Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/6/2021

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries say that Iran was behind the deadly drone attack on the tanker MV Mercer Street in the Gulf of Oman on July 29. The Iranian government has denied any involvement in the attack.

In other news, a man who said he wanted to kill “happy women” attacked ten passengers on a Tokyo commuter train, using a knife and his fists.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Hungarian Employment Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Level
» July Payrolls Beat Expectations Rising 943,000 as Unemployment Rate Tumbles
 
USA
» “For the Sake of the Kids” — Chicago Teachers Union Threatens No in-Person Education Due to “Immediate Threat” Of Delta
» “He’s a Pathological Liar”: Cornell Chemistry Professor Dave Collum Unloads on Dr. Fauci and COVID Hysteria
» 65% of American Workers Would Take a 5% Pay Cut to be Able to Permanently Work From Home
» Almost 2,000 People From 9/11 Families Tell Biden He’s Not Invited to 20th Anniversary Ceremonies
» Amazon Requires Warehouse Workers to Wear Masks Again Regardless of Vaccination Status
» Biden: “Well Over 350 Million Americans Have Already Been Vaccinated”
» Biden Administration Defends Provision in Infrastructure Bill That Would Make it Harder for Decentralized Big Tech Challengers
» Burger King Sign Under Corporate Investigation for Signaling Against Mask and Vaccine Mandates
» Cuomo ‘Could be Arrested’ After Accuser Files Criminal Complaint With Albany Sheriff’s Office
» ‘Did I Miss the Investigation?’: Biden Sexual Assault Accuser Claps Back After Psaki Says Claims Were ‘Heavily Litigated’
» Fairfax County Releases Bodycam Video of Police Shooting
» Federal Agency Launches ‘Diversity’ Training on ‘Microaggressions’ In the Workplace
» Four Months Later, UCLA Has Not Released Contract With Chinese Government
» Gang Members Established ‘Autonomous Zone’ In Atlanta, Killed Eight-Year-Old Girl During Police Protest
» Indiana Handgun Permits Applications Skyrocket
» ‘Jab or Job?’: Crowds Protest Vaccine Mandates at Michigan Capitol
» Lawyer: Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt “Ambushed” Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning
» ‘No Jab, No Job’ — United Becomes First Airline to Mandate Vaccines for All Employees
» North Korean Defector Says She Was Robbed by 3 Black Women, Accused of Being Racist
» Protests Against COVID Vaccine Requirements Form
» Report: Fauci Oversaw Dangerous, Torturous Experiments on Dogs
» Ron DeSantis Responds to Biden’s ‘Governor Who?’ Quip: ‘What Else Has He Forgotten?’
» The Effort to Block IU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Turns to the U.S. Supreme Court
» Twitter Locked Out Journalist Who Provided CDC-Verified Statement About Vaccines
» Video: Rand Paul Slams ‘Dangerous, Obscene Authoritarians’ Pushing No-Fly Lists for the Unvaccinated
» Yelp Moves to Normalize Vaccine Passports
» ‘You May Have Oppressed Somebody: ‘ Prof to White Student Who Said He Left His House That Day
» YouTube Threatens to Terminate Memology 101’s Channel After it’s Hit With False Copyright Claims
 
Canada
» No Charges Laid Against Alberta Man Who Killed Home Intruder
» ‘Notorious’ Anti-Semitic Islamic ‘Extremist’ Invited to Speak at Student Conference
» Toronto Paramedics Responded to Almost 200 Suspected Overdose Calls During Long Weekend
 
Europe and the EU
» France, Italy Set to Unleash Increasingly-Restrictive COVID-19 Health Passes
» Hungary: PM Orban is Fighting for Democracy, Tucker Carlson Says
» Shock Video: Brutal Machete Fight on UK Street
» Spain: Populist Politicians Threaten Legal Action Against Proposed COVID Passports
» Swedish Liberal Leader Calls for Hungary to be Removed From EU
» UK: Farage Blasts ‘Delusional’ Eurocrat for Claiming EU is Beating U.S. And China in Olympics
» UK: Judge Rules on Atheist Fired for Saying He Doesn’t Want UK to Become ‘Muslim Alcohol-Free Caliphate’
 
Middle East
» G7: Iran Behind Tanker Attack, ‘Threatens International Peace’
 
Far East
» 10 Passengers Stabbed or Punched on Tokyo Train, Suspect Arrested
» China Doubles Down on COVID Origins Conspiracy as Delta Wave Worsens
» Knife Attacker on Tokyo Commuter Train Wanted to Kill ‘Happy Women’ — NHK
» Wuhan’s ‘Bat Lady’ Warns of Coming COVID-19 Mutants
 
Australia — Pacific
» Lawmakers to Grill Sky News Australia as YouTube Lifts Suspension for ‘Coronavirus Misinformation’
 
Immigration
» Another Day at Biden’s Border: Record 800 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Are Apprehended in 24 Hours, Flights Take Migrants to Louisiana and 650 Test COVID Positive at Texas Camp After Entry
» Czechs Want to Help Refugees But at the Same Time Fear Migration: Survey
» Denmark is Closing the Door on Immigration
» EU Reportedly to Hold Emergency Talks on Belarusian Migration Practices
» EU Summons Belarus Envoy Over Migrant Stream to Lithuania
» France: Migrant Makes Mockery of Macron: Thwarts Deportation Simply by Refusing COVID Test
» Hundreds of Migrants Are in Limbo on Rescue Boats in Mediterranean
» Lukashenko Orders Borders to be Closed Amid the Migrant Issue
» Migrants Find New Path to EU as Lithuania Plugs Belarus Border
» Migrants in the Netherlands Lose Trust in the State the Longer They Stay
» Poland Accuses Belarus of Using Migrants as ‘Living Weapons’ By Sending Them to the Country as Revenge for Granting Refuge to Olympic Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya
» UK: Illegal Channel Migrant Crossings Hit Record 10,500, Farage Predicts 30,000 in 2021
» ‘We Are a Serious Country’ — Hungarians Tell Tucker How and Why They Ended Border Crisis
 
