Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/24/2021

Attendees of illegal parties and raves were arrested and fined in London and Luxembourg. Meanwhile, the number of IDF soldiers who are seriously ill with the Wuhan Coronavirus has risen significantly.

In other news, a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come forward with detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Cuomo during the time she was working for him.

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Financial Crisis
» Deja Vu All Over Again: GameStop Soars Over 300% as ‘Gamma Squeeze’ Returns
» Fed Investigating Massive Outage of Its Interbank Payment System
 
USA
» #MeToo Comes for Gov. Cuomo: Ex-Aide Details Harassment, Unwanted Kiss
» “I’m Not to Judge”: Anti-Pipeline Activist Downplayed Colleague’s Sexual Assault of Child Because He’s “Two-Spirit”
» Attorney for Capitol Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt Disputes Claims He Didn’t Issue Verbal Warning
» Biden AG Pick Merrick Garland Says He Wants to Look at “Online Misinformation”
» Boston University Creates First-Ever Endowed Chair in Critical Race Theory
» Buffalo Kindergartners Required to Watch Video of Dead Black Children to Teach Them About “Racist Police and State-Sanctioned Violence”
» Cannibal, 41, Cut Out His Neighbor’s Heart and Cooked it With Potatoes to Feed His Family Before Stabbing His Uncle and a Four-Year-Old Girl to Death
» Chicago Faces 135% Increase in Carjackings… So Dem Lawmakers Plan to Ban “Grand Theft Auto”
» Dozens of House Democrats Ask Biden to Relinquish Sole Authority to Launch Nukes
» Georgia Senate Passes Legislation to Require ID for Absentee Voting
» Hunter Biden Accused of Smuggling Ex-Stripper Into Swedish Govt-Owned Embassy Building
» Image Shows School Band ‘Socially Distanced’ Inside Human Tents
» Indiana House Votes to Eliminate License Requirement for Carrying a Handgun in the State
» Ithaca (NY) Mayor Calls for Abolishing Police Dept, Replacing With ‘Community Solution Workers’
» Leaked Video Reveals Salesforce Has Banned Messages “Questioning the Validity or Integrity of the Election”
» Maryland Teachers Hold Car Parade in Protest of Reopening Schools
» Mother of Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick Believes He Died of Stroke, Not From Being Hit by Fire Extinguisher
» NXIVM Sex Cult Slaves Speak Out: ‘It Was New, It Was Edgy, And it Was Good’
» Raj Chetty: The Ivy League Likes Applicants Who Are Rich or Poor But Not Middle Class
» Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Found to Cause Neurological Disorders
» Revealed: Chinese Company Owns Two Wind Turbine Farms in Texas
» Sheriffs Given Power to Arrest Federal Agents Who Violate Citizens’ Second Amendment Rights
» Top White House Aide Says COVID-19 Was “Best Thing That Ever Happened” to Biden
» Trump Submits Statement of Appeal to Rejoin Facebook, Instagram
» Twitter Blocks Links to CPAC Website
» U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Stands for National Anthem, Says it’s “Past the Protesting Phase” For Social Justice
» Wannabe ISIS Terrorist Suspect Goes From ‘Moderate Muslim’ To ‘Jihadist Muslim’ Without Medicine
» Watch: Man Flying Trump 2024 Flag at Trump ICE Rink Tackled by Security
» Watch: MSNBC Compares GOP Congresswoman to Osama Bin Laden for Displaying Guns
» West Virginia Lawmakers Take Aim at Critical Race Theory, Write Bill to Ban it in Nearly All Public Spaces
» What’s New in Windows 10’s 21H2 Update, Coming Winter 2021
 
Canada
» Student Surveillance Company Proctorio Sues, Says Linking to Criticism of it is Copyright Infringement
» White Students Called Hateful and Investigated by Cops for Calling for Equality
 
Europe and the EU
» Britain Leads the World: Harshest Lockdown in West, But Significant Death Rates
» Claims of a 50-Meter Secret Tunnel Built for PM Orban Stirs Political Row in Hungary
» Facebook Inexplicably Cuts Online Concert of Veteran Hungarian Rock Band
» Fact-Checking Activist Groups Call on UK Parliament to Monitor Online “Misinformation” In Real-Time
» Google Agrees to Pay Some Czech Publishers for Their Content
» Luxembourg: 300 People Fined Over COVID-19 Rule Violations
» Peter Hitchens: Paradise? No, But the Britain of My Youth Was Free — by Today’s Standards Absolutely it Was
» Poland’s Varso Tower is Warsaw is the Tallest Building in the EU
» ‘Preacher Without a Face’: ISIS’ ‘Chief Recruiter’ In Germany Sentenced to Over 10yrs in Prison Following Years-Long Trial
» Spain: Police Pelted With Stones, Garbage Dumpsters Set Alight in Catalonia’s 9th Night of Riots Over Jailed Rapper Pablo Hasel (Videos)
» Survey: Poles Say No to Chinese and Russian Vaccines
» UK: ‘Papers, Please’: Vaccine Passports Have Officially Arrived
» UK: Farage Celebrates ‘Woka-Cola’ Dropping ‘Try to be Less White’ Training After Backlash
» UK: HS2 Protestor, 48, Denies Aggravated Trespass
» UK: Moment Police Raid Illegal Rave Inside London Barbers
» UK: Vaccine Passport Push Exposes the Bullying Authoritarians in Our Midst
» Vatican Cardinal Who Warned Against Evils of the ‘Deep State’ Removed by Pope Francis
» Woke Purge: Bank of England to Eliminate Many Past Governors and Directors From Art Collection
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Rise in Number of IDF Soldiers Seriously Ill With Coronavirus
 
Middle East
» New Report Reveals Biden Officials Were Colluding With Iran Throughout Trump Presidency
 
