Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/17/2020

A Virginia antifa group will join the demonstrators at the capitol building in Richmond on Monday to protest the proposed gun control laws. A spokescreature for the group said that gun control laws have been imposed in the past for racist reasons.

In other news, in a recent poll nearly 70% of Germans said they regretted Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Can Hedge Funds Topple Trump?
» Stock Market News Live: Stocks Close at Records After Strong Data, Earnings
» ‘World Economy Would Collapse’ if London Stopped Laundering Money — Whistleblower
 
USA
» Antifa Group to Join Pro-Gun Rally at Virginia Capitol
» CNN’s Brian Stelter Announces Documentary on Fake News, Twitter Finds it Hilarious
» Court Smacks Down Children’s Attempt to Force Climate Policy by Lawsuit
» Deaf New Yorker Sues Porn Sites for Lack of Closed Captions
» Dental Assistant Fired for Expressing Support for Trump on Facebook
» Eminem Appears to Compare Himself to Manchester Bomber in Rap Lyrics
» Florida Man Friday: TSA Won’t Find Anything on Her
» Karl Marx’s Vision Prepares American School Children as Future Labor, Part 2
» New York Plans to Replicate California’s “Anti-Freelancer” Law
» Northam’s Order Challenged & Prohibition After 100 Years
» Schumer Votes No on USMCA Because it Doesn’t Include Climate Change
» Sheriff’s Deputy Vows to Defy ‘Unconstitutional’ Gun Control
» Watch: Trump Cracks Hilarious Jokes With LSU Football Team at White House
 
Canada
» Families of Victims of Flight 752 Will Receive $25,000 Per Victim, Says Trudeau
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium, France, UK in EU Court Surveillance Blow
» British Police Failed to Stop Muslim Grooming Gang Due to Fears Over “Community Tensions”
» Ireland: Police Hunt ‘Psychopathic’ Hitman ‘Who Decapitated 17-Year-Old Boy in Dublin’
» Norway’s Government Nears Crisis Over Return of Former ISIS Member: ‘The Terrorist Won’
» Orban: ‘We Were an Inch Away From Quitting EPP’
» Switzerland: Thunberg Joins More Than 10,000 Climate Strikers in Lausanne
» Too Late Now! Germans Disappointed as Nearly 70 Percent of Voters ‘Regret’ Brexit
» UK Company Creates Knives Without Tips as Crime Wave Soars to Decade High
» UK: Big Ben Brexit Bong in Doubt, Commons Commission May Refuse Crowdfunding
» UK: City Plans Wood and Straw ‘Eco Pod’ Housing Maintained by Homeless
» UK: Grooming Gangs Whistleblower: Police Who Turned Blind Eye to Abuse Must be Prosecuted
» UK: Legacy Media Sky Chief Calls on the UK Government to “Inject Some Urgency” Into Regulating the Internet
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Poland and Israel’s Loss of Diplomatic Wisdom
 
Middle East
» Overweight ISIS Fanatic Arrested in Iraq Sparks Stream of Internet Memes
 
Far East
» Human Rights Watch: China is “Existential Threat” To Global Freedom
» The Mysterious New “SARS-Like Virus” That is Killing People in China Has Now Spread to Japan
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Is the Sahel Region Becoming a New “Islamic State”?
 
Latin America
» 2020 Puerto Rico Earthquakes
 
Immigration
» Acting ICE Director Blasts ‘Ignorant’ Open Borders Protesters
» Acting ICE Director Blames New York’s Sanctuary Policy for Murder of 92-Year-Old Woman
» Brussels Police Bust ‘Immigrant Gang’ For Sex Trafficking Underage Girls
» Dash for the Border: Cops Find a Child Migrant Squeezed Into a Car’s Dashboard in an Attempt to Enter a Spanish Enclave in Africa
» Italy: Post-Salvini Leftist Govt Considers Amnesty for 700,000 Illegal Migrants
» Over 90% of Illegal Aliens Nabbed Had Criminal Convictions or Pending Charges
» RCMP Say 16,503 People Illegally Entered Canada’s Border in 2019
 
Culture Wars
» Broadcaster Apologises for ‘Jesus is a F****t’ Song — to LGBT Community
» France: Broadcaster Apologises for ‘Jesus is a F****t’ Song — to LGBT Community
» Middle Schooler Threatened With Suspension Over ‘Virginity Rocks’ Sweatshirt
» Researchers Pay Mexican Women to Get Pregnant Then Abort
» World’s First Trans Doll With Penis Discovered in Toy Store
 
General
» 40% of Countries in the World to Experience Civil Unrest in 2020
 

Can Hedge Funds Topple Trump?