Culture Wars
» Catholic League: Disney’s Introduction of Trans-Muppet is ‘Child Abuse’
» SAG-AFTRA President: Disney Using “Gender-Shaming and Bullying” Tactics Over Scarlett Johansson Lawsuit
» Twitter Suspends Conservative Pundit Allie Beth Stuckey for Stating That Transgender Weightlifter is a Man
» Us and Them
 

Hungarian Employment Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Level

Due to the government’s successfully handling of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of employees in Hungary reached 4.7 million, of which 4.5 million are in the primary labor market, while the number of registered job seekers fell to an extremely low level of 260,000, State Secretary for Employment Sandor Bodó said on Thursday.

Bodó added that in the economic crisis caused by the emergency in Europe, there were two paths, one being that “every worker received a certain amount on some kind of normative basis and this was not subject to any conditions”.

He emphasized that Hungary had acted successfully, although it had not chosen this path, as the government had focused on providing employment, so all support was tied to the protection of jobs and the creation of jobs.

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

July Payrolls Beat Expectations Rising 943,000 as Unemployment Rate Tumbles

With consensus expectations calling for a July payrolls print of 858K and whisper numbers starting at 1 million and rising (and Goldman going so far as expecting 1.175MM), moments ago the BLS reported that in July payrolls came in at a goldilocks 943K, comfortably beating the consensus but below the 1MM print that could be considered a clear trigger for “substantial progress” for Powell, although likely sufficient for the Fed to signal the start of tapering at Jackson Hole.

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

“For the Sake of the Kids” — Chicago Teachers Union Threatens No in-Person Education Due to “Immediate Threat” Of Delta

Just hours after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a new ‘cruel and unusual’ mandate requiring all Illinois public school students to wear masks when they return to school later this month, the Chicago Teachers Union has issued a letter addressed to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Public School officials, and members of the school board, warning that:

“new pandemic variants pose immediate threats to the health of all Chicagoans, but especially our unvaccinated student population.”

In the letter, CTU praise the Governor’s new mask mandate, but said its

“school communities need more than masking to ensure safety — especially as we continue to learn about the delta variant.”

CTU specifically listed recommendations for ensuring safety, among which was the maintenance of criteria and health metrics based on the prevalence of COVID “to pause in-person instruction.”

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

“He’s a Pathological Liar”: Cornell Chemistry Professor Dave Collum Unloads on Dr. Fauci and COVID Hysteria

Friend of Zero Hedge and Cornell Professor Dave Collum appeared on the Quoth the Raven podcast this week and offered his unfiltered (and often profane) 2 hour long take not only on the development of the Delta variant hysteria, but also on Dr. Fauci, vaccinations and the state of lockdowns across the globe.

Collum is the Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University and holds a PhD, Columbia University, MS, Columbia University, MA, Columbia University and BS, Cornell University.

The duo of Collum and podcast host Chris Irons first talked about Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the chief medical advisor to the president, whom Collum referred to as a “pathological liar”.

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

65% of American Workers Would Take a 5% Pay Cut to be Able to Permanently Work From Home

It looks like the idea of working from home is sticking.

In fact, Americans are so keen on continuing to work from home that they would even take pay cuts to do so, according to a new Bloomberg report. In addition to just taking a pay cut, many respondents to a new survey said they would also “give up days off or put in more hours” in order to be able to keep working from home.

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

Almost 2,000 People From 9/11 Families Tell Biden He’s Not Invited to 20th Anniversary Ceremonies

A large group of families directly affected by the Sept. 11 2001 attacks in New York City have sent an open letter to President Joe Biden telling him he is not welcome at the upcoming 20th anniversary of the tragic event.

The letter states that, unless Biden declassifies government documents which they think will prove that Saudi Arabia, the world’s second largest oil producer, had a hand in the terrorist attacks, he is persona non grata at the ceremony.

Despite unsubstantiated claims to the contrary, the 9/11 attacks were a massive tragedy in which almost 3,000 people died due to a series of terrorists attacks.

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

Amazon Requires Warehouse Workers to Wear Masks Again Regardless of Vaccination Status

After dismantling some of its protective measures earlier this year, Amazon is bringing some of its COVID-19 mandates back in response to the Delta variant.

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

Biden: “Well Over 350 Million Americans Have Already Been Vaccinated”

The entire population of America (and then some) “have already been vaccinated” and “they’re doing fine,” according to Resident Joe Biden.

WATCH

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

Biden Administration Defends Provision in Infrastructure Bill That Would Make it Harder for Decentralized Big Tech Challengers

The Biden administration has been quietly defending a provision in the Infrastructure Bill that could affect developers trying to build alternatives to Big Tech platforms through blockchain technology.

The inclusion of the provision is rather hypocritical for an administration that has been making big claims about how it will be tough on Big Tech and yet is actively cracking down on those who want to offer decentralized alternatives to Big Tech monopolies.

The cryptocurrency provision, which was recently added to the Infrastructure Bill, is being touted as being about ensuring crypto holders pay their taxes.

