Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/30/2021

The Taliban celebrated victory as the last US military flight took off from Kabul Airport carrying American soldiers out of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, 250 residents of a small village in the Netherlands took to the streets to protest the imposition of 800 Afghan refugees on their community.

In other news, almost 300 migrants have landed in the Canary Islands since Saturday.

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Thanks to Dean, Fjordman, MC, MM, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» “A Matter of Logic & Common Sense”: Federal Court Rejects Theory on Unconstitutionality of Newsom Recall
» 60% of Those Older Than 50 Who Die From COVID Are Double Vaxxed
» ‘911’ System Offline, 1 Million Plus Without Power After Hurricane Ida Slams Gulf Coast
» ‘America Has Been Humiliated’ — Farage Slams CNN, NYT for Putting ‘Old Duffer’ Biden Into White House
» American Fork Police Department Deletes OK-Hand Sign Photo From Facebook After Complaints
» Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protesters Confront Police at RI State House
» Antifa Militant Accused of Destroying Veterans’ Memorial Gets Plea Deal for Disorderly Conduct
» Biden Ally Sen. Graham Calls for Impeachment, Warns Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal ‘Set the Conditions for Another 9/11’
» Biden Education Department Opens Civil Rights Investigations Into 5 States for Banning School Mask Mandates
» Chase Bank Cancels General Mike Flynn’s Credit Cards
» Family of Slain Marine Slams Biden for ‘Scripted and Shallow’ Meeting With Pregnant Widow
» FBI Allegedly Funded White Supremacist Publisher: Court Documents
» Gab Introduces Gab Ads, A Privacy-Focused Ad Network That Doesn’t Track Users
» Groups Gather on Highway 501 Near Myrtle Beach to Protest Vaccine Mandates
» Hurricane Ida Traps Louisianans, Shatters the Power Grid
» iOS Developer Documents Kafkaesque Ordeal of Dealing With Apple’s App Store
» Mollie Tibbetts’ Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison
» Montana Only State to Ban Vaccine Requirements for Employees
» Mother of Slain Marine Kareem Nikoui: Facebook Blacklisted My Instagram Account
» Obama Education Secretary Loses His Mind, Compares Anti-Maskers to Kabul Suicide Bombers
» Parents, Kids Protest Outside Papillion Lavista Schools on First Day of Mask Mandate
» Photos: Crowd Protests Tri-County Health Mask Order in Arapahoe County
» Restaurant Reserveration App OpenTable to Integrate Vaccination Status Into Service
» Right Now: Protestors Line Up in Front of Air Force Academy, Protest Vaccine Mandate
» Stanford Professor Claims Mask Opposition Connected to ‘Whiteness’
» Tanner Cross: Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Loudoun’s Attempt to Challenge Order Reinstating Teacher
» Video: ‘White People Should Commit Suicide as an Ethical Act, ‘ Duquesne Professor Says
» Watch: Fauci Promotes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for School Children as a ‘Good Idea’
» Wheeling Hospital Workers Protest Vaccine Mandate
 
Canada
» Exclusive: University of Toronto Students Take a Stand Against Campus Vaccine Mandates
» Suspect Arrested on Arson Charges for Two Fires That Torched Surrey Coptic Orthodox Church
» U of T Prof Suggests Conservatives’ Tweet is White Supremacist Because it Contains ‘14 Words’
» Watch: Pastor Henry Hildebrandt’s Speech to Calgary Church on State of Religious Freedom in Canada
 
Europe and the EU
» Finnish PM Calls for Shorter Work Week After Taking 4-Week Vacation in Middle of Global Crisis
» France: Everyone Understands That Le Pen Will Never Win, Claims Eric Zemmour
» Hungary Approaches Full Employment
» Italy COVID Green Pass Protests at Train Stations
» Own Nothing and be Happy: British Banks Could Buy Up 1.75 Million Homes by 2031
» Poland is in Russia’s Crosshairs, Says Former Polish Deputy Minister of Defense
» Report: Central Europeans Live Shorter Lives Than EU Average
» UK House of Lords’ Baroness Claire Fox on Online Anonymity: “The Last Thing I Want to Do is Ban Something Else.”
» UK: As Not Seen on the BBC: Thousands March Against Vaccine Passports, Medical Coercion in London
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Block London’s Tower Bridge
» UK: Khan’s London: Five Stabbed During Fight Outside Harrow Train Station
» UK: Mayor of London Says Poles Should Oppose Poland’s Conservative Government
» UK: Three Lincolnshire Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested in London Protests
» Whites Need Not Apply? Top German University Job Advertisement Sparks Outrage
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israel Warns COVID ‘Green Pass’ Will Expire if Residents Don’t Get Third Jab
 
South Asia
» Afghanistan: Taliban Celebrate Victory as U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan
» Afghanistan: Taliban Celebrates Victory as Last US Troops Leave
» Nearly 90 Retired Generals and Admirals Call for Gen. Milley and Lloyd Austin to Resign
» Osama Bin Laden’s Bodyguard Returns to Hero’s Welcome on Same Day as Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal
» Report: Students, Alumni at American University in Kabul Trying to Flee Could Not Reach Airport
» Rockets Fired at Kabul Airport, Intercepted by US C-Ram Missile Defense System
» U.S. Military Investigating Reports That Kabul Drone Strike Targeting Suspected ISIS-K Suicide Bomber Killed 10 Civilians
 
