now set to talk to workers who want their jobs saved.

Conte asked one man what he felt about ArcelorMittal and the man replied “Mittal hasn’t behaved very well at all”.

Conte told the crowd: “I don’t have the solution in my pocket. We’ll see over the coming days”.

Confindustria industrail employers’ group chief Vincenzo Boccia said on a possible new Italian consortium for the former ILVA steel group that “the problem is the precedent we are creating. We are showing the whole world that when an investor arrives certain rules change and we make them flee. Just imagine, then, who will come and invest in Italy. The problem is not replacing one investor with another but creating a credibility of the country with respect to the rules of the game”. The case has rocked the government, which met officials from the Franco-Indian group, the world’s biggest steel producer, on Wednesday. ArcelorMittal linked its decision to pull out to the lifting of a so-called “penal shield” protecting the group running the Taranto plant from criminal prosecution. Pollution from the Taranto factory, which employs over 10,000 people, has been linked to high cancer rates in the area and it is being cleaned up and turned around with government help.

ArcelorMittal reiterated in a statement Wednesday that the penal shield for managers was “essential” for the takeover operation. Industry Minister Stefano Patuanelli has accused ArcelorMittal of trying to “fool” the Italian State and said the penal shield was just an alibi for wanting to pull out for other reasons. Even if it stays on, the Franco-Indian steelmaker reportedly wants to cut 5,000 jobs across the former ILVA group, which includes other smaller plants in Genoa and Novi Ligure.

Moody’s said Friday that it had changed ArcelorMittal’s outlook from negative from stable and could downgrade its credit rating.

“An inability to execute the proposed withdrawal and termination of the agreement for the lease and subsequent purchase of Ilva S.p.A. (announced on 4 November 2019) in a frictionless and timely manner would add additional downgrade pressure,” the agency said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Doctors File Formal Complaint Against Shocking Signs

Showing cadaver with ‘Doctor didn’t know German’

(ANSA) — Rome, November 8 — The Italian National Federation of Medical Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists (Fnomceo) on Friday sent a formal complaint to the national attorney general’s office against shocking posters in German-speaking Alto Adige that portray a cadaver in a morgue with written above: “The doctor didn’t know German”.

The campaign is being staged by the secessionist party Südtiroler Freiheit.

“That poster sends a terrible message: alarmist for citizens, offensive for doctors, and above all, damaging for the relationship of trust that is the basis of treatment,” said Fnomceo President Filippo Anelli, adding that the sign must be “immediately removed”.

The party is campaigning for the autonomous region to break away and join Austria.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Macron Looking for ‘Any Excuse’ To Get Rid of U.S., Build ‘Walter Mitty EU Army’, Says Farage

Nigel Farage criticised Emmanuel Macron for claiming that NATO is suffering “brain death” because the U.S. is “turning its back on [Europe]”, saying the French president is looking for “any excuse” to build his own “Walter Mitty” EU army.

In an interview with The Economist published on Thursday, President Macron claimedthat “what we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO.”

Implying that it was time for Europe to build its own army, Macron continued that the EU “should reassess the reality of what NATO is in the light of the commitment of the United States.”

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

The Court of Justice of the European Union Limits Free Speech

On October 3, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a judgment that Facebook can be ordered by national courts of EU member states to remove defamatory material worldwide:

“EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal. In addition, EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within the framework of the relevant international law which it is for Member States to take into account.”

The ruling came after the Austrian politician Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, chairman of Die Grünen (The Greens) party, sued Facebook Ireland in the Austrian courts. According to the Court of Justice of the European Union:…

The judgment has brought concern among free speech organizations. Thomas Hughes, the executive director of ARTICLE 19, a non-profit organization that works on “protecting the right to freedom of expression around the world,” said:

“This judgment has major implications for online freedom of expression around the world.

“Compelling social media platforms like Facebook to automatically remove posts regardless of their context will infringe our right to free speech and restrict the information we see online…

“The ruling also means that a court in one EU member state will be able to order the removal of social media posts in other countries, even if they are not considered unlawful there. This would set a dangerous precedent where the courts of one country can control what internet users in another country can see. This could be open to abuse, particularly by regimes with weak human rights records.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK Jewish Pedophile Who Made Over 1000 ‘Indecent Pictures’ Will Serve No Time in Jail

Paul Rosenberg, of Rowlands Close in Mill Hill, North West London, a synagogue security guard who downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of children, many of which he apparently created himself, has inexplicably avoided jail after admitting a mere “porn addiction”:

[He] was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years on Wednesday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Animal Rights Extremists Verbally Abuse Blind Men for Having Guide Dogs

Animal rights extremists have verbally abused blind people for having guide dogs, claiming the labradors should be “running free in the fields”.

Blind men have told SVT this week how strangers have confronted them while they were out with their assistance animals.

Fife-native Jonathan Attenborough, who lost his sight five years ago, told the Scottish broadcaster that he was verbally attacked twice while out with his “constant companion” Sam.

