Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/24/2021

Police raided illegal parties, raves, and church services in Barcelona, Montreal, Massachusetts, Belgium, and the UK. Meanwhile, lockdown protests in the Netherlands turned into riots at several locations.

In other news, academics at the University of York in England announced that the Three Wise Monkeys — “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” — are racist.

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Financial Crisis
» After Destroying Thousands of Jobs, Biden Raises Minimum Wage to $15… But Only for Federal Workers
» The Great Reset Updated: You Might Not Have Heard of NGFS, But NGFS Has a Plan for You
 
USA
» “It Was All a Lie”: Biden-Linked WHO Adviser Says COVID-19 ‘Likely’ Leaked From Wuhan Lab
» 181 Dead in the U.S. During 2 Week Period From Experimental COVID Injections
» Amazon Fights Mail-in Ballots for Unionization Election, Cites Risk of Voter Fraud, Coercion
» America 2021
» An OrWELLSian Purge? Why H.G. Wells’ ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ Has Arrived Today
» Astonishing COVID-19 Testing Fraud Revealed
» Biden’s Presidency Will be a Catalyst for Secession — and Perhaps Civil War
» Biden Stops Trump Order That Health Centers Must Lower Insulin, Epipen Prices
» ‘Big Tech in Bed With US Government’, Manipulating Policy Decisions Slammed as Travesty by Expert
» Buyer’s Remorse: Ute Indian Tribe Lashes Out at Biden Admin for Restricting Federal Energy Development, “Direct Attack on Our Economy and Sovereignty”
» California Governor Newsom in Hot Water for Hushing Up Formulas Used to Determine Lockdown Tiers
» Chicago Weekend Gun Violence Leaves at Least 24 Shot, 5 Killed Across City
» Data Expert: 200,000 Pennsylvania Ballots Were Modified After Election — a Sampling of 100,000 Arizona Ballots Show ‘Material Amount’ Aren’t Even Real People
» Disney+ Blocks Under-Sevens From Watching ‘Racist’ Peter Pan, Dumbo and the Aristocats for Breaching ‘Content Advisories’
» Dr. Fauci Gushes to Rachel Maddow: ‘I’ve Been Wanting to Come on Your Show for Months’ (Video)
» Facebook Permanently Bans Young Conservative Entrepreneurs After They Create “Patriots Against Joe Biden” Facebook Page
» Firefighter Fired for Criticizing Vandals Who Destroyed Public Monuments
» Gov. Whitmer Tries to Sneak Gun Control Into COVID Relief Package
» Indian Tribe Accuses Biden Administration of Directly Attacking Their Economy, Sovereignty, And Right to Self-Determination
» Instagram is Forcing Users to Follow Biden White House Account So That it’s Not So Pathetic Even When Users Repeatedly un-Follow the Page
» Insurrection! Portland Leftists Target Federal ICE Facility in Late Night ‘Protest’ (Videos)
» Labor Unions Blast Biden for Killing Jobs, Driving Up Energy Costs
» Man Accused of Taking Police Gun in Riot Faces Murder Charge
» Missouri Gun Shop Announces They ‘Don’t Have Guns or Ammo for Biden Supporters’
» MyPillow CEO Hires Celebrity Attorney After Daily Mail Runs “False Story” Alleging Affair
» On Day 2 Biden Says “There’s Nothing We Can Do” About COVID.
» Police SUV Plows Through Crowd That Was Mobbing His Car While Responding to Street Racing in Tacoma (Video)
» Police Break Up ‘Illegal Nightclub’ In the Basement of a Massachusetts Home
» Portland Teacher Indicted Over Violence at Summer 2020 Riot
» Seattle Police Chief Announces City Will Start Cracking Down on Violent Protesters
» Texas Man Charged for Capitol Riot, Threatening to Assassinate AOC
» The New York Times is Being Eaten by the Cancel Culture Monster it Helped Create
» Thousands of COVID Vaccine Injuries, 13 U.S. Deaths Reported in December Alone
» Trump’s Former DHS Secretary Lobbies Senate to Approve Biden’s DHS Pick
» Twitch’s New Anti-Harassment Rules Are Incredibly Vague
» Violent Leftists Attack City Hall, Tear Down American Flag, Assault Journalist, Steal… Media Ignores
» Virginia Teachers’ Union Insists Students Get Vaccine Before Schools Reopen
» Watch: Journalist Andy Ngo Flees Portland, Says Police Won’t Protect Him
 
Canada
» Montreal Police Say They Intervened in Over a Dozen Places of Worship Saturday
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: Police Disbands Three Illegal Parties
» Brexit Boost: British Manufacturers Announce New Factories, Export Orders, And More
» ‘Catastrophically Wrong’: German Court Declares Regional Lockdown Unconstitutional in ‘Politically Explosive’ Decision
» Death Knell for Summer Holidays: Boris Set to Give Go-Ahead for Australia-Style 10-Day Hotel Quarantine for All UK Arrivals — Including Returning Brits — Who Will Have to Pay for it Themselves
» France’s Demographic Policy Should Follow Hungary’s Pro Family Example, Says French Philosopher Zemmour
» France: Radical Muslims Face Trial for Alleged Terror Plot Against Yellow Vest Protests
» France: Macron Govt Threatens Third Lockdown if 6 PM Curfew Unsuccessful
» French Public TV Pays Bonuses to Journalists Who Promote the EU and Diversity
» Germany: 200 Muslims Allowed to Pray in Mosque But Only 70 Christians in Church
» Hands Still Tied? UK Companies Unable to Get COVID Cash Due to EU State Aid Rules
» Italy: Jail Inmate Attacks Female Guard, Tries to Kiss Her
» Netherlands: Riots During Protests Against Corona Measures
» Spain: The Police Force of Barcelona Evict an Illegal Party at the Teatre Grec With 140 People
» UK: 13 People Fined £2,600 After Throwing House Party in Darwen
» UK: Hundreds Caught at Illegal Rave in East London as Police Hand Out Fines Worth £15,600
» UK: Labour Shadow Foreign SEC Backed ‘Gender-Balanced’ And Diverse Woke Military
» UK: Muslim Accused of Having Explosives, Detonators and Documents Referring to Jihad and Combat
» UK: Police Find Dozens of Party-Goers Hiding in a Cupboard at Student Halls in Birmingham After Raiding Illegal Party
» UK: Three Wise Monkeys Are Racist Now, Says Woke University of York
» UK: Top Tory MPs Horrified by Govt Plan to Recruit Children to Spy on Parents
 
North Africa
» Tunisian Phosphates Output in Gafsa Still Suspended
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Palestinian Territories to Get Russian COVID Vaccine Soon
 
Middle East
» Saudi Cup Horse Race Returns With 30 mn Prize
 
South Asia
» Brother of Christian Imprisoned in Pakistan on Blasphemy Charge Pleads for Biden to Help
» Pakistan Police Drop Investigation Into Muslim Man Who ‘Kidnapped Christian Girl, 12, Raped Her and Chained Her Up for Five Months’ Because She ‘Willingly Married Him’
 
