Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/30/2020

The First Minister of Wales has issued an order banning the sale of alcohol in pubs, as part of an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, a minister in the UK government said he will not rule out the possibility of a third lockdown in the New Year.

In other news, Republican lawmakers in the Pennsylvania state legislature have formally introduced a resolution disputing the results of the November 3 election.

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

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USA
» “F” Grades Have Spiked by 83% During Virtual Learning
» “High Degree of Confidence”: Deep-Dive Data Analyst Says More Illegal Votes in AZ Than Biden Margin of Victory
» “I Still Travel, I Don’t Wear a Mask”: Oregon Nurse Suspended Over TikTok Video Dismissing COVID-19 Precautions
» “It’s Really Bad” — Almost One-Third of Small Businesses in NY, NJ Have Closed
» 9 Killed, 37 Shot Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago
» Amazon Goes on Lockdown Hiring Spree While Small Businesses Go Bust
» Biden Appointee Neera Tanden Spread the Conspiracy That Russian Hackers Changed Hillary’s 2016 Votes to Trump: Greenwald
» Dominion Server Crash Delays Georgia County Recount
» Dr. Birx Tells All Americans Who Celebrated Thanksgiving to Assume They Have COVID-19 and Get Tested
» Georgia’s Raffensperger Suddenly Concerned About “Illegal” Out of State Votes
» Judge Schedules Hearing in High-Profile Georgia Election Case
» Killing the Future: COVID Madness Will Lead to Half a Million Fewer U.S. Births in 2021
» Mr. President: Take Your Case to the American People
» New Hanover County GOP Campaigns Are Censored by Facebook for “Misinformation”
» Pennsylvania Lawmakers Formally Introduce Resolution to Dispute 2020 Elections Results
» Rand Paul Highlights Vote Fraud, Predicts Big Tech Will Censor Him; Big Tech Censors Him
» Those Who Follow Unlawful Orders
» Video: CNN Cancels Christmas; “We Just Can’t Do it This Year”
» Watch Live: Trump Lawyers Address Arizona State Legislature on Election Integrity
 
Canada
» CBC Journalist Brags About Ratting Out Worshippers at Church
 
Europe and the EU
» Centralizing Europe and Abolishing the Veto Are on the EU’s Agenda, Says EU Parliament President Sassoli
» European Court of Human Rights Greenlights Portuguese Lawsuit Against 33 Nations for Climate Policy Inaction
» France Passes New Law to Ban Discrimination Based on Regional Accents
» French Protesters Set Fire to Central Bank
» French Police Investigate More Students in the Case of Samuel Paty’s Murder
» From the Taliban to Coronavirus: British Army Anti-Terror Unit Targets Anti-Vaccine Content
» Germany is Failing to Fulfill Its Leading Role in the EU, Suggests Greece
» Hungarian Justice Minister Receives the “Guardian of Values — Custos Virtutum” Special Award
» Hungarian PM Orban’s Approval Rate Remains High a Year and a Half Later Before the Next Election
» One Month to Go! Brexit Talks Flounder on Eve of Final British Withdrawal
» Polish Archbishop: Attacks Against John Paul II Are About Marxists Fighting for Creation of a “New Man”
» Reports: Portuguese Government Supported Poland’s and Hungary’s Rights on Rule of Law Mechanism
» Students at UK University Demand the Word “Black” Be Banned From Lectures & Textbooks
» Sweden’s Blindness Encourages Gangs
» The New Party of Former Slovakian PM Wins in Public Poll
» UK Govt to Roll Out ‘Vaccine Stamps’ In Passports by Next Year: Report
» UK Moves Up Ban on Huawei Equipment Installations to Next Year
» UK: BBC Studios Imposes 20 Percent Diversity Quota on All New Productions
» UK: Facebook Deleted Account of Grieving Mother, Denying Her Access to Photos of Her Late Son
» UK: Minister ‘Can’t Rule Out’ Third Lockdown, Says No Normality Until Summer
» UK: Parents Banned From School Nativity Plays in ‘Tier 3’ Lockdown Areas
» UK: Tequila Bar Files to Register as Church to Avoid Coronavirus Lockdown Rules
» Wales Bans Booze in Pubs Under Another Extreme Lockdown
 
Middle East
» Iran Nuclear Scientist Was Shot With Mounted Remote-Controlled Machine Gun
 
South Asia
» Indonesia on Alert After ISIS-Linked Group MIT Beheads Farmer to ‘Sow Terror’
 
Far East
» ‘The Wuhan Files’: CNN Publishes Leaked Report Showing China Downplayed COVID-19 Outbreak
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Slams China Over Vile Fake Image of Soldier Holding a Knife to the Throat of an Afghan Child in Shocking Reference to ‘War Crimes’ Report — as Scott Morrison Demands Deletion and Apology
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Islamists on Motorcycles Mount ‘Most Violent Attack on Civilians This Year’ In Nigeria
 
Immigration
» Who Said Diversity and Multiculturalism Are So Wonderful?
 
