Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/18/2021

Police shut down illegal parties and punished guests in British Columbia, England, New York City, and Chicago. Meanwhile, a Christian minister in Alberta has been jailed for refusing to stop holding lockdown-violating worship services.

In other news, the German state of Bremen is investigating alleged calls to violence by an Antifa group during a demonstration on Tuesday in Bremen City.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Exposing the Robinhood Scam: Here’s How Much Citadel Paid to Robinhood to Buy Your Orders
» Game Stopped for Griffin? Maxine Blasts “Financial Threat” Citadel for “Fleecing” Retail Investors
» Initial Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump Due to Surge in IL, CA Claimants
 
USA
» “Where the Hell Are We?” — Biden’s CNN Townhall Disaster Ignored by Mainstream Media
» Biden’s DOJ Unlikely to Punish Governor Cuomo Over Nursing Homes Death Toll Scandal, Journo Says
» Bill Gates Says 3 Shots Are Now Needed for New Mutant Varieties of COVID
» Chicago to Review 41 Statues for Potential Demolition, Including Ones of Washington, Lincoln, And Grant
» Football Coach Fired After Raising Concerns About Child’s History Class Sues Principal
» GOP Senators Demand Probe Into Cuomo’s “Possibly Criminal” Handling of COVID Death Data
» Illegal Maspeth Club Busted on COVID Rules
» Lan’s Old Town Shut Down — Again — After Hosting Second Maskless Party in 2 Months
» Mathematics is Now a Racist Equation: White Privilege vs Black Privilege
» Michigan Removed 177,000 Voters From Voter Rolls in January After Certifying Biden Won Michigan by 154,000 Votes in November
» NY Dems Move to End Cuomo Emergency Powers as FBI Launches Probe; Lawmaker Says Gov Threatened to “Destroy” Him
» Only 10% of New York City Restaurants Can Pay Their Bills
» Trump: ‘Biden is Either Lying or Mentally Gone’
» Tucker: Limbaugh Fought Corporate Censorship for Three Decades
» Twitter Cuts Bonuses by Nearly Half
» Woman Gets Police Home Visit Over Anti-Mask Facebook Post
 
Canada
» Canadian Minister Jailed Until He “Commits to Cease Holding Church Services”
» Christian Pastor Jailed for Holding Church Services in Canada
» UBC Students Fined More Than $5,000 for Partying During Pandemic
 
Europe and the EU
» Anti-Semitism Surges From German Left-Wing Groups and Muslim Communities
» Brexit Britain Finally Moving to Scrap EU State Aid Rules to Help Struggling Businesses
» Czech PM Babis: Poland and Hungary Will Help Us With COVID-19 Patients if Necessary
» Dutch Ruling Class Reinstates COVID Curfew
» Dutch Counter-Terror Office Concerned Over Erdogan Influence on Radical Islamists
» France’s Elite Forced to Confront Sexual Abuse Scandals
» Germany: Muslim Known to Police for Years Stabs Man to Death Out of ‘Hatred of Homosexuals’
» German State to Investigate Antifa Protestors for Calling for Violence
» Home Office UK Lockdown Warning Video Compared to ‘Black Mirror’ Ad and Mocked for ‘Aggressive’ Drum and Bass Soundtrack
» Hungary Government Asking Public Whether They Would Like Lockdown Lifted
» Italy: Appeals Court Rules Cloudflare Must Block IPTV Services Even Though it Hosts None of the Infringing Content
» Italy’s Draghi Easily Wins Lower House Confidence Vote, Now Fully Empowered
» Malta: Man Who Converted to Christianity From Islam is Living in Terror After Being Stabbed for Apostasy
» ‘No Jab, No Job’ — UK Firms Set to Make Vaccines Mandatory
» No Lockdown Sweden Sees COVID Deaths Plummet Quicker Than UK
» Police Called on Disabled Man Who Didn’t Wear ‘Mask Exempt’ Yellow Badge
» Polish Minister Calls on European Commission to Admit Failure on Vaccines
» Public Health Officials Are Destroying Humanity
» Sharia Northern Ireland: Councillor Faces Five-Year Ban From Running for Office Because She Criticized Islam
» UK: BBC Woman’s Hour Accused of ‘Hostile’ Interview With Muslim Leader
» UK: COVID: Nineteen Face Fines Over Portsmouth Airbnb Lockdown Party
» UK: Ministers Still Pressuring Boris Johnson to Introduce ‘Domestic Passports’ To Enter Cinemas, Live Events
» UK: Supermarket Calls Police on Disabled Man for Not Wearing Mask, Tries to Make Him Wear Yellow Sticker
» UK: Twelve Fined in Oxford for Illegal Valentine’s Day Gathering
» V4 Anniversary: Hungary, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia Feel United and Confident
» Zuckerberg Challenged by British MPs Over Facebook Censorship of ‘Pork Faggots’ English Delicacy
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Hamas Imposes Travel Restrictions on Unmarried Women
» Israel to Allow ‘Green Pass’ Holders to Access Public Spaces
 
Russia
» Changes Coming for Putin’s Cabal, Sources Say
» Two Russian Su-27s Intercept French Military Aircraft Heading for Russian Borders Over Black Sea
 
South Asia
» Christian Teacher Threatened to Death and Rape if Not Converted to Islam in Pakistan
» India: The WEF Agenda Behind Modi Farm Reform
» Myanmar Coup Removes Central Bank Chief, Alarming Global Financiers
» Pakistan Police Hunt Two Christians Accused of Blasphemy
 
Far East
» China Most Active in Spreading Disinformation on COVID-19 Origin: Report
» Hong Kong Aiming for Legislation to Ban Insulting Public Officials
» In China, Bloggers and Social Media Stars Now Need a License to Comment on Politics
» Jailed Hong Kong Tycoon Arrested Again, Faces Charges of Helping Activists Flee
» Two YouTubers That Mocked Xi Jinping Have Disappeared
 
Australia — Pacific
» Exclusive: Government Slams Facebook for Sick Double-Standards by Creating the ‘Perfect’ Platform for Paedophiles to Share Child Abuse — While Stopping You From Reading the News
» Facebook Goes Nuclear on Australia — Blocks All News Sharing Across Continent
» Fears for Australia’s Democracy as Facebook Allows WA Premier Mark McGowan to Keep His Page — But Bans His Opponents Just Weeks Ahead of Crunch Election
» Furious Aussies React to “Zero Warning” Facebook Ban on News Content
» Inside Story of How Facebook Pulled the Rug on Australia and How Mark Zuckerberg and His Cronies Quietly Plotted to Ban All News From the Country’s 13 Million Users Even as Google Copped Most of the Flak
» New Zealand PM Accuses Australia of Abdicating Its Responsibility by Canceling Citizenship of Muslima Tied to ISIS
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Gambia: Imam Fatty Condemns Ban on FGM
» Islamic Extremist Group in Congo Kills 16 People, Burns Catholic Church
 
