Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/19/2020

Unarmed protesters who will attend the pro-gun rally in Richmond tomorrow inside the fenced-in area around the capitol have asked their armed comrades outside the fence to watch over them. Meanwhile, militarized police have reportedly arrived in the city.

In other news, the chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration identified Jesus and his family as refugees.

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

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USA
» “We’re Ready to Fight”: 1000s Expected at Massive Gun-Rights Rally at Virginia Capitol
» Another Show-Stopping Software Bug Found in Ill-Fated 737 Max Airplanes
» Conservative Street Artist Mocks Ex-Royals Meghan and Harry in Latest Hit
» In 2014 the U.S. Dept of Interior Warned Cell Tower Radiation Was Harming Birds; Studies Show 5G Will Also
» Learn the Deep State’s Plan to Launch Secret Weapon During Trump Trial
» Media Use Lev Parnas to Attack Devin Nunes — Again — Ahead of Impeachment Trial
» Nolte: U.S. Movie Ticket Sales Hit Near 25-Year Low
» On Edge: Unarmed Virginia Gun Protesters Ask Armed Friends to ‘Watch Over Us’
» Patriots Say Democrats Are Setting a Trap for ‘Charlottesville 2.0’
» Portland Antifa ‘Martyr’ Mourned by Many Urged Terrorist Attacks, Writings Reveal
» Red Alert! Deep State Planning a False Flag in Virginia
» Scenes From Virginia’s Capital: Militarized Police Arrive in Richmond
» The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know it
» Trump Legal Team: Impeachment Articles ‘Constitutionally Invalid’
» Twitter Rallies Behind Target Manager Tori After Journalist David Leavitt Calls Police Over “$0.01” Toothbrush
» Virginia County Supervisors Pull Gun Control Support After Public Backlash
 
Canada
» Convicted Murderer Arguing to be Moved to Women’s Prison
 
Europe and the EU
» France Sees Surge of Rape, Murder, And Violence in 2019
» Francel Paris Policeman is Filmed ‘Repeatedly Punching’ Bloodied Male Protester Who Was Lying Wounded on the Ground During Anti-Macron Riots at Centre of Criminal Probe
» Poland: Presidential Challenger Catching up With Incumbent Duda
» Prince Harry Severs Ties With British Military as Part of Megxit
» Sweden: Sex Offences on Teen Girls Up 51 Per Cent Since 2015
» UK: Boris Backs Plans to Pursue Rapid Trade Deal With U.S., Use as Leverage Over EU: Report
» UK: Jeremy Corbyn Nominates John Bercow for House of Lords in Final Swipe at Leave Voters
» UK: Police Knew About Rotherham ‘Asian’ Rape Gangs But Ignored Them Over Fears of ‘Racial Tensions’: Report
» UK: The Rise of ‘Woke Coke’: Dark Web Drug Dealers Are Targeting Middle-Aged, Middle-Class Users With ‘Ethically Sourced’ And ‘Conflict Free’ Cocaine
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» If You Ask Siri Who the President of Israel is, She Becomes Anti-Semitic
 
South Asia
» A Victory for Hindu Protests: Dhaka Mayoral ‘Islam Motivated’ Poll Date Deferred for Saraswati Puja
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» We “Have to Kill Christians”: Persecution of Christians, October 2019
 
Latin America
» Chaos in Puerto Rico as Mob Finds Unused Disaster Supplies
» Puerto Rico Fires 2 More Officials Over Supplies Found in Warehouse
» Venezuela Crisis: Juan Guaidó Defies Travel Ban for Meeting in Colombia
 
Immigration
» Honduran Migrants Clash With Mexican Troops Blocking the 2,500-Strong US-Bound Caravan on a Bridge at Guatemalan Border as Hundreds of Guards Line the Banks of the River to Prevent Crossing
» Italy: Matteo Salvini: Muslim Immigration is ‘Main Cause’ Of Resurgent Antisemitism
» Spanish Minister Claims Country Needs ‘Millions and Millions’ of Migrants
» U.S. Bishops’ Immigration Chief Says Jesus Was Part of a ‘Refugee Family’
 
