Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/30/2021

A record number of immigrants attempted to cross the border from Belarus to Poland on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a record number of immigrants were caught and detained after they attempted to enter Hungary last Friday.

In other news, a government minister in New South Wales threatened citizens with imprisonment if they attempt to enter businesses with a fake vaccine passport.

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Financial Crisis
» Bank of England Digital Currency Plan Includes Help From Pro-Censorship Companies PayPal, Visa, And MasterCard
» US Unemployment Rises for Third Straight Week as 362,000 File for Benefits
 
USA
» Antifa-Supporting Seattle Candidate Loses Support of Former Washington Democrat Governors
» Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Act Proposes to Increase Fines on Businesses TEN FOLD for Non-Vaxxed Employees
» Conservative Michigan College Creates K-12 Curriculum to Counter Critical Race Theory
» DeSantis: I’m Too Busy Fighting Critical Race Theory to Run for President
» Fairfax Schools Sues Special-Ed Parents, Demanding ‘Damages’ For Publicizing Embarrassing Records the Schools Gave Them
» Harrison County Healthcare Workers Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
» Mask Mandate Protests Held Outside Greenville Co. School Board Meeting
» Nearly 50K Medicare Patients Died Soon After Getting COVID Shot: Whistleblower
» Nebraska Says it is ‘Not Going to Comply’ With Proposed IRS Additional Surveillance Powers
» New York City Teachers Petition Supreme Court to Lift Vaccine Mandate
» Nurses Speak Out at Minnesota Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries and Lack of Reporting to VAERS
» Parent’s Choice LA Protests in Front of Ouachita Parish School Board
» Portland Firefighters to Wear Bulletproof Vests After Rise in Violent Crime
» Protesters Rally Against Vaccine/Mask Mandates
» Report: Americans Being “Shamed” Into Getting Vaccinated by CDC Callers
» Report: Federal Judge Took on 138 Cases Involving Companies in Which He Had a Financial Interest
» Representatives Urge Marine Corps Commandment to Release LTC Stuart Scheller From Confinement
» Rome, er, America
» Smith & Wesson Ditches Massachusetts Over Pending Legislation, Moves Headquarters to Tennessee
» State Governments Preparing ‘Quarantine Facilities’ for Americans Unable to Isolate at Home
» Terrifying: Biden is Nominating Soviet-Trained Radicals Now
» Watch: Gov. DeSantis Slams Biden Admin for Withholding Monoclonal Antibody Treatment From Florida
 
Canada
» Canadian Police ARREST Mother in Front of Crying Children After Failing to Show Proof of Vaccination
» Hundreds of Ontario Businesses Band Together in Defiance of Vaccine Passports
 
Europe and the EU
» AfD is a ‘People’s Party’ In Eastern Germany, Says Election Expert
» Communists Take Control of Second-Largest City in Austria
» Communist Propagandist Still Shapes How Czechs View Poles
» Czech PM Worried EU Restrictions on Emissions Could Harm Economy, Wants the Issue Addressed by EU Council
» Danish Museum Wants Artist to Pay Back Money After Producing Blank Canvasses
» Dutch PM Given Extra Security Over Kidnapping or Attack Concerns
» Finnish Climate Agitators Begin 10-Day Protest by Blocking Helsinki’s Main Artery
» French Locals Horrified as City Center Becomes Hunting Ground for Sex Predators, Gangs of ‘Young Men’
» French Government Might Extend COVID Health Pass Usage Until Next Summer
» French President Macron Criticized for Creating Online “Thought Police” Task Force
» Germany: CDU/CSU Invites Greens and Liberals to Negotiate a Coalition
» Germany: Prominent Left Party MP Defends AfD Voters Against Allegations of Racism
» How Angela Merkel Let the West Become Vladimir Putin’s Pawn in the New Cold War That’s Sent Your Gas Bills Soaring
» Italian Forests Increase in Size, CO2 Absorption Capacity
» Most Poles Wants Turow Coal Mine to Continue Operating: Poll
» Poland: Identity Politics Dominate at Poland’s Gdynia Film Festival
» Sweden: Man Wanted After Apartment Explosion in Gothenburg Leaves Over 20 Injured
» Switzerland: Climate Activist Sentenced for Civil Disobedience
» UK Military Wants to Spy on Social Media to Detect “Change in Population Sentiment”
» UK: Judge Rules Firing of Train Worker Over Social Media Post Breached Equality Act
» UK: Officer Who Used Lockdown, Police Badge to Kidnap, Rape, Murder Woman Given Full Life Sentence
» Will Europe’s Housing Crisis Spark a Socialist Revolution?
 
