Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/25/2020

A mandatory mask law has gone into effect for British shops, but major supermarkets say they are not willing to enforce it, and the police federation says that police cannot possibly do the job. Meanwhile, a woman sprayed mace on a married couple in a San Diego park because they were not wearing masks.

In other news, 18 protesters in Portland are being charged with federal crimes.

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Financial Crisis
» Brazil Economic Rebound Much Stronger Than Many Had Expected: Economy Ministry Official
» European Parliament Rejects Recovery Plan Over Climate-Funding Cuts
» Indian Economy Set for Post-COVID-19 Rebound as FDI Remains Buoyant: Ihs Markit
» Japan Economy to Shrink by 4.7 Per Cent
» New U.S. Home Sales Surge in June to Strongest Rate in 13 Years
» ‘V’ Good? How Britain’s Economic Recovery is Shaping Up
 
USA
» Ashley Goldenberg BANNED from Twitter for Questioning QAnon Restrictions
» Corrupt Democrats Concealed Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Illegal Contributions to U.S. Senate Campaign
» De Blasio Quotes Marx’s Communist Manifesto During Radio Interview
» Federal Agents Likely Permanently Blinded by Portland Protesters’ Lasers, White House Says
» Florida Reportedly Counts Person Who Died of ‘Gunshot Wound of Head’ As COVID-19 Death
» Fox Cuts Away From White House Briefing After McEnany Shows Footage of Portland Riots
» Gunshot to Head, Parkinson’s Disease Among Deaths in Palm Beach County Incorrectly Attributed to Coronavirus
» If COVID Fatalities Were 90.2% Lower, How Would You Feel About Schools Reopening?
» Judge Denies Request to Stop US Agents From Making Arrests in Portland
» Last Stand to Save America as Founded
» Marxist Soy Boy Cries Over Rubber Bullet Wounds After Trying to Burn Down Courthouse
» Officials: People Should Report Any Unsolicited Packages From China That Contain Seeds
» Police Report 16 Arrests, 3 Cops Injured in Seattle Riot
» President Trump Signs 4 Executive Orders to Lower Drug Prices in U.S.
» Report: Biden Running Mate Pick Down to Karen Bass or Tammy Duckworth
» Researchers Say Prolonged Mask Use Causes Psychological Discomfort, Physical Fatigue
» Seattle Police Chief Warns Council of Ban on Crowd Control Tools Ahead of Weekend
» Strobe Lights, Electric Saws & Glass Bottles: Portland Rioters Expand Weapons Arsenal in Ongoing Clashes With Police
» Supreme Court Rejects Nevada Church’s Challenge to in-Person Attendance Limits; Roberts Again Joins Liberals
» The Coverup of the Contaminated Blood Supply and Vaccines
» Trump Says Fauci Would Lock USA Down for ‘Couple of Years’ If Not Overruled by President
» Trump: “The Dems Have Gone Stone Cold Left — Venezuela on Steroids!”
» U.S. Authorities Say 18 Portland Protesters Face Federal Charges
» Video: Woman Maces Couple for Not Wearings Masks in San Diego Park
» Video: Portland Rioters Occupy Exterior of Federal Courthouse, Raise American Flag Upside Down
» Video: Black Conservative Stabbed by Antifa During Portland Black Lives Matter Riots
» Washington Post Settles $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit With Covington Teen Nick Sandmann
» WNBA Players Walk Off Court During National Anthem
 
Canada
» Antifa in Canada: An Origin Story
» Canada Approves “Glory Holes” For Safe Sex During Pandemic
» Climate Alarmists Predict Polar Bear Extinction by End of Century. Again.
» Try ‘Glory Holes’ For Safer Sex During Coronavirus, B.C. CDC Says
 
Europe and the EU
» Britons Must Now Wear a Mask at Stores by Law, But Big Supermarkets Refuse to Enforce New Rules
» Director of Biggest UK Muslim Charity Branded Jews ‘Grandchildren of Monkeys and Pigs’
» France’s Cathedrals on Fire: ‘The Final Stage of De-Christianization’?
» Greenpeace Cofounder: ‘There is No Climate Catastrophe — it’s a Lie’
» Poland: Globalist Opposition Demands Election Re-Run After Liberals Lose
» UK: Jury Tampering Allegations Made After Cop Killers Convicted of Lesser Manslaughter Charge
» What Changes Have Been Proposed to Scotland’s Hate Crime Laws?
 
