Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/9/2021

The US attorney in the District of Columbia has opened a formal investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt, the Air Force veteran who was shot dead by law enforcement during the melee in the Capitol last Wednesday. Meanwhile, shares of Twitter’s stock lost 2% of their value after the company shut down President Trump’s account.

In other news, London Mayor Sadiq Khan asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the closure of all places of worship to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Canada Lost 63,000 Jobs in December
 
USA
» 2020: The Rule of Fraud and Corruption
» Apple Bans Unbiased Social Network App Parler
» Candace Owens Suing Facebook ‘Fact Checkers’ Funded by Chinese Tech Company
» Email Provider Suspends Trump Campaign’s Account
» FBI Agents Raid Homes, Offices of Republican Tennessee Lawmakers (Video)
» Florida Man Who Carried Pelosi’s Lectern Through the Capitol Has Been Charged With Three Federal Crimes
» Free Speech Platform Gab Reports 750% Increase in Traffic
» Google Bans Two Steve Bannon YouTube Channels Following Interview With Rudy Giuliani
» Man Who Died at Capitol Hill Riot Suffered Heart Attack While Talking to His Wife on the Phone
» More Than $100,000 Raised on Christian Funding Site for Legal Defense of Arrested Proud Boys Leader
» Parler Removes Some of Lin Wood’s Posts Inciting Violence Against VP Mike Pence
» Parler CEO: Big Tech Thinks the American People Are Weak
» Pelosi, Schumer and the Swamp Are Worried Trump Will Release the Truth
» Poll: ‘Civil War’ Expectations Reach New High, 71% of Trump Voters
» Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Assaulted by Left-Wing Agitators While Dining
» Protesters Are Losing Their Jobs After Being Identified at the U.S. Capitol Riot
» Rocker Ariel Pink’s Record Label Drops Him Following Pro-Trump Rally Attendance
» Sen. Lindsey Graham Renews Fight to Repeal Section 230 Following Trump Twitter Ban
» Texas Attorney General Vows to Fight Big Tech Censorship With Everything He’s Got
» Twitter Shares Down Over 2% in After-Hours Trading After Trump Suspension
» U.S. Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries Sustained in D.C. Riot
» US Attorney Opens Federal Excessive Force Investigation Into Ashli Babbitt’s Death
» VP-Elect Kamala Harris Faces Criticism for Condemning Wednesday’s Riot After Promoting BLM Riots Over Summer
 
Canada
» Calgary Pastor Fined $1200 for Disobeying Health Orders
» COVID Cops Fine Mask Exempt Manitoba Man, Tracked Down With Co-Op Code and Security Footage
» Toy Store Owner Threatened With Jail Time by Attorney General of Ontario
 
Europe and the EU
» Denmark to Roll Out Coronavirus ‘Vaccine Passports’ Early This Year
» Farage: Lockdown Britain on Verge of Becoming a Police State
» Man With ‘Psychiatric Problems’ Beats French Priest During Mass
» Negative COVID-19 Test to be Required for All International Arrivals in England and Scotland
» The French Left’s Pedophilia Problem Resurfaces After Socialist Intellectual Resigns Over Rape and Incest Allegations
» Top Glaciologists: Alps Were Ice-Free 6,000 Years Ago When CO2 Was Lower
» UK: London: Conman Charges 92-Year-Old Woman £160 for Fake Vaccine Injection
» UK: London Mayor Sadiq Khan Demands Shuttering of Churches and Other Places of Worship
» UK: Pub Owner Posts Note for Lockdown Snitches: ‘F*** Off’
» UK: Reading Murderer is Caught on CCTV Grinning Triumphantly as He Washes Blood From His Hands After Stabbing Three Men to Death in Park
 
Middle East
» Canada Rejects Iran’s Offer to Compensate Victims of Plane Shot Down by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps
» Twitter Removes Iran Supreme Leader’s “Misleading” Tweet on Vaccines
 
South Asia
» Indonesia: Muslim Cleric Behind Bali Bombing Released, Anti-Terror Chief Hopes He’ll Give ‘Soothing Preachings’
» Pakistan Condemns 3 to Death for Blasphemy
» Twitter Bans Sci-Hub
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Citizens Struggle to Get Onto Pro-Democracy Protest Website Hkchronicles, IP Blocking Suspected
 
