Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/12/2021

A policewoman in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, shot a young black man named Daunte Wright to death during a traffic stop. Based on bodycam footage and the assessment of the police chief, the officer discharged her service weapon by mistake, having intended to use her taser. Last night demonstrators took to the streets in Minneapolis, New York and other cities to protest the death of Daunte Wright. Protests in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis turned into looting, and several stores were destroyed.

In other news, demonstrations in Montreal against the coronavirus lockdown turned into riots as protesters lit fires and broke store windows.

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Financial Crisis
» The Pandemic Saw the Rich Get Richer, Including a 30% Surge in Billionaires
 
USA
» “The Swamp is Unhappy”: Ted Cruz Rips John Boehner’s “Drunken, Bloviated Scorn”
» 28 Shot, 4 Fatally, In Chicago Over Weekend
» Biden Calls for ‘Peaceful Protest’ Following Police Shooting of Black Man in Minneapolis Suburb
» BLM Protesters Shut Down Manhattan Bridge in New York City in ‘Solidarity With Daunte Wright’ (Video)
» Breaking: New Hampshire Governor Signs SB 43 Into Law! — Mandates Audit of Windham’s Fraudulent 2020 Election Results!
» Breaking: Brooklyn Center Police Release Bodycam Footage of Moments Leading to Fatal Shooting of Daunte Wright (Graphic Video)
» Brooklyn Center Police Release Video of Daunte Wright Shooting
» CPD Preparing for Demonstrations After Release of Toledo Shooting Video, Chauvin Verdict
» DeSantis Blasts YouTube Censorship
» Gov. Whitmer Says There is a “Layer of Misogyny” In Threats Against Her
» Here We Go: Minnesota Liquor Store and GameStop Looted After Police Shooting — Just Because (Video)
» Kim Potter Identified as Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center
» Minnesota Police Shooting Daunte Wright Sparks Protests
» Minnesota Police Shooting Victim Daunte Wright a Young Father and Gang-Banger, Pictured With His Gun
» Minnesota NBA, NHL and MLB Teams Postpone Monday Games “Out of Respect” Following Police Shooting of Daunte Wright
» MSNBC’s Joy Reid Says She Will Double Mask & Avoid Indoor Activities Even After Getting the Vaccine
» Reporter Locked Out of Twitter After Sharing Story About BLM Founder Buying $1.4 Million L.A. Home
» Senator Josh Hawley Wants to Make it Harder for Big Tech to Acquire Smaller Tech Companies
» Student Dead, Officer Wounded in Shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville
» Trump Banned Critical Race Theory. Biden Reversed it. Now, Iowa Lawmakers Are Taking Things Into Their Own Hands.
» U.S. Navy Slammed for Adding Mask to Bald Eagle Logo: “China, Iran, And Russia Are… Laughing at US”
» Video: DARPA is Working on COVID Vaccine, Implantable Microchip to Detect Virus
» WTH is This? Over 100 Top Corporate CEOs Join First-of-Its-Kind Call to Denounce Voter ID Laws
 
Canada
» 200 Canadian Riot Police Meet Worshipers Outside Shuttered GraceLife Church
» Riots Rock Montreal as COVID-19 Lockdown Protests Turn Ugly
 
Europe and the EU
» Alleged ISIS Supporter Charged for Thwarted Attacks on Denmark and London
» Big Tech Silences Critics of German Government in Run Up to Federal Elections
» Defying the Fact-Checkers, Majority of Britons Think Europe-Beating Vaccine Rollout is Brexit Boon
» France: Paris Mayor Blames ‘Far Right’ For Dirty Paris Social Media Posts
» Germany Tasks Microsoft to Control Its Federal Cloud System
» Germany: ‘Islamic Extremist Ideology’: Syrian on Trial for Attack That Killed Berlin Man, Injured Other
» Hungarian Tourism Industry Needs Reopening to Avoid Collapse: Report
» Netherlands: Man Dies Minutes After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine
» Poland Considers Introducing a ‘Vaccine Passport’ To Free Up Travel
» Poll: Vast Majority of Brits Willing to Accept Permanent Vaccine Passports to Get on Buses, Go to Shops
» Poll: “Significant Proportion of Brits” Say They Have Enjoyed Lockdown
» Prague is the Third Wealthiest Region in the EU
» Pubs, Gyms Reopen as England Eases COVID Lockdowns
» UK Faces ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ of Missed Cancer Cases, Study Claims
» UK Govt Walks Back ‘Third Wave’ Claim, No Corona Surge Expected This Summer
» UK: Seven XR Activists on Trial Over Damaged Caused to Shell’s London HQ During Anti-Fossil Fuel Protest
» UK’s NHS Tried to Push an App Update the Would Start Tracking Users’ Location
» ‘We Will be the Majority, ‘ Italy’s Salvini Says About Europe’s Conservative Movement
» YouTube Restores Polish Monastery’s Censored Livestream of Catholic Service
 
