Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2020

The well-known writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by The New Yorker for masturbating while on camera in a Zoom call. Mr. Toobin has also taken a leave of absence from CNN.

In other news, former Vice President Joe Biden was photographed wearing two masks during a campaign stop in North Carolina.

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

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

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

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

Financial Crisis
» Democrat-Run Chicago Broke as Mayor Mulls Tax Hikes & Layoffs to Plug $1.2bn Budget Gap
 
USA
» “Trained Marxist” And BLM Founder Inks Production Deal With Warner Bros.
» “What the F***! Im Out”: Rapper 50 Cent Melts Down Over Biden-Harris Tax Plan, Endorses Trump
» A Lifetime of Lies, Corruption and Malfeasance: Joe Biden
» Amazon Bans Anti-Mainstream Coronavirus Book for “Content Violations”
» Antifa Knocks Out Black Man’s Teeth for Holding Free Speech Rally While Calling Him ‘N’ Word
» Apple Sells Nearly 2 Million iPhone 12 Units in First 24 Hours of Preorders
» Biden Wants to End Online Sale of Firearms, Ammo, And Gun Parts if President
» Big Tech Bans Philip Anderson Free Speech Rally Organizer After Activists Flag His Account
» Black Lives Matter Founder Mentored by Ex-Domestic Terrorist Who Worked With Bill Ayers
» Boy, 13, Is Shot Dead by a Masked Gunman Who Opened Fire While the Teenager Was Fixing a Lawnmower With His Brother and Father in the Front Yard of His Georgia Home
» California’s Energy Disaster is Coming to Virginia
» Carlson: No Matter What Happens in the Election, The American Media Will ‘Never be the Same After This’ — ‘It Cannot Continue This Way’
» Chicago Violence: 36 Shot, 7 Fatally in Weekend Shootings, 1 Fatally Stabbed
» CNN, New Yorker Suspend Jeffrey Toobin for Masturbating During a Zoom Call
» Commission Changes Rules to Mute Microphones During Next Debate; Trump “Remains Committed” To Debate
» Democrats: What’s at Stake Nov. 3, 2020
» Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe Says That Hunter Biden’s Laptop is Not Part of a Russian Disinformation Campaign But Says it is in the Hands of the FBI
» ‘Disaster for Joe’: As Hunter Biden’s Lawyers Allegedly Ask for His Laptop Back, Trump Calls Its Explosive Revelations ‘Real Deal’
» Disneyland Employees, Fans Protest Closure Outside Park
» Does This Explain Why Facebook Was So Quick to Suppress Hunter Biden Revelations?
» Former NYPD Commissioner: I’ve Seen Hunter’s Hard Drive, The Bidens ‘Belong in Handcuffs’
» Former FDA Commissioner: “Biggest Wave” of Coronavirus in U.S. To Come as Local Rates Climb
» Free Speech Social Platform Gab Gets Record Traffic After Twitter and Facebook Censor Hunter Biden Story
» Hunter Biden’s Laptop “Is Not Some Russian Disinformation Campaign”; DNI Ratcliffe Slams Schiff
» Joe Biden’s Boosters Wrote His Prodigal Son’s Entire Resume
» Lakewood Church Returns to In-Person Services After 7 Months
» Marxist Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Signs Production Deal With Warner Bros.
» NYSE Prepares to Move Operations Out of New Jersey if Trading Tax Passes
» Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Bill to Reopen State’s Restaurants at Full Capacity
» Photos: Biden Wears Two Masks at Campaign Stop
» Sony Corporation (Net Worth $45 Billion) Endorses Black Lives Matter
» Steve Bannon Behind ‘Roll-Out Plan’ For Hunter Biden Emails, Says ‘Multiple Stories From Multiple Media Sources’ About to Hit
» Steve Bannon: If Trump Loses the Election He Will Run Again in 2024
» Streisand Effect: Twitter Ban on Biden Laptop Scandal Nearly Doubled Visibility According to MIT
» Supreme Court Sides With Democrats on Pennsylvania Mail-in Deadline After Justice Roberts Joins Liberals
» ‘The Joe Meeting Happened, The Emails Are Correct and Joe Took 10% of Equity’: Bannon Says Everything Reported in Hunter Laptop Scandal is True and Reveals How Lawyer for Biden’s Son Tried to Get Hard Drive Back — Proving ‘It’s No Russian Intel Op’
» Think Tank Funded by U.S. And Foreign Governments Calls for Suppression of Breitbart, Fox, Conservative Media
» Twitter is Still Refusing to Unlock NY Post’s Account
» Twitter, Facebook Have Censored Trump Campaign 65 Times; Zero Times for Biden
» Twitter Removes Tweet From Dr. Scott Atlas for Questioning the Effectiveness of Masks
» Video: Biden Refuses to Answer Questions About ‘Laptop From Hell’
» Wisconsin Judge Reinstates COVID-19 Restrictions on Restaurants, Bars: Live Updates
 
Europe and the EU
» Copenhagen’s Left-Wing Mayor Steps Down After 30 Years of Sexual Harassment Comes to Light
» France: Paris Mosque Apologises for Sharing ‘Fatwa’ Video Prior to Islamic Beheading Attack
» French Police Raid Homes of Suspected Islamic Radicals Linked to Beheading of Teacher in Paris
» Future Prime Minister? Hungarian PM Orban Welcomes Fifth Grandchild
» Global COVID-19 Cases Top 40 Million as Wales Enacts Emergency “Firebreak” Lockdown: Live Updates
» Slovakia to Test Entire Nation for COVID-19
» UK City to Change Statues Which ‘Over-Celebrated Empire, Christianity and “Great” White Men’
» UK: ‘Protect the NHS’ Message That Scared Away Patients Could Contribute to Extra Deaths: Report
» UK: Boris Rebuffs Barnier’s Call to ‘Intensify’ Talks Unless EU Budges
» UK: Farage on London Church Attack: ‘We Are a Christian Country and Our Culture is Under Assault’
» UK: Farage Backs Clean Break Brexit, Warns EU Treaty Will ‘Haunt’ UK
» UK: Man Punched Because He Removed Face Mask to Speak to His Elderly Mother
» UK: Pervert Who Had Sex With Chickens in His Basement While His Wife Filmed Him is Jailed for Three Years
» UK: Reverend of Baptist Church Targeted by Man Who Tried to Tear Down Cross Expresses Sympathy for Vandal
» UK: Top Corbyn Ally Abbott: ‘We All Hope and Pray’ That ‘Racist Trump’ Loses U.S. Election
 
Middle East
» Five Countries Blocked EU Sanctions Against Turkey
» ISIS Calls on Followers to Attack Westerners & Oil Pipelines Inside Saudi Arabia
 