Australia — Pacific
» Family-of-Four in Sydney Test Positive to a Very Contagious Strain of COVID From South Africa — Amid Warnings UK Variant That Sent Queensland Into Lockdown Could Break Out of Brisbane and Spread
» Northern Territory Records Its First Case of the More Infectious UK Strain of Coronavirus After a Woman Flew in From London Before New Year
» NSW Records One New Coronavirus Case as the State Prepares to Ease Tough Northern Beaches Lockdown
» Victoria Records Zero New Local Cases of COVID as the State Battles to Keep Out New Mutant Strains — and Enforces Harsh Restrictions on Visiting Queenslanders
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Boko Haram Murders 12 People in Cameroon
 
Immigration
» Border Force Stops Boat Ferrying Up to 35 Migrants Towards Sussex Coast — the Second Channel Dash Made Since UK Officially Left EU on New Year’s Day
» Bosnians Demand EU Help After Migrants Stab Local Man Near Border
» Dozens of Syrian Migrants Rescued Off Albanian Coast
 

Canada Lost 63,000 Jobs in December

New data released by Statistics Canada show that the Canadian economy shed 63,000 jobs in December.

Unemployment also grew slightly from 8.5 percent in November to 8.6 percent last month.

With provinces ramping up lockdowns, these numbers could rise even further, analysts predict.

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

2020: The Rule of Fraud and Corruption

2020 will be written into history as the year the United States Constitutional Republic fell.

All three branches of the Federal government are now “unconstitutional” and entirely destructive of the Republican form of government guaranteed every state and every Citizen in Article IV, Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government;” — The U.S. Constitution does NOT create or guarantee anyone a “democratic” form of government, and Americans will now learn why, the hard way!

Once it no longer matters who votes, how many times they vote, which foreign countries count our votes or which voting machine company switches our voters, then elections can’t possibly matter either!

Once the Republican Party is nothing more than a wing of the Democratic Socialist Party, that party is totally irrelevant too. They chose it, so be it!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Apple Bans Unbiased Social Network App Parler

Apple has followed through on its threat to ban free speech social network Parler from the App Store after demanding that the app hold itself to an impossible standard and take responsibility for all the user generated content posted to the app.

The ban means that Parler will no longer be to reach the more than 1 billion iPhone users via the App Store and there will be no way for new Parler users on iPhone to download the official app to their phone. Existing users who downloaded the app will be able to access it for now but Parler will be unable to push updates to those users.

Apple banned the app after it had shot to the top of the App Store and was getting an estimated 200,000 installs per day. This influx of new installs followed Big Tech engaging in its biggest ever mass censorship campaign to date with President Trump and thousands of other users purged from Big Tech platforms since Wednesday.

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

Candace Owens Suing Facebook ‘Fact Checkers’ Funded by Chinese Tech Company

Candace Owens released a video on Twitter announcing she will be suing a certified Facebook fact checker that she says has wrongfully targeted her content on the platform.

“Here’s how Facebook ‘fact-checking’ works. A website you have never heard of run by partisan beta leftists stalk the pages of your favorite conservative personalities,” Owens explains.

“Whenever we say anything they disagree with, these fact-checkers write a vicious partisan hit piece, then they harass us and our audience by slapping hazardous warning labels on what we have posted,” she continues.

“Most of these fact-checks are pure partisan bile.”

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

Email Provider Suspends Trump Campaign’s Account

Email provider Campaign Monitor suspended the Trump Campaign’s account on Thursday.

“Typically, political campaigns use multiple email service providers to send campaign, fundraising, and other emails,” Campaign Monitor said in a statement. “Based on the low volume of emails that had been sent from the Campaign Monitor account, this is likely a very small portion of total email activity from the campaign.”

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

FBI Agents Raid Homes, Offices of Republican Tennessee Lawmakers (Video)

FBI agents raided the homes and offices of Republican Tennessee lawmakers on Friday.

Agents searched the homes and offices of former House Speaker Glen Casada and Rep. Robin Smith.

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

Florida Man Who Carried Pelosi’s Lectern Through the Capitol Has Been Charged With Three Federal Crimes

The Tampa Bay man seen carrying Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi’s lectern through the Capitol building on Wednesday has reportedly been charged with three federal crimes, WFLA reports.

