Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/28/2020

Armed residents of Minneapolis have begun patrolling their neighborhoods and setting up checkpoints since the city council voted to dismantle the municipal police department. Meanwhile, more than a hundred police agencies have cancelled their plans to help with security at next month’s Democrat convention in Milwaukee, because the local police force has been hobbled by new rules on crowd control.

In other news, 65 out of 94 migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Malta have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, JM, Reader from Chicago, RR, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» “End Racism” To be Stenciled on NFL End Zone Borders for All Season Home Openers
» “We Must Obey God Rather Than Men”: John Macarthur Delivers Sunday Sermon to Full Church in Defiance of State Order
» 14 Colleges in NY Likely to ‘Perish’ In Coronavirus Pandemic, New Analysis Says
» 2 Teens Killed, 8 Homicides Sunday as New York City Shooting Surge Continues
» AG Barr Defends Sending Federal Agents to Portland: ‘Since When is it Okay to Burn Down a Federal Courthouse?’
» All Hell Breaks Loose in Memphis… 400 Teens Destroy Putt Putt Center
» Armed Minneapolis Residents Are Patrolling Their Own Neighborhoods as City Moves to Defund Police
» Authorities Say UNCW Professor Mike Adams Died by Suicide
» Big Tech CEOs to Face Lawmakers’ Questions Over Potential Antitrust Violations
» Big Tech Companies Wants to be More Heavily Involved in the Next Pandemic
» Bill Gates: With Private Messaging We Can’t “Intervene” In Removing Conspiracies and “Misinformation”
» California State University Will Require Social Justice or Ethnic Studies Class for All Students, Starting in ‘23-’24 School Year
» Chinese Student Visa Holders Suspected of Espionage in 25 Cities
» Dr. Dan Erickson Says YouTube’s Censorship of Anti-Lockdown Video Helped it Spread
» Dr. James Todaro Accuses Google of Censorship for Removing His Article on Hydroxychloroquine
» Facebook, YouTube, Twitter All Censor Videos of Frontline Doctors, Call it “False Information”
» Former Harvard Chemistry Chair Faces More Charges Stemming From Alleged China Ties
» How to Watch Big Tech CEOs Testify to Congress Over Possible Antitrust Violations
» Kanye West Files to Appear on New Jersey’s 2020 Presidential Ballot
» Lawyer for Covington Catholic’s Nick Sandmann Threatens CNN’s Brian Stelter and Others for Tweeting About Defamation Case
» Man Arrested for Driving Through Protest Crowd, But With a Couple of Big Twists
» Miami Man Scams PPP for $4M, Blows it on Lamborghini, Dating Sites, Hotels
» MLB Postpones 6 Marlins Games Due to Virus; Goodell Writes to NFL Fans
» More Than 300 NYPD Police Vehicles Have Been Damaged by Rioters in Past 2 Months
» More Than 100 Police Agencies Pull Out of DNC Convention
» National Catholic Reporter: ‘AOC is the Future of the Catholic Church’
» New ISIS Video Calls for Arson Attacks on U.S.
» Portland Antifa Rioters Are Getting Away With it by Claiming They Are ‘Journalists’
» Ranking Chicago Officer Found Dead in Alleged Suicide, Law Enforcement Says
» Soros Has Pumped $50 Million (So Far) Into 2020 Democrat Election Campaigns
» Squarespace Shuts Down America’s Frontline Doctors Website Over Hydroxychloroquine Claims
» Trump: “If Schools Do Not Reopen, The Funding Should Go to Parents”
» Twitter Deletes COVID Treatment Video After Trump Retweeted it, Locks Trump Jr’s Account
» U.S., Florida See Decline in New COVID-19 Cases, Deaths
» Vermont Law School Gives Artist 90 Days to Remove Mural Deemed Offensive
» Video: Passengers Cheer as ‘Karen’ Is Kicked Off Plane for Refusing to Wear Mask
» Yale Epidemiologist: Hydroxychloroquine is “The Key to Defeating COVID-19”
 
Canada
» China Can’t be Trusted to Act Fairly, New Poll Shows
» Kingston Resident Enters Guilty Plea Over Thwarted 2019 Bomb Plot
» Tent City Update: Rebel Viewers, Community Help Clean Toronto’s George Hislop Park
» Wait, The Word ‘Chief’ Is Racist, Now?!
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech Health Minister Introduces ‘COVID-19 Traffic Light System’ For Czech Regions
» France to Ban Heated Terraces in Cafes and Bars
» Greek Admiral: We Have Enough Missiles to Sink Turkey’s Navy Twice Over
» Leading Hungarian Rabbi Infected With Coronavirus
» London Council First Elected Body in UK to Ban Meat to Save Planet
» Poland’s Justice Minister Launches Motion to Revoke Istanbul Convention
» Polish Liberal Opposition Demands Election Re-Run After Losing to Duda
» UK: Daisy the St Bernard Dog Back Home After Scafell Pike Mountain Rescue
» UK: Environmentalism’s Radical Next Generation is Already Here
» UK: Labour May Lose ‘Millions’ In Lawsuits Related to Antisemitism Scandal: Report
» UK: Tory Centrists Strike Back: ‘One Nation’ Caucus Wants ‘The Liberal Boris’
» UK: Unhealthy Foods Targeted and Checkout Snacks to be Banned in Obesity Crackdown
» Volkswagen Hunts for Informer Who Leaked Secret Talks
» Youths Hurl Rocks Through Church Windows at Swedish Christians During Service
 
