Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/5/2021

The Greek Orthodox Church is rebelling against the government’s new coronavirus lockdown orders, and will not obey them. Meanwhile, an MP has been arrested and charged for violating lockdown rules in Scotland.

In other Coronanews, Germany and Quebec have imposed stringent new COVID-19 lockdowns, including a 9pm curfew in Quebec.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Letter Signals US Treasury Will Allow Blockchains and Stablecoins for Bank Payments
» Restaurant Closings Top 110,000 With Industry in ‘Free Fall’
 
USA
» 2020 Was a Snack, 2021 is the Main Course
» 40% of Chicago Teachers and Staff Didn’t Report to Schools as Ordered, District Says
» Antifa Rioters Vandalized Federal Buildings in Philadelphia, Cops Say
» Apple Maps Stopped Showing Directions to Washington D.C. In Advance of Trump’s Speech at “Save America” Rally
» Biden Says $2,000 Aid Checks to Go Out “Immediately” If Dems Win Georgia Senate Races, But Will “Never Get There” If They Don’t
» California Rules Insurance Companies Must Cover Breast Amputation for Transgender Minors
» Christian Nationalism and COVID Vaccine Doubt Threatens America’s Herd Immunity
» D.C. Mayor Bowser Activates National Guard to Help With Planned Pro-Trump Demonstrations
» Democrats Propose Bill Preventing Lawmakers Sharing “Manipulated” Memes
» Epidemiologist Says Influenza Cases Are Being Counted as COVID-19
» Father Michael Pfleger Accused of Sexually Abusing Minor Decades Ago
» Fauci is “Sure” COVID Vaccine Will be Mandatory for School or Travel
» FDA Admits PCR Tests Give False Results, Prepares Ground for Biden to “Crush” Casedemic
» FDA Directed Not to Enforce Fees Against Distillers That Manufactured Hand Sanitizer
» Florida Sheriff Warns BLM, “I Will Deputize Gun Owners if You Think You Can Bring Your Lawlessness Here’
» Gallup: A Third of Americans Have No Confidence in Mass Media
» GOP Senator Says Antifa Attacked His Home, Threatened His Wife and Baby
» It’s Fear of Truth That Causes Lucifarian Zealots Masquerading as the Protectors of Same to Censor and Redefine Truth. If They Were Honest, They Wouldn’t Fear Truth or Differing Opinion.
» Judge Bans Proud Boys Leader From Washington After Arrest
» Kenosha Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake Will Not be Charged: DA
» Kyle Rittenhouse Pleads Not Guilty After Killing 2 People During Wisconsin Riots
» Lockdown 3
» Macy’s Closing 45 More Stores, Including at Water Tower Place and College Mall in Bloomington
» New York Bill SB416: Quarantine Camps & Forced Vaccinations
» No Charges Filed From Investigation Into Late Abortion Doctor Ulrich Klopfer
» Over 432,000 Votes Removed From Trump in Pennsylvania, Data Scientists Say
» Petition Launched to Ban Governor Cuomo From Buffalo Bills Playoff Game
» President Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Nashville
» Proud Boys Leader Arrested for Destroying Churches’ Black Lives Matter Signs
» Rep. Lauren Boebert Releases Video of Herself Walking Around DC With Gun
» Statistician: Lockdowns Don’t Work Because They Force People to Congregate in Fewer Places
» Ted Cruz to Object to Arizona Electors, Adding to Fraud Claims
» The Corporation That Brought You Asbestos Baby Powder is Now Seeking Emergency Authorization for Their Own COVID Vaccine
» This is CNN: ‘Trump Supporters Believe Bull***t’
» Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Democratic Party Over Vote to Ban Gendered Language in House of Representatives
» Washington Post’s DC Reporter is Suddenly Against Protests Now That Trump Supporters Are Having One
 
Canada
» Breaking: Quebec to Impose 9pm Curfews and Full Lockdown, According to Government Source
 
Europe and the EU
» Anarchist Antifa Take Credit for Arson Attack Against German Army Vehicles
» Cultural Commissioner of the German Protestant Church Says Qur’an is the ‘Third Testament’
» Czechia: The Vaccine is Our Hope, Says PM Babis in His New Year’s Speech
» Europe’s Largest Airline Investigated for “Jab and Go” Advertisement Promoting Travel After Vaccine
» Farage: There Won’t be a European Union in Ten Years’ Time
» Germany Latest to Extend Lockdown, FDA Warns Against Stretching COVID Vaccine Doses: Live Updates
» Greek Church Rebels and Rejects Government Lockdown Measures
» Hungary’s Top Challenges of 2021 Are the Pandemic and Migration, Says Foreign Minister Szijjarto
» Portuguese Nurse Dies Suddenly After Receiving COVID Vaccine
» ‘Restrict Contact to Absolute Minimum’: Merkel Extends German National Lockdown Until at Least End January
» Scotland: MP Arrested and Charged Over Alleged Coronavirus Lockdown Breach
» UK Authorities Accused of ‘Inflating Far-Right Threat to Appease Critics Who Say They Focus Too Much on Jihadis
» UK: Almost 350 People Wrongly Charged or Convicted Under Coronavirus Laws
» Updated: Talkradio, One of the UK’s Biggest Radio Stations, Banned by YouTube
 
Middle East
» Iran Publishes Video: If Jesus Were Among Us Today, He’d be Fighting Against the US
 
