Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/28/2021

A COVID curfew is still in force in Quebec, and a senior citizen was detained for violating it. Meanwhile, a café owner in Northern California posted a sign in his establishment announcing that patrons who wear a mask when ordering will have a $5 surcharge added to their bill.

In other news, Farrakhan Muhammad, the suspect in the Times Square shooting who allegedly shot and wounded three bystanders, has been extradited from Florida to New York to face charges.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

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

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

USA
» Amazon Mocked for Providing Employees Dystopian ‘Mindful Pods’ To Take Mental Breaks in
» Biden Praises Gov. Northam After Demanding His Resignation in 2019
» Breaking: Senate GOP Blocks Formation of Jan. 6 Commission
» Breaking: Hillary Clinton Falsely Claims Jan 6 Rioters Killed a Police Officer
» Breaking: Facebook Whistleblower Fired After Exposing Company’s Plan to Police ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ Posts
» Cringe Journalists Fawn Over Biden Eating Ice Cream
» Daily Caller Sues Racist Chicago Mayor for Blacklisting White Journalists
» Fauci in 2012: Gain-of-Function Research ‘Worth Risk of Lab Accident Sparking Pandemic’
» Husband Wears Face Mask During Sex!
» Illinois Sued to Let People Under 21 Carry in Public
» Los Angeles Councilman Harassed by Woke Mob of Homeless Justice Warriors Following Encampment Cleanup
» Mendocino Cafe Owner Says He’ll Add an Extra $5 Fee for Mask-Wearing Patrons
» Minneapolis Teacher Suspended After Wearing Trump Mask on Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death
» New York Times COVID Reporter Says it’s “Racist” To Discuss Wuhan Lab Leak Theory
» Rand Paul: No Democrat Sent Well Wishes After Assault, Death Threats; “the Left Thinks it’s Hilarious”
» Senate Unanimously Approves Amendment Banning Chinese Gain-of-Function Research
» The San Jose Gunman Appeared to Specifically Target His Victims, Sheriff Says
» ‘These People Are Armed With Machetes’: City Council Member on Austin’s Homeless Encampment
» Times Square Shooting Suspect Extradited From Florida
» U.S. Intel Sitting on Large Amount of Evidence Concerning Lab Leak Theory
» Watch: Joe Biden Spots Young Girl in Audience, Creepily Says She Looks Like a 19-Year-Old
» Wisconsin Gun Sales Spiked When the Pandemic Began, Still High a Year Later
» Wokeness at Fed’s Regional Banks Puts Central Bank Independence at Risk
 
Canada
» “People Need to Hear the Message”: Edmontonians Host Freedom Rally Outside Alberta Legislature
» Antifa Holds “Illegal Gathering” — Calgary Police Don’t Mind
» Canadian Civil Liberties Association Challenging N.S. Injunction
» Horrifying: Remains of 215 Children Found on Grounds of Former Kamloops Residential School
» Kevin J. Johnston Denied Bail by Calgary Judge, Deemed Too High Risk to Reoffend
» Quebec Police Detain Senior for Breaking Curfew
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘Border Protection, Family Policy, Christian Culture’ — Hungary’s Orban Meets Spanish Vox Part Leader Santiago Abascal in Budapest
» Czech Officials: Pandemic is Slowing Down and Won’t Significantly Worsen
» EU Moves to Criminalize Speech on the Web, Could Pose Serious Threat to Conservatives and Critics of Mass Migration
» Facebook Threatens Irish News Outlet Gript With Deletion
» Finland Interior Ministry Considers Letting Police Wear Hijabs as Official Uniform
» German Scientist Discovers What Causes Rare Blood Clots in Some AstraZeneca Jab Recipients
» Mental Health and Climate Change Are Linked, Most Pressing Issues, Claims Prince Harry
» ‘Too Early to Say’ Whether UK Can End COVID Restrictions on Schedule, Says Health Secretary
» UK: More Scientists Demand Lab Leak Investigation; Claim They Were Ostracised for Presenting Research Backing the Scenario
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israel’s Backfiring Vaccine Passport “Irreconcilable With Basic Principles of the Medical Profession”
 
South Asia
» Five Muslim Bangladeshi Nationals Arrested in Bengaluru for Gang Rape of a Tribal Woman From North East India
» Marriages Held Secretly During COVID-19 Lockdown Declared Illegal in India’s Madhya Pradesh
 
Far East
» Beijing Doubles Down on Claims COVID Leaked From Maryland Military Base
» Former State Department Official Says Idea COVID-19 Emerged Naturally is “Ridiculous”
» Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced for 2019 Protests
 
