Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/19/2021

A man from North Carolina parked his pickup on the sidewalk near the Capitol and told police that he had a bomb in the truck. Buildings in the immediate area of the truck were either evacuated or locked down. The man later surrendered to police without incident. No explosives were found in his truck.

In other news, planes sent to rescue people are departing from Kabul with numbers of passengers under their capacity, and in some cases nearly empty, because people who want to escape are unable to make it through the Taliban checkpoints to the airport.

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USA
» 162 Minnesota School Principals Sign Pledge to ‘De-Center Whiteness’
» A New Blow for the Fight Against Mass Surveillance in the US
» Arkansas Lawmaker Believes Critical Race Theory Should Not be Taught in Public Schools
» Bank of America, Lowe’s Sponsored CRT Training Urging Whites to ‘Cede Power to People of Color’
» Connecticut School Board Restores ‘Columbus Day’ After Criticism Over Critical Race Theory
» Crowd Gathers to Protest Mask Decision at Beavercreek School Board Meeting
» DC and New York Hit With Bomb Scares Within a Week of DHS Threat Bulletin
» Dozens of Protesters Attend Duncan Plaza Rally Against COVID-19 Mandates
» Editor of Socialist Magazine ‘Current Affairs’ Fires Staff ‘For Trying to Start a Worker Co-Op’
» Facebook Rejects “Disinformation Dozen” Narrative (Censors Them Anyway)
» Federal Judge Rules Against COVID Vaccine Mandate at Louisiana Medical School
» Fines for Belligerent Airline Passengers Could Exceed $1 Million
» Hope Solo Accuses Megan Rapinoe of ‘Almost Bullying’ Teammates Into Kneeling for Anthem
» Iowa Governor Fires Back at Biden’s Over Ban on Mask Mandates
» Judge: School Officer Who Hid During Shooting Facing Charges
» Latest Vaccine Mandate Handed Down by the State Sparks Protest in Bellingham
» Man Pleads Guilty to Moving Burning Board Against Federal Courthouse During Protest Last Summer
» Man Surrenders After Claiming to Have Bomb Near US Capitol
» ‘Mask Choice’ Protest Planned in Rockwood School District Before School Board Meeting
» New Orleans Enacts Vaccine ‘Passports’ Amid Privacy, Discrimination Concerns
» Protests Against Vaccine, Mask Mandates Continue Across Western Ohio
» Quinnipiac U. Punishes Unvaccinated Students With Fines, Loss of Internet Access
» State Files Two New Motions in Rittenhouse Case: To Get Donor Names, And Use New Video
» Texas House Democrats End Their Protest Over Voting Bill
» ‘They’re Going to Lose a Lot of Good Nurses’: Iowans Protest Vaccine Mandate at Hospitals
» ‘This Will be the Hill Our Parents Die On’: Toms River Pushes Back on School Mask Mandate
» ‘We’re Gonna Vote You Out’: Protestors to South Carolina Town Council After Mask Mandates
 
Canada
» Charges Laid in Connection to Toppling of Sir John A. Macdonald Statue
» Trudeau Minister Promotes AI Bot That Tracks and Reports ‘Toxic Tweets’ During Election
 
Europe and the EU
» 20 American Diplomats Afflicted by Mysterious “Havana Syndrome” In Austria
» Child Baptism at Church of Sweden Hit All-Time Low
» Equinor Halts Oil Exports From Norway Terminal Due to Demonstration
» Hungary Celebrates 1,020 Years of Christian Statehood
» Ireland: Olympic Fighter Brutally Injured in Random Mob Attack in Dublin
» Latvia’s Plans for Mandatory Vaccination Spark Huge Protests
» Sweden: Liberal Party Leader Says Hungary and Poland Should be Removed From EU
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Locks Down ExxonMobil Oil Terminal With Demand to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels
» UK: Extinction Rebellion: City of London Set for Two Weeks of Protests
» UK: Peace Rally at Parliament Calls for End to Foreign Wars After Afghan Disaster
» UK: PETA and Vegans Lose in Complaint Over Ads That Said Eating Meat Was Healthy
» ‘Uncontrollable Gangs’ of Youths Wreak Havoc at French Aquatic Center
» Video Shows Angry French Shoppers Being Blocked From Entering Supermarket Because They Don’t Have COVID Passports
 
South Asia
» Afghanistan Collapse: Evacuation Flights Departing Kabul Well Short of Capacity
» British Man in Singapore Given 6 Weeks in Prison for Not Wearing Face Mask, Psychiatric Assessment
» Czech Politicians Unanimously Refuse to Recognize Taliban Government
» Exiled Afghan Leader Ashraf Ghani Claims He ‘Would Have Been Hanged’ Had He Stayed: Report
» German Evac Plane Flies With Just Seven Souls, UK Denies ‘Empty’ Flights Out of Afghan Claims
» Internal State Department Cable Warned Blinken of Pending Afghanistan Collapse
» Italy’s Giuseppe Conte Praises ‘Relaxed Attitude’ of Afghan Taliban
» Pentagon Pressed on Why British Paratroopers Leaving Kabul Airport to Rescue Citizens But Americans Aren’t
» People All Over Afghanistan Are Protesting Taliban Rule as Self-Declared Acting President Urges Resistance
» Report Warns 2021 Afghan Refugee Crisis Could Make 2015 Look Like a “Walk in the Park”
» Report Claims Multiple Fatalities After Taliban Open Fire at Afghan Independence Rally
» ‘Shameful’ — British Backlash Against Biden’s Bungled Afghan Withdrawal
» Sources: British and US Troops at Odds in Afghanistan as UK Engages Rescue Missions
» Taliban Going ‘House to House’ In Afghanistan ‘Hanging’ People Who Worked With US: Source
» Tom Cotton Warns Biden Could Face Hostage Crisis in Afghanistan Similar to 1979 in Iran
» Video: Trump Jr Slams Biden for Causing ‘Largest Hostage Situation in the History of the World’ In Afghanistan
» Washington Post Faces Criticism for Praising Taliban’s “Sophisticated” Social Media Use, Saying That’s Why They’re Not Banned Like Trump
» Women, Kids Killed in Kabul as Biden’s State Dept. Writes Strongly Worded Letter to Taliban Asking Them to be Nice
 
