Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/3/2020

In advance of President Trump’s planned 4th of July event at Mount Rushmore, activists blocked the roads by disabling their vehicles, forcing authorities to bring in tow trucks. The National Guard moved in to arrest protesters, and prepared to use teargas against those who attempted to stop the event.

In other news, prominent friends of the late panderer Jeffrey Epstein are reportedly terrified that Mr. Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell will name names. The latest reports indicate that Ms. Maxwell has not yet committed suicide in detention.

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Financial Crisis
» France’s ‘Generation COVID’ Faces Bleak Future With Jobs Scarce
» Hungary Jobless Rate Rises to 4.1% in March-May — Stats
» Poland’s Unemployment Rate at 3.0 Pct in May — Eurostat
» Unemployment Across EU Remains the Lowest in Czechia
 
USA
» 16 Biden Union Allies Accused in Sexual Misconduct Suit
» 80% of Police Officers Said They Wouldn’t Recommend Job to Others
» After a Lawsuit by Residents, San Francisco Finally Cleans Homeless Camps Out of the Tenderloin District
» America’s National Parks Face Existential Crisis Over Race
» Antifa Terrorists Use Explosives to Attack Portland Law Enforcement, One Comrade Injured After Firework Blows Up in His Face (Videos)
» Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey’s Shutdown Order
» Biden Says We Should ‘Protect’ Columbus, Washington and Jefferson Statues
» Breaking From St. Louis: McCloskeys Have Armed Security Team on Balcony as BLM and Antifa Threaten Home on Friday Night
» CA Gov. Newsom Bans Singing in Churches to Curb Spread of Coronavirus
» Cleveland Indians Prepared to Discuss Changing Team Name
» Crowd Cheers as Tow Trucks Remove Disabled Vans Blocking Road to Mount Rushmore (Video)
» Downstate Judge Voids Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Coronavirus Orders; State to Appeal
» Exclusive: Roger Stone is Ordered to Report to Prison Where Pedophile Was Recently Released and Sent Home Due to Coronavirus
» Exclusive: Laura Loomer Campaign for Congress Censored Again — This Time by Facebook
» Face Masks Mandatory in Most of Texas Starting Friday
» Florida Man Friday: 99 Cans of Pabst on the Wall
» Fresno State President Refuses to Remove Gandhi Statue From Campus as Petition Nears 5,000 Signatures
» ‘Jane Doe’ Claims Ghislaine Maxwell Raped Her Multiple Times When She Was a Teen
» Kamala Harris’s Wikipedia Page Being Aggressively Edited, Leading to Speculation Biden Has Chosen Her as Running Mate
» KSU Refuses to Expel Student for Tweet About George Floyd’s Drug Use Despite Uproar
» Latest Poll Shows Voters Strongly Support Mount Rushmore and Historic Statues
» Liberal Group Calls on Activists to “Take to the Streets” In Fourth of July Protests
» National Guard Make Arrests, Prepare to Teargas Anarchists Blocking Road to Mount Rushmore (Videos)
» Newsom’s Winery Deletes Instagram Post Bragging About Being Open for 4th of July Weekend After Major Public Backlash
» NFL Plans to Perform Explicitly Religious “Black National Anthem” Before Its Season Opening Games
» Nike Removes Redskins Apparel, Name From Online Store
» NY Post: Make the Entire World Guard Ghislaine Maxwell
» Ohio Priest Indicted on Charges of Child Pornography, Juvenile Sex Trafficking
» Reporter Believes Epstein’s Friends Are “Terrified” Ghislaine Maxwell May Talk After Her Arrest
» Scholar Forced to Resign Over Study That Found Police Shootings Not Biased Against Blacks
» SCOTUS to Alabama: Skip the Court-Ordered Curbside Voting in the Primary
» Third Arrest Made From Protest Shooting in Downtown Provo
» Trump Vindicated? New Peer-Reviewed Hydroxychloroquine Study Shows Reduced COVID-19 Mortality
» Vanderburgh Co. Woman Facing Election Fraud Charges
» Video: Young Americans Totally Ignorant on What 4th July Represents
» Video: Far-Left Protesters Attack Man Holding Puppy
» Virginia Giuffre Ordered to Destroy Files That Contain Names of Epstein Associates
» Walmart is Transforming 160 Store Parking Lots to Drive-in Movie Theaters This Summer
» West Hills Teen Suspected of Setting Santa Monica Restaurant Fire During Civil Unrest
» Wow: FBI Nabs Decadent Nigerian Scammer ‘Hushpuppi’ For 100s of Millions in Cybercrime
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech Mining Company Suspends Operations Over COVID-10 Cases
» Denmark: Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid Statue Vandalised With ‘Racist Fish’ Graffiti
» EU Recovery Package Does Not Reward Responsible Economic Policies
» EU: Millions of Health Products With Counterfeit EU Approval Markings Being Sold
» France’s Macron Picks Jean Castex as PM After Philippe Resigns
» Government Closes Schools in Some Areas of Upper Austria
» Italian Antitrust Chief Blasts ‘Tax Havens’ Within the EU
» North Adriatic Relies on Team Working, Germans Are Welcome
» PM Orban: Hungary Will Not Open Its Borders to Non-EU Citizens Except Serbia
» Poland: Duda: Civic Platform Government Conducted a “Policy of Mediocrity and of Stuffing the Pockets”
» Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) Detains Two Iraqis Financing ISIS
» Spain Sees 49% Drop in Furloughed Workers Since Lockdown Peak
» Study Finds Czechia Has the Best Manufacturing Conditions in Europe
» UK: “We Do Not Tolerate Racism” Says University That Just Promoted “Kneecap White Men” Professor
» UK: After China’s Hong Kong Power Grab, Boris Makes Clearest Signal Yet Over Huawei
» UK: Boris Condemns Black Lives Matter ‘Bullying’ Police Into Take the Knee
» UK: Female Muslim Convert Who Plotted to Blow Up St Paul’s Cathedral Smiles and Salutes ISIS as She is Jailed
» UK: Radio Host Suspended for Denying He Had ‘White Privilege’ Reinstated
 
