Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/2/2021

A banned protest by thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators in Berlin yesterday resulted in the arrest of more than 600 people. A 49-year-old man died while in police custody, but the cause of his death has not yet been released.

In other news, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that both teachers and children in K-12 schools should wear face masks in the coming school year, whether they are vaccinated or not.

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Financial Crisis
» Fitch Ratings Reaffirms Hungary’s Stable Outlook
» How Language in the Infrastructure Bill Could Roil the Crypto Markets
 
USA
» Apple Bans ‘Tinder for Unvaxxed’ After Media Snitches on Company
» Banned Chinese Surveillance Tech is Being Used by US Authorities to Track Criminals in Realtime
» Bay Area Imposes Mandatory Masking as Cuomo Demands Private Businesses Ban Unvaxxed
» Breaking: Psaki Shames Florida Over Masks and Vaccines, Defends Obama’s Massive Birthday Party
» Breaking: Maricopa Board of Supervisors Refuses to Comply With Senate Subpoena, Turn Over Election Materials
» CDC Director Walensky: Vaccinated Children, Adults Should Wear Masks Inside K-12 Schools
» Fauci, HHS “Hiding Something” With Redacted Emails: Sen. Johnson
» Gov. Cuomo Grilled for 11 Hours by AG Probers Over Sex-Harass Claims
» ‘I’m Not Going to be Forced’: Hundreds Protest Atrium, Novant’s Employee Vaccine Mandate
» Jesse Jackson Arrested at Poor People’s Campaign March in DC
» Kamala Harris is the Most Unpopular Vice President in Half a Century: Polls
» Large Crowd Protests Valley Health Employee Vaccine Mandate
» Lawsuit Over St. Louis Mask Rules Sent Back to State Court
» Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Authorities While Nearby Homeless Encampment is Allowed to Thrive
» Michigan Dem’s Aide Linked to Critical Race Theory Push
» Multiple Stabbed by Holyoke Woman, Police Say
» Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of 76-Year-Old Man in SF
» Portland Police Struggles to Recruit Officers to Combat Rising Murder Rate
» Protesters Demonstrate Against Mandatory Vaccines in Rochester
» Rally in Thousand Oaks Rails Against ‘Wokeness, ‘ Critical Race Theory
» Rumble Partners With Locals to Offer Subscriptions
» Tennessee Releases Guidelines on Critical Race Theory Law
» Trump Amends Big Tech Lawsuit as 65,000 Americans Submit Censorship Stories
» US Olympian Protests on Podium, Makes ‘X’ Gesture to Represent ‘Oppressed’ People
» Video: WH Deputy Press Secretary Says Americans Must Follow CDC Orders ‘Because the Experts Say So’
» Virginia Police Arrest Internet Personality ‘Chris Chan’ Following Leaked Confession of Elder Abuse and Non-Consensual ‘Love Quest’
» Watch: Fauci Claims Not Masking is ‘Encroaching’ on the ‘Individual Rights’ Of Others
» Wild Brawl Breaks Out in Chicago Over ‘Fake’ Lollapalooza Tickets
» Will California Corporate Diversity Laws Last? Lawsuits Challenge Anti-Discrimination Mandates
» Woke US Women’s Soccer Team Knocked Out of Gold Medal Contention After Loss to Canada
 
Europe and the EU
» COVID Vaccination Center in Poland Set Ablaze
» Demonstrations in Defense of Polish Sovereignty Held in Warsaw
» Germany: Videos: Chaos Erupts on the Streets of Berlin as Police Attack Anti-Lockdown Protesters
» Hungary Should Stick to Its Currency for Now
» Jabs Forever: 32 Million Britons to be Offered Vaccine ‘Booster’ Shots Next Month
» Liberal Slovak Government MPs Are Keen to Please Brussels
» Moroccan Truck Driver Arrested After Fatal Road Rage Rampage in Spain
» NHS Pingdemic Scares Almost Half of Britons Away From Socialising: Poll
» One Dead, 600 Arrested at Banned Anti-Lockdown Demo in Germany
» Switzerland: Climate Activists Blockade UBS, Credit Suisse HQs
» UK Employers Warned Forcing Vaccine Passports in the Workplace Could be a Criminal Offense
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Block Off Nottingham Road in Protest Against New Incinerator
» UK: Rape Gangs Whistleblower: Police and Council Leaders Must be Prosecuted for ‘Gross Neglect of Duty’
» UK: Vaccine Passports a ‘Trojan Horse for Identity Card System’, Says Tory MP
» UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Requests Info on German Police Brutalizing Anti-Lockdown Protesters
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israeli Scientist Says COVID-19 Could be Treated for Under $1/Day
 
