Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/11/2021

Protesters occupied three out of France’s four national theaters to demonstrate their opposition to forced shutdowns under the COVID regime. Meanwhile, dozens of people were fined after the bust of an illegal rave in a disused bank vault in London.

In other news, Italian investigators have determined that Nigerian drug-trafficking gangs are recruiting residents of asylum homes as couriers.

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

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

Financial Crisis
» Democrats Sneaked in $86B for Failing Union Pensions in Supposed COVID Relief Bill
 
USA
» “I Need You, The American People” To “Listen to Dr. Fauci”: Biden Delivers First Primetime Address
» “It is Disgusting to Me”: NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Joins Lawmakers Calling for Gov. Cuomo’s Resignation
» California Department of Education to Vote on State’s Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum
» Chicago Suburb to Pay Black Residents Reparations Due to ‘Wealth and Opportunity Gaps’
» Chicago: Man Shot and Killed at Suburban Berwyn Restaurant Thursday Morning
» CNN Issues Tweet Wrongly Implying the CDC “Gives Freedom” To Citizens
» COVID ‘Relief’ Package Has $3.5 Billion Earmarked for Bill Gates-Backed Global Fund
» Disney CEO Says the Company is Not “Left-Leaning” and Can Actually “Unite Us All”
» Feinstein Promises Assault Weapons Ban Hours After House Passes Background Check Bill
» Florida Lawmakers Target Protests; Opponents Say Free Speech is on the Line
» Healthy 39-Year-Old Mom Dies Four Days After 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
» Hollywood Lawyer Claims Greta Thunberg is Writing Letters to Ted Kaczynski
» Ice Cream Brand Quietly Changes Flavour Name Amid Debate Over Whether a Topping Name is Racist
» Jen Psaki Blatantly Lied to Millions of People That the COVID-19 Vaccine is Approved and Licensed by the FDA (Video)
» Judge Reinstates 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin
» Merrick Garland Confirmed as Head of Biden’s Justice Department
» Moderna’s mRNA Injections Are an “Operating System” Designed to Program Humans and Hack Their Biological Functions
» National Vaccine Information Center
» New York State Files Police Report Regarding Latest Cuomo Groping Allegation
» New York Middle School Mandates Double Masks for Students Starting March 15
» Nolte: Prospective Jurors in Derek Chauvin Trial Worry About Being Targeted
» Oklahoma House Passes Bill to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters
» Panda Express Sued for Degrading Training After Employee Forced to Strip During a “Cult-Like Ritual”
» Politicians Say “Anti-Vaxxers” Are “Domestic Terrorists”
» San Francisco’s “Tent Village” Program Now Cost Taxpayers More Per Night Than a Hotel Stay
» Stanford Medical Professor Insists COVID Lockdowns “Worst Public Health Mistake in Last 100 Years”
» Stanford Medical Professor: Lockdowns “Worst Public Health Mistake in Last 100 Years”
» Texas Rangers Announce 100% Capacity for Games Beginning Opening Day
» Texas School District Apologizes for Adding Books With Graphic Sex Scenes to the Reading Curriculum
» Texas Attorney General Sues Austin for Not Lifting Mask Mandate
» Texas Governor Abbott Criticized for Trying to Paint Free Speech Social Platform Gab as “Anti-Semitic”
» T-Mobile to Increase Collection of Customers’ Online Activity to Share With Advertisers
» UC-Berkeley Unveils Plan for Racial Quota
» University Says No to in-Person Graduation, So Parents and Students Are Planning Their Own
» US Air Force Forgot How to Make Parts of Its Own B2 Stealth Bomber and Now Wants to Reverse Engineer it
» Vandals Break Windows at Hatfield Federal Courthouse
» Vanita Gupta, Biden’s Pick for Associate AG, Is Questioned Over Past Statements About Free Speech Online
» Video: Fauci Admits There is No ‘Science’ Behind Continued Lockdown
» Video: Biden Again Ignores Questions About When He Will Face Press
» Welcome to a Communist America
 
Canada
» Extinction Rebellion Plays Role in Democracy, Nova Scotia Judge Says in Injunction Decision
» Father Denied Custody of Children Over COVID-19 ‘Anti-Lockdown’ Beliefs
» YouTube Censors Canadian Doctors Calling for an End to Lockdown
 
Europe and the EU
» Baby Bust: European Countries Report Lowest Birth Rate in 80 Years
» Blair Blames Brexit… for EU Vaccine Fiasco
» Committee Says UK’s $30bn Digital “Track and Trace” Is Ineffective, Inept, and a Waste
» Czechs Set to Gain Constitutional Right to Defend Themselves With a Weapon
» France: Protesters Occupy Paris Theatres to Protest Against COVID-19 Shutdowns
» French Policewoman Accused of Passing Sensitive Info to Man on Terror Watchlist
» Piers Morgan Probed After Saying That He Didn’t Believe a Word of Meghan Markle’s Interview
» Poland Among Top 3 Safest Countries in EU: Report
» UK Gov. Release 5th Update on Adverse Reactions to the COVID Jabs — Bell’s Palsy, Seizure, Miscarriage & Death
» UK: Dozens Fined After Illegal Rave Inside Vault of Disused Bank in London
» UK: Future King William Hits Back at Meghan’s Racism Claims: ‘We Are Very Much Not a Racist Family’
» UK: Govt Regulator Rules Police Too Soft on BLM and XR, Warns Cops on ‘Taking the Knee’
» UK: Outrage After Anti-Lockdown Protesters Organise ‘Freedom Day’ In Barnsley Park as Council Issues Warning
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Coronavirus: No Bad ‘Purim Effect, ‘ Numbers Continue to Decline
 
Russia
» Russia Begins Slowing Down Twitter Over Child Porn, Suicide & Drug-Use Claims as Regulator Warns it Could Block Service Altogether
» Russia Threatens to Slow Down Twitter if it Refuses to Censor Pro-Protest Content
 
South Asia
» ‘Good’ Unbelievers Like Mother Teresa Will Go to Hell Because They Are Not Muslim, Declares Islamist Zakir Naik
» India: Gruesome Murder of 14-Year-Old Hindu Boy Mahesh Kolli by the Family of His Muslim Friend: All You Need to Know
» Singaporean Youth Detained Under Isa for Planning Knife Attack on Jews Leaving Synagogue
 
Far East
» China Scrubs Mentions of the “Stock Market” Online After Losing Streak
» TikTok to Quiz “Unkind” Commenters
 
Australia — Pacific
» Breakthrough as New Vaccine is Shown to Prevent All COVID Deaths and Could be Key to Foreign Travel as it Stops 96% of Infections — and We’ve Got Enough to Vaccinate Every Australian
» New Zealand: Council Back Open for Business After Extinction Rebellion Protest
 