Culture Wars
» Norway Criminalizes Hate Speech Against Transgender People… in Private Homes or Conversations
» Polish UK Midwifery Student Banned for Catholic Pro-Life Activity Wins Apology and Payout
 
General
» Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com Name “Pandemic” The Word of the Year
» Travel Industry Lobbies for Digital Passport Showing COVID-19 Vaccination Status
 

“F” Grades Have Spiked by 83% During Virtual Learning

A study of the Fairfax County school system in Virginia, one of the largest districts in the country, has revealed that the number of students earning “F” grades has increased by 83% this year as schools shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“High Degree of Confidence”: Deep-Dive Data Analyst Says More Illegal Votes in AZ Than Biden Margin of Victory

Pro-Trump statistician Matt Braynard — whom the FBI just asked to share his findings concerning his data-driven investigation into illegal and fraudulent voting in the November election — says he’s confident that there were more illegally-cast ballots in Arizona than Joe Biden’s current margin of victory.

“I have a high degree of confidence that the number of ballots that were cast that should not have been cast, illegal ballots, surpasses the margin of victory as it stands right now,” said Braynard said at a public hearing on election issues in Arizona.

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

“I Still Travel, I Don’t Wear a Mask”: Oregon Nurse Suspended Over TikTok Video Dismissing COVID-19 Precautions

An Oregon nurse was suspended over a TikTok video in which she bragged about shunning various pandemic restrictions and recommendations.

“When my co-workers find out I still travel, don’t wear a mask when I’m out and let my kids have play dates,” read a caption on the video, posted by oncology nurse Ashley Grames — who was mouthing lines from a scene in ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ in which Cindy Lou Who learns who the Grinch is.

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

“It’s Really Bad” — Almost One-Third of Small Businesses in NY, NJ Have Closed

Here comes the next recession as nearly one-third of small businesses in New York and New Jersey remain closed since the virus pandemic began earlier this year.

The NYPost outlines small business data from Opportunity Insights and New Jersey Business & Industry Association paint a troubling outlook for the rest of 2020 into 2021.

Opportunity Insights’ TrackingTheRecovery.Org, a Harvard database that monitors economic activity for the US, currently says 27.8% of small businesses in New York remain closed. The same goes for New Jersey, where 31.2% of small businesses had not reopened.

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association reports similar figures with 28% of New Jersey’s small businesses have closed up shop this year.

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

9 Killed, 37 Shot Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago

Chicago saw 37 shooting victims resulting in 9 deaths over the holiday weekend, officials reported.

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

Amazon Goes on Lockdown Hiring Spree While Small Businesses Go Bust

Amazon went on a record global hiring spree over the course of 2020 while small businesses went bust, proving that lockdown policies only benefit giant transnational corporations.

According to a report in the New York Times, “Amazon added 427,300 employees between January and October, pushing its work force to more than 1.2 million people globally, up more than 50 percent from a year ago. Its number of workers now approaches the entire population of Dallas.”

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

Biden Appointee Neera Tanden Spread the Conspiracy That Russian Hackers Changed Hillary’s 2016 Votes to Trump: Greenwald

Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com (emphasis ours)

The announcement that Joe Biden intends to nominate Neera Tanden as his Director of the Office of Management and Budget — a critical position overseeing U.S. economic and regulatory policy — triggered a wide range of mockery, indignation and disgust from both the left and the right. That should not be surprising: though a thoroughly mediocre and ordinary D.C. swamp creature from the perspective of both ideology and competence, Tanden’s uniquely unhinged, venomous, corrupt and pathologically dishonest conduct as a Clinton Family and DNC apparatchik and President of the corporatist-and-despot-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) has earned her a list of enemies far longer and more impressive than her accomplishments.

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

Dominion Server Crash Delays Georgia County Recount

A Dominion Voting Systems mobile server in Georgia’s Fulton County has crashed, delaying the presidential election recount, according to election officials.

Officials said technicians from the company “have been dispatched to resolve the issue” and that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office is aware of the problem.

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

Dr. Birx Tells All Americans Who Celebrated Thanksgiving to Assume They Have COVID-19 and Get Tested

The coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, is advising all Americans who held a family Thanksgiving event to assume they have coronavirus and to go get tested.