Far East
» China on the Move: Communist Country Authorizes Its Coast Guard to Attack Foreign Vessels
» HSBC ‘Colluded’ With CCP to Debank Democracy Activists: Hong Kong Watch
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Lashes Out at Big Tech Threats, Says it’s ‘Inevitable’ That Facebook & Google Will Pay for Content
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» “This is a Warning to Christians in All Parts of the World”: The Persecution of Christians, December 2020
» African Leader: Trudeau Treats Us Like ‘Neo-Colonial Master’ With Aid That’s Destroying Our People
» Kenya: Woman Loses Family After Responding to Visions, She Says
 
Immigration
» “Ocean Viking” Allowed to Bring Boat Migrants to Sicily
» Belgium: Iraqi Migrant Accused of Pushing Man From 27-Story Building
» Bosnia: 2,000 Muslim Migrants Riot in Migrant Camp Over Insults to Muhammad
» France: Migrants Exploit EU Open Borders to Dodge Deportation, Spend Few Hours in Belgium and Return
» ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens in Custody: ‘Release Them All’
» Turkey Arrests 72 Suspects Over Migrant Smuggling
 
Culture Wars
» Facebook Suspended Users for Mentioning English Beauty Spot Devil’s Dyke
» IED Explosion Reported at Los Angeles Church That Was Recently Criticized for ‘Anti-LGBT’ Language by Southern Poverty Law Center
 

After Destroying Thousands of Jobs, Biden Raises Minimum Wage to $15… But Only for Federal Workers

Federal workers will see a nice raise while blue collar energy workers are headed to the unemployment line.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Great Reset Updated: You Might Not Have Heard of NGFS, But NGFS Has a Plan for You

The struggle to maintain American sovereignty now has a new flashpoint: the Network for Greening the Financial System.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

“It Was All a Lie”: Biden-Linked WHO Adviser Says COVID-19 ‘Likely’ Leaked From Wuhan Lab

A World Health Organization (WHO) adviser who previously worked under President Clinton and then-Senator Joe Biden has broken his silence over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jamie Metzl — who served as Deputy Staff Director of the Foreign Relations Committee under Biden (2001-2003), after serving on the National Security Council (1997-1999) and the State Department (1999-2001) under Clinton, waited until three days after Biden’s inauguration to tell the Toronto Sun that he thinks COVID-19 was most likely an accidental lab leak in Wuhan.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

181 Dead in the U.S. During 2 Week Period From Experimental COVID Injections

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a U.S. Government funded database that tracks injuries and deaths caused by vaccines.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Amazon Fights Mail-in Ballots for Unionization Election, Cites Risk of Voter Fraud, Coercion

Amazon appealed to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday to have its warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, vote in-person, rather than by mail, for an upcoming unionization election.

Amazon said a mail-in vote raises the risk of both voter fraud and coercion, and that it could lower voter turnout up to 29%. The company also claimed many employees would likely return incorrectly completed ballots.

The NLRB oversees union votes and decided earlier this month that, to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, the election will be conducted by mail from February 8 to March 29.

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

America 2021

Why they tell us to put our masks on, both literally and metaphorically — theirs come off.

The world is about to be reminded of the fact that the military industrial complex, for whom Joe Biden is a puppet, is infinitely more dangerous than Donald Trump’s offensive tweets.

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

An OrWELLSian Purge? Why H.G. Wells’ ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ Has Arrived Today

In “The Shape of Things to Come: The Ultimate Revolution” (published in 1933), H.G. Wells writes of the future predicting, rather optimistically, that there will be another world war in just a few years, followed by epidemic and famine. In this fictional future, war continues for thirty years into the 1960s, despite the people having forgotten why they started fighting. Humanity enters a new Dark Age. In a last bid for victory, the enemy deploys a biological weapon resulting in the “wandering sickness,” producing the first zombies, and by 1970 the global population has dropped to a little under one billion.

Though this is depicted as horrific, it is at the same time depicted as a necessity — a “great reset,” to restore the “balance” so to speak. It is only with this reduced population size that the world can begin to build itself back together from the chaos that it was, and enter into its new phase of evolution as a biologically superior species (the inferior having been culled by war and disease), managed by a bureaucratic system under the form of a world government.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Astonishing COVID-19 Testing Fraud Revealed

Story at-a-glance

PCR tests cannot distinguish between “live” viruses and inactive (noninfectious) viral particles and therefore cannot be used as a diagnostic tool. The false appearance of a lethal pandemic has been manufactured using cycle thresholds (CTs) that are too high The higher the CT — i.e., the number of amplification cycles used to detect RNA particles — the greater the chance of a false positive. Research shows that to get 100% confirmed real positives, the PCR test must be run at 17 cycles. Above 17 cycles, accuracy drops dramatically The SARS-CoV-2 PCR test was developed based on a genetic sequence published by Chinese scientists, not the viral isolate. Missing genetic code was simply made up November 30, 2020, 22 international scientists published a review challenging the scientific paper on PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 that was adopted as the standard across the world. The scientists are calling for the so-called Corman-Drosten paper to be retracted due to its numerous errors The flaws of PCR testing have been capitalized upon to incite fear in order to benefit the Great Reset agenda developed by a technocratic elite

[…]

Many scientists have noted that anything over 35 cycles is scientifically indefensible. A September 28, 2020, study in Clinical Infectious Diseases revealed that when you run a PCR test at a CT of 35 or higher, the accuracy drops to 3%, resulting in a 97% false positive rate.

Yet, a test known as the Corman-Drosten paper and tests recommended by the World Health Organization are set to 45 cycles, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend running PCR tests at a CT of 40.

The question is why, considering the consensus is that CTs over 35 render the test useless. When labs use these excessive cycle thresholds, you clearly end up with a grossly overestimated number of positive tests, so what we’re really dealing with is a “casedemic” — an epidemic of false positives.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Biden’s Presidency Will be a Catalyst for Secession — and Perhaps Civil War

Over the past few months, I have written a handful of articles that discussed what would probably happen if Joe Biden actually entered the White House and launched his administration. My initial belief was that Trump would refuse to concede and that this would be a trigger for national chaos blamed on conservatives, but I have also noted that Biden’s entry is almost just as disruptive, as it sends a signal to the political left that it is “open season” on anyone that disagrees with their ideology.

Of course, conservatives are not going to simply sit still and be purged and abused, they are going to strike back, and this sets the stage for a number of events and outcomes, some of which are completely unpredictable, even for establishment globalists.

First, though, we need to address how Biden and the globalists are going to create chaos so that they can then demand their own brand of “order”.

In my article ‘A Biden Presidency Will Mean A Faster US Collapse’, published in October, I outlined why the ongoing economic crisis will accelerate in the wake of a Biden takeover. More specifically, I predicted that Biden would implement a federal covid lockdown, probably within the first year of his presidency, similar to the Level 4 lockdowns implemented in Europe and Australia. Biden may lure Americans into complacency with promises of “relief” and fewer restrictions in his first couple of months, but he will then use the rather convenient news of “covid mutations” to bring in even harsher mandates.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Stops Trump Order That Health Centers Must Lower Insulin, Epipen Prices

President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stopped following the Trump administration’s policy that required community health centers to lower prescription drug prices, including epinephrine and insulin.

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

‘Big Tech in Bed With US Government’, Manipulating Policy Decisions Slammed as Travesty by Expert

After prominent e-commerce firm Amazon became the latest in a lineup of big tech companies throwing their support behind the US vaccine rollout plans hailed by the administration of Joe Biden as a way to reboot the COVID-19 response, ostensibly botched by Donald Trump, questions have been raised.