Far East
» China Limits Kids to Max of Three Hours of Video Games a Week
» Study: Hollywood’s Share of China Box Office Collapses, Now Less Than 10%
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Passes Sweeping Internet Surveillance Bill
» One Nation Senators Attend Qld #IStandWithTruckies Protest
» Truck Drivers, Supporters Around Australia Stage ‘Freedom of Choice’ Protests at Councils, Major Roads
» Watch: What the MSM Didn’t Show From Sydney’s Latest Lockdown Protest
 
Immigration
» Netherlands: Citizens Protest After Liberal Government Transports 800 Afghans Into Small Village
» Orban, Meloni Say Migration Must be Stopped
» Over 280 Migrants Have Reached Canary Islands Since Saturday
» Poland: Soros-Funded Activist Arrested Along With 12 Others for Destroying Border Fence
» UK Border Force Admits Some Afghan Evacuees Have Forged Papers
 
Culture Wars
» NBC Contributor Becomes Spokesperson for Controversial Group Accused of ‘Normalizing Pedophilia’
» UK: Author Alleges Coverage Suppression of Her New Book
» Virginia Catholic Bishop: ‘No One’ Is Transgender
 

“A Matter of Logic & Common Sense”: Federal Court Rejects Theory on Unconstitutionality of Newsom Recall

Authored by Jonathan Turley

Recently, I was critical of a Washington Post column by University of California-Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Aaron S. Edlin, who argued for a legal challenge of the recall election of Callifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom as unconstitutional. They insisted that the recall election violated the concept of “one person, one vote.” While Chemerinsky and Edlin insisted that the unconstitutionality of the recall election “should not be a close constitutional question,” I argued that most judges would likely agree but come to the opposite conclusion. Apparently, one such judge is United States District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald who went out of his way to say that this was not a close question before summarily dismissing the Chemerinsky/Edlin theory.

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

60% of Those Older Than 50 Who Die From COVID Are Double Vaxxed

When reanalyzing the clinical trial data from these COVID shots using “all-cause severe morbidity” as the primary endpoint, the data reveal they actually cause far more harm than good.

The proper endpoint was calculated by adding together all severe events reported in the trials, not just COVID-19 but also all other serious adverse events. By doing this, severe COVID-19 infection gets the same weight as other adverse events of equivalent severity. According to Classen:

“Results prove that none of the vaccines provide a health benefit and all pivotal trials show a statistically significant increase in ‘all cause severe morbidity’ in the vaccinated group compared to the placebo group.

The Moderna immunized group suffered 3,042 more severe events than the control group. The Pfizer data was grossly incomplete but data provided showed the vaccination group suffered 90 more severe events than the control group, when only including ‘unsolicited’ adverse events.

The Janssen immunized group suffered 264 more severe events than the control group. These findings contrast the manufacturers’ inappropriate surrogate endpoints:

Janssen claims that their vaccine prevents 6 cases of severe COVID-19 requiring medical attention out of 19,630 immunized; Pfizer claims their vaccine prevents 8 cases of severe COVID-19 out of 21,720 immunized; Moderna claims its vaccine prevents 30 cases of severe COVID-19 out of 15,210 immunized.

Based on this data it is all but a certainty that mass COVID-19 immunization is hurting the health of the population in general. Scientific principles dictate that the mass immunization with COVID-19 vaccines must be halted immediately because we face a looming vaccine induced public health catastrophe.”

To make the above numbers more clear and obvious, here are the prevention stats in percentages:

  • Pfizer 0.00036%
  • Moderna 0.00125%
  • Janssen 0.00030%

[There is a lot more info in the article — the over 60s were the first to get vaxxed — they are now falling like flies.]

           — Hat tip: MC [Return to headlines]
 

‘911’ System Offline, 1 Million Plus Without Power After Hurricane Ida Slams Gulf Coast

More than a million people are without power as Hurricane Ida battered New Orleans and the Louisiana coast on Sunday.

Ida was one of the strongest hurricanes on record, in terms of wind speed and pressure, to make landfall in Louisiana. The timing of landfall was on the 16th anniversary of Katrina, a Category 3 hurricane that swamped the Gulf Coast with torrential rains.

After making landfall early Sunday afternoon, Ida has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and was moving eight mph with the storm’s eye about 50 miles north-northeast of Baton Rouge. Winds have dramatically decreased and sustained around 60 mph.

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

‘America Has Been Humiliated’ — Farage Slams CNN, NYT for Putting ‘Old Duffer’ Biden Into White House

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has slammed CNN, the New York Times, and the wider mainstream media for putting “an old duffer” who is “not up to the job” in the White House.

“Well done, well done mainstream media, well done social media, well done — you’ve got the President that you wanted,” the former UKIP and Brexit Party (Reform UK) leader said on GB News, the upstart alternative news network where he currently broadcasts.

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

American Fork Police Department Deletes OK-Hand Sign Photo From Facebook After Complaints

The American Fork Police Department (AFPD) has caved and deleted a photo, posted with good intention, featuring a civilian waving the OK sign. The department also apologized for the photo.

On Friday, a police officer with the AFPD was out patrolling when he met a group of people standing outside waving US flags in support of service members. He took a selfie with the group and posted it on the department’s Facebook page.

