Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/20/2021

Police raided illegal parties in various parts of England, including Bristol and London. Meanwhile, police in Canada raided parties in British Columbia and Ontario.

In other COVID news, the Vatican threatened to fire employees who refuse to get the coronavirus vaccination.

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

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USA
» 35 Capitol Police Officers Under Investigation, 6 Suspended for Letting Protesters Inside US Capitol — the Same Protesters Who Were Later Arrested for Entering US Capitol
» ‘Amend: The Fight for America’, Netflix’s New Painfully Woke Docuseries, Is Only Interested in Indoctrinating, Not Educating
» Australian Media Breaks Down Biden’s Dementia as US Media Continues to Cover-Up Mental Decline
» CA School Board Under Fire for Mocking Parents Who Requested in-Person Learning
» Coca-Cola Accused of Telling Employees to ‘Be Less White’ In Training Course by Critical Race Theory Peddler Diangelo
» Coca-Cola Denies Forcing Employees to Take ‘Be Less White’ Lesson, Admits Buying Access to Hateful Screed
» Florida Governor Ron Desantis Proposes New Election Integrity Measures — Wants to Ban Mail-in Voting
» Gas Prices Shooting Up Faster
» Gavin Newsom Edges Toward Recall as Officials Accept More Than 80 Percent of Signatures
» Inoculating Against the Wrong Attitudes
» John Kerry Gives the World Just 9 Years Before Climate Calamity
» Masks ‘Don’t Work, ‘ Are Damaging Health and Are Being Used to Control Population: Doctors Panel
» ‘Never Before’ Has the Leader of the Free World Been ‘So Cognitively Compromised’
» New Democrat Gun Control Bill Would Create Full Federal Registry for Every Gun Owner in America
» Outrage After Police-Bashing Philly District Attorney Covers Up Wall Dedicated to Fallen Police Officers
» Parent Group Fighting to Re-Open Ann Arbor Schools Raises Needed $30k Legal Fees in Less Than a Day
» Racism at Smith College: Whistleblower Reveals Institution’s Psychological Abuse of White Employees
» Research Linking Violent Entertainment to Aggression Retracted After Scrutiny
» Roger Stone and Alex Jones Probed for Ties to Capitol Rioters
» Seattle Antifa Attack Live-Streamers and Press — Break Windows in the Name of “Black Justice”.
» Senator Blumenthal Demands Facebook and Twitter Curb Vaccine-Skeptic Conversations
» Texas Power Outage is a Warning About ‘Green Energy’ Reliance and Globalist Control
» Texas Electric Bills Spike to $9,000 Per Megawatt Amid Storm; One Resident to Pay Over $17k
» Trump to Speak at CPAC, Will Detail Future of Republican Party
» Twitter Sued by Hunter Biden Laptop Repair Guy Over “Hacked Materials” Claims
» Watch: Incredible 26 Seconds of Full Color and Full Sound From the Surface of Mars
» YouTube Removes New President Trump Interview, Citing ‘Presidential Election Integrity Project’
 
Canada
» Event Planner Ticketed for Anti-Lockdown Rally in Alberta (She’s Not Stopping)
» Health Inspector Begged for Haircut, Then Ticketed the Barber
» Return to Radisson: Protesters Assemble Outside Toronto COVID Hotel
» Six People Receive $1,000 Tickets for Illegal Social Gatherings in Halifax
 
Europe and the EU
» At Least 60 Far-Left Protestors Arrested After Storming Greek Health Ministry
» France: ‘It Was Allah Who Gave Me This Car. Come on, Give Me the Keys.’
» France: Three Jihadists Sentenced for Plotting Paris Terrorist Attack
» French Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen is Left Stunned as President Macron’s Interior Minister Accuses Her of Being ‘Too Soft’ On Islam in Election Debate
» Rare Video of ‘Brave New World’ Author From 63 Years Ago
» Soundproof Rooms and Dressing-Gown Disguise Feature as English Police Raid Lockdown-Breaking Parties
» Speedboat Britain to Donate Spare Vaccines to Poor Countries
» UK: Bristol Police Swoop on Reports of Illegal House Party of ‘Around 30 People’
» UK: Footballer to Stop Taking Knee, Brands BLM ‘Marxist Group’ Pushing ‘Racial Unrest’
» UK: Sadiq Khan Claims Statue DEFENDERS Are the Ones ‘Trying to Engineer a Culture War’
» UK’s MI6 Chief Apologises to LGBT+ Spies Whose Dreams ‘Shattered’ Over View Gay People More Easily Blackmailed
» Vatican Threatens to Fire Employees Who Refuse Coronavirus Vaccine
 
Balkans
» YouTube’s Algorithm Blocked Channel, Deciding Conversations About Chess Pieces Were “Hate Speech”
 
Middle East
» Reports: Biden Regime Setting Up New Military Base in Syria
 
Russia
» Russia’s Nuclear Officials Abandon America’s Microsoft Office Software & Switch to Home-Designed Tech — Reports
 
South Asia
» English Exam Paper in Indian School Calls Protesting Farmers ‘Violent Maniacs’, Triggers Outrage
» India: Muslims Hold Rally to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of 1921 Moplah Hindu Genocide
 
