Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/10/2021

An advisor to the UK government, who is also a former communist, said the mask mandate should be continued indefinitely, and become like the wearing of seatbelts. Meanwhile, night club owners in the UK say they are prepared to defy the continuing lockdown and reopen their businesses.

In other news, Damien Tarel, the young Frenchman who slapped the face of President Emmanuel Macron, has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison, with fourteen months suspended.

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Financial Crisis
» Core Consumer Prices Surge at Fastest Rate Since 1992
» Data on Polish Economy Absolutely Shocking, Says Polish Economist
» Half of Pandemic Unemployment Funds May Have Been Stolen: Axios
» Over 11 Million Americans Are Still on Pandemic Jobless Benefits (Despite 9 Million Job Openings)
 
USA
» Creator-Based Apps Push Back Against Apple’s Cut
» Discovery Alert: A ‘Cool’ Planet — With Plenty of Atmosphere?
» Draft Antitrust Bills Against Big Tech Circulate Washington
» Florida Board Votes to Ban Critical Race Theory From State Classrooms
» Heart Inflammation in Young Men Higher Than Expected After Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines — U.S. CDC
» Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin Boosted Survival of Ventilated COVID-19 Patients by 200%: New Study Confirms
» Illinois Will Fully Reopen Friday, Pritzker Announces
» Lawmakers Demand Answers on Facebook Censorship at Behest of Biden Administration
» Man Kills Woman, Child, Himself at Florida Supermarket
» New York Officials Announce Independent Review of Fatal Police Shooting of DJ Henry
» Parson Will Sign Second Amendment Bill Declaring Federal Gun Laws ‘Invalid’ In Missouri
» ‘People Are Scared’ as Gang Activity Fuels Portland Violence
» Portland Police Driven Out of Headquarters After Year of Constant Vandalism
» Professor: Historians Will Look Back on Lockdowns as ‘Most Catastrophic Event of All Human History’
» Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump Would Have Won 2020 Election if Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Was Proven
» Teen Kills Father of Four After NY Judge Releases Him for Third Time in Four Months
» Texas Man Pleads Guilty in Ashburn Data Center Attack Plot
» UFOs Took US Nuclear Systems Offline Repeatedly, Former Pentagon UFO Office Chief Says
» Video: Rand Paul Says “Elitist” Fauci Believes Americans Too Stupid to See Through “Pseudoscience”
» Virginia Mom Who Survived Maoist China Eviscerates School Board’s Critical Race Theory Push
» Was Trump Right About Hydroxychloroquine All Along? New Study Shows Drug Touted by Former President Can Increase COVID Survival Rates by 200%
 
Canada
» GraceLife Takes Alberta Health to Court to Force Return of Barricaded Church
» Ontario Students Under Investigation After Video of Pride Flag Being Burned Circulates
» Police Called to Illegal Gathering of Up to 1,000 People at Burlington Park and Officers Trying to Prevent a Similar Gathering Planned for This Weekend
» Protesters Gather Below Sky Palace, Demand Right to Worship as They See Fit
 
Europe and the EU
» At G7, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson Sign Charter Committing to Defend Against “Disinformation”
» EU Calls for Unfettered Investigation Into Origins of COVID-19
» Frenchman Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail for Slapping Emmanuel Macron
» Hungary: PM Orban Announces Income Tax Refund for Families With Children
» Liberal-Left Polish MEPs Support German Effort to Remove EU Veto Mechanism
» Orban Defends Hungarian Fans Who Booed ‘Take a Knee’, Labels Gesture a “Provocation”
» Poland Wants to End Political Censorship Online
» Pope Francis Will Meet PM Orban and President Ader in Hungary
» President of Britain? Biden Formally Reprimands Boris for Not Caving to EU
» Scotland Players Won’t ‘Take a Knee’ Before Match With England
» UK Government Adviser Says Mask Mandates Should Continue “Forever”
» UK Nightclub Owners Say They’re Prepared to Break the Law to Defy Lockdown Restrictions
» UK: Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘Prepared to be Arrested’ Over Theatre Reopening
» UK: G7 Summit: Police on Alert as 40 Groups Plan Protests — Extinction Rebellion Plans Stunt
» UK: London: Multiple Cops Confront One Maskless Man in Tube Station
» UK: Noel Gallagher Slams Prince Harry as a “F**king Woke Snowflake”
» UK: Parliament Slams Oxford Profs: ‘Useless Bunch’ Driven by ‘Wokeness’
 
Middle East
» Turkish DNA Project Calls for Boycott After Ancestry.Com Highlights Many Greeks Were Turkified
 
Russia
» Trump to Biden: ‘Good Luck’ With Putin Meeting, ‘Don’t Fall Asleep!’
 
