Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/24/2020

A large number of maskless demonstrators gathered in a veterans’ memorial park in the Bay Area of California to sing Christmas carols and protest Governor Gavin Newsom’s strict COVID lockdown orders. Meanwhile, German police reported 297 incidents of politically-motivated crime connected with the Wuhan Coronavirus.

In other news, police in the Bosnian town of Bihac blame the residents of an asylum center for setting a fire that destroyed the facility and displaced 1,200 migrants.

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Financial Crisis
» Jobless Claims Top 800,000 for Third Straight Week
 
USA
» “Jab & Go!” Airline Pushes Vaccine Gimmick to Promote Summer Flights
» A Judge in Virginia Ruled That a Black Defendant Wouldnt Have a Fair Trial Unless Portraits of White Judges Were Removed From the Courtroom
» Biden CIA Appointee Worked With CCP Propaganda Org Conducting ‘Undercover Intel Ops’, Appears on China State Media
» CNN: Amend Constitution to Prevent Trump or Anyone Like Him Having Power Again
» DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Proclaims Christmas Eve as “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day” In Washington DC
» Democrats, Several Republicans, China and Other Foreign Entities Are Planning to Run Out the Clock to Steal the Election — We Won’t Let Them
» Destination: Socialism
» Effort to Recall California Governor Newsom Reaches 870,000 Signatures
» Journalist Among Group Charged Over BLM-Inspired Firebombing Attacks in Arkansas
» Kirk Cameron Hosts Second Maskless Christmas Caroling Protest Against California Lockdowns
» NYC Residents Can’t Get Gun Permits Due to George Floyd Protests: Source
» Pence Plans to Oversee January 6 Electoral College Vote, Then Leave America for Israel
» Robert Kennedy Jr. Again Warns of the Authoritarian Surveillance State and Coup to Overcome World Democracies
» Rudy Giuliani: Voting Machines Were “Programmed to Give Biden Somewhere Between 2% and 5% Advantage” (Audio)
» Sidney Powell Says White House Officials Have Blocked Her From Speaking to President Trump
» The Devil is in the Procedures
» The Gauntlet is Thrown Down. Oathkeepers to President: “Invoke the Insurrection Act or We Will Fight a
» Trump Pardons Another 26, Including Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner, And Roger Stone
» ‘Unconstitutional and Illegal’: Dozens of Maskless Bay Area Christmas Carolers Protest Health Order
» Watch: We Support Karl Marx Not Biden, Say Armed Michigan Protesters
» Website Invites Parents to Track ‘Woke’ Curriculum in Schools
» ‘When the Gretch Stole Christmas’: Trump Supporters at Michigan State Capitol Protest Gov. Whitmer’s Lockdown
» Why Democrats Should Read the Navarro Report
» Wisconsin GOP Lawmakers Join Federal Lawsuit to Overturn Fraudulent Elections in Swing States WI, PA, GA, MI, And AZ
» Woman Arrested for Sending Threats to Wayne County Republican Who Refused to Certify Vote; Threats Included Pics of Mutilated Bodies
» ‘Xie, Ze, Yoself’: Georgia State U Offers Absurd Ten Pronoun Options for Women’s Classes
 
Canada
» Ontario Pastor Charged $100,000 and May Face Jailtime for Holding Worship Service
 
Europe and the EU
» Brexit Deal Signed: EU Boasts of a ‘Good Deal’ In Their Interest
» France Forced to Postpone ‘Health Dictatorship’ Vaccine Legislation
» German Police Record Nearly 300 Politically Motivated Violent Incidents Related to Coronavirus
» Is This the Actual Nail Used in Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion? Czech Archaeologists Tout Major Discovery
» UK: Charles ‘Considered Joining Extinction Rebellion’ After Non-Violent Blockade Outside Home
» UK: Football Club Demands Fans Who Booed BLM Undergo Re-Education Courses Before Being Allowed Back
» UK: Farage: Deal Might Not be Perfect, But We’ve Made the Break, The Brexit Wars Are Over
» UK: London Tier 4: Woman, 20, Faces £10K Fine After Hosting Illegal Party in Greenwich
» UK: Party Planners ‘To Charge for Illegal Raves’ During the Festive Season to Pay for COVID Fines
» With Europe’s Borders Closed to Britain, Thousands of Trucks That Cannot Enter France Are Backlogged in UK
 