Far East
» IOC Says Only Chinese Citizens Allowed to Attend 2022 Winter Games in Beijing
 
Australia — Pacific
» Authorities Threaten Jail Time for Unvaccinated Aussies Who Try to Enter Businesses
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Pope Francis Decries Jihadist Massacres in Northern Nigeria
 
Immigration
» Czech PM Thanks Hungary for Erecting Border Fence in 2015
» Hungary Fully Supports Lithuanian Efforts to Stem Illegal Immigration
» Italian Court Hands Former Mayor Famed for Aiding Migrants 13 Years in Jail
» Only 22 of Nearly 8,000 Algerians Deported as France Tightens Visa Rules
» Poland: ‘It’s a Horse, Not a Cow’ — Bizarre Media ‘Fact-Check’ On Reports of Bestiality, Child Porn on Migrant Phones
» Poll: Majority of Americans Prefer Trump Border Policy to Biden Open Door
» Protesters Block Golden Gate Bridge During Morning Rush
» Record Number of Illegal Migrants Attempt to Cross Polish-Belarusian Border
» Record Number of Illegal Migrants Caught at Hungarian Border
 
Culture Wars
» A Curious Incuriosity
» Google Adds Its Own “Context” To Search Engine Results
» Report: Trans Athletes Retain Physiological Advantages Over Women
» Struggling for Relevance, Woke UK Labour Leader Demands Female James Bond
» The Riddle of Steel — Liberty Version
» UK Police Officer Fired Over Sharing Memes “Offensive” To BLM, LGBT — But Investigators Won’t Show the Memes
» UK: Feminist Labour MP Said Colleagues Threw Her on Railway Tracks for Wanting to Use the Word ‘Woman’
 

Bank of England Digital Currency Plan Includes Help From Pro-Censorship Companies PayPal, Visa, And MasterCard

The Bank of England (BoE) and the UK Treasury announced PayPal and Visa as some of the corporate companies that will be working on a possible central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Chancellor Rishi Sunak dubbed the potential CBDC “Britcoin.” Earlier this year, the government created two advisory groups, the Engagement Forum and the Technology Forum, to explore the possibility of creating “Britcoin.”

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

US Unemployment Rises for Third Straight Week as 362,000 File for Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant may be slowing a recovery in the job market.

Claims rose unexpectedly by 11,000 last week to 362,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, though economists had been expecting claims to go in the opposite direction. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out week-to-week ups and downs, rose for the first time in seven weeks to 340,000.

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

Antifa-Supporting Seattle Candidate Loses Support of Former Washington Democrat Governors

Former Washington state Democrat Governors Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire endorsed Republican Ann Davison for Seattle city attorney on Tuesday, while taking her Antifa-supporting progressive competitor Nicole Thomas-Kennedy to task after she pledged to stop most misdemeanor prosecutions, as well as for her previous statements attacking police, supporting riots, and promoting anarchy.

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

Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Act Proposes to Increase Fines on Businesses TEN FOLD for Non-Vaxxed Employees

Joe Biden’s so called “Build Back Better’ Act has included COVID as an occupational hazard, and proposes to increase fines for non-compliant companies by TEN TIMES, meaning they could face punishments of $700,000 per violation for employees who are not vaccinated.

The Daily Mail reports that fines for “willful and repeated violation” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) will increase from $70,000 for each violation to $700,000 under the $3.5 trillion spending legislation.

The report also notes that serious violations will go up from $7,000 to $70,000, while repeated violations will mean fines of no less than $50,000 per violation, increased from $5,000.

Any business that does not address and correct the violation within an allocated time period will then be fined $70,000 PER DAY, up from $7,000.

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

Conservative Michigan College Creates K-12 Curriculum to Counter Critical Race Theory

As debate about teaching critical race theory in K-12 classrooms continues, a conservative liberal arts college in southern Michigan has introduced its own curriculum that college officials said “seeks to tell the entire grand narrative of the American story.”

The Hillsdale College ‘1776 Curriculum’ covers topics related to American history, politics and civics.

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

DeSantis: I’m Too Busy Fighting Critical Race Theory to Run for President

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis swore on Wednesday night that he isn’t considering a 2024 presidential run at the moment, claiming he’s too busy trying to “make sure people are not supporting critical race theory.”

With early polls showing the Florida governor as one of the favorites—outside former President Donald Trump—to be the next Republican presidential nominee, DeSantis has repeatedly denied rumors that he is going to run.

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

Fairfax Schools Sues Special-Ed Parents, Demanding ‘Damages’ For Publicizing Embarrassing Records the Schools Gave Them

Soon after The Daily Wire published an investigation that was unflattering to Democratic politician Terry McAuliffe and the Fairfax County Public Schools, FCPS filed legal action against the story’s source: the mother of a special-ed parent who relayed records that the school system provided to her under public records laws.

It also sued another mother of a special-needs student who runs a blog that published portions of the records. The documents are billing records showing how FCPS paid Hunton Andrews Kurth, a law firm that hired now-Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe as a top advisor, to do much of what parents say is the school system’s dirty work, including seeking to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by special-ed parents who allege that their children were systematically physically abused by educators.

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

Harrison County Healthcare Workers Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — A group of healthcare workers held a protest Wednesday evening across the street from United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

The group was protesting the mandate for COVID-19 vaccines, which was put in place by several north central West Virginia medical groups, including WVU Medicine.

The group, made up of some current and former UHC employees, wanted to stress that it is not against the vaccine, but it is against mandating it for healthcare workers.

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

Mask Mandate Protests Held Outside Greenville Co. School Board Meeting

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — Protesters against mask mandates gathered outside a Greenville County School Board meeting on Thursday morning.

The school board met Thursday morning to get legal advice from counsel on the injunction against the mask mandate ban in schools in South Carolina. The board made no decisions following the meeting. The goal was solely to understand the injunction from a legal viewpoint But some parents say they don’t want anything to change.

“We’re happy with the way things are currently where it’s the parents choice,” parent Suzie Bunn said.

“I’m here so my child can breathe. She has the right and so does all these other children put here,” parent Debbie Hinson said.

