Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/9/2021

President Biden announced his latest executive actions in the fight against COVID-19, mandating “vaccines” not just for federal employees and contractors, but also workers for companies that have more than 100 employees. Meanwhile, the Australian airline Qantas announced that unvaccinated passengers would be banned from its flights.

In other news, the Italian coast guard rescued more than 100 illegal migrants who had been shipwrecked on a tiny islet just off the coast of Lampedusa.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Biden Admin Says if You Exclude Beef, Pork, & Poultry, Inflation is Actually Not That Bad
» UK: Just Five Conservative MPs Voted Against Tax Rise
 
USA
» 2 Arson Attempts During Police Shooting Protest in Madison Draws 5-Year Prison Sentence
» 5 Vaccine Mandate Protests at Hospitals in September
» A Judge Has Blocked the ‘Anti-Riot’ Law Passed in Florida After George Floyd Protests
» As NFL Season Kicks Off, Fearmongering Fauci Frets Over Unvaxx’d Attending Games
» Authorities Kill Man, Wound Another in Separate Incidents
» Biden Unveils Most Severe COVID Actions Yet: Mandates Vax for All Federal Workers, Contractors, & Large Private Companies
» Biden Forces Out Trump Appointees From Military Academy Advisory Boards
» Breaking: Red State Governors Push Back on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
» Breaking: Joe Biden Announces Vaccine Mandate for Employers With 100 or More Employees
» Chicago, Portland, Louisville Mayors Appear to Back CRT in Schools Before Names Removed From Sponsors List
» Fauci Says Online “Disinformation” is the “Enemy” of Public Health
» Google Reportedly Pushing Anti-Racism Training, Critical Race Theory on Staff
» Larry Elder’s Security Detail Shot at With Pellet Gun During Campaign Event: Report
» Libertarian Students Fight Campus Vaccine Mandates
» McLean: ‘Staff Error’ Led to Her Name Appearing as Sponsor of Critical Race Theory Resolution
» Merit System is Unjust Because it Rewards Productive Individuals, Professors Argue
» Montgomery County Couple Sentenced to Prison for Supporting Their Relatives’ Efforts to Join ISIS
» Portland Mayor Says His ‘Hands Off’ Police Response to August Riot Was ‘Not the Right Strategy’
» Report: College Textbook Says People Who Oppose Lockdowns Caused COVID Deaths
» Rumble Hits New Traffic Record of 143 Million Monthly Visits, Enters the Top 150 Most Visited Websites in the US
» Speakers, Panelists Rail Against Critical Race Theory, Mask Policies at Save Our Schools Rally
» Towson Police Union: Officers Told to ‘Stand Down’ Before Campus Shooting
» Video: Rand Paul Calls for “Five Years in Jail” For Fauci Lying to Congress
» White House to Withdraw Nomination of Gun-Control Advocate David Chipman to Head ATF
» Who Owns the Vehicles That Provided Riot Gear to Antifa in Portland?
» Writer Christopher Rufo Was Unverified on Twitter After Exposing Controversial Google Employee Trainings
 
Canada
» Calgary Unions ‘Blindsided’ By City’s Threat to Terminate Vaccine-Hesitant Employees
» People’s Party of Canada is the Only Federal Election Candidate That Opposes Vaccine Passports
» Quebec Orders All Health-Care Workers to Get Vaccinated or be Suspended Without Pay
» Quebec Woman Who Allegedly Sent Poison to Trump Offered Plea Deal
 
Europe and the EU
» 24 Left-Extremists Arrested After Storming Greek Govt Ministry
» French Conservative Presidential Candidate Could Face ‘Hate’ Trial During Election Campaign
» Hungary Stands by Poland Amid ‘Unprecedented’ Attack From EU
» Sweden Announces it Will Remove Most Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions
» ‘This is Not the EU We Joined, ‘ Says Senior Polish Attorney
» UK Govt Formally Exploring ‘Jabs for Jobs’ Vax Requirement for Health Workers
» UK: Self-Confessed ‘Privileged, White Middle Class’ XR Protester, 60, Who Lives in a £900,000 Farmhouse Says She Was ‘Exercising Her Human Rights’ While Blocking Roads Outside Parliament, Court Hears
 
South Asia
» The ‘Last Jew’ Leaves Afghanistan With the Return of the Islamist Fundamentalists
 
Far East
» China Tech Firms Plunge as Beijing Halts Approval for All New Online Games
» Credit Suisse Closes Account of Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei as Western Banks Fear Angering Beijing
» Expert: Documents Show Fauci-Funded Wuhan Lab Created Novel Coronavirus With ‘Enhanced Pathogenicity’ For Humans
» Rutgers Professor Says New Fauci Revelations Prove He Endangered the Public
 
