Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/26/2021

A disgruntled former employee of the transit authority in San Jose, California came to work at the rail yard this morning with a gun. Samuel Cassidy shot and killed eight people, some of them his fellow employees, before killing himself. Mr. Cassidy’s former girlfriend described him as mentally unstable.

In other news, the Irish finance minister said that he opposes President Joe Biden’s call for a global minimum corporate tax rate.

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

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USA
» Amazon to Acquire MGM for $8 Billion While Senate Votes to Give Tech Giant $10 Billion Handout
» BLM Protestor to Kansas City Cops: ‘We Gonna Blow Your Mother F***ing Head Off’
» Chicago Sees Its Worst Mostly Peaceful Weekend Since 2015
» CNN Can’t Dodge Alan Dershowitz Libel Suit
» Criminals Who Targeted Auto Shop With White Supremacist Graffiti Turn Out to be Two Black Men
» Etsy Suddenly Bans Gun Accessories
» Ex-College Student Who Left Alabama to Join ISIS Explains Herself and Why She Wants to Come Home
» Ex-Girlfriend of San Jose Mass Shooting Suspect: “I Was Scared of Him”
» Facebook Whistleblowers Reveal Undisclosed Filter for “Liberty-Based” And “Religious-Based” Vaccine Skepticism
» Faculty Demand Seattle Officials Remove Homeless Encampment on Public School Property Following Enrollment Drop
» ‘Fake News’ CNN Lost 70 Percent of Its Viewers After Not Being Able to Focus on Trump All Day
» Fauci, Collins Say They Weren’t Consulted in Biden Administration Spiking Former Administration’s COVID-19 Investigation Probe
» Fired Florida Coronavirus Data Fraud Rebekah Jones’ Month Just Went From Bad to Worse
» Homeless Residents Created an Autonomous Zone at Austin City Hall, Patrol the Area With Machetes and Weapons
» How Zuckerberg Millions Paid Progressives to Work With 2020 Vote Officials Nationwide
» Johns Hopkins Prof: Half of Americans Have Natural Immunity; Dismissing it is ‘Biggest Failure of Medical Leadership’
» ‘Multiple’ People Killed and Injured, Suspect Dead in San Jose Shooting
» ‘My Body, My Choice!’: Hundreds of NJ Students Rally Against Rutgers’ COVID Vaccine Mandate
» New Poll: Americans Aren’t Willing to Pay for the ‘Green New Deal’ — And it’s Not Even Close
» Police Declare Riot in Portland as Protesters Mark 1 Year Since George Floyd’s Death
» Report: Biden Admin Shut Down Investigation Into Wuhan Lab Leak Theory
» Revealed: Lockheed Martin Executives Attended Three Day ‘White Male Reeducation Camp’
» School Board Claims Parents and Teachers Wanted Schools Closed — But They Never Asked
» Seattle Police Expected to Lose 300 Officers by the End of the Month, ‘That’s a Third of the Agency’
» St. Louis’ Murder Rate, Already Highest in US, Soared Last Year; Mayor Vows to Defund the Police
» Transit Employees Among 9 Dead in Shooting at San Jose Rail Yard
» Uncensored: Facebook Lifts Ban on Posts Questioning Origin of COVID-19
» Watch: Ted Cruz Gets Biden’s ATF Nominee to Admit He Wants to Ban AR-15s
» Watch: Fauci Says ‘There’s No Way of Guaranteeing’ NIH Money Didn’t Go to Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab
» YouTube Demonetizes Popular Gun Enthusiast Channel, Top Shot Justin
 
Europe and the EU
» English Councils Deny Local Travel Bans in Place Over COVID Variant, Despite Government Advisory
» European Court of Human Rights Rules Mass Spying Was Illegal; Snowden Vindicated
» German Left-Wing Radicals Award Points for Attacks on Police Officers
» Google Blocks Ads From Italian Author Who Suggested Coronavirus Could Have Originated in a Lab
» Hungary Govt: Power-Hungry EU Institutions ‘More of a Problem Than a Solution’ In Pandemic
» In May, Confidence in Czech Economy Was Highest in a Year and a Half
» Ireland Opposes Biden Administration’s Global Corporate Tax Plan
» PM Orban: Major Polluters Should Pay the Costs of Making Europe Green, Not the People
» Polish Students in the Clutches of Neo-Marxism
» Prince Harry and Oprah to Reprise Talk of ‘Feelings, Trauma and Mental Health’
» Sweden Goes From Being One of the Safest Countries in Europe to the Second Most Dangerous
» UK: Five Men Arrested in Connection to Shooting of Black Lives Matter’s Sasha Johnson
» UK: Revealed: Shot BLM Activist Sasha Johnson Was Due in Court for Racially Abusing Police Officer
» UK: Scalped: National Trust Chairman Resigns Amid Push to Oust Him for Woke Agenda
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Report of Adverse Events Related to the Corona Vaccine, May 2021: Never Has a Vaccine Injured So Many
 
Russia
» Belarus Dictator Lukashenko Threatens to Flood Europe With ‘Migrants and Drugs’ In Retaliation for Sanctions Imposed for Ryanair Hijacking
» Russia Plans to Replace Foreign Guest Workers With Prison Labor
 
South Asia
» Indian Man Claims Police Hammered Nails Into His Hands and Feet for Not Wearing a Face Mask
 
