Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/14/2020

Three migrants drowned off the coast of Crete when a people-smuggler’s boat sank. 56 other refugees were rescued by the Greek coast guard.

In other news, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s emergency COVID-19 restrictions have been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

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USA
» 5 Arrested in Child Sexual Exploitation Sting in Arizona
» A Criminal Enterprise, a.k.a. The Democratic Party
» Baltimore on Pace for Deadliest Year Ever: 46 Shot, 12 Killed Last Week
» Biden Pushes Gun Control Less Than 24 Hours After Attempted Assassination on Deputies
» Candace Owens Rages at BLM Enablers Over Cop Shooting
» Cher Dubs Trump a “Mass Murderer, “ Calls for His Execution
» Chicago: 54 Shot, 12 Killed Over Another Violent Weekend
» Colin Kaepernick Unimpressed by NFL’s Social-Justice Messages, Calls it “Propaganda”
» Confirmed! Deep State Arsonist Behind Record-Breaking West Coast Wildfires + New Coup Plot Against Trump Goes Mainstream
» C-Span Footage of Biden Touching Young Girls Flagged as “Child Sexual Exploitation” By Twitter
» Facebook Threatens to Delete Page of Terrence K. Williams’ Again After He Reacts to Portland Riots
» Gravel Institute: “Blue Lives Don’t Matter” Because They Are Not a “Thing”
» How to Steal an Election, Part 2: The Right’s Response
» ISIS Celebrate 9/11 Attacks as ‘Pivotal Moment’ For Islam in First-Ever Statement on Twin Towers Anniversary
» Jaguars Tight End Tyler Eifert Wears David Dorn’s Name on Back of Helmet
» L.A. Cop Ambush: 1 Deputy Shot in Head, Other Shot in Face; Both Expected to Survive
» NBC’s Sunday Night Football Ratings Plummet Nearly 30% Compared to 2019
» Oregon Man Arrested Twice in 12 Hours After Starting “Multiple Fires” Along Portland Freeway
» Oregon Sheriff’s Deputy Investigating Fires Pays Price for Saying Unkind Words About Antifa
» PA Governor’s COVID-19 Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge
» President Trump: Sending Out 80M Unsolicited Ballots is Unfair, Total Fraud
» Report: Meghan Markle Plans Netflix Doc on ‘Marxist’ Black Lives Matter Founder
» Scott Walker Blasts Kamala Harris for Visiting Jacob Blake and Not the 2 Deputies Ambushed in Her Own State
» Skidmore College Students Tried to Get Professor Fired for Attending Blue Lives Matter Protest
» Texas Billboard Cautions Drivers to Enter Austin “At Your Own Risk” After City Reduces Police Budget
» Top Democratic Fundraising Group ActBlue Took in Half of 2019 Donations From Untraceable, Unemployed Donors
» Trump Calls for Death Penalty for Cop Attackers
» Trump Accepts Invitation for Live 4 Hour Debate With Biden Hosted by Joe Rogan
» Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed at Lowering Medicare Drug Costs
» Video: ‘Lock Her Up’ Chants Resume at Trump Rally
» Violent Protest Erupts in Lancaster Over an Obviously Justified Police Shooting
» Watch: Douglas Murray — ‘America Has All the Bases Set for Civil War’
» What Happened to Matt Drudge?
» Wildfires to Get Worse Thanks to Clinton Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick in Blazes
» Yet Another Poll Oversamples Democrats as Pollsters Fail to Learn From 2016
» YouTube Censors White House Coronavirus Advisor Professor Scott Atlas for Contradicting WHO
 
Europe and the EU
» Coronavirus: Why You Are Now in Great Danger
» Divorce Advice Up 25 Per Cent in the UK Following China Virus Lockdowns
» Famous Polish Girl in Tragic WWII Photo That Shocked the World Has Passed Away
» French Philosopher Eric Zemmour: We Know Where the Savagery Comes From But the Media Covers it Up
» Germany’s Navy to Add New Warships — For Financial Purposes
» Italy’s ‘Election Day’: A Preview
» Key Architect of Hungary’s Pro-Family Policies Katalin Novak Promoted to Ministerial Position
» Poland: Cringe: Liberal Warsaw Mayor Trzaskowski Demands Nightclub DJ Change the Music, Says, “It’s My City.”
» UK Councillor Faces Calls for Resignation for Downplaying Pandemic
» UK Govt Breaking International Law to Thwart EU ‘Threat’ To Integrity of British Union
» UK Minister: Snitch on Your Neighbours if They Break Coronavirus Rules
» UK: 15% of Young Muslims Agree People Should ‘Defend Their Culture or Religion With Force’
» UK: Watch: BLM Protesters Chant ‘F*** the Police’, Call for Commissioner to Resign
» Vernon Coleman is Now on Brand New Tube
» Wales Leaks Data of COVID-19 Test Patients Online
» Your Government Wants You Dead
 
Middle East
» Hungary’s Foreign Minister to Attend Signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain Peace Treaty in Washington
 
South Asia
» Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Set for Full Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan by Spring 2021
 
Far East
» China: Dystopian Digital “Civilization Code” Evaluates Citizens’ Daily Lives to “Promote” Good Behavior
» House Church Preacher, Wife Charged in China for Homeschooling Their Children
» Oracle Wins Bid Over Microsoft for U.S. Operations of TikTok
» U.S. Bans Cotton, Other Products From Xinjiang Over Forced Uighur Labor
» Vietnam is Importing the Worst of Chinese-Style Online Censorship
 
Australia — Pacific
» Chilling CCTV Footage is Played in Court Showing Grim Moment Killer Stabbed Her Lesbian Ex-Lover Forty Times After She Plunged 30m From a High-Rise Balcony
» ‘Cops Can’t Touch Them’: Locals Are Left Too Afraid to Go Outside as Warring Teen Gangs Turn a Quiet Suburb Into a War Zone After Horror Knife Fight Left One Dead, Two Others Fighting for Life
» Disturbing New Footage Shows Police Ramming Their Car Into a Father-of-Three in Melbourne — Moments Before Officer Stomped on His Head in Brutal Arrest That Has Left Him in a Coma
» Fewer Rights Than North Korea: Chilling Reality for Melbourne Under Dan Andrews Stage 4 Lockdown — and Why He is Acting Like a Dictator
» From Trump Fans to Hipsters, Young Women in Activewear and Muslims in Hijabs…
» Get Tested NOW: Urgent Warning to Thousands of Residents in Two New Melbourne Hotspots
» Horrific Moment Cop Stomps on the Head of an Unmasked Man During a Dramatic Arrest in Lockdown Melbourne — as Ex-Officers Slam Premier Dan Andrews for Creating a ‘Police State’ In Victoria
» Tony Abbott Blasts Annastacia Palaszczuk Over ‘Heartless and Mind-Boggling’ State Border Closures and Says Rules Stopping Australians Leaving the Country Should Also be Scrapped
» ‘We’re Not Going to Sit in Silence’: Bizarre Moment Flag-Flying Anti-Lockdown Demonstrator Blares Out a Classic Australian Rock Song at Police — and He’s Swiftly Arrested
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Militant Islamists Slaughter More Than 500 Christians in Ethiopia
 
Immigration
» 20-Year-Old French Student Raped, Strangled and Tortured for Three Hours by Migrant With Deportation Orders: Police
» Another Migrant Crisis Will Hit Europe as Water and Food Shortages Displace 1.2 Billion People: Report
» Greece: 3 Migrants Dead, 56 Saved After Boat Sinks Off Crete
» Hungary, Poland, Czechia, And Slovakia Donate to V4-German Project to Halt Illegal Immigration From Morocco
» Jesuit Cardinal: Europe Must ‘Open the Doors’ to Migrants
» Lesbos Refugee Camp’s Devastation is Laid Bare as Greece Accuses Migrants of Burning Down the Camp ‘To Blackmail US Into Transferring Them to Europe’
» Nigerian Migrant Goes on Sexual Assault Spree in Germany, Attacks 7— and 14-Year-Old Girls
» Testing for COVID-19 is Slowing Relocation of Migrants From Greece’s Camp Moria
» UK: Migrants Land Their Rubber Dinghy on Beach Near Dover Before Sprinting Into the Trees Before Immigration Officials Can Stop Them
» UK: MSM Catches Up to Farage, Finally Reports Alleged Refugees Evading Authorities
 