Immigration
» Brothers of Italy Party Submits Bill for Mass Deportation of Illegal Immigrants
» France: Muslim Migrant Physician Charged With Sexual Assault, Blames ‘Racist Conspiracy’ Against Him
» Greece: Two Afghan Youths Get Five Years for Moria Fire
» NCA: Foreign Gangs in France Turn to People Smuggling to Make ‘Easy’ Money
» Nigerian Drug Gangs Recruiting From Rome Asylum Homes
» Video: Biden’s Border Advisor Admits Trump Policies Prevented Illegal Immigration
» Watch: Border Crisis Continues as Human Smuggler Ferries Massive Line of Illegals Across the Rio Grande
» Watering Down America Into a Conglomeration of Strangers
» White House Tells Migrants That the Border is Not Closed in Spanish Message, Later Corrects to Saying it is Closed
 
Culture Wars
» Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Barring Biological Males From Girls’ Sports
» No More Mothers and Fathers, Only “Guardians”: British University Releases New Guide to “Inclusive” Language
» Oklahoma Passes Law Banning Abortion After a Detected Heartbeat
» Polish MEP Condemns False Claims Regarding ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ From EU Commissioner Jourova
» The World’s a Dangerous Place
» YouTube Has Deleted Over 80,000 Videos That Contradict the World Health Organization
 

Democrats Sneaked in $86B for Failing Union Pensions in Supposed COVID Relief Bill

In October, actress Jane Fonda made headlines when she said the coronavirus pandemic was “God’s gift to the left.” That statement has proved true on many levels. Many of us believe that, had the pandemic never materialized, former President Donald Trump would have easily won re-election.

Anyway, the economic devastation caused by the lockdowns has prompted the government to pass several enormous COVID-19 relief bills into which the Democrats have been able to tuck away a myriad of wish-list items, the most recent $1.9 trillion aid package being perhaps the most egregious.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

“I Need You, The American People” To “Listen to Dr. Fauci”: Biden Delivers First Primetime Address

President Joe Biden delivered his first primetime address from the White House Thursday night, marking the one-year anniversary of the economic shutdown sparked by COVID-19 panic.

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

“It is Disgusting to Me”: NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Joins Lawmakers Calling for Gov. Cuomo’s Resignation

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined a group of Democratic lawmakers in the state calling for the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Six women have alleged that Cuomo sexually harassed them, including lurid details of groping that emerged Thursday.

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

California Department of Education to Vote on State’s Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum

The California Department of Education will be voting on the state’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum, which portrays the United States as Eurocentric, white supremacist, capitalist, and patriarchal.

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

Chicago Suburb to Pay Black Residents Reparations Due to ‘Wealth and Opportunity Gaps’

Evanston, Illinois is on the verge of becoming the first city in the United States to financially compensate black residents ‘to address the wealth and opportunity gaps they have experienced because of historical racism and discrimination,’ according to NBC News.

The Chicago suburb voted in 2019 to approve a measure for reparations which uses revenue from a 3% tax collected on the sale of recreational cannabis, community donations, and a city-established reparations fund which pledged to distribute $10 million over 10 years. In effect, people of color buying weed in Evanston are effectively paying reparations.

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

Chicago: Man Shot and Killed at Suburban Berwyn Restaurant Thursday Morning

Police in suburban Berwyn say a man was shot and killed at a restaurant, and the gunman is still on the loose.

According to police, officers were called to the Jelly Jam Restaurant in the 6300 block of West Cermak Road at approximately 11:25 a.m. Thursday, where a reported shooting had just taken place.

When police arrived, they found an unidentified man who had been shot at the location. Emergency medical procedures were immediately offered to the man, and he was transported to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

CNN Issues Tweet Wrongly Implying the CDC “Gives Freedom” To Citizens

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued new guidance for people who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, cable news giant CNN had a peculiar way of promoting it.

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

COVID ‘Relief’ Package Has $3.5 Billion Earmarked for Bill Gates-Backed Global Fund

Hidden in the last few pages of the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion “COVID-19 relief” bill is a shocking provision earmarking at least $3.5 billion to a globalist foundation backed by multibillionaire Bill Gates.

This revelation lends credence to mounting criticism that the pork-filled package — which is supposed to help struggling Americans — is yet another colossal waste of taxpayer money.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Disney CEO Says the Company is Not “Left-Leaning” and Can Actually “Unite Us All”

The Walt Disney CEO says the company is not left leaning and believes it can “unite us all,” even though the majority of Americans say Disney has taken political correctness too far.

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

Feinstein Promises Assault Weapons Ban Hours After House Passes Background Check Bill

Hours after the House passed a bill allowing for unlimited delays for FBI background checks, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revived a House-passed bill requiring background checks for private firearms sales, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced that she would soon ‘work with her Senate colleagues’ to pass other reforms — including an assault weapons ban — in the coming weeks.

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

Florida Lawmakers Target Protests; Opponents Say Free Speech is on the Line

TAMPA, Fla. — A bill aimed at combating violent protests is sparking heated debate in Tallahassee and around Florida. Opponents, including Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, are speaking out and say it limits free speech.

Governor DeSantis has been pushing this bill as part of his message of “law and order,” making it clear violent protests won’t be tolerated, but it’s not sitting well with some free speech groups, including the Florida ACLU.

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

Healthy 39-Year-Old Mom Dies Four Days After 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

An autopsy has been ordered for the seemingly “unexplainable” death.

Big Tech sites like YouTube and Facebook have imposed strict rules about any content that even insinuates there are risks with the various experimental Covid-19 vaccines. Channels and pages are censored, suspended, and banned daily (as our Freedom First Network YouTube Channel was recently). But there are factual stories that are getting suppressed along with so-called “conspiracy theories,” and these stories point to real reasons Americans should be concerned.

The latest example came to light this morning with a report of a 39-year-old single mother in Utah who mysteriously died four days after receiving the second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. According to KUTV:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hollywood Lawyer Claims Greta Thunberg is Writing Letters to Ted Kaczynski

An infamous Hollywood lawyer and gossip blogger claims that Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been communicating with Unabomber Ted Kaczynski via prison letters.

Yes, really.

The incredible assertion was made by Enty, the name given to the person who runs the ‘Crazy Days and Nights’ blog.

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

Ice Cream Brand Quietly Changes Flavour Name Amid Debate Over Whether a Topping Name is Racist

An ice cream brand called Brigham’s Ice Cream quietly changed the name of one of its flavours after social media outrage over the use of a topping called “jimmies.” The woke-o-haram took offence at the term over its potentially racist origins.

Started in New England in 1914, Brigham’s Ice Cream previously included a flavour called “Just Jimmies.” It changed the flavour name to “Just Sprinkles” at some point in 2020, reports the Daily Wire.