Far East
» ABC is Forced Into an Embarrassing Backflip Over Claims the Wuhan Lab-Leak Was a Wild Conspiracy as Compelling Evidence Now Supports the Theory
» Chinese Communist Party Shelled Out Millions for Propaganda in American Newspapers
» Fauci Admits He Doesn’t Know Whether Wuhan Lab Lied About What it Used the $600k US-Taxpayer Research Grant for in Senate Showdown: Dr Claims He Was Not Consulted About Pompeo-Led Effort to Prove COVID Originated From Lab
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s Unrelenting Mouse Plague Could Last for Two Years as Farmers Abandon Their Crops and Experts Warn Rodents Are Starting to Swarm Sydney
» Australians Are Urged to Remember ‘Sorry Day’ — As Worrying Figures Show Number of Kids Being Cared for Outside Their Family is Set to Double by 2029
» Fears Toilet Paper Hoarders Are Back Stripping Melbourne’s Supermarkets Despite No Lockdown — as New Pictures Emerges of Empty Shelves
» Lockdown Looms Over Melbourne as COVID Cluster Grows to 15 Cases and Acting Premier Warns the Next 24 Hours Will be ‘Critical’ — After Dozens of Venues Were Exposed to Highly Infectious Indian Strain
» New Drug Injecting Centre in Melbourne is One Step Closer to Being Given the Green Light as City is Overrun With Meth and Heroin Zombies
» Street Name in Sydney’s Trendy Inner-West Could be Changed Because it is ‘Catastrophic to Indigenous Australians’ — And Council Says it’s Not the Only One That’s ‘Racist’
» ‘What She Said is Worse!’ WNBA Star Liz Cambage is Branded Racist After She Called Connecticut Suns Coach a ‘Little White Man’ When He Said She Weighed 300lbs
 
Immigration
» Boat With 102 Illegal Immigrants Authorised to Dock in Cyprus
» Hungary Reports Tripling of Illegal Migration
» Migrant Arrivals Increase, Germany’s Solution is Simple: Build More Migrant Camps
» Seven Police Injured After Riots in Spanish Mass Migration Area During Visit of Populist Leader
» Shocking New Data Shows Joe Biden Has Practically Abolished ICE
» Spain: Ceuta Deals With Onslaught of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors
» ‘They Looked Foreign’ — 27-Year-Old Swedish Woman Beaten by Four Men While Walking Her Dog
 
Culture Wars
» Exclusive: Detransitioned Woman Who Appeared on 60 Minutes Speaks Out After Backlash From Trans Activists
» Facebook to Fact-Check and Suppress Individual Users
» Facebook Exec Nick Clegg Says Facebook Should Spread “Free Expression” Around the World
» Private Search Engines
» Twitter Bans “Detransitioner” Sinead Watson
» YouTube Replacement Rumble is Growing Fast and Hiring
 

Amazon to Acquire MGM for $8 Billion While Senate Votes to Give Tech Giant $10 Billion Handout

The same day Amazon was making its largest acquisition ever, a Senate committee voted to give Amazon $10 billion for “redundancy” in its space exploration program.

Sen. Josh Hawley, an opponent of big tech monopolization and censorship called out the sale, saying that Amazon “is already a monopoly platform that owns e-commerce, shipping, groceries, & the cloud.” The concern is that Amazon is taking over pretty much every sphere of American life.

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

BLM Protestor to Kansas City Cops: ‘We Gonna Blow Your Mother F***ing Head Off’

Black Lives Matter protestors called for violence and revenge attacks against police during a demonstration in Kansas City that blocked a large intersection on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death on Tuesday.

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

Chicago Sees Its Worst Mostly Peaceful Weekend Since 2015

Sun’s Out, Guns Out

Beautiful spring weather in the Windy City means two things for Chicagoans: baseball and redrum. This past weekend was a grand slam! The weekend timeline is considered 12 noon Friday to 6:00 am Monday by the crime-tracking site heyjackass.com.

With 13 killed and 42 wounded by firearms, this was the worst lead-fest weekend of 2021 and the worst 4th weekend of May since 2015, when Chicago stacked 12 dead and 45 wounded. If this trend continues into the hot, humid summer, Chicago’s morgue will need to hire seasonal help.

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

CNN Can’t Dodge Alan Dershowitz Libel Suit

Alan Dershowitz will be able to move to discovery after surviving the first round of a defamation lawsuit against CNN over its coverage of Donald Trump’s impeachment.

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

Criminals Who Targeted Auto Shop With White Supremacist Graffiti Turn Out to be Two Black Men

Criminals who repeatedly targeted an auto shop in Spring Lake, North Carolina by leaving racist graffiti referencing the KKK and Nazis turned out to be two African-American men after the owner caught them on camera.

Business owner Dwyane Haynesworth (who is black) took action after having a car stole off his lot and then discovering the racist graffiti, which included a drawing of a swastika.

After setting up the security cameras, that same night the criminals returned and broke into more vehicles before smashing windows and attempting to hot wire one of the cars.

The footage revealed the culprits to be two black men.

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

Etsy Suddenly Bans Gun Accessories

Online marketplace Etsy has extended its firearms ban to prohibit the listing of all gun parts and gun accessories (anything associated with or attached to a firearm). The move comes amid an increase in the sale of firearms over the last year as riots across cities and a rise in crime has led to more people feeling unsafe, some speculate.

Etsy, an online marketplace focusing on handmade, craft, and vintage items, allows a few guns accessories and parts to be listed on its platform. The platform has continually introduced policies restricting the sale of firearms and related products. Now, the platform has suddenly decided to do away with all gun parts and accessories all together.

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

Ex-College Student Who Left Alabama to Join ISIS Explains Herself and Why She Wants to Come Home

Six years ago, Hoda Muthana was a 20-year-old college student in Alabama who lied to her family about a trip and instead joined the Islamic State in Syria. When she arrived she was confined to a home for unwed women, with marriage to a jihadist the only way out. She married a succession of the group’s fighters — the first two of whom were killed — and had a son with one of them.

On social media, she celebrated the burning of her U.S. passport and shared thousands of incendiary tweets under the name @UmmJihad, including writing that “America desrves (sic) everything it has coming to it, by Allah we will terrorise (sic) YOU! Until you submit to the Shariah” and urging others to attack holiday parades.