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Birx said those who gathered together should exercise an abundance of caution and get tested this week.

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

Georgia’s Raffensperger Suddenly Concerned About “Illegal” Out of State Votes

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) — who President Trump last Thursday called an “enemy of the people” for allegedly making some type of “deal” with Democratic operative Stacey Abrams over ballot harvesting — said on Monday that he’s suddenly concerned with progressive groups trying to sign up new voters in advance of a Jan. 5 Senate runoff which could flip the GOP-controlled chamber blue.

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

Judge Schedules Hearing in High-Profile Georgia Election Case

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

The judge who Sunday ordered Georgia officials not to wipe or reset voting machines scheduled the next hearing in the case for Friday.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten Sr., a George W. Bush appointee, issued three emergency orders on Sunday, initially ordering officials to hold off on taking action regarding the machines, reversing himself, then re-establishing the first order.

In a Nov. 30 order, Batten said his final decision on Sunday partially granting the defendants’ motion “involves a controlling question of law as to which there is substantial ground for difference of opinion and that an immediate appeal from the order may materially advance the ultimate termination of the litigation.”

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

Killing the Future: COVID Madness Will Lead to Half a Million Fewer U.S. Births in 2021

Research has concluded that the US will experience 500,000 fewer births in 2021, as couples choose not to have children because of the coronavirus fallout.

The findings by the Brookings Institute were published last week in the Wall Street Journal, which noted that there will be “between 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births in the U.S. next year, compared with a drop of 44,172 last year.”

The numbers equate to a 13% drop from the 3.8 million babies born in 2019.

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

Mr. President: Take Your Case to the American People

Reprehensible, outrageous, grotesque. One could go on utilizing every adjective in the English language and it would not be enough to describe the deceit, lies and bias by the MSM since election day.

The MSM and that includes FOX News Network, have been maniacal in their efforts to convince the American people Trump lost the election. “Repeat the lie often enough” and “the bigger the lie more will believe it” has been their modus operandi.

WH correspondents and reporters have become even more hostile and disrespectful since election day to the point where Trump had to finally slap down one of the pimps: Trump to Fake News reporter: “Don’t ever talk to the president that way!”— “Don’t talk to me that way. You’re just a lightweight. Do n’t talk to me that way. Don’t talk to… I’m the President of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way.”

President Trump depends on Twitter to get out the truth in small bites but right now, at this time, he has to go bigger. He has to go on TV with a statement to the nation. Not an interview on a business network, but address the nation.

Trump doesn’t have to tell the parasites in the MSM anything other than he is going to address the country about the election. Let the useful fools believe he’s going to concede. Trump is under no obligation to give the media any information ahead of time.

What should President Trump say from the Oval Office?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New Hanover County GOP Campaigns Are Censored by Facebook for “Misinformation”

The New Hanover County, North Carolina, Republican Party has accused Facebook of censorship for flagging its political ads as “misinformation.”

The Republican Party in New Hanover, recognizing the importance of digital campaigning amid the lockdowns, decided to launch Facebook campaigns. According to party chair Will Knecht, the party went ahead and hired two firms to help with the digital campaigns. But their plan to use Facebook as an avenue to boost local candidates’ profiles did not work.

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

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Formally Introduce Resolution to Dispute 2020 Elections Results

Just as we previewed over the weekend, Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Monday introduced a resolution to dispute the results of the 2020 election.

As The Epoch Times’ Ivan Pentchoukov reports, the text of the resolution, first previewed in a memo on Nov. 27, states that the executive and judicial branches of the Keystone State’s government usurped the legislature’s constitutional power to set the rules of the election.

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

Rand Paul Highlights Vote Fraud, Predicts Big Tech Will Censor Him; Big Tech Censors Him

Senator Rand Paul found himself on the end of a dreaded Twitter red label Sunday after he highlighted evidence of voter fraud in multiple states where President Trump “lost”.

Paul pointed to reported “data dumps” that were carried out in the dead of the night and early hours of the morning in four states, linking to a an article titled “Anomalies in Vote Counts and Their Effects on Election 2020.”

The Senator predicted that Twitter would censor his post, which it did soon after he posted it.

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

Those Who Follow Unlawful Orders

For years now, I have listened to “patriots” discuss whether or not the U.S. Military will “follow unlawful orders” when push comes to shove in the ongoing global effort to overthrow the USA via enemies inside the gate and in control of the U.S. Government. At no time in history, has this question been more important than at this moment, as global Marxists attempt to overthrow the USA via the most fraudulent election in U.S. history.

But the answer to this question may be more obvious than most realize.