Middle East
» Jihadi ‘Beatles’ Admit Beating Western Hostages, Were Kayla Mueller’s Jailers
 
Far East
» Hard Labor for North Koreans Who Don’t Wear Masks Under Tough New Coronavirus Measures
 
Latin America
» Socialist Dictatorship Venezuela Limiting Coronavirus Testing, Fabricating Statistics
 
Immigration
» Austria Presents ‘Vienna Declaration’ Against Illegal Mass Migration
» California, Florida, Texas to Lose House Seats if Trump Gets Undocumented Migrants Excluded From Reapportionment Count
» Dozens of Boat Engines Stolen in Calais to Propel Hundreds of Migrants Across the Channel on Cheap Dinghies
» Pakistani Migrants Sentenced After Kidnapping, Extorting, And Raping Teen in Greece
 
Culture Wars
» Christian Charity Loses Access to Banking After LGBT Activists Campaign
» WHO Says ‘There Will be No Return to the Old Normal, ‘ COVID-19 Will ‘Get Worse and Worse and Worse’
 

Brazil Economic Rebound Much Stronger Than Many Had Expected: Economy Ministry Official

BRASILIA (Reuters) — Brazil’s economic recovery from the depths of the COVID-19 crisis is proving to be much more robust than many observers had predicted, in large part due to the government’s emergency measures, Economic Policy Secretary Adolfo Sachsida said.

Speaking to Exame Research in an online event broadcast on Wednesday, Sachsida said all the forecasts for a fall in gross domestic product of 6.5% or more this year will have to be revised, and the downturn will be much closer to the government’s projected —4.7%.

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

European Parliament Rejects Recovery Plan Over Climate-Funding Cuts

The European Parliament rejected on Thursday (23 July) the hard-won decisions of the EU Council.

MEPs criticized, among other things, cuts to climate programs and voiced fear that billions of euros could fall into the wrong hands.

The Parliament rejected the Council’s decision on the multiannual budget (MFF) and recovery plan by a clear majority. MEPs called the compromise too unambitious and criticized the cuts in climate-related funding.

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

Indian Economy Set for Post-COVID-19 Rebound as FDI Remains Buoyant: Ihs Markit

The Indian economy is likely to rebound in the second half of 2020 as the impact of COVID-19 pandemic recedes, and is projected to grow 6.7 percent in the next financial year, IHS Markit said on Thursday.

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

Japan Economy to Shrink by 4.7 Per Cent

The Bank of Japan has revised its economic growth outlook amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, saying the economy is likely to shrink by 4.7 per cent in the current financial year.

In April, the central bank had predicted the economy would contract by between 3 and 5 per cent for the year through March 2021.

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

New U.S. Home Sales Surge in June to Strongest Rate in 13 Years

The numbers: Sales of new single-family homes rose sharply for the second straight month in June, pushing the sales rate to its highest level in 13 years, according to data released Friday.

The annual sales pace for U.S. new-home sales rose 13.8% last month to 776,000, the Commerce Department said Friday. That’s above the prior cycle high of 774,000 hit in January and is the strongest since July 2007, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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

‘V’ Good? How Britain’s Economic Recovery is Shaping Up

LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s economy has started to recover from its coronavirus lockdown but signals about a rise in unemployment are raising doubts about how much momentum is building behind the rebound.

Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has described the shape of the economy as “so far, so V”, albeit with big risks ahead.

But many economists say the most recent data represents a release of pent-up demand rather than the beginning of a sustained recovery.

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

Ashley Goldenberg BANNED from Twitter for Questioning QAnon Restrictions

Ashley Rae Goldenberg, also known as Communism Kills, was permanently banned from Twitter for questioning the ban of QAnon accounts on the site.

Goldenberg, a prominent America First conservative commentator, whose work was previously featured in MRCTV and other outlets, was permanently banned from Twitter on Tuesday evening.

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

Corrupt Democrats Concealed Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Illegal Contributions to U.S. Senate Campaign

A Kentucky Democrat businessman was sentenced this week to close to two years in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for a multi-year scheme to funnel more than $200,000 in secret, unlawful corporate contributions into his daughter’s campaign for a United States Senate seat…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

De Blasio Quotes Marx’s Communist Manifesto During Radio Interview

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio quoted Karl Marx on Friday while discussing the type of relationship he wants his office to have with the city’s business community.