But, according to Fight for the Future, the provision is “so poorly written that it would create reporting requirements demanding people like software developers and even volunteers within decentralized tech projects hand over data or conduct surveillance of their users.”

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

Burger King Sign Under Corporate Investigation for Signaling Against Mask and Vaccine Mandates

A store sign at a Burger King location in Jackson, Michigan, is under investigation by the corporation after the marquee’s message was discovered signaling against mask and vaccine mandates and rallying support from passerbys.

The sign in front of the building at 1625 E. Michigan Ave. displayed a contentious message on the board: “Honk if you are against forced mask & forced jab.”

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

Cuomo ‘Could be Arrested’ After Accuser Files Criminal Complaint With Albany Sheriff’s Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ‘could be arrested’ if sexual misconduct allegations filed with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office are substantiated, according to the New York Post.

Sheriff Craig Apple told the Post that the victim, who was identified as “Executive Assistant #1” in Attorney General Letitia James’ sexual harassment report, filed the complaint on Thursday afternoon during a brief afternoon meeting with sheriff’s officials — who then contacted the Albany County District Attorney’s office.

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

‘Did I Miss the Investigation?’: Biden Sexual Assault Accuser Claps Back After Psaki Says Claims Were ‘Heavily Litigated’

Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade had some harsh words for White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki — who said that claims against President Biden were “heavily litigated” already.

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

Fairfax County Releases Bodycam Video of Police Shooting

Fairfax County police released body camera video and dispatch calls from a police-involved shooting that wounded a woman last month.

The woman who was shot appeared to be having a mental health crisis as she threatened residents and police.

A caregiver at the group home for adults with intellectual disabilities called 911 and told the dispatcher, “She’s making noise, breaking things. She wants to fight … she wants to kill me…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Federal Agency Launches ‘Diversity’ Training on ‘Microaggressions’ In the Workplace

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Wednesday that it is launching a virtual workshop series focused on “diversity, equity, and inclusion” in the workplace, costing upwards of $225 to attend.

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

Four Months Later, UCLA Has Not Released Contract With Chinese Government

The University of California-Los Angeles has delayed its response to a public record request from Campus Reform for the past four months.

Recently, Campus Reform investigated public universities’ ties to Confucius Institutes — an initiative of the Chinese government’s education ministry that is marketed as a language and cultural exchange, but in actuality exists to spread the doctrines of Chinese communism.

Thirty-two universities provided documents to Campus Reform. However, UCLA continuously dodged the request.

On April 8, Campus Reform Assistant Editor Adam Sabes requested “copies of public records that contain the contract or agreement that the University of California-Los Angeles has had at any point with the Confucius Institute Headquarters” under the California Public Records Act, which mandates a response from universities within ten business days.

[Comment: You can’t trust the Chinese government nor can you trust American colleges.]

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

Gang Members Established ‘Autonomous Zone’ In Atlanta, Killed Eight-Year-Old Girl During Police Protest

In the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, violent gang members laid siege to a local Wendy’s to protest his death — establishing an “autonomous zone” with a strict no-trespassing policy for police officers or pedestrians — before shooting and killing an eight-year-old girl, according to a warrant obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Under the guise of protesting police brutality, members of the Bloods street gang established a perimeter around the Wendy’s, with armed rogue members declaring control over the territory “brandishing, pointing and discharging of firearms at citizens and civilians to ensure compliance with their authority in a highly visible manner,” according to the arrest warrant for the gang member allegedly responsible for the girl’s death.

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

Indiana Handgun Permits Applications Skyrocket

Figures coming out of Indiana, which eliminated the fee for handgun permits on July 1, indicate price is a serious hurdle for many residents eager to exercise their Second Amendment rights to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones. According to an Indy Star report on July 8, during the first 7 days of the month there was a 10-fold increase in applications compared to 2019 figures. Eight thousand came in the first day alone.

The July 1 change removed the previous $30 price for the five-year concealed carry version of the handgun permit. The state’s total volume figures aren’t exclusively self-defense associated, however. Hunters who want to go afield with a handgun must also procure one, although a state spokesman told the newspaper they accounted for only a third of those received during that week. Applicants, as before, are still required to undergo a background check and pay a $13 processing fee for the mandatory fingerprinting.

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

‘Jab or Job?’: Crowds Protest Vaccine Mandates at Michigan Capitol

Lansing — Hundreds of people gathered on the Capitol lawn Friday to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates that have been increasingly popular at Michigan’s universities and health care systems.

Carrying signs that said “Jab or Job? Wrong!,” “Let me call my shots” and “Natural immunity is the gold standard,” representatives from the health care industry, state universities, the Legislature and even a group of nuns were in attendance.

There were also faces that have become familiar at Michigan protests during the pandemic, including members of the anti-lockdown group Stand Up Michigan, the school sport advocacy group Let Them Play and supporters of business owners who rose to infamy when they skirted pandemic rules.

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

Lawyer: Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt “Ambushed” Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning

Authored by Paul Sperry via RealClearInvestigations.com

Kicking off the first hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot, Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, promised to fully investigate “the facts of what happened on Jan. 6,” calling it “a scene of violence in the citadel of democracy.”

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

‘No Jab, No Job’ — United Becomes First Airline to Mandate Vaccines for All Employees

The trend of major US companies requiring workers to get vaccinated continued Friday with United Airlines, which became the first major US carrier to require its staff to be vaccinated.

The decision isn’t exactly a surprise. United CEO Scott Kirby said during an interview earlier this year that he would prefer to make vaccination a requirement, so long as United wasn’t alone. Now that Kirby has made his move, expect every other major carrier to announce vaccination requirements of their own.