Australia — Pacific
» Another Reason Why You Should Consider the AstraZeneca Shot as the Effectiveness of Pfizer Against Delta ‘Starts Dropping From Six to Eight Months’
» Climate Protests Block Fuel Terminals
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» In 30 Years: Nigeria Alone Will Have as Many People as the Entire European Union. Is That a Problem?
» Kenya: Court Declares Ban on Gatherings Anchored on COVID Containment Unlawful
 
Immigration
» 400,000 Migrants May be Headed to Europe After Afghan Crisis, Fears of Another Migration Wave Grow
» Barbed Wire Set Up on the Polish-Belarusian Border
» Germany: Foreigners Who Should’ve Been Deported Are Suspected of Having Committed 2,500 Crimes in Saxony
» Less Than Half of Syrians in Sweden Have a Job — Report
» Nevada Judge Strikes Down Immigration Law Aimed at Illegal Re-Entry
» Project Veritas Leaks Whistleblower Docs on New Immigration Proposals Inspired by Chaos in Afghanistan
» Spanish Populist Leader: Afghan Asylum Seekers Should Go to Muslim Countries, Not Europe
 
Culture Wars
» Biden’s Deputies Lure ‘Transgender’ Kids With Promises of Lawsuits
» World Economic Forum Pushes New Form of Surveillance — Turning Your Heartbeat Into a Digital ID
 

162 Minnesota School Principals Sign Pledge to ‘De-Center Whiteness’

Over 160 Minnesota principals have signed onto a pledge to “de-center whiteness” in schools by seeking to eradicate “practices” they view as “reinforc[ing] white academic superiority.”

Calling themselves the “Good Trouble Principals,” a phrase that invokes the deceased civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), the principals appeared to present themselves as courageous heroes willing to make the “sacrifice” for justice, knowing they may “pay the price.”

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

A New Blow for the Fight Against Mass Surveillance in the US

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has thrown out this digital rights group’s case seeking to challenge mass government communications surveillance.

By dismissing the case, Jewel vs. NSA, the Ninth Circuit has made government surveillance programs “unreviewable by US courts,” the EFF said in a blog post that expressed the non-profit’s disappointment with the outcome.

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

Arkansas Lawmaker Believes Critical Race Theory Should Not be Taught in Public Schools

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — In Arkansas, it’s the first week of school, but for State Representative Mark Lowery, the fight to prevent critical race theory from being taught in schools is on his mind.

“It is about some of these divisive concepts of seeing students really as part of a class based on their race or ethnicity, rather than seeing students as individuals,” Lowery said.

On Wednesday, Sinclair Broadcast Group hosted a town hall meetingfocused on the debate over critical race theory.

Critical race theory is the concept that racism is immersed in our nation’s history. According to Lowery, CRT violates the equal protection clause and the civil rights act of 1964. The topic is not an actual class in Arkansas but he believes parents could challenge curricula related to CRT.

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

Bank of America, Lowe’s Sponsored CRT Training Urging Whites to ‘Cede Power to People of Color’

Bank of America, Lowe’s, and Truist Financial Corporation sponsored a United Way critical race theory “Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge” claiming that America is systemically and institutionally racist, encouraging participants to “decolonize [their] mind[s]” and to get “woke at work,” and urging white people to “cede power to people of color.”

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

Connecticut School Board Restores ‘Columbus Day’ After Criticism Over Critical Race Theory

The board of education in Stonington, Connecticut, voted Thursday to reverse its decision to rename Columbus Day as “Indigenous Peoples Day,” after substantial criticism related to the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the district.

The Stonington school board voted 3-2 to reinstate the name Columbus Day to the school calendar after some board members argued a public hearing should be held prior to changing the name of a holiday, reported the Day.

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Crowd Gathers to Protest Mask Decision at Beavercreek School Board Meeting

BEAVERCREEK — More than a few dozen parents and protestors demonstrated at the Beavercreek Board of Education ahead of and during the board’s meeting Thursday evening.

The crowd was in opposition to the district’s decision to require masks for students in grades Kindergarten-6.

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DC and New York Hit With Bomb Scares Within a Week of DHS Threat Bulletin

Less than a week after the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin saying that anti-government extremists angry at COVID measures could be preparing attacks, DC and New York were both hit with bomb scares.

Last Friday, the DHS warned that there was a “heightened” risk of attacks carried out by domestic extremists motivated by their opposition to lockdown measures and anti-government sentiment.

Earlier today, a man from North Carolina parked a truck outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill and began telling authorities that the vehicle contained an explosive device.

