Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/13/2021

Twelve bishops in the Church of England urged the government not to turn back boats of illegal migrants that cross the English Channel from France. Meanwhile, an Afghan migrant accused of raping and murdering a child in Austria was found to have entered Britain illegally on a migrant boat.

In other news, at a UN conference on Afghanistan, donors pledged $1.2 billion to aid the new Taliban government.

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

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USA
» 177 Stanford Faculty Members Urge DOJ to Stop Looking for Chinese Spies in Academia Because it Causes “Racial Profiling”
» Americans Turned Away From Virginia Hospitals Because of Influx of Afghan Evacuees
» Ben Stein Suspended by YouTube for Asking Too Many COVID Questions — See the Censored Interview Here!
» Biden Surgeon General Claims Vaccine Mandates Are “Part of a Long Tradition” In U.S.
» California Republicans Shocked to Discover They’ve ‘Already Voted’ in Recall Election
» California Medical Ethics Prof With Natural Immunity Sues University Over Vaxx Mandate
» D.C. Prepares for ‘Justice for J6’ Rally in Support of January 6 Detainees, Many Still in Solitary
» Family Feud After a Funeral Leads to One Man Dead
» FBI Fires Lead Agent in Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping Case
» Hundreds of Anti-Biden Protesters Gather as President Visits Idaho
» Journalism Schools Produce ‘Useless’ Degrees, Leaving Graduates Deep in Debt
» Judge Orders Blogger to Hand Over Devices in Lawsuit Over Blog Comments
» Justice Barrett: Supreme Court “Not Comprised of a Bunch of Partisan Hacks”
» NC Man Who Threw Brick at Protest Gets 1 Year in Prison
» Parents Speak Out Against Critical Race Theory at West Bend School Board Meeting
» Senator Elizabeth Warren Questions Amazon on Why Books That Contain “Misinformation” Are Listed as Bestsellers
» Sheriff Refuses to Enforce Vaccine Mandates
» Top Tax Rate in NYC Would be 61.2%, 59.7% in California Under House Dems’ New Tax Plan
» Trump Slams Bush’s 9/11 Speech: Man “Responsible for Death of Perhaps Millions of People” Shouldn’t Lecture Anybody
» Twin Anti-Mask Protests Held at Orange, Harnett School Board Meetings
» Video: MSNBC Host Claims COVID is Like a 9/11 Death Toll “Every Two Days”
» Video: Sleepy Joe IS a Uniter After All as Yankees and Mets Fans Both Chant “F*** Biden”
» Washington State High School Cancels 9/11 Tribute for Being ‘Racially Insensitive’
» ‘We Love Trump’: Fans Cheer While Donald Trump and Don Jr. Commentate Boxing Match
» Western High School Requires Masks; Some Parents Protest the Decision
» White House to Announce More COVID Measures This Week Despite Vaccine Mandate Backlash
 
Canada
» About 40 People Protest COVID-19 Measures Behind Saskatoon Hospital, Are Met by Counter-Protest
» AHS Lawyer Seeks Jail Time for Calgary Pastor and Brother for Breaking COVID-19 Rules
» Anti-Lockdown Protest at London Hospital Draws 200; Entrance Not Blocked
» Small Anti-Vaccine Passport Demonstration in Vancouver
 
Europe and the EU
» European Gas Prices Hit Another Record High on Low Supply
» France: Macron’s Disgraced Ex-Bodyguard Benalla Goes on Trial for Assaulting Protesters
» France: Mob Attacks Police to Help Violent Suspect Evade Arrest
» Le Pen Vows to Crack Down on ‘Talibanised Zones’ In France, As She Launches Presidential Bid
» UK Government Says Vaccine Passports Integral to COVID Winter Plan Day After They Were Supposedly Scrapped
» UK Government Uses Big Tech Data to Manipulate Public Behavior, Study Shows
» UK Government Approves Coronavirus Vaccines for 12 to 15 Year Olds to ‘Reduce Disruption’ In Schools
» UK: M25 Traffic: More Than 90 Extinction Rebellion-Style Eco-Warriors Arrested After Causing Five Hours of Queues
» UK: Tens of Thousands Could Lose Jobs Under Mandatory Vaccination for Carers and NHS Staff, Warns Union
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Hot Mic Catches Israeli Health Minister Admitting Vaccine Passports Are About Coercion
» Israel to Conduct COVID “Genetic Scanning” For All Inbound Air Passengers
 
South Asia
» Donors Pledge $1.2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Afghans
» U.N. Seeks $600 Million in Donations for Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan
 
Far East
» Chinese State Media Slams Soros as “The Most Evil Person in the World” And “The Son of Satan”
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Church Leaders Reject Government Vaccine Mandate
» Hundreds of Maskless Beachgoers Ignore COVID Karen Threantening Fines
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Nigeria’s Twitter Ban is Expected to Last Until the End of the Year
 