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

Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protesters Confront Police at RI State House

PROVIDENCE — A throng of protesters opposing vaccine mandates confronted police officers at the entry to the State House on Monday afternoon but did not get in.

Shortly after 3 p.m., while capitol and state police manned the doors, the protesters hurled slogans and obscenities from outside but did not get inside the building.

Several carried signs displaying a picture of Gov. Dan McKee and the words: “My Body, My Choice.” Others displayed the same yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” banners seen at gun-rights rallies.

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

Antifa Militant Accused of Destroying Veterans’ Memorial Gets Plea Deal for Disorderly Conduct

Antifa militant and accused “ringleader” Jason Charter, alleged to have committed various serious crimes ranging from destruction of government property to destruction of a veterans’ memorial, has pled guilty to the much lesser federal charge of disorderly conduct on restricted grounds.

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

Biden Ally Sen. Graham Calls for Impeachment, Warns Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal ‘Set the Conditions for Another 9/11’

Biden ally and personal friend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) harshly criticized President Joe Biden during an interview on CBS, stating flatly that he thinks the president should be impeached for his role in the Afghanistan debacle.

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

Biden Education Department Opens Civil Rights Investigations Into 5 States for Banning School Mask Mandates

The U.S. Department of Education is opening an investigation into whether prohibitions on indoor masking mandates constitute discrimination against kids with disabilities.

Announced on Monday, the move comes as multiple states have challenged masking in schools. The department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is focusing on five states — Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

“The Department has heard from parents from across the country — particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions — about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a press release.

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

Chase Bank Cancels General Mike Flynn’s Credit Cards

Chase Bank has canceled General Mike Flynn’s personal credit card, citing “possible reputational risk to our company.”

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

Family of Slain Marine Slams Biden for ‘Scripted and Shallow’ Meeting With Pregnant Widow

Jiennah McCollum, the pregnant wife of Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum who was one of the fallen US service members killed at the Kabul airport, had a brief and reportedly unsatisfactory conversation with President Joe Biden.

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

FBI Allegedly Funded White Supremacist Publisher: Court Documents

By Ken Silva of The Epoch Times

The FBI allegedly paid a publisher of white supremacist literature more than $144,000 over 16-plus years to serve as a confidential informant, according to recent filings in an ongoing domestic extremism case.

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

Gab Introduces Gab Ads, A Privacy-Focused Ad Network That Doesn’t Track Users

Gab, an open-source social network, that states its mission is to defend free speech online for everyone, has announced a new step it is making in order to move away from what CEO Andrew Torba referred to in a company blog post as “the Globalist American Empire that has a death grip on our culture and commerce.”

According to him, this requires coming up with a new online economy that will stop money being directed towards the giants who use it to destroy “our country, our faith, and our families” — and instead support creators and business owners who feel oppressed by the system.

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

Groups Gather on Highway 501 Near Myrtle Beach to Protest Vaccine Mandates

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Members of at least two groups gathered along Highway 501 Sunday to protest vaccine mandates in what they called a “march for medical freedom.”

Several people gathered at the intersection of Highway 501 and Carolina Forest Boulevard and held up signs with messages saying “I’ll call my own shots,” “No forced vaxx” and “I will not comply.”

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

Hurricane Ida Traps Louisianans, Shatters the Power Grid

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach people trapped by floodwaters Monday, and utility repair crews rushed in, after a furious Hurricane Ida swamped the Louisiana coast and ravaged the electrical grid in the sticky, late-summer heat.

People living amid the maze of rivers and bayous along the state’s Gulf Coast retreated desperately to their attics or roofs and posted their addresses on social media with instructions for search-and-rescue teams on where to find them.

More than 1 million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi — including all of New Orleans — were left without power as Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland, pushed through on Sunday and early Monday before weakening into a tropical storm.

As it continued to make its way inland with torrential rain and shrieking winds, it was blamed for at least two deaths — a motorist who drowned in New Orleans, and a person hit by a falling tree outside Baton Rouge…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

iOS Developer Documents Kafkaesque Ordeal of Dealing With Apple’s App Store

More and more developers, from independent ones to big corporations who publish their apps on Apple’s online marketplace worth billions, as well as legislators, are getting emboldened in taking the tech juggernaut to task for its extremely controlling and essentially monopolistic practices.

If it isn’t taking 30 percent of their revenue and at the same time preventing people from using third party app stores, then the behemoth is making developers jump through hoops of often cryptic and persistent rejections of the updates they are trying to submit.

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

Mollie Tibbetts’ Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison

The man convicted in the 2018 death of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was sentenced to life in prison Monday, three years after she disappeared while on an evening run.

Judge Joel Yates sentenced Cristhian Bahena Rivera to life without the possibility of parole, the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder in Iowa, which does not have the death penalty. The 27-year-old former farmhand, who testified that he came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico as a teenager, has been jailed since his arrest in August 2018.

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

Montana Only State to Ban Vaccine Requirements for Employees

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — While many large companies across the U.S. have announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be required for their employees to return to work in-person, there is one state where such requirements are banned: Montana.

Under a new law passed by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year, requiring vaccines as a condition for employment is deemed “discrimination” and a violation of the state’s human rights laws.