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

Dozens of Protesters Attend Duncan Plaza Rally Against COVID-19 Mandates

Around 60 unmasked people gathered across from City Hall to protest mask and vaccine mandates Thursday morning, with some peddling outright conspiracy theories with others trying to frame the event as “a meeting” to discuss “government control.”

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

Editor of Socialist Magazine ‘Current Affairs’ Fires Staff ‘For Trying to Start a Worker Co-Op’

Five former staff members of the socialist magazine Current Affairs say that they were fired for trying to organize a workers co-op. On Wednesday they shared in an open letter that they had been fired for “organizing for better work conditions.”

Nathan J. Robinson, a socialist commentator who founded the magazine in 2015, allegedly was not happy with the organizational restructuring that was happening and felt that his powers were being limited, the Daily Wire reported.

Robinson, author of the 2019 book Why You Should be a Socialist said in a tweet that he was looking to interview current Democratic Socialists of America members for research that he was doing on how socialists organize.

The former staff members wrote: “Dear comrades, We, the former full and part-time staff, write to you with deep sadness and disappointment about recent events that have occurred at Current Affairs. On August 8th, editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson (author of Why You Should Be A Socialist) unilaterally fired most of the workforce to avoid an organizational restructuring that would limit his personal power. Yes, we were fired by the editor-in-chief of a socialist magazine for trying to start a worker co-op.”

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

Facebook Rejects “Disinformation Dozen” Narrative (Censors Them Anyway)

In a company blog post, Facebook has addressed and rejected a theory spread by the media and politicians in the US that only 12 people are responsible for as much as 73 percent of what is considered online vaccine misinformation.

The 12 users have been censored anyway, but Facebook is pushing back against the claim that this is what it takes to deal with what the post said is a global problem of coronavirus vaccine misinformation.

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

Federal Judge Rules Against COVID Vaccine Mandate at Louisiana Medical School

(The Center Square) — A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine from mandating COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of student enrollment.

The decision is the latest development in a dispute involving several students, the private medical college operating at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

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

Fines for Belligerent Airline Passengers Could Exceed $1 Million

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports a huge spike in the number of incidents of unruly passengers on planes, making the aggregate amount of fines proposed top $1 million.

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

Hope Solo Accuses Megan Rapinoe of ‘Almost Bullying’ Teammates Into Kneeling for Anthem

Hope Solo, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, said Megan Rapinoe has “almost” bullied teammates into kneeling in the name of activism.

“I think the rhetoric surrounding this team has been both divisive and inclusive,” Solo said. “I guess it’s kind of where we are in politics in this day and age.”

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

Iowa Governor Fires Back at Biden’s Over Ban on Mask Mandates

Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa released a statement on Thursday in response to the Biden administration’s criticism of her state’s ban on mask mandates. She called the pressure from the administration “misplaced.”

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

Judge: School Officer Who Hid During Shooting Facing Charges

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The former school resource officer accused of hiding during a South Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead will have to convince a jury that he wasn’t criminally negligent, a judge ruled Thursday.

Broward Circuit Judge Martin Fein declined to dismiss the child negligence charges against former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Peterson, 58, had worked as a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Nikolas Cruz, who was 19 at the time of the February 2018 shooting, has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors have said that Peterson failed to come to the rescue as Cruz was making his way through the school’s hallways. The law that Peterson is accused of breaking specifically applies to caregivers, but defense attorneys argued during a hearing Wednesday that a law enforcement officer doesn’t fit the legal definition of a caregiver.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Latest Vaccine Mandate Handed Down by the State Sparks Protest in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — About 100 people gathered at a Bellingham intersection on Wednesday demanding an end to state-ordered vaccines for public workers.

Gov. Jay Inslee mandated vaccines for school workers across the state. It’s the latest mandate that also includes healthcare workers.

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

Man Pleads Guilty to Moving Burning Board Against Federal Courthouse During Protest Last Summer

A 35-year-old California man on Thursday admitted in court to moving a burning board against a wooden plank covering the federal courthouse in downtown Portland during a protest last summer.

Kevin Benjamin Weier pleaded guilty to depredation of government property.

Under a negotiated plea deal, the prosecutor and Weier’s defense lawyer are expected to jointly recommend that Weier be sentenced to one year of probation.

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Man Surrenders After Claiming to Have Bomb Near US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol surrendered to law enforcement after an hourslong standoff Thursday that prompted a massive police response and the evacuations of government buildings in the area.

Authorities were investigating what led the suspect, identified as 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, to drive onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress, make bomb threats to officers and profess a litany of antigovernment grievances as part of a bizarre episode that he live-streamed for a Facebook audience. Police later searched the vehicle and said they did not find a bomb but did collect possible bomb-making materials.

The standoff was resolved peacefully after roughly five hours of negotiations, ending when Roseberry crawled out of the truck and was taken into police custody. But even in a city with a long history of dramatic law enforcement encounters outside federal landmarks, this episode was notable for its timing — Washington remains on edge eight months after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — and for the way the suspect harnessed social media to draw attention to his actions in the hours before his arrest…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

‘Mask Choice’ Protest Planned in Rockwood School District Before School Board Meeting

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A group of protesters is planning on meeting at Marquette High School Thursday evening before the district school board meeting.

The group said they’re against a mandatory mask policy.

The information for the protest was posted on a private Facebook page. The post urges parents to “stand up for [their] children’s constitutional rights.”

Organizers of the protest said masks should be a choice. The post also mentions the organizers “need hundreds to show up” and that “now is the time.”