The term “jimmies” is a New England area word for chocolate sprinkles, but it can also refer to all types of sprinkles. Urban legend would have it that the term has ties to the Jim Crow era because the sprinkles are brown in colour and could possibly be referring specifically to Jim Crow, the protagonist of the minstrel song that has become representative of anti-black racism.

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

Jen Psaki Blatantly Lied to Millions of People That the COVID-19 Vaccine is Approved and Licensed by the FDA (Video)

You may have read that some drugs are now “approved” to treat COVID-19, or as the New York Times reported yesterday, that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “approved” the first serology test for COVID-19, or that the dozens of marketed COVID-19 diagnostics are “approved” by FDA.

But in reality, FDA still has not approved any treatment or test for COVID-19 and has instead issued what are known as emergency use authorizations, or EUAs. From an outsider’s perspective, the difference between an approval and an EUA may seem like semantics, but EUAs and full approvals are significantly different.

This didn’t stop the Biden administration to lie even more.

Jen Psaki claimed yesterday that the vaccines are FDA approved.

She just blatantly lied to millions of people. The vaccine has NOT been approved or licensed by the FDA. They need at least two years of trials and data before they license it.

Because it has been released for EUA only, your employer can NOT mandate you get inoculated.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Reinstates 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin

Having delayed the start of the trial of Derek Chauvin, a judge on Thursday granted prosecutors’ request to reinstate a third-degree murder chargeagainst the former Minneapolis police officer accused for the death of George Floyd.

As a reminder, Floyd’s autopsy report showed the man, whose death set off a wave of violent street protests, many of which devolved into rioting and looting, had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death (he was also found to be COVID-19 positive). Prosecutors contend Floyd, 46, was killed by Chauvin’s knee, compressed against Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes while he was handcuffed and pinned to the pavement following a struggle with Chauvin and three other officers, who will face trial later this year on charges of abetting Floyd’s killing. But in Chauvin’s case, the question at the heart of the decision is whether what people saw on the cellphone video of Floyd’s death was a murder, or a terrible tragedy.

The autopsy findings potentially complicate the prosecution’s push for a murder conviction, which is why it’s hardly a surprise that prosecutors are trying to mitigate the risks of an embarrassing acquittal.

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

Merrick Garland Confirmed as Head of Biden’s Justice Department

The Senate confirmed Merrick Garland on Wednesday as attorney general with a bipartisan vote, putting the federal appeals court judge in charge of President Joe Biden’s Justice Department.

He was confirmed 70-30.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Moderna’s mRNA Injections Are an “Operating System” Designed to Program Humans and Hack Their Biological Functions

The experimental injections being rolled out by Moderna and Pfizer are nothing similar to traditional vaccines. These mRNA platforms are an “operating system” designed to program human beings and turn their cells into efficient drug delivery systems.

Moderna is now going public with the real intentions behind the mRNA platform. The mRNA technology platform is similar to a computer operating system, the company admits. Scientists prepare a unique mRNA sequence that codes for a specific protein. Once injected into humans, this program is carried out in the individual’s body, at the cellular level. The mRNA platform is where Big Pharma merges with Big Tech, enslaving human beings to a controlling system designed to profit from their cellular and biological functions into the unforeseeable future.

Moderna admits that healthy immune systems are a threat to their mRNA platform

As mRNA platforms go live on human populations, Moderna admits that healthy human immune responses can actually destroy the mRNA sequences before they get into the person’s cells.

The immune system may attack the program and its RNA fragments, leading to negative outcomes that could include molecular deficiencies, hormonal defects, etc. If the protein folding is disrupted, the proteins may never achieve their desired functionality, leading to partial development of antigens that never confer targeted immunity to coronavirus spike proteins. The body may turn on its own cells in the process, causing hyper-inflammatory responses and autoimmune issues that are the precursor to organ failure and various disease processes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

National Vaccine Information Center

Found 594 cases where Onset Interval is 0 or 1 or 2 and Vaccine is COVID19 and Patient Died

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New York State Files Police Report Regarding Latest Cuomo Groping Allegation

As a matter of protocol for any incident involving physical contact, the New York State Executive Chamber reported to police that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have committed a crime, after a woman aide alleged Cuomo groped her at the executive mansion.

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

New York Middle School Mandates Double Masks for Students Starting March 15

A New York middle school has announced it will be mandating double masks starting on March 15, according to a message posted in a parents’ group by the principal.

East Hampton Middle School Principal Charles Soriano cited guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying that the CDC guidelines “specifically point out that two disposable masks, for example, are not acceptable.”

Soriano said that the rule would require a disposable medical mask under a reusable cloth mask.

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

Nolte: Prospective Jurors in Derek Chauvin Trial Worry About Being Targeted

One can only imagine what will happen to Minneapolis and other Democrat-run cities if Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, is found not guilty. We are now learning prospective jurors are legitimately concerned for their own safety.

Per the far-left Associated Press:

One was anxious, worried about high emotion surrounding the case. One worried his family might be targeted. And one was delighted to receive her jury summons — even after learning she might wind up on the panel considering whether to convict a former police officer in George Floyd’s death…

The person who worried about the divisiveness of the case was dismissed, as was the potential juror who feared his family could be targeted.

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

Oklahoma House Passes Bill to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters

In a rare, early-morning vote, Republican lawmakers in the Oklahoma House approved legislation to grant immunity to drivers who hit protesters.

On a party-line vote Wednesday, the House passed a bill that grants civil and criminal immunity for drivers who unintentionally injure or kill protesters while “fleeing from a riot.”

House Bill 1674 from Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, is just one of a handful of GOP-sponsored bills in the Oklahoma Legislature this year designed to crack down on protests.

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

Panda Express Sued for Degrading Training After Employee Forced to Strip During a “Cult-Like Ritual”

A former Panda Express employee is suing the company for degrading training, which was sponsored by Panda Express as a prerequisite to promotion, in 2019 as she was allegedly required to strip down to her underwear and hug a partially dressed co-worker during a “cult-like ritual.”

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

Politicians Say “Anti-Vaxxers” Are “Domestic Terrorists”

If you’ve been paying attention, you knew this day was coming. If you receive the mRNA vaccine, that isn’t really a vaccine but gene therapy you are a “domestic terrorist” according to your ruling class masters.

California State Senator Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, introduced SB 742, which would place limitations on vaccine site protests. The law is modeled after a 2012 state law that limits protests at funerals. Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney, and CEO of Center for American Liberties says the bill goes too far, according to a report by GV Wire.

“Protesting those sites is a First Amendment-protected activity,” Dhillon said. “It prohibits ‘picketing targeted at a vaccination site,’ and that could be interpreted under First Amendment law as a viewpoint-based discrimination.” But Pan doesn’t give a damn. He’s a pro-vaccine advocate who wants everyone vaccinated the second big pharma comes up with another concoction to stick us with and he won’t stop until we are all vaccinated or the power structure in place crumbles.

