Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/18/2020

The governor of Oregon said that people who violate her COVID-19 restrictions on Thanksgiving will face a fine and/or jail time. Meanwhile, New York City has closed its schools in an attempt to mitigate the new wave of the Wuhan Coronavirus. Also, the latest surveys indicate that 60% of Americans are willing to get a vaccination against COVID-19.

In other news, police used water cannons against demonstrators in Berlin who objected to the new Corona lockdown.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Bank of America Warns “Civil Unrest” Could Crash Global Economy
» COVID Unleashes the Undead Army: 20% of All US Corporations Are Now Zombies
» Global Debt to Hit Record $277 Trillion by Year End on Pandemic Spending Splurge: IIF
 
USA
» “You’re a Publisher”: Sen. Cruz Has Tense Exchange With Twitter CEO Dorsey
» 15 Senators, Including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Urge Facebook to Block ‘Anti-Muslim Hate’
» 41 Counts of Voter Fraud Filed Against Two Men in LA County
» 87-Year-Old Sen. Chuck Grassley Tests Positive for COVID-19
» An Engineer Explains Why We Must Kill Software-Based Voting
» Attorney Lin Wood: Team Has ‘Smoking Guns’to Prove Trump Won
» Bill Gates Warns 50% of Business Travel Will Never Come Back
» CA Gov. Newsom Shown Maskless With Large Group Inside Fancy Restaurant Despite His Own Strict Lockdown Mandates
» Carly Fiorina: Trump an ‘Inadequate Man, ‘ ‘Lacks Mental Faculties’ To be President
» CNN is Still Mad About alt-Tech Platforms Like Parler
» Conservative Commentator Candace Owens Sues Facebook: “it’s Time to Fact-Check the Fact-Checkers”
» COVID Ushers in New Medical Surveillance Tech That Constantly Tracks You
» Gavin Newsom Manufactures a COVID Crisis to Make California Miserable Again
» Has Britain’s Top Ambassador Been Caught by a Democratic Party ‘Honey Trap’?
» More Than 3,000 New Uncounted Ballots Discovered in Georgia Election Audit
» Nancy Pelosi Selected as Democrat Nominee for Fourth Term as House Speaker
» Nearly 200 Arrested in Florida for Role in Sex Trafficking Network
» New York City Closes Schools to Curb Coronavirus
» News Flash: Most Republicans Are Socialists, Too
» Number of Americans Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Jumps to Almost 60%
» Obama Wants Big Tech Regulation to Curb “Crazy Lies and Conspiracy Theories”
» Oregon Counties Pass Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances
» Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Threatens Jail Time & Fines for Anybody Who Violates COVID-19 Thanksgiving Restrictions
» PA Gov Announces New COVID Rules, Including Wearing a Mask in Your House
» PA. Couple Pleads Guilty to Providing Support to ISIS From U.S.
» Pennsylvania New Mask Mandate to Include Masks in Homes When Multiple Families Present
» Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Now Proven to be 95% Effective
» Pfizer Begins Pilot Delivery System for COVID-19 Vaccine
» Photos Show Gov. Gavin Newsom Dining Inside Luxury French Restaurant — in Violation of Own COVID Restrictions
» Police Investigating 2 Washington Churches 1 Block Apart That Caught Fire on Same Night
» Portland State Backtracks After Kicking Student From Virtual Class for Using “Derogatory” Term “Snowflake”
» Progressive “Squad” Lawmaker Celebrates Former Communist Party Member
» Proposed Utah Bill Would Absolve Drivers of Wounding, Killing Protesters in Some Cases
» Rand Paul Vows to Resist Biden’s ‘Forever’ Lockdowns
» Red Flags in Wisconsin and Minnesota
» Report: Georgia Election Monitor Finds 9,626-Vote Error in County’s Hand Recount
» Republican Insider: The Great Reset is the New Dark Age
» Republicans in Wayne County Caved in, Certified Results After Being Called “Racist” By Pro-Antifa Poll Watcher
» School District Decides Asians Aren’t Students of Color
» Top Virologist: “the Worst Thing You Can Do is Make the Vaccine Compulsory”
» Trump Fires DHS Official Whose Agency Rebuffed Election Integrity Claims
» Trump Campaign Attorney Sidney Powell Calls for CIA Head to be Fired Over Dominion Voting Software
» Trump Fires Homeland Security Director Christopher Krebs Who Falsely Claimed 2020 Election Was Secure
» Twitter Suspends Savanah Hernandez and “Stonewall Jackson” After They’re Retweeted by President Trump
» U Wyoming Adds Diversity Class In… Geosciences Department?
» Unity Joe? Hell No! — Obstruction, Defiance, Resistance, You Bet!
» Video: Feinstein, Who Demanded Mask Mandate, Doesn’t Bother Wearing Mask Inside Capitol
» Video of Shooting That Left Cocoa Teens Dead Released by Deputies
» YouTube to Place Ads on Videos of Small Creators But Not Share Revenue With Them
» YouTube to Introduce Vaccine Notices in Anticipation of Anti-Vaccine Backlash to Rollout
 
Canada
» “This Says it All!” Trump Endorses Elections Canada Tweet About Paper Ballot Voting
» Top Canadian Pathologist on COVID: Media & Politicians Pushing Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated
» Top Pathologist Claims Coronavirus is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on an Unsuspecting Public”
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: Brussels Police Arrest Sixteen After Mob Attacks Officers During Drug Bust
» Delingpole: The Great Reset is Trending. Here’s Why…
» Dutch Will Not Compromise, Despite Hungary, Poland Veto of EU Budget Deal
» Germany: Police Use Water Cannons Against Anti-Lockdown Protesters in Berlin
» German Islamic State Member Played Central Role in Vienna Attacker Network
» I’m Sorry We Temporarily Lost a Piece of Our Freedom, Says Czech PM on the Occasion of the Velvet Revolution Anniversary
» Poll: John Paul II Still Tops the Charts in Poland
» Robbed of a Last Loving Hug: Most of the 87,000 People Who Died in Care Homes During the Coronavirus Pandemic Were Denied Family Comfort in Their Final Days
» UK Developing QR Code System to Only Allow Vaccinated People Into Events
» UK Government Considers Forcing Big Tech to Conform to a Political “Duty of Impartiality”
» ‘We Won’t Tolerate Diktat on EU Funding, ‘ Says Polish President Duda
 
Middle East
» Trump Orders American Troops Reduced to 2,500 in Both Iraq and Afghanistan by January 15
 
South Asia
» Pakistan: State-Supported Islamic Seminary Boasts of How Many Jihad Terrorists Are Among Its Alumni
» Thai Protesters Use Giant Inflatable Ducks Against Cops’ Water Cannons
» Why OpIndia Has Decided to Use ‘Grooming Jihad’ Instead of ‘Love Jihad’ Moving Forward
 
Far East
» Beijing Calls on Czechia to Stop Interfering in China’s Internal Affairs
» China Berates Australia: Bow Down to Beijing’s Might and Ignore the U.S.
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australians Flog Their ‘Red Skin’ Lollies Online for $2,500 After Allen’s Controversially Changed the Name
 
