Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2021

The Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is suing the federal government for $250,000 over his treatment in a maximum security federal prison. Among other complaints, Mr. Tsarnaev alleges that he was limited to three showers per week.

In other news, President Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter, along with his allies Gen. Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Stock Market News Live Updates: Stocks Set Fresh Record Highs as Investors Weigh Prospects of More Stimulus
» The World’s Cryptocurrency is Now Worth More Than $1 Trillion
» US Loses 140,000 Jobs in December, First Monthly Loss Since Spring
 
USA
» “Orchestrating a Mob to Pressure Congress is Inexcusable” — Former Attorney General Bill Barr Piles on Trump
» 70-Year-Old Rioter Had 11 Molotov Cocktails Akin to ‘Homemade Napalm’ Near Capitol: Feds
» According to Federal Law and the Constitution — Trump is the Clear Winner by Default
» Apple Threatens to Ban Parler From the App Store Unless it Censors
» Articles of Impeachment Sparked by Capitol Siege Drafted by House Democrats
» Boris Johnson: Trump ‘Encouraged People to Storm the Capitol’
» Boston Marathon Bomber Files $250K Suit Over Treatment in Prison
» Breaking: Trump Reveals He’s Negotiating With Various Other Sites After Twitter Ban
» Capitol Siege: Four Veterans Give Their Firsthand Account on Thursday’s Protest at US Capitol
» Caroline Glick: Trump Rings in the Era of “Total Political Correctness”
» CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Media Elites Believe Americans Should Ignore Election Fraud and “Go Back to the Olive Garden and to the Holiday Inn They Are Staying at”
» DC Police Barricade Trump Supporters in Hotel After a Summer of Doing Nothing to Stop Antifa/BLM [Video]
» Deep State’s Color Revolution Executed to Perfection — Now They’re After Red Meat
» DNI Report Delivered to Congress Right After Certification — it’s Not Over Yet
» Dominion Voting Systems Sues Sidney Powell for $1.3b Over Election Fraud Claims
» Dr. Mercola Defamed by Digital ‘Anti-Hate’ Group
» Facebook and Instagram Ban BlazeTV Reporter Elijah Schaffer
» Facebook Permanently Bans Brandon Straka and His #WalkAway Campaign
» FBI Releases 10 More Photos of Suspected Capitol Rioters
» FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Drops Plans to Reform Big Tech, Suggests Agreement With Tech Platforms Banning Trump
» Florida COVID Hospitalization Rates Are Similar to 2018 Flu Season
» Ghislaine Maxwell Might Make New Bid for Bail, Lawyers Say
» Google Bans Parler App After Users Flock to it to Avoid Censorship
» Laptop From Nancy Pelosi’s Office Among Items Stolen in DC Riot
» Mainstream Journalist Sets Off Alarm Bells as He Calls for ‘Cleansing’ of Trump Supporters
» Mark Steyn on Hypocrisy and ‘Sanctimonious Drivel’ of Media Coverage of U.S. Capitol Chaos
» Miami Doctor Dies After Receiving First Dose of Pfizer Vaccine
» Minneapolis Protesters Raise Somali Flag
» Pelosi Calls for Trump Impeachment; Pence Says No to 25th
» Pentagon Moves Forward With Renaming of Bases Named After Confederate Leaders
» President Trump Responds to Twitter’s Permanent Suspension of His Account
» Rioters Left Feces, Urine in Hallways and Offices During Mobbing of US Capitol
» Rioter Who Led Mob Up US Capitol Stairs is QAnon-Booster From Iowa
» Rioter Who Lounged at Pelosi’s Desk, GOP Lawmaker Charged Over Capitol Siege
» Senator Josh Hawley Calls the Canceling of His Anti Big Tech Book “Orwellian”
» The Media Used This Week to Push for a Massive Social Media Purge
» The Republic Has Fallen — Trump Fails in Duty to Protect American Public From Chinese Communist Control
» Three Foreign Nationals Charged With Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS
» Trump Permanently Suspended From Twitter After Capitol Siege
» Trump Announces He Won’t Attend Biden’s Inauguration
» Twitter Boots Trump Allies Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell
» Video: Tucker Carlson Declares Trump Has “Reached His Expiration Date”
» Video: Angry Trump Denounces Capitol Storm as “Heinous Attack”
» Video: Police Barred Doors From Outside, Locked Trump Supporters in Hotels
» Viewers Head to Parler and Rumble to See Trump Video Censored on Mainstream Platforms
» Why Trump Voters Don’t Trust the People Who Count the Votes
» Yes, It Was a Fraudulent Election
 
Canada
» Leading Virologist Says Coronavirus Pandemic is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on an Unsuspecting Public”
» Ruling Class Wants You to “Remain Calm” And “Respect” The Oppressive System They Force You to Live Under
 
Europe and the EU
» Czechxit? Tricolor Movement Wants Regular Referendums on Leaving the EU
» France: ‘Teens’ Flip Elderly Man in Wheelchair, Strangle Wife
» France: Over 40% of Teachers Say They Self-Censor to Avoid Offending Their Muslim Students
» Hungarians Launch Anti-Censorship Social Media Network
» Labour Mayor Orders Removal of British Flags Put Up to Celebrate Brexit
» Police Fined Britons Paying Respects at Terror Attack Memorial
» Pope Francis Issues Law Reorganizing Vatican Finances
» Scotland: Police Enter Home, Arrest Family After Neighbor Snitched on Them for Violating COVID Rules
» Scottish Minister Seeking to Ban Trump From Entering UK
» Spanish Authorities Intervene at Nursing Home Rocked by COVID Outbreak Following Vaccine Jabs
» UK: Any Death 60 Days After a Positive PCR Test is Listed as COVID Death
» UK: COVID Police Quiz Couple With Pushchair Because They Were in a Town Centre
» UK: Delingpole: BBC Leftist Indoctrination Classes for Lockdown Schoolchildren? Nyet!
» UK: Lockdown Police Caught on Camera Violating Their Own Lockdown Rules
» UK: Lockdown Laws Are ‘Absolutely Frightening if You Believe in Freedom and Liberty’, Says Baroness Fox
» UK: Police Embarrassed Over Tweet Complaining of “2 Reports of Snowballs Being Thrown” In Violation of Lockdown
» UK: Rise of the Rejoiners: Labour MP Admits Majority of Party Lawmakers ‘Desperate to Rejoin’ EU
» UK: Seven Nigerian Men Arrested Over English Channel Tanker ‘Hijack’ Not Prosecuted
» UK: TV Show Asks: Should People be Rewarded for Snitching on Their Neighbors?
» UK: Women Interrogated, Fined by COVID Police for Going on a Walk
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israel Inoculates Its Population at Lightning Speed
 
