Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/1/2021

After defunding the police, the city of Austin, Texas has recorded the highest number of homicides since records have been kept. In possibly unrelated news, the Austin police department announced that it will no longer respond to non-emergency calls.

In other news, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that his government will require K-12 students to be vaccinated against the Wuhan Coronavirus.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Energy Crisis Sweeps the World as Cost of Keeping the Lights on Soars: Millions Set for Higher Bills as Price Cap Rises by £139
» Study: Canada’s Economic Growth Slowest Since the Great Depression
 
USA
» 16-Year-Old Remains in Intensive Care After Being Stabbed in Baltimore
» A Huge Asteroid Almost Hit Earth But NASA Didn’t Detect it Until a Day Later
» Austin Reaches All-Time High in Homicides After Defunding the Police
» Breaking: Illinois State Trooper Shot on Dan Ryan Expressway Dies
» Delaware County Black Caucus Calls for Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting of 8-Year-Old to be Fired
» Dianne Feinstein Introduces Bill to Require COVID Vaccination in Order to Fly Domestically
» Exclusive: Oakland Elementary School Teacher: ‘Kill Your Local Police Chief’
» Gov. Newsom Announces California First State to Require COVID Vaccinations for K-12 Students
» Hoax: Black Woman Charged After Allegedly Posing as White Male and Sending Violent, Racist Notes to Neighbors
» Home Intruder Attacked and Killed by Georgia Homeowner’s Dogs, Investigators Say
» Hospitals Struggle With Staff Shortages After Vaccine Passport Mandates
» InfoWars Host Alex Jones Liable for Damages After Claiming Sandy Hook Shooting Was Hoax
» Johnston School Board Passes Code of Ethics That Would Punish Staff for Teaching Systemic Racism
» Judge Questions if Capitol Rioters Are Being Treated Fairly
» Kavanaugh to Participate in Oral Arguments Remotely
» ‘Medical Freedom’ Rally Outside Upstate Hospital Protests Vaccine Mandates
» Most Trump Supporters Agree it’s ‘Time to Split the Country’: Poll
» Most Parents, Including Latinos and Asians, Oppose Teaching Critical Race Theory in Classrooms
» Pelosi Admits Defeat on Infrastructure Bill, Says ‘More Time is Needed’
» Pompeo: “No Apologies” For Alleged Plan to Kill Assange
» Supreme Court Denies New York City Teachers’ Request to Block Vaccine Mandate
» Texas Man Who Refused Mask Arrested for Restaurant Stabbing
» Texas Teen Brutally Murders Twin Sister While Sleeping
» UCLA Prof Sues School After Being Suspended for Refusing to Give Black Students Easier Final Exams
» Update: Soddy Daisy Manhunt Ends With Shooting That Killed Murder Suspect
» Vaccine Stocks Crumble as Merck Breaks Out on Its Blockbuster Potential COVID Pill
» Video: Rand Paul Blasts Biden Health Secretary; “This is an Arrogance Coupled With an Authoritarianism That is Unseemly and un-American”
» Watch: Austin Police to Stop Responding to ‘Non-Emergency’ Calls After ‘Reimagining Public Safety’ Recommendations
 
Canada
» “For Me, This is Just a Repetition of History”: Pastor Artur Pawlowski on the State of Tyranny in Canada
» Alberta Town Votes Against Vaccine Passports for Social and Rec Facilities
» Calgary Pizzeria Loses Licence After Refusing to Enforce Vaccine Passports
» Church of God Paying $274,000 in Fines, But Pastor Hildebrandt Vows to Keep Fighting
» Manitobans Protest for Less Government Control, More Freedom in Winnipeg
» Manitobans Fined $3.1 Million for Violating COVID Health Orders: Report
» ‘People Shouldn’t be Losing Their Jobs’: Torontonians Protest Ontario Vaccine Passport
» Picnic Protest: Calgarians Politely Gather in Defiance of Vaccine Passports
» Two Arrested as Protests Renewed Along B.C. Coastal Gaslink Pipeline
» Two Brothers Issued $7,000 in Fines for Refusing COVID Hotel
 
Europe and the EU
» Britons Told to Challenge Plainclothes Officers After Met Cop Faking a COVID Arrest Murdered Young Woman
» France Disbanding Six More Radical Islamist Mosques
» France: Paris Rapist and Serial Killer From 1980s and 1990s Identified as Former Police Officer
» Greece: Far-Left Anarchist Suspected Armed Bank Robber Indicted on Multiple Felonies
» Greta Thunberg Brands Britain as One of the Biggest ‘Climate Villains’
» LIBE Fact-Finding Mission Came to Hungary With Pre-Determined Verdict
» Prominent French Magazine Publishes ‘The Suicide of America’ Issue, Criticizing Biden, Wokeness
» Tucker Carlson Interview With Andrej Duda Immensely Popular on YouTube
» UK: Boris Thunberg? ‘You Have Every Right to be Angry’ About Climate Change, PM Tells Youth
» UK: Climate Activists Arrested After Blocking London’s Heathrow Airport
 