Culture Wars
» Earth’s Climate History: What the Doomsayers Don’t Want Voters to Know
» Indoctrination Education: Public Schools Are Now Programming Facilities
» The Dumpster Fire of Western Masculinity
 

“We’re Ready to Fight”: 1000s Expected at Massive Gun-Rights Rally at Virginia Capitol

As various pro-gun rights groups prepare to gather at Virginia’s state capitol in Richmond on Monday in what’s expected to be one of the largest pro-gun rallies in recent memory, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency, police are busy setting up barricades and temporary holding pens — and one lawmaker has even arranged to spend most of the day in a safe house, according to the Washington Examiner.

The rally is expected to draw tens of thousands, and fears about Charlottesville-style violence are prompting police to scour the web for any signs of a violent plot…

Perhaps, as Ben Garrison writes, the Democrats want to spark a Civil War in the hopes that public opinion will turn against the president. They are playing with fire. When tyrants create laws to remove our rights, it’s time to remove the tyrants.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Another Show-Stopping Software Bug Found in Ill-Fated 737 Max Airplanes

Jetliner’s return to the skies likely to be delayed by more tech glitches

Boeing today said another software flaw has been spotted in its star-crossed 737 Max.

The bug was found during an audit of the passenger jet’s on-board technology, held last weekend with America’s aviation regulator. These technical reviews are expected to turn up glitches and gremlins for Boeing engineers to fix, so this is kinda to be expected.

The Seattle-based manufacturer told The Register on Friday it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to straighten out the bug. The 737 Max is unlikely to return to the skies until the flaw is addressed.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Conservative Street Artist Mocks Ex-Royals Meghan and Harry in Latest Hit

On Friday night, conservative street artist Sabo put up some new street art, mocking royals (or ex-royals I guess) Harry and Meghan Markle. Sabo tells PJ Media he was inspired by a meme comparing Meghan Markle to Yoko Ono, the second wife of John Lennon, who’s often blamed for breaking up the Beatles.

Sabo has provided the following images to PJ Media.

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

In 2014 the U.S. Dept of Interior Warned Cell Tower Radiation Was Harming Birds; Studies Show 5G Will Also

Wireless “WiFi” radiation is microwave radiation. Research has determined that all sources of wireless radiation (including from cell phones and cell towers) is harmful to birds as well as other animals, insects, nature, and humans. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Interior wrote a letter about their concerns regarding exposure to birds. Thanks to Environmental Health Trust for posting it on their website:

Click here to download the letter.

According to research — exposure to 5G millimeter wave radiation also harms birds and other life forms. Thanks to Environmental Health Trust for providing additional links about that too:

Research finds bees and pollinators absorb the higher frequencies of 5G between 3% to 370% higher leading the scientists to warn, “This could lead to changes in insect behaviour, physiology, and morphology over time….” Research finds wireless frequencies interfere with birds’ navigation systems, their circadian rhythms, and can harm their development and reproduction. Research finds trees can be harmed by the radiation from cellular antennas. Effects include altered growth, thinner cell walls and adverse biochemical changes.

EHT has a compendium of research on impacts to trees, bees and birds here.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Learn the Deep State’s Plan to Launch Secret Weapon During Trump Trial

Democrat coup against sitting president doesn’t end in the Senate — Alex Jones breaks down the Deep State’s plan for Trump’s impeachment trial.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Media Use Lev Parnas to Attack Devin Nunes — Again — Ahead of Impeachment Trial

The mainstream media are using claims by Lev Parnas, facing criminal indictment on federal campaign finance charges, to further a years-long Democrat effort to attack House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Nunes has been a target ever since he began investigating the FBI’s effort to conduct surveillance on members of the 2016 presidential campaign of President Donald Trump — an effort that lasted into the Trump presidency itself.

