Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/8/2019

Ten Saudi military students have reportedly been detained in connection with the deadly terror attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. One of those detained allegedly videotaped the attack, while two of the others watched it.

In other news, according to a recent poll, a majority of Germans would reduce or eliminate their Christmas lights in order to help save the climate.

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Thanks to Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» 10 Saudi Military Students at Pensacola Naval Air Station Now Detained After Jihad Massacre
» Defense Secretary Orders Review of Security and Vetting Procedures Following Pensacola Shooting
» Drudge Twitter Indicates Drudgereport.com No Longer Owned by Matt Drudge
» Eagle II — A Secret History of the Deep State
» Father: Navy Victim Shot Standing Watch Fresh From Boot Camp
» Hawkins: Gun-Free Military Installations Make U.S. Troops Sitting Ducks
» Hero Naval Academy Grad Shot 5 Times at Naval Air Station Relayed Crucial Information Before Succumbing to Injuries
» Journalists Suspended From Twitter for Reporting on Pensacola Shooter’s Motivation
» Leaked: Potential Donors Scoff at College’s Requests for Cash, Citing Liberal Bias and Rising Tuition
» ‘Muhammad’ Breaks Into Top 10 U.S. Baby Names for First Time Ever
» Nolte: Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Article II’ Impeachment Rationale Exposed as Hoax
» Outrage After Police Use Bystanders as “Human Shields” In Florida UPS Truck Shootout
» Saudi Airman May Have Become Radicalized Before US Navy Base Attack
» Suspect in Deadly Shooting at Florida Naval Base Hosted a Dinner Party to Watch Mass Shooting Videos Before the Attack, According to a US Official
» This Week Federal Judiciary Became One-Fifth Trump-Appointed, While Media Focused on Jerry Nadler
» Trump Wants to Terminate NAFTA and Replace it With USMCA — Which is UN Agenda 2030 in Disguise
» U.S. Naval Academy Graduate Died Relaying Crucial Information to First Responders — Law Officer
» Wausau Banned Throwing Snowballs: The Wussification of Our Kids Continues
 
Europe and the EU
» Climate Change: Majority of Germans Support Ditching Christmas Lights
» Day 5 of Public Transport Chaos in France as Strike Over Pensions Continues
» Dozens of Nigerian Mafia Arrested in Europe-Wide Operation
» Horned ‘Demons’ Wreak Havoc in Austria, Italy as Folklore Celebrations Spin Out of Control
» Italy: Household Income Up But Inequality Widens — ISTAT
» Sweden: Statue of Virgin Mary Stolen and Found Chopped Into Pieces
» Sweden: Multiple Dead as Gang-Related Shootings Continue
» UK: Khan’s London: Gang Armed With Pistol, Shotgun, Knives, Machete, And Sword Murder Teen
» UK: Leaks Suggest Labour Not Dealing With Antisemites, Simon Wiesenthal Center Says Party is Top Threat to Jews
 
North Africa
» Egypt: Christian Churches Burn “Accidentally, “ or Have “Terrorists Changed Operations”?
 
Middle East
» The Fate of Christians in the Current World
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Protests Mark 6-Month Mark With Massive Rally
» Monkey-Pig Hybrids Created by Chinese Scientists in Pursuit of Transplant Holy Grail
 
Australia — Pacific
» Terrifying ‘Firenado’ Rages Across a 60km Stretch of the Australian Bush: ‘Mega Blaze’ Will Continue to Burn for Weeks as Authorities Warn ‘It is Too Big to Put Out’
 
Latin America
» In Colombia, Musicians Join Anti-Government Protests
 
Immigration
» Andrews University Speaker: Churches Should Hide Illegal Immigrants
» French Rapper Brags About ‘Great Replacement’ In New Song
» Refugee Resettlement Watch Urges Citizens to Stand Up Against Mass Immigration — and Lists Who to Contact
» Trump Executive Order Allows Local Governments to Reject Refugee Resettlement Program
 
