Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/6/2020

In Germany a man carrying a knife and shouting “Allahu Akhbar” attacked police, and was shot dead after refusing to drop his weapon. Meanwhile, in France a man shouting “Allahu Akhbar” attempted to attack police with a knife, and was shot in the leg.

In other news, Hungary announced that it is doubling the number of troops patrolling its southern border, due to increasing migration pressure.

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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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Financial Crisis
» Italy: 14 Ex Bank Managers Including Boschi’s Father Indicted
 
USA
» After Decades of Alarmism, Climate Change Not on the Radar
» Epstein’s Noose Contradicts Official Story of His “Suicide”
» Ghislaine Maxwell Under Ex-Special Forces Guard Due to ‘Credible Death Threats’
» Globalists Attempt to Frame Trump for WWIII That They Started
» Joker Star Calls Out Hollywood Hypocrites’ Fake Environmentalism
» Notorious Antifa Doxing Activist Accused of Racism and Predatory Behaviour
» Ricky Gervais Drops ‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ Joke at Golden Globes
» Schiff Calls for Public Hearings on Trump-Ordered Airstrike That Killed Soleimani
» Sen. Hawley Wants Deadline for Sending Impeachment Articles to Senate
 
Canada
» CBC Celebrates Antifa in New Documentary
» Greta Thunberg-Inspired Environmental Extremists Set Up Shanty Town at War Memorial
 
Europe and the EU
» Dutch Far-Right Parties to Get Own Television Channel
» EU Parliament Recognises Catalan Leaders as MEPs
» Finland to Introduce a Four-Day Working Week and Six-Hour Days Under Plans Drawn Up by 34-Year-Old Prime Minister Sanna Marin
» First Euro-China Train Arrives at Slawkow Euroterminal
» French Police Shoot ‘Allahu Akbar’ Knifeman
» Germany: ‘Allahu Akbar’: Police Shoot Dead Turkish Citizen Who Attacked Officers With Knife
» Hungary: Deutsch: Fidesz to Decide Itself on EPP Membership
» Indonesian Student Reynhard Sinaga, Britain’s Worst Rapist, Jailed for Life for Sexually Assaulting 48 Men
» Italy: M5S Suffers More Defections
» Italy Deports Antisemitic Moroccan Imam Who Supported Islamic State
» UK: BoJo May Scrap Unelected House of Lords, Give Chamber to Working-Class Regions
» UK: Johnson Cabinet Pushes to Advance U.S. Trade Talks to Hold Europe’s Feet to the Fire
» UK: Watch: Corbyn Praised ‘Inclusive’, ‘Tolerant’ Iran at Pro-Soleimani London Islamic Centre
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Netanyahu, In Apparent Stumble, Calls Israel ‘Nuclear Power’
 
Middle East
» ABC’s Raddatz Moved by ‘Powerful’ ‘Profound’ Soleimani ‘Mourners’ Chanting ‘Death to America’
» Admiral Fears UK a ‘Soft Target’ As Iran Warns Brits Will be ‘Collateral Damage’ In War With U.S.
» Ilhan Omar’s Response to Soleimani Strike Shows Why She Wasn’t Told in the First Place
» Leaked Draft Letter Contradicts Pentagon on US Withdrawal From Iraq
» Pope Francis Calls for ‘Self-Control’ Amid U.S.-Iran Tensions
» Qassem Soleimani’s Dead Body Flies Coach Back to Iran
» Salvini Thanks Trump for Taking Out Soleimani
 
