Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/18/2019

A group of 70 migrants were discovered by the border patrol in the back of a truck crossing the border between Mexico and Texas. The passengers were tagged and packed into the compartment like cattle.

In other news, breaking ranks with her fellow Democrats, the presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard voted “present” in the House of Representatives on the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

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Financial Crisis
» Nasdaq Closes at Record as Stocks Finish Mixed and End Five-Day Winning Streak
 
USA
» Democrats Make Up Wire Fraud Charge to “Criminally” Indict Trump — and Suggest 20 Years in Prison!
» Epstein Tried to Marry His 24-Year-Old Blonde Bombshell Goddaughter in Brazen Tax-Shelter Scheme
» ‘F*** Your Masjid!’ — Notorious Black Street Gang “Bloods” Threatens Muslim Community Patrol in Brooklyn — Issues Dire Warning After Explosive Confrontation
» Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down ObamaCare Rule, Setting Up Supreme Court Showdown
» ‘Impeach This’: Trump Backers, Foes Joust Before Rally in Battle Creek
» Judge: US Can Keep Snowden’s Money From His Memoir
» Like Caged Animals
» New Facebook/Instagram Policy Bans Branded Content From 2A Influencers
» Surveillance Footage of Epstein’s First Suicide Attempt Goes Missing
» Trump Celebrates as ‘Crazy’ Dems’ Impeachment Backfires, Support ‘Drops Like a Rock’
» Tulsi Gabbard Votes ‘Present’ on Trump Impeachment Articles, Breaks With Dems
 
Europe and the EU
» Austrian Authorities Prevent Series of Planned Christmas Market Attacks
» ‘Brexit is the Beginning of the End of This Project’: Nigel Farage Praises Poland for Wanting to Leave EU
» Farage: Anti-EU Revolt is Spreading Across Europe
» France: Violence Erupts in Paris Amid Pension-Reform Strike
» French Leftists Label Children in Nativity Play ‘Fascists’
» Greta Thunberg’s Fantastic Voyage for Socialism Exemplifies the Failures of Socialism
» Most Britons Do Not Trust BBC Journalists to Tell the Truth
» ‘No Farmers No Food’: Amsterdam Filled With Tractors as Dutch Farmers Protest EU Green Laws
» Scotland to Request New Independence Referendum
» Sweden: Fires Set at Retirement Home Three Times in One Night
» Swedish Government Told Country’s Crime Authority to Censor “Politically Sensitive” Data
» Train Company to Get Dressing Down From German Authorities After Embarrassing Greta Thunberg
» UK: Blair Says Hardline Stance on Second Referendum Would Have Prevented Labour Defeat
» UK: Farage Celebrates Leaving ‘Prison of Nations’, Said EU Chiefs ‘Dull as Dishwater’
» UK: New Downward-Tilting Toilets to Improve “Employee Productivity”
» UK: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Broke Down ‘Sobbing’, ‘Put My Head Against a Wall’ In Public Breakdown Post-Election
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Sweats Through Its Hottest Day on Record as Killer Heatwave Sweeps the Nation
» Millionaire Businessman Sir Ron Brierley, 82, Is Charged With Allegedly Possessing Child Pornography After Being Arrested at Sydney International Airport
» More Than a Dozen Suspected Firebugs Are Set to be Charged With Deliberately Lighting Bushfires Ravaging New South Wales
» Revealed: The Six Biggest Myths About Bushfires and What Sparks Them — as Chilling Video Exposes Just How Quickly a Blaze Can Spread
» ‘The Torture Must Stop Now’: Group of More Than 100 Doctors Warn Julian Assange Could Die in Jail and Urge Australia to Bring Him Home
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» More Violence in Beni as DRC Tracks New Ebola Cases
 
Immigration
» Border Patrol Stops a Truck Crossing Into Texas With 70 Migrants, Including Children, Packed Into the Back and ‘Tagged Like Cattle’ In Marked T-Shirts
» German Greens Propose Giving Passports to All ‘Climate Refugees’
» Greece Expects 100,000 More Migrants in 2020
» Illegal Alien Arsonist Gets 30 Years for Killing Three Firemen in Delaware (Video)
» Report: Migrant Arrivals in Europe From Turkey Nearly Double in 2019
» Tennessee Will Continue Accepting Refugees, Gov. Bill Lee Says, As Legislative Leaders Signal Disapproval
 