Middle East
» Babylonians Used Pythagorean Theorem 1,000 Years Before it Was ‘Invented’ In Ancient Greece
 
Far East
» Microsoft’s LinkedIn Censors US Journalists in China
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia: Police Want No Fly Zones Over Massive Anti-Government Protests
» Dan Andrews’ COVID Vaccine Mandate is Set to Cause Massive Job Losses — and Could See More Than 1,000 Cops Off the Beat and 2,500 Teachers Out of the Classroom
» Daniel Andrews Announces Vaccine Mandate for All Authorised Workers
» Teachers Nationwide Peacefully Protest Against Mandatory Vaccination
 
Immigration
» Channel Migrants: Boris Johnson Says France ‘Could Do More’
» Crossmaglen: Man Arrested Over Discovery of 10 Migrants in Lorry
» Estonia Backs Lithuania’s EU Proposal to Return Illegal Migrants
» France: African Migrant Tells Police He Battered Man With Iron Bar Because it Made Him Happy
» France: Le Pen Reveals Immigration Referendum Plan Ahead of Presidential Elections
» UK: Guess What Happened to This Hotel After it Allowed 150 Afghan Refugees to Stay
 
Culture Wars
» Disability Advocates Warn of Eugenic Drive to Eliminate People With Down Syndrome
» Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Online Encyclopedia is Now Largely Just “Leftist Propaganda”
 

Energy Crisis Sweeps the World as Cost of Keeping the Lights on Soars: Millions Set for Higher Bills as Price Cap Rises by £139

The price cap rise comes at a difficult time for many Britons, who are also grappling with the end of the furlough scheme, a cut to Universal Credit, supply chain disruptions and creeping inflation.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Study: Canada’s Economic Growth Slowest Since the Great Depression

A new study released today by the Fraser Institute finds that economic growth and business investment in Canada have been lapsing, with growth proceeding at the slowest rate seen since the 1930s. The study poses a scathing indictment of the Canadian government’s excessively restrictive economic policies that lead to higher prices, fewer jobs and severely limited economic opportunities for everyday Canadians.

“Canada’s sluggish economic growth in the years before the pandemic reflects a lack of innovation and weak productivity growth,” said Philip Cross, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and author of the study, Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation.

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

16-Year-Old Remains in Intensive Care After Being Stabbed in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life tonight. His mother says he was stabbed by other students on his way home from school earlier this week.

Disturbing video appears to capture the moment 16-year-old Wilmer Ramos was beaten and stabbed on his way home from school.

His mother, Angel Devilbiss, says it all started at school where he was being bullied by a group of students.

Wilmer is a junior at Mervo High School and on Monday, Devilbiss says the group followed her son to his bus stop along The Alameda where things escalated.

“They busted his head open. Here his whole head is swollen. They started kicking him and pushing him and he’s trying to fight back just to get off of him,” said Devilbiss.

Mom says Wilmer was stabbed twice in the stomach and once in the back.

He managed to escape and run back to school, where a city school officer started rendering aid before he was taken to the hospital…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

A Huge Asteroid Almost Hit Earth But NASA Didn’t Detect it Until a Day Later

A giant asteroid almost hit earth on September 16, but because it came from the direction of the sun, scientists missed it

If you heard a whooshing noise recently, you weren’t imagining it—there was indeed a gigantic asteroid that almost hit earth this month. And NASA didn’t see it coming.

The asteroid, named 2021 SG, has a diameter of around 42 to 94 m, with a diameter or around 68 m, which makes it around half the size of the great pyramids.

The asteroid tracker EarthSky has it listed for September 16, but NASA only detected it a day later.

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

Austin Reaches All-Time High in Homicides After Defunding the Police

As the Austin Police Department struggles to work with a dwindling number of officers, homicides in the city have reached a record high.

According to KVUE, Austin has experienced 60 homicides so far this year, the most in the 61 years that the police have kept records.

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

Breaking: Illinois State Trooper Shot on Dan Ryan Expressway Dies

Earlier today, an Illinois state trooper was reportedly shot and placed in critical condition. The officer, now identified as 35-year-old State Trooper Gerald Mason has been declared dead.

On early Friday, the Post Millennial reported that the officer was shot while on patrol in Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway. A passerby used the trooper’s radio to call it in.

The Cook County medical examiner confirmed Mason’s death, describing it as an “officer-involved shooting,” and the Chicago Tribune says it happened around 1:45 PM on Friday afternoon.

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

Delaware County Black Caucus Calls for Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting of 8-Year-Old to be Fired

Members of the Delaware County Black Caucus held a news conference on Thursday, calling for the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a young girl outside of a football stadium last month to be fired.

Earlier this week, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said initial ballistics analysis has concluded with “near certainty” that it was officers’ gunfire that killed 8-year-old Fanta Bility at Academy Park High School on August 27.

Stollsteimer said the incident began with a shooting about a block away from the football stadium on the 900 block of Coates Street.