Australia — Pacific
» Army Reservists Are Handed the Grim Job of Burying More Than 100,000 Sheep and Cattle Killed in Horror Bushfires
» Australian Archbishop Composes Prayer for Rainfall
» Beware the February Dragon: The Chilling Reason Why This Could Just be the Beginning of This Year’s Bushfire Crisis — as Expert Warns Horror Infernos Could be Followed by ‘Lethal’ Floods
» Golden Globes: Russell Crowe Blames Aussie Fires on Climate Change
» Heroic Moment a Buff Gym-Goer Follows a Thief Out of a JB Hi-Fi Store and Snatches Back a Stolen Laptop Before Returning it to Grateful Staff
» Huge Fire Ignites in Sydney’s West Just Metres From Homes as Terrified Locals Filming the Inferno Claim They Saw ‘Scumbags’ Deliberately Start the Blaze
» Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia for Deliberately Starting Bushfires
» ‘Seal the Doors!’ Urgent Health Warning for Melbourne After City is Covered in a Thick Blanket of Smoke
» The PM Who Does Hold a Hose: Volunteer Firefighter Tony Abbott Dons a Breathing Mask as He Tackles Out-of-Control Bushfire in New South Wales
» Three People Are Charged With Breaching NSW’s Total Fire Ban ‘After Two Sparked Up a Fire to Cook on and a Firebug Lit Several Blazes’
» YouTube Comedian FriendlyJordies Calls for the Queen to Sack Scott Morrison Over Australia’s Bushfire Disaster
 
Immigration
» Hungary: Government to Double Border Control Troops
» Mexican Bishop Promises Aid to U.S.-Bound Migrant Caravan
 
Culture Wars
» Delingpole: Ricky Gervais Deserves a Medal for Roasting the Wankerati at the Golden Globes
» Pope Francis: Failure to Worship God Leads to Self-Worship
» Terry Gilliam Takes Woke Culture to Task in New Interview
» World War Cringe
 

Italy: 14 Ex Bank Managers Including Boschi’s Father Indicted

Over Banca Etruria bankruptcy

(ANSA) — Arezzo, December 31 — Arezzo prosecutors on Monday sent to trial 14 former managers of the Banca Etruria bank for culpable bankruptcy.

They include Pierluigi Boschi, father of former minister Maria Elena Boschi.

It is the first time he has been sent to trial for the bankruptcy of the Tuscan lender of which he is a former top manager.

This branch of the probe is a secondary one and regards consultancies to get a partner for the struggling bank.

Boschi is not a defendant in the separate so-called ‘maxi-trial’ over the bank’s failure.

Maria Elena Boschi is a close ally of former premier and former centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi.

She is now House caucus leader for Renzi’s new centrist splinter from the PD, Italia Viva (IV).

Boschi was minister for relations with parliament and constitutional reforms in Renzi’s 2014-2016 administration.

She went on to become cabinet secretary for the next PD premier, Paolo Gentiloni, a former foreign minister who is now the European commissioner for economic and financial affairs.

Boschi has endured criticism from political opponents and the rightwing press for Banca Etruria, which collapsed leaving thousands of bilked small investors and was rescued by the State.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

After Decades of Alarmism, Climate Change Not on the Radar

Each month, the Gallup polling outfit asks 1,000 random members of the US public to identify “the most important problem facing this country today.”

Two to three answers typically dominate the results, followed by a long list of concerns mentioned by small numbers of people.

Over the past two decades significant segments of the population, sometimes clear majorities, have cited either the economy or jobs.

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

Epstein’s Noose Contradicts Official Story of His “Suicide”

The first image of the noose supposedly used by Jeffrey Epstein contradicts the official story of his alleged “suicide.”

A picture of the noose was broadcast by CBS News last night during 60 Minutes.

It shows a clean cloth with so signs of blood stains despite the fact that Epstein’s neck was bloody.

The noose is also hemmed at either end, with no sign of it being cut, contradicting the official explanation that Epstein’s body was cut down by the jail guard who found him.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Under Ex-Special Forces Guard Due to ‘Credible Death Threats’

Epstein madam possesses valuable and compromising material on world elites.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Globalists Attempt to Frame Trump for WWIII That They Started

Obama holdovers used backchannels with Iran to coordinate regional crisis to humiliate president.

Guest host Owen Shroyer breaks down exclusive intel outlining how President Trump has side-stepped the Deep State’s scheme to trap him into World War III with Iran by targeting their top military general Qassam Soleimani.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Joker Star Calls Out Hollywood Hypocrites’ Fake Environmentalism

‘Stop Taking Private Jets’

Joker star Joaquin Phoenix took to the Golden Globes stage Sunday to tell Hollywood’s elite that they cannot lecture the world about saving the environment while taking private jets to award shows.