President Donald J. Trump has a good conservative record, especially in regard to the courts, and he has strengthened the Armed Forces. His rallies are packed with supporters. But as we enter 2020,even some conservative Republicans in Congress seem scared to death. Debt is piling up and the Federal Reserve is propping up the economy through emergency loans.Some are asking: can hedge funds crash the economy?

George Soros isn’t the only donor to the Democratic Party who ran a hedge fund. A Democratic presidential candidate, San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, is a hedge fund manager who reportedly ran an offshore company advertised as a tax shelter. One of the Democratic Party’s top donors, his fund invested in fossil fuel projects but he is now running on the dangers of “climate change” caused by fossil fuels.

Hedge funds can cause an economic downturn by targeting companies, countries and currencies with short selling strategies…

Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is intervening with tens of billions of dollars in bailouts in an “interbank lending liquidity crisis.” Is this traceable to hedge fund speculators and currency manipulators betting behind-the-scenes on the decline of the U.S. economy?

To stave off this possibility, Trump has signed a “phase-one” trade deal with Communist China, promising relief for America’s farmers and manufacturers. In addition, the Trump Administration is preparing a new tax cut proposal.

In another move, Trump bowed to Pelosi and Big Labor in securing passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade by inserting pro-United Nations elements into the pact. As a result, the USMCA establishes a regional North American bureaucracy, under the auspices of the U.N.’s International Labor Organization, to manipulate and enforce labor standards between the three countries. The deal undermines Trump’s proclaimed opposition to globalism and enables the Democrats to claim they improved the agreement to benefit workers.

The good news is that Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) has reintroduced his bill, H.R. 204, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, to halt all involvement of the United States with the United Nations. Trump could endorse the bill and rally conservatives behind it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Stock Market News Live: Stocks Close at Records After Strong Data, Earnings

U.S. stocks rose Friday to fresh record highs, capping off a strong week for equities on the heels of strong economic data and corporate earnings results.

4:05 p.m. ET: Stocks post record closing highs

Each of the three major indices ended Friday’s session at record closes, solidifying a strong week of gains.

The S&P 500 was up nearly 2% for the week. The Dow rose 1.8%, and the Nasdaq climbed 2.3% on a weekly basis.

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

‘World Economy Would Collapse’ if London Stopped Laundering Money — Whistleblower

Capitalism relies on ‘dirty money,’ says HSBC whistleblower.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Antifa Group to Join Pro-Gun Rally at Virginia Capitol

Virginia antifa group Seven Hills plans to join Second Amendment supporters outside the Virginia General Assembly as thousands descend on Richmond, Virginia, for the annual Virginia Citizens Defense League gun rally on Monday, Jan. 20.

“I think it’s been pretty important for us to focus on the fact that gun control in America has a legacy of racist enforcement,” said Seven Hills spokesman James, who withheld his name to protect himself from being identified. “Like taking guns away from black people because black people were perceived as a threat to property and the sanctity of the state.”

Pro-gun activists will travel from as far away as Texas next week to protest new legislation proposed by the Democratic majority in Virginia that will limit handgun purchases, institute red flag laws, and require mandatory background checks on private transfers of guns in the Commonwealth. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has prioritized gun control this session, and bloc voting by the Democrats almost assures the passage of such legislation.

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

CNN’s Brian Stelter Announces Documentary on Fake News, Twitter Finds it Hilarious

HBO has teamed up with CNN reporter Brian Stelter and filmmaker Andrew Rossi to announce a documentary called “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News” for March.

According to HBO, the film deals with the way disinformation, conspiracies, and fake news affects “the average citizen” in creating what is referred to as “post-truth culture.”

Stelter tweeted about this, citing in his post some of HBO’s blurb, and attaching a screenshot to the whole thing that also says the documentary focuses on “several high-profile made-up news stories in recent years with real world consequences” — such as “Pizzagate” that — apparently — influenced the 2016 presidential election.

