Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/15/2021

Irate parents in Franklin County, Virginia (famous for being “the wettest county in the world”) mobbed a school board meeting to demand an end to the mask mandate in schools, and insist that critical race theory never be taught in classrooms. In contrast, education officials in Loudoun County seem to think critical race theory is just fine.

In other news, the number of illegal migrants that have crossed the English Channel to the UK so far this year has surpassed 5,000.

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

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USA
» Alabama Lawmaker Moves to Ban Critical Race Theory
» Asian Deliveryman Riding a Bicycle Stabbed by Another Cyclist in Brooklyn
» Black Suspect Accused of Two Day Long Shooting Spree Was Targeting White Males, According to Police
» Breaking: Fox Whistleblower SUSPENDED After Announcing Plans to Release Evidence of ‘Muzzling’ Through Project Veritas
» Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Accused of Toxic Work Environment After Internal Emails Revealed
» Classical Composer Canceled for Condemning Arson
» Commentators Urge School Board to Reject ‘Critical Race Theory’
» Federal Judge Blocks Biden Moratorium on New Oil, Gas Leases
» Foam Set to be Sprayed Onto Burning Illinois Chemical Plant
» Franklin County School Board Tangles With Critical Race Theory
» Georgia’s Fulton County Under Investigation Over Missing Chain of Custody Documents From 2020 Election
» ‘Gone Girl’ Actor Lisa Banes Dies After Hit-and-Run Scooter Crash in NYC
» Haley Stevens Gets Called ‘A Coward’ At Town Hall After Declining to Take a Stance on Critical Race Theory
» House Republican Presses Navy Chief on Why Critical Race Theory Was Placed on Voluntary Reading List
» ‘Marxist’ Critical Race Theory Curriculum Meant to Drive a Wedge Between Americans: Rep. Buck
» New York Times Backtracks on Calling Satire Site Babylon Bee “Misinformation”
» Ohio Lawmakers Consider Banning Critical Race Theory in Schools
» Protesters Who Painted Salt Lake City Streets, Smashed Windows Take Plea Deal, Must Pay $100K
» PUD DUD: Brian Stelter MASHED by Competition, Suffers Worst Ratings of 2021
» Rep. Bronna Kahle Welcomes Court Ruling on Unlock Michigan Petition Signatures
» Supreme Court Rules Some Prisoners Cannot Argue for Reduced Sentences Under First Step Act
» Supreme Court Asks DOJ to Weigh in on Harvard Affirmative Action Case
» Texas “Critical Race Theory” Bill Limiting Teaching of Current Events Signed Into Law
» Tommy Tuberville Cosponsors Bill Ending Federal Funding for Schools to Teach Critical Race Theory
» University of San Diego Admin Proposes White Student Leaders Undergo ‘Racial Identity Development’
» Virginia County Officials Acknowledge Critical Race Theory Influences, Aligns With Their Work
» Watch: Ace Hardware Employee Tries to Enforce Mask Mandate With Baseball Bat
» Watch: AG Garland Says White Supremacists Are the ‘Top Domestic Violent Extremist Threat’
» Watch: Author David Marcus Discusses New Book About Pandemic Lies
» Watch: Family of Slain Capitol Rioter Ashli Babbit Demands Identity of Officer Who Shot Her
 
Canada
» CBC to Turn Off Facebook Comments, Citing Reporters’ ‘Fragile’ Mental Health
» Springs Church Charged With Failing to Abide by Health Orders
 
Europe and the EU
» A Real Pole Kneels Only Before God, Says Poland’s Ambassador to Germany
» Germany: Qur’an Verse on Wall of Cologne Central Mosque Asks Allah for ‘Victory Over Unbelievers’
» Irish Police to Get New Powers to Access Mobile Phones
» Lockdown Extended Despite Weekly COVID Deaths in England Dropping to Lowest Since March 2020
» Sharia UK: High School Students Desecrate Qur’an, School Abjectly Apologizes, Police Question Students
» Switzerland to Monitor Potential Terrorists as Young as 12
» Three Dead After Gunman Opens Fire in Street of Italian City — Report
» UK Government to Artificially Maintain the Dominance of Mainstream Broadcasters
» UK: BBC Journalist Chased, Confronted by Anti-Lockdown Protesters
» UK: GB News Faces Ad Boycott After Being Targeted by Cancel Groups
» UK: Noel Gallagher: Woke Culture & Lockdowns Are Destroying a Generation
» UK: Reveller is Jailed for More Than Four Months After Massive Street Party That Ended With Teen Stabbing and Police Pelted With Bottles While They Treated Victim
» UK: Rees-Mogg: Booing of ‘Take a Knee’ Is Pushback Against Wokeness, Isn’t Racist
» UK: Theydon Bois: Man Fined £10k for Organising Illegal Rave
» Video: Roger Waters Tells “Little Prick” Zuckerberg to “F*** Off” Following Request to Use Iconic Pink Floyd Song for Ad
 