Middle East
» Jihad at Christmas: “Coldly Kill Them With Hate and Rage”
 
South Asia
» Singapore: Airline Officially Launches COVID Passport Ahead of “Global Deployment”
 
Australia — Pacific
» Daughter of Billionaire Chinese Property Mogul With Strong Communist Party Links Snaps Up a $10 Million Luxury Apartment With Sydney Harbour Views
 
Immigration
» Police Blame Residents for Fire at Bosnia Migrant Centre
» Spain Rescues 49 Migrants Near Gran Canaria
 
Culture Wars
» Polish Professor Warns That God is Being Removed From Christmas, Even in Poland
» YouTube Hints Its Next “Misinformation” Crackdown Will Curb Videos That Get Referral Traffic From Other Sites
 

Jobless Claims Top 800,000 for Third Straight Week

New weekly jobless claims fell by 89,000 to 803,000 in the week that ended December 19, the Department of Labor said Wednesday.

The prior week’s initial claims number was revised up to 892,000 from the initial estimate of 885,000.

Economists had forecast a decline in claims to 875,000, according to Econoday.

Jobless claims can be volatile week to week so many economists prefer to look at the four-week average. This rose to 818,250, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised level.

Jobless claims—which are a proxy for layoffs—remain at extremely high levels. Prior to the pandemic, the highest level of claims was 695,000 hit in October of 1982. In March of 2009, at the depths of the financial crisis recession, jobless claims peaked at 665,000.

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

“Jab & Go!” Airline Pushes Vaccine Gimmick to Promote Summer Flights

Budget airline Ryanair is promoting the sale of summer flights with a “Jab & Go!” advertising gimmick despite having previously stated that it wouldn’t require passengers to take a COVID vaccine before they fly.

Ryanair’s website features a banner with the words ‘BOOK SUMMER — VACCINES ARE COMING’ alongside a generic image of a needle next to the words “Jab & Go!”

The ad looks like it is promoting some kind of package deal where people can arrange their vaccination at the same time they book their flight, but the whole thing is just a gimmick — Ryanair’s isn’t in the business of arranging vaccinations.

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

A Judge in Virginia Ruled That a Black Defendant Wouldnt Have a Fair Trial Unless Portraits of White Judges Were Removed From the Courtroom

This is so dumb. A judge in Virginia ruled that a black defendant wouldn’t have a fair trial unless all portraits of white judges are removed from the courtroom.

Everything is racist. Apparently, even the mere presence of portraits of judges in a courtroom can lead to “inequity.”

At least that’s the conclusion of Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge David Bernhard who, according to The Seattle Times, wrote in an opinion that the presence of portraits of former judges in the Fairfax Circuit Court could create bias judges and juries. Why? Because everyone is a racist, of course! And he is refusing to allow the portraits to be displayed during any trial he presides over.

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

Biden CIA Appointee Worked With CCP Propaganda Org Conducting ‘Undercover Intel Ops’, Appears on China State Media

Michael O’Hanlon — an appointee to the Central Intelligence Agency External Advisory Board under the Obama-Biden administration — visited a Chinese Communist Party-run think tank identified by the U.S. government as conducting “undercover intelligence gathering” operations and seeking to coerce foreign actors into backing the Chinese Communist Party’s “preferred policies.”

Also the Director of the Brooking Institute’s Foreign Policy Research Team and adjunct professor at Georgetown and Columbia Universities, O’Hanlon visited the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC) on August 23rd, 2012 — the same year his Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) External Advisory Board stint ended.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CNN: Amend Constitution to Prevent Trump or Anyone Like Him Having Power Again

CNN’s Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo and guest Anthony Scaramucci suggested Wednesday that the US Constitution should be amended to ensure Donald Trump (or anyone else like him) can never become President and wield the power of the executive again.

