Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/27/2021

A gunman opened fire at a backyard party in Fort Worth, Texas, wounding at least one person. When he was chased down by partygoers, he fired at them, killing one person and wounding others. His pursuers then stoned him to death with paving stones that were piled nearby. Police are investigating. No charges have yet been filed.

In other news, more than fifty migrants were rescued off the Canary Islands by the Spanish coast guard and brought to safety on Gran Canaria.

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Financial Crisis
» Unemployed Americans File Lawsuits Against States Ending COVID Relief
 
USA
» “An Excuse to Get to be Racist”: ‘White Fragility’ Author Issues Warning on the Dangers of the Comedy
» Anti-Critical Race Theory Candidates Sweep Local Board of Education Endorsements
» Arizona Senate Issues Fresh Subpoena for 2020 Election Audit
» Breaking: Gov. Ron DeSantis Responds to New CDC Masking Guidelines
» Broward County School Board Shuts Down Meeting on Mask Mandate to Flee From Face Freedom Protesters
» Chicago Mayor Defends Granting Interviews Only to Reporters of Color
» Collabio Spaces is a Non-Google Docs Document Collaboration Tool
» Coroner IDs Gunman in Southern California Shooting
» Curtis Sliwa Says Critical Race Theory is ‘Creeping’ Into NYC Schools
» Facebook Recruits New “Fact-Checker” After White House Demands Vaccine Skeptic Crackdown
» Following Another Bloody Weekend in Seattle, Homicides on Track to Eclipse Previous Year’s Record Highs
» Gingrich Asks What China Will Think of Critical Race Theory in the ‘Woke’ US Military
» Gunman in Deadly Fort Worth Shooting Stoned to Death by Angry Mob
» Hillary Clinton Donor Ed Buck Convicted Over Overdoses of Two Men in West Hollywood
» Hundreds of San Francisco Bars to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test
» Nearly a Year Into Lightfoot’s Anti-Violence Plan, Many of Chicago’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Are Doing Worse
» Phew! Snopes Declares That Biden Probably Didn’t Yell “My Butt’s Been Wiped”
» Project Veritas Leaks Unreleased CNN ‘Documentary’ Celebrating AOC
» Protesters Shut Down Greene-Gaetz Jan. 6 Event
» Reports: D.C. Spends $22,847 Per Student, 3rd Highest in Nation, With Highest Dropout Rate at 31%
» Sen. Blackburn Blasts Media, Big Tech and Democrats as Being ‘In Cahoots’ On Critical Race Theory
» Springboro Schools: District Will Not Teach Critical Race Theory
» St. Louis Mask Mandate Faces Lawsuit From State Official: ‘it’s Not Based on Science’
» Texas House Speaker Issues First Arrest Warrant for Fugitive Democrat Who Fled State
» The People Who Brought You CHAZ Get Their WA State Police Reform Wishes Granted and They’re a Hot Mess
» Twitter Suspends 2020 Election Audit Accounts for Multiple States
» Upper Saint Clair School District Parents Fight Against Book They Say Teaches Critical Race Theory
» Videos: Fauci, CNN, White House, Newsom and Cuomo All Ratchet Up Attacks on Unvaccinated Americans
» Violent Portland Protests Hampered Police Efforts on Olympic Runner’s Stalking Case: ESPN
» Watch: Capitol Police Officer Falsely Claims Brian Sicknick Died as a Result of Injuries Sustained on January 6
» Watch: Jim Jordan and Jim Banks Slam Jan 6 Committee for Not Wanting to ‘Get to the Truth’
» Wisconsin: LAA Voter Integrity Project Reports 157,000+ Illegal Ballots Cast During 2020 Election
 
Canada
» Sentencing Delayed for Alberta Men Found Guilty of Flouting COVID-19 Rules
 
Europe and the EU
» A Quarter of Users Have Now Deleted the Government’s Coronavirus Tracking App in Finland
» Coronavirus Cases Drop for 6th Day, But Boris Says UK ‘Not Out of the Woods Yet’
» France: Journalists Spread Fake News of Macron Being Smothered in Flowers
» France: Cuban Embassy in Paris Attacked With Molotov Cocktails
» Germany: ISIS Widow Who Enslaved Yazidis Receives Just Four Years in Prison
» Globo Karens Are Coming for Your Memes
» Ireland: Teenage Wannabe DJ Fined £1,000 for COVID Breach With Illegal Rave in Co Antrim Forest
» Majority of Hospitalized COVID Patients in UK Only Tested Positive After Admission: Leaked NHS Data
» Podcaster Says He Was Offered “Significant” Money by UK Government to Push COVID Info
» Polish Priest Sentenced in Germany for “Inciting Hate”
» Somali Man Stabs a Homeless Man in Germany, Then Cuts Off His Head
» Spain: Crackdown on Illegal Drinking Parties in Palma to Continue
» UK: Damning Bradford Child Abuse Report Reveals Victim Was Raped by Dozens of Men, Forced Into Islamic Marriage Aged 15 and Was Put Into ‘Domestic Slavery’ While Pregnant
» UK: London Mayor Sadiq Khan Completely Ignores Speaker’s Corner Stabbing of Woman Wearing Charlie Hebdo T-Shirt
» Young Britons Start to Ditch Masks After Deleting COVID App: Poll
 
