Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2021

A football coach at Washington State University has been fired from his position for failing to get the vax. Meanwhile, after demonstrations by employees outside its headquarters, Southwest Airlines has abandoned its plan to suspend workers who have not been “vaccinated”.

In other news, Austrian police found 28 illegal migrants crammed into a van near the country’s border with Hungary. Two of the passengers were dead. The driver of the vehicle is still being sought.

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USA
» 2 Teachers Face Charges From Entering Wrong Home, Shooting
» Ahmaud Arbery Case: Seven Facts the Jury Will (Probably) Never Hear
» Breaking: Texas Passes Bill to Protect Girls’ Sports
» Brian Stelter Loses in Ratings to Reruns of the Golden Girls, Spongebob, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol as Americans Switch Off Fake News CNN
» Chicago Begins Placing Police Officers on “No-Pay Leave” Status Amid Vaccine Showdown
» DeSantis’s Critics Fall Silent as Florida’s COVID-19 Cases Drop
» Exactly as Trump Predicted: ‘Racist’ Jefferson Statue to be Removed at NYC Council
» Former Surgeon General Blames Unvaccinated Americans for Death of Colin Powell
» In-N-Out Burger Slams SF After City Closes Restaurant Over Vaccine Mandate: ‘We Refuse to Become the Vaccination Police’
» Law Enforcement Blame ‘Defund the Police’, Liberal Prosecutors for Dramatic Spike in Assaults on Police
» Manorville Man Charged in Explosion at Aquebogue Marina, Police Say
» New Social Media Platform to Donate $2,900 in Ads to Every Declared Federal Political Candidate Who Joins
» Oregon Releases Names, Vaccination Status of 40,000 Individual Employees by ‘Mistake’: Report
» Rights Groups Request US Drops Assange Extradition Request
» SCOTUS Rejects Legal Challenge to Vaccine Mandate for Maine Healthcare Workers
» Seattle Police Officers Face Vaccine Mandate Deadline, As ‘Costly Litigation’ Next Step for Defunded Force
» Sen. Braun Welcomes Chicago Police Officers Refusing Vaccine Mandate to Indiana: ‘You Deserve Respect’
» Southwest Scraps Plan to Put Unvaccinated Staff on Unpaid Leave Following Protests
» Teachers at Colorado Springs Force Children to Tape Masks to Their Face
» Terrified of Hillbillies
» The Jab: A Rite of Passage
» They Are Not Going to Allow Themselves to be Removed in 2022 or in 2024
» TikTok Threatens to Censor ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Song for “Harassment and Bullying”
» Video: Joe Rogan Accuses Google of ‘Hiding Information’ on Vaccine Deaths
» Video: 6th Grader Secretly Records Teacher Peddling Critical Race Theory to Class
» Was the Moderna Booster Approved Despite Poor Data?
» Washington State Football Coach Nick Rolovich is Fired From His $3m-a-Year Job for Refusing to Get COVID Vaccine
 
Canada
» Nearly 150 Fines, 3 Charges After Kingston Homecoming Party Weekend
» Update: RCMP Arrest Another Canadian Pastor
 
Europe and the EU
» Apologist UK Journalists Bury Their Head in Sand Over Murder of MP David Amess
» Czech Government Set to Drop Tax on Energy as Prices Soar
» Exclusive: ‘There is Something Sick in the British System, ‘ Says Polish Journalist Banned From Entering UK
» French Ministry Claims Majority of Online Islamic Content is Linked to Radical Ideas
» Insulate Britain: Injunction Banning Protests on London’s Roads Extended
» Italy: Draghi Says Workplace Safety Norms Send ‘Signal’
» Italy: Did Authorities Fake ‘Live’ Webcam Footage to Hide Protest?
» Most Germans Reject Muslim Call to Prayer: Poll
» Muslim Council of Britain Warns Members of Hate Attacks in Wake of Sir David Amess Killing
» Nearly Half of Spanish Back Forcing People to Take Coronavirus Vaccines
» New UK COVID Data Shows Natural Immunity Provides Better Protection Than Two Vaccines
» Poland’s Morawiecki Warns EU Leaders of Threat to Bloc’s Future
» Poland Will Bow to EU’s Demands and Dissolve Supreme Court Disciplinary Chamber, Country’s PM Announces
» Polish PM Accuses EU of Blackmail as Row Over Rule of Law Escalates
» Pope Demands Silicon Valley “In the Name of God” Censor “Hate Speech, “ “Conspiracy Theories”
» UK: ‘Out of the Road You Silly @$#&!’ — Mother Tries to Drive Though Insulate Britain Blockade
» UK: Downing Street Warns of ‘Challenging’ Winter, As Professor Lockdown Says ‘Plan B’ Could Bring Back Restrictions
» UK: Moses of Climate Change Boris Says Climate Crisis is Worse Than COVID and We Have to Listen to the Science
 