Phoenix won the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, and used the platform to call out Hollywood hypocrites.

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

Notorious Antifa Doxing Activist Accused of Racism and Predatory Behaviour

One of Twitter’s most prominent antifa doxing activists has been accused of blackmail, racism and engaging in predatory behaviour toward underage girls, according to a Medium post made by an alleged former housemate. Additionally, the allegations have brought renewed scrutiny to the “cyber warrior’s” rise to antifa stardom.

By day, Christian Michael Exoo is a 38-year-old library supervisor at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. However—online—Exoo uses the moniker “AntiFashGordon.” He has gained a large following in left-wing networks for his activism with antifa and by releasing “doxes,” or personal information, of his ideological opponents to his 25,000 followers on Twitter.

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

Ricky Gervais Drops ‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ Joke at Golden Globes

British comedian Ricky Gervais is dropping red pills at the Golden Globes, joking about “Epstein didn’t kill himself” while telling ‘woke’ virtue signaling celebrities to stop talking about politics.

“Spoiler alert, season 2 is on the way, so in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself — just like Jeffrey Epstein,” said Gervais, before adding, “Shut up, I know he’s your friend but I don’t care, you had to make your own way here in your own plane didn’t you?”

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

Schiff Calls for Public Hearings on Trump-Ordered Airstrike That Killed Soleimani

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called for public congressional hearings on the Trump administration’s decision to authorize an airstrike that killed top Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“I think there should be open hearings on this subject,” Schiff, who was in charge of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump late last year, told The Washington Post in an interview published Jan. 6. “The president has put us on a path where we may be at war with Iran. That requires the Congress to fully engage.”

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

Sen. Hawley Wants Deadline for Sending Impeachment Articles to Senate

WASHINGTON—Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might have only one week left to withhold from the Senate the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, approved by House Democrats on Dec. 19, if the upper chamber approves a proposal for a 25-day deadline introduced Jan. 6 by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)

“If, following adoption of such articles, the House of Representatives does not so notify the Senate or otherwise provide for such articles to be exhibited to the Senate within 25 calendar days from the date of adoption of such articles, as recorded in the Journal of the House of Representatives, such articles shall be deemed exhibited before the Senate and it shall be in order for any Senator to offer a motion to dismiss such articles with prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles,” the resolution reads.

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

CBC Celebrates Antifa in New Documentary

CBC’s The Fifth Estate aired a broadcast on antifa Sunday night, and at times the 30-minute episode read more as an advertisement for the extremist group than an investigative report.

“Right-wing hate is growing everywhere, including Canada. And it is being met with a movement desperate to stamp it out.” Fifth Estate host Gillian Findlay said, introducing antifa. The activists The Fifth Estate utilized for the episode were mostly anonymous.

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

Greta Thunberg-Inspired Environmental Extremists Set Up Shanty Town at War Memorial

Trying to make sense of it all: We went for another visit to Ottawa’s majestic National War Memorial, which is now also home to a grotesque tent city courtesy of Extinction Rebellion.

Again we tried to find out what these climate crisis crusaders are trying to accomplish. And again, we discovered that these people are simply unable to articulate their points of view.

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

Dutch Far-Right Parties to Get Own Television Channel

The Netherlands is to get a new television channel and radio airtime dedicated to the politics of the far right and supported by the country’s two high-profile right-wing leaders, Geert Wilders and his 36-year-old challenger, Thierry Baudet.

The channel, which will be called The Unheard Netherlands, is expected to go on air at the end of this year after its promoters clocked up the minimum of 50,000 paid subscribers needed for inclusion in the mix of channels that broadcast under the NPO public broadcasting umbrella.

The consortium — including high-profile former war reporter Arnold Karskens, who styles himself “the people’s journalist” — says it will focus on giving “due respect and attention to Dutch culture, its history, norms and values, and, in particular, its freedom, often taken for granted until recently”.

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

EU Parliament Recognises Catalan Leaders as MEPs

The European Parliament announced in on Monday that it recognises pro-independence Catalan leaders Oriol Junqueras, Carles Puigdemont, and Toni Comin as MEPs. “Following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union dated 19 December 2019, at the plenary sitting of 13 January 2020, the European Parliament will take note of [their election as MEPs],” the text states.