Russia
» Putin Says Russian Navy Poised to Deploy Hypersonic Missiles and Underwater Nuclear Drones
» Russian FSB Agents Kill Suspected Central Asian Terrorist Near Moscow
 
South Asia
» India is Reportedly Looking to Ban 275 More Chinese Apps — Including PUBG
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Mulls Postponing Election Amid Ongoing Crackdown on Dissent
» Religious Freedom Commission Finds China Uses Extensive Surveillance to Monitor and Suppress Christians
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» 5-Year-Old Boy, Pastor Among 10 Christians Killed by Muslim Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria
 
Immigration
» 62 Per Cent of Britons Think Boris Johnson’s Government is Failing on Immigration
» Asylum Seeker Avoids Deportation Despite Brutal Murder of 17-Year-Old Swedish Girl
» Italy: Salvini Accuses Left Wing Government of Importing Coronavirus After Over 700 Migrants Escape Quarantine
» Malta Says 65 Rescued Migrants Test Positive for COVID-19
 
Culture Wars
» Joe Biden’s Newly Announced “Women’s Agenda” Includes Significant Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
» Telegram CEO Slams Apple for Censoring in-App Content and Hiding This Censorship From Users
» Twitter Says it Will Start Blocking Some Links for “Hateful Conduct”
 

“End Racism” To be Stenciled on NFL End Zone Borders for All Season Home Openers

The National Football League has announced its plans to stencil the phrases “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” on all of the teams’ end zone borders for their home openers this year. The plan is part of the league’s efforts to demonstrate its commitment to social justice issues in wake of the recent racial unrest in the country.

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

“We Must Obey God Rather Than Men”: John Macarthur Delivers Sunday Sermon to Full Church in Defiance of State Order

John MacArthur, influential author, theologian, and pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, held Sunday service in defiance of a state order banning all indoor church functions.

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

14 Colleges in NY Likely to ‘Perish’ In Coronavirus Pandemic, New Analysis Says

More than a dozen colleges and universities in New York state are among those most likely to “perish” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new analysis.

According to the Boston Business Journal, experts have predicted 10% to 20% of U.S. higher education institutions may be forced to close permanently within the next 12 months. Many colleges were struggling financially before Covid-19, and now many face a loss of revenue if fewer students are on campus to pay for room and board.

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

2 Teens Killed, 8 Homicides Sunday as New York City Shooting Surge Continues

CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn (WABC) — Two innocent teenagers have died after another bloody weekend in New York City amid the surge in shootings across the five boroughs, with seven homicides on Sunday alone.

The drive-by shooting in Brooklyn happened while the victims were playing basketball in the Cypress Hills section.

The shooting happened at the George Walker Jr. Park on Vermont Street just before 6:40 p.m. when a dark colored SUV drove up, and one or more persons opened fire from the sunroof.

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

AG Barr Defends Sending Federal Agents to Portland: ‘Since When is it Okay to Burn Down a Federal Courthouse?’

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr fired back at Democrats, including Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) over claims that the Portland, Oregon, protests were “mostly peaceful” and that the Trump administration erred by sending in federal agents to help guard a courthouse from rioters.

After officially gaveling in the session, Nadler “opened the hearing by reading off a laundry list of Barr’s perceived transgressions,” according to the Daily Mail, accusing Barr of everything from interfering in a number of federal investigations to derailing Democratic efforts to create a national mail-in voting system.

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

All Hell Breaks Loose in Memphis… 400 Teens Destroy Putt Putt Center

A mini-golf complex got flooded with hundreds of kids after a mass parent drop-off, who then started wreaking havoc when they couldn’t get their money back … so say cops, anyway.

This went down Saturday night at the Putt-Putt Fun Center in Memphis, where police officers responded to call for service over reports of chaos breaking out after several different parents left upwards of 300 to 400 children at the facility, who began destroying the joint.

One of the teens ripped up the plexiglass at the front desk and threw it at the workers, and then proceeded to hurl even more objects … which helped kick off a stampede and more destruction. There was even a firework that was set off — just pure mayhem, really.

           — Hat tip: RR [Return to headlines]
 

Armed Minneapolis Residents Are Patrolling Their Own Neighborhoods as City Moves to Defund Police

Minneapolis residents have begun patrolling their own neighborhoods after violent crime across the city surged in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in late May.

The patrols, some armed, are part of a largely grassroots efforts to protect neighborhoods, businesses, and residents from rioters and criminals. Some groups have constructed barriers at the entrance to their neighborhoods and control who can enter, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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

Authorities Say UNCW Professor Mike Adams Died by Suicide

WILMINGTON — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has ruled that UNCW Professor Mike Adams died by suicide.