Far East
» Smug China Sees Suffering Texans as Proof of Communism’s Triumph
 
Australia — Pacific
» Facebook Under Fire: Tech Giant Faces Prosecution, Boycotts, A Heavy New Tax, And Massive Lawsuits for ‘Unconscionable Conduct’ After Devastating Small Businesses With Sweeping Overnight News Ban
» Facebook to Fakebook: The Social Media Site is Now Dominated by Cats, Satire and Conspiracy Theories After Banning Australians From Reading Reliable News
» Facebook Makes Grovelling Apology for Dangerous Banning of Charities and Emergency Services — as Scott Morrison Reveals the Tech Giant is ‘Back at the Bargaining Table’
» Multiple Arrests as Thousands of Anti-Vax Protesters Descend on Cities Across Australia Ahead of COVID Vaccine Roll Out — as a Barefoot Disgraced Chef Pete Evans Leads Speakers in Sydney
» Who Says Crime Doesn’t Pay? Google and Facebook Censoring an Entire Country
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Another Church Building Set Ablaze in Sudan
» Muslim Fulani Kill 11 Christians, Wound Two, In Nigeria
 
Immigration
» Convicted Islamic Terrorist Sentenced to Death for Plotting to Kill Egyptian PM ‘Is on Verge of WINNING 27-Year Legal Battle to Stay in UK as a Refugee’
» France: Protesters Oppose Move to Disband Anti-Migrant Group
» ‘We Have Been Treated Like Criminals’ Complain Migrants Who Entered Britain Illegally
 
Culture Wars
» “Turning Equality on Its Head”: Biden Pushes Congress to Pass LGBT “Equality Act”
» Cadbury Celebrates Resurrection of Christ With Homosexual ‘Kiss’ Commercial
» Now Even the Muppets Are Branded Racist: Disney Slaps Popular Show With an Alert About ‘Offensive Content’ And it Can Only be Seen on an Adult Account
» Who Killed the Middle Class?
 
General
» Are We on the Verge of a ‘Super-Epidemic’ of Autoimmune Diseases?
» Pfizer, BioNTech Launch First COVID-19 Vaccine Trial for Pregnant Women
 

35 Capitol Police Officers Under Investigation, 6 Suspended for Letting Protesters Inside US Capitol — the Same Protesters Who Were Later Arrested for Entering US Capitol

Five Capitol Police officers were suspended and 35 more are under investigation after the officers opened the doors and gates and allowed Trump supporters, and other activists, inside the US Capitol on January 6th.

One video from that day shows Capitol Hill police opening a gate to allow hundreds of protesters inside the US Capitol.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Amend: The Fight for America’, Netflix’s New Painfully Woke Docuseries, Is Only Interested in Indoctrinating, Not Educating

The Will Smith-hosted series aims to spotlight the history of rights in the US. But what transpires is a ludicrous exercise in politically correct performance art that is allergic to intellectual seriousness or nuance…

One of the big problems with ‘Amend’, though, and there are many of them, is that it presents itself as a serious work of history, but is really just a blatant work of advocacy.

There is nothing wrong with advocating, but doing it under the guise of teaching history makes ‘Amend’ an insidious piece of propaganda.

As propaganda, it is very slick, as it has all the trappings of a serious historical documentary, but it’s violently allergic to nuance. The series’ shameless embrace of woke identity politics is never countenanced with even a rudimentary glimpse of oppositional ideas and beliefs, except to label them as obviously and irredeemably evil.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Australian Media Breaks Down Biden’s Dementia as US Media Continues to Cover-Up Mental Decline

Sky News ran an eye-opening segment on Joe Biden’s glaring cognitive issues on Friday, as the mainstream media continues to ignore his dementia-driven daily gaffes.

“Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised,” said reporter Cory Bernardi. “It’s clear to me at the least that US President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do.

Sky News ran an eye-opening segment on Joe Biden’s glaring cognitive issues on Friday, as the mainstream media continues to ignore his dementia-driven daily gaffes.

“Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised,” said reporter Cory Bernardi. “It’s clear to me at the least that US President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do.”

“Such was the hatred of Donald Trump by the partisan and poisonous mainstream media that they chose not to highlight anything that may have derailed a Biden victory,”

“Even now after he’s been sworn in many are still refusing to speak the truth about Biden’s lack of capacity,” he added.

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

CA School Board Under Fire for Mocking Parents Who Requested in-Person Learning

In a leaked video, California school board members were seen mocking parents who have requested that the school opens up for in-person learning.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Coca-Cola Accused of Telling Employees to ‘Be Less White’ In Training Course by Critical Race Theory Peddler Diangelo

Coca-Cola is facing a major backlash for allegedly joining a series of American corporations that indoctrinate their white employees with critical race theory — including demands that they “try to be less white.”

Organizational psychologist Karlyn Borysenko, an activist against so-called critical race theory indoctrination, said on Friday that she obtained copies of the training materials from a whistleblower at Coca-Cola who received an email from management announcing the course. The class is administered online, through the LinkedIn Learning platform, and is entitled “Confronting Racism, with Robin DiAngelo,” a top proponent of critical race theory who offers high-dollar corporate seminars on “whiteness, white fragility” and “racial justice.” She is known to charge up to $40,000 for a half-day talk.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Coca-Cola Denies Forcing Employees to Take ‘Be Less White’ Lesson, Admits Buying Access to Hateful Screed

Coca-Cola have denied a viral story that they forced their employees to take a lesson to “be less white,” but confirmed they purchased access to the course.

