Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/12/2021

Two major banks have shut down President Trump’s accounts, and will no longer do business with him. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton referred to Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists”.

In other news, police cracked down on illegal lockdown-violating parties in Los Angeles, London, and The Hague.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Restaurant Industry Cut 372,000 Jobs in December
 
USA
» 182 Arrested During Underground Parties in LA Area, LASD Says
» Airbnb Reviews Reservations Leading Up to Presidential Inauguration
» Apple CEO Tim Cook Says President Trump Should be Held Accountable: “I Don’t Think We Should Let it Go.”
» Biden’s Choice to Lead DOJ’s Civil Rights Division: “Melanin Endows Blacks With Greater Mental, Physical and Spiritual Abilities” (Video)
» CNN Grounds Airport Network After 30 Years, Citing Pandemic and Streaming
» Facebook Sees $34 Billion Erased From Market Cap as Trump-Ban Fallout Continues to Spook Tech Investors
» Facebook Bans Admins of Law Enforcement Today From Posting to Their Page
» FBI Arrest 2 Men Who Carried Plastic Zip-Tie Handcuffs Into Capitol Building
» Florida State Representative Asks Governor Desantis to Divest State Funds From Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter
» Freshman GOP Rep. Who Replaced Justin Amash Already Betraying His Voters, Says He’s ‘Strongly Considering’ Voting for Impeachment
» GoDaddy Drops Internet’s Biggest Gun Community
» Grand Jury Indicts Alabama Man Who Parked Truck Filled With Unlit Molotov Cocktails in Front of U.S. Capitol Building
» Hillary Clinton Labels Trump Supporters “Domestic Terrorists” Who Need to be Tracked and Surveilled Following Chaos at US Capitol
» House Republican Chair Liz Cheney: “There Has Never Been a Greater Betrayal by a President — I Will Vote to Impeach President”
» In Speech at Border Wall Trump Says “Freedom of Speech is Under Assault” And “Impeachment is a Hoax” — Admits Joe Biden is Taking Over (Video)
» Just in: Pence Formally Rejects Pelosi’s Attempt to Invoke 25th Amendment
» L.A. County Public Schools Superintendent Says Students Must Receive COVID-19 Vaccine in Order to Attend School
» Negative COVID-19 Test Required for International Airline Passengers Coming to the U.S.
» One Man Dead, Another Injured After Double Shooting in Little River
» PBS Lawyer Resigns After Being Caught in Veritas Sting
» Pelosi Says People Who Stormed U.S. Capitol Building Chose “Their Whiteness Over Democracy”
» Purge: Banks Shutting Down Trump Accounts
» Rumble Oveview
» Rumble Sues Google Over Search Rankings, Monopoly Power
» SCOTUS Hears Case of Christian Student Barred From Sharing His Faith on College Campus
» Seattle Had More Murders in 2020 Than in Any of the Past 26 Years
» Street Artist SABO Triggers the Left With ‘Say Her Name’ Poster of Woman Shot by Police at Capitol Protest
» Telegram Enjoys User Surge as Founder Decries People Being “Held Hostage by Tech Monopolies”
» Twitter Suspends More Than 70,000 Accounts Linked to QAnon
 
Canada
» Police Hand Out Four $1,000 Tickets Under Health Protection Act
» Two People Near North Bay Charged in Connection With Illegal Gatherings
 
Europe and the EU
» 250,000 Small British Businesses Expected to be Destroyed by Coronavirus Lockdowns This Year
» Confirmed: Britain Will Issue Vaccine Passports
» From ‘Dangerous Fantasy’ To Reality in Seven Years: EU Reveals ‘Uniformed Service’
» Germany: 11-Year-Old Muslim Student Who Threatened to Behead Teacher is Moved to Islamic School
» German Banking Giant Deutsche Bank Cuts Ties With President Trump: Report
» Italian Government on Verge of Collapse Amid Battle Over EU COVID Relief
» Macron on the Brink: Euroscepticism Now ‘Rampant’ In France, Ex-Diplomat Warns President
» Netherlands: 15 Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested in Den Haag
» Northern Ireland: PSNI Concern Over House Parties Continuing to Take Place
» ‘Pathetic’: Dutch Border Official Seizes Ham Sandwich From Truck Driver Coming From UK
» Scotland: Extinction Rebellion Climate Change Activists Accused of Scaling Dundee Oil Rig Have Case Continued
» UK Minister: Trump Ban Shows Twitter Taking “Editorial Decisions, “ Could Mean Regulation
» UK: Black Lives Matter: Exeter Buller Statue to be Moved After Review
» UK: Businessman Accused of Trying to Rip Off a Muslim Woman’s Hijab on Tube Has Assault Case Thrown Out After She and Her Two Friends Gave Conflicting Stories, Court Papers Show
» UK: Boris Demands Brits Follow Lockdown Rules Amidst Controversy Over PM’s Alleged Cycling Trip Miles From Home
» UK: Boris Johnson Blasts ‘Demented’ Chinese Traditional Medicine for Starting Coronavirus Crisis
» UK: Christian Prison Chaplain Who Revealed His Bible Meetings Were Hijacked by Islamic Extremists is Taking Legal Action After Being Punished for Whistleblowing
» UK: Khairi Saadallah: Terrorist Who Murdered Three in ‘Brutal’ Reading Attack Gets Whole Life Sentence
» UK: Lockdown Rules: Illegal Party Live-Streamed on Instagram as Police Dish Out 30 Fines in Barnet Bar
» UK: More Police State, Please: Most Brits Think COVID Cops Aren’t ‘Strict Enough’
» UK: Police Arrest Man, 47, On Suspicion of ‘Islamist Terrorism’ Offences in Surrey
 
