Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/29/2020

While they were on a fishing trip in the English Channel, Nigel Farage and a friend saved two illegal migrants from drowning. Meanwhile, French vessels rescued 64 migrants, also in the Channel.

In other news, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned the EU that there is only a week left until the UK implements an honest-to-God we-really-mean-it-this-time no-deal Brexit.

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Financial Crisis
» Over Half Young American Adults Now Live With Their Parents
 
USA
» Biden Twists Ankle While Playing With Psychic Dog
» COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science
» FBI Asks Pro-Trump Statistician to Share Findings Into Illegal Ballots
» Former Overstock CEO Paying ‘Team of Hackers and Cybersleuths’ To Prove Trump Won Election
» GOP Flips Third CA House Seat
» Incoming Texas Freshmen Threatened With Doxxing if They Join Conservative Campus Groups
» Judge Blocks, Then Unblocks Georgia From Wiping or Resetting Election Machines
» Mysterious Silver Monolith Disappears From Utah Desert
» Pennsylvania Supreme Court Dismisses GOP-Trump Win; Next Stop, US Supreme Court
» Portland: Statue Toppled and Vandalized in Lone Fir Cemetery (Photo)
» Psychiatrist Blows the Whistle on Pandemic Fearmongering
» ‘Stop the Steal’ Protests Continue in Lansing
» The ‘Smartest Man in the Room’ Just Joined Sidney Powell’s Team
» Time’s Up Charities Set Up by Celebrities as Part of Me Too Movement Spent $1.4m on Salaries, $157k on Conferences at Luxury Resorts and Just $312k Helping Victims of Sexual Harassment
» UTSA Student Kicked Out of Sorority for “All Lives Matter” TikTok Video
 
Europe and the EU
» Dutch Far-Right Party in Turmoil After Leader Thierry Baudet Quits
» EU Braced for Bombshell Italexit as Plot to Leave in Two Years Emerges
» France: Macron “Very Shocked” Over Filmed Police Beating of Black Man for Not Wearing Mask
» Gaming Needs More Regulation to Rein in “Hate Speech, “ EU Anti-Terror Official Says
» Gay Swedish Politician Takes Leave After Ex-Partner Exposed as Paedophile
» Greek Authorities Issue €500,000 in COVID-19 Fines in Just One Day
» How Pakistani Imam Used TikTok in France to Propagate Terror
» Majority of Britons Believe Black Lives Matter Has Increased Racial Tensions
» Protests Continue in France Over “Security” Law That Bans Citizens From Photographing or Livestreaming Police
» Today it’s Hungary and Poland, Tomorrow it Could be Our Countries, Says Portugal’s Former Foreign Minister
» UK Outlines Mild Big Tech Regulation
» UK: Countdown to No Deal: Boris Govt Warns Brexit Talks Are in Their ‘Last Week’
» UK: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Divorce: Bookmakers Predict Sussexes to Split by 2025
» UK: SAGE: No Hugging, Carolling, or Playing Monopoly on COVID Christmas, Say Govt Advisers
» UK: Three Men Convicted of Terror Offences After Joint Investigation
 
Middle East
» Turkey: Erdogan: ‘Meanness’ Toward Muhammad is ‘Far Removed’ From ‘Freedom of Thought’
 
Russia
» Protestors and Police Clash in Belarus Days After Embattled President Lukashenko Promises He’ll Stand Down… But Not Yet
 
South Asia
» Thai Protesters March to Barracks Against King’s Military Power
 
Far East
» CCP Imposes Tough New ‘Social Credit Score’ Rules
» China Drafts Stricter Rules on Citizens’, Foreigners’ Religious Activity
» Chinese Government Stepping Up Propaganda to Change COVID Origin Story
 