South Asia
» Disgrace: There Are Americans Still Stuck in Afghanistan
 
Far East
» Huawei’s Long Game
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Premier Says Restrictions for Unvaccinated to Continue Into 2022: ‘Don’t Try to Out-Wait Us’
» Extinction Rebellion Protesters Glued to Road in Adelaide’s CBD Call for Climate Change Action Ahead of UN Summit
 
Latin America
» Cuba Arbitrarily Abused, Arrested Protesters, Human Rights Watch States
» Kidnappers Demand $17 Million for Release of U.S. Missionaries in Haiti
 
Immigration
» Austrian Police Find 2 Dead Men in Minibus Full of Migrants
» Biden Secretly Flying Underage Migrants Into NY in Dead of Night
» Cruz Introduces Bill to Bring Immigrant Processing Centers ‘Where Democrat Elites Host Their Cocktail Parties’
» EU Weighs Further Sanctions on Belarus Over Illegal Migrants
» Facebook Admits Letting Users Share Information on Human Smuggling
» Germany Looks to Enact Border Controls With Poland Due to Migrant Surge
 
Culture Wars
» “But it’s Only a Vaccine…”
» Archbishop Vigano: “Vaccine Victims Are Sacrificed at the Altar of Moloch” (Video)
» MTV Says Award Show in Hungary Will Protest the Nation’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws
» Rachel Levine Sworn in as First Openly Transgender Four-Star Admiral
» UN Draft Calls for Labeling Social Media Users Who Have Made “Misogynistic” Comments
 

2 Teachers Face Charges From Entering Wrong Home, Shooting

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two newly hired physical education teachers at a Florida elementary school were arrested after the shooting of a man whose apartment they entered thinking it belonged to someone else following a night of drinking.

One of the teachers mistakenly climbed into bed with the man, his wife and their baby, and the other teacher went to the bathroom before the male occupant of the house escorted them out. The teachers believed they had entered the apartment of one of their friends.

While outside, one of the teachers, Darius Cohen, got into a scuffle with the male occupant, which was broken up by the other teacher, Akkua Hallback. While the male resident was returning to his apartment, Cohen chased him and fired four shots, striking him once in the back, according to an arrest affidavit. The man’s injuries were not life threatening.

The encounter last week was caught on security video at the apartment building in Vero Beach, Florida.

The teachers drove off, but someone recognized them on the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and called Crime Stoppers…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ahmaud Arbery Case: Seven Facts the Jury Will (Probably) Never Hear

So, those are seven demonstrably true facts surrounding the Ahmaud Arbery case that would appear to provide considerable context around Arbery’s deadly charge at Travis McMichael on February 23, 2020, resulting in Arbery’s death—but which the jury in the trial of Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and neighbor (and amateur videographer) William “Roddy” Bryan will probably never hear before arriving at verdicts in this case.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Texas Passes Bill to Protect Girls’ Sports

In their third special session, the Texas legislature passed a bill that would protect girls and women from being forced to compete against biological males in athletics.

After nearly ten hours of debate, House Bill 25 passed mostly along party lines, 76-54, on October 14. It went to the Senate the next day where it passed 19-12. The bill went back to the House and was approved a final time 76-61. The third special session ended Monday.

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

Brian Stelter Loses in Ratings to Reruns of the Golden Girls, Spongebob, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol as Americans Switch Off Fake News CNN

CNN host Brian Stelter has reached a new low in viewers this week, with show Reliable Sources being eclipsed by reruns of popular TV shows in key demographic set.

This past week, Reliable Sources marked its lowest-rated week of the year in the key 25-54 demo with only 85,000 viewers in this category, according to Nielsen Media Research.