A whistleblower from Coca-Cola had alleged on Friday that the company was forcing employees to take a course by noted anti-white activist Robin DiAngelo, entitled “Confronting Racism” on LinkedIn Learning. As National File reported:

Coca-Cola employees are taught to be “less white” by the course, which implies that to be white is to be arrogant, defensive, ignorant, and oppressive. The course also claims that in the West, white children are socialised “to feel that they are inherently superior,” and that “one-time workshops” on racism are not enough, claiming that people must be regularly indoctrinated by “anti-racism.”

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

Florida Governor Ron Desantis Proposes New Election Integrity Measures — Wants to Ban Mail-in Voting

Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing new measures in election security, including the banning of mail-in voting and ballot harvesting.

If the Republican party has any sense, they will launch a similar campaign nationwide.

DeSantis is a man to watch for the 2024 election and this is just one reason why.

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

Gas Prices Shooting Up Faster

I filled my car up yesterday and the cost was up over 25% from a few months ago. Or to put it more plainly: it was up since the perpetraitor in chief took office. As we are finding out, Obama’s promise to have energy costs skyrocket are coming to pass under Obama 2.0.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gavin Newsom Edges Toward Recall as Officials Accept More Than 80 Percent of Signatures

Political opponents of California Governor Gavin Newsom are celebrating as state officials have accepted more than 80 percent of signatures in support of a recall election.

More than 668,000 signatures have been accepted by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber as valid in the latest recall campaign aimed at unseating Newsom. Under California state law, 1,495,709 valid signatures are required by March 17 in order to get the recall on the ballot.

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

Inoculating Against the Wrong Attitudes

In today’s political trench warfare, the term far-right and its ideological parameters have been unreasonably stretched to fit a Democrat narrative.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

John Kerry Gives the World Just 9 Years Before Climate Calamity

John Kerry, President Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, said mankind has just nine years left to “avert the worst consequences of climate crisis.”

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

Masks ‘Don’t Work, ‘ Are Damaging Health and Are Being Used to Control Population: Doctors Panel

‘There’s no common sense to any of this. I am in control of my life. I’m going to do what my God given inalienable rights as an American and a human allow me to do’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Never Before’ Has the Leader of the Free World Been ‘So Cognitively Compromised’

It is clear US President Joe Biden is not up to the task he has been “sworn in to do”, according to Sky News host Cory Bernardi. “Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised,” Mr Bernardi said “It’s clear to me at the least that US President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do.” Mr Bernardi said it is something which was “evident” during the election campaign, but the “partisan and poisonous” mainstream media chose not to highlight anything which could have “derailed a Biden victory”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

New Democrat Gun Control Bill Would Create Full Federal Registry for Every Gun Owner in America

This is a disgrace.

A Democrat-sponsored piece of gun control legislation being introduced for the second would create a full registry for every gun owner in America.

HR 127, or the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act, was introduced at the start of the month by Houston, Texas Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The law was earlier introduced in 2019, but Nancy Pelosi declined to bring it up for a vote, knowing President Donald Trump would assuredly veto it if passed.

HR 127 would mandate that every gun owner apply for a federal gun license from the Department of Justice. The licenses would be issued in ‘may-issue’ fashion, giving the Attorney General complete discretion to ban anyone and everyone from owning guns.

The law would require firearms licensees to undergo a full psychological evaluation by a government-approved psychologist. Members of gun owners’ households would also be required to submit to mental health checks.

Federal licenses for gun ownership under the law would be publicly accessible and viewable, creating not only a federal gun registry, but public information revealing who owns guns available to anyone who wishes to view it.

Gun owners would be required to purchase an $800 insurance policy from the Attorney General under the law.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Outrage After Police-Bashing Philly District Attorney Covers Up Wall Dedicated to Fallen Police Officers

PHILADELPHIA, PA— A controversy erupted Friday evening when a photograph made its way to members of the Philadelphia Police Department of a wall in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, which is dedicated to fallen city police officers, being covered by a portable backdrop, for anti-police District Attorney Larry Krasner.

The police union has publicly called this move disrespectful.

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

Parent Group Fighting to Re-Open Ann Arbor Schools Raises Needed $30k Legal Fees in Less Than a Day

A group of parents calling themselves “Ann Arbor Reasonable Return” is taking aggressive steps to get their kids back in school. Local media reported that the Ann Arbor School Board recently held a “lengthy and thoroughly confusing discussion” that resulted in a decision to keep the vast majority of their students confined to their homes for virtual learning through the rest of the school year.

The resolution directs the superintendent to identify the students with “the greatest needs,” who will be returned to school for in-person learning by March 22nd. The remainder of the student body will remain at home. The final plan will be voted on and adopted by the board Tuesday.

After the meeting, parents from the school corporation who had previously organized to push for a safe return, started a GoFundMe page for the purpose of raising money so that they could hire attorneys and sue the school system. The “Ann Arbor Reasonable Return” group sought $30,000 from donations in order to effectively challenge the board’s decision.

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

Racism at Smith College: Whistleblower Reveals Institution’s Psychological Abuse of White Employees

A bombshell whistleblower report stands poised to blow the lid off of an institutionalized policy of racial hostility towards white employees at Smith College in Massachusetts.

On Friday afternoon, Jodi Shaw, a former residential life coordinator at the college, submitted her resignation letter to President Kathleen McCartney. Shaw describes a “physically and mentally” debilitating, hostile racial environment at the school that has forced her to sacrifice her financial stability for her emotional well-being.

