Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/19/2021

148 illegal migrants were “rescued” in the Mediterranean by a Spanish migrant-ferry vessel. Meanwhile, 40 illegal migrants were arrested on the Greek island of Evia for causing a violent disturbance in a hotel.

In other news, the French senate rejected President Emmanuel Macron’s request for mail-in voting, citing the risk of voter fraud.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

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

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

USA
» “Be Less White, “ Coca-Cola Employees Told in Online Racism Course Taught by Robin DiAngelo
» 6 Capitol Police Officers Suspended, Dozens Under Investigation
» Biden Muscles Out Chicago Prosecutor Hot on the Heels of Powerful Dems
» Bill Gates: You Might Need 3 Shots of the Vax to “Combat Variant Strains”
» Bill Gates Bankrolling Educational Organization That Says Math is Racist
» BLM Protester Arrested for Portland Cathedral Vandalism on Ash Wednesday
» Blue State Blues: The Whole of 2020 Was a Left-Wing Insurrection
» Breaking: Antifa Assaults Post Millennial Journalist in Downtown Seattle
» CA Mom Says Hot Mic Comments by School Board Members Slamming Parents Are “Heartbreaking”
» Caroline Glick: One Week in Progressive America
» Cartoon Network Pushes “Anti-Racism, “ Lecturing Kids to “See Color” In New PSA
» CDC: Flu Activity is “Unusually Low” This Year
» Congressmen: Swamp Pushing Fake QAnon Threat to Keep DC Under ‘Occupation’
» Critical Race Theory is Coming to Your Suburban Community
» Fact-Checker Laments That Twitter’s Birdwatch Feature Marked Tim Pool Tweet as True
» Florida Man Friday: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to Death Metal
» House Democrats Push Bill to Strip Trump of Retirement, Burial at Arlington, And Any Future Honor or Recognition
» How Conspiracy Theorizing May Soon Get You Labelled a “Domestic Terrorist”
» L.A. School Board Cuts Police Officers, Replaces Them With Social Workers, “Climate Coaches”
» Man Who Handed Hunter Biden Laptop to Reporters, Feds Sues Twitter
» New York Assembly Republicans Start Impeachment Process Against Cuomo
» Ocasio-Cortez Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ Into Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal
» Operation Choke Point 2.0: Biden Admin Plans to Circumvent Second Amendment With Politicized Lending
» Our Dire Future Under Biden
» Outages Morph Into Outrage as Texans Slapped With “Mind-Blowing” Power Bills
» Poland Will Fine Big Tech $13.5 Million Per Case for Removing Ideological Content: “Poland Spent 45 Years Under Communism… It Taught Us the Value of Free Speech”
» Prominent Democrat Fundraiser for Obama, Clinton Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Foreign Money Campaign Schemes
» Rush Limbaugh’s Radio Program Will Continue to Air “Until His Audience is Prepared to Say Goodbye”
» Sen. Joe Manchin Announces He Will Oppose Biden Nominee Neera Tanden, Likely Defeating Her Nomination
» The Biden Administration is Plotting Ways to Censor “Misinformation” Online
» The Temporary Collapse of Texas is Foreshadowing the Total Collapse of the United States
» The Truth About Bill Gates
» These Shocking Graphs Show Florida’s Far Better COVID Outcomes With Far Milder Lockdown Than New York, California
» Unhoused Seattle Woman Settles With City for $10,000 Over Sweep of Cal Anderson Park
» Washington DC Riots? The Democrats Are Responsible!
» YouTube Deletes Ohio Senate Anti-Lockdown Testimony
» YouTube Deletes PewDiePie Video
 
Canada
» Anti-Lockdown MP Proposed Lawmakers Live Off Corona-Benefits, So They Voted to Cut His Pay Instead
» Canadians, if You Aren’t Furious at the Politicians Flagrantly Flouting the COVID Safety Measures They Imposed, You Should be
» Court Dismisses BC Government Attempt to Shut Down Churches
 
Europe and the EU
» Civil Servant Sues UK Gov’t After Finding Out Black Female Colleague Rakes in $72k Higher Wage
» EU Executive Gives Hungary 2 Months to Alter Law on NGOs That Sparked Relocation of Soros-Backed University
» Fears of Fraud: French Senate Reject’s Macron’s Push for Early Voting in 2022 Election
» Ford Announces Plan to Go All-Electric in Europe by 2030
» French ‘Islamophobia’ Targeted for Group Closure by Government Will Relocate to Belgium
» German State Bans Drivers From Wearing Sunglasses or Hats With Masks
» Mining the Moon? Polish Startup Signs Lunar Mining Contract With US Firm
» ‘No Jab, No Job’ As UK Firms Make Vaccines Mandatory
» ‘No Lockdown’ — Sweden Sees COVID Deaths Plummet Quicker Than ‘Fully-Locked-Down’ UK
» Poland to Fine Big Tech Companies $13.5 Million for Banning Users Over Ideological Reasons
» Poland Will Look for COVID-19 Vaccines Outside the EU, Announces Polish PM
» Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Say They Won’t Return to Royal Duties
» Protesters Throw Stones at Police and Neighbours Over Jailed Spanish Rapper
» Scottish Man Pleads Not Guilty After Being Charged Over a Tweet
» UK: Blair Tells Boris Not to Ditch Tier System After Lockdown
» UK: COVID-19: Lockdown Party Host Answers Door to Police in Dressing Gown… and Fake Eyelashes
» UK: Half of London Councils Use Chinese Surveillance Equipment Linked to Persecution of Uighurs
» UK: Not Enough Women: Feminists Rail Again Plan to Honour VC War Heroes With Statues
» UK: Shhh — Pretend There’s No One Here: Dozens of Partygoers Draw the Curtains, Turn Off the Music and Switch Off the Disco Ball Light When Police Come to Break Up Illegal Gathering in North London
» Watch: Gun Battle in French Neighborhood
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Tens of Thousands of Israeli COVID ‘Green Passes’ Forged, Claims Cybersecurity Expert
 
Middle East
» Former CIA Director, Critics Slam Biden Over Move to Pursue Iran on Nuclear Deal: ‘Absolutely Chokes’
 
South Asia
» India: The WEF Agenda Behind Modi Farm Reform
» Indonesia: This Country Will Fine Anyone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine…
» Newsweek ‘Fact Check’ Claims India Vaccine Ban “Mostly False” While Admitting De Facto Ban
 
Far East
» China: Detainees Allege “Extremely Sadistic” Guards Gang Raped Religious Minorities in Concentration Camps
» Facebook is Big on Censorship, But Not of Chinese State Propaganda
» German University Study: Most Likely COVID Came From Wuhan Lab Leak
» Hong Kong Man Assaults McDonald’s Worker Over Contact Tracing App
 
Australia — Pacific
» COVID-19 Patients Being Transferred With Garbage Bags on Their Heads
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Banging Pots, Facing Tear Gas, Gabon Citizens Protest at COVID Restrictions
 
