Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/10/2020

Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party and first minister of Scotland, is easing coronavirus restrictions in her country. However, her announcement indicates that it may be necessary to impose travel restrictions at the Scottish border with England.

In other Coronanews, Bolivian President Jeanine Anez announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Financial Crisis
» Czech MPs Approve a Record Budget Deficit
 
USA
» “I’m Not Apologizing” — Goya Foods CEO Reacts to ‘Cancel Culture’ Attacks Over Trump Support
» “Liberal” NYC Cafe Owner Terrorized by Yuppie Neighbors After Claiming He Voted for Trump
» “Political Prosecution!”: Trump Rages After Supreme Court Tax Ruling
» “Squad” Members Tlaib, Pressley Reveal Far-Left Breathe Act; Would Defund Police, Pay Reparations for “Criminalizing Prostitution”
» 80-Year-Old Badly Beaten Inside Grocery Store Bathroom, Suspect at Large
» Amazon Claims Email Asking Workers to Delete TikTok Was Sent “In Error”
» Amazon to Remove Washington Redskins Merchandise From Online Store
» AOC Doesn’t Think Cancel Culture is a Thing
» Army Graduates Its 1st Woman Green Beret
» As NFL Star Quotes Fake Hitler, SPLC and ADL Accuse Jack Posobiec of Anti-Semitism
» Atlanta Mayor Set to Reimpose Lockdown as Cases Surge, Defying Gov Kemp, Trump: Live Updates
» CNN’s Don Lemon: “Jesus Christ Admittedly Was Not Perfect When He Was Here on This Earth”
» Colorado City to Require Face Masks, Threatens Up to 1 Year in Jail for Violators
» Confirmed: Black Man Found Hanging From a Tree in California Ruled Suicide Not Lynching
» Constitutional Republic vs. Pure Democracy: How the U.S. Election Process Has Changed
» De Blasio Says BLM Protests Can Continue While Canceling All Other Large Events
» Dead Cat Receives Voter Registration Form by Mail
» FBI Man at the Heart of Surveillance Abuses is a Professor of Spying Ethics
» Florida Man Friday: Forget the Gators, It’s Zombie Attack Time
» Flynn Judge Defies Appeals Court, Asks for Full Review of Order to Drop Case
» Fondling in Plain Sight: Austin Police Under Fire Over Viral Video of “Routine” Traffic Stop
» Ford Employees Ask Company to Stop Building Police Vehicles
» Former Prison Official Says Ghislaine Maxwell Should be Transferred to Rikers for Her Own Safety
» Ghislaine Maxwell Made to Wear Paper Clothes Due to “Suicide Risk”
» Ghislaine Maxwell Hires Elite Legal Team to Face US Prosecutors
» Gov. Eric Holcomb Refuses to Say “No” To Renaming Indiana
» Growing Number of Texas Sheriffs Are Refusing to Enforce Face Mask Requirement
» Head of Emergency Management Says Texans Should Wear Masks Inside Their Own Homes
» Ivy League Cancels All Fall Sports on Pandemic Fears Through 2020
» NHL is Back in Business With Ratification of CBA, Return-to-Play Plan
» NYC Mayor De Blasio Helps Paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ Outside Trump Tower
» Oregon Man Driving Stolen Car Collides With Woman Driving Another Stolen Car
» Penn State Deletes Tweet Welcoming Conservative Students After Outcry
» Police Arrest Man Who Sucker-Punched 12-Year-Old Boy Dancing on Sidewalk
» Reddit Bans Forum Dedicated to Exposing Hate Crime Hoaxes
» Rep. Jim Jordan Wants Censorship Answers From Twitter
» Roger Stone: Trump Commutes Ex-Adviser’s Sentence
» Students Increasingly Don’t Value Free Speech, Support Administrators Monitoring Online Activity
» Supreme Court: Nearly Half of Oklahoma is Indian Reservation
» Televangelists Jim Bakker, Peter Popoff, Jimmy Swaggart, Joyce Meyer Receive Millions in PPP Loans
» The Proportion of White People in the US is Declining Faster Than Expected
» Trump Finally Reveals His Role in Putting Down the ‘CHOP’ Antifa Occupation in Seattle
» Trump Tells Treasury to Review Universities’ Tax Exempt Status
» Trump: “Everyone’s Leaving” New York, “It’s Turned Out to be a Hellhole”
» University of Delaware Sued Over Biden’s Hidden Senate Records
» Update: Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide After Hitting Two BLM White Feminists Blocking Highway at 1:30 in Morning
» Vandals Desecrate 9/11 Memorial Near New York City
» Video: New Yorkers Sign Petition to Topple ‘Slave Owner’ Washington Statue, But Not Muhammad
» Video: Joe Biden Struggles to Say “America First”
» Video: Shots Fired at Portland Protest After Driver Gets Caught in Mob
» Violent Leftist Mob Riots, Vandalizes District Attorney’s Office, Pepper-Sprays Police After Shooting Death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal Ruled Justified
» Wisconsin Man in Hate Crime Killing Says He Intentionally Swerved Truck Because He Believes Harley Drivers to be “White Racists” — Murdered Former Cop
 
Canada
» Canadian High School Students Chant ‘Jews Are Our Dogs’ At Protest Against Israeli Annexation Scenario
» West Vancouver Police: Driver Carried Out “Gesture of Hate” For Skidding on Pride Crosswalk
 
Europe and the EU
» Afghan Man Stabs His Wife to Death on German Bus
» Autobiography of Czech Theologian Halik Named the Best Religion-Based Book of the Year in the US
» Boris Tells Merkel UK Ready to Leave With No Deal, Barnier Hints at Access for Financial Services
» British Universities Comply With Chinese Internet Censorship
» COVID-19 Cases Increase in Slovakia
» Duda: I Want a Poland That Protects the Weak and Doesn’t Fear the Strong
» EU Court Rules YouTube Doesn’t Have to Hand Over IP Addresses of Copyright Infringers
» France: Bus Driver Dies After ‘Attack Over Face Masks’ In Bayonne
» Hungarian MEP: Liberal Majority of European Parliament is Blackmailing EU Member States
» Hungary Shores Up Defenses as Coronavirus Cases Mount Elsewhere in Europe
» Hungarian Hotels and Online Accommodation Sites Fight for Guests
» Hungary Increases 2021 Defense Budget by 30 Percent
» Most Spectacular Roof in Europe Reaches Structural Completion
» Poland and Slovakia Tighten Military Aviation Cooperation
» Poland: Poll: Duda is in the Lead But Trzaskowski is Catching Up
» Queen of the Europhiles: Nationwide Clap for Scottish Leader Planned for 50th Birthday
» Sturgeon Drops ‘Biggest Hint Yet’ of Cross-Border Travel Restrictions as Scottish Lockdown Eased
» Top UK Scientist Equates ‘Antisocial’ Refusal to Wear a Mask to Drink Driving
» UK: BBC Forces Elderly to Pay TV Tax While Throwing Millions Into ‘Diverse’ Content
» UK: Farage: Marxist BLM Has Agenda That ‘Would Make Lenin Blush’
» UK: Islamist Acquitted for Sword Attack Outside Buckingham Palace Jailed for Terror Plot on Gay Pride Festival
» UK: Statue of Scouts Founder Who Fought African Slaver King Freed From Protective Case After BLM Threats
» Wales to Prepare a Massive Audit of Statues and Street Names
 
Balkans
» Coronavirus: Serbia Scraps Curfew Plan for Belgrade After Protests
» President Vucic: Serban Protests Politically Motivated
 
Russia
» Kremlin Spokeman: Relations Between Czechia and Russia Have Been Tarnished
 
South Asia
» India: Student Researchers Discover New Species of Marine Invertebrate
 