It was Nunes who revealed the fact that members of the outgoing Obama administration had “unmasked” the names of Americans who appeared in transcripts of surveillance of telephone conversations with foreign nationals. At least one of those names, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, was leaked illegally to the Washington Post, where his conversation with the then-Russian ambassador became part of the Russia “collusion” conspiracy theory.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Nolte: U.S. Movie Ticket Sales Hit Near 25-Year Low

Naturally, the sycophants in the entertainment media are blaming the movie ticket slump on everything and everyone but Hollywood.

Something that helped the 2019 gross stay afloat was a four percent jump in ticket prices, from an average of $9.16 to $9.37.

Grosses are one thing. The number of tickets sold is something entirely different; that’s the number that tells us how popular and influential movies are, and over the last 25 years, that number is going the wrong way.

Some perspective…

In 1995, the U.S. population sat at 265 million.

Today, the U.S. population is 330 million.

In other words, the U.S. population climbed by 20 percent between 1995 and 2019, and even with that massive increase 65 million more potential customers, ticket sales have stagnated…

Here are the facts…

To begin with, the movie biz has alienated half the American population. If Ronald McDonald ran around calling half the country a bunch Nazi, racist, ignorant, sexist Christian-tards, like Hollywood does traditional Americans, does Deadline believe that might-maybe-perhaps hurt hamburger sales over at McDonald’s?

Of course it would, but Deadline doesn’t believe the film industry’s spokespeople, the movie biz’s own Ronald McDonalds — Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephen King, Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lena Dunham, Chris Evans (I could go on forever) — might have damaged the brand just a bit?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

On Edge: Unarmed Virginia Gun Protesters Ask Armed Friends to ‘Watch Over Us’

Dismissing rhetoric from Democrats that armed Second Amendment supporters are threatening to stir up a Monday rally at the Virginia Capitol, activists ordered to disarm to get close to the protest site are asking armed friends and family to “watch over us.”

Under rules set in place by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and endorsed by state courts, guns will be banned inside a large fenced-in area around the Capitol, even for those with carry permits.

Outside the area, however, guns will be allowed.

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

Patriots Say Democrats Are Setting a Trap for ‘Charlottesville 2.0’

Tensions Are High In Richmond.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Portland Antifa ‘Martyr’ Mourned by Many Urged Terrorist Attacks, Writings Reveal

Last October, a well-known Portland antifa militant was killed under mysterious circumstances after leaving a pub popular with far-left extremists. Sean Daniel Kealiher, 23, was killed near the Cider Riot pub after being hit by a car that had been fired upon with live rounds. His friends dragged his body away and did not call the police.

Kealiher’s death immediately rippled throughout Portland and beyond, leading both the far-left and even establishment Democrat leaders to mourn publicly. A GoFundMe for his funeral raised thousands. And while he was lionized in the press as a murdered “anti-fascist activist” and even called a “martyr” by some, an investigation by The Post Millennial can reveal that newly uncovered evidence show he was far more radical than previously reported. In a series of discovered writings, Kealiher urged fellow comrades to commit violent terrorist acts and led training sessions to radicalize other youth.

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

Red Alert! Deep State Planning a False Flag in Virginia

Violence planned to turn American people against gun owners and President Trump.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Scenes From Virginia’s Capital: Militarized Police Arrive in Richmond

Social media users uploaded photos of military style equipment in Virginia.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know it

Without public scrutiny, more than 600 law enforcement agencies have started using Clearview in the past year, according to the company, which declined to provide a list. The computer code underlying its app, analyzed by The New York Times, includes programming language to pair it with augmented-reality glasses; users would potentially be able to identify every person they saw. The tool could identify activists at a protest or an attractive stranger on the subway, revealing not just their names but where they lived, what they did and whom they knew.

And it’s not just law enforcement: Clearview has also licensed the app to at least a handful of companies for security purposes.