North Africa
» Algeria: Activist Jailed for Meme Insulting the President and the Principles of Islam
 
South Asia
» Indonesia: Grandfather Gets Five Years in Prison for Insulting Islam
» Muslim Supervisors Kill Two Christian Women in Pakistan
» Thailand: Muslims and Police in Yala Enforce Sharia, Unmarried Couples Can be Arrested Even for Private Conversation
 
Far East
» China Uses WeChat to Censor American Citizens
» Christians and Missionaries Falsely Blamed for COVID-19 Resurgence in China
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» After Its Own Censorship Spree, Twitter Complains it’s Getting Censored in Uganda
 
Immigration
» Cyprus: Brawl at Overcrowded Migrant Camp Injures 25
» EU Illegal Immigration Still at 124,000 in 2020 Despite Virus Lockdowns
» French Council Asking Residents to Provide Housing for Migrant Minors
 
Culture Wars
» How COVID-19 is Changing the Future of Vaccines
 

Restaurant Industry Cut 372,000 Jobs in December

Restaurants shed more than 372,000 jobs in December after seven consecutive months of gains, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS reported that food and drink places cut 17,400 jobs in November. However, in the December report, data was adjusted to show that restaurants gained 13,600 jobs in November.

Due to the adjustment, December marked the industry’s first decrease since losing roughly six million in March and April. In December, 9.8 million workers were on payroll compared to 12.2 million in the year-ago period. The recent decrease accounted for three-fourths of the total job loss in the leisure and hospitality category.

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182 Arrested During Underground Parties in LA Area, LASD Says

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says 182 adults were arrested Saturday during a crackdown on underground “super-spreader” parties.

LASD says the arrests were carried out at two commercial buildings, one located in the 600 block of W. 61st Street in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood and the other in the 400 block of W. Pico Boulevard in downtown L.A.

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Airbnb Reviews Reservations Leading Up to Presidential Inauguration

In an effort to prevent potentially violent demonstrations, Airbnb is reviewing reservations in the greater Washington, D.C., area prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Any individuals associated with last week’s riot at the Capitol will be banned from renting through the online service. Additionally, Airbnb is expanding existing security checks for potential renters prior to the inauguration.

Washington city council member Janeese Lewis George was among those warning residents against renting around the inauguration.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says President Trump Should be Held Accountable: “I Don’t Think We Should Let it Go.”

In the last week, Big Tech CEOs have weighed in on the political landscape and the companies they run have resorted to further mass censorship. Apple CEO Tim Cook is no different and has today made his thoughts known.

Everyone responsible for the protests at the US Capitol on January 6 should be held accountable, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook includes the President in that group of people.

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Biden’s Choice to Lead DOJ’s Civil Rights Division: “Melanin Endows Blacks With Greater Mental, Physical and Spiritual Abilities” (Video)

Kristen Clarke, Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, believes black people are superior to white people because they possess more melanin.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson obtained shocking statements Clarke made in 1994.

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CNN Grounds Airport Network After 30 Years, Citing Pandemic and Streaming

CNN Airport Network — the service that beamed the cable news channel’s content into terminal waiting areas throughout the country — is shutting down on Mar. 31.

The end of the service launched in 1990 was announced Tuesday in a staff memo from CNN President Jeff Zucker.

He said the decline in airline passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of available streaming news video on mobile phones and other internet-connected devices led to the decision.

The ad-supported CNN Airport Network was no longer a profitable operation for the WarnerMedia unit, according to people briefed on the matter who were not authorized to comment publicly. About two dozen employees based in CNN’s Atlanta headquarters will lose their jobs with the closure.

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Facebook Sees $34 Billion Erased From Market Cap as Trump-Ban Fallout Continues to Spook Tech Investors

Facebook sank as much as 4.5% on Monday as investors continued to balk at the platform’s ban of President Donald Trump.

The slide saw $33.6 billion erased from Facebook’s market cap at intraday lows. Shares have since pared some losses and now trade about 2.6% lower.

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Facebook Bans Admins of Law Enforcement Today From Posting to Their Page

Law Enforcement Today (LET), a website owned and administered by US law enforcement officers that has a sizable presence on social media, on Tuesday announced that their close to 900,000 members are now prevented from posting on Facebook.

LET Explained that all admins of the page are prevented from posting to any page or group on Facebook.

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FBI Arrest 2 Men Who Carried Plastic Zip-Tie Handcuffs Into Capitol Building

Two men, Eric Gavelek Munchel and Larry Rendell Brock, have been arrested by federal officials after they were seen carrying zip-tie handcuffs during the riot at the Capitol building.

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Florida State Representative Asks Governor Desantis to Divest State Funds From Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter

“Florida taxpayers should not be forced to do business with entities that censor them.” — FL State Rep. Randy Fine

Florida State Representative Randy Fine asked Governor Ron DeSantis to divest state funds from Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter due to their censorship of conservatives.