Middle East
» Virgin Mary Statue Destroyed by Jihadists is a Symbol of Martyrdom of Iraqi Catholics
 
South Asia
» India: Minor Girl Gangraped by 4 Men for Refusing to Convert to Islam to Marry One of Them, Say Police
» Pakistan’s Khan Urges Strict Action Against Online ‘Hate, ‘ Says it’s the Root Cause of ‘Islamophobia’
» Pakistan: Extremists Accused of ‘Inciting’ Millions to Hunt Down Shagufta and Shafqat
 
Far East
» Footage Proves Live Bats Were Kept at Wuhan Lab; Journalist Charges That Research Funder and Who Investigator Lied
» Watch: Jon Stewart Champions ‘Lab Leak’ Theory of Novel Coronavirus
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Politician Accused of Silencing Critics After YouTube Channel Producer is Arrested After Accusing the Lawmaker of Corruption
» Inside Australia’s Shocking Fruit-Picking Industry Where Workers Are Forced to Endure 20-Hour Days, $1 an Hour Pay and Vile Sexual Harassment From Creepy Farmers
» UK-Australia Seal Free Trade Deal: Breakthrough Agreement in Post-Brexit Era
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Burkina Faso Village Emptied as Thousands Flee Jihadist Violence
 
Immigration
» Breaking: Trump to Visit Southern US Border on June 30
» Germany: More Than One Attack Every Day on Gays in Berlin Alone, Overwhelmingly by Muslim Migrants
» Number of Migrants Crossing English Channel Tops 5,000 This Year After Another 100 People Were Picked Up by Border Force Trying to Reach UK
» Sweden: Rise of Fatal Shootings Linked to Mass Migration, Gothenburg Police Commissioner Says
 
Culture Wars
» Hungary Passes Law Banning Showing Children Material on Homosexuality or Transgenderism
» Nickelodeon Ratings Drop Dramatically as Cable Network Pushes LGBTQ Agenda to Kids
 

Alabama Lawmaker Moves to Ban Critical Race Theory

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — State educators and lawmakers will be tackling the hot button issue of critical race theory. Critical race theorists believe the law and social systems in our country are inherently racist and oppress people of color. It’s not currently in the curriculum for Alabama public schools, and one Mobile lawmaker is introducing legislation to keep it that way.

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

Asian Deliveryman Riding a Bicycle Stabbed by Another Cyclist in Brooklyn

The incident: The 53-year-old victim, whose identity has been withheld, was riding his bicycle near 3480 Fulton St. in Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills neighborhood at around 4 p.m. when he was attacked from behind, reported NBC.

•Police said the unidentified assailant “pulled out a large knife and stabbed the victim in his back, knocking him to the ground.”

•The victim got back on his feet and still managed to complete his delivery. After returning to the restaurant where he works, he realized he had been stabbed, according to the Independent.

•He is now recovering from his injuries at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Black Suspect Accused of Two Day Long Shooting Spree Was Targeting White Males, According to Police

Justin Tyran Roberts, a 39-year-old black man, was targeting white males in his two day long shooting spree that spanned two states, according to police.

Roberts is accused of shooting and wounding five people in Georgia and Alabama over the weekend.

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

Breaking: Fox Whistleblower SUSPENDED After Announcing Plans to Release Evidence of ‘Muzzling’ Through Project Veritas

FOX 26 News reporter Ivory Hecker, who announced she’s blowing the whistle on her own television station during Monday’s live report, has been suspended following the on-air announcement that Fox Corporation is “muzzling” her coverage.

Less than 24 hours after she was live in Montgomery County and pivoted mid-report to let the viewers know that Fox Corporation has been “muzzling” the fill-in anchor to keep “certain information” from the viewing audience, Hecker was informed she is suspended from the network “effective immediately.”

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

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Accused of Toxic Work Environment After Internal Emails Revealed

A recent FOIA request granted to local reporters in Chicago reveals what it feels like to work under progressive Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt posted the following email exchange back on Saturday. In it, a message is sent from “MLL” to staff recipients: “Since my prior requests for office time are routinely ignored, I am now resorting to this.”

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

Classical Composer Canceled for Condemning Arson

Classical composer Daniel Elder wrote two sentences on social media last summer condemning the acts of arson committed by Black Lives Matter rioters in Nashville, Tennessee. Those two sentences have gotten him rejected by his publisher, with local choral directors refusing to program his music or let him sing.

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

Commentators Urge School Board to Reject ‘Critical Race Theory’

The divisive issue of critical race theory reemerged Monday, June 14, at a meeting of the Brainerd School Board.

During a period for public comment, concerned community members — including local activist Doug Kern, who attended the meeting with his wife, former board member Sue Kern — criticized and denounced the idea of critical race theory, claiming it’s a societal scourge sweeping America and weaseling its way into the Brainerd School District. These commentators described critical race theory as “demonic” and “communist” at varying turns and warned board members they would hold them accountable to preserve a patriotic, more traditional curriculum for students.