Assuming that Biden will be sworn in as the next President, Cuomo shit-chatted his way through an interview with former Trump insider turned hater Scaramucci.

“We’re gonna need something to check his power or to check a president like him, god forbid we get another disaster like this,” Scaramucci declared at one point in the conversation.

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

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Proclaims Christmas Eve as “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day” In Washington DC

Far left DC Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed Thursday, December 24, 2020 (Christmas Eve) as “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day” in Washington DC.

President Trump earlier this month signed an executive order and officially made Christmas Eve a federal holiday so people could enjoy more time with their families and celebrate the birth of Christ.

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

Democrats, Several Republicans, China and Other Foreign Entities Are Planning to Run Out the Clock to Steal the Election — We Won’t Let Them

President Trump won the 2020 election with more votes than any candidate ever. He crushed the old record set by Barack Obama in 2008 of 69 million votes. President Trump became the first candidate in US history to surpass 70 million votes. His rallies and unscripted boat parades, car parades and more indicated a big win, but his win was extraordinary.

Of course, the President’s opponent was very weak. This is why it is totally ridiculous unreasonable nonsense to even suggest that senile and basement dwelling Joe Biden overcame this record and won the 2020 election. This was a steal. It was the biggest criminal steal in world history and it must not be allowed.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Destination: Socialism

Evolutionary socialism is the type of socialist movement that has become most prevalent in the United States. This means that its signs must be sought in policies regarding compulsory wealth redistribution. As a proxy for wealth redistribution, we can consider the indicator of welfare spending. What is the position of the GOP on the issue of wealth redistribution? The GOP platform does not explicitly address it. Instead, there are vague statements about simplifying the tax code and boosting economic growth, along with promises not to divide the American people into winners and losers. This silence is alarming because the Republicans either don’t understand the implications of compulsory wealth redistribution or tacitly agree with the Democrats’ agenda.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Effort to Recall California Governor Newsom Reaches 870,000 Signatures

Mike Netter, an organizer of the RecallGavin2020.com recall petition, says the campaign has now reached 870,000 signatures.

They need a total of 1,500,000 signatures to trigger a recall election of Gavin Newsom.

The deadline is March 10, 2021.

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

Journalist Among Group Charged Over BLM-Inspired Firebombing Attacks in Arkansas

Four suspects, including a journalist, from Little Rock, Ark. with extreme far-left ties were taken into custody and charged by federal authorities last week in connection to coordinated firebombings of police cruisers over the summer.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced that Brittany Dawn Jeffrey, 31, Renea Baek Goddard, 22, Aline Espinosa-Villegas, 24, and Emily Nowlin, 27, were arrested following a months-long ATF investigation.

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

Kirk Cameron Hosts Second Maskless Christmas Caroling Protest Against California Lockdowns

Christian apologist and former child actor Kirk Cameron hosted a second Christmas caroling protest of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lockdown orders in California.

The “Growing Pains” star hosted about 100 supporters who sang maskless outside The Oaks shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, California. The event was not sanctioned by The Oaks mall, which issued a statement condemning the gathering.

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

NYC Residents Can’t Get Gun Permits Due to George Floyd Protests: Source

The NYPD hasn’t processed thousands of applications for gun permits partly because cops tasked with the job were reassigned amid the protests, riots and looting that helped spur the deluge, The Post has learned.

Meanwhile, a leading gun-rights group on Thursday called the inaction by the department’s License Division “very suspicious.”

The Post exclusively revealed Wednesday that while 8,088 applications for gun permits had been filed since March 22 — when COVID-19 restrictions went into effect — only 1,087 were granted, a rate of around 14 percent.

During the same time period last year, the NYPD approved 1,778 of 2,562 applications, a rate of nearly 70 percent.

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

Pence Plans to Oversee January 6 Electoral College Vote, Then Leave America for Israel

Is Pence planning on avoiding any fallout?