South Asia
» Christian Lay Leader Arrested on Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan
 
Far East
» China Calls Uighur Women in Concentration Camps “Emancipated”
» Chinese Communists Heckle United States Over Capitol Riots
 
Australia — Pacific
» Move Over, Thor! Chris Hemsworth is Set to be Overtaken as the Owner of Byron Bay’s Most Expensive House as a Beachside Mansion Hits the Market With a Whopping $61million Price Tag
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Bill Gates DTP Vaccine Killed 10 Times More African Girls Than the Disease Itself
 
Immigration
» Denmark: Ex-Govt Minister Could Face Prosecution for Separating Child Brides From Migrant Husbands
» Greece Appoints New Assistant Minister Who Labelled Migrants ‘Unarmed Invaders’
» Migrant Crime Against Citizens Surges in German State
» UK: Muslim Who Murdered Three While Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Had Avoided Deportation Because Libya Was Unstable
 
Culture Wars
» A Big Move to Ban Realtor ‘Hate Speech.’ at Work. Anywhere. 24/7
» Leaving the Blight of Higher Education: Part II — Farewell, Faculty
» Ridiculous Gen Z Conspiracy Theory That Helen Keller ‘Didn’t Exist’ Takes Off on Twitter and TikTok- And the Comments Are Even More Ridiculous!
 

Stock Market News Live Updates: Stocks Set Fresh Record Highs as Investors Weigh Prospects of More Stimulus

Stocks ended a choppy session at record highs Friday afternoon as investors attempted to gauge the likelihood of additional stimulus out of Washington.

The three major indices fluctuated between gains and losses throughout the session, at one point turning negative following a report that additional stimulus out of Washington still faced roadblocks within the Senate. The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he would “absolutely not” back another round of stimulus checks, suggesting Democratic lawmakers still faced hurdles in advancing more stimulus even with control of the chamber.

Still, the S&P 500 ended at a record closing high, as a weaker-than-expected jobs report Friday morning and Democratic sweep of the Georgia Senate run-off races earlier this week stoked optimism for still-more aid from Washington to support the economy. The index’s one-week gain totaled 1.8% in its first week of trading in 2021. Bitcoin prices held above $40,000, and U.S. crude oil prices buoyed over $51 per barrel.

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

The World’s Cryptocurrency is Now Worth More Than $1 Trillion

The world’s cryptocurrency is now worth more than $1 trillion, with bitcoin accounting for a large majority of the value. The price of the oldest virtual currency has risen to almost $40,000, pushing the value of all bitcoins in circulation up to more than $700 billion.

Ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, is now worth more than $140 billion. Then there’s a long list of less valuable cryptocurrencies, including Tether at $22 billion, Litecoin at $11 billion, and Bitcoin Cash at $8 billion.

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is believed to own around 1 million bitcoins. Most of these were mined in the first two years of Bitcoin’s existence when there was little competition. If he still has copies of the private keys that control these coins, that would give him a net worth of nearly $40 billion—enough to make him among the 40 wealthiest people on the planet. Nakamoto has never publicly revealed his true identity and has not communicated publicly since 2014.

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

US Loses 140,000 Jobs in December, First Monthly Loss Since Spring

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — U.S. employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, marking the first decline in eight months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The agency reported the cuts Friday in its latest monthly report on the country’s employment situation, suggesting a significant loss of momentum that could temporarily stall economic recovery from the pandemic.

Nonfarm payrolls decreased by 140,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. Data for November was revised up to show 336,000 jobs added instead of 245,000 as previously reported. That was the first decline in payrolls since April.

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

“Orchestrating a Mob to Pressure Congress is Inexcusable” — Former Attorney General Bill Barr Piles on Trump

Former Attorney General Bill Barr saw no material evidence of election fraud in the 2020 Election but he is convinced the President orchestrated a mob yesterday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

70-Year-Old Rioter Had 11 Molotov Cocktails Akin to ‘Homemade Napalm’ Near Capitol: Feds

A 70-year-old Trump supporter toting an assault rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails that amounted to “homemade napalm” was among those arrested over Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol, authorities said Friday.

Lonnie Coffman of Falkville, Ala., had the “ready to go” explosive devices in his red GMC pickup truck in the area along with an M4 carbine assault rifle and two handguns, Justice Department officials said.

Coffman used gasoline and styrofoam to fashion the devices, Assistant US Attorney Ken Kohl told reporters.

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

According to Federal Law and the Constitution — Trump is the Clear Winner by Default

The law and Supreme Court precedents are blatantly direct about a Presidential election with fraud in it. ‘State the Nation’ made a strong and clear case for Trump simply winning by default. Read it, continue praying and believe the truth. Stand with Trump! Don’t run into the deep state swamp with Mike Pence, Mitch McConnel and other traitors.

Our Congress certified the election illegally and UN Constitutionally. There is nothing ambiguous about what the Federal law, Supreme Court and Constitution says.

‘When wholesale fraud and corruption and criminality are employed to steal the quadrennial POTUS election by one of the two major party candidates, the victor automatically becomes the other presidential nominee with the greatest number of electoral votes’ (stateoftheunion.co/?p=35959)

So far, the law and Constitution regarding this Presidential election has been completely ignored and violated by the House and the Senate on the November 6th. Instead, we saw the ‘Judas’ display by VP Mike Pence and other cowards in the House and Senate sell out the Constitution, truth and America.

The bottom line for all Americans is simply put. Donald Trump is President by default and due to proven and massive election fraud and foreign interference.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Apple Threatens to Ban Parler From the App Store Unless it Censors

Apple is threatening free speech social network Parler with a ban from the App Store unless it censors “objectionable” content and bears full responsibility for everything users post to the app.

In a message sent to Parler via Apple’s App Review Resolution Center, Apple accused the app of “serious App Store guideline violations.” This message cites complaints about “objectionable content” and accuses Parler of being “used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.”

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

Articles of Impeachment Sparked by Capitol Siege Drafted by House Democrats

WASHINGTON — Articles of impeachment accusing President Trump of “inciting an insurrection” have been drafted by House Democrats in the wake of the deadly Capitol siege and will be formally introduced on Monday, according to reports.

The document, which has over 150 sponsors, accuses Trump of violating his Constitutional duty by encouraging a crowd of his supporters to fight the vote to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory and denounces him as a “threat to national security.”

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

Boris Johnson: Trump ‘Encouraged People to Storm the Capitol’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has blamed President Donald Trump for violence in the American capital by some of his supporters, saying he was “completely wrong” to dispute the results of “a free and fair election”.