Culture Wars
» Australia: Fury as Schoolchildren Are Forced to Share Gender-Neutral Toilets at Brand New High School That Cost $80million to Build
» Climate Alarmists Cry Out: Planet Earth ‘Is Burning’
» Italian Mob Open to Gay Members, As Long as They Don’t ‘Parade it in Public’
» Sacramento State Leftist to Black Conservative Student: ‘You’re Going to End Up F*cking Dead’
 
General
» Suppressing Dissent Guarantees Disorder and Collapse
 

10 Saudi Military Students at Pensacola Naval Air Station Now Detained After Jihad Massacre

And only one filmed the jihad massacre; earlier reports said that three had done so: “It has also been reported that one Saudi student allegedly videotaped al-Shamrani’s attack, while two others watched from a nearby car. It’s believed that those three Saudis are among the 10 who have been detained.”

These grotesque videos serve as recruiting tools among young Muslims who take to heart the Qur’an’s injunctions to “kill them wherever you find them” (Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, cf. 9:5).

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

Defense Secretary Orders Review of Security and Vetting Procedures Following Pensacola Shooting

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of procedures for vetting foreign nationals and security on military installations following a shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., by a Saudi military trainee that killed three people and wounded 11 others.

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

Drudge Twitter Indicates Drudgereport.com No Longer Owned by Matt Drudge

Drudge’s official Twitter also suggests that site is no longer based in U.S.

Conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge appears to be telling the world that he no longer owns or operates his flagship website The Drudge Report.

In the bio of his official news feed on Twitter, Drudge describes The Drudge Report as a news aggregation website that he used to run, and suggests it was formerly based in the U.S.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Eagle II — A Secret History of the Deep State

Timeline of CIA’s clandestine effort to become America’s permanent shadow government

In July of 1989, the FBI authored a memo describing a CIA program code-named “Eagle II.”

This memo gives a detailed timeline, beginning in the 1960’s, of the covert operations that the CIA would use to avoid oversight and establish a shadow government above the American Congress.

Drug dealing, gun smuggling, targeted killings, government coups, and financial fraud in hundreds of billions of dollars, all committed under the shadowy hand of an international cabal of elite politicians, financiers, and intelligence agents.

This is the birth of the Deep State.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Father: Navy Victim Shot Standing Watch Fresh From Boot Camp

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Fresh out of boot camp, Cameron Walters proudly told his father in Georgia during their nightly video chat that he had passed the exam qualifying him to stand watch and help secure building entrances at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

When news broke the next morning of shots being fired on the base, Shane Walters called his son’s cellphone repeatedly throughout the day. There was no answer. The 21-year-old airmen apprentice from Richmond Hill had been killed along with two other sailors by a gunman authorities later identified as a military aviation student from Saudi Arabia.

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

Hawkins: Gun-Free Military Installations Make U.S. Troops Sitting Ducks

The December 6, 2019, Naval Air Station Pensacola attack reminded us once more that gun-free policies on military installations make U.S. troops sitting ducks.

The firearm policy allows guns to be brought on base after obtaining approval from a commanding officer but notes that such firearms “may only be stored in the installation’s armory.” Moreover, during transport onto the installation, all firearms are to be “unloaded and secured with a trigger lock and ammunition must be carried in the farthest most possible location away from the firearm.”

In other words, men and women who have signed up for years of service to use advanced weaponry—including fully automatic weapons, guided missiles, drones with precision striking capability, and numerous other mechanisms—are forbidden from carrying a handgun on the station for self-defense.

Again, we are not talking about a fully automatic M4, an MP5, or other machine gun or submachine gun. Rather, we are talking about a 9mm handgun for self-defense. They are prohibited from carrying it even if they have a concealed carry permit on top of their military credentials.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hero Naval Academy Grad Shot 5 Times at Naval Air Station Relayed Crucial Information Before Succumbing to Injuries

A young graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, whose dream was to become a pilot, is being hailed a hero after he reportedly related crucial information about the identity of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola shooter to first responders, despite having been shot several times, a family member revealed…

“Today has been the worst day of my life. My youngest brother gave his life for his country in a senseless shooting,” Watson’s post read.

“After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable. He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a [hole] in our hearts that can never be filled,” he added.