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

New Orleans Enacts Vaccine ‘Passports’ Amid Privacy, Discrimination Concerns

(The Center Square) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has implemented a citywide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public activities, presenting privacy and discrimination concerns among diverse groups.

Residents and visitors to Louisiana’s largest city will be required as of Monday to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test occurring within 72 hours to venture about the city.

The so-called vaccine passports are required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness classes, pool halls, arcades, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds and entertainment spaces, certain large outdoor events and other places.

[Comment: Article dated August 13, 2021.]

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Protests Against Vaccine, Mask Mandates Continue Across Western Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Protesters stood across from Dayton Children’s Hospital on Thursday waving flags and holding signs reading ‘My body my choice,’ all in protest of the hospitals new vaccine mandate for employees.

Daniele Eakins, the parent of a Dayton Children’s patient, feels if she and her family have the choice to get vaccinated, so should the people keeping her daughter healthy.

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Quinnipiac U. Punishes Unvaccinated Students With Fines, Loss of Internet Access

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, will fine and cut the internet access of non-exempt students who fail to show proof that they have been vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus. The university’s fines for unvaccinated students start at $100 a week and quickly escalate to $200 a week, or $2,275 for a full semester.

Students who don’t comply with the vaccine mandate will face a weekly fee starting at $100, which will increase by $25 after two weeks, and will cap out to a maximum fine of $200 per week, according to a report from the school’s student newspaper, the Quinnipiac Chronicle.

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

State Files Two New Motions in Rittenhouse Case: To Get Donor Names, And Use New Video

As he watches some men exit a CVS store across the street, Kyle Rittenhouse can be heard saying that he wished he had his rifle so he could shoot them.

At least that’s what prosecutors say is going on in the short video formerly posted on YouTube. It’s part of a motion they filed to use the 29-second clip as “other acts” evidence in Rittenhouse’s trial on charges he fatally shot two protesters and wounded a third during protests in Kenosha last August.

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Texas House Democrats End Their Protest Over Voting Bill

The saga of the Texas Democrats comes to a close. It was back in July that Texas House Democrats fled the state and sought refuge in Washington DC to escape having to deal with a voter regulations bill.

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‘They’re Going to Lose a Lot of Good Nurses’: Iowans Protest Vaccine Mandate at Hospitals

DES MOINES, Iowa — Many of the people treating COVID-19 patients will soon be required to be vaccinated. All three metro health systems are mandating vaccinations for all employees.

Hundreds of people protested the mandate Thursday outside the Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Protesters were upset because UnityPoint was one of the hospitals requiring vaccines starting Nov. 1.

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

‘This Will be the Hill Our Parents Die On’: Toms River Pushes Back on School Mask Mandate

TOMS RIVER — Add Toms River Regional to the list of school boards asking Gov. Phil Murphy to rescind his school mask mandate before children return to classrooms in September.

Speaking at the start of a Board of Education meeting Wednesday that was attended by many parents who oppose the mask mandate, board President Joseph Nardini announced that the board would be sending a letter to the governor asking him to allow individual districts to decide their own mask policy.

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‘We’re Gonna Vote You Out’: Protestors to South Carolina Town Council After Mask Mandates

A town council meeting Hilton Head Island, South Carolina devolved into chaos on Tuesday when citizens who do not endorse mask mandates shouted their discontent at the town council, forcing the meeting to conclude early.

According to the Island Packet, the meeting had been called to discuss Mayor John McCann’s new state of emergency declaration that went into effect on Monday amidst rising cases of COVID-19 in the area.

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Charges Laid in Connection to Toppling of Sir John A. Macdonald Statue

Charges have been issued to a 56-year-old Toronto man in connection to the toppling of a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Hamilton Park last weekend.

According to CP24, police investigators received a number of tips stemming from the release of photos of four suspects they believed to be involved in the action.

Investigators arrested 56-year-old Aiguel Martin Avila-Valarde, and he was charged with mischief over $5,000 and was released on an undertaking. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

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Trudeau Minister Promotes AI Bot That Tracks and Reports ‘Toxic Tweets’ During Election

Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna promoted the SAMbot on Twitter Wednesday to detect and track toxic sentiment, primarily towards women.

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

20 American Diplomats Afflicted by Mysterious “Havana Syndrome” In Austria

It’s been a few weeks since we last received an update about the mysterious “Havana Syndrome” — the strange affliction that keeps cropping up in members of the American diplomatic service (many of whom just happen to be spies, often working on issues related to Russia or China).

At that time, the public had just learned that at least one diplomat in Vienna had been stricken with the syndrome. Now, WSJ is reporting that the issue has affected at least two diplomats in Vienna.

Across Austria, the number of US diplomats affected by the syndrome has risen to 20, the largest number in a single country aside from Cuba — and in a Nato country at that. Given Austria’s non-aligned status, Vienna has always been a city crawling with spies working for both sides dating back to the Cold War. That these issues are arising in Vienna of all places is likely not a coincidence.

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

Child Baptism at Church of Sweden Hit All-Time Low

The number of children being baptised into the Church of Sweden has hit an all-time low, with church members becoming concerned for its future.

The coronavirus pandemic and its restrictions have led to a rapid decline in child baptisms in the country’s state church, but the fall in child baptism has been on a downward trend for years before the pandemic began.

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

Equinor Halts Oil Exports From Norway Terminal Due to Demonstration

OSLO, Aug 19 (Reuters) — Crude oil loading at Equinor’s EQNR.OL Sture export terminal on Norway’s west coast was interrupted on Thursday after activists from the Extinction Rebellion group breached the facility’s safety zone, the company said.