This number puts Reliable Sources behind several cartoon repeats including Spongebob, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Bob’s Burgers and even re-runs of 80’s and 90’s hits The Golden Girls and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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

Chicago Begins Placing Police Officers on “No-Pay Leave” Status Amid Vaccine Showdown

The Hill is confirming that the Chicago Police Department has begun placing officers on unpaid leave on Monday night into Tuesday for not being in compliance with the department’s Covid mandate to disclose vaccination.

Perhaps wishing to avoid the kind of crime spree chaos sure to unfold by mass firings of officers (even more so than “typical” weekends that see high numbers of shootings), which the police union predicted will be as much as 50% of the force, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has so far indicated a “very small number” of officers have been placed on “no-pay status”. Likely the city’s strategy is to fire small groups of officers in piecemeal fashion in hopes of avoiding the kind of large-scale revolt that’s coming.

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

DeSantis’s Critics Fall Silent as Florida’s COVID-19 Cases Drop

Florida’s COVID-19 response has been described as reckless , dangerous , and anti-science.

Its Republican governor weathered months of scorn for loosening pandemic restrictions ahead of other state leaders. Its case counts, when on the rise, are often cited by critics as evidence that the entire Republican approach to managing the virus has failed.

But drops in Florida’s case counts invite a fraction of the attention.

New infections per 100,000 residents dropped to 12 over the past week, according to the New York Times coronavirus tracker. Over the past 14 days, cases dropped by 48%.

Other states with far more expansive pandemic restrictions are seeing COVID-19 continue to spread at faster rates than Florida.

In New York, for example, the rate of new cases is more than double that of Florida’s at 25 per 100,000 residents over the past week.

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

Exactly as Trump Predicted: ‘Racist’ Jefferson Statue to be Removed at NYC Council

A 200-Year-Old Thomas Jefferson statue is to be removed from the chambers of the New York City council after a unanimous vote by the nine members of the Mayoral appointed Public Design Commission.

Several lawmakers testified that the statue is ‘offensive’, with Democratic Assemblyman Charles Barron of Brooklyn even declaring that Jefferson was a “slaveholding pedophile.”

Barron added “I think it should be put in storage somewhere, destroyed or whatever.

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

Former Surgeon General Blames Unvaccinated Americans for Death of Colin Powell

Despite him being 84-years-old with an impaired immune system as a result of fighting blood cancer, former Surgeon General Jerome Adams blamed the death of Colin Powell on unvaccinated Americans.

It was announced yesterday that Powell had died form COVID-19 despite being double vaccinated.

Instead of asking whether the fact that Powell being double jabbed raised questions about the long term efficacy of the vaccine, Adams simply went straight to blaming the unvaccinated.

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

In-N-Out Burger Slams SF After City Closes Restaurant Over Vaccine Mandate: ‘We Refuse to Become the Vaccination Police’

On Thursday, beloved California burger chain In-N-Out slammed San Francisco’s vaccine proof requirements after one of the restaurant locations was temporarily closed for refusing to comply with the city’s orders to validate the customers’ vaccine cards upon entering the establishment.

It’s the only San Francisco restaurant that’s been shut down for violating the indoor vaccinate mandate, the health department said.

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

Law Enforcement Blame ‘Defund the Police’, Liberal Prosecutors for Dramatic Spike in Assaults on Police

Law enforcement leaders are pinning blame on the “defund the police” movement and liberal soft-on-crime prosecutors for the dramatic rise of assaults and violence toward police officers in 2020, which increased by 4,000 attacks from 2019.

New FBI statistics show that 60,105 law enforcement officers were assaulted on the job in 2020, with 30.9% of them — 18,568 — suffering injuries as a result. The total number of officers assaulted jumped by 4,071 from 2019, when 56,034 line-of-duty assaults were reported, the FBI said.

The president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) Jason Johnson blamed the spike in assaults due to the rise of activist movements, including defund the police, which encouraged the decriminalization of crimes, emboldening criminals and making it harder for police to do their jobs.

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

Manorville Man Charged in Explosion at Aquebogue Marina, Police Say

A suspected arsonist who apparently missed his target when he set off a late afternoon blast at a marina in Aquebogue last month, has been arrested, Riverhead police said.

An “extensive” investigation by Riverhead detectives and Suffolk’s police arson squad, police said, led to the arrest of Bryan Henry, 44, of Manorville.