Balkans
» Croatia: The Country Toward the Vote, Uncertain Outcome
 
South Asia
» Brave Hindus of Pakistan Decide to Defy Fatwa and Go Ahead With Construction of Krishna Temple in Islamabad
 
Far East
» China Never Reported Existence of Coronavirus to World Health Organization
» Exclusive: Hong Kong Activists Discuss ‘Parliament-in-Exile’ After China Crackdown
» Japan Stands in Solidarity With India, Says it Opposes Any Unilateral Attempts to Change the Status Quo by China
» New Species of Dogfish Discovered in Japan
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Christian Church in Nigeria Reports 8,370 Dead at the Hands of Boko Haram
 
Immigration
» Migrant Transport NGO Brings More Coronavirus Positive Migrants to Italy
» PM Orban: Hungary Does Not Believe in Peaceful Co-Existence of Parallel Societies
 
Culture Wars
» “Concept Incubator” Envisages Babies Being Grown at Home in a Pod
» Massachusetts City Officially Recognizes Partnerships of 3 or More Spouses
» Petition to Replace Christopher Columbus Statue in NJ With Black Trans Activist Has Over 96,000 Signatures
» Twitter Scraps “Offensive” Terms Such as “Whitelist, “ “Man Hours” In Favor of More “Inclusive Language”
» Video Game Developer Ends Racism by Erasing ‘OK’ Hand Gesture From Call of Duty
» Virginia Police Will Now Ask for Race, Gender During Traffic Stops
 

France’s ‘Generation COVID’ Faces Bleak Future With Jobs Scarce

PARIS (Reuters) — In September, Eugenie Fillon should begin a two-year master’s degree in luxury hotel management that combines academic studies with a salaried apprenticeship. The problem: during the worst economic downturn in decades, hotels in France aren’t hiring.

If the 22-year-old fails to secure a placement, not only will she be deprived of a starting income and on-the-job experience. She will also be on the hook for fees worth 18,000 euros.

“Normally there are job offers out there. But there have barely been any since the crisis struck,” Fillon said, as she scoured online job ads on a park bench in Nantes, in the west of the country.

[Comment: Three European countries — Poland, Hungary, and the Czechia — have low unemployment. The unemployment problem in France is due to the policies of the French government.]

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

Hungary Jobless Rate Rises to 4.1% in March-May — Stats

BUDAPEST, June 29 (Reuters) — Hungary’s unemployment rate rose to an average of 4.1% in the March-May period from 3.8% in February-April, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Monday, in data that first reflects the initial effects of the coronavirus.

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Poland’s Unemployment Rate at 3.0 Pct in May — Eurostat

Poland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 3.0 percent in May 2020, up from 2.9 in April, Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office reported on Thursday.

According to Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), Poland’s unemployment grew to 6.0 percent in May 2020 from 5.8 percent in April.

The discrepancy between GUS and Eurostat figures results from the use of different methodologies.

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

Unemployment Across EU Remains the Lowest in Czechia

According to Eurostat data, the unemployment rate in the European Union rose to 6.7 percent in May, from 6.6 percent in April. However, it remained the lowest in the Czech Republic, despite rising by 0.2 percentage points to 2.4 percent.

In the eurozone alone, the unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent in May from 7.3 percent in April. However, its growth was slower than analysts had expected. According to a Reuters survey, experts predicted an increase to 7.7 percent.

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

16 Biden Union Allies Accused in Sexual Misconduct Suit

Federal workers have filed suit against 16 officials of the American Federation of Government Employees, accusing them of perpetuating racial and sexual misconduct and covering up the incidents. The suit sheds new light on former union President Jeffrey David Cox’s abuse of power and the resulting coverup of misconduct by his successor, Dr. Everett Kelley.

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

80% of Police Officers Said They Wouldn’t Recommend Job to Others

A study conducted by a law enforcement training organization found that less than 8% of current police officers would recommend the profession to others.

In a survey of more than 10,000 active law enforcement officers, Calibre Press/Police One revealed that 80% of respondents said they would discourage a loved one from pursuing the role.

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

After a Lawsuit by Residents, San Francisco Finally Cleans Homeless Camps Out of the Tenderloin District

The coronavirus pandemic was (and still is) a potential disaster for the homeless. In San Francisco, the city was forced to reduce the number of homeless people in each of the city’s shelters to prevent them from becoming hotspots for the virus. But doing that meant a lot more people living on the streets. In the Tenderloin district, the number of tents went from 158 on March 3 to 391 by May 1. Even the police officers who normally handle drug-dealing in the area were pulled out creating a defacto lawless zone, a homeless version of Seattle’s CHOP. And just as happened with CHOP, local residents quickly got fed up and filed a lawsuit against the city.

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

America’s National Parks Face Existential Crisis Over Race

A mostly white workforce, visitation threatens parks’ survival and public health.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Antifa Terrorists Use Explosives to Attack Portland Law Enforcement, One Comrade Injured After Firework Blows Up in His Face (Videos)

Downtown Portland has been under siege by rioting Antifa militants for over 30 days straight.

Thursday night Antifa targeted the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, smashed windows and set fires, reported Andy Ngo.