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

North Korean Defector Says She Was Robbed by 3 Black Women, Accused of Being Racist

A North Korean defector claims she was mugged by three black women outside Chicago’s Saks Fifth Avenue store last year — but white bystanders accused her of being racist when she tried to call police.

Yeonmi Park, 27, told Joe Rogan’s podcast that she was robbed of her wallet near the department store on Michigan Avenue during a wave of looting across the city last summer.

Park — who has been outspoken on ‘woke’ culture — claims she grabbed hold of one of the women and was trying to call police but bystanders intervened.

She claims about 20 people, many who she said were white, accused her of being racist for blaming the women for mugging her.

[Comment: I know where that store is.]

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

Protests Against COVID Vaccine Requirements Form

GRAFTON, Wis. — The fight over whether employers can force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine is growing as more and more places say they will require it.

In Grafton on Friday, Aug. 6, more than 75 people protested against the area’s largest health care companies; Advocate Aurora, Ascension, Children’s Wisconsin, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, ProHealth and UW Health — all now require employees to get vaccinated. FOX6 News asked those protesters to speak on camera about their concerns, but nobody would.

The Kaiser Family Foundation found 51% of the country supports employers requiring the vaccine, while 46% are opposed.

“I believe it should be a choice. I don’t think that anything should be forced upon us, especially something of this nature,” said nursing assistant Taylor Falesnik. “We still don’t know the long-term effects. And it’s still in the emergency use phase.”

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

Report: Fauci Oversaw Dangerous, Torturous Experiments on Dogs

In addition to overseeing funding of gain of function coronavirus experiments in Wuhan, and then lying about it, it has now emerged that Dr Fauci was in charge of funding horrid experimental research on dogs, including purposefully infecting the animals with parasites known to be contagious to humans.

The report from the White Coat Waste Project draws on information gleaned from a FOIA request which revealed that $400,000 was pumped into National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease experiments to infect beagles with parasites from biting flies.

The report outlines how the dogs “endured months of pain, and once researchers were done with them, they were killed.”

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

Ron DeSantis Responds to Biden’s ‘Governor Who?’ Quip: ‘What Else Has He Forgotten?’

Ron DeSantis directly fired back against the Biden administration in the latest of a war of words between the state and federal government.

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

The Effort to Block IU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Turns to the U.S. Supreme Court

Students seeking to block Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate have taken their appeal to the nation’s highest court.

A group of eight students filed a lawsuit against the university over its requirement that students and staff be vaccinated against the virus before returning to campus for the fall semester, alleging that it violates their constitutional rights. Earlier this week, an appellate court denied their request for an injunction while their appeal is pending.

In denying that request, a judge for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said that colleges and universities may decide what is necessary to keep students safe.

“People who do not want to be vaccinated may go elsewhere,” wrote Judge Frank Easterbrook in the decision.

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

Twitter Locked Out Journalist Who Provided CDC-Verified Statement About Vaccines

A journalist was temporarily suspended by Twitter for posting a link to an article, and citing from it when he tweeted, “Vaccines are not safe for everyone. University refuses to let student attend unless she takes vaccine that could paralyze her.”

The case concerns Brigham Young University Hawaii refusing to grant a medical exemption to the student who suffers from an auto-immune disease caused by her receiving a different vaccine in 2019, making her condition now potentially dangerous for getting the COVID one, according to doctors.

The story Greg Piper was sharing before getting suspended was published by the College Fix, and it would appear that Twitter’s censorship algorithms are written such that they can be triggered by a statement about COVID vaccines not being safe for everyone — despite that being a pretty undisputed fact.

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

Video: Rand Paul Slams ‘Dangerous, Obscene Authoritarians’ Pushing No-Fly Lists for the Unvaccinated

Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Senator Rand Paul warned that the very same people who for four years screeched about president Trump leading the country into authoritarianism have seized power and instituted the most draconian crackdown ever seen in U.S. history.

The Senator responded to an op ed by Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary for homeland security under Obama who seriously argued that unvaccinated people should be banned from flying.

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

Yelp Moves to Normalize Vaccine Passports

Capitalizing on the erosion of civil liberties, Yelp announced two new features businesses can add on their profiles. One of the features allows businesses to say whether their employees have been vaccinated, and the other allows businesses to say whether they require customers to show a vaccine passport.

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

‘You May Have Oppressed Somebody: ‘ Prof to White Student Who Said He Left His House That Day

Sam Richards brought two students in front of the 700-student “SOC119: Race and Ethnic Relations” lecture in attempt to discuss privilege and discrimination.

Approaching a section of the lecture, the Pennsylvania State University professor said, “I just take the average white guy in class, whoever it is, it doesn’t really matter. “Dude, this guy here. Stand up, bro. What’s your name, bro?” The student, Russell, then stood up to face the class.

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

YouTube Threatens to Terminate Memology 101’s Channel After it’s Hit With False Copyright Claims

Memology 101, a popular YouTube channel that posts short, meme-style commentary videos, is being threatened with permanent termination again after receiving false copyright strikes on some of its videos.

On August 3, YouTube told Memology 101 that the channel has received three copyright strikes within 90 days and will be terminated in seven days unless these strikes are resolved via a retraction or successful counter-notification.

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

No Charges Laid Against Alberta Man Who Killed Home Intruder

Announced by the RCMP on Friday, no charges will be laid out against an Alberta man who shot and killed a home intruder that attacked him with a baseball bat. The decision was made after an investigation by the RCMP Major Crimes Unit and the Crown prosecutor’s office was conducted.