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

UK: Conservatives Could Win 96-Seat Majority, Labour Losing Working Class to Brexit Party

The Conservative Party could win a 96-seat majority in the House of Commons in December 12th’s general election, according to a polling prediction by Electoral Calculus.

Poll analysis conducted by Electoral Calculus and reported by The Telegraph predicts that the Tories could win 373 seats, with Labour just 182, and the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats 25.

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

UK: The Battle for the Soul of Great Britain

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Conservative candidate Boris Johnson are in an epic battle for the soul of Britain.

The UK general election is less than 5 weeks away. The winner will change the face of the UK for decades.

Nearly every pollster had Johnson in front, but no one is really confident of the numbers.

In a forced distribution scheme, Labour Proposes Workers to Get 10% of Company Shares

Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, want big companies to give employees a 10% stake in their business and a seat on their boards.

They plan to renationalize rail, water, energy and Royal Mail, increase corporation tax and the minimum wage, and extend workers’ rights.

Companies doing business with the government will have bosses’ pay capped and there will be a tax on financial transactions.

Corbyn proposes sheltering the homeless and forcing homeowners to sell their homes to renters at a “reasonable” price, set by the government.

Look to Venezuela for what happens when countries renationalize industries and seize private property for the “good of everybody”.

Corbyn’s Brexit plan is to negotiate a deal with the EU, then hold a referendum on it.

The Guardian Live Blog reported this morning: John McDonnell has announced a radical Labour plan to commit £400bn of investment to what he called the twin crises of the climate emergency and social deprivation, saying “future generations would never forgive us.” if rapid action was not taken. Centrist Johnson

Johnson is a centrist in most aspects. He supports more government spending, but let’s instead call it investment.

I cannot come up with any proposal of Johnson that one could remotely be called “radical right”, yet that is how Eurointelligence labeled Johnson this morning while also discussing Watson standing down as a Labour MP.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Iraqi Forces Push Protesters Back to Main Square, Kill Five

BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Saturday as they pushed protesters back toward their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics said.

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Parents Stop School Mounting Electromagnetic Devices on Students’ Heads to Collect Brainwave Data

Data collection on children while they attend school is unfortunately not new and continues to happen despite increasing opposition. Of course it’s creepy. But data collection a la “Surveillance Capitalism” is always creepy. Unfortunately, it seems to affect all of us — from cradle to grave — whether we knowingly and willingly participate in it or not (see 1, 2, 3).

Thanks to The Guardian for reporting about parents putting a stop to an even more inappropriate and invasive form of data collection on their children:

A trial that involved primary school pupils wearing a head-mounted device that monitored their attention spans has been halted in China amid parents’ privacy concerns and fears they could be used to control the children, local media have reported.

The device monitors brainwaves and sent data to the computer system at Xiaoshun central primary School in Jinhua City, Zhejiang province, and some data was shared with parents, according to state-run newspaper Beijing News.

The u-shaped device, which sits across the forehead, was reportedly developed by US-based company BrainCo and local Chinese partner company Zhejiang BrainCo Technology Co Ltd, co-founded by Kong Xiaoxian, a former PhD student at the Harvard centre for brain sciences and a one-time student of the primary school.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Detained in Hong Kong

Seven pro-democracy lawmakers either were detained or faced arrest in Hong Kong on Saturday in a move that could escalate ongoing protests against Beijing on the semi-autonomous Chinese island.

Police said three lawmakers were arrested and charged with obstructing the local assembly for their participation in a raucous May 11 meeting over a now-shelved bill that would allow for Hong Kong residents to be extradited to mainland China. The other four lawmakers received summons to arrive at police stations Saturday to face arrest, according to The Associated Press.

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

China is About to Own Uganda

It is called debt-trapping by China. China has been trapping small desperate nations for several years and few are paying attention. Imperialism? Yes, on a global scale.

Uganda is about to default to China. 39% of the debt in Uganda is owed to China. It could be that beyond Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya could be the next victims to debt-trapping. China financed a $4 billion oil pipeline as part of the Belt and Road initiative. When this default surfaces, China will own the strategic sites that connect Beijing to the Persian Gulf. Railways are an essential part of the required transportation channels.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bolivian Police Join Protests Against President Morales

Police have joined protests in several Bolivian cities over the disputed re-election of President Evo Morales.

Mr Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, accuses opponents of trying to depose him.

But the country’s defence minister said there were no plans to send the military to quell the police “mutiny”.

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Brazil’s Ex-President Released From Prison After Court Ruling That Could Free Thousands

CURITIBA, Brazil — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walked out of jail on Friday, less than a day after the Supreme Court ruled that a person can be imprisoned only after all the appeals have been exhausted.

Hundreds of red-shirted supporters gathered outside the federal police building in southern city of Curitiba, cheered the popular, 74-year-old politician, whose release could rally a demoralized opposition.

Da Silva, who is appealing his conviction of corruption and money laundering in connection with the purchase of a beachfront apartment in Sao Paulo state, embraced his daughter, raised his fist to the sky, then made his way onto a stage where he was surrounded by his girlfriend and others.