Russia
» Russia’s Censorship Ministry Blocks Alexey Navalny’s Website
 
Far East
» Journalists Face Threats for Reporting on China Floods
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand: Judith Collins Slates Suhayra Aden’s Return From ‘Death Cult’, Says Media Will Try to Turn Her Into a Martyr
» Sydney Apartment Block is Put Under Police Guard and 100 Residents Tested for COVID-19 as Thousands More Are Forced to Isolate With 67 New Venues Listed Including an Entire Shopping Centre Which Was Exposed to the Virus for Eleven Days
 
Latin America
» Five High-Ranking Cuban Generals Dead in 10 Days
 
Immigration
» Austria: Sebastian Kurz Still Believes Others Will Solve the Migration Issue for Him
» Austrian Chancellor Vows to Continue Repatriation of Afghan Migrants
» Austria Sends 400 Troops to Border, Claims EU Asylum System ‘Failed’
» Dozens More Migrants Arrive in Canary Islands
» France: Man Stabbed Protecting Woman From Sex Attack by Afghan Suspects
» Lithuanian Opposition Leader Calls for Isolating Male Migrants as Potential Terrorists
» Migrants in Lithuania Riot
» Over 40,000 Mostly-Unvaccinated Migrants Released by Biden Skip Out on ICE Appointments
» Polish Border Guard Detains Illegal Migrants After Pursuit
» Revealed: How Hundreds of Boats Used in Migrant Crossings Across the Channel Are Stored in a Dover Warehouse — as Number of Arrivals in UK Hits Record-Breaking 9,000 So Far This Year
» TikTok Adverts Promise to Smuggle Migrants to UK for £20,000
» UK Ethnic Minority Population Has Doubled to 13m, Over One-Fifth of General Pop: Report
 

Unemployed Americans File Lawsuits Against States Ending COVID Relief

Lawsuits seeking to preserve pandemic-era unemployment benefits are increasing as states across the country seek to halt the federal payments so residents will go back to work.

More than two dozen states have sought to upend the federal unemployment payments of $300 a month that Congress extended earlier this year through Sept. 6.

But at least six of the states are facing lawsuits over their moves, and two judges have been sympathetic to the claims thus far.

[Comment If they are unemployed, how did they get the money to sue?]

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

“An Excuse to Get to be Racist”: ‘White Fragility’ Author Issues Warning on the Dangers of the Comedy

Authored by Jonathan Turley

Mark Twain once said that “A sense of humor is the one thing no one will admit to not having.” Twain observation came to mind this week when Robin DiAngelo warned that “Comedy is . . . an excuse to get to be racist.” It appears that DiAngelo is moving from “White Fragility” to white comedy. The remarks of the author of the book “White Fragility” were carried on the Wisconsin-based non-profit Mythinformed. DiAngelo singled out “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” as racist entertainment. For free speech advocates, the comments are concerning given the crackdown in other countries on comedians.

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

Anti-Critical Race Theory Candidates Sweep Local Board of Education Endorsements

Critical Race Theory (CRT) opponents in Guilford, Connecticut, won out last week after Republicans voted to place five candidates the group endorsed on the board of education ballot.

The five candidates, endorsed by local organization Truth in Education, were selected from eight nominees and defeated three incumbent board of education members, reported the Connecticut Examiner.

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

Arizona Senate Issues Fresh Subpoena for 2020 Election Audit

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

Arizona senators on Monday issued a new subpoena to the state’s largest county for materials related to the 2020 election.

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

Breaking: Gov. Ron DeSantis Responds to New CDC Masking Guidelines

On Tuesday, the CDC released a statement on its website with updated COVID-19 guidance, including masking recommendations.

“To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission,” the CDC said. “Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.”

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

Broward County School Board Shuts Down Meeting on Mask Mandate to Flee From Face Freedom Protesters

The Broward School Board shut down its discussion period on a mask mandate in school Tuesday after the anti-mask Face Freedom movement showed up to make their voices heard. Patriotic protesters burned masks outside the school then entered the K.C. Wright Administrative Building with their faces unmasked, prompting the school board to shut down open discussion. The School Board is meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the mask mandate, and the Face Freedom movement will be there.

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

Chicago Mayor Defends Granting Interviews Only to Reporters of Color

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has reportedly defended her controversial decision to grant interview requests only to minority journalists — calling the number of non-whites covering her “unacceptable.”

“I would absolutely do it again. I’m unapologetic about it because it spurred a very important conversation, a conversation that needed to happen, that should have happened a long time ago,” Lightfoot told the New York Times’ “Sway” host Kara Swisher on Monday of the temporary May declaration.

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

Collabio Spaces is a Non-Google Docs Document Collaboration Tool

Traditional office suites such as MS Office and Google Docs provide collaboration on documents via the cloud. But cloud services are not as secure as advertised, meaning it is not advisable to upload sensitive information. The alternative, which is emailing or texting multiple people about changes and making them manually is tedious. Collabio Spaces offers a better solution.