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

Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey’s Shutdown Order

Arizona’s gym owners want big brother off their lats.

Some of the state’s fitness centers have announced that they will remain open in defiance of an order Gov. Doug Ducey (R) issued on Monday mandating they close, along with bars, movie theaters, and water parks. That order has come amidst a rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.

“We were asked to close in five hours,” Tom Hatten, CEO of the Mountainside Fitness chain, said at a press conference, according to the Washington Examiner. Hatten has since filed a lawsuit against Ducey over his closure order, which his complaint calls”arbitrary and irrational.”

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

Biden Says We Should ‘Protect’ Columbus, Washington and Jefferson Statues

Former Vice President Joe Biden said during a press conference Tuesday the government has a “responsibility to protect” the statues of Christopher Columbus, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

“Taking down, toppling the Christopher Columbus statue or the George Washington statue, I think that is something that the government has an opportunity and a responsibility to protect from happening,” Biden said when asked about his thoughts on monuments and statues being removed across the country.

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

Breaking From St. Louis: McCloskeys Have Armed Security Team on Balcony as BLM and Antifa Threaten Home on Friday Night

Last weekend hundreds of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters broke through the gate on Portland Place, a private street in St. Louis.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey were eating dinner when the criminal mob marched down their street, painted the street and protested in front of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.

The McCloskeys, in fear for their lives and property, armed themselves and told the protesters to get off their property.

The McCloskeys made the national news for brandishing their guns and protecting their home.

Last night we received word that the criminal Black Lives Matter protest mob was planning another rally on Friday night and they were going to target the McCloskey home.

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

CA Gov. Newsom Bans Singing in Churches to Curb Spread of Coronavirus

New orders issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ban singing in churches.

The California Department of Public Health ordered all faiths to “discontinue singing and chanting activities,” according to local media.

Churches were originally encouraged to cease singing and chanting when they were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity in late May. Now, state officials are saying that it is mandatory because “singing and chanting negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.”

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

Cleveland Indians Prepared to Discuss Changing Team Name

Things are happening fast around the sports world when it comes to team names and mascots. With things changing to represent a more politically correct culture, the NFL’s Washington Redskins are now having discussions about changing their name.

MLB’s Cleveland Indians, who have boasted that name for more than a century, are also potentially set to follow suit.

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

Crowd Cheers as Tow Trucks Remove Disabled Vans Blocking Road to Mount Rushmore (Video)

Anarchists and leftists on Friday disabled vans and blocked the road to President Trump’s Mount Rushmore event.

RSBN reported that Antifa militants removed bats from their white vans.

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

Downstate Judge Voids Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Coronavirus Orders; State to Appeal

A southern Illinois judge on Thursday declared void Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s orders aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, saying state law doesn’t allow governors to extend disaster proclamations beyond 30 days or restrict the activities of residents and businesses by executive order.

Pritzker first declared a statewide disaster because of COVID-19 on March 9 and has issued extensions every 30 days. Those proclamations have been the legal basis for the governor’s stay-at-home order and restrictions in each phase of his “Restore Illinois” reopening plan.

[Comment: I expect the hacks in the higher courts in Illinois to uphold the governor’s order, unfortunately ]

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

Exclusive: Roger Stone is Ordered to Report to Prison Where Pedophile Was Recently Released and Sent Home Due to Coronavirus

Corrupt Obama Judge Amy Berman Jackson declined Roger Stone’s plea and ordered him to report to prison on July 14th.

This is the same prison that has a coronavirus outbreak so bad the government just released a pedophile due to the danger.

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

Exclusive: Laura Loomer Campaign for Congress Censored Again — This Time by Facebook

Facebook shuts down another conservative who loves America. The Laura Loomer campaign was this hour’s conservative being censored by social media.

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

Face Masks Mandatory in Most of Texas Starting Friday

Face masks will be mandatory in most of Texas starting Friday, thanks to an executive order issued Thursday requiring residents to wear face masks in public in any county with 20 or more coronavirus cases.

“We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another — and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces,” Abbott said.

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

Florida Man Friday: 99 Cans of Pabst on the Wall

I hate to get all philosophical at the start of a lighthearted Florida Man Friday, so I won’t.

But I do need to remind you briefly that Communists like to engage in “heightening the contradictions” in order to increase political power.

So how about “heightening the absurdity” in order to decrease political power?

That’s exactly what Florida Man did this week as you’ll see on another thrilling episode of…

Florida Man Friday!

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

Fresno State President Refuses to Remove Gandhi Statue From Campus as Petition Nears 5,000 Signatures

For Generation X, Mohandas Gandhi is primarily known for his role in a Seinfeld plot involving a steamy romance and an oil-dipped George Costanza.

For Generation Z, the Indian peace activist is just another bigot who should be canceled.

As a Change.org petition demanding the removal of Gandhi’s statue from California State University-Fresno approaches 5,000 signatures on Wednesday night, the president of the public university has refused to give in.

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

‘Jane Doe’ Claims Ghislaine Maxwell Raped Her Multiple Times When She Was a Teen

A woman only identified as “Jane Doe” has come forward to claim that she was raped dozens of times between the ages of 14 and 16 by Ghislaine Maxwell.

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

Kamala Harris’s Wikipedia Page Being Aggressively Edited, Leading to Speculation Biden Has Chosen Her as Running Mate

The Wikipedia page of California Democratic Senator and American lawyer Kamala Harris has experienced an aggressive amount of edits over the past three weeks, leading to speculation that Joe Biden has chosen her as his running mate in the 2020 Election.