Middle East
» Israel Launches Cyberattack Against Iranian Nuclear Facility
 
South Asia
» YouTube Suspends Indian News Outlet That Covered Workers’ Protests Over Lockdowns
 
Far East
» Hideki Matsuyama Becomes First Japanese Citizen to Win the Masters Golf Tournament
» VICE Deletes Story That Used Manipulated Images to Make Victims of Communist Cambodian Genocide Appear Happy
 
Latin America
» Chile: Elderly Woman Denied Entry to Supermarket After Failing to Obtain Government Permission to Buy Food
 
Immigration
» Biden Has Yet to Reverse Trump-Era Refugee Limitations, on Track to Accept Fewest Refugees of Any Modern President
» Convicted Police Killer Allowed to Return to Germany, Leaving Berlin Police Furious
» Federal Workers Offered Paid Leave to Take Care of Migrant Children at Border: Report
» Migrants Film Themselves Desecrating Greek Orthodox Church (Video)
 
Culture Wars
» Biden Administration Denies Feminist Group’s Petition to Define Title IX by Biological Sex
» Libertarian Sci-Fi Author Predicted Current Progressive-Induced Cultural Failures Over 60 Years Ago
» This Land is My Land Game Faces Blacklist Attempt From Outrage Mob
 

The Pandemic Saw the Rich Get Richer, Including a 30% Surge in Billionaires

While 2020 may have been a challenging year for many, the incredibly wealthy saw their financial situation improve dramatically, according to Forbes.

The number of billionaires grew nearly 30% last year, increasing the total number from 2,095 to 2,755. Of those previous billionaires who remained part of the exclusive club, seven out of eight were wealthier now than before the pandemic began.

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“The Swamp is Unhappy”: Ted Cruz Rips John Boehner’s “Drunken, Bloviated Scorn”

After being called a “jerk” and told to “go f***” himself by former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) fired back at the former Ohio representative.

The Texas conservative said that he wears Boehner’s “drunken, bloviated scorn” with pride.

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28 Shot, 4 Fatally, In Chicago Over Weekend

Four people were killed and 24 others wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend.

Police responded to homicides on the Eisenhower Expressway, Bridgeport, Lawndale and South Shore. The homicide victims ranged in age from 17 to 54. One of the victims was a woman.

Overall, the period was less deadly than last weekend, when 34 people were shot, eight of them fatally.

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Biden Calls for ‘Peaceful Protest’ Following Police Shooting of Black Man in Minneapolis Suburb

Update (1520ET): President Biden weighed in on Monday to the shooting death of a black man in a Minneapolis suburb, after the police chief said he believed the officer involved accidentally used a gun instead of a taser.

“I think we’ve got to wait and see what the investigation shows. The entire investigation. You’ve all watched, I assume as I did, the… body cam, which is fairly graphic,” said Biden, adding: “The question is: Was it an accident, was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full blown investigation.”

“But in the meantime, I want to make it clear again: There is absolutely no justification, none, for looting. No justification for violence; peaceful protest is understandable,” he said.

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

BLM Protesters Shut Down Manhattan Bridge in New York City in ‘Solidarity With Daunte Wright’ (Video)

BLM protests are beginning to pop off all over the country in response to the officer-involved shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

A Brooklyn Center, MN police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright Sunday night.

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

Breaking: New Hampshire Governor Signs SB 43 Into Law! — Mandates Audit of Windham’s Fraudulent 2020 Election Results!

UPDATE— This is breaking news — via activist and reporter Ken Eyring at Granite Grok —

The Windham Act SB 43 was SIGNED INTO LAW Today!

Governor Chris Sununu signed the bill into law on Monday!

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

Breaking: Brooklyn Center Police Release Bodycam Footage of Moments Leading to Fatal Shooting of Daunte Wright (Graphic Video)

Brooklyn Center, MN police on Monday released bodycam footage of the moments leading to the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer Sunday night, sparking violent protests.

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Brooklyn Center Police Release Video of Daunte Wright Shooting

Brooklyn Center’s police chief said Monday that he believes the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop was the result of an officer accidentally discharging her firearm.

Gov. Tim Walz is holding a press conference after Police Chief Tim Gannon released body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop Sunday. Gannon said he believes the officer who shot Wright meant to fire a Taser, not her handgun.

Gannon also confirmed that the officer is on administrative leave.