Pan recently wrote an opinion article labeling those who dare to want the freedom to decide what’s injected into their bodies as “domestic terrorists.” The real domestic terrorists are huddled together behind the national guard in Washington D.C. As more people figure this out and break free from their mental prisons, totalitarians like Pan will fall by the wayside. Until then, the masters will push the slaves as hard as they can.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

San Francisco’s “Tent Village” Program Now Cost Taxpayers More Per Night Than a Hotel Stay

San Francisco has started to realize that the homeless camps it authorized last May with its”sleep safe villages” program, have taken a financial toll on the city.

The six villages are essentially tent encampments spread across the city, made up of 262 tents that house about 300 people each. The villages were initially set up to shelter people during the pandemic who might otherwise sleep on the streets, but now the housing is costing taxpayers a lot of money.

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

Stanford Medical Professor Insists COVID Lockdowns “Worst Public Health Mistake in Last 100 Years”

Dr. Scott Atlas isn’t the only Stanfordite to embrace the principles of the Great Barrington Declaration. The former advisor to President Trump delivered a final address yesterday that summed up his criticisms of the US COVID-19 response, particularly the draconian lockdowns that destroyed millions of jobs and hundreds of thousands of small businesses.

In his speech, Dr. Atlas warned that the response to COVID-19 in the US has underscored a lack of diverse viewpoints on American college campuses and in the American mainstream press.

First, I have been shocked at the enormous power of the government, to unilaterally decree, to simply close businesses and schools by edict, restrict personal movement, mandate behavior, and eliminate our most basic freedoms, without any end and little accountability.

Second, I remain surprised at the acceptance by the American people of draconian rules, restrictions, and unprecedented mandates, even those that are arbitrary, destructive, and wholly unscientific.

This crisis has also exposed what we all have known existed, but we have tolerated for years: the overt bias of the media, the lack of diverse viewpoints on campuses, the absence of neutrality in big tech controlling social media, and now more visibly than ever, the intrusion of politics into science. Ultimately, the freedom to seek and state the truth is at risk here in the United States.

Well, as it turns out, Dr. Atlas isn’t alone. In a recent email interview with Newsweek, Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor at the medical school, warned that the lockdowns would be remembered as the “biggest public health mistake we’ve ever made…the harm to people is catastrophic.” Bhattacharya was one of the co-authors, along with Dr. Atlas, of the Great Barrington Declaration.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Stanford Medical Professor: Lockdowns “Worst Public Health Mistake in Last 100 Years”

Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya told Newsweek that COVID-19 lockdowns are “the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years.”

The medical professor warned that lockdowns are disproportionately impacting the poor and making wealth inequality worse.

He also explained how the areas that imposed the most draconian lockdowns didn’t see the most success in controlling the virus.

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

Texas Rangers Announce 100% Capacity for Games Beginning Opening Day

The Texas Rangers baseball team announced Wednesday that there will be no capacity restrictions for fans this season. Though most Major League Baseball franchises are planning to welcome back crowds in limited numbers, the Rangers are the first to announce a willingness to host the full 40,000 spectators that could fit into Globe Life Field.

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

Texas School District Apologizes for Adding Books With Graphic Sex Scenes to the Reading Curriculum

Books with inappropriate content, including graphic sex scenes, were assigned to teens as part of the reading curriculum that now has a Texas school district apologizing to parents.

One book, recommended to seniors, details an abusive lesbian relationship replete with bondage/discipline/sado-masochism scenes, and the explicit use of sex toys in graphic ways. Another, “My Friend Dahmer,” described serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s descent into murderous cannibalism.

A third book, chosen for ninth graders, included a gang rape plot.

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

Texas Attorney General Sues Austin for Not Lifting Mask Mandate

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Democrat-run city of Austin for its refusal to lift its mask mandate following Gov. Greg Abbott’s rollbacks on the statewide policy.

The lawsuit against the City of Austin and Travis County, where the city is located, follow Paxton’s promise to file a lawsuit after the city refused to roll back its local mask mandate.

In a letter, Paxton highlighted how the state law “supercedes” local law, pointing out that the state has the authority to override city policies. He noted that the state had previously taken Austin and Travis County to court and beaten them. Paxton’s letter, which was published a day prior to the lawsuit, gave the city and Travis County a hard deadline of 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to “rescind any local mask mandates or business-operating restrictions.”

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

Texas Governor Abbott Criticized for Trying to Paint Free Speech Social Platform Gab as “Anti-Semitic”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott accused free speech social media platform Gab of being an “anti-Semitic platform.” Gab hit back by saying it is a platform that protects “the political speech of all Americans, regardless of viewpoint.”

“Anti-Semitic platforms like Gab have no place in Texas and certainly do not represent Texas values,” Abbott said in a video posted on Twitter.

“What does represent Texas values is legislation like this by Rep. King and Rep. Goldman that fights antisemitism in Texas,” the governor added.

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

T-Mobile to Increase Collection of Customers’ Online Activity to Share With Advertisers

Privacy experts have long warned that it’s ISPs and mobile operators, rather than centralized social media who actually have the most access and potentially the largest amount of personal user data.

Tracking users, scraping and selling their data to advertisers has worked so well for Big Tech, that was only a matter of time other giants like telecoms started stepping up and expanding similar business models.

And now, T-Mobile, which ranks second in the US by number of subscribers, has a privacy policy update: phone customers using its web and mobile apps will have their data automatically harvested and shared, starting in late April.

The only way out will be to actively look for and find the opt-out setting — something that most users of technology rarely do, since surveys and research over the years have consistently shown that “default is king.”

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

UC-Berkeley Unveils Plan for Racial Quota

Authored by Ashley Carnahan via Campus Reform

The University of California-Berkeley is on its way to becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution, which means that at least 25 percent of undergraduate students identify as “Chicanx/Latinx.”

UC-Berkeley’s Chancellor Carol Christ announced in August 2018 her “intention to set the UC Berkeley campus on a journey to become an HSI by 2027,” according to the Chancellor’s Task Force on Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution’s report, published in December 2020.

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as one that “has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.”

The report states that Christ would like to see 25 percent of undergraduate students “self-identify as Chicanx/Latinx” by 2027.

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

University Says No to in-Person Graduation, So Parents and Students Are Planning Their Own

The University of Tampa’s decision to hold a virtual May commencement ceremony did not sit well with parents or students who have decided to hold their own in-person event.

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

US Air Force Forgot How to Make Parts of Its Own B2 Stealth Bomber and Now Wants to Reverse Engineer it

In a bizarre development the US Air Force forgot to make parts of its own bomber and is now planning to reverse engineer the component of its B-2 Spirit bomber fleet. In order to achieve this, the Air Force’s Rapid Sustainment Office is looking for a highly advanced 3-D scanning system. But it was reported that even such systems are no longer in production.