Immigration
» French Police Bust Gang Which Smuggled Up to 1,000 Migrants Into Britain in Just One Year
» German Migrant Taxi NGO Adds New Larger Ship to be Launched in 2021
» Hungary: EU is Trying to Punish Countries That Control Their Own Borders
» Illegal Channel Migrants on the Run in UK After Being Put on Bail, Inspector Warns
» Spain Scrambles to Manage Steady Flow of Migrants on Canary Islands After Makeshift Camp is Overrun With More Than 2,000 People
» UK: Fishing Boat Intercepted Off East Anglia Sparking People Smuggling Probe — 72 Arrested
» UK: Numbers of Migrants Housed Full-Board in Hotels Rockets Ninefold Costing Taxpayers Tens of Millions of Pounds a Year Amid Record Number of Channel Crossings
 
Culture Wars
» Australia: Christian Couple Who Weren’t Allowed to Adopt a Child ‘Because They Believe Being Gay is a Sin’ Take Foster Home to Court for ‘Religious Discrimination’
» Brandon Smith — The Case for Mass Rebellion
» ‘No Vaccine Against Climate Change’: Red Cross Report Moves to Refocus Attention From Coronavirus
» Norway: Make ‘Hateful’ Comments About Transgender People, Even in Private, And Spend Up to a Year in Prison
 

Bank of America Warns “Civil Unrest” Could Crash Global Economy

In its latest Fund Manager survey, Bank of America warns that one of the biggest risks that could precipitate a global economic collapse is the prospect of mass “civil unrest.”

While the market is looking bullish thanks to several rounds of positive news regarding a COVID-19 vaccine, BofA Chief Investment Officer Michael Hartnett is telling investors that that sentiment is baked in and it’s now time to “sell the vaccine” in coming weeks/months as we think we’re close to “full bull”.

Coronavirus itself remains the biggest “tail risk” to the global economy for the 8th consecutive month, followed by the “tech bubble.”

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

COVID Unleashes the Undead Army: 20% of All US Corporations Are Now Zombies

One especially sensitive topic that has gotten renewed prominence in financial circles in recent weeks, is the fate of “zombie” companies in a low yield world where debt levels continue to jump to record highs quarter after quarter.

It started in December 2017, when the IMF published a blog discussing the “Walking Debt: China’s Zombies” (a topic we first covered in October 2015 in “More Than Half Of China’s Commodity Companies Can’t Pay The Interest On Their Debt”). Slamming China’s “zombies”, the IMF said they “are non-viable firms that are adding to the country’s rising corporate debt problem, and are bad business. Zombie firms are highly indebted and incur persistent losses, but continue to operate with the support of local governments or soft loans by banks-adding very little value to economic prospects.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Global Debt to Hit Record $277 Trillion by Year End on Pandemic Spending Splurge: IIF

Global debt is expected to soar to a record $277 trillion by the end of the year as governments and companies continue to spend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute of International Finance said in a report on Wednesday.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

“You’re a Publisher”: Sen. Cruz Has Tense Exchange With Twitter CEO Dorsey

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the platform’s recent practice of attaching disclaimers and links to all tweets regarding voter fraud. Cruz said that by doing so, Twitter is undermining its claims not to be a “publisher” when it comes to content.

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

15 Senators, Including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Urge Facebook to Block ‘Anti-Muslim Hate’

Incitement to violence against any group should always be blocked. The problem here is that Islamic advocacy groups and their allies in the West have for years claimed that any honest discussion of the motivating ideology behind jihad violence was “anti-Muslim hate.” Facebook already makes such discussion virtually impossible to find. Expect it to be completely blacked out in a Biden/Harris administration.

“US senators call on Facebook to address anti-Muslim bigotry,” Middle East Eye, November 16, 2020 (thanks to Henry).

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

41 Counts of Voter Fraud Filed Against Two Men in LA County

Authorities in Los Angeles County announced on Tuesday that they have filed a 41-count criminal complaint against two men, including one who is running for mayor, for allegedly forging over 8,000 voter registration applications.

Carlos Antonio DeBourbon Montenegro and Marcus Raul Arvelo allegedly submitted thousands of the applications on behalf of homeless people over a 4-month period between July and October.

The New York Post reports that Montenegro also allegedly committed perjury by falsifying names, addresses, and signatures on the fraudulent paperwork in his bid for the mayoral office in the city of Hawthorne in Los Angeles County.

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

87-Year-Old Sen. Chuck Grassley Tests Positive for COVID-19

The U.S. Senate’s longest-tenured Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be quarantining. Grassley’s absence will mark the first time in 27 years he has missed a Senate vote.

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

An Engineer Explains Why We Must Kill Software-Based Voting

First, my qualifications. I’ve written over a million lines of code in the last 42 years, including nationwide systems for companies whose names you would recognize instantly. I have been granted quite a few patents on systems containing software and algorithms for solving real-world problems. This is my job and life, and I do it five or more days a week, sometimes lying awake at night designing those systems and algorithms in my head while the hours tick by. Ask my wife. There are many, many engineers like me in the U.S., engineers who do this because they love it.

And in every election, when I shove my ballot into an electronic voting machine, or touch the screen to vote, I feel nauseated because I cannot see what’s behind the algorithmic curtain.

You see, the great thing about software is that you can have a chunk of expensive electronic and mechanical hardware sitting there, and you can easily change the function of it with a simple software update. That makes my life easier as a developer, but it’s a hideous feature when applied to voting machines because they are systems critical to our republic that should not be easily corrupted.

Let me list just some of the ways one could engage in election cheating by fiddling with software:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Attorney Lin Wood: Team Has ‘Smoking Guns’to Prove Trump Won

‘105% confident’ that Biden will never be president

Trump campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell have “the smoking guns” to prove the president won the 2020 election, said prominent Atlanta-based lawyer Lin Wood after spending the day with Powell.

“I’ve seen sworn affidavits, I’ve seen sworn video statements,” he said Monday in a Newsmax TV interview with Howie Carr. “I think that Rudy and Sidney have done a magnificent job in a short period of time of piecing together a solid legal case on what was intended to be a complicated scheme of fraud as it relates to the voting machines.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bill Gates Warns 50% of Business Travel Will Never Come Back

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates predicted Tuesday at the New York Times’ Dealbook conference that coronavirus will fundamentally reshape business travel and the office experience forever.

Gates told Dealbook editor and CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin that “my prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CA Gov. Newsom Shown Maskless With Large Group Inside Fancy Restaurant Despite His Own Strict Lockdown Mandates

Photos have emerged of California Gov. Gavin Newsom dining indoors at a large gathering at an upscale restaurant earlier this month, despite his own warnings about the spread of coronavirus.

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

Carly Fiorina: Trump an ‘Inadequate Man, ‘ ‘Lacks Mental Faculties’ To be President

Failed Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina claimed Wednesday that President Donald Trump is an “inadequate man” who “lacks the mental faculties and strength” necessary to do his job.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CNN is Still Mad About alt-Tech Platforms Like Parler

Corporate and left-leaning US media continue to warn about what they see as the “danger” of alternative social networks that are gaining in popularity as conservatives are leaving major centralized platforms.