Immigration
» Biden, Democrats to Unveil ‘Major Overhaul’ Immigration Bill That Includes Pathway to Citizenship
» Channel Crossing: Border Forces Stop 70% of Migrant Attempts in Post-Brexit Crackdown
» France: Le Pen Party Activists Face Down Pro-Migrant Activists at Spanish Border
» Greece: 40 Illegal Immigrants Arrested After Causing Major Disturbance in Evia
» Spanish Activists Rescue 148 Migrants in Mediterranean
» States Mull Cheaper Tuition for Illegals Than American Citizens
» Thousands of Hong Kongers Have Already Applied for UK Visa Under New Scheme
» Watch: Well-Dressed Migrants Swarm Spain as Hundreds Arrive in Boats
 
Culture Wars
» Book Promoting Transgenderism Pulled From Elementary School
» Cancel Culture — Part 5: Schools, The Birthing Place of Cancel Culture
» COVID: The Predatory Testing Labs Are Complicit in the Crime
» Facebook Will Soon Add Labels, Links to Posts About Climate Change
» Overcoming Cancel Culture
» Techno-Censorship: The Slippery Slope From Censoring “Disinformation” To Silencing Truth
 

“Be Less White, “ Coca-Cola Employees Told in Online Racism Course Taught by Robin DiAngelo

A whistleblower at soda giant Coca-Cola has reportedly revealed that the company is “forcing” its employees to complete online training that tells them to “try to be less white.”

In images released to Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, a YouTuber and critic of Critical Race Theory, whistleblower documents show Coca-Cola’s training documents ordering company employees to sit through recorded videos by White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo, with titles like “Confronting Racism, with Robin DiAngelo.”

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

6 Capitol Police Officers Suspended, Dozens Under Investigation

Feb. 18 (UPI) — Six U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended and more than two dozen are under investigation for their actions during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building, a representative for the department said Thursday.

A spokesperson told CNN and Fox 5 D.C. that six officers were suspended without pay and that its Office of Professional Responsibility was investigating the actions of 35 others.

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

Biden Muscles Out Chicago Prosecutor Hot on the Heels of Powerful Dems

President Joe Biden is forcing Chicago’s top federal prosecutor to resign amid ongoing criminal probes of powerful Illinois Democrats and their associates.

U.S. attorney John Lausch is prosecuting close confidants of Democrat boss Mike Madigan, an ally of former president Barack Obama who resigned from the state legislature Thursday after a decades-long reign in Springfield. Lausch’s office will also prosecute Chicago alderman Edward Burke (D.), an influential figure accused of strong-arming businesses into retaining his law firm.

Lausch’s abrupt removal has drawn bipartisan criticism from Illinois lawmakers who say he should be allowed to finish his work or depart on a longer timeline to ensure an orderly transition. The president asked all Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign by the end of February but allowed two to remain in place to conclude politically sensitive work.

With much of the state’s Democratic establishment in his sights, it’s not clear why Biden did not extend the same courtesy to Lausch. Madigan’s resignation, timed as it is with Lausch’s imminent departure, will raise even more pointed questions for Lausch’s successor about the future of the case.

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

Bill Gates: You Might Need 3 Shots of the Vax to “Combat Variant Strains”

Bill Gates is using the mutated strains of the coronavirus to try to convince the public to get three shots instead of just two. This just feels like a mockery at this point, and sadly, many will line up for shot number 3 without hesitating.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bill Gates Bankrolling Educational Organization That Says Math is Racist

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is bankrolling an activist educational group that believes math is racist and that arriving at an objective answer is an example of “white supremacy.”

Yes, really.

A conglomerate of 25 educational organizations called A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction asserts that asking students to find the correct answer is an “inherently racist practice.”

The organization’s website lists the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as its only donor.

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

BLM Protester Arrested for Portland Cathedral Vandalism on Ash Wednesday

A cathedral in Portland was broken into and vandalized on Ash Wednesday by an armed intruder known for previously attending local Black Lives Matter-Antifa protests.

On Feb. 17 around 3:30 a.m., Portland Police responded to an emergency call regarding a burglary in progress at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in northwest Portland. A suspect identified as Christopher Lee Colletta, 44, was arrested. He’s accused of vandalism and throwing property outside the historic church’s smashed stained glass windows.

The Post Millennial can report that Colletta previously attended a BLM-Antifa riot in August last year where he was hit with a rubber munition by police at one point.

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

Blue State Blues: The Whole of 2020 Was a Left-Wing Insurrection

The Capitol riot was not, as Democrats claimed, an “insurrection.” It was a reaction — terrible, and unjustified — to an insurrection that had already taken place.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Antifa Assaults Post Millennial Journalist in Downtown Seattle

The Post Millennial‘s Katie Daviscourt was assaulted by an Antifa mob in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night when leftists gathered to march in protest of the Seattle Police Department’s fatal shooting of an armed man who chased after authorities.

Two Seattle officers fatally wounded the suicidal man in crisis who wielded a kitchen knife Tuesday night near the waterfront. Law enforcement tried to use non-lethal tools to subdue the man. Then when he charged at the officers, the two cops opened fire. The man was struck and died at the scene. The SPD will release body camera footage from the incident in the next three days per policy.

The following day of the shooting death, black-clad Antifa militants hurled projectiles at the West Precinct police station and then pivoted to target Daviscourt and her chant her name.

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

CA Mom Says Hot Mic Comments by School Board Members Slamming Parents Are “Heartbreaking”

A California mom has criticized her district’s school board members after they were caught on a hot mic slamming parents over calls to have teachers return to in-person learning.

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

Caroline Glick: One Week in Progressive America

The Democrats had a lousy week. It began with former President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate.

Trump’s acquittal was a major blow to the Democrats. It isn’t that anyone believed Trump would be convicted. Whether Republicans love or hate the former president, the fact is that it is unconstitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a former officeholder. And for that reason alone, there was no chance that more than a smattering of Republicans would support the move.

But once their farcical trial ended, public focus moved to the Democrats — who now control both houses of Congress and the White House. True, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is already planning to drag Trump back to center stage with her “January 6 Truth Commission.” But that won’t happen for several months. And in the meantime, for the first time in five years, the Democrats find themselves, and their actions, the focus of public attention.

The first casualties of the scrutiny have been the Democrat governors of the most populous Democrat-run states in the Union — Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California.

After a nearly a year in which Cuomo was lavished with adulation for his leadership of the coronavirus pandemic in New York; upheld as the future of the Democratic Party; touted as a possible candidate for Attorney General; and even won an Emmy for his press conferences, the truth has caught up with “America’s governor.”…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Cartoon Network Pushes “Anti-Racism, “ Lecturing Kids to “See Color” In New PSA

A controversial new public service announcement from Cartoon Network encourages children to “see color” when they look at other kids. Only by looking through the lens of color, it says, can a person learn to be anti-racist.