South Asia
» Local Awami League and Hindu Mahajot Leader Shot and Hacked to Death in Islamic Bangladesh
» Pakistan: Raped, Punched Kicked and Hit With a Pistol — But Undaunted
 
Far East
» Microsoft Continues to be Accused of Censorship, Deleting “Kung Flu” Comments
 
Australia — Pacific
» Dan Andrews is Challenged to Answer All of the 12 Questions About His Mysterious Fall — After Finally Breaking His Silence on Wild ‘Cover Up’ Conspiracy Theories
» ‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’: Victorian Government Ministers Are Blasted After Being Caught Breaking Their Own Mandatory Mask Laws During Melbourne’s Hated Lockdown
» New Zealand: ‘Makes You Sick’: Calls for Hate Speech Law Change After Mosque Attack Victim’s Son Racially Abused
» Scott Morrison Says Australia’s International Travel Won’t Restart Even if Most of the Country Gets Vaccinated
» Shocking Moment Well-Dressed Couple From in One of Sydney’s Trendiest Areas Tell an Asian Man to ‘Get Out of Our Suburb’ In Wild Rant Before Threatening to Kill Him
» Victoria Braces for More Rain as 160,000 Residents Spend a Freezing Cold Night Without Power and a Man Dies in Nightmare Flash Flooding
» Vigilantes Confront a Group of Teen Gang Members in an Alleged Stolen Car as They Enter a Hungry Jack’s Car Park — But Cops Advise Against Trying to Help Them Do Their Job
 
Immigration
» ‘A Very Welcome Proposal’: Danish Asylum Camps in Africa Hailed by Swedish Politicians
» Crackdown on Migrants Who Pose as Children: Adults Who Pretend to be Under 18 to Claim Asylum in UK Will be Reviewed by New Specialist Unit to Assess Their Age
» Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says State Will Build Its Own Border Wall
» UK: Border Force Intercepts 10 More Migrants Crossing the Channel as Number to Make Dangerous Journey During Soaring Temperatures This Month Passes 1,000
» Voter Preference for Anti-Immigration Parties in Italy is Rising
 
Culture Wars
» Authors Are Editing Books Post Publication After Being Targeted by Online Outrage Mobs
» UK: Breaking: Woman Wins Case After Being Terminated for Stating Gender Critical Beliefs
» Watch: Tucker Carlson Interviews Former Google Employee Who Was Fired After Questioning Woke Training Programs
 

Core Consumer Prices Surge at Fastest Rate Since 1992

With the world’s eyes having moved on from China’s rip-roaring PPI (and post-data decision to unleash price controls), this morning’s CPI print has been heralded as the arbiter of “is it transitory or not” with some (BofA) even suggesting we are nearing a period of “transitory hyperinflation.” The answer for now is — inflation’s still accelerating as headline CPI soared 5.0% YoY (hotter than the +4.7% expected). That is the highest level of inflatuion since Aug 2008.

But it is core CPI that is the huge outlier, soaring 3.8% YoY — the hottest level of inflation since 1992…

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

Data on Polish Economy Absolutely Shocking, Says Polish Economist

The scale of rebound in the Polish industry is incredible and the services sector is soon to follow, said economist and market analyst Ignacy Morawski in a recent interview with Polish media outlet Gazeta.pl Next.

Morawski admitted that when he looked at some data on Poland’s economy, he was “pushed into his chair. In the case of basically any piece of data, it is better than expected. Polish export is speeding along as it never had.”

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

Half of Pandemic Unemployment Funds May Have Been Stolen: Axios

As much as half of the unemployment benefits paid by the US government over the past year may have been stolen through fraud, with the bulk ultimately ending up outside the country — likely into the hands of foreign crime syndicates in China, Nigeria, Russia and elsewhere, according to Axios‘ Felix Salmon.

According to some estimates, unemployment fraud during the pandemic could ‘easily reach $400 billion,’ as states weren’t prepared for the unprecedented wave of unemployment claims

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

Over 11 Million Americans Are Still on Pandemic Jobless Benefits (Despite 9 Million Job Openings)

Initial Jobless claims continued their slide week-over-week (from 385k to 376k), but remain near pandemic lows (but are still almost double those pre-pandemic levels)…

Pennsylvania saw the biggest weekly drop in claims (the opposite of the prior week when PA claims surged). Illinois saw the biggest jump in claims

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

Creator-Based Apps Push Back Against Apple’s Cut

Apple’s App Store rules are once again a subject of contention as a startup geared toward allowing creators to monetize their content struggles to prevent Apple from taking a huge chunk of the in-app payments its users receive.

The Big Tech behemoth, on the other hand, wants that 30 percent cut from all purchases taking place in the iPhone app of Fanhouse, the startup in question.

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

Discovery Alert: A ‘Cool’ Planet — With Plenty of Atmosphere?

The planet: TOI-1231 b

The discovery: A planet some 90 light-years away from Earth is oddly reminiscent of our own Neptune — that is, a gaseous world with a potentially rich atmosphere, ripe for study. The planet is more than 3 1/2 times as big around as Earth and warm by Earthly standards at 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 Celsius). But astronomers say it is one of the “coolest,” comparatively small planets known to date, and in a prime position for the components of its atmosphere to be teased apart by space telescopes.

Key facts: TOI-1231 b orbits a red-dwarf star — smaller but longer lived than our own Sun — with a year, once around the star, that is 24 days long. But the planet stays relatively cool despite its close orbit because its star also is on the cooler side. Though not habitable due to its size, the planet could offer scientists one of their first chances to capture a “bar-code” type reading of the atmosphere of a temperate, Neptune-sized exoplanet — a planet orbiting another star. This will allow comparisons with similar worlds elsewhere in the galaxy, bringing potentially deep insights into the composition and formation of exoplanets and planetary systems, including our own.