“All my life America has stood for some very important things. An idea of freedom, an idea of democracy,” proclaimed Johnson, who was himself born in Manhattan, New York, and only renounced his U.S. citizenship around 2017.

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

Boston Marathon Bomber Files $250K Suit Over Treatment in Prison

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is suing the federal government for $250,000 over his treatment inside the Colorado supermax prison where he is serving a life sentence — claiming his baseball cap was confiscated and he has been restricted to only three showers a week, according to a new report.

In the handwritten suit, Tsarnaev accused guards and the warden at the Federal Correctional Complex Florence — called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” — of being “unlawful, unreasonable and discriminatory,” The Boston Herald reported…

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

Breaking: Trump Reveals He’s Negotiating With Various Other Sites After Twitter Ban

President Trump tweeted on his @POTUS account that he is “negotiating with various other sites” after his ban from Twitter. The tweets were swiftly removed.

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

Capitol Siege: Four Veterans Give Their Firsthand Account on Thursday’s Protest at US Capitol

There was a small group that was on the front line during the storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday after traitor Mike Pence stabbed Trump and America in the back.

They asked not to use their names or identifying information because they are unsure whether federal authorities will pursue them, or if they will be harassed by left-wing doxxers.

They verified their stories with video and pictures of the event. I will quote their comments as “Adam,” “Bill,” “Charles,” and “Doug.”

Most importantly they all related that the crowd was completely non-violent and the police instigated the violence against the protesters before they even got on the Capitol grounds.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Caroline Glick: Trump Rings in the Era of “Total Political Correctness”

It was hard to watch the scenes of President Donald Trump supporters storming the Capitol on Wednesday as the joint session of Congress was convened to debate and ratify President Elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. Suddenly, the home of America’s representative government was threatened not by Islamic terrorists or China or Russia, but by the people the lawmakers represent — Americans. And the Americans in question had just attended a rally where President Trump told them Biden stole the election and the procedure going on the joint session was illegitimate.

The day before his supporters stormed the Capitol, Georgia elected two new Democrat senators. Those elections mean that beginning January 20, the Democrats will control all three elected bodies in Washington. And so, at least until the 2022 Congressional elections, Democrats will be able to do whatever they wish and Republicans won’t be able to stop them.

The events Wednesday will doubtlessly dominate the news cycle at least until Biden’s inauguration. And, given the nature of the U.S. media, the coverage will doubtlessly ignore two realities without which the public will be unable to understand what happened Wednesday or understand the nature of American politics and culture.

The first reality is that the assault on the Capitol was not a unique event. Rather it was a direct continuation of the political violence that leftist groups dominated by BlackLivesMatter and Antifa have engaged in in cities across America since last May.

BLM and Antifa rioters have burned and looted small businesses, destroying the savings and livelihoods of tens of thousands of Americans. Armed and violent rioters stormed and destroyed a police precinct in Minneapolis. They laid siege to a federal courthouse in Portland and vandalized the mayor’s home…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Media Elites Believe Americans Should Ignore Election Fraud and “Go Back to the Olive Garden and to the Holiday Inn They Are Staying at”

Big Media and the liberal elites has gone crazy. They claim that Americans shouldn’t worry about or even discuss the gargantuan election fraud that allowed Joe Biden to steal the 2020 election. They should just go back the “Olive Garden” and be quiet.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

DC Police Barricade Trump Supporters in Hotel After a Summer of Doing Nothing to Stop Antifa/BLM [Video]

Our government is out of control, and the people are fed up with it. Without term limits, there are people on both sides of the aisle who have been in power in DC for way too long. They didn’t like President Trump from the beginning because he exposed the corruption and grifting that has been going on for decades. He’s a People’s President and NOT a Washington insider. This is the very reason why his supporters are so passionate about President Trump.

When President Trump told the truth and called out the voter fraud in the 2020 election, the DC establishment and the judicial branch failed to support his effort to investigate. The status quo wanted to silence the president and his supporters, who were uncovering fraud that would prove that he won a second term. The American people were not given a chance to have an investigation into the obvious fraud. This is why thousands upon thousands of Americans showed up yesterday to call for fairness and an investigation into the fraud.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Deep State’s Color Revolution Executed to Perfection — Now They’re After Red Meat

We warned on November 2, 2020, the day before the 2020 Election, that the nightmare scenario created by the Democrats starring Sleepy Joe Biden was about to begin.

The Democrats were involved in a ‘color revolution’ the entire Trump Presidency, and Norm Eisen, Obama’s ‘Ethics Czar’, was reportedly behind it. Long before election eve another chapter in the Democrats’ attempt to remove President Trump from office was launched.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

DNI Report Delivered to Congress Right After Certification — it’s Not Over Yet

PLUS: Trump Supporters Filmed Disarming ANTIFA & Much More

Transparent Timing, Intelligence Community Assessment on Foreign Interference in 2020 Election Submitted to Congress Hours After Electoral Certification.

DNI Report Delivered to Congress Right After Certification, this means a neutral entity found major election fraud, now they really have egg on their faces.

This report was due to be delivered on Dec 18th, then is got set back until January. This is a big deal. Was the date set to allow them to certify Biden as president so there would be no loopholes for these traitors to slither through?

This looks like a strategic chess move.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dominion Voting Systems Sues Sidney Powell for $1.3b Over Election Fraud Claims

Pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell has been slapped with a $1.3 billion lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems over her “wild accusations” that the company rigged the presidential election.

Dominion, whose vote-counting equipment was used in several states, filed the federal complaint Friday to “set the record straight.”

“During a Washington, D.C. press conference, a Georgia political rally, and a media blitz, Powell falsely claimed that Dominion had rigged the election, that Dominion was created in Venezuela to rig elections for Hugo Chavez, and that Dominion bribed Georgia officials for a no-bid contract,” the company said.

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

Dr. Mercola Defamed by Digital ‘Anti-Hate’ Group

Story at-a-glance:

Mercola.com has been labeled a national security threat by British and American intelligence agencies that are collaborating to eliminate “anti-vaccine propaganda” from public discussion using sophisticated cyberwarfare tools

Imran Ahmed, chief executive of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), has made statements implying that people who question the safety and necessity of a COVID-19 vaccine might be prone to violent extremism — a defamatory statement that has no basis in reality

In a December 22, 2020, Twitter post, the CCDH states that “Anti-vaxxers have been meeting secretly to plan how to stop the COVID vaccine.” According to The Washington Post, the CCDH report quotes “leaked audio” from this supposedly “secret” meeting

However, audio was not “leaked,” as it came from presentations given at the Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination, held online October 16 through 18, 2020 that was in no way “private” or held in secret. It was open to the public just like the previous four conferences on vaccination that NVIC has sponsored beginning in 1997

Censorship is anathema to a democratically run, free and open society. While there may not be a benefit to allowing misinformation to be disseminated, the risks of censoring are simply too grave to be justifiable

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook and Instagram Ban BlazeTV Reporter Elijah Schaffer

In another example of the mass wave of censorship that has occurred across the Big Tech platforms since Wednesday, Facebook and Instagram have permanently suspended BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaffer.