The topic has been cropping up often of late on CNN, the latest example being an interview with political ads researcher Bridget Barrett, that, similar to some of the channel’s previous takes on the phenomenon and the rise of platforms like Parler, brought up things like harm to democracy, misinformation, and echo chambers.

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

Conservative Commentator Candace Owens Sues Facebook: “it’s Time to Fact-Check the Fact-Checkers”

Candace Owens, conservative commentator and activist, is suing Facebook for defamation, claiming that the company’s fact-checkers targeted her and led to the demonetization of her Facebook page.

“Quite literally a doctor gave his opinion about COVID-19, which I shared, and Facebook issued a strike on my account because they said only information that they agree with about COVID-19 … was acceptable,” said Owens. “I decided I was not going to give up and sit down. The fact-checkers … are activists for the left that shut down your speech if they don’t like it.”

Owens said she wants to understand the relationship fact-checkers have with the platform.

“It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers,” Owens said. “I’m going to put these suckers through discovery and figure out what the relationship is that they have with Facebook.”

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

COVID Ushers in New Medical Surveillance Tech That Constantly Tracks You

Lockdowns, social distancing, and mask wearing for months on end as a way to deal with the Covid saga may be hard enough for many people — but it’s not enough for many companies and schools.

A New York Times report said that in addition to tracing apps, various forms of invasive surveillance methods, including wearable devices that monitor people’s vital signs around-the-clock, are now being either considered or already deployed by a growing number of US universities and large companies.

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

Gavin Newsom Manufactures a COVID Crisis to Make California Miserable Again

Fresh on the heels of the Sacramento Bee’s criticism of Gavin Newsom’s multi-family extravaganza at the famous French Laundry, a swanky $350-a-person-before-the-wine-is-ordered restaurant in Yountville, California, and after having his wrist slapped by the state Judiciary for exceeding his constitutional authority in issuing emergency lockdown orders, he’s decided that he really doesn’t care what the plebs of his state think or what the law says about his executive limitations.

He’s locking the state down again. The reason, as he and the media would have you believe, is that California is experiencing a surge in positive COVID-19 tests, having just crossed the one million mark in cases. You’re supposed to focus on that big, scary number and not Gavin Newsom’s blatant hypocrisy or his unlawful executive overreach, and certainly not the many questions swirling about the looming prospect of the Trump legal team’s potentially exposing massive election fraud, which could have an enormous impact on the future of our republic. Nope, cases are rising, and we’re at a million in California, so it’s time to pull the “emergency brake” and make California miserable again.

The recent surge in cases might serve as pretty convincing evidence that the stupid rags we’ve been forced to wear over our faces for the past months don’t actually do anything to prevent the spread of COVID. It certainly doesn’t suggest that there’s any legitimate reason for another lockdown in California.

This is a totally manufactured crisis, and we can prove it with basic information that anyone can find.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Has Britain’s Top Ambassador Been Caught by a Democratic Party ‘Honey Trap’?

CNN is arguably the most corrupt, tainted and unethical news organisation on the planet. It’s also the most successful. Those two sentences shouldn’t really sit comfortably together but the times we are living in are making such news giants go to remarkable lengths to stay on top. And it’s not just the network which follows the doctrine do whatever it takes to stay number one. It’s also CNN reporters.

Recently, mainstream media made a song and dance about an attractive blonde CNN staffer called Michelle Kosinski who is accused of both having an illicit affair with Britain’s most important ambassador in the world and extracting information out of him about Trump and key decisions the administration was about to make — leading to a number of ‘scoops’.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

More Than 3,000 New Uncounted Ballots Discovered in Georgia Election Audit

Election officials have found an additional 3,039 uncounted ballots in Georgia’s Fayette and Walton counties, adding to the 2,600 uncounted ballots discovered in Floyd County earlier this week.

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

Nancy Pelosi Selected as Democrat Nominee for Fourth Term as House Speaker

Despite election losses that could cost the Democratic party more than a dozen seats, House Democrats selected Speaker Nancy Pelosi to run for a fourth term as Speaker of the House.

Pelosi will run for speaker in January when the House convenes. However, since the entire House votes for the speaker, Pelosi will not have very many votes to spare in order to win the approval of 218 members.

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

Nearly 200 Arrested in Florida for Role in Sex Trafficking Network

A massive child sex trafficking network was busted this week by Florida authorities. According to police, the bust ended a two-year probe that resulted in 178 arrests, including a high-profile booster for Florida State University.

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

New York City Closes Schools to Curb Coronavirus

New York City Mayor de Blasio is shutting down in-person learning and having schools move to remote learning in an effort to tamp down a growing number of coronavirus cases.

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

News Flash: Most Republicans Are Socialists, Too

Many people ask how we got to this point in our country, where everything now hangs in the balance, and the socialist takeover is quite real. The answer to this question is twofold.

First, neither ordinary people nor public opinion leaders understand what socialism is, although there is a lot of literature on this topic. However, there are very few academics whose works correctly describe the essence of socialism. Their lonely voices drown in the stream of misconceptions about the subject…

The hidden evolutionary path is coming to an end, and Democrats have shown their real intentions. Either the left is establishing socialism, or the American people will finally defeat them. But here is the problem that brings us to the second explanation of the current struggle. Socialists were able to bring in pieces of socialism and reform the country’s laws because the U.S. has lacked a robust right-wing party. It could be argued that the Republican Party is the right, but their position on the right is simply relative to that of the Democrats. Across the political spectrum, Republicans are center-left at best. They could neither recognize nor roll back the socialist transformation in American society. If they were genuinely right, we would not be fighting socialism in the early 21st century.

[Comment: Evolutionary socialism he refers to is none other than Gramscian methos of implementing socialism/communism.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Number of Americans Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Jumps to Almost 60%

As coronavirus cases continue to spike across the country, the number of Americans willing to get the vaccine has also increased.

In September, fewer than 50% of Americans said they would be willing to get any new COVID-19 vaccine. Surveys and polls from the month of October showed that number had risen to 58%.

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

Obama Wants Big Tech Regulation to Curb “Crazy Lies and Conspiracy Theories”

Ever since former President Obama left the White House, he has been hinting at the idea that the internet and social media have been helping create “the single biggest threat” to the United States’ democracy. While Obama himself credits his win back in the day to harnessing social media, his comments of late have become even more focused around how both the internet and social media are becoming problematic for the US and should be regulated.

In a recent interview with Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama said that the internet, social media platforms, and networks such as Fox News, have been creating a distorted reality.

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

Oregon Counties Pass Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances

Voters in Oregon’s Columbia and Umatilla counties passed Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances during the November 3 elections.

KGW8 reports that the ordinances “are intended to prevent county officials from enforcing most state, federal, and local firearm regulations, like background checks, firearm registration or tracking, and laws regarding open or concealed carry, among others.”