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Freshman GOP Rep. Who Replaced Justin Amash Already Betraying His Voters, Says He’s ‘Strongly Considering’ Voting for Impeachment

Freshman Republican Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer is already betraying his Republican voters, telling CNN that he is “strongly considering” voting for Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment effort.

Rep. Meijer replaced anti-Trumper Justin Amasha in Michigan’s 3rd District. It didn’t take long for him to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps.

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GoDaddy Drops Internet’s Biggest Gun Community

The wave of deplatforming that is currently in full swing in the US has gone from banning social media accounts, kicking apps like Parler from app stores, to large domain registrars like GoDaddy and its parter, web giant Amazon, denying hosting services to censorship targets.

On Monday, ARFCOM, (AR15.com) — a website that says it is the world’s largest community for firearm enthusiasts — announced GoDaddy had “booted” it from its services, leaving them to have to scramble to find a new registrar.

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Grand Jury Indicts Alabama Man Who Parked Truck Filled With Unlit Molotov Cocktails in Front of U.S. Capitol Building

A 70-year-old man from Alabama faces 17 weapons charges after a Washington, D.C., grand jury indicted him Tuesday.

As protesters unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol building last week, U.S. Capitol Police responded to reports of explosive devices in the area. They found a truck parked a few blocks from the Capitol building containing an assault rifle, magazines full of ammunition, a handgun, and glass jars filled with melted styrofoam and gasoline. There were also rags and lighters. Altogether, there was enough material to make 11 Molotov cocktails.

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Hillary Clinton Labels Trump Supporters “Domestic Terrorists” Who Need to be Tracked and Surveilled Following Chaos at US Capitol

Twice failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is waging all out war on Trump supporters.

Clinton labeled Trump supporters “white supremacists” and “domestic terrorists” in a Washington Post op-ed.

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House Republican Chair Liz Cheney: “There Has Never Been a Greater Betrayal by a President — I Will Vote to Impeach President”

Bitter Liz Cheney, the House Republican Chair, the third-highest Republican in the US House of Representatives.

She was elected to the position by her Republican colleagues.

And Liz Cheney is an outspoken Trump-hater.

She is the worst.

Cheney and her colleagues have no loyalty to this president and his voters.

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In Speech at Border Wall Trump Says “Freedom of Speech is Under Assault” And “Impeachment is a Hoax” — Admits Joe Biden is Taking Over (Video)

President Donald Trump spoke today at the 450th mile of the Trump Border Wall in Alamo, Texas.

The border wall was one of President Trump’s promises to the American people. Open-border Democrats and Republicans fought him every step of the way with the project. Despite this President Trump was able to complete 450 miles on the US border in four years.

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Just in: Pence Formally Rejects Pelosi’s Attempt to Invoke 25th Amendment

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday evening formally rejected Speaker Pelosi’s attempt to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.

Pelosi is using the chaos at the US Capitol last week as a pretext to remove President Trump from office (again) through impeachment and the 25th Amendment.

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L.A. County Public Schools Superintendent Says Students Must Receive COVID-19 Vaccine in Order to Attend School

Children attending Los Angeles county public schools must receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them or they will not be able to attend school, district Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday.

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Negative COVID-19 Test Required for International Airline Passengers Coming to the U.S.

All international airline passengers will soon have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights to America, according to people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly planning to issue its order as soon as Tuesday and is expected to mandate it go into effect January 26.

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One Man Dead, Another Injured After Double Shooting in Little River

One man was left dead and another injured after a double shooting Tuesday evening in NW Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade Police responded to reports of shooting just after 5:15 p.m. near NW 96th Street and NW 20th Avenue in the county’s Little River neighborhood.

When deputies arrived, they found one man suffering from numerous gunshot wounds. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pronounced the victim dead on scene.

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PBS Lawyer Resigns After Being Caught in Veritas Sting

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for PBS resigned Tuesday after being caught describing President Donald Trump as “close to Hitler” in a right-wing sting operation.

Michael Beller, a contracts lawyer in PBS’ general counsel office, was recorded offering political opinions in what appeared to be a barroom conversation with a woman. It was released Tuesday by Project Veritas, a conservative group known for using undercover methods to reveal supposed liberal bias.

Beller is heard saying it was “great” that coronavirus cases were spiking in red states because they might infect Trump voters and suggested Republican voters should have their children put in re-education camps.

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Pelosi Says People Who Stormed U.S. Capitol Building Chose “Their Whiteness Over Democracy”

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi blamed last week’s incursion into the U.S. Capitol building on people choosing “their whiteness over democracy.”

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Purge: Banks Shutting Down Trump Accounts

In an unprecedented move, two major banks have announced they will refuse to do business with President Trump, and will shut down accounts he holds with them.

Bloomberg News reports that the German based Deutsche Bank, and the New York based Signature Bank are both refusing to do further business with Trump following the events of last week at the Capitol.

Signature issued a statement noting that they believe Trump should resign from office.

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Rumble Oveview

Rumble is an online video management company that was founded in 2013 and has enjoyed growing success with millions of users migrating to the platform in response to YouTube’s increased censorship of its users.

Its CEO, Chris Pavlovski, has vowed to never censor political discussions on the platform or adopt policies that dictate editorial policy. He has also written that Rumble wants to “provide an open platform where everyone can participate and create videos without subjective restrictions.”