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

Federal Judge Blocks Biden Moratorium on New Oil, Gas Leases

A Louisiana federal judge issued an order lifting President Biden’s moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal land Tuesday, ruling that the White House did not give any “rational explanation” for implementing the pause.

US District Judge Terry Doughty sided with 13 states in granting a preliminary injunction that applies nationwide. The states challenging the moratorium were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry hailed Doughty’s ruling as “a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans.”

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

Foam Set to be Sprayed Onto Burning Illinois Chemical Plant

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a private firefighting company from Louisiana was expected to begin pumping fire-suppressing foam onto the still-burning ruins of a northern Illinois chemical plant, a day after it was rocked by an explosion and massive fires. Kirk Wilson, chief of the Rockton Fire Department, said Tuesday that before crews with Holden, Louisiana-based US Fire Pump can begin pumping that foam onto fires at the Chemtool Inc. plant near Rockton, absorbent booms must be installed along the nearby Rock River. He says those are needed to prevent contaminants from entering the river, which the village about 95 miles northwest of Chicago near the Wisconsin border relies on as a source of drinking water. Monday’s explosion and fires prompted evacuations near the plant.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Franklin County School Board Tangles With Critical Race Theory

ROCKY MOUNT — More than 50 Franklin County residents came to Monday’s Franklin County School Board meeting to demand two things: an end to mask and social distancing mandates for students, and assurance that critical race theory never be taught in county schools.

They brought signs with slogans that included “Unmask Our Kids,” “End Restrictions Now” and “Stop Leftist Agenda.”

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

Georgia’s Fulton County Under Investigation Over Missing Chain of Custody Documents From 2020 Election

After months of allegations as to the fairness and transparency of the Georgia election results in the 2020 general presidential election, The Georgia Star News reports that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will undertake an investigation into Fulton County’s absentee voting system.

At issue are the “chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes” during the November election. Raffensperger noted the opening of the investigation on Twitter.

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

‘Gone Girl’ Actor Lisa Banes Dies After Hit-and-Run Scooter Crash in NYC

Lisa Banes, 65, was struck by either a scooter or a motorcycle in the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center on June 4

“Gone Girl” and “Cocktail” actor Lisa Banes has died a little more than a week after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in New York City, her manager confirmed to NBC News early Tuesday.

“We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing. She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family and friends. We were blessed to have had her in our lives,” manager David Williams said in a statement…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Haley Stevens Gets Called ‘A Coward’ At Town Hall After Declining to Take a Stance on Critical Race Theory

Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., faced intense backlash at a recent town hall meeting after she refused to take a stance on critical race theory, the highly controversial ideology that many blame for certain racial materials in schools.

Footage obtained by Fox News showed Stevens being asked about CRT during a June 10 town hall in Northville, Michigan. She responded: “As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, what I want to do is continue to support our schools to be able to educate the next generation.”

At that point, people started talking over her and a man seemed to ask for her position on CRT. She eventually told the crowd that she didn’t think CRT was a congressional issue. “I personally don’t think this is a congressional issue … so I am not taking a position on that,” she said.

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

House Republican Presses Navy Chief on Why Critical Race Theory Was Placed on Voluntary Reading List

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., expressed concern that the U.S. Navy is promoting discrimination by including books about critical race theory on a recommended reading list, specifically pointing at Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist.”

At a Tuesday House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Navy’s 2022 budget request, Lamborn asked Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday why that book was on the Navy’s professional reading list.

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

‘Marxist’ Critical Race Theory Curriculum Meant to Drive a Wedge Between Americans: Rep. Buck

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Col., told “America Reports” on Tuesday that “Marxist” critical race theory curriculum meant to “drive a wedge between Americans.”

BUCK: The Marxist ideology that the 1619 Project is based on that the equity principles are based on our very simple, that is to drive a wedge between Americans, and this curriculum does just that and has been used in part or in a hole in the various districts in the United States. And it has to stop and certainly has to stop with federal taxpayer dollars.

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

New York Times Backtracks on Calling Satire Site Babylon Bee “Misinformation”

The New York Times has had to walk back its qualification of the satire website Babylon Bee being a far-right outlet that “trafficked in misinformation” — thrown around arbitrarily in a recent article.

The article was dedicated to the trouble Facebook has in dealing with satire, i.e., distinguishing it from misinformation and then censoring that content. The Babylon Bee was the only website mentioned by name as an example of how fake news is being disseminated on Facebook under the guise of satire.

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

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Banning Critical Race Theory in Schools

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The debate over critical race theory has reached the Ohio Statehouse.

A committee held hearings Tuesday on House Bill 322, which would prohibit critical race theory in Ohio’s K-12 curriculum. As introduced by Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport), the bill would ban the teaching of these concepts:

  • One race or sex is inherently superior to another
  • An individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously
  • An individual should be discriminated against because of their race
  • An individual’s moral standing or worth is necessarily determined by race or sex
  • An individual bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex
  • The advent of slavery constituted the true founding of the United States
  • That slavery and racism are anything other than deviations from, betrayals of or failures to live up to the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality

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

Protesters Who Painted Salt Lake City Streets, Smashed Windows Take Plea Deal, Must Pay $100K

They are accused of painting the street red and smashing windows at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office a year ago, part of intense protests over the police shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal.