Latin America
» Jamaica: St Catherine Party-Goers Outwit Cops
 
Immigration
» 80 Migrants Prevented From Entering Latvia Over Weekend
» Afghan Accused of Raping and Murdering Child Entered Britain on Migrant Boat: Report
» Baltics and Poland Present United Front on Hybrid Migrant Threat
» Czechia Prepares for Influx of Migrants
» Czech’s President’s Expert Team Identifies Migration and Terrorism as Two Security Risks
» France’s Former Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier is Ridiculed Over His Spectacular U-Turn on Immigration and National Sovereignty
» German Dinghy Overloaded With Migrants Shows French Boat Ban is a Load of Hot Air
» Have Afghan Migrants Successfully Integrated Into Germany? Data Shows Elevated Crime Rates and High Unemployment
» Lithuania to Fence First 110 Km of Belarus Border by April
» More Than 100 Migrants Arrive in the Balearic Islands
» ‘No Longer in Calais’: France’s Emmanuel Macron Wanted to Send Migrants to UK After Brexit
» Risking All to Reach Britain: Mother Clings to Baby and Woman is Taken Ill as RNLI Helps Latest Group of Desperate Migrants Ashore — After Nearly 2,000 Landed in Last Week
» Somali Asylum Seeker Stabbing Spree in Italy Sees Child’s Throat Slashed, Four Women Injured
» Sweden: People With Immigration Backgrounds Vastly Overrepresented in Crime Data
» Woke Church of England Bishops Urge Govt Not to Turn Back Illegal Migrant Boats
 
Culture Wars
» Alaska Airlines Fired Flight Attendants for Saying Democrat Transgender Bill Harms Women
» ‘Bond’ Movie Star Lashana Lynch Says Casting Reaction Reminiscent of Segregation
» French Government: Women Under 25 to Get Free Contraception to Reduce Abortions
» Mel Gibson: Targeting of Pious Catholic Priests by Church Establishment is a “Very Deep Sickness”
» New New York Governor Hochul Asks Facebook to Censor ‘Misinformation’ About Abortion
 

177 Stanford Faculty Members Urge DOJ to Stop Looking for Chinese Spies in Academia Because it Causes “Racial Profiling”

A group of Stanford professors have come together to urge the Justice Department to stop looking for Chinese spies at U.S. universities, a September 8 letter from the group reads.

Arguing that such programs cause “racial profiling”, the professors claim the “China Initiative”, which was set up to prevent U.S. technology theft, is “harming the United States’ research and technology competitiveness and “is fueling biases”, Reuters reported.

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

Americans Turned Away From Virginia Hospitals Because of Influx of Afghan Evacuees

Old Joe Biden’s handlers are bringing 94,000 Afghan evacuees into the United States, at the cost of $6.4 billion of your money. The overall cost, however, may end up being even higher than that, and even the establishment media’s most committed far-Left propaganda organs are noticing. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that “[t]he mass arrival of Afghan evacuees last month, many in need of medical care, wreaked havoc on Northern Virginia’s hospital system — prompting a regional emergency response group to assume oversight after one hospital became overwhelmed with patients and federal officials lost track of where some Afghans were hospitalized, officials said.”

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

Ben Stein Suspended by YouTube for Asking Too Many COVID Questions — See the Censored Interview Here!

Actor & lawyer Ben Stein has been suspended by YouTube after asking questions about Covid, vaccines, mandates, boosters and more.

The YouTube channel, “The World According To Ben Stein,” has been banned for a week as of Friday.

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

Biden Surgeon General Claims Vaccine Mandates Are “Part of a Long Tradition” In U.S.

Appearing on NBC News Sunday, Biden Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ludicrously claimed that the government putting requirements on people to take vaccines is a long held American tradition.

Meet The Press host Chuck Todd asked Murthy why Biden has flip flopped on vaccine mandates after previously saying the government shouldn’t get involved in such policies.

Murthy pulled out the stock answer, “from the beginning the president and all of us have said we’ve got to use every lever we have in order to fight this pandemic. And that’s what you see happening right now.”

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

California Republicans Shocked to Discover They’ve ‘Already Voted’ in Recall Election

Residents of San Fernando Valley, California were shocked after showing up to vote in the state’s gubernatorial recall election, only to be told by polling station workers that they had already voted.

88-year-old Estelle Bender, a Republican, said she wasn’t the only person who was told incorrectly that they had already voted.

“The man next to me was arguing the same thing,” said Bender, who was given a provisional ballot that she filled out and then “left really angry.”

“I’d still like to know how I voted,” Bender told KTLA.

[Comment: I’m willing to bet that the ballot was marked for Democrats.]

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

California Medical Ethics Prof With Natural Immunity Sues University Over Vaxx Mandate

Authored by Jonathan Turley

We recently discussed the lawsuit filed by a George Mason University professor who refused to get the Covid vaccine upon the recommendation of his doctors and due to his natural antibodies after recovering from the virus. GMU later relented and gave him an exception. However, now a University of California professor has sued on the same ground. Aaron Kheriaty, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California at Irvine, is the latest effort to force review of the issue of natural antibodies as a protection from Covid.

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

D.C. Prepares for ‘Justice for J6’ Rally in Support of January 6 Detainees, Many Still in Solitary

Trump operative Matt Braynard and his organization “Look Ahead America” are planning a rally in Washington, D.C., to support those still languishing in jail for their part in the mostly peaceful January 6 protest-turned-melee.

More than 600 people have been arrested, most of them for misdemeanors. Many non-violent offenders were locked up with no chance of bail.

January 6 detainee FAST FACTS:

  • Many are in solitary confinement, making them look more like political prisoners
  • One was reportedly beaten so badly by guards that he lost vision in one eye
  • Detainees report they aren’t allowed to speak privatelywith their lawyers
  • Republican Reps have tried to speak on their behalf to the DOJ and the prison warden, only to get shunned by both

Despite the lefty histrionics, no one has thus far been charged with “sedition”

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

Family Feud After a Funeral Leads to One Man Dead

ATLANTA — Family members had gone to Oakland City Park in southwest Atlanta after the funeral of Tony Andrews.