Russia
» Belarus: More Human Rights Violations
» We Must Not Deepen EU-Russia Chasm — Di Maio in Moscow
 
Caucasus
» Pompeo to Host Armenian, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers Amid Deadly Clashes
 
Far East
» China Strengthens Ban on Publishing Christian Literature
» Globe and Mail Once Again Publishes Chinese Communist Party Propaganda
 
Australia — Pacific
» Exclusive: ‘It’s Going to Get Very Ugly’: Execution of Crime Boss Bassam Hamzy’s Brother by Two Gunmen is Set to Spark a War on the Streets — as the Slain Man’s Links to Other Underworld Killings Are Revealed
» Furious Hillsong Founder Brian Houston Claims Christians Are Being ‘Discriminated’ Against as He Asks Why Weddings in NSW Can Host 300 People But Churches Are Only Allowed 100
» How Jacinda Ardern’s Win Could be a Victory for Australia — With Go-Getting Kiwis Set to Flee Her Tax Increases That Punish Those Who Work Hard
» Why Presiding Over One of the Biggest Government Screw Ups Ever Will Help Daniel Andrews Get Re-Elected — With Aussie Leaders on TV Every Day Through the Pandemic Set to Benefit
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Trump Announces Sudan’s Removal From Terror List, Paving Way for Israel Peace Deal
 
Immigration
» Construction of Evros Border Fence is Advancing Rapidly, Says Greek PM
» Court Rules Muslim Doctor Who Refused to Shake Woman’s Hand as She Presented Him With Citizenship Certificate Has Lost the Right to Become a German
» German Spa Bans Women From Wearing Bikinis Due to Cultural Sensitivities But Burkinis Still Allowed
» Sweden: Three Syrians Who Beat Gay Couple in Gothenburg Convicted; One Jailed While All Three Avoid Deportation
» Trump Warns ‘A Nation Without Borders is Not a Nation’ After ‘Vicious’ Beheading in France
» UK Govt to Target Illegal Migrants’ Smartphones With Ads Asking Them Not to Come
» UK: ‘Shocked’ Eyewitness Called Police Three Times About Migrants Jumping Out of a Lorry in Essex a Fortnight Before 39 Vietnamese Victims Suffocated to Death, Court Hears
 
Culture Wars
» ‘Sisters’ Added to ‘Brothers’ In Catholic Prayer Book
» The Progressivism of the Future is Really Just the Socialism of the Past
 
General
» Chrome Exempts Google Sites From User Site Data Settings
 

Democrat-Run Chicago Broke as Mayor Mulls Tax Hikes & Layoffs to Plug $1.2bn Budget Gap

In a sign of where the entire country could soon find itself, the Democrat-run city of Chicago isn’t just facing soaring violent crime, but is staring down a whopping $1.2 billion budget deficit, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Naturally the response to what some are already excusing as the city’s “coronavirus-fueled budget deficit” is for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to immediately talk massive tax hikes to plug the hole.

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

“Trained Marxist” And BLM Founder Inks Production Deal With Warner Bros.

Self-described “trained Marxist” and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has signed a production deal with entertainment giant Warner Bros. The provocative social justice activist said that she looks forward “to amplifying the talent and voices of other black creatives” in her new role.

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

“What the F***! Im Out”: Rapper 50 Cent Melts Down Over Biden-Harris Tax Plan, Endorses Trump

Rapper 50 Cent has taken to Twitter to endorse President Trump after losing his mind over the Biden-Harris tax plan, which would result in a top tax rate of 62% in New York City.

“WHAT THE F*CK! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT,” tweeted the rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III. “F*CK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway,” he added.

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

A Lifetime of Lies, Corruption and Malfeasance: Joe Biden

During Obama-Biden, Muslims enjoyed top spots in the White House and even an Islamic prayer room. One top aid, Muhammed Magid, was the Sharia Law advocate under Obama. Obama charged him with bringing Sharia Law into the mainstream in America.

Biden said that when he reaches the White House, “Muslims will fill important posts in my administration.”

Harsh reality and fact: Islam’s Sharia Law counters everything in Western Culture and diametrically opposes the U.S. Constitution. If implemented, Sharia Law would negate women’s rights, religious rights, children’s rights, animal rights, choice of spouse, choice of dress and essentially turn America back into a 6th century caliphate. One look at Europe or Canada will give you an idea of Biden’s final gift to America.

If elected, Biden promises to open our borders, tear down the 400 miles of the Mexican-American wall and give amnesty to in excess of 20 million illegal aliens. That act alone would break our entire welfare, educational and food stamp system.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Amazon Bans Anti-Mainstream Coronavirus Book for “Content Violations”

Amazon has completely banned a book that goes against the mainstream coronavirus narrative.

James Perloff’s book “Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled” is banned on Amazon after selling more than 3,500 copies. The e-commerce platform claimed that the book “violated content guidelines.”

“BAD NEWS. After selling over 3,500 copies for Amazon since publication on August 20, Amazon has banned my book “COVID-19 and the Agendas to Come, Red-Pilled,” the writer announced the banning of his book on Twitter.

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

Antifa Knocks Out Black Man’s Teeth for Holding Free Speech Rally While Calling Him ‘N’ Word

An Antifa counter-protester in San Francisco knocked out the front teeth of a black man who organized the Free Speech Rally and Protest on Saturday. People in the crowd can be heard yelling racial slurs at the man.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Apple Sells Nearly 2 Million iPhone 12 Units in First 24 Hours of Preorders

The first 24 hours of preorders for the recently announced iPhone 12 surpassed preorders for 2019’s iPhone 11 during the same period.

Within a day of taking orders, Apple sold nearly two million units, compared to 800,000 for the iPhone 11 last year.

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

Biden Wants to End Online Sale of Firearms, Ammo, And Gun Parts if President

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign has chosen to label gun violence in the US not as a safety or some similar concern, but as “a public health epidemic.”

It’s these days no doubt a fashionable way of branding issues and garnering a great deal of attention — but this particular “epidemic” apparently won’t be solved by wearing masks or maintaining physical distance.

Instead, Biden’s plan to tackle the problem, laid out in a document posted on his campaign website, seems to be to continue to take on the National Rifle Association (NRA) as he has done in the past, but also go for issuing executive actions in order to limit the right to own guns.

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

Big Tech Bans Philip Anderson Free Speech Rally Organizer After Activists Flag His Account

Philip Anderson, who organized a free speech rally in San Francisco on Saturday and was attacked by members of Antifa before the rally, has been banned from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Anderson was using his social media accounts to promote the October 17 rally which took place outside of Twitter’s headquarters. He also used his social media accounts to document the attack.