Culture Wars
» Defining Trans Accurately Now Gets You Banned From Twitter
» Hate Speech Row: Fine or Jail Anyone Who Calls People Boffins, Geeks or Eggheads, Psychology Nerd Demands
» If You Are Still Watching Netflix, You Are Part of the Problem
» Norwegian Government Gives €3.7 Million to ‘Artist’ Who Spray-Paints With His Anus
» The Left Lines Up With the Terrorists
» UK: Academic Wants to Ban the Insults “Nerd” And “Geek” As Hate Crimes
 
General
» Google Security Engineer Says She Was Fired for Daring to Remind Googlers They Do Indeed Have Labor Rights
 

Nasdaq Closes at Record as Stocks Finish Mixed and End Five-Day Winning Streak

The Nasdaq finished at a record Wednesday in a day of mixed trading that ended Wall Street’s five-day winning streak, while the House of Representatives moved toward an historic vote on two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.

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

Democrats Make Up Wire Fraud Charge to “Criminally” Indict Trump — and Suggest 20 Years in Prison!

These people are attempting a communist takeover of America!! The House Judiciary Committee released a 169-page report in the dead of the night Monday alleging President Trump committed criminal acts including bribery and wire fraud.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Epstein Tried to Marry His 24-Year-Old Blonde Bombshell Goddaughter in Brazen Tax-Shelter Scheme

In what appears to be one of the most disturbing reports stemming from the Jeffrey Epstein estate, Business Insider reported on Wednesday that the unrepentant pedophile had plans to marry the young daughter of financier Glenn Dubin and Dubin’s wife, former Miss Sweden Eva Andersson Dubin.

Epstein dated Andersson Dubin back in the 1980s before she met Glenn Dubin, the billionaire co-founder of hedge fund Highbridge Capital. Even after the two broke up, Epstein remained friends with Eva, and eventually the couple, with sources telling BI that their relationship continued even after his first arrest. After the birth of their daughter, Celina Dubin, the couple reportedly enlisted Epstein to be Celina’s godfather (note: the couple denied this claim to Business Insider, though other sources corroborated it).

Epstein reportedly developed a close bond with Celina (Dubin was named one of Harvard’s “15 Hottest Freshman” by the Harvard Crimson back in 2014; she’s now 24 years old and studying medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinair) when she was still very young. She often referred to him as “Uncle Jeff,” which seems intensely creepy in light of all of which Epstein has been accused.

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

‘F*** Your Masjid!’ — Notorious Black Street Gang “Bloods” Threatens Muslim Community Patrol in Brooklyn — Issues Dire Warning After Explosive Confrontation

‘Muslim Community Patrol’ in New York (Sharia Police), are driving cars that look identical to actual NYPD cruisers — a white Ford Taurus with red and white emergency lights — whilst wearing blue police style uniforms.

While this story isn’t new to those paying attention to Rebel Media’s or Laura Loomer’s 2018 reporting, the Muslims in Brooklyn have become emboldened and expanded their fleet of patrol cars and added more patrol officers this year.

The Muslim Community Patrol encroached on the wrong territory and are now in a nasty beef with the notoriously dangerous black street gang “Bloods” after an altercation in front of the Masjid Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn on Friday.

Kevin McCarthy Brings Resolution Condemning Abuse of Power by Schiff and Nadler in Impeachment Proceedings

Kevin McCarthy Brings Resolution Condemning Abuse of Power by Schiff and Nadler in Impeachment Proceedings

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced a privileged resolution Tuesday morning condemning abuses of power by Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). While doomed to losing a vote on the floor to the majority Democrats, McCarthy’s resolution puts on the record the abuses by Schiff and Nadler during the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/the_strange_alliance_secular_humanism_and_neopaganism.html

The Strange Alliance: Secular Humanism and Neo-Paganism

By William D. Howard

Secular humanism was one of these extremes and neo-paganism was the other. Instead of reforming the Judeo-Christian religion and returning it to its original humane beginning as taught by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, secular humanism opted for the total elimination of religious faith and religion in total was seen as a retrograde influence.But like a bi-polar mind divided against itself the “Enlightenment” also produced a number of writers/philosophers that promoted a neo-pagan view of life. The secular humanists were the dominant voices but the neo-pagans could claim the most famous writer of this period: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His great influence on both the French Revolution and the next cultural/social movement “Romanticism” is well established by the writers of history. Rousseau began the cult of nature worship and promoted a morality based upon the standard of personal feelings. He was the god-father of “Romanticism” which expressed his views in poems, novels, art and music.