Vice President Mike Pence plans to oversee the Electoral College vote on January 6th, and then leave the country for a trip to Israel, Bahrain, and Poland.

Politico reported last week that Vice President Pence is tentatively planning a trip to the countries of Israel, Bahrain, and Poland, and will be leaving the country directly after he takes charge of counting the Electoral College votes in Congress on January 6th. One Pence ally told Politico that the timing of the trip is “anything but coincidental.”

“On the surface, the trip is part of a push to underscore the Trump administration’s role in brokering a series of diplomatic agreements to normalize relations between Israel and a handful of Arab countries, including Bahrain,” Politico notes. “[But the Israel trip also] allows Pence… to put distance between himself and Trump’s complaints about the election outcome that are likely to intensify after Congress affirms Biden’s win.”

[Comment: Sounds like is Pence going to betray Trump.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Robert Kennedy Jr. Again Warns of the Authoritarian Surveillance State and Coup to Overcome World Democracies

Robert Kennedy, Jr. sees what many of Americans see. The Big Corporations and Elites want to take over the world and our individual freedoms.

Robert Kennedy, Jr., son of the former Attorney General for his brother John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy Sr, has warned about Big Pharma and Big Tech joining forces before. He’s warned about Bill Gates’ bio security agenda, the rise of the authoritarian surveillance state and the Big Pharma sponsored coup d’etat against liberal democracy in a protest in Germany this past August.

Robert Kennedy Jr. warns again of the Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Media agenda that will enslave the human race if brought to fruition.

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

Rudy Giuliani: Voting Machines Were “Programmed to Give Biden Somewhere Between 2% and 5% Advantage” (Audio)

Trump Attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Bernie and Sid on WABC to update the audience on the election lawsuits.

Rudy told the WABC audience, “We believe from what we saw in Michigan that the machines have an inaccurate vote—that they’re programmed to give Biden somewhere between a 2% and 5% advantage.”

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

Sidney Powell Says White House Officials Have Blocked Her From Speaking to President Trump

She says the president’s ‘own people are misleading and undermining him’

Attorney Sidney Powell says White House officials have barred her from speaking to President Donald Trump, claiming the president’s “own people are misleading and undermining him.”

What are the details? Powell told The Washington Examiner that her access to Trump has been cut off since Friday, when the president reportedly floated the idea of appointing her to serve as a special counsel to investigate voter fraud — which was an idea shot down by some of his advisers.

“I haven’t met or spoken with the President since Friday night,” Powell told the Examiner. “The President knows this election was stolen but he is not getting the support he, the Constitution, and the Republic deserve. His own people are misleading and undermining him while protecting their own careers and agendas.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Devil is in the Procedures

This has been a well-planned and carefully played game of procedure to run the clock out on the presidential election…

There is only one way for the President of the United States to step outside of the procedural game, and that is calling on his military which still supports him to help run a new election that is free from the corruption that was rampantly displayed in the November 3 election. The process is still unfolding. Congress will count the votes on January 6, 2021, and Congress has the ability to void, or nullify the votes that have been certified fraudulently. I still hope for this remedy to our current situation. Although I am doubtful of it happening. Since many of our representatives and senators are also professional players on the CCP team. They will be playing their procedural game trying to run down the clock the whole time. Americans need to know what is going on. We won’t be informed by the news media. Since they are also on the side of the CCP. Our only hope in getting the word out on what really happens is by each one of us telling others what is going on, and what to expect on the 6th of January.

If there is a declaration of some sort that nullifies the previous election and calls for a supervised, controlled and fair election to replace it. We need to support that as a people. It may be extra procedural, but all of the procedures have been purchased, and sold to one buyer. There is no other way for a fair election to determine who will be the President of the United States for the next four years.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Gauntlet is Thrown Down. Oathkeepers to President: “Invoke the Insurrection Act or We Will Fight a

Bloody and Desperate Revolution to Throw-off Biden/Chi-Com Puppet Regime”

The Oathkeepers have laid out the situation within the United States succinctly, and clearly the Gauntlet has been thrown down.

