Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/14/2020

The first case of the Wuhan Coronavirus on the African continent has been reported from Egypt. Meanwhile, the official Chinese death toll from the disease has risen to almost 1,400. Also, 1,700 Chinese health workers are said to be infected with the coronavirus.

In other news, experts blame climate change for a plague of toxic caterpillars in southern Spain.

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Financial Crisis
» Did Merkel Drive Germany Into a Recession?
» Hungary 2019 GDP Growth Exceeds Expectations
» Poland’s GDP Up 3.1 Pct y/y in Q4 — Stats Office
 
USA
» Beleaguered Biden Turns to Must-Win South Carolina
» Breaking: Suspect Who Destroyed College Republicans’ Booth at Ucsc Identified as Queer Activist
» DOJ Won’t Pursue Criminal Charges Against McCabe
» Exclusive: Man Who Assaulted Pro-Trump Teen is an Antifa Supporter
» Ex-CNN Darling Michael Avenatti Convicted of Trying to Extort Nike
» Florida Man Friday: Fake Bernie Sanders Gets Real Dirty
» Judge Takes Rare Step to Help Serve Elusive Ghislaine Maxwell With Lawsuit
» New York Fugitive Monitored for Coronavirus at Detention Facility Following China Travels
» Nick Fuentes’ America First Channel Deleted by YouTube
» Stanford Faculty Hold ‘Teach-in’ To Train Climate Activists
» Woman Punches Man in Nashville Bar Over MAGA-Style Birthday Hat
 
Canada
» Breaking: Protestors Occupy Office of Trudeau Minister Who Advocated for Media Censorship
» Leftist Pipeline Protests Shut Down Canadian Rail Networks
» Two Charged for Dung-Dumping Incident at Ford’s Etobicoke Office
» Watch: Journalist Threatened With Arrest Again for Documenting Anti-Pipeline Protests
 
Europe and the EU
» Climate Change Blamed for Toxic Caterpillar Plague in Spain
» Farage: UK’s Huawei Decision ‘Imperils Intelligence Sharing’, U.S. Trade Deal
» Far-Left Groups Threaten Italy’s Salvini Over UK Events
» France: Top Macron Ally Withdraws From Paris Mayor Race After ‘Anti-Hypocrisy Campaigner’ Leaks Intimate Video
» Hungary: Government to Start New National Consultation
» New Brexiteer Attorney General Wants to ‘Take Back Control’ Of Power From Courts
» SAS Airlines’ Suggestion That Bots Targeted Its Anti-Scandinavian Culture Advert is Debunked
» UK Launches Inquiry as Trust in Journalists Drops, Only 11% of Journalists Are From Working Class Backgrounds
» UK: Giant Billboard in London Encourages Women to Cheat on Their Husbands
» UK: London Cops Look on as Extinction Rebellion Digs Up Government Lawn
 
North Africa
» Egypt Reports Africa’s First Case of Coronavirus, As Death Toll Nears 1,400
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Build Bibi Build!
 
Far East
» Coronavirus Live Updates: China’s Foreign Minister Slams Global ‘Overreaction’ To Virus
» More Than 1,700 Health Workers in China Have Been Infected With New Coronavirus
» Sen. Hawley Blasts China’s Dishonesty on Coronavirus Spread: ‘They’Re Completely Overwhelmed’
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘Vengeful’ Woman, 23, Who Drove a Speeding Car Into a Group of Teenagers — Killing One — ‘Because They Bullied Her Brother’ Is Cleared of Murder — as Confronting Footage of the Crash Emerges
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Locust Swarm: UN Warns of Food Crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia
 
Immigration
» Germany Repatriates 31 Rejected Afghan Asylum Seekers
» Greece: One Dead, Another Injured as Rival Migrant Groups Do Battle in Central Athens
» Hungarian MEP: Mass Illegal Migration Fueling Anti-Semitism in Western Europe
» Italy: Salvini Facing Show Trial for “Kidnapping” Migrants
» Sweden: 88-Year-Old Rolf is Homeless While Migrants Get Everything for Free
» Swedish Interior Minister Says Migrant Robbers Pee on Their Victims Because They Feel Hopelessness
» UK: ‘Farce’ — Judges Block Deportation of Criminals Including Knife Killer and Rapist at Last Minute
 