Immigration
» Claim: Migrant Husband Used French Wife to Bring ‘Real’ Family to Europe
» Finnish Border Guard Bust Middle Eastern Illegal Migrant Network
» Germany: Court Rules Undocumented Roma Family Can Receive Higher Social Benefits
» German Police Crack Down on Berlin Migrant ‘Crime Families’
» UK: Three Migrants Are Rescued From Inside Refrigerated Lorry From France After Calling Police at Service Station to Tell Them They Were Suffocating
 
Culture Wars
» California Court Sides With Twitter in Meghan Murphy Lawsuit Who Was Banned for Saying “Women Aren’t Men”
» Mercola: The Web of Censors Behind the Censors
» The World is Suffering From Mass Delusional Psychosis
» U.N. Chief Guterres Pushes ‘Global Vaccination Plan’
 

Exposing the Robinhood Scam: Here’s How Much Citadel Paid to Robinhood to Buy Your Orders

Frankly, we’ve had it with the constant stream of lies from Robinhood and neverending bullshit from the company’s CEO, Vlad Tenev.

With Tenev scheduled to testify on Thursday, alongside the CEOs of Citadel, Melvin Capital and Reddit, the apriori mea culpas have started to emerge — if a little too late — the former HFT trader spoke late on Friday on the All-In Podcast hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, who had strongly criticized Robinhood over the trading restrictions, and Jason Calacanis, a Robinhood investor, and said that “no doubt we could have communicated this a little bit better to customers.”

What he is referring to, of course, is Robinhood’s outrageous decision to restrict the buying of 13 heavily shorted stocks on Jan 28 that had been driven to record highs, including GameStop, whose shares had surged more than 1,600%.

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

Game Stopped for Griffin? Maxine Blasts “Financial Threat” Citadel for “Fleecing” Retail Investors

The big day has finally arrived.

Now that the hearing is over, readers who are so inclined can go back and watch all five hours of it here below:

Update (1715ET): Roughly five hours after the start of Thursday’s “Gamestopped” Congressional hearing, AOC and Rashida Tlaib finally had their opportunity to speak (as the party continues to generally sideline the highly influential crypto-marxist “Squad” leader) as the two squad members slammed the witnesses, though one of their testimony — AOC’s — was much more engaging than the other.

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

Initial Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump Due to Surge in IL, CA Claimants

Having surged back above 20 million people, analysts expected a drop in the number of Americans claiming some form of unemployment benefit in the last week, but instead, the number of Americans filing jobless claims for first time surged back up to 861k (considerably worse than the 773k expected). Worse still, the prior week’s improvement to 793k was drastically revised higher to 848k…

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

“Where the Hell Are We?” — Biden’s CNN Townhall Disaster Ignored by Mainstream Media

In his first such public appearance since the campaign, President Biden joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper on stage last night in Milwaukee in a town-hall-style discussion. It did not go well… but you’d never know that if you only read the mainstream media.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Biden’s DOJ Unlikely to Punish Governor Cuomo Over Nursing Homes Death Toll Scandal, Journo Says

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is likely to get away with misleading the public about nursing homes deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic and issuing COVID orders which may have led to the death of thousands of elderly residents, suggests American investigative journalist Jason Goodman.

On 11 February, The New York Post broke that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, privately told Democratic lawmakers that the state withheld its nursing home COVID-19 death toll out of fear that Donald Trump’s DOJ would use it against them. About 15,000 long-term care home residents have died of COVID-19 in the state since the start of the pandemic, but up until recently just 8,500 deaths were disclosed.

[Comment: Apparently these is no more justice in USA. This turd should be in jail.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bill Gates Says 3 Shots Are Now Needed for New Mutant Varieties of COVID

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says he thinks people need a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, to fight the new variants of the disease.

Speaking with CBS News, Gates said the dilemma is whether health officials need to amp up “super high coverage of the current vaccine,” prescribe a third dose of it, or come up with a new, modified vaccine. “All five of the companies that have U.S. vaccines are looking at making that modification and adding that in so that people who’ve already had two shots might need to get a third shot,” Gates told CBS.

On the other hand, former FDA head Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS in early February that although he thinks the current vaccines offer “reasonable protection” against the variants, it’s possible people might need boosters later.

[Comment: Apparently too many people are surviving the 2nd dose, so a third is required.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago to Review 41 Statues for Potential Demolition, Including Ones of Washington, Lincoln, And Grant

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that her city of Chicago will be commencing a “public process” to review 41 various “statues, plaques, and works of art” that could be deemed “offensive” to marginalized population groups.

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

Football Coach Fired After Raising Concerns About Child’s History Class Sues Principal

Judicial Watch is currently part of a lawsuit on behalf of a high school football coach who was fired after he expressed concern over his daughter’s history class and eventually removed his two children from the elementary and middle schools in the district.

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

GOP Senators Demand Probe Into Cuomo’s “Possibly Criminal” Handling of COVID Death Data

Via Planet Free Will News

A group of Republican Senators have penned a letter demanding a full investigation into the recent revelations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration may have deliberately covered-up New York’s nursing home COVID-19 death toll.

“That so many people needlessly lost their lives because of the failed policies of Governor Cuomo’s administration — an administration that many have lauded over the past year — is tragic and deserves a full investigation and accounting,” reads the letter sent to Sen. Dick Durban (D-Ill), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The letter is signed by nine GOP Senate Judiciary Committee members, including Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Marsha Blackburn, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, Josh Hawley, Tom Cotton , and Thom Tillis .

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

Illegal Maspeth Club Busted on COVID Rules

The city Sheriff raided a Maspeth warehouse on February 7th where more than 150 people were partying in violation of state COVID rules.

Sheriff’s deputies and officers at the 104th Precinct joined forces in the midnight raid at the warehouse at 50-00 Grand Avenue in Maspeth, where dozens of people were caught drinking and dancing despite COVID-19 regulations prohibiting such gatherings, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies and police said the illegal club had no liquor license and they discovered multiple health code violations at the site.

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

Lan’s Old Town Shut Down — Again — After Hosting Second Maskless Party in 2 Months

OLD TOWN — Lan’s Old Town, the Chinese takeout spot and private party venue busted for hosting an illegal party last month, has been shut down indefinitely after hosting another party where attendees were not wearing face masks.

Lan’s, 1507 N. Sedgwick Ave., was cited for hosting 27 people on Saturday in close proximity without social distancing or face coverings, according to the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Employees weren’t wearing face coverings and the restaurant’s patrons weren’t seated, according to the department.