As the question pertains to the Military, they have been following unlawful orders for years. When you have an unlawful Commander-in-Chief, every order is unlawful. When Military Command is controlled by “deep state” actors involved in the overthrow of the USA, every order is unlawful.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Video: CNN Cancels Christmas; “We Just Can’t Do it This Year”

Not content with metaphorically canceling Christmas in recent years in an attempt to be ‘woke’, CNN wants to literally cancel the holiday this year, declaring “we just can’t do it” because of COVID.

CNN Newsroom host Boris Sanchez rolled out “medical analyst” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, setting up the segment by announcing that Reiner had last week called Thanksgiving “the mother of all super spreader events.”

The Grinch then decreed that Americans shouldn’t even be thinking about gathering or traveling for Christmas.

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

Watch Live: Trump Lawyers Address Arizona State Legislature on Election Integrity

The Arizona State Legislature is scheduled to hold an election integrity hearing this morning that will include President Trump’s lawyers Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani.

Notably, officials are expected to certify the state’s election results today and give Arizona’s 11 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

Trump’s legal team dropped its lawsuit in Arizona after it was rendered moot, and a state judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Republican Party seeking an audit of the votes cast on Election Day, according to CNN. The Trump team has since adjusted its tactics, attempting instead to convince state legislatures to select representatives to the Electoral College that would overturn the results of the election and vote for Trump.

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

CBC Journalist Brags About Ratting Out Worshippers at Church

A CBC News journalist posted a video to Twitter bragging about how she ratted out worshippers who attended a church service in British Columbia in violation of COVID rules.

“I counted more than 60 people inside this church in Chilliwack, a bold breach of PHO orders to suspend gatherings due to record high Covid cases,” tweeted Georgina Smyth.

“Another church nearby was visited by RCMP. Unfortunately both religious leaders decline to speak with us on camera.”

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

Centralizing Europe and Abolishing the Veto Are on the EU’s Agenda, Says EU Parliament President Sassoli

President of the European Parliament David Sassoli has presented the vision of the EU leaders concerning the future course of the Union, which foresees further centralization, abolition of the veto right, a central European treasury, and permanent redistribution of debts.

The plans presented by Sassoli runs counter to those governments seeking more sovereignty in the EU but just how far does Sassoli want to go in reshaping Europe?

In an interview published on his website, Sassoli further said that it would be necessary to reform the founding treaties to change the EU’s entire government.

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

European Court of Human Rights Greenlights Portuguese Lawsuit Against 33 Nations for Climate Policy Inaction

A lawsuit brought by six young Portuguese citizens against 33 European countries for their perceived inaction has been validated by the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that such inaction has threatened their well being.

The young climate activists who brought the suit against the 33 nations — including the U.K., France, and Germany — range from just 8 to 21 years old. They allege that a lack of government spending on wide-ranging climate policies has put their futures in jeopardy.

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

France Passes New Law to Ban Discrimination Based on Regional Accents

France, having solved all other major problems in its country, has found an untouched area of people’s free speech for big government to weigh in on: stereotypes against regional accents.

In fact, people who make assumptions based on others’ regional accents are committing a new type of prejudice that the French are calling glottophobie. The Assemblée Nationale “has adopted legislation making linguistic discrimination an offence along with racism, sexism and other outlawed bigotry,” according to the Guardian.

The legislation was voted in 98 to 3.

Despite the overwhelming vote, it was widely debated in the house.

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

French Protesters Set Fire to Central Bank

One of the recurring questions amid the year’s countless BLM protests and associated riots has been why instead of burning and looting innocent businesses, the angry mob does not target the source of all wealth, income and social inequality — not just in the US but the world — the central bank, i.e. Federal Reserve (located at 2051 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20418 for those unaware).

Yet while US protesters and rioters still need guidance what buildings to burn down, their French peers are finally catching on.

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

French Police Investigate More Students in the Case of Samuel Paty’s Murder

In France, police began an investigation of four more students at the school where Samuel Paty, murdered by an Islamist in October, was a high school teacher. Three of them, aged 13 and 14, are suspected of aiding and abetting a murder with a terrorist background. The fourth minor student is being investigated for suspected false charges, AFP reported.

On Oct. 16, an 18-year-old Chechen, Abdulak Anzorov, murdered Paty in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Anzorov cut off Paty’s head and the police shot him shortly after the crime. The murder of the teacher outraged the French and shocked the world because its motive was revenge, according to the findings so far, for the teacher talking to the students about freedom of speech and showing them caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Police have already started investigating or indicting a total of 14 people in connection with the murder. These include, for example, young people who communicated with the perpetrator on social networks before the murder, or school students who helped Anzorov identify the teacher before the act.