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

Cyprus Now Receiving Most Migrants Per Capita in Europe

As migration routes in the Mediterranean sea change, the island of Cyprus is now being inundated with migrants and has the most arrivals per capita.

The migrants, who tend to arrive in Greek southern Cyprus from boats or air from the Turkish-controlled northern part of the island, have come at a rapid pace, according to a report from Swedish broadcaster SVT.

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

Migrants Charged in Brutal Gang Rape of 13-Year-Old Swedish Girl

Victim suffered internal bleeding after horror attack

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Sanctuary County Ignored ICE Detainer, Released Alleged Child Sex Abuser Back Into the Community

Authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland, ignored an ICE detainer request for an illegal alien accused of child sex abuse, allowing him to be released on bail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

ICE on Tuesday lodged a detainer with the Montgomery County Detention Center for Luis Fredy Hernandez-Morales, a Guatemalan national living in the U.S. illegally, according to an ICE statement provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation. However, ICE said local authorities did not honor the detainer, and allowed him to be released Wednesday on bond.

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UK: Suspected Migrants Found in Lorry Near Huntingdon

A man has been arrested after eight suspected migrants were found in the back of a lorry.

He was held on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration after the vehicle was stopped on the A14 close to the village of Spaldwick, near Huntingdon.

Cambridgeshire police officers were alerted on Thursday evening by a call from someone in the back of the lorry.

It is understood the man arrested was the driver and he has since been released without charge.

A man inside the vehicle was taken to hospital but was not seriously injured. No other injuries were reported.

Police said the investigation and the welfare of the people involved, thought to be from Iraq and Iran, had been handed to the immigration services.

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Warren Admits She Plans to Force Americans to Pay for Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens… Says Deportation of Illegal Aliens Makes “No Safety Sense”

Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren shamelessly admits that her Medicare for all plan would force Americans to provide FREE health care for illegal aliens.

Warren and Sanders have both been pulling out all the stops to pander to the Hispanic vote this week. They plan on using your tax dollars to buy votes.

Bernie Sanders proposed a new immigration plan this week that calls for ICE to be abolished and would create a path to citizenship for illegals.

Now we have Elizabeth Warren also calling for open borders and free healthcare for illegals:

She even opposes the deportation of CRIMINAL illegal aliens!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Women in Swedish Asylum Home Express Fear of Living With Migrant Men

Women at an asylum home in Halmstad have claimed to feel increasingly unsafe around male residents who make abusive comments at them and try to sexually assault them.

The women, who make up one-fifth of the total population of the asylum residence, say they are so afraid of reprisals from the men living at the home that they do not dare to speak openly about their issues at the home, broadcaster SVT reports.

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

Just 29% of Americans Support Allowing Biological Males on Girls’ Sports Teams. A Democratic Bill Would Require it

A poll shows that less than a third of Americans say biological males who identify as transgender should be allowed to compete on girls’ sports teams, but a Democratic bill would mandate the practice in public schools.

A majority of Americans, 51%, oppose allowing biologically male athletes who identify as transgender onto girls’ sports teams, according to a Rasmussen survey released Friday. Fifty-seven percent of black Americans, a key voting demographic for Democrats, told Rasmussen they oppose male athletes in girls’ sports.

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

Student Suspended After Rejecting LGBT Version of Military Tribute Pin

High school student accused of ‘hate speech’ for pushing back against altered tribute

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: ITV-BBC Netflix Rival Bans Politically Incorrect Classic TV Shows

Britbox, which claims to bring the “best of British” television on-demand, has banned programmes like Till Death Do Us Part and It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum because they may be offensive to today’s audiences.

The online service is a collaboration between British terrestrial networks the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5, and was launched on Thursday, costing the same as its Netflix rival at £5.99 a month.

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

UK: Leftists Seek to Purge ‘Anglo-Saxon’ From History, Claim Term ‘Bound Up With White Supremacy’

Leftists academics are pushing to erase the term “Anglo-Saxon” from the study of history, claiming it is “inextricably bound up with pseudohistorical accounts of white supremacy”.

One such academic is Mary Rambaran-Olm, whose Academia page describes her as an “active member of the Medievalists of Color organization”. Her areas of interest include such topics as “Race and Critical Race Studies in Anglo-Saxon Studies” and “Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Post-Colonial Caribbean”.

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

3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/9/2019

  1. In Turkmenistan, women with tattoos are summoned for interrogation
     
    Police in Turkmenabad began to call women with tattoos for questioning.

    According to him, most of the women called for interrogation worked abroad, in particular in Turkey.

    “Women working abroad are checked for tattoos on their bodies. If tattoos are available in hidden (intimate) places on the body, women are checked by female employees. Women with tattoos are summoned for questioning. They ask such questions about the meaning of tattoos, when and why tattoos were made. During the interrogation, they take pictures of the tattoo on the body and attach the photo to the material in the case, ”Azatlyk correspondent said on November 6, who spoke to residents of Turkmenabat questioned by police.

    https://rus.azathabar.com/a/30260281.html

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