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

Black Lives Matter Founder Mentored by Ex-Domestic Terrorist Who Worked With Bill Ayers

The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, Patrisse Cullors, was the protégé of a communist-supporting domestic terrorist for over a decade, spending years training in political organizing and absorbing the radical Marxist-Leninist ideology which shaped her worldview.

Eric Mann, who mentored Cullors for over a decade in community organizing, was a member of radical-left militant groups: Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground, which bombed government buildings and police stations in the 1960s and 1970s.

In a newly resurfaced video from 2015, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors reveals that she and her fellow BLM founders are “trained Marxists.”

In the video, Cullors is interviewed by Jared Ball of the Real News Network and discusses the direction of the BLM movement.

[Comment: From June, but still relevant. Read it all to understand how twisted this lady’sideas are … be sure to keep a garbage can near in case you vomit. This is South Africa 2.0.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Boy, 13, Is Shot Dead by a Masked Gunman Who Opened Fire While the Teenager Was Fixing a Lawnmower With His Brother and Father in the Front Yard of His Georgia Home

A young teenage boy was shot and killed by a masked gunman in front of his family while working outside his home in Georgia.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

California’s Energy Disaster is Coming to Virginia

“It can’t happen here” is one of the most dangerous sentences you can utter. The comforting conviction, for example, that some other state’s well-publicized blunders would never be adopted by your own elected representatives can turn out to be just another of life’s delusions.

For Virginians, California’s rolling blackouts and sky-high electricity prices may seem like little more than the travails of distant strangers on the other side of the country.

But this smugness is misplaced. California is closer than many Virginians realize.

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

Carlson: No Matter What Happens in the Election, The American Media Will ‘Never be the Same After This’ — ‘It Cannot Continue This Way’

Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson decried the mainstream media for its handling of presidential politics on two fronts — the varying treatments of President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in debates and forums, and the handling of the bombshell allegations first reported by The New York Post regarding Biden son Hunter Biden’s laptop.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago Violence: 36 Shot, 7 Fatally in Weekend Shootings, 1 Fatally Stabbed

CHICAGO — Eight people are dead and 36 others were wounded so far this weekend in violence across Chicago, according to police.

Last weekend Chicago police reported 50 people shot, four fatally. Five of those wounded were teenagers.

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

CNN, New Yorker Suspend Jeffrey Toobin for Masturbating During a Zoom Call

Update (1740ET): In a stunning ‘correction’ from Vice, which ratchets this story up to ‘11’ on the Spinal Tap amplifier of WTF-ness,

“This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating.”

Hey look, we understand, an accidental exposure of a penis could be rubbed off as a one-off, awkward moment but spanking the monkey, that’s a hard one to get over.

Quite a multitasker!!

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

Commission Changes Rules to Mute Microphones During Next Debate; Trump “Remains Committed” To Debate

Update (2050ET): According to the Trump Campaign, the president remains committed to the debate, regardless of the rule change.

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

Democrats: What’s at Stake Nov. 3, 2020

Moving aside all the screeching and political cannibalism going on, for Democrats, below is your party’s agenda. It’s vitally important Democrats and even independents who intend to vote for an obviously neurologically impaired candidate, Joseph Biden and his ‘sleep your way to the top’, VP pick, Kamala Harris, understand what you’re voting for.

Global warming morphed into climate change several years ago. A marketing technique. When a product doesn’t sell, you fiddle with the name. The earth’s climate changes on a daily basis, sometimes even hourly depending where on the globe.

That matters not to the disciples of Karl Marx and his faithful fools. It has been the goal of the Communist Party International longer than I’ve been alive to kill capitalism by using the environment to manufacture one climate crisis after another since the 1970s. None of which have materialized.Absolutely nauseating is the massive amount of borrowed debt already spent to make our military “green”. What utter nonsense yet I’ve read generals vomit up communist propaganda promoting a “green military” while useful fools in the U.S. Congress promote and fund such delusional BS.

Don’t believe me? Try former head of the Communist Party USA and perennial presidential candidate, Guss Hall, in his book, Ecology, Can we survive under capitalism? published in 1972. Those screeching for socialism over capitalism are advocating for the total and complete destruction of free markets and eventual slide into communism.

Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

“For those who want to believe that maybe Edenhofer just misspoke and doesn’t really mean that, consider that a little more than five years ago he also said that “the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”

“Mad as they are, Edenhofer’s comments are nevertheless consistent with other alarmists who have spilled the movement’s dirty secret. Last year, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, made a similar statement.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe Says That Hunter Biden’s Laptop is Not Part of a Russian Disinformation Campaign But Says it is in the Hands of the FBI

Donald Trump’s Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Monday that Hunter Biden’s laptop ‘is not part of some Russia disinformation campaign’ as he blasted Rep. Adam Schiff for saying dirt on Trump’s rival came from the Kremlin.

He confirmed that the FBI have the laptop but did not comment on whether they are investigating its contents.

Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist who assumed his post in May, accused Schiff of having ‘politicized’ intelligence — and responded to Schiff’s claim about the mysterious laptop that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he obtained from a computer repair shop owner.

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

‘Disaster for Joe’: As Hunter Biden’s Lawyers Allegedly Ask for His Laptop Back, Trump Calls Its Explosive Revelations ‘Real Deal’

Despite questions over the authenticity of damaging content from a hard drive allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, Donald Trump has said the data is a “proven fact,” with Steve Bannon promising there is more to come.

“Hunter Biden’s laptop is a disaster for the entire Biden family, but especially for his father, Joe,” the president tweeted on Sunday.

He blasted his Democrat opponent and said the content of the hard drive, first reported on by the New York Post, “makes it impossible” for him to ever assume the office of the presidency.

“It is now a proven fact, and cannot be denied, that all of that info is the REAL DEAL. That makes it impossible for ‘50%, or 10%’ Joe, to ever assume the office of the President!” he tweeted…

Giuliani and Bannon have pushed back against claims by Democrats that this could be a disinformation campaign, with Giuliani even claiming this week that the shop owner, who first took ownership of the drive when Hunter failed to retrieve it, has been so scared for his life that he copied the drive multiple times and gave two backups to two separate friends as an insurance policy “in case he gets killed.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Disneyland Employees, Fans Protest Closure Outside Park

Disney fans and employees protested the closure of Disneyland outside the park in California this weekend. The park remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A few dozen protesters gathered outside the park on Saturday, some holding signs reading, “Tell the guards to open up the gate,” and “California needs its happy place.” Some protesters were former employees of the park.