[Comment: Some happy news from Canada for once]

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

‘Notorious’ Anti-Semitic Islamic ‘Extremist’ Invited to Speak at Student Conference

A cleric and preacher who is considered by many to be an anti-Semitic “extremist” has been scheduled by the Muslim Association of Canada to speak at an upcoming event held by them.

Tareq Al-Suwaidan is planning to speak before a crowd of university students. The controversial cleric has already been banned from entry to countries such as Italy and Belgium, as anti-Semitism appears to be on the rise the world over.

According to the Algemeiner, Al-Suwaidan has been quoted saying such things as:

“All the mothers of the Islamic nation should suckle their babies on the hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them. They are our enemies. We should instill this in the souls of our children until a new generation rises and wipes them off the face of the earth.”

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

Toronto Paramedics Responded to Almost 200 Suspected Overdose Calls During Long Weekend

Paramedics in Canada’s largest city responded to 173 opioid overdose calls over the civic long weekend, making it the highest number on record.

In a warning, Toronto Public Health said “while specific details are not yet known, there appears to be a range of substances from the unregulated drug supply involved”.

[Comment: I submit that is a consequence of the lockdowns.]

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

France, Italy Set to Unleash Increasingly-Restrictive COVID-19 Health Passes

Authored by Katabella Roberts via The Epoch Times

Unvaccinated citizens of France and Italy are set to face tighter restrictions after officials ruled in favor of COVID-19 health passes for those attempting to enter restaurants, bars, and hospitals, as well as travel.

In France, the country’s top constitutional authority on Aug. 5 agreed with most aspects of a new law that requires citizens to carry a special COVID-19 health pass from next week onwards.

A health pass is only given to those who have been fully vaccinated, recently recovered from an infection, or recently tested negative from the virus.

The new restrictions mean residents will only be allowed to access cafes, restaurants, and, in some cases, hospitals, if they show the health pass.

While the pass has been in effect in France since July 21 for cultural and recreational venues, including cinemas, concert halls, and theme parks with capacity for more than 50 people, the new law vastly extends its application.

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

Hungary: PM Orban is Fighting for Democracy, Tucker Carlson Says

“Viktor Orban simply resists the efforts of a lone billionaire named György Soros to transform his country. In fact, he is defending democracy against unaccountable billionaires, the NGOs, and certain Western governments. He fights for democracy with the forces that want to bury it,” Carlson — in Hungary for a conservative festival — told Mandiner.

“I believe in democracy and self-determination — as an American, this is central to not only my perception of the state, but also my self-image. I don’t think the NGOs should determine how to run a country,” Carlson said. “I think that is for the people in that country to decide. If, for example, the people of Mali want to legislate ideas that I hate, it is their business — I believe in the idea, in the concept of democracy and self-government. That’s why we’re here, that’s what we’re reporting.”

Asked about Soros’ influence, Carlson said the billionaire uses his immense fortune to influence politics in an unfair manner.

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

Shock Video: Brutal Machete Fight on UK Street

A horrifying brawl involving multiple men armed with large blades unfolded in broad daylight on a street in Manchester, England, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 7 p.m. on Monday when a man was attacked on a sidewalk in the Cheetham Hill neighborhood.

Surveillance footage shows a male suspect jump from a taxi and begin hacking another man with a machete in what authorities are calling a ‘targeted attack.’

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

Spain: Populist Politicians Threaten Legal Action Against Proposed COVID Passports

Spanish populist party VOX has threatened legal action in Madrid if the government implements a so-called health pass that would require vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to enter certain businesses.

The leader of VOX, Santiago Abascal, stated his opposition to the coronavirus health pass this week, writing on Twitter that if the Madrid government led by People’s Party politician Isabel Diaz Ayuso wanted to introduce a health pass he and VOX would take the matter to court.

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

Swedish Liberal Leader Calls for Hungary to be Removed From EU

Swedish Liberal Party leader Nyamko Sabuni has called for the European Union to take a “hard-line” against Hungary and Poland over LGBT issues, “even if it means that authoritarian states leave the Union”.

Labelling both Poland and Hungary “authoritarian governments”, Ms Sabuni stated in an op-ed for newspaper Expressen: “European co-operation is based on a range of liberal values. These include freedom of movement, human rights, and the rule of law.

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

UK: Farage Blasts ‘Delusional’ Eurocrat for Claiming EU is Beating U.S. And China in Olympics

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has mocked Guy Verhofstadt for suggesting the European Union should be at the top of the Olympics table after adding together the medals of the 27 individual countries that make up the bloc.

Mr Verhofstadt, the former prime minister of Belgium and a leading Member of the European Parliament (MEP), declared Olympic victory on Thursday, saying: “Fun fact: EU combined has more gold medals than U.S. or China. I’d love to see the EU flag next to the national [flag] on athletes’ clothes.

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

UK: Judge Rules on Atheist Fired for Saying He Doesn’t Want UK to Become ‘Muslim Alcohol-Free Caliphate’

A judge in Britain has ruled that a “secular atheist” train operator has a right to espouse his philosophical beliefs after the man was fired for posting on social media that he would not want to live in a “Muslim alcohol-free caliphate”.

A tribunal case concerning the firing of Jeremy Sleath, 63, from West Midlands Trains found that his beliefs are protected under the Equality Act of 2010, as it was determined that secular atheist thoughts are equivalent to those held by religious observers.

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G7: Iran Behind Tanker Attack, ‘Threatens International Peace’

Tehran denies being behind a drone attack against an Israel-linked tanker, but G7 says ‘all available evidence clearly points to Iran’.

