Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/20/2021

A British MP warns that the country is moving towards mandating vaccine passports. Meanwhile, a number of nightclub owners in the UK say they will not enforce a vaccine passport policy.

In other news, a sixth Texan Democrat state legislator who fled to D.C. has tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus.

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USA
» Breaking: Marjorie Taylor Greene Compares Twitter to Communist China After Recent Suspension
» Breaking: Rand Paul Confronts Fauci Over ‘Gain of Function’ Research at Wuhan Lab
» Breaking: Fox News Slams CNN for Spreading Misinformation About ‘High Level Conversations’ With the White House
» Breaking: VoterGA Says Evidence Indicates Multiple Georgia Counties May Have Even More Election Fraud Than Fulton
» Candace Owens Dismantles Ibram X. Kendi’s Flawed Anti-Racist Rhetoric
» Child Doctors Group Demands All Kids Over 2 Wear Masks at School
» Hasbro Whistleblower Claims CRT Being Pushed Through Toy Packaging; Training Says 6 Month Olds Can be Racist
» January 6 Detainees Sing National Anthem to Boost Morale Amid Reports of Abuse
» Jefferson Davis: Slavery and the Death of States’ Rights
» Let’s Not Talk About it: Amazon Would Prefer to be Sued
» Lockdown Hysteria Did More Harm Than COVID-19
» Psaki: No Options Are “Off the Table” Regarding Regulating Online Speech
» SharpieGate is Real: Maricopa County Conspired to Give Voters Sharpies That Ruined Same-Day Ballots
» Sixth Texas Dem Tests Positive for COVID After Fleeing State to Block GOP Voting Bill
» Third Alleged Oath Keepers Member to Plead Guilty, Cooperate With Prosecutors in Jan 6 Case
» Todd Rokita Celebrates ‘Victory’ Over US Department of Ed in Critical Race Theory Battle
» Top Republicans Flock to GETTR, Jason Miller’s New Social Media Platform
» Trump Tells Dinner Guests He Plans 2024 Run for President: Source
» Twitter Suspended New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon for Questioning Vaccine Passports and Mandates
» Watch: Jeff Bezos Yeets Himself Into Space as Billionaires Battle for Space Dominance
» White House Staffer, Pelosi Aide Test Positive for COVID-19
» YouTube Reverses Censorship of Chicago School Board Meeting About Mask-Wearing After Backlash
 
Canada
» Canadian Law Professor Sues Twitter, Canadian Government Over Ad Censorship
» Coptic Orthodox Church Destroyed in Latest Canadian Church Fire
» Cuban-Canadians Condemn Communism, Demand Freedom From Dictatorships
» Muslim Group Presses for 61 Recommendations Ahead of Islamophobia Summit
» Police ‘Outnumbered’ When Trying to Break 2000 Person Party in the GTA
» RCMP Praises Trudeau’s Censorship Bill, Claims it Will ‘See More Things Through to Charges’
 
Europe and the EU
» Bill Gates and George Soros Buy UK COVID Test Maker
» Breaking: 60% of British COVID Patients Have Received at Least Two Vaccine Doses
» Britain ‘Tilts’ East: Will Deploy Warships in Asia Permanently, Challenge Chinese Territory Claims
» British Journalists Could Face Jail for Publishing Leak Stories That Embarrass the Government
» Candidate for German Chancellor Laughs at the Site of Epic Disaster
» Coercion? Anti-Lockdown MP Warns UK ‘Moving to Compulsory Vaccination’
» Cyprus: Protesters Storm TV Station Over Coronavirus ‘Slave Pass’
» Czechia Has the Highest Average Income Among the Visegrad Countries
» Five and Six-Year-Old Children Injured During Swedish Gang Shooting
» France: Paris Clinics Offering Fake COVID Passes for £250 as Black Market Surges
» Heavily Armed ‘Commandos’ Storm French Neighborhood, Take Residents Hostage
» Hungarian FM: European Union Must Stop Big Tech From Interferinng in Elections
» Hungarian Official Push Back on Claims of Surveillance
» Is Western Europe Really Turning to the Right?
» New Proposal: Your Workplace Could Make Vaccination Mandatory Against Coronavirus
» Poland: PiS Spokesman on Donald Tusk’s Gdansk Speech: “Stand-Up Comedy”
» The European Commission’s Actions Are a Clear Attack Against Poland’s Sovereignty, Says Influential Polish Journalist
» UK Labour MP David Lammy Pockets Almost £3,000 From Facebook While Publicly Criticizing Them
» UK: ‘Boris Johnson: Leader or Cheerleader?’ Nigel Farage Calls on PM to ‘Show Some Leadership’ In Prime Time Debut
» UK: Local Family Restaurant Becomes Latest Victim of Lockdown as Rich Get Richer
» UK: Nightclub Owners Say They’ll Refuse to Enforce Vaccine Passports as a Condition of Entry
» Unvaccinated Football Fans to be Banned From Matches in UK
» Videos: Protesters Brutally Beaten and Arrested by Police on UK “Freedom Day”
» Words From the Woke: Prince Harry Writing ‘Intimate and Heartfelt’ Story of His Life
 
Russia
» Three Former Soviet Republics Sign Intent to Join the EU
 
South Asia
» ‘We Lost’: Some U.S. Veterans Say Blood Spilled in Afghanistan Was Wasted
 
Far East
» China Not Cooperating With WHO on Wuhan Investigation; Again Says Fort Detrick Should be Focus
 
Australia — Pacific
» Top Health Officer Orders Australians: ‘Don’t Have a Conversation’ With Each Other
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Report: Fulani Muslim Militants Kill Ten in Attacks on Nigerian Villages
» US Conducts First Airstrike in Somalia Under Biden
 
Immigration
» Breaking: YouTube Bans National File Day Before Immigration Documentary Release
» Texas Farmers Demand Biden Admin Pay for Property Damage Caused by Illegal Immigration
» UK to Hand France Another £54m in New Deal to Make Them Stop Migrants Leaving Their Shores as the Number Making Perilous Journey in 2021 Hits 8,452 — Already More Than All of Last Year
» UK: ‘None of US Can Swim’: Kuwaiti Girl, 12, Whose Family Paid £8,000 to People Smugglers for Perilous Crossing From Calais is Among Hundreds More Arriving Today as 2021 Total Passes 8,000 — the Same as the Whole of 2020
» Visegrad Group to Assist Lithuania in Combating Illegal Migration
 
Culture Wars
» Abbott Plans to Restrict Minors’ Access to Gender Transition-Related Surgeries, Hormone Treatments
» Appeals Court Agrees to Review Lawsuit Against Big Tech Over Censorship and Civil Rights
» Gaming Accessories Company Vertagear Caves and Apologizes to Twitter Mob After Posting Meme
» University Professor Argues it’s Unjust for Parents to Have ‘Veto Power’ Over Children’s Gender Transition
» Watch: Tucker Carlson, Mark Steyn Roast the New ‘Pregnant Man’ EMOJI
 

Breaking: Marjorie Taylor Greene Compares Twitter to Communist China After Recent Suspension

After her temporary ban on Twitter, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene held a press conference outside her congressional office to discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci and what she believes are his links to the funding of research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Despite Fauci’s appointed position, and not as an elected official, Greene said, Fauci is the highest paid employee in the federal government. She said that Twitter acted “like corporate communists,” saying that the ban against her, and others, is a violation of the first amendment.