Australia — Pacific
» Exclusive: Australian Capital Cities and Embassies Are Prime Targets for Terror Attacks as Report Into Alleged SAS War Crimes Acts as a Red Rag to a Bull for Jihadi Recruiters
» Shocking Moment Bikies From Rival Gangs Send Patrons at a Trendy Beachside Pub Running as They Throw Punches and Knees in the Crowded Bar — Just Moments After Shaking Hands
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Boko Haram Kills at Least 43 Farmworkers in Nigeria, Militia Says
» Pastor, Two Christian Boys Killed in Islamist Attacks in Uganda
 
Immigration
» Almost Half of Violent Sex Crimes in Italy Committed by Foreigners
» Cate Blanchett Unleashes on Australia Calling Her Home Nation ‘Inhumane’ For Its Treatment of Refugees — While Living 16,000km Away in a $6.25million English Mansion
» French Ships Pull 64 Migrants From Channel
» Greek Police Hunt for Migrant ‘Chain Rapist’ After Attack on 54-Year-Old
» Nigel Farage Saves Two Migrants From Drowning in English Channel
» Number of Police Patrolling French Beaches to Double in Bid to Deter Illegal Migrants
 
Culture Wars
» Australian Authorities Seize Child, Rule Parents Abusive for Resisting Hormone Therapy to Help Daughter Become Son — Report
» Court Validates Child Rape: Persecution of Christians, October 2020
» Twitter’s “Activist Entrepreneur” Manager for “Safety” Wants “Transformative Justice”
» UK: 800 Etonians Revolt After Teacher is Sacked for Questioning Radical Feminist Dogma on ‘Toxic Masculinity’ As War on Woke Hits Britain’s Top School
 

Over Half Young American Adults Now Live With Their Parents

In the last few decades, young adults have faced harsh economic realities — from the financial crisis in 2008 to this year’s global pandemic, both triggering catastrophic losses in jobs and financial stability.

And while the widespread effects of COVID-19 have yet to be fully captured, Visual Capitalist’s Aran Ali notes that young adults are already now living with their parents to a greater degree than witnessed in 120 years — surpassing even the Depression-era generation.

Young adults today are categorized as either late Millennials and Gen-Zers. For them, COVID-19 has just been another addition to the list of financial hardships they’ve been up against, such as a precarious job market and the rising cost of living.

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

Biden Twists Ankle While Playing With Psychic Dog

Presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden slipped and twisted his ankle on Saturday while playing with his dog — which, coincidentally, telepathically told a British psychic that the 78-year-old former Vice President would make a “great president.”

Per Biden’s office, “On Saturday Nov. 28, President-elect Biden slipped while playing with his dog Major, and twisted his ankle. Out of an abundance of caution, he will be examined this afternoon by an orthopedist.”

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

COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science

The Chinese Coronavirus (COVID-19) hit American shores — officially, anyway, there is significant evidence that it arrived earlier — in late January 2020. The American public was then told that a two-week shutdown of the economy would “flatten the curve,” relieving the pressure on hospital intensive care units and saving lives in the long run. The average American, including conservatives, being people of good faith, complied, thinking that this was a common-sense measure that would save lives in the wake of a new and mysterious pandemic. But two things quickly happened: First, the goalposts moved. No longer was it enough to “flatten the curve.” Now we were to be locked down until there was a cure.

           — Hat tip: AA [Return to headlines]
 

FBI Asks Pro-Trump Statistician to Share Findings Into Illegal Ballots

The FBI — which President Trump on Sunday suggested may be ‘involved’ in election fraud — has asked former Trump data chief Matt Braynard to share his findings on possible illegal ballots cast in the 2020 election.

According to Braynard, who runs the Voter Integrity Project, “The @FBI has proactively and directly requested from me the VIP findings that indicates illegal ballots,” adding “By Tuesday, we will have delivered to the agency all of our data, including names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.”

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

Former Overstock CEO Paying ‘Team of Hackers and Cybersleuths’ To Prove Trump Won Election

Patrick Byrne, former CEO of Overstock.com, says he’s funding a group of ‘hackers, cybersleuths, and other people with odd skills’ to prove that Democrats cheated in the 2020 election, and that President Trump rightfully won.