Shaw reported multiple examples of racial animus directed towards her as a divorced white mother that seemed to be pulled directly from the “anti-racism” ideology that has become dogmatic at many public universities in the country.

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

Research Linking Violent Entertainment to Aggression Retracted After Scrutiny

As Samuel West combed through a paper that found a link between watching cartoon violence and aggression in children, he noticed something odd about the study participants. There were more than 3000—an unusually large number—and they were all 10 years old. “It was just too perfect,” says West, a Ph.D. student in social psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Yet West added the 2019 study, published in Aggressive Behavior and led by psychologist Qian Zhang of Southwest University of Chongqing, to his meta-analysis after a reviewer asked him to cast a wider net. West didn’t feel his vague misgivings could justify excluding it from the study pool. But after Aggressive Behavior published West’s meta-analysis last year, he was startled to find that the journal was investigating Zhang’s paper while his own was under review.

It is just one of many papers of Zhang’s that have recently been called into question, casting a shadow on research into the controversial question of whether violent entertainment fosters violent behavior. Zhang denies any wrongdoing, but two papers have been retracted. Others live on in journals and meta-analyses—a “major problem” for a field with conflicting results and entrenched camps, says Amy Orben, a cognitive scientist at the University of Cambridge who studies media and behavior. And not just for the ivory tower, she says: The research shapes media warning labels and decisions by parents and health professionals.

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

Roger Stone and Alex Jones Probed for Ties to Capitol Rioters

The Justice Department is reportedly probing ties between far right-wing luminaries such as Roger Stone and Alex Jones and the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Investigators are seeking to determine if Stone, Jones and others merely inspired the pro-Trump mob or if they could potentially be held accountable for conspiring to carry out the attack.

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

Seattle Antifa Attack Live-Streamers and Press — Break Windows in the Name of “Black Justice”.

On Wednesday night ANTIFA violently marched through Seattle. While doing so they managed to break three windows, assault Live-Streamers and Press, and had no idea that they were compromised internally.

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

Senator Blumenthal Demands Facebook and Twitter Curb Vaccine-Skeptic Conversations

Connecticut’s Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, is calling on Facebook and Twitter to act on vaccine skeptic conversations, particularly around pregnant women.

Sen. Blumenthal penned a letter to both Facebook and Twitter.

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

Texas Power Outage is a Warning About ‘Green Energy’ Reliance and Globalist Control

Texas wind farms’ can generate up to 25,100 megawatts of energy, but turbines making up 12,000 megawatts of that amount had frozen over by Sunday.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Texas Electric Bills Spike to $9,000 Per Megawatt Amid Storm; One Resident to Pay Over $17k

A recent spike in Texas electric bills due to the historic winter storm and power outages has homeowners paying $9,000 per megawatt instead of the typical $50.

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

Trump to Speak at CPAC, Will Detail Future of Republican Party

IT WAS ANNOUNCED THIS AFTERNOON THAT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT CPAC, THIS YEAR SCHEDULED IN HIS OWN BACKYARD, ORLANDO, FLORIDA. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO DESCRIBE HIS VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

In his first post-presidency public appearance, President Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss the future of the Republican Party.

“Trump is going to CPAC next week, which is being held in Orlando,” wrote Maggie Haberman of the New York Times. “He’s expected, per a senior aide, to talk about the future of the GOP as well as Biden’s immigration policies.”

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

Twitter Sued by Hunter Biden Laptop Repair Guy Over “Hacked Materials” Claims

The owner of the Delaware computer repair shop where Hunter Biden left his laptop, leading to the exposé on the New York Post, is suing Twitter for defamation. His first lawsuit, that we covered at the time, was dismissed over jurisdiction issues.

Last October, the New York Post published a story alleging that Joe Biden, then a presidential candidate, might have abused his powers when he was vice president in the Obama administration. The source of the story was Hunter Biden’s emails recovered from a hard disk from a damaged computer the news outlet received from a computer repair shop in Delaware.

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

Watch: Incredible 26 Seconds of Full Color and Full Sound From the Surface of Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover landed on the surface of the Red Planet on Thursday. The initial sets of images sent back were fascinating, but subsequent transmissions are expected to provide a look into another world that has never been seen — or heard — before.

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

YouTube Removes New President Trump Interview, Citing ‘Presidential Election Integrity Project’

YouTube has removed a Newsmax interview with President Trump, claiming the video violated its standards over election fraud allegations.

The Newsmax interview with anchor Greg Kelly aired Wednesday, showing Trump claiming that he legitimately won the 2020 election, and is considering starting a social media platform.

YouTube told The Epoch Times: “We have clear Community Guidelines that govern what videos may stay on YouTube, and we enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints.”

“In accordance with our presidential election integrity policy, we removed this video from the Newsmax TV channel,” the spokesperson added.

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

Event Planner Ticketed for Anti-Lockdown Rally in Alberta (She’s Not Stopping)

The rural Alberta rebellion against the lockdown continues to percolate. Today’s fight for freedom took me to Barrhead Alberta, about an hour and a half north of the capital city of Edmonton, where another protest against the pandemic restrictions was hosted by Benita Pedersen.

Pedersen called her event All Fired Up for Freedom, and about 150 people in this small town of 4500 showed up on a Thursday afternoon to send a message to the government that they are all out of patience with the restriction on their civil liberties.

I had another reason for heading up to Barrhead, too. Pedersen has been using her skills as a DJ and karaoke host to organize rallies and she has received a lockdown ticket for gathering in a group of larger than ten.