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

Breaking: Rand Paul Confronts Fauci Over ‘Gain of Function’ Research at Wuhan Lab

Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci engaged in another battle in the US Congress on Tuesday, as the senator, an ophthalmologist, grilled the doctor on what he referred to as “gain of function” research at a Wuhan lab.

Paul detailed the evidence that he claims proves that experimentation on gain of function research was happening at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and quotes the doctor who did this work on both her work and on the amount of funding she received from the NIH.

“Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11 where you claim that the NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan.” Paul asked Fauci.

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

Breaking: Fox News Slams CNN for Spreading Misinformation About ‘High Level Conversations’ With the White House

This afternoon, Fox News disputed a CNN report that claimed that “high-level conversations” took place between the media outlet and the Biden White House.

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

Breaking: VoterGA Says Evidence Indicates Multiple Georgia Counties May Have Even More Election Fraud Than Fulton

Election integrity nonprofit organization Voters Organized for Trusted Election Results in Georgia (VoterGA) released a statement on Monday claiming that evidence shows the rate of election discrepancies may be even higher in Georgia counties other than Fulton. VoterGA showcased a trove of evidence indicating that the error reporting rate in Fulton County was a staggering 60%.

“VoterGA announced today it has evidence election result discrepancies in other Georgia counties may be worse than those it presented

for Fulton County at a VoterGA press conference Tuesday,” the press release stated. “The revelation came as VoterGA formalized its call for a truly independent, forensic audit of all county results for the November 3rd, 2020 and January 5th, 2021 elections.”

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

Candace Owens Dismantles Ibram X. Kendi’s Flawed Anti-Racist Rhetoric

Candace Owens has decided to make a point about debating the left on their ideas. So for her Daily Wire show, Owens is making it a full segment of the program.

“I have a new segment for you, and it’s called Counterpoint. I’m very excited about this because as you guys know, the left tends to stay in their safe spaces. They go on a bunch of talk shows, they bring up a bunch of bad ideas. They expect nobody to be able to challenge them,” Owens said on her Tuesday night show.

The first person Owens aims to challenge is Ibram X. Kendi, author of the How to Be an Antiracist book that was pushed to the forefront last year in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. His writings were spotlighted as the progressive media aimed to push for “diversity” last summer, and Kendi’s book became a centerpiece of the critical race theory curriculum in the public K — 12 classroom.

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

Child Doctors Group Demands All Kids Over 2 Wear Masks at School

The American Academy of Pediatrics is demanding that all children over the age of 2 years old wear face masks at schools and nurseries, a suggestion that goes further than any previous restrictions.

The group, which has 67,000 members in primary care, announced that even if kids have been vaccinated they should still be forced to wear masks, suggesting that “Combining layers of protection that include vaccinations, masking and clean-hands hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone.”

The group also claims that “masking is proven to reduce transmission of the virus and to protect those who are not vaccinated.”

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

Hasbro Whistleblower Claims CRT Being Pushed Through Toy Packaging; Training Says 6 Month Olds Can be Racist

A consultancy firm employee working on a project for Hasbro blew the whistle on reported critical race theory training inside the Rhode Island-based toy and boardgame giant, adding that he believes the company wants to use its packaging and other features to push the ideology on young children.

David Johnson, a packaging engineer contracting with Hasbro through IT recruitment firm Harvey Nash according to Project Veritas, told “Hannity” on Monday that when he received an announcement scheduling a critical race theory-related training, he immediately felt the foresight to record the lecture.

Johnson, who first shared his story with Project Veritas, told host Sean Hannity that Conscious Kids co-founder Kate Ishizuka-Stephens declared during the training that “by 3 to 6 months, babies are beginning to notice and already express preference by race.

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

January 6 Detainees Sing National Anthem to Boost Morale Amid Reports of Abuse

Amid reports of January 6 detainees being subject to torturous inhumane abuse including beatings, solitary confinement, and COVID-19 vaccination coercion in the D.C. Detention Center, audio released by American Greatness reveals the prisoners singing the Star-Spangled Banner in order to lift spirits and boost morale while they await their trials.

Exclusive audio released by American Greatness reveals the January 6 political prisoners sing the National Anthem to lift their spirits up and boost morale as they await their trials scheduled for sometime next year. “Detainees include Americans not accused of committing any violent crimes. Current detainees are a few members of the Oath Keepers; the alleged ‘attackers’ of Officer Brian Sicknick, and nonviolent offenders such as Timothy Hale-Cusanelli. The defendants have been transported to a special portion of the D.C. prison system used to house those charged with offenses related to January 6. Most were held in solitary confinement conditions, only allowed one hour out of a single-man cell one hour a day, for months until restrictions were recently loosened somewhat,” reads the report by American Greatness Senior Contributor Julie Kelly.

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

Jefferson Davis: Slavery and the Death of States’ Rights

When one thinks of the Confederate States of America, one instantly thinks of two people, General Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis. The life of both bear close examination for their historical significance and because they were men of principle and conviction who stood up for what they believed in — what they believed isn’t precisely what is taught in schools. Jefferson Davis in his role as the Confederate President is a sort of avatar for the end of a certain view of states’ rights that died when General Lee surrendered at Appomattox…

…Much of the tension between the North and South took the form of states’ rights around whether or not the federal government was going to be able to ban slavery in the territories. While it is often said that the Republican Party was founded to end slavery, this is wholly untrue. The primary motivation behind the founding of the Republican Party was simply to ensure that the territories, and the massive amounts of land they contained, would not be given away to large plantation owners, but would instead be kept for free — and, it must be said, white — labor.