Australia — Pacific
» “COVID Zero” New Zealand Has Completed Its Transformation Into a Full-Blown Police State
» “You Have Been Warned!”: Unvaccinated Australians Told They’ll Remain Under Lockdown
» Another Example of NSW Health Official Referring to Post-COVID Era as “New World Order” Emerges
» Aussie Public Health Chief Says COVID Contact Tracing is Part of “New World Order”
» Australian Airline Qantas to Ban Unvaccinated Travelers From International Flights
» Major Fines for Businesses Who Allow Unvaccinated Customers or Employ Staff Who Haven’t Had the COVID Jab as NSW Prepares to Open Up
» The Cocky Moment That Will Haunt Dan Andrews: Two Months Ago He Bragged He’d Show Gladys Berejiklian How to Beat Delta by Going ‘Hard and Early’ — But as NSW Announces a Reopening, Victoria is Still Shut Down and Cases Are Exploding
 
Immigration
» Greek Migration Minister Rejects EU Parliament President’s Remarks on Lesvos Migrant Camp Disaster
» Italian Coast Guard Finds 125 Boat Migrants on Uninhabited Island
» Lampedusa: Italy’s Coast Guard Rescues Over 100 Migrants
» Latvian Border Guard Denied Entry to Eight Migrants Wednesday
» Lithuania Expels Afghanistan Migrants Despite European Court Stand
» UK: Boris Govt Finally Considering Turning Back Migrant Boats, French Furious
 
Culture Wars
» Biden DOJ Sues Texas Over Six-Week Abortion Ban
» Czechia: Don’t Touch the Traditional Family Writes Civic Democrats Chairman
» D.C. Cardinal: Joe Biden Departs From ‘Catholic Teaching’ on Abortion
 
General
» UK: Winston Churchill Foundation Trust Backtracks After Removing Churchill Photos From Its Website
 

Biden Admin Says if You Exclude Beef, Pork, & Poultry, Inflation is Actually Not That Bad

Update (0915ET): Bond King Jeffrey Gundlach summed up the idiocy of The White House’s spokesperson perfectly: “…if you take out the items that are up a lot, troubling grocery inflation would be lower.”

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

UK: Just Five Conservative MPs Voted Against Tax Rise

Just five Conservative MPs voted against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s manifesto pledge-breaking tax hike on Wednesday.

The health and social care tax, which is a proposed a 1.25 per cent rise in National Insurance, was passed in the House of Commons last night 319 to 248, with the Labour Party voting against it, whose leader Keir Starmer had proposed a ‘Wealth Tax’ instead.

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

2 Arson Attempts During Police Shooting Protest in Madison Draws 5-Year Prison Sentence

A man who was part of a group that tried to burn two buildings on East Washington Avenue last summer during a protest over a man’s shooting by Kenosha police pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted arson and was sentenced to five years in prison.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson called the acts committed by Willie T. Johnson “appalling and dangerous” and said it was fortunate neither fire took root and endangered lives.

Johnson, 46, and his girlfriend, Anessa Fierro, 28, were charged about a year ago with attempted arson for trying to set fires on Aug. 25, 2020, at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Chalmers Jewelers.

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

5 Vaccine Mandate Protests at Hospitals in September

Citing their desire to protect patients, visitors, colleagues and communities, hospitals and health systems across the U.S. have announced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees. But protests have also popped up, organized by people who oppose these policies.

Here are five hospitals and health systems where healthcare workers have participated in protests in September.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list.

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

A Judge Has Blocked the ‘Anti-Riot’ Law Passed in Florida After George Floyd Protests

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida’s new “anti-riot” law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as a way to quell violent protests is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The 90-page decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee found the recently-enacted law “vague and overbroad” and amounted to an assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly as well as the Constitution’s due process protections.

[Comment: The judge was appointed to the bench by Obama.]

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

As NFL Season Kicks Off, Fearmongering Fauci Frets Over Unvaxx’d Attending Games

The 2021 NFL season kicks off tonight with the Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The league expects a post-pandemic season, but many virus-related challenges linger amid the spread of the delta variant. Fans have been waiting a year to return to full stadiums to see their favorite teams duke it out with opponents, but Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t believe that’s a good thing.

Entering the first week of the NFL season, about 93% of players and 99% of coaches and staffers are vaccinated, according to WaPo. The league has planned a 17th game season for each team with packed stadiums.

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

Authorities Kill Man, Wound Another in Separate Incidents

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man armed with a gun Thursday in Northern California, two days after another man was shot and wounded after hitting a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy with a rock in a separate incident, authorities said.

A 911 call of a person with a gun sent California Highway Patrol and Arcata police officers to an unincorporated area of Humboldt County at around 11 a.m., authorities said.

They saw a man in his 30s, wearing a leather jacket and armed with a handgun. During a 15-minute confrontation, the officers tried “de-escalation techniques” but the man ignored commands to put down the gun, county Sheriff William F. Honsal said at a news conference.