The Sept. 12 blast he allegedly set off at about 8 p.m. damaged the side of a building at Light House Marina on Meeting House Creek Road in Aquebogue.

Executing a search warrant, investigators, along with Suffolk emergency services bomb technicians “recovered additional incendiary and bomb making material” from Henry’s home.

“Thus far the investigation revealed the explosion was not a Terroristic Act, and that Larry’s Light House Marina was most likely not the intended target, but the investigation is still on going,” Riverhead police said.

In addition to arson, Henry was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is Tuesday, according to the state court website.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

New Social Media Platform to Donate $2,900 in Ads to Every Declared Federal Political Candidate Who Joins

In the competitive media space, a new social platform, FreeSpace Social, has announced that it will donate $2,900 in free advertising to every declared federal political candidate who joins as an “in-kind contribution, regardless of party.”

Declared candidates wishing to participate in the free advertising offer on FreeSpace will be required to submit a copy of their FEC declaration form to qualify. Declared candidates will also have their individual FreeSpace profile verified immediately upon receipt and approval of the FEC form.

“Political candidates deserve every opportunity available to present their message to the general public without the stringent rules on political advertising associated with mainstream social networks,” a FreeSpace Social, Inc. press release reads.

The memo mentions that FreeSpace applies “a kind but firm moderation” with account suspensions enforced for all obscene or inappropriate content. However, the company says it demonstrates “a more permissive stance” than its Big Tech counterparts in regards to advertising, particularly alternative health, religious groups, human trafficking organizations, and bi-partisan political campaigns.

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

Oregon Releases Names, Vaccination Status of 40,000 Individual Employees by ‘Mistake’: Report

The individual names and vaccination statuses of some 40,000 Oregon state employees were mistakenly released to two newspapers, which a labor union is saying breaches an agreement reached with the state last month assuring that the private medical information would remain confidential, according to a report.

The privacy breach reportedly happened Monday, the same day as Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline for all state employees. Since the governor issued the order in August, The Oregonian/Oregon Live has requested daily information from Brown’s administration on vaccination rates and vaccine exemption rates for each executive branch agency the governor oversees.

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

Rights Groups Request US Drops Assange Extradition Request

Two dozen human and civil rights, and press freedom groups have sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland urging him to drop the extradition appeal and dismiss the indictment of Julian Assange.

Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, continues to be the subject of criminal and extradition proceedings in the US under the the Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, note the organizations that signed the letter, Index on Censorship, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Amnesty International USA being among them.

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

SCOTUS Rejects Legal Challenge to Vaccine Mandate for Maine Healthcare Workers

The Supreme Court of the United States has turned down hearing another case relating to the enactment of vaccine mandates. This is the third time it’s happened as such measures are enacted throughout the country.

According to Reuters, SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer is the latest to reject a challenge to vaccine mandates. In his case it was for healthcare workers in Maine on religious grounds. Although medical exceptions to Maine’s vaccine requirement are recognized, religious exemptions are not.

Breyer said plaintiffs could make an exemption at a later date.

As outlined by the state of Maine’s website, health care workers had until Oct. 1 to get the jab. But it’s also said that enforcement of the requirement will not come into effect until Oct. 29, the effective date for the vaccine requirement.

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

Seattle Police Officers Face Vaccine Mandate Deadline, As ‘Costly Litigation’ Next Step for Defunded Force

The some 200 Seattle police officers who have declined to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Monday’s deadline will likely bring litigation against the city to prevent their mass termination, as the department is already struggling with staffing shortages seriously affecting 911 response.

National Police Association spokeswoman Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant, told Fox News Digital on Monday she anticipates some “costly litigation,” as far more police officers will push back than what the city administration understands.

Before Monday’s deadline, Seattle Police Officers Guild’s President Mike Solan said the Seattle Police Department had already lost some 300 officers over the past 18 months, and he anticipated another “mass exodus” in the coming week.

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

Sen. Braun Welcomes Chicago Police Officers Refusing Vaccine Mandate to Indiana: ‘You Deserve Respect’

EXCLUSIVE: Illinois police officers who may soon be out of a job due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates — specifically those in Chicago — can look to their eastern neighbor state of Indiana for less stringent job opportunities in law enforcement, according to Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., who says the officers “deserve respect.”