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Rumble Sues Google Over Search Rankings, Monopoly Power

YouTube, the video giant owned by Google (Alphabet), has been accused using the power of other Google properties, such as Search and Android OS, to the detriment of competing video platforms.

The lawsuit was filed in California by Rumble, who said Google was damaging its business by purposefully taking away its search traffic, as Google favors search results giving the clicks to YouTube by placing these results higher on the search page.

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SCOTUS Hears Case of Christian Student Barred From Sharing His Faith on College Campus

The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments Tuesday morning in a high-level free speech case involving a Christian student who was barred from sharing his faith on his college campus.

A convert to Christianity, Chike Uzuegbunam was peacefully sharing the gospel with fellow students on Georgia Gwinnett College campus in 2016 when campus police stopped him and told him he needed to make an advance reservation to speak in one of two tiny campus “speech zones” that were only open a few hours a week.

The young man obediently got his permit to speak and went to the school’s speech zone at the appointed time but campus police stopped him from speaking for a second time. The officials told him that someone had complained about Chike’s religious speech and then threatened disciplinary action if he should continue speaking about Jesus.

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Seattle Had More Murders in 2020 Than in Any of the Past 26 Years

Seattle police recorded 50 homicides in 2020, more than in any of the past 26 years and 61% more than in 2019, according to a memo released Monday by the city’s police chief, Adrian Diaz.

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Street Artist SABO Triggers the Left With ‘Say Her Name’ Poster of Woman Shot by Police at Capitol Protest

As usual, street artist SABO has managed to trigger the Left with his latest venture.

The artist, who was on Capitol Hill at the time of the rally and the riot, is well known for tweaking the noses of Leftist politicians, Hollywood, and Trump himself.

This time, however, SABO’s using the Left’s own rhetorical tropes to call attention to the case of Ashli Babbitt, the Air Force Veteran who was shot and killed by Capitol Police for breaching the Capitol entrance.

He’s created a free downloadable poster of Babbitt in hopes that the life of the Trump supporter will not be forgotten.

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Telegram Enjoys User Surge as Founder Decries People Being “Held Hostage by Tech Monopolies”

25 million new users joined social media platform Telegram in the last 72 hours alone as its founder slammed people “being held hostage by tech monopolies.”

The messaging app surpassed 500 million monthly active users in the first week of January and is now adding millions more in the wake of Big Tech’s latest censorship purge.

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Twitter Suspends More Than 70,000 Accounts Linked to QAnon

Twitter has suspended more than 70,000 Twitter accounts that mostly shared information from the right-wing conspiracy theory group QAnon, it announced on Tuesday.

Twitter’s statement linked the suspensions to the breach of the U.S. Capitol building last week.

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Police Hand Out Four $1,000 Tickets Under Health Protection Act

Halifax Regional Police have handed out four more tickets under the Health Protection Act.

The first $1,000 ticket went to a Bedford restaurant delivery driver on Friday night. Police say the driver didn’t wear a mask while taking orders to an apartment building. They did not identify the restaurant.

“The provincial regulations require everyone to a wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while present in a public place,” police said in a news release.

The other three $1,000 tickets were issued early Sunday morning.

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Two People Near North Bay Charged in Connection With Illegal Gatherings

SUDBURY — North Bay Ontario Provincial Police have charged two people for violating gathering restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police received a report Jan. 7 about a gathering at a residence on Lavigne Road in East Ferris Township.

“Police attended and found several people from separate residences present,” the OPP said in a news release Tuesday.

“Officers had been investigating an unrelated incident that took place in November 2020 at the same residence. The investigation revealed that a resident was not abiding by the restrictions by having too many people in the home. “

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250,000 Small British Businesses Expected to be Destroyed by Coronavirus Lockdowns This Year

The coronavirus lockdowns implemented by the British government will force at least a quarter of a million small businesses to shut down for good if they are not bailed out by the taxpayer, business leaders have predicted.

Over the next year, at least 250,000 are expected to go under, according to a surveyconducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Confirmed: Britain Will Issue Vaccine Passports

Despite previous government denials that there are any plans to roll out COVID vaccine passports, reports have confirmed that every person vaccinated in two select areas of Britain will be offered exactly that as a ‘trial’ being rolled out with immediate effect.

The London Telegraph reports that biometrics firm iProov and cybersecurity firm Mvine have developed the vaccine passports, which will be optionally provided as an app on phones of those vaccinated.

The government will conduct the rollout in two local authorities, and monitor its application until March.

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From ‘Dangerous Fantasy’ To Reality in Seven Years: EU Reveals ‘Uniformed Service’

Less than seven years after British Eurosceptics were laughed at for expressing concerns about a coming European Union army, the bloc has revealed the official uniform of its new ‘standing corps’, as the first of 10,000 recruits prepare to deploy to the field.

Frontex, the European Union’s combined border force and coastguard, revealed the new uniform in a social media post on Monday, showing off the navy uniform complete with EU-flag identification patches and military side cap. The force said: “For the first time, the European Union has its own uniformed service — the European Border and Coast Guard standing corps.”

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Germany: 11-Year-Old Muslim Student Who Threatened to Behead Teacher is Moved to Islamic School

That’ll fix everything, right? He is sure to grow up to be a loyal, productive member of secular German society now, isn’t he?

Meanwhile, note how the parents, after the pattern of Islamic supremacists everywhere in claiming victim status when accused, disclaimed all responsibility and blamed the school.