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

Nearly 50K Medicare Patients Died Soon After Getting COVID Shot: Whistleblower

A whistleblower has provided government data documenting 48,465 deaths within 14 days of COVID-19 vaccination among Medicare patients alone, according to medical freedom rights attorney Thomas Renz.

The announcement Saturday was made by the Ohio-based attorney, who remains involved in several major cases brought against federal agencies relating to fraud and violations of medical freedom rights.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Nebraska Says it is ‘Not Going to Comply’ With Proposed IRS Additional Surveillance Powers

In response to the added powers for the Internal Revenue Services proposed in the extensive budget reconciliation bill, the state of Nebraska says that it will not comply.

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

New York City Teachers Petition Supreme Court to Lift Vaccine Mandate

A group of teachers in New York City have formally asked the Supreme Court of the United States to take up the case surrounding their impending vaccine mandate, which is set to expire soon.

On Tuesday, federal judges lifted the injunction against the vaccine mandate for the city’s teachers. As of tomorrow, Friday at 5 PM, school employees need to have had their COVID shot.

In the early pages of the petition, the authors argue that other vaccine mandates allow for an opt-out through weekly COVID testing.

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

Nurses Speak Out at Minnesota Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries and Lack of Reporting to VAERS

Minnesota State Representative Erik Mortensen recently conducted a Town Hall meeting in his district due to the number of healthcare workers who were contacting him about COVID-19 vaccine mandates, where most of them were about to lose their jobs for refusing to receive a COVID-19 shot.

He also heard a lot of things from these nurses that were not being repeated in the corporate media, so the Town Hall meeting was recorded and published on AlphaNews recently.

Some of these nurses reported that they have been in their field for over 20 years, were treated as heroes last year as frontline workers in COVID wards, but were now being ridiculed and ostracized for not wanting to take a COVID-19 vaccine.

One of the reasons they do not want to take the shots is because they have seen first hand how these shots have killed and injured people, including family members.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Parent’s Choice LA Protests in Front of Ouachita Parish School Board

Parent’s Choice LA, a group favoring parents’ rights to medical decision-making power for their children, held a protest outside the Ouachita Parish School Board office late Thursday afternoon with the message that masks should be made optional in schools.

“Masks need to be optional,” said Parent’s Choice LA President Tiffany Hatten. “If the (Louisiana Department of Education) can suggest for quarantine to be a parent’s choice, then the (Emergency Use Authorization) medical intervention of using a mask either needs to be an option, or they need to be able to provide the EUA document right of refusal for these parents to be able to legally refuse consent of participation in an experimental intervention.”

The protest comes two days after Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a second mask mandate extension, bringing the mandate’s projected end date to Oct. 27. The ongoing mandate applies to anyone ages 5 and older in public spaces, which includes schools and college campuses.

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

Portland Firefighters to Wear Bulletproof Vests After Rise in Violent Crime

Portland Fire and Rescue will now be equipped with ballistic vests when responding to certain calls in response to the city’s vast increase in violent crimes as a result of the “Defund the Police” movement.

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

Protesters Rally Against Vaccine/Mask Mandates

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — — Dozens of protesters gathered outside Memphis City Hall on Wednesday evening to rally against mask and vaccine mandates.

Those who attended say they don’t want government officials telling them what to put on their face or in their body.

“We’re just concerned citizens standing up for our freedom,” Traci Stohr said.

“I think it’s wrong,” Cary Stratton said. “I think it’s unconstitutional. I think it’s illegal.”

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

Report: Americans Being “Shamed” Into Getting Vaccinated by CDC Callers

A woman who received a phone call from the CDC’s National Immunization Surveys (NIS) claims she was told she wasn’t on the federal agency’s ‘vaxxed list’ and was subsequently “shamed” and “pressured” into getting the jab.

Yes, really.

Bev Foley posted a screenshot of the phone call record to Facebook showing she had been contacted by the National Immunization Surveys (NIS).

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

Report: Federal Judge Took on 138 Cases Involving Companies in Which He Had a Financial Interest

A report in the Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday revealed the eye-opening information that 131 federal judges heard cases involving companies in which they or a spouse held a financial interest. Federal law “requires judges to disqualify themselves from cases if they, their spouse or minor children hold a financial interest in a plaintiff or defendant, including the interest of a beneficiary in assets held by a trust,” according to the Journal.

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

Representatives Urge Marine Corps Commandment to Release LTC Stuart Scheller From Confinement

On Thursday, 33 House Representatives sent a letter to Marine Corps commandment demanding that LTC Stuart Scheller be released from his pretrial confinement after he was placed in a brig for violating a gag order.

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Rome, er, America

Time and time again the Great Cycle has turned, grinding down civilizations throughout deep history. And it’s turning now.

Hard times make strong men

Strong men make good times

Good times make weak men

Weak men make hard times

Nobody can look at the last, say, century-or-so and the advances made in technology, medicine, food production, etc., and claim that we have not made incredible progress nor created a world — at least in first-world countries — that is good exceeding the wildest dreams of yore (the benefits of, for example, modern medicine have diffused throughout the whole world-saving countless lives).

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Smith & Wesson Ditches Massachusetts Over Pending Legislation, Moves Headquarters to Tennessee

Less than six months after gunmaker Kimber Mfg. moved from New York to Alabama due in part to ‘gun and business-friendly support’ from the red state, Smith & Wesson is moving out of Massachusetts — and will relocate its headquarters to Maryville, Tennessee in 2023, according to Bloomberg.