Schaffer is known for his on the ground reporting and covered the events at the US Capitol on Wednesday. He also hosts the popular BlazeTV show Slightly Offensive.

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

Facebook Permanently Bans Brandon Straka and His #WalkAway Campaign

Facebook has banned the #WalkAway Campaign — a popular grassroots movement that encourages people to walk away from “the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today.”

The far-reaching ban has impacted the campaign’s main Facebook group (which had over 500,000 followers), its main Facebook page (which had over 182,000 followers), and every member of the #WalkAway Campaign team, including its founder Brandon Straka.

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

FBI Releases 10 More Photos of Suspected Capitol Rioters

The FBI has launched a nationwide manhunt for 10 more suspects captured on camera storming the U.S. Capitol building during the deadly riots in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.

A new wanted poster from the feds shows close-ups of the 10 rioters during the siege that left five dead — a Capitol police officer and four demonstrators.

The FBI is asking for the public’s help to identify the 10 men.

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

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Drops Plans to Reform Big Tech, Suggests Agreement With Tech Platforms Banning Trump

Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, has abandoned the administration’s last-minute plan to push back against Big Tech by redefining Section 230. Pai claimed there’s not enough time.

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

Florida COVID Hospitalization Rates Are Similar to 2018 Flu Season

Florida has done away with mandatory mask wearing and lockdowns, a circumstance that has attracted a flood of outsiders coming for vacations and business conferences.

If you were to believe the premise that letting up on mask wearing and lockdowns would cause hospitalizations to skyrocket in the wake of this, you would be wrong. The truth is, despite the lack of mask mandates and lockdowns, hospitalization rates in Florida are on par with what they were during the flu season of 2018.

Looking at just the statistics alone, The Blaze found that in 2018 there were 1,972 hospitalizations per 1 million people. Today there are 1,998.

The bottom line, according to The Blaze, is “In other states, lockdown proponents can theoretically suggest that the reason the hospital numbers aren’t worse is because of the measures they are taking. However, Florida serves as the perfect control group, given that there is no lockdown and there have been no statewide restrictions in place for several months.”

For the record, Mercola offices are in Florida, and “We are very grateful for that,” Dr. Mercola said.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ghislaine Maxwell Might Make New Bid for Bail, Lawyers Say

Jeffrey Epstein cohort Ghislaine Maxwell is mulling a third bid for bail with “even more stringent and restrictive” conditions — after a federal judge rejected her $28.5 million bail package last month, new court papers revealed.

In a letter to US District Judge Alison Nathan, defense lawyer Christian Everdell asked for a 30-day extension to appeal the latest bail decision to “give Ms. Maxwell the opportunity to research whether and to what extent these additional conditions are legally and practicably available.” Prosecutors have objected to the extension, the filing says.

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

Google Bans Parler App After Users Flock to it to Avoid Censorship

Parler is one of the fastest growing apps in the world right now, as it has been somewhat of a salvation for those who support freedom of speech.

But the Big Tech giants that control the app stores are threatening to put an end to it and its business.

Google has suspended its upcoming competitor Parler from the Google Play Store, the app store that is used on Android devices.

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

Laptop From Nancy Pelosi’s Office Among Items Stolen in DC Riot

The Trump-supporting rioters who broke into the Capitol building during Wednesday’s deadly insurrection swiped laptops from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jeff Merkley, among other electronics, it was revealed Friday.

A congressional aide to Pelosi (D-Calif.) said a laptop was stolen from her office, which protesters ransacked and vandalized during their hours-long siege.

Merkley (D-Ore.) tweeted video of his trashed office after the raid, saying a laptop that had been sitting at a conference table was gone.

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

Mainstream Journalist Sets Off Alarm Bells as He Calls for ‘Cleansing’ of Trump Supporters

In a now-deleted tweet, ABC News political director Rick Klein said “cleansing” the “movement Trump commands” is the true challenge going forward, leading many to wonder what exactly liberals may mean by that.

“Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleansing the movement he commands is going to be something else,” Klein tweeted on Thursday, linking to a story claiming the US Capitol breach on Wednesday exposed “threats [that] will outlast” the president. The piece went on to call for “justice” against “those involved in an insurrection.”

Klein also doubled down on the comments, writing, “Cleansing the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Mark Steyn on Hypocrisy and ‘Sanctimonious Drivel’ of Media Coverage of U.S. Capitol Chaos

Conservative author and commentator Mark Steyn addressed on his website Thursday what he sees as the overwhelming hypocrisy and “sanctimonious drivel” of the continued media coverage of the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Miami Doctor Dies After Receiving First Dose of Pfizer Vaccine

As the US sees 4K confirmed COVID-19 deaths in a single day, the CDC is reporting another shocking potential reaction to the new mRNA-vector COVID-19 vaccines: A doctor in Miami has died two weeks after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Minneapolis Protesters Raise Somali Flag

On December 30, a 23-year-old man named Dolal Idd, who was wanted on felony charges, fired on Minneapolis police officers, who returned fire and killed him. Despite the fact that what happened is clear and there is no actual question of excessive force by the police, hundreds of people protested Sunday, claiming that Idd had been treated unjustly. In the course of the protests, some of the participants replaced an American flag that was flying over a South Minneapolis gas station with a Somali flag. It was a telling indication of what mass immigration without assimilation has already done to this country, and what it is likely to do in the future.

Joe Biden is set to reopen the mass migration floodgates, and so it is virtually certain that before too long, numerous Somalis will enter the United States and further increase the Somali population in Minneapolis and elsewhere. Will any attempt whatsoever be made to ensure that the people entering the United States will become loyal citizens, or at very least loyal residents, and that they will accept American values including? Will any attempt whatsoever be made to ensure that none of those immigrants who are coming in are Islamic jihadis?

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

Pelosi Calls for Trump Impeachment; Pence Says No to 25th

Nancy Pelosi joined Chuck Schumer Thursday in calling for President Trump to be impeached and removed from office under the 25th amendment, a move that would also prevent him seeking a second term in 2024.

Both called the breach inside the Capitol an ‘insurrection’, and proof that Trump is unfit to remain President for another 12 days, or ever take office again.