Russia
» Amnesty International Revokes Alexei Navalny’s “Prisoner of Conscience” Status for “Hate Speech”
» Don’t be Naive When Dealing With Russia, Warns Polish President Duda at UN
 
Far East
» China Jails Bloggers for Countering the Official Narrative of Clash With India
 
Australia — Pacific
» Facebook Algorithm Accuses 81-Year-Old Grandmother of “Hate Speech” Over Knitted Pigs Comment
» Video: Australian Senator Slams Government for ‘Buckling’ To Facebook
 
Immigration
» Arrest Made Over Child Sexual Abuse Claims in Greek Migration NGO Programme: Report
» Biden Cancels Trump’s “Operation Talon” That Removed Illegal Immigrant Sex Offenders From U.S.
» Federal Court Overturns Biden’s 100-Day Pause on Deportation
» Half of Asylum Seekers Entering Germany in 2020 Had No Identification
» It’s OK When They Do it: Democrats Putting Kids in ‘Cages’ Again
» Migrants Found in a Truck in Czechia, One Infected With UK COVID-19 Variant
» Slovenia Police Find 13 Migrants Lacking Air Hidden in Truck
» UK: Dover MP Calls for Illegal Migrants to be Put on Same Quarantine ‘Red List’ as Legitimate Travellers
» UK: Madness in the Channel: Over 100 Illegal Migrants Brought Ashore in Two Days
 
Culture Wars
» Biden’s HHS Pick Wants Sex Changes for Young Kids
» California Bill Would Fine Retailers Who Have Separate Toy Sections for Boys and Girls
» Google Demonetizes Conservative Outlet LifeSiteNews
» GOP Senators Denounce Amazon Censorship of Anti-Transgender Book
» Twitter Bans State Accounts for “Undermining Faith in NATO” And Targeted the US and EU
 

Deja Vu All Over Again: GameStop Soars Over 300% as ‘Gamma Squeeze’ Returns

Update (1620ET): After staging a massive rip in the last few minutes of trading…

GME is now up over 300% on the day…

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

Fed Investigating Massive Outage of Its Interbank Payment System

The Federal Reserve’s critical system for interbank payments which serves as the backbone of virtually all money transfers in the US, went down Wednesday afternoon as trillions in payments suddenly ground to a halt. The outage, similar to two significant disruptions suffered by the Fed in 2019, was widespread across all payment systems maintained by the central bank, including the vital automated clearinghouse system known as FedACH, and the Fedwire Funds interbank transfer service.

ACH is a national system that processes batches of electronic funds transfers such as payroll, social security benefits, tax refunds, corporate payments to vendors and utility payments, according to the Fed’s website. The commercial service handled 62.1 million transactions a day on average in 2019 with an average value of $1,802, the latest year for which data are available.

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

#MeToo Comes for Gov. Cuomo: Ex-Aide Details Harassment, Unwanted Kiss

A former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lindsey Boylan, is offering extensive details to allegations she leveled in mid-December that the state’s top Democrat sexually harassed her.

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

“I’m Not to Judge”: Anti-Pipeline Activist Downplayed Colleague’s Sexual Assault of Child Because He’s “Two-Spirit”

Winona LaDuke, the founder of environmental group Honor the Earth and key ally to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, is facing accusations that she downplayed the sexual assault of a minor for political reasons.

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

Attorney for Capitol Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt Disputes Claims He Didn’t Issue Verbal Warning

The attorney for the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 siege, said the claims that he didn’t issue a verbal warning before discharging his firearm are “a false narrative.”

35-year-old Babbitt, who served in the Air Force for over a dozen years, was killed as she tried to breach a door leading to the House chamber as thousands of Trump supporters clashed with law enforcement in the Capitol. Little is known about the police officer who pulled the trigger, and rumors have swirled about the circumstances surrounding the military veteran’s death, one of five resulting from the violent unrest.

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

Biden AG Pick Merrick Garland Says He Wants to Look at “Online Misinformation”

President Joe Biden’s pick for the position of Attorney General, Merrick Garland, hinted he would support efforts by Congress to monitor and possibly restrict online speech.

During his confirmation hearing, Garland was asked by Democrat Senator Chris Coons of Delaware whether he would to fight “online misinformation” which he claimed was the cause of the US Capitol riots and described as “domestic terrorism.”

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

Boston University Creates First-Ever Endowed Chair in Critical Race Theory

Boston University’s law school announced the establishment of an endowed chair in critical race theory and antiracism, the first in the country.

The university has named Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the law school dean and “an expert in critical race theory,” as the first Ryan Roth Gallo and Ernest J. Gallo Professor, the College Fix reported this week.

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Buffalo Kindergartners Required to Watch Video of Dead Black Children to Teach Them About “Racist Police and State-Sanctioned Violence”

Buffalo Public Schools required kindergartners to participate in a lesson on critical race theory that included video of black children who were fatally shot, to teach about “racist police and state-sanctioned violence.”

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

Cannibal, 41, Cut Out His Neighbor’s Heart and Cooked it With Potatoes to Feed His Family Before Stabbing His Uncle and a Four-Year-Old Girl to Death

A repeat felon has confessed to killing his neighbor, cutting out her heart and feeding it to his family before murdering his uncle and a four-year-old girl, Oklahoma authorities say.

Lawrence Paul Anderson, 42, allegedly stabbed the neighbor, Andrea Lynn Blankenship, to death at her home in Chickasha on February 9.

He then went back to his house and stabbed three people — his uncle, aunt and their granddaughter — the same day, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Police were called to the home and found the uncle, 67-year-old Leon Pye, and the child, Kaeos Yates, injured. She was pronounced dead in an ambulance en route to the hospital.