During an interview on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Public Radio, the host asked de Blasio how he planned to lobby businesses to help the city recover from the coronavirus crisis.

De Blasio’s response included a quote from Marx’s Communist Manifesto.

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

Federal Agents Likely Permanently Blinded by Portland Protesters’ Lasers, White House Says

Three federal agents who were sent to Portland, Ore., to try to help quell the city’s violent protests were “likely left permanently blinded” from clashes, White House officials said Friday.

“A federal agent’s hand was impaled by planted nails, another federal agent was shot with a pellet gun, leaving a wound deep to the bone, and tragically, three federal officers were likely left permanently blinded by the rioters using lasers pointed directly into their eyes,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Friday.

All five of the injured federal agents were hurt Monday during ongoing protests at the Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby federal courthouse in Oregon’s largest city.

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

Florida Reportedly Counts Person Who Died of ‘Gunshot Wound of Head’ As COVID-19 Death

Activists also discovered dozens of deaths ‘had no Covid-19 complications at all’ or ‘even a contributing cause of death.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Fox Cuts Away From White House Briefing After McEnany Shows Footage of Portland Riots

Mainstream media scambles for control of narrative.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gunshot to Head, Parkinson’s Disease Among Deaths in Palm Beach County Incorrectly Attributed to Coronavirus

The CBS12 News I-Team in Palm Beach County, Florida, has discovered several examples in Medical Examiner reports of deaths being incorrectly attributed to coronavirus.

The network’s investigative team found “eight cases in which a person was counted as a COVID death, but did not have COVID listed as a cause of contributing cause of death.”

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

If COVID Fatalities Were 90.2% Lower, How Would You Feel About Schools Reopening?

The CDC has instructed hospitals, medical examiners, coroners and physicians to collect and report COVID-19 data by significantly different standards than all other infectious diseases and causes of death.

These new and unnecessary guidelines were instituted by the CDC in private, and without open discussion among qualified professionals that are free from conflicts of interest.

These new and unnecessary guidelines were additionally instituted despite the existence of effective rules for data collection and reporting, successfully used by all hospitals, medical examiners, coroners, and physicians for more than 17 years.

As a result, elected officials have enacted many questionable policies that have injured our country’s economy, our country’s educational system, our country’s mental and emotional health, and the American citizen’s personal expression of Constitutionally-protected rights to participate in our own governance.

This paper will present significant evidence to support the position that if the CDC simply employed their 2003 industry standard for data collection and reporting, which has been successfully used nationwide for 17 years; the total fatalities attributed to COVID-19 would be reduced by an estimated 90.2%, and questions would be non-existent regarding schools reopening and whether or not Americans should be allowed to work.[…]

           — Hat tip: MC [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Denies Request to Stop US Agents From Making Arrests in Portland

A federal judge on Friday denied a request from Oregon’s attorney general to stop federal agents from arresting people in Portland as daily protests and demonstrations over systemic racism and police brutality roil the city.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman, a George W. Bush appointee, found that state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) lacked standing to sue the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the demonstrators’ behalf.

Mosman decided that Rosenblum failed to prove Oregon had an interest that was separate from those of private citizens and that the state relied on “purely hypothetical” arguments about the risks facing Oregonians. He also shot down the argument over the “chilling effect” on the speech rights of Oregon residents that Rosenblum cited, saying it was not a state-specific issue.

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

Last Stand to Save America as Founded

I pray that Christians will stop kneeling to wicked cultural demands and begin standing up again for Godly principles. Far too many youths are Marxist zealot domestic terrorists because we’ve allowed leftist schools to poison their minds about their God, their family and their country…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Marxist Soy Boy Cries Over Rubber Bullet Wounds After Trying to Burn Down Courthouse

Antifa terrorist whines, lies about ‘peacefully protesting.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Officials: People Should Report Any Unsolicited Packages From China That Contain Seeds

Do NOT plant these seeds. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species, officials said.

RICHMOND, Va. — Several Virginia residents have reported receiving unsolicited packages from China that contain seeds.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sent out a news release urging residents to not plant the seeds.

Officials said the type of seeds in the package is unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species.

The packages were sent by mail, and may have Chinese writing on them.

A viewer sent 13News Now photos of a package she received by mail. The photo showed a postmark from China. Inside was a plastic bag filled with black seeds.

VDACS encourages anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail that appear to have Chinese origin to contact the Office of Plant Industry Services (OPIS) at 804-786-3515 or email ReportAPest@vdacs.virginia.gov.