Labelling Trump a “very dangerous person”, Pelosi said that “this is an emergency of the highest magnitude,” adding “If the vice president and the cabinet do not act the congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment.”

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

Pentagon Moves Forward With Renaming of Bases Named After Confederate Leaders

The Pentagon announced Friday it is moving forward with plans to rename military bases named after Confederate leaders by appointing four members to lead the effort.

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has appointed Sean McLean, a White House associate director, Joshua Whitehouse, a White House liaison to the Defense Department, Ann Johnston, acting assistant secretary of defense for Legislative Affairs, and Earl Matthews, who is principal deputy general counsel for the Army.

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

President Trump Responds to Twitter’s Permanent Suspension of His Account

President Trump has responded to Twitter’s permanent suspension of his @realDonaldTrump account in a statement posted to the @POTUS Twitter account.

The statement was briefly available before Twitter censored it but we have obtained screenshots of it for you.

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

Rioters Left Feces, Urine in Hallways and Offices During Mobbing of US Capitol

They turned the US Capitol into a craphouse.

Some invading rioters defiled the hallowed seat of democracy with their dung in their ill-fated effort to overturn the election, a source close to incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told The Post.

“Congressional staffers saw feces in the hallways,” the source said Friday.

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Rioter Who Led Mob Up US Capitol Stairs is QAnon-Booster From Iowa

One of the rioters who stormed the US Capitol building is a QAnon-boosting Iowa man who was photographed facing off with cops in a tense moment, according to a report.

Doug Jensen, of Des Moines — who was captured on camera leading a throng of protesters into the building — is now a person of interest, police told the local station WHO 13.

On Thursday, Jensen posted footage of himself invading the Capital on Twitter with the comment, “Do you like my shirt?”

The shirt he’s wearing shows a large Q — a symbol for the far-right conspiracy theory group QAnon — along with the words “Trust the Plan,” a slogan for the group.

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Rioter Who Lounged at Pelosi’s Desk, GOP Lawmaker Charged Over Capitol Siege

The rioter who gloated as he sat at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk — and a West Virginia lawmaker who filmed himself storming the US Capitol — were among those arrested Friday, authorities said.

Richard Barnett — who was caught in a now-infamous viral photo lounging back in Pelosi’s chair in her private congressional office with his feet up on her desk after he and the pro-Trump mob infiltrated the building — turned himself into a local sheriff’s office in Arkansas in the morning, said Fox affiliate KNWA.

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Senator Josh Hawley Calls the Canceling of His Anti Big Tech Book “Orwellian”

Simon & Schuster announced that it will no longer publish The Tyranny of Big Tech, a book by Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. The publisher canceled the book because Hawley objected to the electoral college vote at the Capitol on Wednesday and was therefore seen by the company as an inciter in the storming of the Capitol building.

“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster said, speaking to the New York Times. “As a publisher, it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time, we take, seriously, our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat.”

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The Media Used This Week to Push for a Massive Social Media Purge

The response to Wednesday’s chaos in the US Capitol, stormed by supporters of President Trump unhappy with the way the November election was carried out (in their opinion, fraudulently) to eventually give victory to his opponent — seems to be putting extreme strain on the country’s democracy, particularly on the way free speech on the internet is not only allowed, or banned — but also viewed and treated.

Is it an inviolable and extremely valuable asset of a democratic society, or a commodity that can be tossed aside when it suits a political moment, or whim, as the media would like to suggest?

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The Republic Has Fallen — Trump Fails in Duty to Protect American Public From Chinese Communist Control

The republic has fallen.

We will always tell you the truth as we see it.

President Trump has failed. He had a solemn duty to protect the nation from Chinese Communist Party control and he failed.

Tuesday’s election was decided in China, not in Georgia.

POTUS would not take the necessary measure required.

The future is dark for freedom-loving Americans, or anywhere in the world for that matter.

I don’t understand President Trump’s reasoning.

I do respect the man. He birthed the America First movement. He had an amazing presidency. He will be loved and forever in America’s heart.

However, the truth is he failed in the end. That is what history will remember.

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Three Foreign Nationals Charged With Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS

The men were allegedly members of a group of ISIS supporters that carried out terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Day in 2019, killing 268 people

The Justice Department announced today that three Sri Lankan citizens have been charged with terrorism offenses, including conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (ISIS). The men were part of a group of ISIS supporters which called itself “ISIS in Sri Lanka.” That group is responsible for the 2019 Easter attacks in the South Asian nation of Sri Lanka, which killed 268 people, including five U.S. citizens, and injured over 500 others, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed today.

The complaint outlines the defendants’ roles in the conspiracy and the events that led to near-simultaneous suicide bombings in the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa on April 21, 2019. One of the U.S. citizens killed was a Department of Commerce employee who had traveled to Sri Lanka on official business.

Two days after the attacks, ISIS claimed credit for the terrorist acts, attributing the murders to “Islamic State fighters.” In late April 2019, the then-leader of ISIS praised the attackers for what he called a retaliation against “the West” for defeating ISIS the prior month in Baghuz, Syria.

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Trump Permanently Suspended From Twitter After Capitol Siege

Twitter on Friday took the unprecedented step of banning President Trump’s world-famous account from the platform “permanently” — less than two weeks before he leaves office.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement shortly after 6 p.m.

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Trump Announces He Won’t Attend Biden’s Inauguration

President Trump announced via Twitter on Friday that he will not attend the inauguration for incoming president Joe Biden.

To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.

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Twitter Boots Trump Allies Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell

Twitter on Friday suspended the accounts of President Trump’s allies, former Gen. Mike Flynn and lawyer Sidney Powell, who backed his claims that fraud handed victory to President-elect Joe Biden.

The action follows the Wednesday attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters after Trump told them to “fight like hell” to persuade Congress to overturn Biden’s win.

Powell recently claimed that Trump offered her a White House job to investigate voter fraud, but that senior White House staff — fearful of her wild claims of fraud — proceeded to block her from Trump’s orbit.

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Video: Tucker Carlson Declares Trump Has “Reached His Expiration Date”

During his broadcast Thursday night, Tucker Carlson declared that President Trump has reached the end of his ‘shelf life’, that it is unhealthy for America to be focusing so relentlessly on one man, and that Trump acted ‘recklessly’ in encouraging supporters to march on the Capitol.

Carlson opined that Trump has an “expiration date” and suggested he is no longer “worth all of this time and attention.”

“We’ve gone from being this big continental country with an enormous span of concerns and interests to a sweaty chat room of 300 million people all of whom are focused on a single man, Donald Trump. That is not healthy no matter how you feel about Trump,” Carlson urged.

