Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/21/2021

Thousands of workers protesting Victoria’s vaccine mandate took to the streets of Melbourne for a second day, clashing violently with police. As I write this, a third day of protests is underway. Police officials said that Nazis and right-wing extremists had infiltrated the protesting union members in order to instigate violence.

In other news, a state media outlet in China described George Soros as a “global economic terrorist”.

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Thanks to AA, Dean, Insubria, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» IMF Report Suggests Credit Scores Could Soon be Based on Web Browsing History
» Italy’s GDP to Rise 5.9% in 2021,4.1% Next Year Says OECD
» Poland Records Highest Inflation Rate in EU
 
USA
» “Ig Nobel Prize Awards” Blocked on YouTube Over a Musical Track More Than 100 Years Old
» ‘10 for the Big Guy’: Politico Confirms Hunter Biden’s China, Ukraine Emails Are Legit
» Attorney General Paxton Joins 10-State Coalition to Regulate Big Tech Censorship
» Barry County Residents Protest Mask Mandates During Board of Commissioners Meeting
» Black Lives Matter Holds ‘Cancel Carmine’s’ Protest in New York City
» BLM Protesters Hurl Anti-Gay Remarks at Guardian Angel Member Near Carmine’s Protest
» Boris Johnson: Biden a ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ After Trump
» Brazilian President Bolsonaro Forced to Eat Pizza on Sidewalk in New York Because He’s Not Vaccinated
» Carmine’s Releases New Footage of Attack on Staff Amid BLM Protests Targeting Eatery
» ‘Critical Race Theory’ Roils a Tennessee School District
» Data Study: 18 Months of Ammo Sales During a Pandemic, Protests, And the Biden Presidency
» Democrats Propose Removing Section 230 Protections for Online Firearms Sellers
» Facebook and Instagram Delete Project Veritas Vaccine Video for “Misinformation” That Could Cause “Harm”
» Fauci Struggles to Answer Why Americans With Natural COVID Immunity Should Get Vaccinated
» Federal Whistleblower Comes Forth Claiming Disturbing Secret Recordings About the Jab
» Free-Speech-Focussed Domain Provider Epik Confirms Data Breach
» Health Authorities Claim “Performers” (Rich & Famous) Are Exempt From Mask Rules
» Prince Andrew Served With Papers in Epstein Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit
» Stafford County Board Votes to Denounce Teaching of 1619 Project, Critical Race Theory
» Survey Finds More Than Half of U.S. Companies to Impose Vaccine Mandates
» Two Anti-Mask Protesters Arrested Before Brevard School Board Meeting
» Workers Reinstall Wisconsin Statues Downed in 2020 Protest
» WTH is This? Tucker Carlson Reveals ‘Satanism’ Powerpoint Slide Presented to Army to Promote Vaccination
 
Canada
» Canadians Have Re-Elected a Liberal Minority Government
» ‘Our Brothers, the Taliban’ Minister Loses Seat in Canadian Snap Election
» Quebec Won’t Rule Out Law to Ban Anti-Vaccine Protests Outside Schools, Hospitals
 
Europe and the EU
» Denmark Strips Islamic State Recruiter of Citizenship, Orders Deportation
» Greek Union Holds Nationwide Health Worker Walk-Out Over Mandatory Vaccines
» Hungary: PM Orban: ‘Lies Beget Lies’
» Hungarian Justice Minister is Against a ‘European Empire’
» Hungarian Govt Slams Mitt Romney for ‘Brutal Attack on Media Freedom and Democracy’
» Italy: Climate Crisis: Time to Dump Coal Says Draghi
» Italy: COVID-19: Vatican to Require Green Pass From October 1
» Poland Refuses to Shut Down Coal Plant Despite EU Fine of €500,000 a Day
» Slovak Army’s Low Vaccination Rate Criticized by Defense Minister
» Social Platform Gab Rejects Germany’s Demands for Censorship
» UK Facing ‘Baby Shortage’ As Fertility Rate Falls to Half of Post-War Levels
» UK: ‘May and Johnson Completely Blew it’: Farage Slams PMs After Reports of No U.S. Trade Deal Any Time Soon
» UK: M25 Protests: Protesters ‘May Cause Serious Injury or Death’
» UK: Pfizer Chiefs: Singer Encourages Fans to Cheer Their Vaccine Brands
» UK: Woman Paralysed by Stroke After Delay Caused by Eco-Protests on M25: Claim
» Young Swedish Rape Victim Slapped With Hate Crime Over Illegal Courtroom Gesture
 
Russia
» Google Faces Backlash After Censoring to Give Putin Election Advantage
» Russia Behind Litvinenko Murder, Rules European Rights Court
» Russia Election: Putin’s Party Wins Election Marred by Fraud Claims
 
Far East
» China: George Soros is a ‘Global Economist Terrorist’
 