Culture Wars
» Cases of Gender Dysphoria in Swedish Teenage Girls Up 1,500 Percent Since 2008
» Harry the Owl is Vindicated by UK Court Who Ruled it Was “Chilling” Police Visited Him After He Tweeted
» Susan Wojcicki Reflects on YouTube Switch From Being “Raw” And “Authentic” To Policies That Favor Legacy Media
» Woketopia
» WSJ: No Sex ‘Spectrum’ Beyond Male and Female
 

Did Merkel Drive Germany Into a Recession?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Growth ground to a halt at the end of the year in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, as manufacturing remained in a slump and exports fell, official figures showed Friday.

The flat reading underlines the challenge facing the broader eurozone economy as it struggles against headwinds from the U.S-China trade dispute and Britain’s departure from the European Union.

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

Hungary 2019 GDP Growth Exceeds Expectations

Hungary’s GDP rose by an annual 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a first reading of data on Friday.

Growth slowed from 5.0 percent in Q3. GDP growth was exceptionally strong in the first quarter, reaching 5.3 percent before slowing to 4.9 percent in Q2.

Full-year GDP growth reached 4.9 percent in 2019. In 2018, full-year growth was 5.1 percent, up from a 4.3 percent growth rate in 2017.

Adjusted for seasonal and calendar year effects, Q4 GDP growth was 4.6 percent.

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

Poland’s GDP Up 3.1 Pct y/y in Q4 — Stats Office

The Polish economy grew by 3.1 percent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2020 after a 3.9 percent growth in the third quarter of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Friday.

In quarterly terms, the Polish economy grew by 0.2 percent year on year, GUS data show.

Economists polled by PAP estimated that the Polish economy grew by 3.0 percent in the 4th quarter of 2019.

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

Beleaguered Biden Turns to Must-Win South Carolina

South Carolina had long been viewed as former Vice President Joe Biden’s firewall in the 2020 race, but after disastrous finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Democrats are beginning to fear that even it may escape him, effectively dooming his campaign.

Biden currently leads in virtually every public poll out of the first-in-the-South primary state and has maintained strong support among black voters, who make up more than half of South Carolina’s Democratic primary electorate.

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

Breaking: Suspect Who Destroyed College Republicans’ Booth at Ucsc Identified as Queer Activist

The Post Millennial can report that one of the assailants who destroyed a College Republicans booth and assaulted a tabler at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been identified as 23-year-old queer activist, Martina Martin, who also uses the name Artimus Martin.

On Feb. 7, Martin and another young woman were filmed vandalizing the booth at Quarry Plaza on the UCSC campus. Martin, who uses “they” and “them” pronouns, can be seen taking the lead on the attack by trying to forcibly yank a “Trump 2020” flag from Hayden Williams, who was tabling at the booth and was scheduled as a guest speaker later that day.

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

DOJ Won’t Pursue Criminal Charges Against McCabe

The Justice Department said Friday it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, after a nearly two-year-long investigation into accusations brought by the agency’s independent watchdog who found that he lacked “candor” when questioned about leaking to the media.

In a letter to McCabe attorney Michael Bromwich obtained by Fox News, Justice Department attorney J.P. Cooney said the investigation is now “closed.”

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

Exclusive: Man Who Assaulted Pro-Trump Teen is an Antifa Supporter

A Windham, New Hampshire man named Patrick Bradley has been charged with several counts of assault and disorderly conduct after he attacked three people, including a minor, for supporting President Donald Trump. An investigation by The Post Millennial reveals that Bradley is an avowed supporter of the far-left antifa movement.

After casting his vote in the Democratic primary at Windham High School, the 34-year-old walked by a Trump for President campaign tent and proceeded to assault Trump campaigners. Police say he “slapped a 15-year-old juvenile across the face.” When two adults attempted to protect the boy, Bradley allegedly assaulted them too. Police stated that Bradley is also accused of destroying Trump campaign signs and attempting to knock down the tent.

The Post Millennial can reveal that Bradley, whose presence on Facebook remains online and unredacted by the platform, was a member of the antifa movement through the far-left punk scene.

