Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/28/2021

Bars in San Francisco are now requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination before they will be allowed to drink indoors. In contrast, a bar in Huntington Beach, California is refusing service to anyone who cannot prove they are UNvaccinated.

In other news, Google is suing Germany over its hate speech law.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Hungary Unemployment Rate 4% in June, Employment at Historic High
 
USA
» “Not Grounded in Reality”: Many Republican Governors Make Clear They Will Not be Mandating Masks or Vaccines
» 5 Years’ Prison for Florida Man in Arson at Racial Protest
» Biracial Physician Demoted After Opposing Critical Race Theory and Black Lives Matter
» California Restaurant Requires “Proof of Being UNvaccinated” For Service
» Capitol Police Officer Who Gave Emotional January 6 Testimony is Anti-Trump, Defended Kenosha Riots
» DC Mayor Bowser Asks for More Police Funding a Year After City Council Defunded Police
» Disband the FBI
» Facebook Issues “Hate Speech” Suspension to Woman for Saying “Why Are Men So Dumb?”
» Flood of Vaccine Mandates Prompts Wave of Protests
» Garfield Re-2 District Residents Speak Out Against Sexual Education, Critical Race Theory and Mask Requirements
» Google Mandates Vaccines for Employees Before Returning to the Office
» Gov. Newsom Panics, Pulls Kids From Summer Camp After Maskless Photo of Son Surfaces
» Louisville Man Sentenced in CVS Looting That Occurred Amid Breonna Taylor Protests
» Majority of Voters Believe Congress Should Investigate Violent 2020 Protests
» Minnesota College Censors Reference to Coronavirus China Origin for COVID After Complaint
» No Vax No Drinks in San Fran as Bars Announce COVID Pass Requirement
» NYT: Biden to Announce That Civilian Federal Employees Must be Vaccinated or Face Heavy Restrictions
» Police: Driver Strikes Woman on Sidewalk Twice, Killing Her
» Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Calls for More Cops After Defunding the Police
» The Truth About Simone Biles
» The Unwoke in San Francisco Seek to Recall Three School Board Members
» Trump OMB Chief Russ Vought Investigating Biden Admin Ties to CRT Group
» Trump Blasts Masks: “We Won’t Go Back!”
» U.S. House Democrats Block Burgess Owens’ Bill to Ban Critical Race Theory Funding
» USA Today Scrubs Passage Suggesting Vaccinated Individuals May Spread COVID With ‘Higher Levels’ Of Virus
» Video: Fox Reporter Asks the One Question Every American Wants the Answer to
» Viral Video: Joe Biden Denounces Crack While Hunter Smokes Pipe for Breakfast
» Watch: ‘Organized Theft Ring’ Captured on Video in Mass Shoplifting Incident in San Francisco
» Woman Fatally Stabbed While Walking Dog in Atlanta Park
 
Canada
» Toronto Rapper Wanted for Murder Demands Meeting With Mayor Tory
 
Europe and the EU
» Farage Beats Establishment Sky News in First Week of Prime Time UK TV Show
» Former Archbishop of Canterbury Compares Greta Thunberg to Biblical Prophet
» France: Man Who Destroyed Portrait of President Macron During Anti-Mandatory Vaccine Protest Sentenced
» Google Sues Germany Over “Hate Speech” Laws
» In the EU — 70% of Adults Have Received at Least One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
» Loneliness Epidemic: Third of UK Adults Haven’t Been Hugged in Six Months, Over Half Haven’t Made a New Friend
» MEP: Poland Will Become Victim of EU Climate Ideas
» Piers Morgan Calls for Unvaccinated to be Denied Medical Treatment
» UK Government Plots Social Credit-Style App-Based “Points” System to Encourage Healthy Eating
» UK: Boris’s War on the Young: Festivals, Travel Added to Nightclubs and Universities on Vax List
» UK: Facebook Bans English Historian YouTuber Tom Rowsell
» UK: Preacher Stabbed at Speakers’ Corner: ‘Attacker Was Trying to Kill Me’
» UK: Self-Proclaimed ‘Liberal’ Lawmaker: Young People Need ‘Coercion’ Of Vaccine Passports
 
North Africa
» Morocco to Sue Soros Network Over Spying Allegations
 
South Asia
» Climate Scientist Warns ‘Next 20-30 Years Will be Cold’
» Thailand: 66 Arrested at Illegal Pattaya Beach Party
 
Australia — Pacific
» Sydney Lockdown Extended for at Least a Month Stoking Fears of “Double-Dip” Recession
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Kenya: Police Face Attacks as They Enforce COVID Protocols
 