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

Does This Explain Why Facebook Was So Quick to Suppress Hunter Biden Revelations?

Authored by Andrea Widburg via AmericanThinker.com

The moment the New York Post reported on some of the sleazy, corrupt details contained on Hunter Biden’s hard drive, Twitter and Facebook, the social media giants most closely connected to the way Americans exchange political information, went into overdrive to suppress the information and protect Joe Biden. In the case of Facebook, though, perhaps one of those protectors was, in fact, protecting herself.

The person currently in charge of Facebook’s election integrity program is Anna Makanju. That name probably doesn’t mean a lot to you, but it should mean a lot — and in a comforting way — to Joe Biden.

Before ending up at Facebook, Makanju was a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. The Atlantic Council is an ostensibly non-partisan think tank that deals with international affairs. In fact, it’s a decidedly partisan organization…

Let me remind you, in case you forgot, that Burisma started paying the Atlantic Council a lot of money in 2016, right when Makanju was advising Biden regarding getting rid of Shokin.

In other words, there’s a really good chance that Sundance was correct when he wrote at The Conservative Treehouse:

“That’s right folks, the Facebook executive currently blocking all of the negative evidence of Hunter and Joe Biden’s corrupt activity in Ukraine is the same person who was coordinating the corrupt activity between the Biden family payoffs and Ukraine.

“You just cannot make this stuff up folks.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Former NYPD Commissioner: I’ve Seen Hunter’s Hard Drive, The Bidens ‘Belong in Handcuffs’

Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik says he has “personally had the opportunity to review the hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden” and that Joe Biden and his family “belong in handcuffs”.

Kerick says he’s seen the “images, emails, and other documents [that] were on Hunter’s cell phone and computer” — most of which has yet to be made public — and is now calling on the Department of Justice to arrest “Hunter, James [Joe’s brother], and Joe Biden.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Former FDA Commissioner: “Biggest Wave” of Coronavirus in U.S. To Come as Local Rates Climb

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, expressed concern over rising hospitalizations as the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic without a vaccine.

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

Free Speech Social Platform Gab Gets Record Traffic After Twitter and Facebook Censor Hunter Biden Story

Censoring information, particularly in the final weeks ahead of a heated US presidential election, will not make that information simply go away; if anything, what last week’s episode teaches us is that users who can no longer rely on giants like Facebook and Twitter will very quickly turn to their emerging, independent alternatives, like Gab.

On Thursday alone, the network had 537,000 visits in 24 hours, up 39% month-on-month.

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

Hunter Biden’s Laptop “Is Not Some Russian Disinformation Campaign”; DNI Ratcliffe Slams Schiff

It appears the “Russia, Russia, Russia” cries from Adam Schiff and his dutiful media peons is dead (we can only hope) as Director of National Intel John Ratcliffe just confirmed to Foxx Business’ Maria Bartiromo that:

“Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Joe Biden’s Boosters Wrote His Prodigal Son’s Entire Resume

hat the 50-year-old Hunter has been trading on his Democratic father’s political influence his entire adult life raises legal questions about possible influence-peddling, government watchdogs and former federal investigators say. In addition, the more than two-decades-long pattern of nepotism casts fresh doubt on Joe Biden’s recent statements that he “never discussed” business with his son, and that his activities posed “no conflicts of interest.”

No fewer than three committees in the Republican-controlled Senate have opened probes into potential Biden family conflicts. Investigators are also poring over Treasury Department records that have flagged suspicious activities involving Hunter’s banking transactions and business deals that may be connected to his father’s political influence.

U.S. ethics rules require all government officials to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest in taking official actions. The Bidens have denied any wrongdoing.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Lakewood Church Returns to In-Person Services After 7 Months

Lakewood Church in Texas hosted its first in-person service since pandemic restrictions began in March.

Pastor Joel Osteen said that he felt like God was telling him it was time to return to in-person services.

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

Marxist Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Signs Production Deal With Warner Bros.

The contract includes every sort of production from animation, to scripted and unscripted projects, as well as digital projects to be aired on Warners’ streaming services, TV, and film, according to Variety. Cullors promised to push the Black Lives Matter principles into her projects.

[Comment: Oh joy. Can’t wait to see these woke projects. No more entertainment, just 1hr 30min of sanctimonious hate whitey rhetoric. Go woke, go broke. Seems like Lucas was ahead of the woke curve with the “much beloved” Jar Jar Binks character.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NYSE Prepares to Move Operations Out of New Jersey if Trading Tax Passes

The saga over New Jersey’s trading tax continues, and in the latest installment the Mahwah-based New Jersey New York Stock Exchange told New Jersey lawmakers that it is prepared to move operations out of state should they impose a new tax on electronic trades via data servers, according to Bloomberg.

To prove that the NYSE is serious, in late September, Hope Jarkowski, co-head of government affairs for NYSE parent Intercontinental Exchange Inc., said that the world’s largest exchange by market capitalization conducted a test “for a wholesale transition out of New Jersey” noting that “from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, we moved our production servers for our NYSE Chicago exchange out of New Jersey to our secondary data center.”

The kicker: “Proximity to New York City is no longer relevant in today’s trading environment.”

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

Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Bill to Reopen State’s Restaurants at Full Capacity

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would allow the state’s restaurants to open at full capacity, saying that COVID-19 cases have been rising.

“To the extent that there is a resurgence of the virus this fall and winter, we need these critical mitigation guidelines to remain in place, and we need to retain the ability to implement further mitigation measures if necessary,” Wolf wrote.

The bill was passed in the state’s Republican-led House on Sept. 23 and would have allowed restaurants, bars and clubs to return to full capacity at their own discretion.

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

Photos: Biden Wears Two Masks at Campaign Stop

Democratic candidate Joe Biden was pictured wearing two face masks at a campaign stop in North Carolina over the weekend, reenforcing recent criticisms made by President Trump that his rival uses them as a safety blanket.

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

Sony Corporation (Net Worth $45 Billion) Endorses Black Lives Matter

The astroturf, inauthentic nature of Black Lives Matter was highlighted once again after Sony Corporation (net worth $45 billion) endorsed the movement.

The endorsement came via Sony Playstation announcing a new BLM theme for the PS4 console.

“Show your support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement with this new PS4 theme, out now for free at PS Store,” states the tweet.

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

Steve Bannon Behind ‘Roll-Out Plan’ For Hunter Biden Emails, Says ‘Multiple Stories From Multiple Media Sources’ About to Hit

In a recent interview with Revolver, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted that he’s the architect of a coordinated roll-out of the Hunter Biden laptop contents, and that there’s much, much more to come.