Critics on both the left and the right of the political spectrum have wondered why the company seemed to have waited for Democrat Biden to take office before offering assistance to the federal government.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Buyer’s Remorse: Ute Indian Tribe Lashes Out at Biden Admin for Restricting Federal Energy Development, “Direct Attack on Our Economy and Sovereignty”

Remember when the tribal leaders were “optimistic” about Joe Biden and overwhelmingly voted for him?

The honeymoon is already over for the Ute Indian Tribe in Utah.

Joe Biden wasted no time destroying tens of thousands of jobs his first day in office by canceling the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Biden also put a 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands and states in the west and southwest are furious.

The Ute Indian Tribe in Fort Duchesne, Utah blasted the Biden Administration’s restrictions on federal energy development.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

California Governor Newsom in Hot Water for Hushing Up Formulas Used to Determine Lockdown Tiers

The US state of California has been using a “complex” model based on projected regional intensive care unit (ICU) capacity to assign lockdown tiers since December, however, last week’s lockdown in Sacramento was suddenly lifted despite an ICU capacity of less than 10 percent.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is under fire as a result — from the start of the pandemic he’s said that his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago Weekend Gun Violence Leaves at Least 24 Shot, 5 Killed Across City

CHICAGO — Twenty-four people have been shot and five killed so far in Chicago weekend gun violence, including a 5-year-old girl.

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

Data Expert: 200,000 Pennsylvania Ballots Were Modified After Election — a Sampling of 100,000 Arizona Ballots Show ‘Material Amount’ Aren’t Even Real People

There was fraud everywhere in the 2020 election and to not address this is to destroy the future of our children while stomping on the graves of those who died for this country.

We’ve pointed out literally a million invalid ballots which were included in the ‘certified’ results in the 2020 election in three states alone:

Pennsylvania Reported 200,000 More Ballots Cast than People Who Voted — Will The State Now Legitimately Go to the Trump Column?

The Democrats want to punish you for discussing this massive fraud and the Republicans want to say it didn’t happen. What is wrong with this picture?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Disney+ Blocks Under-Sevens From Watching ‘Racist’ Peter Pan, Dumbo and the Aristocats for Breaching ‘Content Advisories’

Generations of children have been charmed by the magical tale of the boy who never grew up, but Peter Pan is now on a list of banned movies.

Bosses at Disney have blocked anyone under the age of seven from watching the 1953 animated classic on its streaming service over concerns that it portrays racial stereotypes, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Three other long-standing family favourites — The Aristocats, Swiss Family Robinson and Dumbo — have also been removed from children’s accounts for breaching ‘content advisories’ that were recently put in place.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dr. Fauci Gushes to Rachel Maddow: ‘I’ve Been Wanting to Come on Your Show for Months’ (Video)

If you had any doubt about the political leanings of Dr. Fauci, this will cure you of that.

This week he appeared on the Rachel Maddow show and told her how excited he was to be there. He has apparently wanted to do her show for months.

He says he likes her and that she is “really good.”

This is the show that pushed the Russia collusion hoax for over three years.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Permanently Bans Young Conservative Entrepreneurs After They Create “Patriots Against Joe Biden” Facebook Page

This week, both co-founders of The Scoop, Steeve Strange and Cameron Shizznit, who regularly post their videos on The Gateway Pundit, had their personal profiles permanently banned from Facebook.

Upon trying to log in to our respective accounts, we both received this message:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Firefighter Fired for Criticizing Vandals Who Destroyed Public Monuments

A local broadcaster published a photo that went viral of two young black females celebrating on the vandalized Lee monument that ended up on the Henrico County Public Schools Facebook page. One of the girls was a student.

While some praised the photo, others were critical of the message it conveyed and HCPS’s decision to post it. Reinmuth, an 18-year veteran of the county fire department, joined the critics of the decision to post the photo on HCPS’ Facebook page.

“While off-duty, Reinmuth commented ‘Disgraceful’ and added, ‘Will they be posing with their new TVs as well?’, an allusion to Reinmuth’s belief that the photograph appeared to be advocating for unlawful activity associated with the riots such as vandalism and looting,” the institute said.

Reinmuth’s supervisors immediately fired him.

In the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia, Rutherford contends Reinmuth had a right as a citizen to express his opinion on the photo and its posting by a school district because it related to a matter of debate in the community.

In fact, the allegation is simply that he was fired for speech that was protected by the First Amendment.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gov. Whitmer Tries to Sneak Gun Control Into COVID Relief Package

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan wants to sneak a provision that would ban firearms from the state Capitol in Lansing into a coronavirus aid package.

Whitmer’s COVID recovery plan would offer a host of solutions for Michiganders now that she’s spent nearly a year attempting to bankrupt them.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Indian Tribe Accuses Biden Administration of Directly Attacking Their Economy, Sovereignty, And Right to Self-Determination

The Ute Indian Tribe issued a stinging rebuke of the Biden administration Friday, demanding an immediate amendment to the president’s 60-day leasing and permitting ban. Chairman of the tribe’s business committee, Luke Duncan, sent a strongly worded letter to Biden’s acting Secretary of the Interior, Scott de la Vega.

“The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation respectfully requests that you immediately amend Order No. 3395 to provide an exception for energy permits and approvals on Indian lands,” Duncan wrote in the letter. “The Ute Indian Tribe and other energy producing tribes rely on energy development to fund our governments and provide services to our members.

Your order is a direct attack on our economy, sovereignty, and our right to self-determination. Indian lands are not federal public lands. Any action on our lands and interests can only be taken after effective tribal consultation,” he instructed.

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

Instagram is Forcing Users to Follow Biden White House Account So That it’s Not So Pathetic Even When Users Repeatedly un-Follow the Page

Tech giants keep pushing the BIG LIE.

Instagram is forcing users to follow the Joe Biden White House account because the page had less than a million followers.

Remember: This is the guy who allegedly had 81 million votes and exponentially more popular than Barack Obama!

From a Gateway Pundit reader: Hoping you pick up this story. If you unfollow or block the White House Instagram account, hours later you are forced to follow it again. More than half of the followers are being forced to follow the page. Seems like Instagram is trying to avoid the mainstream media picking up on Biden having less than a million followers.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Insurrection! Portland Leftists Target Federal ICE Facility in Late Night ‘Protest’ (Videos)

Leftists in Portland are once again facing off with federal agents as they have staged a late night “protest” at their Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.

By 11 p.m. local time, arrests were already being made and an unlawful assembly had been declared.

On Wednesday, the leftists vandalized the federal ICE building and the state’s Democratic Party headquarters. During the incident that night, the rioters were seen carrying pepper ball guns, fireworks, shields, rocks and “electronic control weapons similar to Tasers.”

The scene on Saturday night seemed to be similarly planned.

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

Labor Unions Blast Biden for Killing Jobs, Driving Up Energy Costs

Multiple labor groups are speaking out against President Joe Biden’s cancelation of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The North American Building Trades Unions, which endorsed Biden for the presidency back in October, said it is “deeply disappointed” with Biden’s decision.

The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters put out a scathing statement that accused Biden of listening to “fringe activists” rather than union workers and consumers.

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

Man Accused of Taking Police Gun in Riot Faces Murder Charge

SEATTLE (AP) — A man accused of taking a rifle from a burned-out Seattle police car during a riot last spring now faces a murder charge in an unrelated shooting.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday it had charged 25-year-old Jacob D. Little, of Everett, with second-degree murder and second-degree assault for a shooting in a Renton parking lot in August that left one person dead and another injured.