Culture Wars
» Big-Breasted Jesus Causes Controversy
» More Than 20% of Evangelicals Embrace Concept of “Gender Fluidity”
» Poland: LGBT Activists Put Vagina-Shaped Halo Over Virgin Mary During Anti-Catholic Action in Gdansk
» When Canceling Isn’t Enough? #RIPJKRowling Trends Ahead of Release of Mystery Novel Featuring Transvestite Serial Killer
 
General
» Is There Life Floating in the Clouds of Venus?
» Scientists Discover Possible Sign of Life on Venus
» Strange Chemical in Clouds of Venus Defies Explanation. Could it be a Sign of Life?
 

5 Arrested in Child Sexual Exploitation Sting in Arizona

Five men, including a former detective, were arrested as the result of a child sexual exploitation sting in Arizona, federal officials announced last week.

“Operation Home Alone 2” was a monthslong operation aimed at combating child sexual exploitation in Pinal County, Arizona. The operation included agencies at all levels, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Pinal Criminal Targeting Unit, Casa Grande Police Department, Maricopa Police Department, and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

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

A Criminal Enterprise, a.k.a. The Democratic Party

Somewhere within the last few decades, the United States was taken over by a clandestine criminal enterprise working under the radar to infiltrate and gain control of our media, schools, universities, unions, Hollywood, military and our halls of governance at the local, state, and federal level. They did so in conjunction with a new American oligarchy composed of billionaires seeking a One World Order and all too willing to fund their operations, along with the aid of foreign financiers such as Red China and parts of the oil rich Islamist world.

Within time, and with much of its funding coming from a billionaire oligarchy, they were able to hijack the entire Democrat Party who were only too willing to sell out the United States to the highest bidders while lining their own pockets with sweetheart deals made with Red China, Iran, and Ukraine. The admittance of Red China in 2001 into the World Trade Organization, backed and supported by Bill Clinton and Joe Biden, was the beginning of China’s advance and the decline of the United States on the world stage. As American companies moved overseas along with the millions of lost jobs in cities throughout the United States, Democrats and some Republicans, sold us a bill of goods. They advanced the notion that we were moving towards a service economy and that cheap labor overseas meant cheaper products here at home. They failed to mention that the loss of our manufacturing industry to China, and in particular our pharmaceutical industry, posed a national security threat since China could threaten to stop selling essential goods to us. Nor did they mention that certain minerals, now mined in China, were critical to our military defense. These decisions were made against our national interests; yet, no one in Washington protested.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Baltimore on Pace for Deadliest Year Ever: 46 Shot, 12 Killed Last Week

As social unrest, wildfires, and hurricanes dominate the headlines, a surge in violent crime across major US metropolitan areas has also been observed since the virus-pandemic began in March.

Chicago and New York City have seen its fair share of violence this summer, with a rash of shootings and murders. Now Baltimore is back in the news, with at least 46 people shot — 12 of them died last week, according to The Baltimore Sun, citing new Baltimore Police Department (BPD) data.

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

Biden Pushes Gun Control Less Than 24 Hours After Attempted Assassination on Deputies

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday called for gun control less than 24 hours after two Los Angeles County sheriff´s deputies who were critically wounded in Compton after a gunman opened fire on their squad car in an apparent ambush.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Candace Owens Rages at BLM Enablers Over Cop Shooting

Following the horrific premeditated shooting of two Sheriff’s deputies in LA Saturday, conservative commentator Candace Owens tore into “pea-brained celebrities” who have enabled “racist,” “anti-cop” rhetoric by throwing their support behind extremists using the label Black Lives Matter.

“Why does this happen?” Owens asked in a tweet, further explaining “Because pea-brained celebrities that are idolized like [LeBron James] tell young black men that they are ‘literally being hunted.’“

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

Cher Dubs Trump a “Mass Murderer, “ Calls for His Execution

In a now-deleted tweet, pop singer Cher appeared to call for the legal execution of President Trump, before continuing in an online rant that culminated with her expressing shame for her words.

[Comment: Social media has given a platform to bird brains like Cher.]

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

Chicago: 54 Shot, 12 Killed Over Another Violent Weekend

Another violent weekend in Chicago has seen 54 people shot, 12 of them fatally, according to local police.

The homicide victims were between the ages of 27 and 86, while the youngest person wounded was just 17.

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

Colin Kaepernick Unimpressed by NFL’s Social-Justice Messages, Calls it “Propaganda”

Despite the significant amount of social justice and Black Lives Matter messaging approved and promoted by the National Football League during the kickoff of its 2020 season, activist and former player Colin Kaepernick blasted those sentiments as insufficient “propaganda.”

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

Confirmed! Deep State Arsonist Behind Record-Breaking West Coast Wildfires + New Coup Plot Against Trump Goes Mainstream

We are now 50 days out from the most important election in world history — tune into this live Sunday transmission to get the latest analysis from Alex Jones and Roger Stone who is with Trump in Las Vegas.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

C-Span Footage of Biden Touching Young Girls Flagged as “Child Sexual Exploitation” By Twitter

C-Span footage of Joe Biden which accusers say shows him inappropriately touching young girls was flagged and removed by Twitter for violating its ‘Child Sexual Exploitation Policy’.

The issue arose after Texan progressive activist Johnny Graz argued that Biden should be investigated for sexual assault.

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

Facebook Threatens to Delete Page of Terrence K. Williams’ Again After He Reacts to Portland Riots

Facebook has removed several posts from pro-Trump comedian Terrence K. Williams and threatened to unpublish his page for the second time in 11 months.

One of the videos that Facebook removed and cited in its threat to unpublish Williams’ page featured Williams reacting to a viral video clip of a man’s feet being set on fire during riots in Portland this month.

This viral video has been widely shared across social media with many people making fun of the incident or editing the video to make it appear as if the man is dancing to popular songs.

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

Gravel Institute: “Blue Lives Don’t Matter” Because They Are Not a “Thing”

The left-wing Gravel Institute reacted to the gunning down of two LA County Sheriffs officers by tweeting that “blue lives don’t matter” because they are not a “thing”.

The two officers were left fighting for their lives after being ambushed and shot at point-blank range through their patrol car window on Saturday night by an African-American gunman.

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

How to Steal an Election, Part 2: The Right’s Response

The very publication of the Transition Integrity Project (TIP) report and the subsequent news media reporting about it are components of psychological warfare within the broader information warfare campaign aimed at spreading demoralizing rumors to Trump supporters. The goal is to break down and weaken support before, during and after election day. Demoralized and unmotivated supporters do not make their support for their candidate public. They do not campaign in neighborhoods or post yard signs. They do not vote. They do not volunteer at polling places. They become convinced their hopes are lost, and highly controversial cause. They do not wish to be called a racist, or a hater, or identified with other fringe elements. They stay at home and watch TV.

Having been psychologically conditioned (through the COVID-19 pandemic) to withdraw, isolate, and lock-down — on largely fiat orders of various government officials — many Americans will react to the “irregular” and extra-legal tactics of the Left. The Left relies on this reaction to suppress voter turnout and use varying forms of terror, such as reprisals and the threats of reprisals, against those who do not cooperate or who challenge the projected accusations detailed in the TIP report.