But CNN has been widely perceived as pushing an openly anti-Trump agenda that’s not shy of crossing from mere bias into the territory of precisely the thing Stelter wants to explore and condemn: disinformation and conspiracy.

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

Court Smacks Down Children’s Attempt to Force Climate Policy by Lawsuit

In a key victory for the rule of law, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit filed by children against the U.S. government, claiming that the federal government had violated the children’s rights by failing to act against climate change. The lawsuit asked the court to unilaterally force the government to adopt broad climate policies, circumventing Congress and the executive branch entirely.

“The plaintiffs claim that the government has violated their constitutional rights, including a claimed right under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to a ‘climate system capable of sustaining human life.’ The central issue before us is whether, even assuming such a broad constitutional right exists, an Article III court can provide the plaintiffs the redress they seek—an order requiring the government to develop a plan to ‘phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down excess atmospheric CO2,’“ Judge Andrew Hurwitz wrote in the opinion on the case Juliana v. United States (2020).

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

Deaf New Yorker Sues Porn Sites for Lack of Closed Captions

New York (AFP) — A deaf man in New York has filed a class action lawsuit against three pornographic websites on grounds he cannot enjoy their content fully without closed captions.

In a filing Thursday in Brooklyn federal court, Yaroslav Suris sued Pornhub, Redtube and YouPorn and their Canadian parent company MindGeek, arguing they violated an anti-discrimination law called the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Suris, who already sued Fox News over similar violations, named several racy-sounding videos that he said he wanted to watch in October and this month.

[Comment: I don’t think people watch porn for the dialogue.]

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

Dental Assistant Fired for Expressing Support for Trump on Facebook

Dismissed after posting “MAGA 2020.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Eminem Appears to Compare Himself to Manchester Bomber in Rap Lyrics

Marshall Mathers, stage name Eminem, appeared to compare himself to the Islamist terror bomber who attacked a children’s concert in Manchester, England, in lyrics boasting about his impact on the rap industry.

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

Florida Man Friday: TSA Won’t Find Anything on Her

Longtime Florida Man Friday readers know I like to begin each week with a cute little introduction, maybe something on a personal note, maybe reminding you that most Florida Men and Women seem to have come from other states, or that Florida’s insanely bright sunshine law makes the state seem even crazier than it actually is. Which is saying something. But there’s just so much material to get through today, that I’m going to skip the cute intro and get right to the good stuff.

So without further ado, welcome to another thrill-a-minute…

Florida Man Friday

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

Karl Marx’s Vision Prepares American School Children as Future Labor, Part 2

So how do Enterprise zones (Part 1) funded through education help poor children living in these poverty zones? Answer: Public-Private-Partnerships that scoop up BOP, bottom of the pyramid poor children. Who are these BOP kids? The children who are the 80% that will be re-skilled to become worker bees. 20% selected of the fittest are able to climb to the top of the pyramid but must have the right attitudes.

When analyzing the marketing for new available jobs in these Opportunity Zones, the focus is on business, not students. What actually is being taught to these young apprentices are skills that match the jobs and the schools equip those kids with a low-status education. Academics are replaced by “functional skills.” (See end of story graph.) A cooperative docile worker is needed, “to interact productively as a group.” The following are some so-called-do-gooder investments which Marx would have referred to as “co-operative wealth.” Read on to discover what is behind the magic words:

“We test for critical thinking skills, technical aptitude, and a good attitude. We DO NOT look at test scores or transcripts.” —Kenzie Academy (Source: https://www.kenzie.academy )

While these incentives appear to sound great, what type of skills are needed to be re-skilled? What these programs are advertising and what they are doing are very different things. Hand in hand federal money is being spread to accommodate both sides of the fulcrum, using BOP Title I poor children and targeting BOP Title I poor neighborhoods. Children, property, and curriculum are being targeted for reengineered renewal for the global economy and the dark side of capitalism that captures the data. This is a soft-skills mold! The “antithesis between mental and physical labor will vanish” just as Marx had envisioned.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New York Plans to Replicate California’s “Anti-Freelancer” Law

n their apparent push to gain some quick and easy political points by appearing to be responsive to systemic wrongs in the so-called gig economy — some politicians in a year of elections in the United States seem perfectly happy to appear to be improving the position of those who are often in the news as the “victim.”