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

Missouri Gun Shop Announces They ‘Don’t Have Guns or Ammo for Biden Supporters’

Trigger Firearms and Reloading LLC in Jefferson City, Missouri, has announced that they do not have guns or ammunition available for Joe Biden supporters.

The gun shop made the hilarious announcement in a Facebook post, which triggered quite a bit of outrage from the left.

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

MyPillow CEO Hires Celebrity Attorney After Daily Mail Runs “False Story” Alleging Affair

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has retained celebrity attorney Charles Harder after the Daily Mail published a story on Thursday that claimed Lindell had an affair with actress Jane Krakowski.

“I never met this lady in my life and have never been to West Village and the Hamptons, where they said I was in the hit piece,” Lindell said in a Friday statement. “I’m not just going for a demand letter or a retraction. I want to go after them with a lawsuit because they have damaged my integrity as a Christian and my network to help addicts everywhere.”

[MyPillow CEO should sue in a UK court. The UK has more sensible defamation laws than the US.]

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

On Day 2 Biden Says “There’s Nothing We Can Do” About COVID.

In remarks Friday, President Joe Biden said, “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” a notable contrast with his signature campaign promise to end the pandemic.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Police SUV Plows Through Crowd That Was Mobbing His Car While Responding to Street Racing in Tacoma (Video)

A police officer in Tacoma, WA, is facing heat after driving through a crowd that was mobbing his SUV while responding to calls of illegal street racing with obligatory doughnut burnouts in intersections. The incident was captured on multiple cell phone cameras. You can see the SUV in the street with 20-30 people surrounding it. At one point the officer evidently becomes concerned with his own safety and hits the gas, plowing through about a dozen or so people to escape. One person is all the way under the car and you can clearly see the back tires run over him:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Police Break Up ‘Illegal Nightclub’ In the Basement of a Massachusetts Home

(CNN) — Police broke up an “illegal nightclub” with a full bar and waitress that had been set up in the basement of a Massachusetts residence — and authorities are investigating possible violations of Covid-19 restrictions.

After a complaint of loud music in a residential area of Lawrence early Monday, police initially did not find anything but officers saw “a large amount of foot traffic” heading to a home on Springfield Street.

“Upon further investigation, the Officers observed an ‘illegal nightclub,’ complete with a waitress and full bar,” according to a statement posted on the police department’s Facebook page.

The building had an estimated 100 people inside along with charcoal hookahs and external propane heaters being used, police said.

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

Portland Teacher Indicted Over Violence at Summer 2020 Riot

In Portland’s first known instance, a case has been reinstated against an accused rioter who originally had her charges dropped last summer following an arrest at a violent Antifa protest.

Malia Lynne Trammell, 29, of Portland, was a high school teacher who has been indicted on one count each of felony riot, felony identity theft, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with a peace officer and third-degree escape.

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

Seattle Police Chief Announces City Will Start Cracking Down on Violent Protesters

Seattle’s interim police Chief Adrian Diaz announced Saturday a new, stricter policy on street protests that includes prosecution for those who destroy property.

Diaz said that the city’s violent protesters aren’t spreading any worthwhile message or advocating a cause. He told reporters that he has wanted to see a crack down on the vandals for months.

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

Texas Man Charged for Capitol Riot, Threatening to Assassinate AOC

Garret A. Miller of Texas was arrested and charged Wednesday on allegations he invaded the Capitol building during the January 6 riot and threatened to assassinate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and a Capitol Police officer.

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

The New York Times is Being Eaten by the Cancel Culture Monster it Helped Create

Given the past four years of pretty much unhinged bias among most US corporate media against Donald Trump and his presidency — which media outlet involved in that can now in its right, or at least somewhat fair mind, fault a reporter, groomed in this climate, for letting loose once Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden, was finally about to take office?

Apparently, the New York Times can. Senior editor Lauren Wolfe was fired for posting on Twitter the day before Biden’s inauguration that she had “chills” just watching his plane land at Joint Base Andrews.

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

Thousands of COVID Vaccine Injuries, 13 U.S. Deaths Reported in December Alone

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna permission to distribute their experimental mRNA coronavirus vaccines to Americans on an “emergency use” basis in December, it opened the floodgates for other countries to quickly follow suit.

By Jan. 11, counting China and Russia, 43 countries had administered at least 26 million doses of vaccine — especially Pfizer’s — with far more ambitious plans for the coming year. The companies’ global delivery targets for 2021 include two billion Pfizer/BioNTech doses and at least 600 million Moderna shots.

Drawing on the tried-and-true marketing technique of drumming up the “illusion of scarcity” to “accelerate demand,” U.S. officials have been attempting to direct the public’s attention to the concocted drama of vaccine supply shortages and a slower-than-expected rollout.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump’s Former DHS Secretary Lobbies Senate to Approve Biden’s DHS Pick

Kevin McAleenan, former acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Trump administration, is lobbying senators to approve President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the agency, Alejandro Mayorkas…

The letter comes despite Mayorkas’s scandal-plagued background in the Obama administration where he was accused by the DHS inspector general of acting “improperly” for securing EB-5 visas for wealthy foreign investors.

During a hearing, Mayorkas defended his actions, saying he “fixed problems,” and promised to help Congress pass an amnesty for 11 to 22 million illegal aliens despite its potential to drive an uncontrollable mass migration to the United States-Mexico border.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Twitch’s New Anti-Harassment Rules Are Incredibly Vague

Amazon’s Twitch has unveiled the platform’s new anti-harassment rulesthat critics worry are so vague and broadly worded that they leave way too much room for potential misinterpretation and abuse.

In addition to that, the phrase “protected groups” pops up an inordinate amount of times while failing to explain how and by whom it is defined. But one thing Twitch does spell out immediately is that the company puts its vague version of protecting users from harm clearly over those users’ right to free speech.

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Violent Leftists Attack City Hall, Tear Down American Flag, Assault Journalist, Steal… Media Ignores

A mob of violent leftist vandals broke into the locked Bellingham, Washington City Hall building and committed multiple crimes. This breaking and entering and trespassing as well as tearing down an American flag and assaulting a journalist after stealing his equipment. As with all other violent Antifa attacks, the national media refuses to cover it.

These mentally ill troglodytes are not being called insurrectionists. No troops are being sent in to protect anyone. In fact, no law enforcement of any kind can be seen in the videos. This is because they are not Trump supporters, so Big Tech, Big Media, and Politicians all condone these actions in order to undermine America’s foundations and make it fall.

According to DeeDee Sun, a journalist for CBS KIRO7 Seattle:…

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Virginia Teachers’ Union Insists Students Get Vaccine Before Schools Reopen

A Virginia teachers’ union says students should not return to the classroom until they all receive a COVID-19 vaccine-a threshold that may be impossible to reach given the FDA’s current age restrictions for available vaccines.

During a Fairfax County Public Schools board meeting, the president of the district teachers’ union said students should receive the COVID-19 vaccination before full-time, in-person instruction resumes. Many of the school district’s students, however, are unable to receive the vaccine-Pfizer’s vaccine is only authorized for individuals over the age of 16, and Moderna’s is only available to those over 18.