Far East
» Explosive New Report Claims Virus ‘Came From China Lab’
» Facebook Locks Out Filipino Legislator Mike Defensor Over Ivermectin Posts
» Millions Locked Down as China Battles Worst COVID Outbreak Since Wuhan
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Has Fallen
» ‘Go Home’: 15 Arrested After Early Morning Protest Blitz in Brisbane
 
Immigration
» UK: ‘Woke’ RNLI ‘Is Turning Down Calls From Stricken Boaters Because it is Too Busy Carrying Migrants Ashore’
» Watch: ‘Largest Group of Migrants Ever Seen’ Crossing the US-Mexico Border
 
Culture Wars
» AMA Proposes Not Recording Babies’ Sex on Birth Certificates
» German Greens Demand Gender Neutral Writing in Schools
» PayPal Co-Founder Warns Financial Giant is Creating De Facto ‘No Buy List’ By Banning Dissidents
» The Gender “Equality” Ideology is Barging Into Polish Universities
» Transgender Olympian Weightlifter Knocked Out of Competition Early
» UK: Ex-Barrister Loses Role as Childline Counsellor After Posts About Children Rushing to Hormone Blockers
 

Fitch Ratings Reaffirms Hungary’s Stable Outlook

According to a statement from the ministry of finance, Fitch “explicitly praised Hungary’s stable economic performance and economic growth supported by investment, supportive fiscal policy, and an outstanding level of industrial production”.

The positive perception is further reinforced by the low unemployment rate, which fuels economic growth, as well as (future) family-friendly personal income tax refunds and vaccine abundance, Fitch said in its assessment of the Hungarian economy.

The ministry’s statement added that, in Fitch’s view, Hungary has adapted well to changed circumstances as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, and it is “stronger and more effective in protecting against the effects of the epidemic than in the EU”.

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

How Language in the Infrastructure Bill Could Roil the Crypto Markets

The cryptocurrency industry is lobbying hard this week against language in the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill proposal that could choke a vast amount of the crypto ecosystem.

Language in the bill would require crypto brokers to report customer information to the Internal Revenue Service. More importantly, over the weekend it broadened the definition of what’s considered a “broker” to anyone “responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person” which doesn’t exclude miners, software developers, stakers and other individuals in the crypto economy who don’t have customers.

“The language gives a lot of power to define what should be included in the reporting requirement,” Oppenheimer analyst Owen Lau. “It says any person who is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person — which can mean anything. If I transfer bitcoin for you, then it can mean I become a broker.”

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

Apple Bans ‘Tinder for Unvaxxed’ After Media Snitches on Company

Apple removed an app from its store that offered dating services for the unvaccinated after media outlet Bloomberg News snitched on the company.

After top dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble partnered with the White House to take the COVID-19 jab, a new app called Unjected was launched to cater for the vaccine hesitant.

Launched by two women in Hawaii, the service sought to appeal to “like-minded people that support medical autonomy and free speech.”

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

Banned Chinese Surveillance Tech is Being Used by US Authorities to Track Criminals in Realtime

In an eight-month pursuit of a young couple from Minnesota suspected of arson during the George Floyd riots last summer, law enforcement might have used blacklisted facial recognition technology, reported The New York Times.

According to federal authorities, Jose Felan, 34, set a fire at a Goodwill in Minneapolis and other fires at a school and gas station. His wife, Iraq-born Mena Yousif, 22, helped him avoid arrest by law enforcement authorities. The couple was on the run from mid-June 2020 to February this year, when they were arrested in Mexico.

According to the report, the eight-month hunt for the young couple “exposed an emerging global surveillance system that might one day find anyone, anywhere, the technology traveling easily over borders while civil liberties struggle to keep pace.”

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

Bay Area Imposes Mandatory Masking as Cuomo Demands Private Businesses Ban Unvaxxed

Update (1600ET): Reimposing mask mandates isn’t exclusively the domain of blue states like California. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (a Democratic governor in a red state) has reinstated Louisiana’s mandatory mask mandate for all people over the age of five — regardless of vaccination status — citing the rise in hospitalizations in the Bayou State.

The order comes as Louisiana sees the highest rate of new infections per capita of any state in the union. Face masks should be work at all times unless a person is at home according to the mandate, which will be in place until at least Sept. 1.

Update (1500ET): San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area have just imposed mandatory masking orders, regardless of vaccination status, that will likely outlast the CDC’s mandate.

San Francisco to Require Masks Regardless of Vaccination Status

SF Bay Area Orders Include Seven Counties, City of Berkeley

The counties affected by the orders include Alameda, Contra Coasta, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma & the City of Berkeley, per press reports.

