Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/26/2021

The family of Andrew Brown Jr., who was fatally shot by deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, said that Mr. Brown had his hands on the steering wheel when he was “executed” by police. Elizabeth City has declared a state of emergency.

In other news, a federal court in Canada has ruled that Justin Trudeau’s “COVID hotels” violate protections against arbitrary detention.

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USA
» “What Are the Symptoms of Chlamydia” Most Googled Sex Question as Stds Soar
» Biden’s 100-Day Approval Rating Among the Lowest in History
» Bodycam Video Showed Andrew Brown Jr. With Hands on Car Wheel Before N.C. Deputies Shot Him, Family Says
» Census: TX Gains 2 House Seats, CA, NY Lose One as US Political Map is Redrawn
» Family of Virginia Police Shooting Victim Isaiah Brown Demands More Info
» Former Obama Energy Official Slams Climate Alarmism, Says Public Conversation Has Become “Increasingly Distant From the Science”
» Gun Memes Are Increasingly Falling Behind Facebook’s “Sensitive” Filter
» Health Experts Encourage CDC to Implement Permanent Mask Mandates
» Holiday Inn Worker Beats Himself Up But Keeps Mask on During Confrontation With Customer
» Indiana Declares Houses of Worship Essential Services, Prevents Government Mistreatment in Future Health Emergencies
» James O’Keefe Sues CNN for Defamation After Anchor Claimed Twitter Banned Project Veritas for ‘Misinformation’
» Job of San Diego Professor Suspended for Criticizing the CCP Hangs in Limbo
» Michigan Representative Stopped for Drunk Driving Threatens Officers: “I Run You All’s Budget, Bro”
» North Carolina City in State of Emergency After Deadly Police Shooting
» NYC Records Most Violent Week This Year With 46 Separate Shootings
» NYC to Deploy 10,000 Cleanup Army as Trash, Rat Problem Escalates
» Oscars Ratings Crash to Record Lows
» Recall Newsom Election Officially Triggered in California After Signatures Counted
» Reddit Blocks Links to Rumble in Private Messages
» Sen. Paul: White House Mask “Theater” Is “Discouraging People” From Getting Vaccinated
» Stanford Doc Praises DeSantis’s Pandemic Response: “He’s Extraordinary”
» Study Shows Social Distancing Inside at 60 Feet No Safer Than at Six Feet
» Supreme Court to Consider Second Amendment Concealed Carry Case
» Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Whether Nonprofits Must Reveal Donors
» Three Men Indicted for Setting Off Explosives Inside Target, Wawas During October 2020 Civil Unrest in Philadelphia Area
» UCLA Students Are Claiming That Automatic Soap Dispensers Are Racist
» Washington to Pay $1.6M to Settle Lawsuits After Protests at Trump’s 2017 Inauguration
» Watch: Massive Brawl Breaks Out at Miami International Airport
 
Canada
» Canadian City Offers COVID Shots to “Black and Other Racialized Populations”
» Canadian Federal Court Rules Trudeau COVID Hotels Violate Charter Protection Against Arbitrary Detention
» CBC Features Author Who Writes About Blowing Up and Gassing White People During ‘Race War’
» GraceLife Congregation Meets in Secret for Third Week in a Row After Seizure of Church Property
» Police Keep the Peace Between Protesters, Angry Onlookers at Toronto Freedom Rally
» Reinstated: Rally Held for Cop Who Supported Locked Down Gym
 
Europe and the EU
» Brexit Britain Pushing to Join Major Pacific Trading Bloc in 12 Months
» France: Leave or We’re Doomed! Frexiteer Lists 10 Reasons to Quit Bloc— Group of EU Leaders Shamed
» Leader of the United Right: Poland’s Coalition Government Remains Stable
» UK: ‘Trespassers’ At Overnight Extinction Rebellion Protest ‘Stopped Lorry Drivers Getting Home’
» UK: ‘White Saviour’ Isaac Newton Benefited From ‘Colonial-Era Activity’, Claims University: Report
» UK: Boris ‘Let the Bodies Pile’ Leaks Point to Cabinet Coup in Making
» UK: BoJo’s Govt a ‘Cesspit’ of ‘Snakes’ and ‘Cowards’: Sacked Veterans Minister
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Activists Stage Trespass at Newark Priory in Ripley
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Militants Fire 35 Rockets Into Israel After Jerusalem Unrest, Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Response
 
Russia
» Russia’s Regulator Slams YouTube Censorship
 
Far East
» Chloe Zhao’s Best Director Oscar Win Censored in China
 
Australia — Pacific
» Facebook Bans Australian Anti-Lockdown Lawmaker Craig Kelly
» Under-Siege War Hero Ben Roberts-Smith is Stood Down From Channel Seven as the Victoria Cross Recipient Battles Rival Nine Network Over ‘Baseless’ Claims He is a War Criminal
 