Far East
» Amid Geopolitical Chaos, TikTok Mysteriously Goes Down Across US & UK
» Black TikTok Creators Have Long Accused the Platform of Censorship
» Chinese Banks Preparing for “Worst Case” Scenario: Being Cut Off From Swift, Hong Kong Bank Runs
» Hong Kong Schools Must Ensure “Patriotic” Content & Remove Books Breaching China Security Law
» U.S. Sanctions 4 Chinese Officials Over Human Rights Abuses Against Uighur Muslims
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong Over Security Law, China Vows Retaliation
» Cancer Patient Who Refused to Give a Smoker a Cigarette is Brutally Beaten Outside a Hospital as His IV Tubes Are Ripped From His Body
» Chinese Student Studying in Australia Was Targeted by the CCP After Speaking Out
» How a Mammoth KFC Order Overheard by Paramedics Led to 16 Lockdown-Breakers Being Fined $26,000 for Attending ‘Unacceptable’ House Party in Melbourne
» Militant Vegan Serial Protester Covered in Fake Blood and Carrying a Fake Pig’s Head Storms a Busy McDonald’s Restaurant to Scream at Customers for Eating Meat
» New Species of ‘Walking’ Sharks Discovered in Australia
» Victoria is Hit With 288 New Cases of Coronavirus — the Worst Ever Figure for an Australian State — as Dan Andrews Warns Locked Down Melbourne That it’s Going to Get Worse
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Jihadist Group Kills 25 People in DRC’s Ituri Province
 
Latin America
» Bolivia’s President Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus
» New Frog Species is Discovered in Peru
 
Immigration
» Canada Loses Track of 35,000 Migrants Set for Deportation
» Drunken African Migrants Assault Mayor on Greek Island
» France: Libyan Migrant Arrested After Stabbing Women and Trying to Rape Them
» German Authorities Claim People Smugglers Tracking NGO Ships and Directing Migrants to Them
» Head of Migrant NGO Under Fraud Investigation Now Accused of Sexually Abusing Migrant
» Turkey: How Erdogan’s Migrant Blackmail Failed
 
Culture Wars
» Documents Confirm 43 Planned Parenthood Clinics Illegitimately Received COVID-19 Relief Funds
» Kanye West Tweets Images of Unborn Babies With Words “These Souls Deserve to Live, “ Deletes an Hour Later
» Kanye West: “Planned Parenthoods Have Been Placed Inside Cities by White Supremacists to Do the Devil’s Work”
» Reddit Mods Say Site Has Banned “Any Content That Shows a Person of Color as the Aggressor”
» Scrabble Bans 236 Bigoted Words, Slurs From Official List
» Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Features Brazilian-Born Transgender Model (Video)
» Urban Dictionary Announces a More Sterilized Future
 
General
» Spotify Experiencing Global Outage; 1000s of Users Report App Crashing Immediately After Launch
 

Czech MPs Approve a Record Budget Deficit

On Wednesday, Czech MPs approved a record budget deficit amounting to 500 billion korunas (€18.76 billion).

The Chamber of Deputies discussed this year´s state budget deficit for more than four hours. So far, the deficit in 2020 will be the highest in Czech history.

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

“I’m Not Apologizing” — Goya Foods CEO Reacts to ‘Cancel Culture’ Attacks Over Trump Support

Authored by Jennie Taer via SaraACarter.com

Because the CEO and President of Goya Foods, Bob Unanue, praised President Donald Trump, many liberals are boycotting his company.

By Thursday evening, “Goya,” #BoycottGoya and #Goyaway were trending topics on Twitter.

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

“Liberal” NYC Cafe Owner Terrorized by Yuppie Neighbors After Claiming He Voted for Trump

After helping to legitimize cancel culture by running countless thinkpieces on the subject while its reporters increasingly adopted a strategy of covering these cancel campaigns and publishing opinion pieces written by (mostly minority) authors arguing extremist positions based on what should be a frightening underlying assumption: That every individual who expresses support for the president, or who in any other way breaks with the liberal orthodoxies espoused by the Times and its staff, is worthy of scorn and shame. Even when people like Chris Cooper, clearly a compassionate individual, say that the now-infamous ‘Central Park Karen’ Amy Cooper has “suffered enough” when he decided not to cooperate with an NYPD investigation into his erstwhile tormentor’s transgressions.

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

“Political Prosecution!”: Trump Rages After Supreme Court Tax Ruling

Update (1042ET): Deutsche Bank says it will comply with the Supreme Court’s decision and will provide Trump’s records to NY prosecutors, according to Bloomberg.

An angry Trump, meanwhile, tweeted that the Supreme Court decision is “all a political prosecution,” and that “Courts in the past have given “broad deference.” BUT NOT ME!”

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

“Squad” Members Tlaib, Pressley Reveal Far-Left Breathe Act; Would Defund Police, Pay Reparations for “Criminalizing Prostitution”

In a virtual meeting Tuesday, Democratic Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley announced their proposal they’ve dubbed the BREATHE Act, part of the agenda designed by the Movement for Black Lives.

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

80-Year-Old Badly Beaten Inside Grocery Store Bathroom, Suspect at Large

An 80-year-old man was savagely beaten and robbed inside a grocery store restroom in Lancaster, California on Thursday, after which authorities circulated a photo of the suspect, who is still at large.

The suspect is a black man believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and approximately 250 pounds, according to the sheriff’s department. He was wearing a mask featuring large teeth and fangs at the time of the attack.

Authorities also released a photo of a possible female accomplice, who accompanied the man to the store.

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

Amazon Claims Email Asking Workers to Delete TikTok Was Sent “In Error”

Update (1700ET): What the hell is going on out there in Seattle?

Hours after the NYT reported on the contents of an internal Amazon email that was apparently sent company wide (at least to enough people that a copy quickly leaked to the press), Amazon is claiming that it sent the email “in error”, and will not be pushing its employees to download the app from personal phones.

AMAZON SAYS IT SENT DELETE TIKTOK EMAIL IN ERROR

AMAZON SAYS THERE’S NO CHANGE IN ITS POLICY TOWARD TIKTOK APP

Did Amazon’s corporate comms team inhale too much tear gas during that whole CHOP episode?

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

Amazon to Remove Washington Redskins Merchandise From Online Store

In a notification to sellers on Wednesday, Amazon announced it would be removing a variety of Washington Redskins merchandise, including t-shirts, jerseys, and jewelry.

In a notification to sellers on Wednesday, Amazon announced it would be removing a variety of Washington Redskins merchandise, including t-shirts, jerseys, and jewelry.

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

AOC Doesn’t Think Cancel Culture is a Thing

In the old days, people used to debate ideas and disagree with you if they thought you were wrong about something. These days, they increasingly call your employers, sponsor, or platform provider, and complain to have you fired or shut down.

We’ve covered several cases of people losing their job over their opinions, or even for merely adding a hashtag in support of the world’s most famous living author.

And these are only the stories of those big enough to get attention.

If you want to see cancel culture, go on Twitter and search for the phrase: “find out where he works” or similar phrases and you’ll find plenty of examples.

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

Army Graduates Its 1st Woman Green Beret

The first female soldier in history has graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and become an official member of the Army’s Green Beret unit.

This history-making woman soldier received her Special Forces shoulder tab alongside several other male classmates at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg. Green Beret soldiers remain unidentified due to the sensitive nature of the assignments and missions they receive following graduation.

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

As NFL Star Quotes Fake Hitler, SPLC and ADL Accuse Jack Posobiec of Anti-Semitism

On Wednesday, the far-left smear factory Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) took aim at OANN correspondent Jack Posobiec, claiming his rise was “tied to [the] white supremacist movement,” and accusing Posobiec of anti-Semitism. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Simon Weisenthal Center, and Bend the Arc: Jewish Action bolstered the SPLC’s anti-Semitism accusations.

Yet some Jewish leaders defended Posobiec, condemning the SPLC and ADL for targeting the OANN correspondent when major black celebrities have praised notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Indeed, the SPLC released this investigation just after Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson shared a fake quote from Adolf Hitler warning that “white Jews” planned for “world domination.” After Jackson apologized, former NBA player Stephen Jackson defended DeSean Jackson’s posts, saying he had been “speaking truth.” Both DeSean Jackson and Stephen Jackson praise Farrakhan.

Dov Hikind, a Jewish radio talk show host and former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, slammed the SPLC and ADL for focusing on Posobiec rather than Farrakhan.

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

Atlanta Mayor Set to Reimpose Lockdown as Cases Surge, Defying Gov Kemp, Trump: Live Updates

Update (1750ET): In what would be potentially precedent-setting action for Democratic mayors of cities in the hardest hit parts of the Sun Belt (and beyond), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is reportedly preparing to roll back the city’s reopening plans all the way to Phase 1, which would require residents to remain at home except for essential trips.