           — Hat tip: AA [Return to headlines]
 

Let’s Not Talk About it: Amazon Would Prefer to be Sued

After 75,000 individual Echo users were organized to file a mass arbitration claim, Amazon found it more cost-effective to drop their arbitration clause and instead be brought to court.

The Verge:

Amazon has recently changed its terms of service to allow its customers to bring lawsuits against the company instead of having to go through an arbitration process. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company made the change after over 75,000 Echo users were organized to file individual arbitration cases, which would have left Amazon on the hook for millions of dollars in fees.

Unlike lawsuits, arbitration cases are handled by a third party instead of a judge or jury. According to the American Arbitration Association’s rules (which Amazon was bound by in its old terms of service), the company involved is responsible for hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in fees when a consumer brings a case against it — and those numbers add up quickly if a law firm is able to coordinate large numbers of consumers to bring complaints at once.

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

Lockdown Hysteria Did More Harm Than COVID-19

The United States suffered through two lethal waves of contagion in the past year and a half. The first was a viral pandemic that killed about 1 in 500 Americans — typically, a person over 75 suffering from other serious conditions. The second, and far more catastrophic, was a moral panic that swept the nation’s institutions.

Instead of keeping calm and carrying on, the American elite flouted the norms of governance, journalism, academic freedom — and, worst of all, science. They misled the public about the origins of the virus and the true risk it posed. Ignoring their own carefully prepared plans for a pandemic, they claimed unprecedented powers to impose untested strategies, with terrible collateral damage. We still have no convincing evidence that the lockdowns saved lives, but lots of evidence that they have already cost lives and will prove deadlier in the long run than the virus itself.

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

Psaki: No Options Are “Off the Table” Regarding Regulating Online Speech

The White House raised the stakes on online censorship last week, announcing that it had been directing Facebook to censor posts and even suggested that social media users banned from one platform for “misinformation” should be banned from all platforms.

But The White House is not done yet.

When asked about whether the administration was considering regulation to tackle online “disinformation,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki didn’t say no.

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

SharpieGate is Real: Maricopa County Conspired to Give Voters Sharpies That Ruined Same-Day Ballots

President Donald Trump supporters and American patriots nationwide are emboldened after an Arizona state Senate hearing on the Maricopa County election audit proved massive fraud. Among the audit’s findings so far: 11,326 people in the county who voted in the November 3 election were NOT on the voter rolls on November 7, but were added to the voter rolls by December 4. This number is higher than Joe Biden’s supposed statewide “lead” in Arizona of 10,457 votes. Additionally, more than 74,000 mail-in ballots were counted in the county even though there is no recorded evidence of the ballots being sent to the “voters” in the first place — and Maricopa County withheld all photographic evidence of the mail-in ballot envelopes from the Republican audit team (meanwhile, photographs show ballot printers and boxes getting loaded onto a “Destruction” truck in Phoenix during the Senate hearing). Thin ballot paper used for approximately 168,000 ballots led to markers “bleeding through” the paper, damaging ballots, after a Maricopa County official ordered staff to hand out Sharpie markers to same-day voters even though she knew about concerns with the Sharpies.

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

Sixth Texas Dem Tests Positive for COVID After Fleeing State to Block GOP Voting Bill

A sixth Texas Democrat who traveled to Washington, DC, in an effort to prevent a vote on a GOP-backed voting bill has tested positive for the coronavirus, a new report said.

The unidentified state lawmaker — who was among a group of Democrats who flew to the nation’s capital on a private jet last week — is self-isolating, a spokeswoman for the Texas House Democrats told NBC News.

Over the weekend, five other state Democratic lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19.

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

Third Alleged Oath Keepers Member to Plead Guilty, Cooperate With Prosecutors in Jan 6 Case

Another alleged Oath Keepers member—accused of knowing about the stockpile of firearms that the militia organization is reported to have stored inside a hotel just outside of Washington—planned to plead guilty Tuesday to two felony charges related to the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6, according to unsealed court documents.

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

Todd Rokita Celebrates ‘Victory’ Over US Department of Ed in Critical Race Theory Battle

Conservatives pushing back on “leftist ideologies” in American schools, including Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, are claiming victory this week after the U.S. Department of Education seemingly backed away from language in a federal grant application that showed support for materials that critics say promote critical race theory.

The debate around critical race theory, a concept generally used in higher education and not taught in K-12 schools, has exploded in recent months at school board meetings and state legislatures around the country. The concept has become short-hand for a number of ideas that conservatives are pushing back against, from culturally-relevant teaching practices to the way that the country’s history of slavery is taught.

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

Top Republicans Flock to GETTR, Jason Miller’s New Social Media Platform

GETTR has gotten some big gets.

The social media platform launched last month by former Donald Trump adviser Jason Miller is boasting a host of high-level Republican officials joining its site.

Among the major names in Congress who have signed up are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), as well as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and an array of others.

GETTR has been pitched as a competitor to Twitter, which has been criticized for broad censorship and blocking access to legitimate news stories, such as The Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

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

Trump Tells Dinner Guests He Plans 2024 Run for President: Source

Former commander-in-chief Donald Trump plans to run for president again, according to dinner conversations in recent months relayed by an inside source.

Trump has been touting the potential 2024 bid to at least three dining buddies, a former senior official at the Republican National Committee told Rolling Stone.

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

Twitter Suspended New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon for Questioning Vaccine Passports and Mandates

New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon was silenced on Twitter and was only reinstated when he agreed to delete his tweet.

The tweet, posted on June 25, read “Given that we have crushed Covid with combination of natural immunity and voluntary uptake there is no reason anyone should be compelled to take the vaccine. Restrictions/mandates/vaccine passports all uncalled for.”

Twitter’s response to O’Scanlon’s Twitter post was to lock him out of his account without giving a specific reason as to why.

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

Watch: Jeff Bezos Yeets Himself Into Space as Billionaires Battle for Space Dominance

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, launched himself and three other crew members into space on the maiden flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard early Tuesday morning.

The crew returned to earth safely after the nearly 11 minute flight into space.

Upon return, Bezos could reportedly be heard saying it was “the best day ever,” according to ABC News.

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

White House Staffer, Pelosi Aide Test Positive for COVID-19

White House staffer and a senior communications aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at a July 13 event, according to news reports Wednesday.

Neither Pelosi or Biden have been directly exposed to those who tested positive, confirmed by officials Tuesday to Axios.

Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, told the news outlet the aide was diagnosed with the virus after having come in contact last week with members of the Texas Legislature.