Officials said invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops.

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Police Report 16 Arrests, 3 Cops Injured in Seattle Riot

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood Saturday afternoon in what started as a march. The Seattle Police Department later declared it a riot due to “the ongoing damage and public safety risks.”

SPD reports 16 people have been arrested for assault on officers, obstruction, and failure to disperse.

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

President Trump Signs 4 Executive Orders to Lower Drug Prices in U.S.

President Trump on Friday signed four separate executive orders aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs in the United States.

Trump said that through his administration’s new orders “everyone will get a fairer and much lower price” for their prescription drugs.

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

Report: Biden Running Mate Pick Down to Karen Bass or Tammy Duckworth

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has reportedly narrowed his choice for a running mate down to Rep. Karen Bass (CA) or Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL), a source familiar with the situation said.

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

Researchers Say Prolonged Mask Use Causes Psychological Discomfort, Physical Fatigue

Masks are becoming ubiquitous throughout the country, though the consequences of their use are still being studied.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Seattle Police Chief Warns Council of Ban on Crowd Control Tools Ahead of Weekend

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has penned another letter to the city council, this one warning members that Ordinance 119805 concerning crowd control tools goes into effect this weekend. Also this weekend are several known events planned across the city that potentially include some of the same individuals who may be responsible for the destruction seen in Seattle last weekend and Wednesday night.

“As City Council’s legislation goes into effect, it will create even more dangerous circumstances for our officers to intervene using what they have left — riot shields and riot batons,” Best wrote on the Seattle Police Blotter. “For these reasons, SPD will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations this weekend. The Council legislation gives officers no ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.”

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

Strobe Lights, Electric Saws & Glass Bottles: Portland Rioters Expand Weapons Arsenal in Ongoing Clashes With Police

Footage shows Antifa has become more organized as riots stretch into 8th week.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Supreme Court Rejects Nevada Church’s Challenge to in-Person Attendance Limits; Roberts Again Joins Liberals

The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request from a Nevada church to block enforcement of the state’s 50-person attendance limit on all places of worship — a rule which applies regardless of building capacity.

The attendance cap on places of worship has drawn ire, with many churches noting that Nevada has more generous rules for businesses such as casinos, restaurants, and movie theaters, which are allowed to permit customers to gather inside at up to 50% of building capacity.

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

The Coverup of the Contaminated Blood Supply and Vaccines

The late Alan Stang pointed out in one of his books that one man whose name could not be revealed, had been high up in the medical establishment, and after retirement gave a very secretive interview to one whom he could trust. He stated that if he had children that could not avoid being vaccinated, he would move to another country where vaccination was not compulsory…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Says Fauci Would Lock USA Down for ‘Couple of Years’ If Not Overruled by President

President Trump revealed that Fauci would keep the country closed for a “couple of years” if he were not overruled by the president.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump: “The Dems Have Gone Stone Cold Left — Venezuela on Steroids!”

President Trump on Saturday accused the Democratic Party of going “stone-cold left,” even comparing them to “Venezuela on steroids”.

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

U.S. Authorities Say 18 Portland Protesters Face Federal Charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it has arrested 18 people and charged them for alleged crimes committed during recent anti-racism protests in Portland.

In a statement, the department said all 18 had made a first appearance in federal court and were released pending jury trials or other court proceedings.

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

Video: Woman Maces Couple for Not Wearings Masks in San Diego Park

An elderly woman sprayed a man and his wife with mace in a San Diego park on Thursday, allegedly because they were not wearing masks while eating a picnic lunch outdoors.

A passerby caught the event on video [language warning].

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

Video: Portland Rioters Occupy Exterior of Federal Courthouse, Raise American Flag Upside Down

Rioters in Portland were recorded as they lowered the American flag, then raised it upside down, as they occupied the area surrounding the federal court house that has been the scene of clashes between federal police and rioters.

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

Video: Black Conservative Stabbed by Antifa During Portland Black Lives Matter Riots

Drew Duncomb, a self described “black conservative” who live streams using the handle Black Rebel on social media, was stabbed on Friday night in Portland, Oregon during the ongoing Black Lives Matter riots while recording video of the riots.