Australia — Pacific
» Cashed-Up Chinese Buyers Swarm Australia’s Housing Market With Their Sights Set on Major East Coast Suburbs — and the Change to Working From Home is Playing a Major Role
» New Zealand: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Talked Off Tracks
» Protesters in Melbourne Say They Will Not Comply With the Fourth Lockdown
 
Latin America
» Scientists Confirm Discovery of Giant Tortoise Believed Extinct Since 1906
» What’s Going on With Mexican Politics? 88 Mayoral Candidates Murdered, 18 Register as Trans Women for “Gender Parity”
 
Immigration
» Breaking: Illegal Immigrant Convicted of Murdering Mollie Tibbetts
» French Senator Denounces ‘Exponential’ Increase of Minor Migrant Crime
» Switzerland: Young Family Attacked by Foreign Suspects, Father Stabbed
» U.S. Sees 3000% Rise in Sexual Predators Caught Illegally Crossing Border
 
Culture Wars
» Florida Ban on Transgender Athletes Awaits Gov. Desantis’ Signature
» Instagram Deletes Account of Maker-Focused Brand Garland Magazine
» Poland’s Left-Wing Women’s Strike Calls Traditional Family Model ‘Fascist’ And Too White
» Virginia Teacher Placed on Leave for Saying Biological Males Can’t be Females and Vice Versa
 

Amazon Mocked for Providing Employees Dystopian ‘Mindful Pods’ To Take Mental Breaks in

Amazon has come under fire once again for the way it treats its employees after the company began encouraging them to get inside coffin sized pods in order to ‘recharge’ their ‘mental and emotional’ batteries.

The company calls them ‘zen booths’ or ‘Amazen’ in a video that it posted to Twitter and subsequently deleted just hours later after it was relentlessly mocked and criticised.

The internet doesn’t forget, however.

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

Biden Praises Gov. Northam After Demanding His Resignation in 2019

This is a story in the same vein as how Vice President Kamala Harris roasted President Joe Biden on the debate stage in June 2019—her whole “that little girl was me” performance when talking about Biden’s history on the issue of busing and segregation in public schools.

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

Breaking: Senate GOP Blocks Formation of Jan. 6 Commission

Senate Republicans have blocked the formation of the Jan. 6 Commission. In the end, only six Republicans voted in favor of the commission’s formation.

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

Breaking: Hillary Clinton Falsely Claims Jan 6 Rioters Killed a Police Officer

Hillary Clinton posted a tweet after Republicans blocked the formation of the Jan. 6 Commission, making the false claim that those who rioted at the Capitol Building on that day “killed a policeman.”

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

Breaking: Facebook Whistleblower Fired After Exposing Company’s Plan to Police ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ Posts

The Facebook employee who leaked internal documents pertaining to the company’s crackdown on posts skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine has been let go by the company.

On May 24th, Project Veritas released internal documents from Facebook which appeared to show a plan to censor content that included concerns over vaccinations.

The next day, even more documents were released, clearly showing that the tech giant was using a tier system to deal with such content.

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

Cringe Journalists Fawn Over Biden Eating Ice Cream

If you thought journalists couldn’t top their already weapons grade level of cringe, then think again.

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

Daily Caller Sues Racist Chicago Mayor for Blacklisting White Journalists

The Daily Caller News Foundation and one of its reporters, Thomas Catenacci, is suing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) over her decision to only grant interviews to ‘black or brown journalists.’

The lawsuit, filed by Daily Caller and Judicial Watch in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that Lightfoot’s denial violates the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights, as well as Catenacci’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.

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

Fauci in 2012: Gain-of-Function Research ‘Worth Risk of Lab Accident Sparking Pandemic’

America’s top virologist, Anthony Fauci, argued in 2012 that the risks of a lab accident sparking a pandemic are outweighed by the potential benefits of manipulating viruses via gain-of-function research, according to previously unsurfaced remarks reported by Sharri Markson via The Australian.

“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” Fauci wrote in the American Society for Microbiology in 2012, adding “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario — however remote — should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?”

“Scientists working in this field might say — as indeed I have said — that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks,” Fauci continued. “It is more likely that a pandemic would occur in nature, and the need to stay ahead of such a threat is a primary reason for performing an experiment that might appear to be risky.”

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

Husband Wears Face Mask During Sex!

A woman wrote to Slate’s agony aunt columnist complaining that not only does her husband refuse to take off his mask inside the house, he even keeps it on during sex!