“Spill all of their blood,” she wrote, “or rent a big truck n drive over them. Kill them.”

Today, two years after Muthana said she took her young son and ran away from the Islamic State as it was collapsing under military assault, she is a refugee barred from the country where she grew up with a very different view of the group she had once so longed to join.

[Comment: I have zero sympathy for her. If anything she should be tried for treason.]

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

Ex-Girlfriend of San Jose Mass Shooting Suspect: “I Was Scared of Him”

The ex-girlfriend of the man authorities say opened fire this morning at a San Jose Valley Transportation Authority yard described him as “not mentally stable” and said she was scared of him.

NBC Bay Area is not identifying her by name, but the Bay Area woman says she hasn’t spoken to suspected shooter Samuel Cassidy since they broke up about 12 years ago.

“I was scared,” she said. “He made a lot of trouble for me. I’ve moved forward.”

In court filings associated with a domestic violence restraining order Cassidy sought against his ex-girlfriend back in 2009, she also accuses him of sexually assaulting her and said he had major mood swings caused by bipolar disorder that were exacerbated by heavy drinking.

“Several times during the relationship he became intoxicated, enraged and forced himself on me sexually,” she alleged in the response to his petition for a restraining order against her…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Whistleblowers Reveal Undisclosed Filter for “Liberty-Based” And “Religious-Based” Vaccine Skepticism

Project Veritas has continued to publish documents from the latest batch of leaks obtained from Facebook whistleblowers, that detail the way the giant is suppressing comments skeptical of coronavirus vaccines.

According to the leaked documents, Facebook has developed a finely-grained definition of moderation and censorship of dissenting opinions expressed on this topic in the comments, where “vaccine hesitancy” is suppressed through demotion, while comments are also divided into a total of five tiers.

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

Faculty Demand Seattle Officials Remove Homeless Encampment on Public School Property Following Enrollment Drop

Faculty and staff at Seattle’s Broadview Thomson K-8 school are demanding Seattle Public Schools act to address the homeless encampment on the school’s campus which has plagued the area with crime and drugs.

In a letter sent to Seattle Public Schools interim superintendent Dr. Brent Jones, the Seattle School Board and Mayor Jenny Durkan, the teachers and staff detailed neighborhood safety concerns as well as the impact of the encampment on the school which inclded an enrollment decrease for the fall.

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

‘Fake News’ CNN Lost 70 Percent of Its Viewers After Not Being Able to Focus on Trump All Day

Democrat news network CNN lost 67 percent of its viewers after former President Donald Trump left the White House, ratings from Neilsen Media Research exposed on Tuesday.

CNN lost nearly 65 percent of its prime time viewers since January. The current CNN prime time lineup includes Chris Cuomo, Anderson Cooper, and Don Lemon. The network lost 71 percent of its total viewers in the 25-54 age demographic.

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

Fauci, Collins Say They Weren’t Consulted in Biden Administration Spiking Former Administration’s COVID-19 Investigation Probe

On Tuesday, Senator John Kennedy grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on why they “spiked” the prior administration’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

“Why did you all spike the prior administration’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and whether it could have come out of the Wuhan lab?” Kennedy asked during a Senate Committee hearing on the NIH budget.

“Sir, we did not spike anything in the prior administration, I’m not sure what you mean by spike, but we have no influence,” replied Fauci.

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

Fired Florida Coronavirus Data Fraud Rebekah Jones’ Month Just Went From Bad to Worse

Prominent Ron DeSantis critic Rebekah Jones was thoroughly discredited earlier this month not just courtesy of an investigative report that put together all the pieces of her epic deception but also thanks to Jones herself, who accidentally admitted last week that a key claim central to her case against Gov. DeSantis about how she was supposedly asked to manipulate Florida’s death stats was a lie.

And now, just days before the 3-day holiday weekend on beautiful beaches including those in Florida gets underway, Jones is facing yet another wave of bad publicity, this time from public health experts and former co-workers who are now speaking out and further exposing her for the fraud she is.

West Palm Beach’s CBS12, which conducted the interviews, noted that several of Jones’ former colleagues who they talked to including some high-level employees took issue with several claims made over the last year by Jones, including her alleged access to the raw COVID data for Florida and the allegation that she was asked to massage Florida’s data in a way that would further justify DeSantis’ reopening plans at the time.

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

Homeless Residents Created an Autonomous Zone at Austin City Hall, Patrol the Area With Machetes and Weapons

The Mayor of Austin Steve Adler (D-TX) refused to take action against the tent cities that are overrunning Austin City Hall, in what many describe as a new “autonomous zone.”

Those inhabiting the tent cities are harassing the public while alleged “machete-wielding” security guards police the surrounding area, PJMedia reported.

The tent city arose after Austin residents overwhelmingly voted to reinstate the ban on camping on public land on May 1, according to PJMedia.

The tent city leaves many Austin residents with unanswered questions as camping at city hall has always been against the law.

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

How Zuckerberg Millions Paid Progressives to Work With 2020 Vote Officials Nationwide

In the months leading up to November’s election, voting officials in major cities and counties worked with a progressive group funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and its allies to create ballots, strategically target voters and develop “cure” letters in situations where mail-in ballots were in danger of being tossed out.

The Center for Tech and Civic Life, or CTCL, provided millions of dollars in private funding for the elections that came from a $350 million donation from Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. The CTCL gave “COVID-19 response” grants of varying amounts to 2,500 municipalities in 49 states.

In exchange for the money, elections divisions agreed to conduct their elections according to conditions set out by the CTCL, which is led by former members of the New Organizing Institute, a training center for progressive groups and Democratic campaigns.