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

Breaking: Psaki Shames Florida Over Masks and Vaccines, Defends Obama’s Massive Birthday Party

The White House was asked on Monday about the rising hospitalizations in Florida due to COVID, and their response was that Floridians should mask up, and that their elected leaders should encourage it.

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

Breaking: Maricopa Board of Supervisors Refuses to Comply With Senate Subpoena, Turn Over Election Materials

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors are refusing to comply with the Arizona Senate’s subpoena, attacking the audit as being “botched.”

Last week, the Arizona Senate served Maricopa County with a subpoena ordering them to turn over election materials and other related items to the election from November of last year. As National File reported, the subpoena demanded the County turn over:

Any reports and documents related to any breach of the voter registration server, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office systems, or any other aspect of the Maricopa County elections systems at any time within six months of the election.

All ballot envelopes and digital images of those ballots.

Usernames, passwords, and other such information for the ballot tabulation devices, at all levels of access.

The voter registration database for Maricopa County, including the history of all changes made to that database.

All routers used in connection with the election, and the public IP of the routers.

Network logs related to any administrative system for the election.

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

CDC Director Walensky: Vaccinated Children, Adults Should Wear Masks Inside K-12 Schools

Appearing Monday during the Biden administration’s COVID-19 Response Team press briefing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that both adults and children, whether they are vaccinated against the coronavirus or not, should wear a mask indoors at a K-12 school in the coming fall.

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

Fauci, HHS “Hiding Something” With Redacted Emails: Sen. Johnson

Authored by Isabel Van Brugen via The Epoch Times

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Sunday suggested that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci are “hiding something” from Americans by redacting key information in correspondence that the public “deserves to have.”

“The redactions in Dr. Fauci’s emails are hiding something. They need to be transparent. This is information the American public deserves to have,” Johnson said in a statement on Twitter.

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

Gov. Cuomo Grilled for 11 Hours by AG Probers Over Sex-Harass Claims

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was grilled for about 11 hours over the sexual-misconduct allegations against him as part of a probe by state Attorney General Letitia James, a report said Monday.

The governor was questioned last month by investigators working for James’ office — and lawyers involved in the probe also toured the Executive Mansion as well as Cuomo’s offices in Albany, where some of the alleged misconduct took place, the Wall Street Journal said.

Cuomo’s interview in a Midtown office building lasted about 11 hours, the New York Times added.

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

‘I’m Not Going to be Forced’: Hundreds Protest Atrium, Novant’s Employee Vaccine Mandate

CHARLOTTE — Hundreds, if not thousands, of people gathered at Freedom Park in Charlotte on Sunday to make their voices heard as they pushed back against Atrium and Novant Health’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees.

Atrium and Novant made the announcement last week. Atrium said all employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 31. Novant’s employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 15.

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

Jesse Jackson Arrested at Poor People’s Campaign March in DC

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was among more than 200 people arrested in Washington, D.C.,by Capitol Police on Monday while protesting in favor of Democratic legislation.

This is the latest arrest of several this year for Jackson, who joined on Monday other protesters from the Poor People’s Campaign March outside Union Station in D.C. in support of the Democrats’ sweeping election reform bill.

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

Kamala Harris is the Most Unpopular Vice President in Half a Century: Polls

Vice President Kamala Harris showed poorly in recent polls, which indicated that she is the most unpopular vice president in 50 years, since the 1970s or earlier.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that as of July 27, 45 percent of registered voters had a favorable opinion of Harris and 48 percent had an unfavorable opinion, a net rating of —3 percentage points.

In comparison, most other vice presidents have had a net rating at 0 or very close to it, including former Vice President Mike Pence, current President Joe Biden when he served under the Obama Administration, and Bush-era Dick Cheney.

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

Large Crowd Protests Valley Health Employee Vaccine Mandate

WINCHESTER, Virginia (WHSV) — A large crowd came out to the Winchester Medical Center Monday to protest Valley Health’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

“I’m just for informed choice I think everybody before a medical procedure should be done, they should have the right to all valid information, pros and cons and then it’s up to the individual to make a choice,” said Darrell Volschke, a chiropractor and one of the protestors.

On July 19 Valley Health announced that it is now requiring employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine by November 1 or face suspension or termination. A number of Valley Health employees are protesting the decision.

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

Lawsuit Over St. Louis Mask Rules Sent Back to State Court

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday ruled that state courts should handle a lawsuit to overturn St. Louis-area mask mandates.

Judge Stephen Clark of the Eastern Missouri U.S. District Court sent the case back to state court, saying that the mask-mandate challenge primarily deals with state laws.

Missouri’s Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt last week filed the lawsuit in state court in hopes of blocking the new mask mandates in St. Louis city and county, which took effect last week.

Lawyers for the city and county later asked a federal judge to take up the case instead.