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

Ex-CNN Darling Michael Avenatti Convicted of Trying to Extort Nike

Brian Stelter and Joy Behar thought he could run for president in 2020. Now he’s going to jail.

Former liberal media darling and frequent CNN guest Michael Avenatti won’t be offering anti-Trump talking points on cable news anytime soon after the disgraced lawyer on Friday was found guilty of trying to extort Nike.

A New York jury found Avenatti, 48, guilty on three counts, including extortion, wire fraud and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort. He faces up to 42 years in prison and did not testify in the case against him.

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

Florida Man Friday: Fake Bernie Sanders Gets Real Dirty

What a week it’s been.

We have the Wu Tang Not-Clan, an otter attack, Dirty Bernie, and so much more — all on another thrilling edition of…

Florida Man Friday!

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

Judge Takes Rare Step to Help Serve Elusive Ghislaine Maxwell With Lawsuit

Jeffrey Epstein crony Ghislaine Maxwell is so impossible to find that a Manhattan judge has taken the rare step of allowing her to be served with a new lawsuit — by email, according to a federal court filing Friday.

Lawyers for Epstein sex-assault-accuser Annie Farmer had griped to federal Judge Debra Freeman that they’ve been trying to find the disgraced British socialite to serve her with the complaint, filed in November, but that she’s done such a good job of hiding that they haven’t been able to get to her, court documents show.

“Plaintiff has attempted to locate and personally serve Maxwell to no avail. Her counsel has conducted extensive public records searches and located various addresses for Maxwell,” Farmer’s lawyers wrote in a Jan. 27 motion imploring Freeman to allow them to serve Maxwell using “alternate” means.

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

New York Fugitive Monitored for Coronavirus at Detention Facility Following China Travels

A fugitive from Brooklyn, New York, who recently returned from China is under observation for the novel coronavirus at a detention facility in Buffalo, local authorities said.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office in Buffalo said in a statement that 42-year-old Kevin Qiu is being held at the Erie County Holding Center for an outstanding warrant from Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, he attempted to enter the U.S. from Canada via the Peace Bridge, which connects the two countries. The man reportedly told U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers that he recently visited China, prompting them to conduct a health screening, as per recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

Nick Fuentes’ America First Channel Deleted by YouTube

YouTube has terminated Nick Fuentes’ YouTube channel for “multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.”

The channel had over 76,000 subscribers when it was removed and was used by Fuentes to host his political talk show America First with Nicholas J. Fuentes.

Fuentes tweeted that his channel was “wrongly terminated” and described YouTube’s decision as “the end result of a concerted effort by leftists, conservative inc gatekeepers, and silicon valley censors to silence my show and the movement it has inspired.

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Stanford Faculty Hold ‘Teach-in’ To Train Climate Activists

Environmentalist group “Fossil Free Stanford” hosted a faculty-led teach-in Monday to educate activists in their fight to convince Stanford University to divest from fossil fuels.

The teach-in was facilitated by a group of faculty and so-called experts who aimed to equip students with the information they need to become better climate activists, reported the Stanford Daily. The ultimate goal of this event and its organizing group was to compel Stanford to cease all investments in the fossil fuel industry and move to “ethical” alternatives.

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

Woman Punches Man in Nashville Bar Over MAGA-Style Birthday Hat

A man’s surprise birthday gift led to a surprise attack at a Broadway bar.

Daniel Sprague was at The Stage bar on Broadway sporting a gift his wife gave him for his 50th birthday bash—a hat that says “Make 50 Great Again.” The hat is styled to look like a “Make America Great Again” hat that supporters of President Donald Trump wear.

“People were just coming up to me and, you know, just loving the little wordplay on the hat and taking pictures and wishing me happy birthday,” Sprague told News4.

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

Breaking: Protestors Occupy Office of Trudeau Minister Who Advocated for Media Censorship

Roughly 50 Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion Quebec activists have occupied the offices of Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault in Montreal.

The occupation began Friday afternoon to protest against oil sand projects in Alberta.

