Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/24/2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered two statues of Christopher Columbus removed from city parks in the dead of night. Meanwhile, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced a resolution that would ban the Democrat party for its history of support for slavery and the Confederacy.

In other news, the mayor of Bristol in England was denounced as “not really black” for ordering that an illegal Black Lives Matter statue be removed from its plinth.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

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

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

Financial Crisis
» A List of 50 Things You Should Get Right Now to Prepare for the Chaotic Events of the Next 12 Months
» Breaking: Second Round of $1,200 Stimulus Checks to be Sent Out Next Week
» Czech Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About the Country’s Economic Situation: Study
» Uh, Oh Starbucks — Consumers Shift to Cheaper Coffee Beans Amid Recession
 
USA
» 65 Million-Year-Old Shark Found in Alabama is New Species
» Atlanta Teacher Resigns After Disturbing Comment on Photo of Man Kneeling on White Toddler’s Neck
» Caroline Glick: The Predicament of Liberal American Jews
» Cathy Areu’s Harassment Claims Against Fox News Appear to be Imploding
» CDC Issues Guidelines Encouraging Schools to Reopen
» Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Orders Removal of 2 Columbus Statues Overnight
» Chicago Anti-Police Protesters Demonstrate Outside Mayor’s Home After Her Call With Trump
» Despicable: City of L.A. Fines Businesses for Hanging “Open for Business” Signs
» Epic Fail: Fauci Bombs MLB Season’s First Pitch
» Every Player on Nationals, Yankees Kneels Prior to National Anthem
» FAA Issues ‘Emergency Directive’ Over “Airworthiness” of All Boeing 737s
» Facebook Deletes Pro-Police “Back the Blue” Event Page
» Florida Man Friday: Tom Brady, Unleashed Florida Rebel
» Former WVU Prof Admits to Wire and Tax Fraud Following Official Travel to China
» GOP Congressman Introduces Bill That Would Ban Democratic Party Due to Past Support of Slavery, Confederacy
» How an Israeli Spy-Linked Tech Firm Gained Access to the US Gov’t’s Most Classified Networks
» Indiana Residents Who Don’t Wear Masks Will Face Misdemeanor Charges, Six Months in Jail
» John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church Announces it Will Not Obey California’s Ban on Indoor Worship Services
» Judge Denies Gag Order Request by Ghislaine Maxwell in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Crimes Case
» ‘Live PD’ Cancellation Sees A&E Network Lose Half Its Viewers
» Miami-Area Mayors Urge Residents to Wear Masks at Home
» More Than 2,000 Portland Rioters Clash With Feds in 57th Night of Violence
» NH Supreme Court Rules Lower Court Was Wrong to Dismiss Facebook Censorship Lawsuit
» Ohio Cop Fired After 16 Years for Posting Black Lives Matter Meme on Facebook
» Pennsylvania Introduces “Gender X” Option on Driver’s Licenses
» Police Find Controversial UNC-Wilmington Professor Mike Adams Dead in His Home
» Portland Mayor Tear Gassed by Federal Agents During Wednesday Protest
» President Trump to Throw Out 1st Pitch at Yankee Stadium on August 15
» Pro-Encryption Fight Hindered as US Appeals Court Refuses to Unseal Papers
» Prominent Black Trump Supporter Murdered in Milwaukee
» Sen. Tom Cotton Introduces Legislation to Deny Federal Funding to Teach the 1619 Project in Schools
» SF Giants Pitcher Sam Coonrod Refuses to Kneel During BLM Moment, Cites Christian Faith
» Stop the “Peaceful Protesters” Narrative
» The 2009 Hacks That Led to Twitter Settling With the FTC Share Many Parallels With the Recent Twitter Hacks
» The COVID-19 Testing Hoax is About to Go Mainstream
» The Maxwell Family Business: Espionage
» Trump Prepared to Send 75,000 Agents Into Democrat-Controlled Cities to Stop Escalating Violence
» UFOs: New Pentagon Program Will Reveal More on What the U.S. Government Actually Knows
» Virginia Removes Robert E. Lee Statue, 8 Confederate Monuments From State Capitol
» Wall Street Journal Vows Not to Cave to ‘Cancel Culture’
» Washington Post Settles $250M Defamation Lawsuit With Covington Catholic Student Nick Sandmann
 
Europe and the EU
» 71 Per Cent of Britons Oppose Protesters Pulling Down Statues, Just 13 Per Cent Support
» Czechs Most Often Infected With Coronavirus in Austria While Traveling Abroad
» Elderly Woman Denied Food as No One Speaks Swedish in Her Care Home
» Female Irish Solider Who Joined ISIS, Fled to Syria and Became the Second Wife of British Jihadi After Converting to Islam Appears in Irish Court Charged With Terrorism
» Islamic State Remains ‘Most Significant Terrorist Threat to UK’: Defence Minister
» Italy on the Road to Self Extinction as Demographic Disaster Looms
» Poland: 7 Tons of Valuable Amber Found at Vistula Spit Canal Project Turning Into a Headache
» Poland: All the President’s Men
» Remdesivir Treatment Stopped Due to Side Effects
» Study: Mediterranean Sea Was 3.6°F Hotter at Time of the Roman Empire
» UK Government Didn’t Listen to Its Own Advice and Failed to Prepare for Coronavirus: Report
» UK: Bristol Mayor Branded ‘Not Really Black’, ‘Traitor to the Race’ For Removing Illegal BLM Statue
» UK: Islamist Terrorists Fooling Authorities Into Thinking They’re Reformed: Report
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israel Grateful for Hungarian Diplomatic Help: Israeli Ambassador
 