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

CDC: Flu Activity is “Unusually Low” This Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the current flu season has seen an “unusually low” number of influenza-related hospitalizations.

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

Congressmen: Swamp Pushing Fake QAnon Threat to Keep DC Under ‘Occupation’

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) suggested Thursday that Capitol Police and Democrats are hyping up the bizarre online theories of QAnon as justification for keeping Washington DC under ‘occupation’.

Following a story in Newsweek that highlighted how some QAnon followers believe President Trump is to be ‘reinstalled’ on March 4th, Capitol authorities and Democrats used it as a reason to keep troops and razor wire fences in place.

During a Wednesday hearing, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said “Some of these people have figured out that apparently 75 years ago, the president used to be inaugurated on March 4. OK, now why that’s relevant, God knows, at any rate, now they are thinking maybe we should gather again and storm the Capitol on March 4. … That is circulating online.”

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

Critical Race Theory is Coming to Your Suburban Community

Buckle up.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Fact-Checker Laments That Twitter’s Birdwatch Feature Marked Tim Pool Tweet as True

There have already been some rumblings of “fact-checking” third-party organizations that Big Tech hires not being happy with the possibility that some social media giants are looking for ways to fact-check content natively.

Twitter and its experiment called Birdwatch is one such initiative, and — rhetoric about democracy and truth aside — it’s easy to see why the fact checking industry would dislike it: it takes away their business, and potentially waters down control over content that is exercised through them.

Now we’re seeing Poynter Institute, which is far from an impartial actor here, as it runs the fact-checking site PolitiFact and owns the International Fact-Checking Network, “intervene” to shape Birdwatch more after its own image.

This “fact-checking skirmish” involves journalist and YouTuber Tim Pool, and he called the way Poynter presented its criticism as an “absolutely incredible cultural moment.”

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

Florida Man Friday: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to Death Metal

Florida Man has quickly become everything so much of the rest of the country wishes it still was after this last year: Fun and at-large.

Before we get to the good stuff, a quick apology for missing last week’s Florida Man Friday. I worked through the morning with a vicious little head cold, but by the time I was done with Insanity Wrap and had collected all my FMF headlines, there was no more denying that I needed a dose-and-a-half of DayQuil.

he DayQuil did its usual job, too. I was able to:

A) Breathe

B) Kind of not drool while staring blankly at the computer screen

Seriously, that stuff messes with me. There was a whole lot of nothing going on for the next 72 hours.

But not for Florida Man, as you’ll see on this week’s thrilling edition of…

Florida Man Friday!

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

House Democrats Push Bill to Strip Trump of Retirement, Burial at Arlington, And Any Future Honor or Recognition

Amid continuing calls for “unity” from their party, a number of House Democrats have authored a new bill that would explicitly deny “twice impeached presidents” from being eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The bill also would prohibit federal dollars from funding buildings that bear the names or commemorate the achievements of such former presidents.

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

How Conspiracy Theorizing May Soon Get You Labelled a “Domestic Terrorist”

If you are starting to feel like forces controlling the governments of the west are out to get you, then it is likely that you are either a paranoid nut job, or a stubborn realist.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

L.A. School Board Cuts Police Officers, Replaces Them With Social Workers, “Climate Coaches”

The Los Angeles Unified School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to cut one-third of its school police force and replace it with social workers, restorative justice advisers, and “climate coaches.”

The change will remove 133 positions from the district’s police department, leaving it with 211 officers. Police will also no longer patrol school campuses, instead only responding during emergencies.

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

Man Who Handed Hunter Biden Laptop to Reporters, Feds Sues Twitter

The computer repair shop owner responsible for handing over Hunter Biden’s laptop to the feds and numerous journalists, including the New York Post, has sued Twitter over its claim that he possessed “hacked materials.”

John Paul Mac Isaac of Delaware filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the Southern District of Florida, contending that he was forced to shut down his business in part due to Twitter’s labeling of the contents of the legally obtained laptop as “hacked materials.”

Mac Isaac argues that the label damaged his reputation and forced him to shut down his business. He filed a prior lawsuit, also claiming defamation and demanding $500 million in damages. That case was thrown out in December over lack of jurisdiction, reported the Washington Examiner.

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

New York Assembly Republicans Start Impeachment Process Against Cuomo

The New York Assembly Republicans have introduced a measure to form an impeachment commission to investigate how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo handled nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo has been consistently criticized for his policies surrounding nursing homes in the state, which many believe led to increased number of deaths. It was recently discovered that he and his team had withheld information about fatality statistics in nursing homes.

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

Ocasio-Cortez Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ Into Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for a “full investigation” on Friday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ocasio-Cortez’s statement follows moves by the Democratic leaders of the state Senate to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers after a top Cuomo aide told state lawmakers that the governor withheld nursing home resident death figures from the virus out of fear of federal prosecutors.

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

Operation Choke Point 2.0: Biden Admin Plans to Circumvent Second Amendment With Politicized Lending

The Biden Administration is working on a plan to circumvent gun rights by re-instituting a policy that allows banks to choose who they do business with.

The loophole is a throwback to the Obama-era Justice Dept. policy known as Operation Choke Point, which created an end run around the Second Amendment by forcing lenders to abide by costly legal risk assessments before banking with clients.

The result is banks could choose not to lend to “high-risk” businesses including pawn shops and gun stores if a risk assessment showed doing so could cause financial harm.

During his tenure in office, President Donald Trump attempted to reverse Operation Choke Point policies, even issuing a Fair Access rule during his final days in office.

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

Our Dire Future Under Biden

I will fear for my country and the fate of my children and grandchildren.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Outages Morph Into Outrage as Texans Slapped With “Mind-Blowing” Power Bills

The rolling blackouts that plunged up to 15 million Texans into darkness amid a historic cold snap are diminishing by the end of the week. About 188k customers were without power in the state on Friday morning. Days after power prices jumped from $50 per Megawatt to more than $9,000, the horror stories pour in for those who had power this week during grid chaos as they are mind-boggled how their energy bills skyrocketed.

None of these horrifying power bill stories below should be a shock as we described to readers in the piece titled “Power Bills To The Moon: Chaos, Shock As Electricity Prices Across US Explode,” that this would happen.

Texans who were on a variable or indexed plans with power companies are only now reporting their bills have jumped hundreds of dollars, if not thousands of dollars for the month.

Royce Pierce told Newsweek he owes electric company, Griddy, $8,162.73 for his electricity usage this month. He said that’s a massive increase from his usual $387 bill.

“It’s mind-blowing. I honestly didn’t believe the price at first,” Pierce said.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Poland Will Fine Big Tech $13.5 Million Per Case for Removing Ideological Content: “Poland Spent 45 Years Under Communism… It Taught Us the Value of Free Speech”

For several years, Big Tech censorship of non-mainstream, conservative, and libertarian views has been increasing. Recently, Facebook banned Australian News and health services-among others.