According to the agency’s spokesperson, Lt. Jerry Brewer, after an investigation by detectives and the medical examiner, “it was ascertained that Mr. Adams committed suicide with a single gunshot wound to the head.”

“No other people were in the home and foul play is not suspected,” he said.

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

Big Tech CEOs to Face Lawmakers’ Questions Over Potential Antitrust Violations

Of late, the US lawmakers have been particularly keen on pinning a number of antitrust law violations to Big Tech companies Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. While there are hordes of compelling allegations against the companies and their anti-competitive practices, the companies have also formulated their own version of reality to support their doings.

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

Big Tech Companies Wants to be More Heavily Involved in the Next Pandemic

The coronavirus saga isn’t over and yet Big Tech, who have heavily benefited from the lockdowns, is already thinking about its response to the next one.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), including big tech companies such as Microsoft and Facebook, launched the Public Health Tech Initiative this week.

Apart from the aforementioned Big Tech companies, healthcare giants such as CVS Health, Northwell Health, and the American College of Cardiology will also be joining hands in the Public Health Tech Initiative. The sole purpose of the initiative is to understand how the current technology has tackled the initiative, where the scope for improvement lies, and to then to supposedly develop recommendations to better deal with upcoming health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Bill Gates: With Private Messaging We Can’t “Intervene” In Removing Conspiracies and “Misinformation”

Bill Gates — the man who co-founded Microsoft and gave the world Windows, one of the least secure operating systems in the history of computing — is unsurprisingly not one to overly concern himself with security, or privacy. In fact, he would gladly throw end-to-end encryption under the bus in order for fuller control to be achieved over people’s online communications.

Other than these days being a prominent vaccine influencer, Gates also has strong opinions about online misinformation, and what to do about it, as he has told CNBC.

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

California State University Will Require Social Justice or Ethnic Studies Class for All Students, Starting in ‘23-’24 School Year

Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, students attending California State University will have to take a class in social justice or ethnic studies in order to graduate.

The board of trustees for the university system approved the requirement last week, in the system’s first update to general education requirements in 40 years.

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

Chinese Student Visa Holders Suspected of Espionage in 25 Cities

In an effort to combat Chinese espionage in the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently launched a nationwide investigation aimed at Chinese student visa holders suspected of having undisclosed Chinese military ties.

FBI officials interviewed Chinese student visa holders in more than 25 American cities—an initiative that some experts call the largest known crackdown since the United States and China restored diplomatic relations in 1979.

Chinese espionage via student visa programs has become an increasing threat to the nation’s national security. Many of these students have direct ties to Chinese military and its ruling Communist Party and are sent to acquire knowledge of U.S. technological, military, and cyber operations.

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

Dr. Dan Erickson Says YouTube’s Censorship of Anti-Lockdown Video Helped it Spread

The concerted effort between the media and Big Tech to have the video censored, increased people’s suspicions and awareness, the doctor says.

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

Dr. James Todaro Accuses Google of Censorship for Removing His Article on Hydroxychloroquine

A doctor claims that Google censored his paper on hydroxychloroquine effectiveness on COVID-19. Dr. James Todaro is one of those who are opposing the most common narratives of the pandemic.

On Monday, a group of doctors called “America’s Frontline Doctors” held a press conference at the steps of the US Supreme Court. The purpose of the press conference was to speak about the “massive disinformation campaign” by the government and media, which, according to these doctors, is keeping schools and businesses closed.

In the “First White Coat Summit,” these doctors addressed issues such as hydroxychloroquine, lockdowns, and “medical cancel culture.”

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

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter All Censor Videos of Frontline Doctors, Call it “False Information”

All major platforms scrubbed the video from frontline doctors who claim they’ve treated coronavirus with a 100% success rate.

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

Former Harvard Chemistry Chair Faces More Charges Stemming From Alleged China Ties

The former head of Harvard University’s Chemistry Department faces additional federal charges stemming from his alleged secret ties to China.

Campus Reform reported in January that Charles Lieber had been indicted for allegedly failing to disclose to U.S. authorities that he worked for the Wuhan Institute of Technology through the Chinese-funded Thousand Talents Program, which the FBI has said “pose[s] a serious threat to U.S. businesses and universities through economic espionage and theft of intellectual property.”

Lieber was previously indicted on two counts of making false statements to federal authorities, to which he pleaded not guilty in June.

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

How to Watch Big Tech CEOs Testify to Congress Over Possible Antitrust Violations

On Wednesday July 29 the CEOs of Big Tech companies are going to be testifying before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. As of now, it is expected that Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg, and Tim Cook are all going to attend the hearing, which is going to be about “ongoing investigation of competition in the digital marketplace”.

How can I watch it and when will it begin?

Those looking to view the hearing can go to the House Subcommittee YouTube channel on July 29th at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT. The hearing, which is going to be taking place at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C., will be live streamed on the channel.

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

Kanye West Files to Appear on New Jersey’s 2020 Presidential Ballot

Kanye West, who announced he was running for president in a July 4 tweet, has filed to appear on the New Jersey ballot in November’s presidential election, state documents indicate.