Middle East
» First Muslim Prayers in Hagia Sophia in 86 Years
» Iran Blasts VeggieTales for Dangerous, “Zionist Propaganda”
» Macron Backs Potential Sanctions Against Turkish Action in the Mediterranean
 
South Asia
» In Pakistan, Forceful Conversion of Hindus and Invasion of Temples Continue
 
Far East
» Singapore Man Admits Being Chinese Spy in US
 
Immigration
» Boatloads of Migrants Leaving Africa for Spain’s Canary Islands
» Channel Migrants: Eighty Six People Intercepted
» France: Migrant Camp Population Explodes Along Paris Canal
» Germany: 10 Migrants Who Gang Raped 18-Year-Old Girl After Spiking Her Drink in Freiburg Sentenced to Prison
» Hundreds of Migrants Arrive at Greek Island Lampedusa, Twice as Much Compared to Last Year
» Starvation, Desire for Vaccine Could Trigger New Migration Wave, Red Cross Chief Claims
 
Culture Wars
» Google Accused of Collecting Data From Rival Apps to Boost Its Own
» Johnstone: The Only Obstacle to a Healthy World is Government Secrecy and Propaganda
» Some Cognizant Contractors Reportedly Had Access to Internal Twitter Tools That Enable Account Takeovers
» TikTok Makes Moves Against QAnon, Suppresses Related Hashtags
 

A List of 50 Things You Should Get Right Now to Prepare for the Chaotic Events of the Next 12 Months

People have been asking me to do an article like this for quite some time. In all the years that I have been writing, I have never seen so many of my readers so alarmed about our immediate future. Over and over again, I have been getting emails from people asking for advice about how to prepare for what is ahead, and so many of them are using the word “urgency” to describe what they are feeling. And I can definitely identify with that, because around the middle of last year that is a word that I started using constantly. I felt an urgency about 2020 that I had never felt about any other upcoming year, and there were certain things that I knew that I had to get done. One of those things that I had to get done was my new book, and it is now finished. The plan is to release it this month, and after reading it there will be no doubt about why I have been feeling such a sense of urgency in recent months.

I want to warn you in advance that the list below is not an exhaustive list.

Instead, it is meant to be a very basic starting guide. There are many other things that could (and probably should) be added to this list, and I very much encourage readers to leave comments after this article with their own suggestions and recommendations. We should always be willing to learn from one another, because nobody is an expert on everything.

To me, the four primary priorities for preparing for an emergency scenario are food, water, energy and shelter. Once you have got those four basic areas covered, you can certainly build on that foundation by addressing other considerations.

In the title of this article I use the phrase “the next 12 months”, but I do not mean to imply that everything will be fine after those 12 months are over. In fact, I am convinced that our problems are only going to intensify as time rolls along.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Second Round of $1,200 Stimulus Checks to be Sent Out Next Week

Senate Republicans under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have confirmed plans to send out a second round of stimulus relief checks during the coronavirus shutdown.

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

Czech Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About the Country’s Economic Situation: Study

Czechs’ views on the economic situation of the Czech Republic have deteriorated sharply, according to a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM).

While in March, almost half of the people rated it as good, this share has currently decreased to less than a quarter. At the same time, the share of negative ratings rose from 12 percent in March to the current 33 percent.

Czechs also expect the economy to worsen. Three-quarters of respondents expect a deterioration, while in January it was a third. The slump is an obvious response to the impending economic crisis associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the CVVM wrote.

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

Uh, Oh Starbucks — Consumers Shift to Cheaper Coffee Beans Amid Recession

An unintended consequence of the virus-induced recession, lockdowns, and people working from home is a massive demand shift from expensive coffee beans, commonly found at Starbucks, and called arabica, to cheap beans, found in instant coffee, called robusta.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

65 Million-Year-Old Shark Found in Alabama is New Species

Researchers have identified two new species of ancient sharks from fossils found in the southeastern United States.

The two sharks, dubbed Mennerotodus mackayi and Mennerotodus parmleyi, both belong to the same genus, or group of species, and are relatives of modern sand tiger sharks, according to a study published in the journal Fossil Record.

The fossils of the sharks date from between 65 million years ago to 35 million years ago, the researchers said.

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

Atlanta Teacher Resigns After Disturbing Comment on Photo of Man Kneeling on White Toddler’s Neck

An Atlanta-area teacher has resigned after making an alarming comment on an image showing a man kneeling on the neck of a white toddler in solidarity with the Black Lives Matters movement.

The comment, posted on Facebook Wednesday, read: “Again! Your [sic] doing it wrong! One knee on center of the back, one on the neck, and lean into it until death! You saw the video! Get it right or stop [expletive] around!”

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

Caroline Glick: The Predicament of Liberal American Jews

In under a week, two events happened at The New York Times—the arbiter of liberal news and opinion—which highlight the growing precariousness of the American Jewish community’s position in the Democratic Party.

On July 8, the Times published an op-ed by Peter Beinart, a far-left American Jewish writer and self-anointed spokesperson for liberal Jewish opinion on Israel.

Beinart’s article, entitled, “I no longer believe in a Jewish state,” argued that Israel no longer has a right to exist. It should be destroyed and replaced by a non-Jewish state. Beinart ended his article by urging American Jews to get over their Holocaust-induced fear of genocide and join him in his rejection of Jewish national rights.