In a statement to Fox News, Braun said, “Our police do the hardest job in the world, and they deserve respect — not losing their pay or being fired for refusing to comply with a ridiculous vaccine mandate.”

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

Southwest Scraps Plan to Put Unvaccinated Staff on Unpaid Leave Following Protests

Southwest Airlines has abandoned plans to put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave following employee-led demonstrations outside its Dallas headquarters.

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

Teachers at Colorado Springs Force Children to Tape Masks to Their Face

Teachers at a Colorado Springs middle school forced children to tape masks to their face in what is being described as an act of “child abuse.”

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin highlighted the case of 6th grader Rylee M., who texted her mother to tell her that a teacher had given her a warning then handed her blue painter’s tape to seal the mask to her face.

According to Rylee, at least one other student was forced to perform the same humiliating and potentially dangerous procedure because the teacher insisted their masks were not being worn “properly.”

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

Terrified of Hillbillies

Why did the widespread, plain-to-see, Black Lives Matter violence during the COVID-19 epidemic receive a pass—even occasional praise—while Jan. 6 is treated akin to Pearl Harbor? Actual behavior is irrelevant. The explanation, in my estimation, lies in who the protestors were—blacks vs. Hillbillies. Put bluntly, blacks can riot for months, loot stores by the hundreds, and otherwise run amok; Hillbillies, by contrast, need only arrive in their pick-up trucks, assemble peacefully, and express some patriotic cliche’s, and this inspires dread in the left.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

The Jab: A Rite of Passage

A few years ago I passed my own half-century mark. A much smaller event took place, with just a handful of selected friends who came to dinner at a local favorite restaurant. Regardless of the celebration’s size, it was an acknowledged milestone in my life, along with a sobering realization around that time that I am closer to the end of my life than the beginning.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

They Are Not Going to Allow Themselves to be Removed in 2022 or in 2024

Let’s face it, they are not going to allow themselves to be removed in any 2022 election or in 2024. You can laugh at what I’m saying, but a close friend and I, one hundred percent predicted the biological weapon attack and attempted medical martial law, approximately eight weeks before the very first news mention of a strange virus in Wuhan.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

TikTok Threatens to Censor ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Song for “Harassment and Bullying”

A popular new song containing the viral anti-Biden ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ meme faces potential removal by TikTok for “harassment and bullying.”

Yes, really.

After the track by rapper Loza Alexander soared up the Apple Music Hip Hop and Rap chart over the weekend, it also began to go viral on TikTok, receiving over 500,000 likes.

That’s when the thought police stepped in.

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

Video: Joe Rogan Accuses Google of ‘Hiding Information’ on Vaccine Deaths

Podcast goliath Joe Rogan has accused Google of covering up information on vaccine related deaths, saying that he could only find legitimate articles on the matter when using other search engines.

Speaking with journalist Alex Berenson, who has been attacked by the leftist media for merely asking questions about the efficacy of COVID vaccines, Rogan said “What is the source of all this? What’s the epicenter of bulls***? … Specifically in my case, where they’re saying, ‘horse dewormer.’ Like why? Who’s doing that?”

Berenson replied, “So there are pollsters out there who are looking at focus groups,” adding “So when they’re talking about ‘horse dewormer,’ there’s somebody out there who’s spending a couple million dollars a month or whatever it is to make sure, that if, oh, this is not for humans, it’s for animals. They are testing all that language, and that is one reason why it sounds so similar.”

“It’s one of the reasons I stopped using Google to search things, too,” Rogan continued, adding “They’re doing something to curate information.”

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

Video: 6th Grader Secretly Records Teacher Peddling Critical Race Theory to Class

Video has emerged of a teacher at a high school in Ohio talking about books and themes closely associated with so called ‘critical race theory’, despite previous promises to parents from officials that it wasn’t happening in the district’s schools.

The footage, apparently secretly recorded by a student at Franklin Woods Intermediate School, appears to show a teacher lecturing children about how not engaging in anti-racism activism means that Americans are enabling racism.

The teacher admits to being an ‘activist’ and points to the book “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, key figures in the CRT movement.

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

Was the Moderna Booster Approved Despite Poor Data?

“The data itself is not strong, but it is certainly going in a direction that is supportive of this vote,” Moore said.

Oh, well that really makes me feel confident.