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

Lawyer for Covington Catholic’s Nick Sandmann Threatens CNN’s Brian Stelter and Others for Tweeting About Defamation Case

Lin Wood, an attorney for Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, appears to have threatened via Twitter to sue CNN’s Brian Stelter for retweeting an analysis of the case penned by an attorney who is unaffiliated with the matter.

CNN settled a defamation lawsuit earlier this year with Sandmann, a student caught in a series of viral videos in Washington, D.C. The videos showed various stages of an interaction between a group of classmates and a Native American protester. CNN was among a number of named media companies and individuals who either were or are defendants in the case. The Washington Post settled last week.

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

Man Arrested for Driving Through Protest Crowd, But With a Couple of Big Twists

By this point, we’ve sadly grown used to stories about some motorist who finds themself trapped in the middle of a street that’s been shut down by a Black Lives Matter protest. When rioters begin to menace them, the frightened driver punches the gas and begins knocking down or running over demonstrators in an effort to flee for their lives. A similar — and yet very different — scene played out this weekend in the tiny town of Eaton, Colorado (population 4,365), located well to the north of Denver. But the details of the vehicular assault mark it as an incident nearly the opposite of almost all the ones you’ve been hearing about this year.

First of all, the protest in question wasn’t a Black Lives Matter march. It was a Blue Lives Matter demonstration in support of law enforcement officials. Also, the driver in question hadn’t been blockaded in the middle of the street. The protest was taking place on the grassy field of a local park. And the motorist wasn’t “fleeing in terror” from anyone. He deliberately steered his SUV off of the street and went crashing across the park to intentionally run down the demonstrators. (CBS Denver)

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

Miami Man Scams PPP for $4M, Blows it on Lamborghini, Dating Sites, Hotels

A Florida man allegedly scammed nearly $4 million from the Paycheck Protection Program, spending the money on a new Lamborghini, hotel stays, dating websites, and jewelry.

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

MLB Postpones 6 Marlins Games Due to Virus; Goodell Writes to NFL Fans

July 28 (UPI) — Major League Baseball on Tuesday postponed the Miami Marlins’ next six games because of the team’s recent coronavirus outbreak, while commissioner Roger Goodell wrote about the NFL’s difficult journey toward a season as the coronavirus continues to impact sports leagues.

Goodell and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred have expressed less confidence than previously about completing their seasons as the pandemic lingers.

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

More Than 300 NYPD Police Vehicles Have Been Damaged by Rioters in Past 2 Months

The New York Police Department has sustained damage to 303 official vehicles since the death in late May of George Floyd, costing the department almost $1 million in damages.

Following Floyd’s death, rioters have frequently run rampant in the city, attacking police officers, vandalizing their cars and vans, and destroying buildings.

Most of the damaged vehicles are back in use, but repairs are still being done on seven. Fourteen were burned so badly they cannot be repaired.

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

More Than 100 Police Agencies Pull Out of DNC Convention

MILWAUKEE — More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to bolster security at next month’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in part because they’re concerned about a recent directive ordering police in the city to stop using tear gas to control crowds.

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

National Catholic Reporter: ‘AOC is the Future of the Catholic Church’

The progressive National Catholic Reporter (NCR) has declared Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be “the future of the Catholic Church” noting her frequent references to “Catholic values” and her “passion for justice.”

In an op-ed Monday, NCR’s executive editor Heidi Schlumpf praised Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as a “rock-star millennial leader of the left” who “grew up Catholic and even wrote about how her faith influences her views on public policies such as mass incarceration, for a Catholic magazine.”

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

New ISIS Video Calls for Arson Attacks on U.S.

CHICAGO (WLS) — A new video released by ISIS terrorists urges followers in America to begin a campaign of arson attacks. The four minute-long video is the first new marching orders in a long time from ISIS’ propaganda wing, pushing followers to fight fire with fire, literally.

The animated tightly-produced video is entitled “Incite the Believers” and many of the scenes are engulfed in flames and, as with previous terrorist “message” videos, it encourages violent criminal acts against Western civilization. This time, ISIS is encouraging followers to start fires for maximum damage and carnage.

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

Portland Antifa Rioters Are Getting Away With it by Claiming They Are ‘Journalists’

Portland continues to burn at the hands of Antifa agitators who are using a court order that has prevented Federal officers from taking action against the press. In other words, rioters are holding cameras and claiming the Feds can’t touch them because they are ‘journalists’.

With the Democratic Mayor refusing to order police to crackdown on rioters, federal officers have stepped in and been somewhat effective. However, as RT reports, a federal judge last week issued a temporary restraining order on the agents, forbidding any action against anyone ‘reporting’ on the scene.

Now, some on the ground in Portland, are relating that antifa rioters are using this to their advantage.

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

Ranking Chicago Officer Found Dead in Alleged Suicide, Law Enforcement Says

A high-ranking Chicago police officer was found dead Tuesday morning from a gunshot wound in an alleged suicide, law enforcement sources reported.

The incident occurred at the Homan Square police facility on the West Side of the city. The officer was identified as Dion Boyd, who had been with the CPD 29 years and had recently been promoted to deputy chief of criminal networks, which focuses on long-term gang and narcotics investigations.