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

Johns Hopkins Prof: Half of Americans Have Natural Immunity; Dismissing it is ‘Biggest Failure of Medical Leadership’

A professor with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has said that there is a general dismissal of the fact that more than half of all Americans have developed natural immunity to the coronavirus and that it constitutes “one of the biggest failures of our current medical leadership.”

Dr. Marty Makary made the comments during a recent interview, noting that “natural immunity works” and it is wrong to vilify those who don’t want the vaccine because they have already recovered from the virus.

Makary criticised “the most slow, reactionary, political CDC in American history” for not clearly communicating the scientific facts about natural immunity compared to the kind of immunity developed through vaccines.

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

‘Multiple’ People Killed and Injured, Suspect Dead in San Jose Shooting

“Multiple” people were killed and wounded in a shooting at a light rail facility in San Jose, California, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office. A sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said he didn’t know how many people were killed or wounded, but confirmed they were employees of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which operates the rail yard.

Davis said the shooter was dead, but could not confirm what caused the death. He said he didn’t know whether the shooter was linked to the VTA.

Mayor Sam Liccardo said the situation is still being assessed after the incident early Wednesday…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

‘My Body, My Choice!’: Hundreds of NJ Students Rally Against Rutgers’ COVID Vaccine Mandate

GOP state lawmakers in New Jersey propose legislation to thwart mandate

Hundreds of students and others converged at Rutgers University recently to take part in a medical freedom rally in protest of the institution’s decision to require the COVID vaccine for students returning to campus this fall.

Participants chanted “my body, my choice,” waved American flags, and held signs demanding their “freedom” at the May 21 event.

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

New Poll: Americans Aren’t Willing to Pay for the ‘Green New Deal’ — And it’s Not Even Close

Americans largely agree that climate change and pollution are real problems. But a new poll reveals that they aren’t interested in shelling out massive amounts from their wallets in pursuit of progressive, big-government “solutions” like the so-called “Green New Deal.”

After all, the Green New Deal would cost taxpayers up to $93 trillion, a truly astounding sum that comes out to nearly $600,000 per US household. Yet most Americans aren’t even willing to sacrifice $50 a month to mitigate climate change. At least, that’s the finding of newly-released polling from the fiscally-conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

CEI surveyed a representative sample of 1,200 registered voters on environmental issues, and their findings have a margin of error of 2.83 percent.

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

Police Declare Riot in Portland as Protesters Mark 1 Year Since George Floyd’s Death

Police declared a riot in Oregon’s largest city on Tuesday night as a demonstration to commemorate the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death spiraled into chaos.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland on Tuesday evening. Some individuals were wearing helmets and carrying gas masks, umbrellas and backpacks. As the crowd chanted “burn the building down,” some people lit a dumpster on fire and pushed it up against the justice center while others vandalized the building with graffiti, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

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

Report: Biden Admin Shut Down Investigation Into Wuhan Lab Leak Theory

As the evidence piles up pointing toward a Wuhan lab leak being the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, and as it becoming accepted as a mainstream credible likelihood, it has emerged that Joe Biden’s administration SHUT DOWN an investigation into the theory that was initiated under President Trump.

The probe was opened by the State Department under former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has long maintained that the lab leak needs to be looked at in more depth.

CNN (of all outlets) reports that the main thrust of the investigation was to examine China’s biological weapons program, and determine if it had a “greater role in the pandemic’s origin in Wuhan.”

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

Revealed: Lockheed Martin Executives Attended Three Day ‘White Male Reeducation Camp’

Key top executives for the United States’ largest defense contractor and taxpayer funded Lockheed Martin attended a “white men’s caucus” which looked to help deconstruct “white male privilege and culture” and make them better allies.

Internal documents obtained by Christopher Rufo showcase the teachings from the three-day zoom seminar held by the diversity-consulting firm White Men As Full Diversity Partners, who “specializes in helping white males awaken together.”

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

School Board Claims Parents and Teachers Wanted Schools Closed — But They Never Asked

Parents Erich and Michelle Hartmann had had enough of remote learning for their elementary-school-aged sons by the end of the 2020 school year, and they wanted schools open. They contacted their local school board in the summer, before decisions were made, to advocate for schools to reopen. They brought together resources and surveys, guidance from other nations as regards elementary education and presented their findings, but the school board wouldn’t listen.

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

Seattle Police Expected to Lose 300 Officers by the End of the Month, ‘That’s a Third of the Agency’

In a heartbreaking and revealing interview on The Ari Hoffman Show on Talk Radio 570 KVI, President of the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild Mike Solan said regarding police officers leaving the department, “At the end of this month…we will be close to 300 officers (leaving), that’s a third of the agency.”

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

St. Louis’ Murder Rate, Already Highest in US, Soared Last Year; Mayor Vows to Defund the Police

In St. Louis, Mo., the worst-in-country murder rate is at a 50-year high, the policedepartment has nearly 100 unfilled jobs, and the mayor wants to defund the department and shut down a city jail.

St. Louis’ Tishaura Jones, who became the city’s first Black female mayor last month, had campaigned on a promise to enact progressive criminal justice reforms.

The head of the city’s corrections department is also on his way out. Jones announced his resignation last week, saying she hadn’t requested he step down but making clear she wasn’t satisfied with how he ran things.

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

Transit Employees Among 9 Dead in Shooting at San Jose Rail Yard

A public transit employee opened fire on co-workers at a Northern California rail yard on Wednesday, killing more than a half-dozen people before taking his own life, authorities said.

Calls of shots fired came about 6:34 a.m. PT near 100 W. Younger Ave. in downtown San Jose, drawing a large law enforcement response, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooter was identified as Samuel Cassidy, an employee of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), law enforcement sources said. He shot and killed himself at the scene, according to sources.

At least eight people were killed, not including the shooter, sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis said.