Watson’s father Benjamin told USA Today that his son was the officer on deck at the time of the shooting and sustained at least five gunshot wounds before being able to make it out to relay important information about the shooter before succumbing to his injuries.

“Heavily wounded, he made his way out to flag down first responders and gave an accurate description of the shooter,” he told the outlet. “He died serving his country.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Journalists Suspended From Twitter for Reporting on Pensacola Shooter’s Motivation

UPDATE: A Twitter spokesperson responding to The Post Millennial advised that Cernovich, Ngo, and Hegseth had been suspended for posting the shooter’s manifesto. However, neither Cernovich nor Hegseth’s tweets included the manifesto. Twitter declined to answer any further questions on the justification for their suspensions.”

Following the Pensacola Navy Base shooting having been deemed a terror attack, multiple journalists and media personalities have been suspended from Twitter for reporting details on shooter Mohammed Alshamrami.

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

Leaked: Potential Donors Scoff at College’s Requests for Cash, Citing Liberal Bias and Rising Tuition

While attempting to solicit donations, St. Olaf College in Minnesota received several messages from alumni who are discontent with their alma mater’s ideological bent and rising tuition costs, bringing the college more money to spend on “nonsense.”

With alumni donations accounting for billions of the total money colleges and universities across the country receive annually, schools are highly dependent on alumni satisfaction for funding. St. Olaf is no exception and has been reaching out to alumni recently as part of its “All in for the Hill” initiative to raise $200 million by July 2020.

However, photographs obtained by Campus Reform of correspondence between fundraisers and potential alumni donors show that some former St. Olaf students are hesitant to pledge their support in light of concerns around the college exhibiting left-leaning tendencies, among other factors.

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

‘Muhammad’ Breaks Into Top 10 U.S. Baby Names for First Time Ever

The popular Islamic name “Muhammad” has broken into the top ten United States baby names for the first time ever in American history.

The most updated list for popular baby names reveals that the name Muhammad is now the tenth most used name for newborn baby boys in the U.S., according to BabyCenter data. This is the first time in American history that the name has been included in the top ten most popular baby boy names.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Nolte: Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Article II’ Impeachment Rationale Exposed as Hoax

Nancy Pelosi is going to impeach Donald Trump, the duly-elected president of the United States, based on what we now know is a hoax.

This is unbelievable.

Because there are no witnesses to anything close to any kind of presidential wrongdoing — and no, sorry, but a mob of smug and bitter bureaucrats — even in full-dress uniform — do not count as witnesses…

Because there is no actual evidence of anything close to any kind of presidential wrongdoing — and no, sorry, but Judge Napolitano’s hairline and Jake Tapper’s resting bitchface do not count as evidence…

Because Democrats have exactly squat to impeach Trump with… Pelosi has been reduced to inventing a hoax, to planting evidence, to lying like a rug in the hope no one notices…

But those of us who get our news from someplace other than the corporate media cabal have noticed. Those of us who actually care about things like democracy, the Constitution, precedent, and the rights of the accused, have noticed. And as jaded and cynical as I am, as low as my opinion is of Democrats and the media, I have to admit these new lows still tend to surprise me.

Check this out…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Outrage After Police Use Bystanders as “Human Shields” In Florida UPS Truck Shootout

Miami police and other officers appear to have used surrounding bystanders as “human shields” when they responded to the the hijacked UPS truck following an armed heist of a jewelry store Thursday. After suspects led police on a two-county rush-hour chase through Miami which ended in a hail of gunfire in the middle of crowded traffic on Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road, hundreds of police bullets from 19 officers firing on the truck brought it to an end.

As we reported earlier, four people have been confirmed dead, including the robbers and the UPS driver, since identified as 27-year-old Frank Ordonez, who unluckily had been taken hostage on a day he was reportedly filling in for another driver. Some of his own family members are blaming the “trigger happy” Florida police for killing him in their overeagerness to stop the criminals. An investigation is underway which will also focus on the other innocent bystander that died — an unidentified person shot while trapped at the intersection in one of the many surrounding vehicles.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Saudi Airman May Have Become Radicalized Before US Navy Base Attack

The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a US Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of US wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree, according to a group that tracks online extremism.