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

KSU Refuses to Expel Student for Tweet About George Floyd’s Drug Use Despite Uproar

It may be offensive to tweet about George Floyd’s drug use, but Kansas State University said it cannot expel a student for his tweets without violating the First Amendment.

The announcement came one day after the free-speech advocacy group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent the school a letter reminding KSU of its Constitutional obligations.

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

Latest Poll Shows Voters Strongly Support Mount Rushmore and Historic Statues

Still standing.

After the recent spate of violence, arson and attacks on American monuments and history Americans still strongly support Mount Rushmore and historic statues.

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

Liberal Group Calls on Activists to “Take to the Streets” In Fourth of July Protests

A New York-based liberal activist group founded in 2016 and called “Refuse Fascism,” has organized large Fourth of July protests in major cities across the country.

The group, primarily focused on the removal of President Trump, says it has events planned in at least 13 metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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

National Guard Make Arrests, Prepare to Teargas Anarchists Blocking Road to Mount Rushmore (Videos)

Update: Protesters have been given until 7:00 PM local time to leave or else they will be removed.

Anarchists and leftists on Friday disabled vans and blocked the road to President Trump’s Mount Rushmore event.

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

Newsom’s Winery Deletes Instagram Post Bragging About Being Open for 4th of July Weekend After Major Public Backlash

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) this week shut down wineries, indoor dining, movie theaters, museums and zoos in 19 counties across the state.

Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange County on Wednesday were ordered to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, zoos and museums.

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

NFL Plans to Perform Explicitly Religious “Black National Anthem” Before Its Season Opening Games

According to multiple reports, the National Football League is making plans to have the song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” performed prior to the national anthem at each of its opening day games. The song, often referred to as the “black national anthem,” was originally written as a poem before being set to music, just like “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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

Nike Removes Redskins Apparel, Name From Online Store

Nike, which provides the NFL with uniforms and team apparel, has reportedly removed all Washington Redskins merchandise, including the team name, from its online store.

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

NY Post: Make the Entire World Guard Ghislaine Maxwell

Will she or won’t she? That’s the big question about Ghislaine Maxwell after her indictment for sex trafficking, abuse, and perjury, but it’s really two questions. Will she cooperate in going after Jeffrey Epstein’s other enablers and co-abusers? More urgently, though, will she survive long enough to cooperate?

The editors of the New York Post note the priorities here, and offer a unique solution. This time around, we can’t afford a suicide, so let’s put as many eyes on her as possible. In fact, let’s put all eyes on Maxwell.

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

Ohio Priest Indicted on Charges of Child Pornography, Juvenile Sex Trafficking

An Ohio Catholic priest has been indicted on child pornography, child exploitation, and juvenile sex trafficking charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland alleged on Thursday.

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

Reporter Believes Epstein’s Friends Are “Terrified” Ghislaine Maxwell May Talk After Her Arrest

A day after the high-profile arrest of the woman Jeffrey Epstein called his “best friend,” Ghislaine Maxwell, those familiar with the scandal are saying several of Epstein’s friends and associates are “probably pretty terrified at this moment.”

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

Scholar Forced to Resign Over Study That Found Police Shootings Not Biased Against Blacks

Michigan State University leaders have successfully pressured Stephen Hsu to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation after the Graduate Employees Union launched a campaign to oust him from his role.

This came after the union, which represents teaching and research assistants, crawled through years of blog posts and interviews Hsu had conducted and criticized him for sharing content on genetic differences among different races.

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

SCOTUS to Alabama: Skip the Court-Ordered Curbside Voting in the Primary

In fact, pretty much skip everything lower courts told Alabama to do related to its upcoming primary in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court ordered last night. On a stay issued with a relatively rare recorded vote, the justices blocked lower-court orders that would have forced Alabama to change its election rules with less than two weeks to go before the election. The terse order didn’t include the majority’s reasoning, but the precedent of Wisconsin earlier in this term with the same 5-4 split seems to be the likeliest explanation.

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

Third Arrest Made From Protest Shooting in Downtown Provo

Police arrested a third person in connection with a violent incident during a protest in downtown Provo on June 29.

Ogden native Bradley Walters was taken to the Utah County Jail on Wednesday night on felony charges of aggravated assault and rioting.

An affidavit of probable cause was filed by Provo Police explaining Walters’ involvement in the incident at the intersection of University Avenue and Center Street on June 29.

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

Trump Vindicated? New Peer-Reviewed Hydroxychloroquine Study Shows Reduced COVID-19 Mortality

A new large-scale study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System concluded that hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug touted by Trump as a potentially game-changing treatment for the coronavirus, successfully lowered mortality rates for hospitalized coronavirus patients. The results were published Thursday in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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

Vanderburgh Co. Woman Facing Election Fraud Charges

A Vanderburgh County woman is facing a Level 6 felony charge for allegedly sending out fraudulent absentee ballot applications that already had the Democratic Party box checked.

According to the Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden, hundreds of absentee ballot applications mailed out sometime between April and May already had the Democratic Party box checked. Hayden said even after being asked to stop by the elections office, the individual continued sending them out.

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

Video: Young Americans Totally Ignorant on What 4th July Represents

In a video produced by Campus Reform, young Americans displayed a complete lack of knowledge about the 4th July holiday, instead bleating about how the country is racist.

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

Video: Far-Left Protesters Attack Man Holding Puppy

A video from a recent BLM protest shows far-left demonstrators physically attacking a man holding a puppy and then telling other activists not to film the incident.

The start of the clip shows the man holding the puppy surrounded by a mob who scream at him, “You’re not welcome here!”

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

Virginia Giuffre Ordered to Destroy Files That Contain Names of Epstein Associates

Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre has been ordered by a US District Judge to destroy files that contain names of the billionaire sex trafficker’s associates because they were improperly obtained.