“The weaponization possibilities of this are endless,” said Eric Goldman, co-director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University. “Imagine a rogue law enforcement officer who wants to stalk potential romantic partners, or a foreign government using this to dig up secrets about people to blackmail them or throw them in jail.”

Clearview has shrouded itself in secrecy, avoiding debate about its boundary-pushing technology. When I began looking into the company in November, its website was a bare page showing a nonexistent Manhattan address as its place of business. The company’s one employee listed on LinkedIn, a sales manager named “John Good,” turned out to be Mr. Ton-That, using a fake name. For a month, people affiliated with the company would not return my emails or phone calls.

While the company was dodging me, it was also monitoring me. At my request, a number of police officers had run my photo through the Clearview app. They soon received phone calls from company representatives asking if they were talking to the media — a sign that Clearview has the ability and, in this case, the appetite to monitor whom law enforcement is searching for.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Legal Team: Impeachment Articles ‘Constitutionally Invalid’

“These articles of impeachment are constitutionally invalid on their face,” the response to the Senate impeachment summons reads. “They fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever let alone high crimes and misdemeanors.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter Rallies Behind Target Manager Tori After Journalist David Leavitt Calls Police Over “$0.01” Toothbrush

Twitter users are showing their support for a Target manager named “Tori” after reporter David Leavitt called the police and attempted to publicly shame her for refusing to sell him a toothbrush for $0.01.

Leavitt found the toothbrush in a Massachusetts Target store, snapped a photo of it next to a display model which had a $0.01 price tag, and attempted to get Tori to sell him the toothbrush for $0.01. When Tori refused, Leavitt posted her name and photo to his 200,000+ Twitter followers, accused Target of violating Massachusetts Item Pricing Law, and called the police.

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

Virginia County Supervisors Pull Gun Control Support After Public Backlash

Prince William County supervisors pulled a resolution in support of more firearm laws after county residents flooded their board meeting Tuesday with opposition to gun control.

The Prince William Times reports that the resolution was initially discussed by the previous board of supervisors, which was Republican-controlled, and which passed a “Constitutional County” declaration December 10, 2019.

Democrat Board Chair Ann Wheeler proposed Resolution 10A for the new board, and the matter was discussed on January 7, 2020, but a vote on the matter was suspended amid public backlash.

The vote was rescheduled for January 21, 2020, only to be abruptly canceled on January 14, 2020, with the resolution tabled “indefinitely.”

The resolution would have put the county on record in support of red flag laws, criminalization of private gun sales via universal background checks, and penalties for gun storage violations, among other things.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Convicted Murderer Arguing to be Moved to Women’s Prison

A convicted killer who is serving a life sentence in a penitentiary for men is demanding to be transferred to a women’s prison now that she’s self-identifying as a woman.

Jamie Boulachanis recently transitioned from a man to a woman under Canadian law and will have her case heard in which Correctional Service Canada is arguing Boulachanis shouldn’t be trasferred to a women’s facility—in spite of a Federal Court order—due to public safety concerns and her ability to escape prison.

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

France Sees Surge of Rape, Murder, And Violence in 2019

New statistics from the French Interior Ministry have revealed a significant increase in violent crimes with a 12 per cent rise in sexual violence and an 8.5 per cent rise in murders.

The statistics, which were collected by the Interior Ministry’s statistics service SSMI, show that sexual violence increased by 12 per cent last year. In 2018, the increase had been even greater at 19 per cent, French newspaper Le Figaro reports.

“All French regions have experienced increases in the number of rapes, assaults, and sexual harassment recorded by the security forces in 2019, notably Corsica, Centre-Val-de-Loire, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, and Nouvelle-Aquitaine,” the SSMI stated.

“The number of homicides increased significantly in 2019 (970 victims) while it had been stable the last two years,” they added, which amounts to an 8.5 per cent increase from 2018.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Francel Paris Policeman is Filmed ‘Repeatedly Punching’ Bloodied Male Protester Who Was Lying Wounded on the Ground During Anti-Macron Riots at Centre of Criminal Probe

This is the unnerving moment an injured young man is repeatedly punched by a riot policeman in Paris.