The nation’s largest gun manufacturer cited restrictive legislation currently under consideration in Mass., which if enacted, would prohibit the company from manufacturing certain guns in the state they’ve called home for nearly 170 years.

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

State Governments Preparing ‘Quarantine Facilities’ for Americans Unable to Isolate at Home

The Washington Department of Health is advertising job opportunities for employees to work in quarantine and isolation facilities that will be used to house Americans who are unable to quarantine at home, prompting fears that the program could eventually be used to forcibly detain people.

Titled ‘Isolation & Quarantine Team Consultants’ — the job offers “continuous” employment with a salary of up to $4286 dollars a month.

The facility is located “within a motel in Lewis County” and employees will be tasked with providing for COVID infectees “transportation to and from the facility in vans that have been altered to separate air flow to protect the driver.”

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

Terrifying: Biden is Nominating Soviet-Trained Radicals Now

Preside Joe Biden wants to put an actual Communist — self-proclaimed “radical” Cornell University law school professor Saule Omarova — in charge of the nation’s banking system.

Omarova graduated from the Soviet Union’s Moscow State University in 1989 on the Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship, according to the Wall Street Journal. As recently as 2019, she was still praising the USSR’s economic system as in some ways superior to our own. “Say what you will about old USSR, there was no gender pay gap there. Market doesn’t always ‘know best.’“

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

Watch: Gov. DeSantis Slams Biden Admin for Withholding Monoclonal Antibody Treatment From Florida

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday Night, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed the Biden administration for withholding monoclonal antibody treatments from the state, telling Floridians that he will fight “come hell or high water” to get those treatments for his residents.

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

Canadian Police ARREST Mother in Front of Crying Children After Failing to Show Proof of Vaccination

Footage out of Canada shows Canadian police arresting a mother in front of her children for the crime of not showing her Covid vaccine passport.

In the viral video posted to Facebook Thursday, a mom visiting a local community center in Ripley, Ontario, can be seen being detained by two officers, as two crying children look on in horror and another child hugs her leg.

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

Hundreds of Ontario Businesses Band Together in Defiance of Vaccine Passports

Across Ontario, more and more small businesses are taking a stand against the province’s vaccine passport.

From Toronto to Hamilton and everywhere in between, small businesses have been impacted by Ontario’s introduction of a proof of vaccination system, which has now come to be known as a vaccine passport. The policy requires that certain “non-essential” businesses verify the vaccination status of potential patrons, and refuse entry to those who cannot prove they have received both doses.

Ontario’s vaccine passport has garnered support from some, and condemnation from others who see it as a violation of peoples’ rights and freedoms, as well as the beginning of a slippery slope towards more government involvement in citizens’ private lives.

A Facebook group called Ontario Businesses Against Health Pass was created on August 25 in order to “compile a list of businesses that believe a health passport in Ontario is unconstitutional.” The group urges Ontarians to “make the biggest change with where we decide to spend OUR money.” At the time of writing, there are nearly 140,000 members.

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

AfD is a ‘People’s Party’ In Eastern Germany, Says Election Expert

The political scientist Hans Vorländer has confirmed that the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is increasingly anchored in the Eastern German state, with the party taking on the role of East German lobbyist from both the Left Party and the Christian Democrats (CDU).

“It acts as a party that represents East German interests. A party that cares — and you can often say that it really does,” said the Dresden expert on Tuesday in the WDR.

As Vorländer went on to explain, in the elections, the AfD put up candidates in the region that were craftsmen, police officers, and engineers who could bind local communities. In this way, the party develops a sense of affiliation, from which it can then draw, according to a report from Junge Freiheit.

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

Communists Take Control of Second-Largest City in Austria

The Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) achieved historic success in Sunday’s election to the city council of Graz, the second-largest city in the country, with analysts crediting the communists’ program to tackle the issue of skyrocketing housing prices as the reason behind their historic victory.

With 28.8 percent of the vote, the KPÖ was also able to defeat the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), whose mayor Siegfried Nagl headed the city for 18 years and resigned after the election result was announced.

Elke Kahr, the head of the KPÖ candidate list, thus has a chance to become the first communist mayor of the capital of the federal state of Styria. So far, nothing comparable has happened in any of the capitals of the nine Austrian states.

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

Communist Propagandist Still Shapes How Czechs View Poles

On Sept. 18, on the most read Czech portal Novinky.cz, appeared an article written by Czech correspondent to Poland, Pavol Minarik, about “LGBT free zones”. In the text, one can read the following:

“Poland is divided into 16 regions (voivodships) which hitherto were the main benefactors of European operational funds. Five of them in the East, in which around 12 out of 38.5 million people live, have been dominated by ‘LGBT-free zones’ since 2019. For example, they forbid sexual minority entry into cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and public parts, which in Brussels’s opinion is against social norms.”

The article is filled with flat-out lies. There are no “LGBT-free zones” in Poland. This is more of the fake news let loose throughout the world by LGBT activist Bart Staszewski, the same “activist” who posted fake photos on the internet of “LGBT-free zone” signs outside Polish municipalities, which the activist hung up himself. What is true is that there are regions in Poland that have passed bills supporting families and opposing the spread of “LGBT ideology” in schools.