Senior US District Judge Loretta Preska also said that Giuffre’s attorneys will need to provide proof that the documents have been destroyed and that, “Counsel shall submit an affidavit detailing the steps taken to do so.”

“Preska’s ruling came after a request by attorney Alan Dershowitz to gain access to the documents. Giuffre has claimed that Dershowitz was one of the men Epstein forced her to have sex with. In response, Dershowitz sued Giuffre for defamation in 2019. Dershowitz claimed that obtaining the Epstein files would be an asset to his defense,” reports Newsweek.

“Preska said in her ruling that Dershowitz’s desire to see all of the files “with over a thousand docket entries” was not a “targeted strike” but a “carpet bombing.”

The documents, which run to some 2,000 pages long, apparently contain hundreds of names of people linked to Epstein.

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

Walmart is Transforming 160 Store Parking Lots to Drive-in Movie Theaters This Summer

Walmart has decided to bring families together for a little summer fun amid the coronavirus pandemic with a drive-in movie tour.

Yes, you read that correctly. Walmart is partnering up with Tribeca Enterprises to transform 160 of its store parking lots into contact-free drive-in movie theaters.

“Beginning in August, Walmart will roll out this red carpet experience in towns across the country for a combined 320 showings,” the company wrote on its website. “This family-friendly night will include hit movies, special appearances from filmmakers and celebrities and concessions delivered right to customer vehicles.”

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

West Hills Teen Suspected of Setting Santa Monica Restaurant Fire During Civil Unrest

LOS ANGELES — A West Hills man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges alleging he started a fire that caused substantial damage to the Sake House by Hikari in Santa Monica on May 31 during a night of civil unrest.

Micah Tillmon, 19, was arrested without incident by special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and officers with the Santa Monica Police Department, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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

Wow: FBI Nabs Decadent Nigerian Scammer ‘Hushpuppi’ For 100s of Millions in Cybercrime

“Hushpuppi,” a Nigerian scammer suspected of trying to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, was taken into FBI custody in Chicago on Thursday evening.

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. “Ray Hushpuppi” and “Hush,” a Nigerian national, had just been expelled from the United Arab Emirates for various suspected crimes after his arrest last week.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Abbas will face criminal charges “alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.”

United States Attorney Nick Hanna said, “This case targets a key player in a large, transnational conspiracy who was living an opulent lifestyle in another country while allegedly providing safe havens for stolen money around the world.”

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

Czech Mining Company Suspends Operations Over COVID-10 Cases

The OKD company has suspended mining in all mines in the Karvina region in the east of the Czech Republic after 704 of its employees, or 20.7 percent, tested positive for COVID-19.

The vast majority of those infected have zero or very mild symptoms. “The miners don’t take it as a disease. They had no idea they were infected, and it couldn’t be recognized from the outside either. It is hard to blame them, they looked and felt healthy,” said Petr Koprivik from the regional Public Health Office.

Mining at the OKD company will be suspended for six weeks. So far, it has been enforced only in the Darkov Mine, where the first outbreak of the disease appeared two months ago.

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

Denmark: Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid Statue Vandalised With ‘Racist Fish’ Graffiti

The Copenhagen statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid has been vandalised, with the phrase “racist fish” scrawled on its stone base in the Danish capital’s harbour.

No one has come forward to claim responsibility for defacing the famous landmark, which has been regularly targeted over the years.

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

EU Recovery Package Does Not Reward Responsible Economic Policies

The European Commission’s economic recovery package in its current form will in effect penalize countries with good fiscal policies, Hungarian think-tank Szazadvég writes in its analysis.

Although the European Commission presented its economic recovery package more than a month ago, on May 28, there is still very little information regarding either the actual borrowing method or the distribution of the funds between member states. With setting up the more than €750 billion package, the EU has wiped out a decade-long taboo by in effect making all member states participate in taking out the loan. Szazadvég looked at the available information on how that could impact Hungary and the Central European region.

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EU: Millions of Health Products With Counterfeit EU Approval Markings Being Sold

The European Union fraud agency OLAF has seized millions of health products with counterfeit EU certifications as criminals attempt to take advantage of the Wuhan coronavirus crisis.

OLAF’s Director-General Ville Itälä said the agency had seen fake EU certifications on everything from medical masks to medicine and respirators since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

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France’s Macron Picks Jean Castex as PM After Philippe Resigns

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has tendered his resignation after heading President Emmanuel Macron’s government for three years.

The president swiftly named centre-right mayor Jean Castex to lead a new team of ministers after a reshuffle.

Although Mr Philippe was considered more popular than the president, the ruling party had poor local election results at the weekend.

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Government Closes Schools in Some Areas of Upper Austria

The infections rise again, the hotbed in a free church in Lin

(ANSA) — BOLZANO, 02 LUG — In Austria, the coronavirus infections began rising again (677 active cases), and schools were closed in some areas of Upper Austria.

The hotbed would be a free church in Linz, usually attended by migrants.

In Upper Austria, the infections increased by 129 cases yesterday, whereas today, health minister Rudolf Anschober reported, growth slowed again (+42 cases). The minister said he was worried “especially in anticipation of what might happen in the autumn.”

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Italian Antitrust Chief Blasts ‘Tax Havens’ Within the EU

Fiscal dumping by Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland — Rustichelli

(ANSA) — ROME, JUL 2 — Roberto Rustichelli, the head of the Italian antitrust authority, said Thursday that the fiscal polices of the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland made them “authentic tax havens within the eurozone”.