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Hungary Celebrates 1,020 Years of Christian Statehood

On Aug. 20 this year, Hungary celebrates 1,020 (or 1,021, according to other historians) years of Christian statehood.

One of the oldest Christian states in Europe and the world, Hungary was born after a bloody succession war between pagan-born Vajk (975-1,038) who converted to Christianity at an unknown date as Istvan (Stephen), and his relative Koppany.

Stephen was crowned King of Hungary either on Dec. 25 on the year 1,000, or on Jan. 1, 1,001. He ruled the country for 38 years, establishing the county system organized around fortresses which survives to this day.

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Ireland: Olympic Fighter Brutally Injured in Random Mob Attack in Dublin

A world-class martial artist from Ireland suffered serious injuries during a random mob attack on the streets of Dublin last week, according to reports.

Jack Woolley, a member of the Irish taekwondo team who recently returned from the Olympics in Japan, says he was ambushed by a group of assailants who were picking fights with unsuspecting revelers in a popular tourist zone.

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Latvia’s Plans for Mandatory Vaccination Spark Huge Protests

Thousands of people have demonstrated in the Latvian capital, Riga, against the prospect of mandatory vaccinations.

On Wednesday night, an estimated 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets, marching to the headquarters of the presidency and the prime minister.

It was reported to be the largest demonstration in Latvia since 2009.

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Sweden: Liberal Party Leader Says Hungary and Poland Should be Removed From EU

Hungary and Poland to be removed from the European Union over so-called rule of law and LGBT issues, said Nyamko Sabuni, the leader of Sweden’s Liberal Party.

In an opinion-editorial piece published by the liberal establishment newspaper Expressen, Sabuni urged the European Union to adopt an “effective mechanism” that would enable the bloc to take “rapid and forceful action” against countries like Hungary and Poland, which she claimed are “dismantling the rule of law and restricting LGBTQ rights”.

“European co-operation is based on a range of liberal values,” Sabuni wrote. “These include freedom of movement, human rights, and the rule of law. If you cannot subscribe to these values, then you have nothing to do with Europe. You have punished yourself.”

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Locks Down ExxonMobil Oil Terminal With Demand to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

EXTINCTION Rebellion (XR) activists blockaded an ExxonMobil oil terminal today in protest against plans to expand the nearby Fawley refinery.

Activists dressed in grim reaper costumes erected steel tripods to block the entrance to the Hythe Terminal near Southampton.

A protestor dressed as an ExxonMobil executive pumped fake blood from an oil barrel while others enacted a die-in protest.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion: City of London Set for Two Weeks of Protests

Extinction Rebellion is planning a fortnight of protests focused on London’s financial district, which the group says is helping to fuel climate change.

Activists said they would start the “disruptive” campaign, targeting the City of London ,from Monday and expect thousands of XR members to take part.

The “Impossible Rebellion” will involve site occupations and marches through the financial district.

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UK: Peace Rally at Parliament Calls for End to Foreign Wars After Afghan Disaster

JEREMY CORBYN joined left MPs, forces veterans and peace campaigners in a protest outside Parliament today to demand an end to foreign wars — and the “biggest possible” refugee programme for Afghans.

The former Labour leader echoed calls at the demonstration, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, for a new approach based on international co-operation as a means of resolving disputes and tackling poverty and underdevelopment.

The protest came as MPs interrupted their summer break to attend an emergency sitting of Parliament in the wake of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan.

[Comment: Agree with non-interventionist foreign policy. Don’t agree with letting migrants in.]

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UK: PETA and Vegans Lose in Complaint Over Ads That Said Eating Meat Was Healthy

In a display of common sense not always observed with government agencies, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled against the British Vegan Society and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) over their challenge of multimedia advertisements which said that eating meat was healthy.

The advertising body was forced to review four pieces of media put out by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB): a television commercial, a newspaper website ad, a YouTube video, and a Facebook post from the January 2021 “Eat Balanced” campaign.

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‘Uncontrollable Gangs’ of Youths Wreak Havoc at French Aquatic Center

Officials at an aquatic center in Tours, France, have been forced to implement new admission policies after ‘uncontrollable gangs’ of young people unleashed chaos over the weekend, according to reports.

Employees and security guards were attacked and guests harassed and spat upon by mobs of ‘youths’ during multiple days of mayhem at the Centre Aquatique du Lac.

“It’s a pack phenomenon,” a lifeguard told France Bleu.

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Video Shows Angry French Shoppers Being Blocked From Entering Supermarket Because They Don’t Have COVID Passports

A video out of France shows irate shoppers being blocked from entering a supermarket by police because they don’t have COVID passports.

The footage shows people with shopping carts being blocked from entering the grocery store by security guards.

The guards then begin pushing one woman away as the confrontation becomes more heated.

A number of police officers then begin manhandling the frustrated shoppers, presumably not too concerned in that moment about social distancing.

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Afghanistan Collapse: Evacuation Flights Departing Kabul Well Short of Capacity

The U.S. Air Force has evacuated 2,000 people in the past 24 hours from Kabul, but flights are leaving well short of capacity as Americans and Afghan refugees struggle to get into the airport.

Each C-17 transport plane took off Thursday with 180 people on board — 40% short of its 300-person capacity, Fox News learned.