Immigration
» Greeks Fed Up With Migrant Vandalism
» Hungarian Police Units Leave for North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia
» Illegal Migrants Make Attempt to Break Through Serbia-Hungary Border
» Illegal Border Crossings Into Lithuania Pass 3,000
» People Smugglers Lead at Least 57 to Their Deaths as Migrant Boat Shipwrecks
» Thessaloniki: 28-Year-Old Moroccan Arrested for Being a Member of ISIS
 
Culture Wars
» Pew Survey Finds Party Affiliation, Age Determines Whether Someone Correlates Sex and Gender
» Report: ‘Extensive’ Gay Hookup App Usage Compromises Vatican Security
» The State-Owned Company Czech Post Will Color Its Logo and Packages in Support of Prague Pride
» Trans Scholar Writes Essay Threatening Violence Against Women, Gets Featured by Prominent University
» TubeShift Makes it Easy to Find Censored YouTube Videos on Odysee, Rumble, Bitchute and More
 

Hungary Unemployment Rate 4% in June, Employment at Historic High

Hungary’s jobless rate was 4 percent in June, up from 3.9 percent in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Wednesday.

The rate covering 15-74 year-olds fell by 1 percentage point from the previous year’s June.

Fully 193,000 were jobless, up 4,000 from the previous month.

Meanwhile, on the employment side, the number of people with a job came to 4,692,000, up 85,000 from the previous month and by 98,000 compared with same month a year earlier.

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

“Not Grounded in Reality”: Many Republican Governors Make Clear They Will Not be Mandating Masks or Vaccines

Republican governors are starting to speak out against what is becoming almost daily flip-flopping by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who is now once again advocating that everybody wear masks indoors.

Several governors have said their respective states would break from the CDC’s recommendation and not return to the mask mandates, according to the Hill.

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

5 Years’ Prison for Florida Man in Arson at Racial Protest

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for torching a sporting goods store during racial protests in 2020.

A Tampa federal judge imposed the sentence on 21-year-old Terrance Lee Hester Jr., who pleaded guilty to an arson charge in April, according to court records.

Federal investigators say Hester was identified through video surveillance footage as he threw a flaming white cloth through a broken window at a Champs Sports store. Later, prosecutors say, he was seen with a burning palm frond moving toward the store’s back door.

Damage was estimated at $1.2 million. No one was injured. The potential maximum prison sentence for Hester was 20 years.

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

Biracial Physician Demoted After Opposing Critical Race Theory and Black Lives Matter

A Harvard-educated physician alleged she was demoted after her colleagues discovered her social media posts criticizing leftist movements and rhetoric.

Dr. Tara Gustilo, who is a woman of color, claimed she was demoted from her role as chairwoman of the OB-GYN department for the Hennepin Healthcare system in Minneapolis because of social media posts she made criticizing the rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and critical race theory and is taking legal action against it.

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

California Restaurant Requires “Proof of Being UNvaccinated” For Service

A restaurant in Huntington Beach, California is requiring that patrons show proof they’re unvaccinated before they can receive service.

“PROOF OF BEING UNVACCINATED REQUIRED,” reads a sign taped to the window at Basilico’s Pasta e Vino, according to NBC LA.

“Our American way of life is under attack,” wrote owner Tony Roman in a statement to NBCLA. “And I feel blessed to be on the front lines of this battle in defense of Liberty and Freedom, willing to put everything at risk for it, pledging our business as a ‘Constitutional Battleground’ since day one of the lockdowns on March 19th, 2020.”

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

Capitol Police Officer Who Gave Emotional January 6 Testimony is Anti-Trump, Defended Kenosha Riots

The Capitol Police Officer who gave emotional testimony during which he claimed he was more frightened during the January 6 riot than during his deployment in Iraq has a history of anti-Trump statements and tacitly supported the BLM riots in Kenosha.

Well, imagine my shock.

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

DC Mayor Bowser Asks for More Police Funding a Year After City Council Defunded Police

Local leadership in the DC area is pushing for formal measures to bulk up police department funding again, after last year cutting that budget to appease left-wing activists.

In an announcement on Wednesday from the DC mayor’s office, Muriel Bowser revealed her proposal for an additional 170 officers to staff the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) through 2022.

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

Disband the FBI

In the past few days alone, we have learned that the October 2020 Michigan governor kidnap plot was largely a creation of the FBI; a “senior FBI official” was on the take from media organizations; and another assistant director was in a “romantic relationship with a subordinate” and involved in “other misconduct.” The leadership failures documented by the Office of the Inspector General are now almost standard and part of a tiresome media drip-torture for the public to endure.

The FBI ran a coup against President Trump. It failed. The following got away: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Clinesmith, Pientka, Brower, Baker, et al. Any real consequences for attempting to overthrow the government of the United States? No.