Australia — Pacific
» “F**k the Jab, Long Live Australia” — 20,000 Shut Down Melbourne Highway in Massive Lockdown Protest
» Anti-Vaccine Protesters Clash With Police in Melbourne, Australia, For the 2nd Day
» Australian State Announces ‘Friends Bubble’ Allowing Those Under 18 to Gather With Two Other Friends in Person
» Bemused Allison Langdon Finally Calls Out Fear-Mongering Expert Who Claims Victoria Should Wait for 90% Vaccinated Before Opening Up and Jab All Kids Aged Five and Up — as Weary State Stuck in World’s Longest Lockdown Records 603 COVID Cases
» Daniel Andrews is Slammed for Causing ‘Distress and Chaos’ By Putting 320,000 Tradies Out of Work for Two Weeks After Violent Anti-Vax Protest by a Minority of Construction Workers
» How IT Expert Harrison McLean Helped to Plan Melbourne Freedom Rally
» It’s ‘Shocking’ New ABC Documentary Promotes Critical Race Theory in Schools
» Melbourne Braces for Third Day of Protests as Police Chief Says ‘Tactics’ Will be Shuffled
» No Arrests or Fines Issued at Anti-Lockdown ‘Freedom Walk’ In Nelson Bay
» NSW is Set to Open Up on October 11 as State Edges Closer to Jab Target and Deputy Premier John Barilaro Issues a Blunt Message to Anti-Vaxxers
» Start of a Yellow Vest Revolt in Australia?
 
Immigration
» AOC, Omar Spread Fake News Claims That Border Patrol is Whipping Migrants
» Conservative French Presidential Candidate Warns of “Civil War”
» Czechia to Send €2.95 Million to Afghanistan to Aid Country and Reduce Illegal Immigration
» Hungary Releases Shocking Video of Migrants Crossing Border Fences
» Poland Fears Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants at Border After Belarus Activiates Visa-Free Movement
 

IMF Report Suggests Credit Scores Could Soon be Based on Web Browsing History

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published the results of research conducted into how lenders are likely to be doing their business in the future, and what new information and personal data these companies plan to start asking from borrowers in order to determine their credit score.

The biggest takeaway is the seemingly inevitable shift from merely accessing credit information to also incorporating people’s online behavior into the process of deciding whether to lend them money necessary, for example, to buy a house.

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

Italy’s GDP to Rise 5.9% in 2021,4.1% Next Year Says OECD

This year’s growth forecast revised up by 1.4 points

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 21 — The OECD said in a report on Tuesday that it expects Italy’s GDP to rise by 5.9% this year and by 4.1% in 2022.

The growth forecast for 2021 was 1.4 percentage points higher than the one the OECD released in May, but the 2022 figure was 0.3 of a point lower.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Poland Records Highest Inflation Rate in EU

For a few months in 2021, Poland was at the very top of the EU ranking of countries with the highest inflation rates, according to Eurostat. Poland then dropped to second place for four months, but in August 2021 returned to the top, alongside Lithuania and Estonia.

In August, inflation in Poland grew to 5 percent, compared to 4.7 percent in July 2021. Both Lithuania and Estonia recorded the same inflation rates.

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

“Ig Nobel Prize Awards” Blocked on YouTube Over a Musical Track More Than 100 Years Old

Improbable Research, a scientific humor magazine whose slogan is that it presents research that makes people laugh and then think — has been finding out the hard way that YouTube’s broken copyright system sometimes has the effect of making those publishing on the platform “cry” — and then, hopefully, think about what exactly is going on, and why.

Namely, the magazine organizes the annual satirical Ig Nobel Prize Awards, with the ceremony this year taking place online (in the past, this was happening at Harvard University). But a recording of the ceremony, where the awards were presented by past Nobel Prize winners, is now being blocked by YouTube on copyright grounds, over the use of parts of the song “Funiculi, Funicula” sung by tenor John McCormack… in 1914.

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

‘10 for the Big Guy’: Politico Confirms Hunter Biden’s China, Ukraine Emails Are Legit

Several emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop have been confirmed as legitimate, according to Politico, citing claims in a new book, along with emails released by a Swedish government agency.

Ben Schreckinger’s “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,”out today, finds evidence that some of the purported HUNTER BIDEN laptop material is genuine, including two emails at the center of last October’s controversy.

A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden’s emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, “10 held by H for the big guy?” (This person recalled seeing both emails, but was not in a position to compare the leaked emails word-for-word to the originals.)

MORE: Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and two people who corresponded with Hunter Biden confirmed emails from the cache were genuine. —Politico

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

Attorney General Paxton Joins 10-State Coalition to Regulate Big Tech Censorship

AUSTIN — Attorney General Paxton led a 10-state coalition that filed an amicus brief in the 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Florida’s law that regulates censorship on Big Tech platforms by requiring them to apply their content-moderation practices in a consistent manner and to provide disclosures to affected users. The brief explains why relevant provisions of Florida’s law are fully compatible with the First Amendment, which guarantees Americans’ right to freedom of speech, expression, and political beliefs.

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

Barry County Residents Protest Mask Mandates During Board of Commissioners Meeting

HASTINGS, Mich. — Barry County residents came together Tuesday to protest mask mandates in schools.

During a Barry County Board of Commissioners meeting, protesters spoke against the Barry-Eaton District Health Department’s decision.

“We should all be ashamed of ourselves,” one protester said. “We are adults teaching children to be good little collectivists. To listen to mandates and rules and regulations that make no sense whatsoever.”

On Friday, the health department issued a requirement for all students and staff to wear a mask in the counties’ schools.

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

Black Lives Matter Holds ‘Cancel Carmine’s’ Protest in New York City

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at Carmine’s in New York City on Monday to accuse the Italian restaurant of racism following a recent altercation between a hostess and three Black female tourists.