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

Health Inspector Begged for Haircut, Then Ticketed the Barber

Amin Dagher calls it entrapment. The owner of Hair Cru Salon in Calgary was closed for haircut services during the province-wide moratorium on personal care services — but that didn’t stop Alberta Health Services inspector Anne Hoang from allegedly peeking under the shop window blinds and begging Dagher to giver her a much-needed trim.

Laws preventing government officials from entrapping citizens into lawbreaking are in place to avoid situations just like this. It is as if a police officer went to a local school to try to convince an honour roll student to sell him some drugs. The kid doesn’t have any — but given the financial incentive, maybe he will go astray.

What Anne Hoang reportedly did to a struggling local business owner was not just wrong, it was a pathetic abuse of government rules that are already hanging by a thread when it comes to public goodwill.

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

Return to Radisson: Protesters Assemble Outside Toronto COVID Hotel

We returned yet again to the Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport — a property that is anything but “sweet” these days.

That’s because this Radisson is now being used as a federal COVID quarantine facility to imprison — er, house — Canadians returning to Canada.

Not to worry, folks: we stayed on the opposite side of the yellow cord, so that Toronto police wouldn’t issue me yet another trespassing ticket because evidently, hotels serving the public are not accessible to the public anymore… well, at least certain members of the public, like Rebel News journalists…

Once again, there were a few dozen demonstrators outside the property offering guests (or “inmates”) rides home. Because apparently, there is no lawful statute that forbids people from leaving the property. Allegedly, authorities are lying to people by telling them they must remain at the hotels. Shameful.

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

Six People Receive $1,000 Tickets for Illegal Social Gatherings in Halifax

Six people were issued $1,000 tickets under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act after police responded to complaints about social gatherings at two residences in Halifax early Saturday.

Halifax Regional Police say they received a report at 12:04 a.m. of a gathering in the 1500 block of Walnut Street that was exceeding the provincially mandated limit of 10 people.

Four men at the address were given summary offence tickets for $1,000, police said.

At 12:14 a.m., police received a noise complaint concerning a residence in the 1900 block of Brunswick Street. Upon arriving at the scene, officers determined there were more than 10 people gathered in the residence.

A man and woman at the residence were issued $1,000 tickets, police said.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, no more than 10 people are allowed to gather in a home, and that number includes all members of a household. The limit has been in effect across Nova Scotia since December.

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

At Least 60 Far-Left Protestors Arrested After Storming Greek Health Ministry

Police in Athens arrested at least 60 far-left protesters after they stormed the Greek Health Ministry offices in support of an imprisoned far-left terrorist.

After invading the government building on Tuesday, the activists unfurled banners and threw flyers around the offices in support of convicted far-left terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas.

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

France: ‘It Was Allah Who Gave Me This Car. Come on, Give Me the Keys.’

According to a hadith, the earth belongs to Allah and Muhammad, and they can dispose of it as they wish:

Narrated Abu Huraira: While we were in the mosque, Allah’s Apostle came out to us and said, “Let us proceed to the Jews.” So we went along with him till we reached Bait-al-Midras (a place where the Torah used to be recited and all the Jews of the town used to gather). The Prophet stood up and addressed them, “O Assembly of Jews! Embrace Islam and you will be safe!” The Jews replied, “O Aba-l-Qasim! You have conveyed Allah’s message to us.” The Prophet said, “That is what I want (from you).” He repeated his first statement for the second time, and they said, “You have conveyed Allah’s message, O Aba-l-Qasim.” Then he said it for the third time and added, “You should Know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to exile you from , this land, so whoever among you owns some property, can sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle.” — Sahih Bukhari, vol. 9, book 85, no. 77

Welcome to the new France! Anyone who objects is a greasy Islamophobe!

“Montpellier: ‘It was Allah who gave me this Audi A5, give me the keys’!,” translated from “Montpellier : ‘C’est Allah qui m’a offert cette Audi A5, donne moi les clés’ !,” by Jean-Marc Aubert, Actu, February 17, 2021:

On Tuesday around 5 p.m., a Montpellier resident came to pick up his car, a new Audi A5, the latest luxury model, which was parked in a car park on avenue Raymond Dugrand, the route de la Mer, in Montpellier. A strange surprise awaited him: a stranger, an African, was sitting inside. He was in the driver’s seat. Asked to get out, he refused.

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

France: Three Jihadists Sentenced for Plotting Paris Terrorist Attack

A Paris court handed out jail terms of between 22 and 30 years to three jihadists after they were found guilty of plotting a terror attack in the French capital in December 2016.

The court handed Strasbourg residents Hicham Makran and his friend Yassine Bousseria 22 and 24 years respectively, and a longer sentence to Moroccan national Hicham El-Hanafi.

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

French Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen is Left Stunned as President Macron’s Interior Minister Accuses Her of Being ‘Too Soft’ On Islam in Election Debate

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen looked bewildered during a debate this week as she was accused by a Macron ally of being ‘too soft’ on Islam.

Interior minister Gérald Darmanin said her efforts to rebrand the National Rally party had led to a watering down of her hardline position that would ‘disappoint’ her base.

Le Pen responded by defending the rights of Muslims to practice and confirmed she ‘does not intend to attack Islam, which is a religion like any other’.