Questions are now being raised as to whether the FBI had a role in the Capitol Hill protests of January 6, 2021. When one examines the FBI’s involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses; standing by idly while in possession of Hunter Biden’s Ukraine and Burisma-laden laptops, while President Trump endured a second phony impeachment; and the frame-up of Trump’s National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn — it is not too difficult to imagine.

The FBI needs to go away. It should happen in an orderly and thoughtful process, over a period of months. Congress should authorize and create an investigative division in the U.S. Marshals Service and open applications for law enforcement officer seeking to be rigorously screened, vetted and then accessed into the new organization. Similar action was taken before in the very creation of the FBI. It is now time to clean house and restore the public’s trust in the “premier investigative agency” of federal law enforcement.

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

Facebook Issues “Hate Speech” Suspension to Woman for Saying “Why Are Men So Dumb?”

A woman from Detroit received a 24-hour ban from Facebook for commenting “why are men so dumb” on a meme about men not differentiating colors. Facebook said the comment violated its hate speech policies.

Candace King, a Detroit resident, was banned from Facebook for 24 hours on Friday after jokingly commenting men are stupid on a meme about men and nail polish.

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

Flood of Vaccine Mandates Prompts Wave of Protests

WASHINGTON (SBG) — Protests are breaking out across the country, with people rallying against vaccine mandates.

Early this month it was outside Idaho’s State House in Boise, as those outside and in responded.

“This idea of discriminating against and firing employees based on private and personal health decisions flies in the face of the principles of liberty and justice,” said Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho.

More than 600 colleges campuses have already announced COVID-19 vaccines will be required for students, employees or both, according to The Chronicle Higher Education.

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

Garfield Re-2 District Residents Speak Out Against Sexual Education, Critical Race Theory and Mask Requirements

An assortment of public comments addressing concerns over issues like school curriculum or whether the district will require students to wear maks to start the upcoming school year unfolded during a Garfield Re-2 School Board meeting on July 21.

“No masks for our children, no (critical race theory), no comprehensive sex education, no to COVID testing on our children,” district resident Bud Demicell said, proposing the board eventually agree to a memorandum of understanding highlighting these bullet points. “It’s been proven that our children are not at risk.”

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

Google Mandates Vaccines for Employees Before Returning to the Office

Google has announced that it will require employees to be fully vaccinated as the company plans a return to the office in mid-October.

As the more contagious Delta variant continues to spread across the United States, companies are struggling to decide what course of action to take. Google had originally planned to bring workers back to the office in mid-September, however that date was recently moved back to mid-October to accommodate the vaccination requirement.

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

Gov. Newsom Panics, Pulls Kids From Summer Camp After Maskless Photo of Son Surfaces

California Governor Gavin Newsom pulled his children from a summer camp after photos surfaced of his son attending without a mask while indoors — in clear violation of Newsom’s own guidance.

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

Louisville Man Sentenced in CVS Looting That Occurred Amid Breonna Taylor Protests

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The final suspect has been sentenced to prison in connection with the June 2020 burglary and looting of a Louisville CVS store that occurred amid protests over the death of Breonna Taylor.

Channel Lewis, of Louisville, was sentenced Monday to seven months in prison and 18 months of supervised release for his role in the June 4, 2020, burglary of the CVS at 3130 Portland Ave. in the Portland neighborhood, the FBI announced Wednesday.

The two other suspects in the case, Jean-Pierre Crowdus and Frederick Eaves, both of Louisville, were each sentenced earlier this year to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

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

Majority of Voters Believe Congress Should Investigate Violent 2020 Protests

(WTVO) — As Congress investigates the January 6th Capitol riot, a new poll has found that a majority of American voters believe Congress should also investigate the Black Lives Matter protests which sparked violence across the country last year.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, 66% of voters say Congress should investigate the wave of violent protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Arson and looting took place in cities all across the U.S.

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

Minnesota College Censors Reference to Coronavirus China Origin for COVID After Complaint

A website run by the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota removed a reference to China as the origin of the pandemic after a student filed a complaint through the university’s bias reporting system.

Many feel that bias reporting systems are being abused and have a chilling effect on free speech.

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No Vax No Drinks in San Fran as Bars Announce COVID Pass Requirement

Hot on the heels of announcements that mask mandates are retuning, and a general shift to blaming unvaccinated Americans for the pandemic, San Francisco has become the latest part of the U.S. to announce the arrival of a two tier society — the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.

The San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance announced that effective this Thursday anyone wanting to have a swift beer or two in most bars in the city will need to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID test.

Anyone who doesn’t fit the bill will be barred entry and forced to drink outside.

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

NYT: Biden to Announce That Civilian Federal Employees Must be Vaccinated or Face Heavy Restrictions

On Thursday, President Joe Biden will formally announce that civilian federal employees must get the coronavirus vaccine, or face heavy restrictions.