Some of them faced felony charges that could have put them in prison for life.

And on Tuesday, four of the nine protesters charged took a plea deal, admitting to much lesser crimes, which will be dismissed in 12 months if they aren’t accused of additional crimes and meet other conditions.

The deal — similar to what four others have already pleaded to — requires them to pay restitution for what took place on July 9, 2020, after District Attorney Sim Gill said two officers were legally justified in shooting and killing 22-year-old Palacios-Carbajal.

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

PUD DUD: Brian Stelter MASHED by Competition, Suffers Worst Ratings of 2021

For the 11th straight week, CNN’s Reliable Sources, hosted by Brian Stelter, has failed to reach the one million viewer mark, averaging only 752,000 viewers this past Sunday.

This marks the lowest viewership of the Reliable Sources in 2021, as the show struggles to hit its stride in the post-Trump era.

Stelter lost five percent of his viewers compared to the previous week, finishing with less than 800,000 viewers on three separate occasions in 2021, according to Fox News.

The Fox News show MediaBuzz, held in the same time slot, beat out the CNN show by 41 percent, averaging 1.1 million viewers.

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

Rep. Bronna Kahle Welcomes Court Ruling on Unlock Michigan Petition Signatures

The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature can repeal a law that was the backbone of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders, without her interference, after a unanimous decision Friday from the Michigan Supreme Court.

The order to certify the ballot measure came after two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers opposed ratifying it in April, despite a finding from the elections bureau that enough signatures — 460,000 — had been collected. The justices, four Democrats and three Republicans, said the panel “has a clear legal duty to certify the petition.”

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

Supreme Court Rules Some Prisoners Cannot Argue for Reduced Sentences Under First Step Act

The Supreme Court’s decision restricting the use of a landmark 2018 drug reform law landed like an anvil Monday morning at the Decarceration Collective, a Chicago law firm that seeks to free people serving life sentences for federal drug crimes.

The unanimous ruling said the law — which has been used to cut the sentences of thousands of federal drug offenders, including many accused of handling large amounts of crack cocaine — couldn’t be used to reduce the sentences of people convicted of possessing small amounts of crack. The court’s ruling came over the objections of the law’s authors, who said they intended to help those low-level offenders, and the Biden administration, whose Justice Department declined to argue for the narrow interpretation of the law in court.

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

Supreme Court Asks DOJ to Weigh in on Harvard Affirmative Action Case

The Supreme Court is asking the Biden administration to weigh in on whether it should take up a case challenging Harvard University’s affirmative action policy, which requires consideration of race in student admissions.

The justices held off Monday on hearing an appeal brought by the group Students for Fair Admissions, which claims the Ivy League school discriminates against Asian American applicants, until the Department of Justice presents its view of the issue.

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

Texas “Critical Race Theory” Bill Limiting Teaching of Current Events Signed Into Law

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed the controversial bill that prescribes how Texas teachers can talk about current events and America’s history of racism in the classroom, according to Texas Legislature Online. His signature makes Texas one of a handful of states across the country that have passed such legislation, which aims to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in K-12 public school classrooms.

Critical race theory is an academic term that studies how race and racism have impacted social and local structures in the United States. Over the past year, GOP leaders have decried its teaching in public schools, pointing to limited examples in various school districts across the state. In 2020, former President Donald Trump had banned federal employees from training that discusses “critical race theory” or “white privilege,” calling it propaganda.

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

Tommy Tuberville Cosponsors Bill Ending Federal Funding for Schools to Teach Critical Race Theory

Senator Tommy Tuberville has co-sponsored a bill that would end federal funding for schools that teach critical race theory and “The 1619 Project.”

The Alabama Republican joined six other conservative members in supporting the so-called Saving American History Act on Monday.

Tuberville said the legislation will allow schools to “encourage the open debate of ideas and teach important morals to our students.”

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

University of San Diego Admin Proposes White Student Leaders Undergo ‘Racial Identity Development’

A University of San Diego administrator is proposing that the school audits white student leaders to point out their alleged “whiteness,” “white privilege,” and “white racial ignorance” under the guise of “racial identity development.”

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

Virginia County Officials Acknowledge Critical Race Theory Influences, Aligns With Their Work

Fox News reported on Monday that Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Democratic nominee for governor, downplayed concerns about critical race theory in education, describing them as a “right-wing conspiracy.”

McAuliffe’s dismissal was similar to others seen in liberal media outlets, which have attempted to portray the controversy as manufactured or ignorant of the theory itself. But recent revelations from Loudoun County, Va. — perhaps the most high-profile battleground for CRT — shows that the hotly debated ideology plays at least some role in the school district’s decision-making.