Although studies show that in-school transmission of COVID-19 is “extremely rare,” teachers’ unions across the United States have opposed going back to the classroom.

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Watch: Journalist Andy Ngo Flees Portland, Says Police Won’t Protect Him

Andy Ngo, an independent journalist who often contributes to The Post Millennial, has been interviewed by Sky News, where he talks about having to move to London because of repeated death threats.

“You’re in London because you’d had to flee Portland ‘cause it’s too dangerous for you? Tell us,” Ngo was asked.

“Yeah, for a number of months now, there’s just been increasing threats of violence against me, promises by Antifa extremists to … kill me,” replied Ngo.

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Montreal Police Say They Intervened in Over a Dozen Places of Worship Saturday

MONTREAL — Montreal police (SPVM) officers were very busy Saturday into the evening putting an end to more than a dozen alleged illegal gatherings, that they say were in violation of public health measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the afternoon and evening, the SPVM intervened in 11 places for alleged violations of the decree,” said SPVM spokesperson Caroline Chevrefils.

On Saturday morning, the police confirmed their intervention at the sites of three other illegal gatherings in synagogues and “places of worship” in the metropolis since the day before.

[Comment: Quebec has become like Communist China.]

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Belgium: Police Disbands Three Illegal Parties

Yet another lockdown party was disbanded by the police in Tintigny on Sunday morning at 4AM, the public prosecutor’s office says. 27 French citizens had attended it.

Despite social distancing restrictions, twenty-seven young French people had gathered in a holiday home that was designed for just 20 guests. It was the third time that police discovered such an illegal gathering this weekend in the province de Luxembourg.

On Friday, 17 Dutch partygoers were found in a holiday home in Mande-Ste-Marie, close to Bastogne.

The same night, police also disbanded a party that took place in an office space in Gouvy; 8 people had attended it.

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Brexit Boost: British Manufacturers Announce New Factories, Export Orders, And More

Brexit Britain has enjoyed a slew of good news stories in manufacturing, on top of Nissan’s high-profile commitment to expanding operations in the country.

News that Nissan would not only be retaining its Sunderland car plant, which EU loyalists had often threatened would be axed after Brexit, but expanding its operations, has dominated the headlines in recent days, but it is by no means the only positive development in British manufacturing to be announced in recent days, according to the Jefferson group.

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‘Catastrophically Wrong’: German Court Declares Regional Lockdown Unconstitutional in ‘Politically Explosive’ Decision

A German district court has declared a strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it.

A trivial case about a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends has ended up in a decision the German media described as “politically explosive.” A district court in the city of Weimar did not just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany’s basic law.

Thuringia’s spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people’s lives,” the court said, justifying its decision. It particularly condemned a restriction limiting private gatherings to the members of one household and one person outside of it.

It was this regulation that a local man violated by hosting a party attended by his seven friends. Yet, the judge said that the regional government itself violated the “inviolably guaranteed human dignity” secured by Article 1 of the German basic law in the first place by imposing such restrictions.

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Death Knell for Summer Holidays: Boris Set to Give Go-Ahead for Australia-Style 10-Day Hotel Quarantine for All UK Arrivals — Including Returning Brits — Who Will Have to Pay for it Themselves

Ministers are in the process of finalising plans that will force British holidaymakers to isolate for ten days in an airport hotel patrolled by security guards as soon as they enter the country.

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France’s Demographic Policy Should Follow Hungary’s Pro Family Example, Says French Philosopher Zemmour

Last year, the majority of France’s natural population growth occurred due to migration rather than births in the country. In order to reverse this trend, the country should follow the Hungarian example, said popular philosopher and author Eric Zemmour on the evening political talk show of CNews television channel.

“The number of births has never been so low in France. The reasons are the economic and social conditions, family policy and the decision of the socialists to abolish family allowances for better-off people … And the dominant ideology,” Zemmour said, adding that the prevalent social trends since the 1990s also played a major part in the natural population growth.

“Since the 90s and 2000s people have been praising the individual, feminism, and gender theory. The dominant ideology destabilizes traditional benchmarks. And the lengthening of abortion periods is a problem and all of this leads to a drop in the birth rate,” he said.

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France: Radical Muslims Face Trial for Alleged Terror Plot Against Yellow Vest Protests

Three radicalised Muslims face trial after being accused of plotting to commit a terror attack against Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protestors in Paris in 2018.

The three men, brothers Kamel and Hilial A. and 54-year-old Islamic convert Rémi M., were first accused of plotting to carry out a terrorist attack against the Yellow Vest protests in November of 2018.

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France: Macron Govt Threatens Third Lockdown if 6 PM Curfew Unsuccessful

(AP) — France’s government may impose a third lockdown in the coming days if an existing 12-hour-a-day curfew doesn’t significantly slow virus infections.

Exactly a year after France announced Europe’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus, Health Minister Olivier Veran said in an interview published Sunday in the Le Parisien newspaper that if infections don’t drop, and “if the variants start to spread everywhere, we will take extra measures. And that’s called confinement. … We will close down.”

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French Public TV Pays Bonuses to Journalists Who Promote the EU and Diversity

In France, public television channels and radio stations belonging to the France Télévisions public media group have been among the most vocal critics of their Polish and Hungarian counterparts under the rule of conservative governments of Law and Justice (PiS) and Fidesz, which they have often accused of clamping down on the freedom of the press and turning public media outlets into pro-government propaganda channels.

Yet, after the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune told the National Assembly last Sept. 17 that it was necessary to “reinforce the mechanisms which will make our public channels talk more about Europe”, and that the government and its parliamentary majority should “seek all possible means of constraint or pressure to achieve that goal”, it appears that the management of France Télévisions was quick to obey its orders.

According to left-wing Le Monde daily newspaper, “a few months ago” chief editors at France Télévisions were told that the variable part of their salary will now depend on how much they promote “diversity, visibility, overseas departments and territories, and Europe” (meaning the EU).

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Germany: 200 Muslims Allowed to Pray in Mosque But Only 70 Christians in Church

The claim here is that the mosque is much bigger than it seems to be, and so social distancing rules can be observed and large numbers of men can still attend the mosque. This is unlikely on its face, as many, if not most, churches in Germany were built in the days when there were large numbers of Christians in the country, and so they tend to have lots of space. It is possible, however, that the mosque really is much larger, as there is a general tendency in the West to build mosques very large, as an assertion of presence and permanence.

However, what would happen if this Muslim community really were flouting Covid rules? Would German police dare to enter and tell them they had to break up the meeting? If a church were overcrowded, would police enter there? The answers are clear.

“No corona violation: Up to 200 Muslims in Röthenbacher Mosque,” translated from “Kein Corona-Verstoß: Bis zu 200 Muslime in Röthenbacher Moschee,” NordBayern, January 20, 2021 (thanks to Medforth).

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Hands Still Tied? UK Companies Unable to Get COVID Cash Due to EU State Aid Rules

British businesses are locked out of the government’s £4.6 billion emergency coronavirus grant scheme because it has signed up to the European Commission’s “state-aid temporary framework”, according to reports.

“It’s bizarre that EU state aid rules are standing in the way of hundreds of millions of pounds of financial support that will protect jobs,” complained Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, in comments quoted by the Financial Times.