Federal investigators have not disclosed any motive behind the attack, which unfolded at dawn on Friday when the Saudi national is said to have begun firing a handgun inside a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during a public appearance on Saturday he was not ready to label it an act of terrorism.

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

Suspect in Deadly Shooting at Florida Naval Base Hosted a Dinner Party to Watch Mass Shooting Videos Before the Attack, According to a US Official

The suspect in the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, a Saudi military service member in the US for training, held a dinner party before the attack to watch mass shooting videos, a US official told the Associated Press. The suspect, a member of the Saudi Air Force who was in the US for training, shot and killed three people and wounded another seven Friday in a horrific act of violence. During the attack, another Saudi student, one of three who reportedly attended the suspect’s party, filmed the shooting at the US naval base.

Two other Saudi students are said to have watched from a car.

Ten Saudi students have reportedly been detained for questioning. Some of the Saudi nationals at the base are, however, currently unaccounted for, the AP reports.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

This Week Federal Judiciary Became One-Fifth Trump-Appointed, While Media Focused on Jerry Nadler

This week ended with the Senate confirming 8 federal judicial nominees, bringing the total of Trump-appointed federal judges to 172, one-fifth of the federal judiciary.

But liberals and the mainstream media barely paid attention because they all were focused on Jerry Nadler’s law professor show, which was so boring and worthless, even Nadler had trouble staying awake.

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

Trump Wants to Terminate NAFTA and Replace it With USMCA — Which is UN Agenda 2030 in Disguise

Last week, President Donald Trump, outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Argentina and signed the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA. This treaty is intended to further the political merger of these countries). USMCA, like NAFTA, stifles free trade, overrides national sovereignty, and increases the power of the UN and the World Trade Organization. The document obligates the US to follow UN Agenda 2030 and rule by unelected bureaucrats.

Journalist Gary Gileno analyzes Trump’s new USMCA agreement that is steeped in the United Nations Sustainable Development program that is based on global warming alarmism. Gileno explains that UN Agenda 21 for Sustainable Development is implemented at the local level while UN Agenda 2030 implements world government on the international level. Agenda 21 takes resources that are abundant and makes them appear to be scarce, in order to justify rationing resources such as water and energy. Trump’s new agreement advances UN Sustainable Development and the word “sustainable” is allover his document in chapter 24, the environmental section of the USMCA treaty even though Trump says that he is against control by the United Nations and that he doesn’t believe in climate change.

The point of the new agreement is to change the governing structure of the United States from a constitutional republic with representatives who legislate on behalf of the citizens to rule by unelected bureaucrats sitting on international boards and commissions, centralizing one world government. New international committees will supersede Congress.

Accountants, engineers, lawyers, doctors, architects, researchers and every other business professional will be allowed to flood into the US to take over jobs in the US which already has employment problems and Americans who are homeless.

Rosa Koire points out that the goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development program is the loss of sovereignty and private property, which includes control over your body and mind.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

U.S. Naval Academy Graduate Died Relaying Crucial Information to First Responders — Law Officer

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A young graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, whose dream was to become a pilot, is being hailed a hero after he reportedly related crucial information about the identity of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola shooter to first responders, despite having been shot several times, a family member revealed.

Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, was confirmed as one of the three victims who were killed Friday morning when Saudi national Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire on a flight training program for foreign military personnel, Adam Watson revealed in a Facebook post.

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

Wausau Banned Throwing Snowballs: The Wussification of Our Kids Continues

“No person shall throw or shoot any object, arrow, stone, snowball or other missile or projectile, by hand or by any other means, at any other person or at, in or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public place within the city,” New Municipal Ordinance in Wausau, Wisconsin.

I get the arrows, stones, missiles, or projectiles, but snowballs? Wausau banned throwing snowballs. Do they really believe that a snowball is in the same category as a missile?

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

Climate Change: Majority of Germans Support Ditching Christmas Lights

A majority of Germans say they would consider scaling down their Christmas lights to protect the climate, a survey released on Sunday said. A total of 57% of those surveyed said they would reduce Christmas lighting or even do without it in the future, according to the survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the German news agency DPA.