The TIP report is careful not to engage in sedition. They are a whisper away from advocating violence — but these are very sharp political operatives that are all lawyered-up, so they speak in code. Here are some examples for you to read between the lines:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

ISIS Celebrate 9/11 Attacks as ‘Pivotal Moment’ For Islam in First-Ever Statement on Twin Towers Anniversary

ISIS has celebrated the 9/11 attacks that killed 2,977 people and injured 25,000 more as a “pivotal moment” in Islamic history.

The death cult’s propaganda arm made the comments as part of a rant on the anniversary of the 2001 Al Qaeda mass murder attack on New York

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

Jaguars Tight End Tyler Eifert Wears David Dorn’s Name on Back of Helmet

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert paid tribute to slain police officer David Dorn during his Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Eifert placed a decal of Dorn’s name on the back of his helmet right below the number 88. Dorn was a 77-year-old retired police captain who was killed outside a pawn shop during the riots in St. Louis in June.

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

L.A. Cop Ambush: 1 Deputy Shot in Head, Other Shot in Face; Both Expected to Survive

Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that one of the L.A. deputies ambushed in their squad car on Saturday evening was shot in the face and the other was shot in the head.

Miraculously, both are expected to survive. The Times reports that both deputies are “recovering” following surgery after the attack.

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

NBC’s Sunday Night Football Ratings Plummet Nearly 30% Compared to 2019

Sunday Night Football’s match up between the L.A. Rams and Dallas Cowboys saw asignificant drop in TV ratings and viewership when compared to last year’s official start of SNF.

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

Oregon Man Arrested Twice in 12 Hours After Starting “Multiple Fires” Along Portland Freeway

An Oregon man was arrested Monday morning for using a Molotov cocktail to ignite a brush fire along a Portland freeway, fewer than 12 hours after he was released from custody for setting another fire along the same road, according to local police.

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

Oregon Sheriff’s Deputy Investigating Fires Pays Price for Saying Unkind Words About Antifa

An Oregon sheriff’s deputy has been put on leave after he called antifa rioters “motherf*ckers” at the end of an interview with a regular protest videographer who reported antifa sightings in the fire zone.

The word spread quickly that the Clackamas County deputy, who hasn’t been identified, was spreading rumors about the origin of the devastating fires, which have forced the evacuations of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. But did he? And were those reports so far out of line? Read on.

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

PA Governor’s COVID-19 Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge

Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions — including a requirement that “non-life-sustaining” businesses were to shut down — has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

US District Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump appointee, ruled on Monday in a 66-page opinion that the restrictions were overreaching, arbitrary, and violated citizens’ constitutional rights. Plaintiffs in the case include hair salons, a farmer’s market vendor, a horse trainer drive-in movie theaters, and several GOP lawmakers, according to 6ABC.

The ruling means that the current restrictions — including limitations on the size of all gatherings, cannot be enforced.

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

President Trump: Sending Out 80M Unsolicited Ballots is Unfair, Total Fraud

President Trump has continued to slam mail-in voting as a growing number of states are set to send out ballots. He has warned the process opens up the door for voter fraud.

During a campaign rally in North Carolina earlier this week, he slammed states which are sending out unsolicited ballots and advised voters to confirm their ballot is counted.

“Make sure you send the ballot in, and then go to your polling place and make sure it counts,” he stated. “Make sure it gets in because the only way they can win is by doing very bad things, that´s the only way.”

President Trump has previously said he supports absentee voting, where a ballot is sent to voters who request them. However, he´s been highly critical of universal mail-in voting, where ballots are sent to voters regardless if they requested them or not.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Report: Meghan Markle Plans Netflix Doc on ‘Marxist’ Black Lives Matter Founder

The Duchess of Sussex, actress Meghan Markle, has reportedly pitched a documentary to Netflix on the life of the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, after signing a £120 million deal with the American streaming giant according to a British newspaper.

The biopic would reportedly tell the story of BLM leader Patrisse Cullors, who has described herself and her other co-founders as “trained Marxists”. Cullors has also admitted to being mentored by Eric Mann, a communist domestic terrorist in the United States.

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

Scott Walker Blasts Kamala Harris for Visiting Jacob Blake and Not the 2 Deputies Ambushed in Her Own State

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday called out Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris for visiting Jacob Blake and not the two police deputies ambushed in her own state of California.

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

Skidmore College Students Tried to Get Professor Fired for Attending Blue Lives Matter Protest

Student activists of Skidmore College in New York took to social media to encourage the college to fire an art professor who was seen in Twitter and Facebook posts merely having “observed,” without participating, in a pro-police rally, “Back the Blue.”

David Peterson and his wife, who also happens to be an art professor at the same college, observed the protest on July 30th in Saratoga Springs. When students saw social media posts of them on the sidelines of the protest, they demanded the professor be fired.

The college, however, has announced that it will not cater to the whims of the students and decided to ignore calls for the professor to be dismissed. But the president Marc Conner said that they were going to deal with such issues through “ongoing community dialogue” and that the college is “committed to addressing both the subtle and the overt forms of racism that persist in every part of the American project.”

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

Texas Billboard Cautions Drivers to Enter Austin “At Your Own Risk” After City Reduces Police Budget

The Texas Municipal Police Association launched a billboard campaign last week warning drivers to enter the state capital of Austin “at your own risk” after city officials reduced the police department budget.

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

Top Democratic Fundraising Group ActBlue Took in Half of 2019 Donations From Untraceable, Unemployed Donors

A major Democratic Party fundraising group called ActBlue has come under intense scrutiny from conservative watchdog groups after an analysis by the Take Back Action Fund found that more than half of the donations coming into the liberal organization came from people claiming to be unemployed.

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

Trump Calls for Death Penalty for Cop Attackers

President Trump called for the Death Penalty for a gunman who carried out a cold blooded attack on two Sheriff’s Department deputies in LA, as sick protesters chanted “we hope they die.”

“If they die, fast trial [and] death penalty for the killer,” Trump raged on Sunday, adding “Only way to stop this.”

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

Trump Accepts Invitation for Live 4 Hour Debate With Biden Hosted by Joe Rogan

President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from Joe Rogan to appear on his podcast for a 4 hour live debate with Joe Biden.

Tim Kennedy tweeted that the challenge was made by Rogan during an appearance on his podcast.

“On my podcast with @joerogan he offered to moderate a debate between @JoeBiden and @realDonaldTrump It would be four hours with no live audience,” tweeted Kennedy.

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

Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed at Lowering Medicare Drug Costs

Saying that it was “unacceptable that Americans pay more for the exact same drugs” than other countries, President Trump signed a “My Most Favored Nation” executive order Sunday that will lower some Medicare drug prices.

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

Video: ‘Lock Her Up’ Chants Resume at Trump Rally

Supporters of President Trump returned to chanting ‘lock her up’ at a rally in Nevada Sunday night after Trump mentioned Hillary Clinton.

The chants began when the President spoke about former DNC head Donna Brazile allegedly feeding debate questions to Hillary Clinton four years ago.

As the chants grew, Trump again brought up Clinton’s email scandal.

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

Violent Protest Erupts in Lancaster Over an Obviously Justified Police Shooting

We’ve come a long way since the death of George Floyd.

The initial outrage over Floyd’s death in late May was at least justified, but now, the violent protests rocking city streets are increasingly unmoored from any just cause or actual victim. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers the latest grim example of baseless unrest turning violent.

More than 100 protesters took to the streets of Lancaster on Sunday night after a police shooting once again provoked viral outrage, and it wasn’t peaceful. Agitators vandalized the police station, smashed windows, and threw bricks. Vandals also damaged several random private businesses and looted. They also damaged a post office and defaced city streets. “Death to cops” was spray-painted memorably on one building during the unrest.