Collabio Spaces is a P2P office suite software that allows different people to co-author documents, without relying on the cloud. Instead, it allows document collaboration via local network, no network connection is required.

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

Coroner IDs Gunman in Southern California Shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have identified the gunman involved in a California standoff that killed a sheriff’s deputy and three others who were held hostage in a San Joaquin Valley home.

The shooter, identified Tuesday as Jose Manuel Ramirez Jr., was fatally shot by Kern County sheriff’s deputies. He had a history of arrests on domestic violence offenses and a restraining order was supposed to have prohibited him from having guns and approaching the home where the attack occurred Sunday in Wasco, a small community in the middle of farm fields northwest of Bakersfield.

The sheriff’s office has not said what led to the deadly shootings or the specifics of the 41-year-old’s previous arrests. He had been armed with an AK-47 style rifle and a handgun on Sunday…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Curtis Sliwa Says Critical Race Theory is ‘Creeping’ Into NYC Schools

Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa said Tuesday that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Department of Education should prioritize reading, writing and math, not “critical race theory,” a doctrine that posits that racism underpins America’s history, laws and institutions.

“We’re saying hold on a second. … Children have lost a full year. You’d think we’d want to be focused on the basics: reading, writing, arithmetic,” Sliwa, a father of three public school students, told The Post on Tuesday.

Sliwa joined Public Advocate candidate Tony Herbert, former congressional candidate Scherie Murray and others in Lower Manhattan to call attention to their claim that “critical race theory” is “starting to creep into the curriculum” at city public schools, the Republican mayoral nominee said.

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

Facebook Recruits New “Fact-Checker” After White House Demands Vaccine Skeptic Crackdown

In an effort to fight vaccine skepticism, Facebook has partnered with yet another self-described fact-checking organization. This new partnership comes amid pressure from The White House for social media companies to do more to stop the spread of COVID vaccines misinformation.

According to Axios, Facebook has partnered with Meedan, a global tech non-profit that focuses on health misinformation. Meedan will train Facebook’s over 80 fact-checking partners on how to better handle medical and vaccine skepticism.

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

Following Another Bloody Weekend in Seattle, Homicides on Track to Eclipse Previous Year’s Record Highs

In a span of three hours on Sunday morning, three people were killed and five were wounded in a series of unrelated shootings in across Seattle according to the Seattle Police Department. This followed yet another homicide Friday night.

On Friday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan had just announced a new proposal to implement an alternative 911 call model which would utilize specialized responses beyond law enforcement. Meanwhile, the Mayor and the City Council refuse to aknowledge that the uptick in violence followed the council defunding the police in favor of social workers and gave the money to community organizations, including some of those involved in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).

In 2020, following the defunding of SPD by the Seattle City Council, homicides in Seattle doubled from 2019, resulting in the highest number of homicides in more than a quarter of a century.

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

Gingrich Asks What China Will Think of Critical Race Theory in the ‘Woke’ US Military

Top military leaders and Pentagon officials undermine the U.S. military by forcing critical race theory on America’s men and women in uniform, said former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Service members shouldn’t be concerned about the race of the person next to them, Gingrich said. Instead, it is imperative to recognize they are on a mission to defend their country.

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

Gunman in Deadly Fort Worth Shooting Stoned to Death by Angry Mob

FORT WORTH, Texas — Police say a group of people in Fort Worth stoned a gunman to death after he killed one person and injured three others.

The incident happened about 1 a.m. Monday in Fort Worth’s Como neighborhood on the southwest side in the 5600 block of Shiloh Drive, near Bryant Irvin Road and the Chisholm Trail Parkway.

Police said a “small gathering” was happening in someone’s backyard when a person became upset and left. He shortly returned with another person and got into an argument with multiple people. At that point, he shot at least one person, non-fatally, police said.

After that, the other people at the party started chasing the shooter. The gunman then turned around and fired into the small crowd. In response, they began throwing landscaping stones and bricks back at the gunman.

“What we’re saying is some of the people picked up what we call stone pavers. What you line your driveway with points on them. That was something they initially could get,” said Tracy Carter with Fort Worth PD. “I don’t want to say maybe used as defense, but that’s what they were able to throw at the gunman.”

Police said the group eventually caught up to the gunman. At that point, the gunman resumed firing at the crowd and hit at least two more people. One person died from their injuries at the scene.

“They either caught him, or he fell to the ground,” Carter said. “And at that time, he lost his life what we believe by stones. The ME is going to have to determine that.”

A handgun believed to be used by the gunman was found by police.

Carter has a clear warning about the crowd’s reaction.

“Let the authorities handle it. We do not advise someone going after someone who has a gun,” he said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Hillary Clinton Donor Ed Buck Convicted Over Overdoses of Two Men in West Hollywood

On Tuesday the notorious Democrat Donor Ed Buck, age 66, was convicted in the deaths of two people and several overdoses for a grand total of nine charges. The specifics include “maintaining a drug den,” distributing meth, and soliciting for prostitution.