The officers followed the man when he walked off and opened fire after he pulled the gun, which was in a holster, Honsal said.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital, the sheriff said. His name wasn’t immediately released…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Unveils Most Severe COVID Actions Yet: Mandates Vax for All Federal Workers, Contractors, & Large Private Companies

Summary:

  • Biden to require ‘vast majority’ of federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated or test weekly
  • Biden expected to ask Labor Department for for rule on mandatory vaccinations
  • ‘Some’ exemptions for disability, religion
  • Psaki refuses to answer ‘my body, my choice’ question over vaccinations

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

Biden Forces Out Trump Appointees From Military Academy Advisory Boards

As The Epoch Times‘ Isabel van Brugen detailed earlier, the Biden administration has forced out nearly a dozen Trump administration appointees from their positions on the advisory boards of U.S. military service academies, the White House confirmed on Wednesday.

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

Breaking: Red State Governors Push Back on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

“This will never stand up in court. This dictatorial approach is wrong, un-American and will do far more harm than good.”

In President Biden’s speech outlining the steps that’ll be taken by the federal government to mandate COVID vaccines, he called out state governors for undermining his agenda on this front.

As first pointed out by The Daily Wire, several of those governors are now responding to Biden’s remarks.

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

Breaking: Joe Biden Announces Vaccine Mandate for Employers With 100 or More Employees

Today the Biden administration outlined a series of aggressive steps for the country to require COVID vaccine shots in order to participate in day to day life.

This speech from the President serves as a confirmation from the rumors circulating throughout earlier in the day about what the US government’s plan is. Joe used the opening of his speech to reflect on the amount of progress on vaccination that the country has undergone since he took office.

The criteria covers key sectors when it comes to mandates: private businesses, federal agencies, and the education system.

[Comment: Forced vaccinations of employees in the private sector will not survive court challenges, in my opinion.]

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

Chicago, Portland, Louisville Mayors Appear to Back CRT in Schools Before Names Removed From Sponsors List

The mayors of four major cities appeared to back a resolution adopted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors supporting critical race theory, or CRT, in public K-12 schools before their names were suddenly removed from a list of sponsors.

The resolution adopted by the Conference of Mayors, which describes itself as a “non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger,” initially listed the following four mayoral sponsors: Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer; Boise, Idaho, Mayor Lauren McLean; Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot; and Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler, as seen in a Wednesday screenshot posted to Twitter by CRT critic and journalist Christopher Rufo.

By Thursday morning, however, all four mayors’ names had disappeared from the resolution stating that “the nation’s mayors support the implementation of CRT in the public education curriculum to help engage our youth in programming that reflects an accurate, complete account of BIPOC history…”

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

Fauci Says Online “Disinformation” is the “Enemy” of Public Health

Dr. Anthony Fauci has once again come out presenting himself as a champion of combating what he called COVID disinformation, even though he has a history of backtracking on his previously held statements around the virus.

Some would call that a form of “spreading misinformation,” but the White House chief medical adviser tends to see that in others, and has no issue with dubbing anything deviating from COVID the “canons” of the hour as — “an enemy of public health.”

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

Google Reportedly Pushing Anti-Racism Training, Critical Race Theory on Staff

Google is reportedly pushing critical race theory on its employees with antiracism trainings that tell staff Americans as young as three months old are raised to be racist in a “system of white supremacy.”

One of the videos in the initiative also features Kamau Bobb, a former diversity chief who was reassigned earlier this year after antisemitic comments he made resurfaced, according to Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute.

In the video, Bobb — who wrote in a 2007 blog post that Jews have “an insatiable appetite for war and killing” — hosts a discussion with guest lecturer Nikole Hannah-Jones, the editor of The New York Times’ 1619 Project, Rufo reported in City Journal.

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

Larry Elder’s Security Detail Shot at With Pellet Gun During Campaign Event: Report

Republican candidate for California governor Larry Elder was forced to cut short a campaign event Wednesday after protesters allegedly shot at his security detail with a pellet gun.

“Today I kicked off the Recall Express bus tour,” Elder posted to Twitter. “Before we even left Los Angeles, my security detail was physically assaulted, shot with a pellet gun, and hit with projectiles. The intolerant left will not stop us. We will recall Gavin Newsom. We will save California.”

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

Libertarian Students Fight Campus Vaccine Mandates

When Virginia Tech announced in June that it would require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Ben Walls, a junior multimedia journalism student, was upset. As co-president of the Virginia Tech Young Americans for Liberty, a youth libertarian organization with chapters across U.S. campuses, he started circulating a petition on campus to oppose the mandate.

“We were a little angry that Virginia Tech was going to tell us what’s best for us and our health care,” Walls said. “These vaccines are a personal and private decision that shouldn’t be mandated by the school administration.”

Now other chapters of Young Americans for Liberty are following suit. The national organization announced Wednesday that it was coordinating with student leaders at 23 public campuses — including Rutgers University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, in addition to Virginia Tech — to push back “against government interference in private medical decisions.”

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

McLean: ‘Staff Error’ Led to Her Name Appearing as Sponsor of Critical Race Theory Resolution

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean says she did not sign on to a resolution backing the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 education.

McLean’s name appears as one of four sponsors on the resolution on the US Conference of Mayors website alongside Greg Fischer of Louisville, KY, Lori E. Lightfoot of Chicago, and Ted Wheeler of Portland, OR. The resolution defines critical race theory as “the practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society, in which racism can be seen across systemic, institutional and interpersonal levels operating over the course of time and across generations.”