Officers conducted a traffic stop before 2 p.m. Sunday in an attempt to take Wright into custody for an outstanding warrant, police said. During the stop, Wright got back into his car, and one of the officers fired their gun and struck the victim, according to law enforcement.

According to a press release from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, the vehicle then traveled “several blocks” before colliding with another vehicle.

In the body camera footage, an officer can be heard immediately telling the other officers at the scene, “I just shot him…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

CPD Preparing for Demonstrations After Release of Toledo Shooting Video, Chauvin Verdict

The Chicago Police Department is poised to cancel days off and switch officers to 12-hour shifts in preparation for possible demonstrations after the release of the Adam Toledo shooting video and the Derek Chauvin verdict.

Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) said police Supt. David Brown told aldermen during a briefing Thursday on police preparedness that he expected a tenfold increase in unrest this summer.

That would be monumental, considering the two devastating rounds of looting last summer that started in downtown, River North and Lincoln Park and spread to commercial corridors on the South and West sides.

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

DeSantis Blasts YouTube Censorship

Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis accused YouTube of censorship for removing a video posted last month that discussed coronavirus measures that contradict the WHO’s guidelines. YouTube removed the video for violating its policies on COVID-19 misinformation.

DeSantis made the accusation during an event held on Monday, which focused on social media and the mainstream media’s silencing of alternative solutions to the pandemic. For example, they’re silencing the idea that children should not wear masks. It does not seem like there is a consensus on mask-wearing in children. The WHO does not recommend it for kids below the age of 12, while the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says masks can be worn by kids above the age of 2.

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

Gov. Whitmer Says There is a “Layer of Misogyny” In Threats Against Her

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she believes there is a “layer of misogyny” in the threats and criticisms against her and other women in her administration.

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

Here We Go: Minnesota Liquor Store and GameStop Looted After Police Shooting — Just Because (Video)

Protesters clashed with police officers in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after an officer fatally shot a driver.

Black Lives Matter members jumped on police cars in the afternoon.

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

Kim Potter Identified as Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (FOX 9) — The police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center Sunday afternoon was identified as Kim Potter by the Minnesota BCA Monday night.

In a release, the BCA said Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years. She has been placed under standard administrative leave…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Minnesota Police Shooting Daunte Wright Sparks Protests

Police shot and killed a Black man Sunday during a stop for a traffic violation, sparking protests and unrest in a suburb just miles from where George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis in May.

Relatives and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz identified the man as Daunte Wright, 20.

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Minnesota Police Shooting Victim Daunte Wright a Young Father and Gang-Banger, Pictured With His Gun

Protesters clashed with police officers in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after an officer fatally shot a young black man Dante Wright.

20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by police in Minneapolis suburb, Brooklyn Center, on Sunday.

Brooklyn Center Police released a statement following the shooting. Wright was shot by police after he reentered his car and took off during a traffic stop.

Dante was pronounced dead after his car crashed a couple of blocks from the scene.

Daunte has several Facebook pages.

His Fammo Gammo Facebook page is still live as of Monday morning at 10:33 AM CT.

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Minnesota NBA, NHL and MLB Teams Postpone Monday Games “Out of Respect” Following Police Shooting of Daunte Wright

The Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves postponed games scheduled for Monday following the police shooting of Daunte Wright.

The Minnesota Twins said it was “out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday.”

Seriously?

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid Says She Will Double Mask & Avoid Indoor Activities Even After Getting the Vaccine

Prominent figures are receiving criticism for undermining confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine by vowing to continue to wear masks and avoid normal activities even after taking the shot, with MSNBC’s Joy Reid being the latest example.

Reid said that even after taking her second coronavirus shot, she’d be too scared to return to any semblance of normality.

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Reporter Locked Out of Twitter After Sharing Story About BLM Founder Buying $1.4 Million L.A. Home

Twitter locked the account of a prominent sports journalist on Friday after he shared a post criticizing Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors for purchasing her fourth home for $1.4 million in a majority-white neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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

Senator Josh Hawley Wants to Make it Harder for Big Tech to Acquire Smaller Tech Companies

A new proposal by Sen. Josh Hawley may make it almost impossible for Big Tech giants to acquire companies and the existing legacy antitrust laws will also be made more stringent.

“Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act” by Sen. Hawley (we obtained a copy for you here) would essentially:

Ban any merger or acquisitions done by firms that have a market cap that exceeds $100 billion.

Lower the threshold for prosecution by making changes to the existing antitrust laws. “The protection of competition” will take the front seat and will replace the “consumer harm” standard which long dictated the federal antitrust laws for the basis of prosecution.