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

Draft Antitrust Bills Against Big Tech Circulate Washington

Legislators are about to introduce antitrust bills, focused on limiting the ever growing power of Big Tech companies. Both Republicans and Democrats agree on Big Tech’s antitrust practices.

According to Axios, drafts of antitrust bills, focusing on the anti-competition practices of Big Tech companies, are doing rounds in Washington. The bills will likely be introduced by the Antitrust Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

The subcommittee’s investigation into Big Tech’s antitrust practices began last year; it published a revealing report that recommended the revision of antitrust laws so that they account for the changes that have come with the internet age.

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

Florida Board Votes to Ban Critical Race Theory From State Classrooms

Florida adopted a new rule Thursday to prevent public schools from teaching critical race theory, a push led by Gov. Ron DeSantis as a way to prevent history that would “denigrate the Founding Fathers” from being taught in state classrooms.

DeSantis, following a national conservative playbook, said he wanted to prevent instructors from “teaching kids to hate their country.”

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

Heart Inflammation in Young Men Higher Than Expected After Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines — U.S. CDC

(Reuters) —A higher-than-expected number of young men have experienced heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, according to data from two vaccine safety monitoring systems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.

The CDC and other health regulators have been investigating heart inflammation cases after Israel’s Health Ministry reported that it had found a likely link to the condition in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The agency said it is still assessing the risk from the condition and has not yet concluded that there was a causal relationship between the vaccines and cases of myocarditis or pericarditis.

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

Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin Boosted Survival of Ventilated COVID-19 Patients by 200%: New Study Confirms

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times

A new study has found that the use of weight-adjusted hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin (AZM) improved the survival of ventilated COVID-19 patients by nearly 200 percent.

The observational study, which hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed, was based on a re-analysis of 255 patients on invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) during the first two months of the pandemic in the United States.

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

Illinois Will Fully Reopen Friday, Pritzker Announces

CHICAGO — Illinois will move to a full reopening, also known as Phase 5, the final phase of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday, June 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday.

Starting Friday, the state will eliminate all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and all other venues.

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

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Facebook Censorship at Behest of Biden Administration

Following the revelation that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in email communication with the country’s top epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, House Republicans sent a letter demanding answers on why the company censored lab leak theories.

According to the Republican legislators, the emails suggest that Fauci advised Facebook to censor the lab leak theories.

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

Man Kills Woman, Child, Himself at Florida Supermarket

A man fatally shot a woman and a child inside a Florida supermarket Thursday before killing himself, authorities said, causing dozens to flee the store in panic.

The shooting happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. at a Publix located in a strip mall that also houses small shops and restaurants.

Detectives are reviewing security video and talking to witnesses, said Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera. She said investigators believe the shooter and the victims may have known each other. No names have been released…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

New York Officials Announce Independent Review of Fatal Police Shooting of DJ Henry

BOSTON — The 2010 death of a Black college student from Easton, Massachusetts, who was shot and killed by police in New York is being independently reviewed, officials said Thursday.

DJ Henry was fatally shot while driving away from a disturbance outside a bar in Pleasantville, New York, on Oct. 17, 2010. He was a student and football player at Pace University.

A former federal judge will assist the Westchester District Attorney’s Office in its review of Henry’s death and subsequent investigation, as well as the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a 68-year-old former U.S. Marine who was shot and killed by police at his home in 2011, New York officials said…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Parson Will Sign Second Amendment Bill Declaring Federal Gun Laws ‘Invalid’ In Missouri

Missouri police will be barred from enforcing federal gun laws that regulate weapons registration, tracking and possession of firearms by some domestic violence offenders under a bill Gov. Mike Parson, a former sheriff, announced Thursday he will sign into law.

Passage of the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” represents a victory for conservatives who have pushed the legislation for nearly a decade and picked up new momentum this year by responding to the Biden administration’s vows to enact stricter gun control.

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

‘People Are Scared’ as Gang Activity Fuels Portland Violence

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon’s most populous city had a rampant gang problem 30 years ago, Portland detectives were stunned if they found more than a few dozen bullet casings after a shooting. Now, police are recording multiple shootings a week with 50 to 70 shots fired, and in one case more than 150, as gang attacks and retaliatory shootings again spiral into a vicious cycle.

With more bullets comes more bloodshed. There have been 37 homicides in Oregon’s largest city so far this year, more than six times the number recorded in the same period last year. If nothing changes, Portland will surpass its all-time record for homicides of 70 set in 1987, when the city was in the midst of a gang siege.

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

Portland Police Driven Out of Headquarters After Year of Constant Vandalism

The Portland police have moved their police union headquarters after a year of near constant vandalism. PPA headquarters were in the Kenton neighborhood of the Rose City, but the building was a “target of vandalism” for Antifa militants and others during the past year of civil unrest.

It was in April that rioters attempted to set the headquarters ablaze. They were expressing their anger over the death of a man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The arson attempt took place on the second night of rioting in Portland over the death of Daunte Wright, who was shot during a traffic stop.

Local Fox affiliate Fox 12 reported that the new location for the headquarters has not yet been disclosed.

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

Professor: Historians Will Look Back on Lockdowns as ‘Most Catastrophic Event of All Human History’

Stanford University professor of medicine Jay Bhattacharya says that in years to come lockdowns will be looked back upon as the most catastrophically harmful policy in “all of history”.