It was supposed to be a time to talk about their loved ones and console one another, instead, a deadly fight broke out.

“They just buried his dad and they’re going to bury him too,” said Jarvis Tucker, the sister-in-law of Tony Andrews.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

FBI Fires Lead Agent in Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping Case

The FBI agent credited with thwarting the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been fired from the agency after domestic violence allegations were levied against him.

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

Hundreds of Anti-Biden Protesters Gather as President Visits Idaho

Hundreds of anti-Biden protesters gathered in Boise, Idaho, ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to the state on Monday, CNN White House Correspondent Jeremy Diamond reported.

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

Journalism Schools Produce ‘Useless’ Degrees, Leaving Graduates Deep in Debt

The WSJ’s education reporters have been on a roll lately, publishing a deeply reported series of stories about the unintended consequences of the fact that there’s no lending cap on the federal government’s “Grad Plus” student loan program. By allowing students with little to no income to borrow unlimited funds to further their education in the graduate domain (while leaving taxpayers on the hook for losses), pricey graduate degree programs have proliferated like the clap. And surprisingly, only a small fraction of these programs allow the average graduate to comfortably pay off their loans without financial help from their parents.

Back in June, WSJ published its initial deep-dive into high priced “useless” masters degrees offered by elite Ivy League Universities. The a few weeks after that, it followed up with a deep-dive on second— and third-tier law and MBA programs, which boomed in popularity over the past twenty to thirty years, only for many graduates to realize that six-figure jobs are mostly reserved for graduates from the top-tier programs.

Now, WSJ is targeting another universe of “useless” degrees: the master’s degree in journalism. Expensive programs for what is by all accounts a dying discipline abound, with the “leading” programs found at Columbia, Northwestern and USC. Roughly a dozen other expensive programs continue to enroll students across the US. Together, they produce thousands of graduates a year for an industry that has seen the number of available jobs shrink practically every year for the last two decades.

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

Judge Orders Blogger to Hand Over Devices in Lawsuit Over Blog Comments

In a defamation lawsuit filed by a police officer in Hartford, Connecticut, a blog owner has been ordered by the court to hand over electronic devices to aid in the investigation. But the order appears to go against precedent on Section 230 and First Amendment rights.

Kevin Brookman runs a blog called We the People Hartford. Anonymous commenters of the blog accused Lt. Vincent Benvenuto of being racist. In retaliation, Benvenuto filed a lawsuit against Brookman, yet he is not the one that made the racism accusations, commenters on his blog did.

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

Justice Barrett: Supreme Court “Not Comprised of a Bunch of Partisan Hacks”

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett defended the top U.S. court over the weekend, saying that the nine justices are not politically motivated.

“My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks,” Barrett said during her remarks to a crowd at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville.

“Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties.”

[Comment: The comments on the Zero Hedge article are interesting.]

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

NC Man Who Threw Brick at Protest Gets 1 Year in Prison

A North Carolina man who threw a brick through a courthouse window during a protest related to George Floyd’s death has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.

Alexander Pridgen of Greenville was sentenced to 15 months at a hearing Monday in federal court in New Bern.

He pleaded guilty to destruction of government property and possessing a firearm while under indictment.

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

Parents Speak Out Against Critical Race Theory at West Bend School Board Meeting

Parent Corine Freund is a concerned mother with two children in the district. She spoke during the August 23, 2021 meeting. Click HERE to view the full meeting.

Freund quoted sources and presented printed material to the school board. “If you’re not familiar with CRT, it is a system rooted in Marxism,” said Freund, “We do know educators in the district have issued white privilege tests to students. We know teachers have, through open records requests, in the classroom within our district, found that the school district has spent roughly six figures through many types of funding on training…regarding topics like diversity, inclusion and equity.”

Freund quoted, “Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, stated “CRT chooses race-consciousness over the Enlightenment view of colorblindness as a societal norm.”

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

Senator Elizabeth Warren Questions Amazon on Why Books That Contain “Misinformation” Are Listed as Bestsellers

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has joined the call in asking Amazon to provide more details on its content moderation policies over what they see as the retailer’s failure to address what she says is the spread of COVID-19 misinformation in books.

Warren accused the tech giant of promoting books and other material containing COVID-19 misinformation.

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

Sheriff Refuses to Enforce Vaccine Mandates

An Arkansas sheriff’s department says it will not enforce vaccine mandates on its staff after the Biden administration last week issued Covid-19 vaccination requirements through the US Labor Dept.

In a statement released via social media Friday, Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown rejected the imposition of vaccine mandates, which he compared to “dictator-like” behavior.

“I am appalled at some of the absolute dictator-like things we are seeing from the Federal Government, and several of the State Governments,” Sheriff Brown wrote.

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

Top Tax Rate in NYC Would be 61.2%, 59.7% in California Under House Dems’ New Tax Plan

Update (1130ET): At least one influential Democratic lawmaker is claiming that the leadership has promised to kill the SALT deduction cap as part of Biden’s newly revised budget plan.

Despite it not being included in the outline released by House Ways and Means earlier today, New York Rep. Tom Suozzi has just released a statement claiming that the leadership have committed to removing the cap for SALT deductions.