G7 foreign ministers have said “all available evidence clearly points to Iran” being behind a drone attack on July 29 against an Israel-linked tanker that killed a former British soldier and Romanian national.

“This was a deliberate and targeted attack, and a clear violation of international law … There is no justification for this attack,” the ministers from the world’s seven most developed nations said in a statement on Friday.

The vessel was a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned petroleum products tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime.

Iran has strongly denied having any link to the attack on the MV Mercer Street, which came as tensions grow in the region and talks to revive the 2015 deal on the Iranian nuclear programme at a standstill…

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10 Passengers Stabbed or Punched on Tokyo Train, Suspect Arrested

A man was arrested Saturday after allegedly stabbing or punching 10 passengers on an Odakyu Electric Railway commuter train in Tokyo on Friday night, police said.

Yusuke Tsushima, 36, was arrested after he was detained at a neighboring convenience store and charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a woman in her 20s with a knife. The victim, who is in a serious condition, suffered multiple wounds to her back and chest, while nine others — four women and five men — were also injured in the attack.

The Metropolitan Police Department initially said one woman and eight men were hurt in the train attack but later said a total of 10 passengers on the Shinjuku-bound train were injured.

Tsushima admitted to the assault, telling the police that “I have been wanting to kill a happy-looking woman for the past six years. Anyone would have been okay.”

The police also quoted him as saying that “I thought I could kill a large number of people as there is no space to flee on a train.”

At the time of the incident, several hundred passengers were on the train and the driver brought it to a halt after hearing loud voices from the train cars…

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China Doubles Down on COVID Origins Conspiracy as Delta Wave Worsens

As Beijing struggles to suppress China’s most broad-based COVID outbreak since the original wave that swept the globe in late 2019-early 2020, the CCP’s ministry of propaganda is ramping up efforts to spread a conspiracy theory blaming COVID on the US military, CNN reports.

As we have previously reported, the conspiracy theory alleges that the virus originated at a military lab at Fort Detrick in Maryland. While that might seem outlandish to most Americans, plenty of Chinese citizens are taking the reports at face value. In fact, the reports have elicited enough of an impassioned response from Chinese citizens that half a million of them signed a letter to the WHO demanding an investigation into Fort Detrick.

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Knife Attacker on Tokyo Commuter Train Wanted to Kill ‘Happy Women’ — NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) — The man alleged to have wounded 10 people in a knife attack on a Tokyo commuter train late on Friday told police he became incensed when he saw women who “looked happy” and wanted to kill them, Japanese media reported on Saturday.

Police arrested the 36-year-old man in another part of Tokyo after he slashed and stabbed people in the attack at about 8:40 pm (1140 GMT) on Friday on a train on the Odakyu Line in the western part of the city, media reported.

One victim, a female university student, was seriously wounded, while the rest suffered less severe injuries…

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Wuhan’s ‘Bat Lady’ Warns of Coming COVID-19 Mutants

Of all the people on the planet who should probably take a pass on weighing in over the future of Covid-19, the woman suspected of either creating it and/or releasing it is probably at the top of the list.

Yet, that’s what just happened

According to Chinese state media cited by the South China Morning Post, top CCP virologist Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology — also known as “Bat Lady” — says the virus will continue to mutate, and we must prepare to coexist with it.

“As the number of infected cases has just become too big, this allowed the novel coronavirus more opportunities to mutate and select. New variants will continue to emerge,” said Shi, whose lab was working with a US-Funded nonprofit to make bat coronaviruses more infectious to humans.

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Lawmakers to Grill Sky News Australia as YouTube Lifts Suspension for ‘Coronavirus Misinformation’

Sky News Australia will face a Senate inquiry after serving a week-long suspension by YouTube over allegations of coronavirus misinformation, the senator in charge of the hearing said Friday.

The news channel is due to come before an upper house panel hearing in Canberra set down for next Friday, AFP reports

Left-wing Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, chair of the Senate’s media diversity committee, said her panel had called Sky News Australia executives, YouTube, and the Australian media regulator to appear.

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Another Day at Biden’s Border: Record 800 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Are Apprehended in 24 Hours, Flights Take Migrants to Louisiana and 650 Test COVID Positive at Texas Camp After Entry

he crisis at the southern border continues to surge past unprecedented levels Friday as concerns over the influx of unaccompanied minors and others are compounded by COVID-19 fears — while Joe Biden heads to his home state of Delaware for the weekend.

The number of children under age 18 apprehended at the border was 834 on Thursday, according to Health and Human Services. The 30-day average is just 512.

Just 612 children in HHS custody were released to parents and guardians, meaning the total number of migrant children held by the US increased by more than 200.

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Czechs Want to Help Refugees But at the Same Time Fear Migration: Survey

According to a survey conducted by the STEM agency, most Czechs consider protection against migration important, with only 14.1 percent of respondents thinking otherwise. Rather than offering asylum, though, the majority of respondents favor providing refugees with assistance in returning to their country of origin.

“The issue of migration is once again proving to be a major problem for the whole of Europe. Not only are negotiations on a migration and asylum pact within the EU still underway, but there are also talks about migration in connection with the situation in Lithuania and the departure of Western troops from Afghanistan,” the analysts from the STEM agency note.

Overall, 84 percent of respondents share a negative opinion on providing asylum for at least some migrants. That is true mainly in the second-oldest age group, in which 74 percent completely reject the idea of asylum, and another 18.1 percent at least partially refuse it. Most respondents who would agree with providing a new home for refugees in the European Union were in the youngest age group of 18 to 29 years of age, with 32 percent of them being in favor of granting asylum.