To be clear, Beinart’s position is anti-Semitic.

The Obama administration adopted the definition of anti-Semitism published in 2016 by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). IHRA’s definition includes a list of common manifestations of anti-Jewish bigotry. Among those manifestations are, “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

Beinart’s declaration that he has joined the jackals came as no surprise to those who had been paying attention. For the past decade, Beinart has been arguing that Israel’s right to exist is contingent on its willingness to satisfy his American Jewish preferences. In his Times article, Beinart proclaimed that Israel is not delivering the goods. So as far as he is concerned, Israel needs to stop existing.

Beinart’s advocacy of Israel’s demise is significant not so much for what it says about American Jewish views of Israel (80 percent of American Jews support Israel and two-thirds feel an emotional attachment to the Jewish state), but for what it says about the political Left’s view of Israel—and of Jews.

This is the case because for the better part of the past decade, Beinart has served as a weathervane of leftist opinion on Israel and Jews, and as a fig leaf for leftist anti-Semitism.

In 2012, Beinart began advocating on behalf of the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israeli Jewish businesses, institutions and communities in unified Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), and products produced by Israeli Jews in those areas. His position earned him a prominent spot as the go-to Jew in the progressive camp.

Beinart’s decision to move from boycotting some Israeli Jews and some parts of Israel to rejecting Israel’s right to exist in any borders was not a function of a shift in liberal Jewish opinion. It was a reflection of the shift in opinion regarding Jews and the Jewish state on the political Left in America.

This is a tragedy for the American Jewish community. According to a 2018 survey by the Jewish Federations of North America, 50 percent of American Jews define themselves as liberals. In 2019, Pew found that 64 percent of American Jews identify with the Democratic Party…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Cathy Areu’s Harassment Claims Against Fox News Appear to be Imploding

The sexual harassment accusations brought by journalist Cathy Areu against Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity appear to be imploding. Despite claiming that she was harassed by both men, as well as other Fox News personalities, and that she was blackballed from appearing on the network after she rejected the men’s advances, new evidence has emerged to poke significant holes in that story.

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

CDC Issues Guidelines Encouraging Schools to Reopen

Acknowledging that children are less likely to experience any severe symptoms of coronavirus, or even spread the virus in schools, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new set of guidelines that focus on reopening schools this fall.

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

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Orders Removal of 2 Columbus Statues Overnight

Early Friday, two statues of Christopher Columbus were removed from Chicago parks at the direction of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The first statue in Grant Park was removed shortly before 3 a.m., followed by another in Little Italy at 5:30 a.m.

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

Chicago Anti-Police Protesters Demonstrate Outside Mayor’s Home After Her Call With Trump

Hundreds of anti-police protesters gathered outside the home of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Thursday night to demand the defunding of the city’s police department.

The demonstration, which was part of a larger movement dubbed the “Logan Square Lockdown,” remained peaceful with no immediate reports of arrests.

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

Despicable: City of L.A. Fines Businesses for Hanging “Open for Business” Signs

Here is a list of things you can currently do in the city of Los Angeles with impunity:

  • defy pandemic stay-at-home orders to protest in crowded streets by the tens of thousands
  • throw Molotov cocktails at police
  • break the windows of both private and public property
  • burn down neighborhood businesses
  • tear down monuments on public property
  • drag innocent commuters from their cars, beat them mercilessly, and destroy their vehicles
  • poop in public streets
  • openly use illegal drugs on public streets
  • steal cars or bicycles
  • erect tent cities on private property
  • steal up to $950 of merchandise per day without fear of prosecution…under state law

It’s a great time to be a criminal in the City of Angels, but if you’re a business owner, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will find you and make sure you are fined and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for…

Are you ready for this?

Hanging a “We are open” sign in front of your business.

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

Epic Fail: Fauci Bombs MLB Season’s First Pitch

‘We may have to go without this sport for this season,’ Fauci said back in April.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Every Player on Nationals, Yankees Kneels Prior to National Anthem

Every member of the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees took a knee before the national anthem on Thursday night before standing for the anthem itself.

The action was done “together in unity,” according to the Yankees.

Thursday night was opening day for the shortened Major League Baseball season.

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

FAA Issues ‘Emergency Directive’ Over “Airworthiness” of All Boeing 737s

Having seen a series of hope-filled headlines in recent months on the progression of Boeing’s revival of the 737 MAX (despite and industry-wide collapse in demand), the airplane-maker suffered a blow this morning as The FAA issues an “emergency airworthiness directive” requiring operators of any Boeing 737 passenger jet to inspect and potentially replace a key engine component, following four reports of unexpected engine shutdowns.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Deletes Pro-Police “Back the Blue” Event Page

Law Enforcement Today is set to hold the largest pro-police rally in Long Island on July 25. However, Facebook has deleted the events page without any explanation.

Speaking on Friday’s episode of Fox and Friends First, the spokesperson of Law Enforcement Today, Kyle Reyes, said, “We had more than 6,300 people who had already RSVP’d to the event on Facebook. And as of last night, Facebook took down the page with no explanation.”

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

Florida Man Friday: Tom Brady, Unleashed Florida Rebel

This week isn’t the first time Florida Man transplant Tom Brady has made the pages of Florida Man Friday, but it’s certainly the most recent.

So he’s got that going for him.

Which is nice.

So without further ado, let’s get on with another…

Florida Man Friday!