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Video: Angry Trump Denounces Capitol Storm as “Heinous Attack”

In his first address since the Capitol was stormed on Wednesday, President Trump appeared angry about how the events unfolded, and called the incident a “heinous attack,” promising that those who broke the law “will pay”, and noting that a new administration will be inaugurated in twelve days, with a peaceful transition of power.

Trump said he is “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem” witnessed during the “heinous attack on the Capitol.”

He added that “the demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” adding that those who “engaged in the acts of violence and destruction… do not represent our country.”

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Video: Police Barred Doors From Outside, Locked Trump Supporters in Hotels

Video footage shot in the nation’s capital appears to show a group of Trump supporters being locked inside their hotel by Metropolitan Police officers following Wednesday’s protests against the certification of electoral votes on Capitol Hill.

As the group of the President’s supporters watched from the hotel’s lobby, an officer wearing sergeant’s stripes can be seen shoving a bar between the two front doors in an effort to lock the group inside, before tauntingly waving at onlookers through a set of windows.

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Viewers Head to Parler and Rumble to See Trump Video Censored on Mainstream Platforms

President Trump’s January 6 video addressing rioters and protesters and telling them to go home peacefully has been viewed millions of times on Rumble and Parler after the video was removed from the President’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for “inciting violence” and “election misinformation.”

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Why Trump Voters Don’t Trust the People Who Count the Votes

A Slate headline from December 13 reads: “82 Percent of Trump Voters Say Biden’s Win Isn’t Legitimate.” If even half true, this poll means tens of millions of Americans believe the incoming ruling party in Washington got its political power by cheating.

The implications of this are broader than one might think. Under the current system, if many millions of Americans doubt the veracity of the official vote count, the challenge to the status quo goes beyond simply thinking that Democrats are cheaters. Rather, the Trump voters’ doubts indict much of the American political system overall, and call its legitimacy into question.

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Yes, It Was a Fraudulent Election

A robbery is not negated because you cannot catch the thief.

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Leading Virologist Says Coronavirus Pandemic is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on an Unsuspecting Public”

A top virologist and pathologist in Canada told government officials that the coronavirus pandemic is, “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public,” and that, “paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signaling.”

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Ruling Class Wants You to “Remain Calm” And “Respect” The Oppressive System They Force You to Live Under

World leaders (the ruling class) is urging the public to “remain calm” and “respect democracy” after people stormed the Capitol yesterday. We are the slaves, and not allowed to demand we live freely as is our birthright.

One such ruler is Canadian President Justin Trudeau. The rulers can not possibly have people realizing no one has the right to rule them, whether the majority votes or not.

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what they are going to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Benjamin Franklin

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Czechxit? Tricolor Movement Wants Regular Referendums on Leaving the EU

The Tricolor Citizens’ Movement political party (Trikolóra) aims to introduce regular referendums on withdrawal from the European Union every time there is a parliamentary election, which would significantly raise the chances of Czechxit occurring.

The movement embraced this point when modifying its election program. According to the chairman of the movement, Vaclav Klaus Jr. the reason for the change in the program was the simplification of the movement’s stance towards the EU.

Klaus Jr. is the son of former Czech Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, one of the most important figures in modern Czech political history.

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France: ‘Teens’ Flip Elderly Man in Wheelchair, Strangle Wife

An elderly man in a wheelchair and his family were attacked by a group of ‘teens’ at a metro station in Toulouse, France, according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Tuesday afternoon, where three males, aged 14, 16, and 19, were eating sunflower seeds on a train platform.

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France: Over 40% of Teachers Say They Self-Censor to Avoid Offending Their Muslim Students

75% say they support Samuel Paty, but they don’t want to end up like him; hence the self-censorship. Given this widespread fear and self-abnegation, what will France be like in five years? Ten? Twenty?

“Secularism: over 4 in 10 teachers say they have already self-censored, according to a survey,” translated from “Laïcité: plus de 4 enseignants sur 10 disent s’être déjà autocensure’s, selon un sondage,” by Véronique Fèvre and Jeanne Bulant, BFMTV, January 6, 2021 (thanks to Mason).

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Hungarians Launch Anti-Censorship Social Media Network

A newly launched Hungarian social media network claims it wants to create a censorship-free platform with a million users in a country of ten million people by the end of the year.

The new network, named Hundub, has attracted 40,000 subscribers so far after launching on December 6th, 2020, to a Hungarian audience. It is seen as a close homage to Facebook but has promised to provide users with an environment free of censors, beyond what is illegal under Hungarian law.

[Comment: It would be ironic if Trump joined Hundub.]

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Labour Mayor Orders Removal of British Flags Put Up to Celebrate Brexit

A Labour party mayor who ordered the removal of British flags raised to celebrate Brexit has complained of racism, sparking a police investigation.

Mayor of Penzance Nicole Broadhurst, of the left-wing Labour party, had said 18 Union Jacks raised on flagpoles on Penzance Promenade in Cornwall by a private citizen or citizens to celebrate the end of the Brexit “transition” period and a true break between Britain and the United Kingdom and European Union — shortcomings in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal with the bloc notwithstanding — would be taken down because they were not authorised by the authorities.

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Police Fined Britons Paying Respects at Terror Attack Memorial

An English police force fined six people for taking part in a memorial to the 21 Britons killed in the 1974 IRA terror attack in Birmingham.

The JUSTICE4the21 campaign took part in a convoy on November 21st, 2020, for the 46th anniversary of the Birmingham Pub Bombings to remember the IRA terror attacks at The Mulberry Bush and The Tavern In The Town bars which claimed 21 lives and resulted in the injury of over 200 others. Hundreds of people took part in the convoy, which organisers said would abide by social distancing rules.

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Pope Francis Issues Law Reorganizing Vatican Finances

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a new law Monday reorganizing Vatican finances following a series of scandals.

In a document issued Dec. 28, the pope formalized the transfer of financial responsibilities from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), which functions as the Holy See’s treasury and sovereign wealth manager.

He first announced the shake-up in an Aug. 25 letter to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin that was made public on Nov. 5 after the Secretariat of State was engulfed by accusations of financial mismanagement.

The pope promulgated the new law in an apostolic letter issued motu proprio (“on his own impulse”).

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Scotland: Police Enter Home, Arrest Family After Neighbor Snitched on Them for Violating COVID Rules

Police in Scotland entered a home and arrested a family after a neighbor snitched on them because there were “too many people inside.”

The incident happened on Wednesday night at 11:20pm in Aberdeen and a clip of the encounter has since gone viral on social media.