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

Watch: Douglas Murray — ‘America Has All the Bases Set for Civil War’

‘America has all the bases set for civil war,’ says author Douglas Murray. Those radicals seeking to destroy the U.S. from within should be careful what they wish for: if they think the Anglo-American hegemony was bad, they’re going to have a ‘hell of a time’ when they discover what the Chinese hegemony looks like.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

What Happened to Matt Drudge?

Did he sell the Drudge Report?

Or did he just sell out?

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

Wildfires to Get Worse Thanks to Clinton Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick in Blazes

Former President Bill Clinton made a significant change to federal land management nearly 30 years ago that created the conditions necessary for massive wildfires to consume portions of the West Coast, according to one fire expert who predicted the problem years ago. Shortly before leaving office in 2001, Clinton limited the ability of the United States Forest Service to thin out a dense thicket of foliage and downed trees on federal land to bring the West into a pristine state, Bob Zybach, an experienced forester with a PhD in environmental science, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The former president´s decision created a ticking time bomb, Zybach argues.

“If you don´t start managing these forests, then they are going to start burning up. Thirty years later, they are still ignoring it,” said Zybach, who spent more than 20 years as a reforestation contractor. He was referring to warnings he made years ago, telling officials that warding off prescribed burns in Oregon and California creates kindling fuelling fires.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Yet Another Poll Oversamples Democrats as Pollsters Fail to Learn From 2016

As we’ve noted numerous times over the past several years, a trick commonly employed by pollsters to achieve a desired outcome is oversampling — including more Democrats and left-leaning independents than Republicans and right-leaning independents in surveys in order to make it appear as though a candidate is doing better than they actually are.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

YouTube Censors White House Coronavirus Advisor Professor Scott Atlas for Contradicting WHO

The latest instance of coronavirus-related censorship taking place on YouTube is shedding light on the giant as not only vigorously suppressing opposing voices, but also opposing science.

At the same time, YouTube’s decision to remove a video uploaded in June of an interview with Professor Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and advisor to The White House, is shrouded in mystery.

The justification given by the video giant is that Atlas failed to properly align his views with that of the World Health Organization (WHO) “or local health authorities.”

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

Coronavirus: Why You Are Now in Great Danger

by Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Today, it is clear that the cure, not the problem, is causing the crisis.

Right at the beginning of the coronavirus affair I pointed out that according to the World Health Organisation, the ordinary flu kills between 250,000 and 600,000 people a year — most of them in the winter months. I said that if the coronavirus hadn´t killed between 100,000 and 150,000 people around the world by the middle of April then it would be clear that it was not as dangerous as we had been told and, indeed, not as dangerous as the flu.

Well, the authorities are claiming that the death rate from the corona has now reached 100,000.

So is the coronavirus as deadly as the mathematicians and the politicians said it was?

No — because they have fiddled the figures.

Today, anyone who has the coronavirus, or is thought to have it even though they have not been tested, will be put down as having died of the coronavirus. Time and time again, the authorities report that someone died ‘with´ the disease. Not ‘of´ the disease. And yet those patients are put down as having died as a result of the coronavirus.

So, if you fall downstairs and break your neck, but you had a cough before you died, then you will be classified as a coronavirus death. If you had a heart attack but were thought to have the coronavirus then you officially died of the coronavirus rather than the heart attack. A lack of widespread testing makes this possible. And post mortems have been abandoned for many patients.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Divorce Advice Up 25 Per Cent in the UK Following China Virus Lockdowns

Family law firms are predicting a “post-lockdown divorce boom”, as a report from a leading charity has claimed that the Chinese coronavirus and the ensuing lockdowns have caused “enormous strain” on relationships.

Citizens Advice has disclosed that after an initial dip during the early stages of the UK’s lockdown in April, searches for divorce guidance has risen by 25 per cent in the first week of September over the same period in 2019.

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

Famous Polish Girl in Tragic WWII Photo That Shocked the World Has Passed Away

Kazimiera Mika, the heroine of a moving photograph which documented German war crimes during their invasion of Poland in 1939, died in late August. She was 93.

The photograph which was seen by millions around the world was taken by American journalist Julian Bryan on Sept. 13, 1939, and it depicts Kazimiera Mika, then a 12-year-old girl, kneeling over her fallen sister Anna. She had been killed in Warsaw by gunfire from a German fighter plane.

The young 14-year-old who died had gone into a field to pick potatoes. She was shot by a Luftwaffe pilot in what was a gratuitous attack on civilians who were of no threat to the aircraft.

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

French Philosopher Eric Zemmour: We Know Where the Savagery Comes From But the Media Covers it Up

While referring to France’s large migrant population, French philosopher and journalist Eric Zemmour said that even though the country is aware who is committing assaults and violent crimes, the media refuses to report on it.

Zemmour made his remarks as a part of a guest panel for the Face à l’Info television program, in which he discussed the influx of migrants to Europe and a corresponding increase in crime.

Zemmour, an Algerian-born French Jew who works as a columnist for one of France’s top newspaper, Le Figaro, mainly pointed out that mainstream media ignores the stories of French citizens when they become the victims of migrant crimes, while the government would in many cases take the migrant’s side and the victims would become prosecuted by the authorities.

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Germany’s Navy to Add New Warships — For Financial Purposes

by Thomas O. Falk

The German Navy is in the process of obtaining five new warships. However, the purchase, despite Germany’s latest aspirations, is not intended to initiate a paradigm shift within the Bundeswehr but is instead about German efficiency — unfortunately.

The Currently Subpar Status of Germany’s Military

Germany’s armed forces are currently in a sorry state. Foreign missions that would require combat operations are out of the question. The troops’ reputation in their own country is practically non-existent, and allies know that German soldiers can, at best, be utilized for basic and routine services abroad.

For the first time last year, the country’s leaders opened a serious discussion making the Bundeswehr fit to face the new challenges in the world, but the majority of the population still does not support the idea, and thus the grand coalition remains divided over the force’s future.

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Italy’s ‘Election Day’: A Preview

Italy will hold a series of elections and a constitutional referendum on 20-21 September. Leonardo Carella previews the votes and highlights some of the key things to watch out for when the results come through.

On 20-21 September, Italians will head to the polls to vote for the presidency of seven regions, the mayoralty of over 1,100 municipalities, two Senate by-elections, and a constitutional referendum over the reduction of the number of MPs. The ballot, held over two days, comes as the first democratic test for the government following the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown, which disrupted plans to hold some of these elections earlier this year. The massive ‘election day’ has already given authorities headaches in terms of ensuring the safety of the procedures, as well as drawing criticism for using school facilities as polling places, cutting short what for many pupils will be the second week back in the classroom since March.

The constitutional referendum is the only vote on which all the country will have a say. The proposal to reduce the number of MPs in the Chamber of Deputies from 630 to 400 and Senators from 315 to 200 is widely expected to pass, though with a low turnout and with little enthusiasm. The measure, sponsored by the largest government party, the Five-Star Movement (M5S), has no real opponents outside of a few very vocal Twitter accounts: parties of the right have expressed lukewarm support for it, while the centre-left junior coalition partner, the Democratic Party (PD), has remained neutral. The latest IPSOS poll, published on 4 September on Corriere della Sera has ‘Yes’ at 71%, with a turnout estimate of 52%.

Conversely, the national conversation has so far focused intensely on the regional elections in Campania, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Toscana, Valle d’Aosta and Veneto. These votes are a big deal: regions have extensive powers on key policy areas like healthcare, infrastructure, agriculture and education, and the seven that will vote make up more than a third of Italy’s population. Moreover, regional presidents have been some of the most visible policy-makers during the coronavirus crisis, and it is expected that their performance will weigh heavily on voters’ decisions alongside judgements of the national response.

Figure 1: Current polling for the upcoming regional elections

Note: Compiled by the author.