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

Merit System is Unjust Because it Rewards Productive Individuals, Professors Argue

Authored by Kate Anderson via Campus Reform

Professors from the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs are arguing that “success and merit” are “barriers” to the equity agenda.

“Admitting that the normative definitions of success and merit are in and of themselves barriers to achieving the goals of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion is necessary but not sufficient to create change,” professors Beth Mitchneck and Jessi L. Smith recently wrote for Inside Higher Education.

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

Montgomery County Couple Sentenced to Prison for Supporting Their Relatives’ Efforts to Join ISIS

A husband and wife from Montgomery County each were ordered Thursday to spend more than a year in federal prison for sending money overseas to help two relatives travel to Syria and join ISIS.

Shahidul Gaffar, 40, and Nabila Khan, 35, both of Collegeville, admitted sending nearly $5,600 to Khan’s brothers in Bangladesh before they set out on their journeys in 2015.

But the couple cut unlikely figures as the central defendants in a federal terrorism case.

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

Portland Mayor Says His ‘Hands Off’ Police Response to August Riot Was ‘Not the Right Strategy’

During the violent clash of protestors on August 22 in Portland, Oregon, city leaders instituted a “hands off” approach towards policing the event, a move that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler admitted was “not the right strategy” on Wednesday.

“It is clear based on the public outcry, on the media outcry, on the national front, that that strategy was not the right strategy. I think we can all acknowledge that,” said Wheeler during a Portland City Council meeting, according to the Associated Press. “I take full responsibility for it.”

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

Report: College Textbook Says People Who Oppose Lockdowns Caused COVID Deaths

A textbook assigned as required reading at a North Carolina community college is loaded with assertions that anyone opposing lockdowns and masking is directly to blame for COVID deaths and the spread of the virus.

Campus Reform obtained a copy of the document, which states that the severe restrictions imposed by the Biden government “saved tens of thousands of lives” and that Americans who flout them should be held responsible, despite scientific research that has found lockdowns will actually cause millions of excess deaths.

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

Rumble Hits New Traffic Record of 143 Million Monthly Visits, Enters the Top 150 Most Visited Websites in the US

Rumble, the popular, free speech friendly video sharing platform, hit a record number of monthly visits in July and is now close to becoming one of the top 100 most visited websites in the US, according to data from web analytics service SimilarWeb.

SimilarWeb’s stats estimate that Rumble had over 143 million visits in August — a 24% increase compared with July and a 78% increase over the last six months.

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

Speakers, Panelists Rail Against Critical Race Theory, Mask Policies at Save Our Schools Rally

Hundreds of conservative Northern Virginia residents — including former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin — gathered Wednesday night for the Rally to Save Our Schools at the Landsowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, railing against cultural flashpoints from critical race theory to mask mandates in Loudoun schools.

In his speech, Youngkin lambasted his opponent in this year’s gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe (D), who served as Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. He said the former governor “had the audacity to say that [critical race theory] is a vast right-wing conspiracy invented by Donald Trump and Glenn Youngkin.”

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

Towson Police Union: Officers Told to ‘Stand Down’ Before Campus Shooting

The Towson University police union condemned the suspension of an officer after a shooting over the weekend, claiming that university leadership told officers to “stand down” as a crowd gathered, an assertion the university’s police chief called “reckless.”

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 President Joe Gregory said officers were told not to break up the unsanctioned gathering of hundreds of people that included a DJ and alcohol, news outlets report. The officer on leave had the entire shift monitoring the crowd and when the shooting began, they ran through the crowd to find victims and the suspect, he said. As more information comes out, people will see the suspension as an attack on an officer carrying out orders, Gregory said.

University Police Chief Charles Herring responded in a statement, calling the accusation that officers were ordered to “stand down” during the gathering “reckless, misleading and categorically false.” It hinders the investigation and undermines officers’ authority, Herring said.

The officer is on paid leave pending an investigation into whether “established procedures” were performed during the gathering, the university said. A Greenbelt man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault. Baltimore County police said he fired a gun during the gathering, striking himself and two others.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Rand Paul Calls for “Five Years in Jail” For Fauci Lying to Congress

Appearing on Hannity Wednesday night, Senator Rand Paul responded to the emergence of yet more proof that Anthony Fauci lied to Congress regarding the funding of coronavirus gain of function research, reminding viewers that the offence is a felony punishable by five years jail time.

“I find that hard to believe that we still would have someone with such poor judgment, who believes that even a pandemic would be worth it, that this person is in charge of the research for our government, I find that astounding,” Paul declared.

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

White House to Withdraw Nomination of Gun-Control Advocate David Chipman to Head ATF

The Biden administration’s plan to withdraw gun-control advocate David Chipman’s nomination to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) should be greeted with a huge sigh of relief for gun owners across America.

Two sources with direct knowledge of the decision told WaPo Thursday morning that Chipman’s nomination withdrawal comes amid a bipartisan pushback over his radical gun control advocacy.