According to a New York Times source familiar with the president’s plans, those who don’t get vaccinated will be subjected to regular COVID-19 testing, social distancing, mask wearing, and travel restrictions.

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

Police: Driver Strikes Woman on Sidewalk Twice, Killing Her

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man driving a stolen vehicle in Philadelphia hit two people on a motorcycle, killed a woman on a sidewalk after hitting her twice, and then stole a second vehicle and hit another pedestrian before he was taken into custody in a suburban community, authorities said.

Police said the man hit the motorcycle in central Philadelphia shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday, sending a female passenger to a hospital in stable condition.

Police said the vehicle fled the scene and struck two pedestrians on a sidewalk nearby. Police said he drove off, then returned and struck one of the victims a second time. She was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 2 1/2 hours later…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Calls for More Cops After Defunding the Police

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is calling for more cops after the city saw six shootings in one weekend. This comes just months after she agreed to slash the police budget by 20 percent.

[Comment: Libtards.]

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

The Truth About Simone Biles

Why is failure being re-defined as success?

Weakness as strength?

Selfishness as responsibility?

This is an incredibly harmful message to send to young people.

Stop.

[Comment: Well, some on the Right disagree with Paul Joseph Watson on this.]

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

The Unwoke in San Francisco Seek to Recall Three School Board Members

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com

I am pleased to report an unwoke revolt where it’s desperately needed…

In a Revolt of the Unwoke, three progressive San Francisco school board members are targeted for a recall.

The targets are President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and Commissioner Alison M. Collins. To force a recall election, pro-recall forces need 51,325 signatures for each candidate by Sept. 7.

They already have more than half what they need, and say they now have the resources to hire professional signature gatherers for the rest. Polling shows 69% of San Francisco parents back the school-board recall—far more than the 43% in a poll last week who support recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom in the election scheduled for Sept. 14.

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

Trump OMB Chief Russ Vought Investigating Biden Admin Ties to CRT Group

EXCLUSIVE: Russ Vought, a former top Trump administration official, on Wednesday demanded the Department of Education hand over documents that could show who was involved in promoting a radical critical race theory group in official government guidance.

Vought, who is the president of the Center for Renewing America (the advocacy arm of his conservative think tank) and the former chief of the Office of Management and Budget, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a number of communications regarding the Abolitionist Teaching Network. The Department of Education included a link to a guide the radical group developed in a handbook intended to help public schools reopen and spend American Rescue Plan funding.

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

Trump Blasts Masks: “We Won’t Go Back!”

Former President Donald Trump blasted mask mandates, vowing “We won’t go back!” after the CDC performed a u-turn in recommending face coverings for indoor settings and K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status.

On Tuesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that children and teachers should all be wearing face coverings when they return to school in the fall.

Whether they’re vaccinated or not, all Americans living in locations where coronavirus transmission is either “substantial” or “high” should wear masks in indoor settings, according to Walensky. That currently applies to about 63.45 percent of US counties.

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

U.S. House Democrats Block Burgess Owens’ Bill to Ban Critical Race Theory Funding

U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday blocked a bill sponsored by Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, that would ban federal funding for the purpose of teaching critical race theory and other “discriminatory concepts.”

The “Say No to Indoctrination Act,” which Owens introduced on Tuesday, states that no federal funds “may be appropriated, obligated, or expended to teach or advance concepts that … separate individuals based on race, color, or national origin” or “assign characteristics or assumptions to individuals based on race, color, or national origin.”

Additionally, the bill would block federal funding for concepts that “state or imply that the United States is an inherently racist country.”

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

USA Today Scrubs Passage Suggesting Vaccinated Individuals May Spread COVID With ‘Higher Levels’ Of Virus

Authored by Kyle Becker via Becker News (emphasis ours)

“NBC News, citing unnamed officials aware of the decision, reported it comes after new data suggests vaccinated individuals could have higher levels of virus and infect others amid the surge of cases driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus,” the USA Today reported in a passage that was later scrubbed from an article.

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

Video: Fox Reporter Asks the One Question Every American Wants the Answer to

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy posed the question on every American’s lips Tuesday after Joe Biden, on orders from the CDC, declared that vaccinated Americans now have to wear masks in public again — If the vaccine works, why?

Doocy again was the only reporter in the White House gaggle to question the overlord’s decree, grilling Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who again had no logical answer.

Psaki said it is “Because the public health leaders in our administration have made the determination based on data, that that is a way to make sure they are protected, their loved ones are protected and that’s an extra step given the transmissibility of the virus.”