Montana is the only state in the U.S. with a law like this for private employers, said Hemi Tewarson, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

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

Mother of Slain Marine Kareem Nikoui: Facebook Blacklisted My Instagram Account

Shana Chappell, mother of U.S. marine Kareem Nikoui, 20, who was killed in the recent Kabul attack, says Facebook disabled her Instagram account after she posted a picture and message about her son.

In a post on Facebook, Chappell said the Facebook-owned platform Instagram began flagging posts on her account from months ago after she posted about her son.

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

Obama Education Secretary Loses His Mind, Compares Anti-Maskers to Kabul Suicide Bombers

Via HumanEvents.com

Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seems to have lost his mind after comparing Americans who choose not to be confined by masks to the deadly terrorists who killed 13 American service members last week.

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

Parents, Kids Protest Outside Papillion Lavista Schools on First Day of Mask Mandate

PAPILLION, Neb. — A group of about two dozen parents and kids, some as young as toddlers, turned out Monday morning to protest the mask mandate at Papillion LaVista Community Schools.

Monday marked the district’s first day of the mandate.

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

Photos: Crowd Protests Tri-County Health Mask Order in Arapahoe County

A crowd of several dozen protesters cheered in response to honks from passing vehicles while holding up signs that read, “Choice not mandate!” and “I don’t co-parent with the government” during a protest against local mask requirements in schools.

The group stood outside the Arapahoe County administration building in Littleton ahead of a meeting by the county’s elected leaders that discussed whether the county — or any part of it — would be opted out of the school mask order issued by Tri-County Health Department. That’s the local health agency that serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Annie Peters, a mother from Highlands Ranch, stood among the group, holding a sign that read, “Unmask our children.” Peters said she’s a preschool substitute teacher at a school in Arapahoe County.

“I tried to implement the mask requirement on 2-year-olds last week, and it was an unmitigated disaster,” Peters said, noting that young children are often teething and that their salivating can get the masks wet.

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

Restaurant Reserveration App OpenTable to Integrate Vaccination Status Into Service

In an under the radar announcement last week, popular restaurant reservation service OpenTable revealed that it will integrate vaccination status into its app and website forms, to enable establishments to enforce vaccine pass mandates.

OpenTable announced that it will partner with digital identification company CLEAR, allowing establishments to indicate whether they require diners to present proof of vaccination.

Customers will then be asked to create a CLEAR account via the OpenTable app and connect their COVID vaccine certificate if they wish to eat in a restaurant that mandates it.

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

Right Now: Protestors Line Up in Front of Air Force Academy, Protest Vaccine Mandate

COLORADO SPRINGS — On Monday morning, dozens of protestors lined up outside of the Air Force Academy to rally against a mandate requiring that all cadets receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

According to an email sent to FOX21 News, cadets were notified last week that they have until close of business Monday to get their vaccine or be “booted out of the academy.”

Several dozen people were on hand before 7 a.m. to speak out against the mandate, waving signs with slogans such as, “Do not comply. Vax kills. Remember Nuremberg.”

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

Stanford Professor Claims Mask Opposition Connected to ‘Whiteness’

Hakeem Jefferson, a Stanford University professor, recently claimed opposition to masks at school board and council meetings was connected to “whiteness.”

“Make no mistake, this crazy opposition to mask wearing that is leading folks (read white ppl) to act violently at school board meetings & council meetings & everywhere else—yeah, you can’t disconnect it from whiteness,” he wrote in a Twitter post on August 17. “And discussions that don’t acknowledge this are incomplete.”

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

Tanner Cross: Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Loudoun’s Attempt to Challenge Order Reinstating Teacher

The Virginia Supreme Court has refused an appeal from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), leaving in place a lower court ruling that required the school district to reinstate teacher Tanner Cross.

Cross, a physical education teacher, sparked an uproar this summer when he told the school board that he wouldn’t “affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion.”

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

Video: ‘White People Should Commit Suicide as an Ethical Act, ‘ Duquesne Professor Says

Duquesne University Professor Derek Hook said there are merits to the argument proposed by another professor who argued that it would be ethical for white people to kill themselves.

The anti-critical race theory group Mythinformed MKE posted the video recently. “This is part of an ‘anti-racist’ discussion on ‘nice white therapists held by the [American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work],” the group wrote on Facebook. The video appears to be from a summer session hosted by Hook, though the content is not otherwise publicly available.

“White people should commit suicide as an ethical act,” the top of a presentation by Hook said.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: Fauci Promotes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for School Children as a ‘Good Idea’

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that he supports Covid-19 vaccine mandates for school children, including those under 12, as they head back to school.

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

Wheeling Hospital Workers Protest Vaccine Mandate

WHEELING, W.Va. — With hospitals nationwide mandating vaccinations for it’s employees, staff from Wheeling Hospital are showing their displeasure with a protest.

The main point being, they don’t have a choice.

“We didn’t feel like we had a choice,” hospital housekeeper Christine Garrison said.

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

Exclusive: University of Toronto Students Take a Stand Against Campus Vaccine Mandates

A group of over 20 students at the University of Toronto have organized to take a stand against COVID-19 vaccine mandates being implemented across Ontario’s postsecondary institutions. The group, joined by an additional 80+ university students from across Ontario, has engaged in an open letter campaign directed at the University of Toronto and is planning to take legal action against each of Ontario’s universities.

Most members of the student group have chosen to remain anonymous, but the group’s organizer and spokesperson, Benjamin Gabbay — a second-year master’s student at U of T — gave exclusive comment to Rebel News regarding the fight that he and his fellow students are undertaking against Ontario’s universities.