Adam Johnson, 36, has been identified as the man captured smiling and waving while holding Pelosi’s lectern in a photograph of the riots on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Johnson is reportedly a father of five and is married.

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

Free Speech Platform Gab Reports 750% Increase in Traffic

Gab.com, the free speech friendly social network, says traffic has increased by more than 750 percent in the past few days, following the blacklisting of President Donald Trump from most mainstream tech platforms.

“Our traffic is up 753% in the past 24 hours. Tens of millions of visits,” said Gab in response to a question about slow loading speeds.

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

Google Bans Two Steve Bannon YouTube Channels Following Interview With Rudy Giuliani

Google banned conservative commentator Steve Bannon’s YouTube channels Friday following an interview he hosted on his show with President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani discussing election fraud claims.

“In accordance with our strikes system, we have terminated Steve Bannon’s channel ‘War room’ and one associated channel for repeatedly violating our Community Guidelines,” a YouTube spokesman said in a statement.

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

Man Who Died at Capitol Hill Riot Suffered Heart Attack While Talking to His Wife on the Phone

Among the four individuals who lost their lives during Wednesday’s riot at Capitol Hill was Kevin Greeson of Alabama. The 55-year-old collapsed while standing with fellow Trump supporters west of the U.S. Capitol building.

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

More Than $100,000 Raised on Christian Funding Site for Legal Defense of Arrested Proud Boys Leader

More than $100,000 has been raised on GiveSendGo, a free Christian fundraising site, for the legal defense of Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who was arrested Monday after burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Washington, D.C., church.

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

Parler Removes Some of Lin Wood’s Posts Inciting Violence Against VP Mike Pence

Following the attack on the US Capitol on Wednesday, Parler, the conservative social media network competing against Twitter, has come under fire in recent days for hosting content inciting violence. It has since deleted some offending posts.

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

Parler CEO: Big Tech Thinks the American People Are Weak

Parler CEO John Matze blasted Facebook and Twitter for censorship, saying free speech is not the enemy. Parler is the fastest growing alternative to mainstream social platforms, and its CEO seems to be a true believer in free speech.

Both Twitter and Facebook suspended the president’s accounts following the Jan 6 riots on Capitol Hill by his supporters. The platforms accused the president of inciting violence and spreading election misinformation.

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

Pelosi, Schumer and the Swamp Are Worried Trump Will Release the Truth

Democrat and Republican politicians who have their hands deep in the swamp cookie jar are nervous President Trump will release information, or even take action against the fraudulent election conspiracy in the waning days of his first term.

There is now a concerted push to remove the president from office, with only 13 days left in The White House.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Poll: ‘Civil War’ Expectations Reach New High, 71% of Trump Voters

Soul searching and lecturing following the election and Wednesday’s Capitol protests and riots have done nothing to tamp down GOP outrage.

According to a new survey, a record high 71% of President Trump’s supporters believe the country is headed toward civil war.

What’s more, 40% of President-elect Joe Biden’s supporters agree.

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

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Assaulted by Left-Wing Agitators While Dining

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who just days ago called for increased federal and state assistance to gain control of violent Antifa mobs that have been terrorizing his city since summer, was reportedly accosted and assaulted as he patronized a local outdoor dining café.

Wheeler and a female companion were dining in one of Café Nell’s outdoor tents Wednesday night when a group of left-wing agitators pushed passed restaurant employees and confronted the pair. Wheeler reportedly asked the group to leave and the altercation turned physical, according to local media.

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

Protesters Are Losing Their Jobs After Being Identified at the U.S. Capitol Riot

Some of the people who participated in riots at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday have lost their jobs after being identified online.

An employee of Navistar, a direct marketing company in Maryland, was fired after he was seen wearing his company ID badge in a photograph taken inside the Capitol building.

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

Rocker Ariel Pink’s Record Label Drops Him Following Pro-Trump Rally Attendance

Rocker Ariel Pink has been dropped from his record label Mexican Summer after he tweeted about attending the “Save America March” at the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 6.

“Due to recent events, Mexican Summer and its staff have decided to end our working relationship with Ariel Rosenberg AKA Ariel Pink moving forward,” tweeted the record label on Friday.

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

Sen. Lindsey Graham Renews Fight to Repeal Section 230 Following Trump Twitter Ban

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is committed to fighting Big Tech and the protections it is afforded by Section 230. Under the law, social media platforms are shielded from liability for the content hosted by their websites.