Make companies that lose federal antitrust lawsuits do away with all the profits that come from their “monopolistic conduct.”

Allow FTC to regulate “dominant digital firms” in online markets.

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Student Dead, Officer Wounded in Shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville

A teenage student was killed and a police officer wounded Monday afternoon in a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville. Knoxville News Sentinel

A teenage boy was killed and a police officer wounded Monday afternoon in a shootout at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, said David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The shootings occurred at about 3:15 p.m. after police responded to a call that an armed student was holed up in a school bathroom. When officers entered the bathroom, the student fired at them, striking one officer, and was hit and killed by return fire from police, Rausch said…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Banned Critical Race Theory. Biden Reversed it. Now, Iowa Lawmakers Are Taking Things Into Their Own Hands.

Republican lawmakers in Iowa are fighting to revive former President Donald Trump’s ban on critical race theory, according to a local report.

In a vote on March 16, Republican members of the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 802, banning government agencies and public universities from teaching “race or sex stereotyping” and “racial scapegoating” in diversity and inclusion training courses.

“I reject absolutely and with great enthusiasm the idea that we must adopt racist ideology — and scapegoat races of people, marking each individual as either ‘oppressor’ or ‘oppressed’ — in order to stop racism and foster inclusiveness,” said Representative Steven Holt, R-Denison, the bill’s sponsor, according to KCCI-TV.

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U.S. Navy Slammed for Adding Mask to Bald Eagle Logo: “China, Iran, And Russia Are… Laughing at US”

The U.S. Navy is receiving pushback for adding a surgical mask to the logo it uses on its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

The U.S. Navy first introduced the masked eagle logo in a post uploaded on April 20, 2020.

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

Video: DARPA is Working on COVID Vaccine, Implantable Microchip to Detect Virus

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a COVID vaccine that will work on all variants and has developed an implantable microchip that it says will continuously monitor the human body for signs of the virus.

Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn, an army infectious disease physician heading up DARPA’s response to the pandemic, appeared on 60 Minutes to demonstrate the technology.

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WTH is This? Over 100 Top Corporate CEOs Join First-of-Its-Kind Call to Denounce Voter ID Laws

CEOs from several top 100 corporations joined the first-of-its-kind call this weekend to discuss how to respond to proposed changes in state voting laws.

At issue was the recent Georgia voting law signed by Governor Kemp that makes it a requirement for voters to show a photo ID to vote.

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

200 Canadian Riot Police Meet Worshipers Outside Shuttered GraceLife Church

Hundreds of Canadian Christians worshiped outside GraceLife church in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday, many of them traveling great distances to join an outdoor celebration after national authorities had built a chain-link fence around the complex to prevent access.

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

Riots Rock Montreal as COVID-19 Lockdown Protests Turn Ugly

Riots erupted in Montreal on Sunday evening as hundreds took to the streets to protest ongoing coronavirus restrictions keeping the area on lockdown, including an overnight curfew.

“Freedom for the young!” the largely unmasked crowd chanted as they massed along a commercial strip in historic Old Montreal, one of several social-media videos of the demonstration shows.

Though the protest began peacefully, it eventually descended into destruction, as rioters lit fires and smashed in several storefront windows during the display.

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

Alleged ISIS Supporter Charged for Thwarted Attacks on Denmark and London

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man has been charged in Norway for his alleged role in plans to carry out three extremist attacks in Denmark and in London, and for purportedly spreading Islamic State group propaganda on the internet.

Authorities believe the 24-year-old man, who wasn’t identified, was part of a group that sought to strike a church in England, possibly St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, but British police thwarted the plot, Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported Monday.

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Big Tech Silences Critics of German Government in Run Up to Federal Elections

Big Tech companies continue to silence voices critical of the German government, especially for those critical of coronavirus measures. At the moment, more and more online content is being deleted or restricted.

Journalist Boris Reitschuster is just the latest example. Last week, he broadcasted a demonstration against the federal government’s coronavirus policy live on his YouTube channel, prompting the Google-owned company to remove the video because it allegedly violated the company’s “medical misinformation policy.” After the journalist objected, YouTube initially agreed and reversed the deletion of the video only to criticize penalize video shortly thereafter: The live broadcast of a demonstration against coronavirus measures in Berlin.

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Defying the Fact-Checkers, Majority of Britons Think Europe-Beating Vaccine Rollout is Brexit Boon

Despite fact-checkers insisting the claim was false, 62 per cent of Britons think Brexit helped the nation’s Coronavirus vaccine rollout, with an even stronger majority saying the European Union had been outright hostile to the United Kingdom over vaccine supplies.