He told a Lower House committee that these countries conduct “aggressive fiscal practices that damage the economies of the other member States and, in part thanks to these practices, register very high growth rates”.

He said that, at the moment, the EU’s legislative framework has led to “a disparity in the competition conditions of the market between member States” as it allowed “fiscal and contribution dumping between countries”.

Rustichelli said that, while Italy’s GDP has grown 5% in the last five years, Ireland’s has risen 60%, Luxembourg’s 17% and the Netherlands 12% in the same period.

He said that companies moving their tax bases to other European countries was hitting Italy hard.

“Some studies estimate that, due to unfair fiscal competition at the European level, the Italian tax authorities lose the possibility to tax over 23 billion dollars of profits,” he said.

“11 billion of profits are moved to moved to Luxembourg, over six billion to Ireland, 3.5 billion to the Netherlands and over two billion to Belgium.

“This leads to damage to Italy that can be estimated to amount to between five and eight billion dollars a year”.

Rustichelli said that this means demands for fiscal frugality from countries such as the Netherlands should be seen in a new light.

“This situation takes on an additional problematic consequence in the case in which countries that support these unfair fiscal practices demand budget tightening from the countries they drain resources from,”he said.

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North Adriatic Relies on Team Working, Germans Are Welcome

Veneto, Emilia Romagna, and Friuli VG share TV campaign

(ANSA) — JESOLO, 01 LUG — Three hundred kilometers of the coasts of the Upper Adriatic are working together to convince German and Austrian tourists to return immediately to Italy for their summer holidays. The governors of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, along with Stefano Bonaccini, governor of Emilia Romagna, and Massimiliano Fedriga, governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia, launched the first joint promotional campaign this morning from the three cities symbol of hospitality, relaxation, entertainment and summer nightlife in the Northern Adriatic area: Jesolo (Venice), Cesenatico (Forlí-Cesena) and Lignano Sabbiadoro (Udine).

The three regions have decided to work together to relaunch Italian tourism on international markets, through a joint strategy. For the first time, they will jointly promote their holiday offer on the German market as a single destination with many opportunities. The enhancement of this “Italian tourist macro area” is entrusted to a TV campaign on the most famous German weather forecast site (wetter.com) and on national private generalist TV channels, under the claim “Friaul, Venetien und Emilia Romagna, die italienische Adria. Nichts liegt näher!” which means “Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Emilia Romagna, the Italian Adriatic Riviera. Nothing is closer!”. A claim that focuses on ease of access to Italian beaches that can be reached both by car and by plane.

In Jesolo, Zaia chose a symbolic place for the launch: the Cavalieri Palace, already renamed the “The Germans’ Hotel”, which was “stormed” by tourists from Germany at the beginning of June, when the borders of the EU reopened. The alliance between the three regions of the Northern Adriatic Sea has a symbolic meaning also from a political point of view. To support the economy, those who until a few months ago were fierce rivals have become loyal allies to attract millions of Germans who make up the core of the GDP of the Riviera and a large part of the country.

The truce had already occurred in the lockdown phase, when Zaia and Bonaccini united in a common front against the government to manage the health crisis, and speed up the reopening of production activities, and regional and national borders. The governors underlined that the three regions of the Northern Adriatic Riviera are the ones that have been able to best deal with the impact of the infections and the coronavirus crisis in Northern Italy.

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PM Orban: Hungary Will Not Open Its Borders to Non-EU Citizens Except Serbia

Despite a June 30 recommendation by the European Commission, Hungary will not open its borders to citizens of 14 non-EU states, with the exception of its southern neighbor Serbia, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday in a video message posted on his Facebook page.

“There is not much trouble yet, a second wave has not started, but the European Union has made a proposal: we should open our borders to 14 non-EU countries; we have come together to discuss this. We will have a decision soon,” Orban said at 6 a.m. on Thursday as he arrived at the meeting of the coronavirus operative group.

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Poland: Duda: Civic Platform Government Conducted a “Policy of Mediocrity and of Stuffing the Pockets”

During his speech at a rally in West Pomerania, Andrzej Duda emphasized that under his term, the lowest number of Poles living in extreme poverty in Polish modern history was achieved.

He stated that he wants his policies of brave investments and caring for other people to continue. There will be no return to “a policy of mediocrity and caring only for the elite, of stuffing the pockets of the Warsaw elite, the richest people who made their riches at the cost of the rest of society,” he said.

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Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) Detains Two Iraqis Financing ISIS

Two Iraqi citizens were detained at the request of the prosecutor’s office for organized crime and corruption. They were accused of sending funds to the Islamic State (ISIS).

The Iraqis had lived in Poland for a long time and conducted their operations mainly in Lower Silesia and Wroclaw. They also often travelled abroad in Europe.

The operation to stop the Iraqis was carried out in Warsaw by ABW officers. The men were detained due to a bank transfer they made to an account identified as one belonging to ISIS.

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Spain Sees 49% Drop in Furloughed Workers Since Lockdown Peak

(Bloomberg) — An average of 178,000 workers have been exiting Spain’s furlough program every week to return to their jobs, a sign that the economic recovery is slowly gathering pace in a country that’s expected to suffer one of Europe’s deepest recessions this year.

The daily exodus has accelerated as authorities gradually lifted a strict nationwide lockdown that crippled Europe’s fourth-largest economy. There were around 1.75 million workers in the furlough scheme as of July 1, Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva said, a decline of almost 50% from the 3.4 million enrolled at the height of Spain’s confinement at the end of April.

On average, the number has been falling by about 5% each week since then, said the minister, a former official at the European Central Bank and the Bank for International Settlements. That’s a faster rate than countries such as France and Belgium, according to data compiled by his ministry, which oversees the scheme.