100 Percent Fed Up reports — According to a leading expert in the field of artificial intelligence search results, Google intentionally skews search results for people around the world. In 2016, this meant skewing search results in favor of Hillary Clinton to the tune of up to 10.4 million votes. In 2020, it meant skewing a minimum of 6 million votes-almost certainly away from Trump. Despite this, Trump won. That is why so many more irregularities were necessary for a Biden win in the 2020 election. Due to our largely feckless GOP and our largely complicit Democrat party, this has not been remedied in any way at all. In fact, it has only gotten worse; with all conservative voices being censored routinely on Big Tech platforms while President* Biden labels them as white supremacists and domestic terrorists, many Americans are feeling a bit nihilistic about the whole thing.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Prominent Democrat Fundraiser for Obama, Clinton Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Foreign Money Campaign Schemes

A California businessman and major Democratic bundler has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, who raised large sums for former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was sentenced for schemes to funnel foreign money into American political campaigns, in which he would then take millions of dollars for himself.

U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Zuberi contributed more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain, and others. His most recent attempt was to work his way into the Biden circle.

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

Rush Limbaugh’s Radio Program Will Continue to Air “Until His Audience is Prepared to Say Goodbye”

Rush Limbaugh, the 70-year-old radio host who lost his battle to lung cancer earlier this week, will continue to be heard over the airwaves.

Limbaugh’s radio show, which held the title for most listeners in the United States reaching over 20 million monthly subscribers, will be broadcast from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

“No one can replace Rush Limbaugh,” said senior vice president of affiliate marketing for Premiere Networks, Hosea Belcher.

Old clips of “The Rush Limbaugh Show” will be broadcast “until his audience is prepared to say goodbye,” Premiere Networks said.

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

Sen. Joe Manchin Announces He Will Oppose Biden Nominee Neera Tanden, Likely Defeating Her Nomination

President Joe Biden’s nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget suffered a crippling blow Friday afternoon. West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose Tanden’s nomination, saying her “overtly partisan statements” will only stoke the dangerous political division that exists in D.C.

With Manchin’s defection, it is now highly doubtful that Tanden’s nomination will succeed. With the 50/50 split between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate, Democrats now likely lack the necessary votes to confirm her.

Manchin’s announcement came after a group of 66 conservative leaders authored a memo that outlined Tanden’s past provocative conduct.

“She has called Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) ‘the worst,’ Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) ‘a fraud,’ stated that ‘vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz,’ and called Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ‘Moscow Mitch’ and ‘Voldemort.’ She has publicly insinuated that Russia helped the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Tanden has also stated that Republican Party’s ‘capacity for evil knows no bounds.’“

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

The Biden Administration is Plotting Ways to Censor “Misinformation” Online

It’s not only conservatives and Republicans who criticize Big Tech: Democrats and leftists do it, too.

While one political and ideological grouping does believe there is too much censorship and freedom of speech stifling on Big Tech’s social platforms, the other essentially thinks, though not in so many words, that there’s not enough of it.

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

The Temporary Collapse of Texas is Foreshadowing the Total Collapse of the United States

We are getting a very short preview of what will eventually happen to the United States as a whole. America’s infrastructure is aging and crumbling. Our power grids were never intended to support so many people, our water systems are a complete joke, and it has become utterly apparent that we would be completely lost if a major long-term national emergency ever struck. Texas has immense wealth and vast energy resources, but now it is being called a “failed state”. If it can’t even handle a few days of cold weather, what is the rest of America going to look like when things really start to get chaotic in this country?

At this point, it has become clear that the power grid in Texas is in far worse shape than anyone ever imagined. When extremely cold weather hit the state, demand for energy surged dramatically. At the same time, about half of the wind turbines that Texas relies upon froze, and the rest of the system simply could not handle the massive increase in demand.

Millions of Texans were without power for days, and hundreds of thousands are still without power as I write this article.

And now we are learning that Texas was literally just moments away from “a catastrophic failure” that could have resulted in blackouts “for months”…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Truth About Bill Gates

Bill Gates owns 4 private jets and a collection of Porsches which are kept in his 66,000 square foot mansion.

He says beef farming is killing the planet while buying up record amounts of farmland.

A study found him to be a CO2 super-emitter.

But he says YOU need to make sacrifices for zero carbon!

“It’s OK when Bill does it!”

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

These Shocking Graphs Show Florida’s Far Better COVID Outcomes With Far Milder Lockdown Than New York, California

Gov. Ron DeSantis has put the leaders of locked-down blue states to shame, and Democrat politicians are ashamed to admit it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Unhoused Seattle Woman Settles With City for $10,000 Over Sweep of Cal Anderson Park

A Seattle woman who claims her civil rights were violated by the city during the cleanup of Cal Anderson Park has settled with the city out of court, according to documents filed in the Western District of Washington.

The Seattle Times reports that Ada Yeager, an unhoused woman, was paid $10,000 dollars by the city of Seattle. KING 5 reached out for comment, but the lawyers representing Yeager would not comment on the case without their client’s permission.

Five months after the area known as the CHOP was dismantled, Cal Anderson Park remained a holdout for the homeless.

In mid-December, the city posted notice asking park residents to remove property ahead of an upcoming sweep. That’s when lawyers representing Yeager filed a lawsuit against Seattle.

The lawsuit alleged Yeager’s civil rights were violated, calling cleanups “warrantless.” The suit said evicting residents would suppress their freedom of expression and assembly.

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

Washington DC Riots? The Democrats Are Responsible!

Washington DC Riots? The Democrats are Responsible!The only mobs the impeachers failed to impeach were the nine Democrat mobs that incited the Washington DC riots.

Nine Democrat mobs incited the riots by shutting down the president’s and The People’s voice in the media, at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Google, You Tube. They incited by blocking out the facts behind the corrupt self-dealing Joe Biden Crime Family. They incited by deplatforming the Trump Administration’s massive achievements as well as the president’s accounts; they incited by fake-reporting Trump having saved the lives of tens, possibly hundreds of millions. These nine mobs have the only voice heard-inciting. Their voices canceled and punished Trump voters because of rage against Trump’s successes-which are real. His accomplishments are now being cancelled by the failed and enraged America-hating ex-president Barack Obama who, through proxy president Susan Rice, dictated Joe Biden’s 47 executive orders. These EOs are but IOUs for the $3.2 billion campaign donations that got Biden elected-as trillions will come out of the hides of the American People to pay for them.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

YouTube Deletes Ohio Senate Anti-Lockdown Testimony

YouTube removed a video featuring legislative testimony by an Ohio-based group supporting a bill that could limit the state’s coronavirus restrictions. The Google-owned platform claimed that the video violated its coronavirus misinformation policies.

The Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom channel posted a video on its YouTube channel that featured testimony before the state’s senate supporting a bill that would allow the state’s lawmakers to vote against the governor’s coronavirus public health orders.

YouTube removed the video, citing its misinformation policies.

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YouTube Deletes PewDiePie Video

One of YouTube’s biggest homegrown stars, PewDiePie, has been targeted by the platform once again, as one of his videos has been removed for a violation of the Google-owned giant’s cyberbullying and child safety policies.