The wording in the Columbia County ordinance — Measure 5-278 — also says, “This ordinance would prevent Columbia County and its employees from devoting resources or participating in any way in the enforcement of any law or regulation that affected an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Threatens Jail Time & Fines for Anybody Who Violates COVID-19 Thanksgiving Restrictions

Oregon’s Democrat Governor Kate Brown imposed severely restrictive COVID-19 measures on Wednesday, including jail time and steep fines for anybody who hosts large Thanksgiving gatherings.

Brown announced the state’s “two week freeze” on virtually all businesses and recreational activities, essentially shuttering the state’s economy in response to rising COVID-19 cases (but extremely low death rate).

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

PA Gov Announces New COVID Rules, Including Wearing a Mask in Your House

The state is reporting more than 5,000 new infections per day, up more than 115% in two weeks

Pennsylvania is planning to take additional steps to address a sharp increase in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, including requiring masks to be worn indoors with limited exceptions, officials said Tuesday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

PA. Couple Pleads Guilty to Providing Support to ISIS From U.S.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WHTM) — On Wednesday two Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support and resources to ISIS, according to U.S. officials.

Shahidul Gaffar, 40, and Nabila Khan, 35, provided and attempted to provide financial support to two of Khan’s brothers who traveled to Syria to join ISIS fighters.

The married couple, originally from Bangladesh, discussed the brothers’ travel plans in detail with each other, as well as with the brothers and other family members as early as September 2014.

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

Pennsylvania New Mask Mandate to Include Masks in Homes When Multiple Families Present

In conjunction with his state’s Department of Health, Pennsylvania Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed a series of new restrictions and limitations on residents to combat the recent surge of coronavirus cases.

Among the new requirements is a mandate to wear masks outside when physical distancing is not possible and to wear masks in homes if there are people from multiple households present.

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

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Now Proven to be 95% Effective

Drug company Pfizer has updated its test results from the vaccine it announced earlier this month, saying that late-stage trials showed 95% effectiveness with no serious side effects.

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

Pfizer Begins Pilot Delivery System for COVID-19 Vaccine

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is piloting a new delivery program for its COVID-19 vaccine. The program includes the states of Texas, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and New Mexico. Those states have been chosen according to their size, diversity of population, rural/urban differential, and immunization infrastructure.

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

Photos Show Gov. Gavin Newsom Dining Inside Luxury French Restaurant — in Violation of Own COVID Restrictions

Photos from inside a luxury restaurant in Napa, California, feature Governor Gavin Newsom dining with a large group of people — violating COVID restrictions he himself enacted.

In the photos obtained by Fox 11 Los Angeles, Newsom is seen sitting with a group of about 12 people at an outside table at the French Laundry restaurant on November 6.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Police Investigating 2 Washington Churches 1 Block Apart That Caught Fire on Same Night

Authorities are investigating two churches in a central Washington town that caught fire on Sunday within hours of each other.

Both Sacred Heart Catholic Church and New Testament Baptist Church in the small city of Brewster — located only a block away from one another — suffered fire damage on Sunday night. Brewster Police Chief Marcos Ruiz said the fire at Sacred Heart Catholic was ruled as arson. In what Pastor Pedro Bautista called “divine intervention,” a failed ignition device was found inside a broken window. The only objects the device damaged were a nearby carpet and chair.

At New Testament Baptist, however, 50-70% of the building’s interior was destroyed by flames. The fire appears to have started inside the structure.

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

Portland State Backtracks After Kicking Student From Virtual Class for Using “Derogatory” Term “Snowflake”

An autistic Portland State University graduate student was cut off from her online class on US presidential election day for using the word “snowflake.” The student, Lindy Treece, used the word during a class that discussed the vote, to say, “I’m going to accept the results of the election no matter what because I’m not a snowflake.”

This instantly resulted in the professor switching off her camera and microphone thus removing her from the class, said the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), to which Treece turned for assistance after the incident.

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

Progressive “Squad” Lawmaker Celebrates Former Communist Party Member

Progressive “Squad” lawmaker Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) celebrated Angela Davis on Tuesday as she introduced Davis during a virtual speaking event hosted by Health Law Advocates.

The annual event is a primary source of corporate and individual gifts for Health Law Advocates.

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

Proposed Utah Bill Would Absolve Drivers of Wounding, Killing Protesters in Some Cases

A Utah lawmaker wants to clear drivers of criminal liability if they accidentally injure or kill protesters during a riot under certain conditions.

The proposed legislation by Republican state Rep. Jon Hawkins “eliminates criminal responsibility” of a motorist for injuring or fatally wounding someone during a riot if the driver feared for their life and was “exercising due care” at the time.

The bill also seeks to make intentionally blocking traffic during widespread civil unrest a third-degree felony, which is punishable in Utah by up to five years in prison.

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

Rand Paul Vows to Resist Biden’s ‘Forever’ Lockdowns

Senator Rand Paul has promised to do everything within his power to resist and prevent lockdowns under a Biden administration, warning that if he does secure the Presidency Joe Biden will be happy for Americans to where masks permanently.

“I’m going to do everything I can to try to prevent Biden from locking us up and locking us down and forcing us to wear masks forever. We can’t go on like this forever,” Paul urged during an interview with WABC’s The CATS Roundtable with John Catsimatidis.

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

Red Flags in Wisconsin and Minnesota

The mainstream media continues to pitch the idea that the November 3 presidential election was free and fair. Yet the numbers just don’t add up. Looking closely at outcomes in states like Minnesota and Wisconsin, certain “red flag” patterns emerge. First, both states experienced an anomalous 89% voter turnout, a number between 14 and 22 points higher than the turnout in the 2016 General Election.

Secondly, both states had a surprisingly high number of ballots that were not completely filled out with a large portion of incomplete ballots either cast for Biden but not for a U.S. House Democrat (95% in Minnesota; 57% in Wisconsin) or a disproportionately high number of incomplete ballots cast for a US House Republican but not for Trump (43% in Wisconsin) [See link for more complete data.].

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Report: Georgia Election Monitor Finds 9,626-Vote Error in County’s Hand Recount

A monitor has reportedly discovered a 9,626-vote error in Georgia’s DeKalb County’s hand recount, according to Georgia Republican Party chairman David Shafer.

“One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump — an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards,” Shafer said. “The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Republican Insider: The Great Reset is the New Dark Age

Ed Martin of proamericareport.com joins Ali Alexander and Alex Jones to break down the next steps we take as a society determining the progress or collapse of civilization.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Republicans in Wayne County Caved in, Certified Results After Being Called “Racist” By Pro-Antifa Poll Watcher

Republicans in Wayne County, Michigan reversed their decision to not certify the presidential election results after they were lectured by a pro-Antifa poll watcher and called racist.

Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, who make up two of the four-person Wayne County Board of Canvassers, sparked controversy when they initially refused to sign off on their district’s ballot count which handed Joe Biden victory.

This prompted poll watcher and local businessman Ned Staebler to accuse the pair of basically being on a par with Nazis.

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School District Decides Asians Aren’t Students of Color

One school district in Washington state has evidently decided that Asians no longer qualify as persons of color.

In their latest equity report, administrators at North Thurston Public Schools—which oversees some 16,000 students—lumped Asians in with whites and measured their academic achievements against “students of color,” a category that includes “Black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Multi-Racial Students” who have experienced “persistent opportunity gaps.”