“My house. That is bullying. This is my house. Get out of my house. I did not ask you in here,” says the woman as she is confronted by officers in her hallway.

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Scottish Minister Seeking to Ban Trump From Entering UK

Scottish Justice Minister Humza Yousaf advised UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to consider banning US President Donald Trump from entering in the future after a group of Trump supporters stormed Congress.

“Once he leaves Office if Trump tries to come to the UK the Home Sect should give serious consideration to denying him entry,” tweeted Yousaf, noting that the home secretary “has the power if an applicant’s presence is not conducive to the public good.”

Under UK law, a foreign citizen can be banned from entering if their “conduct, character,” or “associations” are deemed unsavory — even if they have no criminal record. The UK has previously banned public figures as diverse as conservative filmmaker Lauren Southern, Nation of Islam movement leader Louis Farrakhan, and right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

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Spanish Authorities Intervene at Nursing Home Rocked by COVID Outbreak Following Vaccine Jabs

A COVID outbreak was reported at the DomusVi Costa d’en Blanes residence for the elderly in Calvià, Mallorca after a screening on 3 January, prompting an intervention from authorities to stop the spread of the virus.

According to El Pais, 55 of the residence’s inhabitants (half the 110 who live there) and 14 workers have tested positive for coronavirus after receiving the first COVID jab on 30 December.

34 of the occupants have now been transferred to local hospitals in Mallorca after the Ministry of Health took control of the situation as measures taken by the DomusVi management were found to be insufficient.

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UK: Any Death 60 Days After a Positive PCR Test is Listed as COVID Death

A press release from the U.K.’s Department of Health and Social Care dated August 2020 outlines the methodology by which the United Kingdom would count deaths from COVID-19. Under the rules, all deaths occurring within 60 days of a positive COVID test are listed as COVID.

[Comment: And with the high CT count in th PCR test , most of those “positives” are false positives.]

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UK: COVID Police Quiz Couple With Pushchair Because They Were in a Town Centre

A couple with a baby and a pushchair were grilled by COVID police in Birmingham city centre as reports flooded in of people being interrogated by authorities on the streets following the announcement of a new national lockdown.

“An exchange between two officers and a couple with a pushchair walking through the city centre only ended when the man produced cash from his pocket and told officers they were going to pay in money at a bank,” reports the Daily Mail.

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UK: Delingpole: BBC Leftist Indoctrination Classes for Lockdown Schoolchildren? Nyet!

Personally, the BBC is about the last place on earth I’d trust with my children’s education. Its wokeness is relentless and all-pervasive.

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UK: Lockdown Police Caught on Camera Violating Their Own Lockdown Rules

A member of the public caught UK police violating their own lockdown rules during an encounter that was captured on camera.

The clip shows a man approaching four officers who are sat at a table drinking coffee.

Under Tier 4 restrictions, and now under the national lockdown as a whole, it is against the rules to sit at a table and consume beverages or food given that all pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed except for takeaway services.

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UK: Lockdown Laws Are ‘Absolutely Frightening if You Believe in Freedom and Liberty’, Says Baroness Fox

Former Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox has said that the government’s “restrictive, inhumane, and illiberal” lockdown measures need further scrutiny, but warned that debate on the response to coronavirus is being “demonised”.

Baronness Fox of Buckley, a recently-elevated life peer in the House of Lords, made the remarks while speaking to Mike Graham on talkRADIO on Thursday. Britain’s oldest talk radio station airs hosts and guests questioning government lockdown measures and was subjected this week to blacklisting by the Google-owned YouTube, before being reinstated on Tuesday.

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UK: Police Embarrassed Over Tweet Complaining of “2 Reports of Snowballs Being Thrown” In Violation of Lockdown

A UK police force is facing embarrassment after it angrily tweeted about “2 reports of snowballs being thrown” in violation of coronavirus lockdown rules.

West Mercia Police, via the Safer Neighbourhood Team for Broseley & Much Wenlock Twitter account, remarked on the egregious crime which took place last night.

“There have been 2 reports of snowballs being thrown last night between 11 & 11:30pm,” stated the tweet. “This is obviously not a justifiable reason to be out of your house, this behaviour is likely to result in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking the lockdown rules.”

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UK: Rise of the Rejoiners: Labour MP Admits Majority of Party Lawmakers ‘Desperate to Rejoin’ EU

A former Labour frontbencher has admitted that most in her party “at heart” wants to rejoin the European Union, and advocated considering scrapping the pound sterling to join the euro single currency.

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage may have spoke too soon when, after the UK left the EU’s institutions on December 31st, 2020, he claimed the “Brexit wars are over”.

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UK: Seven Nigerian Men Arrested Over English Channel Tanker ‘Hijack’ Not Prosecuted

AFP — Seven Nigerian men arrested on suspicion of attempting to hijack an oil tanker off the coast of southern England last year will face no further action, UK police said Friday.

Police in the southern county of Hampshire, who have been probing the October incident, said prosecutors made the decision following the emergence of “additional evidence” during the investigation.

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UK: TV Show Asks: Should People be Rewarded for Snitching on Their Neighbors?

Britain’s top morning breakfast show asked its viewers if people should be financially rewarded for snitching on neighbors who violate COVID-19 lockdown rules.

Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway introduced the segment by asking, “Should people be rewarded for snitching on their neighbors who break lockdown rules…because we are in such a serious situation, but should we incentivize people by giving them money?”

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UK: Women Interrogated, Fined by COVID Police for Going on a Walk

Two women were interrogated and fined by police for going on a walk in a remote area 5 miles from where they lived despite this not being illegal under coronavirus laws.

The pair were intercepted by officers after driving to Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire.

After being told that the hot drinks they were carrying constituted a “picnic,” officers then told the women, Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore, that driving for exercise was “not in the spirit” of lockdown.

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Israel Inoculates Its Population at Lightning Speed

The story of Israel’s lightning-fast inoculation of its population with the coronavirus vaccine — a far greater percentage than any other country has managed to vaccinate — is reported on here: “Israel Stuns Observers With Lightning-Fast COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout,” Algemeiner, January 1, 2021.

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Christian Lay Leader Arrested on Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) — A 25-year-old Christian is in police custody in Lahore, Pakistan after he shared another person’s post critical of Islam on his Facebook page, sources said.

Hundreds of Muslims converged on Raja Warris’ neighborhood in the Charar area of Lahore on the night of Dec. 26, threatening to behead the outreach lay leader and set fire to homes unless police arrested him, said the Rev. Ayub Gujjar, vice moderator of the Raiwind Diocese of the Church of Pakistan.