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

Czech PM Worried EU Restrictions on Emissions Could Harm Economy, Wants the Issue Addressed by EU Council

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that he had asked for the topic of emission allowances to be included in the European Council’s agenda on Oct. 5. According to him, a quick solution is needed regarding the negative effects of the prices of emission allowances, as the Czech economy may be at risk.

“I wrote a letter yesterday and I also spoke to President Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council Charles Michel,” said Babis. “The analysis made by the European Commission on the development of emission allowances did not match at all. The allowances are now the subject of speculation, they have a huge negative impact on our industry. The assumptions, therefore, have not been fulfilled at all, and they harm our companies and that harm is being passed on to our inhabitants.”

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

Danish Museum Wants Artist to Pay Back Money After Producing Blank Canvasses

A Danish museum wants an artist to return around 534,000 kroner ($83,000) he had been given in cash to recreate old artworks using banknotes, after he produced blank canvasses with the title “Take the Money and Run”. Jens Haaning, a Danish artist, was commissioned by the Kunsten Museum.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Dutch PM Given Extra Security Over Kidnapping or Attack Concerns

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte has been given extra security after threats of potential kidnapping or an attack have surfaced from organised criminal gangs.

Information has come to light claiming that the Dutch leader has been followed in his day to day life by “spotters” connected to the Moroccan-background “Mocro” Mafia clans, fueling concerns that an attack or attempted kidnapping may be planned by criminal groups.

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

Finnish Climate Agitators Begin 10-Day Protest by Blocking Helsinki’s Main Artery

A ten-day climate protest organised by Elopkapina, the Finnish arm of the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, began on Wednesday evening on Helsinki’s main artery, Mannerheim Street.

The estimated 1,000 demonstrators urged the Finnish government to declare a climate and environmental emergency, and to create binding legislation that will achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, a decade ahead of the government’s current goal of 2035, national broadcaster Yle reported.

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

French Locals Horrified as City Center Becomes Hunting Ground for Sex Predators, Gangs of ‘Young Men’

Roving gangs of ‘young men’ are terrorizing French females and shopkeepers in the center of Brest, according to reports.

Girls are regularly being targeted by groups of sex predators in the historic port city, located in the Brittany region of France.

Locals say the city center becomes a “hunting ground” in the afternoon when schools let out and aggressive young males congregate in the region of Rue Jean-Jaure’s, a popular street for shopping.

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

French Government Might Extend COVID Health Pass Usage Until Next Summer

Leaders in France are entertaining the idea of expanding their health pass, but are also considering easing COVID restrictions like mandatory masking where applicable.

A pair of recent stories from Reuters gives the public a roadmap into what to anticipate for the situation. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that a French government spokesman that the country’s pandemic state of emergency is slated to continue until Summer 2022.

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

French President Macron Criticized for Creating Online “Thought Police” Task Force

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has come under fire after forming a committee against online speech that critics are already calling the “thought police.” According to Macron, he considers “conspiracy theories” a “poison” to society.

Macron claimed in an interview that conspiracy theories are a “key problem” for France and that he’s fighting against the idea that “all views are equal, that those of someone who is not a specialist but who has an opinion on the coronavirus are just as valid as those of a scientist.”

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

Germany: CDU/CSU Invites Greens and Liberals to Negotiate a Coalition

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) leaders Armin Laschet and Markus Söder invited Greens and Free Democrats (FDP) to negotiate a joint German governing coalition. The CDU/CSU finished second in Sunday’s federal elections. However, Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz also wants to form a government with the Greens and the FDP.

Laschet, who led the union in the elections as chancellor candidate, together with Bavarian Prime Minister Söder, wrote letters to FDP chief Christian Lindner and Greens co-chairs Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck. In those letters, and in addition to the invitation to the negotiations, they congratulated them on their electoral success, as both parties improved compared to the 2017 elections.

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

Germany: Prominent Left Party MP Defends AfD Voters Against Allegations of Racism

Member of the Bundestag Sahra Wagenknecht from the Left party (Die Linke) has defended Alternative for German (AfD) voters against accusations of racism.

“Voters who switched from us to the AfD are not racists. These are people who feel abandoned by politics and also by my party and assume that they can only express their protest by voting for the AfD,” she said in an interview with the web.de online portal.

At the same time, she renewed her criticism of her party for having lost sight of ordinary voters, non-academics, and workers.

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

How Angela Merkel Let the West Become Vladimir Putin’s Pawn in the New Cold War That’s Sent Your Gas Bills Soaring

The German town of Lubmin is the landing point for Nord Stream 2, a new £8.1 billion pipeline running from Russia across the Baltic Sea to supply Europe with gas.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Italian Forests Increase in Size, CO2 Absorption Capacity

Bringing down planetary fever says Carabinieri report

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 29 — Italian forests have increases in size and their capacity to absorb CO2, a report out Wednesday said.

In the last 10 years, said the Carabinieri’s national inventory on forest carbon reservoirs, the national wooded surface area has risen by around 587,000 hectares to a total of some 11 million hectares.

The forest biomass is up 18.4% in that time, the report said.

This has enabled Italian woods and forests to absorb 290 million more tonnes of CO2.

The report, complied with the help of environmental group CREA, was said to be a “green thermometer” able to gauge the state of vitality of Italian forests and their contribution to bringing down the planet’s fever from the climate crisis.

Woods cover some 36.7% of Italian territory, the survey said.

The number of cubic metres of biomass per hectare has risen from 144.9 to 165.4 since 2011, the report said.