Nations worldwide have been locked into efforts to vaccinate their populations against the Covid-19 virus in 2021, the method of moving forwards from widespread and damaging lockdowns world governments decided would be most effective.

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

France: Paris Mayor Blames ‘Far Right’ For Dirty Paris Social Media Posts

Paris’ left-wing Mayor Anne Hidalgo has blamed the “far-right” for a trending hashtag among French-language social media users denouncing garbage and dirt in the streets of the French capital.

The Parisien mayor made her comments on a radio broadcast earlier this week claiming that the campaign was “very orchestrated” and noted that all of the accounts with larger followings mentioning the hashtag had “a lot of closeness to the far right.”

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

Germany Tasks Microsoft to Control Its Federal Cloud System

Multiple German language outlets are reporting that the country’s federal government has its sights on building a new, “Federal Cloud” infrastructure.

But observers from the free and open source side of the industry are warning that this initiative is not to be confused with another one, also driven by Germany, called the Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS).

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Germany: ‘Islamic Extremist Ideology’: Syrian on Trial for Attack That Killed Berlin Man, Injured Other

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian man went on trial Monday accused of killing a German man and seriously injuring another in an attack last year that prosecutors said was motivated by Islamic extremist ideology.

The trial of Abdullah A.H.H., whose full name wasn’t released due to German privacy laws, began in the eastern city of Dresden, where the attack took place on Oct. 4.

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Hungarian Tourism Industry Needs Reopening to Avoid Collapse: Report

Hungary must reopen its hotels by May if it wants to avoid a collapse of the tourist industry, Csaba Baldauf, vice-president of the Hungarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants (MSZÉSZ), told daily Magyar Nemzet in an interview after a meeting of industry representatives.

“Commercial accommodations can gear up for a reopening in May so that domestic tourism can resume. We are on our last breath, which means that without reopening… the sector could suffocate,” Baldauf said, adding that from May the “bomb will start ticking”, and unless hotels are reopened, mass bankruptcies can follow.

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Netherlands: Man Dies Minutes After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine

A man died minutes after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID injection in the Netherlands on Monday, according to reports.

The 77-year-old man exited a vaccination site in Noordwijkerhout shortly after getting the jab and suffered an unexplained health crisis moments later.

“He collapsed outside. We resuscitated him before the emergency services arrived. We just heard that he died in hospital,” Carin Boon, a spokesperson for the regional health service, told local media.

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Poland Considers Introducing a ‘Vaccine Passport’ To Free Up Travel

The European Union intends to implement Covid-19 vaccine “passports” by June 25, 2021, and Poland is participating in early talks on the subject.

A vaccine passport would be a digital certificate which would permit travel abroad as well as entry to cinemas, stadiums and despite the controversial nature of the passports and potential ethical concerns, many European countries are pushing to implement them before the vacation season hits in Europe.

According to a Polish media outlet Rzeczpospolita daily, a high-ranking official source from the Chancellery of the Polish Prime Minister said, “We are ready to release such certificates as early as today. We have a database of vaccinated people with unique QR codes which cannot be counterfeited. Yet, the meaningfulness of this idea lies in the capabilities of all EU countries. We are awaiting the European Commission’s ordinance.”

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

Poll: Vast Majority of Brits Willing to Accept Permanent Vaccine Passports to Get on Buses, Go to Shops

Another disturbing survey has revealed that a majority of British people are willing to accept vaccine passports in order to engage in basic day to day activities, and that they are willing to go along with the digital ID card system PERMANENTLY.

The London Independent poll, conducted by pollster Savanta ComRes, highlighted the findings, with 56 per cent saying that it would be acceptable to have to prove vaccination or negative COVID status in order to enter a shop.

Fewer than a third, 32 per cent, said that this would be unacceptable, according to the survey.

Even more people, 58 per cent, said that they believe the passes should be a requirement to use public transport, with only 29 per cent saying this would not be acceptable.

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Poll: “Significant Proportion of Brits” Say They Have Enjoyed Lockdown

A new poll by the Sunday Times finds that a “significant proportion of Brits” say they have enjoyed lockdown, with younger people more likely to say they liked COVID-19 restrictions.

They survey gave respondents a range of answers to measure their like or dislike for lockdown. Over 16 per cent in total said they liked or strongly liked lockdown.

The figures are even more alarming when it comes to young people. 20 per cent of 18-24 year olds said they liked or strongly liked the lockdown, while 22 per cent of 25-34 year olds said the same.

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Prague is the Third Wealthiest Region in the EU

Prague’s GDP per capita has reached 205 percent of the European Union average, which means that the Czech capital places third in wealth in the ranking of EU regions, according to recently published Eurostat data from 2019. Analysts say that Prague’s high ranking is due to the city’s long-term catching up with the Western world as well as how the Prague region is classified.