But Clark ruled that the the issue deals with state laws on local health orders almost exclusively. He said local judges should be the ones to decide the case.

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

Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Authorities While Nearby Homeless Encampment is Allowed to Thrive

A 7-year-old girl’s lemonade stand was shut down in Everett, Washington, while elected officials and local authorities continue to ignore a nearby homeless encampment.

Every summer, Elsa LaMaine sets up her lemonade stand at Everett’s Rucker Hill Park and sells drinks, treats and flowers, according to KING 5. Ironically, she donates the proceeds to a local organization that helps the homeless.

Elsa told the outlet “There was a wicked witch who called the ranger,” referring to a neighbor who complained to the city’s parks department which shut down the stand. According to Elsa and her grandmother Cherie LaMaine, a park ranger showed up last Saturday and told them to close the shop because the city doesn’t allow people to sell products on public property.

A naked man walked out of the woods and into the park in the middle of interview Elsa and Cherie’s interview with KING 5 about the closing of the lemonade stand. The man was later spotted at a homeless camp a few blocks away.

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

Michigan Dem’s Aide Linked to Critical Race Theory Push

One of the aides for Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., serves on a diversity council that has promoted critical race theory (CRT) in education.

The Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday that the Livingston Diversity Council, where Slotkin aide Mona Shand is board member at large, defends the controversial concept on its website.

Under the “critical race theory” section, the website directs readers to an article titled “Advocate for Critical Race Theory in Education.” “What can we, here in Livingston County, Michigan, do?” it asks before linking to the article by author Nicole Cardoza.

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

Multiple Stabbed by Holyoke Woman, Police Say

A Western Massachusetts woman was arrested after allegedly stabbing multiple people.

The incident took place on Sunday, August 1 around 12:30 a.m., in Hampden County when Holyoke Police responded to the area of Main and Appleton at the Racing Mart Convenience store.

According to Holyoke police, two officers entered the parking lot area of Racing Mart, activated their emergency lights, and announced their presence.

Officers spotted a woman, later identified as Katherine Vazquez, yelling, making threats, and walking with a knife in her hand, said ?Captain Matthew Moriarty.

Officers drew their weapons and ordered Vazquez to drop the knife.

Vazquez ignored the officer’s orders and walked away. Vazquez continued to yell and make threats towards people in the area, Moriarty said.

Vazquez directed her screaming and threats to a group of women. The two officers continued to verbally engage Vazquez and gave several more commands to drop the knife, these commands were also ignored by Vazquez.

Officers continued to verbally engage Vazquez until Vazquez finally complied and put the knife in her pocket. Vazquez was placed under arrest.

Once Vazquez was secured the group of women, she was threatening entered a vehicle and left the scene.

The vehicle was located, and a traffic stop was made. During the traffic stop, it was discovered there were multiple stabbing victims in the vehicle, Moriarty said…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of 76-Year-Old Man in SF

A 76-year-old man was fatally stabbed Saturday in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood and a suspect has been arrested, police said.

The stabbing happened in the 1500 block of Folsom Street, according to police.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man, is believed to have used a knife to fatally wound his victim, police said.

Homicide investigators haven’t released any other details and for now are withholding the name of the man arrested.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Portland Police Struggles to Recruit Officers to Combat Rising Murder Rate

Recruitment for Portland police’s revived Gun Violence Reduction team is at a dismal level as violent crime continues to surge in the riot-torn city.

The revelation comes on the heels of the June 16 resignation of the Portland Police Bureau’s entire Rapid Response Team, known commonly as the “riot squad” responsible for policing riot-related violence, after an officer was indicted.

According to the Wall Street Journal, retirements and resignations are also rising at local police departments across the country. There was an 18 percent increase in resignations and a 45 percent increase in retirements from April 2020 through March 2021 compared with the same period one year ago, according to a June survey by DC-based think tank Police Executive Research Forum.

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

Protesters Demonstrate Against Mandatory Vaccines in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. — There is local pushback to calls for mandatory vaccines for some public-facing workers. Some argue they should have the freedom to choose whether or not they will receive the vaccine.

Gov. Cuomo recently announced mandates for some state and health care workers in New York. On Monday, he voiced support for a “vaccine-or-test” model for public-facing workers at private hospitals and teachers

Monday, more than 100 people rallied and marched outside Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester in opposition to mandatory vaccines. They say they don’t want vaccines forced on them.

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

Rally in Thousand Oaks Rails Against ‘Wokeness, ‘ Critical Race Theory

Many who attended a rally in Thousand Oaks on Saturday hosted by conservative activist group Move the Needle said they were unhappy with the direction of the country.

“Wokeness,” critical race theory, so-called “cancel culture” and purported government overreach are all things they strongly oppose.