Immigration
» African Sex Predator Targets Another Woman After Early Release From Swedish Prison
» Americans Believe Border Security is Worse Than 2 Years Ago by a 3-to-1 Ratio
» FSB Uncovers 5 Underground Printing Houses in Moscow for Forging Migrants’ Documents
» Germany: Muslim Migrant Who Stabbed Gay Couple Has No Regrets, Court Hears
» Scotland: Glasgow HGV Driver Jailed After Buying Stun Gun and Pepper Spray After ‘Being Attacked by Illegal Migrants in France’
 
Culture Wars
» The United Methodist Church Leaders File to Create New Denomination, Separate Over Issues of Sexuality and Gender
» Twitch Streamer Disguised Toast Receives Ban for Watching Video That Contained Slur
 

“What Are the Symptoms of Chlamydia” Most Googled Sex Question as Stds Soar

As STD rates soar in America, new data has revealed that the most popular sex question over the last year was, “What are the symptoms of chlamydia?”

Disgusting.

Research by health clinic From Mars finds that the search term racked up more than 2 million hits in 2020 while searches for “STD testing near me” also quadrupled between April 2020 and the end of the year.

“Search queries are an X-ray into the public psyche, and when it comes to sex and relationships, we may have some issues,” reports Axios.

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

Biden’s 100-Day Approval Rating Among the Lowest in History

As he approaches his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden is experiencing approval ratings that rank among the lowest in history at this point in his presidency.

Though Biden’s 52% rating ranks a full 10 points higher than his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, it still falls well below the marks typically achieved by U.S. presidents enjoying their “honeymoon period” with the American people.

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

Bodycam Video Showed Andrew Brown Jr. With Hands on Car Wheel Before N.C. Deputies Shot Him, Family Says

The family of a North Carolina man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies said Monday that they were shown just 20 seconds of body-camera video that appeared to show the man with his hands on the steering wheel of his car before he was killed.

Loved ones of Andrew Brown Jr., 42, expected to be shown the bodycam video just before noon Monday, but the viewing was pushed back several hours because of redactions sought by the county attorney, family attorneys said.

But even in 20 seconds of video, Brown’s loved ones said, it was clear that he wasn’t a threat to law enforcement and shouldn’t have been gunned down.

“My dad got executed just trying to save his own life,” son Khalil Ferebee told reporters outside the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office. “It ain’t right. It ain’t right at all…

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Census: TX Gains 2 House Seats, CA, NY Lose One as US Political Map is Redrawn

The first set of results from the 2020 census are in, and reveal that the red state of Texas is set to gain two House seats, while California and New York will each lose one. This will bring the red state of Texas to a total of 38 seats and 40 electoral college votes — the 2nd highest behind

California.

Also gaining seats are Colorado, Florida, Montana, Oregon and North Carolina, while states losing House seats also include Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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

Family of Virginia Police Shooting Victim Isaiah Brown Demands More Info

Doctors were able to remove two bullets from Isaiah Brown’s body; eight remain, the family’s lawyer says

The family of a man who was shot multiple times and wounded last week by a sheriff’s deputy in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, addressed the public Monday and asked for officials to release more information.

Isaiah Brown’s family and their lawyer demanded the release of communication between a 911 dispatcher and the deputy who shot him early Wednesday. Attorney David Haynes, says Brown, 32, had a landline house phone in his hand that the deputy mistook for a gun.

“He made it totally clear that he did not have a weapon, that he did not have a gun,” Haynes said at a news conference, describing a “failure of communication” between 911 dispatch and the deputies who responded to Brown’s home on West Catharpin Road.

Brown was hospitalized after being shot “at least” 10 times, Haynes said. He was in intensive care at a hospital in Fredericksburg. Doctors were able to remove two bullets from his body; eight remain.

Doctors described Brown’s condition as “very critical” and “touch and go,” Haynes said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Former Obama Energy Official Slams Climate Alarmism, Says Public Conversation Has Become “Increasingly Distant From the Science”

The former Obama-era undersecretary for science at the Department of Energy wrote an opinion piece on Saturday slamming climate alarmism, saying that while the earth is warming and humans play some role, he does not believe the science being presented to the public is correct.

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

Gun Memes Are Increasingly Falling Behind Facebook’s “Sensitive” Filter

The relentless and deteriorating nature of censorship deployed by Big Tech on their social media platforms comes hand in hand with non-transparency around their own rules, and sometimes seems to make little sense even in the context of those.