South Asia
» Pakistan: Renowned Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik: ‘Temples Should Not be Allowed to be Constructed in an Islamic Country’
 
Far East
» China Threatens Licenses of Lawyers Who Represent Pro-Democracy Activists
» Japan’s State of Emergency Seen Triggering First-Quarter Economic Contraction
» Top US Official Says ‘Growing Body of Evidence’ Shows COVID-19 Leaked From Chinese Lab
» WHO Chief Says China Blocking Probe Into Origins of COVID-19
» Xi Tells Chinese Military to “Focus on Preparing for War” As Chinese Communist Party Celebrates 100th Anniversary This Year
 
Australia — Pacific
» Julian Assange is ‘Free to Return Home’ To Australia if US Court Appeal Fails
 
Immigration
» First for 2021: Migrant Taxi NGO Authorised to Drop Off Over 250 Migrants in Italy
» UK: Failed Asylum Seeker Who Murdered Three Avoided Deportation Because Libya Was Unstable
 
Culture Wars
» CIA Rebrands as Woke Leftists and Champions of Diversity
» Climate Change Causation: Was the Medieval Warm Period ‘Regional?’
» Comedian Rowan Atkinson: Cancel Culture ‘Like a Medieval Mob’
» Islamophobia vs Homophobia: The Case of Mila is a Warning to the LGBT Community of Europe
» New Year, Old Yaniv: Jonathan Yaniv Facing New Criminal Charges for Threats, Mischief
» Study Says Transgender Women Retain Athletic Advantage After a Year of Hormone Treatment — But Author Defends Letting Them Compete
» Woke Revolution: New Terminology Like ‘Birthing People’ Instead of ‘Mothers’ Used at Harvard School of Medicine
 

Letter Signals US Treasury Will Allow Blockchains and Stablecoins for Bank Payments

The US banking industry regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), led by Brian Brooks, has issued a letter meant to interpret how banks and savings associations may use stablecoins and blockchains to validate, store and record payments.

While blockchain is the tech that serves as the transaction ledger of decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, stablecoins are often centralized and tied to fiat money like the US dollar or gold, all in a bid to stabilize their value.

Now the OCC letter, signed by Brooks — formerly of digital currency exchange Coinbase — explains that banks can serve as nodes on independent node verification networks (INVNs) and related stablecoins. The requirement is that these banks comply with the law and good practices.

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

Restaurant Closings Top 110,000 With Industry in ‘Free Fall’

More than 110,000 restaurants have closed permanently or long-term across the country as the industry grapples with the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. And more pain is ahead, with a potential shutdown of indoor dining in New York City just as the temperatures drop.

The nationwide tally — representing one in six U.S. eateries — is among the findings of a survey released Monday by the National Restaurant Association. The figure was up from about 100,000 shutdowns in a September survey. The Washington-based trade group shared the latest results with Congressional leaders in an attempt to secure financial support for a sector rocked by rising costs and falling sales.

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

2020 Was a Snack, 2021 is the Main Course

Though 2020 is widely perceived as “the worst year ever,” it was only a snack. The real banquet of consequences will be served in 2021. The reason 2020 was only a snack is that systems didn’t break down in 2020. The reason 2021 is the main course is that systems will break down, and once broken, they cannot be restored.

I made the chart below to explain how systems fail and why they cannot be restored. Systems have numerous sources of potential fragility:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

40% of Chicago Teachers and Staff Didn’t Report to Schools as Ordered, District Says

About 40% of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff who were expected to report to schools Monday for the first time during the pandemic didn’t show up for in-person work, officials said Tuesday, accusing the Chicago Teachers Union of pressuring its members to defy the district’s orders.

In all, about half of teachers and three-quarters of school-based support staff in preschool and special education cluster programs returned to classrooms as expected, accounting for 60% of those 4,400 employees scheduled to go back to specific schools, the district announced. Officials didn’t immediately provide data on another estimated 1,400 employees that were supposed to return but work at more than one school. The first two days after winter break last school year saw about 83% of employees present.

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

Antifa Rioters Vandalized Federal Buildings in Philadelphia, Cops Say

A group of far-left rioters in Philadelphia are facing charges for vandalizing federal buildings on New Year’s Eve, leaving behind “Antifa-related graffiti,” police said.

Roughly 50 people clad in all black descended upon Center City and defaced the historic US Customs House, the Robert Nix Federal Building and the Federal Detention Center late Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The federal lockup at Seventh and Arch streets was vandalized by far-left protesters with “Antifa-related graffiti,” Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Mike Cram said Thursday.

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

Apple Maps Stopped Showing Directions to Washington D.C. In Advance of Trump’s Speech at “Save America” Rally

Numerous Twitter users are reporting that Apple Maps temporarily returned a “Directions Not Available” message as they attempted to pull up directions to Washington D.C. in advance of tomorrow’s “Save America” rally where President Trump will be speaking.

The rally is one of several protests, marches, and rallies that will be taking place in the nation’s capital on Wednesday — the same day that Congress will declare the winner of the 2020 US presidential election.

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

Biden Says $2,000 Aid Checks to Go Out “Immediately” If Dems Win Georgia Senate Races, But Will “Never Get There” If They Don’t

Former Vice President Joe Biden said in a speech Monday that if the two Democratic Senate candidates win the January 5 runoff, the government would “immediately” send $2,000 aid checks to Americans.