But what if they might at the same time be throwing every other less visible “victim” of the same system — directly under the bus?

The “lucky ones” benefiting from the new rules in California would be the likes of Uber drivers — while at the same time, the same legislators look comfortable to destroy the livelihoods of every other, less “news-worthy” freelancer/independent contractor out there in the state.

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

Northam’s Order Challenged & Prohibition After 100 Years

The blackface governor who advocates murdering children post-birth also wants to take your guns

On this Friday broadcast of The David Knight Show, you’ll learn about the Second Amendment battle brewing in Virginia and how the prohibition of alcohol 100 years ago provides a lesson America can still learn from.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Schumer Votes No on USMCA Because it Doesn’t Include Climate Change

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voted against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Thursday, citing concerns that the trade deal doesn’t adequately address global warming.

The Senate passed the deal by a margin of 89-10. The USMCA’s supporters say the bipartisan trade agreement could help America’s farmers, ranchers, businesses and workers.

“Despite the fact that it includes very good labor provisions, I am voting against USMCA because it does not address climate change, the greatest threat facing the planet,” the New York senator said in a press statement addressing his vote. “ … the USMCA falls far too short.”

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

Sheriff’s Deputy Vows to Defy ‘Unconstitutional’ Gun Control

Tripp Kester, a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina’s Davidson County, channeled the civic sentiment of many American patriots this week at a meeting of his county’s board of commissioners, which voted unanimously to adopt Second Amendment “sanctuary county” status.

“The Constitution needs no explanation. It’s been enforced for several hundred years now. It’s easy to understand. It says what it means. It means what it says,” Tripp Kester stated in his remarks at the meeting in Davidson County, North Carolina on Tuesday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: Trump Cracks Hilarious Jokes With LSU Football Team at White House

The ever-controversial and always entertaining U.S. President Donald Trump has good comedic timing, any honest person can admit that.

While inviting Louisiana State University’s champion football team to the White House, Trump worked the room by making jokes about the oval office, his presidency, and defeating terrorists, to much applause and perhaps a few moans from the players standing behind him.

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

Families of Victims of Flight 752 Will Receive $25,000 Per Victim, Says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed media in Ottawa Friday, regarding downed passenger flight PS752, which saw the tragic death of 176, including 57 Canadians.

The flight was confirmed to have been shot down by Iranian missiles by the Pentagon, and earlier this week it was confirmed that it was in fact two, not one missile that was shot at the flight.

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

Belgium, France, UK in EU Court Surveillance Blow

Government-led mass surveillance schemes in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom were delivered a potential blow by an opinion from the advocate-general of the EU’s top court in Luxembourg on Wednesday (15 January).

While not binding, the opinion is already being celebrated as a victory among some privacy defenders, amid their larger efforts to curtail abusive policies that force companies to blanket retain the personal data of people for police and national security access.

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

British Police Failed to Stop Muslim Grooming Gang Due to Fears Over “Community Tensions”

Political correctness led to widespread sexual abuse of children yet again.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ireland: Police Hunt ‘Psychopathic’ Hitman ‘Who Decapitated 17-Year-Old Boy in Dublin’

The men who killed and dismembered a 17-year-old Irish teenager are believed to have filmed the sick act before posting the footage online.

Video has emerged purporting to show the final moments of Keane Mulready-Woods, who is thought to have been decapitated and dismembered on Sunday night in the town of Drogheda before his body parts were dumped at two sites in Dublin.

It is thought the head was going to be delivered to suspected gang boss Cornelius Price as a warning, but was left in the boot of a burning car instead.

Police, who believe the teen was killed as part of an escalating war between drugs gangs based in Drogheda, are urging people not to share the material.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Norway’s Government Nears Crisis Over Return of Former ISIS Member: ‘The Terrorist Won’

Norway seems headed to a political crisis after one of the members of the ruling coalition threatened to quit over the government’s decision to bring back a woman who joined Islamic State — a move that could lead to the government falling.