Joe Biden thinks he’s going to impose vaccine mandates while Dr. Fauci recently changed the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include boosters, and we’re now expected to trust the recommendations of a panel that votes to approve a booster despite poor data? Are we really supposed to trust experts on their gut feelings?

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Washington State Football Coach Nick Rolovich is Fired From His $3m-a-Year Job for Refusing to Get COVID Vaccine

Washington State University football coach Nick Rolovich has been fired from his $3 million a year position after he refused to get a COVID vaccine.

Rolovich, 42, attempted to cite a religious exemption for the vaccine, but was dismissed after failing to receive the shot by October 18 — WSU’s deadline for staff.

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

Nearly 150 Fines, 3 Charges After Kingston Homecoming Party Weekend

Officers in Kingston, Ont., have handed out nearly 150 fines and three criminal charges following illegal parties for Queen’s University’s homecoming weekend.

Those parties include a gathering Kingston police estimate peaked around 8,000 people on Aberdeen Street near the university on Saturday.

This was despite warnings to students not to attend large gatherings because of the risk of spreading COVID-19 — the parties violated public health restrictions — along with non-pandemic concerns. Police had said they’d have video surveillance equipment set up in the university district.

In a Monday afternoon news release, the city said its police laid three charges for obstructing a peace officer on Friday and Saturday. Police and bylaw officers also fined more than 100 people for attending a nuisance party, having open liquor, and being publicly intoxicated.

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

Update: RCMP Arrest Another Canadian Pastor

Yet another Pastor in Canada has been arrested.

This time it was Pastor Tobias Tissen from the Church of God Restoration in Steinbach, Manitoba. His arrest comes just days after the arrest of Pastor Phil Hutchings in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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

Apologist UK Journalists Bury Their Head in Sand Over Murder of MP David Amess

The elephant in the room is literally stepping on British journalists’ toes after the tragic death of Conservative MP David Amess, yet they are still refusing to acknowledge its presence in order to avoid their duty to reflect on the root causes that led to the latest in a long line of terrorist incidents in their country. Muted comment sections in online news portals, highly censored reader comments, headlines about democratic values and right-wing radicalism, all point in one direction: another tragedy that directly contradicts the multiculturalist mantra peddled by politicians and their loyal media wingmen.

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

Czech Government Set to Drop Tax on Energy as Prices Soar

On Monday, the Czech government authorized Minister of Finance Alena Schillerova to waive the Value Added Tax (VAT) on energy for November and December because of the rising energy prices. Schillerova announced the decision at a press conference after a government meeting on the issue, adding that it will cost the state budget 1 billion korunas (€39.3 million) a month. The VAT rate on energy is now 21 percent.

With this step, the government is responding to rising electricity and gas prices, which are affecting all of Europe. The typical Czech household, which pays 1,000 korunas (€40) a month for electricity, will save about 350 korunas (€14) on their bill for November and December, said Schillerova. The tax waiver is made possible by a provision in the Czech tax code that allows the Minister of Finance to collectively waive the payment of tax in the event of extraordinary events, especially natural disasters.

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

Exclusive: ‘There is Something Sick in the British System, ‘ Says Polish Journalist Banned From Entering UK

In an exclusive interview with Remix News, popular conservative Polish journalist and author Rafal Ziemkiewicz explains why he was detained by British border police and exposes the key role played by an intolerant and deeply frustrated Polish left-elite

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

French Ministry Claims Majority of Online Islamic Content is Linked to Radical Ideas

The French Interior Ministry has claimed the majority of online content on the practice of Islam in France is connected to the radical ideology of Salafism and Islamism.

The French Interior Ministry cited work by the Republican Counter-Discourse Unit (UCDR), which was created after the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty last year to counter radical Islamic ideologies and other forms of extremism.

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

Insulate Britain: Injunction Banning Protests on London’s Roads Extended

An injunction to ban Insulate Britain protesters from holding demonstrations on London’s roads has been extended.

Transport for London (TfL) was granted the civil banning order earlier this month to prevent activists obstructing traffic on the city’s roads.

At the High Court, Mr Justice Lavender also granted permission for a list of named individuals it covers to be amended.

He extended the injunction until either a trial is held or 8 April.

It could also be extended if another court order is issued.