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China Calls Uighur Women in Concentration Camps “Emancipated”

There’s chutzpah, and then there’s “Communist China tries to spin its putting Uighur women in concentration camps as emancipating” chutzpah.

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Chinese Communists Heckle United States Over Capitol Riots

China’s state-run Global Times gloated Thursday over this week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol, calling it a harbinger of the death of “freedom and democracy” in America.

In one op-ed, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief asserted that the fact that “Trump’s supporters were able to storm Congress in this way is the result of a deeply fractured US society where rule of law is no longer able to effectively manage this fragmentation.”

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Move Over, Thor! Chris Hemsworth is Set to be Overtaken as the Owner of Byron Bay’s Most Expensive House as a Beachside Mansion Hits the Market With a Whopping $61million Price Tag

A three-storey off-the-plan property called The Beach House is set to be built next to the Byron Beach Hotel and opposite Main Beach

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Bill Gates DTP Vaccine Killed 10 Times More African Girls Than the Disease Itself

According to a peer reviewed study published in a respected journal by the world’s most authoritative vaccine scientists, Bill Gates DTP vaccine killed 10 times more African girls than the disease itself. The vaccine apparently compromised their immune systems. Although, such study was never performed before 2017, Bill Gates and the Vaccine Alliance GAVI and WHO pushed the vaccines on unsuspecting African babies.

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Denmark: Ex-Govt Minister Could Face Prosecution for Separating Child Brides From Migrant Husbands

A former migration minister faces procecution because she ordered child brides to be removed from their older migrant adult husbands during the 2016 Europe Migrant Crisis, an act lawyers have claimed was illegal.

Inger Støjberg used the order in 2016 when she served as immigration and integration minister in the previous Danish government and separated 23 couples where one partner in the adult relationship was legally a child in Danish law.

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Greece Appoints New Assistant Minister Who Labelled Migrants ‘Unarmed Invaders’

The Greek government has appointed a new interior minister and a new assistant minister for refugee integration, both of which are said to hold anti-mass migration views.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appointed the two officials earlier this week with Makis Voridis, formerly the Minister for Agriculture, becoming the country’s new interior minister.

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Migrant Crime Against Citizens Surges in German State

Crimes committed by migrants against natives in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are reportedly rising steadily.

Between 2016 and 2020, the number of cases involving German victims and foreign perpetrators rose by more than 60 percent, according to figures obtained by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

“While the police counted fewer than 600 German victims in 450 solved cases in 2016, there were 987 victims in 734 cases in 2019, according to a request from the AfD in the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania,” Junge Freiheit reports.

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UK: Muslim Who Murdered Three While Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Had Avoided Deportation Because Libya Was Unstable

But Libya exporting its instability to the UK is apparently just fine with authorities in shattered, staggering, dhimmi Britain.

“Failed asylum seeker behind Reading ‘terror’ attack avoided deportation and hid jihadi past prior to murders — court,” by Tristan Kirk, PA, January 5, 2021 (thanks to Mason).

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A Big Move to Ban Realtor ‘Hate Speech.’ at Work. Anywhere. 24/7

In what some consider one of the most far-reaching social policy moves in the corporate world, the National Association of Realtors, called the nation’s largest trade organization, has revised its professional ethics code to ban “hate speech and harassing speech” by its 1.4 million members.

The sweeping prohibition applies to association members 24/7, covering all communication, private and professional, written and spoken, online and off. Punishment could top out at a maximum fine of $15,000 and expulsion from the organization.

Mary Wagner, a Buffalo real estate agent who is white and lesbian, says the move, announced in November, fits her vision for creating a fairer society. She predicts thousands of complaints this year, given the realtor association’s enormous size and the overheated climate of social media.

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Leaving the Blight of Higher Education: Part II — Farewell, Faculty

by Thomas Bertonneau

The previous essay dealt with the moral decline of the student body in higher education—one of the motives behind my recent retirement after three decades of teaching college English. When I began teaching, most of the English faculty members, including the chair who hired me, had earned their doctorates in the late 1970s.

They were oleaginous liberals, naturally, but they were also ladies and gentlemen of actual education and considerable high literacy. They took it for granted that the purpose of a literature program was to bring to life in students the Intuition of Form or Imagination about which George Santayana writes in his Sense of Beauty. According to Santayana, “Imagination…generates as well as abstracts; it observes, combines, and cancels; but it also dreams.”

Imagination, Santayana writes, involves spontaneity; it strives toward “the supremely beautiful.”

As the Old Guard went into retirement, a cohort of new assistant professors filled the department’s tenure-track lines. The new phase of aggressive affirmative-action recruitment ensured that this replacement-generation of instructors, overwhelmingly female, differed starkly in character from its precursor-generation.

The new hires came to the institution from the politically radicalized graduate programs of the state universities. Whereas the Old Guard corresponded to a literary-generalist or dilettante model—terms that I use in a wholly positive way—the arrivistes brought with them only their narrow specialisms, as encrusted in their conformist political dogmas.

Mention Santayana to the Old Guard and chances were good that any given one of them would be familiar with the drift, at least, of the philosopher’s work. Mentioning Santayana to an arriviste produces a blank stare.

Richard Weaver’s notion of “presentism” makes itself relevant to the discussion. By “presentism” Weaver intends a mental restriction that has steadily eroded the modern, liberal view of reality. This mental restriction, as he puts it in his Visions of Order (1964), manifests itself primarily in a “decay of memory.”…

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Ridiculous Gen Z Conspiracy Theory That Helen Keller ‘Didn’t Exist’ Takes Off on Twitter and TikTok- And the Comments Are Even More Ridiculous!

Helen Keller lived from 1880 to 1968 and is known for overcoming her disabilities and advocating for the disabled as a community. But teenagers now doubt she was ‘real.’

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2021

  1. I got my horny Viking outfit at Hot Topic but the Derp State paid for it.
    Lovable Ol’ Uncle Joe has the Sammybucks in transit, check your telescreen, comrade.
    Unity Über Alles.
    BANG, slap, punch, unity, comrade, KA-BANG, or else you deplorable kulak untermenschen scum.
    Russia 1917-1918, USSA 2020.

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyV8QvvLJZg
    0:55 “even thought the Republicans don’t think they are rioters, they think they’re ‘peaceful protestors’”

    How can someone achieve this level of cognitive dissonance? Cent “Fatass Turk” Uyghur has been blabbering for MONTHS about how the violent right wing police were mistreating the poor peaceful George Floyd protestors.

    • George Floyd was a dirtbag criminal who died from meth and fentanal. Even the autopsy proved that Derek Cauvins knee did not strangle him to death. The world is better without George Floyd in it.

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