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

Illinois Sued to Let People Under 21 Carry in Public

(CN) — Gun-rights organizations and a handful of young people in Illinois sued to overturn state laws banning people under 21 from carrying firearms in public, arguing that the rules violate the Second Amendment rights of young, but of-age gun owners.

In their challenge of the laws, the Second Amendment Foundation, Illinois State Rifle Association and Firearms Policy Coalition claim allowing only people over 21 to hold licenses to carry guns not only violates their Second Amendment rights but unfairly targets a group less likely to commit violent crimes than their older counterparts.

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

Los Angeles Councilman Harassed by Woke Mob of Homeless Justice Warriors Following Encampment Cleanup

Los Angeles Democrat City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell was targeted Wednesday afternoon by a group of progressive activists who were furious the councilman moved an extremely dangerous homeless encampment out of Echo Park Lake in his district.

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

Mendocino Cafe Owner Says He’ll Add an Extra $5 Fee for Mask-Wearing Patrons

Customers at one Northern California cafe were taken aback Monday morning after they got a glimpse of the new store policy that greeted them at the door.

“$5 FEE ADDED TO ORDERS PLACED WHILE WEARING A FACE MASK,” read the poster on the glass window at Fiddlehead’s Cafe in Mendocino. A second sign with the same memo was located by the register.

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

Minneapolis Teacher Suspended After Wearing Trump Mask on Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

A public school teacher in Minneapolis has been placed on leave after wearing a red face mask with “Trump” written on it Tuesday.

The incident allegedly took place at Keewaydin Elementary School within Minneapolis. According to local outlet CBS Minnesota, the pro-Trump mask was worn on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. Floyd died in Minneapolis Police custody on May 25 last year. Ex-officer Derek Chauvin is awaiting sentencing after being convicted last month of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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

New York Times COVID Reporter Says it’s “Racist” To Discuss Wuhan Lab Leak Theory

A New York Times reporter who specializes in COVID-19 coverage tweeted that it was “racist” to even talk about the Wuhan lab leak theory.

The lab leak issue has received a wave of attention following the Biden’s administration’s announcement that a 90 day investigation would be conducted into its veracity.

The NYT itself also reported yesterday that the U.S. intelligence community has been sitting on a “raft” of evidence pertaining to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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

Rand Paul: No Democrat Sent Well Wishes After Assault, Death Threats; “the Left Thinks it’s Hilarious”

Senator Rand Paul revealed Thursday that he never received any well wishes or sentiments from any Democrats after he was brutally assaulted in 2017, or after receiving death threats as he did this week when white powder was sent to his family home and discovered by his wife Kelley Paul.

Appearing on Fox Business along with his wife to talk about the incident, Paul said “We have people on the left who think it’s just hilarious,” adding that social media trolls “encourage crazy people across the country.”

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

Senate Unanimously Approves Amendment Banning Chinese Gain-of-Function Research

Following Friday’s bombshell revelation that Dr. Anthony Fauci has supported ‘gain of function’ research, even arguing that the “risks” (which include a worldwide pandemic caused by a potential lab accident) were outweighed by the potential benefits to humanity, it’s worth revisiting a vote that quietly took place earlier this week in the Senate.

Sen. Paul has been arguing with Dr. Fauci about the merits of the research and whether they’re outweighed by the risks of deadly lab leaks for weeks now. He memorably took the good doctor to task during a hearing of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hectoring over his prior support for gain of function research in China, to which Dr. Fauci insisted that was not the case.

Now, reporting by the Australian, which brought to light an obscure 2012 paper written by the doctor, has proven the doctor’s comments to be disingenuous.

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

The San Jose Gunman Appeared to Specifically Target His Victims, Sheriff Says

The gunman who killed nine colleagues at a light rail yard in Northern California before taking his own life appeared to target his victims, a sheriff told CNN on Thursday.

During Wednesday morning’s rampage at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) property in San Jose, the shooter — identified as Sam Cassidy — told a local union official there that ‘I’m not going to shoot you,’ Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said.

The union official does not work for VTA, Smith said.

Cassidy, a VTA employee, fatally shot his coworkers inside two buildings around the time of a morning shift change before killing himself in front of responding law enforcement officers, authorities said. Authorities said Thursday they recovered three handguns, rather than two they initially said he carried.

The handguns were legally obtained and registered, the FBI San Francisco special agent in charge Craig Fair said Thursday.

In 2016, Cassidy was found with a memo book filled with notes of hatred toward VTA after US Customs and Border Protection officers searched his bags, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed to CNN. Officers also found books about terrorism and fear and manifestos, the official said.

Cassidy was returning from a trip to the Philippines. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report information about CBP’s search of Cassidy.