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

Hundreds of San Francisco Bars to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test

Authored by Ivan Pentchoukov via The Epoch Times

A group representing nearly 500 bars in San Francisco has said that patrons who want to drink inside will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

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

Nearly a Year Into Lightfoot’s Anti-Violence Plan, Many of Chicago’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Are Doing Worse

Last year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled an ambitious plan to narrow Chicago’s “safety gap” — the deep disparity among neighborhoods where some residents are 42 times more likely to be shot.

The plan, “Our City, Our Safety,” proposed flooding the 15 most violent community areas with resources — not just violence intervention programs but help with jobs and housing and health.

But nearly a year into the effort, gun violence is up in at least nine of the areas. The numbers are far starker when you look at how crime has risen since 2019, when Lightfoot took office, before the current spike in gun violence swept the city and the country.

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

Phew! Snopes Declares That Biden Probably Didn’t Yell “My Butt’s Been Wiped”

Following the bizarre gibbering nonsense that came out of Joe Biden’s reanimated mouth Sunday, debunking site Snopes has allocated its resources to investigating and concluding that the so called President of the United States probably did not yell “my butt’s been wiped” at a reporter.

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

Project Veritas Leaks Unreleased CNN ‘Documentary’ Celebrating AOC

Update: YouTube has removed the Project Veritas video because it “contains content from Turner CNN, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”

“Big tech is colluding with @CNN to take down the #BeingAOC leak,” commented Project Veritas chief of staff Eric Spracklen. “This is as Orwellian as it gets.”

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

Protesters Shut Down Greene-Gaetz Jan. 6 Event

A news conference held by a coalition of House GOP firebrands was cut short Tuesday after a group of counterprotesters gathered behind the lawmakers.

The Republican lawmakers had gathered Tuesday to press the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a status report on individuals arrested following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, who they referred to as “political prisoners.”

But they were repeatedly interrupted and eventually ended the event after counterprotesters got too close to the speakers.

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

Reports: D.C. Spends $22,847 Per Student, 3rd Highest in Nation, With Highest Dropout Rate at 31%

A report by the research group Education Data shows that Washington, DC, is third in the nation in spending per student in public schools — $22,847 for K-12 — while ranking 37th out of 51 states with the highest dropout rate of 31.10 percent.

The research group, which works with the support of the National Center for Education Statistics and the World Bank, said in the report that “public education spending in the United States falls short of global benchmarks and lags behind economic growth.”

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

Sen. Blackburn Blasts Media, Big Tech and Democrats as Being ‘In Cahoots’ On Critical Race Theory

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., blasted the mainstream media and Big Tech for being in “cahoots” with Democrats in pushing critical race theory in schools in an interview with Fox News.

Blackburn said she and Tennessee parents are concerned that children are being “indoctrinated” by critical race theory, the controversial curriculum that in part teaches students that U.S. institutions are inherently racist.

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

Springboro Schools: District Will Not Teach Critical Race Theory

Critical Race theory will not be taught in Springboro Schools.

In a Facebook post Monday, officials said the district “has not and will not support or implement CRT” into its curriculum at any grade level.

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

St. Louis Mask Mandate Faces Lawsuit From State Official: ‘it’s Not Based on Science’

Eric Schmitt, attorney general for the state of Missouri, has filed a lawsuit against the City of St. Louis for reinstating a mask mandate. The city’s mandate comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to recommend Tuesday that some vaccinated individuals resume wearing masks in certain situations to protect against COVID-19, reversing its earlier guidance that only unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings.

The St. Louis mandate requires everyone age 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in indoor public places and on public transport, and wearing a mask outdoors in a group is “strongly encouraged.”

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

Texas House Speaker Issues First Arrest Warrant for Fugitive Democrat Who Fled State

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) issued an arrest warrant on Sunday for Democratic Rep. Philip Cortez, who fled the state along with other Democrats to Washington DC in order to stonewall a pair of GOP-backed election integrity bills (and then became super-spreaders).

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

The People Who Brought You CHAZ Get Their WA State Police Reform Wishes Granted and They’re a Hot Mess

Washington state just enacted a batch of police reform laws that look like Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters wrote them, as they are based on some of the biggest whoppers told about recent high-profile police-involved deaths.

Cops say the new laws will leave people less safe.

The package of laws, which were signed into law two months ago, went into effect on Sunday. Police are still confused about how to handle certain crimes, but one thing’s clear: Criminals will be held less accountable.

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

Twitter Suspends 2020 Election Audit Accounts for Multiple States

Twitter on Tuesday banned several accounts linked to official 2020 election audits, including Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania.

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

Upper Saint Clair School District Parents Fight Against Book They Say Teaches Critical Race Theory

UPPER SAINT CLAIR, Pa. — Parents in the Upper Saint Clair School District want the book “Just Mercy” to be only optional reading, not required reading, for students in the district.

Parents spoke at a school board meeting, thanking the district for tabling their vote on the curriculum after parents expressed concern with the book’s message.

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

Videos: Fauci, CNN, White House, Newsom and Cuomo All Ratchet Up Attacks on Unvaccinated Americans

Unvaccinated Americans were the talking point of the day on Monday with a slew of figures slamming those who have chosen not to take the coronavirus jabs, assigning blame to them for America ‘going backwards’, likening them to murderers, and suggesting that they are to blame for more deadly variants of the virus emerging.