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

Washington Post Settles $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit With Covington Teen Nick Sandmann

Covington Catholic school student warns Twitter CEO his company could be next.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

WNBA Players Walk Off Court During National Anthem

Taking things further than professional athletes’ new practice of kneeling during the anthem, players for both the New York Liberty and Seattle Storm WNBA teams walked off the court Saturday while the pre-game national anthem played, retiring to their locker rooms until the song was over.

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

Antifa in Canada: An Origin Story

This is the first part of a series about the rise of Antifa in Canada.

A decade ago the term “Antifa” would have sounded strange and unfamiliar to most Canadians. Today, it has become a part of political discourse in national and international politics.

Much has been written about the origins of Antifa, but how did it spread into Canada?

People familiar with the group will readily tell you that the movement was inspired by militant anti-fascist movements that sprung up during the interwar period following the rise of Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party.

Supporters of the movement will even say that the group continues to carry the same essential mantle: to battle and oppose the spectre of fascism. However, as the decades passed and the vestiges of fascism were discarded into the ugly dustbin of history, Antifa has grown even more violent and bold in its tactics.

Without the direct dual threat of nazism and fascism threatening the stability of the world, Antifa’s scope of activity and membership has broadened in today’s era. Much of Antifa’s contemporary sloganeering and messaging is directed at capitalism and the structure of contemporary Canadian society itself.

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

Canada Approves “Glory Holes” For Safe Sex During Pandemic

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control’s website has an entire section dedicated to sex education during the virus pandemic. Deep within, government leading health experts suggest “glory holes” could be the safest technique to minimize virus spreading during sex.

“Use barriers, like walls (e.g., glory holes), that allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact,” the Canadian CDC wrote.

As defined by Urban Dictionary, a “Gloryhole is a hole made in a thin wall or other type of partition where a man can insert their penis for sexual stimulation by an anonymous person on the other side.”

The crowdsourced online dictionary for slang words also said these holes “can be found in bathrooms in the stall wall, in private rooms found in adult bookstores, and in dark rooms and labyrinths in bathhouses. Open rooms in bathhouses with many gloryholes are called a sucktorium and often have a raised level on one side of the holes to allow everyone to stand.”

Canadian CDC also suggests “masturbation” and “virtual sex” are the best methods for getting turned on during the pandemic. Still, at the same time, it allows one to practice safe sex social distancing. If one is to “masturbate with a partner(s), physical distancing will lower your chance of getting COVID-19,” health officials added.

Of course, the internet went crazy, here’s what people had to say about top Canadian officials advising the public to use “glory holes.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Climate Alarmists Predict Polar Bear Extinction by End of Century. Again.

A study published this week in Nature Climate Change forecasts the decimation of the polar bear population if humans do not radically reduce burning fossil fuels, echoing similar warnings that have all proven false.

As it stands, “with high greenhouse gas emissions, steeply declining reproduction and survival will jeopardize the persistence of all but a few high-Arctic subpopulations by 2100,” warns the study, led by Peter K. Molnar of the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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

Try ‘Glory Holes’ For Safer Sex During Coronavirus, B.C. CDC Says

B.C. health officials are recommending an age-old, occasionally cutting-edge tactic for sex during the coronavirus pandemic: “glory holes.”

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added new recommendations for socially distant sex to its COVID-19 website this week. One of those tips was to try using a “glory hole” — a hole cut into a wall that’s only large enough for a penis to slip through.

Glory holes are typically used for anonymous oral or penetrative sex, according to Urban Dictionary, but they’re also an excellent way to limit physical contact during intercourse, the B.C. CDC says.

“Use barriers, like walls (e.g., glory holes), that allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact,” the health organization writes on its website.

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

Britons Must Now Wear a Mask at Stores by Law, But Big Supermarkets Refuse to Enforce New Rules

Shoppers caught at stores without a face covering now face a £100 fine in England and can be removed “with force” if they refuse, but major chains are refusing to enforce the rule to avoid confrontation, and major police federations have called the idea of officers forcing masks on people “absurd” and “unrealistic”.

Compulsory mask-wearing in many indoor public spaces took effect on Friday, weeks after the change was announced by the government and despite claims by senior government figures earlier on in the pandemic that mask-wearing was not effective and pointless for the general public. Those found shopping without a mask would face a £100 fine, and although they would not be arrested the BBC reports those who refuse to leave premises could be removed “with force” by police.

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

Director of Biggest UK Muslim Charity Branded Jews ‘Grandchildren of Monkeys and Pigs’

A director and trustee of Islamic Relief, Britain’s biggest Muslim charity, shared posts praising Hamas and branding Jews “the grandchildren of monkeys and pigs”, a report has claimed.