“Muslim had threatened a teacher in Berlin with beheading,” translated from “Muslim hatte Lehrerin in Berlin mit Enthauptung gedroht,” Der Tagesspiegel, January 9, 2021 (thanks to Medforth).

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German Banking Giant Deutsche Bank Cuts Ties With President Trump: Report

Deutsche Bank AG has reportedly decided to cut ties with President Donald Trump as well as his private companies following the unrest at Capitol Hill last week.

The German lender has been joined by the New York-based Signature Bank, which also announced that it would be ending its business relationship with the President.

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Italian Government on Verge of Collapse Amid Battle Over EU COVID Relief

Under the leadership of Premier Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s government has enjoyed a degree of stability unseen in decades, as the technocratic former law professor — initially brought in to lead a government formed by two anti-establishment parties, the anti-migrant League and left-wing populist Five Star Movement — Conte has already survived the collapse of his original coalition.

When League leader Matteo Salvini withdrew from the ruling coalition back in 2019, Conte managed to stave off another election by recruiting new allies from the opposition.

Since then, Conte has led Italy through two COVID-19 lockdowns, and as the country lumbers forward, with much of its economy still paralyzed, the PM has his work cut out for him if he wants to get the country’s debt burden under control without resorting to punishing austerity measures (which, at this point, would probably spark a full-tilt revolution in the streets of Italy’s largest cities).

But as Italy staggers out of another COVID-19-induced-lockdown, the ruling coalition is once again at the point of fracture.

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Macron on the Brink: Euroscepticism Now ‘Rampant’ In France, Ex-Diplomat Warns President

EMMANUEL Macron is facing a rising tide of euroscepticism in France which could scupper his hopes of re-election in next year’s Presidential election, a former diplomat has said.

And resentment against Brussels is being stoked elsewhere in the EU27, including Italy, Hungary and Poland, Ray Bassett has said. Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, was speaking during a webinar hosted by Yale University this evening entitled Peacebuilding in the Wake of Brexit, during which he discussed the future of UK/Ireland relations.

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Netherlands: 15 Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested in Den Haag

In total, 15 environmental activists from the group Extinction Rebellion were arrested at a protest action in Den Haag on Wednesday morning. The activists were taken into custody by authorities because the demonstration was not registered, a police spokesperson said to ANP.

The group was demonstrating in front of the Ministry of Economics Affairs and Climate. Activists wrote slogans such as “3 degrees global warming by 2100” and “0.5— to 1-meter sea-level rise in 2100” with chalk on the window of the ministry.

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Northern Ireland: PSNI Concern Over House Parties Continuing to Take Place

A senior PSNI officer has expressed concern at the number of house parties continuing to take place during lockdown in Northern Ireland.

Police issued 168 fines over Friday, Saturday and Sunday — mostly for individuals in respect of illegal house parties.

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‘Pathetic’: Dutch Border Official Seizes Ham Sandwich From Truck Driver Coming From UK

A Conservative MP has branded as “pathetic” a Dutch customs agent confiscating ham sandwiches from a lorry driver who had just arrived from the UK, with the officer telling the driver: “Welcome to Brexit.”

Footage aired on Dutch TV showed customs officers talking to a lorry driver who had just arrived by ferry from the UK at the Hook of Holland. While handling a stack of sandwiches wrapped in tin foil, the agent told the driver that since the UK left the EU, “you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe, like meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, that kind of stuff”.

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Scotland: Extinction Rebellion Climate Change Activists Accused of Scaling Dundee Oil Rig Have Case Continued

Seven climate change activists accused of scaling an oil rig at the Port of Dundee have had their case continued.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners Federico Pastoris, 25, Mark Quinn, 22, 24-year-old Marco Tenconi, Guy Bowen, 32, 27-year-old Alison Orr, Joanne Venables, 36, and Fiona Comrie, 26, are accused of breaching the peace on January 6 last year.

The seven are charged with approaching the Valaris oil rig in an inflatable boat on the River Tay and either climbing on to the structure or assisting others to do so, attaching themselves to the rig for hours and refusing to leave.

All except Bowen were also charged with possessing a lock knife on various streets in Dundee and at the River Tay.

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UK Minister: Trump Ban Shows Twitter Taking “Editorial Decisions, “ Could Mean Regulation

In the US, much is often talked about with regards to the idea of “platforms” and “publishers,” and how Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act doesn’t actually distinguish between the two. But in the UK, at least, the distinction is clear and publishers are regulated Ofcom.

Twitter’s controversial decision to ban the President of the United States is leading government ministers to wonder whether Twitter needs to be defined as a publisher and be regulated.

Twitter suspended Trump permanently, a move that justifies stricter regulations for social media platforms, according to Matt Hancock, a former culture secretary in the UK, and current government health minister. He says the suspension was an editorial decision, meaning social media companies may no longer merely communication platforms.

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UK: Black Lives Matter: Exeter Buller Statue to be Moved After Review

Councillors have voted for an “iconic” city statue to be removed following the Black Lives Matter movement.

A council review into the “continued appropriateness” of the 1905 Buller statue in Exeter recommended it was relocated due to the army general’s connection to the British Empire.

Exeter councillors voted in favour of the report’s findings.

It has been estimated that relocation from outside Exeter College will cost a minimum of £25,000.