“I’ve funded a team of hackers and cybersleuths, other people with odd skills,” Byrne told One America News.

The 57-year-old multimillionaire also appeared on several podcasts, including a November 23 appearance in which he said: “I’m a free agent, and I’m self-funded, and I’m funding this army of various odd people,” according to the Daily Beast.

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

GOP Flips Third CA House Seat

Republican challenger David Valadao defeated Democratic incumbent T.J. Cox in the 21st congressional district of California.

Valadao’s win marks the third House seat from California flipped to the Republicans in the 2020 election.

All three California seats flipped by the Republicans this year were the same seats lost by Republicans to the Democratic Party in 2018.

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

Incoming Texas Freshmen Threatened With Doxxing if They Join Conservative Campus Groups

The Autonomous Student Network in Austin, Texas, a group that was previously suspended from Twitter after posting private information belonging to supporters of then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is now threatening to do the same to incoming University of Texas-Austin freshmen who join conservative student organizations.

“Hey #UT23! Do you wanna be famous? If you join YCT [Young Conservatives of Texas] or Turning Point USA, you just might be. Your name and more could end up on an article like one of these,” the group tweeted earlier in June, linking to a page on its website, on which it previously posted the private information, including emails and phone numbers, of Kavanaugh supporters.

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

Judge Blocks, Then Unblocks Georgia From Wiping or Resetting Election Machines

Authored by Ivan Pentchoukov and Petr Svab via The Epoch Times

A federal judge presiding over a major election lawsuit in Georgia on Sunday issued and then reversed an order directing the state to cease and desist wiping or resetting election machines.

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

Mysterious Silver Monolith Disappears From Utah Desert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said.

“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith’ has been removed from Bureau of Land Management public lands by an unknown party,” on Nov. 27, BLM spokesperson Kimberly Finch said in a statement. The agency did not remove the structure, she said.

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

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Dismisses GOP-Trump Win; Next Stop, US Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday evening dismissed a lawsuit brought by Republicans who seek to invalidate the state’s mail-in ballots, with five of the court’s seven judges arguing that the case should be dismissed because the challenge had come too late, according to the Financial Times.

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

Portland: Statue Toppled and Vandalized in Lone Fir Cemetery (Photo)

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is investigating a report of a statue toppled and vandalized in Lone Fir Cemetery this week.

Lone Fir, at 649 Southeast 26th Avenue, is a property owned by Metro. A Metro representative made an online police report on Friday, November 27, 2020, and the incident is under investigation.

According to the report, the vandalism happened sometime between 4:30p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and 7:30a.m. Thursday, November 26, 2020. A statue known as The Soldiers Monument was tipped over and painted.

Metro asked PPB to share the following statement with inquiring media, “We are aware of the vandalism that occurred two nights ago at Lone Fir Cemetery and are assessing the damages. The Soldiers Monument was heavily damaged and was removed yesterday for the safety of visitors…

           — Hat tip: RR [Return to headlines]
 

Psychiatrist Blows the Whistle on Pandemic Fearmongering

Story at-a-glance

There’s an entire school of research within public health on how to frighten people, known as “fear appeal” Fear appeal is based on the premise that to successfully implement a public health measure, you must first highlight a threat. And, to work, the threat must be made personal, so that people fear for their personal safety.

Next, you give people something immediate to do that will set them on the path of cooperating with the plan in its entirety. Examples during the COVID-19 pandemic include not leaving your house, wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, closing certain businesses and keeping children home from school. In the future, we can expect to be told we must get vaccinated and digitally tracked before we can resume life as normal.

By adding confusion to the mix, you can bring an individual from fear to anxiety — a state of confusion in which you can no longer think logically. In this state, you are more easily manipulated.

Eventually, when the fear and anxiety are great enough, desperation sets in, at which point people are willing to do just about anything to get relief.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Stop the Steal’ Protests Continue in Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Hundreds of people took to the Capitol lawn Saturday afternoon for a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in support of sitting President Donald Trump.