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Study Finds Czechia Has the Best Manufacturing Conditions in Europe

According to a study by the commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, the Czech Republic has the most favorable conditions for expanding manufacturing, ranking fourth in the global index. Better conditions are only found in China, the United States, and India.

The Czech Republic’s success was mainly caused by its low level of risk, excellent location, and low operating costs. This year, the ability to restart the economy after the coronavirus crisis was also evaluated and Czechia succeeded in this parameter too.

Since 2016, when the Czech Republic was first included in the ranking, it has been one of the most suitable destinations for manufacturing companies and their operations.

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UK: “We Do Not Tolerate Racism” Says University That Just Promoted “Kneecap White Men” Professor

Cambridge University insisted “we do not tolerate racism” after accepting historian David Starkey’s resignation, having previously promoted another professor who admitted she had urges to “kneecap white men.”

Starkey is facing widespread cancellation from numerous positions at several major educational institutions after he made controversial comments on race during an interview with conservative commentator Darren Grimes.

The historian argued that slavery did not represent genocide because there were still “so many damn blacks” in both Africa and the UK

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UK: After China’s Hong Kong Power Grab, Boris Makes Clearest Signal Yet Over Huawei

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given his clearest signal yet that he would reconsider allowing Huawei to help build the UK’s 5G network after China launched an audacious power grab on Hong Kong.

Carefully caveating his remarks with the statement that he remains a “sinophile”, Prime Minister Johnson said that “what’s happened in Hong Kong is plainly an unacceptable breach of the letter and the spirit of the Joint Declaration of principles of the basic law. It’s already having a chilling effect on free speech and civil society in Hong Kong.

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UK: Boris Condemns Black Lives Matter ‘Bullying’ Police Into Take the Knee

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned Black Lives Matter activists for bullying police officers into ‘taking the knee’.

Referencing early Black Lives Matter protests in London, Prime Minister Johnson remarked: “If you think of what happened with those police officers standing at the Cenotaph where they were being insulted in really quite aggressive terms by some members of the crowd and told to take the knee.

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UK: Female Muslim Convert Who Plotted to Blow Up St Paul’s Cathedral Smiles and Salutes ISIS as She is Jailed

A Muslim convert who is believed to be the UK’s first female suicide bomb plotter has been jailed for planning to “blow St Paul’s Cathedral to the ground” and “kill as many people as possible”.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 37, who professed support for Islamic State, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday to life imprisonment with a minimum incarceration term of 14 years.

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UK: Radio Host Suspended for Denying He Had ‘White Privilege’ Reinstated

An Isle of Man radio host suspended for denying he had “white privilege” had been reinstated after the Free Speech Union went to bat for him.

Man, which is technically neither part of the United Kingdom nor a British Overseas Territory like the Falkland Islands but a semi-independent Crown Dependency tied to the British government through its historic relationship with the British Crown, was home to fewer than 200 people who identified as Black/Black British when its 2011 census was taken, along with 1,624 people who identified as Asian/Asian British, 354 people who identified as Other, and 748 people who identified as Mixed — less than 3.5 per cent of the population, all told.

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Croatia: The Country Toward the Vote, Uncertain Outcome

Elections on Sunday, concerns about the resurgence in infections

(ANSA) — ROME, JUNE 29 — Croatia is approaching the general election next Sunday amid growing tension due to the strong growth in coronavirus cases. Uncertainty about the outcome of the vote remains high, as there is substantial equality between the two main political sides. Many parties, including the main opposition force, a large center-left coalition, have suspended all pre-election activities involving direct contact with voters. Some question the legitimacy of the election, arguing that many citizens would desert the polling stations, whereas for those in self-isolation it is unclear whether they will be able to vote. According to polls, the center-left coalition, led by Davor Bernardic’s Social Democrats, would win 29.3% of the vote, while the conservatives led by the outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic are given 28.4%. The center-left coalition is slightly ahead with 60 probable MPs, against 56 for the conservatives. But neither side would reach the majority of 76 MPs (out of 151). For this reason, the result of the nationalist right-wing, grouped in the Patriotic Movement, led by the famous singer Miroslav Skoro (11%, according to polls), will be decisive. Skoro has not ruled out a post-election coalition with the conservatives but on the condition that Plenkovic, whom he considers too centrist and pro-European, will resign as prime minister. The center-left looks to the liberal center (around 3%) and the Greens (5%). Even a “grand coalition” between the two main political formations cannot be ruled out. The latter solution, anyway, would be considered if the other post-election possibilities failed, and in the presence of an intense second wave of the coronavirus, that would prevent the return to the polls in the autumn.

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Brave Hindus of Pakistan Decide to Defy Fatwa and Go Ahead With Construction of Krishna Temple in Islamabad

In face of grave religious persecution, including fatwa (Islamic decree) issued by a Lahore-based prominent Islamic seminary and threats from Muslim fundamentalists, brave Hindus in Pakistan have decided to go ahead with building a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in the country’s capital Islamabad.

Braving the odds of building a Hindu temple in a predominantly radicalised Islamic country, the tiny Hindu population of Islamabad have made up their mind of building a Sri Krishna temple on the 20,000 sq ft land allotted to them by the Pakistani government.

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China Never Reported Existence of Coronavirus to World Health Organization

Contrary to claims from both Chinese officials and the World Health Organization, China did not report the existence of the coronavirus in late 2019, according to a WHO timeline tracking the spread of the virus. Rather, international health officials discovered the virus through information posted to a U.S. website.

The quiet admission from the international health organization, which posted an “updated” timeline to its website this week, flies in the face of claims from some of its top officials, including WHO director general Tedros Adhanom, who maintained for months that China had informed his organization about the emerging sickness.