The debates and contradictions we see in modern American culture today are exactly the same. Those who want to eliminate the influence of religion not only in our government but our society in general and those that promote a “New Age” of nature worship. They seem to be natural enemies but in reality they work in a symbiotic alliance to undermine what has been our Judeo-Christian tradition. They are strange bedfellows and useful enemies. What they do have in common is the main objective of ending what has been the dominate influence of the Judeo-Christian morality in American history. If we seek a second commonality it is in their values systems. Both reduce truth and goodness to human sized standards. Each individual is his own oracle or as the once prominent radical of the 1960’s Jerry Rubin told us: “If it feels good do it.” Rubin is a good example of the strange hybrid mix of pagan values, nature worship and Marxist ideology. Based upon is own immature understanding of life and history and following the pagan credo of feelings first, he made wild statements that excited an equally ignorant youth culture of that day. This is why young voters today are carried away by the socialist rhetoric of Sanders, Warren and the most historically ignorant of them all A.O.C. Without and understanding of the lessons of history, and without core values that have withstood the test of time all people are subject to the sway of demagoguery.

The great Author of “Animal Farm” and “1984” would, if he were alive today easily recognize the language of the Left as propaganda. The words gay and homophobia are both insidious, gay because it is a euphemism for a life style which is anything but benign. Homophobia is especially insidious because its use transfers the sting of abnormality to the normal. The deviant now becomes the healthy and morality is turned up-side down. In ancient Rome, Jews and Christians faced the same type of smear campaign. They were labeled “anti-social”, even “lovers of death” and they suffered for their beliefs but in the end it was pagan Rome which collapsed under the weight of its own perversion.

UN Demands Countries Take More Migrants

UN Demands Countries Take More Migrants

Globalists hail Germany as ‘front-runner in refugee protection’.

[Comment: Not Sweden? UN doe not wish public to see the disaster of mass migration.]

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down ObamaCare Rule, Setting Up Supreme Court Showdown

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that a key aspect of the ObamaCare law is unconstitutional — setting up another likely Supreme Court showdown in a presidential election year.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals by a 2-1 vote concluded the original law’s key funding mechanism known as the individual mandate — requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty — was properly eliminated by Congress and therefore the entire law could not be enforced.

The appeals panel sent the issue back to the lower court to decide whether other aspects of the Affordable Care Act must fall.

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

‘Impeach This’: Trump Backers, Foes Joust Before Rally in Battle Creek

Battle Creek — Supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with impeachment supporters Wednesday outside Kellogg Arena but stayed civil in the frigid weather before the president’s Christmas-themed rally here.

Greg Leffew, who works in a steel plant, wore a red “Make America Great Again” ball cap. Hog farmer Diane Pridgeon’s blue hat bore the caption: “Make lying wrong again.”

On a bitterly cold night, with a divisive impeachment vote looming, they were among a group of Trump’s supporters and critics who huddled over a fire pit in Wave Square, a small park in downtown Battle Creek, two blocks north of Kellogg Arena, where Trump was set to hold a rally.

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

Judge: US Can Keep Snowden’s Money From His Memoir

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden violated secrecy agreements with the U.S. government that allow it to claim proceeds from a memoir he published earlier this year, a judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady in Alexandria, Virginia, ruled that Snowden is liable for breach of contract with the government because he published “Permanent Record,” without submitting it for a pre-publication review, in violation agreements he signed with both the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency. In the book, Snowden explains how he viewed himself as a whistleblower by revealing details about the government’s mass collection of emails, phone calls and internet activity in the name of national security.

Snowden was charged under the U.S. Espionage Act. He now lives in Russia in order to avoid arrest.

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Like Caged Animals

If the riots in Great Britain are any indication, we can be sure of violence if Trump should win a second term.