A surprising requirement of reverse engineering the components of the Air Force’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was put on the contracting website of the U.S. government.

A national security analyst, named Mark Thompson, has brought this notice to the attention. The U.S. government is looking forward to reverse engineering the key components of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Vandals Break Windows at Hatfield Federal Courthouse

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Once again, vandals caused damage in downtown Portland, breaking windows at the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse days after the barriers were taken down.

The vandalism happened late Thursday afternoon. The Hatfield Federal Courthouse was then boarded up.

Earlier, dozens of people marched through the streets of downtown Portland in a rally apparently in support of indigenous people.

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Vanita Gupta, Biden’s Pick for Associate AG, Is Questioned Over Past Statements About Free Speech Online

In her second confirmation hearing, Vanita Gupta, President Biden’s pick for the position of Associate Attorney General, was quizzed by Senator Ted Cruz on her position on freedom of speech online.

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Video: Fauci Admits There is No ‘Science’ Behind Continued Lockdown

In a rare moment of truth of CNN Wednesday, Anthony Fauci admitted that there is no scientific reason why people who have had the COVID vaccine are still having their freedoms restricted.

CNN host John Berman asked Fauci “What’s the science behind not saying it’s safe for people who have been vaccinated — received two doses, to travel?”

“When you don’t have the data and you don’t have the actual evidence, you’ve got to make a judgment call,” Fauci replied, declaring that Americans will just have to trust the CDC.

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Video: Biden Again Ignores Questions About When He Will Face Press

On Wednesday, Joe Biden once again stumbled and murmured through an event watched by virtually no one, then refused to answer any questions from journalists about when on earth he is going to hold a press conference.

Only around 1000 people bothered to tune into the White House stream of Biden “talking” with the CEOs of vaccine manufacturers.

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Welcome to a Communist America

The centralization of the means of communications in the hands of the state, a key plank of the Communist Manifesto, is already being implemented in the United States under the one-party state now in power. Many conservatives are being censored under this regime, but I thought you might want to know how it works in practice, from someone whose YouTube channel has been censored twice. What do they fear? What are they trying to hide? My case provides some interesting answers.

The video that was censored included an extended discussion of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s involvement in a court case brought by the Obama Administration to drop terrorism charges against a communist by the name of Elizabeth Anna Duke. She was a member of a Weather Underground spin-off that specialized in terrorism and fake IDs.

In a practical example of how censorship has real-life consequences, only 30 Senate Republicans voted against Garland’s confirmation. Most “conservative” media wouldn’t even touch the issue. Too many “conservative” sites have become sensational click-bait outlets that offer no original investigative reporting. I had the Duke story based on interviews with such key figures as legal analyst Montgomery Blair Sibley and Paul Kamenar of the National Legal and Policy Center.

My ASI TV programs have consistently addressed issues of public importance. But if you address corruption in government that permits communist terrorists to escape justice, that’s not permitted under YouTube’s “guidelines.”

The collapse of a free media, together with the failure of the Republicans to function as a true opposition party, means that the slide into socialism will continue. With passage of a $1.9 trillion bailout bill, with very little China virus aid, we are also on the road to higher inflation and national bankruptcy. Republicans will continue to clamor for donations, saying if we only give them another chance (through the same questionable election process that stole the presidency from Donald J. Trump), they will somehow take back the Senate and the House in 2022.

Who are they kidding?

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Extinction Rebellion Plays Role in Democracy, Nova Scotia Judge Says in Injunction Decision

A judge has ruled that Extinction Rebellion cannot interfere with or block WestFor or their contractors from conducting forestry operations at Digby County woodland sites.

But Justice Kevin Coady denied the management company’s request that the interlocutory injunction be extended to bar the protesters from any future interference at any licensed WestFor woodland sites in that entire region of the province.

“WestFor has not provided sufficient evidence to establish the high degree of probability that Extinction Rebellion will obstruct or otherwise interfere with future operations,” Coady said in his Nova Scotia Supreme Court written decision released Wednesday.

“I have reviewed Extinction Rebellion’s social media posts and find they advocate for general resistance but not specific action.”

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Father Denied Custody of Children Over COVID-19 ‘Anti-Lockdown’ Beliefs

A terrifying ruling has been made in a child custody case which used the father’s beliefs over the COVID-19 pandemic to remove his children from his custody. The father used to have his children from Friday to Sunday in split custody. However, the court ruled the father’s beliefs about the pandemic are a danger to his children and he will now only be able to see them at a supervised government access center where he is required to abide by all the conditions imposed by the facility “as a precondition to access.”

Ontario Superior Court Justice George W. King said the man’s anti-masking beliefs, along with his participation in anti-lockdown protests were cause to remove the children from his custody.

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YouTube Censors Canadian Doctors Calling for an End to Lockdown

A group of Canadian doctors and their video expressing anti-lockdown sentiments is the latest victim of YouTube’s Covid-related censorship.

These medical professionals, gathered in the Canada Health Alliance non-profit, spoke out in favor of relaxing coronavirus restrictions in their country.

But YouTube’s response to the video posted on Monday was swift. A black screen and a message that this content violated the giant’s terms of service is now displayed instead.

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Baby Bust: European Countries Report Lowest Birth Rate in 80 Years

France, Italy, and Spain have seen a significant decline in the number of children born nine months after the introduction of the first coronavirus restrictions last year. In Spain, for example, December 2020 was the worst month ever in terms of the number of births since 1941 when the Spanish statistical office started to record the statistics, the Financial Times wrote on Wednesday.

According to preliminary data from the French National Institute for Statistics (Insee), 53,900 children were born in France in January this year, 13 percent less than in January 2020. France, which traditionally has the highest birth rate in the 27 European Union countries, also recorded the largest drop in births since 1975 when the baby boom ended. However, the year 2020 was already weak in terms of births. A total of 735,000 children were born in the country last year, the least since World War II.

The decline in the number of children born in industrial economies after pandemics or economic crises, such as the one in the 1930s or the oil crisis of 1973, usually comes as no surprise, wrote the Financial Times. In such cases, potential parents are concerned about whether they will have a secure income and will be able to provide for their children.

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Blair Blames Brexit… for EU Vaccine Fiasco

Vaccine passport proponent and ardent Remainer Tony Blair has blamed Brexit for the EU’s vaccine woes, claiming that had not Britain left, the bloc would not be “ten weeks behind” in inoculating hundreds of millions of people.