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

YouTube Reverses Censorship of Chicago School Board Meeting About Mask-Wearing After Backlash

YouTube took down a video of an official suburban Chicago school board meeting after saying that it was disseminating false information about COVID-19. However, the video’s removal was only temporary as YouTube backtracked on the censorship after backlash. A school board member claimed it’s unclear why YouTube took it down in the first place.

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

Canadian Law Professor Sues Twitter, Canadian Government Over Ad Censorship

A Canadian law professor is suing Twitter and the Canadian government after Twitter denied him the ability to buy ads on the platform for his new documentary.

University of British Columbia professor Joel Bekan, who has written books and produced films that criticize the power of corporations, wanted to purchase promoted tweets for the trailer of his new film “The New Corporation,” but Twitter refused to let him do so, The Logic reports.

Bekan opted to sue Twitter, to try and force the big tech giant to let him promote his film on their platform. According to Bekan, Twitter is a part of the public square, and hence should be ordered by a judge to allow him to buy ads promoting his documentary.

The UBC professor is also suing the Canadian government, as he believes it should implement a law that protects freedom of expression on social media.

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

Coptic Orthodox Church Destroyed in Latest Canadian Church Fire

A Coptic Orthodox church in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, was burned to the ground on Monday morning in a suspicious fire and is just the latest suspected church arson in Canada since the start of June.

The St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, BC, was destroyed after a fire, which could allegedly be seen for miles, broke out at the church at around 3:30 am on Monday, leaving just one wall standing.

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

Cuban-Canadians Condemn Communism, Demand Freedom From Dictatorships

Cuban-Canadians gathered at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square in condemnation of the communist Cuban dictatorship, and to demand freedom for the country which has been wracked by protests in recent days.

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

Muslim Group Presses for 61 Recommendations Ahead of Islamophobia Summit

The National Council of Canadian Muslims has put forward 61 recommendations, including a national strategy to fight anti-Muslim hate and specific penalties for hate crimes, ahead of this week’s national Islamophobia summit.

NCCM’s CEO Mustafa Farooq said that the organization came up with the recommendations after consulting with members of the Muslim community. He added that they target every level of government.

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

Police ‘Outnumbered’ When Trying to Break 2000 Person Party in the GTA

Durham regional police say they were “outnumbered” when trying to break up a 2000 person party in the Whitby, Ontario.

Acting Sgt. George Tudos told CTV News that “Obviously, from the number of people that were at that party, we were outnumbered.”

Tudos added that his department was “notified of this ongoing party and our officers attended to keep the peace and maintain order.”

Police eventually managed to break up the large party which took place at a large house on Ashburn Road, between Brawley and Columbus roads.

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

RCMP Praises Trudeau’s Censorship Bill, Claims it Will ‘See More Things Through to Charges’

The RCMP said Bill C-36, a federal censorship bill, will be useful in prosecuting bloggers and Facebook subscribers, reports Blacklocks.

The controversial piece of legislation will “see more things through to charges,” said Corporal Anthony Statham of RCMP’s British Columbia Hate Crimes Team: “Law enforcement has to have the ability to use the law effectively.”

Bill C-36 An Act To Amend The Criminal Code threatens house arrest or $70,000 fines for any internet publisher, blogger or social media user suspected of posting hateful content without incitement of any crime. Cabinet introduced the bill June 23 just minutes before Parliament adjourned for a three-month recess.

[Comment: The Mounties should be ashamed of themselves.]

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

Bill Gates and George Soros Buy UK COVID Test Maker

Soros and Gates are a pair of billionaires who both share the goal of bringing more affordable testing for diseases, including COVID, to other parts of the world.

According to Forbes, the Soros Economic Development Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations have teamed up to buy a UK developer of COVID tests. The company named Mologic will be renamed Global Access Health as part of the acquisition.

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

Breaking: 60% of British COVID Patients Have Received at Least Two Vaccine Doses

Sixty percent of patients being admitted to United Kingdom hospitals for COVID-19 symptoms have been vaccinated at least twice, U.K. chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Wallace admitted on Monday. Vaccine activists have previously claimed that the unvaccinated would make up the majority of COVID cases after inoculation became widespread.

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Britain ‘Tilts’ East: Will Deploy Warships in Asia Permanently, Challenge Chinese Territory Claims

The United Kingdom has the right to sail its latest aircraft carrier anywhere in the world international law permits and will do so, the country has said just weeks before it is due to travel through the contested South China Sea.

Britain’s defence secretary Ben Wallace, presently in Japan as part of a tour of Asia meeting allies and speaking as a British carrier strike group sails through the Indian Ocean on its way to exercises with partners in the Pacific, has made clear the UK will be challenging China at sea. The deployment is part of what Wallace and others call Britain’s “tilt” to the Pacific, a strategic move that has been ongoing for years but which is accelerating post-Brexit.

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

British Journalists Could Face Jail for Publishing Leak Stories That Embarrass the Government

As if there needed to be yet another threat to free speech in the UK, British journalists could face 14-year prison sentences for publishing stories embarrassing the government, under proposed reforms to the Official Secrets Act. According to the government, the new proposals will crack down on foreign spies but many fear it could even be used domestically.

The UK government, through the Home Office, has proposed reforms to the 1989 Official Secrets Act, to account for changes technology and the internet has enabled in the sharing of leaked data.

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

Candidate for German Chancellor Laughs at the Site of Epic Disaster

Armin Laschet, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, made a faux pas at a critical moment when he accompanied President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday to visit disaster-stricken areas in the east of Germany. While Steinmeier, keeping a serious face, promised help to those affected by floods present, Laschet talked to his colleagues a few meters behind him, laughing for about half a minute. The disaster has so far claimed at least 157 lives.

The moment did not escape the photojournalists, and Laschet’s behavior provoked indignant reactions, all the more so as he is a candidate of the conservative CDU / CSU bloc for the office of federal chancellor in the September parliamentary elections.

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

Coercion? Anti-Lockdown MP Warns UK ‘Moving to Compulsory Vaccination’

A leading member of a group of anti-lockdown Tory MPs has warned that the UK is “effectively moving to compulsory vaccination”, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a vaccine passport will be the condition of entry for large venues like nightclubs.

On Monday, the day touted as ‘Freedom Day’, Prime Minister Johnson announced: “By the end of September, when all over-18s will have had their chance to be doubled-jabbed, we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition for entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather. Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough.”