‘Based on recent developments in the investigation we can say that the suspect has been a highly disgruntled VTA employee for many years, which may have contributed to why he targeted VTA employees,’ a news release from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

‘These People Are Armed With Machetes’: City Council Member on Austin’s Homeless Encampment

During an interview with Fox and Friends First on Thursday, City Councilwoman Mackenzie Kelly of Austin, Texas, shared her experiences and serious concerns over a large armed homeless encampment that has set up near Austin City Hall. Kelly went out to speak to them, and spoke about what she found.

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

Times Square Shooting Suspect Extradited From Florida

Farrakhan Muhammad allegedly shot 3 bystanders on May 8 in New York City’s crowded Times Square

The man accused of opening fire in New York City’s Times Square and wounding three people, including a 4-year-old, earlier this month has been extradited to New York and is now in NYPD custody, authorities said Friday night.

Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, allegedly shot at a group of men on May 8 — striking bystanders and creating a chaotic scene in a densely crowded tourist area known as the Crossroads of the World.

U.S. Marshals took him into custody without incident four days later at a McDonald’s in Starke, Fla. He was eating in the parking lot with his girlfriend and had changed his hairstyle and shaved off his beard…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

U.S. Intel Sitting on Large Amount of Evidence Concerning Lab Leak Theory

U.S. intelligence has been sitting on a “raft” of evidence pertaining to the Wuhan lab leak origin of COVID-19, according to a report published by the New York Times.

After Joe Biden announced a 90 day investigation into the theory, it has been revealed that there is “a raft of still-unexamined evidence that required additional computer analysis that might shed light on the mystery,” according to senior administration officials quoted by the newspaper.

“In other words, the US government has been sitting on a large collection of intelligence in perhaps the most important investigation into an economy-wrecking global pandemic, as China destroyed evidence and has refused to cooperate with international probes,” reports Zero Hedge.

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

Watch: Joe Biden Spots Young Girl in Audience, Creepily Says She Looks Like a 19-Year-Old

During a speech at Joint Base Langley-Eustice in Hampton, Virginia Friday, President Joe Biden made a comment about a little girl’s barrettes and how she “looked like a 19 year old.”

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

Wisconsin Gun Sales Spiked When the Pandemic Began, Still High a Year Later

On Wednesday, a mass shooting left eight people dead at a rail yard in San Jose, CA.

The episode follows a weekend of a dozen mass shootings nationwide that left 13 people dead and many more injured.

Sales of firearms tend to spike after mass shootings, but since March of 2020, there hasn’t been a spike so much as a constant increase in firearms sales.

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

Wokeness at Fed’s Regional Banks Puts Central Bank Independence at Risk

Regional Federal Reserve Banks are taking an increasingly “alarming” stance on politically charged issues like racial justice, according to Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania who is the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee.

Federal Reserve banks in Atlanta, Boston and Minneapolis recently dedicated resources to social policy, reflecting the political leaning of officials who are neither elected nor confirmed by the Senate.

The Federal Reserve’s mission statement mandates the central bank to achieve maximum employment and stable prices while being free from political influence. Experience has shown that countries with independent central banks achieve better outcomes for their citizens.

Pursuing a highly politicized social agenda unrelated to monetary policy is inflicting “reputational damage” on the Minneapolis, Atlanta and Boston Fed banks and the Federal Reserve as a whole, Toomey said.

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

“People Need to Hear the Message”: Edmontonians Host Freedom Rally Outside Alberta Legislature

Every Saturday since the beginning of the pandemic lockdown, Edmontonians have been gathering at the legislature grounds to protest the restrictions on their civil liberties, their personal interactions and their businesses.

Last Saturday, approximately 150 people, including rodeo renegade Ty Northcott, gathered together to hear speeches, soak up the sun and embrace a little normalcy together outside.

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

Antifa Holds “Illegal Gathering” — Calgary Police Don’t Mind

On Sunday, May 24, I went undercover at an Abolish/Defund The Police rally in downtown Calgary. My objective was to document how the police treated them, given the protest theme, but also to find any similarities or inconsistencies to how other “illegal” gatherings are treated (like places of worship or anti-lockdown protests).

The abolition rally was organized by none other than Taylor McNallie, a well known radical here in Alberta. You may have seen her counter protesting Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s Street Church last month, organizing her Antifa faction “Mohkansists.” Or perhaps you know her from her bubble bath show, where her and others eat different food in bubble baths at a non-masked, non-clothed gathering!