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

Trump Slams Bush’s 9/11 Speech: Man “Responsible for Death of Perhaps Millions of People” Shouldn’t Lecture Anybody

Donald Trump didn’t hold back in Monday comments reacting to former President George W. Bush’s speech marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bush lamented the “malign force” of a nation divided and seemed to put events of the tail-end of the Trump presidency center stage.

Bush spoke at the United Airlines Flight 93 memorial service on Saturday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Filled merely with patriotic nostalgia, noticeably absent was even a hint of regret over his previously taking the country into disastrous ‘endless wars’ in Iraq and Afghanistan — and the since widely acknowledged lies that helped sell the wars. Notably Dick Cheney as well as Vice President Kamala Harris were in attendance at the ceremony.

Instead Bush took the opportunity to highlight ‘domestic extremism’ — in a clear reference to the Capitol Hill events of January 6: “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said. “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home… But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.”

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

Twin Anti-Mask Protests Held at Orange, Harnett School Board Meetings

LILLINGTON, N.C. — Parents are planning to protest at two school board meetings Monday night in central North Carolina over mask requirements in classrooms.

A group of parents who call their initiative “the fight for a parent’s choice” plan on gathering at the Harnett County Board of Education Meeting before the public comment period at 6 p.m. A handful of parents were already protesting the school board around 5 p.m., waving signs and American flags.

Last minute, the board of education extended the public comment period to one hour and added mask mandates on their agenda.

The organization Re-Open Orange County Schools is planning to protest the district’s mask mandate around 6 p.m. at Gravely Middle School while the school board holds its business meeting.

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

Video: MSNBC Host Claims COVID is Like a 9/11 Death Toll “Every Two Days”

In remarkably ill thought out comments, MSNBC Nicolle Wallace claimed during the network’s coverage of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that the current COVID situation in America is like a 9/11 happening “every two days.”

In cringe anchor small talk, fake news originator Brian Williams asked Wallace “Are you ever struck by the thought that on the 40th, 50th anniversary we will look back, perhaps, at some of these pictures and be reminded, oh, yeah, that’s when we were all wearing masks?”

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

Video: Sleepy Joe IS a Uniter After All as Yankees and Mets Fans Both Chant “F*** Biden”

Joe Biden has managed to unite some bitterly opposed Americans after all.

Video emerged Saturday of baseball fans exiting Citi Field in New York, with BOTH Yankees and Mets fans coming together to boisterously chant “F*** Biden”.

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

Washington State High School Cancels 9/11 Tribute for Being ‘Racially Insensitive’

It’s hard to believe that in the wake of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, millions in our country responded with a wave of patriotism. Flags were up everywhere and we’d successfully shown our enemies that the American spirit won’t be easily crushed.

Twenty years later, though, patriotism is now considered offensive by some, and the red, white, and blue might trigger the snowflakes who hate this country while enjoying all the comforts it provides. At least, that’s what happened in a Washington state high school, where students had planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by wearing red, white, and blue at a patriotic-themed game. The school staff cried foul, claiming it could be “racially insensitive and offend some people.”

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

‘We Love Trump’: Fans Cheer While Donald Trump and Don Jr. Commentate Boxing Match

The crowd at a Saturday boxing match commentated by former President Donald Trump and his son Don Jr. chanted “we love Trump.”

Trump took the mic ahead of the Evander Holyfield/Vitor Belfort fight but was interrupted by loud chants of his supporters attending the event.

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

Western High School Requires Masks; Some Parents Protest the Decision

RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. — Students who go to Western High School in Russiaville are required to wear masks starting Monday and some parents are protesting the decision.

Some protest organizers say this isn’t about being anti-masks, but it’s about parents having the option to choose what’s best for their students.

Dozens showed up to the protest with their signs and none wearing masks.

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

White House to Announce More COVID Measures This Week Despite Vaccine Mandate Backlash

Despite the massive backlash against a federal vaccine mandate, the Biden White House is set to announce more COVID measures this week, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Last week, the administration announced that it would mandate the vaccine via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, meaning employers with over 100 workers would have to force staff to get the vaccine or face massive fines.

This prompted a wave of resistance with conservatives and Republicans finally appearing to find a line in the sand that they could unite behind.

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

About 40 People Protest COVID-19 Measures Behind Saskatoon Hospital, Are Met by Counter-Protest

A largely unmasked group of about 40 people gathered behind a Saskatoon hospital on Monday to protest measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The silent vigil, alongside other Monday protests across the country, was organized by a group called “Canadian Frontline Nurses.” According to its website, the group is against “tyrannical measures and government overreach.” In one video posted to the site, a woman identified as a nurse speaks against mandating children to be masked.

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

AHS Lawyer Seeks Jail Time for Calgary Pastor and Brother for Breaking COVID-19 Rules

A lawyer for Alberta Health Services says an Alberta pastor and his brother found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 health orders should go to jail.

Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski of Calgary were arrested in May and accused of organizing an illegal gathering as well as promoting and attending an illegal gathering.

The arrests came after court orders were granted allowing Alberta Health Services and police to charge anyone who advertised gatherings that would breach health restrictions.

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

Anti-Lockdown Protest at London Hospital Draws 200; Entrance Not Blocked

An anti-lockdown protest at London’s Victoria Hospital — part of a nationwide set of rallies that have drawn widespread condemnation — drew a relatively small crowd of about 200 on Monday afternoon.

The anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protests, run by a group calling itself Canadian Frontline Nurses, were set to target hospitals in major cities nationwide Monday. London’s drew a relatively small crowd of about 200, including anti-lockdown Aylmer church pastor Henry Hildebrandt.

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

Small Anti-Vaccine Passport Demonstration in Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A small group of demonstrators in Vancouver gathered to protest the COVID-19 vaccine passport system which was ushered in by the province Monday.

Some of the people taking part in this demonstration are holding signs reading “stop the shot” and “make Canada free again.”

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

European Gas Prices Hit Another Record High on Low Supply

The price of natural gas in the European market has set yet another record, exceeding $730 per thousand cubic meters, trading data shows.

The commodity now costs five times its 2020 price.

The price of October gas futures at the launch of the Monday trading session was $713.10 per thousand cubic meters, jumping to $728.20 by 7:30 GMT and quickly reaching $730.10 a little after that, the Dutch TTF index shows. The previous gas price record on the European market was set last Friday, when it reached $710 per thousand cubic meters by the end of the trading day.

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

France: Macron’s Disgraced Ex-Bodyguard Benalla Goes on Trial for Assaulting Protesters

French President Emmanuel Macron’s ex-bodyguard Alexandre Benalla arrived at a Paris court on Monday to go on trial for assaulting two people during a 2018 protest while posing as a police officer, in an incident that caused deep embarrassment for France’s newly elected leader.

Macron, who had made integrity in office a cornerstone of his campaign, was forced to fire Alexandre Benalla, now 30, after a video emerged showing him striking a young man and grabbing a young woman by the neck at a May Day protest in 2018.

The former bouncer was wearing a police helmet, although he had only been given leave to accompany security forces as an observer.

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France: Mob Attacks Police to Help Violent Suspect Evade Arrest

French police attempting to apprehend a violent suspect were thwarted by a mob of people who attacked them to prevent the arrest, according to reports.

Multiple officers were injured during the ambush, which unfolded at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night outside a police precinct in Saint-Fons, a commune in the Lyon metro area.

The incident kicked off when a group of suspects vandalized a patrol car parked outside the police building.

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

Le Pen Vows to Crack Down on ‘Talibanised Zones’ In France, As She Launches Presidential Bid

Launching her bid for the 2022 presidential election in France, right-wing populist candidate Marine Le Pen promised to return liberty to France from President Emmanuel Macron’s draconian coronavirus measures and to crack down on the “Talibanised” areas of France.

Marine Le Pen, who stepped aside as the leader of the National Rally party on Sunday in favour of her 26-year-old deputy Jordan Bardella in order to focus fully on her presidential campaign, cast the upcoming election as a civilisational choice for France.

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UK Government Says Vaccine Passports Integral to COVID Winter Plan Day After They Were Supposedly Scrapped

The UK government has insisted that vaccine passports will remain an integral tool in fighting the spread of COVID just a day after health secretary Sajid Javid asserted that they had been completely scrapped.

Well, that didn’t take long.

During his media rounds yesterday morning, Javid said that vaccine passports represented a “huge intrusion into people’s lives,” adding, “I am pleased to say that we will not be going ahead.”

However, within 24 hours, the government has indicated that the system will in fact form a “first-line defence” against a winter wave of coronavirus.

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

UK Government Uses Big Tech Data to Manipulate Public Behavior, Study Shows

Government agencies in the UK have increasingly been using sensitive data to manipulate public behavior, a study has revealed. This invasive government influence of public behavior has been fueled by the massive personal data collected by Big Tech platforms.

The study, published by the Scottish Center for Crime and Justice Research, added that this new tactic is being used at both the national and local levels to change public behavior and achieve the desired outcomes of social and health policies.

Even law enforcement agencies are using this tactic to “fight crime” through surveillance and direct intervention, as well as targeted online advertising.

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

UK Government Approves Coronavirus Vaccines for 12 to 15 Year Olds to ‘Reduce Disruption’ In Schools

The UK’s chief medical officer announced on Monday that children from the ages of 12 to 15 years old will be offered coronavirus vaccines in England.

Announcing the long-anticipated ruling, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Monday that the government made the decision upon assessing “what effect this will have on transmission in schools and effects on education,” adding: “It’s a useful tool to reduce the disruption.”

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

UK: M25 Traffic: More Than 90 Extinction Rebellion-Style Eco-Warriors Arrested After Causing Five Hours of Queues

MORE than 90 eco-warriors linked to Extinction Rebellion have been arrested after sparking travel chaos during a rush-hour blockade of the M25.

Tens of thousands of drivers were stuck in their cars for up to five hours while activists from Insulate Britain plonked themselves in the middle of the motorway.

The whopping protest caused disruption at Junction 3 for Swanley in Kent, Junction 6 for Godstone in Surrey, Junction 14 for Heathrow Terminal 5, Junction 20 for Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, and Junction 31 for Purfleet in Essex.

Sam, from Bromley, south east London, said he had been stuck in traffic on the M25 with his two young children for three hours due to the climate protest.

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

UK: Tens of Thousands Could Lose Jobs Under Mandatory Vaccination for Carers and NHS Staff, Warns Union

The chief of the UK’s biggest union has warned that tens of thousands of people could lose their jobs under the government’s plans to enforce vaccination on care home staff and potentially for NHS employees.