That would, and does, create frustration and confusion, but doesn’t mean that users who are adversely affected by these censorship decisions abandon the platforms in indignation — or at the very least, they should not criticize those who decide to stay despite what’s perceived by many as unfair treatment that undermines not only individual freedoms, but also society as a whole.

At least that’s the stance taken by AmmoLand, a site that bills itself as the leading source on firearms, shooting, hunting, and conservation community, whose authors say, referring to social media giants, “We are here. They should have to deal with us.”

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

Health Experts Encourage CDC to Implement Permanent Mask Mandates

Health experts are insisting that the CDC should implement permanent mask mandates even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

Despite many areas of the U.S. beginning to open up again and anecdotal evidence suggesting a significant drop in the number of people routinely wearing masks, some are loathe to go back to normal.

“We have seen benefits of masking that occur,” Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott told The Providence Journal. “So there may be a new form of normalcy where masks don’t necessarily have to go away.”

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Holiday Inn Worker Beats Himself Up But Keeps Mask on During Confrontation With Customer

A video shows a Holiday Inn Express worker beating himself in the head, smashing his head against a computer monitor, but being careful to ensure his face mask didn’t slip during a confrontation with a customer.

The clip shows the employee talking to an irate customer who blames him for apparently overcharging for his stay at the hotel.

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Indiana Declares Houses of Worship Essential Services, Prevents Government Mistreatment in Future Health Emergencies

In response to last year’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions that were placed on churches and other houses of worship, the Indiana state legislature passed Senate Enrolled Act 263, officially declaring all houses of worship essential services and therefore not subject to unfair closure in public health emergencies. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill Thursday.

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

James O’Keefe Sues CNN for Defamation After Anchor Claimed Twitter Banned Project Veritas for ‘Misinformation’

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe filed yet another defamation lawsuit, this time against CNN after an anchor made a false claim about his news outlet’s permanent suspension from Twitter.

O’Keefe announced on Monday that he filed the suit in Georgia, where CNN’s world headquarters is located, over on-air comments made by CNN anchor Ana Cabrera while reporting back in February on Twitter’s crackdown to “try to stop the spread of misinformation” and “for example” mentioned the suspension of Project Veritas, which was actually punished by the tech giant over alleged policy violation involving the sharing of private information.

However, O’Keefe is arguing that he can prove malice on the part of Cabrera by pointing two a pair of tweets she made three days prior quoting a Twitter spokesperson who cited the private information policy that resulted in the permanent ban of Project Veritas’ account. He also pointed to a report from CNN.com that also correctly cited the apparent policy violation.

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

Job of San Diego Professor Suspended for Criticizing the CCP Hangs in Limbo

As we revealed last month, a law professor at the University of San Diego (USD) was suspended and placed under investigation following a personal blog post claiming the coronavirus originated from a lab in Wuhan.

Now, the professor claims he is not being kept in the loop about the progress of the investigation and termination is a possible outcome.

“If you believe that the coronavirus did not escape from the lab in Wuhan, you have to at least consider that you are an idiot who is swallowing whole, a lot of Chinese cock swaddle,” Professor Thomas Smith wrote in a personal blog post in March. Following the resulting backlash, he clarified that “Chinese cock swaddle” was in reference to the Chinese government, not the Chinese people.

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Michigan Representative Stopped for Drunk Driving Threatens Officers: “I Run You All’s Budget, Bro”

A Michigan state representative is in trouble after being stopped for drunk driving and then attempting to use his elected position to get out of the arrest.

Rep. Jewell Jones (D) was arrested by officers after crashing his SUV in Livingston County. Dash cam video from an officer’s car shows Jewell resisting arrest and threatening the police by telling them that he will “call [Democrat Gov.] Gretchen [Whitmer].”

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

North Carolina City in State of Emergency After Deadly Police Shooting

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is in a state of emergency in wake of the fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. His family said they were only allowed to view 20 seconds of body camera footage.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

NYC Records Most Violent Week This Year With 46 Separate Shootings

A summer of gun violence could be nearing for New York City as Mayor Bill de Blasio, a symbol of America’s ultra-progressive left, cannot stop a wave of shootings and homicides.

According to NYPost, NYPD data reveals the metro area endured its bloodiest week so far this year as shootings and homicides erupt.

About 50 people were shot in 46 separate incidents over seven days ending Sunday (April 26). Compared to the same time last year, violent crime has skyrocketed 300%. To be fair, the metro area was in lockdowns last year around this time, but still, de Blasio’s liberal policing policies are failing.

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NYC to Deploy 10,000 Cleanup Army as Trash, Rat Problem Escalates

New York City is being forced to deploy an army of 10,000 cleanup workers in response to worsening problems with trash and rats.