“I think it’s a lie that America is systemically racist,” said Matthew Dirk Wiers, 60, of Simi Valley. “I’m very offended by that. And I think the government is amassing more and more power. And it’s not the country I want to live in.”

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

Rumble Partners With Locals to Offer Subscriptions

Attempts are underway, helped by major figures in the independent political reporting and commentary space, to create partnerships and collaboration among alternative and fast growing platforms, considering that those are expected to become their natural home going forward.

In this way, political commentator and talk show host Dave Rubin announced that Locals has become the official subscription provider for creators on Rumble.

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

Tennessee Releases Guidelines on Critical Race Theory Law

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) — The Tennessee Department of Education released a new set of guidelines Monday to help public schools navigate a new state law that bans the teaching of critical race theory (CRT).

It’s been one of the most widely debated topics in education this year.

In May, Tennessee banned schools from teaching CRT. The law went into effect July 1.

Governor Bill Lee calls CRT divisive.

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

Trump Amends Big Tech Lawsuit as 65,000 Americans Submit Censorship Stories

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has amended his class action lawsuit against Big Tech to incorporate additional class representatives and more censorship stories provided by everyday Americans.

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

US Olympian Protests on Podium, Makes ‘X’ Gesture to Represent ‘Oppressed’ People

American women’s shot putter Raven Saunders, who placed second and earned herself a silver medal, made an “X” gesture with her crossed arms above her head on the Olympic podium Sunday. The motion appears to have violated the International Olympics Committee rules on demonstrations that allow Olympic athletes to “express themselves” before events but not on the podiums.

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

Video: WH Deputy Press Secretary Says Americans Must Follow CDC Orders ‘Because the Experts Say So’

With the CDC announcing a mask mandate reversal and the endless doom mongering over the dreaded Delta variant, Americans have a lot of questions, yet the answer to all of them seems to simply be ‘do as you’re told because we say so’.

This was in evidence again on Friday when after the announcement that even vaccinated people can still get and transmit the Delta variant, Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson asked the White House Principal Deputy Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre what exactly the CDC is doing to test for this.

Jean-Pierre had no idea and didn’t even bother to suggest she would try to find out.

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

Virginia Police Arrest Internet Personality ‘Chris Chan’ Following Leaked Confession of Elder Abuse and Non-Consensual ‘Love Quest’

39-year-old Christine Weston Chandler, aka “Chris Chan” aka “Sonichu” aka Christian Weston Chandler, the transgender webcomic creator and living Internet meme was arrested, handcuffed and taken into custody by Greene County Police on Sunday.

Chandler’s arrest was prompted by the leak of audio and chat logs, which revealed disturbing details about elder abuse and his performance of alleged non-consensual sexual acts, or rape, of his 80-year-old disabled mother, whom he referred to as a “love quest.”

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

Watch: Fauci Claims Not Masking is ‘Encroaching’ on the ‘Individual Rights’ Of Others

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that getting someone sick is “encroaching on their individual rights,” when he was asked about Republican governors pushing back against calls for new mask mandates.

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

Wild Brawl Breaks Out in Chicago Over ‘Fake’ Lollapalooza Tickets

Wild footage shows three people crashing through a large Chicago hotel window as they brawled over fake Lollapalooza tickets, according to cops.

Video obtained by CBS Chicago captures screams and the sound of smashing glass as the trio crashes and then falls through a window at the Congress Hotel, across from the famed music festival on Sunday.

One of the men tries to run away — only to fall over almost immediately, dragging himself along the ground with his legs seemingly incapacitated.

“Oh my f—ing god!” a woman is heard crying, as the camera pans to someone bent over at the side of the street.

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

Will California Corporate Diversity Laws Last? Lawsuits Challenge Anti-Discrimination Mandates

Two recent California laws directing public corporations to appoint more diverse leaders to their boards of directors are facing tough legal challenges, raising questions about whether they’ll endure.

One law, signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, requires a certain number of women to serve on public boards.

The other law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year, directs corporations to appoint more racial minorities or gay directors to join their boards.

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

Woke US Women’s Soccer Team Knocked Out of Gold Medal Contention After Loss to Canada

After leading her team to a loss against Canada, US Women’s soccer captain Megan Rapinoe became emotional as her gold medal dreams were dashed.

The US Women’s squad has been among the best in the world in recent years, however since Game 1 in Tokyo, the team has struggled, garnering just as much attention for their social justice activism as for their on-field play.

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

COVID Vaccination Center in Poland Set Ablaze

A COVID-19 vaccination facility was set on fire in Poland’s southeastern city of Zamosc, the local police said on Monday.

“A sanitary-epidemiological station, [used as] a mobile vaccination centre, was set on fire in Zamosc. A special operational investigative group will be created to investigate,” the police said in a statement.