On Friday, Twitter, Facebook, and a host of other social media platforms initiated a widespread crackdown on President Donald Trump and thousands of his supporters following violence at the Capitol on Wednesday. Twitter claimed that the president’s account was suspended for having the potential to incite violence among his more radical supporters.

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

Texas Attorney General Vows to Fight Big Tech Censorship With Everything He’s Got

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Saturday vowed to fight Big Tech censorship with everything he’s got.

“Twitter/Facebook closing conservative accts. Google shutting down Parler. Apple threatening to do the same. BigTech hates free speech. As we enter the Biden era, they stand ready/willing to be the left’s Chinese-style thought police. As AG, I will fight them with all I’ve got.” — Ken Paxton said.

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

Twitter Shares Down Over 2% in After-Hours Trading After Trump Suspension

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Shares of Twitter were down more than 2% in after-hours trading, moving lower after the company said it was permanently suspending U.S. President Donald Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

Shares of the stock recently traded at $50.20, down 2.4% from the closing price.

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

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries Sustained in D.C. Riot

An officer with the U.S. Capitol Police has died from a head injury he received Wednesday when protesters broke into the Capitol Building.

Officer Brian D. Sicknick was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher “while physically engaging with protesters,” according to the department. He collapsed upon returning to his division office on Wednesday and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Capitol Police confirmed he had died in a Thursday night news release.

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

US Attorney Opens Federal Excessive Force Investigation Into Ashli Babbitt’s Death

Washington DC-based US Attorney Michael Sherwin has announced that his office has opened a formal investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter and Air Force veteran who was shot and killed by a police officer during the violence at the Capitol on Wednesday.

According to CBS News’ Catherine Herridge, Sherwin’s office confirmed that it has opened a federal excessive force investigation in relation to Babbitt’s shooting. Babbitt, who was reportedly unarmed, was killed when she attempted to climb through a broken window in the halls of Congress during the riot.

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

VP-Elect Kamala Harris Faces Criticism for Condemning Wednesday’s Riot After Promoting BLM Riots Over Summer

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris is facing criticism after her remarks comparing the violence at Capitol Hill on Wednesday to the Black Lives Matter riots during the summer.

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

Calgary Pastor Fined $1200 for Disobeying Health Orders

Fairview Baptist Church Senior Pastor Tim Stephens was fined $1200 on Monday after his church was found to be in non-compliance with Alberta’s gathering restrictions.

In an Alberta Health Services (AHS) report, an inspector that observed two church services on January 4 noted the pastor, church staff and volunteers, as well as the majority of attendees were unmasked.

There was also no signage present barring entry to those who might have been exposed to COVID-19, nor any signage displaying social distancing and mask protocols.

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

COVID Cops Fine Mask Exempt Manitoba Man, Tracked Down With Co-Op Code and Security Footage

Today, I’m introducing you to another average Manitoba man who was issued a Covid-19 violation ticket for doing something completely ordinary.

Phil Neufeld works in construction. He’s a normal guy with a normal job. He’s a family man who holds Bible study in his home. He’s not exactly a dangerous, hardened criminal.

However, Phil was the subject of an intense and intricate police investigation with the key piece of evidence against him being his customer loyalty card at a local grocery store.

His crime? Buying groceries without a piece of cloth over his face.

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

Toy Store Owner Threatened With Jail Time by Attorney General of Ontario

Unbelievable — and perhaps even unprecedented!

The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General is threatening to throw the Toy Man of Bolton in jail — for “illegally” selling toys!

You may recall the tale of Derrick Noble, the owner of Nobletoyz, a 3,000 sq. ft. store jam-packed with terrific toys and fantastic collectibles in Bolton, Ont.

In late November, Derrick decided to defy government mandates and open his store. Bolton is in Peel Region, which has been in Grey Zone lockdown status for a few months now.

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

Denmark to Roll Out Coronavirus ‘Vaccine Passports’ Early This Year

Denmark is set to introduce a government-sponsored coronavirus vaccine passport in coordination with airliners early this year, a national Danish broadcaster has revealed.

The Ministry of Health in Denmark will launch Covid-19 vaccine passport that can be downloaded and printed from a public health website, the government said in an email to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation reported on Friday.