A newly created ‘City Cleanup Corps’ will be tasked with fighting the piles of garbage on the streets of the Big Apple, with complaints surging by 150% between March and August last year.

After a $100 million cut to the city’s sanitation budget, filth and rodent infestations have become a common sight, with data revealing that waste tonnage rose 15% by the end of March compared to the early months of the pandemic.

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Oscars Ratings Crash to Record Lows

Last night’s Oscars was a complete debacle — as 13.75 million fewer viewers watched vs. last year, a decline of 58.3%.

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

Recall Newsom Election Officially Triggered in California After Signatures Counted

A recall effort against California governor Gavin Newsom (D) gained enough signatures to trigger a special election, according to the latest count by the Secretary of State’s office, which says 1,626,042 submitted signatures have been verified — surpassing the 1.495 million signatures required.

According to KTLA, California voters will face two questions; “Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him?” If there aren’t enough votes on the first question, votes on the second question will be discarded.

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

Reddit Blocks Links to Rumble in Private Messages

Reddit users have been reporting to Reclaim The Net that the social media site is censoring alternative video platform Rumble in private messages.

Screenshots shared show that the platform is informing users that their messages containing links to Rumble are blocked by domain filters.

Reclaim The Net was able to independently confirm this, also seeing that, on Desktop, any private messages that contained a link to a Rumble simply failed to turn up in the recipient’s inbox.

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

Sen. Paul: White House Mask “Theater” Is “Discouraging People” From Getting Vaccinated

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said federal government officials’ insistence on wearing masks in public appearances has discouraged people from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting that it’s not necessary for fully vaccinated individuals to keep wearing masks around in public.

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

Stanford Doc Praises DeSantis’s Pandemic Response: “He’s Extraordinary”

A Stanford University professor of medicine has broken ranks with the liberal media by praising Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which was handled more poorly by his Democratic counterparts in states like New York and California.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya described DeSantis as “extraordinary” in comments on an April 17 interview on the Tom Woods Show, a libertarian podcast. Speaking of the Republican, Bhattacharya said “I mean, I’ve never met a politician like him. He’s extraordinary,” adding that he had a “remarkable” conversation with DeSantis when they spoke about COVID-19 last fall.

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

Study Shows Social Distancing Inside at 60 Feet No Safer Than at Six Feet

A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows that social distancing inside at 60 feet is no safer than at 6 feet, and exposure time is actually much more important while indoors.

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

Supreme Court to Consider Second Amendment Concealed Carry Case

The US Supreme Court, which hasn’t issued a major gun-rights decision in over a decade, has agreed to review a New York case to decide whether the government must allow most residents to carry a handgun in public.

The appeal is from a New York gun-rights group and two individuals who say the state is violating their 2nd Amendment rights by only issuing concealed-carry licenses to those who can show a special need for protection, according to Bloomberg. The state has restricted carry rights since the 19th century.

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

Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Whether Nonprofits Must Reveal Donors

The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in a case over the constitutionality of a California law requiring charities and nonprofit organizations to disclose their top donors to the state attorney general’s office.

Challengers of the law, the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and the Thomas More Law Center, claim that it infringes on the First Amendment right to free association because it discourages people from donating.

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

Three Men Indicted for Setting Off Explosives Inside Target, Wawas During October 2020 Civil Unrest in Philadelphia Area

HILADELPHIA — Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Cushmir McBride, 21, of Yeadon, PA, Kamar Thompson, 34, of Philadelphia, PA, and Nasser McFall, 22, of Claymont, DE, were charged by Indictment for their alleged involvement in four separate incidents in Fall 2020: the robberies of a Target and a Wawa, and attempts to rob two different Wawas, all with multiple explosive devices. McFall is also charged with setting off an explosive device at a bank in Philadelphia later that year. McBride and McFall were previously arrested and charged by Complaint, and Thompson is in federal custody facing charges in a separate case involving the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Each defendant is expected to be arraigned on these new charges next week.

On October 26, 2020, a Philadelphia Police Officer-involved shooting occurred in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia that resulted in the death of Walter Wallace, Jr. Peaceful protests began that evening and continued into the following days, accompanied by a period of civil unrest with widespread incidents of looting and violence in various neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

[Comment: Andy Ngo tweeted: Three men from the Philadelphia area have been federally indicted over their alleged involvement in setting off explosives inside businesses during #BLM rioting.]

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UCLA Students Are Claiming That Automatic Soap Dispensers Are Racist

In case you’re looking for further proof that the “woke” world has gone to hell in a handbasket, look no further than a University of California, Los Angeles op-ed.