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

Suspect Arrested on Arson Charges for Two Fires That Torched Surrey Coptic Orthodox Church

A suspect was arrested and charged with two counts of arson after an orthodox church hit with two fires was burned down in Surrey, BC, last month.

St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey was hit by a fire on July 14, damaging the entrance. A suspicious second fire on July 19 destroyed the church.

Around 3:17 am on the day of the second incident, the Surrey Fire Service contacted Surrey RCMP about a fire at the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in the 13900 block of 108th Street in the Whalley area of Surrey.

No injuries were reported at the time. Although Surrey RCMP and the Surrey Fire Service were seeking to determine the cause of the fire, investigators had to wait for the debris to cool before authorities could proceed further.

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

U of T Prof Suggests Conservatives’ Tweet is White Supremacist Because it Contains ‘14 Words’

A University of Toronto professor raised eyebrows Sunday evening after alleging a Conservative Party tweet is a dog whistle for Nazism. David Fisman is a tenured professor of Epidemiology and a former Ontario COVID-19 Science Table member. According to CP24, he resigned just last week, citing he did not want to further politicize COVID-19.

Despite being lauded by allies for his alleged dedication to neutrality, Fisman is now the subject of a bizarre series of tweets, including one alleging the Conservative party is using secret messaging to attract Nazis.

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

Watch: Pastor Henry Hildebrandt’s Speech to Calgary Church on State of Religious Freedom in Canada

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt of the Church of God in Aylmer, Ont. visited Calgary’s Cave of Adullam church over the weekend, delivering a fierce sermon on the state of religious freedom in Canada.

“The storm isn’t past,” said Pastor Henry. “They are coming up with more and more and more. But I’ll tell you one thing: you can’t fight God and win.”

Pastor Henry called out Canadian pastors who have not stood up for their colleagues who were harassed, fined, and even jailed for not abiding by public health restrictions. “By far my biggest disappointment in the last 18 months has been the pastors,” he said. “Where are they? … What are you afraid of? You’re like a bunch of dogs with your tails between your legs.”

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

Finnish PM Calls for Shorter Work Week After Taking 4-Week Vacation in Middle of Global Crisis

The fact that millennials are obsessed with establishing a “sustainable” work-life balance is hardly novel.

Earlier this year, a group of Goldman Sachs junior analysts captivated the financial press with a slide deck about their unbearable 100-hour weeks.

Meanwhile, intense deal flow during the year 2020 prompted investment banking analysts to work mind-numbing hours from their parents’ homes in the suburbs, while banks like Jefferies handed out hefty bonuses and gifts like Pelotons and iPads.

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

France: Everyone Understands That Le Pen Will Never Win, Claims Eric Zemmour

Everyone in the National Rally (RN) understands that Marine Le Pen will never win the election, claimed popular conservative commentator Éric Zemmour in a Saturday interview with BFM TV.

Zemmour made the comment about Le Pen’s election prospect at a time when fears are now growing within conservative circles that Zemmour will enter the election and effectively split the RN vote in the first round of France’s federal elections. In France, if a candidate does not win an outright majority in the first round, a second round of voting takes place in which the two candidates who received the most votes head to a run-off vote. Le Pen and Macron are widely seen as the two most likely contenders for the second run-off vote, but Zemmour entering the race could complicate Le Pen’s chances.

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

Hungary Approaches Full Employment

The number of job seekers in Hungary is dropping month by month and their number has decreased by more than 120,000 since the employment low in June last year caused by the pandemic, Sandor Bodó, State Secretary for Employment Policy of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM) said in a press release.

According to the secretary of state, the steadily improving trend is due to the government’s successful crisis management, while economic protection and restart measures have significantly helped the recovery and helped the government set new employment records.

The lively dynamics of the labor market is indicated by the fact that almost 100,000 vacancies were available in August, of which less than 60,000 remained vacant by the end of the month. The number of workers affected by collective redundancies fell to a fraction of the level of June last year, to just 6 percent.

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

Italy COVID Green Pass Protests at Train Stations

From 1 September, the Green Pass — which shows that people have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from covid-19 — will be required to board airplanes, Intercity and high-speed trains, long-distance buses and inter-regional ferries.

Demonstrators are planning to ‘blockade’ stations the day the new rules take effect, with rallies being organised all over Italy via Telegram and word of mouth, reports news agency ANSA.

“They won’t let us leave by train without a slavery passport? Then no one will leave”, reads the Telegram chat titled ‘Basta dittatura‘ (Enough dictatorship).

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

Own Nothing and be Happy: British Banks Could Buy Up 1.75 Million Homes by 2031

A ‘Great Reset’ of the British property market is currently underway, with big banks buying up houses across the country and edging out first-time homebuyers.

Financial firms, including banks and pension funds and asset managers, are partnering with housing developers to buy up new homes for the purpose of renting them to the public. The so-called “build-to-rent” housing scheme sees groups of properties bundled together to be traded as assets between different firms, rather than actually going to market.

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

Poland is in Russia’s Crosshairs, Says Former Polish Deputy Minister of Defense

More details are being revealed about the migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, with Belarusian journalists saying that it is part of “Operation Floodgate”, which has been labeled an asymmetrical form of warfare from the Belarusian state designed to destabilize Poland and Baltic state countries.