In July, British MPs voted in support of making vaccination a condition of employment for care staff employed in settings registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), with the deadline for full vaccination expected by November 11th, unless they are exempt. While last week, the government formally opened a consultation on extending the requirement to Britain’s largest employer, the National Health Service (NHS) and its 1.3 million frontline staff, as well as other social care workers.

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Hot Mic Catches Israeli Health Minister Admitting Vaccine Passports Are About Coercion

Unaware that he was on a hot mic and being broadcast live on a TV station, Israeli health minister Nitzan Horowitz admitted that vaccine passports were primarily about coercing skeptical people to get the vaccine.

“Imposing “green pass” rules on certain venues is needed only to pressure members of the public to get vaccinated, and not for medical reasons, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Sunday, ahead of the weekly Cabinet meeting,” reports Jewish News Syndicate.

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Israel to Conduct COVID “Genetic Scanning” For All Inbound Air Passengers

The world’s most “ultra-vaxxed nation” Israel is continuing to struggle to keep its coronavirus infections down, despite enacting some of the most stringent rules and requirements on its population, including rolling out one of the earliest versions of a vaccine passport to visit public venues, which has to be “updated” each six months or so based on a booster shot timeline.

Now Israel will go so far as to conduct “genetic scanning” for travelers arriving in the country. It’s considered a huge and experimental high tech step in screening inbound passengers for coronavirus infections at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

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Donors Pledge $1.2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Afghans

At the first high-level conference on Afghanistan since the Taliban took power a month ago, Western governments, big traditional donors and others announced pledges that went beyond the $606 million that the United Nations was seeking to cover costs through the end of the year for protecting Afghans from looming humanitarian disaster.

U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths announced at the close of the ministerial meeting that more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian and development aid had been pledged. He said this included the $606 million sought in a “flash appeal” but also a regional response to the Afghan crisis that U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi spoke about after arriving in Kabul on a previously unannounced visit.

He wrote on Twitter that he would assess humanitarian needs and the situation of 3.5 million displaced Afghans, including over 500,000 displaced this year alone.

Officials at the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, have expressed concerns that more Afghans could take refuge into neighboring Pakistan and Iran, which both already have large numbers of Afghans who fled their country during the past decades of war…

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U.N. Seeks $600 Million in Donations for Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan

The United Nations opened a high-level donors conference Monday with the call for the world to urgently send $600 million to help fund the Taliban’s self-declared Islamic Caliphate of Afghanistan over the next three months.

Disbursement of funds to those Afghans in need has been guaranteed in writing by the Taliban, the U.N. assured potential contributors.

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Chinese State Media Slams Soros as “The Most Evil Person in the World” And “The Son of Satan”

It didn’t take China long to respond to George Soros after he went nuclear on Beijing and US investment titans abandoning their “ESG ideals” to capitalize on China’s massive market.

Over the weekend, China’s state-run tabloid Global Times labeled George Soros a “global economic terrorist“ in a tit for tat exchange playing out in dueling op-eds that underscore the rising temperature in US-China relations, the Standard and Asia Times reported.

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Australian Church Leaders Reject Government Vaccine Mandate

Australian Christian leaders in the state of New South Wales (NSW) say they do not intend to turn away unvaccinated churchgoers despite Canberra’s claimed mandate to do so.

Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher and Anglican Archbishop Kanishka Raffel are among those who have insisted to Health Minister Brad Hazzard that attending church is an essential service and must be available to all, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Sunday.

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Hundreds of Maskless Beachgoers Ignore COVID Karen Threantening Fines

Heartening video out of New South Wales, Australia shows hundreds of beachgoers enjoying the sun and carrying about their business while a government “Karen” threatens fines over a bullhorn.

The video from North Bondi beach in Sydney shows a frustrated Waverley Council representative threatening fines for violating strict COVID guidelines while beachgoers ignore her pleas.

“To everybody who’s lying on the beach: please remember you are in breach of the public health order if you are not wearing your mask,” the Karen said over a loudspeaker.

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Nigeria’s Twitter Ban is Expected to Last Until the End of the Year

Four months ago, the Nigerian government banned Twitter after the platform banned President Muhammadu Buhari. The government recently announced the ban would be lifted after reaching an agreement with Twitter. However, the ban is still in effect and it appears the ban will continue for the rest of the year.

The more the ban stays in effect the more millions of Nigerians’ free speech is stifled. According to critics, the authoritarian move is a desperate attempt by the government to distract people from the horde of problems facing the country.

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Jamaica: St Catherine Party-Goers Outwit Cops

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Despite their best efforts, the St Catherine North police were unable to locate an illegal dance that was held in the division on Sunday night.

Commanding Officer for St Andrew North, Superintendent Howard Chambers, told OBSERVER ONLINE that the police got intelligence about the dance, which was being held in Linstead, and immediately dispatched several units.

“We couldn’t find that party,” Chambers revealed. “We searched several areas but came up empty-handed.”

The government has banned parties and other entertainment events, in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Jamaica.

During the illegal dance, videos of the event were taken and posted on Instagram. In the videos, what seems to be hundreds of patrons were seen dancing and enjoying themselves as loud music was heard, and the selector spoke.

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80 Migrants Prevented From Entering Latvia Over Weekend

State Border Guard deterred 80 people from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border over the weekend, according to Border Guard’s information published September 13.

On Friday, September 10, the Border Guard prevented the attempts to cross the border of 20 people, 26 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday.

No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally.