This professionally produced diss video was making fun of the fans of the rapidly growing Cocomelon channel, geared towards children. The “diss” format, i.e., content deliberately made to stir up controversy and elicit response from competition is a way to gain attention and grow a channel, and one of the things that make YouTube “appealing” that have helped it gain massive audiences, of which the company is well aware.

In his video, PewDiePie is heard using profanities and handing toy guns to several children featured in it, who then use them to “attack a melon.”

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Anti-Lockdown MP Proposed Lawmakers Live Off Corona-Benefits, So They Voted to Cut His Pay Instead

An anti-lockdown MP proposed reducing political salaries in solidarity with ordinary Canadians forced onto benefit payments by the government’s pandemic response, only to have the bill rejected and the legislature vote to reduce his salary instead.

Ontario member of the provincial parliament (MPP) Roman Baber introduced a bill in the Ontario parliament this week to reduce MPP salaries to $500 a week, the amount given to Canadians under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This ‘We Are All in This Together Act’, he said, would give lawmakers an incentive to end lockdown by leaving them in the same situation as the public.

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Canadians, if You Aren’t Furious at the Politicians Flagrantly Flouting the COVID Safety Measures They Imposed, You Should be

If you haven’t been paying attention to the litany of Canadian politicians (including the Canadian PM himself) violating the very policies they virtue-signal upon us, I’ll list just some of them:

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Court Dismisses BC Government Attempt to Shut Down Churches

The Provincial government of British Columbia has failed in its attempt to apply for an injunction, forcing churches to shut down. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announced the ruling of BC Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson, on Wednesday.

“Our clients are relieved that the Court denied the injunction,” states Marty Moore, staff lawyer with the Justice Centre. “The BC government was seeking a court order for police to scrutinize the intentions of individuals and detain them if police believed they intended to attend a prohibited worship service.”

The JCCF also issued a release where they point out, “The BC government allows hundreds of people to gather at any given time in a single big box store. Liquor stores and marijuana stores remain open. Restaurants and bars also remain open. But to the churches, Dr. Henry has stated: ‘[d]o not attend a service at a church, synagogue, mosque, gurdwara, temple, or other places of worship’“.

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Civil Servant Sues UK Gov’t After Finding Out Black Female Colleague Rakes in $72k Higher Wage

The current lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind and might potentially set a precedent for future sex and race discrimination cases in the United Kingdom.

A senior civil servant is suing the UK Home Office for sex and race discrimination, reported Metro UK on 16 February.

Matthew Parr, an HM inspector of constabulary overseeing the UK’s police forces, has an annual salary of more than $185,000 (£133,983).

However, the former rear admiral discovered that a black colleague, Wendy Williams, who led the inquiry into the Windrush scandal and was appointed 15 months before Parr to the same post, was offered a salary of $257,500 (£185,791) — because her bosses ostensibly feared of being accused of discrimination.

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EU Executive Gives Hungary 2 Months to Alter Law on NGOs That Sparked Relocation of Soros-Backed University

The European Commission has warned Hungary it has two months to make changes to a controversial law affecting foreign-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including a university founded by US billionaire George Soros.

On Thursday, the Commission sent a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, ordering his government to modify the so-called ‘transparency rule’ passed in 2017.

Under the law, NGOs must declare their donors to Hungarian authorities or risk fines, and any receiving financial support from abroad above a certain threshold have to be publicly identified as foreign-funded.

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Fears of Fraud: French Senate Reject’s Macron’s Push for Early Voting in 2022 Election

French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to institute an early voting amendment in France shortly before 2022 presidential elections have been dashed by a French Senate committee over fraud concerns.

“The senators will not appreciate at all that the amendment was submitted so late, and they will reject it,” predicted a minister to the LCI news channel on Tuesday.

And it did not take long for senators to confirm that, as on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Senate Law Committee rejected the government’s amendment to allow early voting for the 2022 presidential election.

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Ford Announces Plan to Go All-Electric in Europe by 2030

US carmaker Ford plans to overhaul its passenger car offering in Europe, making a factory in Germany the hub for its electric operations, the company said on Wednesday.

Ford’s ambitious announcement comes as carmakers in Europe are under pressure to increase their electric offering and curb emissions amid new EU regulations.

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French ‘Islamophobia’ Targeted for Group Closure by Government Will Relocate to Belgium

The Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), a group the French government moved to dissolve in the aftermath of the terrorist murder of Samuel Paty, is to relocate to Brussels under a new name.

The CCIF, which French President Emmanuel Macron targetted for dissolution in the wake of the Islamist-inspired beheading of the history teacher, is expected to relocate to neighbouring Belgium, to become the Collective Against Islamophobia in Europe (CCIE) instead. In dissolving itself and moving abroad in the face of the government pursuing it, the body has effectively jumped before it could be pushed by Macron’s anti-extremism crackdown.

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German State Bans Drivers From Wearing Sunglasses or Hats With Masks

Germany’s Bild newspaper reports that Saxony, a region in Eastern Germany, has became the first region in the country to ban drivers from wearing hats and sunglasses while also being masked.

Anybody driving in a car must be identifiable by traffic cameras, the state is demanding. Wearing all three at the same time can greatly obscure an individual’s appearance, to the point of being unidentifiable.

All of this is important since, starting Monday, people will be required to wear masks in vehicles in Saxony if members of more than two households are traveling together.

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Mining the Moon? Polish Startup Signs Lunar Mining Contract With US Firm

Solar System Resources Corporation, a Polish start-up from Krakow, has signed a letter of intent with US Nuclear Corp for the supply of a valuable isotope, Helium-3, which will be mined on the Moon by a crewless spacecraft.

According to the Krakow startup, this is the first transatlantic agreement of its kind. It is hoped that it will contribute both to the growth of both the energy and space industries as well as the increase of innovation in the Polish economy.

“The company has appealed to the Polish government to speed up work on an agreement with NASA and for Poland to participate in programs such as ARTEMIS and ARTEMIS ACCORDS,” informed the start-up’s CEO and co-founder Adam Jan Zwierzynski.

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‘No Jab, No Job’ As UK Firms 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.

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‘No Lockdown’ — Sweden Sees COVID Deaths Plummet Quicker Than ‘Fully-Locked-Down’ UK

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News

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.

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Poland to Fine Big Tech Companies $13.5 Million for Banning Users Over Ideological Reasons

Poland is pushing legislation that would fine social media platforms $13.5 million for censoring users over ideological differences.

Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta — the man behind the law — says tech companies have targeted conservatives, Christianity and traditional values for “too long.”

“Freedom of speech is not something that anonymous moderators working for private companies should decide,” said Kaleta to Fox News Wednesday. “Instead, that is for the national body; duly elected officials and all industries, car, phones, finance — were unregulated till they grew too large — the same should happen with Big Tech.”