The amount of CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere has gone from 1.789 million tonnes to 2.088 million, it said.

That corresponds to 569 million tonnes of CO2 trapped in biomass and dead wood.

“Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas most responsible for the global rise in temperatures and forests play an essential role in protecting natural and global environmental equilibria,” said the Carabinieri forest rangers.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Most Poles Wants Turow Coal Mine to Continue Operating: Poll

Poland has an ongoing conflict with Czechia over the extraction in the Turów lignite coal mine. In early 2021 the Czech government filed a complaint against Poland to the European Court of Justice concerning suspending the mine’s operations.

The European court ordered Poland to suspend extraction and when the Polish government refused to do so, the court imposed a €500,000 per day fine on Poland to be paid to the European Commission.

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Poland: Identity Politics Dominate at Poland’s Gdynia Film Festival

Almost a century ago, Vladimir Lenin announced that cinema was to be the most important of the arts. What he meant, of course, was the powerful emotive power movies would have in the construction of communism. Often, outstanding filmmakers enthusiastically included their own personal political aims and beliefs in the films that they created.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party kept an eye out so that no one who disagreed with the path set out by it would be able to make films. This was quite simple because filmmaking was financed by the state, whose representatives immediately reacted to any sort of deviation. Nazi German propaganda later also used these lessons for its own needs.

The Gdynia Film Festival has just ended. The films shown at it will (or will not) eventually be shown on the silver screen across the country. But the films themselves don’t matter as much here. After watching the award ceremony streamed live by Polish public television, one comes to the conclusion that the jury was not particularly concerned with the artistic values of the movies it was evaluating.

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Sweden: Man Wanted After Apartment Explosion in Gothenburg Leaves Over 20 Injured

A 55-year-old man is wanted in connection to an explosion at an apartment building in the Swedish city of Gothenburg that has left 23 people injured, four of them seriously.

The explosion took place in an apartment block located in the Annedal district of Gothenburg at around 5 am on Tuesday. Police officer Martin Hallberg said that fire and smoke developed in the stairwells. In total, three stairwells and several apartments that were linked to them were affected by the blast.

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Switzerland: Climate Activist Sentenced for Civil Disobedience

A climate activist from Extinction Rebellion (XR) has been given a three-year suspended prison sentence and fined CHF1,000 ($1,070) for taking part in protest events in Lausanne.

The judge rejected the man’s freedom to demonstrate peacefully but without authorisation.

The trial of the 30-year-old man, co-founder of Lausanne Action Climat and XR Lausanne, was the first of a series of trials of around 200 climate activists who had carried out protest actions in Lausanne, canton Vaud, in 2019 and 2020. A dozen trials of around 60 defendants are planned by the end of the year.

The man had taken part in three protest actions — on a bridge, at a roundabout and at other intersections in the city centre — with the aim of blocking traffic. He was found guilty of obstructing services of general interest, obstructing an official act, violating traffic rules and violating police regulations, among other charges.

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UK Military Wants to Spy on Social Media to Detect “Change in Population Sentiment”

The UK Ministry of Defence has inadvertently revealed its plan to spy on social media platforms in order to detect “change(s) in population sentiment.”

Despite ostensibly being about “better use of existing silos,” the MoD’s Data Strategy for Defence document explains how the military should move towards “Automated scanning of social media platforms” to detect “change in population sentiment.”

“Nowhere does the document explain why a strategy paper has gone so far off the beaten track that it promotes collecting data the MoD doesn’t have and using it for decidedly non-military purposes,” reports the Register.

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UK: Judge Rules Firing of Train Worker Over Social Media Post Breached Equality Act

A train conductor in the UK who was fired for posting what was accused of being an “Islamophobic” remark on social media is protected by the equality law, a judge ruled at the assessment.

In July 2020, 63-year-old Jeremy Sleath posted: “Thank our pubs open up today. We cannot let our way of life become like some sort of Muslim alcohol-free caliphate just to beat Covid-19.

“We must button-up, face it, stiff upper lip, if necessary herd immunity it, but we must learn to live with it & not let our fantastic culture & way of life be trashed,” he added in the Facebook post.

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UK: Officer Who Used Lockdown, Police Badge to Kidnap, Rape, Murder Woman Given Full Life Sentence

LONDON (AP) — A serving London police officer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a woman he tricked into his car using his police identification and COVID-19 laws.

Wayne Couzens, 48, was accused of falsely arresting 33-year-old Sarah Everard for violating lockdown restrictions as she walked home from visiting a friend in south London on March 3. Prosecutors said he handcuffed Everard, drove her far outside the city, and then raped and killed her.

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Will Europe’s Housing Crisis Spark a Socialist Revolution?

Rental costs and housing prices have risen dramatically worldwide — if anything, the pandemic has only accelerated this trend. A potent cocktail of central bank money printing, increased institutional buying, and failed government policy have fueled another runaway housing crisis that governments are struggling to contain. As a result, not only is the dream of buying a house or apartment increasingly out of reach for many people, particularly the young, but even something as deceptively simple as paying the rent has become a widespread and intractable societal problem.

The German capital of Berlin is perhaps a window into what kind of extreme policies people may be willing to embrace in order to correct what they see as the excesses taking place in the real estate market. On the same day Germans went to the polls to elect a new federal government, Berlin also held a non-binding referendum on whether the city government should seize a significant number of rental property from some of the biggest real estate giants operating in the country. The groundbreaking measure, designed to force real estate companies to sell off their apartments, won with the backing of 56 percent of voters.