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

Finland to Introduce a Four-Day Working Week and Six-Hour Days Under Plans Drawn Up by 34-Year-Old Prime Minister Sanna Marin

Sanna Marin, 34, — who is the youngest head of government in the world — said it would allow workers to spend more time with their families. In Finland currently it is normal to work five days per week.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

First Euro-China Train Arrives at Slawkow Euroterminal

The Slawków rail terminal in southern Poland on Sunday welcomed the arrival of the first Chinese train under a November-opened wide-gauge Euro-China rail connection between Poland and the city of Xi’an in China. The train took 12 days to complete the route.

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

French Police Shoot ‘Allahu Akbar’ Knifeman

French police shot a knifeman in the leg on Sunday, one of three police shootings in response to allegedly “Allahu Akbar” shouting knifemen in Europe in three days.

Officers were called to the scene after a man was seen walking out of a shop carrying a knife in the north-eastern French town of Metz on Sunday afternoon. The responding officers were threatened by the suspect when they arrived and attempted to attack with a knife, which the French prosecutor is investigating as attempted murder.

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

Germany: ‘Allahu Akbar’: Police Shoot Dead Turkish Citizen Who Attacked Officers With Knife

German police shot dead a Turkish citizen Sunday evening after he allegedly attempted to attack officers with a knife and other weapons in the western city of Gelsenkirchen.

Police officers came under attack Sunday night in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, when a man attacked officers standing with their patrol car with what local reports described only as an “object”. When the officers noticed the man was also carrying a knife, they ordered him to drop his weapons but he continued to attempt to attack the police.

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

Hungary: Deutsch: Fidesz to Decide Itself on EPP Membership

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, whose membership in the European People’s Party (EPP) has been suspended, will decide itself which European party group it wishes to belong to in future, Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch told daily Magyar Nemzet on Saturday.

“A decision will not be taken about Fidesz, rather the decision will be taken by the party itself,” Deutsch insisted.

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

Indonesian Student Reynhard Sinaga, Britain’s Worst Rapist, Jailed for Life for Sexually Assaulting 48 Men

A student from Indonesia was identified as Britain’s most prolific rapist on Monday after being convicted of more than 150 offences, including 136 rapes.

In four separate trials, Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was found guilty of assaulting 48 men whom he drugged after taking them back to his apartment from outside bars and clubs in the city of Manchester.

Many of the victims were lured by the offer of a place to sleep or more drink, and Sinaga filmed the assaults on his mobile phone, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

At a court in Manchester, a judge ruled that Sinaga must serve at least 30 years in prison for 159 offences committed between January 2015 and May 2017, and lifted reporting restrictions.

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

Italy: M5S Suffers More Defections

Angiola and Rospi join mixed caucus amid turmoil for movement

(ANSA) — Rome, January 3 — The turmoil the 5-Star Movement (M5S) has been enduring continued on Friday with the defection of two more lawmakers. Lower House MPs Nunzio Angiola and Gianluca Rospi both announced that they were leaving the M5S and joining the mixed caucus in parliament.

The announcements were only the latest in a long series of blows for the anti-establishment group.

Senator Gianluigi Paragone on Thursday threatened legal action after being ejected from the M5S for having voted against the government’s 2020 budget law. Lorenzo Fioramonti resigned as education minister and quit the M5S for the mixed caucus over the Christmas holidays over alleged under-funding of the education sector in the 2020 budget.

Several lawmakers defected to the M5S’s former alliance partners — Matteo Salvini’s rightwing nationalist League party — last year.

The government of Premier Giuseppe Conte is being hampered by the M5S turmoil.

Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino, of the M5S, is also facing difficulties after her majority was cut by defections.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy Deports Antisemitic Moroccan Imam Who Supported Islamic State

ROME — Italy has repatriated a radicalized Moroccan imam who posted antisemitic and anti-Christian messages on social media as well as praising the Islamic State terror group.

The Italian interior ministry issued a statement saying the 41-year-old imam, identified only by the initials “M.G.,” had been deported due to “state security.”