The aunt, Delsie Pye, was also stabbed in both eyes but survived.

In an interview with investigators Anderson revealed the gruesome final meal he fed his family after murdering Blankenship.

‘He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons,’ an OSBI agent wrote in a court filing.

The triple murder sparked outraged after it emerged that Anderson had been released from prison early in January, the Oklahoman reported.

He was sentenced to serve 20 years behind bars for gun and drug offenses in 2017 before Governor Kevin Stitt commuted the sentence to nine years at the recommendation of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

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

Chicago Faces 135% Increase in Carjackings… So Dem Lawmakers Plan to Ban “Grand Theft Auto”

Authored by Jonathan Turley

My home city of Chicago continues to reel from soaring crime rates. Among the categories of increasing crime is a 135% spike in carjackings.

One would think that the legislators would be focused on better policing and other programs. Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. (D, Chicago) however wants to ban video games like “Grand Theft Auto” which depict “motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present.”

While it would not likely make a dent in carjackings, it would curtail free speech and individual choice.

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

Dozens of House Democrats Ask Biden to Relinquish Sole Authority to Launch Nukes

Remember in January when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked the Pentagon to limit still-President Trump’s ability to use nuclear weapons during his last week in office?

Now, a cadre of House Democrats spearheaded by former CIA Director Leon Panetta’s son, Jimmy (D-CA) — who was part of the above effort, have asked President Biden to relinquish sole authority to use nuclear weapons, since “The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war,” should Biden — or a future president — choose to launch nukes without consulting advisers.

Democrats are recommending that Biden modify existing procedures too require “additional officials in the line of presidential succession, starting with the vice president and the speaker of the US House of Representatives — neither of whom can be removed by the president if they disagree — to concur with a launch order…”

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

Georgia Senate Passes Legislation to Require ID for Absentee Voting

The Georgia Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would require voters to submit a driver’s license number, state identification card number, or a photocopy of an approved form of identification if they want to vote absentee in the state.

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

Hunter Biden Accused of Smuggling Ex-Stripper Into Swedish Govt-Owned Embassy Building

Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. President Joe Biden, has been accused of smuggling guests, including an ex-stripper, past security into a Swedish state-owned building that houses several embassies in Washington D.C.

The House of Sweden building in Washington DC houses the Swedish and Icelandic embassies, as well as office suites and events spaces. Mr Biden, who rented office space in the exclusive modernist building starting in February of 2017, is said to have allowed guests to circumvent security to the building after office hours.

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

Image Shows School Band ‘Socially Distanced’ Inside Human Tents

An image shows students at a school in Wenatchee, Washington State socially distanced inside what look like human tents as they perform in a band.

The picture appears to show two girls playing saxophones while trapped inside the awning-like structures, while others in the background play flute.

According to the article, “You can’t see them smiling beneath the masks,” but the kids are happy to be back at school.

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

Indiana House Votes to Eliminate License Requirement for Carrying a Handgun in the State

The Indiana state House of Representatives voted Monday to eliminate the need for a license to carry a handgun in the Hoosier state. On a 65-31 vote in the heavily Republican-dominated legislature, House Bill 1369 passed to the state Senate in what is considered a major victory for 2nd Amendment rights groups.

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

Ithaca (NY) Mayor Calls for Abolishing Police Dept, Replacing With ‘Community Solution Workers’

Did you think we were finally past all the ‘abolish the police’ nonsense? Even Minneapolis is now spending money on new police officers after rejoining reality.

Yet in Ithaca, New York, Mayor Svante Myrick is trying to replace the police with something that will make progressives feel better.

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

Leaked Video Reveals Salesforce Has Banned Messages “Questioning the Validity or Integrity of the Election”

Salesforce, a cloud-based customer relationship management service (CRM), has banned messages “questioning the validity or integrity of the election” with its President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Bret Taylor claiming in a leaked video that such messages “may incite violence.”

In the video, which was published by the investigative reporting outlet Project Veritas and features leaked footage of an internal January 13 Salesforce meeting, Taylor discussed how Salesforce told the Republican National Committee (RNC) after the January 6 storming of the Capitol that “no messages on behalf of President Trump and no messages questioning the validity or integrity of the election are allowed on our platform under the guidelines that they may incite violence given the escalated conditions in the United States right now.”

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

Maryland Teachers Hold Car Parade in Protest of Reopening Schools

A group of teachers in Montgomery County, Maryland, held a parade on Tuesday to protest the local school board’s decision to resume in-person classes in March.

Hundreds of cars drove down the streets, honking their horns. Many cars had signs that blasted the board’s decision or promoted safety and equity.

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

Mother of Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick Believes He Died of Stroke, Not From Being Hit by Fire Extinguisher

The mother of a police officer who died following the U.S. Capitol riot last month still hasn’t been given an official cause of death, but believes he died of a stroke.

The media widely misreported that Officer Brian Sicknick died as the result of blunt-force trauma sustained in the riot, but new medical reports have indicated there was no evidence to back such claims.

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

NXIVM Sex Cult Slaves Speak Out: ‘It Was New, It Was Edgy, And it Was Good’

The saga of the DOS sex cult founded by Keith Raniere, called NXIVM within the larger organization, continues as former members of the secret sorority have come to the defense of their master, as reported by Frank Parlato, who broke the story of the sex cult. Eight women who were part of the DOS secret club, which required blackmail material from their pledges and branded women near their genitals, have come out with a written statement of support for the ideology that sent Raniere and billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman to prison for trafficking women and girls. Allison Mack is awaiting sentencing and facing forty years. The women posted their defense online.