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Italy: Jail Inmate Attacks Female Guard, Tries to Kiss Her

Union calls for security at Trento prison toe be tightened

(ANSA) — TRENTO, JAN 21 — A male prison inmate on cleaning duty attacked and tried to kiss a female guard in the jail laundry earlier this week, the SAPP warders’ union said Thursday.

The incident happened in Trento jail in the far north of Italy.

“Our colleague, understandably in shock, went through an incredible and crazy experience,” said SAPP provincial chief Massimiliano Rosa.

He called for security to be tightened at all departments in the jail.

“The prisoner, a foreigner, attacked the guard while she was bending down to take laundry form the basket, brazenly seized her by the arm, dragged her towards himself and tried to kiss her,” said Rosa.

“The colleague managed to wriggle out of his grasp and get away.” The SAPP official called for a security guard to be posted to the laundry and other places in the prison where inmates perform work duties.

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Netherlands: Riots During Protests Against Corona Measures

Amsterdam (dpa) — The tightened corona measures with a curfew have led to protests and riots in the Netherlands.

In Amsterdam and Eindhoven, the police put an end to a previously prohibited demonstration with water cannons on Sunday. Hundreds of protesters in both cities protested the corona measures and attacked the police with fireworks and stones. In Eindhoven, the police also used tear gas.

In the capital, despite a ban, hundreds of protesters had gathered on the museum square in the center. Police also used horses, dogs and batons against the protesters. Hundreds of people demonstrated despite the ban in Eindhoven in the east and used violence against the police. According to the police, more than 30 people have been arrested.

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Spain: The Police Force of Barcelona Evict an Illegal Party at the Teatre Grec With 140 People

BARCELONAOn Saturday afternoon, Barcelona’s Guardia Urbana (the city’s police force) evicted an illegal party in the Jardins of the Teatre Grec in Montjuïc with at least 140 people. Those attending the macro-party consumed alcohol in the stands and played music with amplifiers on the amphitheatre stage, according to the force. The agents closed all the exits and identified and reported these 140 people for not complying with the health measures and restrictions deployed to control the covid-19 epidemic.

The police have posted the images of the macro party on Twitter.

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UK: 13 People Fined £2,600 After Throwing House Party in Darwen

THIRTEEN people who threw a house party have been fined £200 each.

Police found 13 people in a property in Darwen on Friday night (January 22) and each person was given £200 fine — a total of £2,600.

A spokesperson for the police said: “On Friday night we found 13 people inside a house in Darwen having a party. All 13 people have been issued £200 breach of Covid Restrictions Regulations Fines.

“We do not enjoy breaking up house parties and issuing fines, but I make no apologies for doing so.”

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UK: Hundreds Caught at Illegal Rave in East London as Police Hand Out Fines Worth £15,600

Dozens have been fined after police caught 300 people at an illegal rave in northeast London.

Officers raided the unlicensed music event at a railway arch in Nursery Road, Hackney, at around 1.30am on Sunday.

Organisers padlocked the door from the inside and dozens of those attending scaled fences to escape as officers forced their way inside, the Met Police said.

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UK: Labour Shadow Foreign SEC Backed ‘Gender-Balanced’ And Diverse Woke Military

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary and Biden fan Lisa Nandy MP backed calls for the British Army, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy to be reforged as woke “human security services” which would be “gender balanced and ethnically diverse”.

The Labour politician, who recently praised U.S. leader Joe Biden as “a woke guy” who “appointed an amazingly strong woman of colour who is also pro-[abortion] as his running mate… mentioned the trans community in his victory speech, [and] stood up for the Black Lives Matter protesters”, said the report containing the proposals was “really inspirational” and “based on the beliefs that I also share.”

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UK: Muslim Accused of Having Explosives, Detonators and Documents Referring to Jihad and Combat

Oddly enough, British police were able to spare enough personnel from their relentless pursuit of “right-wing extremists” to discover this fellow before he was able to commit mass murder.

“Redhill man ‘had explosives and jihad documents,’“ BBC, January 22, 2021.

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UK: Police Find Dozens of Party-Goers Hiding in a Cupboard at Student Halls in Birmingham After Raiding Illegal Party

Cops videoed their bust-up of a student lockdown party in Birmingham with 50 people fined and dozens found trying to avoid capture by hiding in a closet.

People travelled from as far as Newcastle, Nottingham and London to attend the event at Canalside accommodation, Birmingham on Friday.

Officers said, ‘Covid is real’, as they opened up a closet to find people, adding ‘you will receive a fine’.

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UK: Three Wise Monkeys Are Racist Now, Says Woke University of York

Academics at the University of York removed a depiction of the three wise monkeys from their website after they determined it could be seen as an insult to ethnic minorities.

The Three Wise Monkeys, which embody the Japanese proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and are often used to describe those turning a blind eye to wrongdoing, have become the latest victims of the Black Lives Matter iconoclastic movement in the United Kingdom.

The organisers of an upcoming art history conference at the University of York in England have apologised for their use of the three monkeys in their call for submissions and removed it from their website.

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UK: Top Tory MPs Horrified by Govt Plan to Recruit Children to Spy on Parents

The Boris Johnson administration’s efforts to pass legislation which will allow the state to recruit children to spy on their parents and even break the law while doing so has horrified some of the party’s top parliamentarians.

The Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS) Bill will, if passed into law, allow 22 state agencies, including the likes of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and local councils, as well as the intelligence services and police, to recruit children as “covert human intelligence sources” — spies, essentially. Children aged 16 and 17 could even be used to spy on their own parents, and afforded certain protections to break the law while doing so.

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Tunisian Phosphates Output in Gafsa Still Suspended

Govt chief announces mobilisation for sit-ins and protests

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, DECEMBER 4 — Tunisia, a significant world producer of phosphates, has in recent days suffered once more from a halt to production in several sites of the Gafsa Production Company (GPC) in the southern part of the country due to protests and sit-ins against measures recently announced by the head of the government for the Gafsa governorate.

The measures were deemed insufficient by protestors.

The Mdhila site in Gafsa, after months of paralysis due to the protests, had restarted production on November 19 but has since stopped once more.

For the first time in Tunisia, in fifth place among world producers of phosphates until 2010, in September was forced to import phosphates.

Energy experts say that this was the result of a decade of bad management of this sector, previously known as one of the pillars of the national economy.

The head of the Tunisian government, Hichem Mechichi, in recent days ordered that moves be made to enforce the laws, reopen public streets occupied by protestors and resume operations at production sites.

Intervention to liberate the production sites will happen in coordination with judicial authorities.

Several regions and governorates in the southern part of the country are currently experiencing a wave of protests and tensions, especially in the Games industrial zone.

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Palestinian Territories to Get Russian COVID Vaccine Soon

5,000 doses of Sputnik 5

(ANSAmed) — TEL AVIV, JANUARY 19 — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is expected to receive an initial shipment of 5,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik 5 Covid-19 vaccine soon, according to Israeli media.

The news outlets reported that the doses will arrive in the West Bank from Jordanian territory and that the PA received assistance from the Israeli authorities for the transfer of the vaccines.

The use of Sputnik 5 was approved “as an emergency measure” by the PA last week.

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Saudi Cup Horse Race Returns With 30 mn Prize

Without public but with TV coverage for second edition

(ANSAmed) — NAPLES, JANUARY 18 — The second edition of the Saudi Cup horse race will be held in Riyadh without a public, due to Covid-19. The two-day event organized at the King Abdulaziz racetrack on February 19-20 will see some of the best jockeys in the world compete.