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

Mathematics is Now a Racist Equation: White Privilege vs Black Privilege

As a former math-science teacher, it perked my ears to hear that the term “mathematics” is America’s newest ‘racist’ equation. In other words, some pretty higher-ups have equated excellence in math to racism.

At no time in history has any mathematical equation or scientific understanding been termed “racist”, until 2021.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Michigan Removed 177,000 Voters From Voter Rolls in January After Certifying Biden Won Michigan by 154,000 Votes in November

Michigan now admits after ‘certifying’ the 2020 Presidential election, that more voters should be removed from their voter rolls than there were votes won by Joe Biden in the race. Mixed with other suspected fraud, (like 141,000 ballot drops at 6am the day after the election) all the ballots in this state should be forensically audited to determine the full extent of the election fraud.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NY Dems Move to End Cuomo Emergency Powers as FBI Launches Probe; Lawmaker Says Gov Threatened to “Destroy” Him

It is looking increasingly certain that Democrats in the NY State legislator — both the state assembly and the Senate — will move to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency COVID powers, imposed nearly 1 year ago, just days after the first cases were confirmed in New York.

Overnight, a flurry of unflattering news reports hit. In one, a New York Democrat, Assemblyman Ron Kim, said the governor had threatened to “destroy” him after Kim criticized a top Cuomo staffer heard on tape telling state lawmakers that Cuomo had worried the Trump Administration would try to use deaths in NY’s nursing homes — eventually found to be nearly twice the number initially reported — as a “political football” to attack Cuomo.

More importantly for Cuomo, it was reported last night that leaders of the New York State Senate would move to strip Cuomo of his emergency pandemic powers granted during the pandemic, an extremely rare rebuke for the governor from Democrats within his own party. The Senate’s measures, which could be voted on as soon as next week, highlight the growing animosity between Cuomo and state lawmakers since the governor admitted to intentionally withholding critical data on virus-related deaths from the state legislature in a Monday holiday press briefing.

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

Only 10% of New York City Restaurants Can Pay Their Bills

The New York City Hospitality Alliance recently revealed the extraordinary financial complications facing the city’s restaurants after months of economic lockdowns. According to a recent report from the group, 92% of New York City eateries were unable to make their rent payments in December.

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

Trump: ‘Biden is Either Lying or Mentally Gone’

Breaking a one month silence Wednesday, President Trump appeared on a number of cable news channels, hinting at a 2024 run, a potential launch of his own social media platform, and slamming Joe Biden for lying about the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

Appearing on Newsmax, Trump addressed Biden’s blatant lie Tuesday night about there being no available vaccine.

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

Tucker: Limbaugh Fought Corporate Censorship for Three Decades

Tucker Carlson dedicated an important monologue to the late Rush Limbaugh Wednesday, emphasising that the legendary talk radio host has been fighting against censorship for his entire 30 year run.

“Rush Limbaugh actually believed things, and believed them with sincerity. That was his secret. What he believed most of all was that America is a good and decent place and worth preserving,” Carlson stated.

Carlson then noted that because Limbaugh was so well versed with the founding documents of America, he instantly became a threat to the corporate establishment.

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

Twitter Cuts Bonuses by Nearly Half

Twitter is rewarding its its employees for a job well done by cutting their overall bonuses by nearly half, according to The Information.

While the company said in a memo to employees that workers will still receive 100% of their bonus that’s tied to personal performance — no matter how good their performance was, the company will pay just 7% of their ‘corporate bonus’ target, bringing the overall bonus target to 57%.

In previous years, employees received 100% of the corporate bonus target or more.

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

Woman Gets Police Home Visit Over Anti-Mask Facebook Post

A mother of three got a late night home visit from Palm Beach County police after she joked on Facebook about dumping face masks on a County Administrator’s lawn.

She made the remark after local bureacrats proposed a plan to stop people who are medically exempt from wearing face masks attending meetings and instead locating them in a room below a parking garage.

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

Canadian Minister Jailed Until He “Commits to Cease Holding Church Services”

James Coates, the lead minister of GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada, is now in prison for not agreeing to cease holding in-person worship services in compliance with the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Officials from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confronted Coates after a worship service he held at GraceLife on February 7th.

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

Christian Pastor Jailed for Holding Church Services in Canada

A Christian pastor from Edmonton, Canada, has been jailed for breaking Alberta’s Public Health Act by continuing to hold church services when ordered to stop.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UBC Students Fined More Than $5,000 for Partying During Pandemic

Mounties at the University of British Columbia issued more than $5,000 in fines on Saturday night to students who broke public health rules to party.

RCMP officers handed out $2,300 fines to the organizers of two illegal gatherings plus two personal $230 tickets.

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

Anti-Semitism Surges From German Left-Wing Groups and Muslim Communities

In 2020, there were 2,275 crimes motivated by anti-Semitism committed in Germany, the highest number in 20 years. According to Bogdan Musial, a Polish historian who works in Germany, Islamic radicalization and left-wing opposition to Israel accounts for this rise. He said that in left-wing circles, Israel is seen as racist and accused of practicing a form of apartheid against the Palestinians.

Musial notes that security for synagogues and Jewish schools is nothing new in Germany, and these locations have been vulnerable to attacks for years. However, a number of Jews who have arrived from Russia and aided by the German state have become a source of envy, leading to hostility from other migrants. In many Muslim communities, anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish views prevail.

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

Brexit Britain Finally Moving to Scrap EU State Aid Rules to Help Struggling Businesses

British government ministers are moving to scrap EU caps on aid to businesses forced to shut by lockdown, which have persisted despite Brexit.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is, according to a Times report, putting together a plan to lift a cap on grants to businesses shuttered by lockdown imposed by the European Commission during the Brexit-in-name-only “transition” period, which the Boris Johnson government has continued to apply since the transition ended at the start of 2021.

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

Czech PM Babis: Poland and Hungary Will Help Us With COVID-19 Patients if Necessary

Poland and Hungary have promised to take over some Czech COVID-19 patients if necessary, according to Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who made the statements following Wednesday’s summit of the Visegrad Four countries in Krakow, Poland.

In addition to the pandemic, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the group’s establishment and discussed cross-border digital cooperation.

“People in our country are frustrated, they do not want to respect the measures. The situation in hospitals is not good. I would like to thank Poland and Hungary for the promise that they are willing to provide their hospital capacities if necessary,” Babis said at a subsequent press conference.

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

Dutch Ruling Class Reinstates COVID Curfew

The Dutch court has reinstated the COVID-19 curfews initially removed. The court has overturned a ruling handed down hours earlier ordering the government to lift the “illegitimate” measure immediately.