At the same time of the shooting, authorities said a vehicle turned onto Coates Street directly in front of three Sharon Hill Borough police officers.

“We have concluded that the gunfire, combined with the movement of the vehicle, precipitated responsive gunfire from the Sharon Hill police officers,” Stollsteimer said.

Now, Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams is joining other members of the Delaware County Black Caucus to stress the significance of this investigation moving toward a grand jury.

“If the grand jury is going to operate in secrecy and privacy to do their work, that means everyone should keep their nose, hands, opinions and pressure out of the DA’s office and away from the grand jury,” Williams said.

The call for a grand jury would compel uncooperative witnesses to come forward and signals the possibility of criminal charges being filed.

“We’ll be able to tell the whole story of what happened that night,” Stollsteimer said.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Dianne Feinstein Introduces Bill to Require COVID Vaccination in Order to Fly Domestically

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would see Americans forced to be vaccinated or to provide a negative COVID test in order to travel within their own country.

Feinstein’s “US Air Travel Public Safety Act” would “require the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop standards for airlines to verify that a person has either been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or has fully recovered from a coronavirus infection to be able to fly,” The Hill reports.

Feinstein’s office released a statement that claims “Ensuring that air travelers protect themselves and their destination communities from this disease is critical to prevent the next surge, particularly if we confront new, more virulent variants of COVID-19.”

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

Exclusive: Oakland Elementary School Teacher: ‘Kill Your Local Police Chief’

An elementary school teacher in Oakland, Calif. has been revealed to have an online history of extreme far-left posts.

Hayden Eller, a third grade school teacher at AIMS College Prep Elementary School, wrote a post on Twitter calling for his followers to kill police earlier this year.

“K**l your local police chief,” Eller wrote in a May 5 post on Twitter using the moniker “@burtbothian.” His account was deleted on Thursday after conservative activist Tayler Hansen tweeted out screenshots from Eller’s Twitter account.

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

Gov. Newsom Announces California First State to Require COVID Vaccinations for K-12 Students

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that the Golden State would be the first state in America to require COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 students.

Newsom announced the vaccine mandate while speaking at a San Francisco-area school, saying all eligible students will be required to be vaccinated before attending class.

The current plan would require students older than 12-years-old to receive the coronavirus vaccine in order to be able to attend class. This step would add the COVID-19 vaccine to the required list of childhood vaccinations required to attend school.

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

Hoax: Black Woman Charged After Allegedly Posing as White Male and Sending Violent, Racist Notes to Neighbors

On Wednesday, the Douglasville Police Department identified a black female who has allegedly been sending her neighbors racially-charges notes since December.

Police identified Terresha Lucas, a 30-year-old African-American female, as the suspect behind the notes, charging her with eight counts of making terroristic threats, according to a police statement.

Police said that residents of Manning Drive in Georgia began receiving notes in December from a person claiming to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. “Lucas allegedly described herself as a six-feet-tall white male with a long, red beard who did not live in the neighborhood,” the police statement said.

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

Home Intruder Attacked and Killed by Georgia Homeowner’s Dogs, Investigators Say

Investigators say a possible intruder at home in Coweta County, Georgia, was mauled to death by the homeowner’s dogs. They say the resident returned home last Friday morning and discovered a dead man on his front porch.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed the cause of death from an autopsy as a dog attack.

Investigators say the evidence indicates the man was inside where the dogs were located at some point but died outside the home, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.

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

Hospitals Struggle With Staff Shortages After Vaccine Passport Mandates

COVID vaccine passports are being used by governments all over the world to increase vaccination rates and encourage more people to receive the vaccine. As would be expected, the result has been an increased proportion of employees quitting their jobs rather than being compelled to show a vaccine passport to be able to work.

In particular, hospital staff shortages are becoming more prevalent across the country as unvaccinated workers are choosing to leave their employment after the Biden administration mandated that the approximately 17 million workers in health institutions that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funding have to show a vaccine passport or lose their jobs.

As a result of this, departments of hospitals are closing or reducing healthcare services due to staff shortages caused by the mandates.

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

InfoWars Host Alex Jones Liable for Damages After Claiming Sandy Hook Shooting Was Hoax

(AP)— A Texas judge has found Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones liable for damages in three defamation lawsuits brought by the parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre over his claims that the shooting was a hoax.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin, home of Infowars, entered default judgments against Jones, Infowars and other defendants for what she called their “flagrant bad faith and callous disregard” of court orders to turn over documents to the parents’ lawyers. The rulings were issued on Monday and released on Thursday.

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

Johnston School Board Passes Code of Ethics That Would Punish Staff for Teaching Systemic Racism

Teachers could be punished for teaching about systemic racism or “undermining” foundational American documents — like the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights — according to a revised code of conduct document decided on by the Johnston County Board of Education Friday.

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

Judge Questions if Capitol Rioters Are Being Treated Fairly

A Washington, D.C., federal judge questioned whether alleged Capitol rioters are being treated fairly during a hearing on Friday.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed by former President Trump, suggested that the rioters were being treated harsher than rioters in D.C. last year following the murder of George Floyd, CNN reported.