The incident took place on Monday morning, the police said, adding no casualties were reported.

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

Demonstrations in Defense of Polish Sovereignty Held in Warsaw

The “Gazeta Polska” daily clubs organized a series of demonstrations on Saturday in front of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw to defend Polish sovereignty and the superiority of the Polish constitution over EU law.

Tomasz Sakiewicz, the editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Polska”, emphasized that the Polish constitution’s authority is currently being undermined because laws are being imposed on Poland without the consent of its citizens.

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

Germany: Videos: Chaos Erupts on the Streets of Berlin as Police Attack Anti-Lockdown Protesters

Worldwide protests against the decimation of freedom continued this weekend, with Berlin in Germany becoming the focal point as thousands took to the streets, rising up against lockdowns and the introduction of vaccine passports in the country.

As we reported last week, authorities in Germany have indicated that unvaccinated people could be banned from cinemas and restaurants and that those who have taken the jab will have “more freedom.”

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

Hungary Should Stick to Its Currency for Now

On the 75th birthday of the forint, which we are celebrating today, we must come to terms with the question of the withdrawal of the Hungarian forint and the introduction of the common euro.

We have to analyze the issue solely on the basis of Hungary’s national interests — we have given up our own national interests for the interests of others too many times in the last thirty years. Many of us can remember the first half of the 1990s, with liberal shock therapy, forced privatization, and the faulty economic policies of the years following EU accession.

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

Jabs Forever: 32 Million Britons to be Offered Vaccine ‘Booster’ Shots Next Month

The British government will reportedly begin rolling out 32 million “booster” vaccines by next month to all those over the age of 50 in an apparent attempt to stem any winter wave of the Chinese coronavirus.

Pharmacies across Britain will begin a campaign in September of offering a third shot of a coronavirus vaccine to people with immune deficiencies as well as those aged over fifty years old, it is claimed.

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

Liberal Slovak Government MPs Are Keen to Please Brussels

A group of five MPs from the liberal faction of the largest Slovak government party OLANO have submitted a proposal for the September session of parliament that would, according to the signatories, guarantee the protection of the LGBTQ community more effectively. During a press conference, the MPs argued that such a new legislation is needed in order to combat what they called are growing signs of aggression towards minority groups. Yet there are signs that they face an uphill battle against the Christian wing within their own party, which is against such changes in legislation.

The proposal is a clear signal from the liberal MPs that they want to present Slovakia as a progressive country when it comes to LGBTQ rights, in contrast with Hungary or Poland, whose governments have both been less than keen in adopting the gender ideology currently championed by the majority political establishment in Brussels. Among other things, the new proposal calls for authorities to monitor expressions of “intolerance” and “hate speech” on a number of forums, prompting fears of censorship and state surveillance against more tradition-minded citizens.

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

Moroccan Truck Driver Arrested After Fatal Road Rage Rampage in Spain

A truck driver from Morocco was arrested after a multi-crash rampage in which one person was killed and three more wounded in Catalonia, Spain, according to reports.

The deadly incident unfolded at around 6 p.m. on Sunday on a highway in La Jonquera.

Police say the 39-year-old suspect, who was drunk at the time, is believed to have run over another truck driver during an altercation, killing him.

As he tried to flee the scene, he drove the wrong way on a roundabout and collided with a car from France carrying three people.

All three occupants were seriously injured and transported to hospital by helicopter.

“Before being arrested, he ended up running into a streetlight that ended up falling,” Diari de Girona reports.

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

NHS Pingdemic Scares Almost Half of Britons Away From Socialising: Poll

Almost half of Britons are avoiding social contact to reduce the chance of being caught up in the ‘pingdemic’ and asked to self-isolate, a poll has revealed.

The NHS Covid App alerts users if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus and recommends self-isolating for up to ten days.

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One Dead, 600 Arrested at Banned Anti-Lockdown Demo in Germany

A man died in police custody in Berlin as the German police force launched a hard crackdown of the anti-lockdown demonstration on Sunday, in which some 600 people were arrested.

It is not yet known what was the cause of death for the 49-year-old man who was in police custody in the capital of Germany, however, officers have reported that the man had complained of a tingling in his arm and chest. An investigation into the death has been launched.

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Switzerland: Climate Activists Blockade UBS, Credit Suisse HQs

Climate activists briefly blocked the entrances to the UBS and Credit Suisse headquarters in Zurich on Monday in protest against fossil fuel funding by Switzerland’s two biggest banks.

Environmentalist organizations including Extinction Rebellion and Climate Strike staged the demonstration in which groups of around 30 to 40 people sat in front of the entrances.

Environmental activists have set up a week-long climate camp in Switzerland’s biggest city.