Of the respondents, 11% said they would make do without any lights this year due to climate concerns, while 10% said they would do so in the future. But 35% said turning off the lights was not an option for them.

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

Day 5 of Public Transport Chaos in France as Strike Over Pensions Continues

French commuters and tourists braced for a fifth day of public transport chaos Monday as the government prepared to respond to widespread anger over pension reform that has sparked open-ended walkouts.

President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and senior cabinet ministers met late Sunday to discuss the contentious reform, which the country’s powerful labour unions claim will force many to work longer for a smaller retirement payout.

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

Dozens of Nigerian Mafia Arrested in Europe-Wide Operation

Police in several European countries have arrested dozens of suspected Nigerian mafia members as the crime organisation spreads across Italy and the wider continent.

Authorities in Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Malta conducted the international operation, which was directed at two major Nigerian mafia groups. Police accuse the gangs of people-trafficking, drug trafficking, extortion, and prostitution, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia reports.

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

Horned ‘Demons’ Wreak Havoc in Austria, Italy as Folklore Celebrations Spin Out of Control

Every 5 December, the streets in Austrian towns are flooded with people in terrifying masks with giant horns as the country celebrates the so-called Krampus day. Traditionally, this demon-like creature accompanied Sankt Nikolaus (Austria’s Father Christmas) to scare badly behaved children. However, it is the modern Krampuses who cause concern now.

The number of complaints about drunken and disorderly Krampuses during traditional local festivities has risen in Austria over the past years, The Guardian reports, as a shocking video from the neighbouring German-speaking region of South Tyrol in Italy circulates online.

The celebrations, cherishing a longstanding tradition of extravagant runs, attract more and more people who put on horned masks, furry costumes — and sometimes chase spectators — each year. One such event in Sterzing (also called Vipiteno), when spectators are supposed to tease the “devils” and try to run away, prompted backlash online after a video of horned participants punching and kicking a person on the ground and brutally chasing others emerged.

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

Italy: Household Income Up But Inequality Widens — ISTAT

Best-off families earn over 6 times poorest ones

(ANSA) — Rome, December 5 — Italian household income is up but inequality is widening, ISTAT said Thursday.

In 2017, the stats agency said, the net average annual income of Italian families was 31,393 euros.

This was up 2.6% in nominal terms on the previous year, ISTAT said.

Purchasing power also rose, by 1.2%, it said.

But the total income of the best-off families continued to be over six times that of the poorest households, it said.

The percentage of the population at risk of poverty or social exclusion fell from 28.9% to 27.3%, however.

The percentage of individuals at risk of poverty was steady on 20.3%.

In further findings, ISTAT said that in 2017, net household income was 8.8% below that of 2007, 10 years earlier.

For the south of Italy this gap was 11.9%.

For the centre it was 11%.

And in the more affluent north it was 6.7% in the northwest and 6% in the northeast.

The fall in household income was much sharper for large families than for families with two members, where it was just 1.8%.

Income from payrolled salary work was down 0.5% while other forms of income were up, ISTAT said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Sweden: Statue of Virgin Mary Stolen and Found Chopped Into Pieces

A bronze 200-kilogram statue of the Virgin Mary has been found cut up into six pieces days after it was stolen from a Roman Catholic church in the city of Gothenburg.

The statue, which was around 1.75 metres (5’7”) in height, was stolen from the St. Mary Magdalene’s church in Hisingen, where it lay in a custom-built area outside of the church building, Goteborgs Posten reports.

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

Sweden: Multiple Dead as Gang-Related Shootings Continue

Two people were fatally shot outside a nightclub in Norrköping, Sweden, as gang violence continues to plague the country.

The incident took place outside a nightclub shortly before police were alerted at 1:2o a.m. and found two men outside of the nightclub with gunshot wounds. The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, but police said they died of their injuries a short time later, Aftonbladet reports.

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

UK: Khan’s London: Gang Armed With Pistol, Shotgun, Knives, Machete, And Sword Murder Teen

Five London gang members have been convicted of murder in connection with a brutal attack which left one man dead and another with life-changing injuries.