But ultimately regional elections always have a strong national political significance. The electoral system, which returns a clear winner with a guaranteed majority, encourages voters and commentators to think of regional contests in party political terms, as high-stakes horse races. In short, voters cast two ballots: one for a coalition of parties supporting a candidate for the presidency and one for an individual party. The highest-polling coalition gets the presidency, 80% of seats in the regional council are attributed proportionally according to party votes, plus a 20% top-up that ensures that the winning coalition holds a majority in the council.

If regional elections are a thermometer of national party standings, Italy is in the grip of a right-wing fever. Since the last general election, the coalition of the right — headed by radical right parties Lega and Brothers of Italy (FdI), plus Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) — snatched the presidency from PD in eight out of nine regional races, with the M5S trailing the two main coalitions by miles in virtually every election and plummeting into single-digits in the last two.

Figure 2: Presidential coalitions in Italian regions

Note: Compiled by the author.

Although regional election polls in Italy are notoriously unreliable, this time around the left can be reasonably confident of holding onto the presidency of Campania. The southern region is not historically their home turf, but here the PD can count on an unlikely saviour: incumbent regional president Vincenzo De Luca. A colourful character with a dozen court cases to his name and ostensibly a relic of the reviled partitocrazia of old — he became secretary of Salerno province’s Communist Party chapter in 1975 — De Luca is wildly popular in his home region.

Much of De Luca’s appeal is due to his sheriff-like handling of the response to the coronavirus, which saw footage of him threatening to send police to stop unauthorised gatherings “with flamethrowers” go viral on social media. Yet his unconventional style seems to have worked: Naples province has 3 million people and is one of the most high-density areas in Europe, but it only registered 4,000 Covid-19 cases. And the polls are clear that the ‘meme president’ is comfortably leading his main rival, former regional president Stefano Caldoro (FI), by over 20 points (Winpoll, 27 August).

Campania President De Luca, armed with a flamethrower, features as the main character in an arcade-style online game where he incinerates university graduates wishing to celebrate unauthorised and potentially infectious graduation parties.

Holding onto the presidency of Marche is poised to be a much harder task for the left’s coalition. Though sometimes considered part of the ‘Red Belt’ in Central Italy, Marche is one of the regions where Lega has made the most inroads since it expanded its appeal beyond the North, and was the epicentre of anti-migrant violence in the run-up to the 2018 election. The PD incumbent is stepping down, and the right is supporting a Brothers of Italy candidate, Francesco Acquaroli.

The polls have Acquaroli ahead by somewhere between eight (Istituto Noto, 25 June) and fifteen percentage points (Winpoll, 25-27 August). All in all, the race seems to be a re-run of the right’s triumph of last October in Umbria: a mid-income former left-wing heartland peppered with small towns, politically and demographically very similar to Marche. Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni’s ‘new’ right has been more successful than its Berlusconi-led predecessor in winning over areas like these — often building, as argued in a recent working paper by Moreno Mancosu and Riccardo Ladini, on a pre-existing far-right ‘minority political culture’ in the Red Belt.

Figure 3: Change in support for Lega in Italian regions

Note: Compiled by the author.

The presidency of Tuscany, however, would be the right’s most highly prized target: wealthier, more urban and more left-leaning than Marche, former PM Matteo Renzi’s home region has been ruled by left-wing administrations for all 50 years of its existence. But this time, Lega’s candidate, Susanna Ceccardi, has a genuine shot at breaking the streak. Earlier this summer, polls had the left’s candidate and current speaker of the regional council, Eugenio Giani, leading Ceccardi by three to six points, but a poll published by Winpoll on 1 September had the gap down to just half a percentage point. The possibility of a run-off — Tuscany’s twist on regional election rules requires a second round if no coalition reaches 40% of the vote — seems unlikely at this point, as the left and right have largely squeezed the M5S’s vote.

It is hard to overstate how shocking it would be for Tuscany to fall to the right, and even a narrow victory for the left shouldn’t be of much comfort to the PD and its allies. However, the precedent of Emilia-Romagna, another ‘core’ Red Belt region that had its election in January this year, suggests caution: there, some polls even had the right slightly ahead, but the left won by seven points on election day. A similar result in neighbouring Tuscany, with Giani and the left eking it out in the end, is still the most likely outcome.

Alongside Tuscany, the other close regional election is in Apulia, where incumbent Michele Emiliano faces MEP Raffaele Fitto (FdI), freshly acquitted of corruption charges related to his tenure as president of Apulia between 2000 and 2005. In this case, the left has been working pretty hard at self-sabotage. Emiliano, a former member of the PD now running as an independent, has alienated the ‘centrist’ components of the left’s coalition (Renzi’s Italia Viva and liberal +Europa), who are running their own candidate against him. At the same time, while Emiliano is close to the M5S on many issues — his opposition to the TAP pipeline, his support for judicial activism and crucially his burning hatred of Matteo Renzi — attempts to form a joint list with the M5S fell through.

The latest opinion polls have Emiliano trailing Fitto by one (Winpoll, 3 September) to six points (EMG, 11 August), though Emiliano came slightly ahead of his rival in other polls earlier this summer. In sum, the race is wide open. Much will be determined by the decisions of M5S voters: M5S candidate Antonella Laricchia is still projected to win around 15% of the vote, but the left will be aiming to capture some of that vote as it becomes clearer Laricchia doesn’t have a real shot to the presidency.

Only in Liguria, the slender strip of land that stretches across the northwestern shore of Italy, have the PD and M5S agreed to run a joint candidate, after M5S members gave their seal of approval to pre-electoral alliances in an online vote. The alliance, however, is unlikely to make a difference: Liguria seems safely in the bag for the right. Incumbent president Giovanni Toti, a close ally of Berlusconi who had at one point been anointed as his presumptive political heir, is polling at 60% (Winpoll, 28 August), 25 points ahead of Ferruccio Sansa, the joint PD-M5S candidate.

An even more lopsided victory for the right is to be expected in Veneto. Not only is the wealthy North-Eastern region a traditional reservoir of votes for Lega, but the incumbent president Luca Zaia (Lega) is the most popular regional administrator in the country, even ahead of De Luca and his flamethrowers. Again, performance during the coronavirus outbreak seems to have been decisive: Zaia’s early and extensive testing initiatives have been widely credited with stopping a Lombardy-like outbreak in its tracks.

Zaia, the most prominent of Lega’s ‘old guard’ of northern autonomists who are queasy about Salvini’s turn to Italian nationalism, is projected to win over 70% of the vote in Veneto (Winpoll, 20 August), with some even suggesting a record-breaking 80% (Fabbrica Politica, 7 August). The real question here is just how much political capital Zaia has — and, in the medium-to-long term, how he wants to use it in the eventuality that Salvini’s leadership of Lega starts to flounder.

Figure 4: National polling (August 2019 to August 2020)

Note: Compiled by the author.

Tiny Valle D’Aosta is something of a standalone case: the French-speaking region has its own party system dominated by regionalist parties and its own proportional electoral rules, which do not entail direct election of the regional president. The election wasn’t even supposed to happen this year. After the last vote in 2018, a Lega president was elected: the first one from a ‘national’ party rather than a ‘regionalist’ one in 70 years. But the administration collapsed within a year, and the regionalists formed a caretaker administration in 2019. In the meantime, the region was rocked by a corruption scandal over links between politics and the Calabrian mafia (attentive readers might have spotted that this is something of a theme in Italian regional politics).

We don’t have any poll to go by, and Valle d’Aosta’s regional politics is very idiosyncratic, so there’s little to be said about it with certainty. Lega has been on its way up there, while the regionalists have been affected the most by the mafia scandals, so a strong performance by the right is to be expected. At the same time, the PD will be looking to get back into the regional council, as the party did not clear the threshold in the 2018 election. The regional presidency will be a matter of jockeying in the council, so it may not be known for some time after the election.