The Steal rally featured a number of speakers including former State Senator Patrick Colbeck, State Rep. Steve Carra, and Michigan Republican Party Chair candidate Brandon Hall.

Protest attendees told 6 News they don’t believe Joe Biden is the president-elect and they want a fair and accurate recount of votes.

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

The ‘Smartest Man in the Room’ Just Joined Sidney Powell’s Team

Authored by Andrea Widburg via AmericanThinker.com

In her Georgia complaint, Sidney Powell included the declaration of Navid Keshavarz-Nia, an expert witness who stated under oath that there was massive computer fraud in the 2020 election, all of it intended to secure a victory for Joe Biden. Dr. Kershavarz-Nia’s name may not mean a lot to you, but it’s one of the weightiest names in the world when it comes to sniffing out cyber-security problems.

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

Time’s Up Charities Set Up by Celebrities as Part of Me Too Movement Spent $1.4m on Salaries, $157k on Conferences at Luxury Resorts and Just $312k Helping Victims of Sexual Harassment

Tax filings reveal the California-based Times’ Up organization raised $3,670,219 in 2018 in its first year of operation but spent $1,407,032 on salaries and just $312,001 on helping victims.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UTSA Student Kicked Out of Sorority for “All Lives Matter” TikTok Video

A student at the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) was removed from her sorority for posting a TikTok video. The leadership of the sorority deemed the phrase “all lives matter” to be “unsisterly” and “hurtful.”

Back in August, Jaycie Barton, a student at UTSA and member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, posted an eight-second video showing demonstrations and placards reading “Back the Blue,” “All Lives Matter,” and “Trump 2020.”

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

Dutch Far-Right Party in Turmoil After Leader Thierry Baudet Quits

A major clear-out is under way in the Dutch ultra-nationalist party, Forum for Democracy, just 48 hours after its charismatic young founder — widely seen as a potential challenger to Geert Wilders as the voice of the right — resigned in a row over anti-Semitism, racism and homophobia.

Founded in 2016 by 37-year-old Thierry Baudet, the party has been beset from the start by constant infighting, and had, ironically, been planning a revitalised challenge to the Rutte governing coalition in the March general election based on popular scepticism about its handling of Covid-19.

What happened instead was total implosion last weekend — reminiscent of Labour’s row with Jeremy Corbyn in Britain — when members of the youth branch were suspended for unacceptable anti-Semitic messaging, and Mr Baudet, criticised for doing too little too late, was forced to stand down.

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

EU Braced for Bombshell Italexit as Plot to Leave in Two Years Emerges

BREXIT has appeared to spark those wishing to leave the EU in Italy into action, after a campaigner exclusively told Express.co.uk of a plot to see the country exit the bloc in less than two years.

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

France: Macron “Very Shocked” Over Filmed Police Beating of Black Man for Not Wearing Mask

French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed that he’s “very shocked” over what he called the “shameful aggression” of four Paris police officers who beat a black man inside his own business merely for not wearing a mask.

The officers didn’t know they were being filmed, according to French media, and it was uploaded to the internet Thursday, after which Macron summoned his interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, to the Elysée to demand “firm punishment” for those police involved.

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

Gaming Needs More Regulation to Rein in “Hate Speech, “ EU Anti-Terror Official Says

Video games need to be subjected to more regulation and they apparently have something to do with the threat of terrorism — otherwise why would this opinion come from the mouth of the EU’s anti-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove?

According to Kerchove, who spoke for AFP, terrorists can use video games to spread their ideology and he went as far as to say that real world attacks can be prepared by using games.

Kerchove has been in his job for 13 years now and a lot of terrorism has hit various parts of Europe in the meantime, resulting in hundreds of victims; this suggests that EU’s law enforcement and officials like the Belgian here are probably not doing their job well, considering all the powers and regulation of various relevant sectors of society and different industries they already have at their disposal.