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

Viral Video: Joe Biden Denounces Crack While Hunter Smokes Pipe for Breakfast

A split screen video of Joe Biden speaking in favour of harsh punishments for possessing crack cocaine while his son Hunter Biden smokes a pipe for breakfast has gone viral. Meanwhile there is zero media coverage of the latest embarrassing footage to emerge.

The footage of Joe Biden dates from 1991, but has been placed alongside a newly unearthed video of Hunter Biden smoking crack after having an argument with his dead brother’s wife, who he was also reportedly having an affair with.

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

Watch: ‘Organized Theft Ring’ Captured on Video in Mass Shoplifting Incident in San Francisco

Video shows 4 women bolting out of a CVS in San Francisco in what is becoming an all too common sight across the city.

On Monday, 4 women were caught on video running out of a CVS on the corner of Van Ness and Jackson Street with bags full of allegedly stolen items.

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

Woman Fatally Stabbed While Walking Dog in Atlanta Park

Atlanta police say a woman who was walking her dog in one of the city’s most popular parks has been stabbed to death.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Toronto Rapper Wanted for Murder Demands Meeting With Mayor Tory

Wanted on charges of first degree murder, Toronto rapper Top5 told fans he would come out of hiding only for a one-on-one conversation with Mayor Tory.

Top5, whose real name is Hassan Ali, made the bizarre request during an Instagram Live session on Tuesday.

“You guys wanna link up?” Top5 said when fans brought up the fact that he’s been evading police for almost 2 months. “Call John Tory and tell him I f***ing want a sit-down for f***ing 30 minutes.”

“I wanna spit my facts, and he’ll spit his facts,” Top5 continued. “I run Toronto, you f***ing goof.”

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

Farage Beats Establishment Sky News in First Week of Prime Time UK TV Show

Brexit leader Nigel Farage’s new nightly GB News television show beat rival Sky News every night it aired in the first week of broadcast.

Audience figures reported by the Guido Fawkes website revealed that Farage beat Sky News’s Sky News Tonight with Dermot Murnaghan every single day it was aired (Monday to Thursday).

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

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Compares Greta Thunberg to Biblical Prophet

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Sir Rowan Williams has compared Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg to biblical prophets.

Yes, really.

During a discussion on the topic of living prophetically at the ecumenical Korsvei festival in Seljord, Norway, Williams spoke about Thunberg in terms that wouldn’t look out of place when describing Jesus Christ.

“God has raised up a prophet in Greta Thunberg in a way that no one could predict. She has said things that no one else could have said. Thank God for her!”, he said.

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

France: Man Who Destroyed Portrait of President Macron During Anti-Mandatory Vaccine Protest Sentenced

A court has sentenced a 52-year-old man to a suspended jail term after he destroyed a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron in the city hall during a protest.

The 52-year-old was involved in a protest on Saturday against the functionally mandatory vaccination system being ushered in through the coronavirus vaccine passport, known in France as the Health Pass, and was one of a group of people who stormed Poitiers city hall, removing the official portrait of the French president, ripping it up, and throwing it off a balcony.

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

Google Sues Germany Over “Hate Speech” Laws

Google has announced legal action against new provisions in Germany’s hate speech law, which the tech giant claims violates its users’ privacy rights. The law mandates online platforms to provide law enforcement with the personal details of the person(s) behind accounts accused of posting or sharing hateful content.

Google announced the legal action through YouTube’s blog. The company is taking issue with new provisions in Germany’s Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG), which took effect in April this year.

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

In the EU — 70% of Adults Have Received at Least One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

To date, 70 percent of European Union adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This was announced by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. According to the president, the EU executive will have fulfilled the plan to reach this goal by the end of July. Currently, 57 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, with the Commission targeting 70 percent before the end of the summer.

Mainly due to the lack of vaccines in the first months of the year, the EU still lags behind Britain and the United States in total numbers, but the differences have gradually narrowed. Britain currently has about 70 percent fully vaccinated, while the US is at over 60 percent.

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

Loneliness Epidemic: Third of UK Adults Haven’t Been Hugged in Six Months, Over Half Haven’t Made a New Friend

The loneliness epidemic which has stalked Britain for years appears to have intensified during the period of government-mandated lockdown, research suggests, with significant portions of the UK completely missing out on normal social interactions.

Revealing the findings of their study in a report outlining the think tank’s case for the government spending more money, London-based Demos said a 32 per cent plurality of Britons reported that they found it harder to make new relationships now than even during the first pandemic lockdown in 2020. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 64 per cent of Britons were said by the group to have made no new friends in six months or more.

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

MEP: Poland Will Become Victim of EU Climate Ideas

Last week, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) Frans Timmermans announced the proposal for a series of changes in EU law which are meant to lead to total climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.