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

CNN’s Don Lemon: “Jesus Christ Admittedly Was Not Perfect When He Was Here on This Earth”

CNN host Don Lemon claimed Wednesday that Jesus Christ admitted to not being perfect while he was on the earth in human form.

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

Colorado City to Require Face Masks, Threatens Up to 1 Year in Jail for Violators

A Colorado city located just south of Denver is requiring all citizens to wear coronavirus face masks, threatening up to nearly one year in prison for those who violate the new mandate.

An emergency order issued by Englewood City Manager J. Shawn Lewis and approved by the city council Monday says that every resident over the age of six must wear a face covering when outside their homes.

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

Confirmed: Black Man Found Hanging From a Tree in California Ruled Suicide Not Lynching

In June 24-year-old Robert Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California.

Local activists immediately insisted Fuller was a lynching victim.

They held protests against racism in his honor.

Several protesters gathered outside the Palmdale Sheriff’s Department demanding answers on Fuller’s death.

On Thursday California investigators ruled Robert Fuller’s death a suicide.

It was not a lynching.

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

Constitutional Republic vs. Pure Democracy: How the U.S. Election Process Has Changed

Conservatives are generally quick to point out that America is a republic, not a democracy. But what really is the difference, and are they even right? Voting in America has changed considerably since the days of our founding. Back then, the government didn’t even print official ballots. Instead, you got ballots from the candidate who wanted your support. Sometimes voting took place in public, so everyone knew who you voted for. And, of course, the franchise was largely restricted to white, male property owners. Now, anyone who turns 18 can vote. And the Democratic Party wants to increase ballot access by automatically registering anyone who gets a driver’s license. Democrats even pushed for mail-in ballots for the 2020 election to make voting even easier — and more open to voter fraud. But is any of this a good thing? Indeed, it is worth considering the transformation of the United States from a Constitutional Republic, ruled by law with the input of the people, to a total democracy, where the will of the people dominates all other discussion.

           — Hat tip: AA [Return to headlines]
 

De Blasio Says BLM Protests Can Continue While Canceling All Other Large Events

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio made some stunning remarks on CNN, declaring protests in the streets were perfectly acceptable while canceling other large events through September.

De Blasio joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday evening, discussing the evolving pandemic and policy response by City Hall to mitigate the spread in the city. He said social justice warriors were too important after months of protests have yet produced an outbreak in cases.

“This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs — we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now,” de Blasio told Blitzer.

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

Dead Cat Receives Voter Registration Form by Mail

A long-dead cat in Georgia received a voter registration form by mail on Wednesday, much to the confusion of its former owner.

Carol Tims — the owner of Cody, who died roughly 12 years ago — said she was confused on how her cat had received a form to register to vote. The form was addressed to “Cody Tims” with a pre-printed label.

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

FBI Man at the Heart of Surveillance Abuses is a Professor of Spying Ethics

Submitted by Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations

The unnamed FBI “Supervisory Intelligence Analyst” cited by the Justice Department’s watchdog for failing to properly vet the so-called Steele dossier before it was used to justify spying on the Trump campaign teaches a class on the ethics of spying at a small Washington-area college, records show.

The senior FBI analyst, Brian J. Auten, has taught the course at Patrick Henry College since 2010, including the 11-month period in 2016 and 2017 when he and a counterintelligence team at FBI headquarters electronically monitored an adviser to the Trump campaign based on false rumors from the dossier and forged evidence.

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

Florida Man Friday: Forget the Gators, It’s Zombie Attack Time

What a weird week it’s been for Florida Man, and yes I know that’s like me saying I had a lot to drink last night.

(I did, BTW.)

Was it the long Independence Day weekend?

Has mandatory mask-wearing caused people to inhale too many of their own fumes?

Has the Wuhan virus mutated so that it affects the brain, turning people into actual zombies?

Whatever the reason, I’ve got a Sunshine State-sized Igloo cooler full of refreshing weirdness for you on another thrilling installment of…

Florida Man Friday!

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

Flynn Judge Defies Appeals Court, Asks for Full Review of Order to Drop Case

The judge in Michael Flynn’s criminal case is refusing to accept the results of a federal appeals court three-judge decision ordering him to dismiss the case against the former national security adviser.

Judge Emmet Sullivan has instead asked the appeals court for an ‘en banc’ review of the decision — meaning the entire panel of all active judges on the court would re-hear the case.

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

Fondling in Plain Sight: Austin Police Under Fire Over Viral Video of “Routine” Traffic Stop

A routine traffic stop has resulted in widespread outrage after an Austin, Texas police officer performed a search of a young woman while a crowd of onlookers filmed the incident.

Video which appeared online Tuesday resulted in a storm of controversy. While police say the officer acted “appropriately,” the woman has accused the officer of sexual assault, given that while he patted her down looking for drugs or weapons he appeared to grope her breasts.

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

Ford Employees Ask Company to Stop Building Police Vehicles

A cadre of Ford employees have banded together to ask the automaker to stop building and selling police vehicles for the first time in 70 years.

According to automotive website Jalopnik, approximately 100 employees support a letter to CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford asking for the change.

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

Former Prison Official Says Ghislaine Maxwell Should be Transferred to Rikers for Her Own Safety

Former NYC Department of Corrections Deputy Warden Ed Gavin says that Ghislaine Maxwell should be moved to Rikers Island for her own safety.

Appearing on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, Gavin said that the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, where Maxwell is currently being held, is not suited to handler her.

Following her transfer from a New Hampshire prison to MDC, the alleged sex trafficker was called a ‘depressed loner’ and branded a ‘snooty rich bitch’ by her fellow inmates, leaving open the possibility that she might be violently attacked.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Made to Wear Paper Clothes Due to “Suicide Risk”

Alleged Epstein co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell is being made to wear paper clothes while being held in custody over fears she will try to commit suicide.

Maxwell, who was arrested last week, has been given a cellmate at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn but has had her bedding removed and is under constant surveillance.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Hires Elite Legal Team to Face US Prosecutors

Accused sex-trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has hired a fleet of powerhouse attorneys to defend her against federal charges that she procured underage girls as young as 14 for sexual encounters with deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

According to Bloomberg Law, “Maxwell will confront federal prosecutors with years of experience in New York courts and deep knowledge of the child sex-trafficking allegations surrounding her and her former lover Jeffrey Epstein.”

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

Gov. Eric Holcomb Refuses to Say “No” To Renaming Indiana

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb refused to say “no” Wednesday when asked at a press conference if he supports calls to rename the state of Indiana.

“I haven’t given that any thought,” Holcomb replied. “Although I’ve talked with Native American friends of mine about our shared past and our heritage.”

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

Growing Number of Texas Sheriffs Are Refusing to Enforce Face Mask Requirement

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a growing mutiny from local sheriffs unwilling to enforce his statewide mandatory mask requirement for citizens. At least nine Texas counties have gone on record saying they will not be willing to issue citations for those who violate the order, questioning whether the governor even has the constitutional authority to enact it.

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

Head of Emergency Management Says Texans Should Wear Masks Inside Their Own Homes

The head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management gave an interview in which he said that people should wear masks inside their own homes in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Appearing on Fox News at Nine, Chief Nim Kidd insisted that people should wear masks indoors if they have potentially exposed themselves to the virus by being outside.

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

Ivy League Cancels All Fall Sports on Pandemic Fears Through 2020

Another coronavirus-related bombshell this week: after Harvard announced its Fall semester is going to online instruction only, with only 40% of students invited back to live on campus, the Ivy League on Wednesday announced the suspension of all Fall sports.

It’s the first Division I conference to make the drastic move nixing football and all other collegiate sports over fears of the coronavirus pandemic. It plans to hold no competitions until after January 1.

“We simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk,” the Ivy League Council of Presidents explained in a statement.

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

NHL is Back in Business With Ratification of CBA, Return-to-Play Plan

The NHL is back in business. And a Stanley Cup tournament unlike any other is on the horizon.

Call it all systems go on the league’s summer restart following Friday’s ratification of protocols governing the return-to-play plan and an extension to the collective bargaining agreement running through September 2026.