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

Gay Swedish Politician Takes Leave After Ex-Partner Exposed as Paedophile

Swedish Centre Party Member of the European Parliament Fredrick Federley announced he would be taking a break from politics after his now-former partner was convicted of a slew of child sex abuse charges.

Mr Federley published the announcement on his Facebook page, saying: “It is written on some sites now that a person who was previously close to me is convicted of extremely serious crimes. I’m afraid that’s true.”

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

Greek Authorities Issue €500,000 in COVID-19 Fines in Just One Day

Fines for breaching covid-19 public health directives in Greece totalled over half a million Euros in just one day.

On Saturday, authorities carried out 65,388 inspections.

€521,550 in fines and a 15-day “padlock” was imposed on two companies, while 1,773 violations were found.

Furthermore, two cafes were suspended for 15 days, one in Attica and the other in the Peloponnese, while at the same time fines of €5,000 and €3,000 were given to the owners of the businesses, respectively.

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

How Pakistani Imam Used TikTok in France to Propagate Terror

After the deadly stabbing in Nice, French President Emmanuel Macron had travelled to the city appearing before the press he had said: “France is under attack”.

On that day Macron did not hesitate, just like the attack in Paris he called the stabbings in Nice an act of “Islamist terrorism”. Macron said France will not give in to terror. The French president’s reaction has been swift and decisive as dozens of raids have been conducted.

A mosque was shut down, a new law is being brought in to crack down on Islamist extremism. Today, France has taken another bold step, a Pakistani imam has been jailed and banned by France because he was using TikTok to propagate terror.

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

Majority of Britons Believe Black Lives Matter Has Increased Racial Tensions

An outright majority of Britons believe the Black Lives Matter movement has increased racial tensions, along with a 44 per cent of people from ethnic minorities.

According to an Opinium survey of over 2,000 people, some 55 per cent of Briton’s believe Black Lives Matter has made race relations in society worse rather than better. The remaining 45 per cent of respondents were not all actively opposed to this idea, either, with the figure for people who actively disagreed standing at just 17 per cent.

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

Protests Continue in France Over “Security” Law That Bans Citizens From Photographing or Livestreaming Police

Protests organized across France on Saturday saw tens of thousands come out against a new law now in the works that rights groups think will limit freedom of expression and lower the bar on police accountability.

Already approved in the lower house of the French parliament, the law must also be passed by the Senate and the protests organized in several major cities now aim to pressure the government into amending it to change or remove some of its most important provisions.

In Paris alone, some 50,000 are said to have gathered, displaying signs with messages such as, “Democracy under attack,” and, “Who watches the watchmen?”

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

Today it’s Hungary and Poland, Tomorrow it Could be Our Countries, Says Portugal’s Former Foreign Minister

While Hungary and Poland are currently seen as the targets of the European Union’s drive to tie rule-of-law violations to EU funding, Portugal’s former Foreign Minster Paulo Portas believes that his country could also be the target of such sanctions in the future.

He explained that Warsaw and Budapest have a legitimate view that the current actions taking place in the European Parliament are the result of the political efforts of their opponents. Portas said these opponents are using EU institutions to activate certain processes that could have a negative effect on the two conservative countries.

Portas’ remarks follow the Polish and Hungarian governments rejected the EU’s attempt to tie funds with rule of law, which is being pursued by both the European Commission and the German presidency in the Council of the European Union.

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

UK Outlines Mild Big Tech Regulation

The UK is drawing up plans to curb the power of tech companies that are considered to have strategic market status, and to do this through enforcing a code of practice.

These plans are rather vague at the moment, as the criteria under which a tech company will be deemed as having strategic market status has not been determined, although Google and Facebook are mentioned in reports as two obvious candidates. In addition, it’s unknown at this time in what way the new code would limit their market power and ensure they act within “limits of acceptable behavior.”