“The oceans are rising and so are we,” chanted the activists gathered under the banner Rise Up for Change.

At the UBS headquarters, activists also blocked access with bicycles.

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UK Employers Warned Forcing Vaccine Passports in the Workplace Could be a Criminal Offense

Employers in the UK have been cautioned that forcing vaccine passports in the workplace may be a criminal offense, amid worries that “no jab, no job” practices are gaining ground.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, forcing vaccine passports in the workplace could be an “intrusion” on their body and may be considered discrimination.

Firms “cannot forcibly vaccinate employees or potential employees,” according to the organization, which represents human resources professionals.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Block Off Nottingham Road in Protest Against New Incinerator

Extinction Rebellion members built a wall of cardboard boxes in the middle of a Nottingham road to protest against plans for a new incinerator in Ratcliffe-on-Soar.

Members of the Nottinghamshire branch of the environmental activism group gathered by the entrance of Eastcroft incinerator in Nottingham at around 8am on Monday, August 2.

The group blocked vans from entering the site to voice their frustrations at £330m plans for a new waste incinerator in Ratcliffe-on-Soar, which were approved by Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning committee in June this year.

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UK: Rape Gangs Whistleblower: Police and Council Leaders Must be Prosecuted for ‘Gross Neglect of Duty’

Maggie Oliver, a former detective who blew the whistle on the authorities’ refusal to tackle mostly-Muslim rapist “grooming gangs” in Manchester, England, has called for senior police officers and social workers to be prosecuted amid further abuse revelations.

Oliver, who now leads the Maggie Oliver Foundation supporting abuse survivors, spoke out in an article for The Telegraph following an independent review into child sexual exploitations (CSE) in multicultural Bradford which found, yet again, that police, social workers, and local government had failed victims — and that, more worryingly, some children “remain unprotected”.

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UK: Vaccine Passports a ‘Trojan Horse for Identity Card System’, Says Tory MP

Lockdown sceptic Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne had warned that vaccine passports for nightclubs predominantly geared towards young people would be the “Trojan Horse for an identity card system”.

Mr Swayne had said that the introduction of vaccine passports for nightclubs, in a move to coerce young people to be vaccinated, should be a matter that concerns everyone, as the requirements could quickly roll out to include entry to venues that others frequent.

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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Requests Info on German Police Brutalizing Anti-Lockdown Protesters

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer has requested more information on an incident in which a female anti-lockdown protester in Berlin was grabbed by the throat and brutally thrown to the ground by riot police.

As we highlighted earlier, the demonstrations ended up with a whopping 600 people being arrested amidst innumerable brazen examples of police brutality, including against children, that were caught on camera.

Germans were protesting against plans to ban unvaccinated people from a plethora of different venues, including restaurants, cinemas and stadiums.

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Israeli Scientist Says COVID-19 Could be Treated for Under $1/Day

Double-blind study shows ivermectin reduces disease’s duration and infectiousness • other studies show its prophylactic powers

Ivermectin, a drug used to fight parasites in third-world countries, could help reduce the length of infection for people who contract coronavirus for less than a $1 a day, according to recent research by Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

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Explosive New Report Claims Virus ‘Came From China Lab’

A preponderance of evidence proves the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic leaked from a Chinese research facility, says a new report by US Republicans — a conclusion that US intelligence agencies have not reached.

The report released on Monday also cited “ample evidence” that Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists — aided by US experts and Chinese and US government funds — were working to modify coronaviruses to infect humans and such manipulation could be hidden.

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Facebook Locks Out Filipino Legislator Mike Defensor Over Ivermectin Posts

The Facebook account of a Filipino legislator was suspended for repeated “community standards violations.” The account’s lock came shortly after the lawmaker promoted the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as effective against COVID-19.

Rep. Mike Defensor has announced that his Facebook account has been suspended and that he was locked out. He used the suspension to call for a probe into Facebook’s censorship policies.

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Millions Locked Down as China Battles Worst COVID Outbreak Since Wuhan

We noted last week that the delta variant has finally arrived in China, causing one of the country’s worst outbreaks since the original wave of COVID that spread from Wuhan across China (and world). Well, despite authorities’ best efforts, the outbreak appears to have worsened over the weekend, and now officials are reimposing COVID-related restrictions in Beijing for the first time in months as questions about the efficacy of Chinese COVID vaccines multiply.

According to Bloomberg, the outbreak is now the broadest since the original outbreak in late 2019 as cases are being found in 14 of 32 provinces. The fact that delta has spread so widely across China — even if the case numbers, which are likely under-reporting (perhaps dramatically) the true levels of delta penetration, are still relatively low — is alarming government officials.

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Australia Has Fallen

When the Communist Chinese express surprise at your level of authoritarianism, you’ve officially crossed the rubicon.