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

Cyprus: Protesters Storm TV Station Over Coronavirus ‘Slave Pass’

A protest in Cyprus against government measures forcing all citizens to present a Chinese coronavirus “vaccine pass” to enter nearly all public spaces on the island turned violent this weekend after some participants attacked a local TV station that supported the state-mandated badges.

Many Cypriots have branded the badges “Slave Passes,” the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) reported Monday.

“A large crowd of demonstrators against new Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] measures and mandatory vaccination attacked the Cypriot TV station Sigma TV on 18 July,” EFJ reported on July 19. “The mob vandalised the station’s headquarters in Nicosia, throwing [fire] crackers, breaking windows and damaging cars outside the building.”

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

Czechia Has the Highest Average Income Among the Visegrad Countries

The average income in euros in the Czech Republic is €1,368, the highest among the Visegrad Four countries. The nation with the highest average wage in Central and Eastern Europe is Germany, specifically with €3978, followed by Austria with €3108.

The lowest average wages are €400 in Kosovo and €432 in Ukraine. These calculations are the result of an annual study by the consulting company Mazars, which compares the tax systems of 21 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

According to the study, the average level of wages in euros has increased the most in the private sector. In Germany, the increase is by 14 percent, and in Slovakia, Croatia, Latvia, and Northern Macedonia, by 5-10 percent. In Poland, the average wage is €1331, in Hungary €1147, and in Slovakia €1113.

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

Five and Six-Year-Old Children Injured During Swedish Gang Shooting

Two children aged six and seven were struck by ricocheting bullets just south of Stockholm near what police believe was a gang-related shooting.

The shooting took place on Saturday in the southern Stockholm suburb of Flemingsberg at around 8 pm, and the two young children were injured as they were walking on the footbridge.

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

France: Paris Clinics Offering Fake COVID Passes for £250 as Black Market Surges

A black market for fake COVID vaccine passes has emerged in France, where the government is trying to make them a mandatory condition of entry for venues like bars, restaurants and cafes.

Clinics in Paris are offering the passes for around €300 euros ($350 dollars) without the need to take any jabs.

“Certain vaccination centres, flagships of the fights against Covid-19 are now plagued by corruption,” reported French newspaper Le Parisien, revealing that low paid French health service workers are making as much as £4,000 a month through selling the fraudulent documents.

In doing so, they are risking 3 years in jail and fines of up to £38,000 for being complicit in the trafficking of forged documents.

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Heavily Armed ‘Commandos’ Storm French Neighborhood, Take Residents Hostage

A large group of heavily armed suspects stormed a neighborhood in the commune of Cavaillon, France, during the weekend, according to reports.

The terrifying attack unfolded on Saturday evening as families, including children and senior citizens, were reveling outdoors in the Docteur Ayme residential district.

Around 15 combatants dressed in black and wearing hoods piled out of two vehicles and unleashed a hail of bullets upon another group believed to be in the midst of a drug deal, Actu 17 reports.

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Hungarian FM: European Union Must Stop Big Tech From Interferinng in Elections

The European Union must take steps to prevent Silicon Valley tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter from interfering with European elections, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjartó said at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels last week.

While speaking to members of the press during a break in the EU foreign ministerial meeting last Monday, Minister Szijjartó said that it’s dangerous and fundamentally anti-democratic to allow Big Tech companies to either restrict or expand a political candidate’s ability to reach voters, Hungarian news portal Demokrata reports.

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Hungarian Official Push Back on Claims of Surveillance

All three Hungarian ministers in charge of overseeing the country’s legal system and secret services have denied allegations that the country did use or would have used the Pegasus spyware of Israeli company NSO Group to spy on civilians.

Answering an opposition question in Parliament, Minister of Interior Sandor, pictured above, in charge of overseeing the country’s domestic intelligence services said that since the current conservative government took office, there has been no illegal surveillance in the country.

“I declare that since May 29, 2010, the Hungarian national security services have not carried out and will not carry out illegal surveillance. My statement is supported by the results of the inspections carried out. I am ready to answer your specific questions in a closed session of the National Security Committee of the Parliament,” Pintér said in response to a question by opposition Socialist MP Attila Mesterhazy.

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Is Western Europe Really Turning to the Right?

A large-scale and widely-noted survey, “The Conversion of Europeans to the Values of the Right,” suggests that Western Europe is trending conservative. But a close look at the survey data finds that not to be the case.

La Fondation pour l’innovation politique (or the Fondapol Foundation), which calls itself a “liberal, progressive, and European think tank,” surveyed 7,603 respondents in Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy between January 20 and February 10, 2021. In striking contrast to historic trends, it found the young to be more conservative than the old, suggesting a move toward conservativism.

To be precise, 41% of the young (defined as ages 18-34) associate with the Right, as well as 38% of the elderly (age 50 and above). Likewise, 24% of the young associate with the Left, as do 30% of the elderly. It bears noting that the pollsters do not define these terms but allow respondents to do so. The statistical differences are not large; but given that the young usually grow more conservative with age and, presuming that these four countries are typical of Western Europe as a whole, this data suggests that the Right in Western Europe will likely further build its lead over the Left.

The author of the Fondapol survey, Victor Delage, explains this turn to the Right as due mainly to three of Western Europe’s hottest-button issues: “hostility to immigration, mistrust of Islam, and a preference for economic liberalism.”

Scrutiny of Fondapol’s data on the first two of these issues, however, stunningly contradicts Delage’s explanation.

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New Proposal: Your Workplace Could Make Vaccination Mandatory Against Coronavirus

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Employers should be allowed to make it compulsory for their employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus, according to a legislative proposal by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI). László Parragh, the organisation’s president, told Portfolio that not only would employers be given the option, but would also make vaccination compulsory for employees in certain jobs. According to László Parragh, it is already common practice for companies to expect their employees to be vaccinated, but the amendment would make it easier. He said that there was a strong demand from business leaders for such legislation, as it was the only way to avoid having to close down the economy again.

It was a great relief for the Hungarian business sector that most of the restrictions against the coronavirus could be lifted, and this was possible because the high level of vaccination has reduced the epidemic in Hungary,” Mr Parragh told Portfolio. He said that today it is in the interest of everyone, not just the corporate sector, to maintain this favourable situation.

THE CHAMBER IS THEREFORE PROPOSING A LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW COMPANIES TO MAKE VACCINATION COMPULSORY FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES IN CERTAIN JOBS.

The amendment could legally remove any obstacles to companies requiring employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus in certain jobs. The proposal would provide that if a worker does not take up the option of vaccination, he or she could be transferred to a position where he or she does not pose a risk to colleagues or clients. According to the President of MKIK, this regulation is not only justified from a health point of view, but also dictated by economic logic: company managers fear that the spread of the epidemic and local infections could lead to a shutdown of their business, which they cannot afford again.