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

Rare Video of ‘Brave New World’ Author From 63 Years Ago

Story at-a-glance:

  • Aldous Huxley wrote “Brave New World,” a nightmarish vision of a future society known as the “World State,” ruled by science and efficiency, where emotions and individuality have been eradicated and personal relationships are few
  • When Huxley wrote the book, optimism about technological advancements were high and there was widespread belief that technology would solve many of the world’s problems. “Brave New World” demonstrates the naiveté of such hopes by showing what can happen when technology is taken to its extreme
  • Huxley predicted the technological capability to bypass reason and manipulate behavior through subliminal means. Today, social media platforms and search engines use sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms to push certain kinds of information in front of us
  • Huxley’s ideas appear to have influenced the technocracy’s planning. The World Economic Forum’s 2030 agenda includes the strangely ominous dictum that “you will own nothing and be happy”
  • Huxley argues that in order to create the dystopian future presented in his book, you have to centralize wealth, power and control. Hence, the way to protect against it is to insist on decentralization

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Soundproof Rooms and Dressing-Gown Disguise Feature as English Police Raid Lockdown-Breaking Parties

Police in England released footage on February 19 described as showing raids on house parties, including one where a room had been soundproofed, being held in contravention of COVID-19 lockdown rules as they warned of further raids to come.

West Midlands Police said it was “keeping up the pressure this weekend on illegal large gatherings” ahead of the weekend.

Police gave details of the incidents shown in the footage.

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Speedboat Britain to Donate Spare Vaccines to Poor Countries

The United Kingdom, which the EU compared to a “speedboat” in vaccine development, has committed to giving 80 per cent of its spare doses to the third world once all adults in Britain have been vaccinated.

Hundreds of millions of vaccines will be sent to the worldwide distribution programme Covax, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged on Friday at a virtual meeting of the G7. The British will give out 20 per cent of their doses directly, including possibly to the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the struggling European Union, as earlier suggested.

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UK: Bristol Police Swoop on Reports of Illegal House Party of ‘Around 30 People’

A video shows police officers responding to reports of an illegal house party attended by around 30 people in Bristol last night.

As many as twelve police cars attended the scene on Cheltenham Road, Cotham on Friday (February 19). They were called shortly after 11pm to reports of a house party in progress.

A witness reports seeing people on skateboards leaving the party in Cotham and a video shows police swarming on the streets.

Police say that officers discovered as many as 30 people at a party and one person was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker. He remains in police custody at the time of writing.

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UK: Footballer to Stop Taking Knee, Brands BLM ‘Marxist Group’ Pushing ‘Racial Unrest’

Nottingham Forest footballer Lyle Taylor has said he will no longer be “taking a knee” for the Black Lives Matter movement before matches, branding it a “Marxist group” that pushes “racial unrest”.

“I took the decision because I felt that enough was enough… not enough people have looked into the organisation that has brought this all to the fore,” said the sportsman in an interview on the LBC radio station.

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UK: Sadiq Khan Claims Statue DEFENDERS Are the Ones ‘Trying to Engineer a Culture War’

London mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested it is critics of his scheme to audit place names and historic statues in the British capital who are trying to “engineer a culture war”, rather than the would-be iconoclasts who have made memorials an issue of them in the first place.

“Some people are trying to engineer a culture war because it plays to the hinterland or it gets more listeners to LBC,” said Mayor Khan on the LBC radio station, after the host — former BBC presenter and fanatical anti-Brexiteer James O’Brien — said some people were suggesting he “spent more time worrying about statues than stabbed teenagers.”

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UK’s MI6 Chief Apologises to LGBT+ Spies Whose Dreams ‘Shattered’ Over View Gay People More Easily Blackmailed

The head of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Agency, MI6, has apologised for decades of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) spies.

The UK decriminalised same-sex relationships in 1967, but until 1991 its intelligence agencies had a “security bar” against LGBT+ spies due to the idea that they would be more easily blackmailed than their straight counterparts.

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Vatican Threatens to Fire Employees Who Refuse Coronavirus Vaccine

The Vatican has insisted that all its employees receive the coronavirus vaccine, threatening to demote or sack those who refuse.

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YouTube’s Algorithm Blocked Channel, Deciding Conversations About Chess Pieces Were “Hate Speech”

YouTube’s haywire automated censorship systems removed a chess video after interpreting chess language as “hate speech.” Curious about the removal, a group of researchers tested AI software, similar to what YouTube uses; their experiment resulted in more than 80% of comments on chess videos being flagged for hate speech.

Last summer, YouTube removed a video on a popular chess channel owned by Antonio Radic, a Croatian chess expert. The Google-owned platform reinstated the video 24 hours later after Radic complained but did not explain why the video was taken down in the first place.

But Radic, also known as Agadmator, speculated the reason for the blocking was the use of chess language. Phrases such as “black,” “white,” “threat,” and “attack” are popular in chess. These same phrases could easily be misinterpreted by a censorship AI as so-called hate speech.

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Reports: Biden Regime Setting Up New Military Base in Syria

The Biden regime is setting up a new Coalition military base in northeastern Syria at the Iraq-Syria-Turkey triangle, according to reports.

If true, this would explain why Biden sent a large military convoy to northeastern Syria just one day after taking office.

The Saudi-funded, London-based paper Asharq Al-Awsat broke the news on Monday.

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Russia’s Nuclear Officials Abandon America’s Microsoft Office Software & Switch to Home-Designed Tech — Reports

Moscow officials are set to pull the plug on a multimillion-dollar deal with US computing giant Microsoft, and instead buy the rights to a Russian-made suite of programs for employees of the country’s nuclear safety regulator.