From the Oathkeepeers web site:

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.” — General George Washington, Address to the Continental Army Before the Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776

President Trump,

We now face a moment of peril as great, or greater, as what General Washington and his men faced in 1776. The very survival of our nation as a free Constitutional Republic hangs in the balance. We have but one last chance to save it. The fate of unborn millions will now depend on your conduct, the conduct of the current members of our armed forces, and the conduct of we the many millions of American veterans and patriots who are still loyal to our Constitution.

When you were sworn in, you took the following oath, as mandated by Article II of the Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

It’s time to honor that oath by defending the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

This is your moment of destiny. Will you take your place in history as the savior of our Republic, right up there with President Washington and Lincoln? Or will you fail to act, while you still can, and leave office on January 20, 2021, leaving We the People to fight a desperate revolution/civil war against an illegitimate usurper and his Chicom puppet regime?

Here are the facts:…

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Pardons Another 26, Including Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner, And Roger Stone

A second wave of presidential pardons from President Trump came on Wednesday night. The president issued 26 different pardons, most notably to his 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort, Republican political operative Roger Stone, and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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

‘Unconstitutional and Illegal’: Dozens of Maskless Bay Area Christmas Carolers Protest Health Order

A group of Christmas carolers in Napa decided to go rogue on Wednesday evening, using the holiday tradition as a form of protest against California’s current stay-at-home order.

KTVU reports dozens of maskless North Bay residents gathered in front of the illuminated tree at Veterans Memorial Park to sing “Silent Night” and other festive songs as they passed out flyers urging the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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

Watch: We Support Karl Marx Not Biden, Say Armed Michigan Protesters

An armed group of protesters carrying Antifa and Black Lives Matter gear denied supporting President-Elect Joe Biden. Instead, the Lansing, Michigan, protesters said they support Karl Marx.

Video tweeted by independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager shows a group of protesters, some of whom were armed with rifles, facing off against Trump supporters who gathered for a Christmas celebration. When asked why they support Joe Biden, one responded “I don’t support Joe Biden.”

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

Website Invites Parents to Track ‘Woke’ Curriculum in Schools

A new website is tracking woke curriculum and liberal indoctrination in schools and invites parents to submit examples from their children’s schools.

The website, titled “What Are They Learning?,” describes itself as a “crowd-sourced site created by Luke Rosiak, an investigative journalist and data analyst in the Washington, D.C. area who has written about the impact of ‘Equity’ on schools across the country.”

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

‘When the Gretch Stole Christmas’: Trump Supporters at Michigan State Capitol Protest Gov. Whitmer’s Lockdown

In defiance of Demmocratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s statewide lockdown, a crowd of Trump supporters in Michigan gathered along Capitol Avenue for Wednesday night’s Christmas Extravaganza parade organized to take back the holiday season.

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

Why Democrats Should Read the Navarro Report

As former U.S. Senate Patrick Moynihan used to say before the era of Big Tech, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own set of facts.

The report White House advisor Peter Navarro recently compiled as a private citizen should be required reading for Democrats who insist there is “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud. The Big Tech bosses who plaster disclaimers over the president’s tweets should read it, too.

Navarro looks at the six swing states whose results the Trump campaign has been contesting, and lays out a grid of election irregularities that swung all of those states to the Biden-Harris ticket in the days following the November 3rd election. “These six dimensions include outright voter fraud, ballot mishandling, contestable process fouls, Equal Protection Clause violations, voting machine irregularities, and significant statistical anomalies,” he writes.

He doesn’t engage in conspiracy theories, or impute malign intent or foreign domination of voting machine companies. While those may be true, it will take a criminal investigation that could last years to prove them.

In the real world, you don’t often get to see the man behind the curtain, the Wizard of Oz of election fraud and voting machine manipulation. It’s only in fiction that the mastermind has a name, a face, and a plot that rivets you to your chair.