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Poland Will Look for COVID-19 Vaccines Outside the EU, Announces Polish PM

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that Poland was looking for different ways to purchase vaccines globally, which would signal that the country is no longer relying on the European Union due to its alarmingly slow vaccine rollout.

“We are launching various trade channels to try to buy the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide,” Morawiecki said. He added that although Poland was working on an initiative to purchase more vaccines around the world, he was not sure if it would succeed. Poland’s ally, Hungary, recently approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, and top officials in Czechia have signaled that they may follow suit.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Say They Won’t Return to Royal Duties

Feb. 19 (UPI) — Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, have finalized their split from royal duties, the royal family said Friday.

A year after they withdrew from their royal responsibilities, the couple have informed Queen Elizabeth II that they will not return and will give up their patronages.

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Protesters Throw Stones at Police and Neighbours Over Jailed Spanish Rapper

BARCELONA (Reuters) — Police charged protesters who threw stones and bottles at officers and neigbours in Spanish cities on Friday in the fourth night of clashes after a rapper was jailed for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs.

The nine-month sentence of Pablo Hasel, known for his fiercely anti-establishment raps, has galvanised a debate over freedom of expression in Spain, prompting the government to announce it would make speech laws less restrictive and sparking protests that, at times, turned violent.

Protesters threw projectiles at police and at neighbours who condemned them for the disturbances. Two banks and businesses were attacked in Barcelona. Police charged protesters in the northern Catalan city of Girona.

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Scottish Man Pleads Not Guilty After Being Charged Over a Tweet

The 35-year-old man from Glasgow, Scotland, charged over an “offensive” tweet against Sir Tom Moore pleaded not guilty in court yesterday. His arrest caused quite a stir on social media with critics asking why he was charged when his tweet did not incite violence.

On February 3, a day after Moore’s death, Joseph Kelly, alongside a photo of the second world war army veteran, tweeted:

“The only good Brit soldier is a deed one, burn auld fella, buuuuurn.”

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UK: Blair Tells Boris Not to Ditch Tier System After Lockdown

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Boris Johnson not to drop tiered coronavirus measures after the end of lockdown, publishing a report calling for the country to revert to a five-level traffic light system.

The UK has spent much of the past 11 months either in some form of a lockdown or tiered restrictions since the outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus. With the recent success of the UK’s vaccine rollout and Prime Minister Johnson’s earlier suggestion that Britons have seen the last of tiers, Mr Johnson is anticipated to outline on Monday his strategy for taking England out of lockdown, even if slowly, together.

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UK: COVID-19: Lockdown Party Host Answers Door to Police in Dressing Gown… and Fake Eyelashes

A woman hosting a party in breach of coronavirus rules answered the door to police in her dressing gown — only to be caught out by her earrings and fake eyelashes.

Bodycam video footage shows officers knock on the door of the property in Kings Norton, Birmingham at 12.30am on Friday.

They were called to the scene after reports that a house party inside was being live streamed on social media, West Midlands Police said.

A woman is seen answering the door in a white dressing gown after turning out all the lights and turning the music down.

Despite trying to pretend nothing is happening, one officer asks her: “Do you usually wear earrings to bed?”

Another jokes: “Do you always sleep in tights?”

After pointing out she was also wearing fake eyelashes, the officers entered the property to find at least 14 people inside.

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UK: Half of London Councils Use Chinese Surveillance Equipment Linked to Persecution of Uighurs

Half of the borough councils in London use surveillance equipment linked to technology used by the Chinese Communist Party in the oppression and persecution of the Uighurs.

Data obtained from a freedom of information request given to the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed that at least half of London’s 32 local governing bodies were using surveillance systems from two Chinese companies, Hikvision and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co Ltd, which produce facial recognition technologies. Both firms are currently subject to restrictions in the United States.

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UK: Not Enough Women: Feminists Rail Again Plan to Honour VC War Heroes With Statues

Feminists have denounced proposals to honour war heroes who won the Victoria Cross and George Cross with hometown statues because not enough of them are women.

Awarded, often posthumously, for the “most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy”, each Victoria Cross is struck from bronze taken from captured enemy guns, and it is regarded as the highest military honour in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. So rarely is the medal given, there are just nine living recipients of them worldwide.

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UK: Shhh — Pretend There’s No One Here: Dozens of Partygoers Draw the Curtains, Turn Off the Music and Switch Off the Disco Ball Light When Police Come to Break Up Illegal Gathering in North London

Dozens of partygoers drew the curtains and turned off the music and disco ball lights when police came to break up an illegal gathering on Wednesday.

Up to 30 people attended the rave in Islington, north-east London, before officers were called at around 11pm, Scotland Yard said.

The force was alerted to ‘loads of people coming and going’ to the address on Paton Street, but when they knocked on the door someone inside shouted ‘turn it off’ and tried to conceal the activity, a spokesman said.

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Watch: Gun Battle in French Neighborhood

Eyewitnesses filmed a shootout in a residential parking lot in the French city of Aubagne on Wednesday evening, according to reports.

At least two uninvolved residents were struck with buckshot as roughly a dozen suspects engaged in an armed confrontation near apartment buildings in the Charrel projects.

Gunshots can be heard in footage showing men dressed in dark clothing running through a carpark.

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Tens of Thousands of Israeli COVID ‘Green Passes’ Forged, Claims Cybersecurity Expert

Like a scene out of the 2020 film Sci-fi/thriller Songbird, Israel will require residents who wish to reenter society to have a COVID-19 ‘Geen Pass’ when lockdowns lift in the coming weeks.

But cybersecurity expert Ran Bar-Zik warned in a Facebook post on Tuesday the pass can easily be forged.

The software engineer and journalist explained in his post that the pass uses a QR code that is made up of the basic information on the pass. That info nation and QR code are simple to recreate.

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Former CIA Director, Critics Slam Biden Over Move to Pursue Iran on Nuclear Deal: ‘Absolutely Chokes’

Top former U.S. officials and national security experts slammed Democrat President Joe Biden late on Thursday following his administration signaling that it was willing to re-enter talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, to pursue a nuclear deal.

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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.

In Modi’s India, farmers have been in massive protest since three new farm laws were rushed through Parliament last September. The Modi reforms were motivated by a well-organized effort of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its New Vision for Agriculture, part of Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset, the corporate side of the UN Agenda 2030.

Modi Shock Therapy

In September, 2020 in a rushed Parliamentary voice vote, rather than a duly-registered formal vote, and reportedly with no prior consultation with Indian farmer unions or organizations, the government of Prime Minister Narenda Modi passed three new laws radically deregulating India’s agriculture. That has sparked months of national farmer protest and nationwide strikes.The protests which are spreading across all India, demands repeal of the three laws.

In effect the laws end restrictions on large corporations’ buying land and stockpiling commodities to control farmer prices. They also allow large multinational businesses to bypass local or regional state markets where farmers’ produce is normally sold at guaranteed prices, and allows business to strike direct dea

ls with farmers. This all will result in the ruin of an estimated tens millions of marginal or smallholder farmers and small middlemen in India’s fragile food chain.