To review, last month the New York Post set off a nuclear bomb when they released evidence from the younger Biden’s hard drive obtained by Rudy Giuliani, after a computer repair shop owner initially approached the FBI, which appears to have concealed evidence of Biden family corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere while President Trump was being impeached for asking Ukraine to investigate exactly that.

As former Breitbart journalist Lee Stranahan — who’s not exactly Bannon’s biggest fan — puts it, “I can’t think of a single example of him saying he had the goods on the story that didn’t pan out,” adding “If he says a lot more is coming he’s not shooting blanks.”…

Revolver: What is the most incriminating thing on the hard drive? Rudy has suggested illegal things, and as Revolver reported, the FBI person tasked with the hard drive is associated with the child pornography division. Could you give more insight into how bad it is we’re talking about?

Mr. Bannon: Joe Biden is a liar, a fraud, and compromised by Chinese cash. In short, he is a national security crisis. The hard drive combines emails and text messages that show a massive involvement with companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. Also, there are 25,000 images that show a drug-addled, depraved lifestyle — one that decent hardworking Americans will not want near the White House.

Revolver: The FBI has been holding onto the hard drive for almost a year? Any sense of why? Was there any indication that they were seriously interested in a criminal case, assuming that there is, in fact, illegal material on there? If not, why would the FBI simply hold onto information like that?

Mr. Bannon: The President must confront the director of the FBI on why the information housed on this hard drive was not moved on immediately. If the content of the hard drive had been released when received in November 2019, there would have been no impeachment of Trump, and Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic Party nominee. This confrontation should take place this weekend in the Oval Office. If Wray doesn’t have a bulletproof reason he should be fired in the room.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Steve Bannon: If Trump Loses the Election He Will Run Again in 2024

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says that if Donald Trump loses the election to Joe Biden next month he will run for the presidency again in 2024.

Despite maintaining his belief that Trump “will win on election day,” Bannon told the Australian that a Biden victory wouldn’t mean the end of Trump.

“I’ll make this prediction right now: If for any reason the election is stolen from, or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024,” said Bannon.

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

Streisand Effect: Twitter Ban on Biden Laptop Scandal Nearly Doubled Visibility According to MIT

Twitter’s Orwellian decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop scandal published by the New York Post completely backfired — ‘nearly doubling’ its visibility, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyand media intelligence firm Zignal Labs.

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

Supreme Court Sides With Democrats on Pennsylvania Mail-in Deadline After Justice Roberts Joins Liberals

In a decision that could have profound consequences for the outcome of the election, late on Monday the Supreme Court denied a request from Pennsylvania’s Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state after Chief Justice John Roberts joined liberal justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer to oppose the four conservative justices Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch who said they would have granted the application.

After a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision had moved the deadline for absentee ballots to be counted from 8 p.m. on Election Day to 5 p.m. the following Friday, Nov. 6, Pennsylvania Republicans and top officials from the state’s GOP-held legislature asked the Supreme Court to the ruling.

If the U.S. Supreme Court had granted a stay, it would have resulted in a return to the original deadline. However, due to the court’s 4-4 deadlock, the previous decision stays and mail-in ballots can be counted.

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

‘The Joe Meeting Happened, The Emails Are Correct and Joe Took 10% of Equity’: Bannon Says Everything Reported in Hunter Laptop Scandal is True and Reveals How Lawyer for Biden’s Son Tried to Get Hard Drive Back — Proving ‘It’s No Russian Intel Op’

Steve Bannon said Sunday everything that has come to light from Hunter Biden’s hard drive is true as he paints Joe Biden as a ‘stone cold liar’ after revelations show deep financial ties between the Biden’s and Chinese Communist Party.

‘Joe Biden has lied about this for years,’ Bannon told Sky News in an interview Sunday.

‘What Fox did, which was very interesting on that issue but also on the Chinese — they actually went to the people on the emails and contacted them. What was so stunning is that they reported last night that one, the guys on the emails said absolutely the meetings happened. This is not off of some Russia intelligence operation. That emails correct, the meanings correct and, by the way, that 10 per cent of the equity is Joe Biden’s,’ Bannon said.

The former White House strategist for President Donald Trump said Hunter’s lawyer tried to email the repair shop to get the laptop back and has since then contacted Bannon and his team to retrieve the sensitive hard drive.

‘Hunter Biden’s lawyer has come to us both with phone calls and with emails saying, ‘hey, I’ve got to get the hard drive back’,’ Bannon said.

‘This is not some Russian intelligence operation; they admit it’s their hard drive,’ he continued in proving the validity of the information found on the laptop. ‘We have the emails from the Lawyer, if we need to release them, we’ll release them.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Think Tank Funded by U.S. And Foreign Governments Calls for Suppression of Breitbart, Fox, Conservative Media

The German Marshall Fund (GMF), an influential globalist think tank founded by the state of Germany to promote deeper ties between America and Europe — and funded in part by the U.S. government — has branded Breitbart News, Fox News, the Blaze, and the Federalist as “deceptive” news outlets, urging social media platforms to suppress their engagement.

[Comment: Another globalist run “think tank”.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter is Still Refusing to Unlock NY Post’s Account

The New York Post’s Twitter account has been locked since last Wednesday, and Twitter is refusing to restore access until the newspaper deletes all posts pertaining to its Hunter Biden coverage.

Despite Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitting that it was wrong to immediately censor the Post’s tweets, the company is still blocking the account, reports Fox Business.

The Post has been unable to use the social network since last week.

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

Twitter, Facebook Have Censored Trump Campaign 65 Times; Zero Times for Biden

A new report published Monday shows that the Trump campaign has been overwhelmingly targeted by censors at Twitter and Facebook when compared to the Biden campaign.

According to conservative watchdog Media Research Center (MRC), the social media accounts of President Trump and his campaign team have been blocked, banned, or had posts removed for “disinformation” 65 times, while Joe Biden and his campaign have had no similar actions taken against them.

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

Twitter Removes Tweet From Dr. Scott Atlas for Questioning the Effectiveness of Masks

Twitter continued a recent spate of censorship, this time deleting a tweet from White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas. Saturday, Atlas tweeted examples he said contradicted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance regarding the wearing of masks in public.

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

Video: Biden Refuses to Answer Questions About ‘Laptop From Hell’

Democratic Candidate Joe Biden refused to answer any questions Sunday regarding his son Hunter’s laptop, which was seized last year via subpoena by the FBI.

The Laptop is said to contain information pertaining to Biden’s ties to a Ukrainian natural gas conglomerate, as well as rumours of all sorts of drug and sex related images and video.

When a reporter attempted to ask Biden a question about the laptop he hastily walked away, milkshake in hand after a PR stunt.