The op-ed, penned by Sullivan Israel, shares that some UCLA students are claiming that automatic soap dispensers — yes, the things you find in restrooms that dole out soap without having to be touched — are racist.

The basis for the claim is a student who says the dispensers “don’t see her hands” because of the color of her skin, The Blaze reported.

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

Washington to Pay $1.6M to Settle Lawsuits After Protests at Trump’s 2017 Inauguration

The city of Washington has reached a $1.6 million settlement in two lawsuits that included allegations of arrests without cause and excessive force on protestors during the inauguration of former President Donald Trump in January 2017.

The two lawsuits were brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia and attorney Jefferey Light, on behalf of protesters.

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

Watch: Massive Brawl Breaks Out at Miami International Airport

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times

A massive brawl broke out at Miami International Airport in Florida on Sunday afternoon, leading to at least one arrest, according to officials.

Footage of the incident was posted by Billy Corben, a documentary film director, on Twitter. It showed small fights in D-14 of the airport near the Urban Decay retailer.

Specifically, it showed four people grappling with one another and another three throwing punches at kicks. Officials told the Miami Herald that police immediately responded to the scene.

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

Canadian City Offers COVID Shots to “Black and Other Racialized Populations”

The city of Hamilton in Canada posted a tweet offering the COVID-19 vaccine to “black and other racialized populations” over the age of 18, prompting questions as to whether this was discriminatory.

“COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now available for Black and other racialized populations/people of colour ages 18+ who live in postal codes L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N and L9K at the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE, Friday to Sunday this coming week,” stated the tweet.

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

Canadian Federal Court Rules Trudeau COVID Hotels Violate Charter Protection Against Arbitrary Detention

An interim injunction which would have required nine Canadians to isolate in government-controlled hotels was denied by a federal court on Monday.

The nine people in question, despite having tested negative for COVID, would have had to stay in a hotel as directed by government officials. They would have had to remain locked in their hotel rooms for a total of at least three days, and would have been sent a bill for at least $2,000 for expenses.

According to a statement released by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, the court involved in striking the injunction down is not the same court that issued it in the first place.

The ruling found that this type of forced confinement possibly contravenes Sections Seven and Nine of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and therefore, the issue needs to be resolved by trial.

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CBC Features Author Who Writes About Blowing Up and Gassing White People During ‘Race War’

The CBC invited an author who wrote about “detonating” white people, while “the exits are locked and the air vents [are] filled with gas” to be interviewed on their flagship arts program.

The CBC host then explained that she was Jewish, but apologized to the author that his experience of the world made him feel this way.

Ben Philippe appeared on Q where he discussed his newest book and racial issues in North America.

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

GraceLife Congregation Meets in Secret for Third Week in a Row After Seizure of Church Property

The GraceLife Church congregation met in secret for the third consecutive Sunday since provincial health authorities seized the church building and land, west of Edmonton city limits.

The Alberta government locked up their pastor, confiscated their church and forced them into hiding, but the faithful members of GraceLife Church are still holding underground services in undisclosed locations each weekend to avoid law enforcement.

The church property was fenced off by RCMP and Alberta Health Services using a private fencing contractor at dawn on April 7. An AHS statement said the agency was acting on a previous Court of Queen’s Bench closure order issued in January, and that the closure will remain in place until GraceLife can demonstrate an ability to comply with public health restrictions on places of worship.

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Police Keep the Peace Between Protesters, Angry Onlookers at Toronto Freedom Rally

This past Saturday, hundreds of lockdown protesters gathered for Toronto’s weekly anti-lockdown protest and march for freedom.

The protest, which officially took place during a province-wide stay-at-home order, drew an energetic, boisterous and friendly crowd. Many of those in attendance have been attending the protest since it first started just over one year ago.

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Reinstated: Rally Held for Cop Who Supported Locked Down Gym

The freedom fighters of the Greater Toronto Area had a recent victory when Sergeant Paul Brown of the Peel Regional Police sided with the patriots and ultimately didn’t follow through with orders to shut down HUF Gym for operating against current lockdown restrictions in Ontario.

On Saturday, people came out to the 12 Division police station to show support for Sgt. Brown as a way to honour him for his recent actions. Officers at the station confirmed that after being suspended for his actions, Sgt. Brown is now back to regular duty.

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Brexit Britain Pushing to Join Major Pacific Trading Bloc in 12 Months

The United Kingdom is embracing its freedom from the EU and forging new partnerships, with the international trade secretary saying Brexit Britain could join a major trading bloc in as little as one year.