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

Canadian Civil Liberties Association Challenging N.S. Injunction

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has made good on a promise to challenge the Nova Scotia injunction banning public gatherings during the pandemic, filing papers Friday seeking intervenor status and a court appearance next week.

The CCLA was not named in the original court action launched by the province, which targeted the group Freedom Nova Scotia and individuals who were mostly only identified as John and Jane Doe.

The injunction was granted just before an anti-mask rally that was planned for downtown Halifax.

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

Horrifying: Remains of 215 Children Found on Grounds of Former Kamloops Residential School

A grisly discovery confirmed a grisly story maintained for years by Tk’Emlups Te Secwe’Pemc nation, when, on Thursday, ground-penetrating radar managed to discover the remains of 215 children.

The mass unmarked grave was found on the ground of what used to be the Kamloops Indian Residential School, founded in 1890 and closed for good in 1978.

According to CTV News Calgary, Rosanne Casimir, the chief of the Tk’Emlups Te Secwe’Pemc, called the tragedy “An unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented.”

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

Kevin J. Johnston Denied Bail by Calgary Judge, Deemed Too High Risk to Reoffend

Controversial Calgary mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston, who now faces criminal charges in three provinces, has been denied bail after his arrest earlier this week.

On Friday afternoon, a Calgary judge ruled Johnston is too high a risk to reoffend and ordered he be held in custody pending trial.

Johnston’s case will be back in court Monday.

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

Quebec Police Detain Senior for Breaking Curfew

Quebecers are enjoying the first days of the summer-like weather, after being under one of the toughest lockdown measures in North America, which included a curfew at night for at least four months.

On this day, Montreal residents took the narrow gap between work and curfew to enjoy the weather at La Fontaine Park.

Even though they finally left behind the dark winter, they still haven’t yet left the curfew behind. Anyone who breaks the curfew that starts at 9.30 p.m. is liable for a $1,550 fine.

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

‘Border Protection, Family Policy, Christian Culture’ — Hungary’s Orban Meets Spanish Vox Part Leader Santiago Abascal in Budapest

The future of Europe must not lack the voices of the parties committed to the freedom and traditions of the European nations, which represent many millions of citizens committed to traditional European values, agreed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the chairman of the rapidly growing Vox Party in Spain, Santiago Abascal.

The two political leaders met yesterday to discuss areas of cooperation, Orban’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi told national news agency MTI. Abascal’s conservative Vox party has been growing in prominence in Spain. Following the national elections in 2019, Vox secured 3.6 million votes (18 percent) and 52 seats in the Congress of Deputies, becoming the third-largest party in the country.

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

Czech Officials: Pandemic is Slowing Down and Won’t Significantly Worsen

Even worst-case scenarios on the development of the Covid-19 epidemic do not see Czech hospitals running out of free capacity, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS) Ladislav Dusek stated to the press.

The reason behind this optimism is the high vaccination coverage among seniors, who, as the most at-risk group, accounted for almost three-quarters of hospitalizations.

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

EU Moves to Criminalize Speech on the Web, Could Pose Serious Threat to Conservatives and Critics of Mass Migration

The European Union is preparing to expand its list of potential speech crimes and include hate speech that spreads on various internet platforms, but what the EU actually defines as hate speech could amount to criminalizing speech critical of mass migration and multiculturalism.

European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders promised this week that the Commission would soon present a proposal to unify legislation involving harassment and hatred online across the bloc. Until now, these matters have been the responsibility of individual states.

As the Commission said last year, the law should punish all allegedly hateful messages on the web, not only those supporting terrorism but also comments concerning race, religion, or sexual orientation.

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

Facebook Threatens Irish News Outlet Gript With Deletion

Irish media outlet Gript is at risk of losing its Facebook page for alleged repeated violations of the platform’s policies. The most recent “violations” involves a historical fact post about German soldiers, which, according to Facebook, violated its policies on “promoting hateful individuals and organizations.”

In an article on its website, Gript editors argue in favor of limiting the power of Facebook, and other Big Tech companies. The sentiments came after the outlet received an email from Facebook, notifying them that their page “is at risk of being unpublished” for “repeated violations of Facebook’s content policies.”

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

Finland Interior Ministry Considers Letting Police Wear Hijabs as Official Uniform

Finland’s Ministry of the Interior is investigating the possibility of letting female officers wear hijabs as part of their police uniform.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Kirsi Pimia stated that an investigation into the matter started last year but was ultimately not completed.

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

German Scientist Discovers What Causes Rare Blood Clots in Some AstraZeneca Jab Recipients

A German scientist may have found a solution to one of the biggest problems plaguing the global vaccine rollout: the rare but sometimes deadly blood clots seen in some vaccinated patients who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford jab.