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UK: Businessman Accused of Trying to Rip Off a Muslim Woman’s Hijab on Tube Has Assault Case Thrown Out After She and Her Two Friends Gave Conflicting Stories, Court Papers Show

A Polish businessman who was accused of an anti-Islam hate crime had an assault case against him thrown out by a judge after the Muslim woman’s key witnesses gave conflicting stories in court.

Aniso Abulkadir claimed that she and her friends Luxika Rajeswaran and Oyindamola Olatuyi were assaulted at Baker Street Tube station by Pawel Uczciwek in a ‘racially abusive’ attack in July 2017.

The trio whipped up a social media frenzy by alleging that Mr Uczciwek had tried to rip off Ms Abulkadir’s hijab and had hit her. They also published his home address and called for his employer to sack him.

At the time, Mr Uczciwek, now 31, denied attempting to remove the hijab and said he had been defending his black girlfriend Yolaine Mossimi from a ‘racist attack from three random females’.

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UK: Boris Demands Brits Follow Lockdown Rules Amidst Controversy Over PM’s Alleged Cycling Trip Miles From Home

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has threatened that if Britons are not following coronavirus rules — “we may have to do more” — and impose stricter measures.

Mr Johnson made the remarks on Monday after media reported sources saying that the government was considering enforcing harsher measures, including banning Britons from leaving the house more than once a week.

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UK: Boris Johnson Blasts ‘Demented’ Chinese Traditional Medicine for Starting Coronavirus Crisis

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has blamed the worldwide coronavirus crisis on the “demented” ideas within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which advocates pseudoscientific herbal and natural remedies including the use of body parts of rare animals.

Speaking at a virtual One Planet Summit on Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister placed the blame of the Chinese coronavirus on the wide held belief in the communist country in TCM.

“Don’t forget that the coronavirus pandemic was the product of an imbalance in man’s relationship with the natural world,” Johnson said.

“It originates from bats or pangolins, from the demented belief that if you grind up the scales of a pangolin you will somehow become more potent or whatever it is people believe,” he said.

[Comment: It is much more likely that the coronavirus crisis started when a human-modified virus escaped from a laboratory in China.]

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UK: Christian Prison Chaplain Who Revealed His Bible Meetings Were Hijacked by Islamic Extremists is Taking Legal Action After Being Punished for Whistleblowing

A Christian prison chaplain who revealed his Bible meetings were hijacked by Islamic extremists is taking legal action after being punished for whistleblowing.

Pastor Paul Song was banned indefinitely from working in London jails after exposing the influence of Muslim gangs at HMP Brixton in The Mail on Sunday.

Lawyers will seek a judicial review of the decision at the High Court hearing on Tuesday. They will claim it, among other things, breached his right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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UK: Khairi Saadallah: Terrorist Who Murdered Three in ‘Brutal’ Reading Attack Gets Whole Life Sentence

A terrorist who stabbed three people to death in a park in Reading — because he believed the pandemic heralded the end of the world — has been handed a rare whole life sentence.

Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan refugee, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder after killing James Furlong, David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett in Forbury Gardens on 20 June last year.

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UK: Lockdown Rules: Illegal Party Live-Streamed on Instagram as Police Dish Out 30 Fines in Barnet Bar

Police have issued 30 fines to people who attended a gathering at a bar on the Hertfordshire border.

At around 2am on Saturday (January 9), officers attended a restaurant on High Road in Barnet, Greater London, following reports from the public of a breach of Covid regulations.

Officers found a party of 30 people in the bar when they arrived at the venue.

There was loud music, alcohol consumption and the gathering was being live-streamed on Instagram.

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UK: More Police State, Please: Most Brits Think COVID Cops Aren’t ‘Strict Enough’

A poll has revealed that a plurality of Britons do not think the police are cracking down hard enough on alleged covid rule-breakers, despite recent high-profile stories appearing to show overzealous officers fining women for taking walks or sitting on benches.

YouGov asked respondents on Monday to consider police enforcing coronavirus rules and whether they thought enforcement had been “too strict”, “about right”, or “not strict enough” in a snap poll. Just over one-in-ten (14 per cent) said that police had been too strict, with more than one-quarter (27 per cent) said that enforcement had been “about right”. While the largest proportion (46 per cent) said that police had not been strict enough.

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UK: Police Arrest Man, 47, On Suspicion of ‘Islamist Terrorism’ Offences in Surrey

A man has been arrested in Surrey on suspicion of Islamist terrorism offences.

Police said the 47-year-old was detained at an address in the Redhill area today as part of an ongoing investigation.

Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) arrested the man at an address on Friday under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act, which allows suspects to be held without a warrant.

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Algeria: Activist Jailed for Meme Insulting the President and the Principles of Islam

“Activists across social media have announced support for Walid Kechida defending his work as a freedom of speech and calling the Algerian authorities to set him free and stop restricting citizens’ right to express their opinions.”

If Algerian authorities do set Kechida free and stop restricting citizens’ right to express their opinions, then Algeria will be freer than the United States today.

“Algerian Activist Jailed Over Meme Insulting President, Principles of Islam,” by Sally Shakkour, Al Bawaba, January 11, 2021.

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Indonesia: Grandfather Gets Five Years in Prison for Insulting Islam

We are well on the way to this happening here, as can be seen by the social media lynching and banning of Trump: opinions that don’t coincide with those of the political and media elites are being silenced wholesale. Also, Biden has promised to convene an Internet censorship task forceto combat “disinformation and hate speech,” which is often the appellation used for true and accurate material that shows how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and oppression.