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

California Rules Insurance Companies Must Cover Breast Amputation for Transgender Minors

California has decided that insurance coverage in the state must cover breast amputation for minor girls who choose to identify as male.

By recategorizing double mastectomies for gender dysphoric females as “reconstructive” rather than “cosmetic,” the California insurance commissioner has declared that normal female breast tissue qualifies as “abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects,” and therefore health insurance providers may not deny coverage of the surgery to minor transgender patients.

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

Christian Nationalism and COVID Vaccine Doubt Threatens America’s Herd Immunity

Americans have found all sorts of reasons to be suspicious of vaccines. One community that appears disproportionately opposed is Christian nationalists. In fact, we find in a new study that Americans who strongly embrace Christian nationalism — close to a quarter of the population — are much more likely to question the safety of vaccines and to be misinformed about them (e.g., believing that vaccines cause autism or don’t work or that those who administer them are dishonest). If enough of these Americans resist a Covid-19 vaccine based on suspicions rooted in misinformation, the results would be disastrous for achieving herd immunity and reducing the spread of the virus.

Christian nationalism is an ideology that seeks to have a particular expression of Christianity be privileged in the public sphere — in the national identity, public policies and sacred symbols of the U.S. It focuses on defining the boundaries of American citizenship, who is (and isn’t) a “true” American.

[Comment: Propaganda designed to demonize Christians and encourage public to worship at the alter of technocrat “science”.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

D.C. Mayor Bowser Activates National Guard to Help With Planned Pro-Trump Demonstrations

With thousands of supporters for President Trump expected to descend upon the District of Columbia ahead of the Congressional certification of the Electoral College vote, Mayor Muriel Bowser has called out National Guard troops to help with crowd control, necessary street closures, and to keep the peace.

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

Democrats Propose Bill Preventing Lawmakers Sharing “Manipulated” Memes

Thus far, online censorship, justified by the need to fight “misinformation,” has been done in the US largely at the discretion of tech giants and their social networks — even though often under political and corporate media pressure.

But now, a proposal floated in the US Congress could solidify the practice of silencing speech on these grounds, specifically amid Congress members and staffers.

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

Epidemiologist Says Influenza Cases Are Being Counted as COVID-19

Top epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski says that the massive drop in influenza cases can be attributed to the fact that many are being falsely counted as COVID-19 cases.

Wittkowski, former Head of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design at Rockefeller University, cautioned that, “Influenza has been renamed COVID-19 in large part.”

According to CDC figures, the cumulative positive influenza test rate from late September into the week of December 19th was just 0.2%, compared to 8.7% from a year before.

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

Father Michael Pfleger Accused of Sexually Abusing Minor Decades Ago

CHICAGO — Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church on the South Side is stepping aside from his duties, for now, after being accused of sexual abusing a minor more than 40 years ago.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Cardinal Blasé Cupich, who asked Pfleger to step aside from ministry while an investigation takes place.

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

Fauci is “Sure” COVID Vaccine Will be Mandatory for School or Travel

Among other things, Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the United State’s head tyrants trying to usher in the New World Order, is “sure” that the COVID-19 vaccine no one wants will be mandatory for school or traveling. Institutions could “mandate” the vaccine for the government, so they literally won’t have to write it into policy.

Institutions like hospitals and possibly schools will mandate that a person receives a COVID-19 vaccination, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted. “I would not be surprised, as we get into the full scope of [COVID-19] vaccination, that some companies, some hospitals, some organizations might require [COVID-19] vaccination,” he said in an interview with Newsweek.

There has already been quite a bit of talk on how to “punish” those who decide they don’t want this concoction swimming around in their veins.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

FDA Admits PCR Tests Give False Results, Prepares Ground for Biden to “Crush” Casedemic

The FDA today joined The WHO and Dr.Fauci in admitting there is a notable risk of false results from the standard PCR-Test used to define whether an individual is a COVID “Case” or not.

This matters significantly as it fits perfectly with the ‘fake rescue’ plan we have previously described would occur once the Biden admin took office. But before we get to that ‘conspiracy’, we need a little background on how the world got here…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

FDA Directed Not to Enforce Fees Against Distillers That Manufactured Hand Sanitizer

Craft distillers that have manufactured hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic will not have to pay the surprise fees recently announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Distillers learned about the fees on December 29, 2020. On December 31, the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA, announced the department had ordered the administration not to enforce the fees.

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

Florida Sheriff Warns BLM, “I Will Deputize Gun Owners if You Think You Can Bring Your Lawlessness Here’

For months, the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements have gone unchecked when it comes to their behavior in American streets. They claim to be peaceful and want nothing more than their voice to be heard yet looting and violence follow them wherever they go. Since the Democrats aren’t standing up to the movements, a Florida sheriff is taking it upon himself to send out a clear message to the so-called peaceful movements.

First posted to YouTube, Sheriff Darryl Daniels expressed his concerns about the Black Lives Matter movements and gave a word of warning for any members who seek to spread their message of hate in his state. Daniels said, “Look folks, don’t fall victim to subjecting yourself to this conversation that law enforcement is bad, that law enforcement is the enemy of the citizens that we’re sworn to protect and serve.”