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Afghan Accused of Raping and Murdering Child Entered Britain on Migrant Boat: Report

An Afghan arrested in Sadiq Khan’s London after allegedly raping and murdering a child in Austria entered the country after crossing the Channel on a migrant boat, according to reports.

Rasuili Zubaidullah, wanted in Austria as a suspect in the now infamous drugging, gang rape, and murder of a 13-year-old girl named Leonie along with three other Afghans, is believed to have arrived in Britain on a migrant boat, claimed asylum under a false name, and been put up in a hotel on the British taxpayers’ dime for weeks, according to Britain’s two largest-circulation tabloid newspapers, The Daily Mail and The Sun, and its largest-circulated freesheet, the Metro.

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Baltics and Poland Present United Front on Hybrid Migrant Threat

The Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Poland met in Riga September 13, using the occasion to express solidarity in the face of hybrid threats posed by Russia and Belarus.

Speaking to journalists in a joint press conference, all four ministers stressed the need for unity within both the European Union and NATO with respect to the massive Zapad 2021 military drills taking place in Russia and Belarus, and the use of third-country migrants by the Lukashenko regime in an effort to force thousands of illegal entries to the European Union.

Describing the current situation as “an interesting point in time,” host Edgars Rinkevics said that so far “Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are handling the situation rather well” and so did not need to ask for extra help from NATO at present.

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Czechia Prepares for Influx of Migrants

The Czech Republic is preparing for a possible next wave of migration, with police officers responding by increasingly inspecting trucks and vans. At the same time, detention facilities for detained migrants are ready to double their capacity, while the Ministry of the Interior has prepared scenarios that it will implement according to the number of incoming migrants.

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek admitted that he would order resuming border controls if necessary. Politicians are worried not only because of the Afghan crisis, but also due to the situation on the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland.

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Czech’s President’s Expert Team Identifies Migration and Terrorism as Two Security Risks

Czech President Milos Zeman’s advisory team spoke in favor of fundamentally strengthening the protection of the Czech borders, said Jiri Ovcacek, the president’s spokesman, which is tied to the fact that migration and terrorism are two of the primary security risks for Czechia.

Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek then indicated that alleviating the humanitarian crisis, preventing illegal migration, and fighting terrorism are key priorities.

[Comment: It is refreshing to hear a government correctly identity key priorities.]

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France’s Former Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier is Ridiculed Over His Spectacular U-Turn on Immigration and National Sovereignty

With a political and ideological adaptability bordering on moral opportunism, Michel Barnier, the European Union’s former chief Brexit negotiator, has surprised commentators with his newly acquired stance regarding French national sovereignty in the context of European legislation.

During a meeting of the Les Républicains party in Nimes, France, Barnier, who is now running as a potential candidate for the presidential elections on behalf of the French conservative party, stated that, “We cannot do all this without having regained our legal sovereignty, being permanently threatened by a ruling or a condemnation at the level of the European Court of Justice or the European Convention on Human Rights.” He also added that he will demand a referendum that will have two objectives: “that of a parliamentary control on the quotas of immigrants each year and finally that of recovering through a constitutional shield our freedom to maneuver and interpret matters related to immigration.”

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German Dinghy Overloaded With Migrants Shows French Boat Ban is a Load of Hot Air

FROM the air, the sheer scale of Dover’s dinghy graveyard is staggering.

Hundreds of discarded vessels that have ferried migrants across the English Channel lie stacked on a patch of industrial ground.

It’s the end point of a lucrative — and deadly — supply chain that today The Sun can reveal stretches 5,000 miles away to the factories of China, via GERMANY.

Last week we told how France has banned the sale of inflatables and kayaks from Channel ports in an attempt to stem the crossings.

But peering through the wire fence at the Dover storehouse, the name stamp on one dinghy revealed the flourishing boat supply line has a German source.

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Have Afghan Migrants Successfully Integrated Into Germany? Data Shows Elevated Crime Rates and High Unemployment

After Iran, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates, Germany has the fourth-largest diaspora of Afghans in the world. According to official figures. More than a quarter of a million Afghans live there. The vast majority of them came during the migration crisis six years ago, and now, in connection with another expected exodus after the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, Germany has evaluated whether it succeeded in integrating the Afghans into society.

“For many scientists and politicians, language skills plus jobs minus crime equals integration. That’s not enough. Do we need a person who successfully establishes a company here, speaks well, does not have a police record when at the same time he forces his six-year-old daughter to wear a headscarf, treats his wife badly, and considers the majority of society as unbelievers?” asks Ahmad Mansour, an Israeli Arab living in Germany who focuses on Islamic extremism as a psychologist.

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Lithuania to Fence First 110 Km of Belarus Border by April

ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia (Reuters) — The Lithuanian government said on Monday work would start this month on the first section of fence along the Belarus border aimed at keeping out migrants, a 110 km (70 miles) stretch topped with razor wire that should be finished by April.

More than 4,100 migrants, mostly from the Middle East and Asia, have entered Lithuania this year, prompting a dispute between the European Union and Belarus.

The EU accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of flying in migrants and sending them over the border in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Minsk following a crackdown on the political opposition.

The Lithuanian government said it had handed the job of building the first section of the border fence to state-owned power and gas grid company EPSO-G, at a cost of 36 million euros.

It will have razor wire on top and a height of 4 meters, an EPSO-G spokesman said. Six additional coils of razor wire will be arranged in a pyramid and placed between the border and the fence.