That paves the way for training camps to open Monday in 24 cities — more than four months after the season was paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

NYC Mayor De Blasio Helps Paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ Outside Trump Tower

Following in the footsteps of Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, NYC Mayor de Blasio joined in the fun (and posed for a few photos that might help bolster his abysmal approval ratings) after closing down a swath of 5th Avenue to paint “Black Lives Matter” in big yellow letters outside Trump Tower.

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

Oregon Man Driving Stolen Car Collides With Woman Driving Another Stolen Car

A police chase in Oregon came to an abrupt halt when a male driver fleeing local authorities in a stolen car crashed into a woman who was also driving a stolen vehicle.

Newberg-Dundee police pursued Randy Lee Cooper, 27, in a stolen Toyota Land Cruiser for several blocks before he collided with a Buick Regal while he was attempting to elude law enforcement.

Cooper was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, assault, and reckless driving.

After taking Cooper into custody, the police discovered that the second vehicle had also been reported stolen three weeks prior.

The driver, Kristin Nicole Begue, 25, was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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

Penn State Deletes Tweet Welcoming Conservative Students After Outcry

Authored by Jonathan Turley

Earlier, we discussed the formal censuring of a conservative student at Georgetown for his criticism of Black Lives Matter as an organization and his objections to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court. Georgetown University has remained silent as the student has been declared a racist and the student government called for his investigation. At Penn State, the university took an important step in this time of rising intolerance and actually included conservative students in a welcoming message.

It did not last. After an outcry from students, the university deleted the tweet — thereby sending precisely the opposite message to conservative students.

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

Police Arrest Man Who Sucker-Punched 12-Year-Old Boy Dancing on Sidewalk

Missouri police have arrested and charged the man caught on tape sucker-punching a 12-year-old boy who was street dancing last Friday evening.

Cedric Charles Moore, 27, walked into the Scott County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and “turned himself in peacefully,” the Cape Girardeau Police Department posted on Facebook.

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

Reddit Bans Forum Dedicated to Exposing Hate Crime Hoaxes

The same day Reddit removed the site’s largest pro-Trump forum, the liberal platform also banned a popular subreddit dedicated to exposing hate crime hoaxes, according to the Daily Caller.

Apparently calling out people who stoke racial division by faking hate crimes is considered to be “promoting hate” by Reddit’s overlords.

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

Rep. Jim Jordan Wants Censorship Answers From Twitter

House Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio’s fourth district wants Twitter to submit documents justifying the censorship of President Trump’s tweets. The congressman accuses Twitter of bias.

Jordan, who is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, asked for the documents through a letter addressed to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on July 8. In the letter, Jordan accuses Twitter of practicing “editorial control.” The letter notes that censorship is exercised on conservatives and not liberals. For that reason, Jordan asserts that the platform is “moderating user content in a viewpoint-neutral manner.”

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

Roger Stone: Trump Commutes Ex-Adviser’s Sentence

US President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone.

The announcement came just after the Washington DC Court of Appeals denied Stone’s request to delay the start date of his custodial term of 40 months.

He was convicted of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

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

Students Increasingly Don’t Value Free Speech, Support Administrators Monitoring Online Activity

In the era of social media networks, everyone gets to express their take on almost everything under the sun — within reason. Naturally, some opinions and remarks don’t sit well with everyone, resulting in outrage and people feeling offended.

While some believe that expressing their opinions without hesitation is upholding their free speech rights, others state that they are willing to sacrifice their free speech rights to prevent offending people.

And it seems that college students no longer support free speech as much as they used to. In last year’s survey from free speech group FIRE, almost all students asked, 96 percent, believe that their civil rights should be protected. But only 30 percent said that “free speech” was the most important.

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Supreme Court: Nearly Half of Oklahoma is Indian Reservation

While all eyes were on the Supreme Court’s Thursday decision granting New York prosecutors access to President Trump’s taxes, a ruling earlier in the day recognized roughly half of Oklahoma as an Indian reservation — in a move which could have wide-ranging legal implications for the 1.8 million people who now live in “Indian Country,” according to the New York Times.

The decision, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, holds the United States to an 1866 treaty that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation signed with the United States after the Civil War over land which was home to the “Five Civilized Tribes”; the Creek, Cherokee Nation, the Seminole, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Choctaw Nation, according to The New Republic.

“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law,” wrote Gorsuch, a Trump appointee. “Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.”

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Televangelists Jim Bakker, Peter Popoff, Jimmy Swaggart, Joyce Meyer Receive Millions in PPP Loans

Included in the roughly 10,000 religious organizations that have received federal COVID-19 relief from the federal government are some highly controversial televangelists and wealthy prosperity-gospel preachers.

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The Proportion of White People in the US is Declining Faster Than Expected

The proportion of the white population in the United States is declining faster than expected. According to an analysis by the Brookings Institution think tank, based on data from the United States Census Bureau (USCB), the period between 2010 and 2020 will be the first decade in which the total number of whites in the United States declined. Therefore, they could become a minority in the USA sooner than expected, says Czech economist Lukas Kovanda.

Between 2010 and 2019, the US population growth was driven exclusively by racial and ethnic minorities. In a lot of states, where the dying out of the white population would lead to an overall decline, minorities still ensured population growth.

Back in the 1980s, whites accounted for almost 80 percent of the total population, Blacks for 11.5 percent, Hispanics 6.5 percent, and Asians around 1.8 percent.

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Trump Finally Reveals His Role in Putting Down the ‘CHOP’ Antifa Occupation in Seattle

When Mayor Jenny Durkan (D-Seattle) finally sent police in to clear up the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) — perhaps better referred to as “Antifastan” (no offense to Central Asian countries) — she only acted because President Donald Trump was about to do so if she delayed. The president himself confirmed a rumor to that effect on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night. Trump said he forced Durkan’s hand to restore law and order after antifa militants had seized territory in Seattle.

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Trump Tells Treasury to Review Universities’ Tax Exempt Status

Most private and public colleges and universities are exempt from taxes because they qualify as 501(c)(3) organizations. Trump did not say which specific institutions he would target.

The IRS, which would conduct the potential review, is prohibited through federal law from targeting groups based on ideology.

Trump also spoke about schools’ ideologies during his Fourth of July remarks at Mount Rushmore.

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Trump: “Everyone’s Leaving” New York, “It’s Turned Out to be a Hellhole”

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that said the Manhattan district attorney can obtain his personal financial records, President Trump disparaged New York City as a “hellhole.”

“This is purely political. I win at the federal level and we won very decisively and so they send it to New York,” Trump said in reference to the city’s pursuit of his shielded records. “You know what’s going on in New York. Everyone’s leaving. It’s turned out to be a hellhole, and they better do something about it because people are leaving New York. But this is a political witch hunt that just continues.”

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University of Delaware Sued Over Biden’s Hidden Senate Records

A lawsuit has been filed against the University of Delaware to try and force the college to hand over Joe Biden’s Senate Records, which are housed at the university’s library.

Biden, who graduated from the University of Delaware and served as Delaware’s senator, transferred the records to the university in 2011 — which announced a change to their expected unsealing shortly before Biden announced his bid for the White House. Meanwhile, Biden has refused to allow a search of the roughly 1,875 boxes of documents and 415 gigabytes of electronic records.

Biden’s excuse? That the records could expose unrelated things he’s said or done which could be ‘taken out of context’ and used against him before the November election.

The lawsuit, brought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by Judicial Watch on behalf of themselves and the Daily Caller News Foundation, was filed in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware. It follows a denial of April 30 requests for Biden’s records, as well as records about the preservation — and proposed release, of documents.

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Update: Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide After Hitting Two BLM White Feminists Blocking Highway at 1:30 in Morning

Two women activists were hit by a car in downtown Seattle early in the morning on July 4th.

The women activists were standing on the interstate at 1:30 AM.

They were wearing black on the dark highway at 1:30 AM.

The driver came up on the protest and swerved but still hit two women running across the interstate.

The driver was in custody but was not impaired when he hit the women on the highway.

The man Dawit Kelete was driving down the interstate when he ran up on the protesters at 1:30 AM.

The driver is black.

One of the women — Summer Taylor — later died on Saturday.

Dawit Kelete was charged today with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving.

Police found “implements used to smoke illegal substances” in his car.