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

Watch: Ace Hardware Employee Tries to Enforce Mask Mandate With Baseball Bat

An Ace Hardware employee can be seen on video getting into a physical fight with another man for attempting to shop without a mask.

Bobby Dixon of Seattle says he was mistreated before being physically assaulted by an Ace Hardware employee because his friend didn’t wear a mask inside the store. Dixon says he was returning to the store to speak to the manager after the sale associates were rude to him and that’s when the store employee assaulted him with a baseball bat.

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

Watch: AG Garland Says White Supremacists Are the ‘Top Domestic Violent Extremist Threat’

In remarks made Tuesday, the Biden administration’s Attorney General Merrick Garland said that according to the FBI, white supremacists are the “top domestic violent extremist threat” to the United States.

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

Watch: Author David Marcus Discusses New Book About Pandemic Lies

On Monday, author David Marcus spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the writer’s new book Charade: The Covid Lies That Crushed A Nation.

“From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in March of 2020, the media and politicians engaged in myths, half-truths, and even flat-out lies to bring about obedience from the populace. Charade tackles these myths one by one, laying bare the brazen power grab by governors, experts, and corporations all seeking to bend the American people to their will,” reads an Amazon overview of the book.

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

Watch: Family of Slain Capitol Rioter Ashli Babbit Demands Identity of Officer Who Shot Her

Tucker Carlson took aim at the going Democrat narrative behind the Capitol riot earlier this year. Both Democrats and mainstream media outlets have claimed that the riot that happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a white supremacist, QAnon “insurrection.” President Biden has gone so far as to say it was the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

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

CBC to Turn Off Facebook Comments, Citing Reporters’ ‘Fragile’ Mental Health

The CBC will turn off Facebook comments for articles after “social media attacks” on journalists. Editor-in-chief for the CBC, Brodie Felton, posted that the disabling of the comments feature was going to be an “experiment.”

Felton’s reasoning is that the mental health of journalists is just too fragile to allow public commentary. He writes: “Compounding the stress and anxiety of journalists is the vitriol and harassment many of them face on social media platforms and, increasingly, in the field.”

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

Springs Church Charged With Failing to Abide by Health Orders

A controversial Winnipeg church has been issued a summons to appear in court next month.

Springs Church — which became the subject of public outrage after pictures surfaced online last month, apparently depicting an in-person, mask-free graduation ceremony — has been charged with two counts of failing to abide by public health orders

The specific charges are for conducting an indoor gathering on private property and failing to ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as practicable.

Both violations are contrary to the province’s COVID-19 Prevention Orders.

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

A Real Pole Kneels Only Before God, Says Poland’s Ambassador to Germany

Poland’s ambassador to Germany, Andrzej Przylebski, has spoken out against players of the Polish national team kneeling before the start of the match in support of the controversial anti-racism movement.

“For me, it goes without saying that the Polish national team will not kneel before the matches during the European Football Championship,” said Przylebski to Junge Freiheit.

“A real Pole kneels only before God — and possibly before the woman he proposes to. Footballers of color are now among the football elite, are wealthy, and are valued and admired. So why should one kneel before them?” asked the ambassador.

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

Germany: Qur’an Verse on Wall of Cologne Central Mosque Asks Allah for ‘Victory Over Unbelievers’

Celebrate diversity! What could possibly go wrong? In the original Arabic, this verse (Qur’an 2:286) says: “You are our patron. So help us give hugs to unbelievers.”

“‘Victory over Unbelievers’ — The controversial verse in the Ditib Central Mosque,” translated from ““Sieg über Ungläubige” — Der umstrittene Vers in der Ditib-Zentralmoschee,” by Till-Reimer Stoldt, Welt, June 11, 2021 (thanks to Medforth).

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

Irish Police to Get New Powers to Access Mobile Phones

In Ireland, the police (Gardai) will soon have new, expanded powers that will include the right to access people’s phones, as a new criminal offense is being introduced into the country’s judicial system: refusal to surrender password.

Once the new legislation, the Garda Siochana (Powers) Bill, comes into force, it will criminalize refusal to hand over a phone passport.

Those who do that can be sent to prison for up to five years and ordered to pay a fine of up to 30,000 euros. The maximum penalties apply to what will be considered the most serious cases, where indictment has been raised and trial conducted before a judge and jury. But even those who refuse to give police access to their phones in what will be treated as less serious cases will also face prosecution, and if found guilty, pay a fine of up to 5,000 euros and spend up to a year in prison.

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

Lockdown Extended Despite Weekly COVID Deaths in England Dropping to Lowest Since March 2020

Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing an extension to the country’s lockdown, weekly COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales have dropped to their lowest level since March 2020.

Citing infections caused by the Indian variant of the virus, Johnson yesterday added an extra four weeks on to a lockdown that was supposed to completely end on June 21st.

Even before the announcement was made, some government ministers indicated that another extension on top of that could prolong restrictions throughout the entire summer.