But what thrills in fiction becomes horror in the real world. Half of the country is still reeling in shock as they watch the Democrat National Committee and their communications directorate in the national media continue to gaslight us.

We can’t believe this is actually happening. We can’t believe that in the real world — not some thriller — our democracy can be stolen right in front of our eyes.

For the nature of the evidence Navarro sets out — the evidence the Democrats and the media screams doesn’t exist — is glaringly obvious. As my father used to say, if it had been a bear it would have bitten you.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Wisconsin GOP Lawmakers Join Federal Lawsuit to Overturn Fraudulent Elections in Swing States WI, PA, GA, MI, And AZ

Wisconsin lawmakers signed onto a federal lawsuit to overturn the fraudulent elections in several swing states.

Democrats shut down counting in these states on election night, dumped in tens of thousands of suspect ballots and stole several states that President Trump won.

Never in US history has there been as much fraud in one presidential election.

Two Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin have signed onto the latest federal lawsuit seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victories in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Arizona.

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

Woman Arrested for Sending Threats to Wayne County Republican Who Refused to Certify Vote; Threats Included Pics of Mutilated Bodies

A woman in New Hampshire has been arrested on federal charges after communicating a series of threats to Monica Palmer, chair of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, because Palmer had refused to certify the election for Biden in the wake of numerous accusations and proof of voter fraud. Threats included pictures of naked, mutilated bodies and pictures of Palmer’s own daughter.

The suspect, Katelyn Jones, apparently lives in Michigan, but was on vacation in Epping, NH when she was brought into custody. Her mugshot does not appear to be publicly available.

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

‘Xie, Ze, Yoself’: Georgia State U Offers Absurd Ten Pronoun Options for Women’s Classes

Georgia State University published an online sign-up for a women’s business program that listed ten pronoun options.

The university’s J. Mack School of Business hosts a program called WomenLead, which “equips female students to excel in school, enter the workforce with developed skills and find their place in leadership positions.”

Although the program is specifically geared toward women, the program offered ten different choices for preferred pronouns on a registration form.

Among the options were “ey,” “xie,” “hir,” “vis,” and “eirs.”

“Yoself” was also listed as an option alongside “yo” and “yos.”

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

Ontario Pastor Charged $100,000 and May Face Jailtime for Holding Worship Service

The Harvest Bible Church in Windsor, Ontario released a press statement on Thursday claiming that the church’s lead pastor, Dr. Aaron Rock, has been fined up to $100,000 and could face a year in prison for holding church services.

“Police also informed us that they will bar our congregation from entering the church on Christmas Eve, contrary to Section 176 of the Criminal Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We are deeply grieved by these unlawful and immoral acts, having already been banned from meeting on Good Friday and Easter Sunday,” a statement from the church reads.

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

Brexit Deal Signed: EU Boasts of a ‘Good Deal’ In Their Interest

The Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union concluded on Thursday, Christmas Eve, with the EU’s Ursula von der Leyen calling a press conference and boasting the EU got a “good deal” out of the years of negotiations.

Speaking from Downing Street on Christmas Eve, Prime Minister Johnson announced the agreement of what he terms a “comprehensive, Canada-style free-trade deal” — an agreement that Mr Johnson has been seeking since the beginning of negotiations, which the European Union had said was impossible to strike.

“I’m very pleased to tell you that we have completed the biggest trade deal yet, worth £660 billion a year,” he said, continuing that the deal would protect British jobs by allowing “UK goods to be sold without tariffs and without quotas in the EU market, which will if anything allow our companies to do even more business with our European friends.”

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

France Forced to Postpone ‘Health Dictatorship’ Vaccine Legislation

A radical bill proposed by the French Government that would see unvaccinated people refused basic services such as public transport has been put on ice after a massive backlash.

The proposed law mandates that citizens have proof of a negative COVID test or “preventative treatment, including the administration of a vaccine” in order to “access transport or to some locations, as well as certain activities.”

However, the government has been forced to delay the legislation after angry protests.