“Mr. Guilbeault sits in the cabinet of ministers: he has a crucial role to play in ensuring that this project is rejected by the deadline of February 28,” said Greenpeace in a press release to La Presse.

A number of the activists are seen wearing orange jumpsuits reminiscent of the jumpsuit Guilbeault himself wore while climbing the CN tower in Toronto.

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

Leftist Pipeline Protests Shut Down Canadian Rail Networks

CN Rail announced it would be shutting down all rail traffic in eastern Canada and Via Rail announced nearly all passenger traffic across Canada will halt as aboriginal and far-leftist protesters continue blockades against a natural gas pipeline project.

Both companies made their announcements Thursday, with Via Rail claiming that the massive disruption will be temporary stating, “Via Rail has no other option but to cancel all of its services on the network, with the exception of Sudbury-White River (CP Rail) and Churchill-The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), until further notice,” CBC reports.

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

Two Charged for Dung-Dumping Incident at Ford’s Etobicoke Office

Two protestors have been charged after they allegedly dumped a load of manure on the sidewalk in front of Doug Ford’s constituency office in Etobicoke, according to CTV News.

The incident itself occurred on Dec. 22, as two men were recorded shovelling manure from a pickup truck in front of Ford’s office.

It later turned out that Extinction Rebellion organized the protest—saying that they were upset by the Progressive Conservative government’s environmental policy.

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

Watch: Journalist Threatened With Arrest Again for Documenting Anti-Pipeline Protests

A Canadian photojournalist has again been threatened with arrest twice in two days by the RCMP and CP police after attempting to cover the anti-pipeline #ShutDownCanada protests.

On Friday, photojournalist Jesse Winter was threatened for a second time in two days the RCMP and the CP police for doing his job as a journalist. In the video, Winter can be heard criticizing the police for not allowing him to document the protests.

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

Climate Change Blamed for Toxic Caterpillar Plague in Spain

Alarmists are charging that climate change is the culprit behind a “toxic caterpillar plague” affecting southern Spain, insisting that global warming has ushered in an early spring.

“The appearance of the pine processionary caterpillar has been anticipated this year due to a lack of rain and an increase in temperatures, the result of climate change,” stated Spain’s National Association of Environmental Health Companies (ANECPLA).

The Spanish newspaper ABC reported Friday that the advanced arrival of this dangerous caterpillar is “a direct consequence of climate change.”

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

Farage: UK’s Huawei Decision ‘Imperils Intelligence Sharing’, U.S. Trade Deal

Nigel Farage has warned that Boris Johnson’s decision to allow Chinese tech firm Huawei to assist in the development of the UK’s 5G network “imperils” intelligence sharing and could threaten a future trade deal with the U.S.

Last month, Prime Minister Johnson approved of the Chinese company’s involvement. Mr Johnson has said that safeguards will be put in place, such as restricting Huawei’s input to only 35 per cent of the “periphery” and banning the company from supplying components for the “core” infrastructure.

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

Far-Left Groups Threaten Italy’s Salvini Over UK Events

Far-left groups have threatened protests at two venues in the UK after reports that populist Italian senator and League leader Matteo Salvini will be giving speeches.

The three events, scheduled to take place in March in London, Brighton, and Liverpool, are being organised by the group Lega nel Mundo which also announced another event in Dublin, Ireland, this week on their website.

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

France: Top Macron Ally Withdraws From Paris Mayor Race After ‘Anti-Hypocrisy Campaigner’ Leaks Intimate Video

Emmanuel Macron’s candidate to be the next mayor of Paris has withdrawn from the race with just weeks to go before polling day after “compromising videos” of a sexual nature emerged online.

A former spokesman for Emmanuel Macron’s government, founding En Marche! party figure Benjamin Griveaux was standing to be the next mayor of Paris in the hotly contested election due to take place from March 15th of this year. He spectacularly withdrew Friday, however, complaining of “vile attacks” and a “very clear” invasion of privacy after a video was published on a Canadian website on Wednesday.

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

Hungary: Government to Start New National Consultation

The government has clear positions on the issues that sparked heated public debates over the past few months but seeks strong backing from society to represent them in the international arena and at home, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday commenting on an upcoming “national consultation”survey.