Democrats are angry. They counted on 16 years of Obama/Clinton to complete their task of ‘fundamentally transforming America.’ But, problems developed. They never bothered to tell anyone what transforming America means to the average citizen. Social justice? What’s that? Distribution of wealth? Chi-Com equality? Mao suits? Who decides what social justice is or what determines equality?…and equal to who? What will it cost and who will pay for it?

The left has worked for decades to get to this point and they are not about to give quarter. The election is in less than twelve months and the Democrats are fully aware they are in a steep uphill battle. I am amazed at how out-of-touch they are with ordinary Americans and how little they care. They don’t trust the electorate and have demonstrated it clearly these last few months.

If the riots in Great Britain are any indication, we can be sure of violence if Trump should win a second term…and Democrats will be responsible. They have behaved like caged animals since Trump was declared the winner.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New Facebook/Instagram Policy Bans Branded Content From 2A Influencers

Facebook and Instagram are banning influencers from promoting firearms, vaping, and tobacco through “branded content” on the social media platforms, in a move that could have wide-ranging impacts on the marketing and advertising for companies throughout the firearms industry, as well as impacting the financial bottom line of influencers themselves.

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Surveillance Footage of Epstein’s First Suicide Attempt Goes Missing

Surveillance footage showing Jeffrey Epstein’s first alleged suicide attempt has “gone missing.”

On July 23, Epstein was sharing a cell with Nick Tartaglione when the disgraced sex trafficker apparently tried to hang himself. Epstein subsequently claimed that Tartaglione, a former cop accused of killing four people in a botched drug deal, had tried to kill him.

However, when Tartaglione’s lawyer requested surveillance footage from the cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, he was told it had disappeared.

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Trump Celebrates as ‘Crazy’ Dems’ Impeachment Backfires, Support ‘Drops Like a Rock’

President now leading against all Democrats in 2020 race

President Trump was in a jubilant mood Tuesday as it became clearer that the impeachment sham is backfiring on the ‘crazy’ Democrats, and support for the process has ‘dropped like a rock’.

Following several polls showing that support for the effort to remove Trump from office is seriously waining, the President celebrated.

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Tulsi Gabbard Votes ‘Present’ on Trump Impeachment Articles, Breaks With Dems

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard declined to vote in favor of two articles of impeachmentagainst President Trump after a contentious debate Wednesday, choosing to vote “present” instead.

The House voted 230 to 197 to impeach Trump for abuse of power, mostly along party lines. Lawmakers also voted to impeach the president on a second article, obstruction of Congress, in a 229-198 vote.

Gabbard, a 2020 presidential hopeful, released a lengthy statement following the votes.

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Austrian Authorities Prevent Series of Planned Christmas Market Attacks

The Austrian police have arrested three men who had allegedly planned to carry out a series of Christmas Market attacks in various European countries.

A 24-year-old man and two of his alleged accomplices have been arrested for allegedly planning to carry out multiple terrorist attacks on Christmas Markets across Europe, Zeit Online reports.

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

‘Brexit is the Beginning of the End of This Project’: Nigel Farage Praises Poland for Wanting to Leave EU

Brexit is the beginning of the end for the European Union, Nigel Farage said in Strasbourg Wednesday, as he praised the Polish people for their rising Euroscepticism — which comes as Poland’s own Supreme Court mulls the country’s future in the bloc over the primacy of EU law.

Nigel Farage — leader of the Brexit Party and a key, if not the pivotal figure in steering Britain out of the European Union over mocked European Union leaders Wednesday believing that it was business as usual in Strasbourg, and carrying on as usual. Taking his turn in the chamber, the top Eurosceptic said: “You can delude yourselves this morning inside this cathedral this morning, but it isn’t. People don’t want to be run and governed by faceless bureaucrats like Michel and Von Der Leyen. Did you hear them earlier? Dull as ditch water. You are being rejected!”

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Farage: Anti-EU Revolt is Spreading Across Europe

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage celebrated the results of the UK election in the European Parliament, saying they were proof faceless EU bureaucrats are being rejected and that the revolt is spreading.

By standing down Brexit Party candidates in close fought seats between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, Farage was instrumental in delivering a large majority which will allow Boris Johnson’s Conservatives to finally deliver Brexit on January 31st.