Most indicators in the report show that the achievement gap between white/Asian students and “students of color” is fairly narrow and improving over time. It would probably be even narrower if Asian students were categorized as “students of color.” In fact, some indicators might have even shown white students lagging behind that catch-all minority group. Perhaps Asians were included with whites in order to avoid such an outcome. (The superintendent did not respond to a request for comment.)

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Top Virologist: “the Worst Thing You Can Do is Make the Vaccine Compulsory”

A top virologist has warned that “the worst thing you can do is make the vaccine compulsory” because it would be “fuel to the anti-vaccine movement.”

Earlier today it was revealed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has now proved 95% effective in preventing coronavirus and will be submitted for emergency authorization within days, meaning it could be ready as soon as next month.

Governments across the world are considering how to encourage uptake of the vaccine and how to deal with the millions of people who will refuse to take it.

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Trump Fires DHS Official Whose Agency Rebuffed Election Integrity Claims

Chris Krebs, who ran the cyber arm of the Department of Homeland Security, was fired over ‘highly inaccurate’statements regarding election fraud, according to a Tuesday evening tweet from the president.

“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud — including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, “glitches” in the voting machines which changed votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more,” he wrote, adding “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”

On Saturday, Krebs called on the public to ignore “wild and baseless claims…even if they’re made by the president” regarding the election — while reportedly telling associates that he expected to be fired.

Krebs’ agency developed a “rumor control initiative” to, as the New York Times describes it “keep Americans from doubting the integrity of the election system.”

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Trump Campaign Attorney Sidney Powell Calls for CIA Head to be Fired Over Dominion Voting Software

Former federal prosecutor and attorney for the Trump campaign’s legal team Sidney Powell has called for CIA Director Gina Haspel to be fired for willfully ignoring warnings about the Dominion voter software that Powell and others insist rigged the 2020 presidential election.

“Why Gina Haspel is still there in the CIA is beyond my comprehension. She should be fired immediately,” Powell said, citing several “glitches” in Dominion Voting Systems’ software which led to thousands of votes being switched from Republican to Democrat across key swing states on Nov. 4.

“It should never have been installed anywhere, and we are going to show the public exactly how rotten the entire state is,” Powell said on Fox Business’s Sunday Morning Futures.

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Trump Fires Homeland Security Director Christopher Krebs Who Falsely Claimed 2020 Election Was Secure

US President Donald Trump has fired Department of Homeland Security director Christopher Krebs who, despite a growing amount of evidence which suggests otherwise, has continued to suggest that the 2020 presidential election was fair and secure.

Trump announced the move on Tuesday in a tweet, saying that Krebs, who had been serving as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the DHS, was fired because of his “highly inaccurate” statement which defended the security of the voting counting process in the 2020 presidential election.

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Twitter Suspends Savanah Hernandez and “Stonewall Jackson” After They’re Retweeted by President Trump

Twitter has suspended the accounts of journalist and videographer Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) and historical and conservative commentator going by “Stonewall Jackson” (@1776Stonewall) days after they were retweeted by President Trump.

Hernandez had over 122,000 followers and used her Twitter account to share her on-the-ground reporting. She had recently been covering last weekend’s “Million MAGA March” and documenting incidents of Trump supporters that attended the march being attacked.

President Trump retweeted one of her videos that had more than 8.9 million views on Saturday. The video showed thousands of Trump supporters singing “The Star Spangled Banner” in unison at the Million Maga March.

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U Wyoming Adds Diversity Class In… Geosciences Department?

As universities expand their course offerings, some are offering classes with a specific focus on diversity, including in geosciences departments.

According to a University of Wyoming press release, the university offers a diversity course in its geosciences department, taught by Associate Professor Dario Grana.

According to Grana, the inspiration for offering this course was the result of a diversity survey conducted by the university in which 50 percent of students and 67 percent of faculty responded that diversity, equity, and inclusion classes should be required for all students.

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Unity Joe? Hell No! — Obstruction, Defiance, Resistance, You Bet!

First, Joe’s idea of progress is laid out in the Democratic Party platform and by statements of policy made by Democrats during the presidential campaign of 2020. The Democrat socialist platform and those statements of policy are the antithesis of a free America. They are the dynamite to be used to blow up the principles of individual freedom laid down by our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution.

Second, Joe and the Democrat Party set in motion, from the day that Donald Trump walked down the escalator in the Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, a plan to destroy his candidacy and if he won, his presidency. For over five years they executed this plan with precision and determination from the highest levels of the law enforcement and intelligence bureaucracy and the Congress. No amount of money spent was too much to destroy President Trump.

Most of you choose to live by the code of honor, integrity and justice. When that nation of which you are a part ceases to be honorable and ceases to defend individual liberty, you no longer owe allegiance to it and you should resist that nation with all your heart and soul because that nation no longer shares your values and has destroyed the trust of the people and broken the bonds on its power. When Joe Biden and the socialist Democrats no longer share the values of individual freedom and unalienable rights, unity is out of the question.

You choose to live in peace until such time that your local environment or the government will not allow you to live in peace. You have determined that government will no longer allow you to live in peace and you now must fight government with all the determination you can muster. You didn’t choose the fight. Government, special interests and social Democrats forced it upon you.

You find that the American government, at every level, has shattered the trust of the people with malice. They have done it in pursuit of absolute power over the masses under a system of government that is foreign to the principles of freedom. Government has become corrupted by special interests and international ambitions. It has abused its power and no longer represents the true interests of the once-free American people in a sovereign land.

Under the socialist Democrats, government has become almost a virtually lawless heavily armed police force and has ceased to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the individual freedom of its citizens as is its fundamental duty and obligation. You further find that the solemn oaths to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, taken by those that represent you in government, at every level, are hollow and without substance. These are harsh allegations, but those concerned individuals who have watched the steady degradation of America over the last 100 years, know the charges are true. America has surrendered to corruption, collusion, the lust for money, political power, world government and debauchery.

We should be committed to preserve our rights through fighting and combat if necessary, by resisting every effort by government to subjugate us by law, or by force of arms. Unity with those that are working diligently to enslave us is blind capitulation.

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Video: Feinstein, Who Demanded Mask Mandate, Doesn’t Bother Wearing Mask Inside Capitol

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein was seen standing close to others, talking and walking around the corridors and rooms of Capitol this week, all without bothering to wear a face mask, while EVEYONE else had one on.

Feinstein’s actions are particularly hypocritical, given that she was one of the leading voices demanding a mask mandate back in the Summer.

Feinstein, along with other Democrats, also threatened to withhold coronavirus funding for states that refused to adopt the mandate.

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Video of Shooting That Left Cocoa Teens Dead Released by Deputies

COCOA, Fla. — The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released dash camera video showing the fatal shooting of two teenagers by deputies last week.

A.J. Crooms, 16, and Sincere Pierce, 18, were fatally shot by deputies who were conducting a stolen car investigation. The shooting happened Friday around 10:30 a.m. in the area of Stetson Drive and Ivy Drive in Cocoa.