If this doesn’t prove that government will do what they want and those in it believe they own other human beings and get to dictate their rights, I’m not sure what does. We need to wake up as humanity. Government is slavery and it is so in every single country.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dutch Counter-Terror Office Concerned Over Erdogan Influence on Radical Islamists

The Dutch counter-terror office has expressed concern over alleged links between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and radical Islamists of Turkish descent.

An internal memo by the National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Security (NCTV) reported by Dutch media claims the Turkish president could be behind a deliberate Islamisation strategy which is influencing the Netherlands, noting links between Turkish-Dutch organisations and jihadist groups.

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

France’s Elite Forced to Confront Sexual Abuse Scandals

Anna Toumazoff chose a powerful hashtag to highlight sexual abuse at France’s top political science college. Sciences Po — the training ground for the country’s presidents, politicians and administrators — became #SciencesPorcs (Science Pigs).

“This story is very French,” Anna told me. “Because it’s about great schools; it’s about rape culture; it’s about the elegance of being silent — that’s very French.”

Since then, the social media activist has received more than 400 messages from current and former students of Sciences Po. They describe sexual assaults and rapes, mostly by fellow students, that they say were not taken seriously by the college.

“Some were told that ‘it’s not the worst thing in the world’, that life goes on,” Anna said. “Others were accused of defamation. Some were considered liars. I haven’t received any testimonies of people being well treated.”

Stories like this are not new and not unique to Sciences Po. But she believes they are attracting wider attention now because the college is already under the spotlight for something else.

Breaking the incest taboo

France has been shaken by a series of incest allegations involving public figures over the past few weeks, beginning last month with the publication of a book by Camille Kouchner, in which she accused her stepfather, Olivier Duhamel, of abusing her twin brother as a child.

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

Germany: Muslim Known to Police for Years Stabs Man to Death Out of ‘Hatred of Homosexuals’

A hadith depicts Muhammad specifying the punishment for homosexual activity: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’“ (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462)

Will gay rights advocates say a word about this? Of course not. It has long been established that in the hierarchy of politically correct causes, Islam trumps gay rights. When AFDI ran ads highlighting the mistreatment of gays in Islamic law, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a resolution condemning not that mistreatment, but our ads. Gay advocates such as Theresa Sparks and Chris Stedman attacked us for daring to call attention to the institutionalized mistreatment of gays under Islamic law. It was that, or risk not being invited to the best parties.

“Suspected Islamist charged with knife attack on Krefeld,” translated from “Mutmaßlicher Islamist nach Messerangriff auf Krefelder angeklagt,” WDR, February 11, 2021 (thanks to Medforth).

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

German State to Investigate Antifa Protestors for Calling for Violence

The German state of Bremen will investigate Antifa extremists over alleged calls for violence at a recent protest in which the group called for “anti-fascist self-protection”.

A group of 350 far-leftists took to the streets of the city of Bremen on the anniversary of two unsolved arson attacks on the far-left “Freise” youth centre, both of which took place within hours of each other on February 16th, 2020.

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

Home Office UK Lockdown Warning Video Compared to ‘Black Mirror’ Ad and Mocked for ‘Aggressive’ Drum and Bass Soundtrack

A HOME Office video warning Brits not to break lockdown has been compared to a Black Mirror advert with viewers mocking its “aggressive” drum and bass soundtrack.

The internet hit back at the Government’s official video which warns people not to go to the pub, not to host baby showers and not to go to parties because “meeting up is illegal”.

The 50 second clip features various snippets of bodycam footage where cops have caught rule breakers in recent months.

Against a backdrop of heavy drum and bass, it threatens others not to follow suit, using written warnings in jagged text throughout.

They include: “You shouldn’t go to parties,” “You shouldn’t make your own pub,” and “You shouldn’t hold baby showers”.

Another statement reads: “Meeting up is against the law” while a final message concludes: “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.”

Viewers appeared baffled by the video’s distinct style, with one writing on Twitter: “I thought this was an ad for the new Black Mirror. Disappointed.”

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

Hungary Government Asking Public Whether They Would Like Lockdown Lifted

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s government launched an online questionnaire Thursday asking citizens to give their opinions on lifting pandemic restrictions as weeks of declining COVID-19 cases have started to rise again.

The government calls the set of seven questions a “national consultation,” an informal, non-scientific poll that officials say is meant to gauge public sentiment. The questions cover the possible lifting of restrictions that have been in place since Nov. 11, including an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and the mandatory closure of hotels and restaurants which have been in place since Nov. 11.

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

Italy: Appeals Court Rules Cloudflare Must Block IPTV Services Even Though it Hosts None of the Infringing Content

Cloudflare was ordered by a court in Italy to block two of its customers providing IPTV services. Providers of IPTV services broadcast content they do not have rights to, mostly content that requires subscription.

Cloudflare is one of the most popular content delivery networks and DNS providers. A CDN is a group of servers geographically optimized to provide efficient delivery of web content to internet users.

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

Italy’s Draghi Easily Wins Lower House Confidence Vote, Now Fully Empowered

ROME, Feb 18 (Reuters) — Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghieasily won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliamenton Thursday, the final step needed for his new government toexercise its full powers.

The Chamber of Deputies approved the confidence motion by535 votes to 56 in the 629-seat chamber, with the far-rightBrothers of Italy being the only major party to oppose theformer European Central Bank president.

Draghi was sworn into office last week after a drawn-outpolitical crisis which saw his predecessor Giuseppe Conte forced out over a coalition rupture.

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

Malta: Man Who Converted to Christianity From Islam is Living in Terror After Being Stabbed for Apostasy

Police suspect that a Muslim man’s conversion to Christianity was the motive behind a stabbing in a Mosta garage on 26 January, with his lawyer arguing that he was living in fear of his assailants, who are on bail.

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

‘No Jab, No Job’ — UK Firms Set to Make Vaccines Mandatory

Companies in Britain have been tasking law firms to craft “no jab, no job” contracts that would bar prospective employees from being hired unless they have been vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus.

While the government has publicly claimed that it has no intentions of requiring domestic vaccine passports, ministers have admitted that private businesses may take up the mantle of imposing it on the British public.

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

No Lockdown Sweden Sees COVID Deaths Plummet Quicker Than UK

While the media in the UK is asserting lockdown measures caused COVID-19 deaths and cases to plummet, Sweden saw an even greater drop off in deaths despite enforcing comparatively minor restrictions.

This morning, UK broadcaster Sky News declared “Lockdown is working! COVID-19 infection rate plummets in England.”

“One of the largest and most authoritative coronavirus surveys has found that infections are quickly falling in England, confirming that lockdown is working to suppress the virus,” states the report.

The report claims that vaccines aren’t a factor in the reduction in deaths and cases because they are observed across all age groups.