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Vandals Desecrate 9/11 Memorial Near New York City

A memorial just north of New York City honoring five firefighters who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks was defaced by vandals, who knocked the flag pole to the ground.

City police are investigating the vandalism that occurred sometime Tuesday night in Washingtonville. Vandals successfully severed the monument’s flag pole about five feet from the base. An undisclosed message was left written across the base of the granite memorial erected to honor firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton, Gerry Nevins, Dennis Devlin, and Glenn Perry.

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Video: New Yorkers Sign Petition to Topple ‘Slave Owner’ Washington Statue, But Not Muhammad

A social experiment by Ami Horowitz shows New Yorkers gleefully signing a petition to take down statues of “slave owners” like George Washington, but suddenly becoming reticent when Horowitz mentions the Prophet Muhammad.

“I want to take down all statues of people who owned slaves in this country,” Horowitz told potential signatories, emphasizing how he wanted to remove the statue of George Washington in DC.

All of the people featured in the video gleefully signed the petition to take down statues of “slave owners” like Washington and Jefferson.

However, when it came to another infamous historical slave owner, their enthusiasm suddenly waned.

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Video: Joe Biden Struggles to Say “America First”

A video clip shows Joe Biden struggling to say “America First,” leading to speculation as to whether he is hostile to the phrase or just forgot the words.

Speaking about Trump, Biden stated, “This guy’s whole idea of America,” before pausing. “America on its own has meant America alone, we’re out there by ourselves.”

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Video: Shots Fired at Portland Protest After Driver Gets Caught in Mob

Throughout the past seven weeks of non stop protests that often devolve into riots, we’ve seen several drivers hit the gas and drive through the violent antifa and BLM terrorists when their cars get caught up in the chaos, while others have been pulled from their cars and beaten. One terrorist even made a video on how to break car windows and slice seat belts so the mobs can more easily pull drivers out and beat them. Early Thursday morning in Portland, one guy ended up driving into the protest, and can be seen firing off warning shots as he drives away!

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Violent Leftist Mob Riots, Vandalizes District Attorney’s Office, Pepper-Sprays Police After Shooting Death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal Ruled Justified

Violent leftists are out destroying public property, shutting down streets, rioting and pepper-spraying police tonight in Salt Lake City.

The leftists were angry that the shooting death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal was ruled justified.

Palacios-Carbajal was carrying a gun when he was shot dead.

The video is very brutal.

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Wisconsin Man in Hate Crime Killing Says He Intentionally Swerved Truck Because He Believes Harley Drivers to be “White Racists” — Murdered Former Cop

A Wisconsin man was charged on Thursday with a hate crime killing after he swerved his pickup truck to purposely hit a retired police officer on his motorcycle because he believe Harley Drivers are “white racists.”

Daniel Navarro swerved his truck and hit Phillip Thiessen head on.

Theissen, a retired police officer, was found dead in the road.

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Canadian High School Students Chant ‘Jews Are Our Dogs’ At Protest Against Israeli Annexation Scenario

A group of protesters that included high school students chanted “Jews are our dogs” during a July 4 rally in Canada against Israel’s possible annexation of portions of the West Bank.

B’nai Brith Canada released a statement on July 8 stating that the protest, which took place in Mississauga, Ontario, featured 100 protesters; one of the co-organizers was a high school student. Several other high school students also attended. The protests featured chants in Arabic that included “Palestine is our country and Jews are our dogs” and “martyrs by the millions march to Jerusalem!”

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West Vancouver Police: Driver Carried Out “Gesture of Hate” For Skidding on Pride Crosswalk

West Vancouver Police accused a man of carrying out a “gesture of hate” for ‘defacing’ a rainbow-colored gay pride crosswalk after he left tire marks on the road.

“On July 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm staff inside the police station heard a loud and sustained tire squealing outside,” according to the West Vancouver Police website. “When officers took a closer look, they discovered that someone had just left tire marks across a portion of the crosswalk, at the intersection of 16th St and Esquimalt Ave.”

The man then left the area at high speed but has since been identified by authorities.

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Afghan Man Stabs His Wife to Death on German Bus

Police in the German municipality of Obergünzburg have arrested a 37-year-old Afghan who stabbed to death his 27-year-old wife of the same nationality. He murdered her in front of ten children and two adult passengers on a bus in broad daylight. After the act, the man dropped his knife and fled the scene.

The police mobilized a helicopter and conducted a major search of a nearby area, catching him on the outskirts of the city a short time later.

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Autobiography of Czech Theologian Halik Named the Best Religion-Based Book of the Year in the US

“From the Underground Church to Freedom” is the title of Tomas Halik’s autobiography, which has now become the best book of 2019 in the field of religion-based books in the USA.

Tomas Halik is a man of many talents as he is a Catholic priest, theologian, religionist, sociologist, psychologist, and philosopher. Moreover, he is the pastor of the Roman Catholic Academic Parish at the Church of the Holy Saviour in Prague. In his autobiography, Halik maps the functioning of the underground church and his path to faith and the priesthood.

The best books of the year in various genres are awarded annually by the American literary-critical monthly Foreword. Halik’s autobiography has so far been published in Czech, Polish, German, Portuguese and Dutch.

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Boris Tells Merkel UK Ready to Leave With No Deal, Barnier Hints at Access for Financial Services

Boris Johnson has told Angela Merkel that he is prepared to take the UK out of the EU’s institutions on January 1st without a deal. Meanwhile, Michel Barnier has hinted that the EU is ready to grant the City of London access to European markets after the transition period.

Britain’s prime minister has told the chancellor of Germany that the United Kingdom would leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union to trade with the bloc on the same terms as Australia. While Australia does not have a free trade agreement with the EU has individual deals in place for specific goods.

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British Universities Comply With Chinese Internet Censorship

British universities are engaging with a Chinese online platform so that its learning materials comply with China’s repressive internet regulations.

Four top Russell Group universities — King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, Southampton, and York — are taking part in the pilot programme that would allow Chinese students to study for British degrees online without falling foul of the communist nation’s internet censorship that blocks certain websites.

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COVID-19 Cases Increase in Slovakia

On Wednesday, Slovakia recorded 53 new cases of COVID-19, which is the highest increase since April 22. Prime Minister Igor Matovic thus signaled a possible tightening of coronavirus restrictions, but has not yet announced any specific measures.

“53 new cases. Too much to continue to rely solely on people’s responsibility. Unfortunately,” Matovic wrote on his Facebook profile.

On Wednesday, 2,284 tests were performed in Slovakia. The largest number of infections was detected in the towns of Presov (12), Bratislava and Cadca (9), and in Kosice (5). Currently, seven people are hospitalized, three of them in ICU and one patient is connected to an artificial lung ventilator.

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Duda: I Want a Poland That Protects the Weak and Doesn’t Fear the Strong

During his rally in Wieliczka (South Poland), president Andrzej Duda said that Poland is a country whose democracy is becoming increasingly grounded and this shows itself in the high turnout in the last elections.

Duda underlined that the upcoming elections will decide whether Polish policy will be directed at ordinary people and families, or whether it will support only the elite.

“I want to live in a Poland in which honesty wins. I want a Poland, as president Lech Kaczynski said, which can defend the weak and not be afraid of the strong,” he stated.

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EU Court Rules YouTube Doesn’t Have to Hand Over IP Addresses of Copyright Infringers

YouTube and other online platforms are not obligated to provide the IP addresses, emails, or telephone numbers of persons accused of piracy when requested by the copyright holders in Europe. The EU court made that ruling of Justice on July 9. According to the court, the term “address” in copyright laws only refers to physical or postal addresses and not an IP address.

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France: Bus Driver Dies After ‘Attack Over Face Masks’ In Bayonne

A bus driver has died in France, five days after he was attacked by passengers who reportedly refused to wear face masks, his family says.

Philippe Monguillot, aged 59, had been left brain dead after the assault in the south-western city of Bayonne.

“We decided to let him go,” his daughter Marie told AFP news agency, saying doctors had agreed.

Two men in their 20s were arrested and charged with attempted murder after the assault late on Sunday.