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

Raj Chetty: The Ivy League Likes Applicants Who Are Rich or Poor But Not Middle Class

From a 2020 paper in the Quarterly Journal of Economics by Raj Chetty on college admissions to Ivy League colleges (plus Stanford, MIT, Chicago, Duke). It features Chetty’s usual immense sample sizes from theoretically secret data sources (IRS, Census, testing agencies, etc.) that nobody had the chutzpah before to think that they could data mine:

Income Segregation and Intergenerational Mobility Across Colleges in the United States

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

Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Found to Cause Neurological Disorders

Alex Jones breaks down the recent findings that the Covid-19 vaccine has been causing neurological disorders in some recipients.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Revealed: Chinese Company Owns Two Wind Turbine Farms in Texas

China will soon control three different wind power farms in Texas, including one that will route power to a United States Air Force base.

Two Wind Farms in Texas, Rattlesnake Wind Farm and the Heart of Texas Project, were purchased and built by Goldwind America’s, a subsidiary of Shanghai-based Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology — the largest Wind Turbine manufacturer in the world.

A 2016 report by the Houston Chronicle highlights large and invasive investments by China’s Solar Power companies, like Goldwind, that have seized control of many of Texas’ infrastructural investments.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Sheriffs Given Power to Arrest Federal Agents Who Violate Citizens’ Second Amendment Rights

Sheriffs in a Missouri county have been granted the powers to arrest federal agents who attempt to violate citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

The Newton County Commission in Missouri passed an ordinance that criminalizes the enforcement of any federal law that infringes upon the Second Amendment right for individuals to keep and bear arms.

The “Second Amendment Preservation Act of Newton County Missouri” states:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Top White House Aide Says COVID-19 Was “Best Thing That Ever Happened” to Biden

In a new book detailing his road to the White House, a key advisor to President Joe Biden is described as saying, “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to him.”

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

Trump Submits Statement of Appeal to Rejoin Facebook, Instagram

In an attempt to rejoin Facebook, former President Donald Trump has submitted a statement of appeal to an oversight board funded by Facebook.

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

Twitter Blocks Links to CPAC Website

Twitter is blocking links to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) website, with users being told they are sharing an “unsafe” URL.

CPAC is an annual political conference attended by activists, journalists and elected officials from the United States.

The organization’s 2021 gathering will get underway tomorrow Orlando, Florida, with former President Donald Trump scheduled as the headline speaker.

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

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Stands for National Anthem, Says it’s “Past the Protesting Phase” For Social Justice

The U.S. women’s soccer team stood for the national anthem on Sunday, marking a change in their ongoing protest of social injustice in America.

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

Wannabe ISIS Terrorist Suspect Goes From ‘Moderate Muslim’ To ‘Jihadist Muslim’ Without Medicine

A former Florida resident who reportedly told an investigator he turns into a “Jihadist Muslim” if he doesn’t take his medication was charged Tuesday in connection with attempting to join ISIS.

A federal grand jury in Gainesville formally charged Mohamed Fathy Suliman, 33, a U.S. citizen, with attempting to provide material support for a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to court records. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

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

Watch: Man Flying Trump 2024 Flag at Trump ICE Rink Tackled by Security

A Trump supporter brought his Trump 2024 flag to an ice rink in New York’s Central Park and was tackled to the ice by security.

Dion Cini, who calls himself a “guerrilla marketer,” brought his flag to Central Park’s Wollman Ice Rink, a rink run by the Trump Organization, on what was supposed to be its last day of business after being targeted by the Democrat Big Apple mayor…

“The crowd of ice skaters booed the man, who was wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, as he skated on the ice holding the flag, the video shows,” PIX 11 reported. “He was then tackled by another skater as people nearby clapped and another person took the man’s flag away.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: MSNBC Compares GOP Congresswoman to Osama Bin Laden for Displaying Guns

An MSNBC news host compared A Republican congresswoman to Osama Bin Laden Tuesday because she had guns on display at her home.

Chris Hayes also suggested that the display by Congresswoman Lauren Boebert was meant to convey the message that conservatives are willing resort to violence to instigate a coup in the US.

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

West Virginia Lawmakers Take Aim at Critical Race Theory, Write Bill to Ban it in Nearly All Public Spaces

Lawmakers in the state of West Virginia introduced a bill that would prohibit critical race theory from influencing the state’s schools, government agencies, and workplaces.

The bill specifically utilizes the phrase “divisive acts” to refer to CRT throughout the legislation. It bans “discriminatory ‘divisive acts’ in the workplace,” “the teaching of ‘divisive acts’ in…schools,” and will bar “state funding to agencies who promote ‘divisive acts.’“

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

What’s New in Windows 10’s 21H2 Update, Coming Winter 2021

This release of Windows 10 adds support for Unicode emoji 12.1 and 13.0. It brings over 200 new emoji to Windows 10, adds gender-neutral emoji as an option, and standardizes some of Windows 10’s emoji to match other platforms.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Student Surveillance Company Proctorio Sues, Says Linking to Criticism of it is Copyright Infringement

One of a myriad problems produced by the response to the Covid pandemic has been the switch to online classes, which in turn gave rise to proctoring apps and software, that can turn into invasive surveillance tools capable of seriously undermining students’ privacy in their own homes.

This type of software collects data from a computer’s desktop and webcam that is then reviewed by a proctoring service.

University of British Columbia’s remote learning specialist Ian Linkletter, who has been vocal about his worrying findings regarding Proctorio, the proctoring app this school’s students have no choice but to use, is now being sued by the company that produces it.

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

White Students Called Hateful and Investigated by Cops for Calling for Equality

Could you imagine being labeled hateful and becoming a police target merely for calling for equality? You don’t have to imagine — because this has now actually happened.