The UK was able to take advantage of its independence from Brussels bureaucracy by launching its own vaccine procurement programmes, while the European Commission insisted on controlling contracts with drugs companies itself, on behalf of the whole bloc. In the case of AstraZeneca, the drugs firm said it signed a contract with Britain some three months before the EU, which had a knock-on effect on vaccine production at European plants.

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Committee Says UK’s $30bn Digital “Track and Trace” Is Ineffective, Inept, and a Waste

In what no doubt must be some very stiff competition out there, the UK’s Test and Trace coronavirus project has been slammed as “the most wasteful and inept public spending program of all time.”

Reactions like this — from former UK Secretary to the Treasury Nick Macpherson — came after the UK’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), whose members are MPs from different parties, offered criticism of the scheme, focused on its general, but also cost effectiveness.

Not for nothing, since the projected total cost of Test and Trace is at £37 billion. Reports also said that as of early last month, some 2,500 consultants were still hired to work on the program for an average fee of £1,100 per day.

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Czechs Set to Gain Constitutional Right to Defend Themselves With a Weapon

While the Western half of the European Union pushes for further restrictions on already stringent gun control laws, the Czech Republic is looking to enshrine the right to self-defense within its constitution.

On Tuesday, the Czech Chamber of Deputies gave the green light to the constitutional amendment of the right to defend oneself and others with a weapon under conditions stipulated by law, according to the Czech News Agency. The Senate proposal was also supported by the government last year.

According to its supporters, the amendment should help fight tendencies within the EU to disarm citizens.

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France: Protesters Occupy Paris Theatres to Protest Against COVID-19 Shutdowns

French protesters had occupied three of the country’s four national theatres on Wednesday to demand an end to the closure of cultural venues imposed due to the pandemic as frustration grows with the months-long halt to performances.

Theatres, cinemas, museums and other cultural spaces have been shut since France’s last full lockdown in October and have remained closed despite most businesses reopening in December.

University students spent Monday night protesting at Pau theatre in southern France. Similar actions were seen on Tuesday at two other theatres, the Colline in eastern Paris and the National Theatre of Strasbourg.

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French Policewoman Accused of Passing Sensitive Info to Man on Terror Watchlist

A Paris policewoman was accused of passing on personal information about other police officers to a man on the French S-file terror watchlist.

The incident that sparked the accusations occurred in February of last year when the man, who had been linked to the radical Islamist movement, had been summoned for a hearing regarding a charge of violence towards a minor.

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Piers Morgan Probed After Saying That He Didn’t Believe a Word of Meghan Markle’s Interview

Authored by Joanathan Turley

I have previously admitted to being one of the few people apparently on planet Earth with little interest in the Royal family or the continuing travails of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (No, I did not even tune into the wedding). However, the coverage is now pulling some of us into this vortex with legal and media developments. One such issue arose this week after Piers Morgan, the co-host of ITV’s “Good Morning Britain who has now resigned from the show,” committed the apparently unpardonable sin of declaring on air that he didn’t “believe a word” of what Markle told Oprah in her recent interview. Markle herself filed a complaint with ITV.

For that transgression, Morgan is now reportedly under investigation by United Kingdom’s “Ofcom,” or Office of Communications, for violation of its “harm and offense rules.”

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Poland Among Top 3 Safest Countries in EU: Report

Only 4.4 percent of Poles reported crimes, violence or vandalism in 2019, which means Poland has one of the lowest crime indexes in the European Union, according to the latest Eurostat report.

Eurostat has released the latest report on the share of people reporting crime, violence or vandalism in their local area. The lowest share of people reporting such incidents in the EU were in Croatia (2.7 percent), Lithuania (3.2 percent) and Poland (4.4 percent).

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UK Gov. Release 5th Update on Adverse Reactions to the COVID Jabs — Bell’s Palsy, Seizure, Miscarriage & Death

The U.K. Government have released the fifth update highlighting adverse reactions to the Pfizer Covid jab and the Oxford / Astrazeneca Covid jab.

The fifth update covers adverse reactions inputted to the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme from the 9th December 2020 up to the 21st February 2021. In the week since the fourth report, which covered reported adverse reactions up to the 14th February, there have been a further 2892 Yellow Cards for the Pfizer vaccine and a further 11,490 yellow cards for the Oxford vaccine.

But this does not mean the Pfizer jab is safer, the reason the number of Yellow Cards for the Oxford jab is much higher than the Pfizer jab is because there was a significantly higher number of doses of the Oxford jab administered between the 14th February — 21st February compared to the Pfizer jab.

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UK: Dozens Fined After Illegal Rave Inside Vault of Disused Bank in London

More than 40 people are facing fines of £800 after being caught at an illegal rave in the vault of a disused bank.

Police were on patrol when they heard loud music coming from a derelict building on Hortus Road, Southall, West London, at around 8.50am on Sunday.

They raided the site and found dozens of lockdown-dodgers at a party with speakers and disco lights.

Body-cam footage shows a group of men standing inside the cramped vault listening to loud techno music.

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UK: Future King William Hits Back at Meghan’s Racism Claims: ‘We Are Very Much Not a Racist Family’

The British Royal Family has issued a rebuttal of Duchess Meghan’s extraordinary Oprah interview claims for the second time in as many days, with Prince William asserting his kin are “very much” not racist.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, who is the firstborn son of the firstborn son of Queen Elizabeth II and is therefore directly in line to one day be King, was on a visit to a London school on Thursday when he was asked about his brother, Prince Harry.

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UK: Govt Regulator Rules Police Too Soft on BLM and XR, Warns Cops on ‘Taking the Knee’

An extensive report by an independent government watchdog has ruled that police are overindulging demonstrators for groups like Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Extinction Rebellion (XR), and risk damaging their neutrality by engaging in politically-charged gestures such as “taking the knee”.

“We found that the police too often do not find the balance between protecting the rights of the protesters and preventing excessive disruption to daily life, which even peaceful protest can sometimes cause,” said Matt Parr, of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

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UK: Outrage After Anti-Lockdown Protesters Organise ‘Freedom Day’ In Barnsley Park as Council Issues Warning

Police and the council have issued a stern warning after plans were shared for a “freedom day” event at a Barnsley park despite coronavirus rules.

The “Barnsley Fun Freedom Day” has been advertised on social media at Locke Park in the town this Saturday, March 13.

In posters shared on Facebook the event reads: “Meet us by the playground. Face painting and truth talk.

“Peaceful gathering and picnic. Bring food and music, enjoy the company.”

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Coronavirus: No Bad ‘Purim Effect, ‘ Numbers Continue to Decline

Some two weeks after Purim, Israeli authorities are starting to sigh with relief: the dreaded spike in the infection rate that everyone was fearing after the numerous illegal gatherings during the festival appears not to have occurred.

On the contrary, in the past few days the numbers have been steadily improving, to the point that after repeated warnings about new restrictions for the upcoming Pessah (Passover) holiday, health officials are starting to express a cautious optimism.