Gergely Gulyas cited the examples of compensation payments to Roma in Gyongyospata, a procedure linked to recent child murders in Gyor, compensation payments to inmates dubbed “prison business” and the independence of judges. Gulyas told a regular press conference that organisations “financed from abroad and claiming to be civil rights organisations” have been involved in almost each of the aforementioned cases. “They protect the rights of perpetrators rather than the rights of victims,” he said.

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New Brexiteer Attorney General Wants to ‘Take Back Control’ Of Power From Courts

The newly-appointed Attorney General Suella Braverman has said that the British people and its elected representatives must be able to “take back control” of power from the British judiciary.

In a massive shakeup of the Cabinet and other senior positions, Boris Johnson appointed the Brexiteer to the role of the government’s most senior legal advisor.

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SAS Airlines’ Suggestion That Bots Targeted Its Anti-Scandinavian Culture Advert is Debunked

Russians must have a number of problems to deal with right now, or at any time (like any global player of any stature surely does).

But blaming Russians for a Scandinavian airline working overtime to botch up its own ad campaign with a super-weird, tone-deaf, controversial, and adversarial message — aimed at its own customers?

That one highly likely is not one of those problems.

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UK Launches Inquiry as Trust in Journalists Drops, Only 11% of Journalists Are From Working Class Backgrounds

To understand how journalism has evolved in the United Kingdom with the advent of electronic media, the House of Lords have begun an investigation asking journalists for their take on the changes.

The new generation of journalists

The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee seeks to support the work of journalists in new ways, now that trust in journalists has sunk to a new low.

However, the Peers in the House of Lords have little insight into how journalism is done in the age of the internet and want to learn all about it.

Until March 25, evidence may be provided to try to answer the multiple questions of the committee.

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UK: Giant Billboard in London Encourages Women to Cheat on Their Husbands

A giant billboard being displayed in central London encourages women to cheat on their husbands.

The poster, which is located near Westminster Bridge, shows photos of Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Melania is turned away from Trump and looking at Trudeau.

“Married to one man but fantasizing about others?” the poster asks. “You need to try…EVEEDA.com.”

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UK: London Cops Look on as Extinction Rebellion Digs Up Government Lawn

London’s Metropolitan Police watched as Extinction Rebellion activists committed vandalism against government property by digging up grass outside of the Home Office.

At least two police officers were seen in footage and photographs taken by news blog Guido Fawkes standing by as dozens of mostly young eco-extremists dug up mounds of grass and dirt with shovels whilst chanting: “Put the coal back in the hole.”

The “protest” was aimed at stopping the expansion of the Pont Balley mine in County Durham.

One woman is heard yelling: “Someone make the police do something!”

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

Egypt Reports Africa’s First Case of Coronavirus, As Death Toll Nears 1,400

Egypt’s Health Ministry has confirmed the first case of the new virus in the country, the second Middle Eastern nation affected and the first on the African continent.

In a statement Friday, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said the person was a “foreigner” who is carrying the virus but not showing any serious symptoms.

Officials were able to confirm the case through a follow-up program the government implemented for travelers arriving from countries where the virus has spread. The ministry statement said the person was hospitalized and in isolation.

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Caroline Glick: Build Bibi Build!

The UN Human Rights Council’s release Wednesday of its blacklist of companies with financial ties and business relations with Israeli Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria is a reminder of Israel’s vulnerability and the vulnerability of Jews worldwide. The vile, bigoted list, which singles out for boycott firms that do legitimate business with law-abiding Israelis just because they are Jews is yet another example of the UN-led international community’s anti-Jewish bloodlust.

For eight years, under then-President Barack Obama, the US green-lighted these witch hunts. Since Donald Trump took office, the US has led an aggressive effort to punish institutions that scapegoat and otherwise discriminate against Israel and Jews in the US and around the world, beginning at the UN.

This state of affairs is a welcome relief. But Israel cannot rest on its laurels. Trump is standing for reelection this year. And the one central truth of elections that they are unpredictable.

Currently, the Democratic frontrunner is for the nomination is Senator Bernie Sanders. In a crowded, radical, largely anti-Israel field of candidates, Sanders, the self-avowed socialist, stands out as the most radical and most anti-Israel candidate. Sanders’ victory in the New Hampshire primaries Tuesday consolidated his control over the party’s progressive base.