According to Norway’s VG, the family — a 29-year-old woman and two children — was moved from northern Syria to Iraq in preparation for them to be moved and repatriated back into Norway. One of the children, 5 years old, is believed to be seriously ill.

According to The Local, the woman is described as Pakistani and traveled to Syria in 2013 before marrying a Norwegian jihadist who was killed during fighting. NRK reports that the woman will be arrested and charged with participating in a terrorist organization upon her arrival.

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

Orban: ‘We Were an Inch Away From Quitting EPP’

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party was “an inch away” from leaving the European People’s Party (EPP) on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a radio interview.

Referring to the European Parliament resolution on the rule of law in Hungary and Poland and broad EPP support for it, Orban said the reason why Fidesz was so close to quitting was that the majority of the party family “betrayed us”. He said the French, Spanish and Italian MEPs in the EPP were “clearly on our side”, and in the debate they argued that the party family should stand up for Hungary.

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

Switzerland: Thunberg Joins More Than 10,000 Climate Strikers in Lausanne

More than 10,000 people from all over Switzerland joined an anniversary climate strike on Friday in the western city of Lausanne, also attended by 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Thunberg told the crowd she was “honoured” to be in Lausanne and grateful for the turnout.

“So, we are now in a new year and we have entered a new decade and so far, during this decade, we have seen no sign whatsoever that real climate action is coming and that has to change,” Thunberg said.

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

Too Late Now! Germans Disappointed as Nearly 70 Percent of Voters ‘Regret’ Brexit

NEARLY 70 percent of German voters in a poll have admitted they “regret” Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Britain is scheduled to fully cut ties with the European Union at the end of January — leading to the start of trade negotiations between the UK and Brussels. But, a recent survey carried out by the Mannheim research group produced a shock result, with 68 percent of Germans who responded expressing that they were regretful Britain would be leaving the bloc. The survey was conducted on the Politibarometer, a long-standing German election poll which also broadcasts a television programme monthly on a Friday.

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

UK Company Creates Knives Without Tips as Crime Wave Soars to Decade High

Knives designed to prevent “fatalities.”

A UK company is marketing a new range of knives without sharp tips in response to soaring knife crime levels, which just hit another decade high.

Sheffield-based company Viners has produced the “Assure” range, square-ended knives which are “shaped to reduce and prevent injuries, accidents and fatalities.”

The knives were “repeatedly tested to ensure the tip does not pierce skin intentionally or otherwise,” the company told the Independent.

Data published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday shows that knife crime offenses in England and Wales have soared to the highest level in a decade.

As I have documented, the knife crime problem in the UK and particularly London continues to get worse because the underlying causes are not being addressed.

[Comment: What about the chopping action? Best solution would be to manufacture knives without any sharp edges.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Big Ben Brexit Bong in Doubt, Commons Commission May Refuse Crowdfunding

Boris Johnson’s push for Britons to “bung a bob” to get Big Ben to bong on Brexit day may have been for nothing after the House of Commons Commission said that it may not accept any money raised to restore the Victorian clock.

The House of Commons Commission, which is chaired by the Speaker and is responsible for administration and estates management, said on Thursday night that money raised through crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe cannot be used without changing parliamentary rules on donations.

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

UK: City Plans Wood and Straw ‘Eco Pod’ Housing Maintained by Homeless

A homeless charity wants to build wood and straw “eco-pod” accommodation for tourists visiting Bristol, and the properties will be maintained by formerly homeless people.

The charity said that it has embarked on the venture to generate income in response to rising vagrancy.

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

UK: Grooming Gangs Whistleblower: Police Who Turned Blind Eye to Abuse Must be Prosecuted

Senior police officers who turned a blind eye to Muslim grooming gangs as working-class white girls were pimped and raped must be prosecuted for misconduct in public office, an ex-detective who blew the whistle on abuse in Manchester has said.

“These are not mistakes — I want to make it absolutely clear — these were deliberate acts to bury and ignore the abuse of many, many vulnerable children,” said Maggie Oliver, formerly of Greater Manchester, after yet another probe into the industrial-scale abuse of young, very often underage, and predominantly white girls by gangs of “predominantly Asian men” found that the authorities had been well aware of what was going on but did little or nothing to intervene, partly for fear they would be accused of racism.