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

Former WVU Prof Admits to Wire and Tax Fraud Following Official Travel to China

A Chinese national and former West Virginia University professor admitted to two counts of fraud, both of which arose from an official visit to China.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced Thursday that Qingyun Sun pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. According to the statement released by the Department of Justice, Sun, age 58, worked as an associate professor and the associate director of the United States-China Energy Center at West Virginia University. He additionally served as the governor’s assistant for China affairs and worked for Synfuels Americas Corporation — an energy conversion technology provider operating out of Sterling, Virginia, but based in Beijing, China.

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

GOP Congressman Introduces Bill That Would Ban Democratic Party Due to Past Support of Slavery, Confederacy

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced a resolution on Thursday that would ban the Democratic Party due to the party’s history of supporting slavery and the Confederacy.

Gohmert said that “a name change needs to occur” if the Democratic Party wanted to continue participating in the House, especially since it is “the standard to which they are holding everyone else.”

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

How an Israeli Spy-Linked Tech Firm Gained Access to the US Gov’t’s Most Classified Networks

If the networks of the U.S. military, the U.S. intelligence community and a slew of other U.S. federal agencies were running the software of a company with deep ties, not only to foreign companies with a history of espionage against the U.S. but also foreign military intelligence, it would — at the very least — garner substantial media attention. Yet, no media reports to date have noted that such a scenario exists on a massive scale and that the company making such software recently simulated the cancellation of the 2020 election and the declaration of martial law in the United States.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Indiana Residents Who Don’t Wear Masks Will Face Misdemeanor Charges, Six Months in Jail

Indiana Republican Governor Eric Holcomb is set to sign a new executive order that will make it a Class B misdemeanor to be caught in public not wearing a mask, with a penalty ranging from a fine to up to six months in jail if caught bare faced.

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

John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church Announces it Will Not Obey California’s Ban on Indoor Worship Services

Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, which is pastored by influential theologian and author John MacArthur, announced Friday that it would continue holding in-person services, saying state mandates restricting worship are an overstep of government authority and thus they have no duty to follow them.

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

Judge Denies Gag Order Request by Ghislaine Maxwell in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Crimes Case

A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request for a gag order sought by lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with helping the late investor Jeffrey Epstein procure underage girls to be sexually abused.

But Judge Alison Nathan warned prosecutors, defense lawyers and attorneys for Maxwell’s accuser and other witnesses that she would “not hesitate to take appropriate action in the face of violations of any relevant rules” about making public statements that could affect Maxwell’s ability to receive a fair trial.

“The Court will ensure strict compliance with those rules and will ensure that the Defendant’s right to a fair trial will be safeguarded,” Nathan wrote in a filing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where last week she ordered the 58-year-old Maxwell held without bail, calling her an extreme flight risk.

Maxwell’s lawyers on Wednesday had asked Nathan to issue an order prohibiting prosecutors, FBI agents and lawyers for witnesses from making statements about the case outside of the courtroom or in legal filings.

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

‘Live PD’ Cancellation Sees A&E Network Lose Half Its Viewers

Things haven’t been going well at the A&E network following the cancellation of Live PD. The cable network has reportedly lost roughly half of its overall viewers since the reality show was pulled from the schedule.

As Fox News reports, the network’s average prime-time viewership between June 11 and July 19 was 498,000 people, down 49 percent from the same period last year, citing Nielsen data. It also lost out on two key demographics, with adults ages 18-49 down 55 percent and adults 25-54 down 53 percent. It’s assumed that the drop in viewers is due to the lack of any Live PD episodes, which follows police on their rounds in multiple cities simultaneously. The show pulled in around 1.9 million viewers between its Friday and Saturday night episodes. Reruns throughout the week were also a reliable audience grabber, as were the also-canceled spinoffs.

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

Miami-Area Mayors Urge Residents to Wear Masks at Home

Two mayors in Florida are recommending their residents not only wear masks in public, but while at home with their own families. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami-Made County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, both Republicans, made the recommendation during separate press briefings on Thursday.

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

More Than 2,000 Portland Rioters Clash With Feds in 57th Night of Violence

The streets of Portland, Oregon, looked like a war zone Thursday night, the 57th straight day that protests and riots gripped the city. More than 2,000 demonstrators took to the streets following a Black Lives Matter event to face off against at least 100 federal agents deployed by President Trump to quell the violence and protect federal courthouses.

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

NH Supreme Court Rules Lower Court Was Wrong to Dismiss Facebook Censorship Lawsuit

Emmett Soldanti, a cafe owner in Somersworth, much like any other business owner, used Facebook-owned Instagram for advertising his cafe.

But after the Big Tech social media network ended up suspending his account without any warning, he went to the court and sued Facebook.

The lower court dismissed his case, after which the New Hampshire Supreme Court today ruled stating that the judge was wrong to dismiss the case.

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

Ohio Cop Fired After 16 Years for Posting Black Lives Matter Meme on Facebook

As we’ve covered extensively, in today’s world, comments on social media can land you in trouble. A police officer in Martin’s Ferry in Ohio’s Belmont County learned that the hard way by waking up to the news of his termination.

Tim Starkey had served the Martins Ferry Police Department for 16 years. He was fired this week because of posting a meme about the Black Lives Matter movement.

The post was the picture of a defecating dog with the caption, “Hold on, I got Black Lives Matter Movement Right Now.”