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

Soros Has Pumped $50 Million (So Far) Into 2020 Democrat Election Campaigns

A report from the Washington Free Beacon notes that Billionaire elitist George Soros has pumped more than $50 million into Democrats’ election campaigns for 2020, a record amount, and around $30 million more than he spent in 2016, with over three months still to go.

The report notes that Soros created a ‘Democracy’ PAC in 2019, and that Federal Election Commission figures show the PAC distributed almost $17 million in last the quarter alone.

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

Squarespace Shuts Down America’s Frontline Doctors Website Over Hydroxychloroquine Claims

Web hosting platform Squarespace has shut down the website of America’s Frontline Doctors — a group of doctors who have come together to address what they describe as “a massive disinformation campaign.”

Yesterday the group held a viral White Coat Summit press conference in DC where they discussed their experiences treating coronavirus patients and shared their views on the pandemic.

The press conference went viral on social media, accumulated tens of millions of views within the first eight hours of it going live, and was retweeted by President Trump.

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

Trump: “If Schools Do Not Reopen, The Funding Should Go to Parents”

President Trump announced last week that if schools do not reopen in the fall, the funding allocated for each student should be sent to the parents so they can choose how to use the money for their child’s education.

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

Twitter Deletes COVID Treatment Video After Trump Retweeted it, Locks Trump Jr’s Account

Twitter’s crackdown on President Donald Trump continues, this time over a tweet containing a video showing the group of doctors in Washington promoting the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of coronavirus.

The video, that had otherwise gained a lot of exposure as it was shared on Twitter, was removed from Trump’s tweet because the social media network saw it as violating its coronavirus misinformation policy.

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

U.S., Florida See Decline in New COVID-19 Cases, Deaths

July 27 (UPI) — The United States saw a decrease in new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Florida reported its lowest single-day tally in almost three weeks.

Florida heath officials on Monday reported the Sunday figure at just under 8,900 — the lowest number since July 7 — which pushed the statewide total past 432,000. The state also reported 77 more deaths, almost half as many that were reported Saturday.

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

Vermont Law School Gives Artist 90 Days to Remove Mural Deemed Offensive

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees has given an artist 90 days to remove a controversial mural depicting slavery before the school itself will remove it.

The decision, announced Friday evening after the board met that day, varied slightly from an earlier statement this month from VLS President and Dean Thomas McHenry that it would “paint over” the mural by artist Sam Kerson. McHenry had previously noted that many in the VLS community now find the mural “offensive” because of its depictions of African Americans.

Painted and installed in the VLS Chase Community Center in 1993, “The Underground Railroad, Vermont and the Fugitive Slave” “celebrates the efforts of black and white Americans in Vermont and throughout the United States to achieve freedom and justice,” Kerson’s website says.

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

Video: Passengers Cheer as ‘Karen’ Is Kicked Off Plane for Refusing to Wear Mask

The mindset of people when it comes to face mask submission was on full display this past weekend when passengers on an American Airlines flight encouraged staff to kick off a woman who refused to accept the mask mandate, then celebrated when she was forced to leave the aircraft.

Video of the incident went viral, with commenters dubbing the woman a ‘Karen’ for refusing to wear a mask and raising the ire of those on board the flight from Ohio to North Carolina.

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

Yale Epidemiologist: Hydroxychloroquine is “The Key to Defeating COVID-19”

A professor of epidemiology at Yale is touting hydroxychloroquine as “the key to defeating COVID-19” and says the data “fully support” its wide use.

Harvey Risch, the director of Yale’s Molecular Cancer Epidemiology Laboratory, said in an op-ed published in Newsweek that the data support the use of hydroxychloroquine. The drug, which was touted by President Trump, has been the center of a medical debate for the last several months.

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

China Can’t be Trusted to Act Fairly, New Poll Shows

Most Canadians of Chinese descent agree that China can’t be trusted when it comes to disputes, a new poll by the Innovative Research Group (IRG) shows.

Out of 579 people polled, 53% of respondents agreed with the statement that Canada shouldn’t trust China to act fairly.

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

Kingston Resident Enters Guilty Plea Over Thwarted 2019 Bomb Plot

A Kingston resident has entered a guilty plea for terrorism charges.

The underaged suspect was arrested in January 2019 after the RCMP conducted a raid on a residence in the area.

Acting on a tip received from the FBI, police evacuated the area and entered a property where they found explosive materials.

The identity of the youth is not being shared with the public in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

According to reports, the minor was charged with planning to “deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal devices against a place of public use with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.”

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

Tent City Update: Rebel Viewers, Community Help Clean Toronto’s George Hislop Park

Do you remember our report last month regarding that filthy and unsanitary tent city that had taken over George Hislop Park in downtown Toronto? The park was occupied by homeless people and drug addicts and mentally ill persons.

In addition to being an eyesore, the area around George Hislop Park was becoming increasingly dangerous: nearby businesses and residences were being burglarized on a regular basis and there were even stabbings of passersby.

Well, finally, some good news: it seems that the news report we posted on this downtown disgrace actually got the city to swing into action. At least, that’s the opinion of area resident, Miss Suzette, who we interviewed about this crime-laden cesspool a few weeks ago.