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

UK: Legacy Media Sky Chief Calls on the UK Government to “Inject Some Urgency” Into Regulating the Internet

Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch is once again talking about the dangers of social media. This time, to the UK government. Asking them to “inject some urgency” into their plans for a new internet regulator.

Darroch published a piece in The Times yesterday titled “Social media is intoxicating but also a threat: we need regulations.” In it he wrote: “We only need to look back to the prolific spread of misinformation, online abuse and fake news in last month’s General Election to see the damage that unregulated online platforms are doing to our society.”

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

Caroline Glick: Poland and Israel’s Loss of Diplomatic Wisdom

Next Thursday is supposed to mark another diplomatic triumph for Israeli diplomacy. On January 23, the Fifth World Holocaust Forum will convene at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp. According to Yad Vashem and the World Holocaust Forum, 45 heads of state will travel to Jerusalem for the conference as President Reuven Rivlin’s guests.

But unless something changes in the next few days, the event won’t be a diplomatic triumph. The conference, titled, “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Anti-Semitism,” will be mark the end of the golden era of Israeli diplomacy.

This isn’t the fault of the guests. They are an impressive lot. Along with Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prince Charles, French President Emmanuel Macron and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier are scheduled to deliver remarks at the event.

The problem is with who won’t be at the event. Polish President Andrzej Duda announced last week that he will not be attending. Duda’s decision doesn’t owe to lack of interest. He made no effort to hide how it important he felt it would be to attend the conference. Indeed, as Israel Hayom reported this last week, Duda was so eager to come that he was willing to leave the World Economic Forum early to fly to Jerusalem just for the conference.

And it isn’t that Netanyahu didn’t want him to come. Netanyahu wants very much for Duda to come because Israel has a profound interest in Duda’s attendance…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Overweight ISIS Fanatic Arrested in Iraq Sparks Stream of Internet Memes

A massive 560-pound jihadi dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been nicked by Iraqi forces, sparking a stream of hilarious Internet memes.

Hate preacher Abu Abdul Bari had to be loaded onto a flatbed truck after he was nabbed in his Mosul bolthole by Iraqi security forces.

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

Human Rights Watch: China is “Existential Threat” To Global Freedom

Warns of “a dystopian future in which no one is beyond the reach of Chinese censors”

Non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday that if China continues to go unchecked, it threatens to enslave the entire global population and eviscerate freedom for good.

In its annual report, the think tank cautioned that the Communist Chinese government is using technology, censorship and violent repression to such an effective extent that it threatens to fundamentally undermine international human rights forever.

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

The Mysterious New “SARS-Like Virus” That is Killing People in China Has Now Spread to Japan

On top of everything else that has happened so far in 2020, a very mysterious “SARS-like virus” that doctors have never seen before is causing grave concern among global health officials. It has been identified as “a coronavirus”, but that category covers a very broad range of illnesses. If you have a common cold right now, it was caused by a coronavirus. But SARS and MERS also came from the same virus family, and those two outbreaks made headlines all over the world. In 2002 and 2003, SARS infected more than 8,000 people worldwide, and more than 700 of them ended up dying. Global health officials are hoping that what we are now facing won’t be any worse than that, but at this point they just don’t know enough about this mysterious new virus to make any firm projections.

What we do know is that this outbreak just started, and China has just announced that this virus has claimed a second life. The following comes from the BBC…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Is the Sahel Region Becoming a New “Islamic State”?

On January 13, French President Emmanuel Macron convened a summit of the G5 Sahel, a group of five Sahelian countries (Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Mauritania) that are affected by Islamist terrorism. The location of the summit, the small city of Pau in the south of France, was not chosen at random: it hosts the base of France’s 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment. Seven of the thirteen French soldiers who died in a November 25, 2019 helicopter accident in Mali belonged to this unit. Since 2013, France has lost 44 soldiers in the Sahel.

According to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies:

“The Sahel has experienced the most rapid increase in militant Islamist group activity of any region in Africa in recent years. Violent events involving extremist groups in the region have doubled every year since 2015. In 2019, there have been more than 700 such violent episodes. Fatalities linked to these events have increased from 225 to 2,000 during the same period. This surge in violence has uprooted more than 900,000 people, including 500,000 in Burkina Faso in 2019 alone.”