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

Kavanaugh to Participate in Oral Arguments Remotely

Justice Brett Kavanaugh will participate in oral arguments remotely after testing positive for COVID-19, the Supreme Court said.

In a statement, a Supreme Court spokesperson said Kavanaugh will participate in next week’s oral arguments from his home.

On Monday, the justices will sit for their first in-person arguments since the pandemic began in March

Kavanaugh tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 Thursday evening, ahead of an investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. He was experiencing no symptoms.

Kavanaugh has been fully vaccinated since January, and his wife and daughters are also vaccinated.

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

‘Medical Freedom’ Rally Outside Upstate Hospital Protests Vaccine Mandates

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A ‘medical freedom’ rally drew dozens of supporters outside Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Friday.

People protested vaccine mandates, saying the COVID-19 vaccine should be taken by choice, not by force.

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

Most Trump Supporters Agree it’s ‘Time to Split the Country’: Poll

A new poll from the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia reveals that 52% of Trump voters and 41% of Biden voters ‘at least somewhat agree’ that red and blue states should secede from the union, splitting the country.

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

Most Parents, Including Latinos and Asians, Oppose Teaching Critical Race Theory in Classrooms

Polling data shows that parents of every racial and political background oppose the indoctrination of students with critical race theory in the classroom.

A poll by Rasmussen in June shows that Asian and Latino parents oppose critical race theory by a two-to-one margin, the same as white parents. The data flies in the face of NBC News reporter Tyler Kingkade and data editor Nigel Chiwaya, who claim that the parent uprisings against CRT which have occurred in more than 200 school districts across the United States, are a “backlash” against “rapid demographic change” and “the exposure of White students to students of color.”

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

Pelosi Admits Defeat on Infrastructure Bill, Says ‘More Time is Needed’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew up the white flag Friday evening, admitting that “more time is needed” to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that is one of the pillars of President Biden’s agenda, after previously vowing to pass the measure this week.

While Pelosi had promised moderate House Democrats the infrastructure bill would be on the floor this week, progressives threatened to sink it unless it was coupled with a $3.5 trillion spending measure, known as the Build Back Better Act, that includes a variety of social welfare programs.

Republicans are united against the larger bill, and Senate Democratic moderates Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona refused to support $3.5 trillion in new spending, meaning the bill could not pass the Senate. So it was no use for Pelosi to pass it in the House. And she was forced to cave on the infrastructure bill because progressives insisted the other measure be must be considered by the House too or they’d vote against the infrastructure bill.

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

Pompeo: “No Apologies” For Alleged Plan to Kill Assange

Former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo has responded to a recent Yahoo News investigation detailing Trump Administration plans to kidnap or kill Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that he makes “no apologies” for whatever measure his agency planned to take to safeguard “sensitive information” — covered in the latest Ron Paul Liberty Report.

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

Supreme Court Denies New York City Teachers’ Request to Block Vaccine Mandate

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request from a group of New York City public school teachers to block the city’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.

The teachers, who refused to receive a COVID-19 inoculation, filed their request Thursday to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency matters arising from New York, after losing in the lower courts.

Sotomayor denied their request unilaterally and without comment.

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

Texas Man Who Refused Mask Arrested for Restaurant Stabbing

LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas have arrested a man who was accused of stabbing a restaurant manager with a pocketknife after being told he needed to wear a mask.

The stabbing happened in March at a Jack in the Box restaurant in League City, just southeast of Houston. Authorities had issued an arrest warrant for James Schulz Jr. shortly after the stabbing occurred but he wasn’t taken into custody until this week, police said.

At the time, police said Schulz refused to follow the restaurant’s policy requiring him to wear a mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. Police said he then attacked the manager.

The manager had three stab wounds in the arm and upper torso, police said. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Schulz was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. Jail records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Texas Teen Brutally Murders Twin Sister While Sleeping

Horrific Mistake or Malicious Act? A 17-year-old teen has just been booked and charged with an extremely violent crime in Harris County. According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, around 3 am Wednesday, September 29th, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a phone call from Benjamin Elliot. The eerie phone call revealed either a horrific mistake or a malicious act had just occurred.

Elliot claimed he had just stabbed his sister, who also happened to be his 17-year old twin sister, Meaghan Elliot. Quickly and without judgment 9-1-1 dispatcher instructed Benjamin to initiate CPR on his wounded sister until the paramedic arrived. While on the call, the screams of the twin’s parents could be heard in the background.

Once the emergency crew and police arrived, Benjamin was found in his sister’s room still initiating CPR on his twin sister. Meghan Elliot was found with multiple stab wounds in her neck area. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sleepwalking Claims

ABC News reported Benjamin’s account of the event. He claimed to be sleepwalking and suddenly woke up to a knife in his twin sister’s neck. However, according to court statements early Thursday morning, attorneys reported no previous or past sleep disorders had ever been recorded from Benjamin, it was also confirmed that he had not taken any drugs or alcohol prior to the event…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

UCLA Prof Sues School After Being Suspended for Refusing to Give Black Students Easier Final Exams

A UCLA professor is suing the UCLA Anderson School of Management after he was suspended for refusing to grade black students according to different standards than white students.