“This is a horrific day for our city and it is a tragic day for the VTA family and our heart pains for the families and the co-workers because we know so many are feeling deeply this loss of their loved ones and their fiends,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told reporters at the scene…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Uncensored: Facebook Lifts Ban on Posts Questioning Origin of COVID-19

Facebook has been throttling comments, posts, and articles that have referenced the “lab-leak” origin story hypothesis of the coronavirus, and now the massive tech giant has reversed course.

Facebook had said in February that in addition to other misleading health claims that the social media platform would not tolerate on its sight, the concept that “COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured” would also be disallowed in discourse.

On Wednesday, Facebook made an about-face, saying that “In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps. We’re continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge,” Politico reported.

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

Watch: Ted Cruz Gets Biden’s ATF Nominee to Admit He Wants to Ban AR-15s

Sen. Ted Cruz questioned President Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in the Senate on Wednesday, asking him about America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15.

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

Watch: Fauci Says ‘There’s No Way of Guaranteeing’ NIH Money Didn’t Go to Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab

In a senate hearing on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Sen. John Kennedy that he can’t “guarantee” that American tax payer money didn’t go to dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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

YouTube Demonetizes Popular Gun Enthusiast Channel, Top Shot Justin

YouTube is continuing to demonetize popular channels that it says offer content which doesn’t align with its Partner Program policies — the channel of Dustin Ellermann, Top Shot Dustin, being one of the latest examples.

A screenshot of the message Ellermann’s channel received from YouTube suggests the decision to demonetize was not made by algorithms but by humans.

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

English Councils Deny Local Travel Bans in Place Over COVID Variant, Despite Government Advisory

Councils in parts of England particularly affected by the ‘Indian’ Covid-19 variant have said residents are not subject to strict travel curbs after the government appeared to issue confusing advice about not leaving the areas.

Officials at eight different local authorities reacted with bewilderment and anger to updated health guidance on the UK government’s website, saying they were not consulted over any changes.

On Tuesday a joint statement was issued by the directors of public health for councils in Burnley, Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Kirklees, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside.

“Following the national coverage of recently revised guidance we have met with national officials and confirmed there are no restrictions on travel in or out of each of our areas. There are no local lockdowns,” it read.

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

European Court of Human Rights Rules Mass Spying Was Illegal; Snowden Vindicated

In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Human Rights has declared that bulk communications gathering by Britain’s GCHQ spy agency was illegal, proving whistleblower Edward Snowden right, and prompting more calls for the former NSA contractor to be pardoned.

The court noted that there were “fundamental deficiencies” in the GCHQ’s interception of communications, namely that no politician or independent body had authorised the data gathering, that search terms GCHQ used to trawl through the data had not been included in a warrant application, and that individual names, email addresses, and phone numbers had not been authorised to be used by the spooks.

Snowden revealed that the GCHQ was scouring all online and telephone data in the UK via a program code named ‘Tempora’.

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

German Left-Wing Radicals Award Points for Attacks on Police Officers

German left-wing extremists compete with each other on the Internet in scoring the most points for attacks on the police and other radical actions.

“Their points system, which evaluates police assaults, arson or property destruction, decides who will win the Riot Award,” wrote the Focus weekly, referring to an unnamed high-ranking member of the Hamburg section of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).

For setting a car on fire, left-wing radicals get 120 points, while 170 points are credited for pouring feces on police, and 200 are awarded for “freeing a detainee” in street battles.

The highest score of 500 points is awarded for occupying a forest, which occurred last year when protesters opposing the construction of the A49 motorway in Hesse occupied the Dannenröder Wald forest, part of which was planned to be cut down. Protesters built barricades and makeshift shelters, and last November, they fought with the police. Leftists evaluate that the protesters were so determined and ruthless in their resistance tothe police that it earned them the Riot Award for 2020, according to Czech news portal Novinky.

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

Google Blocks Ads From Italian Author Who Suggested Coronavirus Could Have Originated in a Lab

Facebook, YouTube and other major social media platforms have been enforcing extremely strict rules around what their users can and cannot say about coronavirus and the pandemic for over a year now, to make sure only messages and narratives aligned with state authorities and the WHO made it through.

But at this point, it looks like those rules are even more stringent than what officials are saying, to the point that, if applied consistently, Facebook would have to ban Dr Fauci for not ruling out the possibility that the virus was engineered by humans.

This has so far been considered the type of “misinformation” that is sure to get posts deleted and accounts suspended, as Facebook says it prohibits any discussion around coronavirus possibly being man-made.

Facebook is not alone, since YouTube has a similar censorship policy. Only last week, Google prevented Italian journalist Fabrizio Gatti from advertising his book that explores much the same topic that Fauci did in his recent comments. Google said Gatti — whose book also criticizes China’s role — was guilty of creating content with “speculative intent.”

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

Hungary Govt: Power-Hungry EU Institutions ‘More of a Problem Than a Solution’ In Pandemic

The Hungarian government has criticised the EU for its obsession with “taking more and more powers away” from national governments and said it has been a hindrance during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic rather than a help.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s justice minister, Judit Varga, made the comments as the European Parliament was haggling over the pending European Digital Green Certificate — essentially a Covid passport for intra-EU travel.

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In May, Confidence in Czech Economy Was Highest in a Year and a Half

In May, confidence in the Czech economy was the highest in a year and a half, increasing from 94.7 points in April to 99.7 points, according to the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO).

Statistics from the office report the reason for growing confidence is tied to the loosening of anti-coronavirus measures. Consumer confidence rose by 8.9 points to 102.8 points, while confidence among entrepreneurs rose by 4.3 points to 99.1 points.