The race will only be covered by television networks and it is a highly anticipated horse race in the Arabic peninsula where passion for the sport is huge.

The event will only be open to horses and those connected to the race, including possibly a limited number of owners, within the full respect of social distancing measures, Bandar Bin Khalid Al Faisal, the chairman of the Equestrian High Commission of Saudi Arabia, told The National newspaper. Despite the absence of the public, sponsors have increased by 600% compared to last year. Bandar said there had been a “huge jump” in interest compared to last year “so without coronavirus, who’s to say whether it might have been even larger”, The National reports.

“Very few sponsors came in” last year “but there’s definitely a much bigger interest domestically here in the kingdom, for sponsorship, and we are very exited about that prospect”, he was also quoted as saying.

The event, like the Dakar and Formula One race in November, is part of a strategy to show to the world Saudi Arabia’s evolution from a touristic standpoint and prove the country is not only investing in hydrocarbons but is instead diversifying with sectors like tourism, technology, sport and entertainment.

Indeed, the non-oil sector grew for the third consecutive month in November. The government is also working on transport and hospitality ahead of the post-Covid phase with projects of construction of large tourism centers to visit the country’s cultural heritage sites.

Saudi Arabia has created the Saudi Cup horse race by consulting the best operators worldwide with the highest total prize pot in the world worth 29 million dollars in the first edition and a focus on the final race of the Saudi Cup worth 20 million. The prize pot this year totals 30.5 million dollars with competitors from 19 countries.

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Brother of Christian Imprisoned in Pakistan on Blasphemy Charge Pleads for Biden to Help

A United States citizen whose brother is facing the possibility of being sentenced to death in Pakistan on trumped-up blasphemy charges is asking the Biden administration to put pressure on Pakistan to release his brother.

In three months, 47-year-old Pakistani Christian man Nadeem Samson will go before Pakistan’s Lahore High Court as he petitions against blasphemy charges that stem from and were cemented by a false accusation, corrupt police, and his own confession under torture, his brother, Shakeel Anjum, told The Christian Post.

On Nov. 24, 2017, a man named Abdul Haq told Pakistani police that Samson had opened a fake Facebook account where he allegedly posted blasphemous material. He asked for an immediate police raid on Samson’s home to catch him in the act.

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Pakistan Police Drop Investigation Into Muslim Man Who ‘Kidnapped Christian Girl, 12, Raped Her and Chained Her Up for Five Months’ Because She ‘Willingly Married Him’

Pakistan police have dropped an investigation into three Muslim men accused of kidnapping a Christian girl, 12, before abusing her and chaining her up for five months.

Farah Shaheen, now age 13, was abducted from Faisalabad on June 25 and spent over five months in the yard of Muslim man Khizar Hayat, 45, who allegedly raped her.

Police rescued the youngster in Faisalabad on December 5 and found cuts from the shackles on her ankles from where she had been bound and forced to work in the man’s yard all day clearing animal dung.

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China on the Move: Communist Country Authorizes Its Coast Guard to Attack Foreign Vessels

Less than a week into the new Biden administration, and China is making moves to reassert itself as the dominant power in East Asia. On Friday, the Chinese government issued authorization to its coast guard to attack foreign vessels when Chinese interests are perceived to be infringed upon.

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HSBC ‘Colluded’ With CCP to Debank Democracy Activists: Hong Kong Watch

Multinational investment bank HSBC has “colluded” with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to debank pro-freedom campaigners in Hong Kong, says the founder of Hong Kong Watch, as the bank’s chief executive is set to be grilled by British MPs on Tuesday.

Last month, HSBC froze the accounts of a church in Hong Kong that had provided humanitarian assistance to protesters during the massive movement against the national security law, which was illegally imposed on the city by the communist dictatorship in Beijing.

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Australia Lashes Out at Big Tech Threats, Says it’s ‘Inevitable’ That Facebook & Google Will Pay for Content

Australia’s treasurer has advised the tech giants to accept that their platforms will have to start paying for content, amid threats from Facebook and Google to limit services in the country if such a policy is enacted.

Canberra is finalizing legislation that would require the internet behemoths to obtain licenses to use content created by Australian news outlets. Both companies have warned that they would retaliate over the revenue-sharing scheme, with Google saying last week that it would remove its search engine from Australia, and Facebook declaring that it would strip news from the feeds of all Australian users.

On Sunday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg pushed back on the ultimatums, signaling that the Australian government wouldn’t reverse course.

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“This is a Warning to Christians in All Parts of the World”: The Persecution of Christians, December 2020

The following are among the abuses inflicted on Christians by Muslims throughout the month of December, 2020:

The Slaughter of Christians

Nigeria: In a video that appeared on Dec. 29, Islamic terrorists executed five Christians. The footage shows five armed members of the Islamic State (West African province) standing behind five men dressed in orange suits, and on their knees with their arms tied behind their backs. The terrorists order each of the men to say their names and the hostages oblige, each adding, “I am a Christian.” One of the terrorists then says “This is a warning to Christians in all parts of the world and those in Nigeria… Use the heads of these five of your brethren to continue with your ungodly celebrations,” a reference to Christmas. The five Muslims then open fire into the back of the Christians’ heads and kill them.

A few days earlier, on Christmas Eve, and into the early morning of Christmas Day, Muslim raiders terrorized a Christian village, where they slaughteredbetween seven and 11 people, including a 5-year-old, and kidnapped 11 more (it is believed that the five Christians who were executed on video were from among these 11). Riding on trucks and motorcycles, the jihadis opened fire indiscriminately, torched 10 homes and one church, and plundered the food supplies meant to be distributed on Christmas Day. Although traumatized, some Christians remained defiant. A text by Markus Bulus, a local, on Christmas Day states:

“Whatever Boko Haram planned against us has failed. Whatever it is, we shall still celebrate Christmas. Jesus, we’re so grateful this day even with the bad experience we had last night. We have nothing to offer as our thanksgiving, but we offer our hearts in deep supplication to your majesty on this Christmas Day.”

Elsewhere throughout month of December, Muslim Fulani herdsmen “killed 33 Christians, destroyed 18 homes and displaced more than 2,500 people.” Moreover, according to a report released by the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (“INTERSOCIETY”), between Jan. 2020 and Dec. 13, 2020, Muslims massacred at least 2,200 Nigerian Christians. Of this figure, “Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen,” it said, were responsible for about “1,300 Christian deaths, followed by Boko Haram and its splinter groups (ISWAP and Ansaru) with 500 Christian deaths… Nigeria in 2020 has lost an average of six Christians per day and 180 per month.”

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African Leader: Trudeau Treats Us Like ‘Neo-Colonial Master’ With Aid That’s Destroying Our People

The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is no better than a “neo-colonial master” to the people of Africa when it uses its aid money to push ideologically-driven programs that are contrary to African values and culture, an African life-and-family leader said in a new documentary about Canada’s foreign affairs’ policy in Africa.

Author, filmmaker, and human rights activist Obianuju Ekeocha, who was born in Nigeria, told former Canadian Ambassador to China David Mulroney in the documentary that African people need aid, but not the kind of aid offered by Trudeau that goes against what it means to be an African.

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Kenya: Woman Loses Family After Responding to Visions, She Says

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) — Mansitula Buliro was preparing for Muslim evening prayers with her husband in eastern Uganda last week when she had a vision of Christ, she said.