What has been announced is that the code will be drafted and enforced by the Competition and Markets Authority’s Digital Markets Unit, and that the goal here is to allow more competition.

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

UK: Countdown to No Deal: Boris Govt Warns Brexit Talks Are in Their ‘Last Week’

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the UK and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement.

As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “I think we are into the last week or so of substantive negotiations.”

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

UK: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Divorce: Bookmakers Predict Sussexes to Split by 2025

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent shockwaves across the royal family after announcing they are relinquihshing their duties.

In a shocking turn of events, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped away from the monarchy and relocated to the US.

Their exit, according to some royal experts, indicated problems in their marriage that had to be immediately resolved.

From what it seems, Harry and Meghan are four times more likey to split in the coming five years!

In a report published by Daily Mail, bookmakers say they are likely to part ways than to rejoin the royal family full-time as a couple.

Bookmakers are placing odds of 3/1 for Harry and Meghan to get divorced by 2025, and only offering an outside chance that the Sussexes will be reigned in and rejoin the family, with prices going long at 14/1.

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

UK: SAGE: No Hugging, Carolling, or Playing Monopoly on COVID Christmas, Say Govt Advisers

Britons should avoid gathering around the Monopoly board, singing with family members, or hugging loved ones during the Christmas season, the government’s scientific quango has warned.

While the British state has ordained that up to three households will be able to gather for a five-day “Christmas bubble” easing of the lockdown restrictions, the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) — which has been spearheading the Boris Johnson’s response to the Chinese coronavirus — outlined a stifling list of Christmas guidelines in order to reduce transmission of the virus over the holiday season.

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

UK: Three Men Convicted of Terror Offences After Joint Investigation

Three men have been convicted of terror offences after a joint investigation by counter-terrorism officers from London’s Metropolitan Police and the seven-force Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

21-year-old Muhammed Saeed (25/03/1998) was convicted of five counts of “possessing an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that the possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 57(1) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000.”

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

Turkey: Erdogan: ‘Meanness’ Toward Muhammad is ‘Far Removed’ From ‘Freedom of Thought’

In other words, you can have freedom of thought, as long as you don’t think what he doesn’t want you to think. The West is going all-in for this Orwellian idea these days, so why not Erdogan?

“Erdogan: Insulting people’s beliefs is not freedom,” TRT World, November 28, 2020.

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

Protestors and Police Clash in Belarus Days After Embattled President Lukashenko Promises He’ll Stand Down… But Not Yet

Thousands of protestors have again taken to the streets in Belarus, days after the country’s president pledged he would resign once a new constitution is in place.

Footage emerged on Sunday of crowds of demonstrators marching through Minsk, as well as other cities across the troubled Eastern European nation. In one dramatic clip that social media users claimed was taken in the capital, a police officer is attacked from behind as authorities chase activists down the road.

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

Thai Protesters March to Barracks Against King’s Military Power

BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thousands of anti-government Thai protesters marched to an army barracks on Sunday to challenge King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s personal control over some army units.

It was the latest act of defiance against the king by protesters who have broken taboos by criticising the monarchy. The Thai constitution says the monarchy must be revered and laws ban insulting the institution.

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

CCP Imposes Tough New ‘Social Credit Score’ Rules

China will consider individuals who seriously endanger people’s health and safety, or disrupt markets’ fair competition and normal social order, as threats to society under its new social credit guidelines.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that the measures were discussed during a recent meeting of the state council citing a state council meeting led by Premier Li Keqiang, President Xi’s point man for handling the fallout for the coronavirus.

Among these new punitive measures, China will promote quality development of the credit reporting industry, while encouraging the sharing of credit information related to finance, government administration and public utilities Speed up orderly use of government-related data Strengthen information security and privacy protection.

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

China Drafts Stricter Rules on Citizens’, Foreigners’ Religious Activity

The Chinese Communist Party drafted new rules this week, prohibiting foreigners from discussing religion with Chinese citizens.