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English Exam Paper in Indian School Calls Protesting Farmers ‘Violent Maniacs’, Triggers Outrage

A question in an English exam asked school pupils to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper on the protesting farmers, suggesting measures to “thwart violent maniacs who act under external instigation”. It came days after nearly 400 police were injured on 26 January in Delhi during clashes with farmers during a Tractor Rally.

A question in an English exam paper in one of the schools in India’s Chennai city has described the farmers who are demonstrating against three new farming laws, as “violent maniacs” who acted under “external forces” and are guilty of fomenting violence on the country’s Republic Day.

Such a question has raised suspicions among many Indian social media users that the federal government is trying to brainwash students about the ongoing protests.

[Comment: IT is the Indian government that is following WEF and UN plan for “reshaping” agriculture.]

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India: Muslims Hold Rally to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of 1921 Moplah Hindu Genocide

They murdered and plundered abundantly, and killedor drove away all Hindus who would not apostatize. Somewhere about a lakh of people were driven from their homes with nothing but the clothes they had on, stripped of everything. Malabar has taught us what Islamic rule still means, and we do not want to see another specimen of the Khilafat Raj in India.” These statements were written by Annie Besant in her book The Future of Indian Politics.

In his book Pakistan or the Partition of India, the father of the Indian constitution, Babasaheb Ambedkar, recounts: “The blood-curdling atrocities committed by the Moplas in Malabar against the Hindus were indescribable. All over Southern India, a wave of horrified feeling had spread among the Hindus of every shade of opinion…”

The Hindu genocide of 1921, also known as the Moplah Massacre, was orchestrated by jihadis of Malabar, Kerala and marks its 100th anniversary in 2021. The well-planned ethnic cleansing claimed about 10,000 Hindu lives and led to the rapes of numerous women and children. It is speculated that no less than a hundred Hindu temples were taken down by jihadis baying for Hindu blood during this genocide. After putting them through unspeakable tortures, the jihadis forced countless Hindus to convert to Islam.

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Smug China Sees Suffering Texans as Proof of Communism’s Triumph

A representative of the ruling Chinese Communist Party claimed Friday the sight of American’s suffering in the severe winter storms that devastated Texas and other areas this week is a simple affirmation of a belief among Chinese citizens their country is “on the right path.”

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Facebook Under Fire: Tech Giant Faces Prosecution, Boycotts, A Heavy New Tax, And Massive Lawsuits for ‘Unconscionable Conduct’ After Devastating Small Businesses With Sweeping Overnight News Ban

Facebook could face class action lawsuits for ‘unconscionable conduct’ after wiping the pages of small businesses and charities, said former head of Australia’s consumer watchdog

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Facebook to Fakebook: The Social Media Site is Now Dominated by Cats, Satire and Conspiracy Theories After Banning Australians From Reading Reliable News

Just 24 hours after Facebook’s blanket news ban, content from satirical websites The Betoota Advocate and The Chaser made up nine of the top 10 most popular links — along with cat videos.

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Facebook Makes Grovelling Apology for Dangerous Banning of Charities and Emergency Services — as Scott Morrison Reveals the Tech Giant is ‘Back at the Bargaining Table’

Scott Morrison said Facebook has ‘tentatively friended us again’ after tech giant apologised for banning pages run by charities, government departments and small businesses.

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Multiple Arrests as Thousands of Anti-Vax Protesters Descend on Cities Across Australia Ahead of COVID Vaccine Roll Out — as a Barefoot Disgraced Chef Pete Evans Leads Speakers in Sydney

Thousands joined the Millions March Against Mandatory COVID Vaccinations in Sydney’s Hyde Park and Melbourne’s Fawkner Park in South Yarra on Saturday.

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Who Says Crime Doesn’t Pay? Google and Facebook Censoring an Entire Country

Google and Facebook allegedly illegally collaborated to corner the Internet’s ad markets — and made BILLIONS.

Facebook and Google are finally facing lawsuits for their egregious censorship, and are also in hot water for alleged illegal partnerships that netted the Big Tech giants billions of dollars.

From Conservative Treehouse:

“Australian officials are pushing back against the totalitarian grip of Big Tech. Go Deep As a result of investigations into Google and Facebook the Australian government is set to establish fines against tech companies for anti-trust violations. However, some officials are now discussing taking actions that are beyond civil lawsuits, and are now advocating for arrest of company officers for unlawful conduct.”

So Australia is taking action against Big Tech. Facebook decided to take action as well. Facebook announced that they are BLOCKING all news posts from the ENTIRE country of Australia. Yes you did read that correctly. Facebook is censoring an entire countries posts — because Facebook doesn’t like the fact that Australia won’t roll over and take whatever Facebook (and Google) decide to dish out.

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Another Church Building Set Ablaze in Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) — The ninth church building in two years to be set ablaze in Sudan was torched last month, sources said.

Suspected Muslim extremists set fire to the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in the rural Tambul area of Al Jazirah state southeast of Khartoum on Jan. 3, said the Rev. Kuwa Shamal, head of mission for the SCOC.

Hate messages against Christians circulated on social media in the area in the weeks leading up to the arson, according to local church leaders. Jubrial Tutu, pastor of the SCOC church in Tambul, described the arson as direct persecution of Christians.