However, as Dr. Eli David highlighted, COVID deaths in Sweden began dropping off even sooner without the need for harsh lockdown measures.

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

Police Called on Disabled Man Who Didn’t Wear ‘Mask Exempt’ Yellow Badge

Security guards at an English supermarket called the police on a disabled man who refused to wear a yellow sticker exempting him from wearing a mask.

Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first police-enforced lockdown on March 23rd, 2020, Britons have been subjected to overzealous policing of their activities and a suppression of their freedoms.

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

Polish Minister Calls on European Commission to Admit Failure on Vaccines

The European Union’s vaccine rollout has been a failure, and it should acknowledge that reality, said Polish Minister in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Michal Wójcik.

Wójcik said he believes the slow process of vaccination in the European Union is affected by a failure to ensure a timely and adequate supply of vaccines. As a result, Europe is way behind the United States, China and the United Kingdom.

Wojcik places the responsibility for this fairly and squarely on the shoulders of the European Commission.

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Public Health Officials Are Destroying Humanity

Story at-a-glance:

  • During 2020, Sweden, under the guidance of chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, did not universally lock down, shutter small businesses, close schools or implement mask mandates
  • Seniors and other high-risk individuals were asked to stay home, social distance and mask up, while all others were free to live much as they normally would
  • According to the Imperial College of London model, Sweden would have been looking at a death toll of 80,000 by the end of June 2020 if it didn’t lock down. The true number, by mid-September 2020, after no lockdowns at all, still stood at only 5,880, a vast majority of whom were elderly with comorbidities
  • Swedish data show teachers are among the professions that have the lowest risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19
  • Pandemic lethality has been oversold across the globe, as total mortality for 2020 has not spiked above norms

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly been the most traumatic period of time in many people’s lives. The devastation wrought is incalculable when you take into account things that aren’t easily measured, such as mental health, physical abuse and food insecurity.

The harsh truth, however, is that virtually none of it was necessary. The real damage occurred as a result of the decisions made by global, national and local health and government officials, acting in concert according to some predetermined plan…

Tegnell’s communication to the Swedish people is one of adult to adult, and by encouraging self-responsibility, he builds a relationship of trust. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s draconian lockdown edicts, however, are that of parent to child, triggering people to respond either as the fearful child or the rebellious child. It’s a dysfunctional relationship based on intimidation that breeds fear and distrust.

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Sharia Northern Ireland: Councillor Faces Five-Year Ban From Running for Office Because She Criticized Islam

The direction in which Britain is heading is quite clear. Sharia forbids criticism of Islam. Jolene Bunting is being targeted by short-sighted politicians who are trying to win the Muslim vote. But the Britain they will leave for future generations will not be like the Britain they inherited.

Jolene is on Gab, Telegram, VK and Twitter. Here’s how you can also support Jolene’s fight.

“Councillor Who Criticised Islam To Be Banned From Elections,” Steve Laws Report, February 2, 2021.

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UK: BBC Woman’s Hour Accused of ‘Hostile’ Interview With Muslim Leader

A BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour interview with the first woman to lead the Muslim Council of Britain has been criticised for being “strikingly hostile”.

More than 100 politicians, writers and other prominent figures have signed an open letter complaining about Zara Mohammed’s “mistreatment” on the show.

It said host Emma Barnett “appeared intent on re-enforcing damaging and prejudicial tropes” about Islam.

A BBC spokesperson said the corporation would reply “in due course”.

The letter’s signatories include Conservative peer Baroness Warsi, Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Naz Shah, journalist Afua Hirsch, Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens and the Muslim Council of Britain’s founding secretary general Sir Iqbal Sacranie.

“The BBC needs to address its engagement with and representation of Muslim women,” it said.

In particular, it took issue with Barnett for “persistently” asking how many female imams there are in Britain…

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UK: COVID: Nineteen Face Fines Over Portsmouth Airbnb Lockdown Party

Nineteen people face fines of £800 each after attending a house party in breach of coronavirus lockdown rules.

Police officers were called to an Airbnb in Portsmouth after being told of a large gathering.

Hampshire Constabulary released body-worn camera footage which appeared to show revellers attempting to push past officers at the door of the property.

Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth said the force was receiving more reports of gatherings in homes.

“This party is not a one-off,” she said.

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UK: Ministers Still Pressuring Boris Johnson to Introduce ‘Domestic Passports’ To Enter Cinemas, Live Events

Ministers are still pressuring Prime Minister Boris Johnson to introduce ‘domestic passports’ that would only allow those who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine to enter venues such as cinemas, sports stadiums and even pubs and restaurants.

As we highlighted earlier this week, the British government denied for months that it was planning vaccine passports for international travel, but then did a 180 and indicated they were all but inevitable.

Authorities then also suggested that domestic passports could also be mandated that would prevent people who haven’t taken the coronavirus jab from entering cinemas, bars, restaurants and even shops.

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UK: Supermarket Calls Police on Disabled Man for Not Wearing Mask, Tries to Make Him Wear Yellow Sticker

British supermarket Morrisons called the police on a disabled man who was medically exempt from wearing a face mask after attempting to make him wear a yellow sticker.

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UK: Twelve Fined in Oxford for Illegal Valentine’s Day Gathering

POLICE have fined 12 people who gathered together for a meal on Valentine’s Day at a house in Oxford.

Officers responded to reports of a Covid breach at a property in Sandy Lane West on Sunday.

On arrival, 12 people were found to be enjoying a meal, breaching the current regulations.

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V4 Anniversary: Hungary, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia Feel United and Confident

The Visegrad Four (V4) group is celebrating 30 years of its existence this year. The four heads of government of the alliance — Mateusz Morawiecki, Andrej Babis, Igor Matovich and Viktor Orban — met together with President of the European Council Charles Michel in Kraków. The Hungarian prime minister called the group the “core of Europe”.

The group was formed to provide the four countries a platform for mutual discussion and cooperation as they set out on their successful road to NATO and EU membership, and in recent years, towards economic growth. The countries have asserted a distinctive approach on issues such as migration and the single market within the European Union.

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Zuckerberg Challenged by British MPs Over Facebook Censorship of ‘Pork Faggots’ English Delicacy

British parliamentarians have challenged Facebook tsar Mark Zuckerberg over the tech giant’s abortive efforts to censor a history group for discussing the traditional Black Country dish faggots and peas.

“We discuss local news, we discuss memories, pictures, and our food too — and local Black Country dishes,” explained Marilyn McDonald, a member of the Pensnett, Brierley Hill and Black Country Now and Then (History Group) page, in comments reported by the major West Midlands newspaper the Express and Star.