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

Gallup: A Third of Americans Have No Confidence in Mass Media

Gallup’s annual poll on Americans’ trust in mass media has returned its highest ever level of complete distrust, with roughly a third of respondents voicing that they did not trust mainstream media.

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

GOP Senator Says Antifa Attacked His Home, Threatened His Wife and Baby

Republican Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) claimed late Monday night that a Antifa mob had gathered outside his home and begun attacking the property, threatening his petrified family who were inside.

Hawley said he wasn’t even at home at the time.

“Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel,” Hawley tweeted.

“They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door,” he further claimed.

“Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by left-wing violence,” Hawley urged.

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

It’s Fear of Truth That Causes Lucifarian Zealots Masquerading as the Protectors of Same to Censor and Redefine Truth. If They Were Honest, They Wouldn’t Fear Truth or Differing Opinion.

Only those who are totally corrupt and devoid of truth are determined to censor anything that expresses independent thought and dissenting opinion.

Censoring the truth, censoring personal opinions and attempts to control political discourse ad nauseam, are not the actions of truth-tellers. They are the actions of those who have throughout history feared the revealing of truth, because the free expression and exchange of same will always be the greatest threat to satanic indoctrination.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Bans Proud Boys Leader From Washington After Arrest

WASHINGTON — A judge has banned the leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, from the nation’s capital after he was accused of vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church and found with high-capacity firearm magazines when he was arrested.

The order bans Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 36, from entering the District of Columbia, with very limited exceptions to meet with his attorney or appear in court. It comes a day after he was arrested arriving in Washington ahead of protests planned by supporters of President Donald Trump to coincide with the congressional vote expected Wednesday to affirm Joe Biden’s election victory.

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

Kenosha Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake Will Not be Charged: DA

The Wisconsin cop who shot Jacob Blake in August will not face criminal charges in the case following an “exhaustive investigation” — in part because his self-defense claim cannot be disproven, Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley announced Tuesday.

“It is my decision . that no Kenosha law enforcement officer in this case, will be charged with any criminal offense based on the facts and the laws,” Graveley said.

Blake was shot by Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, who was responding to a report of a domestic disturbance on Aug. 23.

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

Kyle Rittenhouse Pleads Not Guilty After Killing 2 People During Wisconsin Riots

The Illinois teenager who fatally shot two people and wounded a third during violent protests over the summer has pleaded not guilty to charges including intentional homicide.

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

Lockdown 3

It’s like waking up from a nightmare only to realize that you’re still trapped inside the nightmare.

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

Macy’s Closing 45 More Stores, Including at Water Tower Place and College Mall in Bloomington

Macy’s announced it is closing 45 more department stores nationally in 2021, including at Water Tower Place in Chicago and College Mall in Bloomington, as part of a previously announced cost-cutting measure.

But the New York City-based retailer’s local stores at Southlake Mall in Hobart and River Oaks Center in Calumet City appear to have survived the latest round of closings.

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

New York Bill SB416: Quarantine Camps & Forced Vaccinations

It’s no longer a conspiracy theory. A bill in New York, SB416, will utilize FEMA camps and forced vaccines to deal with people who “MAY” by contagious or a public health threat. Who gets to determine who is interned in these camps? The ruling class, of course.

The FEMA camps those “crazy conspiracy theorists” have warned about could very soon be a reality for those living in New York state.

New York Senate Bill 416 authorizes the quarantine (jailing in internment camps) of individuals or groups who “potentially pose a threat to public health,” including forced testing and vaccinations. As the Ice Age Farmer said: This must stop now! There is no more gray area. You either support freedom, or some version of slavery. Wake up.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

No Charges Filed From Investigation Into Late Abortion Doctor Ulrich Klopfer

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced that there will be no charges filed as a result of an investigation into Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortion doctor whose family found thousands of aborted baby remains in his garage in Illinois after he died.

“The remains, mostly found in molding boxes and old Styrofoam coolers containing large, red medical waste bags, were in various states of decay,” a statement from Hill’s office said. “Each remain appeared to have been placed in a small, clear, plastic specimen bag for purposes of being medically preserved in a chemical suspected to be formalin, a formaldehyde derivative. However, many of the bags degraded over time and/or suffered damage, resulting in leakage from the individual bags into the outer bag, box, or cooler.”

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

Over 432,000 Votes Removed From Trump in Pennsylvania, Data Scientists Say

Pennsylvania election data shows that over 432,000 votes were removed from President Donald Trump during the November election, data scientists say.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Petition Launched to Ban Governor Cuomo From Buffalo Bills Playoff Game

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more than once expressed his interest in attending the NFL playoff game in Buffalo. In fact, he changed COVID rules after they made the playoffs. But a lot of people don’t want him to come.

A petition has been going around on change.org asking for the controversial politician to not be allowed into the stadium to see the Bills play, and has garnered more than 16,900 signatures in a very short time, breaking the 15,000 mark just under an hour before this writing late on Tuesday morning.

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

President Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) — President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Nashville in the emergency response to the Christmas day bombing in downtown Nashville.

The president’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide direct assistance to Metro Nashville-Davidson County under the federal Public Assistance program.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Proud Boys Leader Arrested for Destroying Churches’ Black Lives Matter Signs

Enrique Tarrio, leader of the far-right political group known as the Proud Boys, was arrested Monday on charges of destroying a Black Lives Matter sign that was displayed at an historic black church in Washington, D.C.