A team of scientists in Germany believes it has pinpointed the cause of these blood clots, which can be eliminated with a relatively easy tweak.

According to the FT, Rolf Marschalek, a professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt who has been leading studies into the rare condition since March, said his research showed the problem was related to the adenovirus vectors that both the AstraZeneca vaccine and the J&J vaccine use to deliver the genetic instructions for the spike protein of the Sars-Cov-2 virus into the body.

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

Mental Health and Climate Change Are Linked, Most Pressing Issues, Claims Prince Harry

Prince Harry has claimed that mental health and alleged manmade climate change are linked and that both are the most important issues in the world.

The Duke of Sussex made the remarks during an episode of the Apple TV series The Me You Can’t See, released on Friday.

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

‘Too Early to Say’ Whether UK Can End COVID Restrictions on Schedule, Says Health Secretary

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that it was “too early to say” if the end of COVID-19 restrictions will come on June 21st as scheduled.

Mr Hancock made the remarks amidst the latest government figures revealing that up to three-quarters of new Chinese coronavirus cases are the Indian variant. Another mutant strain has also been found in the UK, first identified in Thailand, the government says.

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

UK: More Scientists Demand Lab Leak Investigation; Claim They Were Ostracised for Presenting Research Backing the Scenario

More prominent scientific figures have thrown their weight behind calls for investigating the lab leak theory as the cause of the coronavirus pandemic, with some revealing they were previously ostracised for presenting research that suggested the scenario was realistic.

The Daily Mail reports that British vaccine researcher and professor of oncology Angus Dalgleish struggled to find a publisher for his paper suggesting the virus’s spike protein contains artificially inserted sequences.

The report notes that the professor “said the research was shunned by the scientific community, who did not want to threaten China or be seen to be agreeing with President Donald Trump — who was a big advocate for the theory the virus was leaked from a lab at the time.”

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

Israel’s Backfiring Vaccine Passport “Irreconcilable With Basic Principles of the Medical Profession”

Israel has proven to the world that vaccine passports do not work, according to five Israeli professors in the fields of medicine and ethics. The professors claim the vaccine passports are an affront to civil liberties and cause segregation and discrimination, which in turn make even pro-vaccination people resent it.

In an opinion piece published in The Telegraph, five professors opined that the world should learn from Israel that vaccine passports do not work.

“As professors in Israel’s medical sphere, we’ve found passes to be irreconcilable with basic principles of the medical profession,” they wrote.

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

Five Muslim Bangladeshi Nationals Arrested in Bengaluru for Gang Rape of a Tribal Woman From North East India

How these Bangladeshi Muslims dare to come in India and rape our girls? Why Police don’t shoot them at sight?

Bharti Singh | HENB | Bengaluru | May 28, 2021:: Five Bangladeshi nationals, including a woman, all Muslims were arrested in Bengaluru on Thursday in connection with the brutal assault and gang rape of a woman in Ramamurthy Nagar, off Old Madras Road. The video of the gang rape and brutality had gone viral in northeast India, prompting Assam police to issue photos of the five accused on Wednesday. They had even promised a reward for those providing information about the crime.

The arrested accused are Sagar Usman, 23; Mohammed Babu Sahik, 30; Ridoy Babu Jahangir, 25, all residents of Bengaluru and Hakil Ansari, 23 a resident of Hyderabad, as report came in. Police also arrested a woman, whose identity police did not reveal. From source it was confirmed that the woman was also a converted Muslim and took active part in the gang rape and brutal assault on a Hindu root tribal woman from North East India. It was told that a beer bottle was also inserted in the personal part of the victim during the rape and assault.

Unless the Assam police did not appear in the scene nit was perhaps not too much headache for the Bengaluru Police as assumed.

However, Bengaluru police said that the crime took place last week. The survivor appears to be a victim of human trafficking. “All five accused and the rape survivor are from Bangladesh. The offence took place in Bengaluru. They recorded the video in the city and later shared it online,” police said. The arrested Bangladeshi youths recorded the assault video and posted it on social media last week.

Probe revealed that the gang had trafficked woman to B’luru We arrested the suspects from Ramamurthy Nagar area based on specific information,” an officer said. Following the assault, the survivor fled to a neighbouring state and a police team has been rushed to bring her to the city, police said.

Ramamurthy Nagar police have booked a case of rape and assault against all the five accused, in a very dilly dally manner.