Chants of “F*** you, Carmine’s,” and “Carmine’s are racist” erupted outside the establishment on the Upper West Side, which made headlines when a hostess was attacked last Thursday.

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

BLM Protesters Hurl Anti-Gay Remarks at Guardian Angel Member Near Carmine’s Protest

A Black Lives Matter protester was seen confronting a member of the Guardian Angels and making anti-gay remarks in New York City near a protest over three tourists who were arrested and charged last week following a fight regarding proof of vaccination.

“You don’t like gay people?” the Guardian Angel, identified as Joshua Penner, said to a protester who was yelling at him and using vulgar language.

The protester, who was wearing a black ski mask, responds that, “I love gay people,” and that his brother is gay. The protester, however, continues using anti-gay and vulgar language in the video.

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

Boris Johnson: Biden a ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ After Trump

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” that President Joe Biden was a “breath of fresh air” after the era of former President Donald Trump.

Johnson said, “I’m a massive fan of America and American democracy. I think America stands for an ideal, and that ideal is that people should be able to choose their government peacefully. One person, one vote by election, I felt some of the scenes at the Capitol didn’t wholly correspondent with that.”

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

Brazilian President Bolsonaro Forced to Eat Pizza on Sidewalk in New York Because He’s Not Vaccinated

After arriving for the UN General Assembly, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was forced to eat pizza on the sidewalk because he is not vaccinated and therefore banned from indoor dining in New York.

Yes, really.

While elites in Hollywood and New York get to ignore COVID restrictions when attending indoor events, being the leader of a major country isn’t enough to get you an exemption.

An image posted to Twitter shows Bolsonaro and his delegation being forced to eat the pizza while standing outside because they were not allowed to enter the restaurant.

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

Carmine’s Releases New Footage of Attack on Staff Amid BLM Protests Targeting Eatery

Black Lives Matter protesters marched on famed New York diner Carmine’s late Monday — as the owner released new footage of the wild attack on his staff that he insisted had nothing to do with racism.

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

‘Critical Race Theory’ Roils a Tennessee School District

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Reuters) — Robin Steenman, an Air Force veteran and white mother of three, is fed up with the way public schools in her community of Franklin, Tennessee are teaching kids about race.

She believes that the reading materials and teachers’ manuals are biased, specifically the lessons taught to second graders about civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Kids leave class believing that white people are oppressors and minorities are victims, Steenman claims.

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

Data Study: 18 Months of Ammo Sales During a Pandemic, Protests, And the Biden Presidency

In our previous data study on the initial effects of the pandenmic on our business, we outlined increased sales due to the public’s growing leeriness of COVID-19, starting from February 23, 2020 when the news coverage became ominous.

That’s only part of the story, however, because over the last 18 months, we’ve experienced a particularly charged election year, BLM protests amid calls to “defund the police,” a contentious transfer of power, and most recently a surprise ban on popular Russian ammo.

These events in particular, set against the backdrop of the ongoing response to the pandemic, resulted in demand spikes. Looking at the data below, you’ll get a sense of a high level trend during the pandemic and then see how that trend changed during certain specific time periods, like the BLM protests, when already-elevated demand went up even more.

           — Hat tip: AA [Return to headlines]
 

Democrats Propose Removing Section 230 Protections for Online Firearms Sellers

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the topic of gun control have become part of the same conversation in a bill introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Section 230 states that: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” In simpler terms, it protects online platforms from liability for the content posted by users.

Senator Blumenthal has been a staunch defender of Section 230 in the past.

However, the proposed bill seeks to repeal Section 230’s protections from online firearm marketplaces.

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

Facebook and Instagram Delete Project Veritas Vaccine Video for “Misinformation” That Could Cause “Harm”

Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram have removed a new video from the undercover reporting operatives Project Veritas under its “misinformation” policy.

“We encourage free expression, but we don’t allow false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm,” the Facebook message shared with Project Veritas read.

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

Fauci Struggles to Answer Why Americans With Natural COVID Immunity Should Get Vaccinated

During a segment on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci struggled to explain why Americans who have natural immunity to COVID should get the vaccine, remarking, “I don’t have a really firm answer for you on that.”

However, he went on to suggest that they should get the vaccine anyway.

The topic was raised by CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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

Federal Whistleblower Comes Forth Claiming Disturbing Secret Recordings About the Jab

Project Veritas released part one of their explosive #CovidVaxExposed series on Monday with an interview of registered nurse and HHS insider Jodi O’Malley who is blowing the whistle along with other medical personnel on COVID vaccinations and their side effects.

O’Malley works at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Arizona. She is recounting what she has seen at the federal government facility in regards to inoculations against the virus. The nurse recordeddiscussions with her medical colleagues who are also concerned about the COVID vaccine.

Dr. Maria Gonzales, who is an ER Doctor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unequivocally stated while talking with O’Malley, “All this is bulls***. Now, [a patient] probably [has] myocarditis due to the [COVID] vaccine. But now, they [government] are not going to blame the vaccine.”

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

Free-Speech-Focussed Domain Provider Epik Confirms Data Breach

Domain provider and hosting company Epik has confirmed a data breach that has affected more than 15 million users, including people who were not Epik’s customers.