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Hungarian MEP: Liberal Majority of European Parliament is Blackmailing EU Member States

The liberal majority of the European Parliament is attempting to push through a proposal that would link the transfer of structural funds, the EU’s seven-year budget and the €750 billion recovery fund conditional on rule of law criteria, which amounts to political blackmail, Hungarian MEP of the ruling Fidesz party Tamas Deutsch said on Thursday in the plenary session of the EP.

“The left-liberal majority of the European Parliament is using every means in order to link the transfer of the Union’s development funds to so-called rule of law criteria,” Deutsch said. “The latest example for this is that they want funds from the multiannual financial framework [or MFF, the EU’s seven-year budget] and the recovery fund both linked to this. […] the idea would in essence create a tool for blackmail by blocking access to convergence funds.”

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Hungary Shores Up Defenses as Coronavirus Cases Mount Elsewhere in Europe

Hungary has successfully fought off the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and new infections are now few, but the country is drawing plans to defend itself from new peaks in several other European countries, including some of its neighbors, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in his weekly interview with Kossuth Radió on Friday morning.

“We have defeated the first wave of the infection, now we are busy with mitigating the economic consequences and creating new jobs,” Orban said, adding that data from other European countries is very worrying. “The numbers are sad. […] New infections have increased tenfold in Croatia within the space of two weeks and fourfold in Serbia. Even in Slovenia, which has been the most successful in its defense so far, the risk of infection from outside is growing.”

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Hungarian Hotels and Online Accommodation Sites Fight for Guests

In a tourist market slowly recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, hotels conducting legitimate businesses and as yet unregulated online accommodation services are fighting for guests, tourism portal turizmus.com reports.

While several such services offering accommodation in Hungary, the current focus in the country is Californian based Airbnb, which is the most widespread in the country, offering 14,000 residences in Budapest alone. Complaints against them are the same as in many other parts of the world, such as driving up rental prices for local residents, excessive noise and general unruliness.

Airbnb is currently entirely unregulated in Hungary and the biggest trouble spot is downtown Budapest’s 7th district, the so-called “party district”, a popular destination for bachelor parties and a weekend partying destination for Western European tourists.

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Hungary Increases 2021 Defense Budget by 30 Percent

The Hungarian Armed Forces will see its 2021 budget increased by a massive 30 percent to HUF 778 billion (€2.2 billion), in order to cope with its increased workload caused by the coronavirus pandemic and to continue provoding a high-level defense to the country’s borders under migration pressure, Defense Minister Tibor Benko said on the M1 national television channel.

In the interview, Benko said next year’s central budget will be primarily geared towards family support and rebooting the Hungarian economy, but national security will also be in focus.

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Most Spectacular Roof in Europe Reaches Structural Completion

The House of Hungarian Music, one of several cultural venues currently under construction in Budapest’s famous Varosliget city park is now structurally complete, Laszló Baan, government commissioner in charge of the project announced on Thursday.

“With the completion of the upper level, the House of Hungarian Music is now structurally finished,” Baan said. “The construction is continuing according to plan with erecting the continuous glass front, as high as 12 meters in some parts, which will be the largest of its kind in Europe.”

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Poland and Slovakia Tighten Military Aviation Cooperation

After his meeting with minister of defense Mariusz Blaszczak in Warsaw, Slovakian minister of national defense Jaroslav Nad declared that the relations between Poland and Slovakia are excellent and new initiatives are deepening cooperation.

Blaszczak said that Poland and Slovakia were building a defense system which would guarantee security to not only the two countries, but the entire NATO Eastern flank.

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Poland: Poll: Duda is in the Lead But Trzaskowski is Catching Up

According to a new survey by the Social Changes research center, the difference in votes between Andrzej Duda and Rafal Trzaskowski is minimal — 47 percent want to vote for the incumbent and 46 percent have declared support for the Civic Platform (PO) candidate while 7 percent of the surveyed still do not know who they will vote for.

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Queen of the Europhiles: Nationwide Clap for Scottish Leader Planned for 50th Birthday

A Scotland-wide ‘Clap for Nicola’ event is being organised for Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister and the leader of the left-separatist Scottish National Party (SNP).

The nationwide clap is currently set to take place on July 19th to coincide with Sturgeon’s 50th birthday. She leads the Scottish Government — a devolved executive roughly equivalent to a state government in the United States — and the Scottish National Party (SNP).

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Sturgeon Drops ‘Biggest Hint Yet’ of Cross-Border Travel Restrictions as Scottish Lockdown Eased

Conservatives claim First Minister is ‘prepared to close the border’ with England

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the most significant return of freedoms in Scotland since lockdown began, but warned that reopening society would also bring “real dangers” as she again raised the prospect of imposing cross-border travel restrictions with England.

From Friday, people from three different households will be able to meet indoors for the first time since March, in groups of up to eight. And in a move that paves the way for large-scale family reunions this weekend, groups of up to 15 people, from five separate households, will be able to meet up outdoors as long as social distancing rules are followed.

With the country entering the third of four stages of easing lockdown, Ms Sturgeon confirmed that pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to reopen indoor areas from Wednesday next week, when communal worship can also resume…

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Top UK Scientist Equates ‘Antisocial’ Refusal to Wear a Mask to Drink Driving

Head of the Royal Society Venki Ramakrishnan said it was time to normalise mask-wearing and treat those who do not as social pariahs who risk lives as much as drink drivers.

“It used to be quite normal to have quite a few drinks and drive home, and it also used to be normal to drive without seatbelts,” Prof Ramakrishnan.

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UK: BBC Forces Elderly to Pay TV Tax While Throwing Millions Into ‘Diverse’ Content

The BBC will go ahead with its plans to scrap the free licence fee for the majority of over-75s to save money, while pledging to spend £100 million on “diverse” content to appease the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.

The move had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the broadcaster announced on Thursday that from August 1st, three million more households would be expected to pay the £157.50 annual fee. Britain’s poorest seniors will still be able to apply for an exemption to the licence.

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UK: Farage: Marxist BLM Has Agenda That ‘Would Make Lenin Blush’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that the people behind Black Lives Matter have an agenda that “would make Lenin blush”, warning that the movement does not want racial justice but seeks to tear down Western civilisation.

Speaking to supporters during a Facebook live stream on Thursday, Mr Farage remarked on the speed with which Black Lives Matter hijacked the death of black American George Floyd for its own purposes.

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UK: Islamist Acquitted for Sword Attack Outside Buckingham Palace Jailed for Terror Plot on Gay Pride Festival

A jihadist who was acquitted in 2018 of terrorism after attacking a police officer with a sword outside of Buckingham Palace while yelling “Allah hu Akbar” has been jailed for a terror plot to attack London’s gay pride festival.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 28, from Luton, was found guilty in February on plotting deadly terror attacks on London landmarks including Madam Tussauds, an iconic open-top double-decker sightseeing bus, and the gay pride festival.

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UK: Statue of Scouts Founder Who Fought African Slaver King Freed From Protective Case After BLM Threats

The statue of scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell, who led an expedition to end the enslavement of Africans by the Ashanti king, has been released from its protective casing, a month after Marxist Black Lives Matter activists threatened to tear it down over claims he was a racist and supported the Nazis.

The local council had initially planned to remove the Poole quayside statue in early June after it appeared on a hitlist of memorials across the country to be targetted because they allegedly glorified the Empire or racism.

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Wales to Prepare a Massive Audit of Statues and Street Names

In connection with the so-called fight against racism, unleashed by the Black Lives Matter movement, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has decided to declare a major audit of the names of statues, streets, and buildings in the country. The goal is to examine and reveal how colonialism and slavery reflect in names throughout the state. Drakeford’s cabinet announced it on its website.

The review process will be led by Gaynor Legall, a well-known Welsh women’s rights activist for various minorities. A group of experts on slavery, the history of the British Empire, and the history of Black communities in Wales will assist her on this task.

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Coronavirus: Serbia Scraps Curfew Plan for Belgrade After Protests

The Serbian government has scrapped a plan to impose a weekend coronavirus curfew in Belgrade after two nights of protests in the capital.

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced more limited measures, including a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

President Aleksandar Vucic had wanted the curfew due to a rise in infections.

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President Vucic: Serban Protests Politically Motivated

The Serbian capital Belgrade and a few regional cities have for the second day running been disturbed by violent protests against President Aleksandar Vucic’s plan to reintroduce a weekend curfew as the country is faced with a resurgence in coronavirus numbers.