Investigations revealed that the gang had trafficked the woman to Bengaluru. She initially broke free and fled to Kerala, but the gang forcibly brought her back to Bengaluru. But, image such crimes by foreign national from Bangladesh and may be they are all illegal infiltrators are running their trafficking af human flesh business under the nose of Bengaluru Police!

In the video, the female associate is seen helping the four men, who unleashed a brutal sexual assault on the trafficked woman.

The video on social media went viral, especially in northeastern states, and the woman was suspected to be from the region.

Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for AYUSH, Youth Affairs and Sports, had appealed to netizens on Twitter to help crack the case. There were references on social media that the attacked woman could be a Nagaland resident who died by suicide in Jodhpur recently. But Rijiju confirmed via a tweet on Wednesday that the Jodhpur woman and the woman in the video were different.

Now, Karnataka is a BJP ruled state. The State Govt must crack down all such Bangladeshi Muslim Rackets in the state to play with the honor and life of Indian girls under their target.

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Marriages Held Secretly During COVID-19 Lockdown Declared Illegal in India’s Madhya Pradesh

Government data suggests that 32 percent of the total population are married off in Madhya Pradesh before they reach the legal age to be married. Despite mass gatherings being forbidden in the state, people have gone ahead with scheduled marriages in the past few weeks.

In the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, couples who tied the knot this month may have a fight on their hands in trying to prove that the marriage is official, as the state government has declared that weddings held secretly during the May lockdown are illegal.

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Beijing Doubles Down on Claims COVID Leaked From Maryland Military Base

President Biden’s decision to give intelligence agencies 90 days to determine the origins of the coronavirus, along with last night’s revelation that US intelligence agencies have been sitting on a massive pile of evidence suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has prompted the CCP to fire up its propaganda machine.

In comments made Thursday, a top spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry revived one of the CCP’s favorite false narratives from the early days of the outbreak: the notion that the virus was created in the US (not China), and was purposefully deployed by the American military to undermine Chinese society.

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Former State Department Official Says Idea COVID-19 Emerged Naturally is “Ridiculous”

A former State Department official says that the idea the COVID-19 virus emerged naturally out of a zoonotic situation is “ridiculous.”

David Asher told Fox News that the scientific community consensus that the virus emerged in Wuhan as a result of a mutation in animals is completely inaccurate.

“We were finding that despite the claims of our scientific community, including the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Fauci’s NIAID organization, there was almost no evidence that supported a natural, zoonotic evolution or source of COVID-19,” said the former State Department official.

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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced for 2019 Protests

MAE SOT, THAILAND — Several of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists were again under the strain of the city’s judicial system on Friday, after a court sentenced eight to prison for their role in protests two years ago.

Ten pro-democracy activists, including Jimmy Lai, Lee Cheuk-Yan and Avery Ng, pleaded guilty last week for their involvement in organizing an unauthorized assembly on October 1, 2019. The street protests in Hong Kong — which took place while China’s central government celebrated its 70th anniversary — attracted thousands and turned violent, with a teenage protester shot by police. Hundreds more were arrested.

Wan Chai District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock sentenced eight of the group — Avery Ng, Figo Chan, Cyd Ho, Albert Ho, Yeung Sum, Jimmy Lai, Lee Cheuk Yan and Leung Kwok-hung — to jail terms ranging from 14 to 18 months. The remaining two, Sin Chung and Richard Tsoi, were given suspended sentences. Six of the 10 had been remanded to custody since May 18 following their guilty pleas and had bail applications rejected.

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Cashed-Up Chinese Buyers Swarm Australia’s Housing Market With Their Sights Set on Major East Coast Suburbs — and the Change to Working From Home is Playing a Major Role

Cashed-up Chinese buyers are returning to drive Australia’s housing prices up with an influx of enquiries for property coming from the Asian superpower.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

New Zealand: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Talked Off Tracks

Extinction Rebellion protesters again took to the tracks at the Dunedin Railway Station yesterday morning in a bid to prevent a train carrying coal from Southland from passing through.

It was the latest in a series of protests against the use of coal in New Zealand.

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Protesters in Melbourne Say They Will Not Comply With the Fourth Lockdown

At 11.59 pm last night, Victoria was plunged into its fourth statewide lockdown.

At this stage, the lockdown is for seven days.

The only reasons you may now leave your home are:

  • Essential shopping
  • Authorised work or education
  • Exercise within your 5km for a maximum of 2 hours
  • Caregiving and medical reasons
  • To get vaccinated

Hours before the lockdown began, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Flinders St station and marched to the state Parliament.