Farage returned to the European Parliament today to celebrate the “beginning of the end” of the EU.

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

France: Violence Erupts in Paris Amid Pension-Reform Strike

Violence erupted in Paris on Tuesday when riot police attempted to disperse protesters after coming under a hail of paving stones and missiles, the Guardian reported. As a result, there were 27 people arrested by late afternoon. Tuesday marked the 13th day of protest against pension reform. Unions have pledged to continue protesting until president Emmanuel Macron drops the reform, claiming that millions would have to delay their retirement.

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French Leftists Label Children in Nativity Play ‘Fascists’

A group of around 50 far-left activists stormed a nativity play involving children in Toulouse, shouting at the children and telling them they were “fascists”.

The mob of leftist extremists interrupted the nativity play at around 4 pm at the Place Saint-Georges and yelled, “stop the fascists!” along with “we are the anticapitalists!” and a torrent of insults towards the young children and the organisers, La Depeche reports.

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Greta Thunberg’s Fantastic Voyage for Socialism Exemplifies the Failures of Socialism

A perfect representation of the socialist’s utopian dreamworld, complete with blind idealism, an utter lack of efficiency, and the gargantuan costs (which no one ever seems eager to disclose) in order to achieve it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Most Britons Do Not Trust BBC Journalists to Tell the Truth

Most Britons do not trust BBC journalists to tell the truth, according to a YouGov poll.

In total, 44 per cent of Britons polled between December 1st and 2nd trust BBC [Their London headquarters pictured above on election night] journalists to tell the truth (eight per cent “a great deal” and 36 per cent “a fair amount”) — down seven per cent from mid-October. This compares to a total of 48 per cent who do not trust the BBC. One-in-five Britons do not trust the broadcaster “at all”.

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‘No Farmers No Food’: Amsterdam Filled With Tractors as Dutch Farmers Protest EU Green Laws

Amsterdam was choked with columns of tractors in a zero-notice strike following the Dutch government voting to pass new green legislation that will further damage the agricultural and construction sectors.

While the protest was in good humour, with Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf reporting that farmers gave out hot coffee to the police officers on duty in the cold weather, a column of armoured vehicles deployed by the Dutch government’s military police were seen moving into position as the tractors got closer to the parliament buildings.

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Scotland to Request New Independence Referendum

Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Tuesday told the parliament in Edinburgh that she will submit a request to hold another independence referendum in 2020, Bloomberg writes. “This is a watershed moment for Scotland,” Sturgeon told lawmakers, adding that this week she will take “the next steps to secure Scotland’s right to choose”. During the last referendum in 2014, 55 percent of Scots chose to remain in the UK.

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Sweden: Fires Set at Retirement Home Three Times in One Night

Three fires were set at different times at a retirement home in Bengtsfors, Sweden.

Police and emergency services responded to a call at an elderly home in the city of Bengtsfors at around midnight after the automatic fire alarm had been sounded. Shortly after the firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire was promptly extinguished, Expressen reports.

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

Swedish Government Told Country’s Crime Authority to Censor “Politically Sensitive” Data

The Swedish government told the country’s main authority on crime to “correct” their reports in order to cover-up “politically sensitive” data, according to a study by Linköping University.

Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council (Brå) censored their own statistics after political pressure from higher-ups, according to the research.

The study reveals that Brå personnel were summoned to the Justice Ministry to change their findings and that a “silence culture” based on “political steering” has been created.

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

Train Company to Get Dressing Down From German Authorities After Embarrassing Greta Thunberg

Train company Deutsche Bahn is set to receive a dressing down from German authorities after it embarrassed climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Last week, Thunberg appeared in a photograph which many saw as a staged PR stunt. Surrounded by heavy bags, an angelic light fell on Greta’s face as she sat on the floor of a train carriage.

“Travelling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!” she posted, suggesting that not enough money was being spent on ‘green’ transport.

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

UK: Blair Says Hardline Stance on Second Referendum Would Have Prevented Labour Defeat

Tony Blair has admitted that Brexit was a factor in the election, but suggested that Labour might not have lost had they pushed for a second referendum since 2016.