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

Italy: Draghi Says Workplace Safety Norms Send ‘Signal’

You can’t save on workers’ lives says PM as spate continues

(ANSA) — ROME, OCT 15 — Premier Mario Draghi said Friday that workplace safety norms recently approved by the government sent the “unequivocal signal that you cannot save (money) at the expense of workers’ lives” after a shocking spate of workplace accident deaths continued with more more fatalities, one near Milan in Lombardy, one near Modena in Emilia-Romagna, one at Sassari in Sardinia and one at Barletta in Puglia.

“ I wish to express the government’s, and my, satisfaction over the workplace safety norms,” said the premier.

“Over the past months we have witnessed an unacceptable number of deaths.

“As the government, we committed ourselves to doing everything possible to prevent these episodes happening again.” Draghi said “the norms are the realisation of this promise. We are increasing the numbers of workplace inspectors, we are stiffening sanctions, we are boosting computerization to improve checks.”

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Did Authorities Fake ‘Live’ Webcam Footage to Hide Protest?

Italian authorities in Trieste have been accused of faking ‘live’ webcam footage of a central square in order to hide an anti-vaccine passport demonstration attended by thousands of people.

No footage, no protest!

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

Most Germans Reject Muslim Call to Prayer: Poll

A large majority of Germans reject allowing mosques to broadcast a call to prayer in the country, according to a survey by the Civey opinion research institute, conducted on behalf of the Bonner General-Anzeigers.

The survey organization posted the following question to respondents: “In your opinion, should the muezzin call, which calls Muslims to prayer, be as common in Germany as the Christian church bells?” The results show that 76 percent of respondents answered “no” to the question.

Compared to this number, 18 percent of respondents answered “yes,” and 6 percent had no opinion on the subject.

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

Muslim Council of Britain Warns Members of Hate Attacks in Wake of Sir David Amess Killing

The largest Muslim organisation in Britain has warned its members and mosques that they may face attacks in the wake of the killing of Sir David Amess MP.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said that the Somalian community in the UK is facing threats after it emerged that 25-year-old Somali heritage Ali Harbi Ali was arrested in connection to what is believed to have been an Islamist-inspired killing of the Conservative MP.

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

Nearly Half of Spanish Back Forcing People to Take Coronavirus Vaccines

A survey has revealed that 48.9 per cent of Spaniards would back forcing people in their country to take the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine, with only one in four people against the idea.

The survey, conducted by the Center for Sociological Research (CIS), interviewed a total of 3,660 people between the 1st and 13th of October, 95 per cent of who stated they were already vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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New UK COVID Data Shows Natural Immunity Provides Better Protection Than Two Vaccines

A study published by the UK’s largest independent statistics producer, the nation’s recognized national statistical institute, reveals natural immunity to Covid-19 offers just as much or even more protection than receiving two experimental shots.

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Poland’s Morawiecki Warns EU Leaders of Threat to Bloc’s Future

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday (18 October) warned fellow EU leaders that the EU risked unravelling if there was no “democratic control” over its institutions.

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Poland Will Bow to EU’s Demands and Dissolve Supreme Court Disciplinary Chamber, Country’s PM Announces

Poland’s prime minister has announced that his government will dissolve the disciplinary chamber of the country’s Supreme Court after the EU condemned the chamber for threatening the “unity of the European legal order.”

Speaking to EU officials at the European Parliament, Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki accepted that the chamber “did not meet our expectations,” agreeing to dissolve the “mechanisms that were introduced.”

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Polish PM Accuses EU of Blackmail as Row Over Rule of Law Escalates

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of blackmail in a heated debate with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over the rule of law.

The clash in the European Parliament follows a top Polish court ruling that rejected key parts of EU law.

Mrs von der Leyen said she would act to prevent Poland undermining EU values.

In response, Mr Morawiecki rejected “the language of threats” and accused the EU of overstepping its powers.

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Pope Demands Silicon Valley “In the Name of God” Censor “Hate Speech, “ “Conspiracy Theories”

Pope Francis invoked God in an effort to pressure Silicon Valley giants into censoring more content, including “hate speech” and “conspiracy theories.”

Yes, really.

The Pope made the remarks during a World Meeting of Popular Movements, a shadowy organization created to promote “social justice” and fight racism with the help of religious leaders.

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UK: ‘Out of the Road You Silly @$#&!’ — Mother Tries to Drive Though Insulate Britain Blockade

Some members of the British public have seemingly had enough with radical eco-warriors as a mother has gained traction on social media after attempting to drive through a group of climate change activists blocking the road.