First up, the White House with Press Secretary Jen Psaki claiming that America is in reverse because “there are still a large population of people in this country who are unvaccinated — and we have the most transmissible variant that we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic that more people are getting sick with Covid.”

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

Violent Portland Protests Hampered Police Efforts on Olympic Runner’s Stalking Case: ESPN

The delay in the Portland police department’s response to a stalking case involving a U.S. Olympic runner was due in part to the violent protests that engulfed the city for much of last year, ESPN reports.

ESPN published a lengthy story Tuesday about the terrifying ordeal of Portland resident and elite distance runner Emily Infeld, who was stalked for three years by a mentally disturbed man named Craig Donnelly who slipped through the cracks of the public health and criminal justice systems. A spokesman said the police were hampered in part by being backed up with the constant protests in Portland in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis.

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

Watch: Capitol Police Officer Falsely Claims Brian Sicknick Died as a Result of Injuries Sustained on January 6

Before his testimony given at Tuesday’s first hearing of the January 6 select committee, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn asked for a moment of silence for a fellow fallen officer, Brian Sicknick.

Dunn asked “for a moment of silence for my fallen colleague Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries he sustained in the line of duty defending the capital of our beloved democracy.”

Sicknick’s death was reported by the Washington DC Chief Medical Examiner in April as being a result of natural causes after suffering two strokes.

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

Watch: Jim Jordan and Jim Banks Slam Jan 6 Committee for Not Wanting to ‘Get to the Truth’

Speaking on Tuesday morning, the first day of the first January 6 hearing on the attack of the Capitol building, two Representatives nixed from the select committee questioned why Pelosi won’t answer “fundamental questions” surrounding events on that date.

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

Wisconsin: LAA Voter Integrity Project Reports 157,000+ Illegal Ballots Cast During 2020 Election

Shortly after a full forensic audit of the 2020 election was announced in Wisconsin, a new report by the LAA Voter Integrity Project has found that more than 157,000 illegal ballots were cast in the state during the election.

A new report by the LAA Voter Integrity Project has revealed that over 157,000 illegal ballots were cast during the 2020 election in Wisconsin. The news comes a day after Wisconsin announced a full forensic audit of the election amid reports of voter fraud in the state. “Today we are releasing our final Wisconsin Report demonstrating that the number of illegal ballots is — at a minimum — over 157,000. This is about eight times the 20,000 vote margin of victory in the presidential election,” said Look Ahead America’s Executive Director Matt Braynard. “This report is the product of the Voter Integrity Project (“VIP”), part of Look Ahead America’s Research Group. It builds on and supplements the initial analysis conducted by the VIP late last year and establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the deserved winner of Wisconsin is unknowable.”

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

Sentencing Delayed for Alberta Men Found Guilty of Flouting COVID-19 Rules

CALGARY — Sentencing arguments for an Alberta pastor and his brother found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 health orders have been put over until September.

Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski were arrested in May and accused of organizing an illegal gathering as well as promoting and attending an illegal gathering.

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

A Quarter of Users Have Now Deleted the Government’s Coronavirus Tracking App in Finland

Since the start of the year, the number of people using Finland’s Wuhan coronavirus tracking app has fallen from 2.4 million to 1.8 million, representing around a quarter of users.

The smartphone app Koronavilkku collects data from others to determine if someone has been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.

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

Coronavirus Cases Drop for 6th Day, But Boris Says UK ‘Not Out of the Woods Yet’

To the apparent confusion of some scientists, the number of new coronavirus cases has fallen for the sixth day in a row in the UK post-Freedom Day. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cautioned the country was “not out of the woods yet”.

The United Kingdom recorded 24,950 new cases of the Chinese coronavirus in the latest 24-hour period, the lowest level in three weeks. On Monday, 29,173 cases were reported in the preceding 24 hours, compared to last Monday when that figure was 39,950. The trend was revealed one week after England saw most government covid restrictions lifted on ‘Freedom Day’ (the 19th).

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

France: Journalists Spread Fake News of Macron Being Smothered in Flowers

Multiple mainstream journalists spread fake news based on a doctored video to suggest that French President Emmanuel Macron was so loved on his arrival in French Polynesia that he was completely smothered in garland necklaces.

Turns out the entire thing was a scam based on a hoax video, but many journalists have refused to delete their viral tweets.

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

France: Cuban Embassy in Paris Attacked With Molotov Cocktails

French authorities said Tuesday they are investigating a gasoline bomb attack that caused minor damage to the Cuban Embassy.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said an investigation is under way. No one has been arrested or claimed responsibility, police said.

Paris police said two gasoline bombs hit the embassy late Monday night. The flames were out by the time firefighters arrived, police said.

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

Germany: ISIS Widow Who Enslaved Yazidis Receives Just Four Years in Prison

A court in Germany has sentenced a Tunisian-German Islamic State widow to just four years in prison after finding her guilty of enslaving a pair of Yazidi women while living within the former caliphate’s territory.