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

Wisconsin Judge Reinstates COVID-19 Restrictions on Restaurants, Bars: Live Updates

Update (1300ET): After being stymied by state courts over his attempts to tighten restrictions on businesses and movement, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers finally won a court decision, as a Wisconsin judge on Monday reimposed Evers’ order limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places to 25% of capacity, per the AP.

The initial state order to limit capacity was handed down on Oct. 6 by Andrea Palm, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, as cases in the state surged. A judge on Oct. 14 blocked the order after it was challenged by the Tavern League of Wisconsin, which argued it amounted to a “de facto closure” order. That finding has now been reversed.

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

Copenhagen’s Left-Wing Mayor Steps Down After 30 Years of Sexual Harassment Comes to Light

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Copenhagen’s lord mayor is stepping down after 11 years in the job and and as deputy leader of Denmark’s governing Social Democratic Party following admissions that he sexually harassed women during social gatherings.

“I have decided to resign as mayor so that my party has plenty of time to find my replacement ahead of the next local elections,” Frank Jensen said.

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

France: Paris Mosque Apologises for Sharing ‘Fatwa’ Video Prior to Islamic Beheading Attack

A mosque in Paris has apologised for sharing a video from a parent who called for a ‘mobilisation’ campaign against Samuel Paty, a teacher who was beheaded after showing his class a caricature of the Islamic prophet Mohammed shortly afterwards.

On Sunday, the leader of the Pantin mosque in Paris, M’hammed Henniche, admitted to sharing the video, which detailed the terror victim’s identity and address. Following the dissemination of the video, Paty was beheaded in an Islamic attack believed to have been committed by 18-year-old Chechen migrant Abdoulakh Anzorov.

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

French Police Raid Homes of Suspected Islamic Radicals Linked to Beheading of Teacher in Paris

French police have raided dozens of homes of Muslim individuals they believe are associated with the teenage terrorist who allegedly beheaded a teacher on the streets of Paris last week.

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

Future Prime Minister? Hungarian PM Orban Welcomes Fifth Grandchild

Monday morning, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban — as was his custom on all previous occasions — proudly announced on Facebook the birth of his fifth grandchild, Bertalan.

“Nearly a football team. God bless you, Bertalan,” he wrote.

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

Global COVID-19 Cases Top 40 Million as Wales Enacts Emergency “Firebreak” Lockdown: Live Updates

New COVID-19 cases reported Sunday shrank from the prior day, with just 284,957 cases reported, coming in below the 300k mark for the first time since Oct. 11. Nevertheless, it was enough to push the global total north of 40 million, the latest milestone for COVID-19 cases, as outbreaks flare in Europe and the American Midwest.

[Comment: Using that garbage PCR “Test”? ]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Slovakia to Test Entire Nation for COVID-19

Slovakia will test all its citizens for COVID-19 except for children under ten years of age, with testing to be carried out by the Slovak army.

The government of Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced the decision on Sunday, describing the move as a last resort before the national quarantine, so-called lockdown.

“Lockdown is one option, testing Slovakia is another one,” said the Slovak prime minister.

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

UK City to Change Statues Which ‘Over-Celebrated Empire, Christianity and “Great” White Men’

An official review of statues in Leeds, England, concluded that they “over-celebrated Empire, Christianity and ‘great’ white men” and should be changed through the use of new public-facing plaques putting them a different context.

Leeds was the site of one of the more dramatic statue vandalisations in Britain as Black Lives Matter unrest swept the country, with an impressive monument to Queen Victoria being defaced with the BLM slogans and pejoratives including ‘racist’, ‘whore’, ‘slag’, and ‘slave owner’ — wholly inaccurately, as the British had abolished the slave trade decades prior to her coronation and spent much of her reign stamping it out globally, at great cost.

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

UK: ‘Protect the NHS’ Message That Scared Away Patients Could Contribute to Extra Deaths: Report

The government’s message at the height of the pandemic to “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives” frightened off patients from seeking medical help, resulting in admissions for non-coronavirus-related cases to fall by up to 90 per cent, according to a report.

Patients were believed to have either been frightened of catching the virus or concerned that they would be a burden on their own taxpayer-funded National Health Service. As a result, conditions were not treated when they should have been, says the healthcare analyst firm, Dr Foster.

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

UK: Boris Rebuffs Barnier’s Call to ‘Intensify’ Talks Unless EU Budges

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected calls by the EU’s negotiator to “intensify” trade talks unless Brussels compromises.

Last week’s talks ended in some acrimony after London accused Brussels of rowing back on an October 3rd commitment to “intensify” negotiations, with the prime minister determining that talks had failed and the UK would trade with the EU on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms at the end of the transition period on January 1st.

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

UK: Farage on London Church Attack: ‘We Are a Christian Country and Our Culture is Under Assault’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has weighed in on the viral video of a man ripping down the cross on a London church in broad daylight, warning Britain’s Christian culture is “under assault”.

The video shows the cross on the Chadwell Heath Baptist Church in east London being hauled down by a young man making no attempt to conceal his identity, despite the widespread acceptance of people wearing masks in public and the presence of several witnesses.

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

UK: Farage Backs Clean Break Brexit, Warns EU Treaty Will ‘Haunt’ UK

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson should lead a “clean break Brexit” from the EU rather than try to salvage negotiations with the bloc, warning that any new treaty with Brussels “will come back to haunt us in the years ahead”.

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

UK: Man Punched Because He Removed Face Mask to Speak to His Elderly Mother

A man in the UK was punched after he briefly removed his face mask to speak to his elderly mother on a train while his assailant yelled at him to put the mask back on.

The incident happened in Blackpool on September 4 but is only now receiving media attention as police have yet to make an arrest.

The victim, who is in his 60’s, removed the mask so he could speak more clearly on the phone to his mother, who is in her 90s and hard of hearing.

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

UK: Pervert Who Had Sex With Chickens in His Basement While His Wife Filmed Him is Jailed for Three Years

The horrifying footage of Rehan Baig abusing the birds, which were family pets, was saved under the file name ‘family vids’ and were shot by his wife Haleema.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Reverend of Baptist Church Targeted by Man Who Tried to Tear Down Cross Expresses Sympathy for Vandal

After a man was caught on camera and subsequently arrested for trying to tear down a Christian cross from the roof of a Baptist church in east London, the Reverend of the church played down the incident, asserting the vandal was just mentally ill.

The shocking footage, which went viral on Twitter yesterday, shows a man of Middle Eastern appearance trying to pull down a large wooden cross from the roof of the Chadwell Heath Baptist Church in Romford.