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

Who Owns the Vehicles That Provided Riot Gear to Antifa in Portland?

Uniformed Antifa militants were discretely filmed unloading supply cars filled with riot gear in downtown Portland during an armed occupation last month. The Antifa took care to conceal the license plates of their supply vehicles but The Post Millennial can exclusively report out the identities of the vehicles’ registrants.

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

Writer Christopher Rufo Was Unverified on Twitter After Exposing Controversial Google Employee Trainings

Leaked documents reveal that Google employees were given material on an “antiracism” program that teaches the principles of critical race theory, specifically that the US was founded on white supremacy.

The documents, while not part of any official curriculum at Google, reveal information that was given to some Google employees, and give insight into the types of ideologies that are promoted at the Big Tech company that has a monopoly of search and is part of a duopoly in the online advertising industry.

In recent times, several other large technology companies have been shown to be taking part in similar training for employees.

According to documents obtained by the Christopher Rufo, a writer and contributor for City Journal, Google’s new antiracism program, called “Allyship in Action,” contains language common in critical race theory teachings, like “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” and “intersectionality.”

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

Calgary Unions ‘Blindsided’ By City’s Threat to Terminate Vaccine-Hesitant Employees

The City of Calgary mandated COVID vaccinations for its employees on Friday, a move that the city’s two largest unions said was tantamount to a “blindside.”

“As the second-largest employer in Calgary, The City has a duty to ensure that our workplaces are safe for both employees and citizens accessing City services, while also modelling for Calgarians the role every individual plays in ensuring the safety of others,” said City Manager David Duckworth.

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

People’s Party of Canada is the Only Federal Election Candidate That Opposes Vaccine Passports

With the Canadian federal election less than two weeks away, only one of the top six parties has definitively opposed COVID vaccine passports and vowed to repeal them if elected; Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada.

The other parties — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada, Erin O’Toole’s Conservative Party, Jagmeet Singh’s New Democrat Party, Yves-François Blanchet’s Bloc Québécois, Annamie Paul’s Green Party of Canada — have either expressed support for vaccine passports or not made a definitive statement on the issue.

The People’s Party’s COVID policy takes a strong stance against vaccine passports and includes a plan that details how the party intends to repeal and oppose vaccine passports and mandates if elected.

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

Quebec Orders All Health-Care Workers to Get Vaccinated or be Suspended Without Pay

The province of Quebec has become the latest local government (and the first in Canada) to decree that all nurses working in the province will need to get vaccinated by Oct. 15, or they will be suspended without pay, according to the province’s health minister, Christian Dubé, who made the announcement on Tuesday.

The decision isn’t exactly a surprise. Dubé and Quebec Premier François Legault have said in recent weeks that they intended to make vaccination mandatory for health-care workers, but they didn’t specify a deadline or consequences for workers who didn’t follow the mandate until Tuesday, when Dubé made the announcement during a provincial update.

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

Quebec Woman Who Allegedly Sent Poison to Trump Offered Plea Deal

A United States federal prosecutor said his office is hashing out a plea deal to a Quebec woman accused last year of sending poison to former president Donald Trump.

Pascale Ferrier is charged with threatening to kill and injure the US president, sending threats through the mail and violating biological weapons prohibitions.

She sent a letter containing the poison ricin that was mailed to the White House.

Ferrier also faces 16 federal charges in Texas related to letters containing ricin sent to law enforcement officials in that state.

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

24 Left-Extremists Arrested After Storming Greek Govt Ministry

Green authorities arrested 24 members of the far-left group known as Rubicon for allegedly storming the Environmental Ministry.

The group attempted to force their way into the ministry at around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday and scattered various leaflets at the entrance on the ground floor of the building.

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

French Conservative Presidential Candidate Could Face ‘Hate’ Trial During Election Campaign

Conservative writer and potential French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour could face trial for inciting hatred during the middle of next year’s election.

Mr Zemmour, who has been convicted of hate speech on three different occasions in 2011, 2018, and 2020, is due in court this week over charges of “incitement to racial hatred” and “racial insult”. French media predicts that the trial could be postponed, possibly until next year’s election.

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

Hungary Stands by Poland Amid ‘Unprecedented’ Attack From EU

The Hungarian government will issue a resolution supporting Poland which has come under an “unprecedented” attack from the European Commission, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Wednesday.

“With its decision yesterday, the European Commission launched a brutal attack on Poland, interfering in the justice and legislative process of a sovereign Member State in an unprecedented way. The procedure is not only outrageous but also completely unacceptable,” Varga wrote on her Facebook page.

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

Sweden Announces it Will Remove Most Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions

By Jack Phillips of Epoch Times

Sweden announced it will remove most of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions starting this month, according to a news release on Tuesday.

An announcement from the Swedish government said that restrictions on public venues such as restaurants, theaters, and stadiums will be removed on Sept. 29.

As most adults are vaccinated, Sweden has started to ease some restrictions during a summer lull in the pandemic. Deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, have remained low in the country in recent weeks.