“During May, the announced and partially implemented relaxation of measures against the spread of coronavirus significantly contributed to the growth of the business confidence indicator, especially in trade and selected service segments. Respondents from these sectors rated their current economic situation much better than in previous months and relatively optimistic. These are also their expectations for the coming months,” said Jiri Obst from the CZSO.

Statisticians collected data from May 1 to May 18.

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Ireland Opposes Biden Administration’s Global Corporate Tax Plan

Appearing Tuesday on Sky News, Ireland’s Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe came out against a Biden administration proposal to introduce a minimum global corporate tax rate of 15 percent.

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PM Orban: Major Polluters Should Pay the Costs of Making Europe Green, Not the People

Instead of raising taxes for the entire EU population as one group of countries proposes, Hungary is on the side of those who want the major polluting industries to foot the bill, Prime Minister Viktor Orban saidafter the two-day European Union summit on Tuesday.

“One group says that people should pay the price of climate protection in the form of fuel, petrol and housing taxes, and the other group — all Central European countries belong here — says that the price of climate protection should be paid by climate destroyers, so they should bear it, as it is the burden of large polluting companies,” Orban said in a short video message posted on his Facebook page. “This debate will continue next month.”

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Polish Students in the Clutches of Neo-Marxism

An anonymous sociology graduate has spoken up in an interview for portal DoRzeczy about their experience at one of Poland’s best universities, the University of Warsaw (UW), saying the university is increasingly left-wing and a source for revolutionary communist ideals.

“If we evaluate it based on who is the loudest, then yes. I think, however, that it is not a leftist university to the same extent as American ones are. There are still restrictions on the interference of politics with education at UW. Moreover, in addition to the humanities departments, UW also possesses many others which politics do not influence nearly at all,” he said.

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Prince Harry and Oprah to Reprise Talk of ‘Feelings, Trauma and Mental Health’

Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey last Friday he will “will never be bullied into silence” and now he is delivering on his promise.

The pair are ready to reprise their public conversation on all things touching on mental health, Apple TV+ said Wednesday, revealing the recent series involving the two delivered a 25 percent jump in new viewers to the streaming platform.

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Sweden Goes From Being One of the Safest Countries in Europe to the Second Most Dangerous

A new investigation finds that Sweden has gone from being one of the safest European countries 20 years ago in terms of gun crime to the second most dangerous.

The study, published by the country’s National Council on Crime Prevention (Brå), reveals that Sweden is the only country on the continent where shootings have increased substantially since the start of the century.

“Most of the fatal shootings in Sweden (around 80 percent) had a link to organised crime, according to the study, a proportion which had risen from 30 to 50 percent in the early 2000s and less than 20 percent in the 1990s. Brå also compared the proportion to other countries: around 60 percent of fatal shootings were linked to organised crime in the Netherlands, while in Finland such events were extremely rare,” reports The Local.

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UK: Five Men Arrested in Connection to Shooting of Black Lives Matter’s Sasha Johnson

Five arrests have been made in connection to the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who was shot in the head in the early hours of Sunday morning in South London.

The Metropolitan Police revealed on Wednesday that officers from the Violence Suppression Unit made the arrest of a 17-year-old man on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and the possession with the intent to supply class A drugs in Lambeth at around 3:50 pm on Tuesday.

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UK: Revealed: Shot BLM Activist Sasha Johnson Was Due in Court for Racially Abusing Police Officer

Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson had been due in court on charges of racially abusing a police officer before she was shot in the head on Sunday, it has been revealed.

Johnson, the self-styled ‘Black Panther of Oxford’, had already appeared before Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in London on December 7th on one count of allegedly causing racially aggravated intentional harassment to an unnamed officer at a Reparations Day march in Brixton on August 1st, and was on bail pending a trial in April 2022, according to the Telegraph.

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UK: Scalped: National Trust Chairman Resigns Amid Push to Oust Him for Woke Agenda

The woke chairman of Britain’s National Trust has resigned ahead of moves to oust him at the heritage organisation’s upcoming annual general meeting.

The Restore Trust group, formed in response to soon-to-be-former National Trust chairman Tim Parker’s efforts to inject the ethos of Black Lives Matter and other social justice left style causes into the work of the massive state-backed conservation charity — the largest in all Europe — had prepared a motion calling for his removal amid claims that “morale among volunteers and members is at an all-time low”.

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Report of Adverse Events Related to the Corona Vaccine, May 2021: Never Has a Vaccine Injured So Many

CHAPTER 4 — ON THE SILENCING MECHANISMS ASSOCIATED WITH VACCINE ADVERSE EVENTS IN SHORT: We describe a web of moves initiated by the Israeli ministry of health, in cooperation (voluntary or submissive) of the entire Israeli health system, and under the auspices of the main communication channels in Israel, leading to a massive disruption of the truth about corona vaccine adverse events in Israel. The incomprehensible gap between the reality in ground and the information published by the Israeli ministry of health and by the Israeli media raises the fear of dangerous deception not only of Israeli citizens but of citizens all around the world, who see Israel as the research laboratory of Pfizer’s corona vaccine product.[…]

[a long and comprehensive non-government document about the grand Pfizer experiment on the people of Israel — and of a government turning a blind eye to the suffering of the people]

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Belarus Dictator Lukashenko Threatens to Flood Europe With ‘Migrants and Drugs’ In Retaliation for Sanctions Imposed for Ryanair Hijacking

Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to flood Europe with migrants and drugs in response to western sanctions over the Ryanair flight hijacking.

The strongman leader told parliament that he plans to weaken border controls designed to catch drug and people smugglers after EU leaders cut off air travel with his country and threatened further sanctions.

‘We were stopping migrants and drugs — now you will [have to] catch them and eat them yourself,’ he said.

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Russia Plans to Replace Foreign Guest Workers With Prison Labor

Russian government officials are in intensive negotiations with large businesses to find investors to create a large-scale program of penitentiary work. Moscow intends to use inmates to replace the foreign guest workers who returned home due to the Covid-19 epidemic, daily Magyar Nemzet reports.