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Denmark is Closing the Door on Immigration

Denmark, traditionally hailed as one of the most liberal and tolerant countries in the world, recently passed a strict immigration law. The subsequent debate on it has divided Europe. Brussels and Berlin criticize it, while Vienna wants to draw inspiration from it. In any case, the Danes have offered a significant contribution to the future shape of European immigration policy.

Danish Foreign Minister Mattias Tesfaye, who has an Ethiopian father, explained the new rules simply. “We spend a lot of money on people who do not need protection at all,” the German daily Die Welt quoted him saying.

If the asylum seeker fails, he should travel back to his country. But that usually doesn’t work. Many of them live in departure centers, where the stay of each immigrant costs 40,000 euros a year.

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EU Reportedly to Hold Emergency Talks on Belarusian Migration Practices

European Union ministers will hold emergency talks on what they view as a Belarusian pressure campaign of illegal migration against EU nations, according to Agence France-Presse.

The bloc has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging new migrants to cross the border in reaction to Poland’s decision to provide refuge to Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who refused to return home from the Tokyo Olympics.

Slovenia, which currently serves as rotating president of the EU, said the talks would take place virtually on August 18, AFP reported.

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EU Summons Belarus Envoy Over Migrant Stream to Lithuania

BRUSSELS — The European Union has summoned the Belarusian envoy in Brussels and held talks with the Iraqi government after accusing Belarus of using illegal migrants, largely Iraqis, as a political weapon against EU sanctions imposed on Minsk.

A spokesperson said the European Commission summoned the envoy on Wednesday in protest over a refugee problem that Lithuania says Belarus has orchestrated on its border in retaliation for EU sanctions.

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France: Migrant Makes Mockery of Macron: Thwarts Deportation Simply by Refusing COVID Test

An illegal migrant from Guinea avoided deportation by refusing to take a pre-flight coronavirus test, only to find himself in detention asking: “Am I going to stay in prison until I die?”

Abdoul had been given an order to leave France but, like many other migrants, managed to stop his deportation by simply refusing to take a PCR test for the Chinese virus before getting on the flight back to Guinea.

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Hundreds of Migrants Are in Limbo on Rescue Boats in Mediterranean

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two rescue boats carrying 800 migrants saved from sinking or overcrowded vessels have been forced to roam the international waters of the Mediterranean for more than four days, waiting for permission to dock at a safe port.

After an already grueling and traumatic voyage from northern Africa on unsafe vessels organized by traffickers, the rescued migrants have been stuck on boats operated by nongovernmental humanitarian organizations, which reported food and patience were running out.

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Lukashenko Orders Borders to be Closed Amid the Migrant Issue

Representatives of the European Commission and Lithuania accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of a provocation as, in recent days, hundreds of illegal migrants crossed the border between Belarus and Lithuania. Vilnius began to send them back, but Lukashenko gave a clear order to security forces on Thursday: “Close every meter of the border.”

Lukashenko ordered that not one person to be allowed back into Belarus. According to him, Minsk warned his neighbors in advance about the consequences of expelling migrants.

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Migrants Find New Path to EU as Lithuania Plugs Belarus Border

Days after Lithuania started tightening its border with Belarus, a growing number of migrants are walking into the European Union by crossing the ex-Soviet Republic’s frontier with Poland.

Polish border guards detained 132 people, mostly from Afghanistan, after they unlawfully entered the country from Belarus, the most ever over a two-day period, Katarzyna Zdanowicz, a spokeswoman for the border agency, said on Friday. At least 522 people have crossed the border without proper documentation this year.

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Migrants in the Netherlands Lose Trust in the State the Longer They Stay

“Non-Western” immigrants arriving in the Netherlands initially have more trust in public institutions, but the more time they spend in the country, the more they lose that trust, the Dutchnews news portal wrote on Thursday, based on a recent analysis by the Dutch National Statistics Office (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek or CBS).

The survey is based on CBS statistics for the period 2012-2019, which involved 4,892 immigrants. Research shows that, for example, 58 percent of people who came to the Netherlands from South America, Asia, and Africa less than five years ago trust Dutch public institutions, while this proportion is only 43 per cent of immigrants who have been living in the country for decades.

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Poland Accuses Belarus of Using Migrants as ‘Living Weapons’ By Sending Them to the Country as Revenge for Granting Refuge to Olympic Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya

Belarus has been accused of using migrants as ‘living weapons’ by sending them to Poland as revenge for it giving refuge to an Olympic sprinter.

Poland said a growing number of migrants had come over the border since its decision to grant refuge to Krystsina Tsimanouskaya. Miss Tsimanouskaya, 24, refused to return to her native Belarus from Tokyo as she feared for her safety.

Maciej Wasik, Poland’s deputy interior minister, said Belarus was ‘waging a hybrid war with the European Union with the help of illegal immigrants’.

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UK: Illegal Channel Migrant Crossings Hit Record 10,500, Farage Predicts 30,000 in 2021

The number of illegal aliens, mostly from the third world, crossing the English Channel by boat has exceeded the 10,000 mark, with Brexit leader Nigel Farage now predicting 30,000 migrants will make it to Britain in 2021.

According to Home Office figures, 481 illegals reached England in 21 boats on Wednesday, representing a new daily high. On Thursday, 475 migrants in 15 vessels arrived, taking the total to 857 in just 48 hours. July had seen a new monthly record 3,500 migrants arrive.