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

Sharia UK: High School Students Desecrate Qur’an, School Abjectly Apologizes, Police Question Students

If these students had desecrated a Bible, would the school be apologizing and calling the cops? What do you think? Also, why didn’t the school explain in its letter the cardinal importance of the freedom of expression for any free society? Don’t be silly. This is post-free, pro-Sharia, supine Britain we’re talking about.

“Preston schoolchildren investigated by police after Quran is desecrated at Fulwood Academy,” by Matthew Calderbank, Lancashire Post, June 14, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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

Switzerland to Monitor Potential Terrorists as Young as 12

Switzerland has voted to increase state powers to monitor potential terrorists, which will allow police to watch over children as young as twelve for signs of potential terrorist activity.

The new powers were part of a number of referendum initiatives voted on in Switzerland on Sunday and secured 57 per cent support to allow police to expand their ability to monitor potential terrorists, despite opposition from humanitarian groups.

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

Three Dead After Gunman Opens Fire in Street of Italian City — Report

A gunman opened fire in the streets of the Italian city of Ardea near Rome, killing two children and an elderly man, the Italian media reported on Sunday.

The elderly man reportedly died on the spot, while two brothers, a five-year-old and a ten-year-old, were hospitalised, but medics were unable to save their lives.

According to the TV channel RaiNews24, the shooter managed to escape. The officers were searching for him in Ardea, as well as in the neighbouring cities of Pomezia and Anzio, and later found the suspect barricaded in his own house.

The suspect is reported to be a 34-year-old man with a mental illness.

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

UK Government to Artificially Maintain the Dominance of Mainstream Broadcasters

Traditional media broadcasters in the UK are getting “a shot in the arm” from the government, in the shape of a new set of rules designed to protect them and strengthen their position in commercial negotiations in a digital era.

The intent is to force content services and smart TV device manufacturers such as Amazon, Google, Samsung, and LG, to give a prominent position on user interfaces to streaming apps of public service broadcasters (PSBs) like BBC, and also commercial ones like ITV and Channel 4.

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

UK: BBC Journalist Chased, Confronted by Anti-Lockdown Protesters

A video clip shows BBC political editor Nicholas Watt being chased down and confronted by anti-lockdown protesters outside Downing Street.

Protests are once again growing after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yet another delay to the lifting of the UK’s lockdown restrictions.

As we highlighted yesterday, the public was already being prepared for an extension to the extension before the first extension was even announced.

Demonstrators are once again gathering around Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament in London to express their fury.

BBC Newsnight editor Nicholas Watt was caught in the crossfire of their ire as he desperately attempted to escape the crowd.

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UK: GB News Faces Ad Boycott After Being Targeted by Cancel Groups

Multiple advertisers including Grolsch, Nivea, and Ikea have pulled their ads from popular UK news channel GB News, days after its Sunday debut.

The news channel has positioned itself as an alternative to the legacy mainstream media broadcasters and promised to “approach stories differently and challenge media conventions.”

But this promise to finally offer a different perspective on the news has attracted the attention of cancel groups such as Stop Funding Hate — a group that pressures advertisers into pulling their support from publications that it subjectively deems to be spreading “hate and division.”

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UK: Noel Gallagher: Woke Culture & Lockdowns Are Destroying a Generation

Former Oasis icon Noel Gallagher says that the combination of woke culture and COVID lockdowns means young people now will have less freedom than previous generations for the first time in modern history.

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UK: Reveller is Jailed for More Than Four Months After Massive Street Party That Ended With Teen Stabbing and Police Pelted With Bottles While They Treated Victim

A reveller has been jailed after a massive house party erupted in chaos when a teenager was stabbed and police officers were injured while they tried to treat him.

Hundreds of drunk teenagers descended on the home in Nottingham and violence broke out as police tried to prevent more revellers attending the party.

Nottinghamshire Police have now released drone footage which reveals the sheer scale of the incident as they continue to appeal for witnesses.

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UK: Rees-Mogg: Booing of ‘Take a Knee’ Is Pushback Against Wokeness, Isn’t Racist

Senior MP Jacob Rees-Mogg defended England fans who booed players ‘taking a knee’, asserting that the response is a backlash against “wokeness” and not an expression of racism.

Some fans once again booed the national team as players took a knee before the Euro 2020 game with Croatia on Sunday, while Croatia players remained standing.

The football establishment and pundits have tried to characterize the booing as racist, claiming that taking a knee isn’t a political statement, despite it being precisely that.

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UK: Theydon Bois: Man Fined £10k for Organising Illegal Rave

A man who organised an illegal rave in Essex has been fined £10,000 for ‘blatantly’ breaching coronavirus rules.

The party was held back on Saturday, June 5, and was attended by more than 200 revellers — 150 more than the current limit for outdoor gatherings.

Police were called to Forest Drive, Theydon Bois, to shut down the event and say they were met with some hostility by partygoers.

However, the majority did as instructed and left.