21-year-old Sheareem Cookhorn and 18-year-old Tyrell Graham were convicted of murdering 19-year-old Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck and attempting to murder an unnamed 20-year-old, with Cookhorn also convicted for possession of a firearm with intent.

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

UK: Leaks Suggest Labour Not Dealing With Antisemites, Simon Wiesenthal Center Says Party is Top Threat to Jews

Leaks suggest Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is not dealing with complaints of endemic antisemitism as it claims, as the Simon Wiesenthal Center puts the party at the top of its antisemitism list.

While the British opposition party has claimed it is dealing with a deluge of complaints of antisemitism among its activists, leaked audio and files obtained by the Sunday Times suggest it is taking months, sometimes years to process cases — where it deals with them at all — with many people receiving only derisory sanctions or none at all.

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

Egypt: Christian Churches Burn “Accidentally, “ or Have “Terrorists Changed Operations”?

Recently, over the course of two weeks, three Christian churches were torched in Egypt.

First, on Sunday, October 13, “a massive fire swept through a major Coptic church in a Cairo suburb causing heavy damage, but no casualties.” Online images and video of the St. George Church in Helwan — considered “one of the greatest and oldest churches belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church” — confirm that , to quote Bishop Bishara, it “had been completely destroyed.”

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

The Fate of Christians in the Current World

A recognition of the religious freedoms offered by secular non-coercive states should be of particular importance to Muslims worldwide. It is a serious criticism of Islamic practice both historically and in the modern era that many Muslim countries seem to remain deeply intolerant towards the followers of other religions or the followers of differing branches of their own religion; toward people they regard as having left Islam, or even whom they perceive as having “offended” its followers, whether inadvertently or not. Persecution of religious minorities, and other Muslims seems common in many Muslim countries — from the highly restrictive Saudi Arabia to the more liberal Indonesia, and especially in countries where the religion is closely allied to the state.

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

Hong Kong Protests Mark 6-Month Mark With Massive Rally

HONG KONG (AP) — Almost hidden among the throngs of demonstrators who marched in Hong Kong on Sunday was one woman who crawled, literally on hands and knees on the rough road surface — an apt metaphor for the arduous path traveled by Hong Kong’s protest movement in the past six months.

Dragging bricks and empty soda cans on pieces of string behind her, the young woman elicited shouts of encouragement from fellow protesters. “Go for it!” they yelled.

“Her performance art is about the difficulty, or the repetitiveness, of demonstrations,” said one of her friends, who walked alongside and identified herself by her surname, Chan. “This is really a long-term struggle.”

And one that shows few, if any, signs of flagging.

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators crammed into Hong Kong’s streets, their chants echoing off high-rises, in a mass show of support for the protest movement entering its seventh month.

Chanting “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong,” the sea of protesters formed a huge human snake winding for blocks on Hong Kong Island, from the Causeway Bay shopping district to the Central business zone, a distance of more than 2 kilometers (1 1/4 miles). It was one of the biggest rallies in months, and remarkably peaceful.

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

Monkey-Pig Hybrids Created by Chinese Scientists in Pursuit of Transplant Holy Grail

Two monkey-pig hybrids have been engineered in a Chinese laboratory in an experiment that has caused a stir in the scientific community.

The Chinese researchers hoped the genetic experiment would enable the growing of human organs inside animals for transplantation.

Both chimera piglets died within a week of being born, according to the New Scientist. The piglets were found to have DNA from macaque monkeys in their heart, liver, spleen, lung and skin.

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

Terrifying ‘Firenado’ Rages Across a 60km Stretch of the Australian Bush: ‘Mega Blaze’ Will Continue to Burn for Weeks as Authorities Warn ‘It is Too Big to Put Out’

The aerial footage was captured earlier today in the Bundamba suburb of Ipswich, Queensland. Firefighters on the east coast of the country are currently working to tackle more than 100 bushfires.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

In Colombia, Musicians Join Anti-Government Protests

Thousands of Colombian protesters including dozens of musicians marched, sang and banged pots and pans Sunday in a bold new show of discontent with President Ivan Duque’s administration.