There are also reports that food is being given to the migrants stranded on the border, most likely by Belarusian services. Meanwhile, Belarus still refuses to accept Poland’s humanitarian aid convoy.

The Polish government is being attacked for not helping the foreigners (despite them being located on Belarusian territory), and Polish opposition MPs and supporters are trying to break through to the migrants and impede the work of the Polish Border Guard.

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

Report: Central Europeans Live Shorter Lives Than EU Average

The latest Eurostat data for 2020 shows that the average life expectancy of people in Poland is still three years shorter than the European Union average. In 2020, this number was 77.8 years, while the EU average is 80.9 years. In general, the data shows those in Central and Eastern Europe live shorter lives than those in Western and Southern Europe.

The Spanish live the longest in Europe (83.4 years), followed by Italians (83.1), French (82.7), and Norwegians (82.7). Poland is among the lowest in this ranking, falling behind Croatia (78), Estonia (78.4), and Czechia (79.1), but still above countries such as Slovakia (77.3), Hungary (76), Lithuania (75.8), Romania (75.3), Latvia (74.9), and Bulgaria (74.8).

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UK House of Lords’ Baroness Claire Fox on Online Anonymity: “The Last Thing I Want to Do is Ban Something Else.”

Baroness Claire Fox of the UK’s House of Lords has said “Neither the state, Big Tech, or Ofcom should decide who should be kicked off social media.”

Fox made the statement in an interview with talkRADIO’s Richard Tice, who is also the leader of the Reform UK party. The discussion was over whether social media platforms should require users to hand over their ID and give their real names.

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UK: As Not Seen on the BBC: Thousands March Against Vaccine Passports, Medical Coercion in London

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of London on Saturday, demanding that the government does not implement the proposed vaccine passport system.

Gathering in Hyde Park, demonstrators marched throughout Central London, crossing the River Thames and culminating at Clapham Common.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Block London’s Tower Bridge

LONDON (Reuters) — Demonstrators from the Extinction Rebellion group, which is demanding urgent action by governments and business to limit climate change, staged a sit-down protest that stopped traffic from using Tower Bridge in London on Monday.

A Reuters photographer saw around 200 protesters taking part in the demonstration at the north end of the bridge while groups of police officers tried to prevent others from joining.

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UK: Khan’s London: Five Stabbed During Fight Outside Harrow Train Station

Four men and one woman in their teens or twenties have been taken to hospital after a fight broke out in the early hours of Monday morning outside of Harrow station in north London.

The incident happened near Harrow and Wealdstone railway station at 4 am on Bank Holiday Monday. Police confirmed that all five people were taken to hospital for treatment after suffering stab injuries.

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UK: Mayor of London Says Poles Should Oppose Poland’s Conservative Government

London Mayor Sadiq Khan took part via video link in the Campus Polska event organized in the Polish city of Olsztyn under the patronage of Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. In addition to Trzaskowski and Khan, the mayors of Vilnius and Gdansk were also present.

During his speech, Khan attacked Poland’s ruling conservative government led by Law and Justice (PiS) and warned the event’s attendees to be wary of the Polish government. He claimed that Polish central authorities fear Trzaskowski and plan to strip him of power.

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UK: Three Lincolnshire Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested in London Protests

Three rebels from Extinction Rebellion Lincolnshire were arrested at protests held in London last week.

The climate change activist group were in the capital for a two-week rebellion, in which they demanded the government to “act now, tell the truth and go beyond politics”.

A roadblock went up at Covent Garden, as a big pink crisis talk table was installed on the road and occupied by rebels who refused to move in protest.

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Whites Need Not Apply? Top German University Job Advertisement Sparks Outrage

One of Germany’s top universities is being accused of fostering racism after the university’s student council (AstA) posted a highly controversial and discriminatory job advertisement that asked White people to refrain from applying to the position.

The Humboldt University of Berlin, one Germany’s most prestigious higher-learning institutions, caused quite the stir last week when its advisory council posted a job advertisement for an ‘anti-discrimination counselor which asked people with white skin not to apply, national broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg 24 reports.

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Israel Warns COVID ‘Green Pass’ Will Expire if Residents Don’t Get Third Jab

After being confronted with the fact that widespread vaccination isn’t enough to stop COVID (just look at Israel’s case numbers), public health authorities in the tiny Mediterranean country have decided that the best solution is to double-down on the jabs by defying the WHO and demanding all citizens must get a third jab. Talk about moving the goalposts…

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Afghanistan: Taliban Celebrate Victory as U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters watched the last U.S. planes disappear into the sky over Afghanistan around midnight Monday and then fired their guns into the air, celebrating victory after a 20-year insurgency that drove the world’s most powerful military out of one of the poorest countries.

The departure of the U.S. cargo planes marked the end of a massive airlift in which tens of thousands of people fled Afghanistan, fearful of the return of Taliban rule after the militants took over most of the country and rolled into the capital earlier this month.

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Afghanistan: Taliban Celebrates Victory as Last US Troops Leave

Taliban fighters wielding American supplied weapons, equipment and uniforms, storm into Kabul’s international airport after US forces left.

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Nearly 90 Retired Generals and Admirals Call for Gen. Milley and Lloyd Austin to Resign

A group called the Flag Officers 4 America has published a press release demanding the “resignation of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS).”