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

‘This is Not the EU We Joined, ‘ Says Senior Polish Attorney

Senior Polish attorney Marek Markiewicz slammed the European Commission for going back on its word with regard to the rule of law issue, which has resulted in the commission seeking to initiate a daily fine on Poland over the country’s efforts to enact judicial reform.

Markiewicz, interviewed by portal wPolityce.pl, said that he had argued that the rule-of-law mechanism would only be applied with regard to the way EU funds are spent, saying it is a betrayal of trust against a key member state. He feels that since the Polish government has already said it will abolish the Disciplinary Chamber, which the European Court of Justice ruled was incompatible with EU law, then the decision of the commission to seek financial penalties is purely political.

The problem is that this kind of behavior simply encourages Polish judges to rebel against the existing laws while still holding their posts. The commission, he feels, is thereby creating a crisis with regard to rule of law in Poland without any power in the treaties to do so.

[Comment: Well, he should have known that there are dangers in joining a supra-national political organization.]

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

UK Govt Formally Exploring ‘Jabs for Jobs’ Vax Requirement for Health Workers

The British government has opened a consultation on possibly making full vaccination against the Chinese coronavirus a condition for employment in the National Health Service (NHS).

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi suggested the government could consider making the move earlier this week, with the Johnson administration launching the consultation on mandatory vaccination for frontline health and care staff on Thursday.

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

UK: Self-Confessed ‘Privileged, White Middle Class’ XR Protester, 60, Who Lives in a £900,000 Farmhouse Says She Was ‘Exercising Her Human Rights’ While Blocking Roads Outside Parliament, Court Hears

A gardener who calls herself a ‘privileged, white middle class woman’ says it was her human right to protest about climate change when she was arrested outside Parliament.

Vanessa ‘Nessie’ Stevenson, 60, was among thousands of Extinction Rebellion

activists who descended on Parliament Square last September, urging the government to prepare for ‘climate crisis’.

She was charged with failing to comply with a condition imposed by Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe restricting the location and size of the protests.

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

The ‘Last Jew’ Leaves Afghanistan With the Return of the Islamist Fundamentalists

Zebulon Simentov has been referred to himself as the ‘last Jew’ to leave Afghanistan, after he had promised to leave Afghanistan if the Taliban returned to power.

Now with the country in the hands of Islamist fundamentalists, the last Jew in the country, Simentov fled to seek refuge in the United States or Israel, according to an Israeli-American businessman who organised his escape.

Zebulon Simentov, born in the late 1950s in Herat, in western Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of Jews have lived for 2,500 years, told AFP in April that he would not remain in the country if the Taliban regained power.

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China Tech Firms Plunge as Beijing Halts Approval for All New Online Games

Technology stocks in China plunged (again) on Thursday after Beijing continued its assault on online gaming companies with a fresh round of government regulations. Tencent and NetEase crashed and dragged down the Hang Seng after the SCMP reported that China will suspend approval for new online games, heating up Beijing’s campaign against gaming addiction

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Credit Suisse Closes Account of Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei as Western Banks Fear Angering Beijing

Credit Suisse has endured an onslaught of embarrassing headlines already this year following the collapse of Greensill and the blowup of Archegos, incidents that cost the bank billions of francs and damaged its reputation.

But while this latest controversy probably won’t impact the bank’s bottom line, it does offer a glimpse of the conflicts and difficult decisions certain banks must make if they decide to grow their business in China. In a blog post published this week, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei revealed that Credit Suisse had decided to close his foundation’s bank account because of his “criminal record” in China. Despite the fact that the dissident has never been convicted of a crime.

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Expert: Documents Show Fauci-Funded Wuhan Lab Created Novel Coronavirus With ‘Enhanced Pathogenicity’ For Humans

Newly released U.S. government documents show that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) provided funding for the gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) that created novel coronaviruses with the ability to infect humans, and one previously undisclosed SARS-related coronavirus engineered at the Wuhan lab was reportedly demonstrated to be more pathogenic to humans than the virus from which it was originally constructed.

The 900 pages of documents — obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit — prove that Fauci’s NIAID provided funding to EcoHealth Alliance, which in turn funded the controversial gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab that created novel coronaviruses that could infect humans.

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Rutgers Professor Says New Fauci Revelations Prove He Endangered the Public

Records from US and Chinese researchers showed the agency created viruses in a Wuhan lab that exhibited over 10,000 times higher viral load in humanized mice than the natural virus. A professor from Rutgers University said the data was a “bona fide bombshell.”

Dr. Richard Ebright, a vocal opponent of gain-of-function research, said the data proved the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under Fauci’s leadership, violated federal policies, endangered the public and lied to the public, reported the Daily Caller.

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“COVID Zero” New Zealand Has Completed Its Transformation Into a Full-Blown Police State

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New Zealand, the last of the dedicated “COVID Zero” nations on earth, has completed its transformation into a full-blown tyrannical regime, and shockingly, it has come with the consent of the vast majority of Kiwis.

Once hailed as the media and “public health experts’“ favorite COVID-19 managerial “success story,” the puff pieces have been increasingly hard to find, as Wellington has spawned a dystopian concoction of insane, despotic government edicts, claimed as an absolutely necessary part of their everlasting fight against a disease with a 99.8% recovery rate.