Mobile phone footage caught the officer striking the man repeatedly as fellow officers hold back protesters outside the Gare de l’est station, north Paris. They can be heard shouting: ‘Look — did you see what your colleague did? Disgusting!’

French prosecutors have confirmed a criminal enquiry has been opened into ‘violence by a person in public authority’ with specialist police leading the enquiry.

The victim and police officer are yet to be named.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Poland: Presidential Challenger Catching up With Incumbent Duda

If there was a second round of the presidential election, Poland’s incumbent President Andrzej Duda would get 50.09 pct of the vote while his main challenger, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska of the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), would secure 49.91 pct, a recent poll shows.

In the first round, Duda could count on 43.73 percent voter support, while Kidawa-Blonska would garner 26.61 percent, according to the survey.

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

Prince Harry Severs Ties With British Military as Part of Megxit

Prince Harry will no longer formally represent the Crown as patron of three branches of the British military after officially stepping back from royal duties.

The statement from Buckingham Palace released on Saturday night detailed that Harry and Meghan will relinquish their HRH titles, are to no longer receive public funds through the Sovereign Grant, and “are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments”.

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

Sweden: Sex Offences on Teen Girls Up 51 Per Cent Since 2015

Newly released preliminary statistics from Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council (Brå) show that in the last five years, sex attacks against girls aged 15 to 17 have increased by 51 per cent.

The statistics reveal that the total number of rapes in 2019 increased by six per cent to 8,350 cases compared to the previous year, although sexual abuse cases remained largely at the same level with 9,730 cases recorded in total, Nyheter Idag reports.

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

UK: Boris Backs Plans to Pursue Rapid Trade Deal With U.S., Use as Leverage Over EU: Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to use his pursuit of a U.S. trade deal as leverage when negotiating with the EU post-Brexit.

Mr Johnson has approved ministers’ plans to go “hell for leather” for a rapid U.S. free trade agreement, according to sources speaking to The Times. There are reportedly 70 civil servants in Whitehall prepared to work on an American trade deal, while there are smaller teams of 20 to 40 working on trade deals with Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

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

UK: Jeremy Corbyn Nominates John Bercow for House of Lords in Final Swipe at Leave Voters

THE LABOUR Party has nominated former Speaker and Tory MP John Bercow for appointment to the House of Lords, it has been reported.

Outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn has compiled a dissolution honours list. It is not known whether he would become a Labour peer or cross-bencher. But sources in the opposition party did not deny the claim and have declined to comment on the situation.

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

UK: Police Knew About Rotherham ‘Asian’ Rape Gangs But Ignored Them Over Fears of ‘Racial Tensions’: Report

A report has found that police in Rotherham ignored decades of abuse carried out by ‘Asian’ grooming gangs against young girls for fear of sparking “racial tensions”.

After years of denials by police in the north and Midlands, who claimed that race played no role in their inadequate response to the grooming gang epidemic, a report from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has found just the opposite.

According to the IOPC, a Rotherham chief inspector told the father of a missing girl that the town “would erupt” if it were revealed that south Asian grooming gangs were preying on young white girls.

The officer described the abuse epidemic as “P*** shagging” and said that he had been aware that it “had been going on for 30 years and the police could do nothing because of racial tensions”, per the Rotherham Advertiser.

“With it being Asians, we can’t afford for this to be coming out as Rotherham would erupt,” said the chief inspector.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: The Rise of ‘Woke Coke’: Dark Web Drug Dealers Are Targeting Middle-Aged, Middle-Class Users With ‘Ethically Sourced’ And ‘Conflict Free’ Cocaine

Drug dealers are targeting middle-class drug users with ‘ethically sourced woke coke’ that they promise is ‘conflict-free’, according to an author.