The statistics from Eurostat do not necessarily speak about the inhabitants of Prague, their standard of living, or economic possibilities.

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Pubs, Gyms Reopen as England Eases COVID Lockdowns

Crowds queued up outside retailers, gyms and pubs on Monday as barkeeps pulled pints and millions of English and Welsh celebrated national reopening day, even as many of the UK’s European neighbors continued to struggle.

The UK is easing its COVID restrictions while other European nations are cranking them up. Restrictions have been in place across England (while other UK constituent nations were allowed to set their own restrictions) since early January, which is when public health officials cranked up the restrictions to try and combat the spread of a deadly, hyper-infectious new variant known as B.1.1.7, otherwise known as “the Kent Strain.”

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UK Faces ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ of Missed Cancer Cases, Study Claims

The disruption of the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in fewer urgent cancer referrals in England, meaning that cases could be caught too late and result in survival rates “going backwards”, according to a report.

A study of NHS England data by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) had found that GPs made 1.85 million urgent cancer referrals between March 2020, at around the time of the first lockdown, and January 2021. Compared to 2.2 million referrals made in the same period the year before, that represents a 16 per cent drop or some 350,000 people.

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UK Govt Walks Back ‘Third Wave’ Claim, No Corona Surge Expected This Summer

Government scientists in Britain have reportedly pushed back against models which suggested that a third wave of the Chinese coronavirus would fall upon the country over the summer months as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Projections conducted by the UK’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) of the SAGE quango last week painted a dire picture for another potential outbreak of COVID-19, even suggesting that a third wave in June could be comparable to the second wave of the virus in January.

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UK: Seven XR Activists on Trial Over Damaged Caused to Shell’s London HQ During Anti-Fossil Fuel Protest

SEVEN Extinction Rebellion activists are in the dock this week after being charged with causing £25,000 worth of damage to Shell’s London headquarters.

The trial is only the second against members of the climate action group to be heard in a crown court, where more serious crimes are dealt with and tougher penalties given.

It comes two years after the activists targeted the oil giant’s office on April 15 2019 by pouring fake oil, glueing themselves to the windows and blocking the doors.

Activists also cracked several windows and dropped banners reading “Climate criminals” and “Lies.”

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UK’s NHS Tried to Push an App Update the Would Start Tracking Users’ Location

The latest update for the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app has now been blocked by both Google and Apple. The update apparently breaks the terms of an agreement made with both the Big Tech companies in that it suddenly started to track users’ location.

With the latest update, the contact tracing app would have required users to update logs of the venues they checked into by means of barcode scanning.

The users of the NHS Covid-19 app were required to scan QR codes whenever they entered shops, restaurants, or shopping malls, among other properties. That being said, this location data was never made accessible for others.

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‘We Will be the Majority, ‘ Italy’s Salvini Says About Europe’s Conservative Movement

Italy’s League party, Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) and Hungary’s Fidesz have joined forces to offer a viable conservative alternative to the European People’s Party which is increasingly abandoning its traditional values, League leader Matteo Salvini said in an interview with news and opinion portal Mandiner after his Budapest meeting with Mateusz Morawiecki and Viktor Orban.

“We are working to offer the peoples of Europe an alternative to the left and the increasingly left-wing center-right. We therefore call the new movement a European renaissance: we start from common values such as work and health — it is quite clear that Europe has failed in the fight against Covid-19, identity, Christian values, agriculture, common border protection, and security. Our goal is to be the number one force inside and outside the European institutions,” Salvini said.

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YouTube Restores Polish Monastery’s Censored Livestream of Catholic Service

When a popular livestream featuring the Catholic service for the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was cut by YouTube, many users on the platform what happened to the video.

Since the incident, YouTube’s press office claimed that the livestream from the Polish monastery in Niepokalanów was taken down due to a copyright claim concerning music used in the transmission, however, the television channel responsible for streaming the content is not buying the claim.

The director of EWTN Polska, father Piotr Wisniowski announced in a statement published on the broadcaster’s website on Sunday that following phone and email correspondence with YouTube, the transmission of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was restored.

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Israel Launches Cyberattack Against Iranian Nuclear Facility

Israel reportedly launched a cyberattack against Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, severely crippling the nation’s enrichment program.

The underground Natanz facility saw an electricial disruption reportedly coming from an Israeli cyberattack early on Sunday. The attack followed Iranian officials bragging about the nation’s new centrifuges that expedite the process needed to create nuclear weapons.

Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin said that he was concerned about Iran’s nuclear program, explaining that if the facility’s backup power systems were hit by the cyberattack, it could take months for Iran to recover.

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YouTube Suspends Indian News Outlet That Covered Workers’ Protests Over Lockdowns

YouTube has banned the channel of Millat Times, an Indian news website, for posting a video showing workers protesting lockdown in the state of Maharashtra. YouTube said that the video violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy.

On April 9, Millat Times uploaded a video titled “People Continue Protest Against Lockdown, Gherai CM’s House.” The post showed clips of people protesting the newly enforced lockdown in Maharashtra outside the state’s Chief Minister’s residence.

On the same day, YouTube removed the video, citing violations of its Community Guidelines, specifically the policy on medical misinformation.

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Hideki Matsuyama Becomes First Japanese Citizen to Win the Masters Golf Tournament

Professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama clinched the coveted green jacket of the Master’s Tournament in Georgia on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese citizen to secure the championship.

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VICE Deletes Story That Used Manipulated Images to Make Victims of Communist Cambodian Genocide Appear Happy

An artist took the liberty to add smiles on the faces of prisoners in the notorious Tuol Sleng prison for a piece that was published for VICE.

The piece has since been deleted after suggestions the artist was trying to rewrite history and hide the atrocities of the 1970s Communist Party within Cambodia — known as The Khmer Rouge.

Matt Loughrey, for a profile piece on VICE, colorized the images of several photos of Tuol Sleng prisoners, taken from the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Back in the 1970s, at least 12 thousand people were tortured and murdered in the Tuol Sleng prison.

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Chile: Elderly Woman Denied Entry to Supermarket After Failing to Obtain Government Permission to Buy Food

A video out of Chile shows an elderly woman being refused entry to a supermarket because she didn’t obtain the necessary government permission to buy groceries under the country’s lockdown rules.

The clip shows the woman, who is apparently 100-years-old, appearing to be confused as she is denied access by security guards in uniform.

“Unfortunately government measures are not intended for the most vulnerable, not everyone handles the technology, not everyone has access to the internet,” tweeted Radio Villa Francia along with the video.

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Biden Has Yet to Reverse Trump-Era Refugee Limitations, on Track to Accept Fewest Refugees of Any Modern President

President Biden has yet to fulfill his campaign promise to reverse the refugee policies set by former President Donald Trump, according to the nonprofit International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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Convicted Police Killer Allowed to Return to Germany, Leaving Berlin Police Furious

The Berlin police have made serious allegations against the capital’s immigration authorities for allowing the re-entry of 51-year-old Lebanese Yassin A., who was convicted of murdering a Berlin police officer in 2003.

“That really upsets us. This is not an isolated incident. The Berlin Naturalization Office is really advertising for the quick lifting of the re-entry ban,” a high-ranking official said anonymously to the Bild newspaper.

The Lebanese man, who already had multiple criminal offenses on his record, killed an officer of the German police’s intervention unit (SEK) after shooting him in the head during a police operation. For this crime, Yassin A. was imprisoned for a total of 15 years until 2019.

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Federal Workers Offered Paid Leave to Take Care of Migrant Children at Border: Report

The Department of Health and Human Services offered federal employees four months of paid leave if they volunteered to help care for a surge of unaccompanied migrant children at immigration shelters near the southern border, according to a report last Saturday.

The request applied to most federal workers as the Biden administration moved to relieve pressure on the overwhelmed facilities, the New York Times reported. As of last week, more than 2,700 federal employees volunteered to assist Health and Human Services officials with tasks ranging from childcare at shelters to IT services and food delivery.

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Migrants Film Themselves Desecrating Greek Orthodox Church (Video)

A shocking video is gathering attention on social media as it shows illegal immigrants filming themselves entering and desecrating a Greek Orthodox church.

While it is difficult to gather more information on the location, it is a painful video to watch.

Two migrants enter a small Greek Orthodox church, dancing and playing loud music.

Then in the video you can see the aftermath of the damaged Church.

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Biden Administration Denies Feminist Group’s Petition to Define Title IX by Biological Sex

The Biden administration has refused a request by prominent feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) for Title IX policy to be enforced on the basis of biological sex.

Passed in 1972, Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in institutions that receive federal funds. The policy seeks to provide women with equal opportunities in sports and academics.

WoLF submitted the request over concerns with President Biden’s March 8 executive order that eliminates single-sex sports by allowing transgender athletes to compete in the gender of their choice. WoLF argues that allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports will erase the protections of Title IX.