Protests began Tuesday night in Belgrade, after President Aleksandar Vucic announced earlier that day that in view of the worsening coronavirus infection numbers he will reintroduce a weekend curfew. Protesters set police cars on fire, clashed with police and threw stones and other objects at Parliament building, which was the focus of the protests.

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Kremlin Spokeman: Relations Between Czechia and Russia Have Been Tarnished

On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the current Russian-Czech relations impaired. According to him, no contacts with the Czech officials are planned in the near future.

According to Interfax, Peskov answered journalists’ questions about relations with the Czech Republic on the background of espionage scandals. According to Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Czechia is interested in normal relations with Russia and approaches mutual consultations very responsibly.

“Relations with the Czech Republic have recently been marred by well-known events, certain hostile steps taken at the level of municipal and central authorities. Undoubtedly, this has generally affected our bilateral relations,” a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin told reporters in response to a question on how he would characterize relations with the Czech Republic.

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India: Student Researchers Discover New Species of Marine Invertebrate

A scientist from the Centre for Climate Change Studies at the Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology and two of his students have identified a new species of marine invertebrate. The researchers’ work has been published in Zootaxa, a peer-reviewed journal based in New Zealand.

S. Prakash, scientist, said that his M. Tech. students M.S. Vignesh and Ruchi P. Jain had been collecting seaweed along the coast of Tamil Nadu for the past two years. “The worm, Tetrastemma freyae, is associated with sediments and is predatory as it has a role in maintaining the food chain. It feeds on dead and decaying material and helps to recycle nutrients in coastal and deep water sediments. The worm uses its proboscis just as a butterfly does to collect nectar,” he said.

[Comment: The article further states that the species might be useful for medicine.]

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Amid Geopolitical Chaos, TikTok Mysteriously Goes Down Across US & UK

With the social media company caught in the middle of the escalating rhetorical battle between US and China, ‘conspiracy’ theories are running rampant as TikTok suddenly goes down across the US and UK.

The outage began around 1400ET…

[Comment: Article dated July 9, 2020.]

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Black TikTok Creators Have Long Accused the Platform of Censorship

TikTok, the wildly popular Chinese video-sharing app has long been accused of having a race problem.

While the company is also under fire for privacy problems, with countries such as India banning it already and the US being concerned about user privacy, there have also been accusations of racial bias against the company.

Marc Faddoul, an artificial intelligence researcher, first brought more solid evidence to this idea at the start of the year and stated that there may be a potential glitch in TikTok that may end up fostering racial bias in its algorithm that causes it to censor black people. Faddoul, in a series of tweets, further revealed his findings.

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Chinese Banks Preparing for “Worst Case” Scenario: Being Cut Off From Swift, Hong Kong Bank Runs

In the latest escalation over China’s de facto annexation of Hong Kong, Reuters reports that Chinese state lenders are “revamping contingency plans” in anticipation of the soon to be enacted U.S. legislation (just waiting for Trump’s signature) that would penalize banks for serving officials who implement the new national security law for Hong Kong.

In a “worst-case scenario” under consideration by Chinese commercial megabanks Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the lenders are said to be looking at the possibility of being cut off from U.S. dollars or losing access to U.S. dollar settlements, two Reuters sources said.

The worst-case scenario also envisions what would happen in the event of a run on its branches in Hong Kong if customers feared that it would run out of U.S. currency, one of the sources said (this is the scenario discussed in “If 500,000 Rich Hong Kongers Leave The City, The HKD Peg Would Surely Collapse”). The scenario was also looking at the experience of banks in Iran, the same person said. Iranian banks have been hit from time to time by U.S. sanctions dating back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Hong Kong Schools Must Ensure “Patriotic” Content & Remove Books Breaching China Security Law

Things in Hong Kong have rapidly gone straight Orwellian very quickly after the July 1 enactment of the new national security law.

As we detailed this week activists are busy scrubbing their digital footprints, including deleting social media profiles and chat histories, given authorities can reportedly pry citizens’ online communications from internet companies without a warrant under the law.

But it’s not just college-age and ‘professional demonstrators’ and pro-independence organizers that have to worry, as noweven schools have been ordered to review textual content in books. This means teachers and young students are coming under threat if they don’t visibly and “positively” conform.

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U.S. Sanctions 4 Chinese Officials Over Human Rights Abuses Against Uighur Muslims

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday that the Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned four Chinese Communist Party officials and the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau over human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority.

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Australia Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong Over Security Law, China Vows Retaliation

Following Canada’s move last week, Australia has announced it is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong amid a build-up in tensions related to the new Beijing-imposed national security law cracking down on anti-mainland dissent.

“Our government, together with other governments around the world, have been very consistent in expressing our concerns about the imposition of the national security law on Hong Kong,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday. “Today we have agreed to announce that that national security law constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances in respect to our extradition agreement with Hong Kong.”

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Cancer Patient Who Refused to Give a Smoker a Cigarette is Brutally Beaten Outside a Hospital as His IV Tubes Are Ripped From His Body

The 35-year-old man was allegedly thrown to the ground, kicked in the stomach, and had his IV tubes pulled out in the unprovoked attack at about 10.15am on Friday morning.

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Chinese Student Studying in Australia Was Targeted by the CCP After Speaking Out

China is often known for stifling free speech and preventing its citizens from expressing criticism against the country’s government online. Suppressing the opinions of its citizens doesn’t seem enough to satisfy the Chinese government, as it is now keen on making people with Chinese ethnicity living elsewhere in the world from expressing critical opinions about the country and its governance.

How is China achieving this herculean task? It is just mimicking an age-old, ancient idea known as “zhulian” that can be best defined as “implication” or “guilt by association.” Simply put, the police in China end up threatening the family members for the actions performed by their relatives living in foreign nations.

Known by her Twitter handle @HorrorZoo, a Chinese student pursuing a graduate program in Australia has revealed that her father back in China has to appear in the police station fairly often as he was summoned by the police for his daughter’s critical comments on the Chinese Communist Party.

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How a Mammoth KFC Order Overheard by Paramedics Led to 16 Lockdown-Breakers Being Fined $26,000 for Attending ‘Unacceptable’ House Party in Melbourne

Paramedics were enjoying their KFC meal at the fast food restaurant in Dandenong in Melbourne about 1.30am on Friday when they spotted two people ordering 20 meals.

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Militant Vegan Serial Protester Covered in Fake Blood and Carrying a Fake Pig’s Head Storms a Busy McDonald’s Restaurant to Scream at Customers for Eating Meat

Tash Peterson, dressed in a bloodied apron with a fake butchered pig’s head under her arm and wearing a face mask, made her protest at the Western Australia fast food restaurant on Friday.

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New Species of ‘Walking’ Sharks Discovered in Australia

Walking sharks sounds like something you’d see in a preview for Sharknado 8: Nowhere Is Safe, but it’s apparently a totally real thing, and researchers have discovered a handful of species in recent years that have seemingly evolved the ability.

Scientists have known about sharks that have the ability to “walk” with their fins on dry land for a while, but in researching the known species they discovered four species that have apparently developed the ability much more recently. The research was published in the journal Marine & Freshwater Research and it suggests that sharks may gain some big advantages by being able to slink along the seafloor rather than swimming.

The walking sharks tend to appear in roughly the same area, which happens to be in the waters off of Northern Australia. They’re typically smaller in size — you won’t spot a great white shark walking along the bottom of the ocean any time soon — and it appears to help the sharks hunt for ground-dwelling prey.

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Victoria is Hit With 288 New Cases of Coronavirus — the Worst Ever Figure for an Australian State — as Dan Andrews Warns Locked Down Melbourne That it’s Going to Get Worse

Victoria has recorded 288 new coronavirus cases, its biggest spike since coronavirus pandemic began.

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Jihadist Group Kills 25 People in DRC’s Ituri Province

A group of jihadist militiamen on Wednesday killed at least 25 people in the Ituri province located in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern region.

The pre-dawn attack occurred in Sindani-Akesi.

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Bolivia’s President Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

LA PAZ — Bolivia’s President Jeanine Anez said on Thursday she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Anez said in a tweet she was “well” and continuing to work while in isolation. “Together, we will come out of this,” she said.