In September, the former Labour prime minister warned his colleagues against agreeing to Boris Johnson’s calls for a snap election, calling it an “elephant trap” that would result in a “comfortable Tory majority”. In an extraordinary moment of prescience for Mr Blair, he was right: last week the Conservatives won an 80-seat majority and took dozens of Labour seats in the north and Wales.

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UK: Farage Celebrates Leaving ‘Prison of Nations’, Said EU Chiefs ‘Dull as Dishwater’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has taken a victory lap in the European Parliament by telling European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen the UK is “leaving this prison on nations”.

With the Conservatives having won an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons on Friday, the pro-Brexit government is set to fulfil its campaign pledge to take the UK out of the EU on January 31st, 2020.

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

UK: New Downward-Tilting Toilets to Improve “Employee Productivity”

A start-up company has invented a toilet that tilts downward, making it uncomfortable to sit on for more than a few minutes, in order to increase “employee productivity.”

UK company StandardToilet says that the new loo is sloped 13 degrees downward in order to put more pressure on the legs, making it painful to remain there.

“Anything higher than that would cause wider problems. Thirteen degrees is not too inconvenient, but you’d soon want to get off the seat quite quickly,” company founder Mahabir Gill told Wired Magazine.

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UK: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Broke Down ‘Sobbing’, ‘Put My Head Against a Wall’ In Public Breakdown Post-Election

Leftist journalist and talking head Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has revealed that she broke down “sobbing and sobbing” in a shop over Boris Johnson’s triumph at the ballot box in a delayed post-election breakdown.

Alibhai-Brown revealed the breakdown on mainstream media mainstay Jeremy Vine’s show on Channel 5.

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Australia Sweats Through Its Hottest Day on Record as Killer Heatwave Sweeps the Nation

Yesterday was Australia’s hottest day on record, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Millionaire Businessman Sir Ron Brierley, 82, Is Charged With Allegedly Possessing Child Pornography After Being Arrested at Sydney International Airport

The 82-year-old was arrested at Sydney International Airport while on route to Fiji on Tuesday at 6.30am.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

More Than a Dozen Suspected Firebugs Are Set to be Charged With Deliberately Lighting Bushfires Ravaging New South Wales

NSW Rural Fire Service Inspector Ben Shepherd saying investigators are close to charging more suspected firebugs for purposely starting fires.

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Revealed: The Six Biggest Myths About Bushfires and What Sparks Them — as Chilling Video Exposes Just How Quickly a Blaze Can Spread

A shocking video showing how quickly a bushfire can spread has been posted by Australia’s science agency, the CSIRO.

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‘The Torture Must Stop Now’: Group of More Than 100 Doctors Warn Julian Assange Could Die in Jail and Urge Australia to Bring Him Home

More than 100 doctors have urged Australia to lobby for imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be returned home for urgent medical treatment.

The group has written an open letter to Foreign Minister Marise Payne calling for the 48-year-old to be returned to Australia.

‘Should Mr Assange die in a British prison, people will want to know what you, minister, did to prevent his death,’ the letter says.

Assange is in Belmarsh Prison, a high-security London jail, awaiting a full hearing in February.

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More Violence in Beni as DRC Tracks New Ebola Cases

Over the weekend at least 43 people, including a pregnant woman, were killed in Beni, one of the epicenters of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s current Ebola outbreak, as officials tallied eight new cases of the deadly disease.

The rebel terrorist organization Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) likely conducted the attacks, according to the Associated Press (AP) and Al Jazeera.

Last month, clashes between the DRC’s military and the ADF led the World Health Organization (WHO) to temporarily pull its Ebola response teams out of the area, after health workers were killed during the skirmishes.

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Border Patrol Stops a Truck Crossing Into Texas With 70 Migrants, Including Children, Packed Into the Back and ‘Tagged Like Cattle’ In Marked T-Shirts

Border Patrol agents operating a roadside inspection site rescued a group of migrants from Central America and Mexico that were hidden inside a tractor trailer.

The shocking incident occurred when the truck approached the commercial checkpoint lane Monday in Laredo, Texas.

Upon opening the trailer door, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found more than 70 people, including children, sitting inside next to each other in at least three rows.