China’s Ministry of Justice published a list of restrictions on foreigners seeking to spread “religious extremism” or “undermine China’s national or ethnic unity” through religion.

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

Chinese Government Stepping Up Propaganda to Change COVID Origin Story

Authored by Rick Moran via PJMedia.com

The Chinese Communist government is stepping up its PR campaign to try and convince the world that the coronavirus did not originate in the Chinese city of Wuhan a year ago, but was brought to China from elsewhere.

Their efforts have been, at the very least creative.

Their latest gambit is to promote the story that the coronavirus traveled to China via frozen food imports — a nearly impossible feat, say epidemiologists. The communist propagandists have pointed the finger at Italy, India, and on “many continents” before the poor Chinese became victims of the coronavirus. They see China as a double victim; unwitting patients who got sick from a virus that arrived from elsewhere and then unfairly blamed for starting it.

It probably works with the Chinese masses, but with few others.

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

Exclusive: Australian Capital Cities and Embassies Are Prime Targets for Terror Attacks as Report Into Alleged SAS War Crimes Acts as a Red Rag to a Bull for Jihadi Recruiters

Intelligence agencies fear the damning report into alleged SAS war crimes will make Australian capital cities and international embassies a prime target for Islamic terror groups.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Shocking Moment Bikies From Rival Gangs Send Patrons at a Trendy Beachside Pub Running as They Throw Punches and Knees in the Crowded Bar — Just Moments After Shaking Hands

The wild brawl at The Sandbar in Scarborough, Perth, scattered both pub drinkers and tables and chairs as the rival gangs laid into each other in a nasty turf battle.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Boko Haram Kills at Least 43 Farmworkers in Nigeria, Militia Says

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA — Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farmworkers and injured six in rice fields near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, anti-jihadist militia told AFP.

The assailants tied up the agricultural workers and slit their throats in the village of Koshobe, the militia said.

“We have recovered 43 dead bodies, all of them slaughtered, along with six others with serious injuries,” said militia leader Babakura Kolo, who helped the survivors. “It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram, who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers.”

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

Pastor, Two Christian Boys Killed in Islamist Attacks in Uganda

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) — Muslim relatives of a former sheikh in eastern Uganda who refused to renounce Christ killed his 6-year-old son on Monday (Nov. 23), two days after Islamists in the western part of the country killed a pastor and his 12-year-old son, sources said.

Following a two-hour meeting with Muslim relatives in Buseta Sub-County’s Kameme village, Kibuku District, former sheikh (Islamic teacher) Emmanuel Hamuzah refused their demand to renounce Christ, the 38-year-old convert told Morning Star News. Shortly afterward his brothers, sisters and paternal uncle attacked him outside his house, he said.

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Almost Half of Violent Sex Crimes in Italy Committed by Foreigners

Nearly half of the violent sex attacks in Italy are committed by foreigners, according to data released by the Italian statistics agency ISTAT.

The data released by the statistics agency states that around 42 per cent of the violent sex crimes against women in Italy are committed by foreigners, with non-European Union citizens representing a significant portion of sex attackers.

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Cate Blanchett Unleashes on Australia Calling Her Home Nation ‘Inhumane’ For Its Treatment of Refugees — While Living 16,000km Away in a $6.25million English Mansion

Cate Blanchett has slammed Australia’s practice of indefinite detention of asylum seekers as ‘traumatic’, comparing it to the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

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French Ships Pull 64 Migrants From Channel

Sixty-four migrants including a pregnant woman and several children were rescued in the English Channel in the past 24 hours as they were seeking to reach Britain aboard rickety vessels, French maritime authorities said Sunday.

A first group of 45 migrants were spotted Saturday off of Leffrinckoucke, near the northern French port of Dunkirk, aboard a small craft “in difficulty”, a first statement by the French prefecture in charge of the Channel and North Sea said.