Officers arrested a 38-year-old man, who was playing music to the crowd, on suspicion of breaching Covid rules.

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Video: Roger Waters Tells “Little Prick” Zuckerberg to “F*** Off” Following Request to Use Iconic Pink Floyd Song for Ad

Pink Floyd song writer Roger Waters slammed Mark Zuckerberg during a press conference recently, announcing that the Facebook owner had offered a “huge, huge amount of money” to use the iconic song Another Brick In The Wall Part II in an advert for Instagram.

Speaking at an event to raise awareness about imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Waters noted the deep deep irony of Facebook wanting to buy and use a song that rails against ‘thought control’ and mindless conformity.

Waters described the development as part of Zuckerberg’s “insidious movement… to take over absolutely everything.”

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Virgin Mary Statue Destroyed by Jihadists is a Symbol of Martyrdom of Iraqi Catholics

A figure of the Virgin Mary, which was partially destroyed by jihadists in Iraq, has made its way to Italy and serves as a symbol of the suffering endured by the Catholics in that country.

Thanks to an initiative taken by the organization Aid for Churches in Need, the statue has arrived in Italy from the city of Batnaya, the place from which 5,000 Catholics were ejected by Islamic state fighters.

The statue, which had the face and hand destroyed, will now tour Italy accompanying prayers for Iraqi Catholics.

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India: Minor Girl Gangraped by 4 Men for Refusing to Convert to Islam to Marry One of Them, Say Police

Ujjain: In an appalling incident of crime, a 15-year-old girl from Barwani district in Madhya Pradesh was allegedly gang-raped by four men, reportedly after she refused to convert to Islam to solemnize marriage with one of them.

According to the police, the heinous crime took place in neighbouring Maharashtra’s Malegaon, where the teenage girl worked as a labourer. In Malegaon, the minor girl came in contact with a 23-year-old youth who befriended her using fake identity. The youth, whose real name is Majid Khan, allegedly introduced himself to the girl as Mohit. Khan allegedly sexually assaulted her after promising to marry her. In October last year, Khan allegedly made an attempt to change the girl’s religion to Islam. When the girl opposed the conversion bid, Khan and his three friends allegedly gang-raped her.

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Pakistan’s Khan Urges Strict Action Against Online ‘Hate, ‘ Says it’s the Root Cause of ‘Islamophobia’

“Islamophobia” is a propaganda term designed to intimidate people into fearing to oppose jihad violence, for fear that this opposition would lead to attacks on innocent Muslims, which are never justified. If Khan really wants to combat dislike of Islam and suspicion of Muslims, he should work against jihad groups and try to stop jihad attacks. But of course he wouldn’t even come close to considering doing something like that.

“PM Imran Khan urges international action against online hate,” Samaa, June 13, 2021.

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Pakistan: Extremists Accused of ‘Inciting’ Millions to Hunt Down Shagufta and Shafqat

Islamists from leading religious parties in Pakistan stand accused of inciting millions to kill a Christian couple and their lawyer.

Saif ul Malook, who last week triumphed in the case of Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel Masih, said influential Muslim hardliners have taken to social media to call on supporters to “conquer [i.e. kill]” both him and the couple.

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Footage Proves Live Bats Were Kept at Wuhan Lab; Journalist Charges That Research Funder and Who Investigator Lied

Video footage dating from 2017 obtained and aired by Sky News Australia this week purports to show live bats in cages at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where bat coronaviruses were being manipulated to become more deadly to humans.

The footage was provided by activist group Drastic, which is said to be composed of a team of scientists and investigators looking into the origins of the pandemic.

Within the footage, there is also an interview with Yuan Zhiming, a lab director, who demonstrates a control room and talks about what happens if there is an ‘accident’ at the lab.

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Watch: Jon Stewart Champions ‘Lab Leak’ Theory of Novel Coronavirus

Comedian and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart was one of the first guests back on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, and he made his views fully known on what he believes to be the origins of the novel coronavirus: the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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Australian Politician Accused of Silencing Critics After YouTube Channel Producer is Arrested After Accusing the Lawmaker of Corruption

An Australian politician has gotten a 21-year-old producer of a comedy YouTube channel that accused him of corruption arrested.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro has already sued the channel, Friendlyjordies, and its owner Jordan Shanks-Markovina for defamation.

Meanwhile the producer, Kristo Langker, got arrested in his home for allegedly “stalking” Barilaro on two occasions.

Markovina detailed the arrest in a video posted on YouTube, saying that Langker was arrested violently by plainclothes police officers, who, according to him, also assaulted members of the young man’s family and nearly killed their dog.

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Inside Australia’s Shocking Fruit-Picking Industry Where Workers Are Forced to Endure 20-Hour Days, $1 an Hour Pay and Vile Sexual Harassment From Creepy Farmers

Piece-rate workers on grape and zucchini farms sometimes earn as little as $9 per day while blueberry farm workers can earn just $10 per day, according to a survey of 1,300 pickers.