The Bolivian government confirmed that at least seven ministers, including its health minister, had tested positive and were either undergoing treatment or recuperating at home.

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New Frog Species is Discovered in Peru

The eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains in central Perú are among the most remote places in the world.

At elevations of 12,000 feet, some patches of cloud forest linger, blanketing the rocky ground and grasslands. Scattered across those grasslands are stones, surrounded by moss and lichens.

And hidden beneath those stones are small, brownish-grey frogs with short limbs and stout bodies. They don’t live near water, so they never begin life as tadpoles. Instead, they hatch directly out of the eggs as froglets.

These unique frogs may have existed under those stones for centuries. But they were unknown to science — until now.

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Canada Loses Track of 35,000 Migrants Set for Deportation

The Canadian government has admitted that it has lost track of two-thirds of the 50,000 migrants targeted for deportation orders, most of them failed asylum seekers.

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has lost track of 34,700 migrants, mainly failed asylum seekers, up for deportation, a report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada revealed this week.

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Drunken African Migrants Assault Mayor on Greek Island

A group of intoxicated African migrants has been accused of harassing and assaulting the mayor of Eastern Samos on the Greek island island after being asked to leave a city square.

The African migrants attacked Mayor Georgios Stantzos after the group had been drinking heavily in a local city square in the city of Samos. The Africans were first confronted by the local police who asked them to leave.

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France: Libyan Migrant Arrested After Stabbing Women and Trying to Rape Them

A 20-year-old Libyan migrant has been accused of attempting to rape three women in one night, slashing and stabbing one of his victims nine times.

The attacks occurred over the night of June 28th and the early morning of June 29th in the city of Bordeaux, but details have only just been revealed this week.

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German Authorities Claim People Smugglers Tracking NGO Ships and Directing Migrants to Them

The German Joint Analysis and Strategy Centre for Illegal Migration (Gasim) has claimed that people smugglers in North Africa are actively tracking migrant transport NGO vessels and sending migrants to them.

The agency, which is based in Potsdam, analyses information on illegal migration and smuggling operations for several federal authorities including the Federal Criminal Police Office, Federal Police, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

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Head of Migrant NGO Under Fraud Investigation Now Accused of Sexually Abusing Migrant

Father Antonio Zanotti, who is currently under investigation by Italian authorities for fraud, has been accused of sexually abusing a migrant under the care of his pro-migrant NGO.

The migrant originally came forward two years ago, claiming that he had suffered sexual abuse while under the care of the Oasis 7 organisation in Bergamo which takes in migrants and minors who face difficult situations.

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Turkey: How Erdogan’s Migrant Blackmail Failed

Greece has finally done the right thing and deprived Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of his perpetual threats to blackmail the European Union.

On February 27, Erdogan’s government was on the threshold of executing its threat to flood Europe with millions of (mostly Syrian) migrants and opening its northwestern borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Hundreds of thousands of migrants began flocking to the border. In a few days, by the beginning of March, they would be in EU territory, to be followed by hundreds of thousands of others. Things, however, did not go as planned by Ankara.

By the next day, Greece was not only operating 52 Navy ships to guard its islands close to Turkey; it had also mobilized additional troops on land. Its security forces were able to block 10,000 migrants from entering Greece by way of the Turkish land border. Some migrants were stuck in the no-man’s land between the two countries and eventually had to return to the Turkish side. Greek officials reportedonly 76 illegal entries, whom they detained and prosecuted. In his social media account, Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kiran compared the alleged treatment of migrants seeking to cross illegally into Greece with conditions at Nazi death camps at Auschwitz. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece immediately condemned and denounced the statement.

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Documents Confirm 43 Planned Parenthood Clinics Illegitimately Received COVID-19 Relief Funds

A total of 43 Planned Parenthood affiliates received emergency federal aid intended to keep small businesses afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to documents released Monday by the Small Business Administration.

The amount of aid varied from $150,000 up to $10 million. In total, Planned Parenthood received somewhere between $65.8 million and $135 million from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program.

When news broke in May that Planned Parenthood had received these taxpayer dollars, several Republican senators demanded answers from the Small Business Administration given that the abortion giant should have been ineligible. Rules for the loans mandated that companies had to employ fewer than 500 people. Planned Parenthood employs more than 16,000 nationwide with assets totaling over $2 billion.

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Kanye West Tweets Images of Unborn Babies With Words “These Souls Deserve to Live, “ Deletes an Hour Later

Self-proclaimed presidential candidate Kanye West posted pictures of 6-month-old unborn babies to Twitter on Wednesday along with the words, “These souls deserve to live.”

Without explanation, he deleted the tweet about an hour later amid outrage from abortion advocates.

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Kanye West: “Planned Parenthoods Have Been Placed Inside Cities by White Supremacists to Do the Devil’s Work”

In a wild and lengthy interview which Forbes called “four rambling hours,” rapper, producer, and mogul Kanye West, describing his intention to run for president in 2020, touched on his views on abortion.

West told the outlet:

“I am pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible …

Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”

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Reddit Mods Say Site Has Banned “Any Content That Shows a Person of Color as the Aggressor”

Moderators for popular subreddit r/JusticeServed on Reddit — one of the most visited websites on the internet with an estimated 12 billion page views per month — said Monday that due to new site policies they are no longer allowed to permit posts, comments, or any other content that shows a person of color as the aggressor.

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Scrabble Bans 236 Bigoted Words, Slurs From Official List

Scrabble just got W-O-K-E.

Players of the classic board game will no longer be able to rack up points for spelling out racial and ethnic slurs, according to Scrabble officials.

A total of 236 bigoted words were removed from the official Scrabble word list used at tournaments — in order to make the game friendlier to all types of people, The North American Scrabble Players Association. said Wednesday.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Features Brazilian-Born Transgender Model (Video)

Valentina Sampaio made history as Sports Illustrated’s first transgender model and will be featured in the July 2020 swimsuit issue.

“The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way,” Sampaio told Vogue Magazine. “I am excited and honored to be part [of this].”

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Urban Dictionary Announces a More Sterilized Future

Urban Dictionary, one of the last more mainstream places on the internet for edgy and irreverent humor, has announced that there are going to be some changes going forward.

The decision comes less than a year after it was Urban Dictionary’s turn to come under some corporate media scrutiny and the site started getting media attention for its “problematic” content.

Some of the definitions there “aren’t entirely accurate,” Wired observedback in September of 2019. And what was once a fun site, informative of the latest slang terms and trends had now become, according to Wired, a toxic place filled with hate speech — apparently because it’s “open to anyone.”

It doesn’t say it explicitly, but this piece that digs into Urban Dictionary’s roots and role simply longs for some censorship and better and more gatekeeping.

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Spotify Experiencing Global Outage; 1000s of Users Report App Crashing Immediately After Launch

Popular music-streaming service Spotify is currently struggling with a global outage that is impacting almost all of its markets in Europe, along with the American northeast, and parts of Australia and South America.

Complaints about the outage spiked around 7amET.

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/10/2020

  1. The hundreds of thousands of immigrants who tried to cross the Greek border and enter Europe were not simply Syrians.
    They were manly ISIS fighters and Turks.

  2. re: the pro-Palestinian demonstration in Toronto :

    In the Jewish Journal, to which the item linked, I felt compelled to post :


    In the opening featured tweet, with video, Emily Schrader wrote “No, not Iranians, or Palestinians, or any other nationality … Canadians. ”

    Merely holding Canadian citizenship (by hook, crook or accident) doesn’t make these people “Canadians.” Citizenship is a flag of convenience to them. A “cover story.” A foreign agent’s ‘legend.’

  3. Capital City enacted the obedience muzzle panty mask edict. This is supposed to be a Red State but the Kabuki theater is thick in clown world.
    I wore the CCCP jersey and pretty pink panties for the last trip to the store.
    The wymyns got a kick out of it but one blubbering land whale soyman had some editorial comment.
    Being despised by the despicable is as good as being admired by the admirable.
    I’m not wearing a muzzle and rebreathing what should be exhale only.

  4. We will find out soon enough. Opportunity rocking the Turkey Muslim ponce. Man do we need to make friends with our Russian allies.

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