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

Farage: Lockdown Britain on Verge of Becoming a Police State

Brexit leader Nigel Farage warned that lockdowns in the United Kingdom are pushing the country into a full-on police state, predicting that the battle to regain individual liberty will be a tougher struggle than leaving the European Union.

Mr Farage said that is unlikely that the British government will relinquish the emergency powers it has accumulated during the coronavirus crisis.

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

Man With ‘Psychiatric Problems’ Beats French Priest During Mass

A man in his twenties described as displaying psychiatric problems attacked and beat a priest during Mass in the city of Colmar, France.

The incident began at the St Paul’s Church on Paris Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the priest asked a man sitting near the altar to take a seat in a pew.

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

Negative COVID-19 Test to be Required for All International Arrivals in England and Scotland

To help protect the UK against new strains of coronavirus, England and Scotland will require international arrivals, including British nationals, to provide a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before travel.

The UK made the announcement because of the “great concern” caused by the discovery of the new variant of the virus in South Africa, with the government hoping the measure will provide an additional layer of safety and help to identify people who might be infectious before they enter the country.

“Pre-departure tests will provide a further line of defence,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained, as authorities are trying to “control the virus” while the vaccine rollout moves “at a pace over the coming weeks.”

The government did not specify what type of test people will be required to take, leaving it open to the passengers to decide, including allowing results from those that can be done in 20 or 30 minutes. Individuals who refuse to comply with the new restrictions will face an on the spot fine of £500. However, there will be exemptions for hauliers, children under 11, crews, those travelling from countries without testing infrastructure and arrivals from the Common Travel Area with Ireland.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The French Left’s Pedophilia Problem Resurfaces After Socialist Intellectual Resigns Over Rape and Incest Allegations

Olivier Duhamel has become yet another member of the French leftist intelligentsia to face fresh accusations for pedophilia-related crimes which members of the French political and literary elite had been aware of for years but kept silent.

The 70-year-old Duhamel is a public intellectual who served as the head of the body overseeing the prestigious Sciences Po university before his resignation. He is also well-known for his roles as a radio head host and popular television commentator.

The allegations have now come to light in a book entitled “La Familia Grande” by Camille Kouchner, the biological daughter of Bernard Kouchner, who co-founded Doctors Without Borders and later went on to become a prominent socialist minister and NGO activist. She wrote that Duhamel abused her twin brother who was renamed in the book as “Victor’ in order to protect his identity. The brother also released a statement to French newspaper Le Monde in which he confirmed that what his sister wrote about him, including the sexual abuse allegations, is accurate.

A public prosecutor announced that Duhamel is now under investigation for the charges of incest and rape that were laid out in the book.

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

Top Glaciologists: Alps Were Ice-Free 6,000 Years Ago When CO2 Was Lower

Dr. Sebastian Lüning earlier today released his latest Klimaschau report, No. 6 [Video at the end]. In the first part, he looks at glaciers in the Alps over the course of much of the Holocene.

It turns out that most of the Alps were ice-free 6,000 years ago, glaciologists have discovered.

In his video, the German geologist presents a new paper authored by glaciologists Bohleber et al, 2020 of the Austrian Academy of Science.

The Austrian-Swiss team discovered from ice cores that the 3,500-meter high Weißseespitze summit was ice-free 5,900 years ago.

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

UK: London: Conman Charges 92-Year-Old Woman £160 for Fake Vaccine Injection

London police are hunting a fraudster who conned a woman in her nineties into taking a fake vaccine injection and charging her £160 for it.

An official appeal for information from the Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police says that the crook targeted the victim at her home on Kingsmead Avenue in Surbiton on December 30th, coming to her door in broad daylight and claiming to be a National Health Service (NHS) worker who had come to vaccinate her against the Chinese coronavirus.

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

UK: London Mayor Sadiq Khan Demands Shuttering of Churches and Other Places of Worship

London mayor Sadiq Khan has written to Boris Johnson requesting the immediate closure of all places of worship to curb the spread of coronavirus cases.

Churches and other places of worship have been allowed to stay open during the current lockdown, but Mr Khan has asked that they be forced to close in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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

UK: Pub Owner Posts Note for Lockdown Snitches: ‘F*** Off’

A pub landlord visited by police after an anonymous snitch wrongly informed on him for a supposed lockdown breach posted a message on the village hall advising locals that the person involved should “f*** off”.