“We are negotiating with companies making agreements and working actively on the matter,” Russian Justice Minister Konstantin Chuichenko told reporters on Monday.

“Anyway, I think the idea of replacing guest workers with detainees is right,” he added. The politician also said that they intend to set up correctional institutions with large construction sites and extensive industrial sites.

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Indian Man Claims Police Hammered Nails Into His Hands and Feet for Not Wearing a Face Mask

A man in India claims police hammered nails into his hands and feet as punishment for being caught not wearing a face mask.

A video of the man crying in pain with a large nail sticking out of his hand was posted to Twitter, with the individual explaining that cops from Bareilly’s Baradari police station physically assaulted him before inflicting the brutal torture.

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ABC is Forced Into an Embarrassing Backflip Over Claims the Wuhan Lab-Leak Was a Wild Conspiracy as Compelling Evidence Now Supports the Theory

In May 2020 ABC journalist Dr Norman Swan said the lab-leak theory was ‘so unlikely’ and favoured the idea that it jumped from an animal host in the wild to humans.

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Chinese Communist Party Shelled Out Millions for Propaganda in American Newspapers

As more and more Americans allow themselves to accept that this [EXPLETIVE DELETED] pandemic finally might be ending, as we start to see “the light at the end of the tunnel” that the oldest POTUS in American history keeps yammering about, a lot of stuff that’s been in the back of our minds over the last 15 months is starting to tiptoe to the front. We’ve all got persistent little questions like: How did all this happen, anyway? Who’s responsible? How much of what we’ve been told about the origin and spread of COVID-19 is true, and who benefits from the lies? And sooner or later, those questions all end up having the same answer: the Chinese Communist Party.

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Fauci Admits He Doesn’t Know Whether Wuhan Lab Lied About What it Used the $600k US-Taxpayer Research Grant for in Senate Showdown: Dr Claims He Was Not Consulted About Pompeo-Led Effort to Prove COVID Originated From Lab

Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that there’s no way to know if Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lied and conducted what are called ‘gain of function’ experiments.

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Australia’s Unrelenting Mouse Plague Could Last for Two Years as Farmers Abandon Their Crops and Experts Warn Rodents Are Starting to Swarm Sydney

The federal government-funded MouseAlert website run by CSIRO shows sightings have doubled since March, with a growing number of mice being sighted in and around Sydney.

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Australians Are Urged to Remember ‘Sorry Day’ — As Worrying Figures Show Number of Kids Being Cared for Outside Their Family is Set to Double by 2029

Wednesday signals the start of National Reconciliation Week and the anniversary of the parliamentary tabling of the Bringing Them Home report in 1997.

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Fears Toilet Paper Hoarders Are Back Stripping Melbourne’s Supermarkets Despite No Lockdown — as New Pictures Emerges of Empty Shelves

Panic buyers have stripped some Melbourne supermarket shelves bare despite the city not going into lockdown after its latest Covid cluster, as residents warned next 24 hours ‘critical’.

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Lockdown Looms Over Melbourne as COVID Cluster Grows to 15 Cases and Acting Premier Warns the Next 24 Hours Will be ‘Critical’ — After Dozens of Venues Were Exposed to Highly Infectious Indian Strain

Victoria recorded 11 new cases of Covid on Wednesday, but five of them were reported late on Tuesday — bringing today’s new cases to six and the total to 15.

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New Drug Injecting Centre in Melbourne is One Step Closer to Being Given the Green Light as City is Overrun With Meth and Heroin Zombies

Lord Mayor backs ‘insane’ plan to open Melbourne’s second safe injecting room as CBD ‘slum’ area becomes a hotspot for drug addicts.

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Street Name in Sydney’s Trendy Inner-West Could be Changed Because it is ‘Catastrophic to Indigenous Australians’ — And Council Says it’s Not the Only One That’s ‘Racist’

A proposal to rename a road named after Queen Victoria in the inner west of Sydney because of its ‘colonial links’ has sparked heated debate and accusations of racism.

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‘What She Said is Worse!’ WNBA Star Liz Cambage is Branded Racist After She Called Connecticut Suns Coach a ‘Little White Man’ When He Said She Weighed 300lbs

Twitter users slammed Los Angeles Aces center Liz Cambage, right, for calling Connecticut Suns coach Curt Miller a ‘little white’ man in a video on Instagram.

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Boat With 102 Illegal Immigrants Authorised to Dock in Cyprus

After five days of pressure from the Eurpean and NGOs, a boat with 102 illegal immigrants was allowed to dock in Cyprus, Cyprus Times reported.

The boat was first located by radar at around 13:30 on May 20.

It was initially decided that the boat, accompanied by the Port and Maritime Police, would go to Larnaca, but then the migrants remained on board under the discreet surveillance of the police.

Today it was decided that the boat with the 102 migrants be taken to the fishing shelter of Agios Nikolaos in Protaras.

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Hungary Reports Tripling of Illegal Migration

Hungary is feeling renewed pressure at its borders as migratory trends return to pre-COVID levels, according to reports.

Border authorities have foiled roughly triple the number of illegal entries so far this year in comparison with the same period in 2020.

Additionally, nearly three times as many human traffickers have been arrested in 2021.

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Migrant Arrivals Increase, Germany’s Solution is Simple: Build More Migrant Camps

Two members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have called for Spain and Italy to build more migrant reception centres as the number of arrivals continue to increase.

CDU interior spokeswoman Mathias Middelberg and MEP Lena Düpont wrote a letter stating that there has been little progress in a possible European Union asylum system due to differences between member states.