The people in that position right now are Lloyd J. Austin III and General Mark A. Milley, respectively. Both military leaders who have had to face questions and scrutiny over the last weeks in the midst of the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Osama Bin Laden’s Bodyguard Returns to Hero’s Welcome on Same Day as Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

The return of al Qaeda associate Dr. Amin al Haq to Afghanistan on the same day as the complete withdrawal of US troops presents a complication for the Biden admin, which has signaled they want to continue relations with the Taliban.

As reported by Daily Mail, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard Haq is back in Afghanistan. His full name is Amin Muhammad Ul Haq Saam Khan, according to the United Nations Security Council, who officially list him as an al Qaeda affiliate.

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Report: Students, Alumni at American University in Kabul Trying to Flee Could Not Reach Airport

Hundreds of students, their family members, and staff of the American University of Afghanistan on Sunday were denied entry in their final attempt to enter Kabul airport and escape to freedom, according to a report in the New York Times.

The group of about 600 evacuees waited seven hours on busses to enter the facility, but “[e]vacuations were permanently called off” due to security threats outside the airport, the Times reported.

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Rockets Fired at Kabul Airport, Intercepted by US C-Ram Missile Defense System

A US defense official told Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin Monday that the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul was targeted by rockets that were intercepted by the US’s C-RAM missile defense system. There were no reported casualties.

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U.S. Military Investigating Reports That Kabul Drone Strike Targeting Suspected ISIS-K Suicide Bomber Killed 10 Civilians

In a statement released on Sunday evening, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said it was still investigating the strike that was carried out earlier in the day against a target that was purportedly involved in last week’s ISIS-K terrorist attack in Kabul airport, which left at least over 100 dead, including 13 U.S. soldiers.

“We are aware of reports of civilian casualties following our strike on a vehicle in Kabul today,” CENTCOM said in a statement. “We are still assessing the results of this strike, which we know disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat to the airport. We know that there were substantial and powerful subsequent explosions resulting from the destruction of the vehicle, indicating a large amount of explosive material inside that may have caused additional casualties.”

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China Limits Kids to Max of Three Hours of Video Games a Week

China is taking drastic steps to clamp down on video game addiction by forbidding under-18s from playing them for more than three hours a week.

Under the new rules, under-18s are only allowed to spend an hour playing online games on Fridays, weekends, and holidays, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The new rules, published on Monday, are replacing the previous, still-strict rules for minors, which allowed for 1.5 video game hours per day.

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Study: Hollywood’s Share of China Box Office Collapses, Now Less Than 10%

In a dramatic turn for the major studios, Hollywood’s share of China’s box office is in free fall, reportedly collapsing to less than 10 percent as Beijing aims to bolster its domestic movie industry while continuing to block major Hollywood releases from playing in Chinese cinemas.

The result is a potential existential crisis for Hollywood, which has bent over backwards to please China’s Communist dictators in the hopes of maintaining access to the lucrative Chinese market.

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Australia Passes Sweeping Internet Surveillance Bill

The Australian Senate has passed a controversial law giving new and powerful surveillance powers to law enforcement agencies, including 60 amendments proposed by the House of Representatives.

After The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identity and Disrupt) Bill 2020 is signed into law, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) will have three new controversial powers to handle online crime.

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One Nation Senators Attend Qld #IStandWithTruckies Protest

Following Rebel News’ earlier article, the first of two planned truckie protests against Covid health orders went ahead this morning.

Several trucks blocked the southbound side of the M1 in the area near Reedy, Creek South of Brisbane, at 6am on Monday morning.

Frustrated truck drivers decided to stage the unsanctioned protest in response to demands by the Queensland government to mandate vaccination for all drivers crossing the border.

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Truck Drivers, Supporters Around Australia Stage ‘Freedom of Choice’ Protests at Councils, Major Roads

Truck drivers and “pro-choice” protesters from around the country have gathered outside council chambers and parliament houses and blocked major roads on Tuesday morning as a sign of defiance against vaccine and testing mandates.

Protests have been organised for dozens of locations in all states and territories, borne out of a fury towards mandatory vaccinations for authorised workers — including truck drivers — from 12 local government areas in Sydney.

In addition, essential workers travelling into Queensland are now required to have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

Around the country, truck drivers must be tested for Covid-19 regularly.

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Watch: What the MSM Didn’t Show From Sydney’s Latest Lockdown Protest

If you watched the mainstream coverage of Sydney’s latest lockdown protest, you would have seen ‘what’ happened on the 21st of August 2021. The enormous police presence, disruption of traffic, and multiple arrests.

You would have heard a message of disapproval from politicians and the unelected bureaucrats they employ. Their message was pushed to the masses through corporate media with questionable interests.

What you wouldn’t have heard through corporate media is ‘why.’ Why were residents of NSW willing to protest regardless of the threat of high fines and prosecution?

I took to the streets of Sydney CBD to show you ‘what’ happened, but more importantly, to find out ‘why’. These are the voices they don’t want you to hear.

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Netherlands: Citizens Protest After Liberal Government Transports 800 Afghans Into Small Village

Outraged residents of a small village in the Netherlands held a major protest last week to voice their staunch opposition to the sudden and unexpected arrival of hundreds of asylum seekers from Afghanistan.