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

German Police Record Nearly 300 Politically Motivated Violent Incidents Related to Coronavirus

Since March, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has reported 297 politically motivated crimes relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

The vast majority of the incidents, 160, were committed by far-left extremists, while 48 were related to the far-right. Eighty-nine offences, meanwhile, were not attributed to either category.

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

Is This the Actual Nail Used in Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion? Czech Archaeologists Tout Major Discovery

In the Milevsko Monastery, archaeologists say they have discovered a box with a cut-off part of a nail, which most likely comes from the so-called True Cross, upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. It is considered one of the rarest Christian relics.

Archaeologists found the six-inch-long piece of nail in a secret cavity in the vault of the historic monastery.

“From a historical point of view, from a symbolic point of view, this is even better than the Reliquary of St. Maurus, which is more than a meter tall and beautifully decorated chest. The nail was stored and lined with real gold. And for the medieval society, it was worth two monasteries,” said archaeologist Jiri Sindelar, who is a member of the group that found the nail.

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

UK: Charles ‘Considered Joining Extinction Rebellion’ After Non-Violent Blockade Outside Home

PRINCE CHARLES reportedly once considered “joining Extinction Rebellion” after the activists campaigned outside one of his royal estates, according to the protester organisation.

The Prince of Wales has been renowned for championing green causes since the Eighties, long before environmentalism and action on climate change had become mainstream. He is now a respected figure within the conservation movement, and practises what he preaches, too. Charles featured in British Vogue this month to discuss his lifelong commitment to sustainable fashion and encouraged the public to move away from fast fashion.

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

UK: Football Club Demands Fans Who Booed BLM Undergo Re-Education Courses Before Being Allowed Back

Cambridge United football club is demanding fans who booed players taking a knee for Black Lives Matter undergo re-education lessons or face a stadium ban.

Yes, really.

After a handful of fans voiced their displeasure before a December 15 game against Colchester, the club reacted by launching an investigation.

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

UK: Farage: Deal Might Not be Perfect, But We’ve Made the Break, The Brexit Wars Are Over

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has advised exercising caution after the announcement that Boris Johnson and the EU had made an 11th-hour post-Brexit trade deal, until the details of the agreement are revealed, but said that today was nevertheless significant, and a “tribute to the ordinary men and women who stood up against the Westminster establishment — and won”.

Speaking to Sky News on Christmas Eve, Mr Farage expressed his concern that when the details of the deal are released, it could reveal that the UK remains close to EU regulations, bound to alignment with the bloc and prevented from becoming a competitive trading nation on the world’s stage.

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

UK: London Tier 4: Woman, 20, Faces £10K Fine After Hosting Illegal Party in Greenwich

A young woman who was caught hosting an illegal party in Greenwich has been told she faces a £10k fine.

Police were called to Bessemer Place at 3.20am today (Thursday, December 24) following reports of a disturbance at a residential property.

On arrival, officers came across “a large group of people leaving the address”.

It soon became clear an illegal gathering had been held and the crowds were dispersed.

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

UK: Party Planners ‘To Charge for Illegal Raves’ During the Festive Season to Pay for COVID Fines

Party promoters will increase ticket prices for illegal raves to cover Covid fines as “socially starved” revellers wave goodbye to 2020, i has learnt.

In some cases, shrewd organisers will add a £10 levy on entrance fees to unregulated parties in private residences and warehouses abandoned by pandemic-hit businesses.

Police have the power to issue fines of up to £10,000 to anyone caught organising gatherings of more than 30 people.

But as many as 5,000 illegal parties could take place over New Year’s Eve weekend, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), the trade body representing 1,400 businesses including pubs, bars, nightclubs, and entertainment venues.

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With Europe’s Borders Closed to Britain, Thousands of Trucks That Cannot Enter France Are Backlogged in UK

After a new strain of COVID-19 was identified in England, the nation is closed off from the rest of Europe and thousands of truckers are stranded in southern England.

There are nearly 3,000 trucks waiting in the county of Kent, unable to return to France as the two nations engage in talks about the situation. Law enforcement near Dover, an English port, have recommended some truckers get tested for the virus locally, in case the countries soon reach a deal that would allow the truckers to leave.