The new Modi laws are measures the IMF and World Bank have been demanding since the early 1990s to bring Indian agriculture and farming into the corporate agribusiness model pioneered in the USA by the Rockefeller Foundation decades ago.Until now no Indian government has been willing to attack the farmers, the country’s largest population group, many of whom are on tiny plots or bare subsistence. Modi’s argument is that by changing the present system, Indian farmers could “double” income by 2022, an unproven,dubious claim. It allows corporations to buy farm land for the first time nationally so large companies, food processing firms, and exporters can invest in the farm sector.Against them a small farmer has no chance. Who’s behind the radical push? Here we find the WEF and the Gates Foundation’s radical globalized agriculture agenda.

[Comment: Highly recommended reading.]

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Indonesia: This Country Will Fine Anyone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine…

While Europeans and Americans worry about what freedoms they are giving up by staying unvaccinated, it’s more clear cut for people in Indonesia, as the government there is threatening to fine anyone who says no to a COVID jab.

Reuters reports that Jakarta is threatening residents with fines of up to 5 million rupiah, approximately $360, for anyone who ‘opts out’.

As well as fines, the government is threatening to withhold benefits for anyone who hasn’t taken the shot.

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Newsweek ‘Fact Check’ Claims India Vaccine Ban “Mostly False” While Admitting De Facto Ban

Newsweek published a “fact check” which labeled claims that India had banned the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as “mostly false” despite admitting in the article that India has in fact temporarily banned the vaccine.

Last week, discussion around the issue intensified after it was revealed that Indian health authorities had refused to give permission for the vaccine to be distributed.

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China: Detainees Allege “Extremely Sadistic” Guards Gang Raped Religious Minorities in Concentration Camps

Religious minorities detained in Chinese concentration camps in Xinjiang are allegedly being violently gang raped, according to a woman forced to teach inside the camps.

Qelbinur Sidik made the allegations in an interview published by CNN, which relies solely on the accounts of alleged witnesses.

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Facebook is Big on Censorship, But Not of Chinese State Propaganda

Facebook is known for censoring political opinions, but it’s often revealing to see what the company seems unwilling to censor. Facebook is accused of allowing its advertising machinery to be used by Chinese state entities to promote and defend Beijing’s policies, including those regarded in the West as unacceptable violations of human and other rights.

Chinese propaganda that Facebook publishes when it takes money in exchange for boosting certain news articles comes from China’s state media, such as those downplaying the plight of the Uyghur Muslims, say reports based on The Press Gazette reporting.

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German University Study: Most Likely COVID Came From Wuhan Lab Leak

A prominent German scientist with the University of Hamburg has released findings of a year long study that concludes the most likely cause of the coronavirus pandemic is a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The study, was overseen by Professor Dr. Roland Wiesendanger, a world renowned nanotechnology expert, and three-time awardee of the European Research Council Advanced Grant.

While his latest study has not been peer reviewed at this time, Wiesendanger has authored or co-authored more than 600 scientific publications as well as several books.

The University of Hamburg issued a press release detailing the findings of Wiesendanger’s study.

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Hong Kong Man Assaults McDonald’s Worker Over Contact Tracing App

A man in Hong Kong assaulted a McDonald’s employee with his mobile phone on Thursday after the worker asked him to download a coronavirus contact tracing app required to visit businesses amid the pandemic and the man refused.

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COVID-19 Patients Being Transferred With Garbage Bags on Their Heads

Eyebrows have been raised after at least one resident of a coronavirus health hotel in Melbourne was seen being evacuated from the establishment with a black garbage bag over her head.

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Banging Pots, Facing Tear Gas, Gabon Citizens Protest at COVID Restrictions

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) — Residents of Gabon’s two major cities took to the streets banging pots and pans for second night on Thursday, in defiance of coronavirus curfew measures, to protest against government restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades in some neighbourhoods in the capital Libreville and Port Gentil to disperse protesters who had set up barricades, burning tyres and debris.

Gabon restricted travel in and out the capital city, and expanded curfew hours to limit travel and slow the spread of coronavirus infections last week.

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Biden, Democrats to Unveil ‘Major Overhaul’ Immigration Bill That Includes Pathway to Citizenship

The Biden administration and Congressional Democrats are set to unveil what the Associated Press described as a “major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the US without legal status.”

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Channel Crossing: Border Forces Stop 70% of Migrant Attempts in Post-Brexit Crackdown

BORDER forces have prevented more than 70 percent of Channel crossings this year.

Boris Johnson’s Government has increased a post-Brexit crackdown on asylum claims to the UK. The new figures show a sharp contrast to the Anglo-French border forces efforts to prevent 55 percent of crossings last year. In 2020, a record 8,410 migrants made the treacherous Channel crossing journey by small boats.

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France: Le Pen Party Activists Face Down Pro-Migrant Activists at Spanish Border

Activists and members of the populist French National Rally (RN) faced down pro-migrant protestors near the Spanish border as they launched their regional election campaign.

Around 20 RN activists gathered near the Behobie bridge in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, led by politician Gironde Edwige Diaz. Holding a banner, they demonstrated against the crossings of illegal migrants from Spain into France.

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Greece: 40 Illegal Immigrants Arrested After Causing Major Disturbance in Evia

Over 40 people were arrested and taken to the prosecutors after a serious incident on Thursday morning at a hotel where they were staying in Amarynthos on the island of Evia.

According to Evia Thema, the illegal immigrants at the hotel, for unknown reasons, caused incidents.

There was a large mobilization of police that led to 40 of the people being arrested.

On Wednesday at noon, another incident took place in Amarynthos where illegal immigrants blocked the road.

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Spanish Activists Rescue 148 Migrants in Mediterranean

Rome, Feb 19 (efe-epa).— A baby was among the 148 migrants rescued Friday by the crew of a ship belonging to the Spanish NGO Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario (SMH) in two separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Aita Mari is the only humanitarian vessel currently plying the waters of the central Mediterranean.

Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario (Humanitarian Maritime Rescue) announced last Saturday that the Aita Mari was setting out from Spain after five months in port.

Early Friday, the Aita Mari came to the aid of 102 migrants aboard a wooden boat that had spent a day adrift near Malta, SMH said on Twitter.

The occupants contacted the Aita Mari via Alarm Phone, a dedicated telephone line established by SMH.

Forty-six migrants on another boat in distress were rescued a few hours later.

More than 350 migrants arrived under their own power on the Sicilian islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa during the last 36 hours, Italian media reported.

A ship operated by the Spanish humanitarian group Open Arms docked on Tuesday in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, carrying 146 migrants rescued at sea.

The crew of the rescue vessel remain in quarantine in Porto Empedocle.

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States Mull Cheaper Tuition for Illegals Than American Citizens

Legislators in Georgia and Arizona are advancing bills that would allow illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at state schools, though American citizens from other states would still pay out-of-state tuition.