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

2020 Puerto Rico Earthquakes

At the end of December 2019 and in early January 2020, the southwestern part of the island of Puerto Rico was struck by an earthquake swarm, including six that were of magnitude 5 or greater. The largest and most damaging of this sequence occurred on January 7 at 04:24 AST (08:24 UTC) and had a magnitude of 6.4 Mw and a maximum felt intensity of VII (Very strong) on the Modified Mercalli intensity scale. At least one person was killed and several others were injured.

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

Acting ICE Director Blasts ‘Ignorant’ Open Borders Protesters

Matthew Albence rips left’s push for lawlessness

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has penned an op-ed staunchly defending the agency’s mission and ripping into leftist protesters pushing for lawlessness and open borders.

Matthew Albence says he is “appalled and perplexed” by propaganda designed to cripple and demoralize law enforcement efforts, both across the United States and in Portland, Maine, where recent demonstrations against ICE took place.

“These ignorant, inflammatory efforts to block enforcement of this nation’s criminal statutes by hardworking, patriotic Americans who live in the same communities they serve, stand only to put these communities — and the entire city of Portland — at risk,” Albence writes. “These protesters are advocating for dangerous criminals to roam our streets with impunity.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Acting ICE Director Blames New York’s Sanctuary Policy for Murder of 92-Year-Old Woman

At a press conference this morning, Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence blamed New York’s sanctuary city policy for the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman named Maria Fuertes. “Make no mistake. It is this city’s sanctuary policies that is the sole reason this criminal was allowed to roam the streets freely and end an innocent woman’s life,” Albence said. Later he added, “One simple phone call and Maria Fuertes could be alive today.”

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

Brussels Police Bust ‘Immigrant Gang’ For Sex Trafficking Underage Girls

Missing 16-year-old girl sold to gang by boyfriend.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dash for the Border: Cops Find a Child Migrant Squeezed Into a Car’s Dashboard in an Attempt to Enter a Spanish Enclave in Africa

This is the shocking moment police discovered a child squeezed into the dashboard of a car in a bid to smuggle him into Spain.

The hidden compartment was so small that the boy had to lie in the fetal position and nearly suffocated.

Guards in Melilla — a Spanish autonomous city located on the northwest coast of Africa that shares a border with Morocco — had to call in medics to revive him and he needed urgent treatment for dizziness, numbness and lack of air.

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Italy: Post-Salvini Leftist Govt Considers Amnesty for 700,000 Illegal Migrants

A senior member of populist Matteo Salvini’s League has warned the leftist government of potential “chaos” if it pursues plans to grant amnesty to around 700,000 illegal migrants.

Riccardo Molinari, League (Lega) leader in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, warned that “the government wants to bring us back to chaos” after Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese stated that the government was reviewing possible regularisation, or amnesty, for illegals, Il Giornale reports.

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Over 90% of Illegal Aliens Nabbed Had Criminal Convictions or Pending Charges

“North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County, that state’s largest, was among the biggest offenders, releasing numerous violent criminals rather than turn them over to federal authorities for removal. Among them was a previously deported Honduran charged with rape and child sex crimes.” — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Report.

Over 90% of the criminal illegal aliens arrested in 2019 had either criminal convictions or pending charges. The average was four charges per alien.

And yet Democrats insist on putting the well-being of these criminal aliens before the safety of American citizens.

The report also found the number of individuals apprehended or found inadmissible nationwide totaled 1,148,024, an increase of 68 percent over the previous fiscal year. Over one million illegals crossed into the United States in 2019 because the Democratic Party and news media care more about the well-being of lawbreakers with open border policies, sanctuary states and cities, and a deep hatred for President Donald Trump and for the nation’s law enforcement.

More than 90% of illegal immigrants arrested by federal agents in the United States last year had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, including 56,000 assaults and thousands of sex crimes, robberies, homicides and kidnappings. Many had “extensive criminal histories with multiple convictions,” according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) year-end report.

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RCMP Say 16,503 People Illegally Entered Canada’s Border in 2019

The RCMP intercepted 16,503 people illegally crossing into Canada from the U.S.-Canada border in 2019, according to new federal government data.