The sentence came on Thursday after The Hanseatic Higher Regional of Hamburg convicted Omaima A., a 37-year-old Hamburg-born Tunisian-German, of aiding and abetting a crime against humanity in the form of enslavement under the International Criminal Code, the German newspaper Die Zeit reports.

During court proceedings, the defendant attempted to distance herself from Islamic State, claiming that she regretted her “wrongdoing”.

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

Globo Karens Are Coming for Your Memes

The EU is wetting the bed over right-wing memes because they’re funny and allow people to laugh at the elite.

Their strategy document is literally called, “It’s not funny anymore!”

OK, Karen.

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

Ireland: Teenage Wannabe DJ Fined £1,000 for COVID Breach With Illegal Rave in Co Antrim Forest

A TEENAGE wannabe DJ who organised a rave in a Co Antrim forest was handed a £1,000 fine for breaching Covid regulations.

Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena today, heard that when police were called to an illegal rave at Tardree Forest on November 7 they found around 40 people along with lights, a sound stage holding eight speakers and a mixing desk.

The court heard 19-year-old Matthew Armitage “confirmed that the equipment belonged to him” and although he did not attend court today, defence solicitor Gabriel Ingram entered a guilty plea to an offence of breaching Coronavirus regulations on his behalf.

He revealed that Armitage, from Kensington Park in Portadown, holds “lofty ambitions to move to England” and become a full time house music DJ.

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

Majority of Hospitalized COVID Patients in UK Only Tested Positive After Admission: Leaked NHS Data

Over half of those hospitalized with Covid-19 in the UK only tested positive after admission — suggesting that “vast numbers are being classed as hospitalised by Covid when they were admitted with other ailments, with the virus picked up by routine testing,” according to The Telegraph, citing leaked government figures.

The takeaway? Oft-cited statistics published daily may far overstate Covid hospitalizations — and consequently, pressures on the National Health Service (NHS).

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Podcaster Says He Was Offered “Significant” Money by UK Government to Push COVID Info

A podcaster says he was offered a “significant” amount of money by the UK government to push COVID information but refused, instead asserting that people should “speak to your Doctor.”

Tim Cocker is a television and radio personality who primarily fronts sports content, but he was apparently contacted by the state and offered cash to use his platform to amplify what authorities want people to think about the coronavirus and vaccines.

“Been offered (and declined) significant amount of cash to “give Covid Information” to my podcast listeners,” tweeted Cocker.

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Polish Priest Sentenced in Germany for “Inciting Hate”

Professor of theology Dariusz Oko, who is also a Polish priest, published an academic article in the “Thelogisches” magazine concerning a criminal group within the Catholic church whose activities are connected with homosexual practices. The group worked in detriment to youth and also abused clergy who were dependent on it.

A court in Cologne sentenced Oko for this article, charging him with “incitement of hate”. Polish Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Romanowski emphasized that, through this verdict, the German court has trampled on academic freedom.

“We are dealing with a situation in which a prominent academic, Dariusz Oko, along with a German theologian with substantial scientific achievements, have published an academic article which has uncovered the activity of a group of homosexual rapists within the Church, and this was deemed ‘incitement of hate’ by a German court,” he stated. The German professor in question is 90-year-old old Father Johannes Stohr, who is the editor-in-chief of “Thelogisches”.

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Somali Man Stabs a Homeless Man in Germany, Then Cuts Off His Head

One week ago, a 21-year-old stabbed a 52-year-old man in a homeless shelter in the German town of Regen. Local police disclosed the incident on Monday, adding that the killer had cut off the victim’s head with a knife. The perpetrator refuses to testify, so the investigators have yet to find out the motive behind this particularly brutal crime.

The Die Welt daily, which reported on the case, stated that according to the police, the forensic doctor concluded at autopsy that the victim was no longer alive at the time of the beheading. The suspect, who came to Germany from Somalia, was detained several hours after the crime and later taken to a district hospital.

A local police spokesman said it was not yet clear what the motive of the attacker was. So far, the suspect refuses to cooperate with the police and will not testify.

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Spain: Crackdown on Illegal Drinking Parties in Palma to Continue

Palma Mayor, José Hila, has warned that Police checks will be carried out every weekend for the foreseeable future to prevent illegal drinking parties in the streets of Palma.

“The action of the Local Police has been quite visible in recent weeks through a very important operation in collaboration with the National Police, the Port Police and Government Inspectors,” he said. “Action has been taken in all areas and after three weeks we can say that, at the moment, the drinking parties in the poligonos have disappeared or reduced to a minimum. Intense work is also being done in Playa de Palma and the Paseo Maritimo with Police controls at the entrance and from Avinguda Argentina.”

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UK: Damning Bradford Child Abuse Report Reveals Victim Was Raped by Dozens of Men, Forced Into Islamic Marriage Aged 15 and Was Put Into ‘Domestic Slavery’ While Pregnant

A survivor of child sexual exploitation (CSE) has told an independent review how social workers condoned her Islamic marriage to one of her abusers at the age of 15 and left her with his family in a state of ‘domestic slavery’.

Police, council and health officials in Bradford have apologised to children identified in a report on CSE in the city for ‘where the actions of agencies in Bradford has failed to protect them’.