Australia is now a post-democratic country.

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‘Go Home’: 15 Arrested After Early Morning Protest Blitz in Brisbane

Police have arrested 15 people and handed out 21 public infringement notices after quashing several attempts to protest Queensland’s lockdown orders this morning in Brisbane.

A strong police presence was seen in Brisbane’s CBD just before 9am, with authorities over the weekend warning potential protesters against a repeat of scenes seen in Sydney.

Of those arrested, 13 people were charged with contravening a direction and obstructing police.

Other offences included breach of bail and drug possession.

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UK: ‘Woke’ RNLI ‘Is Turning Down Calls From Stricken Boaters Because it is Too Busy Carrying Migrants Ashore’

Supporters CANCEL donations after it emerged charity was also sending burkinis to Africa and funding creches in Bangladesh

The RNLI is having to delay other rescue work because of the number of migrants it is now picking up in the Channel, it was claimed today.

It came as some supporters stopped giving cash because lifeboats are heading into French waters to pick up migrants and the charity has been spending millions of pounds abroad including buying burkinis for children in Africa and funding nursery places in Bangladesh.

Some withdrawing their support even compared it to the left-leaning National Trust, where irate members campaigned to oust its ‘worthless wokes’ leadership team after a series of controversial policies.

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Watch: ‘Largest Group of Migrants Ever Seen’ Crossing the US-Mexico Border

A video posted to Twitter showing drone footage of hundreds of illegals crossing into the United States from Mexico has garnered attention from many across social media.

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AMA Proposes Not Recording Babies’ Sex on Birth Certificates

The American Medical Association (AMA) has determined that birth certificates should not record the baby’s sex for legal purposes.

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German Greens Demand Gender Neutral Writing in Schools

The Green Minister for Education in the German state of Baden-Württemberg is pushing for the use of gender-neutral language in schools. According to her, the schools should agree with the students on the way of writing generic masculines, for example, expressions such as “teachers” or “pupils”, which can refer to both males and females.

However, the co-ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) criticize the plan for violating the coalition agreement. A wave of resentment has also come from philologists who speak of “language rape.”

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PayPal Co-Founder Warns Financial Giant is Creating De Facto ‘No Buy List’ By Banning Dissidents

PayPal co-founder David Sacks warns that the financial giant is creating a de facto ‘no buy list’ by banning people for their opinions, a move that will actually increase extremism in the long term.

In an article posted on Bari Weiss’ Substack newsletter, the investor explains how PayPal’s role has been completely reversed from its initial objective of helping ordinary people not be dependent on large financial institutions to start a business.

“But now PayPal is turning its back on its original mission. It is now leading the charge to restrict participation by those it deems unworthy,” writes Sacks.

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The Gender “Equality” Ideology is Barging Into Polish Universities

Polish universities are preparing to introduce so-called “gender equality plans”, which are being enforced by Brussels bureaucrats. The University of Warsaw was the first to introduce such a plan, and the Kraków University of Technology is finalizing the plan’s acceptance.

The declared aim of the plans in universities is the assurance of “gender balance in decision-making processes and institutions, supporting equality in academic careers and the introduction of the biological and social dimensions of gender to research.”

Catholic daily “Nasz Dziennik” reports that within three years of accepting these plans, lectures and workshops on equality will be organized for the majority of the members of academic societies. Moreover, an anti-discrimination procedure will be introduced.

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Transgender Olympian Weightlifter Knocked Out of Competition Early

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, has been eliminated from the women’s super heavyweight weightlifting competition.

Hubbard failed to complete any of her three lifts during the event.

Hubbard failed on her first attempt to get 120-kg above her head, bailing out early. On her second attempt at 125kg, she was able to get the weight up and pumped her fist after in satisfaction, however, judges ruled it a “no lift.”

She returned quickly for another attempt at 125kg only to fail to be able to stand up with the weight above her head. Hubbard was the only one of the 13 finalists to not complete at least one lift. —Yahoo Sports

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UK: Ex-Barrister Loses Role as Childline Counsellor After Posts About Children Rushing to Hormone Blockers

Another transgenderism-based row has hit the UK, once again over concerns that children may not be psychologically and emotionally equipped to make decisions about changing their sex.

James Esses, a former barrister who volunteered with a charity as a counselor, expressed concerns along these lines, and did it on social media — an unfortunate choice, since chances were high his stance would attract the kind of attention that leads to canceling.

That is exactly what happened to Esses, who has not only been “fired” by the charity, Childline, but also had to leave a degree course he was attending at the Metanoia Institute in London.

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

  1. There are too many people saying, “Please Sir, may I have some more?” and far too few people protesting by simple noncompliance.

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