Speaking on The London Telegraph podcast ‘Planet Normal’, Bhattacharya noted that government scientific advisors “remain attached” to the policy of lockdown in spite of the total “failure of this strategy”.

“I do think that future historians will look back on this and say this was the single biggest public health mistake, possibly of all history, in terms of the scope of the harm that it’s caused,” said Bhattacharya.

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

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump Would Have Won 2020 Election if Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Was Proven

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said former President Donald Trump would have won the 2020 election if investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and whether it escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, were not politicized.

“If COVID-19 had come about due to a Chinese lab leak, the top question on voters’ minds in the 2020 election would have become who was going to stand up to China. Which candidate would hold the Chinese accountable for unleashing the COVID-19 plague on the world?” wrote Graham for Fox News on Thursday.

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

Teen Kills Father of Four After NY Judge Releases Him for Third Time in Four Months

After a New York judge released a teen for the third time in four months on gun charges, the 16-year-old shot and killed a 34-year-old father of four. Alberto Ramirez is reportedly a gang member, and the incident apparently took place when he was in a rival gang’s neighborhood.

Alberto Ramirez is accused of shooting Eric Velasquez on May 16. Ramirez, who was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, first degree manslaughter, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, would not have been on the street had he not been previously released by NYC Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle—twice, according to the New York Post.

In December, Boyle let Ramirez go without bail on gun charges, and in March, Ramirez’s bail was set at a mere $10,000. Prosecutors had opposed the December release, and had asked for bail to be set at $75,000 in March.

Boyle’s failings also extend to how Ramirez was charged. Prosecutors had looked for him to be tried as an adult, but Judge Boyle refused. Boyle dropped the cases down to family court.

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

Texas Man Pleads Guilty in Ashburn Data Center Attack Plot

A Wichita Falls man who plotted to blow up an Amazon data center in Ashburn pleaded guilty Wednesday to malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern the District of Texas, Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested in April after attempting to obtain an explosive device from an undercover FBI employee in Fort Worth.

“Due in large part to the meticulous work of the FBI’s undercover agents, the Justice Department was able to expose Mr. Pendley’s twisted plot and apprehend the defendant before he was able to inflict any real harm,” Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah stated. “We may never know how many tech workers’ lives were saved through this operation—and we’re grateful we never had to find out. Bringing to justice domestic extremists remains one of the Department’s top priorities.”…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

UFOs Took US Nuclear Systems Offline Repeatedly, Former Pentagon UFO Office Chief Says

In a Tuesday interview with the Washington Post, Luis Elizondo, the former director of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), said unidentified flying objects (UFOs) repeatedly rendered U.S. nuclear capabilities inoperable.

Referring to UFOs by their official Pentagon designation, Unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAPs), Elizondo said, “We’ve had incidents where these UAPs have interfered and actually brought offline our nuclear capabilities.”

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

Video: Rand Paul Says “Elitist” Fauci Believes Americans Too Stupid to See Through “Pseudoscience”

Senator Rand Paul blasted Dr Fauci Wednesday, labelling him “an elitist” who believes Americans are not smart enough to make their own decisions about their health.

Appearing on Newsmax, Paul noted “I think it’s this — it’s one-size-fits-all and his idea that the regular people aren’t smart enough to make these regular decisions. So he just wants to treat everybody the same.”

“The one-size-fits-all strategy that everybody must get vaccinated ignores the science,” the Senator continued, adding “It’s mostly that he’s not telling the truth once again because he is an elitist, and he thinks we can’t handle the truth.”

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

Virginia Mom Who Survived Maoist China Eviscerates School Board’s Critical Race Theory Push

A Virginia mom who endured Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution before immigrating to the U.S. ripped a Virginia school board at a public meeting Tuesday over its stubborn support of the controversial critical race theory.

“I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools,” Xi Van Fleet told the Loudoun County School Board members. “You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history.”

She likened CRT, which critics deride as a form of “neo-racism,” to China’s Cultural Revolution, a Mao-led purge that left between 500,000 and 20 million people dead from 1966 to 1976. The estimates vary greatly and many details have been shrouded in secrecy for decades.

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

Was Trump Right About Hydroxychloroquine All Along? New Study Shows Drug Touted by Former President Can Increase COVID Survival Rates by 200%

Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug touted by Donald Trump as a preventative treatment for COVID-19, could significantly increase survival rates among severely ill patients.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

GraceLife Takes Alberta Health to Court to Force Return of Barricaded Church

Pastor James Coates, along with three congregants of GraceLife Church, have filed a court application against the Albertan authorities responsible for barricading their church in an effort to take back the property.

According to GraceLife’s legal team,

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms today announced that GraceLife Church (Grace Life), Pastor James Coates, and three church congregants (the Grace Life Applicants) have filed a court application against Alberta Health Services (AHS), Health Minister Tyler Shandro, and Chief Medical Officer of Health, Deena Hinshaw, to force the government to return the building and grounds of the Church.

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

Ontario Students Under Investigation After Video of Pride Flag Being Burned Circulates

On Tuesday, Peel Regional Police received a report that students at Cawthra Park Secondary School burned a pride flag, and then deliberately circulated video of such on social media.