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German Greens Propose Giving Passports to All ‘Climate Refugees’

Members of the German Green Party have proposed that so-called “climate refugees” should be allowed to move to the country and receive a German passport upon their arrival.

The proposal was championed by long-time Green politician Claudia Roth who said the passports should be made available for people in areas such as various Pacific islands, which she said could be threatened by climate change, German tabloid Bild reports.

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Greece Expects 100,000 More Migrants in 2020

Asylum-seekers are continuing to arrive on the shores of Greek islands such as Lesbos and Samos, with the crisis only getting worse. The Greek government predicts 100,000 more people to arrive from Turkey in 2020.

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Illegal Alien Arsonist Gets 30 Years for Killing Three Firemen in Delaware (Video)

Illegal alien Beatriz Fana-Ruiz will spend her next 30 years in prison for igniting a fire that killed three Delaware firemen.

Fana-Ruiz was upset with her living conditions.

She was charged with assault, three counts of arson, and nine counts of reckless endangering.

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Report: Migrant Arrivals in Europe From Turkey Nearly Double in 2019

70,000 migrants have made it to the European Union from Turkey this year, according to a confidential EU report, prompting some to question whether the EU-Turkey refugee deal has fallen apart completely.

The confidential EU report shows that the number of migrants and asylum seekers who’ve successfully crossed over into the EU from Turkey this year has nearly doubled in comparison to 2018, Die Welt reports.

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Tennessee Will Continue Accepting Refugees, Gov. Bill Lee Says, As Legislative Leaders Signal Disapproval

Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday announced Tennessee will continue to accept refugees, joining only a handful of Republican-led states in doing so as a deadline looms to inform the federal government of the state’s stance on resettlement.

“The United States and Tennessee have always been, since the very founding of our nation, a shining beacon of freedom and opportunity for the persecuted and oppressed, particularly those suffering religious persecution,” Lee said in a statement.

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Defining Trans Accurately Now Gets You Banned From Twitter

The trans debate on Twitter is basically insane. While Twitter claims that its “mission is to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information, and to express their opinions and beliefs without barriers,” that’s only true if you toe the progressive party line on trans. If you don’t, you’re out, with barely an explanation. 4th Wave Now was banned, they asked why, filed an appeal, and were given the runaround.

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Hate Speech Row: Fine or Jail Anyone Who Calls People Boffins, Geeks or Eggheads, Psychology Nerd Demands

‘Divisive and humiliating’ terms are bad as the N-word, uni lecturer argues

Labeling super-smart people with terms like nerd, geek, or boffin is hate speech, and should be punishable as such, argues lecturer and Harley-Street psychotherapist Dr Sonja Falck.

Likewise wonk, smarty-pants, and know-it-all: these terms are “divisive and humiliating,” and the “last taboo,” the University of East London egghead said this week while promoting her new book about brainiacs. Such “anti-IQ” words set society’s Einsteins apart, she claimed, with the result that geeks end up “feeling like they’re a misfit and don’t belong.”

Calling someone a swot, whizkid, brainbox, smart-arse, or dweeb may seem “harmless banter,” but it is equivalent to hate speech, she reckons, and should be recognized as such in British law — with punishments including fines and imprisonment. “It is only with the benefit of hindsight and academic research that we realise how wrong we were,” she added

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If You Are Still Watching Netflix, You Are Part of the Problem

by Michael Snyder

The major entertainment companies in the United States all produce a relentless deluge of filth and garbage, but Netflix is the worst of them all. For years they have been creating vomit-inducing movies and shows that openly mock faith, family and traditional American values, but their subscriber base just kept growing and so they just kept doing it.

Over the years, the general population has become entirely desensitized to the sex, violence and foul language that is peppered throughout our “entertainment”, and that is extremely unfortunate. But what Netflix is doing is on an entirely different level. They have literally turned blasphemy of the Christian faith into “entertainment”, and apparently they believe that the American public is willing to accept this. The following description of a new movie about “Jesus” that Netflix just released comes from LifeSite News…

Netflix has released a blasphemous “Christmas special” movie that depicts Jesus as a homosexual and the Virgin Mary as an adulterer, prompting more than one million people to sign a petition to have the film removed from the popular streaming service.