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

From the Taliban to Coronavirus: British Army Anti-Terror Unit Targets Anti-Vaccine Content

A British army “information warfare” unit has been tasked with countering so-called anti-vaccine disinformation as the UK prepares to roll out millions of vaccines.

The Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU) of the army’s 77th Brigade was founded in 2010 as a part of the UK’s efforts to combat radical Islamic propaganda during the war in Afghanistan. The unit specialises in “building an understanding of the physical, virtual and cognitive behaviours of audiences, actors and adversaries.”

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

Germany is Failing to Fulfill Its Leading Role in the EU, Suggests Greece

According to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Germany is failing in its leading role in the European Union, as it refuses to impose an arms embargo on Turkey. The Greeks, as well as the French, believe that the Turks could attack in the Mediterranean, where Turkey is exploring for natural gas deposits.

According to Greece, Turkey’s activity in the area breaks international law. Dendias criticized Germany in an interview with Politico.eu.

“I really fail to understand Germany’s reluctance to use the enormous power of its economy to set a clear example to countries that they must obey international law,” said Dendias.

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

Hungarian Justice Minister Receives the “Guardian of Values — Custos Virtutum” Special Award

The “Guardian of Values — CUSTOS VIRTUTUM” award is a special distinction given out under the patronage of the Do Rzeczy weekly by the Waclaw Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute.

Judit Varga began her acceptance speech by referring to the ongoing difficult times under the coronavirus pandemic and apologized that she could not receive the award personally due to the circumstances.

“I accept this honored award with gratitude and humility. I thank the Institute’s staff for their selfless work dedicated to caring for the traditions of our nations and guarding the spiritual heritage of Waclaw Felczak,” she said.

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

Hungarian PM Orban’s Approval Rate Remains High a Year and a Half Later Before the Next Election

Boosted by his effective handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic repercussions, the approval rate of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban remains at a very high 59 percent one and a half years before the next legislative elections, conservative daily Magyar Nemzet reports.

The result came from the latest, November 24-25 opinion poll conducted by the Nézopont Institute on a representative sample of 1,000 persons.

Data measuring people’s satisfaction in the tenth month of the coronavirus pandemic are outstanding, with year-end measurements over the past decade not showing anything similar. At the end of 2013, some 49 percent were satisfied with the work of the head of Hungary’s government.

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

One Month to Go! Brexit Talks Flounder on Eve of Final British Withdrawal

Brexit negotiators continued talks over the weekend, which were followed by warnings that “we really are running out of time”, as the so-called transition period that keeps Britain tied to EU rules has just one month to run.

Lead figures in the interminable Brexit deal talks have warned the discussions are now in their “last week or so”. While only the latest time this has been claimed, given the now-looming end of the transition period, the statement is perhaps finally correct.

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

Polish Archbishop: Attacks Against John Paul II Are About Marxists Fighting for Creation of a “New Man”

The recent pro-abortion protests throughout Poland have been accompanied by attacks on religious symbols and against Saint John Paul II.

“Rebellion and hatred toward God and everything that is divine in humanity are the focus in the attacks against the pope. According to the newest reports of “Aid to the Church in Need” Foundation, Christianity is currently the most oppressed group with religious identification in the world,” Archbishop Henryk Hoser said.

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

Reports: Portuguese Government Supported Poland’s and Hungary’s Rights on Rule of Law Mechanism

Referring to an interview with current MEP and former FM Witold Waszczkowski, Portuguese paper Publico stated that the Portuguese government supported Poland’s and Hungary’s arguments at the recent Council of the European Union to not associate the EU budget with a rule of law mechanism.

Although Portuguese diplomats do not want to officially confirm the information, other sources, including ones in Poland, prove that Portugal has opposed the proposed mechanism.

Waszczykowski told Publico that “Portugal played on our side […] in this ideological war.”

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

Students at UK University Demand the Word “Black” Be Banned From Lectures & Textbooks

Students at Manchester University have demanded that the word “black” when used as a negative expression such as the word “blackmail” should be banned because it is “divisive.”

Yes, really.

The complaint was prompted by a university study surround issues affecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and faculty.

Citing concerns of black people, the report noted that there were “linguistic concerns about Black being associated with negative expressions” such as “blackmail” and “black sheep.”

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

Sweden’s Blindness Encourages Gangs

Five years ago, Sweden welcomed a massive wave of migrants with literally open arms and was one of the countries that received the highest number of them. Fast-forward to 2019, and the country recorded 257 bomb attacks and more than 300 shootings in once peaceful Swedish cities, backed by criminal clans from the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans.