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

Police Called to Illegal Gathering of Up to 1,000 People at Burlington Park and Officers Trying to Prevent a Similar Gathering Planned for This Weekend

The City of Burlington and Halton police say steps are being taken to prevent future illegal gatherings after around 1,000 people showed up at Beachway Park on the evening of Saturday, June 5.

Halton police media relations officer Const. Ryan Anderson said officers were on patrol in downtown Burlington when they became aware of several bonfires along the Beachway Park beach area.

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

Protesters Gather Below Sky Palace, Demand Right to Worship as They See Fit

On Wednesday, the Battle for Canada Worship Protest took to the Legislature grounds to sing, pray, and join together in fellowship in defiance of the Alberta lockdown on places of worship. The event was put together by Pastor Art Lucier from Kelowna’s Harvest Fellowship Church.

As of Wednesday night, Alberta was still in Stage 1 of the UCP government’s “Open for Summer” plan, with worship services limited to 15 per cent of fire code capacity. On Thursday, Alberta moved into Stage 2, allowing in-person services at up to one third of capacity.

Though it was pouring rain, about 500 people met right outside the infamous Sky Palace — where Premier Jason Kenney was recently seen on the penthouse rooftop patio violating his own lockdown on social gatherings — to send a message to the government that church is essential. The rally was attended by People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier, the Whistle Stop Cafe’s Chris Scott and Dr. Roger Hodkinson.

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

At G7, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson Sign Charter Committing to Defend Against “Disinformation”

At the 2021 G7 summit, an annual meeting attended by seven wealthy democracies, US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a charter that vows to collectively defend against a series of “new and old challenges” including “disinformation.”

The charter is a “revitalized” version of the original 1941 Atlantic Charter declaration that was released by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill on August 14, 1941 and provided a broad statement of US and British World War II aims.

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

EU Calls for Unfettered Investigation Into Origins of COVID-19

Authored by Alexander Zhang via The Epoch Times

European Union leaders on Thursday called for an unfettered investigation into the origins of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which they said is necessary to draw the right lessons from the pandemic.

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

Frenchman Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail for Slapping Emmanuel Macron

The man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron revealed he attacked the leader because of the “decay of our country” — as he was sent to jail for four months at a hearing Wednesday.

A court slapped Damien Tarel, 28, an aficionado of medieval swordsmanship and martial arts, with a sentence of 18 months in the slammer, but 14 of those months were suspended, Reuters reported.

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

Hungary: PM Orban Announces Income Tax Refund for Families With Children

If the country’s economic performance this year is strong enough, the state will refund the income tax for families with children early next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a Budapest economic conference on Wednesday.

If economic growth reaches 5.5 percent, families with children will get their paid personal income tax back in early 2022 to replenish their reserves spent in the crisis, Orban said at the conference organized by daily Vilaggazdasag.

This measure would cost the central budget 550 billion to 580 billion forints (€1.59 billion to €1.67 billion). The prime minister stressed that the richest do not need this, so a limit should be set at the level of the average income.

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

Liberal-Left Polish MEPs Support German Effort to Remove EU Veto Mechanism

Recently, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas raised the issue of the veto mechanism in the EU, which gives EU states the right to object to important issues in the EU forum. He declared that the veto mechanism must be removed from the EU.

“We can no longer permit for us to be taken hostage by those who are paralyzing European foreign policy with their veto,” he said.

Law and Justice (PiS) MEP Beata Mazurek warned, that “this has been the dream of some states for years. They would like to decide on key issues with a qualified majority. Such changes would strengthen the already strong EU states and would weaken the smaller ones even more.”

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

Orban Defends Hungarian Fans Who Booed ‘Take a Knee’, Labels Gesture a “Provocation”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended football fans who booed the ‘take a knee’ gesture before a game against Ireland, asserting that the display was a “provocation” and is only being performed in some European countries due to their historical guilt over slavery.

Irish players took a knee before the match on Tuesday evening, but they were roundly booed by thousands of supporters in Budapest, while Hungarian players remained standing.

Orban, a fiery populist and immigration hardliner, responded by saying it was the duty of Hungarian athletes to “fight standing up.”

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

Poland Wants to End Political Censorship Online

According to Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Big Tech corporations have amassed so much power that they control politics, and the solution is for governments around the world to introduce laws limiting that power.

Polish legislators are working on a bill that would make it illegal for online platforms to censor content that does not break Poland’s laws.

“Today, who sets these rules is really the master of destiny for society and for nation-states,” Morawiecki said in a recent interview with Newsweek. “So today, platforms and communication networks and intellectual property are even more important than the land and the buildings and the technology assembly lines and all the materials that go into creating these digital realms.”

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

Pope Francis Will Meet PM Orban and President Ader in Hungary

Despite what the international press wrote earlier, Pope Francis will meet both Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and President Janos Áder when he comes to Budapest on Sept. 12, the Conference of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops said in a statement on Wednesday.

Pope Francis will arrive for the closing Holy Mass of the 52nd Eucharistic World Congress, and it is planned that prior to the Mass he will to meet separately with the leaders of the Hungarian state, including President Janos Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, members of the government, and other high-ranking state leaders, the statement said.

“We find it unfortunate that false information and misinterpretations of the Holy Father’s program in Hungary, which is still being organized, have spread in local and international media. For example, the rumor that the Holy Father would have excluded anyone from his program is untrue,” the statement said.