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Scientists Confirm Discovery of Giant Tortoise Believed Extinct Since 1906

May 27 (UPI) — A giant tortoise believed to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago has been found in the Galapagos Islands, and researchers are now preparing an expedition to see if more can be found.

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What’s Going on With Mexican Politics? 88 Mayoral Candidates Murdered, 18 Register as Trans Women for “Gender Parity”

Election season in Mexico has always been a dangerous game, with politicians regularly knocked off by cartels seeking to install ‘friendly’ candidates by process of elimination.

Since the start of the electoral process in Sep. 2020, eighty-eight politicians have been murdered nationwide, according to TeleSur. The most recent, Citizens Movement (MC) candidate Alma Barragan, was shot to death while driving by unidentified assailants, just a few hours after she attended a campaign event. Barragan marks the third murdered candidate in Guanajuato alone ahead of the region’s June 6 election.

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

Breaking: Illegal Immigrant Convicted of Murdering Mollie Tibbetts

An Iowa jury how found illegal immigrant Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts.

Former President Trump at the time of the killing condemned immigration policies that would allow the suspect to illegally be in the country while liberal media claimed the Trump administration was vilifying an immigrant for political gain.

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

French Senator Denounces ‘Exponential’ Increase of Minor Migrant Crime

French Senator Henri Leroy has denounced the “worrying increase” in underage migrant delinquency, a rise which he said appears to be “exponential”.

A former police officer, Leroy stated that most major French cities are affected by a rise in underage migrant crime. A fact-finding mission at the French Senate was recently launched into issue.

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

Switzerland: Young Family Attacked by Foreign Suspects, Father Stabbed

A father was stabbed and his family attacked by armed foreign suspects this week in the Swiss border city of Basel, according to reports.

A couple and their two young children were walking along a city street on Wednesday evening when two males ambushed them.

The husband, 25, managed to fight off the assailants, but was hospitalized with stab wounds, according to Basel-Stadt police.

“The first suspect is 25 to 30 years old, about 175 cm tall, has brown skin and dark brown short hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt, light blue jeans, red sneakers, and a black leather jacket,” Blick reports.

While no description of the second perpetrator has been provided, both men were heard speaking in “Turkish or Arabic.”

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

U.S. Sees 3000% Rise in Sexual Predators Caught Illegally Crossing Border

The crisis at the U.S. southern border continues unabated as the Biden presidency enters its fourth month. Border officials have now revealed that the number of sexual predators arrested for crossing the border illegally has gone up by over 3,000 per cent. Fox News reports that Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector in Texas saw a 3,166 per cent increase in arrests of convicted sex offenders compared to the same timeframe last year.

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

Florida Ban on Transgender Athletes Awaits Gov. Desantis’ Signature

Tallahassee, Fla. — A wide-ranging education bill that includes a controversial provision to ban transgender female athletes from competing on high-school girls’ and college women’s sports teams was formally sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday.

The measure (SB 1028) seeks to make female athletes’ eligibility for sports teams contingent on their “biological sex” on birth certificates issued “at or near the time of the student’s birth.” House Republicans attached the transgender athlete ban to the sweeping education bill in the waning days of the legislative session that wrapped on April 30, after the controversial proposal had stalled in the Senate as a stand-alone measure.

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

Instagram Deletes Account of Maker-Focused Brand Garland Magazine

Instagram has suddenly removed the account of the maker-focused brand Garland Magazine, leaving it unable to post to the followers it had built on the tech platform.

Garland Magazine uses its social media accounts to share stories about makers from around the world and showcase the jewelry, crafts, and other items that they create.

But last Thursday (May 20), Instagram abruptly removed the account.

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

Poland’s Left-Wing Women’s Strike Calls Traditional Family Model ‘Fascist’ And Too White

The radically left and pro-abortionist Polish Women’s Strike has pushed for several large changes in many areas of life, and one of them is education.

In a recent Facebook post, the Women’s Strike leveled its criticism towards primary school and kindergarten curriculums which often depict the traditional family model in education books.

“Do you have school-aged children? Then you’ve surely have looked into their school books. The closer one is to the primer, the clearer the stereotypes are,” the organization pointed out.

The Women’s Strike underlined that promoting normality and tradition is detrimental to children and plainly defined the traditional family model as “fascist”.

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

Virginia Teacher Placed on Leave for Saying Biological Males Can’t be Females and Vice Versa

Tanner Cross, a gym teacher at Leesburg Elementary School in Loudon County, Virginia, delivered an explosive speech on Tuesday about how the school board couldn’t force him to tell his students that a biological boy could be a girl, or vice versa. He has now been placed on leave.

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

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