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UK: London Mayor Sadiq Khan Completely Ignores Speaker’s Corner Stabbing of Woman Wearing Charlie Hebdo T-Shirt

A shocking incident where a woman at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London, wearing a Charlie Hebdo t-shirt was stabbed in the face in broad daylight by an assailant who still hasn’t been caught was completely ignored by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The attack, which happened at around 3:30pm on Sunday, targeted 39-year-old Hatun Tash, who fled Turkey after renouncing Islam for Christianity. She now preaches on behalf of Defend Christ Critique Islam Ministries and is a regular fixture at Speaker’s Corner.

Footage shared on social media shows an individual dressed in black approach the woman and slash her across the face. He flees the scene as some bystanders take chase while others attempt to come to the aid of the injured woman.

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Young Britons Start to Ditch Masks After Deleting COVID App: Poll

Fewer than half of young people in the UK are wearing masks since ‘Freedom Day’, with the demographic having the sharpest decline in mask use out of all age groups.

A YouGov poll published on Monday that while 58 per cent of 18— to 24-year-olds were wearing masks in public places in the two weeks before the government mandate on wearing them on public transport and indoor public places ended, 46 per cent are still wearing them in those settings.

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Russia’s Censorship Ministry Blocks Alexey Navalny’s Website

Russia’s internet censorship agency Roskomnadzor has blocked the official website of the de-facto opposition leader Alexey Navalny who has been targeted by Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. In February, Navalny was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for “violating probation.”

According to a report shared on Telegram channel Team Navalny, on Monday, July 26, the website navalny.com was blocked by Roskomnadzor. The website now displays an error message that claims the website was blocked because it “contains information, the distribution of which is prohibited in the Russian Federation.”

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Journalists Face Threats for Reporting on China Floods

International press groups have raised concerns on the worsening hostility towards foreign reporters in China, mostly fueled by Chinese nationalism promoted by the authoritarian CCP regime. China continues to be a risky and hostile place for international and even local journalists to work, especially if they contradict the government’s rhetoric.

Amid the recovery and rescue efforts as a result of deadly floods in China’s Henan province, press groups, including the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have expressed alarm at the threats and harassment journalists covering the disaster have faced.

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New Zealand: Judith Collins Slates Suhayra Aden’s Return From ‘Death Cult’, Says Media Will Try to Turn Her Into a Martyr

National leader Judith Collins has unleashed on suspected terrorist Suhayra Aden, claiming she’s a bad mother and part of a “death cult”.

It comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday the Government has agreed to resettle Aden and her two young children to New Zealand from Turkey.

The trio has been in immigration detention there since Aden was arrested crossing the border from Syria earlier this year and accused of being linked to IS. Turkey, which has dropped charges against her, asked for New Zealand to repatriate her after Australia revoked her citizenship. Aden had previously held dual New Zealand-Australian citizenship.

[Comment: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is bringing an ISIS bride to New Zealand. (Facepalm).]

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Sydney Apartment Block is Put Under Police Guard and 100 Residents Tested for COVID-19 as Thousands More Are Forced to Isolate With 67 New Venues Listed Including an Entire Shopping Centre Which Was Exposed to the Virus for Eleven Days

An apartment building in Sydney’s south-west is in lockdown with more than 100 people isolating after several people inside the complex tested positive.

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Five High-Ranking Cuban Generals Dead in 10 Days

Five high-ranking military leaders died in the span of just 10 days, according to the Cuban government — though it’s remained mum on the causes.

Brigadier General Armando Choy Rodriguez, 87, was the latest aging revolutionary to die, with Marta Abreu Central University announcing on Twitter that he passed away Monday.

Rodriguez was the founder of the “July 26 Movement” in Las Villas, and an author and historian, WPLG-TV in Miami said.

Also on Monday, Manuel Eduardo Lastres Pacheco, a former general who served under Argentine Ernesto “Che” Guevara during the revolution in the late 1950s, passed away, Cuban television confirmed.

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Austria: Sebastian Kurz Still Believes Others Will Solve the Migration Issue for Him

In a televised interview for the German Bild news network, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz spoke about his government’s plans for dealing with the migrant influx from Afghanistan expected as a result of the expansion of Taliban rule in the country. Although the chancellor is clearly aware of the security risks such a development would bring, he lacks any plans for an Austrian solution. Instead, he puts his faith in German Chancellor Merkel, the European Borders Agency Frontex, and Turkey’s willingness to hold back the masses headed for Europe.

The influx of unchecked masses from Afghanistan is a very sensitive topic in Austria due to the recent rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl by Afghan migrants. Kurz has made it clear during the interview that he is indeed nervous about a repeat of the 2015 migration crisis, when almost two million Middle-Eastern migrants flooded the European mainland. As he put it, Europe must create measures to prevent this from repeating itself, as many Afghans are queueing up for European visas due to the worsening security situation in their own country. It is important not to make the same mistakes as in 2015, as the problems of Afghanistan will not be solved by an unrestricted flow of migrants to Europe.

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Austrian Chancellor Vows to Continue Repatriation of Afghan Migrants

“I do not want to bring this sick ideology into Europe” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, concerned about the spread of extremist Islamist views in Europe, told German daily Bild in an interview.