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More Than 100 Migrants Arrive in the Balearic Islands

A total of 109 migrants have arrived on the shores of the Balearic Islands In less than 48 hours.

Between Sunday night and Monday morning, Security Forces intercepted 3 pateras in Palma, Cabrera and Formentera with a total of 46 migrants onboard and another 63 were detected during the day on Sunday.

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‘No Longer in Calais’: France’s Emmanuel Macron Wanted to Send Migrants to UK After Brexit

EMMANUEL MACRON once suggested he wanted to send migrants to the UK after Brexit, saying they would “no longer be in Calais” after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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Risking All to Reach Britain: Mother Clings to Baby and Woman is Taken Ill as RNLI Helps Latest Group of Desperate Migrants Ashore — After Nearly 2,000 Landed in Last Week

Dozens more migrants arrived in Kent today after crossing the English Channel with babies among those on board, as figures revealed nearly 2,000 arrived in the last week — setting a new record for the year so far.

Several young children were among a group seen arriving in Dungeness, while immigration officers tended to a woman who had been taken ill after she was brought ashore on a stretcher by police and members of the RNLI.

Along the coast at Dover, a further group of migrants were brought into the marina on a Border Force vessel. The crossings come amid reports of cooler and slightly overcast weather today with breezy but clear conditions at sea.

[Comment: Article dated September 13, 2021.]

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Somali Asylum Seeker Stabbing Spree in Italy Sees Child’s Throat Slashed, Four Women Injured

A six-year-old child was slashed in the throat by a Somali asylum seeker in Rimini, Italy, with four other adult women being stabbed during the rampage, it is alleged.

The 26-year-old man from Somalia was arrested on Saturday evening after wounding five with a knife. He will face charges of attempted murder, assault, and attempted robbery.

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Sweden: People With Immigration Backgrounds Vastly Overrepresented in Crime Data

A newly released government report has revealed that individuals with immigrant backgrounds living in Sweden are vastly overrepresented among criminal suspects.

The highly anticipated report, which is the first of its kind carried out by the Swedish Crime Prevention Council (Brå) in 16 years, discovered, among other things, that foreign-born residents were 2.5 times as likely to be registered as a criminal suspect as those with whose parents were both born in Sweden.

The new report comes after the government agency, for many years, had refused to consider ethnicity in any of its reports, claiming that it would be unethical to do so. However, in 2015, following increased pressure to include this kind of data, Brå finally acquiesced and began to conduct such a study.

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Woke Church of England Bishops Urge Govt Not to Turn Back Illegal Migrant Boats

Twelve bishops at the increasingly woke Church of England have penned an open letter to the government urging them not to turn back illegal migrant boats coming from safe, EU member-state France, published by the leftist Guardian.

The 12 senior clergymen, who described themselves as “bishops within the Church of England with a particular oversight of asylum and refugee issues” — a focus that comes amid the institution currently experiencing a collapse in church attendance and belief — said they were “deeply concerned about the government’s approach to migrant crossings of the Channel.”

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Alaska Airlines Fired Flight Attendants for Saying Democrat Transgender Bill Harms Women

Alaska Airlines fired flight attendants for questioning its support of a proposed federal law that would open women’s spaces to biological males, according to complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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‘Bond’ Movie Star Lashana Lynch Says Casting Reaction Reminiscent of Segregation

Actress Lashana Lynch says that reactions to her being cast as an MI6 in the next James Bond film No Time to Die was “really mean,” “dark,” sexist, and reminiscent of segregation.

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French Government: Women Under 25 to Get Free Contraception to Reduce Abortions

Until now, contraception in France has only been free of charge for girls under 18 years of age. However, France’s pro-abortion government under President Emmanuel Macron has concluded that its price has become a problem for many young women. From Jan. 1, 2022, contraception will be free for all women under the age of 25, Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced on France 2 TV station.

He justified this by a decrease in its use among young women, which, in his opinion, “costs too much”. The minister was referring to the “cost” as the amount of abortions that follow unwanted pregnancies. However, the government has unsuccessfully pursued pro-abortion policies in the past, including allowing abortion up until nine months of pregnancy, a move that would have placed France among the most radically pro-abortion countries in the world.

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Mel Gibson: Targeting of Pious Catholic Priests by Church Establishment is a “Very Deep Sickness”

Movie director Mel Gibson has spoken out against the targeting of Catholic priests by the church establishment for merely trying to uphold the faith, describing it as a “very deep sickness.”

Gibson said he personally knew many priests who had been “cancelled,” but not for anything that actually deserved condemnation.

“And who’s persecuting them? asked Gibson. “Well, their own bishops. How’s that?”

The movie director went on to describe such individuals as “a pack of men who generally passively sit by and tolerate any kind of nonsense but if one of their priests utters something that resembles orthodoxy, well they spring into action, they reprimand them, and they bully him and do their best to cancel him and they succeed.”

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New New York Governor Hochul Asks Facebook to Censor ‘Misinformation’ About Abortion

Incoming New York Governor Kathy Hochul reached out to Facebook’s CEO to ensure abortion related information is accurate, by the standards of Democrats.

As highlighted by the Daily Caller, current New York Governor Kathy Hochul today has urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to increasingly censor pro-life “misinformation” in the aftermath the heartbeat anti-abortion law passed by the state of Texas.

For those of you who haven’t caught up — Kathy Hochul is Andrew Cuomo’s replacement as leader of New York state.

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