Epik has built a reputation for providing services to those that are censored elsewhere online and promotes itself as a more censorship-resistant provider.

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

Health Authorities Claim “Performers” (Rich & Famous) Are Exempt From Mask Rules

The LA County Department of Public Health responded to criticism of the maskless Emmys by claiming the rules didn’t apply because it was a television production event — despite the fact that workers were still made to wear masks.

There was uproar on Sunday as celebrities packed themselves into the Event Deck at LA Live without a mask amongst them as they kissed and hugged all night long.

Irate respondents on Twitter asked why celebrities were exempt from the rules yet their 4-year-old kids had to wear masks in class.

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

Prince Andrew Served With Papers in Epstein Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew’s lawyer in Los Angeles has been served with legal papers notifying the member of Britain’s Royal Family of a civil lawsuit in the United States, accusing the Duke of sexual assaulting a teenager.

The lawsuit claims that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted alleged Jeffery Epsilon victim Virginia Giuffre, 38, who was underage at the time of the alleged attack. Ms Giuffre, 38, has accused the prince of committing battery and intentionally inflicting emotional distress upon her.

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

Stafford County Board Votes to Denounce Teaching of 1619 Project, Critical Race Theory

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (7News) — The Stafford County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to pass a resolution denouncing the teaching of the 1619 Project and critical race theory in county schools. The board also voted to condemn requiring students to choose their own pronouns.

They say they could withhold any money the school system spends on doing either.

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Survey Finds More Than Half of U.S. Companies to Impose Vaccine Mandates

A survey conducted by risk management and advisory company Willis Towers Watson has found that more than half of U.S. companies expect to impose COVID vaccine mandates on their employees by the end of the year.

The survey of 1000 companies, employing close to 10 million people, found that 52 percent of employers are planning some form of vaccine mandate for workers.

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

Two Anti-Mask Protesters Arrested Before Brevard School Board Meeting

Two people planning to speak against the Brevard Public Schools mask mandate were arrested and removed from the property before a Tuesday School Board meeting.

Janice Crisp, a conservative activist who staged a mask burning protest at the last School Board meeting, and an unidentified man were led away from the district headquarters in Viera in handcuffs before the 5:30 meeting and put in Brevard County Sheriff’s Office vehicles.

Witnesses said the two approached the entrance of the building and expressed a desire to speak at the meeting without wearing masks. It’s not yet clear what charges they might be facing.

As she was led away from the building, Crisp shouted that she only wanted to speak without a mask.

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

Workers Reinstall Wisconsin Statues Downed in 2020 Protest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin workers reinstalled two statues Tuesday on the state Capitol grounds that protesters ripped down during a demonstration last year in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Workers reinstalled a 9-foot-6-inch statue of Wisconsin abolitionist Col. Hans Christian Heg as well as a 7-foot statue of a woman symbolizing the state’s “Forward” motto. Neither statue has any racist history associated with them, but protesters said they represented a false narrative that Wisconsin supports Black people and racial equity.

Protesters toppled both statues in June 2020, breaking off Heg’s leg and head. The Forward statue was dented and one of its fingers broken off.

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

WTH is This? Tucker Carlson Reveals ‘Satanism’ Powerpoint Slide Presented to Army to Promote Vaccination

Host Tucker Carlson revealed a bizarre powerpoint slide Monday that was presented to U.S. Army service members in an effort to get them on board with mandatory COVID vaccinations. The slide sardonically asks “how many children have been sacrificed to Satan for the vaccine?” before claiming only three people have died from side effects, and then listing the ‘tenets of Satanism’ taken straight from the ‘temple of Satanism’ website.

The Army admitted that the slide was shown to service members, but claims that it wasn’t approved by leadership, according to Carlson, who labeled the military vaccine mandate a “takeover of the US military.”

What the hell is this?

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Canadians Have Re-Elected a Liberal Minority Government

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has won enough seats in this 44th general election to form another minority government — with voters signalling Monday they trust the incumbent to lead Canada through the next phase of the pandemic fight by handing him a third mandate with a strong plurality.

After a 36-day campaign and a $600-million election, the final seat tally doesn’t look very different from the composition of the House of Commons when it was dissolved in early August — prompting even more questions about why a vote was called during a fourth wave of the pandemic in the first place.

As of 4 p.m. ET, Liberal candidates were leading or elected in 158 ridings, a pick up of just one seat compared with the 2019 contest.

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

‘Our Brothers, the Taliban’ Minister Loses Seat in Canadian Snap Election

The Trudeau government minister who referred to “our brothers, the Taliban” in the wake of the Biden Afghan retreat has lost her Parliament seat just four weeks later in the Canadian snap election.

Maryam Monsef, a member of the Prime Minister’s Liberal Party and Minister for Gender Equality, was defeated by Conservative candidate Michelle Ferreri in the riding (constituency) of Peterborough-Kawartha in Monday’s vote. Results continue to roll in from the poll, which appears to have delivered another minority government for Justin Trudeau and leaves open the question of yet another snap poll in the coming years.

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

Quebec Won’t Rule Out Law to Ban Anti-Vaccine Protests Outside Schools, Hospitals

Premier François Legault said Tuesday his government is looking at what it can do to stop people from protesting COVID-19 health orders outside the province’s schools and hospitals.