According to the President, it has been a widespread practice for employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, and if they did not do so, companies would sanction this by dismissing them. In such cases, however, the dismissals could not be justified by the refusal to vaccinate, so other reasons were used to dismiss the employee, so it is more a case of employer pressure. However, Mr Parragh added that this was not the typical reaction of workers in such cases. He cited two specific companies where the coronavirus vaccination was recently made quasi-mandatory and all employees without exception took advantage of it, so that no dismissals were made.

If the MKIK’s proposal were adopted, refusal to vaccinate could now legally trigger various sanctions from the employer. We asked Mr Parragh whether companies would be afraid of dismissals if vaccination were made compulsory. According to the President, this does not pose a major threat: on the one hand, experience so far shows that workers have taken up the vaccination in such cases, and on the other hand, there is no resistance of this kind from the workers. In any case, MKIK is preparing a survey on workers’ attitudes to compulsory vaccination. Discussions with the employer side will start this week, and once they are concluded,

THE PROPOSAL FOR THE AMENDMENT COULD BE READY AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK, WHEN THE EXACT CONTENT WILL BE KNOWN.

At the same time, Mr Parragh said that the employers’ side is very supportive of the issue, that economic operators have been waiting for a similar regulation for a long time and that some managers of large Hungarian companies have personally called for the move. According to the President, this is understandable, as it is in the interest of economic operators to increase the number of vaccinations, thus avoiding closures, stoppages and workers falling ill. László Parragh knows that there are political considerations at play, but he says the proposal is not a concern for individual freedom — he cited the example of the measles vaccination, which nobody asked us about, yet we got it and the result is that there is no measles epidemic in Hungary.

If we don’t act, we will have to close everything again

– the President told our newspaper.

Some people would have no choice

László Parragh said that the Chamber proposes that the government should make vaccination compulsory in certain jobs. Here, the main focus should be on those professions where workers come into contact with more people — law enforcement officers, public transport workers, restaurant workers, etc. — but exactly which professions would be covered by mandatory vaccination would be a matter for a health professional to decide. Employers working in these areas would then have no discretion, as the law would require employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus. The President said that this would take the responsibility off the employer’s shoulders, as he would not have to worry about the employee’s possible disapproval, as it would be the law, not the company, that would require the vaccination.

Mr Parragh concluded by saying that he is aware that for some people today this proposal may seem divisive and surprising, but that it is necessary to keep the economy functioning and in the long term it is inevitable. He believes that in the longer term it would be justified to make vaccination compulsory “as widely as possible” and that there is a realistic chance that this will be the case not only in Hungary but also in Europe as a whole in a few months’ time. According to the President of the Chamber, a situation will soon arise in the world where, even if vaccination against the coronavirus will not be compulsory for everyone, it will not be easy to avoid being vaccinated.

What does the government think?

László Parragh did not say whether the Chamber had consulted the government on the proposal and what kind of response it expects, but it is clear that the government has moved towards compulsory vaccination, but only in small steps. Last week, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Kossuth Radio that vaccination will be compulsory for health workers (the vaccination rate in the sector is around 90%). Gergely Gulyás, the minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office, said at the government briefing that the government was considering mandatory vaccination in certain professions, while Katalin Novák, head of the Operational Team Responsible for Revitalising Community Life, said yesterday that proposals had been made to introduce mandatory vaccination in certain professions and “we will see” what happens.

If similar legislation were to be introduced, it could significantly boost vaccination levels, which have otherwise been spectacularly stagnant. After 5.5 million vaccinations in Hungary, the number of new vaccines administered has slowed down dramatically, with only a few thousand people receiving their first vaccination every day, while millions of vaccines are now available.

All this comes at a time when the Delta variant is causing a resurgence of the epidemic in Europe and the risk of a new wave of outbreaks has increased significantly due to travel abroad and lax restrictions. The examples from abroad show that even with high vaccination coverage, the new wave will bring thousands or tens of thousands of cases, which means that the current Hungarian vaccination coverage will certainly not be able to contain the new wave, especially in the autumn, when events will be held indoors again and students will return to schools. Several European countries have decided to postpone or introduce new restrictions, and more and more European leaders are calling for vaccination to be made compulsory in certain jobs. However, with the MKIK proposal, it is easy to see that vaccination coverage would improve significantly, which would stem the tide of a new wave. The question now is to what extent the government is willing to move towards compulsory vaccination.

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Poland: PiS Spokesman on Donald Tusk’s Gdansk Speech: “Stand-Up Comedy”

During his most recent rally in Gdansk, Civic Platform leader Donald Tusk focused on challenging Law and Justice (PiS) and called for Jaroslaw Kaczynski to face him in a debate.

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The European Commission’s Actions Are a Clear Attack Against Poland’s Sovereignty, Says Influential Polish Journalist

Lisicki spoke on the topic of the European Commission’s (EC) initiation of procedures against Poland concerning alleged “LGBT free zones”. He emphasized that there is no such thing in Poland as literal “LGBT free zones”. He reflected on how these zones were negative PR created by certain kinds of activists, and how the EC uses false information to justify the initiation of its procedures — the commission is playing the “family rights” cards accepted by some municipalities as an attack against LGBT persons.

“So, the EC has manipulated the issue, but this is not the only problem,” Lisicki stated.

Lisicki warned that the EC has committed a far-reaching violation of its competencies and has adopted a purely ideological approach. “It is no coincidence that the issue of ‘LGBT rights’ will become the main battering ram and tool through which the EC will try to interfere with Polish legislation and force Poland to change its laws and understanding of what is marriage and family,” he explained. Lisicki stressed that if Poland does not comply, then it will face further attempts to introduce other postulates demanded by LGBT and gender ideologists.

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UK Labour MP David Lammy Pockets Almost £3,000 From Facebook While Publicly Criticizing Them

UK Labour MP David Lammy publicly criticizes Facebook for not doing enough to censor online, yet received £2,870 ($3900) from the social network giant for an event, creating what some have called a conflict of interest as lawmakers are being paid by tech giants at a time of high scrutiny over their behavior.

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UK: ‘Boris Johnson: Leader or Cheerleader?’ Nigel Farage Calls on PM to ‘Show Some Leadership’ In Prime Time Debut

Brexit leader Nigel Farage used his prime time debut on GB News on Monday evening to call on Boris Johnson to “show some leadership” and to “man up” in returning freedom to Britain rather than bending to the whims of “mad scientists” and public opinion.