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

Wait, The Word ‘Chief’ Is Racist, Now?!

A Canadian (sorry, leading executive officer) has renounced the title that denotes consummate success in the corporate world because it is supposedly racist cultural appropriation and offensive to Native Americans, or something.

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

Czech Health Minister Introduces ‘COVID-19 Traffic Light System’ For Czech Regions

The overall epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic is progressing well, but in some areas, it is necessary to be careful, said Health Minister Adam Vojtech.

In order to combat an uptick in coronavirus cases in the country, Vojtech presented the Czech regional traffic light rating system, which has four levels.

The worst situation is still in Prague, the Moravian-Silesian region, and the Jihlava region.

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

France to Ban Heated Terraces in Cafes and Bars

France’s government has announced new environmental measures, including a ban on heated terraces for cafes and bars.

Ecology Minister Barbara Pompili said outside heating or air conditioning was an “ecological aberration”.

The ban would not come into force until after the winter as restaurants have been hard hit by Covid-19, she added.

All heated or air-conditioned buildings open to the public will also have to keep their doors closed to avoid wasting energy.

Ms Pompili told reporters it was wrong for shops to “air-condition the streets” in summer by keeping their doors open just to spare customers from having to open them.

“Neither should terraces be heated in winter so people can feel warm as they drink coffee,” she said…

           — Hat tip: JM [Return to headlines]
 

Greek Admiral: We Have Enough Missiles to Sink Turkey’s Navy Twice Over

Admiral Kosmas Christidis has claimed that the Greek armed forces are fully capable of taking on Turkey militarily, as tensions remain high between the two countries in the Mediterranean.

The former chief of the general staff of the Greek navy said that the current tensions between Greece and Turkey — caused by Turkish moves to conduct seismic surveys in Greek territory — remind him of the Aegean crisis in 1987.

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Leading Hungarian Rabbi Infected With Coronavirus

Slomó Köves, executive rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), and five members of his Budapest congregation, have been found to have mild coronavirus symptoms over the weekend, the congregation announced in a statement.

“Last week, five members of the congregation of the Óbuda [a Budapest district] congregation, including rabbi Slomó Köves, have displayed mild coronavirus symptoms. While several COVID-19 rapid tests last week proved negative, one of the test performed over the weekend was positive,” the statement said. “The leadership of the synagogue has decided to suspend services until all [potentially] affected persons have been tested.”

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London Council First Elected Body in UK to Ban Meat to Save Planet

Enfield Council is believed to be the first elected body to ban meat at its events in order to combat so-called manmade climate change.

First reported by political news site Guido Fawkes on Tuesday, the Labour council’s climate action plan published this month pledged that from December, “all events held by Enfield Council where catering is provided [must] offer only vegan or vegetarian options.”

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Poland’s Justice Minister Launches Motion to Revoke Istanbul Convention

Polish Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced that he has sent an official notice to the Minister of Family, Labor and Social policy to renounce the Istanbul Convention, adding that the government is fulfilling its campaign obligation with the latest action.

Ziobro warned that parts of the document have an ideological agenda which attacks women and defines gender by solely to the social-cultural level.

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Polish Liberal Opposition Demands Election Re-Run After Losing to Duda

Despite previously promising to accept the results of the presidential election, liberal Civic Platform (PO) candidate Rafal Trzaskowski’s staff have filed an election protest to the Supreme Court demanding a second election after losing to conservative nationalist Andrzej Duda.

The main accusations the opposition has filed in its protest are an unconstitutional election date and the government’s involvement in Duda’s election campaign, according to Poish news portal Niezalezna.pl.

Duda, the presidential candidate from the nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS), won the election earlier this month with 51 percent of the vote to Trzaskowski’s 49 percent.

“We will not question the results of the elections. Rafal Trzaskowski will never do so, and neither will I,” said the chief of Trzaskowski’s election staff Cezary Tomczyk on July 14, 2020.

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UK: Daisy the St Bernard Dog Back Home After Scafell Pike Mountain Rescue

A St Bernard dog that had to be rescued from England’s highest mountain has fully recovered and is back home with her owners.

Daisy collapsed while descending Scafell Pike on Friday. She had shown signs of pain in her rear legs and had refused to move.

Members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team had to intervene and carried her down on a stretcher.

St Bernards are usually the ones helping with such missions — they were originally bred to rescue people in the Italian and Swiss Alps.

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UK: Environmentalism’s Radical Next Generation is Already Here

This past week, a new group calling itself Beyond Politics (BP) threw buckets of bright-pink paint at the entrances to the London offices of four global NGOs, including Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.

“We have no words to describe our disgust,” messages left at the scene told their targets. “We accuse you of appeasing radical evil.”

BP accuses NGOs of not taking the issue of climate change seriously enough. “In the face of this monstrosity, what have you done? F*** all that’s meaningful.”

This somewhat pathetic green-on-green hostility has yielded little media attention, but it illustrates the global environmental movement’s bizarre and longstanding contradictions.