At issue are some social-media posts by anonymous students from Strathcona High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Before relating what they wrote, however, let’s first consider the reaction to it as presented in an article titled “‘Hate-filled’: Pro-white Instagram account connected to Edmonton school condemned by officials.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Britain Leads the World: Harshest Lockdown in West, But Significant Death Rates

People in the United Kingdom live under one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, an Oxford observatory has found, but this appears to have had a questionable impact on health outcomes for the country, which has one of the highest known coronavirus fatality rates worldwide.

The global ranking of ‘government stringency’ in responding to the coronavirus, compiled daily by the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, makes the United Kingdom out as the strictest lockdown nation in the Western world, scoring 86 out of a possible 100. Only Eritrea, Venezuela, and Lebanon score higher globally.

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

Claims of a 50-Meter Secret Tunnel Built for PM Orban Stirs Political Row in Hungary

A Hungarian opposition politician is making claims that a secret tunnel was built for Prime Minister Viktor Orban so he could watch football games in Budapest’s largest stadium, but the stadium has already released a statement debunking the claims.

Janos Stummer, opposition politician of the Hungarian far-right Jobbik party, triggered a political debate with a Facebook post claiming that the government was planning to build a “secret tunnel” to access the capital of Budapest’s largest stadium, the Puskas Arena, for Orban.

In a Feb. 23 post, Stummer, head of the Hungarian Parliament’s national security committee wrote that “they want to build a secret underground tunnel to the Puskas Stadium for the exclusive use of Orban, but I will not let it slide and will make it public.”

In its response, also published on Facebook only a few hours later, the management of the stadium clarified that the plan was neither secret, nor for the exclusive use of Orban, and wasn’t in fact a proper tunnel at all.

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

Facebook Inexplicably Cuts Online Concert of Veteran Hungarian Rock Band

Thousands of ticket-paying fans of veteran Hungarian rock band Bikini were dealt an unwelcome surprise on Saturday when Facebook pulled the plug on the group’s online concert over alleged copyright issues, band leader Lajos D. Nagy told Hungarian tabloid Bors on Tuesday.

“I am convinced that this the work of shady background powers, that we are being monitored by sophisticated filters and have been banned for ideological reasons,” D. Nagy told Bors. “Facebook claims that we have committed copyright violations because we played someone else’s tunes. If these are not our songs, then whose are they?”

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

Fact-Checking Activist Groups Call on UK Parliament to Monitor Online “Misinformation” In Real-Time

The upcoming social media regulation bill in the UK, dubbed the Online Safety Bill, should require social media platforms to provide real-time data on “disinformation” — that’s according to fact-checking activists. The activists also raised concerns about the over-dependence on AI in content moderation.

If the upcoming Online Safety Bill passes, social platforms would be required to clearly state the types of content and behavior that is acceptable in a clear and accessible manner in their terms and conditions. The bill also suggests that these companies should inform their users how they will handle legal but potentially harmful content.

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Google Agrees to Pay Some Czech Publishers for Their Content

Some Czech publishers have signed an agreement with Google on payments for their content published by Google News, but it remains unclear which companies the deal involves.

The tech giant is to pay for online content through the Google News Showcase licensing program, Google announced on its European Twitter account. More than 300 European publishers have already joined the program.

“We are negotiating intensively with publishers in the Czech Republic. We have reached the stage of signing a contract with some entities, and further negotiations are underway,” said Czech Google spokeswoman Alžbeta Houzarova.

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

Luxembourg: 300 People Fined Over COVID-19 Rule Violations

Luxembourg’s police force over the course of the last week fined 300 people for violating coronavirus measures, it said in a statement on Thursday.

The police publish a weekly update on their spot checks, with 700 such controls carried out over the course of last week. Around 80% of the 300 fines were issued to people out and about without a reason during the 11pm to 6am curfew.

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Peter Hitchens: Paradise? No, But the Britain of My Youth Was Free — by Today’s Standards Absolutely it Was

When I spoke out in favour of free speech last week on Channel 4 News, I was unpleasantly surprised to find just how unpopular this view now is with the fashionable people who watch that programme.

My great sin was to suggest that the Britain of my youth had been much more free than it is now.

Oh, yes, they sneered, free for people like you — white, heterosexual males. They suggested that, for anyone else, the country was a seething pit of racial and sexual bigotry.

One, utterly misunderstanding the past, even tried to tell me that women were not allowed to drink at the bars of pubs until 1983.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Poland’s Varso Tower is Warsaw is the Tallest Building in the EU

Poland now has the tallest building in the European Union.

With the addition of the spire to its top, Varso Tower exceeded the German Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt (300 meters) by 10 meters and became the EU’s tallest skyscraper. Varso Tower has also overtaken the London Shard (309.6 meters).

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

‘Preacher Without a Face’: ISIS’ ‘Chief Recruiter’ In Germany Sentenced to Over 10yrs in Prison Following Years-Long Trial

A man described as the head of Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS) recruiting network in Germany has been sentenced to 10 and a half years in a high-profile case that took more than three years to try.

An Iraqi man identified as Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah A., also known as Abu Walaa, has been sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison by a regional court in the German town of Celle. He was found guilty of membership in a terrorist organization, lending support to terrorist activities and financing terrorism.

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Spain: Police Pelted With Stones, Garbage Dumpsters Set Alight in Catalonia’s 9th Night of Riots Over Jailed Rapper Pablo Hasel (Videos)

Riots have continued in the Spanish region of Catalonia for a ninth consecutive night as demonstrators voice their anger over the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel for insulting the monarchy and glorifying terrorism on Twitter.

Protesters pelted police with bottles and stones and torched refuse containers in the town of Vilanova i La Geltrú, in the province of Barcelona, according to a police statement on Wednesday night.

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Survey: Poles Say No to Chinese and Russian Vaccines

A large majority — 73 percent of Poles — would not accept a Russian or Chinese vaccine and only 17 percent would accept it, according to the public opinion poll by United Survey for daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and RMF FM radio.