The dash camera video shows the car turn into a driveway as it is being followed by deputies. When the car turns into the driveway, the deputies get out of their patrol cars, but the driver backs out and turns around.

In a Facebook post, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the video shows the driver of the car, Crooms, accelerating toward the deputy.

Ivey said the deputies asked the driver to stop the car to stop seven times before the shots were fired.

“Angelo Crooms turns and accelerates the vehicle toward Deputy Santiago-Miranda who was then forced to fire his service weapon in an attempt to stop the deadly threat of the car from crashing into him,” Ivey’s Facebook post said.

Ivey also said investigators found two firearms inside the vehicle. It remains unclear if the vehicle Crooms and Pierce were in is the vehicle deputies said a ran a traffic stop earlier in the day…

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YouTube to Place Ads on Videos of Small Creators But Not Share Revenue With Them

YouTube, in its latest update to the site’s Terms of Service, has stated that it would start running advertisements on videos that are not actually a part of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), meaning that it’s going to make money off of users’ content without sharing any of the revenue with them.

The new section pertaining to the update says that the “right to monetize your Content on the Service (and such monetization may include displaying ads on or within Content or charging users a fee for access)” would be provided to the users. That being said, the platform also stated that doing so would not “entitle” creators to any payments.

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YouTube to Introduce Vaccine Notices in Anticipation of Anti-Vaccine Backlash to Rollout

There is considerable public push back against a COVID-19 vaccine and Big Tech giants are getting ahead to try and shut down any skepticism against the up-coming rollout.

After COVID-19 evolved as a pandemic, YouTube, much like other Big Tech platforms, started pushing information about the virus from what it thinks are “authoritative sources,” which include the WHO, among others. Videos containing information specific to the pandemic, or the ones that even so as mention the pandemic’s name, were slapped with banners, which YouTube called “information panels,” directing users to its chosen sources about the pandemic.

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“This Says it All!” Trump Endorses Elections Canada Tweet About Paper Ballot Voting

President Donald Trump weighed in on a viral tweet from Canada’s election agency touting its longstanding use of hand-counted paper ballots.

Trump shared an Elections Canada tweet pointing out that Dominion Voting Systems software is not used in Canadian federal elections.

The electronic tabulation systems have been the subject of much criticism as allegations of ballot irregularities from the Trump campaign have mounted in the weeks since the United States election.

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Top Canadian Pathologist on COVID: Media & Politicians Pushing Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated

A top Canadian doctor specializing in pathology, which includes virology, told the Edmonton, Alberta City Council last week that humanity is being “led down the garden path” by delusional aristocrats pushing draconian COVID-19 measures.

According to his bio, “Dr. Hodkinson is the CEO of Western Medical Assessments, and has been the Company’s Medical Director for over 20 years. He received his general medical degrees from Cambridge University in the UK, and then became a Royal College certified pathologist in Canada (FRCPC) following a residency in Vancouver, BC.”

The doctor is also currently working on pathology as Executive Chairman of Bio-ID Diagnostic Inc., a private company that develops tests for identifying COVID-19 infection.

“What I am going to say is lay language and blunt,” Hodkinson told the Edmonton City Council Community and Public Services Committee.

“The bottom line is this,” he addressed the group. “There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians. It’s outrageous. This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.”

“There is absolutely nothing to be done to contain this virus other than protecting your more vulnerable people. It should be thought of as nothing more than a bad flu season. This is not Ebola. It’s not SARS. It’s politics playing medicine. And that’s a very dangerous game.”

Continuing, Dr. Hodkinson added, “Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence based on their effectiveness whatsoever. Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signaling. Seeing these uneducated people walking around like lemmings, obeying without any knowledge base to put the mask on their face.”

He also claimed social distancing is pointless as COVID-19 “travels by aerosols, which travel 30 meters or so before landing. And closures have had such terrible unintended consequences. Everywhere should be open tomorrow.”

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Top Pathologist Claims Coronavirus is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on an Unsuspecting Public”

Top pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson told government officials in Alberta during a zoom conference call that the current coronavirus crisis is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.”

Hodkinson’s comments were made during a discussion involving the Community and Public Services Committee and the clip was subsequently uploaded to YouTube.

Noting that he was also an expert in virology, Hodkinson pointed out that his role as CEO of a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests means, “I might know a little bit about all this.”

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Belgium: Brussels Police Arrest Sixteen After Mob Attacks Officers During Drug Bust

Police arrested 16 suspects after a large group attacked officers in an effort to interrupt a drug bust in Brussels, Belgium, according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Tuesday in Jette, a municipality in the Brussels Capital Region, HLN reports.

“Our teams were called up on Tuesday afternoon for a possible drug deal on the Jules Lahayestraat in Jette,” said Caroline Vervaet, a spokeswoman for the Brussels West police.

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Delingpole: The Great Reset is Trending. Here’s Why…

The Great Reset has been trending on Twitter. Once you’re familiar with what it means for the future of our civilisation, you’ll understand why…

Put simply, it is the blueprint for a complete transformation of the world economy. There will be no money, no private property, no democracy. Instead, every key decision — what you do for a living, how much stuff you consume, whether you can take a vacation — will decided for you by a remote, unaccountable elite of ‘experts’.

It sounds like a conspiracy theory — and is often dismissed as such by people who imagine they are being savvy and sophisticated. In fact, though, the people pushing for the Great Reset are perfectly open about their plan. Indeed, they can scarcely stop talking about it…

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Dutch Will Not Compromise, Despite Hungary, Poland Veto of EU Budget Deal

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has told parliament that the Netherlands cannot accept any attempt to water down conditions for the EU’s new budget and coronavirus recovery fund, despite the threatened veto by Hungary and Poland.

The compromise deal is already the ‘lower limit’ for the Dutch and the conditions cannot be made weaker to appease the Hungarians and Poles. ‘This is crucial,’ Rutte told MPs during Tuesday’s parliamentary debate.

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Germany: Police Use Water Cannons Against Anti-Lockdown Protesters in Berlin

Police in Berlin used water cannons on anti-lockdown protesters who were demonstrating near the Brandenburg Gate against new COVID-19 laws they claim are unconstitutional.

The new law would codify current social distancing requirements, mandate mask wearing and increase the punishment for those flouting the rules.

The measures are expected to pass both lower and then upper houses of parliament, but that didn’t stop thousands of protesters defying a government ban to descend on the Bundestag in opposition to the law.

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German Islamic State Member Played Central Role in Vienna Attacker Network

A German member of the Islamic State may have played a central role in a network which the Vienna terrorist was also a part off, according to Austrian media.

The man, a former Hamburg resident identified by his initials W.A., is a German citizen who was arrested and convicted in 2017 of being a “foreign terrorist fighter” and is believed to have moved to Vienna in January of this year.

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I’m Sorry We Temporarily Lost a Piece of Our Freedom, Says Czech PM on the Occasion of the Velvet Revolution Anniversary

Prime Minister Andrej Babis made a short speech on the anniversary of Nov. 17, 1989, which marks the beginning of the Velvet Revolution, which led to the fall of the communist regime.