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

President of Britain? Biden Formally Reprimands Boris for Not Caving to EU

Joe Biden has issued a formal reprimand to Boris Johnson for not rolling over to the European Union on whether or not it should continue to dictate what happens in the British province of Northern Ireland despite Brexit.

Although Biden’s surname traces its roots back to English settlers, he publicly self-identifies as an American-Irishman. Indeed, he often plays up the stereotype of the Irishman as congenitally anti-British, for example by declining to give a comment to the British Broadcasting Corporation with the words “The BBC? I’m Irish” shortly after his election, and has taken it upon himself to intervene in disputes between Britain and the EU, of which the Republic of Ireland is a member, on Brussels’ side.

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Scotland Players Won’t ‘Take a Knee’ Before Match With England

The Scotland football team has announced they will not be taking a knee during the Euro 2020 tournament, meaning players from every team in England’s group won’t perform the gesture while England players will continue to do so.

After considering the controversy surrounding the issue, “Scotland have confirmed they will not take the knee at Euro 2020 and will instead continue to take a stand against racism,” reports the Daily Mail.

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UK Government Adviser Says Mask Mandates Should Continue “Forever”

A UK government adviser and former Communist Party member Susan Michie says that mask mandates and social distancing should continue “forever” and that people should adopt such behaviour just as they did with wearing seatbelts.

Michie, who is a Professor of Health Psychology at UCL and a leading member of SAGE, said such control measures should become part of people’s “normal” routine behaviour.

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UK Nightclub Owners Say They’re Prepared to Break the Law to Defy Lockdown Restrictions

UK nightclub owners say they are willing to risk being arrested by opening up in violation of the law if restrictions are not lifted by the government on June 21st.

People in England and Wales were supposedly set to celebrate “freedom day” later this month when all mask mandates and social distancing measures end as the final stage of the government’s “road map” out of lockdown is reached.

However, advisers are once again pressuring Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep them in place for weeks or months longer due to the new Indian coronavirus variant, despite authorities asserting that the vaccine protects against the worst of it.

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UK: Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘Prepared to be Arrested’ Over Theatre Reopening

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he is determined to open his theatres on 21 June, even if he risks being arrested.

The impresario’s West End production of Cinderella is scheduled to begin previews on 25 June, four days after so-called “freedom day”.

“We are going to open, come hell or high water,” he told the Telegraph.

The government has said it will make a judgement soon on whether to proceed with the lifting of lockdown restrictions on 21 June.

According to reports, that date may be pushed back by the government due to concerns over the impact of Covid-19 variant.

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UK: G7 Summit: Police on Alert as 40 Groups Plan Protests — Extinction Rebellion Plans Stunt

Devon and Cornwall Police said around 40 groups who are planning to hold protests during the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday, have contacted the force to make their intentions known.

However, a handful of other groups, including those forming the Resist G7 Coalition, have said they will not liaise with police.

Inspector Nathan Johnson, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said these people represented a “big challenge” for officers and called it a “shame” that some protesters were unwilling to be co-operative.

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UK: London: Multiple Cops Confront One Maskless Man in Tube Station

A video out of London shows up to 10 police officers confronting a man in a tube station for not wearing a mask.

Yes, really.

The clip shows the maskless criminal being surrounded by a security guard and two police officers, one of whom is completely violating “social distancing” by touching him.

At least six other officers are also on hand close by monitoring the situation.

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UK: Noel Gallagher Slams Prince Harry as a “F**king Woke Snowflake”

Former Oasis icon Noel Gallagher didn’t mince words when asked what he thought about Prince Harry, calling the virtue signaling Royal a “f**king woke snowflake.”

Speaking with the Sun, the musician said he sympathized with the idea of having to put up with a mouthy younger brother.

“Prince William. I feel that f**king lad’s pain,” said Noel.

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UK: Parliament Slams Oxford Profs: ‘Useless Bunch’ Driven by ‘Wokeness’

More than 150 Oxford University academics are refusing to teach unless a statue of a controversial British colonial leader is removed — getting them ripped in Parliament as a “useless bunch” driven by “wokeness.”

The lecturers signed a “statement of a boycott of Oriel College” over the decision to keep a statue of Cecil Rhodes, who drove colonial expansion in southern Africa in the 1800s, and for whom the school’s Rhodes Scholarship is named, according to The Telegraph.

“Faced with Oriel’s stubborn attachment to a statue that glorifies colonialism and the wealth it produced for the college, we feel we have no choice but to withdraw all discretionary work and goodwill collaborations,” the lecturers’ statement said.

Reaction to the boycott threat came from as high up as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose office said he expects “appropriate action” to be taken to make sure students are compensated for any cancelled classes.

[Comment: Well, there are right-wingers, such as the John Birchers, who do not like Ceci Rhodes either.]

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Turkish DNA Project Calls for Boycott After Ancestry.Com Highlights Many Greeks Were Turkified

UPDATE: Since publication of this article, the Turkish DNA Project deleted their tweet.

The Turkish DNA Project, a misinformation portal on Facebook and Twitter known for posting genetic graphs and charts without references or sources, expressed frustration with Ancestry.com, the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.

The misinformation project called for “all Turks to boycott this company: Ancestry.”

“AncestryDNA prioritizes to demonize the Turkish people and delegitimaze their presence in Turkey rather than giving information about the genetic structure of the relevant population,” they said in a post.