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

Pennsylvania Introduces “Gender X” Option on Driver’s Licenses

As of Thursday, Pennsylvania will offer driver’s licenses and photo ID cards with a third, gender-neutral option, becoming the 17th state to do so.

Pennsylvanians will now be able to choose an “X” option on their licenses in addition to a male or female designation.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the move is “critical for access to employment, healthcare, housing, and so much more.”

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

Police Find Controversial UNC-Wilmington Professor Mike Adams Dead in His Home

North Carolina police are investigating the death of controversial conservative, pro-life UNC-Wilmington professor Mike Adams, who was found dead inside his homeThursday afternoon during a wellness check, law enforcement said.

Adams, a 55-year-old conservative criminology professor and Town Hall columnist, was scheduled to retire from UNCW on August 1, after reaching a settlement with the university for more than $500,000.

The former atheist, now Christian, often sparked controversy due to his defense of conservative principles on a secular campus.

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

Portland Mayor Tear Gassed by Federal Agents During Wednesday Protest

Like the liberal white male mayor of Minneapolis learned when he had the temerity to stand up and tell a crowd of angry protesters that he wouldn’t support disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has struggled to connect with the throngs of angry, young and (mostly) white crowds of impressionable college students and disgruntled post-grads who have flooded the area outside a federal courthouse in downtown Portland for nearly 2 months straight, SARS-CoV-2 be damned.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

President Trump to Throw Out 1st Pitch at Yankee Stadium on August 15

A day after Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the country’s coronavirus task force, threw the ceremonial first pitch for opening day of the truncated Major League Baseball season, it has become official that President Trump will do the honors for the upcoming rivalry game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on August 15.

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

Pro-Encryption Fight Hindered as US Appeals Court Refuses to Unseal Papers

In 2018, a judge of the US District Court in Fresno, California ruled that federal and state prosecutors could not force Facebook to wiretap conversations of users of its Messenger app.

By doing that, Facebook would have broken the end-to-end encryption feature that it promises users — but investigators, who were after an international crime gang at the time, asked a lower court to order Facebook to carry out the act, based on the Wiretap Act, that is used to compel phone companies to spy on customers in order to assist the police.

The judge said that Facebook was not in contempt of court when it refused. But the judge never explained why exactly that was the case — and this is a big question to be answered, especially amid ongoing controversy over what tech companies are obligated to do.

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

Prominent Black Trump Supporter Murdered in Milwaukee

A black Trump supporter who was well known in his community for standing on street corners with “Vote Trump” signs as well as signs plastered with Bible verses was killed in broad daylight in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Bernell Tremmell, 60, was shot in front of his business, Expression Publications, at 911 E. Wright. The building is covered in handmade signs, the most prominent of which read “Vote Donald Trump 2020,” and “Re-Elect Trump 2020.” Law enforcement sources tell “The Dan O’Donnell Show” that it is impossible to know the motive for the shooting since the suspect is not yet in custody, but detectives are investigating the possibility that Tremmell was killed over his political beliefs.

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

Sen. Tom Cotton Introduces Legislation to Deny Federal Funding to Teach the 1619 Project in Schools

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has introduced legislation that would deny federal funding for using the controversial The 1619 Project in public school curriculum. The Project is the brainchild of activist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine and is named in honor of the year that slaves first appeared in the English colonies.

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

SF Giants Pitcher Sam Coonrod Refuses to Kneel During BLM Moment, Cites Christian Faith

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod refused to take a knee during a Black Lives Matter moment of silence prior to the national anthem Thursday night before playing against the L.A. Dodgers.

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

Stop the “Peaceful Protesters” Narrative

Mainstream media working overtime gaslighting American people that far-left violence legitimate protest.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The 2009 Hacks That Led to Twitter Settling With the FTC Share Many Parallels With the Recent Twitter Hacks

Last week, Twitter was subject to a major hacking incident where the hackers gained control of multiple high profile accounts and tweeted out a cryptocurrency scam.

This 2020 Twitter hack shares many parallels with two 2009 Twitter breaches which ultimately led to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charging and accepting a settlement from Twitter for failure to safeguard personal information.

Like with these 2020 hacks, the 2009 breaches involved hackers gaining access to Twitter’s administrative tools, taking over high profile accounts, and using some of these accounts to tweet out phony offers.

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

The COVID-19 Testing Hoax is About to Go Mainstream

The world is waking up to the inflated statistics.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Maxwell Family Business: Espionage

Many were surprised to learn earlier this month that the key co-conspirator in Jeffrey Epstein’s intelligence-linked sexual blackmail operation, Ghislaine Maxwell, had been in hiding in New England since Epstein’s arrest and subsequent “suicide” last summer. Her recent arrest, of course, has returned attention to the Epstein scandal and to Ghislaine’s ties to the entire operation, in which she played a central and crucial role, arguably more so than Epstein himself.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Prepared to Send 75,000 Agents Into Democrat-Controlled Cities to Stop Escalating Violence

President Trump on Thursday evening told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity that his administration is prepared to send as many as 75,000 agents to multiple Democrat-controlled cities to quell the surge in violence.

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

UFOs: New Pentagon Program Will Reveal More on What the U.S. Government Actually Knows

A U.S. government program known as the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, previously thought disbanded, has caused a stir after re-appeared in a Senate committee report last month.

The report, regarding spending on intelligence services, revealed details on the program, and about how U.S. officials are still actively trying to solve the mysteries of military pilots meeting unusual, unidentified flying vehicles, according to a New York Times report.