What to look out for on election night

It’s easy to get lost in the fractured landscape of Italian regional politics. So here’s a quick round-up of what to keep an eye on when the results come through to help you bluff your way through election night:

a.. The winning coalition in Apulia and Tuscany. Assuming that the right has three regions in the bag (Veneto, Liguria and Marche) and the left has one (Campania), a few votes in the two closest elections can make the difference between a final tally of 3-3 (narrative: ‘the PD is alive and kicking’) and a thumping 5-1 win for the right (narrative: ‘landslide for Salvini, government in disarray’).

b.. The performance of the M5S-PD alliance in Liguria. The parties are shackled in an uneasy coalition at national level, but they must be aware by now that they must come to some sort of arrangement if they wish to stem the right-wing tide. If the M5S-PD joint list in Liguria flops as it did in Umbria last year, will prospects of a full-fledged alliance recede for the foreseeable future?

c.. The overall performance of the M5S. The party has underperformed badly at local level, squeezed by the left and the right alike, and it’s now polling around the 10% mark in most regional races. Can Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s uptick in popularity help M5S candidates, or has support for the M5S become essentially a personal vote for Conte?

d.. The size of Zaia’s victory in Veneto. How much political capital does Zaia have, and how will he decide to wield it?

e.. The balance of power within the Right’s coalition. The individual party vote tally will also allow us to take stock of one of the most significant and underappreciated trends of the last year: the ascent of Brothers of Italy at the expense of Lega. To what extent is Giorgia Meloni a serious threat to Salvini’s leadership of the right?

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Key Architect of Hungary’s Pro-Family Policies Katalin Novak Promoted to Ministerial Position

A key architect in Hungary’s attempt to increase its country’s birth rate, Hungarian State Secretary for Family Affairs Katalin Novak, has been promoted to the rank of minister without portfolio, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday in an interview with national television channel M1.

“We are creating a position of minister without portfolio for family affairs,” Orban said. “There is no one else more suited for this position than Katalin Novak, who has been working as state secretary for family and youth affairs since 2014.”

The Hungarian population had been steadily declining since 1981, so Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government decided in 2010 to build a family-friendly country where young people about to have children and families with children are a priority.

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Poland: Cringe: Liberal Warsaw Mayor Trzaskowski Demands Nightclub DJ Change the Music, Says, “It’s My City.”

A video recording showing liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski demanding that a DJ changes the music at a nightclub has produced an avalanche of comments and criticism in the Polish press and on social media.

The former Civic Platform’s candidate for Polish president was attending a birthday party of one of his friends, which was organized in a fashionable club on the banks of the Vistula river.

At around 1 a.m. all eyes at the club were focused on Trzaskowski as he attempted to intervene with the DJs about the music they were playing.

The recording shows how the Warsaw Mayor attempts to persuade the DJs to “play something to dance to, funk will be good”.

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UK Councillor Faces Calls for Resignation for Downplaying Pandemic

Conservative Councillor David Illingworth in the UK has unleashed the fury of the internet after claiming in a tweet that the COVID-19 pandemic ended at the end of June, and that quarantine measures are unnecessary and should be removed.

David Illingworth, a Perthshire councilor, wrote on his personal Twitter account on the morning of September 13 his opinion about the COVID-19 pandemic that he says is supported by statistics as deaths in the UK are now minimal.

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UK Govt Breaking International Law to Thwart EU ‘Threat’ To Integrity of British Union

The British government is putting forward legislation which would break international law in order to thwart EU efforts to threaten the integrity of the United Kingdom, according to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove.

Gove, arguably the second-most powerful and influential in Boris Johnson’s Cabinet bar Johnson himself, was referring to the proposed Internal Market Bill, which would give British government ministers the power to disapply elements of the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU if the bloc attempts to use it to ban the importation of food to the British province of Northern Ireland from Great Britain, or to extend EU control over state aid rules in NI to mainland businesses.

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UK Minister: Snitch on Your Neighbours if They Break Coronavirus Rules

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has said that people should snitch on their neighbours if they think they are breaking the new coronavirus rules. He said he also hopes to roll out “COVID-secure marshalls” across the country to help enforce public “compliance”.

From Monday, it is illegal for Britons to gather in groups of more than six in public or private, indoors or outside. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week when he announced the measures that people breaking the law would be told to disperse, fined, or even arrested.

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UK: 15% of Young Muslims Agree People Should ‘Defend Their Culture or Religion With Force’

Research commissioned by the Tony Blair institute has found that 15 per cent of young Muslims in Britain believe “People should be prepared to go out and fight to defend their religion or culture with force”.

The research, based on polling of 1,011 Muslims and 1,011 white non-Muslims (WNM) aged 18 to 30 in May 2019 by Savanta ComRes, also found that found that 9 per cent of young Muslims believe that “Engaging with non-Muslim institutions, like UK politics” means you are “a traitor to Islam” and “not a true believer”.

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UK: Watch: BLM Protesters Chant ‘F*** the Police’, Call for Commissioner to Resign

Black Lives Matter protesters called for the resignation of Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and chanted “f*ck the police” outside force HQ Scotland Yard in London.

On Saturday, approximately 100 BLM demonstrators alongside activists from the 4Front Project and Tottenham Rights gathered outside the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to denounce alleged cases of racial profiling against black people carried out by the Cressida Dick-led police force.

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Vernon Coleman is Now on Brand New Tube

Dr. Vernon Coleman explains why the UK Government’s new laws in England are unnecessary and indefensible. Using the Government’s own figures, he shows that deaths from covid-19 have been falling for weeks, while extra deaths due to the lockdowns and hospital closures are more than ten times as numerous as covid-19 deaths. Dr Coleman also explains how it is possible that serious side effects associated with the Astra Zeneca vaccine could result in 450,000 healthy people becoming permanently paralysed. For more unbiased information, please visit www.vernoncoleman.com

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Wales Leaks Data of COVID-19 Test Patients Online

Public Health Wales, the nation’s health agency, accidentally uploaded the information of 18,105 COVID-19 patients to an online public database. The information was accessible to any individual for at least 20 hours before it was removed.

Public Health Wales itself provided the information on what happened. The agency indicated that the personal data of more than 18,000 people affected by COVID-19 were erroneously uploaded to a public access database for more than 20 hours. Among the data included are the sex, geographic area, and date of birth of individuals.

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Your Government Wants You Dead

by Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

I find it impossible to believe that administrators around the world all made the same terrible mistake in sending hospital patients into care homes.

No, there has been a coordinated, massive extermination programme.

The only logical conclusion is that thousands of old people around the world have been murdered. As a result, governments around the world have saved themselves billions in long-term health costs. And those same governments will also save themselves billions of pounds a year because of the pensions they won´t have to pay.

By sending elderly people with the coronavirus into care homes, the health care officials were sending them in as Trojan Horse killers.

And it has been a holocaust.

Incidentally, the dictionary defines a holocaust as slaughter on a mass scale.

And I cannot think of a more appropriate word because that is what this has been.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

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Hungary’s Foreign Minister to Attend Signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain Peace Treaty in Washington

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó will attend the signing of the peace treaty between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington on Tuesday, national news agency MTI reports.

“Hungary continues to support the Middle East peace efforts and stands up in international organizations for a correct judgement of the region’s countries,” Szijjartó wrote on his Facebook page. “It is an honor that after the invitation received last night, Hungary will be represented at the foreign ministerial level.”

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Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Set for Full Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan by Spring 2021

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the military is on track to completely withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by spring 2021.