This November, joggers Magdalena and Sven stumbled upon a horrific scene during their morning run. In a once safe forest on the outskirts of Gothenburg, they found a young man dead from three gunshots to his back.

The detectives who arrived at the scene knew immediately that the drug dealer originally from Iraq had been executed — either by a rival gang or for disobedience. Fortunately, the shooting did not endanger anyone else, stated one of the homicide detectives, praising the “thoughtfulness” of the criminal clan.

The situation in Sweden has gotten so out of hand that in August this year, Ali Khan’s family, one of the gangs in northeastern Gothenburg notorious for their brutality, placed roadblocks on the streets. They wanted to shine a light on the mobsters they compete with, literally. Shamelessly, the gangsters stopped all cars and shined flashlights in the drivers’ faces.

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

The New Party of Former Slovakian PM Wins in Public Poll

Although the new Voice — Social Democracy (HLAS-Socialna Demokracia) party, headed by Slovak former Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, was founded only in September, it has already come first in the October popularity poll, beating the ruling OLaNO of PM Igor Matovic.

“The atmosphere in society is tense. The government’s decisions are often chaotic, amateurish, and lack experience. Therefore, one of the priorities of the Voice — Social Democracy party must be an emphasis on professionalism and expertise,” former Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini told reporters after the Voice — SD assembly, at which delegates officially elected him to head the party.

Pellegrini also announced that Voice — SD wants to support the initiative for a referendum on early elections. At the press conference, Pellegrini raised the idea that if Slovaks were to undergo blanket COVID-19 testing again, they could use such an opportunity to express their opinion.

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

UK Govt to Roll Out ‘Vaccine Stamps’ In Passports by Next Year: Report

The British government is reportedly set to introduce vaccine stamps in passports by next year for those who have been inoculated against the Chinese coronavirus, ostensibly to boost the travel industry.

The vaccine stamps are being worked on by the Department for Transport (DfT), as airline bosses throughout the world look to make such restrictions mandatory for travelling.

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

UK Moves Up Ban on Huawei Equipment Installations to Next Year

LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company.

The deadline is part of a roadmap the British government is laying down to remove “high risk” equipment suppliers with draft legislation that aims to tighten telecommunications security requirements.

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

UK: BBC Studios Imposes 20 Percent Diversity Quota on All New Productions

BBC Studios, the largest producer of content in Great Britain, is imposing a 20 percent diversity quota on all new productions in an apparent effort to boost the visibility of ethnic minorities, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities.

The studio announced the quotas on Monday, saying in a press release that the new “inclusion rider” is effective immediately and will apply to on-screen talent and well as behind-the-scenes staff on all new BBC and third-party U.K. commissions. The rider targets so-called “BAME” individuals — black, Asian, minority ethnic people, as well as the disabled and low-income individuals.

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UK: Facebook Deleted Account of Grieving Mother, Denying Her Access to Photos of Her Late Son

Facebook has deleted the account of a mother, causing her to lose videos and photos of her son who died seven years ago.

Facebook said that she breached community standards but did not specify the policies she violated.

Nicky Massey, a UK Labour Party councilor from Cambridge, realized she could not log into her Facebook account last Monday. She said, “It said my account had been blocked and I need to find some identification.”

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UK: Minister ‘Can’t Rule Out’ Third Lockdown, Says No Normality Until Summer

A senior minister would not rule out a third lockdown, following government scientists saying that a January 2021 shutdown may be enforced on the nation as payment for having a few days of freedom over Christmas.

Environment Minister George Eustace also said on Monday that the even just the beginning of a return to normality might not happen until the summer — only if a vaccine is approved and made widespread.

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UK: Parents Banned From School Nativity Plays in ‘Tier 3’ Lockdown Areas

English parents will be banned from attending school nativity plays this Christmas in so-called “tier 3” lockdown areas.

England is set to emerge from its second national lockdown on December 2nd, but few people will notice any immediate difference, as it is replaced with a system of tiered regional lockdowns virtually everywhere.

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UK: Tequila Bar Files to Register as Church to Avoid Coronavirus Lockdown Rules

A U.K. tequila bar owner has filed an application to register his business as a church to avoid coronavirus lockdown rules.

In a Facebook post on Friday, James Aspell wrote (language warning) he is changing the name of his Nottingham bar, now called “400 Rabbits Tequila and Mezcal Cocktail Bar,” as “The Church of the 400 Rabbits.”