The Pentagon, the Times reports, will not discuss the program in question. But the report said the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force — falling under the Office of Naval Intelligence — is set to begin making public at least some findings on unidentified aerial vehicles, every six months.

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Virginia Removes Robert E. Lee Statue, 8 Confederate Monuments From State Capitol

A moving crew worked through the evening on Thursday to remove a full-sized statue of Robert E. Lee and eight other Confederate busts from Virginia’s capitol.

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Wall Street Journal Vows Not to Cave to ‘Cancel Culture’

The editors of the Wall Street Journal have promised to defend free speech in their opinion section after some 280 staff members complained of the conservative tone of the paper’s editorial pages.

In a “Note to Readers” late Thursday, the Journal‘s editorial board assured subscribers that the paper will not “wilt under cancel-culture pressure” brought to bear by progressives, underscoring its dissimilarity to the New York Times, which famously cavedto just such pressure after publishing an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).

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Washington Post Settles $250M Defamation Lawsuit With Covington Catholic Student Nick Sandmann

Eight months after a federal judge reopened the defamation suit against the Washington Post, the publication settled with Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann.

Sandmann sued the Washington Post and several other major media outlets for their fabricated and inaccurate coverage of a confrontation with an elderly Native American that portrayed Sandmann and his classmates as racist and aggressive.

Sandmann celebrated his victory on Twitter.

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71 Per Cent of Britons Oppose Protesters Pulling Down Statues, Just 13 Per Cent Support

YouGov has found Black Lives Matter stunts such as protesting despite lockdown, removing statues, and taking the knee command little public support.

In a wide-ranging survey commissioned by The Sun on Sunday, pollsters found that just 13 per cent of respondents supported “protesters physically damaging or pulling down statues of historical figures with links to slavery” — actions which arguably received the tacit support of police leaders in Bristol — compared to 71 per cent opposed.

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Czechs Most Often Infected With Coronavirus in Austria While Traveling Abroad

The data published by the Ministry of Health reveal that in the week from July 14 to July 21, 46 Czechs were infected with coronavirus from abroad, mainly in Austria, which was a source of a third of the 46 coronavirus cases.

Due to epidemiological development, the Austrian government has already started reintroducing some coronavirus measures such as wearing face masks in shops. Border controls will also tighten.

Besides Austria, five Czechs were infected with coronavirus in Serbia, four each in Slovakia, Croatia, and Bulgaria, three in Montenegro, and two in Sweden. Other individuals returned with coronavirus from eight other countries, including Belarus, Egypt, and the United States.

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Elderly Woman Denied Food as No One Speaks Swedish in Her Care Home

An elderly woman in a Swedish nursing home went without eating because none of the carers working that day spoke Swedish well enough to understand she was hungry.

The incident took place last Sunday in the municipality of Östersund when the elderly woman contacted her “good man”, a Swedish term for someone appointed in a trustee or guardianship position.

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Female Irish Solider Who Joined ISIS, Fled to Syria and Became the Second Wife of British Jihadi After Converting to Islam Appears in Irish Court Charged With Terrorism

A female Irish soldier who joined ISIS, fled to Syria and became the second wife of a British jihadi has appeared in an Irish court charged with terrorism.

Lisa Smith, from County Louth, has been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation under 2005 terror legislation.

The 38-year-old was a member of the Irish defence forces for years but converted to Islam following the breakdown of her marriage and flew to Syria to join ISIS.

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Islamic State Remains ‘Most Significant Terrorist Threat to UK’: Defence Minister

Britain’s defence minister has said that Islamic State remains “the most significant terrorist threat to the United Kingdom and our interests”.

During a Counter-Daesh Update in the House of Commons this week, Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace said that since July 2019, RAF aircraft had struck 40 terror targets in Iraq and Syria.

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Italy on the Road to Self Extinction as Demographic Disaster Looms

Italy’s demographic decline is only accelerating, which is setting the country on course for an existential disaster.

The head of the Italian Episcopate, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, commenting on statistical data and forecasts for the future, said, “Now that the worst of the pandemic is over in Italy, we are rightly talking about a rebirth. But without children there can be no rebirth and no future for our country.”

Until recently, the main cause of the fact that the numbers of births were falling year-on-year was the existence of a 50-year demographic trend which led to a reduction in the number of women of reproductive age.

However, the International Research Centre on the Family has recently issued a report that the demographic crisis is also caused by changing attitudes, reports Polish news portal pch24.pl.

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Poland: 7 Tons of Valuable Amber Found at Vistula Spit Canal Project Turning Into a Headache

The construction of the Vistula Spit canal has encountered the problem of what to do about a large seam of amber which is present in the area.

The amount of amber, which the geological data indicates to be in the region of seven tons, has yet to be accessed by robots and it’s not clear who might extract it. Back in 2019, the estimate for the seam was only around 1.5 tons.

Maciej Malecki, a deputy minister in the Polish Ministry of state Assets, admitted that the issue of control over the find was not resolved. But he also confirmed that the work on digging the canal was taking place over the seam, which means it will not be extracted at the present time.

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Poland: All the President’s Men

President Andrzej Duda signaled recently that he has his views on the way his chancellery functions and the necessary changes that are likely to take place within his staff.

The president indicated that he was determined to steer his own course during the second term and to answer to “God, nation and history” only.

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Remdesivir Treatment Stopped Due to Side Effects

In a case study from France on five patients using remdesivir, the doctors reported that four experienced major side effects, including kidney failure.