Following the death of George Floyd last year while in police custody, students in the United States have initiated cancel campaigns against professors who did not support the social justice movement, which surged in popularity with the rise of Black Lives Matter. As a result, professors who refused to get in line have been fired or punished.

One of the professors targeted by a woke cancel campaign was UCLA accounting professor Gordon Klein. Klein’s students demanded he institute a “no-harm” final exam that would have provided special privileges for students of colour by shortening the length of the exams and extending deadlines for final assignments and projects, Inside Higher Ed reported.

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

Update: Soddy Daisy Manhunt Ends With Shooting That Killed Murder Suspect

UPDATE: The manhunt for homicide suspect James Michael Farris is over after a nearly two-day search and a shooting that resulted in Farris’ death.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reported James Farris was taken into custody right after 3 PM this afternoon after a multi-day search.

James Farris is wanted for his alleged involvement in a murder Wednesday night.

He was armed when an officer engaged and fired a shot at him during the capture. Law enforcement was not injured.

Farris was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Hamilton County Cheif deputy says none of this would have been possible without the work of their ground and air resources — most importantly, tips and help from the community.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Vaccine Stocks Crumble as Merck Breaks Out on Its Blockbuster Potential COVID Pill

Merck stock surged Friday — pulling small biotech Atea Pharmaceuticals (AVIR) with it — after its Covid pill reduced the risk of hospitalization by half in a final-phase study.

But the news started a rout on Covid vaccine stocks Moderna (MRNA) and BioNTech(BNTX), as well as makers of antibody treatments, including Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Vir Biotechnology (VIR).

Experts say antiviral pills could be the last tool needed to beat back Covid-19.

Just 7.3% of patients who took Merck’s (MRK) drug, molnupiravir, were hospitalized as of day 29 in a Phase 3 study. That compares with 14.1% of placebo recipients. None of the patients who took the antiviral died. In comparison, eight patients in the placebo group died.

“Merck’s success with molnupiravir could not only unlock over $10 billion in near-term orders, the pill could also represent the best option for bringing the pandemic under control worldwide,” SVB Leerink analyst Daina Graybosch said in a report.

On the stock market today, Merck stock popped 8.4% to 81.45.

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

Video: Rand Paul Blasts Biden Health Secretary; “This is an Arrogance Coupled With an Authoritarianism That is Unseemly and un-American”

Senator Rand Paul berated Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra Thursday, accusing him of ignoring science and displaying authoritarianism by denying Americans the right to take their own medical decisions.

The Senator specifically addressed the government’s refusal to accept that natural immunity to COVID is as effective, and probably more effective, than current vaccines, as well as Becerra’s own description of those who have pointed out this fact as ‘flat earthers’.

Paul charged Becerra with “insulting the millions of Americans, including NBA star Johnathan Isaac who’ve had COVID and recovered.”

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

Watch: Austin Police to Stop Responding to ‘Non-Emergency’ Calls After ‘Reimagining Public Safety’ Recommendations

Starting Friday, October 1, police officers with the Austin, Texas Police Department will stop responding to non-emergency calls, urging the public to instead call 311 to report those incidents.

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

“For Me, This is Just a Repetition of History”: Pastor Artur Pawlowski on the State of Tyranny in Canada

We caught up with Pastor Artur Pawlowski at police headquarters, where his baggage was being held hostage after his SWAT team-style arrest at the airport. Artur shared his testimony with us, confessing his concern for the future of not only himself but the country.

We were quickly met by an officer who asked us not to film, “kindly,” in his own words. Artur rebutted with the now known fact — after many instances of secret arrests by the police — they don’t like to be filmed!

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

Alberta Town Votes Against Vaccine Passports for Social and Rec Facilities

A town council in Alberta has voted against enforcing vaccine passports as a requirement for entry into its social and recreational facilities.

City council in Drayton Valley, a Central Alberta town with a population of around 7,000, voted against imposing the province’s vaccine passport program in these facilities, something that delighted a crowd of around 100 people that gathered outside the municipal building awaiting the decision.

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

Calgary Pizzeria Loses Licence After Refusing to Enforce Vaccine Passports

Alberta Health Services and Calgary Police Service revoked the business licence of Calgary pizza shop which broke a local vaccine passport bylaw.

Without Papers Pizza took to their Instagram page to inform customers that they would not be enforcing bylaw 65M2021, which requires businesses to require valid proof of COVID vaccination from patrons looking to dine indoors.

AHS and CPS sent one representative each earlier today to revoke the pizzeria’s business licence.

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

Church of God Paying $274,000 in Fines, But Pastor Hildebrandt Vows to Keep Fighting

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt from the Church of God in Aylmer, Ontario has been an unwavering voice of discernment throughout the COVID pandemic. Early on, he began to question the governmental response to this virus that forbade his congregation from gathering and worshipping — something he felt they needed more than ever before in unprecedented times.