Pompeo said the U.S. military is on pace to uphold a February 29 agreement with the Taliban that aims to reduce American troops in the country to zero by April or May of 2021, according to interviews with Breitbart News. The secretary of state’s remarks come after his peace talk meetings this past week in Doha, Qatar, alongside Afghanistan government officials and the Taliban. Pompeo said President Donald Trump’s main objective is to “stop getting people killed there” nearly two decades after U.S. troops first arrived in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

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China: Dystopian Digital “Civilization Code” Evaluates Citizens’ Daily Lives to “Promote” Good Behavior

The local government of Suzhou, in East China’s Jiangsu province, has introduced a civil behavior scoring system. The “civilization code” has sparked hot debate, where the public is concerned about formalism and the potential for abuse of power.

The civil behavior scoring system, dubbed civilization code, encompasses indicators such as the volunteer index and civil transport index, which will look at a person’s road manners. The volunteer index will also award points for participating in voluntary work.

The authorities claim the purpose of the civil behavior code, which was introduced on Thursday, is to encourage “social responsibility.” The public security bureau is yet to define other indexes to be included in the scoring system.

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House Church Preacher, Wife Charged in China for Homeschooling Their Children

A house church preacher and his wife have been summoned by a court in China’s southern Fujian province for homeschooling their children rather than sending them to public school, a watchdog reported.

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Oracle Wins Bid Over Microsoft for U.S. Operations of TikTok

Oracle on Monday announced it had won the bidding for the U.S. operations of TikTok, beating out the initial front runner Microsoft, sources familiar with the deal reported.

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U.S. Bans Cotton, Other Products From Xinjiang Over Forced Uighur Labor

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents will begin turning away products created by forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday. Xinjiang is where more than a million Muslims, mostly of the Uighur minority, have been imprisoned in concentration camps.

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Vietnam is Importing the Worst of Chinese-Style Online Censorship

One of the problems with China’s extensive and invasive internet control and censorship is just how efficient it is, thus “inspiring” many other countries around the world to either try to copy, or implement it in one way or another, to serve their particular situation and goals.

This appears to have manifested in Vietnam, whose authorities are said to be invested in fostering nationalism online, but also carefully monitoring social media in the hope of controlling content and narratives.

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Chilling CCTV Footage is Played in Court Showing Grim Moment Killer Stabbed Her Lesbian Ex-Lover Forty Times After She Plunged 30m From a High-Rise Balcony

The mother of murder victim Shuyu Zhou could not watch the distressing film showing the last 11 minutes of her daughter’s life during the sentencing hearing of her killer at the NSW Supreme Court.

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‘Cops Can’t Touch Them’: Locals Are Left Too Afraid to Go Outside as Warring Teen Gangs Turn a Quiet Suburb Into a War Zone After Horror Knife Fight Left One Dead, Two Others Fighting for Life

In the last quarter alone, some 220 crimes were reported in Zillmere, in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

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Disturbing New Footage Shows Police Ramming Their Car Into a Father-of-Three in Melbourne — Moments Before Officer Stomped on His Head in Brutal Arrest That Has Left Him in a Coma

The man, who has not been named, was being treated in an intensive care unit at a hospital following the incident at Epping, in north Melbourne, on Sunday.

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Fewer Rights Than North Korea: Chilling Reality for Melbourne Under Dan Andrews Stage 4 Lockdown — and Why He is Acting Like a Dictator

Swinburne University Law School dean Mirko Bagaric said Melbourne’s six-month lockdowns were a lot harsher than the COVID-19 restrictions in China and North Korea.

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From Trump Fans to Hipsters, Young Women in Activewear and Muslims in Hijabs…

…How the anti-lockdown protesters are far from the ‘bat-sh*t crazy’ stereotype the cops would have Australia believe — and why the anger is only going to grow

Melburnians are unhappy, and its not just the ‘tinfoil hat wearing brigade’ the police would have you believe.

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Get Tested NOW: Urgent Warning to Thousands of Residents in Two New Melbourne Hotspots

Nine of Victoria’s 35 new cases identified on Monday were in Hallam and Narre Warren (left), sparking fears of a fresh outbreak in the city’s southeast

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Horrific Moment Cop Stomps on the Head of an Unmasked Man During a Dramatic Arrest in Lockdown Melbourne — as Ex-Officers Slam Premier Dan Andrews for Creating a ‘Police State’ In Victoria

Shocking footage posted to Twitter on Sunday shows a group of officers chasing a man onto the median strip of a road in Epping, in the city’s north.

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Tony Abbott Blasts Annastacia Palaszczuk Over ‘Heartless and Mind-Boggling’ State Border Closures and Says Rules Stopping Australians Leaving the Country Should Also be Scrapped

Last week Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was slammed for refusing to let a 26-year-old nurse from Covid-free Canberra go to her father’s Brisbane funeral.

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‘We’re Not Going to Sit in Silence’: Bizarre Moment Flag-Flying Anti-Lockdown Demonstrator Blares Out a Classic Australian Rock Song at Police — and He’s Swiftly Arrested

Victoria police have arrested an Aussie Rock fan as he sang John Farnham’s You’re The Voice at them, as loud as he could, in protest against Victoria’s harsh lockdowns.

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Militant Islamists Slaughter More Than 500 Christians in Ethiopia

Muslim extremists have carried out a door-to-door anti-Christian murder campaign this summer, killing over 500 Christians since June, Christianpersecution.com reported.

The Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church has called on the government of Ethiopia to act decisively to stop the ongoing slaughter of Christians and the destruction of churches, the September 9 report states.

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20-Year-Old French Student Raped, Strangled and Tortured for Three Hours by Migrant With Deportation Orders: Police

A migrant with several prior sexual assault convictions in France and the subject of two deportation orders that were never executed is now being accused of raping, strangling and torturing a 20-year-old student for three hours in the city of Angers in western France, Le Figaro reports.

The 20-year-old woman was raped at her home on Monday, Aug. 31, around 7:30 p.m., by a man who managed to force open the door of her apartment when she was returning from her first day of class.

For nearly three hours, the student was held captive, beaten, strangled and raped in her apartment in Angers (Maine-et-Loire), according to sources cited by a regional daily. It was when the attacker left, around 10:30 p.m., that the young woman went to the police station to file a complaint and provide the police with a description of her rapist, who sported a unique tattoo that reportedly helped identify him.

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Another Migrant Crisis Will Hit Europe as Water and Food Shortages Displace 1.2 Billion People: Report

Europe must prepare for a massive increase in asylum applications, as many environmental threats will displace more than 1.2 billion people over the next 30 years, according to a new study from Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

The study reports that water and food shortages will cause mass migration from at least 31 countries that are failing to cope with the environmental crisis, with a significant amount of displaced people seeking to settle in Europe.

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Greece: 3 Migrants Dead, 56 Saved After Boat Sinks Off Crete

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) — A smuggling boat sank off the southern Greek island of Crete on Monday, leaving three dead, while a large rescue operation managed to save 56 others from the sea, authorities said.

The Greek coast guard said efforts continued deep into the evening to locate other people who might be in the water. It said it was unclear whether anybody was still missing, as the survivors were not in a position to give accurate numbers of how many had been on board when the vessel went down.

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Hungary, Poland, Czechia, And Slovakia Donate to V4-German Project to Halt Illegal Immigration From Morocco

The Visegrad Group (V4) countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland are donating funds for a joint project with Germany to control illegal migration from Morocco.

As part of two donations, Czechia should provide almost 100 million korunas for a joint migration project. The V4 countries and Germany agreed on a joint initiative to help Morocco as a transit country in illegal migration at a summit in Bratislava last February. In total, they should put €30 million (795 million korunas) into it, according to Eurospravy.cz.

Germany should contribute half of the amount, the V4 countries will share the other half evenly.

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Jesuit Cardinal: Europe Must ‘Open the Doors’ to Migrants

ROME — The progressive leader of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has called on Europeans to open their doors to migrants stranded in camps in Libya, Lesbos, and Lampedusa.