Anthony Loewenstein claims that dealers are promoting their cocaine in a way that appeals to the growing number of middle-aged, educated people that are using the drug — though he adds that the claims are impossible to prove.

Cocaine has exploded in popularity in Britain, with London getting through 23kg a day, a record in Europe, and Bristol having the highest rate of consumption per person on the continent.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

If You Ask Siri Who the President of Israel is, She Becomes Anti-Semitic

“Hey Siri, wtf?” That’s the question that started floating around the Twittersphere Saturday evening.

Numerous people discovered that if you asked your iPhone who the president of Israel is, it would respond with a highly problematic answer: Reuvin Rivlin is the “President of the Zionist occupation state.”

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

A Victory for Hindu Protests: Dhaka Mayoral ‘Islam Motivated’ Poll Date Deferred for Saraswati Puja

Hindu Students on definite hunger strike protesting Dhaka Mayoral poll on Saraswati Puja Day lifted…

Sankirtan Das | HENB | Dhaka | January 19, 2020:: The Election Commission (EC) of Bangladesh has changed the date of the Dhaka city Mayoral Election from January 30 to February 1 after widespread Hindu protests as the earlier date fell on the Saraswati Puja day.

The decision was taken last evening in an emergency meeting of the EC held in Dhaka.

Briefing the media after EC meeting, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said the date was shifted so that no one’s religious sentiment is hurt. (Thanks God, the Islamist CEC, BD got back his sense ultimately that he took a wrong decision earlier to fix the poll date on a Hindu festival day! ~ Upananda Brahmachari, Ed. Hindu Existence Website).

In accordance with the new dates, the government has also deferred the SSC and its equivalent examinations from February 1 to February 3.

There were widespread protests in Dhaka University complex, press club and other spots in the capital of Bangladesh against the earlier date coinciding with Saraswati Puja which is a second major festival of Hindus in Bangladesh…

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

We “Have to Kill Christians”: Persecution of Christians, October 2019

The Slaughter of Christians

Uganda: A Muslim mob set fire to the home of former Muslim, Ali Nakabale, 36, for converting to Christianity. Four of his family members—including his two children, a six-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter—were burned to death in the blaze. His wife, apparently enraged to learn that Ali had become a Christian, reportedly prompted the arson attack. “I had just visited my aunt only to receive sad news of the burning of our house,” Nakabale said. “Upon arriving home, I found the house destroyed by fire that burned my four family members, including my two children.” His mother and stepfather were also killed in the blaze. “On reaching the mortuary, I found their bodies burned beyond recognition.”

“We saw fire emanating from the house of Hamidah with loud chants from Muslims saying, ‘Allah Akbar [Allah is greater],’“ reported a neighbor. Earlier, when his wife learned that his son and he had become Christian, she had beated the boy. On “[t]he same day my wife walked out of the marriage and left the home,” said Ali. “We got scared because we knew that our lives were in danger.”

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

Chaos in Puerto Rico as Mob Finds Unused Disaster Supplies

An angry crowd in earthquake-rattled Puerto Rico stormed a warehouse Saturday after learning that it contained a stash of emergency supplies — that had been sitting untouched since Hurricane Maria slammed the island in 2017.

The chaos in the historic city of Ponce comes just one week after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the island, which has yet to recover from the devastation of Maria — a category 5 hurricane that killed more than 3,000 people and left much of the country without electricity.

Word of the squandered supplies spread online Saturday after blogger Lorenzo Delgado posted a video on Facebook of locals breaking into the warehouse, which is shown to be holding cases of bottled water and other emergency supplies.

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

Puerto Rico Fires 2 More Officials Over Supplies Found in Warehouse

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced fired two more government officials Sunday over the latest controversy involving unused emergency supplies discovered in a warehouse in the coastal city of Ponce. Some of the supplies — including water bottles, cots and baby food — date to when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017.

Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar were let go one day after the governor fired Carlos Acevedo, the Puerto Rican commissioner of the National Emergency Management and Disaster Relief Agency.