In September, the UK signed its first historic trade agreement as an independent nation with Japan, the world’s third-largest economy. The UK also is said to be making “rapid progress” on a New Zealand trade deal and has agreed on “the vast majority” of a free trade agreement with Australia, representing a reforging of trade ties with Commonwealth allies without the intercession of Brussels.

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France: Leave or We’re Doomed! Frexiteer Lists 10 Reasons to Quit Bloc— Group of EU Leaders Shamed

A FREXIT campaigner has launched a stunning attack on the European Union and outlined 10 reasons why France should quit the bloc.

And another influential eurosceptic politician has taken aim at eight European leaders for failing to implement change. Patrice Cali and François Asselineau, two leading figures of the eurosceptic Union Populaire Républicaine (UPR) party, tore into the EU27 in a series of posts on social media.

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Leader of the United Right: Poland’s Coalition Government Remains Stable

The leaders of Poland’s United Right coalition, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Jaroslaw Gowin and Zbigniew Ziobro, met on Sunday evening, with the three indicating that the talks were a success and the government coalition remains stable as a result.

“Following this meeting, all sides of the coalition are expressing conviction towards the positive effects of the United Right’s work since the double election victory in 2015 and showed good will to the idea of a program agreement for 2021-2023,” Law and Justice party (PiS) MP Krzysztof Sobolewski announced on social media.

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UK: ‘Trespassers’ At Overnight Extinction Rebellion Protest ‘Stopped Lorry Drivers Getting Home’

Three people are on trial following an Extinction Rebellion protest at a Knowsley newspaper printing press.

A blue van and a yellow boat blocked the entrance to Newsprinters overnight on September 4 last year, preventing the sale of over a half a million national papers, a court heard.

An organiser for Extinction Rebellion told the ECHO at the time they were demonstrating because of concerns about coverage of environmental issues and the “manipulation of the truth” by certain corporations.

Their actions delayed the sales of papers including The Times, The S*n, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, which are owned by News Corp UK, operated by Rupert Murdoch.

Katie Anne Ritchie-Moulin, Harrison Radcliffe and Luca Vitale are charged with aggravated trespassing at Newsprinters in Knowsley, which is described as a “wholly owned subsidiary by News Corp UK” on its website.

It is alleged the three stood on the top of a blue van, which, along with a yellow boat, blocked the entrance to the printing press on Kitling Road.

Ritchie-Moulin, 22, Radcliffe, 21, and Vitale, 22, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court today before District Judge Paul Healey.

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UK: ‘White Saviour’ Isaac Newton Benefited From ‘Colonial-Era Activity’, Claims University: Report

The grandfather of modern physics, Sir Isaac Newton, has become the latest target of the woke mob in the push to “decolonise the curriculum”, as Sheffield University is reportedly set to contextualise lessons on Newton with claims about him benefiting from “colonial-era activity”.

Students at the university in the north of England will reportedly have lessons on Netwon’s groundbreaking three laws of motion, including the law of gravity, with explainers detailing the “global origins and historical context” of his theories.

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UK: Boris ‘Let the Bodies Pile’ Leaks Point to Cabinet Coup in Making

Boris Johnson has denied that he would rather “let the bodies pile in their thousands” than order the third lockdown, as was claimed he had said, amid a briefing war between Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, and possibly other actors unknown in the heart of government.

Prime Minister Johnson is said to have issued the outburst as he was strong-armed into ordering his second lockdown by fellow Cabinet ministers. He allegedly said: “No more ing lockdowns — let the bodies pile high in their thousands!”, according to sources quoted by the Daily Mail.

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UK: BoJo’s Govt a ‘Cesspit’ of ‘Snakes’ and ‘Cowards’: Sacked Veterans Minister

Britain’s first Veterans Minister, now sacked, has denounced Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office a “cesspit” of “snakes” and “cowards”.

Johnny Mercer MP, a former Army captain who brought several combat tours in Afghanistan under his belt before becoming a Conservative MP and later the head of the small Office for Veterans’ Affairs, was pushed before he could jump ahead of his planned resignation from government.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Activists Stage Trespass at Newark Priory in Ripley

Extinction Rebellion activists have taken part in a trespass at Newark Priory in Ripley.

Campaigners from Woking and Elmbridge took part in the event to mark the 89th anniversary of a mass trespass in Derbyshire in 1932 carried out to show that walkers in England and Wales were being denied access to areas of open country.

Activists say they today, Monday, April 26 chose Newark Priory, a Grade 1-listed monument, because it is an important part of the heritage of our county and country.

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Militants Fire 35 Rockets Into Israel After Jerusalem Unrest, Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Response

The Israeli air force bombed several military targets belonging to the terrorist group Hamas after militants fired at least 35 rockets on Friday into Israeli territory from Gaza.