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

UK: BoJo May Scrap Unelected House of Lords, Give Chamber to Working-Class Regions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration is looking into scrapping the unelected Lords and handing the upper chamber over to an assembly of nations and regions.

If followed through, the plans would end the domination of London-centric politics in parliament, with elected representatives given a voice in the halls of power to working-class, Leave-supporting regions of the country.

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

UK: Johnson Cabinet Pushes to Advance U.S. Trade Talks to Hold Europe’s Feet to the Fire

Members of Boris Johnson’s cabinet are pushing for the UK to begin trade talks with the U.S. as the prime minister is set to call for swift trade negotiations with the EU.

International trade secretary Liz Truss and foreign secretary Dominic Raab are reportedly urging Prime Minister Johnson to hold parallel talks with Washington D.C. and Brussels, according to The Times.

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

UK: Watch: Corbyn Praised ‘Inclusive’, ‘Tolerant’ Iran at Pro-Soleimani London Islamic Centre

Footage has emerged of far-left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praising the Iranian regime at the Islamic Centre of England in London, which held a mass memorial for Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qasem Soleimani.

Speaking at an event titled “The All-Encompassing Revolution” — intended to “commemorate the auspicious anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran” in 2014, according to the Stand for Peace interfaith organisation — the 70-year-old socialist shared a platform with a number of controversial figures such as Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, who was later charged with historic child sex offences.

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

Netanyahu, In Apparent Stumble, Calls Israel ‘Nuclear Power’

JERUSALEM (Reuters) — In an apparent slip of the tongue on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a nuclear power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile.

Israel is widely believed to have an atomic arsenal but has never confirmed or denied that it has nuclear weapons, maintaining a so-called policy of ambiguity on the issue for decades.

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

ABC’s Raddatz Moved by ‘Powerful’ ‘Profound’ Soleimani ‘Mourners’ Chanting ‘Death to America’

ABC News spent another morning sympathizing with our enemies on Monday’s Good Morning America. This time, it was correspondent Martha Raddatz’s turn to be awestruck by the anti-American protests in Iran over the U.S. drone strike-kill of terrorist General Qasem Soleimani, last week. Instead of praising the death of a man who has ordered the murder and torture of countless American soldiers, Raddatz sided with the Iranians, by touting the “mourning” over their “revered” military leader while worrying they would now seek “revenge” on the United States.

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

Admiral Fears UK a ‘Soft Target’ As Iran Warns Brits Will be ‘Collateral Damage’ In War With U.S.

A top commander in the Quds Force once led by Qasem Soleimani has vowed that Iran will strike at U.S. forces in the Middle East “without any concern” about it killing their British allies, who will be viewed as “collateral damage”.

“Our forces will retaliate and target U.S. troops in Middle East without any concern about killing its allies, including UK troops, as this has turned into a fully fledged war with much collateral damage expected,” said the commander, who was reportedly close to Soleimani before he was eliminated in a drone strike, in comments to The Times.

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

Ilhan Omar’s Response to Soleimani Strike Shows Why She Wasn’t Told in the First Place

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s response to the killing of an Iranian military commander and the lack of congressional oversight in the strike hints at a possible reason she was never told about it in the first place.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Leaked Draft Letter Contradicts Pentagon on US Withdrawal From Iraq

The American military appeared to inform Iraqi officials Monday that it was pulling out of the country with the leak of an unsigned letter drafted by the Marine general at the helm of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper later denied that the US had made a decision about a troop withdrawal, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, called the letter “a draft’’ and “a mistake.’’

“There’s been no decision whatsoever to leave Iraq,” Esper insisted to reporters at the Pentagon.

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

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Self-Control’ Amid U.S.-Iran Tensions

ROME — Pope Francis appealed for an exercise of self-control and dialogue Sunday as tensions increase between the United States and Iran following a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

“War only brings death and destruction,” the pope said Sunday, following his weekly Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square.

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

Qassem Soleimani’s Dead Body Flies Coach Back to Iran

The remains of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military commander killed in a US drone strike, were apparently placed in a cardboard box and flown out of Iraq across rows of passenger seats, new video shows.