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British Man in Singapore Given 6 Weeks in Prison for Not Wearing Face Mask, Psychiatric Assessment

A British man in Singapore was handed a 6 week jail sentence for not wearing a face mask while a judge also ordered the man to undergo a “psychiatric assessment” because he argued against the efficacy of face coverings in court.

40-year-old Benjamin Glynn was arrested after footage of him not wearing a face mask on a train in May went viral online.

“According to reports, Glynn delivered a rant in court — in which he described the proceedings as “preposterous” and “disgusting” — and said masks were not effective in preventing the spread of Covid,” reports the Guardian.

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Czech Politicians Unanimously Refuse to Recognize Taliban Government

There is unanimous agreement among Czech politicians, including President Milos Zeman, that there is no way that Czechia would recognize the Taliban government. Around the world, governments are mostly waiting for how the future government deals with fundamental human rights, especially concerning women and girls.

“There is no way we would consider that,” said Jiri Ovcacek, the spokesperson of President Milos Zeman, when asked whether Czechia should recognize the new Afghan government created by the Taliban.

Representatives of parliamentary parties view the issue in the same way.

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Exiled Afghan Leader Ashraf Ghani Claims He ‘Would Have Been Hanged’ Had He Stayed: Report

Ghani denied an Afghan diplomat’s claim that he fled to the United Arab Emirates with $169 million in cash

Ashraf Ghani, the exiled president of Afghanistan, claims he was “expelled” and “would have been hanged” had he remained in the country instead of leaving, according to a report.

Ghani addressed his situation — and that of his homeland — in a Facebook video that was uploaded Wednesday, according to a report posted by Yahoo News.

The exiled president is said to have taken refuge in the United Arab Emirates since leaving Kabul earlier this week.

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German Evac Plane Flies With Just Seven Souls, UK Denies ‘Empty’ Flights Out of Afghan Claims

Aircraft from the UK and Germany reportedly flew out of Kabul with hardly any passengers on Tuesday and Wednesday, claims the UK for its part belatedly denied.

The Taliban takeover of the country over the past week sent throngs of people fleeing to the airport, seeking to escape the radical jihadists before they begin an expected purge of citizens who cooperated with the U.S. government during the 20-year Afghan War. Reports indicate that Taliban jihadists have blocked large numbers of people from accessing the airport, where Western nations have promised to send planes to evacuate their citizens and others deemed vulnerable.

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Internal State Department Cable Warned Blinken of Pending Afghanistan Collapse

A confidential internal State Department cable was sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month warning about the potential collapse of Afghanistan following the full withdrawal of U.S. forces on Aug. 31, Fox News confirmed Thursday.

Roughly two dozen officials stationed at the U.S. embassy in Kabul sent a memo through the department’s confidential dissent channel to alert Blinken, along with another top State Department official, that the Taliban was well-positioned to take over the nation, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

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Italy’s Giuseppe Conte Praises ‘Relaxed Attitude’ of Afghan Taliban

ROME, Italy — Italy’s former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has called for dialogue with Afghanistan’s “new regime” following the violent Taliban takeover of the country.

“It is too early to say, and there is no need for emotional reactions,” Conte said Wednesday at a book launch in the southern Italian vacation town of Ravello. “The geopolitical scenarios are very complex, and later we will need to reflect on whether the Doha agreements of 2020, made by the Americans, were a mistake, whether they were too indulgent toward the Taliban, and whether or not such a rapid outcome could have been expected.”

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Pentagon Pressed on Why British Paratroopers Leaving Kabul Airport to Rescue Citizens But Americans Aren’t

The Pentagon was pressed Thursday to explain why the U.S. isn’t rescuing Americans outside of the Kabul airport as the British are doing for their citizens.

At a press briefing, Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin said: “General Taylor, British paratroopers are leaving the airport, going into Kabul to rescue and evacuate some of their citizens who are trapped [and] can’t get to the airport because of the Taliban.”

“Why isn’t the U.S. doing that?” she asked.

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People All Over Afghanistan Are Protesting Taliban Rule as Self-Declared Acting President Urges Resistance

Protests defying Taliban rule spread to cities across Afghanistan on Thursday.

According to Reuters, witnesses said several people were killed when Taliban fighters opened fire on a crowd in Asadabad, in the eastern province of Kunar.

“Hundreds of people came out on the streets,” witness Mohammed Salim told the news outlet.

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Report Warns 2021 Afghan Refugee Crisis Could Make 2015 Look Like a “Walk in the Park”

A report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies warns that the 2021 Afghan refugee crisis could make the 2015 refugee crisis look like a “geopolitical walk in the park” in comparison.

Humanitarian workers are warning of up to 3 million Afghan refugees could try to find their way to Europe following the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

CSIS Senior Fellow Erol Yayboke echoes those figures, projecting that the number of displaced Afghans, which currently stands at around 2.6 million worldwide, could easily double over the next two years alone.

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Report Claims Multiple Fatalities After Taliban Open Fire at Afghan Independence Rally

Fatalities were reported on Thursday after the Taliban opened fire at an Independence Day rally in a regional Afghanistan town where protesters were flying the flag used by the former Western-backed government.

The Taliban, which was lauded by Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, as wanting “an Afghanistan that is inclusive for all” only yesterday, is claimed to have attacked the rally where protesters flew the black, red, and green flag of the now-former government in the Kunar region’s provincial capital of Asadabad, according to Reuters.