Legault said his government will “use whatever is necessary” to prevent people from disrupting students attending school or health-care workers entering hospitals.

“We’re not ruling out anything; indeed, it could be a special law,” Legault told reporters in Quebec City, after protesters had gathered earlier in the day outside a high school in a northern Montreal neighbourhood.

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Denmark Strips Islamic State Recruiter of Citizenship, Orders Deportation

A Danish court has sentenced 29-year-old Adam Touhou to six years in prison and to be stripped of his citizenship followed by deportation for recruiting for the Islamic State terror group.

Touhou began speaking with Hafed Matoussi on Facebook in 2013 about the Islamic State, eventually urging the now 30-year-old to travel to Syria to join the terror group.

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

Greek Union Holds Nationwide Health Worker Walk-Out Over Mandatory Vaccines

The Greek hospital workers union POEDIN held a six-hour strike on Tuesday to protest mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers.

POEDIN called for healthcare workers across the country to stage walk-outs on Tuesday between 10 am and 3 pm and to attend anti-mandatory coronavirus vaccine rallies in several cities, including in Athens, where the protest was held outside of the Greek Health ministry.

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Hungary: PM Orban: ‘Lies Beget Lies’

George Soros’ Open University just ended a two-day conference in Budapest, a clear indication that allegations of the persecution of the university by his government are patently false, Prime Minister Viktor Orban writes in an article on his homepage entitled Samizdat 13.

A collection of articles on topical issues and a platform for Orban’s policy ideas, the Samizdat series derives its name from a Russian neologism, which is an amalgamation of the words sam (self) and izdatelstvo (publishing), a term coined in the former Soviet Union for dissident writings multiplied in makeshift form and distributed clandestinely. Such publications are also well-known in the former Eastern European satellite states of the Soviet empire that lived with extreme censorship from communist authorities.

Below we reproduce integrally the original article in English, which is also available in Hungarian.

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Hungarian Justice Minister is Against a ‘European Empire’

With the political season in full swing again, Hungarian Justice Minister Varga reiterated her country’s position in the debate about the future of the European Union with a firm stance against the “European empire”, in her own words.

“We say ‘no’ to the European empire,” Varga wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, adding that “The phrase ‘an ever closer union’ should be removed from the Treaties of the European Union.”

She also spoke out against the increasing dominance of NGOs who, she wrote, should not be allowed to govern the EU in place of elected representatives.

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Hungarian Govt Slams Mitt Romney for ‘Brutal Attack on Media Freedom and Democracy’

The Hungarian government hit back at faux conservative U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) after he criticised FNC’s Tucker Carlson for visiting their country, accusing him of undermining the free press and democratic elections.

Romney, a failed presidential candidate and strident critic of President Trump, had slammed Carlson — “a prominent TV pundit” — for travelling to Hungary to “extol Viktor Orban as a model for us to emulate.”

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Italy: Climate Crisis: Time to Dump Coal Says Draghi

We must take action, not just set goals Italian premier says

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 20 — Italian Premier Mario Draghi said Monday that the world must move from setting goals to taking concrete action to tackle the climate crisis, adding that dumping coal should be part of that.

“We are all required to set not only consistent long-term goals, but also align concrete near-term actions,” Draghi told the Climate Moment round table held in New York as part of the 76th UN General Assembly.

“For example, we will need to strengthen our common efforts in accelerating the phasing out of unabated coal both at national and international level.

“And we’ve really got to take destiny in our hands on this point”.

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Italy: COVID-19: Vatican to Require Green Pass From October 1

Vaccine passport to be necessary to enter City State

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 20 — It will be necessary to have the Green Pass vaccine passport in order to enter the Vatican from October 1, the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State said on Monday.

The green certificate shows that someone is vaccinated for the coronavirus, has recovered from it or has recently tested negative.

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Poland Refuses to Shut Down Coal Plant Despite EU Fine of €500,000 a Day

The Polish government will not close the Turów lignite coal mine despite EU demands, according to government spokesman Piotr Muller, with the spokesman citing energy security as one of the key reasons Poland refuses to back down over the issue.

“Since the beginning, we have been of the opinion that suspending the operation of the Turów mine will threaten the stability of the Polish electricity-energy system,” Muller announced in an official statement.

The European Court of Justice, the EU’s top court, has obliged Poland to pay €500,000 per day to the European Commission due to failing to comply with the request to suspend the coalmine’s functioning. At the end of February 2021, Czechia filed a complaint to the European Court of Justice against Poland concerning the development of the Turów mine.

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Slovak Army’s Low Vaccination Rate Criticized by Defense Minister

While the vaccination rate in the Slovak army is only 55 percent, in the Czech Republic, this number is above 85 percent. This stark contrast has prompted Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nad to express his dissatisfaction with the current situation.

“How is it possible that Czech soldiers are vaccinated much more than ours? That they want [the vaccine] and ours don’t? That they are not afraid and ours are afraid? That they did not succumb to misinformation and ours did?” Nad asks.

The minister also pointed out that currently 30 Slovak soldiers have Covid-19 infections while and only two Czech soldiers have the disease.

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Social Platform Gab Rejects Germany’s Demands for Censorship

Gab’s founder and CEO Andrew Torba said that his company will not be complying with the internet censorship demands of Germany, despite the mounting legal pressure and the threat of fines from the government.