The recording shot aboard a Mahan Air flight and posted on Twitter appears to show Soleimani’s coffin and those of others killed in the attack on an Airbus from Mashhad to Mehrabad Airport in Tehran — as a tribute video plays on one of the plane’s screens.

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

Salvini Thanks Trump for Taking Out Soleimani

Iranian general was an ‘Islamic terrorist’ says League leader

(ANSA) — Rome, January 3 — Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s rightwing League party, on Friday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s decision to order the attack in the area of Baghdad airport in which Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed.

“Free women and men, faced with the silence of the cowards in Italy and the European Union, I must thank Trump and America’s democracy for having eliminated one of the world’s most dangerous, ruthless men,” Salvini said.

“An Islamic terrorist, an enemy of the West, of Israel, of rights and of freedom”.

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Army Reservists Are Handed the Grim Job of Burying More Than 100,000 Sheep and Cattle Killed in Horror Bushfires

Australian Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie confirmed Defence personnel would dig the pits required to bury livestock over the coming days and weeks.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Australian Archbishop Composes Prayer for Rainfall

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher has written a special opening prayer for the “Mass for Rain” as part of a prayer campaign to beg God for rainfall.

The prayer is offered during Masses for rain to end the “devastating drought and fires across our country” that have plagued Australia since September, local Catholic news reported

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

Beware the February Dragon: The Chilling Reason Why This Could Just be the Beginning of This Year’s Bushfire Crisis — as Expert Warns Horror Infernos Could be Followed by ‘Lethal’ Floods

While firefighters are celebrating a reprieve from some of the most devastating infernos in Australian history, there is foreboding about what’s to come.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Golden Globes: Russell Crowe Blames Aussie Fires on Climate Change

Actor Russell Crowe wasn’t present Sunday to accept his Golden Globe award for playing Fox News founder Roger Ailes in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice.

But in an acceptance message read in absentia during the NBC telecast, Crowe blamed the wildfires currently ravaging Australia on climate change.

“Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy, and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way we all have a future,” Crowe said in the message, which was read by presenter Jennifer Aniston.

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

Heroic Moment a Buff Gym-Goer Follows a Thief Out of a JB Hi-Fi Store and Snatches Back a Stolen Laptop Before Returning it to Grateful Staff

Ryan Daly snatched the stolen computer from the man on Friday who had shoved past the store’s security guard in Armidale, in northern New South Wales.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Huge Fire Ignites in Sydney’s West Just Metres From Homes as Terrified Locals Filming the Inferno Claim They Saw ‘Scumbags’ Deliberately Start the Blaze

Stunned residents watched on as the huge fire swarmed the dry, grassy area in Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday night.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia for Deliberately Starting Bushfires

Yet media & celebrities continue to blame “climate change.”

Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame “climate change” for the disaster.

The fires have caused at least 18 deaths, destroyed thousands of homes, millions of hectares of land and killed hundreds of millions of animals.

A total of 183 people have been arrested by police in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for lighting bushfires over the last few months, figures obtained by news agency AAP show.

In New South Wales, 24 people were arrested for arson, risking prison sentences of up to 25 years.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Seal the Doors!’ Urgent Health Warning for Melbourne After City is Covered in a Thick Blanket of Smoke

Thick smoke from bushfires is likely to blanket Melbourne until Wednesday. Authorities warned people to stay inside and wear a mask if severely impacted.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

The PM Who Does Hold a Hose: Volunteer Firefighter Tony Abbott Dons a Breathing Mask as He Tackles Out-of-Control Bushfire in New South Wales

The former prime minister donned a breathing apparatus and oxygen tank in 45C heat as he fought a fire that engulfed a home in Bendalong over the weekend.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Three People Are Charged With Breaching NSW’s Total Fire Ban ‘After Two Sparked Up a Fire to Cook on and a Firebug Lit Several Blazes’

The incidents occurred on Saturday and Sunday at Cooma in NSW’s south, Tarro near Maitland and Countegany south of Queanbeyan.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

YouTube Comedian FriendlyJordies Calls for the Queen to Sack Scott Morrison Over Australia’s Bushfire Disaster

Popular comedian Jordan Shanks has called on the Queen to sack Prime Minister Scott Morrison over his handling of the bushfire crisis.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Hungary: Government to Double Border Control Troops

The Hungarian government will double the number of soldiers patrolling the borders “in light of increasing migration pressure”, Szilard Nemeth, state secretary at the defence ministry, told a press conference on Sunday.