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Russia’s Regulator Slams YouTube Censorship

Russia isn’t exactly known for its support of free expression but it wants its censorship power to lie completely with the government, not YouTube.

Russia’s media watchdog has accused YouTube of violating freedom of the press by censoring Russian media channels.

In a press release published Saturday, Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) accused YouTube of unfairly censoring Russian media content. According to the media watchdog, last year, YouTube restricted access to Russian-based media accounts nine times and censored the content of those accounts three times. This year alone, YouTube has censored Russia-based media content five times and suspended three accounts.

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Chloe Zhao’s Best Director Oscar Win Censored in China

The Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao’s award speech was to be live-streamed by an alumnus of her alma mater, only to run into the Great Firewall of China.

The organizer could not access his VPN for about two hours, as a result of which Zhao’s award ceremony had to be missed by the attendants of the live streaming session in Shanghai.

While born and raised in China for the better part of her childhood, Zhao’s parents sent her away to England, followed by the US for pursuing further education. She did her MFA at New York University.

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Facebook Bans Australian Anti-Lockdown Lawmaker Craig Kelly

Independent Australian politician and member for the Division of Hughes in the Australian House of Representatives, Craig Kelly, is banned from the Big Tech social media platform, Facebook, on grounds of sharing COVID-19 “misinformation.”

Kelly was banned temporarily back in February. But despite repeated warnings from Facebook, the Australian MP ended up making claims that go against the rule of the World Health Organization and the CDC, something Facebook notoriously forbids.

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Under-Siege War Hero Ben Roberts-Smith is Stood Down From Channel Seven as the Victoria Cross Recipient Battles Rival Nine Network Over ‘Baseless’ Claims He is a War Criminal

Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has been stood down from Channel Seven amid his legal battle with rival Nine.

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African Sex Predator Targets Another Woman After Early Release From Swedish Prison

An African migrant has been convicted of making unwanted sexual advances towards a female victim in Sweden just days after he was prematurely released from prison for a violent attempted rape, according to reports.

The sex predator, a Tanzanian national in his 20s, was initially incarcerated for attacking a woman at her home in the culturally-enriched city of Gothenburg.

“[He] followed a young woman who was on her way home from a nightclub in Gothenburg. When she returned home, he broke into her apartment and tried to rape her,” Fria Tider reports.

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Americans Believe Border Security is Worse Than 2 Years Ago by a 3-to-1 Ratio

Nearly half of Americans believe that border security is worse now than it was in two years ago, more than three times the number of those who believe it is better, according to a Fox News poll.

The poll compared responses for April 2021 to a similar poll taken in June 2018 that asked Americans if they thought border security was better, worse, or the same as two years prior.

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FSB Uncovers 5 Underground Printing Houses in Moscow for Forging Migrants’ Documents

MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has apprehended a criminal group engaged in legalizing foreigners in Russia and uncovered five underground printing houses for making documents for them, the FSB press office told TASS on Monday.

“The personnel of the FSB’s border control group at Domodedovo international airport and the Investigative Committee’s Moscow Main Investigative Department with the law enforcement support of the National Guard foiled the activity of an organized criminal group engaged in legalizing foreign citizens on Russian territory. Five underground printing houses were uncovered on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow Region,” the FSB press office said.

The FSB operatives seized over 50 seals and stamps of state and commercial organizations and healthcare institutions, more than 2,500 blank forms of passports, driver licenses, migration cards and patents for labor activity and other documents, the FSB said.

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Germany: Muslim Migrant Who Stabbed Gay Couple Has No Regrets, Court Hears

A Syrian Muslim migrant who attacked a homosexual couple with knives, killing one, has no regrets, a German court has heard.

Abdullah al HH, as the migrant is referred to in the press, wanted “to live according to the strict interpretation of the Qur’an” and turned to the Islamic State, a psychologist told the Dresden Higher Regional Court, according to a Der Spiegel court report.

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Scotland: Glasgow HGV Driver Jailed After Buying Stun Gun and Pepper Spray After ‘Being Attacked by Illegal Migrants in France’

AN HGV driver who bought a stun gun for his protection after being attacked by illegal migrants in France was today jailed for 18 months.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Graeme McMurray, 40, from Denny, bought the weapon for £15 on the internet and received a free pepper spray with his purchase.

The items were found during a routine search of his lorry at the P&O Ferry Terminal in Cairnryan when he was en route to Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 5, 2019.

In court, McMurray admitted possessing the stun gun and the pepper spray illegally.

Prosecutor Bill McVicar said: “He stated that nobody else had access to the items and that he bought them for personal protection having been attacked by migrants in Boulogne, France, in 2018 when his arm was broken.”