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Wales Bans Booze in Pubs Under Another Extreme Lockdown

Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford has banned pubs and other hospitality venues from selling alcohol and subjected them to a 6 pm curfew. The Labour politician is also considering travel restrictions in and out of the country.

The lockdown measures are modelled on Scotland’s Tier 3 restrictions, imposed by the country’s leftist Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP). Scotland had first banned the sale of alcohol inside pubs nationwide for two weeks in October.

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Iran Nuclear Scientist Was Shot With Mounted Remote-Controlled Machine Gun

Iranian state media has issued for the first time the stunning details of last Friday’s assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Importantly, Iranian state media is claiming that a machine gun recovered from the site was made in Israel.”The remains of the weapon used in the Friday assassination of senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh show that it was made in Israel, an informed source has told Press TV,” according to the state-run English language news site.

The killing was done “entirely remotely” with no assassins on the ground and no apparent drone activity, according to Iranian officials. But how?

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Indonesia on Alert After ISIS-Linked Group MIT Beheads Farmer to ‘Sow Terror’

Indonesian security forces on Monday warned of further militant attacks, as they hunted for the remnants of a pro-Islamic State (Isis) group that killed four Christians in Central Sulawesi over the weekend, including one victim who was beheaded in an effort by the group to “sow terror” in society.

The grisly deaths of the Salvation Army members in the western Sigi regency was carried out on Saturday by the East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), a terrorist group based in the mountains of the neighbouring Poso regency.

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‘The Wuhan Files’: CNN Publishes Leaked Report Showing China Downplayed COVID-19 Outbreak

CNN has just published the first of what might be a series of reports on a cache of new documents purporting to prove that the information disseminated by Chinese government officials was markedly different from the numbers, assessments and projections being shared with top-level officials. While that doesn’t prove China lied to the public, it’s definitely not a good look (not that any rational person takes China’s COVID numbers at face value).

Reports dating from early February show that the number of cases reported in the province was at times 3x larger than what the public was being told.

A whistleblower who worked in the Chinese health care system provided 117 pages of internal documents from Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention to CNN. The report analyzes data collected between Oct. 2019 and April 2020.

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Australia Slams China Over Vile Fake Image of Soldier Holding a Knife to the Throat of an Afghan Child in Shocking Reference to ‘War Crimes’ Report — as Scott Morrison Demands Deletion and Apology

China has attacked Australia over war crimes allegations by posting a falsified image on Twitter showing an Aussie soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child.

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Islamists on Motorcycles Mount ‘Most Violent Attack on Civilians This Year’ In Nigeria

The United Nations has called the horrific terrorist attack in Nigeria over the weekend the “most violent direct” assault on civilians this year.

Farmers that were working their fields in remote villages near Maiduguri, which is the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state — where Islamist militant faction Boko Haram has long been at war with the Nigerian government — when a large group of armed men on motorcycles swept through the area and killed everyone in sight.

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Who Said Diversity and Multiculturalism Are So Wonderful?

Part 1: Enclaves, change of language, drug gangs gaining strangle holds across America.

“The Great Replacement, or genocide by substitution, is such a huge crime that even its victims cannot believe it. They say to themselves: ‘Of course, it looks very much like it, but it’s not possible, it can’t be true, it would be too enormous, things like that do not happen.’“ —Renaud Camus

Fact: by 2042, European-Americans (Caucasians), the dominant ethnic group in America at 90 percent until 1965, will become the new minority in the United States at 49 percent. Latino-Hispanic-Mexicans will become the new majority.

Every country in the world that features different cultures, languages and ethnic groups, faces endless conflict.

Pedro de Alvarado, a legal immigrant from Venezuela, gives America a sobering taste of what we face with mass immigration.

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Norway Criminalizes Hate Speech Against Transgender People… in Private Homes or Conversations

Authored by Jonathan Turley

We have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in Europe. The move to criminalize speech has led to an insatiable appetite for new limitations and broader prosecutions. Norway is an example of this headlong plunge into speech controls and crimes in the West. This week the legislature adopted (without even a vote) a new criminal law that punishes people for saying anything deemed hate speech toward transgender people in their own home or private conversations.

Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Maeland declared victory because speech regulation must be “adapted to the practical situations that arise.” The “practical situation” includes speaking to your own spouse or family.

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Polish UK Midwifery Student Banned for Catholic Pro-Life Activity Wins Apology and Payout

Rynkiewicz, a Polish pro-life midwifery student and Roman Catholic who was banned from her hospital placement, has won an apology and payout from her university.

In 2019, she organized a pro-life stand for new students during a welcome event at her university. The school’s authorities suspended her for her activity during the event and questioned her ability to carry out the duties of a midwife.