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‘Shameful’ — British Backlash Against Biden’s Bungled Afghan Withdrawal

Joe Biden, once hailed as a “breath of fresh air” by a British political class where even the so-called Conservative Party tracks liberal-left, is facing an unprecedented barrage of criticism in America’s mother country for his botched handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Tom Tugendhat, a senior backbench MP for the governing party who chairs the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee and once served in Afghanistan as a Territorial Army officer, branded the elderly Democrat’s attempt to pin the blame for the fiasco on the Western-backed Afghan government forces “shameful” in an emergency parliamentary debate.

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Sources: British and US Troops at Odds in Afghanistan as UK Engages Rescue Missions

Reports have surfaced that British and American forces are unhappy with each other at Kabul airport, as UK Military commanders are overseeing rescue missions into the city itself, while US commanders are sitting tight, leaving US nationals to fend for themselves.

Thousands of Americans trapped in the city were again advised by the US embassy that it cannot protect them if they attempt to get to the airport, and even if they make it, they might not be able to get on a plane out of there.

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Taliban Going ‘House to House’ In Afghanistan ‘Hanging’ People Who Worked With US: Source

As the U.S. military and State Department rush to evacuate American citizens and Afghanallies from Kabul’s airport, Taliban checkpoints are cutting off many from freedom and safety — and reports on the ground indicate the militants are summarily executing people who helped U.S. forces over the years.

Ryan Rogers, a retired Marine sergeant, told Fox News Thursday that the interpreter he worked with during the bloody 2010 battle of Marjah in Helmand province is currently trapped in Kabul, prevented from reaching the airport as Taliban fighters seek out and murder former Afghan commandoes and interpreters.

“He told me yesterday they hung three [Afghan National Army] commanders that they had found,” he said. “And that close to the place that he’s hiding, they’re going house-to-house and that they sent a transmission out saying they had plans for the people that operated with America.”

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Tom Cotton Warns Biden Could Face Hostage Crisis in Afghanistan Similar to 1979 in Iran

Sen. Cotton, R-Ark., argued the dire situation in Afghanistan, as a result of Biden’s”catastrophic miscalculation,” could resemble Tehran in 1979. Cotton joined “The Faulkner Focus,” Thursday, and added “it would be a catastrophe” if the Taliban gathered “effective hostage control of thousands of Americans.”

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Video: Trump Jr Slams Biden for Causing ‘Largest Hostage Situation in the History of the World’ In Afghanistan

Appearing on Hannity Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. blasted Joe Biden for causing what he described as “the largest hostage situation perhaps in the history of the world.”

“I’m surprised they didn’t do the press conference from an ice cream shop, Sean, because that’s all he’s been capable of doing,” Trump Jr. said.

He added, “It’s an absolute embarrassment and the reality is this: As far as I’m aware, Joe Biden has created the largest hostage situation perhaps in the history of the world.”

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Washington Post Faces Criticism for Praising Taliban’s “Sophisticated” Social Media Use, Saying That’s Why They’re Not Banned Like Trump

As the Taliban took control of Kabul over the weekend, social media firms struggled to cope with the heightened focus on the group — and its presence on their platforms.

The Taliban has been banned from Facebook, but an account supposedly managed by its spokesperson is allowed on Twitter for the time being. A Taliban spokesperson’s Twitter account has more than 287,000 followers and offers frequent updates on the organization’s takeover of Afghanistan. Another spokesman, who has around 60,000 followers, can also tweet updates.

Amidst the debate, the Washington Post has been criticized for running a story alleging that the Taliban’s social media use is “strikingly sophisticated” and that President Trump’s tweets incited violence, and that’s why Trump deserves to be banned while the terror group is allowed to remain on the platform.

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Women, Kids Killed in Kabul as Biden’s State Dept. Writes Strongly Worded Letter to Taliban Asking Them to be Nice

In another move that makes America look like the laughing stock of the world, Joe Biden’s State Department has penned a letter, which has been signed by multiple other countries (but no Middle Eastern ones), essentially asking the Taliban to be nice to people in Afghanistan.

“We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection,” the statement reads.

It sends the chilling warning “We will monitor closely how any future government ensures rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the life of women and girls in Afghanistan during the last twenty years.”

Good God, imagine the fear that a promise of “monitoring closely” puts into the Taliban.

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Another Reason Why You Should Consider the AstraZeneca Shot as the Effectiveness of Pfizer Against Delta ‘Starts Dropping From Six to Eight Months’

Pfizer’s CEO confirmed their Covid vaccine drops from 100 per cent effectiveness to about 84 per cent after six months. Australia recently received about 1million extra doses of Pfizer from Poland.

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Climate Protests Block Fuel Terminals

Protesters across Australia have taken to blocking fuel terminals in response to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, detailing the dramatic effects of carbon emissions.

Extinction Rebellion activists in Brisbane have joined with climate protesters in Hobart and Adelaide by blocking fuel trucks from entering terminals, disrupting driveways and protesting outside the facilities.

They say activists have locked themselves to gates and face arrest for their actions, but will remain protesting until they are physically removed from the blockade.

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In 30 Years: Nigeria Alone Will Have as Many People as the Entire European Union. Is That a Problem?

Africa’s population is growing rapidly, and will double by 2050. A nightmare scenario? Not necessarily — if the right course is set now.

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Kenya: Court Declares Ban on Gatherings Anchored on COVID Containment Unlawful

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 — The High Court has invalidated government regulations restricting public gatherings as part of the COVID-19 containment measures terming the move as illegal and unconstitutional.