A sea of protesters quickly took over the center and north of the capital Bogota, pushing for changes in the conservative president’s agenda.

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

Andrews University Speaker: Churches Should Hide Illegal Immigrants

A recent guest speaker at Andrews University, a Christian institution in Berrien Springs, Michigan, told students that their churches should hide illegal immigrants to protect them from deportation.

According to a report by Campus Reform, Andrews University guest speaker James Standish encouraged American churches to hide illegal immigrants. Standish, the communications director for the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists, even went as far as to compare ICE deportations to conditions under Nazi Germany.

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

French Rapper Brags About ‘Great Replacement’ In New Song

A French rapper from a migrant-background has released a song bragging about “the Great Replacement” theory of rapid demographic change in the Western world.

The song, entitled ‘The Great Replacement’, was released earlier this week by French rapper Youne’s, who states in the lyrics, “The great replacement? It’s your daughter who likes me, who will make me children.”

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

Refugee Resettlement Watch Urges Citizens to Stand Up Against Mass Immigration — and Lists Who to Contact

Open Borders Inc. and the federally-funded refugee resettlement contractors are turning the process into a referendum on the President and the Refugee Program and have pulled out all the stops as I have been reporting here for days.

My analysis: Every county in America is up for grabs!

Even counties that haven’t previously received refugees are on their hit list.

They are not sticking with the established resettlement sites I posted here a few days ago. And, mark my words, those approvals from far flung counties will be held by the contractors and used as political cudgels no matter who is President.

By the way, there are 3,242 counties and county equivalents available to be resettled! And, that is how they are turning red states blue—one county at a time.

Both the governor and the local elected body (county government seems to be the primary goal) or possibly a mayor, especially for big cities, must agree to the placement of the impoverished refugees in order for the refugee contractors to get their plans to the State Department and to ultimately be paid to do their work.

(See my right hand sidebar for the governors who have already said yes, or at least the ones we know of.)

The contractors are pushing to obtain the approvals by Christmas in order to get their proposals to the State Department by January 21st.

This is what the Refugee Council USA is telling its followers to do (I told you about it here). You should follow their model except obviously with a different message:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Executive Order Allows Local Governments to Reject Refugee Resettlement Program

Should U.S. citizens have input into whether their neighborhoods are fundamentally and permanently transformed into United Nations refugee camps full of welfare dependents and tax burdens?

Government-funded charities that profit mightily from the federal refugee resettlement program say: “Hell, no!”

But President Donald Trump and growing numbers of informed Americans across the heartland are raising their voices to say: “Heavens, yes!”

This week, an extraordinary revolt took place in Bismarck, North Dakota, where an overflow crowd of residents braved subzero temperatures to register their opposition to allowing the Lutheran Social Services to dump any new refugees in their backyard.

Thanks to an executive order signed by Trump in September, local communities now have explicit opt-in rights to stem the lucrative tide of refugees coming largely from Third World countries and jihadist breeding grounds. Open borders legal groups are, of course, challenging the order in court. These zealots object to states and localities exercising self-determination when it comes to rejecting refugees because it would undermine “national immigration policy,” yet they promote illegal immigrant sanctuary policies in states and localities that create uncontrollable criminal anarchy.

[Comment: Eventually some democrat jurisdiction would accept them. US need sot pull out of the UN refugee program — which is a cover for mass migration.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Australia: Fury as Schoolchildren Are Forced to Share Gender-Neutral Toilets at Brand New High School That Cost $80million to Build

Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley State Secondary College will be the first Queensland school with unisex toilets, separate bathrooms in a bold move that has been slammed by parents.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Climate Alarmists Cry Out: Planet Earth ‘Is Burning’

The rate of destruction from climate change “is now so acute and so vast that it cannot be ignored” proclaims Wired magazine in a breathless essay Saturday insisting that the planet is “burning.”

As part of the recent campaign to amp up the hyperbole surrounding climate change, Wired staff writer Laurie Clarke declares that wildfires in the Arboreal forest ringing the Arctic are “unprecedented in both intensity and latitude” while the Great Barrier reef — a bellwether of ocean health — “is dying faster than ever.”