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“You Have Been Warned!”: Unvaccinated Australians Told They’ll Remain Under Lockdown

Australians who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine will remain under lockdown indefinitely while those who have been jabbed will see some of their freedoms return, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian told unjabbed Aussies, “You have been warned!”

The announcement was made during the same press conference in which Dr. Kerry Chant revealed that COVID contact tracing was part of the “New World Order”.

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Another Example of NSW Health Official Referring to Post-COVID Era as “New World Order” Emerges

Despite attempts to dismiss the controversy, another example of a New South Wales official using the term “New World Order” to describe the post-COVID era has been uncovered.

As we highlighted earlier, the establishment went into overdrive to try to explain away remarks by Australian public health chief Dr. Kerry Chant when she told reporters, “We will be looking at what contact tracing looks like in the New World Order.”

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Aussie Public Health Chief Says COVID Contact Tracing is Part of “New World Order”

During a press conference, Australian public health chief Dr. Kerry Chant remarked, “We will be looking at what contact tracing looks like in the New World Order.”

The comments were made during the same briefing in which Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that unvaccinated people would remain under lockdown indefinitely.

Chant was asked if “exposure sites” such as pubs would still be subject to contact tracing and shut down if someone who visits them tests positive for COVID-19 if and when Australia lifts its brutal lockdown.

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Australian Airline Qantas to Ban Unvaccinated Travelers From International Flights

Australia’s national carrier Qantas will ban unvaccinated travelers from international flights, CEO Alan Joyce reaffirmed this week.

“Qantas will have a policy that internationally we’ll only be carrying vaccinated passengers,” he said, predicting the move will take place by December when the country reopens its borders.

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Major Fines for Businesses Who Allow Unvaccinated Customers or Employ Staff Who Haven’t Had the COVID Jab as NSW Prepares to Open Up

Businesses who let in unvaccinated customers or hire staff whohave not had the jab will be hit with massive fines under the NSW government’s Covid vaccine passport system.

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The Cocky Moment That Will Haunt Dan Andrews: Two Months Ago He Bragged He’d Show Gladys Berejiklian How to Beat Delta by Going ‘Hard and Early’ — But as NSW Announces a Reopening, Victoria is Still Shut Down and Cases Are Exploding

Daniel Andrews’ brazen predictions of a snap five-day lockdown have come back to bite him.

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Greek Migration Minister Rejects EU Parliament President’s Remarks on Lesvos Migrant Camp Disaster

The Greek Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis rejected comments by President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, who said that “a year after the catastrophic fire in the refugee camp on Lesvos, thousands continue to live in poor conditions and with few prospects.”

Sassoli, who made the remarks on social media, also urged the “European Union and its Member States must step up their efforts to provide humane reception to asylum seekers. “This is our common responsibility,” said Sassoli.

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Italian Coast Guard Finds 125 Boat Migrants on Uninhabited Island

ROME (AP) — The Italian Coast Guard rescued 125 migrants who were spotted huddling together on the rocky shore of a tiny uninhabited isle at dawn Thursday, after one of their two boats partially sunk near Lampedusa island.

The migrants, who included 49 women and 20 minors, were “in a clear state of shock” when found on Isola dei Conigli, the coast guard said. The rocky islet is just across from one of Lampedusa’s most popular beaches, which attracts vacationers enjoying its crystalline waters.

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Lampedusa: Italy’s Coast Guard Rescues Over 100 Migrants

The Italian coast guard said it rescued approximately 125 migrants in the early hours of Thursday.

The people packed two vessels to cross the Mediterranean Sea and to Europe. One of the vessels was partially submerged.

The migrants ran into distress at sea when they came under rough winds and were stranded on a jagged reef. At least 49 women and 20 minors were reportedly on board the vessels.

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Latvian Border Guard Denied Entry to Eight Migrants Wednesday

On Wednesday, September 8, another eight people’s attempts of illegally crossing the Latvian-Belarusian State border were prevented.

No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally.

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Lithuania Expels Afghanistan Migrants Despite European Court Stand

VILNIUS, Sept 9 (Reuters) — Lithuania on Thursday sent five Afghan migrants back to Belarus shortly after they had crossed the border despite the European Court of Human Rights earlier saying they should be allowed to stay.

The migrants had tried to enter Lithuania unsuccessfully at least 10 times since Aug. 29, their lawyer said. Their case had been brought to the European Court.

The Lithuanian border guard said the five had been detained and sent back into Belarus on Thursday before noon having just crossed over the border.

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UK: Boris Govt Finally Considering Turning Back Migrant Boats, French Furious

Boris Johnson’s government is finally considering turning back the illegal migrant-laden boats which have been launching from France in record numbers.

Home Secretary Priti Patel MP has reportedly signed off on allowing Britain’s Border Force — which up until now has been collecting boat migrants at sea and bringing them the rest of the way to Britain, not escorting them back to France — to finally begin doing so-called “turnarounds” following training by the Royal Marines.