“We came onto the subject of faggots and peas and Facebook have gone ballistic and have got rid of one of the admins of the group. They say faggots is a derogatory word but it’s our dialect, for goodness sake,” she said.

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Hamas Imposes Travel Restrictions on Unmarried Women

The Supreme Sharia Court Council in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has imposed travel restrictions on unmarried females, drawing sharp criticism from Palestinians and human-rights organizations.

In a circular issued on Sunday, the council ruled that “an unmarried female may be prevented from traveling if she did not obtain permission from her guardian,” who is often her father or in some cases her son.

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Israel to Allow ‘Green Pass’ Holders to Access Public Spaces

Israel will soon allow ‘Green Pass’ holders who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine to access public spaces including sports events, restaurants and hotels while those who haven’t had the shot will remain on lockdown.

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Changes Coming for Putin’s Cabal, Sources Say

Kremlin eyes replacing key people, including the Russian army chief-of-staff and head of the FSB

by Dave Makichuk February 12, 2021

Feeling a little jittery in the Kremlin, are we?

With all eyes on the protests over Alexei Navalny’s arrest and prison sentence, it appears President Vladimir Putin is quietly shoring up his support.

It seems the Russian leader may not be feeling as secure as he might like, these days. What with tens of thousands taking to the streets and his pals in the Kremlin getting a tad concerned over the way he is handling things.

According to the Jamestown Foundation, there is plenty of trouble at home.

This would include Moscow’s geopolitical failures in “managing” the Moldovan elections, the growing strength of Turkey in the South Caucasus, the continuing political crisis in Belarus, combined with Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s disloyalty to Moscow, as well as Russia’s worsening economic situation due to the pandemic.

Ongoing declines in Russians’ personal incomes are translating into declining support for the government. According to the latest poll by the Public Opinion Foundation, 52% of Russians criticize the authorities for their handling of the economy, the Jamestown Foundation reported.

Also controversial was the adoption of a package of federal laws designed to consolidate this year’s slate of new amendments to the Russian Constitution. The amendments solidify and extend Putin’s hold on power.

To make matters worse, the new US Secretary of State is hinting that President Joe Biden may take action over the amateurish attempted poisoning of Navalny, the de facto Russian opposition leader, which contravenes international conventions.

That means yet even more sanctions against Russia in the offing, and a worsening of foreign relations with the West.

All in all, it’s not a very secure time for Putin, which is why he is quietly tightening things up across the board and relying on the people most loyal to him, empowering them to pursue increasingly repressive domestic policies.

According to Intelligence Online’s, sources, the Kremlin is considering replacing 65-year-old Valery Guerassimov as chief-of-staff of the Russian army, a position he has held since 2012.

Guerassimov took what appeared to be a first step towards retirement when he was appointed to the honorary but prestigious position of president of the Academy of Military Sciences at the end of last year.

Alexandr Dvornikov, 59, is being tipped to succeed him.

A native of the Russian Far East, Dvornikov commanded the Russian contingent in Syria at the start of Moscow’s military intervention in September 2015, receiving a “Hero of Russia” medal from President Putin at the end of his mission in 2016, Intelligence Online reported.

The head of the turbulent southern military district, Dvornikov was sanctioned by the European Union (EU) in 2019 for his presumed role in the interdiction of three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait in 2018.

According to sources, there appears to be an intelligence shakeup in the cards as well.

The Kremlin is beginning to think generational change in Russia’s security structures, Intelligence Online reported.

The governor of Tula, Alexei Dyumin, Putin’s former bodyguard, is being tipped for appointment as head of the security service, the FSB, after the legislative elections in September, when the ultra-loyal Alexander Bortnikov, who has headed the FSB since 2008, reaches retirement age.

Lower down in the hierarchy, other young generals who have shown loyalty to Putin seem headed for more prominent roles, Intelligence Online reported.

These include Dmitry Mironov, the 53-year old former deputy interior minister who became governor of the region of Yaroslavl in 2016.

Mironov is in charge of a sensitive area — youth policy — at the Council of State, a consultative body made up of regional leaders whose role was recently included in the new Russian constitution, Intelligence Online reported.

Another rising star is Mikhail Babich.

Appointed assistant to the minister for economic development a year ago after serving as Russia’s ambassador to Belarus, Babich recently became assistant to the director of the highly-strategic Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation…

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Two Russian Su-27s Intercept French Military Aircraft Heading for Russian Borders Over Black Sea

Two Russian Su-27 fighters intercepted a group of French military aircraft over the Black Sea and escorted them until they flew away from Russia’s borders, the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defence Control Centre (NDCC) told reporters.

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Christian Teacher Threatened to Death and Rape if Not Converted to Islam in Pakistan

New York: A Christian Teacher was threatened to death and rape by her Muslim C0-workers in a Coaching Center adjacent to one mosque in I-9 area of Islamabad city. The Mosque running this Coaching Center required one Teacher of Mathematics for which one Christian girl named Arooj Karamat for this job for which was selected and started teaching in May 29, 2020.

Arooj Karamat performed her duties very effectively but after few months her co-workers who were Muslim ladies’ teachers started discussing religion which she avoided.

The comments of Muslim teachers about Christianity were hateful and derogatory but Arooj Karamat never responded to them.

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India: The WEF Agenda Behind Modi Farm Reform

In September 2021 the UN will hold a Food Systems Summit. The aim will be to reshape world agriculture and food production in the context of the Malthusian UN Agenda 2030 “sustainable agriculture” goals. The recent radical farm laws from the government of Narenda Modi in India are part of the same global agenda, and it’s all not good.

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Myanmar Coup Removes Central Bank Chief, Alarming Global Financiers

TOKYO — As news of the military coup in Myanmar reached the halls of the Bank of Japan, staff raced to gather information about the ongoing developments.

“They have apparently kicked out the central bank governor as well.” The shocking news was passed up the command chain at the head office in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district.

On Feb.1, Myanmar’s military took control of the country’s administrative, legislative and judicial branches, detaining de facto leader State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and several other democratically elected officials.

It is unclear what happened to former central bank chief Kyaw Kyaw Maung, but deputy governor Bo Bo Nge has been detained, according to media reports. Than Nyein, who served as central banker under the previous junta before the first free election in decades in 2015, has been reappointed to the role.

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Pakistan Police Hunt Two Christians Accused of Blasphemy

Pakistan police in Lahore have initiated a manhunt to find two young Christian men accused of blasphemy for allegedly making derogatory comments about Islam.

A Muslim student named Haroon Ahmed filed a complaint against the two youths, insisting that they made denigrating remarks about the Qur’an and the prophet Muhammad during a discussion on religion, said Muratab Ali, a police investigator.