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Russia Begins Slowing Down Twitter Over Child Porn, Suicide & Drug-Use Claims as Regulator Warns it Could Block Service Altogether

Twitter users in Russia are about to find it takes longer to share their thoughts online, as authorities start slowing the service’s connection speeds amid a row over illegal content hosted by the US-based social media giant.

Communications regulator Roskomnadzor issued a statement on Wednesday morning announcing the decision, which it says is because Twitter “does not remove content that incites minors to commit suicide, contains child pornography or information about the use of drugs.”

The watchdog claims it has sent more than 28,000 requests for posts, links and publications to be deleted or blocked on the platform. However, at present, “3,168 pieces of content containing prohibited information… remain not deleted.” These reportedly include more than 2,500 calls for children to kill themselves and 450 involving child pornography.

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Russia Threatens to Slow Down Twitter if it Refuses to Censor Pro-Protest Content

Russia has threatened to slow down the loading speed of Twitter if the company does not comply with orders to censor content. Considering the timing, the government could be trying to slow down the recent protests in the country.

In recent weeks, the Russian government has accused Twitter and other platforms of failing to remove content encouraging “children” to take part in anti-government protests. The protests were sparked by the arrest of Alexei Navalny, a critic of the government.

The country’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, said that, as of Wednesday, there were more than 3,000 tweets containing illegal content, and Twitter has refused to remove them for years.

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‘Good’ Unbelievers Like Mother Teresa Will Go to Hell Because They Are Not Muslim, Declares Islamist Zakir Naik

On Sunday, fugitive Islamist and hate preacher Zakir Naik claimed that Christian evangelist Mother Teresa will go to Hell by virtue of being a non-Muslim.

On being asked whether ‘righteous’ and ‘good’ non-Muslims such as Mother Teresa would still go to Hell, he replied, “There are four ways of going to Jannah (paradise). By the token of time, a man is in a state of loss except those who have Faith, those who are righteous, those who do Dawah and those who exhort people to do patience and perseverance. Minimum four criterias are required to go to Jannah.”

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India: Gruesome Murder of 14-Year-Old Hindu Boy Mahesh Kolli by the Family of His Muslim Friend: All You Need to Know

In a gruesome incident, a 14-year-old boy was murdered, and his body was thrown into the Bhima river in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district late last month for being in friendship with a girl from the Muslim community.

According to the reports, a 14-year-old Hindu youth Kolli Mahesh, a class 9 student studying at a government school in Naribol, was brutally murdered for developing a close friendship with a 14-year-old girl from a neighbouring colony in the village.

The incident was first reported on February 27 after the villagers recovered a dead body in the Bhima river a few kilometres away from the village. The police rushed to the spot and pulled the dead body that was stuffed inside a gunny bag, only to find a decomposed body. The police identified the dead body with the help of his family members. According to the police, the boy’s nose and genitals were chopped off before he was murdered.

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Singaporean Youth Detained Under Isa for Planning Knife Attack on Jews Leaving Synagogue

SINGAPORE — A 20-year-old man who had planned to use a knife to attack and kill Jews leaving a synagogue, and to take up arms abroad, has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Amirull Ali, who was a full-time national serviceman in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) when he was arrested in February, had planned to target three Jewish men after their Saturday congregational prayers at the Maghain Aboth Synagogue in Waterloo Street.

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China Scrubs Mentions of the “Stock Market” Online After Losing Streak

The Chinese government is censoring searches of the equivalent of “stock market” on the country’s Twitter-like platform Weibo. The Chinese stock market dipped to an all-time low on Tuesday, just before the country’s most significant political event, the National People’s Congress.

The Chinese stock market dropped so much that the government had to intervene through state-backed funds. But the government seems to be keen on making it difficult for people to know what is going on.

Searches for “stock market” returned no results on the web version of Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform. However, the mobile version returned results, when hashtags were excluded. Additionally, searches for related terms such as “stocks,” “plunge,” and “A-shares” appeared not to have been censored.

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TikTok to Quiz “Unkind” Commenters

TikTok has announced two new features that restrict the way users are allowed to interact with content when they post comments: the first allows creators to review comments before they are visible on the platform and use a comment filter feature to choose which ones to show.

The other feature is a prompt that the Chinese viral video giant will present to users in a pop-up asking them to think again whether they really want to post something that TikTok’s algorithms find to be potentially inappropriate or “unkind.”

Although the changes come from TikTok US, and the company often seeks to distance itself, at least as far as public perception goes, from the fact it’s owned by a Chinese company, the language is eerily similar to how restrictive measures are often sugarcoated with positive words back in China. In fact, the announcement said these new tools are aimed at “promoting kindness” on TikTok.

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Breakthrough as New Vaccine is Shown to Prevent All COVID Deaths and Could be Key to Foreign Travel as it Stops 96% of Infections — and We’ve Got Enough to Vaccinate Every Australian

Trial data from the UK shows the Novavax stops 96 per cent of infections and all serious illness and death from the original version of coronavirus.

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New Zealand: Council Back Open for Business After Extinction Rebellion Protest

The doors are back open, but it was a different story first thing on Thursday morning after environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion blocked entrances to Nelson City Council for several hours to campaign against the use of glyphosate.

The group of between six and 10 Extinction Rebellion members was protesting the council’s use of glyphosate, a weed-killer, on berms and verges.

Police arrested four protestors and dispersed the rest at about 9am, with staff being able to enter the building soon afterward.

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Brothers of Italy Party Submits Bill for Mass Deportation of Illegal Immigrants

Italy’s Brothers of Italy (FdI) party has submitted a bill to parliament which, if approved, would allow the mass deportation of migrants flooding the country, Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reports.

While the government is struggling to curb the epidemic and procure the vaccine, it is forgetting border protection while immigrants arrive en masse, Meloni said. The center-right party plans to fight immigration with tough measures — such as setting up a naval blockade — but that would still leave the matter of what to do with the substantial illegal immigrant population already in the country.

The reality is that the immigration restrictionist legislation is likely to be blocked by Italy’s left-wing government. Last year, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government granted mass amnesty to the country’s estimated 600,000 illegal immigrants.

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France: Muslim Migrant Physician Charged With Sexual Assault, Blames ‘Racist Conspiracy’ Against Him

This case raises the question: why would there be a “racist conspiracy” against an 80-year-old doctor? It’s akin to the question of why anyone would care to denigrate and misrepresent Islam, which is not, contrary to popular belief, the same thing as opposing jihad violence and Sharia oppression. The purveyors of the “Islamophobia” fantasy have one glaring hole in their theories: a motive.

“Judged for sexual assault, the required sanction against the Berruyer doctor,” translated from “Jugé pour agression sexuelle, du sursis requis contre le médecin berruyer,” Le Berry Républicain, March 3, 2021.