A Primeira Tentação de Cristo, or The First Temptation of Christ, is a production of the Porta dos Fundos comedy troupe from Brazil. In the supposed parody, Jesus is shown bringing home a homosexual lover to meet Mary and Joseph.

A petition to have this movie removed from Netflix already has more than 1.8 million signatures, and that number is growing by the hour.

But a petition is not going to cause a change of behavior at Netflix.

The only thing that is going to change their behavior is if people stop giving them their money.

This didn’t just start yesterday. The truth is that Netflix has been producing deeply evil, stomach-churning content for years.

And if you give Netflix money every month, you are funding their operation, and that makes you part of the problem.

Netflix has another new show that is also extremely alarming. The trailer for the show makes it seem like it is about a modern-day version of “Jesus”, but if you do a little digging you actually discover that this “Christ-like man” is actually the Islamic version of the Antichrist. The following comes from the BBC…

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Norwegian Government Gives €3.7 Million to ‘Artist’ Who Spray-Paints With His Anus

A Norwegian “artist” who’s best known for spray-painting from his butt, throwing feces at audiences, and peeing on stage, has received an exceptional amount of money from Norway’s public coffers.

Vegard Vinge, alongside his co-host Ida Muller, are said to have received NOK 37 million or 3.7 million euro from the Norwegian Cultural Council — a taxpayer-funded institution — over a span of twelve years, Norwegian online newspaper Nettavisen reports.

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The Left Lines Up With the Terrorists

Britain’s voters rejected soundly the Labor Party, whose former leader Jeremy Corbyn has called Hamas and Hezb’allah terrorists “his friends” and for whom Hamas expressed reciprocal support. Americans must similarly ostracize and marginalize politicians, organizations, and religious institutions that give tacit support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezb’allah, and other terrorist organizations.

There is a huge legal difference (no criminal liability versus up to 15 years in prison), but little moral difference, between giving material support to terrorists and seeking to damage Israel’s economy through boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Jeremy Corbyn, supports BDS, as do Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and 14 other House Democrats. So does Jewish Voice for Peace, which I call “Jews for Jihad.”

The Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and American Friends Service Committee also deserve to be ostracized, shunned, and boycotted for supporting BDS and therefore (indirectly) Palestinian abuse of not only Jews, but also Arab Christians, women, and LGBT people. If you want to show proper respect for these organizations, as well as the United Nations, please donate to the One Israel Fund; I did.

It is very easy to reward terrorism without providing material or even verbal support for terroristic violence. Ongoing support for a two-state solution assures the terrorists that there are no long-term consequences, such as permanent loss of their aspirations for independence or even autonomy, regardless of how many treaties they break, how many pizza parlors and Seders they bomb, how many little girls whose heads they bash in with rifle butts, how many Jewish families they cut up with knives, how many rockets they launch at Israel, and how many wildfires they start with incendiary balloons while they talk openly about destroying Israel.

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UK: Academic Wants to Ban the Insults “Nerd” And “Geek” As Hate Crimes

An academic in the UK says that the insults “geek” and “nerd” should be criminalized as hate crimes because they cause distress to people with high IQs.

No, you’re not reading the Onion.

Psychology lecturer and psychotherapist Dr Sonja Falck says that “anti-IQ” insults are hate crime’s last “taboo” and that they should be legally treated the same way as homophobic and racist slurs.

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Google Security Engineer Says She Was Fired for Daring to Remind Googlers They Do Indeed Have Labor Rights

Web giant claims she broke rules with pro-union popup code — fellow techies reckon that’s rubbish

Google on Friday fired security engineer Kathryn Spiers after she created a Chrome popup notification reminding her colleagues that they have the “right to participate in protected concerted activities.”

Spiers claims she was fired for labor organizing, a protected workplace activity.

She says she wrote the code — which generated a notification for Googlers and is for internal use only — after hearing that the internet giant had hired a union-busting consultancy and fired four workers on November 25 who were said to be involved in labor organizing.

“I created a little notification, only a few lines of code, that pops up in the corner of the browser whenever my coworkers visited the union busters’ website or the community guidelines policy,” she explained on Monday.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/18/2019

  1. I don’t feel any thing for them because they are illegals, bring diseases and criminal behavior to our country. They have also brought leprosy to our our country. Send them back immediately.

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