Some 250 protestors, many of whom were described as young by the Dutch press, came out to protest a scheme being executed by the government — led by pro-mass migration, liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte — that has seen 800 Afghan asylum seekers imported into Harskamp, a small village of 3,500 residents, regional news outlet De Gelderlander reports.

Demonstrators expressed anger that the government failed to consult with the locals before unilaterally deciding to import the asylum seekers, telling members of the press that their safety and security has been put at risk because of the massive group of newcomers, which is composed of mainly Islamic immigrants that many Dutch feel does not share their values or culture.

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Orban, Meloni Say Migration Must be Stopped

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban held talks in Rome with Giorgia Meloni, president of the Italian Fratelli d’Italia party, on Friday. At the meeting, the two politicians discussed the situation of the European right and the growing threat of migration, Orban’s press secretary Bertalan told national news agency MTI on Saturday.

The topic of migration pressure due to the collapse of Afghanistan was discussed at the meeting, which was also attended by Katalin Novak, Fidesz’s Vice President for International Affairs.

They agreed that mass immigration is not a solution, help should be brought where the problems arise instead of importing the problems themselves, and European countries must withstand the growing migratory pressures from land and sea, Bertalan Havasi said after meeting.

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Over 280 Migrants Have Reached Canary Islands Since Saturday

MADRID — At least 289 migrants have landed on the Canary Islands since Saturday, according to the latest data on the route between northwestern Africa and the Spanish archipelago over the past weekend provided by the regional emergency service and Spanish news agency Efe. The latest landings occurred last night in Gran Canaria. Some of the boats that arrived over the weekend landed without the intervention of authorities while others needed to be rescued at sea.

The migrants who arrived on Saturday included the 27 survivors of a particularly dramatic trip: they were sighted while they were adrift over 500 miles from the Canaries, on a boat with the bodies of four people on board. One of the 27 people, a woman, died when she reached the port of Gran Canaria.

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Poland: Soros-Funded Activist Arrested Along With 12 Others for Destroying Border Fence

Among 13 people detained for destroying Poland’s border fence with Belarus is Bartosz Kramek, a well-known activist of the “Open Dialogue” foundation with ties to George Soros.

The incident, which police says involved the activists breaking barbed wire fence on the Polish-Belarusian border, was described by the Border Guard on social media.

“Border Guard officers along with Polish soldiers have detained a group of 13 people (12 Polish and 1 Dutch citizen) who were destroying technical blockades on the border with Belarus. Among the detained is Bartosz K. There is an ongoing process to bring charges against those involved,” the Polish Border Guard wrote.

[Comment: The activists destroying the border fence was in the news feed recently. I think this story contains additional, and interesting, information.]

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UK Border Force Admits Some Afghan Evacuees Have Forged Papers

British Border Force officials have admitted that some Afghans airlifted from Kabul have been found to have forged papers or no papers at all, but they are reluctant to “have an argument” with them

The Telegraph, a right-leaning newspaper close to Boris Johnson’s government, reportsbeing told by border guards that “some Afghan evacuees had arrived at Heathrow with no documentation at all, while others carried forged papers”.

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NBC Contributor Becomes Spokesperson for Controversial Group Accused of ‘Normalizing Pedophilia’

NBC contributor Noah Berlatsky is now the Communications Director for Prostasia, a not-for-profit group that is reportedly attempting to legitimize pedophilia under the guise of helping children. As part of his work with the group, he has written about legitimizing “trans children,” conducted interviews about the positive impact of pornography on children, and how the best way to help children who are trafficked into the sex trade is to “decriminalize the sex industry.”

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UK: Author Alleges Coverage Suppression of Her New Book

A bestselling author has accused “cowards” in the media and the book industries of canceling her. The writer accused the trans movement of attempting to “supplant biology.”

According to Helen Joyce, since the release of her book, “Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality,” she has been ignored by media organizations, like the BBC and suggests that some branches of UK bookseller Waterstones are suppressing her sales.

The book critiques the recent trans movement, accusing it of defying biology, and describing it as a “new state religion, complete with blasphemy laws.”

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Virginia Catholic Bishop: ‘No One’ Is Transgender

Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge has written a letter denouncing gender ideology and insisting that “no one” is transgender, NBC News reported this weekend.

In his “controversial” letter, Bishop Burbidge condemns transgender ideology because it “presents a view of the human person contrary to the truth” by disconnecting the idea of gender from that of the biological sex of a person.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/30/2021

  1. The injection.
    “40% of Covid hospital cases are unvaccinated” said the heading of a Sunday newspaper article. This is supposed to alarm the reader.
    The article itself, though, reveals that 60% of Covid hospital cases ARE “vaccinated”.
    That is what is alarming, and surely that should be the headline.

  2. “Make no mistake, this crazy opposition to mask wearing that is leading folks (read white ppl) to act violently at school board meetings & council meetings & everywhere else—yeah, you can’t disconnect it from whiteness,”

    This is race baiting at it’s obscene worst.

  3. “Video: ‘White People Should Commit Suicide as an Ethical Act, ‘ Duquesne Professor Says”, hey, dopey joey dr. strangelove potus biden, is goal oriented and that’s his goal.

  4. ** British Border Force officials are reluctant to “have an argument” with them **

    I understand completely. Those foreigners might get cross, even gruff. Who could withstand that? Better to grovel.

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