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Biden DOJ Sues Texas Over Six-Week Abortion Ban

The Biden Justice Department filed suit against the state of Texas on Thursday in a bid to block the state’s new abortion law, which bans the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy, while also providing legal recourse for private citizens against anyone who assists a woman in killing her unborn child.

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Czechia: Don’t Touch the Traditional Family Writes Civic Democrats Chairman

While Czechs are conservative on a number of issues such as migration, when it comes to gay marriage, they tend to take a liberal view. Still, there are a range of conservative parties that continue to promote the idea that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, which tends to be the mainstream view in countries like Hungary and Poland.

“No one can want me to believe that people of the same gender should form marriages and a family equal to the natural one,” the chairman of Civic Democrats (ODS) wrote in his book entitled “Petr Fiala from A to Z”. His statement prompted a backlash, according to Czech news portal Idnes.

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D.C. Cardinal: Joe Biden Departs From ‘Catholic Teaching’ on Abortion

Washington, DC, Cardinal Wilton Gregory told the National Press Club Wednesday that President Biden “is not demonstrating Catholic teaching” by denying that human life begins at conception.

“The Catholic Church teaches and has taught that life human life begins at conception,” Cardinal Gregory told reporters. “So the president is not demonstrating Catholic teaching.”

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UK: Winston Churchill Foundation Trust Backtracks After Removing Churchill Photos From Its Website

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has been criticized for removing images of Sir Winston Churchill from the website and changing the name to remove Winston Churchill’s name.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is now known as the “Churchill Fellowship,” and its website had been updated to remove photos of the UK’s wartime leader.

However, after condemnation from Number 10 Downing Street and others, Churchill’s images were quickly added back to the website.

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

  1. “While Czechs are conservative on a number of issues such as migration, when it comes to gay marriage, they tend to take a liberal view. Still, there are a range of conservative parties that continue to promote the idea that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, which tends to be the mainstream view in countries like Hungary and Poland.”

    That’s because we consider sexuality and sexual preferences to be something private and nobody has a right to judge or intrude on (illegal stuff not included, obviously). That’s why many people oppose Pride events while supporting LGBT private rights. The marriage argument is the same: people generally support gay couples having the same rights as straight couples, but they don’t like the idea of calling it a “marriage” since, at least in Czech, that word literally means “man and woman”. All Slavic language also do not use the same term for a married man and a married woman, the terms are distinctively different. So even that is a bit problematic for same sex couples.

  2. “The Italian Coast Guard rescued 125 migrants who were spotted huddling together on the rocky shore of a tiny uninhabited isle”.

    Why did they not leave them there?

  3. We do whatever we can but yesterday police arrested 5 Afgans wandering about in the city of larissa in central Greece.**
    They did not enter through the river Evros because there is the fence but the Bulgarians allowed them to pass,after an agreement with the Turks.
    According to what Europe says we must not have border control with another European state.
    We have national guards but how many must we have in all Grecobulgarian borders?
    The Bulgarians do what always wanted,to wicken us up north so they can have a corridor to the Aegean sea.
    They also have a big minority of Turks and if i am not mistaken they have seats in the Bulgarian parliament.
    In their capital Sofia there is the biggest Mosque in the Balkans.
    Of all the European countries we are in the worst situation,because we have a government consisting of Communists and Nazis.
    Yes,it is absurd but,the prime minister is Atheist,disrespectful,in a country of 99,9% Orthodox Christians,inadequate and amazingly rich,without having work not even a day in his life.*
    He does whatever Germany orders.
    The rest in cabinet consists of Commustists (the majority) and three ministers are Nazis.

    *His family became rich during the German occupation.
    His father cooperated with the German forces.

    **Now we expect,after an agreement between Rama and Erdogan to have a lot of Afgans from Albania who eventually they will come up north.

    If an Army do not take action against the immigrants we all are doomed.

  4. I lived in England for many years (but my English are of a Mediterranean style)and i had a Jew friend who when the wall in Berlin fell,he told me : do not be happy because now the communists are all around, loose.
    He was right.
    Now the NWO is nothing but a system of world wide communism.

  5. Meanwhile, back in the US, the drooling idiot who fraudulently occupies the White House continues on his path to complete the destruction of our once great Country- one day at a time.

    It is really amazing how much things have changed since the Coup was successfully executed during the November elections and we lost our President Trump.

    When Trump was in office it seemed like party time, every day there was WINNING as he called it. President Trump said we would win so much that we would get tired of winning! But I never did.

    And now the party is most certainly over. We are definitely not winning anymore.
    In fact, we are LOSING. Like everything.

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/09/09/bidens-rush-to-bring-disease-and-extremism-to-america/

  6. The great reset has many moving parts , the plutocrats who hate America are using the brain dead Biden to impose the deadly Vaxx aka the mark of the beast, while in Rome the nasty old queen from Argentina Jorge Bergoglio forbids the traditional Latin Mass. Both tyrannical edits are part of the same satanic offensive by the globo homo eco ruling elite against Christianity and western civilization.

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