The number of people entering Canada via the border at unofficial ports of entry declined in 2019, but the total number of people making asylum claims jumped from 55,040 in 2018 to 63,830 according to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada.

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Broadcaster Apologises for ‘Jesus is a F****t’ Song — to LGBT Community

“Whether Jesus, Muhammad, or Buddha are homosexual, trans, bisexual, or queer does not bother us.”

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France: Broadcaster Apologises for ‘Jesus is a F****t’ Song — to LGBT Community

French radio broadcaster France Inter has apologised to the country’s LGBT community following the airing of a song with the title “Jesus is a Faggot”.

The song, which was a parody of the song “Jesus is coming back” from the 1988 comedy film La vie est un long fleuve tranquille, was sung by comedic songwriter Frédéric Fromet, who sang, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is a faggot LGBT member from the top of the cross, why did you nail him, why did you not him,” Le Parisien reports.

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Middle Schooler Threatened With Suspension Over ‘Virginity Rocks’ Sweatshirt

God forbid he should spread a positive message.

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Researchers Pay Mexican Women to Get Pregnant Then Abort

Researchers have conducted experiments on dozens of young Mexican women, paying them to be artificially inseminated and then extracting their embryos for analysis, NPR reported Thursday.

At a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, reproductive geneticist Santiago Munne and his team injected the women with powerful hormones to stimulate their ovaries to produce eggs and then inseminated them with donor sperm. After four to six days, the team flushed out any resulting embryos from the uterus via a procedure known as “lavage.”

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World’s First Trans Doll With Penis Discovered in Toy Store

Images appeared yesterday of what is being called the world’s first transgender doll.

The images, originating from a toy store called Planeta Igrushek (Planet Of Toys) in Novosibirsk, Siberia, show a doll that appears to be a blonde girl with pigtails, a dress, and a penis.

U.K. newspaper The Sun referred to the doll as a “forward-thinking toy” and reported that social media users were outraged: “Is it OK to produce toys like that for children?” one asked.

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40% of Countries in the World to Experience Civil Unrest in 2020

New report warns social disorder will become more intense.

Nearly 40% of countries across the globe will see some form of civil unrest or riots in 2020, according to a new study.

Political analyst firm Verisk Maplecroft predicts that 75 out of the world’s 195 countries will see some form of social disorder this year.

That’s an increase on the 47 countries, about a quarter of the world’s total, that saw civil unrest in 2019.

The report predicts that the intensity of unrest is likely to be higher than 2019 due to the danger of protesters being on the receiving end of human rights abuses by authorities.

The study names major countries such as Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand and Brazil that are all likely to experience major social disorder.

[Comment: This is what the globalists behind mass migration to western countries want…the eventual balkanization of western countries. This would makes it easier for them to implement a world tyrannical government.]

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/17/2020

  1. Tommy Robinson is getting awarded the 2019 Free Speech Society’s Sappho Award for most important defender of free speech in the Danish Parliament. Rebel media is covering it.

    • And the chair if the Danish Free speech Society got a lifetime ban on Facebook for putting a link to his acceptance speech on her account.

  2. Antifa isn’t coming to VA to help protest Northam. They’re coming to stir-up some violence for the media propaganda machine. The rumor is that they’ve got seven buses loaded with soy boys in MAGA hats and NRA pins, so that they’ll look more like pro-2A protestors.

    Beware the propaganda reels sure to air starting on Monday. Anybody you see with a mask on is NOT part of the protest. They are antifa!

    • Obvious set-up. They’re literally fencing the 2A protesters and Antifa together in a giant cage with no egress. The police and FBI will be “orchestrating” the event. The media will be positioned to film the “far right” violence. Protesters should stay away from this obvious trap.

  3. Just saw “1917”. Germans are just an unidentifiable horde except for an evil pilot. (No surprise) while the brits…black men and Pakistanis are sprinkled throughout the movie as if its normal, not in spereate units but alongside white brits

    Still exciting at points but oddly it’s presented as one shot, started hurting my head

    • I believe this was achieved with digital effects. If you want to see it done without “cheating”, albeit on a smaller scale, check out Sokurov’s “Russian Ark” (2002), a dramatised journey through 300 years of European art, shot in a continuous 95-minute take in St Petersburg’s Hermitage museum- and they were only given time for two attempts.

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