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

Mexican Bishop Promises Aid to U.S.-Bound Migrant Caravan

The Catholic bishop of Tapachula, Mexico, has promised assistance to members of the migrant caravan that is gearing up to march from Honduras to the United States.

Bishop Jaime Calderón Calderón said that the Catholic Church is prepared to provide humanitarian aid to members of the migrant caravan that is scheduled to depart on January 15 and 16 from the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, bound for the United States.

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Delingpole: Ricky Gervais Deserves a Medal for Roasting the Wankerati at the Golden Globes

If there’s one lesson we on the freedom side of the argument can learn from Ricky Gervais’s superb, heroic, life-affirming performance roasting the Wankerati at the Golden Globes, it’s never, ever, ever apologise; always double down.

It’s, of course, possible that by so spectacularly dissing the hypocrisy of Hollywood culture, Gervais will have killed his U.S. career. But I think it’s much more likely that it will propel him to the unassailable league of Dave Chapelle — another of those rare celebrity voices who stared into the abyss of woke and — unlike Kevin Hart — refused to blink, and emerged stronger and more popular than ever before.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pope Francis: Failure to Worship God Leads to Self-Worship

ROME — Pope Francis held up the three Wise Men who visited the child Jesus at Bethlehem as models of what it means to worship God in his homily for the feast of Epiphany.

Worshiping the Christ child was the reason for the Magi’s long journey from the East, the pope told pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Basilica for Mass Monday.

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Terry Gilliam Takes Woke Culture to Task in New Interview

Terry Gilliam has a new movie coming out. But he doesn’t want to talk about art in his latest interview with Alexandra Pollard in The Independent, he wants to talk about how crazy culture has become. The fact that Gilliam’s film is about Cervantes’ Don Quixote, a man who believes in his own rightness, despite the entirety of society telling him he is wrong, is pretty timely. In his later career, with heaps of successes and failures at his feet, Gilliam has a breadth of understanding about how a culture that used to skewer itself for laughs has landed in a place where nothing is funny, and ambition is mocked.

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World War Cringe

How on earth are millennials who have emotional breakdowns over pronouns not being respected going to behave if an actual world war breaks out?

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16 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/6/2020

  1. “In Germany a man carrying a knife and shouting “Allahu Akhbar” attacked police, and was shot dead after refusing to drop his weapon. Meanwhile, in France a man shouting “Allahu Akhbar” attempted to attack police with a knife, and was shot in the leg.

    In other news, Hungary announced that it is doubling the number of troops patrolling its southern border.”

    Hilarious contrast, not sure if you intended it that way but I did giggle

  2. Greetings! Do the browsers you use have an automatic translation feature?
    Discussion in the public “human rights activist” Valentina Chupik, who receives IOM grants.

    Discussion of an article on the mass detention of migrants in Moscow on New Year’s Eve.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836357869854835/permalink/1511572838999998/

    Yulia Lang: It’s everywhere like that !!! I live in England, the British do not like visitors at all, regardless of skin color, nation, religion, etc., they do not hide their dislike for visitors and also curse them with obscenities. Wherever you are, you will be everywhere

    Saeed Hafizoff: Yulia Lang is 100% crazy and [foul substance]. In England there is no such thing, but in general in Europe they only hate Russians. I don’t want to insult the Russians, but the truth is true

    Yulia Lang: I won’t argue with Saeed Hafizoff, I live here and say what I saw … I noticed that many people don’t like Russians but sooo many go to Russia to live among Russians

    Valentina Chupik: Yulia Lang, what particular England do you live in? Because I have many friends who permanently live in London, Oxford, Manchester – and all of the “come in large numbers” (Uzbeks, Indians, Poles, Bolivians, Ukrainians) – and have never complained about the hostility of the local population!