The implication of Sanders’ power is straightforward. Whether or not he wins the Democratic nomination, he has already won control over the party’s positions and ideology. His are the ideas and policies everyone else is rushing to embrace. Sanders once said that he wants the Democratic party to look like Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in Britain. And now, thanks to his consolidation of the progressive base, it increasingly does.

The Corbynization of the party was on abject display last weekend when AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby issued a groveling apology to the Democratic party for a Facebook ad it ran last week against “the radicals in Congress.”…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Coronavirus Live Updates: China’s Foreign Minister Slams Global ‘Overreaction’ To Virus

China’s National Health Commission reported an additional 143 deaths nationwide, as well as 2,641 new confirmed cases as of Feb. 14.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 66,492, and number of total deaths at 1,523, the authority said.

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More Than 1,700 Health Workers in China Have Been Infected With New Coronavirus

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

More than 1,700 health workers in China have been infected with the new coronavirus, according to Chinese officials. Zeng Yixin, vice minister of the country’s National Health Commission, announced Friday that at least 1,716 health workers had confirmed cases — and that six have died from the disease now known as COVID-19.

“At present, the duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy,” Zeng told a news conference, according to Reuters. “Their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great, and the risk of infection is high.”

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Sen. Hawley Blasts China’s Dishonesty on Coronavirus Spread: ‘They’Re Completely Overwhelmed’

The United States still cannot trust China’s reports on the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said Thursday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Hawley said that he was briefed twice Wednesday by Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security officials and was “really, really, concern[ed]” about what he learned.

“I think the Chinese government has not been honest at all about this,” he said. “They are completely overwhelmed at this point. They are not leveling with anybody, certainly not with us.”

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‘Vengeful’ Woman, 23, Who Drove a Speeding Car Into a Group of Teenagers — Killing One — ‘Because They Bullied Her Brother’ Is Cleared of Murder — as Confronting Footage of the Crash Emerges

Aya Hishmeh, 23, has been found not guilty of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing Jacob Cummins, 17, by running him down with her car in Perth.

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Locust Swarm: UN Warns of Food Crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia

The East African region could be on the verge of a food crisis if huge swarms of locusts devouring crops and pasture are not brought under control, a top UN official has told the BBC.

A massive food assistance may be required, Dominique Burgeon, director of emergencies for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), said.

Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are affected.

Efforts to control the infestation have so far not been effective.

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Germany Repatriates 31 Rejected Afghan Asylum Seekers

The German government on Wednesday night repatriated 31 asylum seekers to Afghanistan after rejecting their applications for asylum.

The group of 31 Afghan asylum seekers arrived in the city of Kabul at around 7:00 o’clock on Thursday morning following an overnight flight. It was the 32nd deportation flight from Germany to Afghanistan since the first which occurred in December 2016, German daily newspaper Der Spiegel reports.

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Greece: One Dead, Another Injured as Rival Migrant Groups Do Battle in Central Athens

Greek police are investigating a deadly incident that left a 23-year-old Afghan man dead from gunshot wounds and another, aged 25, with stab wounds on the streets of central Athens on Thursday.

Investigators say the incident, which occurred in broad daylight on Menandrou Street — one of the busiest areas of the Greek capital — was a part of a larger turf war between rival migrant groups, Greek daily newspaper Ekathimerini reports.

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Hungarian MEP: Mass Illegal Migration Fueling Anti-Semitism in Western Europe

One of the primary forces fueling anti-Semitism in Western Europe is the enormous number of illegal immigrants from Muslim countries that places like the UK, Germany, Sweden, and France have taken in, a Hungarian MEP said earlier this week.

Balazs Hidvéghi, an MEP from Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, said on Wednesday at a European Parliament session on fighting anti-Semitism and racism, that mass illegal migration from Muslim countries is one of the major factors that has contributed to the unsettling trend of growing anti-Semitism in the western part of the continent, Remix News reports.