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Jihad at Christmas: “Coldly Kill Them With Hate and Rage”

This month, Islamic State terrorists released a “religious” song for Christmas, “Coldly Kill Them With Hate and Rage”. Taking the form of Islamic religious chant, the song, according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute, exhorts jihadists everywhere to murder non-Muslims, “pagans, atheists and polytheists”, from “West Africa all the way to east Asia… through air, land and sea”. Published on Telegram, the post includes the hashtag #MerryChristmas and a photograph of a Christmas tree with dynamite attached.

Christmas is an attractive time for jihadists for three unattractive reasons. First and foremost, they are fighting a religious war and by far their numerically greatest enemies are Christians whose most prominent festival is Christmas. Second, large crowds joining festive events and filling shopping centres present a target-rich environment. Third, publicity: mass murder at this time of year guarantees additional outrage among Western countries and Christian communities everywhere. The Islamic State song enjoins its followers to “make their media cry and broadcast”. The propaganda value is particularly powerful for jihadists intent on recruiting and motivating fighters and funders for their cause and creating division between communities aimed at inciting vengeance attacks against their fellow Muslims.

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Singapore: Airline Officially Launches COVID Passport Ahead of “Global Deployment”

Singapore Airlines has become the first carrier to officially launch a COVID passport, which will display the vaccination status and COVID test results of passengers.

The airline announced that its ‘digital health verification process’ is the first in the world to be modelled on the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Travel Pass framework.

The airline said it had made the move to start trialling the process because it expects such ‘immunity passes’ to become the norm for all airline travel globally.

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Daughter of Billionaire Chinese Property Mogul With Strong Communist Party Links Snaps Up a $10 Million Luxury Apartment With Sydney Harbour Views

Wallis Wu is the new home-owner of the five-storey townhouse that was built in the affluent Sydney suburb of Kirribilli in 1906.

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Police Blame Residents for Fire at Bosnia Migrant Centre

SARAJEVO (Reuters) — A fire at a migrant centre housing about 1,200 people in northwestern Bosnia on Wednesday was probably set by migrants displeased with its temporary closure, police and a United Nations official said.

Police in the town of Bihac said the fire, which destroyed four large tents at the Lipa camp, was extinguished quickly. No casualties were reported.

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Spain Rescues 49 Migrants Near Gran Canaria

Spanish coast guards transported 49 migrants rescued in the Atlantic Ocean to Arguineguin port in the island of Gran Canaria on Wednesday. Red Cross members and health staff were seen taking at least three injured migrants into ambulances.

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Polish Professor Warns That God is Being Removed From Christmas, Even in Poland

Christmas, one of the most important celebrations for Christians, has a very deep religious meaning that is written into Polish national tradition and culture.

In the interview with Catholic Television station Trwan, professor Mieczyslaw Ryba says that the Christmas tree, sharing the communion wafer, mutual kindness, and the midnight Christmas Eve mass are joined into particular traditions and customs which connect humanity and allow the faithful to live their lives through these events in such a deep manner.

However, the professor noted that Christmas is undergoing a secularization of the holiday in Europe and even steadily in Poland.

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YouTube Hints Its Next “Misinformation” Crackdown Will Curb Videos That Get Referral Traffic From Other Sites

Throughout 2020, YouTube has aggressively censored independent creators by implementing far-reaching rules that prohibit content that questions or challenges the mainstream perspective on many newsworthy topics and boosting so-called “authoritative” mainstream media outlets in search and recommendations.

Yet in a recent update, the video-sharing platform hinted that it plans to introduce further restrictions that target videos that have lots of views because of referral traffic from other sites.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/24/2020

  1. News outlets should be audited to determine where funding comes from, as should universities. International students fees should be lower and numbers capped to stop incentive to replace domestic students. University subjects should be audited too and minimum scientific and math knowledge required even for gender studies to show at least a little grasp on reality before they start.

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