In January 2020, Rynkiewicz faced expulsion from her degree program after her professors and lecturers raised concerns as to her fitness to practice.

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Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com Name “Pandemic” The Word of the Year

Both Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com declared that “pandemic” was their Word of the Year, saying it was among their top searches.

Merriam-Webster said there was a spike for searches of the word “pandemic” of 115,806% compared to the same day in 2019 on March 11, the day the World Health Organization officially declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic.

Other top searches included “asymptomatic,” “quarantine,” and “coronavirus.”

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Travel Industry Lobbies for Digital Passport Showing COVID-19 Vaccination Status

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it is nearing the completion of a “digital passport” mobile app that would allow travelers to show their COVID-19 testing and vaccination certificates.

IATA says it has been working with the International Airlines Group and plans to “undertake a trial” to show governments that such a passport can safely allow international travel without quarantine to resume once again.

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19 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/30/2020

  1. 🔺Former President Barack Obama arrested for ESPIONAGE

    conservativebeaver_skphjv Posted onNovember 28, 2020
    Barack Obama, a former President of the US, was arrested on Nov. 28, 2020, on a charge that he conspired with a business partner of his who also was a former CIA officer to communicate classified information up to the Top Secret level to intelligence officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Criminal Complaint containing the charge was unsealed this morning.

    https://www.conservativebeaver.com/2020/11/28/former-president-barack-obama-arrested-for-espionage/

    • Extract from a UK newspaper reader who trusts his feelings. “Totally convinced now that this destruction of civil rights and control of people right down to family level is nothing, absolutely nothing to do with Covid. This is a massive reforming of our western and global society. I am very, very afraid for my family’s future and for what used to be democracy. I predict massive uprising of the people against this repression. The sheep’s clothing has started to slip off and now we see the wolf of authoritarianism and the suffocating grip of purposeful economic destruction bearing down on us. Humanity is in self destruction mode.” Just the sight of Doris Johnson Disturber in Chief and his crew must give so many the creeps – and nightmares.

      • Bozo Bojo hairy and his beer stained shirt is described as follows. The Prime Minister’s sale pitch for his new tier restrictions was about as impressive as a trader flogging knock-off aftershaves along the Old Kent Road. Here was one frazzled hombre. Limp. Stodgier than a soggy oatcake. A washed-up actor phoning it in while the supporting company gave it their all.

  2. The post is not on the topic of your group, but it will interest you.

    Jehovah’s Witness Detained in Moscow Declares Severe Beating of Him by Security Forces

    https://credo.press/234374/

    This is an interesting resource. I recommend that you read other articles. Including those where it is written how the representatives of the ROC are engaged in denunciations against other Christian confessions. By the way, do you know that the Russian Orthodox Church supports the side of Azerbaijan, not Armenia, in the Karabakh conflict?

    Since I am not a religious person, I dispassionately observe the processes taking place in the religious sphere.

    Recently, a Pentecostal pastor was tried – he was accused of extremism … for humiliating Muslims.

  3. Archpriest of the Baku Diocese of the ROC-MP denied the Armenians of Karabakh the right to “be called people” – for “destruction of mosques”

    “We have been waiting for this day, when our lands will be liberated. We are very happy. I thank the President of Azerbaijan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, victorious. President Ilham Aliyev fulfilled the will of his father Heydar Aliyev, liberated the occupied lands,” Archpriest told AZERTAC on November 29 Cathedral of the ROC MP in Baku, Archpriest Sergei Fershtant.
    According to the agency, the archpriest visited the city of Agdam “liberated from the Armenian occupation” together with representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan, including the heads of the representations of international organizations.

    The archpriest noted that “Armenian vandals” destroyed and desecrated mosques in the occupied cities of Azerbaijan: “If a person destroys holy places, he cannot be called a person. This person does not believe in either God or the devil. It just destroys. He does not understand that God will punish him tomorrow for this. ”

    This is not the first statement by the representatives of the ROC-MP in the spirit of Azerbaijani government propaganda. Since the diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate exists only in Azerbaijan, and in Armenia there is no such diocese, statements of this kind in support of Armenia are not made by the clerics of the Moscow Patriarchate.

    https://credo.press/234347/

      • The only reason the bobbies dont carry weapons is they are terrified of being called “RACIST” in case they have to use it on a certain demographic. Hence why no one respects them and they dont bother enforcing the law anymore. (unless its a granny on her porch during lockdown of course)

        • Huh? They never have, since before racism was an issue.

          In London, there are armed response units, and the Diplomatic Protecton Group (with the red cars) are always armed.

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