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Trump to Biden: ‘Good Luck’ With Putin Meeting, ‘Don’t Fall Asleep!’

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday wished President Biden luck in his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — and also encouraged him to stay awake.

“Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin—don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!” Trump said in an emailed statement.

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Local Awami League and Hindu Mahajot Leader Shot and Hacked to Death in Islamic Bangladesh

Ujjwal Dasgupta | HENB | Dhaka | June 10, 2021:: Islamist assailants hacked a Union Parishad (UP) member to death in Hatia upazila of Noakhali in the early hours of Thursday.

The deceased Rabindra Chandra Das, in his forties, was the member of Ward 3 of Char Ishwar Union Parishad, according to media reports.

He was the vice president of Hatia upazila unit Awami Swechchhasebak League and a member of the working committee of the upazila unit Awami League. Rabindra Chandra Das was also the leader of Bangladesh Hindu Mahajot (Bangaldesh Grand Hindu Alliance) in Noakhali district.

The victim was vying for the same post in the upcoming UP polls scheduled to be held on June 21 and was protesting the Islamists taking taxes from the minority Hindus on many occasions.

Das was returning to his house at Oskhali in Sadar upazila from Banglabazar under Char Ishwar union with his fellows on three motorbikes, said Hatia police station OC Md Abul Khayer.

According to local sources, a group of assailants attacked Rabindra Chandra when he was returning home on a motorcycle with Upazila Sramik League President Al Amin around 2am. Al Amin, who was riding on the back of the motorcycle, managed to run away but the attackers managed to catch Rabindra.

Later, they shot him and later hacked him indiscriminately, leaving dead on the spot.

On information, a team of police recovered Rabindra’s body.

The eyewitness, Al Amin, claimed that as soon as they reached near Chairman Azad’s home, his son Omi, nephew Sohail, and few others opened fire targeting their motorcycle.

Police rushed him to the Hatia Upazila Health Complex where he succumbed to injuries, said the police officer.

The Islamic torture on minorities in Bangladesh is all time high but suppressed anyway in which the Hindus are miserably persecuted all along with evilest brutality.

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Pakistan: Raped, Punched Kicked and Hit With a Pistol — But Undaunted

A young Christian woman in Pakistan has described how she struggled for her life when a man entered her home at gunpoint, began raping her and tried to kill her after she refused to marry him and convert to Islam.

Neelam Majid Masih, 30, is determined to tell her story in spite of reports that friends and family of alleged culprit Faisal Basra are trying to hunt her down and kill her for standing up to him.

Mr Basra, who is in his late 20s, has pleaded guilty after being charged with rape under section 376 of the Pakistan Penal Crime and faces 10 years in prison.

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Microsoft Continues to be Accused of Censorship, Deleting “Kung Flu” Comments

A number of critics of China’s authorities are accusing Microsoft of carrying out pro-Beijing censorship on its LinkedIn platform.

One of them is Budapest-based Adam Laszlo Rocska, CEO of the 21Gram Technology startup, who said on Twitter that his post, a joke at the expense of China’s communist rulers referencing “Kung Flu fighting” had been censored.

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Dan Andrews is Challenged to Answer All of the 12 Questions About His Mysterious Fall — After Finally Breaking His Silence on Wild ‘Cover Up’ Conspiracy Theories

Daniel Andrews’ extended absence during Victoria’s latest coronavirus crisis has prompted shadow state treasurer Louise Staley to demand answers.

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‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’: Victorian Government Ministers Are Blasted After Being Caught Breaking Their Own Mandatory Mask Laws During Melbourne’s Hated Lockdown

On the same day the Victorian government backflipped on its decision to ease face mask restrictions, state ministers were embarrassingly caught out breaking their own laws.

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New Zealand: ‘Makes You Sick’: Calls for Hate Speech Law Change After Mosque Attack Victim’s Son Racially Abused

An incident where the son of a Christchurch terror attack victim was allegedly the subject of a racist ambush outside his Canterbury bakery has renewed calls for a quicker change to hate speech laws.

Said Abdukadir was coming out of Christchurch’s Bush Inn mall, where he owns and operates a bakery, on Tuesday when he came across a man being abusive to mall security.

“He got too aggressive with the security guard and the lady that was cleaning the place, and that’s when I stepped in,” he says.

“Then he went on a rant about us being foreigners and we shouldn’t be tellinghim what to do and this is his country, he can do whatever he wants.”

Abdukadir posted a video to Facebook of what happened next, which was atirade of racist comments ending with a reference to the March 15 attacks.

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Scott Morrison Says Australia’s International Travel Won’t Restart Even if Most of the Country Gets Vaccinated

Scott Morrison has warned international travel won’t restart even when majority of Australia’s population is vaccinated, with borders to remain shut for as long as was needed to protect health and the economy.

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Shocking Moment Well-Dressed Couple From in One of Sydney’s Trendiest Areas Tell an Asian Man to ‘Get Out of Our Suburb’ In Wild Rant Before Threatening to Kill Him

Shocking footage has been captured on the streets of one of Sydney’s trendiest suburbs of a white couple telling an Asian man to ‘go back to Liverpool’ — as a man threatens to ‘kill’ him.