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

Rep. Lauren Boebert Releases Video of Herself Walking Around DC With Gun

Glock-toting Rep. Lauren Boebert released a new video showing her loading her gun and explaining why she’s arming herself in Washington, DC — one of the “most dangerous cities in our country.”

The newly elected congresswoman from Colorado has been fighting to carry her weapon inside the Capitol building.

“Even though I now work in one of the most liberal cities in America, I refuse to give up my rights — especially my Second Amendment rights,” Boebert, a Republican, says in the nearly three-minute video, tweeted on Sunday.

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

Statistician: Lockdowns Don’t Work Because They Force People to Congregate in Fewer Places

Author and statistician William M. Briggs argues that lockdowns don’t work because they force people to gather in fewer places like supermarkets and therefore spread viruses faster than if people were allowed to spread out.

[Comment: This is why lockdowns were done, to increase spread of virus thus providing a pretext for a “vaccine”.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ted Cruz to Object to Arizona Electors, Adding to Fraud Claims

Sen. Ted Cruz plans to challenge the Electoral College results from Arizona on Wednesday in a push for an electoral fraud commission.

The Texas Republican isn’t objecting because he wants to set aside Arizona’s results, but to force a debate on setting up a commission to study possible instances of voter fraud, a source familiar with Cruz’s plans told The Post.

Arizona was one of the swing states that narrowly broke for President-elect Joe Biden, who won in the Electoral College 306-232.

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

The Corporation That Brought You Asbestos Baby Powder is Now Seeking Emergency Authorization for Their Own COVID Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson says it plans to seek emergency use authorization in February, which would make it the third vaccine to be considered by the FDA.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

This is CNN: ‘Trump Supporters Believe Bull***t’

CNN host Don Lemon declared Monday that leftists should stop pandering to people who claim that supporters of President Trump should be afforded respect, because they all “believe bullshit.”

Lemon was discussing the intentions of some GOP lawmakers to object to the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden as President elect.

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

Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Democratic Party Over Vote to Ban Gendered Language in House of Representatives

Recently retired Congressional representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has decried her party’s recent vote to ban gendered language from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gabbard, who did not seek reelection to her Congressional seat reportedly because of her bid for the Democratic nomination for president, told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Monday that the move does not empower women.

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

Washington Post’s DC Reporter is Suddenly Against Protests Now That Trump Supporters Are Having One

A reporter for the Washington Post has promoted “peaceful” Black Lives Matter protests for months but now contests pro-Trump rallies for their purported “threats of violence.”

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

Breaking: Quebec to Impose 9pm Curfews and Full Lockdown, According to Government Source

Quebec will announce a province-wide lockdown that will bring “8 pm or 9pm” curfews, as cases in the province continue to skyrocket.

According to a report from La Presse, a source within the government says Premier Francois Legault will make the announcement on Wednesday. The lockdown will last three to four weeks and will include “schools, offices, construction and the manufacturing sector.”

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

Anarchist Antifa Take Credit for Arson Attack Against German Army Vehicles

Investigators believe that an arson attack targetting several German Bundeswehr vehicles on New Year’s Eve in Leipzig is linked to far-left extremists.

A claim of responsibility for the arson attack was made on the far-left web platform Indymedia, which has been linked to anarchist Antifa extremists in the past. The German government had banned the Indymedia page “Linksunten” in 2017 following the Hamburg G20 riots.

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

Cultural Commissioner of the German Protestant Church Says Qur’an is the ‘Third Testament’

This is complete cultural self-abnegation, hastening on Germany’s national suicide.

Some inspiring words from the Third Testament:

Jesus is not the Son of God, belief in the Trinity is “excess”: “O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, ‘Three’; desist — it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” — Qur’an 4:171

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

Czechia: The Vaccine is Our Hope, Says PM Babis in His New Year’s Speech

In his New Year’s speech, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the year 2021 begins on an unhappy note as the Czech Republic failed to tame the coronavirus epidemic so far. According to him, the pandemic showed how vulnerable we are despite all modern technologies and that a particular way of life should not be taken for granted. But it also showed solidarity, he said, adding that the vaccine presents hope for returning to normal.

Czechia will catch up with the financial losses related to the epidemic, it is the lost lives that are irreplaceable, Babis said in his speech. He also apologized to tradesmen for closing businesses.

“I’m truly sorry, but we had to choose between bad and worse. In this situation, human health and lives had to be given priority. The year was incredibly sad, difficult, and depressing,” he continued, stressing the economic losses as well.

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

Europe’s Largest Airline Investigated for “Jab and Go” Advertisement Promoting Travel After Vaccine

Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline, attracted more than 1,600 complaints and is now under investigation by the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) after featuring a “jab & go” advertisement on their website.

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

Farage: There Won’t be a European Union in Ten Years’ Time

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has said that the UK has “set the standard” for nations gaining independence from the European Union, predicting that with the current divides on the continent between east and west and north and south, the bloc will not even exist in ten years.

The UK finally left the EU’s institutions, with a deal, on December 31st, 2020, four-and-half years after the public voted 52 to 48 per cent to leave the bloc.