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IOC Says Only Chinese Citizens Allowed to Attend 2022 Winter Games in Beijing

The International Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday that only Chinese citizens will be permitted to buy tickets to attend the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

The IOC made its decision after “wide-ranging consultations” with China’s communist government, the committee said in a statement.

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Authorities Threaten Jail Time for Unvaccinated Aussies Who Try to Enter Businesses

Authorities in New South Wales are threatening to jail Australians who don’t show a COVID-19 vaccination pass when they enter businesses.

Yes, really.

NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello threatened people who he described as “fraudsters” with arrest if they try to enter premises with “fake vaccine passports”

“If people want to do the wrong thing, if they get found out, as I said, it could be jail time there,” said Dominello.

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Pope Francis Decries Jihadist Massacres in Northern Nigeria

ROME — Pope Francis expressed his sorrow over jihadist attacks in northern Nigeria that claimed more than 50 lives over the weekend.

“I learned with sorrow of the news of the armed attacks last Sunday against the villages of Madamai and Abun, in northern Nigeria,” the pope said following his General Audience in the Vatican Wednesday.

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Czech PM Thanks Hungary for Erecting Border Fence in 2015

During Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Czechia, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis thanked Hungary for being the only country that defended the Schengen border from the influx of migrants at a time when the then German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed them and uttered the well-known “Wir schaffen das” statement.

“If the fence was not there, the shortest way to Germany, in seek of social benefits, would go through Czechia,” said Babis, appreciating that Hungary was defending the Schengen border with the fence it had built.

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Hungary Fully Supports Lithuanian Efforts to Stem Illegal Immigration

Hungary is in full support of Lithuanian and Polish efforts to stem illegal immigration, Justice Minister Judit Varga announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

“Like us, Lithuania has proven that when it comes to defending borders, only national solutions will succeed. Yet the European Commission insists on its New Migration Pact, which further encourages relocation,” Varga wrote.

“Hungary strongly supports Lithuania’s border protection efforts. That is manifested not only in words but also in deeds: we donated border barrier equipment to Vilnius that will help to more efficiently protect our common Schengen borders,” she continued. “Member states must provide adequate support to each other when common security is at stake.”

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Italian Court Hands Former Mayor Famed for Aiding Migrants 13 Years in Jail

A mayor once held up as a model for migrant integration in Italy was sentenced to 13 years in jail on Thursday for a series of crimes including abetting illegal immigration.

Domenico Lucano, the mayor of Riace in southern Italy until 2018, made headlines around the world for welcoming migrants to the sparsely-populated Calabrian village in a bid to boost jobs and development.

Prosecutors had called for the 63-year old, known as Mimmo, to be sentenced to seven years and 11 months for a series of crimes, including conspiracy, abuse of office, fraud, extortion and embezzlement.

His lawyers said the court found him guilty on nearly every count, and gave him almost double the jail time — 13 years and two months — sparking disbelief and outrage among supporters and the political left.

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Only 22 of Nearly 8,000 Algerians Deported as France Tightens Visa Rules

France will be cutting the number of visas granted for three North African nations after it was revealed that hardly any illegals from the three countries were deported this year.

The French government is set to reduce the number of newly granted visas to Morocco and Algeria by 50 per cent and Tunisia by 30 per cent as the three countries have largely refused to take back their nationals who are living in France illegally.

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Poland: ‘It’s a Horse, Not a Cow’ — Bizarre Media ‘Fact-Check’ On Reports of Bestiality, Child Porn on Migrant Phones

Liberal media outlets issued bizarre “fact-checks” after the Polish government revealed migrants have videos of executions and illegal sex acts on their phones, objecting that a bestiality video featured a mare rather than a cow as originally reported, for example.

Poland declared a state of emergency on its border with Belarus, the former Soviet Socialist Republic governed by Alexander Lukashenko, after the quasi-Stalinist regime in Minsk began pushing migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia into the country and the neighbouring EU member-state of Lithuania earlier this year.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Prefer Trump Border Policy to Biden Open Door

Just one third of Americans believe that Joe Biden’s border strategy is superior to that of the Trump administration, according to a new poll, with the majority preferring not to have an open door immigration policy.

The Rasmussen poll found that 51 percent of voters prefer the way it was under Trump, with only 32 percent saying it is now better at the border under Biden.

The poll also bizarrely found that 11 percent believe the policies have the same efficacy.

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Protesters Block Golden Gate Bridge During Morning Rush

SAN FRANCISCO — A convoy of demonstrators blocked northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge for nearly an hour during the Thursday morning commute.

KRON-TV reported that the demonstrators stopped their vehicles below the south tower of the bridge just before 7 a.m. and traffic leaving San Francisco backed up.

Southbound traffic initially flowed freely but then was stopped at the north end of the bridge. It later resumed at a slow rate. Northbound traffic slowly began moving again around 7:45 a.m.

A press release from the organizers said demonstrators were “demanding Senate Democrats take immediate action to protect all immigrant families.”

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Record Number of Illegal Migrants Attempt to Cross Polish-Belarusian Border

Poland’s border crisis with Belarus continues to grow, with the Polish Border Guard stopping 473 attempts to cross the border on Tuesday, which was the highest number of attempts since the crisis began. According to Border Guard spokeswoman lieutenant Anna Michalska, the strain is leading to an extremely high workload for border officers.