Justice Anthony Mirima as a result restrained the Inspector General of police or any police officer under his command from acting on the regulations, in a judgement delivered on Wednesday.

“An order is hereby issued calling into this court and quashing the entire directives made by the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) to contain, restrict and prohibit public gatherings, meetings, and processions in the name of combating COVID-19,” he ruled.

“An order of prohibition is hereby issued restraining the Inspector General of Police whether by himself or any police officer from taking directives from the NSAC or any other person , organ, body or entity to carry out their constitutional and statutory duties save for the provisions of Articles 157(4) and 245(4) of the Constitution,” he added.

Justice Mirima was delivering a judgment on a petition filed by the Law Society of Kenya contesting the directives which were issued by the NSAC and later adopted by the Cabinet in 2020.

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400,000 Migrants May be Headed to Europe After Afghan Crisis, Fears of Another Migration Wave Grow

After the fall of the Afghan government, Europe fears another refugee crisis similar to the one in 2015, when over a million people, mostly from Syria, came to Germany alone. Experts estimate that around 400,000 people are already on the move in the wake of the crisis in Afghanistan.

“All of us, and I am also responsible for this, have misjudged the situation,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday night.

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Barbed Wire Set Up on the Polish-Belarusian Border

Barbed wire fencing is going up at the Polish-Belarusian border, and the Polish government is eager to showcase the effort to fight increased illegal migration from Belarus, with Deputy Minister of the Interior Maciej Wasik posting photos of the new fencing to social media.

“Almost 100 kilometers of wire has been placed on the Polish-Belarusian border. An additional 50 kilometers will soon follow,” he wrote.

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Germany: Foreigners Who Should’ve Been Deported Are Suspected of Having Committed 2,500 Crimes in Saxony

In the first half of 2021, security authorities in Saxony initiated investigations into around 2,500 criminal offenses committed by foreigners, including a number of serious ones, even though these foreigners had already been ordered to leave Germany but have been allowed to remain under “tolerated” status.

The spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group in the Dresden state parliament, Sebastian Wippel, revealed that security authorities registered 2,459 such cases from the beginning of January to the end of June, Junge Freiheitreported.

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Less Than Half of Syrians in Sweden Have a Job — Report

A new report by the foundation The Global Village has highlighted severe employment problems among Syrians in Sweden.

According to the report, just 44 percent of all Syrians in Sweden aged 20-64 are gainfully employed, compared to some 80 percent of the entire Swedish population in the same age bracket.

Using the degree of self-sufficiency as a proxy, as defined by the ability to live on one’s own income without support from the public sector, the picture becomes even gloomier. Among Syrians in Sweden aged 25—64, only 36 percent are considered self-sufficient, compared with 74 percent for the entire population.

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Nevada Judge Strikes Down Immigration Law Aimed at Illegal Re-Entry

A federal judge in Nevada has declared unconstitutional a longstanding statute that makes it a crime to return to the United States after deportation, calling the law racist and discriminatory against “Mexican and Latinx individuals.”

“The record before the Court reflects that at no point has Congress confronted the racist, nativist roots of Section 1326,” U.S. District Judge Miranda Du wrote in a ruling issued Wednesday.

Her order dismissed a case against a man named Gustavo Carrillo-Lopez, who was indicted during the Trump administration.

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Project Veritas Leaks Whistleblower Docs on New Immigration Proposals Inspired by Chaos in Afghanistan

A newly leaked email from Project Veritas shows the USCIS director announcing proposals to immigration policy in the backdrop of the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan.

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Spanish Populist Leader: Afghan Asylum Seekers Should Go to Muslim Countries, Not Europe

Spanish populist Vox leader Santiago Abascal has called for Afghan refugees to be “welcomed in Muslim countries” while demanding the Spanish government evacuate citizens.

The Vox leader expressed his concern for Spaniards in Afghanistan, saying: “Our first thought must be for the Spaniards who are still there. We demand from the government repatriation that is already taking too long.”

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Biden’s Deputies Lure ‘Transgender’ Kids With Promises of Lawsuits

President Joe Biden’s deputies are offering to help children sue K-12 schools if they do not go along with pro-transgender policies.

“We have many federal government resources for you,” said Suzanne Goldberg, acting assistant secretary for the Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights. “If you face discrimination or harassment at school because you are transgender, you can file a complaint with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.”

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World Economic Forum Pushes New Form of Surveillance — Turning Your Heartbeat Into a Digital ID

The World Economic Forum (WEF), that gave us the “Great Reset” concept, is at it again, “glimpsing” into the future, this time trying to predict the consequences of the response to the pandemic.

The WEF went to the trouble of creating a video to illustrate a write up on its site that talks about what the organization calls long-term effects of the COVID pandemic, divides these into five categories, and stresses the central role of “digital transformation” affecting economies, people, and governments.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/19/2021

  1. The FBI agent in the pickup truck claimed he had enough tannerite to destroy over two city blocks. Gonzo rednecks will sometimes make targets out of tannerite because it explodes when shot. To flatten two city blocks, you would need a staggering amount of the stuff. Anyway, at quitting time, the FBI agent said it was time to go home, so the other agents ran in and “arrested” him so they could go clock-out on time.

    Meanwhile, Old Man Biden is watching cartoons and eating ice cream while his handlers decide what to do with him. If they toss him out under the 25th Amendment provisions, then we’ll all be stuck with Kamala[ ] Harris as our president. God help us.

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