Germany has a well-known history of censorship and has a social media regulation law called the German Network Enforcement Act, aka NetzDG. The law was passed in an attempt to police fake news and so-called “hate speech.” It applies to online platforms with more than 2 million users in Germany. It obligates platforms to delete “clearly illegal” content in less than 24 hours after a complaint is filed. Non-compliance with the law can result in fines of as much as 50 million Euro.

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UK Facing ‘Baby Shortage’ As Fertility Rate Falls to Half of Post-War Levels

The UK is facing a “baby shortage”, with fertility rates dropping to nearly half those seen in the Post-War Boom, raising concerns over potential “long-term” economic stagnation.

A report from Social Market Foundation (SMF) found that in 2020, the total fertility rate (TFR) — the number of children per woman — stood at 1.58 in England and Wales, nearly half of the peak following the Second World War of 2.93. Scotland saw the sharpest decline, with a fertility rate of 1.29.

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UK: ‘May and Johnson Completely Blew it’: Farage Slams PMs After Reports of No U.S. Trade Deal Any Time Soon

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has criticised Boris Johnson and his predecessor Theresa May for failing to secure a U.S. trade deal during the administration of the Anglophile Donald Trump, after the prime minister admitted that now-President Joe Biden was too busy to prioritise a trade deal with the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently on a visit to the United States of America, where he is set to meet with President Biden on Tuesday at the White House.

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UK: M25 Protests: Protesters ‘May Cause Serious Injury or Death’

Protesters who targeted the M25 five times in just over a week have been warned by police their tactics may cause “serious injury or death”.

Thirty eight people were arrested after climate activists held a further protest, police have confirmed.

Insulate Britain stopped traffic on both carriageways of the M25 between junctions 9 and 10, near Cobham in Surrey, just after 08:00 BST.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the protest was “unacceptable”.

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UK: Pfizer Chiefs: Singer Encourages Fans to Cheer Their Vaccine Brands

Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson has been mocked for encouraging fans to cheer for their vaccine brands, with people responding in rapturous cries and arm-waving described as creepy and cult-like.

Wilson, of the indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs formed in Leeds in the early 2000s, stood on the stage at the famous Isle of Wight festival on Sunday night, remarking how “clean” all his fans’ hands were.

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UK: Woman Paralysed by Stroke After Delay Caused by Eco-Protests on M25: Claim

A man has claimed that his 74-year-old mother was paralysed due to late treatment for a stroke because he was stuck in traffic caused by an eco-extremist protest on Britain’s busiest motorway.

Insulate Britain has inherited the tactics of Extinction Rebellion, whose activists obstruct traffic in central London for hours at a time, to Britain’s busiest motorway, the M25, this time disrupting ordinary Britons travelling to the rest of the country.

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Young Swedish Rape Victim Slapped With Hate Crime Over Illegal Courtroom Gesture

A young Swedish rape victim has been slapped with a hate crime after he responded to his victimizers mocking him in the courtroom with an illegal Nazi salute.

Kenny Friberg, aged 21, has been convicted for incitement against an ethnic group after he responded to his foreign victimizers mocking him in the courtroom by standing up and giving the “Sieg Heil” salute, a widely reviled gesture that has been banned throughout much of Europe, Swedish news outlet Fria Tider reports.

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Google Faces Backlash After Censoring to Give Putin Election Advantage

Google is facing backlash for censoring on behalf of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Not only have political leaders and human rights activists condemned the censorship, Google’s own employees are starting to push back too.

Google’s censorship, particularly the removal of a Smart Voting app that showed people how to strategically vote against Putin, is effectively on behalf of, and for the benefit of, Putin.

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Russia Behind Litvinenko Murder, Rules European Rights Court

Russia was responsible for the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found.

Litvinenko, a former Russian spy who became a British citizen, was fatally poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

A UK public inquiry conducted 10 years later concluded that the killing was “probably approved” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia has always denied any involvement in his murder.

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Russia Election: Putin’s Party Wins Election Marred by Fraud Claims

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s party has won a parliamentary majority following an election marred by reports of fraud.

With almost all of the votes counted, the United Russia party had won nearly 50% of the vote, marking a slight drop in support from the previous election.

Mr Putin’s biggest critics were barred from running, and there were reports of ballot stuffing and forced voting.

Russia’s electoral commission rejected claims of widespread irregularities.

With more than 99% of votes counted, United Russia’s closest rival, the Communist Party, had about 19% of the vote, according to the election commission.

United Russia’s victory means it will have more than two-thirds of the 450 seats in the country’s parliament, officials say.

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China: George Soros is a ‘Global Economist Terrorist’

One of China’s top state media outlets has branded progressive investor George Soros a “global economic terrorist” after Soros spoke out against a multi-billion-dollar investment in China by New York-based BlackRock, with Soros calling it a “tragic mistake” that would likely lose money for the investment firm’s clients.

The article from China, published by the Global Times earlier this month, accuses the billionaire speculator and ultra-liberal donor of providing large sums of cash to jailed newspaper owner Jimmy Lai to support Hong Kong’s anti-Beijing protests in 2019, and it comes amidst a tit-for-tat exchange between Soros and the Chinese government, Asia Times reported.