“For Insulting Islam, Apollinaris Darmawan Sentenced to 5 Years Prison,” translated from “Hina Agama Islam, Apollinaris Darmawan Divonis 5 Tahun Bui,” by Dony Indra Ramadhan, detikNews, December 30, 2020.

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Muslim Supervisors Kill Two Christian Women in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) — Police in Lahore, Pakistan on Monday (Jan. 4) recovered the bodies of two Christian sisters whose Muslim supervisors pressured them to convert to Islam before killing them, sources said.

Mushtaq Masih said that police informed him on Jan. 4 that officers had found the decomposed bodies of his 28-year-old wife, Sajida Mushtaq, and her sister, Abida Qaiser, bound and bundled into sacks in an area drainage ditch. Sajida Mushtaq, a mother of four, and Qaiser had been missing since Nov. 26.

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Thailand: Muslims and Police in Yala Enforce Sharia, Unmarried Couples Can be Arrested Even for Private Conversation

This has been coming for years, and now that it has arrived in Yala, it will not end. Now will come the jihad to impose Sharia upon the rest of Thailand as well.

“Alarm over enforcement of Sharia in southern Thailand,” UCA News, January 5, 2021.

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China Uses WeChat to Censor American Citizens

As if “homegrown” censorship carried out through major US apps and by the companies behind them wasn’t enough of a potential threat to freedom, users of China’s giant, Tencent owned WeChat, are also finding out they are censored — in the US, this time by the Chinese government.

A report in the Washington Post recently explained how the Chinese do it and managed to reach even WeChat users who live in the US. The Chinese censors are accused here of tracking and identifying content that they disagree with or is critical of the only authority that’s allowed — the Chinese Communist Party. What follows is that these users get blocked, even if they are physically located in North America.

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Christians and Missionaries Falsely Blamed for COVID-19 Resurgence in China

Local Christians and foreign missionaries are being incorrectly blamed for a resurgence of COVID-19 infections in China’s Hebei province.

A post has been circulating on social media that singles out Christians out as the source of the new coronavirus epidemic.

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After Its Own Censorship Spree, Twitter Complains it’s Getting Censored in Uganda

Over the last week, Twitter has engaged in one of its largest-ever US censorship campaigns. Between Friday and Monday, it suspended a staggering 70,000 accounts with that number including the high profile suspension of the President of the United States.

But while Twitter’s sweeping US censorship campaign was garnering most of the attention in US media, another political censorship story was brewing.

Earlier this week, Facebook took down several accounts that were linked to Uganda’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology for alleged “inauthentic behavior.” Twitter also took action against several accounts that it deemed to be “targeting the election in Uganda.”

Both of these Silicon Valley companies decided to take action against these accounts days before the 2021 Ugandan general election which takes place on January 14.

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Cyprus: Brawl at Overcrowded Migrant Camp Injures 25

NICOSIA, Cyprus — More than two dozen migrants were injured during a large brawl between nationals from Syria and several African countries at an overcrowded migrant reception camp outside of Cyprus’ capital, a government official said Tuesday.

Interior Ministry spokesman Loizos Michael told The Associated Press that all 25 sustained minor injuries and have since returned to the camp after receiving first aid at Nicosia General Hospital.

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EU Illegal Immigration Still at 124,000 in 2020 Despite Virus Lockdowns

The number of illegal migrants entering Europe decreased by 13 per cent in 2020, the lowest number since 2013, a phenominon predominantly caused by the Chinese coronavirus travel restrictions.

Data released by the European Union border agency Frontex states that 124,000 illegal migrants crossed into the European Union last year, with Syrians the largest nationality represented in the figures, followed by Moroccans, Tunisians, and Algerians.

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French Council Asking Residents to Provide Housing for Migrant Minors

Residents of Puy-de-Dôme, France, are being asked by the local government to welcome ‘unaccompanied foreign minors’ into their homes due to overloaded asylum accommodations.

The department council has asked volunteers to join the SESAME project, which oversees placement and care for migrant minors.

Accommodation systems in the area are so overwhelmed, some young migrants are staying in hotels, the council says.

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How COVID-19 is Changing the Future of Vaccines

  • By pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, or imposing social restrictions on those who refuse, the COVID-19 vaccine is paving the way for nonconsensual medical experimentation on the general public
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, world leaders have warned that social distancing, mask wearing, travel restrictions and other measures will become part of our “new normal.” And, while the vaccine is sold as a way to end the pandemic and return us to normal, it cannot, since it has only been evaluated for its ability to lessen COVID-19 symptoms, not reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization or death
  • While some COVID-19 vaccines have been granted emergency use authorization, they still haven’t even completed Stage 3 clinical trials. Data for some end points won’t even be collected until 24 months after injection. As such, they are still entirely experimental
  • COVID-19 vaccines’ adverse side effects are still relatively unknown. It’s also unknown whether they might affect fertility — a real concern since the vaccine triggers your body to produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and spike proteins in turn contain syncytin-homologous proteins that are essential for the formation of placenta. If a woman’s immune system starts reacting against syncytin-1, then there is a possibility she could become infertile
  • Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine contains polyethylene glycol (PEG), and studies have shown 70% of people develop antibodies against this substance. This suggests PEG may trigger fatal allergic reactions in many who receive the vaccine[…]

The threat of forcing or compelling people to become unwilling guinea pigs in an ongoing medical experiment is immoral on its face. But even the prospect of enforcing such mandates would entail the erection of a surveillance and tracking system that further threatens basic rights and liberties. After all, in order to determine who has been vaccinated … there will need to be a system for identifying and tracking each vaccine recipient. ~ James Corbett[…]

[Dr. Mengele anybody?]