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Muslim Fulani Kill 11 Christians, Wound Two, In Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) — Muslim Fulani herdsmen shot four Christians to death on Sunday (Feb. 14) in north-central Nigeria, following the killing of seven other Christians earlier in the month.

Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed the four members of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) at about 8 p.m. in Kwall District, Bassa County of Plateau state, three of them near Ri-Bakwa village and one in Zirshe village, according to David Mali, spokesman for the Irigwe Development Association (IDA). The IDA unites the predominantly Christian, ethnic Irigwe of Plateau state.

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Convicted Islamic Terrorist Sentenced to Death for Plotting to Kill Egyptian PM ‘Is on Verge of WINNING 27-Year Legal Battle to Stay in UK as a Refugee’

A terrorist who claimed asylum in Britain after he was sentenced to death in Egyptfor a failed assassination plot is set to win the right to stay in this country.

Yasser Al-Sirri, 58, first claimed asylum in 1994 but was turned down and has taken the issue to court more than eight times at great cost to British taxpayers.

Al-Sirri, who was also charged in the US with assisting someone involved in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing, has appeared in several tribunals since.

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France: Protesters Oppose Move to Disband Anti-Migrant Group

PARIS — Dozens of people rallied Saturday in Paris to support the anti-migrant group Generation Identity, which is fighting for survival following a government order to dissolve it.

An Associated Press reporter saw around 200 protesters at the demonstration, which was largely peaceful. Participants held flags of the movement and signs reading “Stop dissolution.” A counter-demonstration also took place in southern Paris against the controversial group.

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‘We Have Been Treated Like Criminals’ Complain Migrants Who Entered Britain Illegally

Asylum seekers who were previously housed at taxpayer expense in a former British military accommodation in Folkestone, Kent have complained that they were “treated like criminals”.

The Napier Barracks has been used by the Home Office to house some 400 illegal migrant men while their asylum claims were being processed.

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“Turning Equality on Its Head”: Biden Pushes Congress to Pass LGBT “Equality Act”

President Joe Biden on Friday released a statement in support of the pro-LGBT “Equality Act” introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

“I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation,” Biden said. “This bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”

The bill, authored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), intends to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation.” If passed into law, one of the effects would be the insertion of the parenthetical phrase “(including sexual orientation and gender identity),” after “sex” in federal anti-discrimination law.

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Cadbury Celebrates Resurrection of Christ With Homosexual ‘Kiss’ Commercial

It’s not so much a commercial as it is a loud-and-clear message that yet another company isn’t concerned about alienating millions of Christian consumers — and just in time for Easter.

Cadbury, a British chocolate company celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Creme Egg confection, released an ad depicting a same-sex couple sharing the iconic candy egg in a scene that mimics a passionate kiss — or worse.

The ad — titled “It’s the Creme Egg Golden Goobilee!” — comes to a crescendo with a gratuitous closeup shot tightly framing the male couple’s faces, each with a half of the chocolate shell in his mouth, with the candy’s creamy center stretched between them.

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Now Even the Muppets Are Branded Racist: Disney Slaps Popular Show With an Alert About ‘Offensive Content’ And it Can Only be Seen on an Adult Account

The adventures of Kermit the Frog, Animal, pictured, Miss Piggy and friends now come with an alert about ‘offensive content’ and can only be seen on an adult account.

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Who Killed the Middle Class?

by Charles Hugh Smith

What exactly is the Middle Class, and what unique role does it serve in the economy? Given that the Middle Class is constantly invoked by politicos and economists, you’d think the status quo has a solid understanding of the Middle Class. Alas, it isn’t that simple.

The conventional view defines the middle class by income, education, or type of labor being performed. These are all superficial attributes and ignore what actually differentiates the working class from the middle class.

Yes, the middle class tends to earn more, has higher educational credentials and performs white-collar labor rather than blue-collar labor.

But getting a higher education credential and increased pay doesn’t automatically provide a middle class role in the economy, nor does performing white-collar work.

None of these automatically move the individual up the social mobility ladder from near-zero ownership of capital (working class) to meaningful ownership of productive capital (middle class).

The middle class is fundamentally a means of transforming labor into capital via savings and investment. The traditional ladder of social mobility from the working class to the middle class has to do with capitalizing work: time and savings are invested in higher education thus, capitalizing future labor by increasing productivity.

In other words, what separates the working class from the middle class is the middle class’s ability to transform their labor into capital while the labor of the working class only funds consumption.

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Are We on the Verge of a ‘Super-Epidemic’ of Autoimmune Diseases?

There’s been increasing concern voiced by world-leading immunologists that we could soon witness a devastating super-epidemic of autoimmune diseases. Some think it’s our exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that’s the major concern. While others are more worried about the novel, still experimental vaccines, delivered at an unprecedented scale. But could it be both? In this piece, we aim to get under the covers of this complex area that’s been getting very little airtime in the mainstream media.

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Pfizer, BioNTech Launch First COVID-19 Vaccine Trial for Pregnant Women

Drugmaker Pfizer and German partner BioNTech have begun a nine-country study of the safety and effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women.

The companies said Thursday that the first volunteers have received shots in the study, which is to enroll about 4,000 healthy pregnant women aged 18 and older. Women in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain and the UK will be included.

Dr. William Gruber, Pfizer’s head of vaccine clinical research and development, said in a statement that “pregnant women have an increased risk of complications and developing severe COVID-19,” and “it is critical that we develop a vaccine that is safe and effective” for them.

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