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Germany Latest to Extend Lockdown, FDA Warns Against Stretching COVID Vaccine Doses: Live Updates

Yesterday, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom confirmed that cases of the “mutated” COVID-19 strain B.1.1.7, which was first discovered in the UK, had been isolated in their states, prompting members of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory team to call for more genomic surveillance to better understand how these “mutated” strains might be spreading. And last night, Boris Johnson unveiled plans for England would join Scotland in a new nationwide lockdown, starting Tuesday.

It’s widely expected that Germany will be the next major European country to order up a new lockdown, as Chancellor Angela Merkel insists that the current restrictions simply don’t go far enough. Media reports published over the weekend and yesterday claimed that Germany plans to close schools and all non-essential businesses for at least a month. Italy has extended its restrictions for a couple more weeks through mid-January.

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Greek Church Rebels and Rejects Government Lockdown Measures

The Greek Orthodox church has vowed not to obey Chinese coronavirus lockdown measures imposed by the Greek government, with the Holy Synod announcing it will keep its places of worship open.

The Holy Synod, the Greek Orthodox church’s governing body, held a meeting Monday to discuss the government’s rules, which would implement tighter restrictions, including the closing of churches.

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Hungary’s Top Challenges of 2021 Are the Pandemic and Migration, Says Foreign Minister Szijjarto

Besides the coronavirus pandemic, immigration will remain the second biggest challenge this year, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó said on Monday. This also means that the government will continue its fight to protect national interests and will not yield to any pressure, he added.

The minister said Hungary is “still standing on two legs” on the issue of vaccine procurement, meaning that besides the European Union’s common vaccine purchase, it is also looking at available alternative sources.

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Portuguese Nurse Dies Suddenly After Receiving COVID Vaccine

The latest suspicious death to occur days (or, in some cases, even hours) after a patient received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has surfaced in Portugal, where a pediatric surgery assistant in Porto (who was reportedly in “perfect health” when she received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine) has died suddenly.

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‘Restrict Contact to Absolute Minimum’: Merkel Extends German National Lockdown Until at Least End January

Germans will have to limit contacts to a “minimum,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said, as she announced that the national Covid-19 lockdown is being both toughened and extended until the end of January, amid soaring infection numbers.

“We need to restrict contact more strictly… We ask all citizens to restrict contact to the absolute minimum,” Merkel told journalists on Tuesday.

Shops, bars, and restaurants in Germany, as well as schools, will remain shut at least until the end of January, Merkel announced, following a video conference with the leaders of the country’s 16 federal states. The government is aiming to reduce infection rates to fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 residents before any restrictions will be lifted.

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Scotland: MP Arrested and Charged Over Alleged Coronavirus Lockdown Breach

Margaret Ferrier MP has been arrested and charged with “culpable and reckless conduct” after allegedly breaking coronavirus restrictions in September.

Police confirmed on Monday that they had charged the 60-year-old Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Scotland, with allegedly failing to follow government coronavirus guidelines on self-isolation and travel restrictions, according to The Guardian.

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UK Authorities Accused of ‘Inflating Far-Right Threat to Appease Critics Who Say They Focus Too Much on Jihadis

I’ve been pointing this out for years; in fact, it’s why I was banned from entering the UK despite never engaging in, calling for, or condoning any violent activity. The British government is determined to fabricate a “far-right threat” that is equivalent to that of Islamic jihadis, so as to appease its growing, restive, and demanding Muslim population. So first they have to smear people who simply want to defend the freedom of speech and free society as “far-right,” and then pretend that they’re just as numerous and violent, if not more so, than jihadis. In order to do this, they have to treat people saying things they don’t like as if they were the same threat as people plotting mass murder.

“The old terrors: Referrals of Over-60s to government’s counter-extremism Prevent programme rocket by nearly 90 per cent as authorities are accused of ‘inflating far-right threat to appease critics who say they focus too much on Jihadis,’“ by Dan Sales, Mailonline, January 3, 2021.

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UK: Almost 350 People Wrongly Charged or Convicted Under Coronavirus Laws

Nearly 350 people have been wrongly charged or convicted under British coronavirus laws since they were brought into force in March 2020.

Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that the cases of 115 people prosecuted under the Health Protection Regulations and all of the 218 people prosecuted under the Coronavirus Act were not handled correctly.

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Updated: Talkradio, One of the UK’s Biggest Radio Stations, Banned by YouTube

Update 2PM Eastern: After the UK government contacted YouTube, YouTube has reinstated the channel.

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Iran Publishes Video: If Jesus Were Among Us Today, He’d be Fighting Against the US

The video says that the U.S. is the cruelest and most oppressive government on earth, persecuting its own people and interfering around the world. This appears to be a classic case of projection.

See the video here. “Video: If Jesus were among us today, who would He be fighting against?,” Ahlul Bayt News Agency, January 2, 2021 (thanks to Henry)

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Pakistan: Renowned Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik: ‘Temples Should Not be Allowed to be Constructed in an Islamic Country’

Naik is no “extremist.” According to Islamic law, “it is forbidden to build houses of worship for religions other than Islam.”

“Zakir Naik backs demolition of temple in Pakistan, says ‘temples should not be allowed in an Islamic country,’“ Times Now News, January 2, 2021 (thanks to David):

New Delhi: Wanted Islamic televangelist Dr Zakir Naik in his latest video has supported the demolition of an old Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saying temples should not be allowed to be constructed in an Islamic country.