Nigel Farage returned to Britain’s airwaves on Monday evening a little over a year after being unceremoniously removed from his LBC radio show for comparing the statue smashing Black Lives Matter movement to the Taliban, debuting his nightly prime time show on the self-described anti-woke GB News network.

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UK: Local Family Restaurant Becomes Latest Victim of Lockdown as Rich Get Richer

A local family restaurant has been forced to close its doors after 20 years due to the COVID lockdown, highlighting again how while the pandemic helped make the rich far richer, ordinary people continue to suffer.

Julios, a Mexican/Italian restaurant in the village of Oughtibridge, Sheffield, announced the closure on its Facebook page.

“Julio’s Restaurant and the Cosy Café wish you a very Happy Easter!!! We would also like to thank you for your support during almost twenty years! Thank you!!! Sadly and due to unexpected circumstances(covid19) we have been forced to close our doors for good. Nevertheless I will have happy memories of all of you. Ignacio and staff,” said the Facebook post.

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UK: Nightclub Owners Say They’ll Refuse to Enforce Vaccine Passports as a Condition of Entry

A UK government minister has again refused to rule out vaccine passports for pubs, while nightclub owners say a plan to impose the same rules on their venues is ‘shambolic,’ with some vowing to refuse to enforce it.

Yesterday, the UK celebrated ‘freedom day’, when all coronavirus restrictions were supposed to be lifted, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson dampened the mood by announcing anyone entering a nightclub from the end of September would have to be double jabbed.

With “crowded venues” also being subject to the same rules, the government is now indicating that busy pubs could also be forced to check people’s vaccine status on the door.

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Unvaccinated Football Fans to be Banned From Matches in UK

According to a new report, the UK government is preparing to announce that football fans who haven’t received a full COVID-19 vaccination will be banned from entering stadiums as a two-tier society of the jabbed and the jabbed-not moves closer.

Yesterday’s ‘freedom day’ in the UK was supposed to see a lifting of all coronavirus restrictions, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved swiftly to pour cold water on the notion with the announcement that nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather will bar entry to those who haven’t had the vaccine.

This led to speculation that the measure could be extended to pubs and other venues, with ministers refusing to rule it out.

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Videos: Protesters Brutally Beaten and Arrested by Police on UK “Freedom Day”

People in London protesting the fact that so called “freedom day” is anything but that, were met with even harsher police responses than during lockdown Monday, with chaotic footage emerging of beatings and arrests.

The action predominantly took place in Parliament Square, with protesters chanting “arrest Boris Johnson” and “shame on police.”

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Words From the Woke: Prince Harry Writing ‘Intimate and Heartfelt’ Story of His Life

As part of Prince Harry’s self-declared quest for privacy, respect, and life outside the public eye, his publisher announced Monday the young Royal has started writing an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir to share his “life lessons” with the world.

The news comes four months after the prince and wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made global headlines during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey near the couple’s retreat in Montecito, California.

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Three Former Soviet Republics Sign Intent to Join the EU

The leaders of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed a declaration at an international conference in Batumi, Georgia, on Monday, stating that their countries intend to become members of the EU. The event was also attended by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, which brings together the leaders of the EU member states.

The moment of the signature was broadcast live on the Facebook page of Georgian President Salome Zurabisvili.

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‘We Lost’: Some U.S. Veterans Say Blood Spilled in Afghanistan Was Wasted

Jason Lilley was a special operations forces Marine Raider who fought in multiple battles in Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest war.

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China Not Cooperating With WHO on Wuhan Investigation; Again Says Fort Detrick Should be Focus

The communist Chinese government is once again refusing to cooperate with the World Health Organisation on investigating the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WHO suggested last week that it will seek to conduct further “audits of relevant laboratories and research institutions operating in the area of the initial human cases identified (in Wuhan) in December 2019.”

The statement prompted China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian to announce that “The proposal for the second phase of origin tracing by the WHO Secretariat is inconsistent with the position of the Chinese side and also of many countries.”

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Top Health Officer Orders Australians: ‘Don’t Have a Conversation’ With Each Other

The chief health officer of New South Wales gave a press conference telling Australians that they shouldn’t “engage in conversation with each other,” even if they’re wearing masks, in order to reduce the transmission of COVID.

Yes, really.

Dr. Kerry Chant made the remarks in response to people in NSW being ordered to comply with yet another lockdown triggered by just a handful of new cases, which included a man in Cootamundra who visited a Woolworths supermarket, Pizza Hut restaurant, petrol station and Officeworks store.

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Report: Fulani Muslim Militants Kill Ten in Attacks on Nigerian Villages

Fulani Muslim raiders killed ten people last week, including an infant, in the Christian-majority southern Kaduna State in Nigeria, the Barnabas Fund reported Monday.

Armed with guns, the militants stormed Magamiya village around 11:00pm on July 12, stealing valuables and food, and killing two men, aged 70 and 62. During the two-hour assault, the raiders also set houses on fire and attempted to burn down the village’s Christian church.

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US Conducts First Airstrike in Somalia Under Biden

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the United States launched its first airstrike in Somalia under President Joe Biden.

The strike was against al Shabaab militants, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist and insurgent group that aims to topple the Somali government and replace it with Islamic sharia law, according to Reuters.

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Breaking: YouTube Bans National File Day Before Immigration Documentary Release

Liberal Big Tech video sharing platform YouTube terminated the official National File account on Thursday, citing unspecified severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. YouTube has expressed a zealous commitment to purge its platform of independent media that strays from mainstream left-wing narratives.

The message from YouTube received by National File on Thursday read, “Hi National File. We have reviewed your content and found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. Because of this, we have removed your channel from YouTube.

National File editor-in-chief Tom Pappert noted that the ban came shortly before National File releases the documentary “Destination Dover” covering the UK migrant crisis, stating, “The fact that YouTube would ban us the day before we release our first documentary, especially when its subject is the global migrant crisis championed by globalists, is quite frankly comical.”

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Texas Farmers Demand Biden Admin Pay for Property Damage Caused by Illegal Immigration

Farmers in Texas near the United States-Mexico border are calling on President Joe Biden to pay for the damages caused by the recent rise in illegal immigration.

The farmers say that “coyotes (human traffickers) abandon people, steal vehicles, vandalize property and threaten the safety and livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.” Texas Farm Bureau president Russell Boening told the New York Post that some of its members are seeing human traffickers drive through fields, running over crops, break into homes, and leaving their families stranded.