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

UK: Top Corbyn Ally Abbott: ‘We All Hope and Pray’ That ‘Racist Trump’ Loses U.S. Election

“We all have to hope and pray” that Donald Trump loses the election in November, Diane Abbott has said, blasting the leader as “the most racist U.S. president” in living memory.

The veteran Labour MP was speaking on Sunday to an online conference held by the far-left Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) group when she claimed to have “never known a U.S. president who so blatantly pandered to white nationalism in the way that Donald Trump does”.

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

Five Countries Blocked EU Sanctions Against Turkey

The EU leaders’ summit on Friday did not bode well for Greece, especially as five countries are blocking sanctions against Turkey. More precisely, it had a worse ending than the previous Summit on October 2. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis did what he could to strengthen its diplomatic line of defense against intentions of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However, Mitsotakis’ ambitions clashed with the different interests of specific Member States of the EU.

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

ISIS Calls on Followers to Attack Westerners & Oil Pipelines Inside Saudi Arabia

Though the so-called Islamic State Caliphate was at its height in 2014 and 2015, the terror group has been driven underground since it lost 95% of its territory in Iraq and Syria by December 2017. And in October 2019 the US military said it killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on the outskirts of Idlib province in Syria.

Effectively defeated, it’s believed that ISIS has since organized itself into a network of terror cells in Iraq and Syria. This has been used as a prime justification for the Pentagon keeping some 500 to possibly 2,000 American troops in Syria, alongside Trump’s ‘secure the oil’ campaign in Deir Ezzor.

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

Belarus: More Human Rights Violations

For two months, Belarusians have turned out in force every Sunday, drawing up to 200,000 protesters against the August 9 presidential election, which gave President Alexander Lukashenko, a crushing if highly dubious victory.

Belarusians want an end to Lukashenko’s 26-year long rule of Soviet-style authoritarianism with unfree elections, a censored media and widespread repression of political dissent. Both the US and the EU have described the recent election as neither free nor fair.

Lukashenko’s main challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who received nearly 10% of the vote, was detained after contesting the election results and fled to Lithuania, She had said that she was ready to serve as a temporary “national leader” and hold new free and fair elections. For that purpose, she and other members of the opposition formed an opposition council, a move that prompted prosecutors to open a criminal case against the council with the claim that it had been set up as an illegal attempt to seize power. Since the council’s creation in mid-August, most of its leaders have been detained, several of them abducted and then expelled from the country. One of the last free members of the council, Maxim Znak, was dragged out of his office by masked men on September 9, detained and charged with “incitement to undermine national security”.

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

We Must Not Deepen EU-Russia Chasm — Di Maio in Moscow

Lavrov hails Italy’s ‘constructive’ approach

(ANSA) — ROME, OCT 14 — Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Wednesday that a further deterioration in EU-Russian relations must be averted after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

“Italy remains one of the countries most decisively in favour of maintaining dialogue and cooperation with Russia,” Di Maio said.

“We must make every effort to stop the chasm between the EU and Russia from deepening.

“Russia is a fundamental partner for Italy.

“It is important to maintain and reinforce frank, constructive dialogue”.

Lavrov accused the European Union of being hostile towards his country but praised Italy’s approach in a press conference.

Lavrov expressed concern at “hostile steps by Brussels and some Russophobe EU members that hit cooperation with Russia”.

But he added that “we greatly appreciate the constructive Italian attitude” orientated towards overcoming differences.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Pompeo to Host Armenian, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers Amid Deadly Clashes

What’s happening: The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, two countries at war with each other, are scheduled to separately meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday.

It’s not clear whether the envoys will meet with each other or whether U.S. officials will try to convene a trilateral session. But their same-day visits signal that the U.S. is deepening its efforts to tamp down the resurgent conflict, which has reportedly killed hundreds of combatants and civilians since late September.

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

China Strengthens Ban on Publishing Christian Literature

The Chinese Communist government is strengthening its ban on religious material, with authorities searching businesses and arresting employees for producing Christian literature.

According to Bitter Winter, a publication with reports on religious discrimination in China, authorities are now inspecting publishers to determine if they have worked on religious texts.

Several publishers in the city of Luoyang reported that they will not deal with religious material of any kind after a recent increase in government oversight.

“The government does not allow to print religious materials nationwide, especially Christian,” one publishing house manager told Bitter Winter.

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

Globe and Mail Once Again Publishes Chinese Communist Party Propaganda

One of Canada’s largest newspapers has again used its print edition to publish propaganda written by a Chinese state-owned media outlet.

For the second time in as many months, last Saturday’s physical Globe and Mail included a two-page spread titled “China Watch,” featuring flowery content about Chinese projects written by China Daily, an English-language media outlet owned by the publicity department of the Chinese Communist Party.

The section includes pieces promoting the Chinese politburo’s environmental projects and an article on Tim Horton’s expansion into China.

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

Exclusive: ‘It’s Going to Get Very Ugly’: Execution of Crime Boss Bassam Hamzy’s Brother by Two Gunmen is Set to Spark a War on the Streets — as the Slain Man’s Links to Other Underworld Killings Are Revealed

Mejid Hamzy was killed in a suspected drive-by shooting on Simmat Avenue at Condell Park, in southwest Sydney, this morning and his cousin warned of more bloodshed in retaliation.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Furious Hillsong Founder Brian Houston Claims Christians Are Being ‘Discriminated’ Against as He Asks Why Weddings in NSW Can Host 300 People But Churches Are Only Allowed 100

Brian Houston is furious that weddings in NSW will be permitted to have up to 300 guests from December 1 but church services remain capped at 100.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

How Jacinda Ardern’s Win Could be a Victory for Australia — With Go-Getting Kiwis Set to Flee Her Tax Increases That Punish Those Who Work Hard

The New Zealand Prime Minister’s plan to raise income taxes on wealthy Kiwis is now expected to cause a ‘brain drain across the ditch’. Labour over there has a mandate to punish the rich.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Why Presiding Over One of the Biggest Government Screw Ups Ever Will Help Daniel Andrews Get Re-Elected — With Aussie Leaders on TV Every Day Through the Pandemic Set to Benefit

Victoria Labor premier Daniel Andrews — who faces election in November 2022 — holds a steady 62 per cent approval rating despite presiding over the state’s hotel quarantine debacle.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Announces Sudan’s Removal From Terror List, Paving Way for Israel Peace Deal

President Trump indicated via a Tweet Monday afternoon that he is removing Sudan from the official terror blacklist as the Arab League nation is inching closer toward normalizing ties with Israel.

The president indicated that Sudan, which has long been on the list based on allegations of providing covert support to Islamic militants that have carried out attacks on Americans, has agreed to set aside $335 million for payments for American victims of terrorism in the region.