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Italy: Salvini Facing Show Trial for “Kidnapping” Migrants

The Italian Senate has voted to strip former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of parliamentary immunity so that he can face kidnapping charges for refusing to allow migrants to disembark from a ship at a port in Sicily.

If Salvini, who leads the anti-mass-migration party, Lega (League), is found guilty, he faces a ban on holding political office and up to 15 years in prison. He has said that he acted in Italy’s national interest and that the charges against him are politically motivated, aimed at silencing criticism of the country’s open-door migration policy.

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Sweden: 88-Year-Old Rolf is Homeless While Migrants Get Everything for Free

Swedish independent journalist Joakim Lamotte recently interviewed a nearly 90-year-old homeless man in Trelleborg. The man, Rolf Hansson, doesn’t receive any housing assistance from the municipal social services, and as a result is forced to eat, sleep and live in his car.

“He has worked and paid taxes his entire adult life, but now risks living his last days as a homeless person in Sweden since the municipality refuses to help him with a home or nursing home”, Lamotte wrote on Facebook.

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Swedish Interior Minister Says Migrant Robbers Pee on Their Victims Because They Feel Hopelessness

Young migrants who carry out sadistic and degrading robberies against Swedes do so because they feel hopeless and like they do not belong in society, according to Sweden’s Social Democratic Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg

In a recent high profile case, an 18-year-old was robbed by two younger assailants who, among other things, peed on him and forced him to open his mouth while doing so.

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UK: ‘Farce’ — Judges Block Deportation of Criminals Including Knife Killer and Rapist at Last Minute

Dozens of Jamaican criminals whose deportation was blocked by judges at the last minute included a knife killer and a rapist, prompting anger from government figures tired of the “farce” of judicial review.

There was something of a controversy surrounding the charter flight, which originally involved up to fifty serious criminals, because the migrants involved came to Britain in their youth — although the general public seemed markedly less concerned about it than left-liberal politicians and members of the establishment media.

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Cases of Gender Dysphoria in Swedish Teenage Girls Up 1,500 Percent Since 2008

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare says that the number of cases of gender dysphoria among girls aged 13 to 17 has absolutely skyrocketed in the last decade.

Newly diagnosed cases of gender dysphoria among teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have risen by about 1,500 percent since 2008, while the number of cases seen among children, young men, and young women has increased markedly as well, SVT reports.

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Harry the Owl is Vindicated by UK Court Who Ruled it Was “Chilling” Police Visited Him After He Tweeted

This happened not in China, but in the UK: in January 2019, the police showed up at the workplace of their former colleague Harry Miller in northern England. They wanted to have a word about something he had posted on Twitter.

Miller was told he was “in trouble” for retweeting “a transphobic limerick.” A police constable explained that “a victim” (of the limerick being retweeted, that is) reported him to the Scotland Yard, who tracked him down up in Humberside.

Miller was also advised that he was “investigated” for supporting — once again on Twitter — BBC presenter Jenni Murray, who herself was “in trouble” with transgender activists for “questioning whether transgender women are real women.”

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Susan Wojcicki Reflects on YouTube Switch From Being “Raw” And “Authentic” To Policies That Favor Legacy Media

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has marked the video sharing platform’s 15th birthday by reiterating the site’s commitment to removing content, reducing recommendations to content that doesn’t break any rules, and boosting “authoritative voices,” legacy media outlets that get preferential treatment in YouTube’s algorithms at the expense of the independent creators who have helped build the site during these 15 years.

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Woketopia

Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?

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WSJ: No Sex ‘Spectrum’ Beyond Male and Female

The Wall Street Journal has issued a throwdown to the gender lobby, insisting in an op-ed Thursday that sex is binary and there is no “spectrum.”

“In humans, reproductive anatomy is unambiguously male or female at birth more than 99.98% of the time,” note biologists Colin M. Wright and Emma N. Hilton. “The evolutionary function of these two anatomies is to aid in reproduction via the fusion of sperm and ova.”

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15 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/14/2020

  1. I suppose when the Swedish Interior Minister is accosted by a group of young african toughs, robbed, beaten, and then urinated upon, he will be as equally sympathetic and understanding of his attackers due to the hopelessness of their place in Swedish society.