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UK: Labour May Lose ‘Millions’ In Lawsuits Related to Antisemitism Scandal: Report

Nine new cases of legal action against Labour over breaches of privacy rules and data protection — related to ongoing antisemitism scandals — could allegedly cost the party “millions”.

Manchester-based law firm 3D Solicitors is representing the nine clients, described by The Observer as being former and current members of the Labour Party, who had, in confidence, reported claims of antisemitism to the then-party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The nine individuals’ emails and identities were then leaked in April in an internal Labour report on antisemitism.

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UK: Tory Centrists Strike Back: ‘One Nation’ Caucus Wants ‘The Liberal Boris’

The anti-Brexit ‘One Nation’ movement in the Tory Party aims to stop the Conservatives from becoming too right-wing by convincing Boris Johnson to “embrace his liberal instincts”.

The group had hitherto been defined by its Europhile stance. In its relaunch on Monday, anti-Breitbart MP Damian Green admitted that the Brexit question was settled. Mr Green wrote for ConservativeHome that One Nation Conservatives must redefine themselves as the movement seeking the “intellectual regeneration” of the party.

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UK: Unhealthy Foods Targeted and Checkout Snacks to be Banned in Obesity Crackdown

Unhealthy snacks will be banned at shop checkouts and junk food adverts will not be allowed on TV before 9pm, the prime minister is set to announce in bid to tackle the UK’s obesity issue.

Boris Johnson has revealed already how his own brush with Covid-19, which saw him require intensive care in April, convinced him of the need to tackle Britain’s bulging waistlines.

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Volkswagen Hunts for Informer Who Leaked Secret Talks

Nearly 50 hours of secretly recorded conversations appear to show Volkswagen engaging in legally dubious behavior in a dispute with a supplier. Now the carmaker is investigating who released them to the media.

German automaker Volkswagen (VW) is searching among its own employees for an informer who recorded and shared conversations from a sensitive project in 2017 and 2018, VW told news agency dpa on Monday.

Online magazine Business Insider (BI) on Saturday published excerpts from the recordings, which concerned VW’s response to an intense dispute with Bosnian supplier group Prevent.

VW said it was shocked to learn that internal and confidential meetings were documented and that such information would be “released to the public without authorization.”

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Youths Hurl Rocks Through Church Windows at Swedish Christians During Service

A group of youths attacked a Roman Catholic church in the Swedish town of Ystad, throwing rocks at church-goers during an evening mass.

The attack took place on Saturday evening, according to Father Eugeniusz Machnica, who said that three large rocks were thrown through the window of the church, one of which came close to hitting one of the parishioners. Witnesses say the culprits behind the attack were three male youths who fled the area after throwing the rocks.

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Putin Says Russian Navy Poised to Deploy Hypersonic Missiles and Underwater Nuclear Drones

Though some Western experts doubt the reliability of the claim, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that his Navy would soon be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons as well as underwater nuclear drones.

Officials in the Russian defense ministry corroborated Putin’s claim, saying that the weapons were in their final stages of testing.

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Russian FSB Agents Kill Suspected Central Asian Terrorist Near Moscow

Agents of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) shot and killed a Central Asian man who was planning a terrorist attack in Moscow, according to the Russian Interfax news agency.

The FSB said that the unnamed 27-year-old man opened fire on officers attempting to detain him in the city of Khimki near Moscow and was killed in the ensuing firefight.

“The FSB, jointly with the Interior Ministry and the Investigative Committee, has thwarted activities of a member of a terrorist organization, who planned to conduct a terror attack in a place of mass gatherings in Moscow,” the FSB wrote in a press release.

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India is Reportedly Looking to Ban 275 More Chinese Apps — Including PUBG

Last month, India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat, and UC Browser after tension between both nations at the border.

The country’s government is now inspecting to ban 275 more China-originated apps including popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG) and ByteDance’s music app Resso.

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Hong Kong Mulls Postponing Election Amid Ongoing Crackdown on Dissent

Amid an ever-widening crackdown on opposition voices and activism in Hong Kong, city leaders met on Tuesday to discuss postponing September’s legislative elections, as the University of Hong Kong (HKU) fired a democracy activist and prominent legal scholar for “misconduct.”

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Religious Freedom Commission Finds China Uses Extensive Surveillance to Monitor and Suppress Christians

The latest report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom revealed that the Chinese government was employing an “Orwellian surveillance state” to monitor minorities and religious communities in its borders. Christians are routinely subjected to various oppressive measures imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The CCP leverages modern technology such as advanced data analytics to track, monitor, and suppress several minority groups in the country.

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5-Year-Old Boy, Pastor Among 10 Christians Killed by Muslim Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Friday killed a five-year-old boy, a church pastor, and 10 other Christians in a series of attacks in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria, Morning Star News reported.

Between 8 p.m. and midnight, armed Fulani herdsmen ambushed the surrounding areas of the Christian-dominated town of Kafanchan, including Zikpak, Maigizoh, and Ungwan Masara.

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62 Per Cent of Britons Think Boris Johnson’s Government is Failing on Immigration

A poll has found that 62 per cent of the British public believe that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is performing “badly” in its handling of immigration, as illegal boat migrants in the English Channel soar to record levels.