“Poles do not trust those products due to their origin: Chinese products are associated with cheap quality, whereas in the case of Russia, the previous political system evokes negative associations. These are products from the East and Poles aspire to the West,” Marcin Duma of United Surveys explained.

When the data is broken down, there are some interesting patterns in the survey.

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UK: ‘Papers, Please’: Vaccine Passports Have Officially Arrived

  • The U.K. government has given sizeable grants to a number of private companies developing vaccine passports and digital certificates that show vaccination status
  • It’s likely only a matter of time before you’ll be asked to prove your vaccination status in order to carry on with your daily life
  • This blatant move toward an ever-increasing surveillance state is being welcomed by many who have been led to believe they’re necessary to protect public health and safety
  • In the U.S., universities continue to institute lockdowns for students, going so far as to ban even outdoor exercise
  • While many countries have suggested that the COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandated, by giving special privileges to the vaccinated, such as the ability to travel, attend social events or even enter a workplace, it essentially amounts to the same thing and insinuates a “cleaner” class of people in those who have been vaccinated

[Huge amounts of public money to finance a hoax — bye bye liberty!]

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UK: Farage Celebrates ‘Woka-Cola’ Dropping ‘Try to be Less White’ Training After Backlash

Reform UK party leader Nigel Farage has hailed a successful public pressure campaign against Coca-Cola pushing training that urged staff to “be less white”.

“‘Woke Capitalism’ is what it’s known as when big companies have somebody ‘right on’ in the HR department who thinks they need to do this for popularity,” the Brexit champion said of the training, which included such illuminating slides as “To be less white is to: be less oppressive, be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be less ignorant, be more humble, listen, believe, break with apathy, break with white solidarity.”

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UK: HS2 Protestor, 48, Denies Aggravated Trespass

An anti-HS2 activist who spent almost a month underground trying to stop the controversial rail link has today denied aggravated trespass.

Dr Larch Maxey, 48, was removed from Euston Square Gardens, London by bailiffs on Monday after entering the tunnels as part of protests against the high-speed railway line.

The geography lecturer appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today charged with criminal damage and two counts of obstructing or disrupting a person engaged in lawful activity.

Maxey, of Denham Country Park, Buckinghamshire, denied all three charges.

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UK: Moment Police Raid Illegal Rave Inside London Barbers

More than 20 people are facing fines after police shut down an illegal party at a south London barber shop.

Neighbours reported the large gathering and loud music at the premises on London Road in west Croydon shortly before midnight on February 19.

Body-worn camera footage shows officers walking through an empty section of the shop before opening a door to a separate room where a group of people had crammed inside.

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UK: Vaccine Passport Push Exposes the Bullying Authoritarians in Our Midst

Twelve months ago it would have been unthinkable that any public figure would be suggesting that people would need to show their vaccination records before entering a shop, or any public place, but that’s where we are in Britain today.

Just when you thought Covid-authoritarianism (and authoritarianism is actually putting it mildly), couldn’t get any worse, it just did.

This week we’ve seen a number of politicians and high-profile media figures promote the idea of mandatory vaccine passports. And not just for international travel. On Sunday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who, I kid yet not, once wrote a book entitled ‘The Assault on Liberty’, refused to rule out vaccine passports to allow entry to supermarkets and pubs. ‘It is under consideration’ he said.

While most normal people reacted with disgust to the suggestion that we should need to prove that we’ve been vaccinated for Covid in order to buy half a dozen eggs and a pint of milk in the local Tesco’s, Good Morning Britain’s motor-mouth presenter Piers ‘For Fears’ Morgan who has played a massive part in stoking Covid hysteria, couldn’t curb his enthusiasm for the idea.

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Vatican Cardinal Who Warned Against Evils of the ‘Deep State’ Removed by Pope Francis

A top Catholic Cardinal who blew the whistle on the Deep State’s plan to destroy western civilization has been removed by Pope Francis.

Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as head of the Vatican’s office for liturgy.

However, the “resignation” was actually a firing because Sarah was forced to submit his resignation when he turned 75 and Pope Francis has previously allowed cardinals to serve two or three years past that point.

Cardinal Sarah also indicated that he wanted to continue in the role, but says the Pope removed him due to his outspoken conservative views.

Summit.news reports: Sarah was a powerful voice in resisting the liberalization of Catholicism and has repeatedly spoken out in blunt terms about the problems facing the west…

Sarah has also identified mass immigration as a direct threat to western civilization and Christendom.

He previously warned that the “west will disappear” as a result of mass migration, adding that “Islam will invade the world” and “completely change culture, anthropology, and moral vision.”

[Comment: more truth being suppressed by comrade Francis.]

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Woke Purge: Bank of England to Eliminate Many Past Governors and Directors From Art Collection

Britain’s Bank of England is in the process of purging former governors and directors from its art collection for “inexcusable connections” to the historic slave trade, according to reports.

“As an institution, the Bank of England was never itself directly involved in the slave trade,” the central bank claimed in a 2020 statement, but it added that it was “aware of some inexcusable connections involving former governors and directors and apologises for them”.

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Rise in Number of IDF Soldiers Seriously Ill With Coronavirus

The IDF has noted a rise in the number of serious coronavirus cases among soldiers, the IDF’s chief medical officer, Brigadier General Professor Alon Glazberg, wrote in a letter.

The document, published on February 17, gave examples of soldiers seriously ill with coronavirus and emphasized the importance of the coronavirus vaccine.