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The United Methodist Church Leaders File to Create New Denomination, Separate Over Issues of Sexuality and Gender

America’s third-largest Christian denomination — the United Methodist Church — is splitting as conservative pastors aim to create a new denomination that will adhere to traditional biblical teachings.

Methodist church leaders have formed a new denomination — called the Global Methodist Church (GMC) — and filed for formal separation from the UMC over the latter’s growing acceptance of modern teachings on sexuality and gender.

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Twitch Streamer Disguised Toast Receives Ban for Watching Video That Contained Slur

Twitch is notorious for banning streamers and imposing bizarre rules out of the blue. What we have now is something close to that. A gamer has now been temporarily suspended for playing a video clip of a game from the past where an opponent player uttered a homophobic slur.

Disguised Toast is a Facebook Gaming Partner who occasionally streams on Twitch to reconnect with his followers. This time, Wang was hanging out in the Just Chatting area of Twitch and watching an old PUBG clip. Almost 40,000 viewers were attending his stream of the past PUBG montage wherein the term “fag” was uttered by a random opponent player.

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19 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/26/2021

  1. How much I hate this Kremlin. Now they want to slow down YouTube in Russia for the residents of the country. This is called “shoot us in the foot.”

    Before that, they slowed down Twitter. Now I can not watch any videos or pictures on this social network.

    Now it awaits on YouTube.
    People stopped watching the central channels of Russia – there is sheer lies and propaganda. Disgusting stupid Russian serials and dirty shows. From all my surroundings, only my 85 year old mother-in-law watches these channels. Even working-class hairdressers no longer watch these shows.

    There are no social lifts in the country, and the only outlet for the people is self-realization in social networks.
    I know a saleswoman in a grocery store, a simple Russian woman, she has her own culinary YouTube channel.
    Now these people, tortured by the administration of the colonial oligarchy, are deprived of their little joy.

    How I want to burn these Kremlin scum with napalm!

    • Elena, don’t be silly. You think slow web is bad? Try Canada, with it’s near permanent lockdown, restrictions on movement, harassment of people who want to exercise and kids who want to play, cops barging into churches during services or shutting them down altogether, high fines for not wearing masks… no, I think you may not be realizing it, but things are looking good in Russia to many of us watching the decline of the west.

      • Nope. South Dakota never obeyed. And Florida and Texas are open… and some other states close. And I have not been wearing a mask in a state about which less is said the better right now. Still, no cops wrestling me down…

  2. France: Retired French military officers warn of country ‘disintegrating’

    A letter co-signed by twenty retired generals, a hundred senior officers and more than a thousand soldiers warn of the “disintegration” of France if more is not done to tackle Islam.

    The open letter in the “far-right” French magazine Valeurs Actuelles warns of “suburban hordes” overrunning the country.

    https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/retired-french-military-officers-warn-of-country-disintegrating-46227

    Civil war looming in France

    • Excellent, The traitors in office are now very frightened and they bloody well should be. At some point, there will be military coups all over western Europe, take it to the bank, it is coming. Then the Great Purge can commence, let it rain.

        • Vera, I’ll let you in on a little secret, all the militaries of western Europe had a informal confab years ago, in that meeting, they all agreed that if things got bad that they would take over their governments to save the natives from the massive 3rd world invasion from the marxist who started their takeover of the state. The French military just fired a shot across the bows of the ship of state, and now they are in panic mode, for if they move against the military, it gives the military the excuse they need to do what comes next. Which is take over and start the Great Purge. You will know in France if that begins when you see the Legion being deployed to the mainland.

          • Oh yeah? Then what have they been waiting for? The militaries are more and more compromised, and less and less able to do anything. Prove me wrong. The only real army in Europe is in Turkey, as far as I can tell. (Not counting Russia.)

          • Sorry, I dont believe it.

            If the General had appeared on national TV with Macron and some other followers of Soros / Schwab having been awarded the Order of the Rope and announced the restauration of law by invading the banlieus and ten minutes later followed by gunfire, I would have believed him.
            But this, sorry, only hot air and nothing behind it.

          • Oh Ye of Little Faith! This is nothing more than the preamble of things to come. There is nothing the govts of western Europe can do now, the shot has been fired across the bows of state, the rest is the inevitability of what is coming, and that is a military junta. It is now when they take over. Take it to the bank. Welcome to the age of Franco’s.

    • Let us hope the generals move first. I have a feeling the people would support them. Elites like Macron must not be allowed to destroy their countries to make way for NWO. Someone needs to stop them.

    • If they move against the military, the military will be given the excuse they need for their coup. Their female defense minister is in full panic mode right now and it is delicious fun watching her have a massive fit. LOL

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