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24 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/12/2021

  1. Doesn’t it seem that the world is going mad? Totally bonkers? I can’t believe some of the things I read. People are just plumb loco, as they say i Kansas.

  2. Yeah, a Jesuit will pray for Biden’s success as he finances more abortions on Earth and chases the Little Sisters of the Poor through the courts again.

  3. It would seem that if banks are allowed to cease doing business with any person not engaged in illegal activity (although they may knowingly look the other way) that it is the grounds for the repeal or finding unconstitutional civil forfeiture laws.

  4. You should be careful of what you say and what you do. You will comply with the new directive or else face the consequences. If you have any questions about our ability just look at what we have done to the president with his bank accounts thus far. If he persists we will leave him penniless and homeless, so take care and behave else this happens to you as well.

      • tell that to the German Jews as they faced off against the Gestapo troops who were armed with submachine guns. Of course they wanted to be vicious, cruel and ruthless, but they also wanted to live. The same may be true for the rest of us if this charade continues.

        • The Jews didn’t have any guns and most knew the naxis were coming for them, but stood there like sheep in the headlights for their day of round up and to the slaughter house. Americans on the other hand are armed to the teeth infused with that rugged individualism who won’t go quietly into the night, and they are ready for a fight.

      • Western European governments and especially the UK are fast becoming “new” types of White Oriental Gentlemen. Johnson is like a gorilla. After Pelosi anything seems possible.

  5. Financial institutions, social media companies, e-commerce companies; the list of companies and industries that will shut down and shut out dissenters continues to grow, with Congress leading the charge, and the courts silent. The DOJ is unavailable for comment.

  6. Hillary Clinton Labels Trump Supporters “Domestic Terrorists” Who Need to be Tracked and Surveilled Following Chaos at US Capitol

    On the contrary it is H Clinton that should charged with acts of insurection against countries in the Middle East, and against her own people, she undoubtedly one of the vipers currently inhabiting the Politics of the USA.
    They the Democrats hated D Trump because he had enough money not to be influenced by the bial and cunning coming out of their mouths-they could not control him-he did a lot of good for America which has gained many supporters, however his enemies are trying to defile his name-I think they will not succeed.

    • He did let part of the government and media and business show who they really are.

      The following should be a survey: If you could go back in time and vote for Hillary Clinton or Trump, who would you vote for? The one conditions is the same events in the world happen but none of Trump’s policy successes happen as it is assumed different policies would be in place.

  7. Macron on the Brink: Euroscepticism Now ‘Rampant’ In France, Ex-Diplomat Warns President.
    Not surprised -Good the sooner the EU is broken up the better for all nations that are continually being ripped off by those who would see their loss of control on the horizon. The Euorpean Union is no longer fit for purpose.

    • All hail the New Rome. Be it ever so Italian, there’s no place like Rome. Merkel, you’ve had your turn, so we will celebrate the New year with a Bonn Fire.

  8. The day will come when in order to do anything or go anywhere you will have to have with you your proof of vaccination. ‘Papers, please’ or mark of the beast?
    What will you do? Will you take the vaccine?
    We are being slowly herded into confinement, conditioned to accept what the ‘authorities’ tell us is gospel. Our initiative and independent spirit is being eroded.
    What a golden time for totalitarianism.

  9. The whole basic point is that we now have a Chinese social-credit score system, but run privately, with state connivance.

    Comply, or be “unpersonned” is what it seems to be all about.

    I once heard a story of someone back in the old days in Philadelphia who made the mistake of registering as a Republican, having gotten pissed off with the Dems. This story was told to me by a man now 80, about (if I remember) his uncle, when he was a child – so this probably dates back to the 50s, at the earliest.

    His garbage stopped getting picked up. That’s how they sent their message across.

    This is a “writ large” version of that garbage pickup problem.

  10. Bank accounts in Germany are a private affair. Taking about them publicly is absolutely illegal.

    The last time the Deutsche Bank spoke openly about a client account (2002) they had to pay almost one billion dollars in damages (2014).

    Mr Trump should sue them for damages.

  11. Soon the pig copper globalist commie New Gestapo will be dragging you out of your car, to do a covid test on you, then holding you down while they inject you with mRNA poison.

    Are you going to allow that? Or are you going to pull out a 9 MM gun and shoot?

    Because this is the choice now that is facing us all.

    Thug gestapo coppers are now roaming around looking to terrorise ever more innocent people.

    When you go out of your home now, you can’t be sure of that you be coming back alive.

    How much longer are we all going to put up with this?

    Until people start [redacted], were just all going be slaughtered, as these filthy pig coppers get more and more brazen.

    The police have always been the enemy of the people, now you going to have to do something about it, or go quietly into the night.
    Be remembered as a hero, not a chicken,

    Its time to [redacted].

    [redacted]!

    Its time to level the playing field.

    [redacted]!

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