The project, which is being forced through by the EC, entails radical changes in several areas of EU member state economies which are to be financed from the pockets of EU citizens. The “Fit for 55” series of directives is meant to lead to the reduction of EU CO2 emission by 55 percent by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

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

Piers Morgan Calls for Unvaccinated to be Denied Medical Treatment

Professional attention-seeker Piers Morgan is leading the charge for unvaccinated people to face state-sanctioned discrimination after he asserted that those who haven’t had the COVID jab should be denied medical treatment.

Yes, really.

“Those who refuse to be vaccinated, with no medical reason not to, should be refused NHS care if they then catch covid,” tweeted Morgan. “I’m hearing of anti-vaxxers using up ICU beds in London at vast expense to the taxpayer. Let them pay for their own stupidity & selfishness.”

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UK Government Plots Social Credit-Style App-Based “Points” System to Encourage Healthy Eating

The expression, “nanny state,” used to be no more than a metaphor in the English language to denote the authorities that are unduly and unjustifiably interfering with the lives and choices of their by and large tax-paying (therefore, fully adult subjects).

But the figurative “nanny state,” has turned into a literal one. And of course, this constant patronizing of millions of previously self-sufficient grown-ups had to present a chance for a slippery slope into who knows what kind forms of indoctrination they now may be subjected to, down from the baseline one like, “make sure you wash your hands.” (Well. Duh.)

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UK: Boris’s War on the Young: Festivals, Travel Added to Nightclubs and Universities on Vax List

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that vaccines may be needed for “mass events” and travel, in what appears to be more targeted attempts to force young people to be vaccinated.

Last Monday — on what was branded ‘Freedom Day’ because the majority of restrictions had been lifted — saw the prime minister make the extraordinary threat to make double vaccination the requirement for entry to nightclubs.

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

UK: Facebook Bans English Historian YouTuber Tom Rowsell

A British historian, filmmaker, and writer announced he and his wife have been permanently banned from Facebook without explanation or warning. The historian speculated that he was banned for what the social media platform suspects him of thinking.

“My wife and I both just had our facebook pages deleted without warning, or reason given nor is there an option to appeal,” Tom Rowsell posted on his Patreon account. “There was nothing on there that went against community standards. The page had no strikes at all. They have given up all pretence of reason, and are just unpersoning people without reason.”

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UK: Preacher Stabbed at Speakers’ Corner: ‘Attacker Was Trying to Kill Me’

A woman who was attacked at Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park has said she believes her attacker was trying to “kill” her.

Hatun Tash, 39, a regular at the open-air spot where people speak openly and debate in front of crowds, was left with a slash injury to her head following the incident at 3.34pm on Sunday.

She was taken to a London hospital for treatment to her injuries and has now been discharged — but she says video footage made it “clear” that the attacker’s intentions were deadly.

After viewing the footage, she said: “The intention is clearly to kill me.

“I can’t believe this has happened in broad daylight at Speakers’ Corner. You do not expect such things to happen in Great Britain.”…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Self-Proclaimed ‘Liberal’ Lawmaker: Young People Need ‘Coercion’ Of Vaccine Passports

A Labour peer who described herself as a “liberal” says that young people “need a little bit of coercion” in the form of forced vaccinations to attend university.

Reports from earlier this week claim that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is backing measures that could ban unvaccinated students from university accommodation and lectures, with a senior government source telling Sky News on Tuesday that “we aren’t ruling it out”.

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Morocco to Sue Soros Network Over Spying Allegations

According to reports, the Moroccan government has filed a defamation lawsuit against Amnesty International and the media syndicate Forbidden Stories. These organizations have accused the North African country’s intelligence services of accessing information through the Israeli NSO tech company manufactured spyware known as Pegasus.

According to a report released last week, the spy software was associated with a list of 50,000 phone numbers obtained by the Forbidden Stories consortium, and the Pegasus software was, according to its authors, detected by Amnesty International experts on phones owned by journalists and NGO employees. The manufacturers of the software, NSO, have cast doubt over the authenticity of the document and over claims that phones of so many top ranking officials could have been infected by their product.

The claim that brought the ire of the Moroccan government was that their security services were implicated in monitoring the phone of French president Emmanuel Macron and over a dozen members of his government. Paris prosecutors have already launched an investigation into the claims, and the French president has changed his phone number as a result. The Moroccan security services’ name also has emerged in connection with alleged surveillance of King Mohamed VI of Morocco, and that of officials in Algeria, Morocco’s regional rivals. All such claims have been roundly denied by Morocco.

The Moroccan state is now suing the organizations who have made the allegations against its security services in a Paris court. Their lawyer, Olivier Baratelli, stated that “the Moroccan state…wants all possible light cast on these false allegations from these two organizations, who make claims without any concrete or demonstrative evidence whatsoever.” The Moroccan government “does not intend to let the multiple lies and fake news spread these past few days to go unpunished”. The first hearing in the case is planned for October 8, but the trial might not start for another two years.