The YouGov poll found that just 23 per cent of Britons think that the Conservative Party government is performing “well” on the issue of migration. The survey also showed that the percentage of people who are critical of the government’s handling of immigration has jumped from 44 per cent in March to 62 per cent this month.

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Asylum Seeker Avoids Deportation Despite Brutal Murder of 17-Year-Old Swedish Girl

On Monday, Sweden’s Uddevalla district court sentenced 23-year-old asylum seeker Tishko Ahmed to life in prison for the murder of his 17-year-old Swedish girlfriend Wilma Andersson, but despite the sentence, he will avoid being deported.

The high-profile case shocked Sweden after the public learned that the murderer dismembered the teen’s dead body and stored her head wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil inside his closet. The rest of her body still has not been found despite an extensive search involving thousands of police and volunteers.

Although the court has decided to proceed with sentencing the migrant just over a month ago, it had not revealed how long he would spend in prison as it waited for the results of a forensic psychiatric examination. However, the psychiatric experts’ statement indicates that Tishko does not suffer from any disorder that would prevent him from being sentenced to life in prison.

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Italy: Salvini Accuses Left Wing Government of Importing Coronavirus After Over 700 Migrants Escape Quarantine

Over 700 migrants have escaped migrant detention facilities in Italy, leading Italian opposition leader Matteo Salvini said on his Facebook page that the government is aiding the import of the coronavirus pandemic into the country with its policies.

Approximately 520 migrants fled the migration center in the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle over the weekend. According to ANSA, the center has capacity for only 100 migrants and 520 migrants were inside, leading to overcrowding. Almost all 520 broke out of a temporary quarantine set up inside the camp, according to Novinky.cz.

In addition, police also announced on Monday that in a separate incident that 200 more migrants had fled another center in Caltanisseta, Sicily in violation of. two-week quarantine over the weekend. Most of them have already been detained, and according to local media, they will once again be quarantined.

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Malta Says 65 Rescued Migrants Test Positive for COVID-19

VALLETTA (Reuters) — Sixty-five migrants who were in a group of 94 people rescued at sea and brought to Malta on Monday have tested positive for COVID-19, Malta’s health ministry said on Tuesday.

It was the single largest cluster of positive cases detected on the Mediterranean island since the first case came to light in the country on March 7.

The health ministry said 85 of the migrants had been tested so far, with a further nine still awaiting a test. The nationalities of those infected were not immediately given.

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Joe Biden’s Newly Announced “Women’s Agenda” Includes Significant Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

Demonstrating the dramatic change he would institute regarding abortion policy if elected president, former Vice President Joe Biden announced his “women’s agenda” on Tuesday. Contrasting sharply with Republican President Trump’s approach, Biden’s agenda included numerous overtures to the abortion lobby.

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Telegram CEO Slams Apple for Censoring in-App Content and Hiding This Censorship From Users

Pavel Durov, CEO of the popular messaging app Telegram has slammed Apple for the way it blocks certain apps from its App Store and restricts the content that’s allowed in approved apps.

Durov pointed to the restrictions Apple has imposed on Telegram which not only require the messaging app to censor content but also force the developers to hide this fact from users in some instances.

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Twitter Says it Will Start Blocking Some Links for “Hateful Conduct”

Twitter has announced that its link sharing rules will be getting stricter and that it will start blocking some links that violate its “hateful conduct” rules from July 30.

Twitter’s hateful conduct policy prohibits a wide range of contentincluding “content that degrades someone,” “dehumanizing speech” against groups of people based on four “protected” categories (age, disability, religion, or serious disease), “inciting fear” against these protected categories, “asserting that protected categories are more likely to take part in dangerous or illegal activities,” reinforcing “negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category,” and “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/28/2020

  1. I was put in the fb jail for 22 hours for calling someone a dummy for saying Trump supporters were low IQ. I had 2 posts on Corona virus censored by farcebook also.

    • Wow! You couldn’t be more wrong about we Deplorables. We just aren’t Communists, nazis or suffering from The Democrats Trump Derangement Syndrome. We don’t burn down buildings. We don’t riot. We don’t destroy property and we don’t follow the mainstreams press’ lies and propaganda. [ad hominem redacted]

  2. Feel good stories of the day-ESPN stands to lose tens of billions in ad revenue if American college feetsball doesn’t go on as planned.
    The Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann and other students of CovCath won a lawsuit against garbage agitprop Clowns Not News (CNN) network in the millions of dollars range.
    Facial recognition is being defeated by all the obedience muzzle (mask) wearing.
    The Sheila at the local Sack N’ Knave is getting testy about my boonie hat and bandit bandana setup with wraparound sunglasses.
    Some people are opting out of communist indoctrination or public school by banding together and paying independent teachers to school a small group of pupils.
    Commie teacher unions are angered and the Karen brigade is out shaming on the social media sewers by calling out the parenting skills which is none of their business.
    These holier than thou worthless degree diploma mill college educated drones think that they have some entitlement to rule over the rabble.
    Their comeuppance is going to be an EPIC WIN.

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