The letter, published Wednesday morning in Israel Hayom, read: “Most of those serving in the IDF are young and healthy, and luckily, in the previous waves, only very few of them developed significant illness. However, it is important for us to share with you that we have identified a change in the trend. In the past few weeks, we are dealing with several IDF soldiers who are seriously ill, who required respiratory support and even hospitalization in the intensive care unit.”

hese changes, the letter said, show that the percentage of young people becoming ill with coronavirus is increasing, as well as their representation in the intensive care units…

[It could not be due to the ‘vaccine’ could it?]

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New Report Reveals Biden Officials Were Colluding With Iran Throughout Trump Presidency

A new report from the Washington Times alleges that former Secretary of State and current Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and current special envoy on Iran policy Robert Malley, were in backchannel communication with the Iranian regime throughout the Trump administration.

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Amnesty International Revokes Alexei Navalny’s “Prisoner of Conscience” Status for “Hate Speech”

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that often campaigns for human rights, has stripped the imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny of his status as a “prisoner of conscience” after concluding that comments Navalny made 15 years ago amounted to advocating for “hate or violence” and “hate speech.”

The group originally designated Navalny a prisoner of conscience after Russian authorities detained him on January 17 and accused him of violating parole conditions related to a previous conviction.

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Don’t be Naive When Dealing With Russia, Warns Polish President Duda at UN

In his speech to the UN Human Rights Council, Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that as a leader of a Central European state, he wanted to draw attention to the alarming situation in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

He underlined that the scale of repression from the Belarusian government following the protests after the 2020 presidential elections was a serious concern that the international community could not remain silent about. Instead, it must fulfil its obligations under international human rights law. Duda called for Belarusian authorities to end their policy of oppression and move towards one of dialogue.

The president added that in addition to Belarus, Russia was also using political repression against its own society.

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China Jails Bloggers for Countering the Official Narrative of Clash With India

The police in China have arrested three bloggers for posting what the authorities said were insults and smears against Chinese soldiers who died during the June clash with Indian troops in the Himalayas.

According to a report in the state-owned Global Times, two people were detained first, with the third arrest following on Sunday. This was a 25-year-old man whose last name is Yang who was taken into custody on Sunday in the Sichuan province, apparently after other internet users reported him to the police, which published a notice about the arrests on its official WeChat account.

One of the other two arrests appear to have happened a day before, when a 28-old called Chen was detained for the same reason — these bloggers were found to be insulting the memory of the Chinese soldiers — referred to in the Global Times article as “martyrs” — who died in the Galwan Valley border clash.

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Facebook Algorithm Accuses 81-Year-Old Grandmother of “Hate Speech” Over Knitted Pigs Comment

Facebook’s algorithm flagged an 81-year-old grandmother’s comments about knitted pigs as an example of “hate speech” and threatened her with a permanent ban.

Yes, really.

After losing her husband last year, Rita Rich-Mulcahy, a retired teacher who lives in Australia, created the Facebook page to share with the world her love of knitting and raise money for The Smith Family charity, which helps disadvantaged children.

After posting a picture of her own knitted pigs, Rich-Mulcahy referred to them as “white pigs” and “high-viz pigs,” resulting in the threat to terminate her account over “hate speech.”

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Video: Australian Senator Slams Government for ‘Buckling’ To Facebook

An Australian Senator has slammed the government there for agreeing to weaken a new law that would see Facebook have to pay for news content, after the social media site blocked all news, as well as government and emergency service updates in a blatant effort to cause chaos ahead of the vote on the new legislation.

Speaking in parliament, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young of the Green Party declared “The government has buckled here.”

“You’ve blinked, you weakened the power the minister has because Facebook bullied you. This is a face-saving exercise by the Treasurer,” she further announced.

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Arrest Made Over Child Sexual Abuse Claims in Greek Migration NGO Programme: Report

A former Greek theatre director was arrested over allegations of rape and sexual abuse, and is being investigated for possible sexual abuse of minor migrants who took part in a course facilitated by pro-migrant NGOs, a report claims.

Dimitris Lignadis, the former artistic director of the National Theatre of Greece, was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old in 2010 and another assault, but prosecutors have been called in to investigate other possible abuses of migrant minors from 2017 to 2018.

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Biden Cancels Trump’s “Operation Talon” That Removed Illegal Immigrant Sex Offenders From U.S.

In an ongoing effort to undo many of the programs and policies of the Trump administration, President Joe Biden has officially rescinded Operation Talon, a program of his predecessor targeting sex offenders who are living in the United States illegally.

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Federal Court Overturns Biden’s 100-Day Pause on Deportation

A federal court in Texas has overturned the 100-day pause on deportations put in place by the Biden administration, saying that the administration was unable to provide a justification.

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Half of Asylum Seekers Entering Germany in 2020 Had No Identification

According to information from the German federal Interior ministry, over half of the migrants who entered the country in 2020 came without any sort of identification paperwork whatsoever.

The information came as an answer to a question posed by libertarian Free Democrat (FDP) politician Linda Teuteberg, with the ministry stating, “In 2020, the proportion of first asylum applicants aged 18 and over without identity papers was 51.8 per cent.”

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It’s OK When They Do it: Democrats Putting Kids in ‘Cages’ Again

Democrats have been blasted as hypocritical for reinstating the notorious ‘kids in cages’ detention policies at the border that they previously used to attack President Trump.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned Tuesday by Peter Doocy, who asked why Biden administration was reopening one of the very facilities Democrats previously labelled a ‘human rights abuse’.

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Migrants Found in a Truck in Czechia, One Infected With UK COVID-19 Variant

On Monday, police discovered eight illegal migrants in a truck in Pardubice in the northeast of Czechia. Although some of them claimed to still be children, police immediately ruled that out in all but one of them and took them to a detention facility. One of the foreigners had the UK COVID-19 variant.