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Study: Mediterranean Sea Was 3.6°F Hotter at Time of the Roman Empire

The Mediterranean Sea was considerably warmer during the period of the Roman Empire 2000 years ago than it is today, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports.

The period of the Roman Empire, which ran from 27 BC to 476 AD, coincided with warmest period of the last 2,000 years in the Mediterranean, found the 8-member international team of researchers led by Giulia Margaritelli.

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UK Government Didn’t Listen to Its Own Advice and Failed to Prepare for Coronavirus: Report

Despite coronavirus being significantly less lethal than a pandemic outbreak predicted by top government planners, the UK was still caught unprepared in 2020 in a failure that a parliamentary scrutiny committee categorised as “astonishing”.

Pandemic disease was, by the government’s own reckoning and official advice, the most important civil disaster for which organisations and bodies should prepare. Yet top government ministries — including the Treasury, one of the high offices of state — were caught unprepared by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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UK: Bristol Mayor Branded ‘Not Really Black’, ‘Traitor to the Race’ For Removing Illegal BLM Statue

The Mayor of Bristol has revealed that he was branded “a traitor to the race” and “not really black” after an illegal Black Lives Matter statue was removed from the plinth formerly occupied by Edward Colston.

Mayor Marvin Rees, the son of a black Jamaican father and a white British mother, had said that “what is installed on [Colston’s plinth] must be decided by the people of Bristol” after London-based artist Marc Quinn illegally installed a statue of BLM activist Jen Reid performing a Black Power raised fist salute on it.

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UK: Islamist Terrorists Fooling Authorities Into Thinking They’re Reformed: Report

British jihadists are pretending to be reformed, using the Islamic concept of “taqiyya”, in order to facilitate an early release from prison into the community where they pose a fresh risk to the public.

Kings College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) foundthat” ‘False compliance’ seems to have become more widespread, especially among jihadist prisoners, though its true extent is unknown. This can be a major issue in relation to risk assessment and release arrangements.”

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Israel Grateful for Hungarian Diplomatic Help: Israeli Ambassador

Hungary is one of the few countries in the world which takes Israel’s side at the international level, the country’s ambassador to Budapest Yacov Hadas-Handelsman told conservative Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet in an interview.

“My country is very grateful to Hungary for not being afraid to speak against the unfounded attacks on Israel based on political reasons,” Hadas-Hendelsman said. He gave the interview shortly after Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó’s recent visit to Israel.

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First Muslim Prayers in Hagia Sophia in 86 Years

Two weeks after president Recep Tayyip Erdogan revoked the status of the Hagia Sophia as a museum, Istanbul’s iconic building will host Muslim Friday prayers again. Up to 2,000 worshippers are expected to attend the first Muslim prayers in the landmark since 1934, Deutsche Welle writes. The decision was criticised around the world. Pope Frances said he was “pained” by the decision.

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Iran Blasts VeggieTales for Dangerous, “Zionist Propaganda”

Iran’s Fars News Agency, which has direct ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has published an article condemning the VeggieTales movie “Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen” as Zionist propaganda.

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Macron Backs Potential Sanctions Against Turkish Action in the Mediterranean

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the European Union to pursue sanctions against Turkey over the country’s violations of the Greek exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean.

The French leader came out against Turkey’s actions this week, which have seen a research vessel deployed to territory Greece has claimed is part of their exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the coast of the Greek island of Kastellorizo.

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In Pakistan, Forceful Conversion of Hindus and Invasion of Temples Continue

Muslims in Pakistan continue to subjugate minorities; recently they have converted 102 Hindus, men, women and children, to Islam in forced conversions. The Hindus were converted in a town called Golarchi in the Sindh district. Furthermore, the Hindu temple was converted into a mosque and all the idols were destroyed, in order to demonstrate to the Hindus that they are inferior. As the Koran states, it’s the Muslims’ religious duty to get rid of “fitnah” (Surah 8:39), which is “affliction,” “conflict,” or “strife”.

All of these barbaric practices and the Islamic aim of global domination originates from the Koran and its hatred of non-Muslims. In the past, Jihadis such as Aurangzeb conquered and enslaved Hindus. A great book to read on this subject is Robert Spencer’s The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS.

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Singapore Man Admits Being Chinese Spy in US

A Singaporean man has pleaded guilty in the US to working as an agent of China, the latest incident in a growing stand-off between Washington and Beijing.

Jun Wei Yeo was charged with using his political consultancy in America as a front to collect information for Chinese intelligence, US officials say.

Separately, the US said a Chinese researcher accused of hiding her ties to China’s military was detained.

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Boatloads of Migrants Leaving Africa for Spain’s Canary Islands

Over 3,000 have arrived so far this year.

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Channel Migrants: Eighty Six People Intercepted

Border Force was alerted to each boat within a six-hour window from 07:40 BST on Thursday.

The first boat was carrying 13 men who presented themselves as Iranian, Yemeni and Syrian nationals.

The second had 12 men onboard, but the Home Office said it had no information about the gender, age, or nationalities of any of the other migrants.

One of the boats landed at Pett Level Beach, Hastings, at 13:45, the Home Office revealed earlier.

Border Force officials encountered 20 migrants there.

A Home Office spokesman said: “A number of crossings have also been prevented by the French authorities.”

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France: Migrant Camp Population Explodes Along Paris Canal

The number of migrants illegally camped along a canal in the Paris suburbs has exploded to over 1,000, with activists predicting there will soon be 1,500.