“Open the doors. If we do not open the doors to refugees, we also close the doors to Christ. If we want to open the doors to Christ, we must also open the doors to refugees,” said Jesuit Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich in an interview Monday with SIR, the news agency of the Italian Bishops Conference.

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Lesbos Refugee Camp’s Devastation is Laid Bare as Greece Accuses Migrants of Burning Down the Camp ‘To Blackmail US Into Transferring Them to Europe’

Greece has accused migrants of deliberately burning their overcrowded camp in Lesbos last week where hundreds were forced to relocate to.

Families, children, young men and pregnant women have been left wandering aimlessly since a blaze ripped through the Moria camp on the night of September 8, forcing its 12,000 occupants to sleep rough in abandoned buildings, on roadsides and even rooftops.

‘The camp was burned by refugees and migrants who wanted to blackmail the government in order to be rapidly transferred from the island (to the continent),’ Stelios Petsas, the Greek government’s spokesman, told reporters in Athens.

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Nigerian Migrant Goes on Sexual Assault Spree in Germany, Attacks 7— and 14-Year-Old Girls

A 36-year-old Nigerian migrant went on a sexual assault spree in Germany, which included targeting a 7-year-old girl, a social worker and a teenager all in the course of 24 hours, according to Munich police.

The man allegedly beat a 7-year-old girl on her buttocks and sexually molested her in his accommodation on Sept. 7, at around 2 p.m. On that same day, he is also accused of sexually assaulting a social worker at the same accommodation by grabbing her crotch in two separate cases.

The next day, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, around 7.15 a.m., police say the Nigerian man suddenly grabbed a 14-year-old student under her clothes and began stroking her at a traffic light in the Munich neighborhood of Berg-am-Laim, at the corner of Schluesselbergstraße.

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Testing for COVID-19 is Slowing Relocation of Migrants From Greece’s Camp Moria

The first migrants from the fire-damaged Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos began moving to a new makeshift camp set up by the government at the site of the Kara Tepe army shooting range, however, moving to the new camp has been a slow process as all newcomers have to be tested for coronavirus.

More than 12,000 people found themselves homeless after last week’s fires, which were started by migrants inside the camp, and only about 300 of them have been relocated by the authorities to a tent camp with a capacity of 3,000 people so far.

These were mostly families with children, the Greek public television ERT reported.

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UK: Migrants Land Their Rubber Dinghy on Beach Near Dover Before Sprinting Into the Trees Before Immigration Officials Can Stop Them

Migrants were seen running across a beach in Kent after their boat crossed the Channel earlier today.

The group of around ten, who were crammed on a rubber dinghy, were spotted leaping out and running across the beach towards scattered trees as their vessel neared the shore at Kingsdown beach, near Dover, on Monday morning.

The scenes come as Home Secretary Priti Patel faces increasing pressure to act following a sharp upsurge in Channel migrant numbers to more than 6,000 so far this year.

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UK: MSM Catches Up to Farage, Finally Reports Alleged Refugees Evading Authorities

Five months after Nigel Farage first reported that the true number of illegal aliens was likely much higher than the official figure because many arrive undetected, the mainstream media has finally reported on migrants “fleeing” their boats and “making off at speed” from the beach to avoid being registered with the Home Office.

Sky News reported on Monday in a piece entitled “Migrants Seen Running Away after Landing on Kent Beach in Small Dinghy”, that around ten men in a dinghy landed in Kingsdown, near Deal in Kent.

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Big-Breasted Jesus Causes Controversy

An advertisement from the National Church of Iceland, encouraging children to attend Sunday school, caused quite a controversy over the weekend. It depicts a big-breasted, bearded Jesus, wearing a white dress and makeup, cheerfully dancing under a rainbow.

The ad had been posted on the church’s website and Facebook page but was removed Saturday. The cheerful Jesus will continue to adorn Reykjavik buses, though, for at least two more weeks.

Pétur Georg Markan, media representative for the church, recently told mbl.is that the church believes it is positive and natural for Jesus to appear to people in all possible forms. In that way, the church celebrates diversity.

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More Than 20% of Evangelicals Embrace Concept of “Gender Fluidity”

LifeWay Research recently found in its “State of Theology” survey that 22% of American evangelical Christians believe that “gender identity is a matter of choice.”

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Poland: LGBT Activists Put Vagina-Shaped Halo Over Virgin Mary During Anti-Catholic Action in Gdansk

LGBT activists are attacking the Catholic Church in such an aggressive manner in Poland that it is clear they are purposefully looking to spark a violent backlash, said ruling Law and Justice (PiS) MEP Dominik Traczynski in an interview with the wpolityce.pl portal.

“LGBT activists are counting on people losing their temper to create violent conflict in order for these activists to claim that they are being persecuted and oppressed,” warned Traczynski, who referred to an incident involving activists putting a vagina-shaped halo over the Virgin Mary in Gdansk.

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When Canceling Isn’t Enough? #RIPJKRowling Trends Ahead of Release of Mystery Novel Featuring Transvestite Serial Killer

JK Rowling’s latest book, written under pseudonym Robert Galbraith, includes a (male) serial killer who dresses as a woman to murder his (female) victims. Trans advocates, already out for Rowling’s blood, ‘killed’ her via hashtag.

After the Telegraph described “Troubled Blood,” the fifth installment in Rowling’s mystery series, as “a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress” in its Sunday review, it was perhaps inevitable that her detractors would latch onto the novel’s plot as “proof” of her alleged transphobia — despite not having read it.

The book, set for release on Tuesday, centers on a cold case investigation where the victim — a female doctor — is believed to have been killed by a man who dresses up as a woman in order to kill ‘other’ women. While the killer isn’t actually transgender, that didn’t stop Pink News — an LGBT-focused UK outlet — from hyperventilating that it was the second time in the series Rowling had portrayed a trans character negatively, after its second installment depicted a trans-woman as “unstable and aggressive.”

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Is There Life Floating in the Clouds of Venus?

It’s an extraordinary possibility — the idea that living organisms are floating in the clouds of Planet Venus.

But this is what astronomers are now considering after detecting a gas in the atmosphere they can’t explain.

That gas is phosphine — a molecule made up of one phosphorus atom and three hydrogen atoms.

On Earth, phosphine is associated with life, with microbes living in the guts of animals like penguins, or in oxygen-poor environments such as swamps.

For sure, you can make it industrially, but there are no factories on Venus; and there are certainly no penguins.

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Scientists Discover Possible Sign of Life on Venus

Scientists revealed that traces of a gas in the clouds of Venus could indicate some form of life on the planet, according to a new study made public on Monday.

The study, which was published in the journal Nature Astronomy, reported the presence of phosphine — a toxic gas produced by some microbes that live in animal intestines on Earth — in the Venusian atmosphere.

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Strange Chemical in Clouds of Venus Defies Explanation. Could it be a Sign of Life?

Is there life on Venus? A new discovery suggests we should look harder.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/14/2020

  1. Seehofer caves, not that I expected different. 1,500 migrants to be accepted primarily from Lesbos.
    https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Deutschland-will-1500-Fluechtlinge-von-Inseln-holen-article22037349.html#click=https://t.co/O3oe5VHDlV

    Article in English: https://news.trust.org/item/20200915120805-0ep4c/

    Of course, that wasn’t enough for the Greens since they were “those whose applications have already been processed and accepted”, it’s not enough. Another lesson in cowardice and caving, it’s never enough for those making demands.

  2. I don’t see too many police around. The muslim occupants I imagine would simply chase them away if they did show up. Besides Oxford Street these days looks more ME than EU. GHU.

  3. Diversity and raw multicultural
    deployment ensures that more an more the invader won’t even have to come in contact with a local to pass go and stiff a local lockded-down for all its worth. Bozo must seem like one of their own.

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