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China Threatens Licenses of Lawyers Who Represent Pro-Democracy Activists

Chinese authorities have threatened to revoke the law licenses of two attorneys for defending a group of Hong Kong protesters arrested in December trying to flee to Taiwan, one of the lawyers revealed.

Lawyers Ren Quanniu and Lu Siwei were hired by family members of some of the 12 activists, after the protesters were arrested on charges of illegal boundary crossing.

Most of the group were facing charges related to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019, while one member, Andi Li, was being investigated by Chinese authorities for violating the new national security law imposed on the city by Beijing last year.

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Japan’s State of Emergency Seen Triggering First-Quarter Economic Contraction

TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan’s likely decision to declare a state of emergency in the Tokyo area will most probably trigger a contraction in January-March, analysts say, adding to the headache for policymakers struggling to cushion the blow to the economy from the pandemic.

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Top US Official Says ‘Growing Body of Evidence’ Shows COVID-19 Leaked From Chinese Lab

The most ‘credible’ theory about the origin of COVID-19 is that it escaped from a Chinese laboratory, according to US National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger, who made the comment during a Zoom meeting with UK officials.

“There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus,” said Pottinger, referring to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to the Daily Mail, which notes that ‘even China’s leaders openly admit their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false.’

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WHO Chief Says China Blocking Probe Into Origins of COVID-19

The head of the World Health Organization on Tuesday accused China of hampering its investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic by failing to grant international experts permission to enter the country as part of their examination.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he is “disappointed” by Beijing’s stalling and noted that the members of the international scientific team have begun leaving their home countries in the past day under an agreement between WHO and the Communist Chinese government.

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Xi Tells Chinese Military to “Focus on Preparing for War” As Chinese Communist Party Celebrates 100th Anniversary This Year

As China looks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party this year, Chinese head of state Xi Jinping has told the nation’s military to “focus on preparing for war.”

Xi recently delivered his first 2021 order to the People’s Liberation Army, telling the force to “focus on preparing for war, deepen the transformation of military training, build a new type of military training system, and comprehensively improve the level of combat training and ability to win,” according to a report from Xinhua, a Chinese government media entity.

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Julian Assange is ‘Free to Return Home’ To Australia if US Court Appeal Fails

Julian Assange is “free to return home” to Australia if the US loses its final appeal to extradite him to face espionage charges, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old WikiLeaks founder won a major legal victory Monday when a UK court deemed him too great a suicide risk to send to the US, a decision the US government immediately said it would appeal.

“Should the appeal fail, obviously he would be able to return to Australia like any other Australian,” Morrison told local radio station 2GB.

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First for 2021: Migrant Taxi NGO Authorised to Drop Off Over 250 Migrants in Italy

The Spanish Open Arms vessel has been granted permission to drop off 265 illegals at an Italian port after picking them up off the Libyan coast, the first migrant transport NGO landing in Italy of 2021.

The NGO ship picked up the migrants during the first hours of the new year and initially made its way to Malta but was denied port access by the Maltese government.

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UK: Failed Asylum Seeker Who Murdered Three Avoided Deportation Because Libya Was Unstable

Failed asylum seeker Khairi Saadallah avoided deportation to Libya for more than seven years before going on a murderous stabbing spree that authorities labelled a terror attack because human rights laws forbid deporting foreigners if their native country is unstable.

The revelation came during the sentencing hearing of the 26-year-old Libyan at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. In November, Saadallah pleaded guilty to murdering three men and attempting to murder three others during a stabbing rampage at a Reading park on June 20th, 2020. During the multi-day sentencing hearing, the prosecution is arguing that Saadallah was influenced by Islamist jihadist ideology to commit a premeditated terror attack and that he should face life in prison.

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CIA Rebrands as Woke Leftists and Champions of Diversity

The Central Intelligence Agency has revamped their website to champion their wokeness and support for diversity, LGBTQs and dual citizens.

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Climate Change Causation: Was the Medieval Warm Period ‘Regional?’

Some commenters yesterday noted that the climate establishment has not just completely ignored the threat to their orthodoxy posed by the Medieval Warm Period and other similarly-warm pre-human-emissions eras.

Initially, there was a recognition that this issue could be important, and there was definitely some attempt to deal with it.

However, over time, the accumulation of evidence, particularly as to the existence Medieval Warm Period as a global phenomenon, gradually became overwhelming.

So — in the face of evidence that, under the normal precepts of the scientific method, would be deemed to invalidate the hypothesis that only human CO2 emissions could be causing current warming — how can the orthodoxy be kept alive?

The answer, almost entirely, has been to resort to the hand-waving of “detection and attribution” studies, and hope nobody notices. And, to a remarkable extent, nobody notices.

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Comedian Rowan Atkinson: Cancel Culture ‘Like a Medieval Mob’

Rowan Atkinson, famous for portraying the characters Mr Bean and Blackadder, has once again hit headlines for slamming the rise of a destructive cancel culture.

In an interview with the UK’s Radio Times, Atkinson described online trolls trying to ban everything as “the digital equivalent of the medieval mob.”

“The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society,” he said.

“It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘cancelled’,” the British comedian emphasised.

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Islamophobia vs Homophobia: The Case of Mila is a Warning to the LGBT Community of Europe

LGBT communities in Poland like to complain about intolerance, which they supposedly experience at the hands of Catholics. It would be good if they acquainted themselves with the story of Mila, a 16-year-old French high school student who declares herself an LGBT activist and whose life has been turned upside down.