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Seven Police Injured After Riots in Spanish Mass Migration Area During Visit of Populist Leader

Two people were arrested and seven police were injured following rioting, allegedly involving Moroccan migrants, in the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta during a visit by populist VOX party leader Santiago Abascal.

Violence broke out in the city, which is located on the North African coast and borders Morocco, during a visit to the autonomous city by VOX leader Santiago Abascal, who was visiting the city after the wave of an estimated 9,000 to 10,000 illegal immigrants into the city last week.

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Shocking New Data Shows Joe Biden Has Practically Abolished ICE

After years of the left demanding the abolishment of ICE, they may have gotten their wish, if not technically, at least practically. Deportations dropped to under 3,000 total last month. That’s the lowest number on record for an agency that ostensibly exists to enforce immigration laws.

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Spain: Ceuta Deals With Onslaught of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The Spanish enclave of Ceuta continues to face an influx of migrants from Morocco. The city on the North African coast currently does not know what to do with hundreds of minor migrants and tries to reunite them with their relatives.

Hundreds of children and teenagers have been placed in local warehouses and parks after Over 8,000 migrants arrived last week in an area of seven square kilometers. Among other things, they were motivated to take the journey, which they often took on inflatable boats or just as swimmers, by reports that Moroccan customs officers had relaxed border surveillance. At least two people died in an attempt to cross the border.

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‘They Looked Foreign’ — 27-Year-Old Swedish Woman Beaten by Four Men While Walking Her Dog

On Friday, May 21, while walking her dog, 27-year-old Amanda from Umeå, Sweden, was beaten by a group of young men she believes were foreigners, Samnytt reported. Later speaking about the incident, she said she hopes that the culprits will be arrested so that no one is hurt again.

On the day of the incident, around 9:00 p.m., Amanda went for a walk with one of her dogs. Usually, she takes both her dogs, but that evening, she left her large dog, a German Shepherd, at home and went out only with her small dog.

As Amanda walked the pedestrian and cycle lane past Mariehem’s water tower in Umeå, she met a group of four young men in their twenties.

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Exclusive: Detransitioned Woman Who Appeared on 60 Minutes Speaks Out After Backlash From Trans Activists

As I previously reported, 60 Minutes on CBS is being inundated with backlash for daring to highlight the stories of young detransitioned people. Advocacy groups such as GLAAD have hammered the segment as “shameful” while trans celebrities like Laverne Cox have described it as “dehumanizing.”

It’s not often that the stories of detransitioners get told within mainstream media for this precise reason— it’s just too much of a risk in the public square. There is an expectation to shove these stories under the table and ignore them.

Grace Lidinsky-Smith, the primary detransitoned person featured on the show, isn’t taking it lying down. I recently interviewed her for my YouTube channel and allowed her to go into further detail on the horrors of transition regret, free from the sanitization of television editing. She also responds to the backlash she and the show are receiving from trans influencers and social media.

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Facebook to Fact-Check and Suppress Individual Users

Personal Facebook accounts that are flagged by Facebook’s fact-checkers for repeatedly sharing “misinformation” will now have all their posts suppressed in the news feed as part of the tech giant’s latest crackdown on content that challenges the narratives of its fact-checking partners.

Facebook also announced that it will start dissuading its users from liking pages that are flagged by its fact-checkers via a pop-up that forces users to complete an additional step before they can like the page. When users attempt to like flagged pages, this pop up appears, tells users that the page has “repeatedly shared false information,” and asks them to choose whether to “Go Back” or “Follow Page Anyway.”

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Facebook Exec Nick Clegg Says Facebook Should Spread “Free Expression” Around the World

Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg, in a tone-deaf opinion piece, encouraged America to spread not only its technologies but also its values, including “free expression.”

While the remarks are commendable, they are also ironic coming from an executive of a giant social media platform with a very poor record of respecting the freedom of speech.

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Private Search Engines

Google Search, the world’s most popular search engine, collects information about everything you search for. This data is then combined with the trove of other data Google collects about you via its other products and services and third-party apps and websites that contain Google tracking to build a detailed profile of your online activity.

Not only is this data used to build an advertising profile but in some instances, Google hands over users’ data to law enforcement based on the terms they searched for.

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Twitter Bans “Detransitioner” Sinead Watson

Twitter has decided to suspend Sinead Watson, who is well known for being a “detransitioner” — a person who was previously transitioned but then returned to their biological gender.

The news of Watson’s suspension came in a tweet posted on the account of Transgender Trend, who said that she was has not been told which of her posts violated Twitter’s policies, and that she has appealed the suspension.

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YouTube Replacement Rumble is Growing Fast and Hiring

After recently securing investment from billionaire investor Peter Thiel and best selling author JD Vance, free speech video sharing platform Rumble is continuing to scale up its business by listing a series of new job openings.

Rumble is hiring for eight specific roles and will be adding more comprehensive job descriptions soon. The currently listed roles are:

  • Senior Android Developers
  • Senior PHP Developers
  • Senior Frontend Developers
  • Senior Backend PHP Developers
  • Project Manager
  • Data / AI (Python)
  • Linux Server Admins
  • Many different Marketing positions/roles

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/26/2021

    • I have no idea why but this Carl Benjamin gives me pause. For some reason I don’t trust him at all. First he was Akkad and now he’s a lotus eater. What the fresh hell is this moron?

  1. Global tax. American citizens abroad who are taxed and tracked no matter where they are in the world can appreciate that. Unable to open a bank account. Complete loss of freedom and chained for life than other nations except the Philippines, do not have to suffer. No wonder the United States has dropped to number seventeen on the freedom index. Corporate tax worldwide – now wouldn’t that be grand.

    • As an America with means, the smaller Swiss banks will be more than happy to open an account or two with you. Then there is Abu Daibi and Dubai, The Bahamas, Caymen Islands, and various others more than happy to help you with your taxman problems.

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