Meanwhile, Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak informed of provocations directed at Polish soldiers taking place from the Belarusian side.

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Record Number of Illegal Migrants Caught at Hungarian Border

Hungary’s security forces apprehended 750 migrants who had illegally entered the country last Friday, setting a new daily record, the Hungarian domestic security adviser told the national media over the weekend.

While speaking with the public broadcaster M1 on Saturday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Chief Internal Security Advisor György Bakondi shined a bright light on the surge of illegal immigrant apprehensions which have taken place near Hungary’s border with Serbia and Romania, noting that border guards had prevented some 80,000 migrants from illegally entering the country so far this year.

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A Curious Incuriosity

I have a high IQ — above 150 last time it was tested. … I’m not bragging per se because I think IQ is a very limited measurement, but nonetheless, nobody who knows me, who has met and conversed with me would, objectively, think I’m stupid or uneducated.

I have two Master’s degrees, a couple of patents, and have been told by one employer that I was probably the most intelligent person who ever worked there. …

Nonetheless, as a person who has openly stated that I used to be a “climate alarmist” and now am a “climate change denier skeptic” I reflect on the fact that I can count the number of people who have asked why I’ve changed my mind on one hand. With fingers left over.

Virtually nobody, even those whom I’ve known for years, asks what seems to me to be fundamental questions: Why did you change your mind? Can you tell me more? What are you reading that I’m not? And perhaps the most fundamental & introspective question of all, ‘What if I am the one who is wrong?

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Google Adds Its Own “Context” To Search Engine Results

In an effort to fight what it says is “misinformation,” Google said it will start adding “context” and more details to search results. The search giant believes more context would dissuade users from opening unreliable sources.

In the search results, Google will add more details about a source in its own words or information and reviews from other websites, the company announced during Wednesday’s Search On event.

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Report: Trans Athletes Retain Physiological Advantages Over Women

A comprehensive UK report into transgender participation in sport determined Thursday trans men who identify as women retain distinct physiological advantages when competing in female categories, even if they suppress testosterone levels.

Such is the competitive advantage the report urges consideration be given to adopting “universal” or “open” categories in order to protect female-only competition, while allowing transgender participation after concluding men who identify as women do retain physique, stamina and strength advantages.

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Struggling for Relevance, Woke UK Labour Leader Demands Female James Bond

Sir Keir Starmer, the “uber woke” leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said that is is “time for a female Bond” following Daniel Craig’s last outing as the iconic British spy in No Time to Die.

Sir Keir, a former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in England, made the call “without even being asked the question”, noted GB News presenter Dan Wootton, when he was asked who his favourite Bond actor in an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

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The Riddle of Steel — Liberty Version

Like many of the seemingly simple questions in this series asked by ancient races, like Who are you? and Why are you here? there are layers upon layers of meaning. Just as my friend’s statement “We need your guns” has a deeper meaning:

We need your fighting spirit.

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UK Police Officer Fired Over Sharing Memes “Offensive” To BLM, LGBT — But Investigators Won’t Show the Memes

Police Constable Lee Scott of the Northumbria Police Force in England was fired for comments about Black Lives Matter and LGBTs, as well as sharing a meme that circulated in conservative circles. He was put on suspension after his “offensive” Facebook activity was reported by a colleague.

The UK’s Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigated the officer’s comments, saying they were deemed “offensive, inappropriate, or discriminatory in nature.” But the law enforcement watchdog refused to cite the exact comments that put the officer in trouble.

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UK: Feminist Labour MP Said Colleagues Threw Her on Railway Tracks for Wanting to Use the Word ‘Woman’

The feminist MP who pulled out of attending the Labour Party conference over security issues has accused her colleagues of “chucking [her] on the railway tracks” because she wants to use the word “woman”.

Labour MP for Canterbury Rosie Duffield had declined to attend the official party event over security concerns following threats from the far-left, progressive faction of Labour. However, her alleged controversial remarks that only women can have cervixes have taken prominence during the events, exposing a party imploding with senior figures unable to answer clearly if it is “transphobic” to state facts about women’s bodies.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/30/2021

  1. Maybe the answer in New South Wales is for everyone who loves freedom to go to businesses with obviously fake vaxx certificates and force the vaxxholes to jail them all. They would quickly run out of jail cells to hold them all, and court capacity to try them all.

    Force them to play by their own rules and crash the system that way.

  2. “On Sept. 18, on the most read Czech portal Novinky.cz, appeared an article written by Czech correspondent to Poland, Pavol Minarik, about “LGBT free zones”. In the text, one can read the following:”

    Novinky.cz is esentially a propaganda tabloid, you can’t expect serious news from them.

  3. “President Joe Biden wants to put an actual Communist — self-proclaimed “radical” Cornell University law school professor Saule Omarova — in charge of the nation’s banking system.” Since the demise of International Socialism. there are only national socialist, aka bernie s.. Or more properly know as fascists.

  4. With those fines of $ 700 000 the USA sure knows how to kill the economy dead in its tracks . What will that help when the only ones dying are the vaxed ? It sure is the road to hell. I hope people are prepping for the worst in US history. Everything is going to come crashing the way they are handling matters at present. Its as though thats what they want and no one can stop them . Welcome to the NWO.

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