Despite threats from law enforcement, health bureaucrats and local residents, Pastor Hildebrandt has refused to bow to the powers that be who are attempting to trample his God-given constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of religion. He has continued to preach, and alongside the support of his congregation, his church has continued to gather and worship.

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

Manitobans Protest for Less Government Control, More Freedom in Winnipeg

A protest was held against recent COVID-19 mandates on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, on September 26. More specifically, Winnipeggers came together to protest the most recent mandate of vaccine passports.

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

Manitobans Fined $3.1 Million for Violating COVID Health Orders: Report

Manitoba businesses defying the province’s COVID public health orders faced repeated fines by law enforcement this week.

According to the province’s latest enforcement report, Monstrosity Burger and Tuxedo Village Family Restaurant owners received four more $5,000 tickets.

The owners of two Tuxedo restaurants complained mid-September about the “fascism” their businesses faced as provincial health officials shut down eat-in dining and fined the establishments $40,000.

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

‘People Shouldn’t be Losing Their Jobs’: Torontonians Protest Ontario Vaccine Passport

Every week in Toronto there is a Freedom Rally; this time it took place at Yonge-Dundas Square.

During much of the protest, several people shared with me their views on the current situation. I was interested in hearing about the impact that the new Ontario vaccination passport had on their lives. Several provinces have now signed up to this measure.

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

Picnic Protest: Calgarians Politely Gather in Defiance of Vaccine Passports

Despite all the vilification of people who attend anti-vaccine passport protests by politicians, mainstream media and social media commentators, the vast majority of people on hand remain resolute in their message of love, freedom and choice.

I have personally witnessed, both in person and online, the hateful and demonizing language of those who support forced and coerced vaccinations. I have heard and seen people wish death upon others simply because they are opposed to governments mandating medical procedures and violating medical privacy. How often in the course of history are the people who dehumanize and vilify with malicious rhetoric the “good guys”?

Setting aside this ongoing hatred, the oft-vilified protesters— as though to debunk the narratives about them once and for all— had a picnic protest… which was quite possibly the most polite and Canadian protest in history.

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Two Arrested as Protests Renewed Along B.C. Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

RCMP late last week were negotiating with demonstrators who have taken control of a Coastal GasLink (CGL) construction site south of Houston, preventing workers from working on the project.

According to RCMP Corporal Madonna Saunderson, two arrests have been made.

“Houston RCMP were called in for a report that protesters had blocked access to a CGL pipeline site on the Pimpernel Forest2 Service Road near Houston, B.C on Sept. 20. Efforts have been ongoing to negotiate with the group to leave the area and allow CGL employees to continue with their work,” she said late last week.

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Two Brothers Issued $7,000 in Fines for Refusing COVID Hotel

Back in May, Rebel News met with the Prexler brothers — Canadian collegiate level hockey players playing in the United States.

Timon and T.J. Prexler are no strangers to pandemic-era travel, having flown back and forth between the U.S. and Canada four times prior at the time of this recording. In previous trips, the boys were allowed to quarantine at their homes after entry back into Canada. The fifth time, however, was different.

Upon returning to Canada, they were faced with two options — either enter a “quarantine hotel” facility for three days, costing the students $1,200 each, or decline and face penalties in the form of $3,450 dollar tickets each. Sensing that the since scrapped quarantine hotel program was unwarranted, the Prexler brothers decided to take the tickets and quarantine at home.

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Britons Told to Challenge Plainclothes Officers After Met Cop Faking a COVID Arrest Murdered Young Woman

Britons have been told they can challenge plainclothes officers confronting them after a London Metropolitan policeman faked a Covid lockdown breach arrest to kidnap, rape, and murder 33-year-old Sarah Everard.

During a sentencing hearing at Old Bailey on Wednesday, Prosecutor Tom Little QC toldthe judge that 48-year-old Wayne Couzens, who had remained silent on the last hours of Miss Everard’s life apart from admitting to her kidnapping, rape, and murder, had used his knowledge of Covid patrols to “detain[] by fraud” the young woman on the night of March 3rd under a fake arrest for breaking lockdown.

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France Disbanding Six More Radical Islamist Mosques

The French government has announced it will be disbanding six mosques and a number of other associations that are accused of spreading radical Islamic propaganda.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced the closures of the six mosques earlier this week, noting that since investigations began in November of last year, the government had found that a third of the 89 places of religious worship under investigation had been scrutinised for radicalism so far.

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France: Paris Rapist and Serial Killer From 1980s and 1990s Identified as Former Police Officer

A French prosecutor confirmed that DNA evidence has linked a retired policeman to a series of rapes and murders in Paris from 1986 to 1994. The suspect François Vérove, 59, was found dead in a rented apartment in the south of France after taking his own life, with a suicide note apparently claiming to admit to the crimes. Like in the case of the recently-convicted London Metropolitan officer Wayne Couzens, Vérove is believed to have abused his position as a police officer to attack women and girls.