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Greek Police Hunt for Migrant ‘Chain Rapist’ After Attack on 54-Year-Old

Greek police in Athens undertook a manhunt this week for a migrant who is said to have attempted to rape a local woman while wrapping a chain around her neck.

The manhunt comes after the migrant, believed to be possibly Pakistani, approached a local 54-year-old woman in the Kaminia area of the Greek capital and is said to have taken a thick chain and wrapped it around his victim’s neck as he attempted to rape her.

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Nigel Farage Saves Two Migrants From Drowning in English Channel

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has reported he and a friend saved two illegal migrants from drowning in rough waters in the English Channel.

The veteran campaigner has in recent months switched his focus from Brexit to exposing the ongoing crisis in the English Channel, and in particular the way the French authorities have often escorted migrant boats into British waters instead of intercepting and turning them back, but on Sunday he had put to sea to go fishing.

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Number of Police Patrolling French Beaches to Double in Bid to Deter Illegal Migrants

An “enhanced agreement” reached between the UK and France will strengthen operations to stop people smuggling.The doubling of the number of gendarmes patrolling a 90-mile stretch of coastline from Tuesday is the latest attempt to stop people making the dangerous crossing in small boats. For operational reasons, the number of officers has not been disclosed. The agreement between Home Secretary Priti Patel and French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin will also see the roll-out of surveillance technology.

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Australian Authorities Seize Child, Rule Parents Abusive for Resisting Hormone Therapy to Help Daughter Become Son — Report

An Australian couple whose child was reportedly seized by state authorities is appealing a magistrate’s ruling finding them abusive and “dangerous” for resisting testosterone therapy for their daughter, who identifies as male.

Lawyers for the unidentified parents filed papers last week seeking to appeal a magistrate’s October decision, setting up what appears to be the country’s first test case on parental rights regarding gender dysphoria medicine, the Australian newspaper reported on Saturday. Their child, then 15, was taken away from the family last year, after discussing suicide online.

“The authorities say we will not allow her to change gender, so it’s dangerous for told her to come back to our house because we will mentally abuse her,” the father the Australian. “They want us to consent to testosterone treatment.”

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Court Validates Child Rape: Persecution of Christians, October 2020

The following are among the abuses that Muslims inflicted on Christians throughout the month of October 2020:

Slaughtered Christians and Terrorized Churches

France: On October 29, a Muslim man who wielded a knife entered the Notre Dame Cathedral of Nice and, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” [“Allah is greatest”], beheaded a Christian woman and stabbed two others to death. According to one report:

“Married Nadine Devillers, 60, was the first person attacked by Tunisian knifeman Brahim Aoussaoui, 21, who slit her throat near the baptismal font. After he tried to decapitate Devillers [other reports state the beheading was complete], Aoussaoui hacked 54-year-old sacristan Vincent Loques to death as he prepared for the first Mass of the day. Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva, 44, was then stabbed multiple times but managed to escape the church, running to a nearby burger bar where she succumbed to her injuries. The mother-of-three’s last words to paramedics were: ‘Tell my children that I love them’. On arrival, French police shot Aoussaoui 14 times as he screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ … a phrase he kept shouting even after being sedated and put into an ambulance.”

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Twitter’s “Activist Entrepreneur” Manager for “Safety” Wants “Transformative Justice”

Roughly six months ago, Twitter covertly hired someone to be “head of product for conversational safety.” The person hired, some are suggesting, seems underqualified and her ideas could be seen as controversial depending on where you stand on the issue of censorship.

Twitter hired Christine Su for the role. She is a young American “activist entrepreneur.” Before joining Twitter she ran her startup called PastureMap, which helps ranchers choose more ecofriendly grazing practices.

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UK: 800 Etonians Revolt After Teacher is Sacked for Questioning Radical Feminist Dogma on ‘Toxic Masculinity’ As War on Woke Hits Britain’s Top School

Will Knowland, who taught English at the £42,500-a-year school in Berkshire for nine years, was dismissed over a lesson which questioned current radical feminist orthodoxy.

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