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Greece: Two Afghan Youths Get Five Years for Moria Fire

The verdict for the two defendants, who were 17 at the time of the fire, was announced on Tuesday after a six-hour session. The defendants claimed that they had nothing to do with the fire and were not at the camp when it broke out. The trial of four youths detained in connection to the incident is pending.

The fire that destroyed the Moria camp had started after riots on the night of September 8. A 42-year-old Afghan man who arrived on Lesvos in December 2019 later testified to the Mytilene police authority that it had been started by a group of five people who were charged. Police identified another from a video posted on Facebook. Two Afghan youths each received a five-year jail sentence after a three-member juvenile court on the island of Lesvos found them guilty of starting the fire that destroyed the Moria refugee camp in September last year.

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NCA: Foreign Gangs in France Turn to People Smuggling to Make ‘Easy’ Money

Foreign criminal gangs operating in France have begun to focus their efforts on the people-smuggling trade to the UK because of the high-profit margins and ease of entry, a chief in Britain’s FBI equivalent revealed.

The head of organised immigration crime operations for the National Crime Agency (NCA), Miles Bondfield said that Kurdish and West Balkans gangs have begun focussing more on the trafficking of illegal migrants to the UK due to its “low threshold, easy entry”.

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Nigerian Drug Gangs Recruiting From Rome Asylum Homes

Nigerian drug trafficking gangs have expanded in Rome after recruiting migrants from asylum centres as drug couriers.

An investigation launched by Italian authorities and the county’s anti-mafia directorate has revealed the operations of both the Nigerian and Albanian drugs networks in Rome. The investigations also recently led to the arrest of 55 people, including 27 Albanians and 23 Nigerians.

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Video: Biden’s Border Advisor Admits Trump Policies Prevented Illegal Immigration

One of Joe Biden’s senior advisors on the border admitted Wednesday that President Trump’s policies (which Biden has reversed) were successfully preventing illegal immigration.

Roberta Jacobson, Biden’s coordinator for the southwestern border on the National Security Council was taking questions about the unfolding crisis when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy managed to get her to admit that Trump’s ‘return to Mexico’ policy was effective against illegal immigration, while Biden’s actions have caused a surge of migrants at the border.

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Watch: Border Crisis Continues as Human Smuggler Ferries Massive Line of Illegals Across the Rio Grande

As the Biden administration continues to deny the situation at the country’s southern border is a crisis, video captured Thursday morning shows a staggeringly long line of migrants waiting for a human smuggler to ferry them in small groups across the Rio Grande river.

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Watering Down America Into a Conglomeration of Strangers

Right now, Biden invites an endless line of refugees that are stampeding our southern border, but another endless line of legal immigrants (nice word for refugees fleeing their own failed countries), continue to pour into America at over 1.2 million annually.

If you import too many, too often, and too much, you discover that they bring their ethos/cultures with them because they can’t get it out of themselves. Case in point:

“For most of my life in this country, Americans, both anecdotally and more officially via the government and media-have operated with an ignorance of how unnecessarily painful and strange America is.” Ayesha A. Siddiqi

This person from the middle east cannot comprehend what Western Societies allow such as women’s rights, animal rights, children rights, religious rights, free speech, dress rights, voting rights and dozens of other ‘rights’ that most Americans accept as the norm.

In an interview in Somalian-dominated Minneapolis, reporter Jesse Waters found that the majority of men questioned wanted to install “Sharia Law” in their community. One problem: Sharia Law diametrically opposes everything in the U.S. Constitution. Where in Somalia, women do not enjoy any rights, freedoms, or voices-those men would like to bring that barbaric culture into America.

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White House Tells Migrants That the Border is Not Closed in Spanish Message, Later Corrects to Saying it is Closed

White House National Security Council adviser Roberta Jacobson accidentally told immigrants that the border is open when she switched from speaking English to Spanish during a White House press briefing Wednesday.

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Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Barring Biological Males From Girls’ Sports

Mississippi is the latest state in the union to take action protecting women and girls in sports. On Thursday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill prohibiting biologically male athletes from competing on girls’ and women’s sports teams.

Dubbed the Mississippi Fairness Act, or Senate Bill 2536, the law applies to students who were born male but choose to identify as female.

Mississippi has seen few, if any incidents where transgender athletes have posed an issue for girls sports. But supporters of the law argue it is necessary given the fast pace at which the Biden administration, along with its progressive supporters, seek to redefine gender and sexuality by erasing femininity and masculinity from the cultural vernacular.

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No More Mothers and Fathers, Only “Guardians”: British University Releases New Guide to “Inclusive” Language

British universities are ramping up their efforts to embrace diversity and inclusivity through the policing of language. As part of these efforts, the University of Manchester, England, has released a new “guide to inclusive language” that bans gendered terminology like “mother” and “father” and replaces them with the gender-inclusive term “guardian.”

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Oklahoma Passes Law Banning Abortion After a Detected Heartbeat

The Oklahoma House approved a pro-life heartbeat bill on Tuesday, securing a strong majority to pass the bill.

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Polish MEP Condemns False Claims Regarding ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ From EU Commissioner Jourova

EU Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova recently declared that she wants to strip member states of EU funding due to their policies concerning LGBT, with the commissioner referencing Poland’s so-called “LGBT-free zones”, which in reality do not exist.

The false claim that LGBT-free zone are present in Poland has been broadly debunked, but left-wing news networks and politicians continue to promote the falsehood.

Law and Justice MEP Zbigniew Kuzmiuk emphasized that these claims were absurd and represent a complete alternate reality. He stressed that the facts show that there are no such zones in Polish municipalities.

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The World’s a Dangerous Place

Twitter outrage and blaming “toxic masculinity” won’t stop women being murdered by violent criminals.

Allowing women to legally defend themselves will.

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YouTube Has Deleted Over 80,000 Videos That Contradict the World Health Organization

YouTube has removed over 30,000 videos as part of its coronavirus misinformation polies in the last six months, the company announced.

YouTube started cracking down on dissenting coronavirus videos last February, and the censorship has intensified in recent months.

According to a report on Axios, YouTube has taken down more than 80,000 videos that violated its controversial coronavirus misinformation policy. The videos are first flagged by human reviewers or the content moderation AI systems.

Then they are re-reviewed and removed if they contain information that contradicts information provided by the World Health organization.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/11/2021

  1. “Polish MEP Condemns False Claims Regarding ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ From EU Commissioner Jourova” I’m feeling more and more ashamed every day that Jourová is of the same nationality.

  2. Italy: Last year, Conte’s government granted mass amnesty to the country’s estimated 600,000 illegal immigrants.

    “Amnesty” is a dishonest sugar-coating for Dereliction of Duty.

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