Meanwhile, the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill that would allow illegal immigrant students to access state financial aid and school-based aid, even though they already pay in-state tuition.

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Thousands of Hong Kongers Have Already Applied for UK Visa Under New Scheme

Thousands of Hong Kongers have already applied to a new UK visa scheme opened at the end of January in response to the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on democracy and personal liberty in the former British Crown Colony.

Nearly 5,000 Hong Kongers have applied for visas since the new immigration route was opened on January 31st, according to The Times, with experts estimating total application could hit 145,000 by the end of the year if the current rate is maintained.

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Watch: Well-Dressed Migrants Swarm Spain as Hundreds Arrive in Boats

A group of male migrants wearing chic clothing was brought to the Spanish mainland by maritime patrols as over a dozen boats arrived from Africa, according to reports.

More than 250 migrants landed in Spain’s coastal towns in a short period of time, says Rubén Pulido, head spokesman for top Spanish nationalist-populist party VOX.

Pulido shared footage of foreign men disembarking from a Spanish coast guard ship under the supervision of authorities dressed in biohazard suits.

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Book Promoting Transgenderism Pulled From Elementary School

A book promoting transgenderism has been pulled from an elementary school after parents rose up and protested its indoctrination.

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Cancel Culture — Part 5: Schools, The Birthing Place of Cancel Culture

In the previous parts of “Aufheben der Kultur”, I have been explaining different aspects of Cultural Marxism. A thought that comes to mind after reading about Cultural Marxism is, how in the world did America succumb so quickly and thoroughly to this evil? The short answer: our children were/are vaccinated against liberty from the day they start kindergarten. I will expand and try to elucidate this below.

One person who doesn’t get quoted much in the discussion of early education designed by the Frankfurt School is Mary Parker Follett. Yet, she lays out, in black and white, what she sees as the new state (which is the title of one of her books). This is an excellent example:

The training for the new democracy must be from the cradle — through nursery, school and play, and on and on through every activity of our life. Citizenship is not to be learned in good government classes or current events courses or lessons in civics. It is to be acquired only through those modes of living and acting which shall teach us how to grow the social consciousness. This should be the object of all day school education, of all night school education, of all our supervised recreation, of all our family life, of our club life, of our civic life. (Mary Parker Follett 1918, The New State, p. 363)

Follet believed that there is no such thing as an individual conscience, that, “We can have no true moral judgment except as we live our lives with others. . . our individual conscience must be incorporated in a national conscience as one of its constituent members.”

And what does she think of individualism and nationalism? “. . . as we see now that a nation cannot be healthy and virile if it is merely protecting the rights of its members, so we must see that we can have no sound condition of world affairs merely by the protection of each individual nation — that is the old theory of individual rights. Each nation must play its part in some larger whole. (National rights) are as obsolete as the individual rights of the last century. . . In our present international law, a sovereign nation is one that is independent of other nations — surely a complete legal fiction.”

Follett’s book, The New State, tells us what kind of community we will have and where individuals fit in (not). It is the outline of what will be taught (or not) to our children. That is shown, quite openly, by Brock Chisholm, the First Secretary General of World Health Organization (WHO):…

Looking at today’s textbooks is not enough to understand what is going on in our schools. While reviewing many of them can actually make you ill, when you see the how and why these things are being taught (and have been taught for decades now, gradually working up to the outright lies, omissions and brainwashing) you will have a better understanding of the evil behind our public-school instruction.

Our teacher’s associations and others involved in education have been dumbing down our children for a hundred years. In 1928 at a Progressive Education Association meeting with John Dewey and others, a teacher named O.A. Nelson comments:

The sole work of the group was to destroy our schools! We spent one hour and forty-five minutes discussing the so-called “Modern Math.” At one point I objected because there was too much memory work, and math is reasoning; not memory. Dr. Ziegler turned to me and said, “Nelson, wake up! That is what we want . . . a math that the pupils cannot apply to life situations when they get out of school!” That math was not introduced until much later, as those present thought it was too radical a change. A milder course by Dr. Breckner was substituted but it was also worthless, as far as understanding math was concerned. The radical change was introduced in 1952. It was the one we are using now. So, if pupils come out of high school now, not knowing any math, don’t blame them. The results are supposed to be worthless. ( Charlotte Iserbyt Deliberately Dumbing Down of America, p. 38.)

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

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COVID: The Predatory Testing Labs Are Complicit in the Crime

Test lab: “This specimen tests positive. The patient is infected with SARS-CoV-2.”

Patient: “Wait. How did you run the test? With how many cycles?”

Test lab: “That information is proprietary. You have no right to know.”

Patient: “Really? The number of cycles can determine the outcome. Change that number, and ‘infected’ becomes ‘healthy’.”

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Facebook Will Soon Add Labels, Links to Posts About Climate Change

Feb. 18 (UPI) — Facebook announced on Thursday that it will soon begin labeling posts related to climate change and directing users to a central information page, as part of a greater effort to weed out misinformation about the environmental crisis.

The social media platform said the labels will first be applied to posts made in Britain before they start appearing in other countries.

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Overcoming Cancel Culture

Today, we in the U.S. and the UK, are in the midst of self-proclaimed moralists who seek to erase the memories of those with whom they disagree, and to impose their view of the past and the present.

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Techno-Censorship: The Slippery Slope From Censoring “Disinformation” To Silencing Truth

In a world increasingly automated and filtered through the lens of artificial intelligence, we are finding ourselves at the mercy of inflexible algorithms that dictate the boundaries of our liberties.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/19/2021

  1. ‘Pope removes conservative African cardinal who warned Islam would ‘invade the world’ after clash with Vatican’. Truth is the new hate speech. Couldn’t we at least protect our children. Muslim doesn’t work – period.

  2. At yesterdays Australia Melbourne Saturday protest,
    This will look good for encouraging police recruitment. // 🙁
    The police “senior” winding up his colleagues, like almost giving him a clip around the ear, and dragging him into action.

    What the hell is going on
    @VictoriaPolice?
    The morale of your members is at rock bottom.
    Sort this mess out asap or lose the support of those you are supposed to protect.

    https://twitter.com/Josieamycashman/status/1363253424876232704?
    9 seconds.

    I had to refresh and also try a number of times.
    Either a very heavy number seeking to watch it or not far from being pulled or a part to be censored?

    Originally it run through good for me, but now? ? ?
    Also got round in the middle where there is now some hesitancy, “freezing” but by clicking back a few seconds and well worth it too to see the “great encouragement”.

    The original source, but has the same freeze and that is also noticed in the comment section, how the video has been “doctored” ? ?
    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/i-think-id-flatten-a-boss-who-man-handled-me-like-this.html#comments

    From the comments is another choice, and guidance, and a number of others noting the censoring change.

    try….
    https://twitter.com/kimchi2613/status/1363062242225188865
    but don’t go any further to the the original twittera as the video will stall again

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