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

Italian Mob Open to Gay Members, As Long as They Don’t ‘Parade it in Public’

Even the Italian mob has started flying the rainbow flag.

A star prosecutor in Italy has revealed the mafia is now open to gay men — and even has a drag queen in their midst.

“The mafia have evolved along with society,” Nicola Gratteri, an anti-mafia investigator in Calabria, told the Times of London. “Gays can be accepted now, even as foot soldiers, so long as they don’t parade it in public.”

The inspector claims to have intercepted “passionate” letters between a crime boss and a young lieutenant, and has eavesdropped on phone conversations revealing many mafia foot soldiers enjoy transvestite bars. The scion of one crime family is living as a drag queen under the name “Lady Godiva,” the prosecutor found.

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

Sacramento State Leftist to Black Conservative Student: ‘You’re Going to End Up F*cking Dead’

An alleged leftist and LGBT activist at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) appeared to assault a black conservative student on video, before shouting, “you’re going to end up f***ing dead.”

A confrontation between two Sacramento State students, alleged LGBT activist Keaton Hill and black conservative student Floyd Johnson II, was captured on video and posted to social media on Friday, according to the school’s student newspaper, the State Hornet.

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

Suppressing Dissent Guarantees Disorder and Collapse

Regimes that are losing public support always make the same mistake

The frantic efforts of an exploitative elite to eliminate dissent only accelerates the regime’s path to collapse.

Regimes that are losing public support always make the same mistake: rather than fix the source of the loss of public trust—the few enriching themselves at the expense of the many— the regime reckons the problem is dissent: if we suppress all dissent, then everyone will accept their diminishing lot in life and the elites can continue on their merry way.

What the regimes don’t understand is dissent is the immune system of society: suppressing dissent doesn’t just get rid of pesky political protesters and conspiracy theorists; it also gets rid of the innovations and solutions society needs to adapt to changing conditions. Suppressing dissent dooms the society to sclerosis, decline and collapse.

Here in the U.S., the suppression of dissent is the work of the corporate media and the Big Tech monopolies: Facebook, Twitter and Google. As Mark St.Cyr and I discuss in a new no-holds-barred podcast (1:08 hours, 4 segments), Big Tech is effectively suppressing dissent via shadow banning, de-platforming and de-monetization:

  • shadow banning: the audience who gets to see your content is throttled back to a fraction of your pre-shadow-banning audience. The mechanics are shrouded in secrecy, Stasi-style.
  • de-platforming: the Big Tech monopoly declares you persona non grata for a supposed violation of their Kafkaesque Terms of Service and bans your content from their platform, effectively silencing you.
  • de-monetization: your content is still officially on the platform in truncated form, but the flow of advertising revenue is turned off: you’re welcome to post content but you will no longer be able to make any money from it. Enjoy!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/8/2019

  1. Knowing the mores in Russian prisons and how they do not like rapists, especially pedophiles, there are many questions…

    Convicted of sexual assault, Moscow janitor Abdurauf died in an auto repair colony. On it from the lift the car “Niva” under which that allegedly lay down fell. It is no secret that in the zone prisoners who got there for such crimes are treated negatively.

    According to the preliminary version of the administration of the colony, the incident occurred due to an accident associated with a violation of safety in the auto shop.

    We will remind, the 20-year-old citizen of Uzbekistan raped the 13-year-old girl in one of the yards of Moscow. The police on the pedophile said the mother of the victim.

    https://ca-news.org/news:1583909

    • What a pity.

      I am sure he would have been the next Nobel Prize winner or a neurosurgeon, or even a famous physicist and dissident like Sakharov if only the girl had the sense to be fully covered in islamic trash bags and thereby not tempted him to lust with her immodest dress.

      I owned a Niva during my time in Bishkek; they are built like tanks. I am certain the demise of the Uzbek didn’t even scratch the paint.

  2. I keep hearing about this Tweeter, Gargle and Fakebook but allowing enemy comms into your headspace or machine is not recommended.
    They don’t want wrongthinkers in their community anyway and the feeling is mutual.

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