Egypt-born Heshmat Khalifa, who also chairman of Islamic Relief Australia and a director for the Muslim charities German and South African branches, shared the incendiary Arabic-language posts on Facebook in 2014 and 2015, according to an investigation by The Times — apparently prompted by the overthrow of his homeland’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood government by General Sisi.

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

France’s Cathedrals on Fire: ‘The Final Stage of De-Christianization’?

A leading curator of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Keith Christiansen, was criticized for posting on Instagram a painting of Alexandre Lenoir saving France’s monuments from the ravages of the French Revolution. Christiansen wrote:

“Alexandre Lenoir battling the revolutionary zealots bent on destroying the royal tombs in Saint Denis. How many great works of art have been lost to the desire to rid ourselves of a past of which we don’t approve. And how grateful we are to people like Lenoir who realized that their value — both artistic and historical — extended beyond a defining moment of social and political upheaval and change”.

Christiansen was criticizing the current removal and desecration of historic monuments. He could not have known that, a few weeks later, another French cathedral would be vandalized and an ancient organ, which had survived Lenoir’s revolutionary zealots, destroyed by the blaze.

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

Greenpeace Cofounder: ‘There is No Climate Catastrophe — it’s a Lie’

Power Hour host Alex Epstein (pictured) discusses the alleged ‘climate catastrophe’ with Dr. Patrick Moore, ecologist and co-founder of Greenpeace.

Incredibly, Moore completely eviscerates the concept of “climate catastrophism,” and dismantles the claim that man-made CO2 levels are warming the planet beyond a tipping point of human survival.

Moore makes a number of strong arguments that debunk the IPCC’s increasingly problematic pseudo-scientific and anti-human narrative which is being parroted by climate change activists and the likes of Greta Thunberg.

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

Poland: Globalist Opposition Demands Election Re-Run After Liberals Lose

Poland’s globalist opposition party has demanded a presidential election re-run after losing to patriotic incumbent Andrzej Duda.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Jury Tampering Allegations Made After Cop Killers Convicted of Lesser Manslaughter Charge

The trial for the killing of PC Andrew Harper has been referred to the Attorney General over possible jury tampering after three laughing teenagers were found guilty of manslaughter rather than murder for the death of Police Constable Harper, who was dragged behind the youths’ car for over a mile.

On Friday, Henry Long (19), Albert Bowers (18), and Jessie Cole (18) — all members of the local Traveller “gypsy” community — were all found not guilty of the murder of PC Harper, who was 28 at the time of his death. Harper died after his ankles were caught in a tow rope attached to the back of the car which was driven by Long on Thursday, 15 August 2019.

“Career criminal” Long — the ringleader of the group — had already confessed to manslaughter, while Bowers and Cole were found guilty of manslaughter by a jury. The guilty men will be sentenced next Friday. While they still face life sentences, it is expected that they will serve significantly less time behind bars than if they were convicted of murder.

The three young men were seen laughing and smirking throughout the trial of the brutal killing and one of the trio even fell asleep while details of how the police officer died were read out in court, according to The Telegraph.

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

What Changes Have Been Proposed to Scotland’s Hate Crime Laws?

The Hate Crime Bill has split opinion across Scotland since it was introduced to the Scottish Parliament earlier this year.

There are those who believe it will offer enhanced protections to marginalised groups in modern day society and send out a strong message that the country does not tolerate hate crime while there are others who have serious concerns it will threaten freedom of expression and the ability to voice controversial opinions.

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

Jihadi ‘Beatles’ Admit Beating Western Hostages, Were Kayla Mueller’s Jailers

Two of the four British nationals-turned Islamic State jihadists dubbed ‘The Beatles’ have admitted to beating Western hostages, as well as being jailers of American aid worker Kayla Mueller.

Jihadists Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were captured by Kurdish fighters in 2018 and are being held by the U.S. military in Iraq, had told the BBC two years ago that they had never encountered “foreign non-Muslims” and had never heard of Kayla Mueller, the American foreign aid worker who was kidnapped one day after arriving in Syria.

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

Hard Labor for North Koreans Who Don’t Wear Masks Under Tough New Coronavirus Measures

North Koreans who fail to wear masks face at least three months of “disciplinary labor” with harsher penalties for people caught sneaking into China under tough new COVID-19 prevention measures, officials in the country told RFA Thursday.