Keith Waterhouse, who runs the Badger’s Holt pub in Bridgetown, Somerset, has had the police in contact with him on two occasions as a result of “some nasty, vindictive person in the village” taking it upon themselves to contact the authorities following visits by his daughter — which were not unlawful, as she part of his officially permitted “bubble”.

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

UK: Reading Murderer is Caught on CCTV Grinning Triumphantly as He Washes Blood From His Hands After Stabbing Three Men to Death in Park

Khairi Saadallah has admitted murder and attempted murder charges but denied terrorist motives.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Canada Rejects Iran’s Offer to Compensate Victims of Plane Shot Down by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

It was an odd offer coming from Iran’s jihadist regime in the first place. There are unanswered questions that still haunt Iran regarding what really happened in its attack on the Ukraine passenger jet. The Ukrainian International Airlines plane crashed only minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, after bursting into flames, killing all 176 people on board. It was shot down by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Among the dead were 63 Canadians, and 138 of the 176 were connected to Canada. A great deal of mystery remains, which may well explain why the Iranian regime wants to pay money to the victims’ families: they’re hoping to end investigations. Iran’s offer should be an indication that there is much more to discover.

“Goodale rejects Iran’s offer to compensate Canadian victims of downed Ukraine plane,” by Mike Blanchfield, Canadian Press, January 7, 2021.

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

Twitter Removes Iran Supreme Leader’s “Misleading” Tweet on Vaccines

Twitter removed a tweet from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that “violated Twitter Rules, specifically [Twitter’s] COVID-19 misleading information policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

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

Indonesia: Muslim Cleric Behind Bali Bombing Released, Anti-Terror Chief Hopes He’ll Give ‘Soothing Preachings’

“The head of Indonesia’s anti-terrorism agency Eddy Hartono has said the octogenarian would undergo a deradicalisation programme. ‘We’re hoping Abu Bakar Bashir after he’s free can give peaceful, soothing preachings.”

Not likely, Eddy. Deradicalization programs are an abysmal failure everywhere they have been implemented.

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

Pakistan Condemns 3 to Death for Blasphemy

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has handed death sentences to three people for social media posts deemed insulting to the Muslim prophet Mohammed under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.

A fourth accused, a college teacher, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for a “blasphemous” lecture he had delivered, court official Istifamul Haq said.

Judge Raja Jawad announced the decision on the charges filed in 2017 in the capital Islamabad, Haq said.

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

Twitter Bans Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub, a website that provides scientific research for free, was suspended from Twitter. The ban comes amidst a high-profile case against the website in India.

For offering pay-walled research for free, Sci-Hub is dubbed “The Pirate Bay of Science.” That many research papers are pay-walled is a source of frustration for students and academics across the globe who cannot afford hefty subscription fees.

However, some academic publishers would obviously like to see the site gone. They have filed multiple lawsuits in an attempt to shut it down and even try convincing internet providers to block the site.

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

Hong Kong Citizens Struggle to Get Onto Pro-Democracy Protest Website Hkchronicles, IP Blocking Suspected

The “Hong Kong Chronicles” website, which was used to organize and document protests, as well as provide information on pro-government officials, has been blocked in the region as certain ISPs are unable to access the website.

Internet users using ISPs such as Smartone, China Mobile, PCCW, and Hong Kong Broadband have reported that they can’t access the website, leading to speculations regarding whether the police have asked ISPs to block the website.

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

Family-of-Four in Sydney Test Positive to a Very Contagious Strain of COVID From South Africa — Amid Warnings UK Variant That Sent Queensland Into Lockdown Could Break Out of Brisbane and Spread

A family of four that flew in to New South Wales from South Africa have tested positive for the highly infectious coronavirus super-strain.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Northern Territory Records Its First Case of the More Infectious UK Strain of Coronavirus After a Woman Flew in From London Before New Year

A woman, 26, who flew from London to the Northern Territory on December 30 has tested positive for the UK strain of coronavirus.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

NSW Records One New Coronavirus Case as the State Prepares to Ease Tough Northern Beaches Lockdown

New South Wales has reported on Saturday one new Covid-19 case linked to a western Sydney cluster.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Victoria Records Zero New Local Cases of COVID as the State Battles to Keep Out New Mutant Strains — and Enforces Harsh Restrictions on Visiting Queenslanders

Saturday marks the third day in a row without any community transmission while one case was recorded in hotel quarantine.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Boko Haram Murders 12 People in Cameroon

Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram murdered 12 people after a young girl with a suicide vest blew up in the middle of a park during a raid in the village of Mozogo in Cameroon.