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

Construction of Evros Border Fence is Advancing Rapidly, Says Greek PM

“The construction of the new fence on the Greek-Turkish border in Evros was the least the government could do to make Greek citizens feel safe who are keeping the country’s morale high at such a difficult moment,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis underlined during his visit to Evros over the weekend.

In March this year, Turkey attempted to asymmetrically invade Greece with the use of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Turkey had not only falsely told the illegal immigrants that Greece’s borders were open, but it also facilitated the transportation of the illegal immigrants and utilized their army to try and tear down Greece’s border wall. This damage is currently being repaired.

From February 28 to August 3 this year, over 60,000 illegal immigrants were prevented from entering Greece from the Evros area on the Greek-Turkish border region.

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

Court Rules Muslim Doctor Who Refused to Shake Woman’s Hand as She Presented Him With Citizenship Certificate Has Lost the Right to Become a German

The 39-year-old Lebanese national failed at the final hurdle after refusing to shake the hand of the female official at the ceremony, leading state authorities to deny him citizenship (stock photo).

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

German Spa Bans Women From Wearing Bikinis Due to Cultural Sensitivities But Burkinis Still Allowed

After complaints from bathers, the Duisburg Niederrhein-Therme spa banned women from wearing revealing bikinis. As Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) reported, some visitors felt disturbed by revealing swimwear.

“We are a place in which many cultures meet. Liberalness is not always tolerated by all visitors,” said a spokeswoman for the Niederrhein-Therme to the WAZ, who cited “cultural sensitives” as the reason behind the ban.

In Duisburg, which is located in the west of Germany, 43.3 percent of the population have a migrant background. In the Hamborn district, where the thermal spa is located, the proportion is 57.4 percent.

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

Sweden: Three Syrians Who Beat Gay Couple in Gothenburg Convicted; One Jailed While All Three Avoid Deportation

Three Syrian migrants who beat and abused a gay couple holding hands at Gothenburg Central Station have been convicted of assault and hate crimes by Sweden’s second largest city’s district court. Despite their convictions, the three perpetrators, all of whom have prior criminal records, were not slapped with any deportation orders by the judge.

The incident which led to the attack began on the night of April 7 when the newly arrived migrants — 21-year-old Abdel Rahman Wakaa, 21, 21-year-old Hamod Suleyman, and 23-year-old Abdullah Alaswad — shouted anti-gay obscenities at two men holding hands as they arrived at Gothenburg Central Station from Malmo, Nyheter Idag reports.

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

Trump Warns ‘A Nation Without Borders is Not a Nation’ After ‘Vicious’ Beheading in France

President Trump warned that “a nation without borders is not a nation” as he is extended his “sincere condolences” to France over the “vicious, vicious Islamic terrorist attack” which saw an educator publicly beheaded for showing images of the Islamic prophet during lessons on freedom of expression.

“Immigration security is national security, remember that,” President Trump told supporters at a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, over the weekend.

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

UK Govt to Target Illegal Migrants’ Smartphones With Ads Asking Them Not to Come

Britain’s Home Office is planning to bombard illegal migrants’ smartphones with Facebook adverts asking them to not cross the English Channel, according to reports.

Home Secretary Priti Patel, whose department is broadly responsible for borders, policing, and national security, hopes that targeting supposedly desperate migrants camped along France’s northern coast with discouraging messages in languages such as Kurdish may put a dent in the record illegal sea crossings which have been embarrassing Boris Johnson’s government for months now.

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

UK: ‘Shocked’ Eyewitness Called Police Three Times About Migrants Jumping Out of a Lorry in Essex a Fortnight Before 39 Vietnamese Victims Suffocated to Death, Court Hears

Shocked eyewitnesses made repeated calls to police over migrants jumping out of a lorry in Essex just two weeks before 39 Vietnamese victims suffocated to death, a court has heard.

Marie Andrews and her partner Stewart Cox allegedly spotted a migrant drop outside their mobile home in Orsett, Essex, early on October 11 last year.

Prosecutors claim it was one of two successful people-smuggling runs before 39 Vietnamese nationals suffocated in a trailer en route from Zeebrugge to Purfleet on October 23 last year.

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

‘Sisters’ Added to ‘Brothers’ In Catholic Prayer Book

(ANSA) — ROME, OCT 14 — The word “sisters” has been added to “brothers” in a widely used Catholic prayer book.

The new third Italian edition of the Roman Missal, which will come into force on November 29, was presented in Rome Tuesday.

It now includes the line “I confess to almighty God and to you brothers and sisters”.

Cardinal Vicar Angelo De Donatis said the introduction of the new prayer on the First Sunday of Advent “will be an opportunity to rediscover in the Mass the essential hub, the fundamental occasion for generating authentic and healthy relations based on the Gospel.” The addition of “sisters”, said the head of the Italian Bishops Conference liturgy panel chief Bishop Claudio Maniago from Castellaneta, is “all the more important after Pope Francis’s recent appeal for a greater opening to women in the Church”.

The new missal or mass book will also have another significant change, as “do not lead us into temptation” becomes “do not abandon us to temptation”.

It also urges the faithful to “exchange the gift of peace”.

The changes are intended to bring the book into line with more recent Church teachings.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

The Progressivism of the Future is Really Just the Socialism of the Past

Authored by Anthony Mueller via The Mises Institute

The world is currently in the midst of a newly aggressive drive to bring about a new socialist order through a powerful and “efficient” technocratic state. This new order has been labeled as “progressive,” but it is merely the latest version of the socialist impulse which we have seen before in the form of socialism and communism.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chrome Exempts Google Sites From User Site Data Settings

In Google Chrome’s “Cookies and site data” settings, accessible via the Preferences menu item or directly with chrome://settings/cookies in the address bar, you can enable the setting “Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome”. However, I’ve discovered that Chrome exempts Google’s own sites, such as Search and YouTube, from this setting.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2020

  1. Re: 13 year old boy killed by a masked shooter
    Knowing where the murder took place clarifies the issue for me. I live in the Atlanta area, and everyone knows Clayton county is one big southside ghetto. Naturally, it’s a democrat stronghold. Anywhere you find subhuman parasites, you’ll find loyalty to the democrats.

    The killing was probably gang-related, as latino gang members routinely kill enemy family members “to send a message.” The violence could be stemmed if democrats weren’t involved, but it is what it is. The parasites prefer dead kids over law enforcement.

  2. Voting for Binden is tantermount to be called a traitor to America. This man’s Democratic party will destroy the USA and weaken its grip world wide, thanks in a large part to the Obama Precedency.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.