    Farrukh Nasriddinov: Hello, Valentina Chupik, my sister lives in Cardif, he says we are called “Paki”

    Yulia Lang: Valentina Chupik in which particular England do I live ?? I did not understand the question in the UK itself. In Large cities where there are a lot of foreigners, the negativity is still not so noticeable, and in small cities and villages they can say Go Home !!

    Valentina Chupik: Yulia Lang, file with your local office of Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), referring to the Equality Act 2010 section 3 and the Public Order Act 1986 section 18 – they will fine your offenders 400-600 pounds, next time think before they say that.

  3. There is a much better take-out than the Epstein reference from Ricky Gervais’ epic destruction of Hollywood’s ignorance:

    “So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”

  4. Hmm .. From here:
    https://edgar-leitan.livejournal.com/405404.html

    In Austria, a “green” Bosnian (Alma Zadic), a Muslim woman who has the most friendly relations with Austrian Salafi organizations and mosques, was appointed Minister of Justice, as Martin Zellner found out. Although officially she calls herself a feminist. But we all know what takiya is.

    Re-read this phrase again: Minister of Justice! Until recently, this creature actively advocated that the Austrians turn their national flag over, and also chanted at Greens demonstrations: “He who loves Austria is a piece of [offal]!” (Green slogans “Nimm den Flaggerl für dein Gackerl Wer Österreich liebt, muss Scheiße sein!”).

    Also, a criminal case on a false accusation was instituted against her and, it seems, has not yet been closed! She was convicted on this charge by the trial court. Once again: Minister of Justice, convicted of false charges! I seem to be in hot delirium.

    She also actively advocates the immediate prohibition of any peaceful patriotic activism. And, of course, she is against the “persecution” (that is, surveillance by the security services) of dangerous individuals suspected of terrorism, “so far they have not done anything concrete.”

    In general, the pike was allowed into the aquarium with guppies (I had such a situation at home about 40 years ago, I know what will come of it). In German in this case it says: Gute Nacht, Österreich! (Austria, good night!). It was a good rule of law once.

  5. I loved Ricky Gervais’s speech. Had to watch it a few times as we get so little comedy these days it is going to be a while before we get anything else that good. May be never.

    • unacceptable, German words are something the rest of the world love to use, people should circulate this all around german social media

  6. According to the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK a 17 year old English teenager who identified possible targets in his home city has today been locked up for six years and eight months. Now I imagine Muslim nowhere teenager
    would or might just be watched for a while.

  7. A churchgoing PhD student ,Reynhard Sinaga, was unmasked yesterday as the world’s worst serial rapist.

    Reynhard Sinaga, 36, preyed on at least 195 young men and police admit the true figure may be higher. Jailing him for 30 years, a judge called him a ‘monster’.

    Sinaga incapacitated victims with the date rape drug GHB before filming his attacks.

    Sinaga, who mostly targeted heterosexual students in Manchester, was convicted of 159 attacks, including 136 rapes, eight attempted rapes and 15 indecent assaults against 48 victims.

    Footage was found of him assaulting up to 195 different men, 70 of whom have not been traced. (Dead and in canal?)

    They then joked about ‘Ray’s room being too messy’. The friend added: ‘There will be male bodies piling up under the bed.’

    Sinaga replied: ‘Actually it is very discreet – a straight boys’ sanctuary. They are hiding in my closet.’

    Described as ‘highly dangerous, cunning and deceitful individual who will never be safe to release’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7858059/How-worlds-worst-rapist-Reynhard-Sinaga-came-rich-family-Indonesia.html

    He was sentenced to 30 years in prison which in Britbongland is a sentence even most murderers don’t get. Have the police caught a killer and sentenced him whilst covering up his true crimes?

    For years there has been rumours about a serial killer in Manchesters gay community with a statistically disproportionate amount of them ending up dead in canals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC_Try3-7YE [Embed]

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-45173888

    in other words british “men” are being overpower and raped

    • Reynhard is a form of the German name Reinhard correct? As in Reinhard Heydrich? This might be a stretch, but it’s well known that the third world gives their kids names like Adolf, maybe that happened in this case

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