An encampment on the banks of the Saint-Denis canal in Aubervilliers has reportedly grown from approximately 400 inhabitants to around 1,000 in the past month.

“And by August, there will be at least 1,500 of them,” General Pierre Henry, director of France Land of Asylum, told InfoMigrants. “It’s always the same thing. We’ve been going in circles for years.”

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Germany: 10 Migrants Who Gang Raped 18-Year-Old Girl After Spiking Her Drink in Freiburg Sentenced to Prison

In the German town of Freiburg, the district court sentenced ten men charged with the gang rape of an 18-year-old girl to prison. Most of the perpetrators, who assaulted the teenage girl after spiking her drink, were refugees.

Eight of the defendants come from Syria, while the rest are from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Germany. At the time of the crime, they were 18 to 30 years old.

The main perpetrator, Majid H., will go to prison for a maximum of five and a half years, while seven of the perpetrators received a sentence of three to four years in prison. Two others got suspended sentences, and one man was acquitted.

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Hundreds of Migrants Arrive at Greek Island Lampedusa, Twice as Much Compared to Last Year

Nearly 300 migrants landed on the island of Lampedusa on Wednesday night, reaching the Italian shores on 15 boats, according to Italian authorities.

In recent days, hundreds of migrants have landed on the island, with local authorities warning that the migrant center is desperately overcrowded and only has capacity for 95 migrants, according to echo24.cz.

Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said that most of the newly arrived migrants are Tunisians. She said she will travel to Tunisia next week to talk to the government to speed up the procedure for returning rejected asylum seekers to their country of origin and wants to soon discuss the same topic with colleagues from other EU countries.

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Starvation, Desire for Vaccine Could Trigger New Migration Wave, Red Cross Chief Claims

Once borders are unsealed, a massive amount of people will set out for the wealthiest nations, fleeing Covid-related poverty, the Red Cross chief said.

Migrants will also be driven by the search for a working vaccine.

Jagan Chapagain, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), made the grim prediction in a candid comment to AFP this Thursday.

Lockdowns and border closures enforced in most parts of the world are already driving people beyond the edge of poverty. Desperation forces them to choose between exposure to Covid-19 and the risk of going hungry, Chapagain explained.

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Google Accused of Collecting Data From Rival Apps to Boost Its Own

Based on the recent report by The Information (paywall), it was revealed that Google has apparently put an internal program in place to tap on “sensitive” data that is collected by its operating system, Android. The internal program understands and analyses how Android users react with non-Google apps to learn and make their proprietary apps better.

Internally known as “Android Lockbox” in the company, the program tends to analyze aspects including the amount of time non-Google apps are opened and how long they are being used, among other factors.

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Johnstone: The Only Obstacle to a Healthy World is Government Secrecy and Propaganda

If people in power were no longer able to hide secrets and spin lies about what’s going on in the world, all of our major problems would come to an end. Because secretive and manipulative power structures are the source of all of our major problems.

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Some Cognizant Contractors Reportedly Had Access to Internal Twitter Tools That Enable Account Takeovers

Some contractors at Cognizant, a company where several content moderators were recently exposed admitting that they delete posts for politically motivated reasons, had access to internal Twitter tools that could change user account settings and give control of accounts to others, according to two former Twitter employees who are familiar with the company’s security practices.

Reuters is reporting that more than 1,000 Twitter employees and contractors had access to these internal tools as of earlier this year and that this number included some contractors at Cognizant — a contractor that moderates content for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies.

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TikTok Makes Moves Against QAnon, Suppresses Related Hashtags

This week, almost in unison, social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook are cracking down on conversations surrounding the QAnon movement. And we now have TikTok jumping on the wagon and blocking hashtags related to QAnon.

TikTok stated that it was going to limit the search on “QAnonTruth” tag after the BBC’s “anti-disinformation” unit noticed that there was a spike in conspiracy videos under the tag. The Chinese video-sharing company stated that they were cracking down on the hashtags so as to ensure that misinformation doesn’t prevail on its platform. Hashtags including “QAnonTruth”, “QAnon”, and “Out of Shadows”, among others, will not return any search results on TikTok any more.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/24/2020

  1. Lambedusa is an Italian island,Not a Greek one.The borders in the Aegean are almost completely sealed since there is a possibility of a war in the Archipelago and in the East Mediterranean.

  2. Here it is said that the chaotic events will start on September.Courage my dears!

  3. After 86 years Islam was brought to its knees to pray inside a Greek orthodox church under the gaze of Virgin Mary and Jesus!!!!
    As if they can change history!
    Hellenism will be there to haunt them,in a city that they do not own,because,according to the historians of those events, Konstantinople never surrendered.
    This was because the Emperor dressed(on purpose) and died in common soldier’s clothes and no one found him.Few knew where was buried.
    The city is occupied like north Cyprus.The Turks know that we haven’t said the last word.

  4. Is anybody questioning where the website that published Ghislain Maxwell’s ties to espionage got their information from? I found it very telling that the source mention her and her father’s (Robert Maxwell) ties to “Israeli and other intelligence services”, but fails to mention that Robert Maxwell worked for the Soviets, published Soviet propaganda, and on numerous occasion extolled Soviet dictatorship. Funny that the article contained what looked like so much inside information, but DECIDED TO LEAVE THE MASSIVE SOVIET ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM OUT OF THE PICTURE.

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