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China Most Active in Spreading Disinformation on COVID-19 Origin: Report

Authored by Frank Fang via The Epoch Times

China was the most active country in propagating disinformation on the origin of the COVID-19, according to a newly-released report by the Associated Press (AP) and the Digital Forensic Research Lab of Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council.

The report was the results of a nine-month joint research project, after analyzing millions of social media posts and articles that were published in the first six months of the COVID-19 outbreak. It examined the false narratives that took hold in four countries: China, Iran, Russia, and the United States.

China was much to blame for the disinformation on COVID-19 origin, which is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

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Hong Kong Aiming for Legislation to Ban Insulting Public Officials

If you thought there were free speech issues in the U.S., you haven’t seen anything yet.

Hong Kong’s government is currently in the process of introducing legislation that would prohibit insulting public officials. We can only imagine the insults that were muttered when local citizens read the news from local media.

Hong Kong’s Security Bureau is in the midst of leading a study on how the legislation could work and how it would be overseen, according to Bloomberg. Local outlets said, citing Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip, that the issue was under examination.

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In China, Bloggers and Social Media Stars Now Need a License to Comment on Politics

Beijing is updating its online censorship rules, and stepping up their enforcement, as the Cyberspace Administration of China is set to force social media personalities and bloggers to acquire government credentials if they wish to cover issues pertaining to politics, military and healthcare, education, the economy, and the judiciary.

Even by China’s standards, this is interpreted as a significant expansion of powers of regulators and censors, with the goal of establishing even firmer control over information, and promoting only one, officially approved narrative on a wide range of key news topics.

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Jailed Hong Kong Tycoon Arrested Again, Faces Charges of Helping Activists Flee

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is already facing prosecution under Hong Kong’s new national security laws, and now it looks like authorities are heaping on even more charges against the high-profile pro-democracy figure.

His Apple Daily tabloid reported that Lai has been arrested again, this time for suspicion of assisting one of 12 fugitives China captured at sea last year. Western media outlets quickly picked up the reports.

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Two YouTubers That Mocked Xi Jinping Have Disappeared

Two producers of a YouTube channel critical of and mocking the Chinese president have gone missing.

China’s leadership has an unfortunate history of showing that they unequivocally have no sense of humor when it comes to any kind of criticism, including jokes made at their expense; and that they won’t hesitate to punish or at least intimidate the “perpetrators.”

The type of humor where the butt of a joke are Chinese and ruling Communist Party officials is seen and treated as just another form of impermissible criticism of those in authority. Reports now seem to be confirming this yet again, saying that a person working for a popular YouTube channel has just “disappeared.”

The owner of the Qiang Guo Wa Ha channel said that two of their producers went missing just ahead of the Lunar New Year. The channel is dedicated to a brand of humor known as “Ru Bao” — whose target is President Xi Jinping.

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Exclusive: Government Slams Facebook for Sick Double-Standards by Creating the ‘Perfect’ Platform for Paedophiles to Share Child Abuse — While Stopping You From Reading the News

The US tech giant has infuriated ministers by blocking Australian users from seeing and sharing local news in response to a world-first law to make tech giants pay media companies.

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Facebook Goes Nuclear on Australia — Blocks All News Sharing Across Continent

After Australia’s government this week announced its intent to issue legislative changes known as the “News Media Bargaining Code” by the end of this month, Facebook in retaliation has said it will begin restricting news sharing on its platform in Australia.

It comes a day after the current session of parliament vowed to implement the law by the session’s close, which ends on Feb. 25. The code seeks to force major US-based internet companies to fairly pay local Australian publishers for use of their content. Last month Google threatened to remove its search engine from Australia altogether over the legislation, with Facebook backing Google’s pressure campaign.

NBC describes the new code as aiming “to remove the digital giants’ dominant bargaining positions by creating an arbitration panel with the power to make legally binding decisions on price.”

“The panel would usually accept either the platform’s or the publisher’s best offer, and only rarely set a price in between,” the report describes.

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Fears for Australia’s Democracy as Facebook Allows WA Premier Mark McGowan to Keep His Page — But Bans His Opponents Just Weeks Ahead of Crunch Election

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan remains unscathed by the Facebook ban less than a month out from a state election on March 13. His opponent Zak Kirkup wasn’t so lucky.

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Furious Aussies React to “Zero Warning” Facebook Ban on News Content

The pushback and reaction to Facebook’s drastic ‘retaliation’ on the Australian government has been fierce from both officials and the broader public in the hours following the Wednesday decision of the US-based social media platform to block all news sharing on the continent. Australian officials are warning that Facebook’s actions are severely damaging the ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Facebook announcement came a day after on Tuesday the current session of parliament vowed to implement the so-called “News Media Bargaining Code” by end of next week. The controversial legislation will force major US-based internet companies to begin paying local Australian publishers for use of their content. Aussies are now barred from posting, sharing or even viewing news content on Facebook whatsoever in a move that Google had previously threatened with its search engine.

According to FT the ban has already “restricted access to critical public information on government health and emergency service sites on Thursday.”

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Inside Story of How Facebook Pulled the Rug on Australia and How Mark Zuckerberg and His Cronies Quietly Plotted to Ban All News From the Country’s 13 Million Users Even as Google Copped Most of the Flak

Facebook has been quietly plotting to axe news services for months while paying lip service to Australia’s political leaders.

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New Zealand PM Accuses Australia of Abdicating Its Responsibility by Canceling Citizenship of Muslima Tied to ISIS

“Ardern said her government has an obligation to its citizens regardless of the circumstances or offenses committed.”

Great. But do those citizens who have joined the Islamic State (ISIS), an entity that is avowedly at war with non-Muslim countries, have any obligation to New Zealand? And if they don’t think they have any such obligation, isn’t it possible that Ardern’s humanitarian decision here might have negative consequences for New Zealanders in the future?

“NZ PM urges Australia to ‘do the right thing’ over terror suspect’s citizenship,” Reuters, February 16, 2021.

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Gambia: Imam Fatty Condemns Ban on FGM

One of the Gambian top Imams has condemned a ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country and talked hard on campaign groups which he said are spreading falsehood about FGM everywhere.

Imam Abdoulie Fatty made the condemnation as he descended on campaigners against FGM in his last Friday sermon (khutbat) at a Mosque in around Bartex prior the congregational Jumaat prayer.

Imam Fatty in his sermon emphasised that FGM has been in practice since the time of Prophet Ibrahim (ASW) and “it was witnessed by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) during his time, too.”

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Islamic Extremist Group in Congo Kills 16 People, Burns Catholic Church

Thirteen civilians and three soldiers are dead after a suspected Islamic extremist group raid in the northeastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

An military spokesperson said that Islamic terrorist group Allied Democratic Forces was behind the deadly massacre in Ndakya village and the arson of a Catholic church. However, the group’s involvement has not yet been confirmed.