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

Venezuela Crisis: Juan Guaidó Defies Travel Ban for Meeting in Colombia

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has travelled to Colombia for a counter-terrorism meeting, the second time he defies a travel ban imposed by the pro-government Supreme Court.

He is expected to meet the US secretary of state in Bogota on Monday. The US and more than 50 countries recognise Mr Guaidó as Venezuela’s rightful leader.

President Nicolas Maduro accuses the US of orchestrating a coup to oust him.

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

Honduran Migrants Clash With Mexican Troops Blocking the 2,500-Strong US-Bound Caravan on a Bridge at Guatemalan Border as Hundreds of Guards Line the Banks of the River to Prevent Crossing

Migrants clashed with Mexican troops on a bridge at the Guatemalan border on Saturday, as hundreds of guards also lined the banks of the river to prevent further crossings there.

Thousands of Central American migrants tried to push their way across a bridge spanning the Suchiate River between Mexico and Guatemala.

Honduran migrants waved their country’s flag and sang the national anthem as they approached the bridge. At the height of the confrontation, Guatemalan authorities estimated 2,500 migrants were on the bridge, or attempting to get on it.

Scuffles briefly broke out as a group of several hundred mostly Honduran migrants pressed forward to cross, only to be pushed back by security forces.

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

Italy: Matteo Salvini: Muslim Immigration is ‘Main Cause’ Of Resurgent Antisemitism

The head of Italy’s leading political party said in an interview Sunday the recent surge in antisemitism in Europe is primarily the consequence of the mass immigration of Muslims on the continent.

“I think that it has to do with the strengthening of Islamic extremism and fanatism in the last years,” Matteo Salvini told Israel Hayom. “Most importantly it is connected to the fact that some academics and media are mobilized against Israel and they create hate of Israel to justify antisemitism.”

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

Spanish Minister Claims Country Needs ‘Millions and Millions’ of Migrants

José Luis Escriva, Spanish Minister for Social Security, Inclusion, and Migration, has claimed the country requires millions of new migrants to combat the forecasted demographic decline in the near future.

According to Mr Escriva, the demographic projections for Spain are so dire that the country will require “eight or nine million people just to keep our working population at the same level”, and noted that other countries should be “prepared to integrate” large migrant populations, France Info reports.

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

U.S. Bishops’ Immigration Chief Says Jesus Was Part of a ‘Refugee Family’

The chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration said Jesus Christ was the member of a refugee family, while applauding a judge’s block of President Trump’s executive order on refugee resettlement.

“Jesus Christ, who was part of a refugee family, calls us to welcome the stranger, and our pro-life commitment requires us to protect refugees,” said Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, in a statement posted on the bishops’ (USCCB) website Friday.

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

Earth’s Climate History: What the Doomsayers Don’t Want Voters to Know

Absent historical context, extreme weather can be overhyped in ways that lead uninformed voters to conclude that acts of God such as severe droughts and floods never happened before humans began using fossil fuels.

In fact, extreme weather has occurred with monotonous regularity for millions of years. Below is an infinitesimal sampling of the endless multitude of catastrophic weather events in Earth’s past, many of which occurred long before the Industrial Revolution.

  • The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 30,000 people in the Caribbean.
  • Epic dust storms in the 1930s caused catastrophic ecological damage to the Central Plains of the U.S. and Canada.
  • Massive flooding that hit Tokyo, Japan, in 1910 destroyed more than 400,000 homes.
  • Consecutive years of extreme weather took the lives of one-third of the population during the Russian Famine of 1601-1603.

[…]

What you’ve just read is a tiny slice of Earth’s turbulent climate history that global warming doomsayers hope voters will never know. And, because there’s an agenda behind climate hysteria that has nothing to do with “saving the planet” — I wrote about that agenda here — there’s not much they won’t do to truck voters to believe that global warming is causing the environment to fall apart at the seams. They even changed the name of the alleged threat.