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Climate Scientist Warns ‘Next 20-30 Years Will be Cold’

Climate scientist Dr. Willie Soon has urged his fellow academics to pay closer attention to the sun’s activity, which suggests several decades of global cooling rather than warming.

Speaking this week with Alex Newman of the New American, Soon, a Malaysian astrophysicist and aerospace engineer, said that “what we predict is that the next 20-30 years will be cold. It will be cold, so it will be a very interesting thing for the IPCC to confront.”

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Thailand: 66 Arrested at Illegal Pattaya Beach Party

Sixty-six people were arrested at an illegal beach party in Pattaya.

Deputy District Chief Pornchai Sungeid led Banglamung police to the Bamboo Beach Club about 8:30 p.m. July 27 where 37 Thais and 29 foreigners were partying, drinking and mingling without face masks as if there wasn’t a raging virus epidemic surrounding them.

Some of those attending tried to escape with one woman hiding in a trash bag and a foreign man trying to cover himself with a beach mat. Both feeble attempts failed and all the reckless party people now face fines of up to 40,000 baht and up to two years in prison.

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Sydney Lockdown Extended for at Least a Month Stoking Fears of “Double-Dip” Recession

Sydney has been locked down for nearly a month now, and it looks like its residents and business owners will need to hold on for just a little bit longer, because the lockdown is being extended once again.

While restrictions have been eased in Melbourne and Adelaide — practically all of Australia’s state capitals have been locked down to combat the delta variant, which has infected…only a few hundreds people across the entire country — authorities in New South Wales officially extended the lockdown in Greater Sydney for at least another four weeks.

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Kenya: Police Face Attacks as They Enforce COVID Protocols

Police conducting patrols in Migori County during curfew hours have become targets for people flouting the Covid-19 containment measures.

The latest incident was reported on Saturday night when officers from Kehancha were attacked as they attempted to arrest revellers who had locked themselves up in bars, drinking past the stipulated hours.

Mr Kibiton Boino, the officer in-charge of Kehancha Police Station, said revellers pelted the police vehicle with stones. Others armed with knives confronted the law enforcers and attempted to stab them before they were overpowered and arrested.

“My officers raided the pub located at Ikerege trading centre but the revellers resisted and turned violent. They pelted the police vehicle with stones and even attempted to stab one of the officers with a dagger, “ Mr Boino said.

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Greeks Fed Up With Migrant Vandalism

Residents of Malacca in Greece are demanding the closure of a nearby asylum center in the face of regular crimes by immigrants. The members of the small village of five hundred inhabitants, forty kilometers from Athens, wrote a letter to the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum, calling on the government to relocate thousands of immigrants who had repeatedly committed acts of violence in the village.

According to Greek newspaper Ethnos, residents of the facility recently threw stones at the house of an elderly man, causing significant damage to the property, and attempted to set fire to several churches. Apart from recent cases, residents complain of ongoing vandalism, such as damage to public spaces, thefts, violence against women and the elderly, and violations of hygiene and public health rules.

“The Malacca community has run out of patience in receiving immigrants”, the mayor of the village, Costantinos Litzas wrote in a letter. He also drew attention to the fact that it is ridiculous for such a small community to hold nearly three thousand illegal immigrants.

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Hungarian Police Units Leave for North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia

Three separate Hungarian police units have been dispatched to serve along the border of North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia, the national police headquarters (ORFK) saidon Tuesday.

Hungarian police are committed to preventing the entry of illegal migrants into Hungary and the European Union, and have offered dispatching the units to help achieve this goal, ORFK said in a statement published on its website.

[Comment: Article dated July 21, 2021.]

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Illegal Migrants Make Attempt to Break Through Serbia-Hungary Border

A group of migrants made an attempt to break through the Serbia-Hungary border by force at Ásotthalom on Tuesday evening, a spokesperson of the Csongrad-Csanad County Police Headquarters told MTI.

A group of 15 migrants tried to enter Hungary at Ásotthalom at 8.40pm, spraying uniformed officers protecting the border with a gas spray from the Serbian side. Four of them suffered injuries as a result and duly received medical care.

Police and soldiers on duty prevented the migrants from making any further progress, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said later on Wednesday that the police have launched criminal proceedings on charges of assault against persons on public duty.

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Illegal Border Crossings Into Lithuania Pass 3,000

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania’s border guard service said it detained 171 people caught illegally crossing from Belarus into Lithuania on Tuesday night, the largest number in a single day in 2021 and bringing the total number of migrants detained so far this year to 3,027.