Kurz made it clear in a newspaper interview that the deportation of Afghan refugees from Austria would continue despite the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. The Austrian chancellor made these statements just days after Angela Merkel had expressed a similar view, adding that he fears that the 2015 refugee crisis will recur due to a new wave of Afghans, and that for this reason he expects urgent action from the EU.

Kurz said that in order to prevent a repeat of what happened six years ago, the Austrian government will continue to deport Afghans even if Afghanistan comes under Taliban rule. The Austrian chancellor justified his decision by saying that the civilian population could go to safe, government-controlled areas of Afghanistan instead of European states such as Germany, Austria, and Sweden, as well as to neighboring countries and even Turkey.

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Austria Sends 400 Troops to Border, Claims EU Asylum System ‘Failed’

The Austrian federal government has sent an additional 400 soldiers to the border with Hungary as the number of illegal migrant crossings has surged this year.

Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer and Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner held a joint press conference on Saturday announcing the build-up of troops on the Hungarian border to stop illegal migration.

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Dozens More Migrants Arrive in Canary Islands

Spain’s coast guard rescued 54 migrants off the Canary Islands on Monday (July 26) night and transported them to a port in Gran Canaria.

Three of them were transferred to different hospitals for medical attention, with one in a critical condition, emergency services said.

The canoe-shaped open vessel was located less than two miles away from Maspalomas beach in Gran Canaria, local media reported.

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France: Man Stabbed Protecting Woman From Sex Attack by Afghan Suspects

Two Afghan migrants were arrested following a stabbing and sex assault in Rennes, France, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around midnight on July 10 when a woman was accosted by male suspects near Charles de Gaulle station in Rennes, capital of the Brittany region.

A 40-year-old man identified as her ex-boyfriend intervened after the victim was grabbed in the buttocks, Ouest France reports.

The male victim was then stabbed multiple times in the back, causing him to lose consciousness while his attackers escaped.

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Lithuanian Opposition Leader Calls for Isolating Male Migrants as Potential Terrorists

VILNIUS, July 27. /TASS/. Leader of Lithuania’s parliamentary opposition Saulius Skvernelis has come out with an initiative to isolate male migrants as potential terrorists until their identity is ascertained.

“All men aged from 16 to 60, who, as a rule, have no documents, should be isolated from the general flow of migrants as a potential source of threat,” he told journalists on Tuesday. “We don’t know where they have actually arrived from. We know nothing about their past.” Such people, according to Skvernelis, should be isolated until their identities are proven.

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Migrants in Lithuania Riot

Migrants detained in Lithuania after illegally crossing the Belarusian-Lithuanian border have revolted and demanded their release from the refugee camp at a former school in the southern district of Alytaus, the Delfi news outlet reported.

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Over 40,000 Mostly-Unvaccinated Migrants Released by Biden Skip Out on ICE Appointments

After the Biden administration just started releasing apprehended illegal immigrants without an official notice-to-appear in court, just 13% are reporting to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office as instructed.

Of the 50,000 migrants given ‘catch-and-release’ treatment according to Axios, this means that roughly 43,500 illegal immigrants are roaming around the United States.

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Polish Border Guard Detains Illegal Migrants After Pursuit

The Bieszczady Border Guard Unit (BiOSG) spokeswoman major Elzbieta Pikor stated that the incident occurred in Brzegi Górne in Southeast Poland during traffic control.

Border Guard officers attempted to stop a Toyota with Silesian (region in Poland) license plates. Instead of complying, the driver ignored the officers’ clear signals and sped up. The driver was stopped after a 10-kilometer-long pursuit.

In addition to the 25-year-old Polish driver, 10 Afghani men aged between 16 and 50 were also found within the vehicle.

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Revealed: How Hundreds of Boats Used in Migrant Crossings Across the Channel Are Stored in a Dover Warehouse — as Number of Arrivals in UK Hits Record-Breaking 9,000 So Far This Year

Hundreds of vessels used by migrants to make the perilous trip across the English Channel are lying in storage in a factory in Dover, it has emerged.

Drone pictures show more than 100 small boats piled up in rows in a fenced-off compound — evidence of thousands of people’s journeys to the UK in 2021.

The collection of vessels seems to be significantly higher than another set pictured in storage in Dover in 2020.

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TikTok Adverts Promise to Smuggle Migrants to UK for £20,000

Human traffickers charging £20,000 to smuggle migrants to the UK are brazenly touting their services on TikTok.

An investigation found the popular social media site awash with adverts from criminals offering to sneak people into the country from Albania.

One people smuggler boasts in his profile: ‘All interested who’d like to get to England contact my inbox. Journey secure 100 per cent.’

His videos feature pictures of the Union Jack and Big Ben with the comment: ‘Secure journey from Albania to the UK. 23K Euro’.

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UK Ethnic Minority Population Has Doubled to 13m, Over One-Fifth of General Pop: Report

Mass migration has driven Britain’s foreign-born population to nine million and the ethnic minority population to 13 million in just 20 years, according to new figures from Migration Watch UK.

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