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Exclusive: Hong Kong Activists Discuss ‘Parliament-in-Exile’ After China Crackdown

LONDON (Reuters) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are discussing a plan to create an unofficial parliament-in-exile to keep the flame of democracy alive and send a message to China that freedom cannot be crushed, campaigner Simon Cheng told Reuters.

Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, was convulsed by months of often violent pro-democracy, anti-China protests last year against Chinese interference in its promised freedoms, the biggest political crisis for Beijing since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

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Japan Stands in Solidarity With India, Says it Opposes Any Unilateral Attempts to Change the Status Quo by China

Standing in solidarity with India, the Japanese ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki on Friday re-iterated that Japan was opposed to any unilateral action to change the status quo along the India-China border.

In a strong gesture of support for India amidst the ongoing tensions with China along the LAC, Japan delivered a powerful message to China that it will not accept any change in status-quo along the India-China border. Suzuki, through his official Twitter handle, posted the solidarity message after his conversation with India’s foreign secretary Harsh Shringla.

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New Species of Dogfish Discovered in Japan

A new deep-water dogfish shark: Squalus shiraii, was discovered in the tropical waters of Southern Japan by an international team of scientists, led by Dr. Sarah Viana from South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.

The new shark has the body length of 59-77 cm and some unique characteristics such as tall first dorsal fin and caudal fin with broad white margins. Currently, the species is known exclusively as a Japanese endemic, occurring in the tropical shallow waters of Southern Japan in the North-western Pacific.

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Christian Church in Nigeria Reports 8,370 Dead at the Hands of Boko Haram

The largest indigenous Christian denomination in the Northeast of Nigeria has reported a death toll of more than 8,370 of its members due to attacks from the Boko Haram Islamic terror group.

The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, known in Hausa as Ekklesiyya Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), reportedly has 1.5 million members spread mostly across the Northeast of the nation. The majority of the Boko Haram slayings of EYN members have taken place in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States.

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Migrant Transport NGO Brings More Coronavirus Positive Migrants to Italy

The migrant transport NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans has brought another 43 migrants to Italy from North Africa, and eight have so far tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.

The migrants were brought to the Sicilian town of Augusta by the NGO’s vessel the Ionian Sea. Local authorities tested them for the Chinese virus, and the governor of Sicily Nello Musumeci announced the results on Thursday.

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PM Orban: Hungary Does Not Believe in Peaceful Co-Existence of Parallel Societies

Hungary does not believe in solving its demographic problems through immigration, as experience shows that immigrants cannot be integrated into society, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in his weekly interviewon Kossuth Radió on Friday.

We have to solve our demographic problems ourselves,” Orban said. “Unlike Germany, we want Hungarian children, not migrants. The trouble is that you expect a workforce but instead get people who cannot be integrated into our culture. I do not believe in the peaceful co-existence of populations with different cultures.”

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“Concept Incubator” Envisages Babies Being Grown at Home in a Pod

A “concept incubator” envisages a dystopian future where babies are grown inside sophisticated electronic pods which completely replace the womb and pregnancy.

The promotional video for the baby pod stresses how parents will be able to focus on other things like work while the pod baby is taken care of by the machine.

“Parents would be able to live their lives normally,” states the promo, as if having a baby naturally is abnormal.

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Massachusetts City Officially Recognizes Partnerships of 3 or More Spouses

A Massachusetts city known for its progressive politics has made history by reportedly becoming the first municipality in America to recognize domestic partnerships involving multiple spouses.

According to officials, Somerville, a city of about 80,000, has roughly two dozen polyamorous households. The new law, signed by Mayor Joseph Curtatone, allows them to collectively purchase a home together, as well as share health benefits.

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Petition to Replace Christopher Columbus Statue in NJ With Black Trans Activist Has Over 96,000 Signatures

A petition to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with a monument dedicated to a black transgender activist has amassed more than 96,000 signatures.

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Twitter Scraps “Offensive” Terms Such as “Whitelist, “ “Man Hours” In Favor of More “Inclusive Language”

Twitter on Friday posted a list of words and phrases that its engineering team will start using in lieu of “non-inclusive” terms the social media giant said it believes do “not reflect our values as a company or represent the people we serve.”

“We’re starting with a set of words we want to move away from using in favor of more inclusive language,” Twitter said.

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Video Game Developer Ends Racism by Erasing ‘OK’ Hand Gesture From Call of Duty

Video game developer Infinity Ward has officially ended racism by removing the “OK” hand gesture emote from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Stunning and brave.

“After plastering “BLACK LIVES MATTER” in capitalized bold text across every loading screen and delaying the launch of Season 4 for a week seemingly failed to end racism on a global scale, it appears that Infinity Ward have removed the OK emote from the game,” reports National File.

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Virginia Police Will Now Ask for Race, Gender During Traffic Stops

A new Virginia law requires police officers to ask individuals pulled over during traffic stops for their race, ethnicity, and gender.

The change is part of the Community Policing Act, which took effect Wednesday. Aimed at eliminating “bias-based profiling,” the law requires officers to record the driver’s race, ethnicity, age, and sex while conducting traffic stops.

The law says the police will collect data “based on the officer’s observation or information provided to the officer by the driver.”

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/3/2020

    • Over the centuries and especially the last few decades the Muslim settlers find it really satisfying to simply ignore local
      everything. Regardless of their in-your-face fifth column (sic) constant open armed warfare Islam by ideology and “religion” gets generous quotas into every level of government. So why should they even bother to try. The noose tightens. For the love of money and what’s left.

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