“Today, I would like to tell you that I am very sorry that we have now temporarily lost a piece of our freedom due to the virus,” said Babis.

“It is Nov. 17, and I have only one short message for you today. A message to all of you who are at home now. To all of you who would like to take to the streets like every year on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and celebrate this day. To all of you for whom this day is as important as it is for me. For some, it is the most important day of the year, the day of the struggle for freedom and democracy,” stated Babis at the beginning of his speech to the nation.

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Poll: John Paul II Still Tops the Charts in Poland

Opinion polling shows that the former Polish pontiff John Paul IIis still highly popular in his native land despite the allegations that he failed to react to sex abuse cases against senior figures in the Church, which have been used to question his authority and legacy.

According to research by the IBRIS polling agency for Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, 83 percent of respondents remain positive about the Saint John Paul II’s record, with only 6 percent assessing his time in the Vatican negatively.

It is noteworthy that 96 percent of young people aged 18 to 29 had a positive view of the Polish Pope’s pontificate even though 97 percent were critical of the Church’s performance on dealing with sex abuse allegations.

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Robbed of a Last Loving Hug: Most of the 87,000 People Who Died in Care Homes During the Coronavirus Pandemic Were Denied Family Comfort in Their Final Days

Nearly 87,000 residents have died in care homes since the start of the pandemic with the majority denied a last hug from their family.

The figures reveal the tragic toll taken by visiting restrictions and the urgent need to extend Covid testing of visitors to all homes so families can reunite with dying relatives in person.

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UK Developing QR Code System to Only Allow Vaccinated People Into Events

The British government is developing a system to provide COVID vaccinated people with QR codes on their phones, which they would present to get into sports events, concerts and other large gatherings, according to reports.

“The unique codes would only be given to those who have been vaccinated against coronavirus, under plans being considered by ministers, to signal they can attend large gatherings currently considered to be ‘high risk’,” reports the Daily Mail.

The report, stemming from sources close to the government, also notes that “Those who refuse to get the Covid-19 jab would likely be refused entry to venues, as part of the same proposals.”

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UK Government Considers Forcing Big Tech to Conform to a Political “Duty of Impartiality”

A recent leak from with inside Google showed how employees purposely ignored pro-Brexit ads for the UK Conservative Party and the revelation likely added to the annoyance felt inside Downing Street when it comes to Big Tech.

The allegations of Big Tech social media platforms’ bias may now result in the UK government pushing them to be subject to “duty of impartiality” for preventing political bias on the internet. An insider with knowledge of the UK government’s internal discussions revealed that the country’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was asking the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary if Big Tech should be required to adhere to a “duty of impartiality” as a part of the Online Harms Bill.

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‘We Won’t Tolerate Diktat on EU Funding, ‘ Says Polish President Duda

President Andrzej Duda, during a visit to Vilnius, Lithuania on Tuesday, appealed for equality and justice in the way EU funds are awarded and administered. Both Poland and Hungary have vetoed the EU’s seven-year budget and coronavirus recovery fund after the EU passed a law that would link rule of law to EU funding, which poses a major threat to the conservative governments in Hungary and Poland.

Duda, who was visiting the country with his wife, made the remarks during a press conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. Duda emphasized that he expects that all regulations which are adopted in the EU will respect EU treaties.

He also defended Poland’s use of the veto on the EU budget.

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Trump Orders American Troops Reduced to 2,500 in Both Iraq and Afghanistan by January 15

Christopher Miller, President Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense, announced on Tuesday that the U.S. military will withdraw a significant number of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15, 2021.

The U.S. will cut the number of troops in both war-torn countries to just 2,500. That is half the total soldiers currently in Afghanistan and a reduction of 500 in Iraq.

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Pakistan: State-Supported Islamic Seminary Boasts of How Many Jihad Terrorists Are Among Its Alumni

Why is it that the teachers in this seminary seem to miss all the peaceful teachings of the Qur’an and Islam in general that are so crystal clear and obvious to non-Muslims such as Pope Francis, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, John Kerry, et al? Will any of these leaders or others like them travel to the Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in order to explain to the teachers and students how they’re misunderstanding their peaceful religion?

“‘We are proud’: Pakistan’s ‘university of jihad’ lauds Taliban alumni,” AFP, November 16, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Thai Protesters Use Giant Inflatable Ducks Against Cops’ Water Cannons

Pro-Democracy demonstrators in Thailand have adopted a different kind of defense against police water cannons — giant inflatable ducks.

New images from the unrest in Bangkok, where protesters are pushing for a shakeup of the nation’s monarchy and leadership, shows demonstrators fending off jets of water by ducking behind the bright yellow balloons — which resemble massive rubber duckie bath toys.

In one photo, anti-government protesters can be seen seeking shelter behind two buses with four of the inflatable birds.

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Why OpIndia Has Decided to Use ‘Grooming Jihad’ Instead of ‘Love Jihad’ Moving Forward

In a case that was widely termed as one of ‘Love Jihad, a girl in Sonbhadra was beheaded and buried, shabbily, when she refused to convert to Islam by a man she had married. Her dismembered body was found when women saw a dog, walkabout nonchalantly with her severed hand in her mouth. In Haryana, a woman named Nikita Tomar was shot in broad daylight by one Tauseef because she refused to return his advances.

Her parents say she was also being forced to convert to Islam. In fact, it was revealed that Tauseef’s mother had called Nikita and asked her to convert to Islam. She refused. She was killed. In the case of the Kausambhi rape, the barbarians had asked the minor girl to plead for mercy in the name of Allah.

The atrocity does not stop there. There are cases where Muslim men pretend to be Hindus and when their identity is revealed, either by accident or by design, forcing the girl to convert to Islam, they kill the Hindu woman they had wedded. One remembers Subhologna Chakraborty, shot dead by her soon-to-be-husband Sultan who was posing as a Hindu.

While the Left dismisses these occurrences as a figment of the ‘right-wing imagination’, the cases are real. The dead bodies are also real and the threat is imminent.

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Beijing Calls on Czechia to Stop Interfering in China’s Internal Affairs

China is calling on the Czech Republic not to interfere in China’s internal affairs, including matters concerning Hong Kong, according to a statement released on the Chinese embassy website on Monday.

The Chinese statement follows after the Czech Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the recent expulsion of several pro-democracy MPs from the 70-member Hong Kong Legislative Council.

The Chinese embassy claims that no country, including the Czech Republic, would turn a blind eye to officials, including deputies and senators, who have broken their oaths and betrayed their country.

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China Berates Australia: Bow Down to Beijing’s Might and Ignore the U.S.

The new defense pact between Australia and Japan signed Tuesday in Tokyo has been dismissed as “dangerous” by Chinese state-owned media, which warns any resistance to Beijing is futile and will come at a heavy cost.

The Reciprocal Access Agreement will enable Australian warships and aircraft to operate further north and offer greater legal protection for service personnel across both countries, offering a crucial counterbalance to Beijing’s military which has expanded and advanced rapidly in recent years.