In January 2020, one of Mila’s peers in school, who came from a migrant family, made an aggressive sexual advance that Mila flatly rejected. The furious boy insulted her, referring to her as a lesbian and condemning her while using the name of Allah.

Mila decided to strike back. Using language worthy of the Polish Women’s Strike leader Marta Lempart, whose slogan is “f**k off”, Mila told the boy what she thought of Islam, the Quran and Muhammad.

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New Year, Old Yaniv: Jonathan Yaniv Facing New Criminal Charges for Threats, Mischief

Will 2021 finally be the year where justice is finally served for the infamous Jessica Simpson, formally known as Jonathan Yaniv?

On December 30, MeowMix.org broke the news that a warrant was out for the arrest of Yaniv. We have since confirmed that while the rest of us were bringing in the New Year, Yaniv spent New Year’s Day being arrested on three new charges.

Yaniv, who is probably best known for identifying as a transgender woman, sees nothing wrong with filing human rights suits against female estheticians who refused to handle and shave Yaniv’s male genitalia. However, Yaniv also has a history of violence, including assaulting two of my Rebel News colleagues.

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Study Says Transgender Women Retain Athletic Advantage After a Year of Hormone Treatment — But Author Defends Letting Them Compete

Male-to-female transgendered people retain notable physical advantages over their cisgendered female counterparts after a year of taking hormones, a study has revealed, stating the obvious in scientific fashion.

Athletes in the process of transitioning to female remain significantly stronger than their biologically-born competitors even after a year of receiving hormone therapy, researcher Timothy Roberts of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri revealed last month in a retrospective study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Roberts used five years’ worth of US Air Force data to track the performance of transitioning servicemembers during their regular physical examinations. Only after two years do trans athletes begin to perform more in line with their adopted gender, the study found.

Even so, the data showed that transwomen still ran 12 percent faster than their cisgender female peers after two years.

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Woke Revolution: New Terminology Like ‘Birthing People’ Instead of ‘Mothers’ Used at Harvard School of Medicine

In a paper drawing attention to a panel discussion on the experience of pregnancies for ethnic minorities, the Harvard University School of Medicine described women as “pregnant and birthing people”.

“Globally, ethnic minority pregnant and birthing people suffer worse outcomes and experiences during and after pregnancy and childbirth. These inequities have been further highlighted by COVID19,” the Harvard faculty wrote on Twitter.

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10 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/5/2021

  1. “Male-to-female transgendered people retain notable physical advantages over their cisgendered female counterparts after a year of taking hormones, a study has revealed, stating the obvious in scientific fashion.”

    This is already well know. That’s why normally at least a year of hormonal therapy is required before anything else. It’s the same as puberty.
    Obviously they shouldn’t be competing. Or rather, they should take a break from their career or compete among men until after that year. The sensible thing to do would be to take a break (or postpone therapy after the peak of his or her career).

  2. This is what is happening in my country.
    As a maritime nation,Epiphany is a very important day.

    Shocking images from Thessaloniki, where worshipers gathered at dawn outside the churches in the cold and darkness to be able to pray and commune, as the government and infectious disease specialists have imposed a “padlock” on the faith.
    Also, their order was to open the churches only at 1:30 from 8:30 to 10, while of course the sanctification of the waters will not take place.
    In fact, it did not take long for the security forces to appear, who were watching the faithful at close range, making their presence felt, thus sending the message that the faithful should not dare and come at a distance of less than 1-1.5 meters from each other or take off their mask.
    These conditions, reminiscent of other times and other regimes, made the Greeks end up “crypto-Christians” with many fearing government repression and infectious disease specialists being forced to pray at home, even calling on people close to them, as centuries ago when the Christian faith was banned.

    In Aigio, the Metropolitan of Aigialeia and Kalavrita Ieronymos, accompanied by the former Metropolitan of Kalavrita Ambrosios, sanctified the waters in the sea in defiance of the prohibitions of the government and infectious disease specialists.
    In fact, the ceremony took place in the presence of believers, as is done normally and in fact two swimmers fell into the water to catch the cross!
    According to information, the Coast Guard intervened, following a prosecutor’s order and imposed a fine of 1,500 euros on the Metropolitan and 300 euros on the two faithful, based on the bans.
    We remind you that incidents also occurred in Thessaloniki , where security forces brought worshipers, who threw the cross alone, as no priest agreed to sanctify the waters.
    At the same time, citizens gathered at dawn outside the churches to avoid the security forces like the … crypto-Christians.

    • Greece, please this savages out !!don’t let them in , send them back to Turkey!! Built the wall a HIGH!!, save Europe from Islamic horrific invasion, this is a crime against Europeans, We have to fight, it’s no other option, This traitors in EU. Will pay big price to destroying our continent..

      • You cannot imagine how difficult our lives have become.We have to face a governement who does what Germany orders,face the lockdowns,face Turkey,the illegal afroasians,the economic catastrophy and the churches are closed the moment we have such need to go and pray.
        I need so much to go to a church and pray.In my aeria there are 4 churches all closed.

        • Germany running this horrific show , the destroyed Europe for a third time !!, and this time without even one bullet , this Islamic invasion, Merkel&CO is responsible, I hope end up on Nürnberg trial for treason own country and whole continent, disgusting old rug ..

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