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UK-Australia Seal Free Trade Deal: Breakthrough Agreement in Post-Brexit Era

A new free trade deal between the UK and Australia was agreed Tuesday between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his counterpart, Scott Morrison, marking the first agreement to be built from scratch since the UK left the European Union.

Johnson was quick to applaud the terms of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that renew open links between the two countries, severed in 1973 when the UK joined the then-European Economic Community (EEC).

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Burkina Faso Village Emptied as Thousands Flee Jihadist Violence

More than 138 people were killed in an attack on the village of Solhan on Saturday, and 40 were seriously wounded, though local sources put the death toll higher, making it the deadliest attack since the start of a jihadist insurgency in 2015 that has been targeting civilians and soldiers.

The attackers in Solhan “burned almost everything, houses, the market, the school and the dispensary”, a local official said.

As a result some 7,600 people fled to Sebba, the capital of Yagha province, 15 kilometres away.

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Breaking: Trump to Visit Southern US Border on June 30

The conversation surrounding Vice President Kamala Harris failing to visit the US-Mexico just got a new shake-up. Texas Governor Greg Abbott started the month of June by declaring a state of emergency over the Biden border crisis. A little over a week later, Abbott followed that up by announcing he’s building his own border wall within the confines of Texas borders.

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Germany: More Than One Attack Every Day on Gays in Berlin Alone, Overwhelmingly by Muslim Migrants

Celebrate diversity! They are not dangerous, they are in danger! Refugees welcome!

A hadith depicts Muhammad specifying the punishment for homosexual activity: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’“ (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462)

Will gay rights advocates say a word about this? Of course not. It has long been established that in the hierarchy of Leftist causes, Islam trumps gay rights.

“Hunting gays,” translated from “Hetzjagd auf Schwule,” by Sara Rukaj, Cicero, June 12, 2021 (thanks to Medforth).

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Number of Migrants Crossing English Channel Tops 5,000 This Year After Another 100 People Were Picked Up by Border Force Trying to Reach UK

Migrants detained by Border Force officers trying to cross the English Channel in small boats has reached more than 5,000 in number — despite efforts from the Home Office to crack down on the crisis.

Yesterday 110 people were intercepted making the dangerous crossing of the busiest shipping lands in the world taking the tally to 5,007 who have been detained so far in 2021.

Just 1,865 migrants were picked up by Border Force in the same period from January 1 to June 14 in 2020 — which turned out to be a record year with 8,410 eventually making crossings last year.

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Sweden: Rise of Fatal Shootings Linked to Mass Migration, Gothenburg Police Commissioner Says

In the wake of a government commissioned report which noted that Sweden is the only country in Europe where fatal shootings are increasing, Gothenburg’s police chief has publicly recognized that there is in fact a clear link between the surge of fatal shootings and mass migration.

Erik Nord, the police commissioner of the Greater Gothenburg region, commented on a recent reportpublished by the Crime Prevention Council (Brå), saying that the shocking increase of lethal firearm violence and gang-related crime in Sweden is connected to mass migration.

In an opinion editorial penned for Goteborgs Posten, Commissioner Nord wrote: “It is no longer a secret today that much of the problem of gang and network crime with the shootings and explosions is linked to migration to Sweden in recent decades.”

“When, like me, you have the opportunity to see cases at the individual level, you see that virtually everyone who shoots or is shot in gang conflicts originates from the Balkans, the Middle East, North or East Africa.”

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Hungary Passes Law Banning Showing Children Material on Homosexuality or Transgenderism

Hungary’s National Assembly has passed a law that bans showing children under the age of 18 material related to homosexuality or transgenderism in education, on television, movies or in advertisements.

The vote passed earlier today by a huge margin of 157-1.

“The law was included in a larger bill cracking down on pedophilia by creating a register of child sex offenders, implementing stricter punishments for child pornography, and barring pedophile offenders from jobs where they would encounter children. It also singled out the promotion of LGBT affairs in schools,” reports RT.

According to a statement by ruling party Fidesz, the law ensures that sex education in schools “must not be aimed” at “promoting homosexuality” or “changing gender.”

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Nickelodeon Ratings Drop Dramatically as Cable Network Pushes LGBTQ Agenda to Kids

The latest television and internet ratings reveal Nickelodeon’s efforts to promote the LGBTQ agenda to children have apparently backfired with the cable network losing two-thirds of its audience in four years.

Why? Some entertainment writers are saying a lot of parents don’t think it’s so great.

The independent news blog Pirates and Princesses reported Nickelodeon YouTube videos were “downvoted to such a degree that they’ve now hidden the ratio.”

The news blog says the Nickelodeon cable network has seen a major decline in viewers since it began overtly pushing the LGBTQ agenda to its young viewers.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/15/2021

  1. “the number of illegal migrants that have crossed the English Channel to the UK so far this year has surpassed 5,000” In the woke USA 5,000 invaders per day is a typical day’s work for the most expensive border patrol in the world. America — doing the work of the woke oligarchs at the highest cost to tax payers.

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