The truck arrived in Pardubice on Monday. According to the police, none of the migrants tried to run away. The detainees also had to take a coronavirus test, according to Novinky.cz.

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Slovenia Police Find 13 Migrants Lacking Air Hidden in Truck

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Police in Slovenia have discovered 13 migrants from Iraq, including two children, who were hidden in a cargo truck, suffering from dehydration and a lack of oxygen.

Some of the migrants needed medical attention after they were found on Tuesday during a routine check at the border with Croatia, police in Novo Mesto said Wednesday.

The group had traveled for several hours from Bosnia and through Croatia, crammed in an airless, secret compartment inside a truck bearing Bosnian license plates, the police statement said.

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UK: Dover MP Calls for Illegal Migrants to be Put on Same Quarantine ‘Red List’ as Legitimate Travellers

The Member of Parliament for the Port of Dover has called for illegal migrants to be put on the same quarantine “red list” as legitimate travellers, including British citizens, entering the United Kingdom from high-risk countries.

Despite having refused to put controls on travel from coronavirus epicentres such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, China, and even Wuhan itself in the early stages of the pandemic, the Boris Johnson administration has now created a ‘red list’ of some 33 countries from which travel is banned, except for British citizens and residents, who are required to quarantine in hotels upon return.

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UK: Madness in the Channel: Over 100 Illegal Migrants Brought Ashore in Two Days

The migrant crisis once again hit British shores this week, as a stretch of warmer weather allowed a flurry of boats full of illegal aliens to set sail from France, with over one hundred migrants reaching the UK in the past two days.

On Monday, over 170 boat migrants in attempted to cross the English Channel, 49 of whom were brought ashore by the British Border Force at the Port of Dover.

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Biden’s HHS Pick Wants Sex Changes for Young Kids

Biden’s top HHS pick for Assistant Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, has advocated for sex changes for young “children,” according to unearthed tweets from 2020.

On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine. If her previous comments on children are to be taken seriously, there are plenty of reasons for the committee to be concerned about elevating Dr. Levine in such an influential and powerful role.

Thenationalpulse.com reports: A professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, Levine has given lectures in various settings since at least 2012 on how to perform sex changes and gender conversion therapy on children.

According to Levine, children ought to be given the latitude to choose their own gender. Levine has advised adults to “try not to force them one way or other [sic]” and instead to follow the child’s lead.

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California Bill Would Fine Retailers Who Have Separate Toy Sections for Boys and Girls

California legislators have introduced a bill that would require retailers to offer toys without separating them into “boys” and “girls” toys.

The bill would require brick-and-mortar shops to display children’s products and clothing in one undivided, unisex area on the sales floor. It also bars them from putting up signage indicating for which gender the product was originally intended.

Online retailers based in California would have similar rules.

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Google Demonetizes Conservative Outlet LifeSiteNews

Google’s dominant position in the ad market allows it to severely financially punish websites it disagrees with, as the example of LifeSiteNews demonstrates.

This form of censorship follows the pattern of others imposed by Google and its platforms like YouTube: the targets of bans and deplatforming are removed without proper explanation, and with almost no recourse.

LifeSiteNews, that has been banned from Google Ads, Google Ad servers, Google News and Google Discover, is therefore left to assume that the likely cause was its exploration of what its author Gualberto Garcia Jones termed the morality, legality and science behind the coronavirus vaccines.

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GOP Senators Denounce Amazon Censorship of Anti-Transgender Book

Two prominent U.S. senators have criticized Amazon’s heavy-handedness in erasing a bestselling book by scholar Ryan Anderson on transgenderism.

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) have blasted the online tech giant for its overt censorship of uncomfortable ideas by de-listing Dr. Anderson’s When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.

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Twitter Bans State Accounts for “Undermining Faith in NATO” And Targeted the US and EU

Twitter has permanently suspended 373 accounts allegedly affiliated with the governments of Russia, Iran, and Armenia. Twitter claimed that the suspended accounts violated various of its policies, particularly the manipulation policy.

On Tuesday, Twitter announced it had removed hundreds of accounts it alleged are run by state-affiliated networks in Iran, Russia, and Armenia.

“State-affiliated networks from Russia, Armenia, and a previously disclosed network from Iran have all been removed from the service,” the platform tweeted and shared a link to a blog post explaining the removal.

According to the blog post, Twitter suspended 238 accounts affiliated with Iran for violating its manipulation policy. The platform had previously suspended 130 accounts from Iran in October for attempting to interfere with the public discussions of the first 2020 Presidential Debate. However, at the time, Twitter said that the accounts “had low engagement and did not make an impact on the public conversation.”

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/24/2021

  1. The Duran guys have been saying for a long time that Navalny is a clown with very little following and a stone cold bigot. They laughed themselves to death on video when the west embraced navalny.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/amnesty-international-rescinds-navalnys-prisoner-conscience-status-after-discovering
    Amnesty International Rescinds Navalny’s ‘Prisoner Of Conscience’ Status After Discovering His Past
    Tyler Durden’s Photo
    BY TYLER DURDEN
    TUESDAY, FEB 23, 2021 – 23:05
    In a surprise twist on the Alexei Navalny saga, and on the very day that it’s being widely reported Biden is preparing sanctions on Russia as punishment for his alleged poisoning by nerve agent last August, the human rights organization Amnesty International has withdrawn its formal designation of Navalny as a “prisoner of conscience”.

    https://twitter.com/MarkAmesExiled/status/1354052162570117121?
    Mark Ames
    @MarkAmesExiled
    ·Jan 26
    Navalny’s infamous “Muslim migrants are cockroaches” video with English subtitles.
    At the end, Navalny shoots person representing Muslim migrants from North Caucasus. [Small correction: opener is “Alexei Navalny Certified Nationalist” not “specialist”]

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