Paris investigators had been undertaking a review of one of France’s biggest cold cases since 2014, that of “le Grêlé”, the Pockmarked Man, who had evaded authorities for 35 years and was linked to six rapes and four murders in the capital, including those of minors, with one victim just 11 years old.

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Greece: Far-Left Anarchist Suspected Armed Bank Robber Indicted on Multiple Felonies

A 33-year-old anti-authoritarian far-left anarchist has been charged with multiple felonies after potentially carrying out several armed robberies of banks in Greece.

The 33-year-old was the main suspect in an armed bank robbery earlier this month after a Piraeus Bank branch was robbed in broad daylight by two people armed with a pistol and a Kalashnikov-style rifle who managed to escape with €13,000 (£11k/$15k).

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Greta Thunberg Brands Britain as One of the Biggest ‘Climate Villains’

Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg branded the British government as one of the chief “climate villains” in the world, despite the UK only accounting for around one per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions.

Appearing at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Greta Thunberg cast her ire towards Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, which is set to host the COP 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow next month.

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LIBE Fact-Finding Mission Came to Hungary With Pre-Determined Verdict

The fact-finding mission of the European Parliament’s LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) committee to Hungary had no intention of finding anything, Justice Minister Judit Varga said.

The committee arrived in Budapest with a pre-written judgment, Varga said, adding that what is happening in Brussels in connection with Hungary is part of the Hungarian election campaign.

“We’ve had a European, polite but very determined conversation,” Varga said after meeting the LIBE committee in Budapest.

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Prominent French Magazine Publishes ‘The Suicide of America’ Issue, Criticizing Biden, Wokeness

The perception of USA progressive ideology was cemented by France’s President Macron earlier this year. Macron lamented on how it spread out across the globe from the USA, and eventually made even the French general public more “racializing” of one another. This and more came out of the interview Macron gave to Elle magazine.

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Tucker Carlson Interview With Andrej Duda Immensely Popular on YouTube

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson interviewed Polish President Andrzej Duda on September 28 regarding the current migration crisis and Poland’s position as a conservative country.

In the interview, Duda reminded viewers that in 2015 Poland had rejected the migration quota project forced by Germany.

“We stated very clearly that if someone wants to come to Poland and looks for support or aid, we will give them that help. Nevertheless, we opposed the forced transfer of people to Poland,” he said. The president also emphasized his “rather conservative” views and declared that he was a practicing Christian and was pro-life.

The interview was uploaded onto YouTube and reached more than 1.3 million views and over 7,600 comments (as of Friday morning) within a few days. The vast majority of the comments are incredibly positive and praise both Poland and the Polish president.

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UK: Boris Thunberg? ‘You Have Every Right to be Angry’ About Climate Change, PM Tells Youth

Britain’s increasingly green-obsessed Prime Minister has assured young people they have “every right to be angry” with their elders about climate change.

Speaking to the Pre-COP26 summit at the Italian city of Milan via video link, Boris Johnson acted as something of a follow-up act to Greta Thunberg, the tirade-prone Swedish climate activist elevated to global significance by world leaders.

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UK: Climate Activists Arrested After Blocking London’s Heathrow Airport

A group of climate protesters in London was arrested Friday after their demonstration temporarily disrupted a road near Heathrow Airport.

Police initially arrested 13 people from the environmental group Insulate Britain after clearing the protest, which occurred during the morning rush hour, Reuters reported. Some protesters had glued their hands to the ground and chained themselves together with bike locks.

The protest blocked traffic at a roundabout near Heathrow, which is Britain’s largest travel hub.

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Babylonians Used Pythagorean Theorem 1,000 Years Before it Was ‘Invented’ In Ancient Greece

A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has revealed that the ancient Babyloniansunderstood the Pythagorean theorem more than 1,000 years before the birth of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who is widely associated with the idea.

The tablet, known as Si.427, was used by ancient land surveyors to draw accurate boundaries and is engraved with cuneiform markings which form a mathematical table instructing the reader on how to make accurate right triangles. The tablet is the earliest known example of applied geometry.

A French archeological expedition first excavated the tablet, which dates to between 1900 and 1600 B.C in what is now Iraq in 1894, and it is currently housed in the Istanbul Archeological Museum.

But it is only just now that researchers have discovered the significance of its ancient markings.

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Microsoft’s LinkedIn Censors US Journalists in China

LinkedIn blocked the profiles of American journalists in China to comply with the Chinese government’s regulations. LinkedIn is the only major US-based platform allowed to operate in China after it agreed to comply with the CCP’s extreme social media regulations.

The journalists, whose LinkedIn profiles are no longer available for users in China, include Axios’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who reports on China-related issues.

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Australia: Police Want No Fly Zones Over Massive Anti-Government Protests

Police in Australia are pushing for the government to declare no-fly zones over the sites of mass protests to discourage more people from rising up and joining those already on the streets raging against the medical tyranny being imposed upon the country.

Gideon Rozner, the Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne, documented the details to Tucker Carlson.