The border service said the group of migrants, all from Iraq, will be placed in one of Lithuania’s already crowded immigration detention centers. Illegal migration to Lithuania began growing dramatically after new sanctions were imposed on government officials in neighboring Belarus.

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People Smugglers Lead at Least 57 to Their Deaths as Migrant Boat Shipwrecks

At least 57 people have drowned off the coast of Libya after another boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, as people smugglers continue to operate in the area.

At least 20 women and two children are thought to be among the 57 victims of the shipwreck, which took place off the Libyan coast near the port of Khoms. Local fishermen and the Libyan coastguard rescued a further 18 people.

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Thessaloniki: 28-Year-Old Moroccan Arrested for Being a Member of ISIS

Counter-terrorism police arrested a 28-year-old Moroccan illegal immigrant in Thessaloniki after an outstanding international arrest warrant was issued against him for being a member of ISIS.

Greek police arrested the individual on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Thestival, the international arrest warrant against him was issued in March.

The accused ISIS member did not have a residency permit to be in Greece.

Moroccan authorities say that the individual was a member of ISIS but did not provide any further details to Greek prosecuting and judicial authorities.

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Pew Survey Finds Party Affiliation, Age Determines Whether Someone Correlates Sex and Gender

In a Pew Research Center survey published Tuesday, they found that a person’s political affiliation has strong ties to whether a person determines someone’s gender by what they were assigned at birth or not.

In a Pew Research Center survey published Tuesday, they found that a person’s political affiliation has strong ties to whether a person determines someone’s gender by what they were assigned at birth or not.

[Comment: In short, Democrats have a much higher rate of mental illness.]

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Report: ‘Extensive’ Gay Hookup App Usage Compromises Vatican Security

Location-based homosexual and heterosexual hookup apps are widely used within Vatican walls, an investigative report revealed late Tuesday, which can open the Holy See to blackmail and other security risks.

The report by the Pillar, an online Catholic news agency, raised particular concerns of vulnerability to China, which until 2020 owned the gay hookup app Grindr, one of the services whose use in the Vatican was uncovered.

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The State-Owned Company Czech Post Will Color Its Logo and Packages in Support of Prague Pride

The state-owned company Czech Post has expressed support for the Prague Pride festival of lesbians and gays. The logo of the Post Office will be colored with the colors of the rainbow flag on the occasion of the August festival. Rainbow packages will also be available at the largest branches. The post office had a total of 10,000 produced and calculated the costs at 250,000 korunas (€ 9,726). The expressed support, which the post office publicly boasted about, quickly caused a stir in the public domain.

“A total of 10,000 of these packages have been produced — this is a separate marketing event of the Czech Post. The amount we paid for their acquisition was 250 thousand korunas (€ 9,726). The fact that the package is rainbow-colored shows support for Prague Pride. Another form of support is the possibility to use the rainbow frame when sending postcards online,” Matyas Vitik, a spokesman for the Czech Post told Echo24.

The rainbow package will be available during Prague Pride week at the country’s 400 largest post offices. Every customer who buys any cardboard package at the post office will receive a colored rainbow package, free of charge.

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Trans Scholar Writes Essay Threatening Violence Against Women, Gets Featured by Prominent University

A paper presented by a student at the London School of Economics in the gender studies department calls for direct and sustained violence against women, specifically those who hold gender critical views. The paper was presented first in April 2021 and then again in June at a conference in the Department of Gender Studies, which is organized by doctoral students.

Author of the paper Matt A. Thompson read from his work: “We go unnoticed, right up until the moment they scream for mercy. Am I a threat to you? Do I send chills down your spine? Picture this, I hold a knife to your throat and spit my transness into your ear. Does that turn you on? Are you scared? I sure ing hope so.”

[Comment: Shut down these “Studies” departments.]

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TubeShift Makes it Easy to Find Censored YouTube Videos on Odysee, Rumble, Bitchute and More

When YouTube censors videos, it also scrubs the video title and the name of the channel that uploaded the video from the page. All that remains is white space and a notice stating: “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s terms of service.”

This means that if all you have is a link to a YouTube video that was censored before you had a chance to watch it, you can’t search for the video title or the creator on alternative platforms.

The open-source TubeShift browser extension fixes this problem by finding alternative versions of censored YouTube videos and making links to these alternative videos available to you with a single click.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/28/2021

  1. “UK: Facebook Bans English Historian YouTuber Tom Rowsell”

    I would guess it’s his “Anglo-centric” views that were a problem. I used to follow him, his take on Indo-European culture was interesting and the old school style of his videos was mostly refreshing. But, over the years, he more and more misread facts and pretended everything came from England. And while I understand his sentiment to a degree, it’s very unprofessional.

    That said, I don’t think it’s a reason to ban him. Everybody should decide themselves if he’s worth following or not.

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