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‘We Are a Serious Country’ — Hungarians Tell Tucker How and Why They Ended Border Crisis

The Hungarian government has shown FNC’s Tucker Carlson how and why it stops illegal immigration dead at its southern border “wall”.

The conservative news show host, who is currently broadcasting from Hungary, visited the Central European country’s southern border “wall” — actually a fence, constructed rapidly as hundreds of thousands of migrants were marching into the country following German leader Angela Merkel’s unilateral decision to open Germany’s borders and by extension Europe’s to a wave of unregulated mass migration in 2015 — to see how it has largely put an end to illegal border crossings.

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Catholic League: Disney’s Introduction of Trans-Muppet is ‘Child Abuse’

Catholic League president Bill Donohue has slammed the Disney corporation for introducing a transgender character in its celebrated Muppet Babies children’s show.

“Why would Disney, the alleged family-friendly entertainment giant, want to encourage kids to reject their sex? And why aren’t the media covering this story?” Dr. Donohue asks in his August 5 essay.

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SAG-AFTRA President: Disney Using “Gender-Shaming and Bullying” Tactics Over Scarlett Johansson Lawsuit

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris has some words for Disney about its handling of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit.

“Disney should be ashamed of themselves for resorting to tired tactics of gender-shaming and bullying,” the leader of the performers’ union said in a statement released on Friday. “Actors must be compensated for their work according to their contracts. Scarlett Johansson is shining a white-hot spotlight on the improper shifts in compensation that companies are attempting to slip by talent as distribution models change.”

She added, “Nobody in any field of work should fall victim to surprise reductions in expected compensation. It is unreasonable and unjust. Disney and other content companies are doing very well and can certainly live up to their obligations to compensate the performers whose art and artistry are responsible for the corporation’s profits.”

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Twitter Suspends Conservative Pundit Allie Beth Stuckey for Stating That Transgender Weightlifter is a Man

Twitter suspended popular conservative commentator and podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey late Thursday afternoon for a tweet that said of transgender Olympic weightlifting competitor, Laura Hubbard, “Hubbard failing at the event doesn’t make his inclusion fair. He’s still a man, and men shouldn’t compete against women in weightlifting.”

For this, Stuckey received notification that she had violated Twitter’s policy against “hateful conduct.”

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Us and Them

If the virus is as deadly and dangerous as they tell us, why don’t they behave like it?

Why are they exempt to all the indignities, hardships and restrictions they impose on us?

Are you starting to think that maybe this is about more than a pandemic?

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

  1. When the Russian Orthodox Church in 2013 dragged into the legislation an article “On the protection of the feelings of believers” (which is now actively used by Muslims, subordinating life in Russia to Sharia), public figures warned that the government was opening a Pandora’s box.
    Now this sweet Abrahamic trinity (Islam, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Zionists) sang together, throwing out atheists, agnostics, and all sorts of decorative polytheists from public discourse.
    Yes Yes. You heard right. Muslims and people in characteristic Jewish hats are sitting at the “Congress of the Russian People”. Secular people were discharged from the Russians.

    An example of the Orthodox Sharia.

    Woman sues McDonald’s for “tempting” to break the fast

    Orthodox Christian Ksenia Ovchinnikova wants to sue McDonald’s (McDonald’s) for 1,000 rubles for advertising a cheeseburger and chicken McNuggets insulting her religious feelings and forcing her to break her fast. This was reported to TASS by the press service of the [Moscow – at the location of the defendant] of the Zamoskvoretsky court, where the corresponding claim was filed.

    “The court received a claim from Ksenia Ovchinnikova, the defendant of which is McDonald’s. Currently, the date of the preliminary hearing (conversation) on this claim has not yet been set, ”the court said.

    As stated in the text of the statement of claim, which TASS got acquainted with, Ovchinnikova was outraged by the situation that occurred in April 2019 in Omsk. The girl saw an advertisement for a cheeseburger and chicken McNuggets on Karl Marx Avenue. Despite the fact that at that time there was Lent, which the girl has observed for 16 years in a row, she bought herself McDonald’s products that contain meat.

    “By this point, the post had been going on for about a month, when I saw the ad banner, I could not help it, I visited McDonald’s and bought a cheeseburger. In the actions of McDonald’s, I see a violation of consumer protection law. I ask the court to investigate, and, if there was a violation, to oblige McDonald’s to compensate me for moral damage in the amount of 1,000 rubles, ”the statement of claim says.

    A Christian woman who has filed a lawsuit against the McDonald’s restaurant chain because of the “spoiled” Lent should not go to court, but confess, RIA Novosti was told in the Moscow Patriarchate.

    “I advise her to go to confession and not to court,” said the agency’s source.

    In this case, the ROC behaved responsibly, because lately it has been causing great irritation in society with its obscurantism.

    • Interesting! A major American corporation on Karl Marx Ave being sued for offending religious sensibilities? Sometimes reality resembles a satirical publication like The Onion.

      • Really a nightmare. A mixture of cyberpunk, dystopia and idiocy.

        Here’s another. Merciless Russian creativity.

        Fortune-tellers and clairvoyants are used to advertise vaccinations on the Russian federal TV channel TV3. According to the plot of a social video that promotes vaccination against coronavirus, people come to fortune-tellers to find out their future and ask for help. However, clairvoyants are unable to help, as “the future is closed.” Hearing this, people admit that “now they are afraid.”

        “But we can protect ourselves, get vaccinated!” – says the voice-over. After that, fortune-tellers admit that after vaccination “and fate will be determined.”

        https://credo.press/238472/

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