    The cognitive dissonance is strong in this one… May the micturation of a thousand africans find him and wash his ignorant tolerance away.

  2. One woman is heard yelling: “Someone make the police do something!”

    Interesting comment. I’m not sure what the UK Police are for any more but, if the safety of its people and their property are part of their remit they are not taking it seriously.

  3. Once in the Moscow metro …
    https://lenta.ru/news/2020/02/14/breasts/

    A Moscow resident was beaten in the subway by a man “looking like a Caucasian nationality” after she showed her chest to an unfamiliar subway passenger. Her friend Karina Grafenberg wrote about this on her page on VKontakte.

    According to Grafenberg, the incident occurred on the night of February 13. She and her friends, four people, rode in a half-empty subway car. At that moment, an unfamiliar young man approached her friend to meet her. “He asked her to show her breasts for the photo, she showed,” Grafenberg wrote.

    These actions did not please the acquaintance of a young man who had previously sat at the other end of the car and watched. The man began to shout insults and demand that the girl leave the carriage. He looked about 25 years old, he was “with a beard and a hat.” The company refused to leave and offered to leave the man if “he does not like something.”

    After that, the man allegedly approached his girlfriend and began to beat her in the face with his fist. Grafenberg began to defend her and also received several hits. Other people tried to drag the attacker, but he did not calm down, threatened with rape, murder, and also insulted others “on the basis of nationality and gender.”

    At the station, police officers entered the carriage. The attacker tried to escape, he was detained at Trubnaya station. The injured were taken to the 9th police department of the Internal Affairs Directorate on the Moscow Metro in the Lublin region. There, they questioned the witnesses, took the victims for a medical examination, and removed the beatings. According to Grafenberg, bruises remained on her body, and her friend’s lip was cut, a piece of tooth was broken off, her eye was damaged, and her face was swollen from hematomas.

  4. Al-Khol camp in Syria littered with snow
    Finnish women report that their children are freezing. The camp for family members of militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization contains 11 Finnish women and about 30 children.

    … With the permission of a relative of a Finnish woman in a camp, Yle publishes a photo showing that there is more snow in the Al-Khol region than in Southern Finland.

    https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/novosti/lager_al-khol_v_sirii_zavalilo_snegom/11210157
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    If she really is a “Finnish woman”, then she is used to snow.

  5. The “official” death toll by the PRC is irrelevant since crematoriums there are said to be struggling to keep up with the large numbers of bodies they’ve been receiving daily for weeks now. Meaning more then one crematorium is operating 24/7. One in Wuhan itself being capable of cremating 576 bodies in a single day. So here we have the discrepancy between the “official” death toll nowhere approaching the number of bodies being cremated on a daily basis.

    Facts are persistent, stubborn things that can’t be replaced by poor excuses by weak willed apparatchiks. But then you have the Fifth Column of the apparatchiks suppressing the truth such as the big tech companies. So that the truth is out there but you just can’t have access to it thanks to social justice warriors like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Pichai Sundararajan.

    • Granted, the Chinese are likely being dishonest about figures for the pandemic, but they cannot hide figures everwhere, especially outside their country. If death tolls and infection rates are truly that much higher than official numbers, then it should show up in statistics from other countries – or on those cruise ships which are quarantined. As far as I am aware, this is not the case so something doesn’t quite add up unless the infection rates in Wuhan are so much higher that a death toll of 1 -2 percent still adds up to almost too many daily to cremate with existing capacity.

    • Big tech is now the Ministry of Truth. Twitterführer Jack Dorsey and Comrade Kommissar Zuckerborg will decide what the lumpen proles can see and think.

  6. Locust swarm? Oh my. What would Greta do? Remember the previous post about one of the poor downtrodden squad members saying the constitution was sexist?
    How about someone making a spoof of the old Right Said Fred song where the constitution is too sexy.
    Don’t worry about a recession Germanystan is destroyed by the frau who opened the floodgates for an invasion of her own country.
    She is from the former DDR which was not democratic or a republic.
    Americans are lamenting the dual justice system now that derp staters are getting away but the poor people knew about this long ago.
    Praise Kek and peace be upon his prophet Pepe. Don’t be making any OK hand signals now you wayciss!

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