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Australians Flog Their ‘Red Skin’ Lollies Online for $2,500 After Allen’s Controversially Changed the Name

A post on Facebook marketplace shows three Allen’s ‘Red Skin’ lollies listed for $2,500 in Perth, Western Australia.

[Name was considered racist]

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French Police Bust Gang Which Smuggled Up to 1,000 Migrants Into Britain in Just One Year

FRENCH police have smashed a gang which smuggled up to 1,000 migrants into Britain in just a year.

The Pierrefitte connection netted nearly £3million from loading them into trucks bound for Britain. For the last 12 months police have watched the group closely, including bugging a bar in the Paris suburbs where the smugglers met to plot their crimes.

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German Migrant Taxi NGO Adds New Larger Ship to be Launched in 2021

German migrant transport NGO Sea-Eye has purchased a new vessel, larger than their current ship, and plans to begin missions in the Mediterranean in 2021.

The ship, which is the fourth vessel purchased by the NGO, is set to be named the Sea-Eye-4 and is much larger than the current ship used by the NGO, the Alan Kurdi.

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Hungary: EU is Trying to Punish Countries That Control Their Own Borders

Hungary’s leadership is standing by its decision to block the whole seven-year budget for the European Union over the inclusion of new powers which would, they claim, allow the political persecution of member states that don’t follow the Brussels globalist playbook on matters like mass migration.

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Illegal Channel Migrants on the Run in UK After Being Put on Bail, Inspector Warns

LARGE numbers of Channel migrants, who should have been returned to France or other coun tries, are on the run in the UK after absconding, an inspector warned.

David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, found many of those who were not eligible for asylum were bailed instead of being held in detention centres. Many then went on the run. Nearly 8,000 people have made it into the UK after making the Channel crossing this year — more than four times the number in 2019. A succession of ministers, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have pledged the majority would be returned under regulations that say refugees should claim asylum in the first safe country reached.

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Spain Scrambles to Manage Steady Flow of Migrants on Canary Islands After Makeshift Camp is Overrun With More Than 2,000 People

Spain is scrambling to manage the stream of migrants to its Canary Islands from West Africa by opening a second holding camp.

The establishment of a temporary migrant processing centre on the island of Gran Canaria comes amid increasing criticism from local authorities and human rights groups.

Officials on the ground say that they can’t adequately care for the thousands of migrants who have arrived by boat in recent weeks.

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UK: Fishing Boat Intercepted Off East Anglia Sparking People Smuggling Probe — 72 Arrested

A MAJOR people-smuggling investigation is underway after 72 people were arrested on a fishing boat off the coast of East Anglia.

The National Crime Agency has arrested three crew members on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. A total of 69 Albanians on board the vessel are also understood to have been detained. The agency, which fights organised crime, intercepted a 30-metre boat off the coast of Great Yarmouth in East Anglia on yesterday evening after it sailed from the Ostend area of Belgium.

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UK: Numbers of Migrants Housed Full-Board in Hotels Rockets Ninefold Costing Taxpayers Tens of Millions of Pounds a Year Amid Record Number of Channel Crossings

The Home Office has forked out tens of millions of pounds putting up thousands of asylum seekers in hotels with full board.

A huge surge in the number of migrants needing accommodation at the cost of the taxpayer has added fuel to the fire that the current immigration system is ‘broken’.

Nearly 10,000 people are now being put up in 100 hotels across the UK, a nine-fold surge from the 1,200 in March, amid high numbers of Channel crossings.

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Australia: Christian Couple Who Weren’t Allowed to Adopt a Child ‘Because They Believe Being Gay is a Sin’ Take Foster Home to Court for ‘Religious Discrimination’

Byron and Keira Hordyk, from Perth, put in an application with Wanslea Family Services to become foster parents in January 2017.

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Brandon Smith — The Case for Mass Rebellion

The reality is that the wave model is not a very practical plan for stopping viral spread, but it is a perfect method for conditioning people to submit to a high level of control over their personal lives that they never would have accepted otherwise. The Covid response has also been heralded by elites at the World Economic Forum as a perfect “opportunity” to initiate what they call the “Great Reset”. The reset is a plan to deconstruct what’s left of the free market capitalist system, introduce carbon controls in the name of the global warming fraud, institute a global cashless monetary system, and finally, move humanity into what they call a “shared economy” in which the average person is no longer allowed to own private property of any kind and is completely dependent on the system for their basic necessities.

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‘No Vaccine Against Climate Change’: Red Cross Report Moves to Refocus Attention From Coronavirus

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released a report insisting climate change is a bigger danger to humanity than the current Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

IFRC Secretary-General Jagan Chapagain held a press conference this week saying, “Of course, the [coronavirus] is there, it affects our families, our friends, our parents and […] this is a very, very serious crisis that the world is currently facing.”

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Norway: Make ‘Hateful’ Comments About Transgender People, Even in Private, And Spend Up to a Year in Prison

On Tuesday, Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender and bisexual people, extending its penal code that has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981.

Now, even people speaking in private could be punished for the offensive use of the terms “gender”, “gender identity” or “gender expression” with up to a year in prison, including for offensive comments directed at transgender people. The new law also tightens up criminal penalties by allowing up to three years in prison for public comments that are allegedly discriminatory against trans people.

With the new legislation, the Norwegian Parliament has expanded and substantially tightened the anti-discrimination law of 1981. In the law, deputies replaced the term “homosexual orientation” with “sexual orientation”.

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13 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/18/2020

  1. Migrant remittances from France set to become the main source of external finance in West African countries, a study of Study on the corridors between France, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal reveals.

    https://www.fdesouche.com/2020/11/18/les-envois-de-fonds-des-migrants-sont-en-passe-de-devenir-la-principale-source-de-financement-exterieur-dans-les-pays-dafrique-de-louest/

    In other words French taxpayers are now footing the bill for entire failed African states.

  2. Boris Johnson wants a Green Industrial Revolution that bans new petrol cars, adds jobs

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/boris-johnson-wants-a-green-industrial-revolution-that-bans-new-petrol-cars-adds-jobs-11605661873

    Dutch PM to keep coronavirus lockdown measures as cases ease

    https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-netherlands-idUSL1N2I316A

    Lord Nazir Charged with ‘Sexual Misconduct’ by UK Parliament

    https://kashmirobserver.net/2020/11/18/lord-nazir-charged-with-sexual-misconduct-by-uk-parliament/

    • BozoJo is a fat boy in a sweet shop. Making it up as he goes along. This ugly scruffy idiot is a reflection of the current so called “diversified” state of mind. Same to a slightly lesser degree across all Western Europe. Unity and peace. NOT diversity chaos upside down inside out death and decline.

  3. “Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe’s history, in our culture, in our food and—what matters most—in Europe’s present and future. Like it or not, this is the reality.” – Federica Mogherini

    Just a reminder of the mindset we are dealing with.

    • “Federica Mogherini was picked by EU to become the 27 countries next foreign chief. Mogherini, 41 and a foreign minister since February, was initially blocked by eastern member states who feared she is too INEXPERIENCED and friendly for the job.” The EU is building a picture that is very attractive to healthy fighting age enemy men. Who will get it together first? Thunderclap Newman.

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