Coordinator of the Convention for the Respect of Human Rights Christophe Munyanderu, said that gunmen had opened fire upon entering the village Sunday morning.

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Claim: Migrant Husband Used French Wife to Bring ‘Real’ Family to Europe

A 36-year-old French woman claims that her abusive migrant husband used her in an attempt to obtain French citizenship so he could abandon her and her children and bring his African wife and family to France.

The woman, named Catherine, left her now ex-husband four years ago after discovering the Senegalese man had tried to use her to obtain citizenship and that he led a double-life, having a Senegalese wife and children, it is alleged.

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Finnish Border Guard Bust Middle Eastern Illegal Migrant Network

The Border Guard in Finland revealed a major operation against a network suspected of aiding illegal migration by Middle Eastern migrants.

The Finnish Border Guard say they apprehended several suspects and made seizures and raids of various homes in the city of Lahti.

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Germany: Court Rules Undocumented Roma Family Can Receive Higher Social Benefits

Immigrants from the Roma community in Germany are entitled to higher social benefits even if they cannot prove their identity or country of origin, the Lower Saxony-Bremen State Social Security Tribunal in Celle has ruled. According to the decision, published on Monday, the Hildesheim district must grant applicants higher benefits under the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act.

Previously, a local social court had required the district to pay a six-member Roma family — allegedly from Kosovo — full social benefits and to give them access to the statutory health insurance system. Although the district filed an appeal against the decision, the most recent decision from the tribunal upheld the local court’s decision, according to Junge Freiheit.

Several European nations could not confirm citizenship

The family had not been able to prove their identity for years, and neither Kosovo nor Serbia and North Macedonia could confirm their citizenship. Therefore, since 2015, the district has refused to pay the usual social benefits to the plaintiffs because they had not presented any passports.

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German Police Crack Down on Berlin Migrant ‘Crime Families’

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of German police and other investigators raided more than 20 buildings in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg early Thursday in a crackdown on two feuding organized crime families, authorities said.

Berlin prosecutors said on Twitter that two people were arrested in the raids targeting illegal drug and weapons trafficking.

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UK: Three Migrants Are Rescued From Inside Refrigerated Lorry From France After Calling Police at Service Station to Tell Them They Were Suffocating

Three men were rescued from suffocating inside a sealed refrigerated lorry after they phoned police to say they were struggling to breathe.

Cambridgeshire Police said the vehicle, believed to have travelled from France, was tracked along the A14 and the M11 with the help of Essex Police.

It was found at Brampton Hut services near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, just before 4.30pm on Wednesday.

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California Court Sides With Twitter in Meghan Murphy Lawsuit Who Was Banned for Saying “Women Aren’t Men”

Because of its intensity, it’s easy to think that the unprecedented level of censorship on social networks, spreading even to, technically speaking, lower levels of the web like hosting services, is a recent phenomenon.

But it’s been almost two and a half years since Meghan Murphy announced she would sue Twitter for permanently banning her account after she tweeted, “women aren’t men” and other declarations referring to scientific facts about biological differences between women and men.

This journalist and feminist went on to file her lawsuit in February 2019. In the YouTube video announcing it, she spelled out a policy that would in the intervening years become a runaway train of censorship. “Twitter has begun silencing individuals and political views they don’t want heard,” Murphy said in November 2018.

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Mercola: The Web of Censors Behind the Censors

Finally, some clarity to the network of censors around the world who control what gets censored and what does not. The network is relatively small in number, but well funded and able to leverage themselves many times over through more traditional media. This network is 100% intentional

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The World is Suffering From Mass Delusional Psychosis

Story at-a-glance:

  • According to psychiatrist and medical legal expert Dr. Mark McDonald, the true public health crisis is not COVID-19 itself; rather, it’s the fear of the infection, which has “morphed and evolved into a form of mass delusional psychosis”
  • Many enter a state of hysteria when they see an unmasked person, even if they look perfectly healthy and clearly are not suffering from any kind of respiratory issue. This is a highly irrational state that has no basis in reality
  • Delusion is defined as believing something that doesn’t conform with reality
  • There are serious concerns about the lasting effects this widespread insanity will have on children as they grow up. One of the worst traumas children suffer as a result of all this fearmongering is the idea that they may kill their parents or grandparents simply by being around them
  • Treating the children’s trauma in therapy is not going to be enough, as parents and other adults are the ones creating the trauma by their own exaggerated fear response. To heal a generation of traumatized children, we must first address the psychosis of the adult population

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The bulk of published science also shows that masks do not prevent the spread of viral infections, and this is particularly true if you’re wearing cloth masks, surgical masks or masks with vents.

Despite all of that, many still enter a state of hysteria when they see an unmasked person, even if they look perfectly healthy and clearly are not suffering from any kind of respiratory issue. This is a highly irrational state that has no basis in reality.

Indeed, according to McDonald, these people are suffering from delusional psychosis, and there are a lot of them. He goes so far as to refer to the outside of his home or office as the “outdoor insane asylum,” where he must assume “that any person that I run into is insane” unless they prove otherwise. As explained by Cheah:…

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U.N. Chief Guterres Pushes ‘Global Vaccination Plan’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday demanded a global vaccination plan, coordinated and funded by G20 governments, to counter what he called the “widely uneven and unfair” distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/18/2021

  1. A selection of documents on how the Russian Empire fought against such a phenomenon as Bacha-bazi in Central Asia.
    Written in a slightly outdated language, it will probably be difficult for Google to translate it.
    https://rus-turk.livejournal.com/80321.html

    Be that as it may, it is imperative to completely eliminate the bachа (destroy bacha-bazi as a phenomenon), to ensure that they do not appear, so that parents do not sell handsome boys and do not condemn children first to the shameful role of prostitution, and then to the role of a thief and parasite.

    For this, the Casian rivoyat is not enough: it is necessary to remove cases of sodomy from the competence of people’s judges and establish the same punishment for all under Russian criminal laws, regardless of whether a native committed sodomy in the native or Russian part of the city. We must remove beautiful boys from use and not repeat in defense of their banal phrases that bachi are only objects of aesthetics, that Europeans also have ballerinas, etc. All this must be thrown away and the vice of Sodom and Gomorrah must still be considered vile vice.
    ==========
    And now they are telling us that the Russians must repent for the sin of colonization …

  2. “Turkish president could be behind a deliberate Islamisation strategy” in the Netherlands.

    Memo to Dutch government and media:
    Deliberate Islamisation is basic doctrine of Islam.
    There is no “Live and let live” in Islam.
    All people must be made subject to Sharia.
    That is the Islamic imperative.

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