Switching gears: Why “global warming” came to be called “climate change”

When the accelerated warming trend that began in the 1980s ran out of steam in 1997, what would become an extended leveling-off period set in. Instead of acknowledging their dire predictions of unstoppable rising temperatures were embarrassingly wrong, climate doomsayers came up with a new tag for the alleged threat. What was once referred to almost exclusively as “global warming” was quietly given an alter ego: “climate change.” Since global temperatures were in a virtual flatline, claims of cataclysmic warming were no longer believable. Rather than admitting they were wrong and looking for another way to destroy capitalism, the doomsayers simply switched gears, and invented a clever new trick to frighten voters with terrifying scenarios of imminent environmental calamity. Since runaway warming wasn’t happening, they concocted the specious narrative that extreme weather events, every one of them, are caused by, you guessed it: climate change. Almost overnight, climate change was made the scapegoat for every severe hurricane, drought, flood, heat wave and blizzard that appeared, as if such unpleasant things had never before occurred. Following is a prime example.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Indoctrination Education: Public Schools Are Now Programming Facilities

When I was in eighth grade, a teacher announced we were going to study capital punishment. The methodology for this process was that the class was divided randomly in half, and each side was assigned the task of writing an essay: one half pro, one half con. After we had completed our essays, the students engaged in open debate about this complex issue.

Perhaps this sort of objective process of critical thinking is still practiced in some American schools, but it surely seems scarce. In its place, secular liberalism, and “progressivism,” have become the Church of the American State, administered through public schools.

Today’s children are being institutionally indoctrinated to be unreflective, uncritical automatons of the liberal cause — on immigration, climate change, abortion, and whatever the progressive cause du jour demands. Preying on children is not just for predators anymore. For instance, school walk-outs to ban firearms are not balanced with school walk-outs to uphold the vital Second Amendment and its protections against tyranny. Those who label Donald Trump a tyrant do not teach children to study both sides and consider the importance of an armed citizenry when society is threatened with a tyrant.

The “climate justice warriors” have now taken America’s schoolchildren hostage in their battle to impose their tyrannical carbon tax on the citizenry. They encourage children to block traffic, lie in the streets, skip school — because “the world will end in 11 years!” They are not studying both sides of the anthropogenic climate change debate, let alone critically assessing effective responses. Even if the climate is changing from human activity, and even if the world will implode in 11 years, the carbon tax is an ineffective, patently regressive, and inegalitarian measure. This would make a good two-sided essay assignment for critical young minds to weigh.

But children are not being taught to be critical thinkers — they are just being conditioned to be critical of “the other side,” mobilized as pawns against their own parents and grandparents.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Dumpster Fire of Western Masculinity

The dumpster fire that is western masculinity is bringing out the very worst traits in women.

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

7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/19/2020

  1. Avoid the fenced-in box. It is like a kill zone. Stay outside, and surround the fenced in area on the outside.
    Then, go to district offices of your representatives. Keep it local and personal.
    Finally, organize to get sympathetic and American representatives once again. Step up and run for office yourself, if need be.

    Prayers ascending for sanity in Virginia and DC. May America and Americans be safe.

  2. My favorite irony on Wikipedia is their climate change: There is a visual chart of warming starts in 1880, and is on the scale of 1 celcius.
    Then duck duck go for a chart of global climate for the last 100,000 or 1 million years. I love to compare and contrast these, because it gives an immediate visual concept of the context.

  3. After 4pm on the east coast here and nothing negative has happened at Nort Ham’s compound in Richmond. Just another annual confab going on since 2003 except for a few more people this time. Another win for the American people. The FBI rounded up the usual suspects of the white supremacist fictional narrative while turning a blind eye to ANTIFA members making identical threats to the public safety. The mainstream media’s propaganda is now even more despised and mocked for its role in this latest slander and libel of our right to defend ourselves using firearms. Now there are even more people who hate them for the lies they try to foist onto us.

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