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Dan Andrews’ COVID Vaccine Mandate is Set to Cause Massive Job Losses — and Could See More Than 1,000 Cops Off the Beat and 2,500 Teachers Out of the Classroom

Victoria’s tough Covid vaccine mandate introduced on Friday could see tens of thousands of residents across the state lose their jobs if 100 per cent vaccination rates are not reached.

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Daniel Andrews Announces Vaccine Mandate for All Authorised Workers

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that every authorised worker must have their first Covid vaccination by October 15 to continue working.

“We have had overnight and again this morning, some very serious discussions at [National] Cabinet level. The public health team have provided us with some updated advice,” said Daniel Andrews in a press conference this morning.

Authorised workers have until November 26 to be fully vaccinated (which currently means two doses of an approved vaccine).

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Teachers Nationwide Peacefully Protest Against Mandatory Vaccination

Melbourne teachers have engaged in a nationwide peaceful protest under the hashtag #ReclaimTheLine against mandatory vaccination programs for teachers and essential workers.

‘Wear a white t-shirt’ was advertised as a way of showing solidarity with Australian workers forced to vaccinate in order to keep their jobs.

The silent protest in Victoria has been heavily policed, with several protesters already arrested.

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Channel Migrants: Boris Johnson Says France ‘Could Do More’

The prime minister said the French authorities “could do more” to stop migrants crossing the English Channel.

The number of people who have crossed the Channel so far this year is more than double the total for 2020.

In an interview with BBC South East Today, Boris Johnson said: “We are seeing perhaps not enough resources put into it by our French friends.”

But Mr Johnson added he was “very grateful” to French police working in the Calais area.

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Crossmaglen: Man Arrested Over Discovery of 10 Migrants in Lorry

A man from Northern Ireland has been arrested over alleged people smuggling after 10 migrants were rescued from the back of a lorry in Belgium.

The rescue took place in March 2020 when the 10 people were found in the vehicle which was transporting tyres.

The 32-year-old man was detained in Crossmaglen, County Armagh on Friday.

He is to be questioned on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration as part of an international investigation involving UK and Belgian authorities.

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Estonia Backs Lithuania’s EU Proposal to Return Illegal Migrants

Estonia supports a Lithuanian proposal to the European Union to return illegal migrants who cross its border away from official border checkpoints. Lithuania also wants European Union support for constructing physical border infrastructure which would prevent entry, a policy which Estonia also backs.

Interior ministry citizenship and migration policy department adviser Anneli Viks told ERR Thursday that: “Estonia supports Lithuania’s initiative. This respects human rights, while at the same time it protects the EU’s external borders from illegal migration,” adding that it sought solutions to the issue as a whole and not just on Lithuania’s border with Belarus.

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France: African Migrant Tells Police He Battered Man With Iron Bar Because it Made Him Happy

Police in France have arrested an Eritrean man who told them he hit a fellow migrant with a metal rod because it ‘made him happy,’ according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Sunday in the town of Arques at a hotel being used as a housing facility for around 20 ‘asylum seekers.’

“The former Lemon hotel, located in the Lobel area of Arques, has become a shelter for migrants,” La Voix du Nord reports.

“It was there that a man, an Eritrean, assaulted another exile with an iron bar before threatening him with a small kitchen knife on September 26.”

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France: Le Pen Reveals Immigration Referendum Plan Ahead of Presidential Elections

Populist French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has revealed her plan to hold a referendum if she is elected French president next year that could drastically reduce immigration into the country.

Le Pen’s bill, which will be called the Citizenship, Identity and Immigration bill, was introduced by the National Rally (RN) candidate on Tuesday and is aimed to tackling three key objectives: control of migration flows, protection of French nationality and citizenship as well as the supremacy of the French constitution.

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UK: Guess What Happened to This Hotel After it Allowed 150 Afghan Refugees to Stay

The Grand Hotel in Scarborough is being paid by the government to house 150 Afghan refugees.

Problem is, it’s still open to the paying public.

Is diversity really a strength?

Let’s take a look at those Trip Advisor reviews!

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Disability Advocates Warn of Eugenic Drive to Eliminate People With Down Syndrome

Advocates of persons with disabilities have warned of “plummeting” numbers of people with Down syndrome because they are being systematically eliminated through abortion, the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

“In countries where early screening is routinely offered, almost all women opt to abort the affected unborn baby and try again,” states the article’s author, Lois Rogers. “The global Down’s syndrome population is therefore plummeting.”

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Online Encyclopedia is Now Largely Just “Leftist Propaganda”

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has blasted the site for its slide into “leftist propaganda,” accusing it of long since abandoning impartiality and simply becoming an amplifier for mainstream news narratives.

Sanger co-founded Wikipedia with with Jimmy Wales in 2001.

During an interview with the Epoch Times, Sanger noted that the online encyclopedia began with noble intentions but is now just another tool to demonize people who challenge the consensus.

“Wikipedia made a real effort at neutrality for, I would say, its first five years or so,” said Sanger, adding, “And then … it began a long, slow slide into what I would call leftist propaganda.”

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