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“F**k the Jab, Long Live Australia” — 20,000 Shut Down Melbourne Highway in Massive Lockdown Protest

Anti-lockdown protests have become more common in Australia since the latest round of “snap” lockdowns began two months ago.

Initially, those lockdowns were supposed to last a week. But months later, with tensions running high, millions of Australians are fed up with the government’s lockdowns and vaccine requirements.

And although Aussie health authorities have at the very least acknowledged that their “COVIDZero” approach isn’t actually feasible, frustrations among the Australian people are running high (perhaps intensified by the country’s latest diplomatic faux pas, which angered France and made PM Scott Morrison look like he stabbed President Macron in the back).

On Tuesday in Melbourne, authorities were forced to confront this blazing public anger as protesters executed an “extremely dangerous maneuver” by marching onto a busy freeway and blocking traffic in a tactic that some Americans might remember from last summer’s BLM protests inspired by the killing of George Floyd.

Thousands converged on the city for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, with shocking footage capturing dozens moving onto the West Gate Freeway into the path of cars. Traffic on the freeway, which is the busiest stretch of highway in Australia, was forced to a standstill in both directions as police tried to disperse the crowd.

Footage circulating on social media showed protesters tossing glass bottles and flares toward police, while some approached officers with their hands up, chanting “you serve us”. One was heard shouting “this is our bridge”.

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Anti-Vaccine Protesters Clash With Police in Melbourne, Australia, For the 2nd Day

It’s been a violent few days in Melbourne, Australia, where construction workers and other demonstrators are clashing with police as they protest the government’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

Amid the surging delta variant, officials in Victoria state — where Melbourne is the largest city — recently announced a vaccination mandate for construction workers that requires each employee to show proof of at least one dose by Thursday.

Some 13% of the state’s active COVID-19 cases are linked to construction sites, according to local media…

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Australian State Announces ‘Friends Bubble’ Allowing Those Under 18 to Gather With Two Other Friends in Person

In the latest pandemic set of regulations to come from the Australia state of New South Wales, those 18 and under will now be able to gather with a small group of friends in person.

Taking effect at noon on September 21, the government announced that “Children and teenagers aged 18 years and under will be able to create a ‘friends bubble’ to allow home visits provided the adults in their homes are fully vaccinated, under an easing of restrictions for school holidays.”

Under the new rules, those in that age range who live in stay-at-home areas and areas of concern across New South Wales will be able to create a bubble off three friends to visit each other’s homes.

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Bemused Allison Langdon Finally Calls Out Fear-Mongering Expert Who Claims Victoria Should Wait for 90% Vaccinated Before Opening Up and Jab All Kids Aged Five and Up — as Weary State Stuck in World’s Longest Lockdown Records 603 COVID Cases

Melbourne researchers claim a state the size of Victoria would still need to lockdown for more than half the year at 80 per cent double dose to keep the annual death rate below 1000.

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Daniel Andrews is Slammed for Causing ‘Distress and Chaos’ By Putting 320,000 Tradies Out of Work for Two Weeks After Violent Anti-Vax Protest by a Minority of Construction Workers

The Victorian government said the move was needed to stop the spread of Covid because too many workers are breaking social-distancing and mask-wearing rules.

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How IT Expert Harrison McLean Helped to Plan Melbourne Freedom Rally

Australians were left stunned after Tuesday’s tradie rally in Melbourne turned violent, with protesters clashing with reporters and police in unbelievable scenes.

And an unlikely individual — 24-year-old science graduate, Covid denier and bitcoin enthusiast Harrison McLean — helped to plan the protest.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr McLean runs the Melbourne Freedom Rally Telegram channel which helped to organise anti-vax protesters who took to the streets against mandatory vaccinations for construction workers and the immediate shutdown of the industry.

While there is no suggestion Mr McLean encouraged any of the violence that took place, he has long been a vocal “freedom” advocate and has participated in a string of protests over the course of the Covid pandemic.

Who is Harrison McLean?

Born in 1996, Mr McLean graduated from Melbourne’s Monash University with a science degree, and went on the co-found WeYouMe, a decentralised social media blockchain protocol, in 2018.

According to his website, the former competitive cheerleader is a “libertarian activist, and vocal proponent of individual and economic freedom, through the application of technological and political decentralisation”.

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It’s ‘Shocking’ New ABC Documentary Promotes Critical Race Theory in Schools

ACU Senior Research Fellow Dr Kevin Donnelly says it is “shocking” a new ABC documentary promotes critical race theory in schools.

The first part of the documentary called “The School That Tried to End Racism” included boys and girls as young as nine being grilled about race and privilege.

“Childhood should be about enjoying who you are,” he told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“You should not have to go to school to be told that you’re racist, that you’re a white supremacist, that somehow you’re guilty of oppressing others.”

[Comment: This appears to be Australian news, based on the accents of those in the video.]

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Melbourne Braces for Third Day of Protests as Police Chief Says ‘Tactics’ Will be Shuffled

Police are warning protesters to stay home as Melbourne braces for its third day of demonstrations over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and other restrictions for the construction industry.

Chaos has engulfed the city centre over the past two days as demonstrators, mostly men dressed in hi-vis workwear, took to the streets voicing their distrust in the vaccine and anger at the government.

The violent mob of almost 2000 brought the city and even the West Gate Bridge to a standstill on Tuesday, their actions causing police to fire rubber bullets and smoke rounds to keep them under control.