The punishments, to be enforced by students conscripted into facemask patrols, were rolled out this week in a renewed drive against the spread of the coronavirus that belies Pyongyang’s official claim that the country has stayed virus free.

“Beginning on the 16th, an inspection team is being organized here in Pyongyang and also in provincial cities with police officers, and college and high school students to conduct intensive crackdowns on people who don’t wear masks,” said an official familiar with policies launched after a top-level meeting this month.

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

Socialist Dictatorship Venezuela Limiting Coronavirus Testing, Fabricating Statistics

Multiple sources coming out of Venezuela say that the country’s failing socialist dictatorship is fabricating coronavirus statistics.

Medical professionals have told Bloomberg that private labs are being forbidden from testing for the coronavirus, with labs and universities having equipment seized to prevent unapproved tests.

“They are controlling epidemiological information as if it were a state secret,” said Dr. Felix Oletta, a former Venezuelan health minister.

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Austria Presents ‘Vienna Declaration’ Against Illegal Mass Migration

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has introduced a “Vienna Declaration” to combat mass illegal migration.

The declaration was agreed upon by 18 countries attending the two-day conference, with Nehammer saying the agreement was contrary to his own expectations.

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California, Florida, Texas to Lose House Seats if Trump Gets Undocumented Migrants Excluded From Reapportionment Count

If President Donald Trump succeeds in getting immigrants in the country illegally excluded from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts, California, Florida and Texas would end up with one less congressional seat each than if every resident were counted, according to an analysis by a think tank.

Without that population, California would lose two seats instead of one, Florida would gain one seat instead of two and Texas would gain two seats instead of three, according to the analysis by Pew Research Center.

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Dozens of Boat Engines Stolen in Calais to Propel Hundreds of Migrants Across the Channel on Cheap Dinghies

DOZENS of boat engines have been stolen in Calais to help propel hundreds of migrants across the Channel on cheap dinghies, the Sun on Sunday can reveal.

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Pakistani Migrants Sentenced After Kidnapping, Extorting, And Raping Teen in Greece

Two Pakistani migrants have been sentenced to 14 and nine years in prison respectively after they kidnapped a 17-year-old, blackmailed, and raped him.

The incident took place in the city of Thessaloniki last year and saw the two Pakistanis, aged 25 and 29, kidnap the teen and keep him captive for 24 hours. During that time, the two men forced him to contact an uncle living in Spain to send the two men money.

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Christian Charity Loses Access to Banking After LGBT Activists Campaign

Barclays bank has reportedly informed a Christian charity in Northern Ireland that it will have its banking facilities revoked following an online pressure campaign mounted by LGBT activists, who claimed that the organisation engaged in so-called gay “conversion therapy”.

The Christian charity, Core Issues Trust (CIT), said that Barclays informed them that their bank account will be terminated by September. CIT claimed that the move came after pressure from an LGBT social media campaign that targetted the group for allegedly practising “conversion therapy”.

The charity also said that they were removed from Facebook, as well as from Paypal, who “terminated its CIT accounts without warning and with no explanation, restricting the ability of supporters to make donations”.

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WHO Says ‘There Will be No Return to the Old Normal, ‘ COVID-19 Will ‘Get Worse and Worse and Worse’

‘There will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future,” and COVID-19 is “going to get worse and worse and worse.’

[Comment: Fear mongering liars. They are just stating their real desires.]

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/25/2020

  1. I’ve been wearing a skulls and iron crosses bandana with wraparound sunglasses and a boonie hat.
    This Great Leap Forward Fundamental Transformation is going to have to be enjoyable if I’m to shave off massive IQ points just to go out and about.
    We need some bells, shocks and rewards for our Pavolvian obedience because we are all in this together.
    Don’t be selfish now because I’m worried about my well being and you must wear a mask comrade.
    One mongo called for security and the local CCP-Mart started calling out audibles over the loudspeaker.
    If anyone follows me I’ll just fart in their general direction with a blast of spleen from hell.

    • I don’t understand why this issue has become so politicised. People are not allowed to drive when drunk, more to protect others than themselves. How is this so different?

      • Because if you are afraid of a virus that kills less than 0.5% of the infected, you can stay home.

        You don’t have to bother everybody else.

        • Less than o.5%? Anyway, whatever the proportion, I’d be a prime candidate. Are you going to do my shopping for me?

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