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Victoria Braces for More Rain as 160,000 Residents Spend a Freezing Cold Night Without Power and a Man Dies in Nightmare Flash Flooding

As tens of thousands of customers in the state remained without power on Thursday night, the Bureau of Meteorology warned more rain would fall in Gippsland on Friday.

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Vigilantes Confront a Group of Teen Gang Members in an Alleged Stolen Car as They Enter a Hungry Jack’s Car Park — But Cops Advise Against Trying to Help Them Do Their Job

Vigilantes have stopped gang members allegedly stealing hire cars by cornering and confronting the men outside a fast food restaurant in Cairns.

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‘A Very Welcome Proposal’: Danish Asylum Camps in Africa Hailed by Swedish Politicians

The polarising proposal to “outsource” the asylum process to countries in Africa, hammered out by Danish parliament, has been given the thumbs up by several Swedish parties, despite criticism from the United Nations, the European Union and numerous human rights organisations.

“It is a very welcome proposal”, national-conservative Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson told the newspaper Aftonbladet.

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Crackdown on Migrants Who Pose as Children: Adults Who Pretend to be Under 18 to Claim Asylum in UK Will be Reviewed by New Specialist Unit to Assess Their Age

The farce of adult migrants posing as children is to be tackled in a crackdown by Priti Patel.

A specialist unit is to be set up by the Home Secretary to carry out expert assessments of would-be asylum seekers who claim to be under 18.

It comes after a series of high-profile cases of phonies — including a balding man who appeared to be in his 40s — ending up in school because they said they were minors.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says State Will Build Its Own Border Wall

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced plans to build a wall along the state’s border with Mexico.

Abbott, a Republican, made the announcement during a “Border Security Summit” press conference in Del Rio, and said he would discuss the plan in more detail next week.

“It will help all of us to work on ways to stem the flow of unlawful immigration and to stem the flow of illegal contraband,” he told reporters.

Abbott also discussed a host of other initiatives, including a $1 billion allocation for border security in the state budget and a forthcoming “Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security,” the Texas Tribune reported.

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UK: Border Force Intercepts 10 More Migrants Crossing the Channel as Number to Make Dangerous Journey During Soaring Temperatures This Month Passes 1,000

More than 1,000 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boats this month as temperatures soar — making June a potential recording breaking period if ideal sea conditions continue.

Border Force officials intercepted 179 people including children and a baby making the dangerous 21-mile journey in six boats yesterday, and 10 more arrived at the Dover Marina today.

This takes the total to cross the Dover Strait during the first nine days of the month to 1,008 people on board 41 boats.

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Voter Preference for Anti-Immigration Parties in Italy is Rising

If parliamentary elections were held in Italy now, the national conservative and Eurosceptic Brothers of Italy (FdI) would end up in second behind, the anti-immigration Lega Nord. This follows from a survey of electoral preferences conducted by SWG. Currently, 20.1 percent of voters would vote for the Brothers of Italy party, while Lega Nord has the support of 21.4 percent of Italians.

The Brothers of Italy party is now the only opposition parliamentary party because everyone else supports a government of national unity led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Chairwoman Giorgia Meloni hopes that this position will gain more supporters who are dissatisfied with the current cabinet. In the previous elections in 2018, the FdI won just over 4 percent of the vote.

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Authors Are Editing Books Post Publication After Being Targeted by Online Outrage Mobs

Social media outrage at fictional books is causing contrite writers to revise their lines post-publication. Critics are ignoring the fact that what fictional characters say and do does not represent the ideologies of the author or publisher.

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UK: Breaking: Woman Wins Case After Being Terminated for Stating Gender Critical Beliefs

Maya Forstater, the tax expert who lost her job at a US think tank in the UK for tweeting that biological sex is real and that sex matters, has won her appeal.

This means that people who express “gender critical” beliefs, that sex is important, cannot be sacked or otherwise punished for it without their employer being legally liable.

Forstater brought the appeal against the first instance decision of an employment tribunal, which found that her belief in the social salience of sex was “unworthy of respect in a democratic society,” and therefore not subject to discrimination protection.

Forstater received public support from the author and philanthropist JK Rowling who turned the case into a cause célèbre with a tweet.

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Watch: Tucker Carlson Interviews Former Google Employee Who Was Fired After Questioning Woke Training Programs

On Fox News Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson interviewed Google whistleblower Taras Kobernyk, who was fired for questioning ‘woke’ training programs at the tech giant. This followed the firing several years before of another a Google engineer named James Demore, who suggested that there might be biological differences between men and women.

Kabobernyk was based in Zurich, Switzerland, and was fired by Google after he wrote a memo criticizing the company’s so-called ‘equity programs.’ The content included articles which claimed, “white people have no culture.” Another article defended looting.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/10/2021

  1. Science, research in Australia at the Snowy Mountains Hydro Project and at Hoover Dam in the US showed that Seatbelts saved life and reduced injuries. Science today shows that the best use for most masks is toilet paper, they are not really very good for that either.

  2. “In other news, Damien Tarel, the young Frenchman who slapped the face of President Emmanuel Macron, has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison, with fourteen months suspended.” A slap on the wrist for a slap on the face!

    • This fits into the great picture of ” the total reset” advocated by the Davos tycoons: by oversupply in the gold market, prices will drop and brave little savers exproprieted while the very rich will stock up for cheap and soon own everything.

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