The 13-weeks pregnant, 45-year-old mother of seven said that on that evening of Jan. 13 she first heard a loud voice saying “Yeshua,” Aramaic for Jesus, at her home in Obutete village, Agule County in Pallisa District.

“During the process a certain weakness entered my body, and then I saw a light coming from above, and I heard a loud voice saying, ‘Yeshua’ repeatedly,” Buliro told Morning Star News.

Her husband, shocked, came from the room where he was praying and asked her what had gone wrong, she said.

“I narrated what I saw, plus the voice,” Buliro said. “He immediately got hold of the Arabic Koran and started casting out the evil spirit which he thought had entered me.”

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“Ocean Viking” Allowed to Bring Boat Migrants to Sicily

Rome (dpa) — The aid ship “Ocean Viking” is allowed to bring more than 370 boat migrants rescued from distress at sea to Augusta in Sicily. The operator organization SOS Mediterranee announced this on Sunday evening.

Italy had sent the crew to port at Syracuse. According to the information, a heavily pregnant woman had already flown to the island of Lampedusa by the Italian authorities. After that, there were 373 people on board who had been rescued from Libya with 4 rubber boats in recent days. The crew had returned to Malta and Italy with a request for admission. Arrival is expected on Monday.

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Belgium: Iraqi Migrant Accused of Pushing Man From 27-Story Building

H. D., a 20-year-old Iraqi native from Liège, Belgium, is accused of committing murder to facilitate theft when he was 16 years old. The young man is considered a psychopath with paranoid tendencies, RTL INFO reports.

Due to the defendant’s personality profile, the juvenile justice system had relinquished the case in favor of adult justice. The case was then handed over to the Assize Court.

Experts have already spoken on the mental state of the defendant. In the initial phase, the prosecution had requested internment of the young man. However, the indictment later concluded that debate on this issue has to take place in the presence of experts and before the jurors of the Assize Court.

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Bosnia: 2,000 Muslim Migrants Riot in Migrant Camp Over Insults to Muhammad

What are the chances that these rioters will become loyal, stable, productive members of European society, accepting the freedom of speech and the right to criticize anything, even Islam?

“Near Sarajevo / Bosnia: Riots in the Blažuju migrant camp,” translated from “Nahe Sarajevo/Bosnien: Tumulte im Migrantenlager Blažuju,” PolitikStube, January 21, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):

Yesterday there were riots in the Blažuju migrant camp near Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Around 2,000 migrants took part. The trigger: abusive words about the prophet Mohammed.

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France: Migrants Exploit EU Open Borders to Dodge Deportation, Spend Few Hours in Belgium and Return

Roma gypsy migrants ordered to leave French territory have been using an EU loophole to avoid deportation, spending just hours across the border in Belgium and then returning.

The association Solidarité Roms Lille Europe has, for the last ten years, brought Roma originally from Romania and Bulgaria across the French border to Belgium after being handed deportation notices by the French government, it is claimed.

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ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens in Custody: ‘Release Them All’

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, tasked with enforcing federal immigration law, are being instructed to free all detainees in their custody, as President Joe Biden’s administration halts deportations.

An internal January 21 ICE memo, independently reviewed by Breitbart News and first reported by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, orders agents to “stop all removals,” including land and air deportations.

In addition, the memo tells agents that “all cases” of detainees in ICE custody are now to be considered “no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future” — suggesting all detainees will need to be released.

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Turkey Arrests 72 Suspects Over Migrant Smuggling

Turkish security forces on Saturday arrested at least 72 suspected human traffickers in operations based in the country’s commercial hub Istanbul, according to security sources.

Police arrested 72 suspects after prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 94 alleged members of a criminal organization which organizes illegal border crossings, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Police carried out simultaneous operations across 12 provinces to capture suspects engaged in migrant smuggling.

During the operations, at least 1,477 irregular migrants from countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Syria were also held after crossing into the country illegally.

Security forces continue to search for the remaining 22 suspects.

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Facebook Suspended Users for Mentioning English Beauty Spot Devil’s Dyke

It’s clear now: Facebook needs to go back to being an actual tech company instead of just a corporate dinosaur, and turn to technical innovation rather than politicking.

And a good place to start would be to work on improving those all-present algorithms.

Namely, Facebook’s algorithms (calling any of that actual artificial intelligence (AI) would be truly disingenuous at this point, so we won’t do it) work perfectly fine in doing what the company was set up to do more 15 years ago: grow user numbers through the network effect, and then keep them inside comfortable bubbles, unawares in their algorithmically sorted feeds, while the giant builds its trillion-dollar empire by scraping and selling access to their personal data to the highest bidder.

But when politics and its particularly tricky subset, politically correct speech, came into the picture, the inadequacy of these algorithms started to get exposed seemingly every day.

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

IED Explosion Reported at Los Angeles Church That Was Recently Criticized for ‘Anti-LGBT’ Language by Southern Poverty Law Center

The El Monte Police Department and FBI officials are investigating an explosion and vandalism at a Los Angeles church that was recently criticized for “anti-LGBT language.”

The First Works Baptist Church is part of a network of churches that have been criticized by the far-left extremists at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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

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

  1. Amsterdam to force surrounding rural areas to take migrants (I remember a similar story not long ago about Paris trying to do the same thing)

    https://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2021/01/amsterdam-gaat-buurgemeenten-koloniseren-vang-statushouders-die-niet-in-adam-passen-daar-op/

    Palestinian terrorist hugger Sigrid Kaag decides not to subsidize Muslim Brotherhood club with millions in taxpayer money after initial consideration

    https://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2021/01/palestijnse-terroristenknuffelaar-sigrid-kaag-zet-miljoenensubsidie-aan-moslimbroederschapclub-toch-maar-stop/

    Open borders populist Jesse Klaver seizes the opportunity now that the cabinet has fallen: ‘Get 500 children out of Moria!’

    https://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2021/01/open-grenzen-populist-jesse-klaver-grijpt-zijn-kans-nu-kabinet-is-gevallen-haal-500-kinderen-uit-moria/

    Open borders deal on Moria refugees impracticable: only TWO unaccompanied minors found

    https://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2021/01/opengrenzen-deal-over-moria-vluchtelingen-onuitvoerbaar-slechts-twee-alleenstaande-minderjarige-migranten-gevonden/

  2. Re: “An OrWELLSian Purge”: Wells was a eugenecist, like too many intellectuals of his day; there are also elements in “The Time Machine” and “Things to Come”.

  3. 3WM’s are from Japan. What’s next? Boris J because to so many he is a hideous creature? If a war breaks out “foreign or domestic” this disorganised unhygienic pre-diabetic clever monkey will be a perfect storm for ruling minorities non co-operation? Just axing.

    • Pat is now on GAB and he is raving mad as a wet hen. You’d think he was an American. HE is a diehard Trump loving Deplorable just like 80 million people.

  4. Just wondering if anyone understands the massive earth shaking magnitude of this story that was linked above. If what these scientists are saying is true, we should keep beating the left and its sycophantic public health establishement over the head with it until they are thoroughly discredited, sued for billions, and the top purveyors of this perfidious public health scheme against our God-given freedom are put where they belong–behind bars. Here’s the link from above:

    https://gatesofvienna.net/2021/01/gates-of-vienna-news-feed-1-24-2021/#438609

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