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

Border Force Stops Boat Ferrying Up to 35 Migrants Towards Sussex Coast — the Second Channel Dash Made Since UK Officially Left EU on New Year’s Day

Border Force has stopped a boat ferrying up to 35 migrants towards the Sussex coast, the second Channel dash made since the UK officially left the EU on New Year’s Day.

Lifeboats were launched Saturday afternoon to rescue the migrants from a boat, which is believed to have been carrying children and five injured people.

Teams of coastguards and RNLI Lifeboats from Eastbourne and Newhaven, as well as Bexhill, Eastbourne and Langdon Battery Coastguard Rescue Teamswere called to the rescue mission at around 12:45pm.

They received reports of a vessel ‘with approximately 30 people on board’ in difficulty about 23 miles south of Beachy Head.

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

Bosnians Demand EU Help After Migrants Stab Local Man Near Border

Bosnians have called for help from the European Union as tensions escalate between migrants and locals after a camp burned down near the border with EU member-state Croatia.

Hundreds of migrants, some claiming to come from “occupied Kashmir”, have been left without shelter after the destruction of the Lipa migrant camp near the town of Bihac late last month. Now, many migrants lack proper protection as winter approaches in the Muslim-majority country, which borders the European Union.

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Dozens of Syrian Migrants Rescued Off Albanian Coast

Fifty-five Syrian migrants were brought back to land by Albanian authorities after being stranded for hours in rough waters in the Adriatic sea in an effort to reach Italy, police said on Saturday.

The Syrians, including women and children, were trapped by bad weather for more than three hours in an inflatable boat off Albania’s Adriatic coastline on Friday, police from the port town of Vlore said.

“The rescue operation and evacuation of the people on board took place in very bad conditions in the midst of a storm and high waves at sea”, the police statement said.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/9/2021

  1. “In other news, London Mayor Sadiq Khan asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the closure of all places of worship to help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

    ALL places?

  2. Dear Baron: Thanks for all that you are doing to keep open the lines of communication and information. This is the most important thing that we old timers can do at this point in our lives and I am grateful that we are able to do so.

    I am no longer interested in going out to mass demonstrations if there’s any chance I will get beat up or sick. I just can’t afford it, just like I can’t afford to retire. I still have to work at my various jobs and businesses 7 days a week.

    Anyway, I came across this amazing thread today that is making the rounds regarding the direct Chi Com origins of the insidious Lockdowns. The thread is meticulously researched with citations to back up every assertion.

    Here are some quotes:

    “The idea of locking down an entire state or country and forcibly shutting down its businesses and public places was never entertained, never discussed, and never implemented in any pandemic literature until it was done by General Secretary Xi in January 2020.”

    “THE MOST INFLUENTIAL INSTITUTION FOR COVID-19 MODELS, SELF-DESCRIBED AS “CHINA’S BEST ACADEMIC PARTNER IN THE WEST,” HAS BEEN BY FAR THE MOST ALARMIST AND INACCURATE COVID-19 MODELER (that would be Imperial College)

    China and Imperial:
    Imperial is the UK’s number one university collaborator with Chinese research institutions
    More than 600 research papers published with Chinese institutions every year
    2,600 Chinese students at Imperial – our largest international group
    225 Chinese staff carrying out world leading research
    More than 7,000 alumni living in China – the largest group outside the UK”

    Very important and worthwhile compendium that reveals how we were played by China. The Chi Coms are directly responsible for Chi Com Flu/Covid. The CCP Flu was part of the coup that helped to take down our President Trump via the fraudulent fake “election.”

    I live in Killer Cuomo’s NY where he and our Commie legislators are pushing a bill that will literally set up Covid concentration camps for people “suspected” of having an infectious disease. For those of us in Commie/Dem Blue States the nightmare never ends.

    President Trump was our only real hope to end this Scamdemic. I have never felt fear like this in my lifetime.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1348324838167908352.html

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