Police arrested 62 protesters, some for assaulting police, but most for breaching orders of the chief officer.

“I implore you to stay home,’ Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said in a late night press conference on Tuesday.

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No Arrests or Fines Issued at Anti-Lockdown ‘Freedom Walk’ In Nelson Bay

A small group of around 40 people, mostly unmasked, took part in a anti-lockdown ‘peace’ or ‘freedom walk’ in Nelson Bay on Saturday, setting off from Apex Park.

Group spokesperson Jackie George, speaking on behalf of those who participated in the walk along the Nelson Bay foreshore, said the action was planned as “a walk for freedom”.

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NSW is Set to Open Up on October 11 as State Edges Closer to Jab Target and Deputy Premier John Barilaro Issues a Blunt Message to Anti-Vaxxers

Deputy Premier John Barilaro has confirmed NSW could reopen as early as October 11 as he issued a blunt message to those yet to roll up their sleeves.

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Start of a Yellow Vest Revolt in Australia?

Are we witnessing the start of a yellow vest-style revolt in Australia?

Or more accurately, is this the beginning of an orange vest uprising?

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AOC, Omar Spread Fake News Claims That Border Patrol is Whipping Migrants

Radical leftist Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar spent Monday night spreading fake claims that Border Patrol agents are whipping Haitian migrants.

The claim was made after footage emerged of agents on horseback confronting migrants on the Southern border.

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Conservative French Presidential Candidate Warns of “Civil War”

Conservative presidential candidate Xavier Bertrand warns that France faces the risk of a “civil war” due its problems with gang violence and uncontrolled mass immigration.

Bertrand is president of the Hauts-de-France Regional Council and is currently polling in third behind President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen ahead of the national election, which will take place in April next year.

“There is today a real risk of civil war,” Bertrand told the Grand Jury program, adding, “The president of the Republic must do everything to avoid it, and this requires above all the end of crimes not being punished. Any sanction must result in a sentence at the end.”

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Czechia to Send €2.95 Million to Afghanistan to Aid Country and Reduce Illegal Immigration

On Monday, the Czech government approved humanitarian aid for Afghanistan amounting to 75 million korunas (€2.95 million). The money will go to health care, aid for women and children, and to support neighboring states in the region.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposed to provide 40 million korunas (€1.57 million), which the government already approved in July, to support the Afghan defense and security forces and the country’s sustainable development. The Ministry will also provide another five million korunas (€196,800) from its budget, while the Ministry of the Interior will send the remaining 30 million korunas (€1.18 million).

The money will be distributed in cooperation mainly with the European Union and the United Nations.

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Hungary Releases Shocking Video of Migrants Crossing Border Fences

On Saturday, the Hungarian government released a video on its Facebook page illustrating the threat officials have been warning about for months, that the number of illegal attempts to enter Hungary (and hence the European Union) from Serbia is rising continuously.

“This is how migrants are attempting to cross the southern border. Police and the military are doing their jobs,” the government wrote.

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Poland Fears Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants at Border After Belarus Activiates Visa-Free Movement

Belarus has just taken the dramatic step of allowing visa-free travel to countries such as Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, and South Africa, which could results in potentially hundreds of thousands using Belarus as a transit country into the rest of Europe.

According to Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kaminski, the move by Belarus could mean the migrant crisis could go on for months. Although most migrants would likely use Poland only as a stepping stone to reach countries like Germany or the UK, Poland is now at the forefront of a struggle to secure the border on the Eastern flank of Europe.

“Last week Belarusian authorities decided to activate visa-free movement with countries such as Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, and South Africa,” he said.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/21/2021

  1. Taliban followers who prepared terrorist attacks detained in Yekaterinburg

    The Russian Sangachirov (who has Russian citizenship, but is not a native Russian) and the citizen of Tajikistan Musofirov convinced their acquaintances of the necessity of terrorist attacks against infidels. Members of the terrorist cell set up a headquarters on Sverdlov Street in Yekaterinburg. Followers of the radical movement created explosives weighing three kilograms, packaged it and left it for storage in different parts of the city.

    It was not possible to carry out the attack. The FSB detained all five. The issue of initiating a criminal case is being resolved.

    https://lenta.ru/news/2021/09/22/talibaninrussia/

  2. This is the lead article in UK Daily Mail. The graphic photos show in living color the verminous, illegal savages who are peacefully invading and conquering our once great country.

    Needless to say you won’t see anything like this in the Enemedia/ MSM.

    Another question- why won’t the governors of Texas and Arizona use their own police and national guard to seal off the borders of their states?

    Tucker keeps asking the question and begging Greg Abbott to come on his show, but Abbott would rather go on Hannity where he can bloviate in between Sean’s endless BS.

    I really don’t get it. The USA is no longer a country. As Michael Savage says, what happened to our borders, language and culture?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10011617/Options-shrink-Haitian-migrants-straddling-Texas-border.html

    • ‘Another question- why won’t the governors of Texas and Arizona use their own police and national guard to seal off the borders of their states?‘

      The states don’t have the authority to seal the border, the Federal government does.

      • Actually, Texas is trying to do just that.
        However, there are limits on what they can do; any invading barbarians captured on the US side of the border have to be turned over DHS (Border Patrol or ICE) who promptly sign them up for assistance and release them.

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