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Libertarian Sci-Fi Author Predicted Current Progressive-Induced Cultural Failures Over 60 Years Ago

Way back in 1959 legendary science fiction author and political libertarian Robert Heinlein was quite clairvoyant in predicting the demise of our culture due to misguided progressive policies and beliefs.

You may have seen the popular film Starship Troopers, but unfortunately director Paul Verhoeven virtually completely ignored the very foundation of the novel, not to mention much of its discussion of politics and history.

The society which Heinlein imagines in the book came about due to processes we see happening today: politicians who couldn’t care less about their constituents while enriching themselves, who use the military as cannon fodder for every conceivable non-military purpose, and a party which claims to care about “science” all the while relying on preposterous theories … the results of which have made society more dangerous.

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This Land is My Land Game Faces Blacklist Attempt From Outrage Mob

Another video game is facing backlash from online activists who have taken up causes relating to politics, history, and race and are trying to impose their points of view as the gaming industry standards.

These activists are identified in some reports as “critical race theorists” and the latest game to spur them to spring to action is the open-world survival game “This Land is My Land” that deals with the Native American experience in America’s 19th century frontier.

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16 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/12/2021

    • Listen closely. David Icke is a scam artist who made the claim that the royal family were lizards and that lizards were taking over the world. Then he made the claim during his ‘turquoise period’ that he was the Messiah return to earth. HE also iterviewed a cannibal named Credo Mutwe who claimed that machines were under the earth grinding away to control the earth. David Icke for many years has made preposterous claims and just because he made this one does not prove that he had insight into the coronovirus. If I were you I would steer clear from this con artist. he is a phoney through and through

  1. But was she woke enough to tell the difference between a taser and a weapon?
    Stay tuned for an update from the poor downtrodden victims of the white male capitalist pig patriarchy on a $1000 cellphone with the latest $300 Nike sneaker undocumented reparations.
    Good job faculty lounge fifth column but don’t fire up the bong with the burn it all down flames just yet because the Frankenstein monster will eventually come for you.

    • She did humanity a favor by tasing the perp with her service weapon. The backstory of the perp indicates that what really cost him his useless life was lax and overly lenient Minnesota judicial system which had him running the streets instead of safely ensconced in a jail cell for previous violent crimes.

      Granted, the same social engineering policies that had Mr Dindu running the streets were the same woke stupidity that resulted in the female being allowed to become a cop. As for looting and burning Apple and Nike stores, well one reaps what one sows.

  2. Woman cop used her revolver during a traffic stop? Guess these way overpaid LGBTQ cops will be blasting anybody who disobeys the VAX passport rules too.

    • Just FYI The cop pulled out her pistol thinking it was her taser and pulled the trigger after saying she would tase him and yelling “taser taser taser.”
      Her taser was on the other hip.

    • Sorry, but a revolver could never be mistaken for a semi-auto Glock the officer was carrying, in fact most police do not carry revolvers and haven’t since the 80’s.LOL

  3. Burn it all down Biden is just a puppet of the global Soviet controllers who will use COVID to bring in the neo-feudal serf plantation.
    Another fifth column fellow traveler who is under orders to turn the Long March into the short sprint.
    What has caused them to drop the centuries long plan and put the pedal to the metal?
    Anyone who still believes anything coming out of the sewer pipe of enemedia, gov, edu, pharma, Big Med, is probably too stupid to exist.

  4. Of my 42 years running amuck the planet having rare interactions with police the most danger I’ve ever been in of my life is meeting an American cop. And yes I am quite armed and 2x when cop discovered then out shucked gun with screaming. Why? Demand of instant obedience to conflicting orders. GET OUT OF TRUCK! DON’T MOVE! PUT YOUR HANDS OUTSIDE! DON’T F***ING MOVE! Why? Why do American police act like such tyrants? Because they are trained to. It is expected. Use of deadly force only inches away from their hand. In a confrontation police will say “what I do is to protect me” and I have several times answered “I care nothing for your safety as you are the one pointing a gun not me”.

  5. Some police officers are so obviously absolutely stressed out that they should not be on duty. Nowhere near weaponry. Maybe Apple could come up with a ‘stop now’ and return to base app?

  6. The comrades are restless in the golden equality of results for all utopia.
    Don’t they know about living in Shangri-La?
    Too busy drooling over telescreens to see the control Matrix grid going up around them?
    Stand six feet apart on the X, put your face panty on, this way to the slaughter pen.
    Get your vaccine, comrade, none are safe until all are safe.
    Egalitarianism and evolved enlightened beings will build Babel back better.
    Forward! Yes we can, Si se puede!

  7. LGBT has nothing to do with this incident. I really feel for her. She’s a good cop. and that dirtbag n****r has a rap sheet. One less dindu on the streets.

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