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UK to Hand France Another £54m in New Deal to Make Them Stop Migrants Leaving Their Shores as the Number Making Perilous Journey in 2021 Hits 8,452 — Already More Than All of Last Year

Priti Patel last night agreed to give France another £54million to stop the growing number of migrants crossing the Channel.

The Home Secretary signed the pledge after chaotic scenes emerged of a French navy vessel apparently ushering an overcrowded dinghy into British waters early yesterday.

It came as the number of people to have made the perilous journey this year hit 8,452 — surpassing the figure for the whole of 2020.

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UK: ‘None of US Can Swim’: Kuwaiti Girl, 12, Whose Family Paid £8,000 to People Smugglers for Perilous Crossing From Calais is Among Hundreds More Arriving Today as 2021 Total Passes 8,000 — the Same as the Whole of 2020

A 12-year-old Kuwaiti girl whose family paid people-smugglers £8,000 to make the treacherous journey from Calais to England is among an ongoing surge of migrants crossing the Channel today after a French warship escorted a dinghy containing 13 people into British waters.

Border Force intercepted what is believed to be the first boat of migrants taking advantage of the flat seas and clear skies and brought its occupants into Dover Marina at around 10am. Around 20 people were seen being escorted up the gangway by Immigration Enforcement officers.

A further 12 migrants — mainly men from Iran and North and Eastern Africa — were filmed landing their orange rigid hulled inflatable boat on the pebbles at Dungeness, Kent at 11.15am.

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Visegrad Group to Assist Lithuania in Combating Illegal Migration

The statement was made by Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó on Monday at a meeting of the group’s ministers in charge of transitioning Hungary into taking over the revolving presidency of the V4 group for the next twelve months.

“The Visegrad Four (V4), who oppose the mandatory resettlement quota, Brussels’ anti-immigration policy, have agreed to help Lithuania curb migration from Belarus,” Szijjartó said, adding that “in the next few days, the details will be worked out and the assistance to Lithuania will be coordinated, be it in terms of human resources or technical equipment, such as fencing.”

“There will be a common, coordinated Visegrad assistance so that our Lithuanian friends can also protect the European Union’s external border,” Szijjartó said.

[Comment: Yes!]

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Abbott Plans to Restrict Minors’ Access to Gender Transition-Related Surgeries, Hormone Treatments

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he plans to take action to restrict minors’ access to gender transition-related medical services, since legislation on the issue failed to pass during the regular session of the legislature.

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Appeals Court Agrees to Review Lawsuit Against Big Tech Over Censorship and Civil Rights

The civil rights case of Domen v. Vimeo is over Vimeo’s termination of Church United’s video streaming activities after it posted “videos of five men and women who left the gay lifestyle to pursue their Christian faith. Vimeo claimed that its terms of service bar streaming videos that promote sexual orientation change therapy,” the Epoch Times reported.

Church United is a nonprofit with a vision “To change and shape the moral culture of our communities in California,” according to its website. It “claims to have more than 750 pastors affiliated with its efforts to ‘positively impact the political and moral cultures of their communities,’ “ according to the Epoch Times. Pastor Jim Domen leads Church United.

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Gaming Accessories Company Vertagear Caves and Apologizes to Twitter Mob After Posting Meme

Gaming chair and accessories company Vertagear caved and apologized following backlash over a tweet comparing female and male gamers that was deemed “misogynistic” by a Twitter mob.

The tweet, which was deleted shortly after it was posted, featured two images; the first was a male gamer’s set up with a large game screen with the camera at the corner and the second was a female gamer’s setup with a smaller game screen with the camera occupying most of the space. Vertagear wrote: “Is this accurate.”

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University Professor Argues it’s Unjust for Parents to Have ‘Veto Power’ Over Children’s Gender Transition

A philosophy professor from Arizona State University recently had a paper published in an academic journal wherein she argued that parents should lose “veto power” over their children’s gender transition.

The issue of medical ethics is as old as the practice of medicine itself, and for many, the big questions now revolve around agency. In the case of most medical procedures, adults are free to choose what they do and do not want done to their bodies, while children require the signing off of a parent or guardian. When it comes to gender transition medical care, however, some are seeking to change these rules to give children more autonomy.

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Watch: Tucker Carlson, Mark Steyn Roast the New ‘Pregnant Man’ EMOJI

Tucker Carlson and frequent guest Mark Steyn lit into the new proposed additions to the emoji keyboard, namely, the “pregnant man” emoji. Yes, that’s an emoji of a person with short hair and a mustache clutching their stomach much the way a pregnant person would, or a person who had eaten too many nachos.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/20/2021

  1. vaccine passports?
    As a german I have problems with the idea behind that.
    The last time we had something like that in Germany was about, lets say 70 years ago and the entire world hated us.

    How will it play out?
    You are not vaccinated and found in a train.
    Will you be arrested, but into an internation camp until
    a) you agree to be “vaccinated”
    b) till a lawyer gets you out (I wouldnt be surprised if they first make a law that you have to be vaccinated.)
    c) you are given a chance to repent (getting vaccinated) and if you tell them NO you are led behind the buildung and get an injection of lead – at terminal velocity aka Katyn.
    d) witchhunts and you are burned in public on the main place of your city (after the public is riled up enough “We suffer the XY variant because some COVIDEOTS wont get vaccinated. Hate them!)

      • The Nazis were big into closing schools, curfews and “papers”. In our protectorate of Bohemia, if you got stopped on the street you better have a paper that justifies you being there, walking the street – a reason like going to or from work, signed by your boss. There were of course some other people, who had in their papers written, that they cannot leave or go to certain areas.

  2. Unvaccinated are deplorable kulak bitter clinger untermenschen who belong in camps.
    No jab, no job. No vax badge, no participation in suiciety.
    All illusions of freedom are now dispensed with and you can see the brick walls and face recognition (got mask) cameras going up.
    At least we’ll be egalitarian equal in the camps, comrades. (sarc)
    Forward! The great leap forward.

  3. Sir Patrick Vallance has changed his mind apparently, as he know says he meant to say 60% of hospitalisations were of umvaccinated people.
    “……Sir Patrick Vallance corrected an earlier statement in which he initially said 60% of hospitalisations were double vaccinated people

    Around 6 in 10 of those requiring hospital treatment are unvaccinated, the government’s chief scientific adviser has said.”
    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/how-many-covid-hospitalisation-double-vaccinated-171607939.html

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