Footage released on social media on Monday by the climate change alarmist activist group Insulate Britain showed an exasperated woman pleading with the radicals to move out of the way so she could bring her child to school.

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UK: Downing Street Warns of ‘Challenging’ Winter, As Professor Lockdown Says ‘Plan B’ Could Bring Back Restrictions

Downing Street has warned of a “challenging” Winter ahead, suggesting that restrictions in reserve such as domestic vaccine passports could be imposed if the number of cases gets too high. While Professor Neil Ferguson has said that a Plan B may need to be implemented if Covid cases increase.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday said that they are expecting an increase in Chinese coronavirus in the coming months and will be keeping a “close watch” on the figures, with Government adviser Professor Andrew Hayward claiming there was “huge potential for the NHS to come under a lot of pressure”.

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UK: Moses of Climate Change Boris Says Climate Crisis is Worse Than COVID and We Have to Listen to the Science

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declared himself the Moses of Climate Change, and said that global warming is worse than Covid and therefore “we have to listen to the scientists.”

Speaking at the Global Investment Summit at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday, the prime minister claimed that free-market capitalism, which produced the world’s coronavirus vaccines, needed to be mobilised again to “face a challenge that is even bigger for humanity” and “a threat to our way of life that is ultimately far worse than COVID”: alleged manmade climate change.

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Disgrace: There Are Americans Still Stuck in Afghanistan

Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is no longer front-page news, but the sad reality is that there are still Americans stuck in the Taliban-controlled country.

A local NBC affiliate in Connecticut reported this past week that there are 43 Connecticut residents still in Afghanistan.

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Huawei’s Long Game

In late September, Meng Wanzhou stepped off the Air China plane in Shenzhen to a hero’s welcome. It was the triumphant return of an innocent Chinese tech executive from wrongful imprisonment by the West. The truth is far different.

Meng, a Chinese national, was on Canadian soil in 2018 when the Trump administration began extradition procedures against her as part of a fraud case against both her and her employer, Huawei, for potentially violating U.S. trade sanctions on Iran. In Canada, the imprisonment which she called “an abyss” amounted to wearing an ankle bracelet and enjoying an extended stay in the city of Vancouver, where she, Huawei’s CFO, was free to explore the city by day, while living in her own home there, taking classes in painting and lessons in English.

As a Chinese company with great strategic and commercial importance to Beijing, Huawei has long been regarded with suspicion by western nations for its attempts to dominate the emergence of 5G networking. Its networking products and services compete against those of western firms that are not under the control of their governments. The threats of surveillance and potential cyberattacks from Huawei’s equipment to the telecommunications infrastructure of other nations have long been known.

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Australian Premier Says Restrictions for Unvaccinated to Continue Into 2022: ‘Don’t Try to Out-Wait Us’

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews declared restrictions for the unvaccinated will continue on into 2022.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Andrews commented he’s unsure why the state of New South Wales has set a timetable for easing restrictions on the unvaccinated, but that it won’t be happening in Victoria.

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Extinction Rebellion Protesters Glued to Road in Adelaide’s CBD Call for Climate Change Action Ahead of UN Summit

Extinction Rebellion protesters glued their feet to the road in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD this morning, causing major traffic delays for morning commuters.

Police attended the scene at Victoria Square, at the intersection of King William and Grote streets, outside courts and other major buildings in the centre of the city.

One protester said members of the group were “glued or chained to be irremovable, symbolising how resolute they are”.

“Attached to prams that symbolise the future of our children are parents, grandparents,” another said.

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Cuba Arbitrarily Abused, Arrested Protesters, Human Rights Watch States

MIAMI — Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday that Cuba’s government had arbitrarily arrested, beaten and abused protesters following unprecedented demonstrations earlier this year in a bid to strike fear into the populace and clamp down on dissent.

Thousands of Cubans marched on July 11 in the largest protests to rock the communist-run country since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Security forces shut down the rallies amid a flurry of arrests and one death. The streets of the island nation have since been largely quiet.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented at least 130 cases in which security forces violated due process, beat, sexually abused or forced into solitary confinement citizens participating in rallies it described as “overwhelmingly peaceful anti-government protests.”

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Kidnappers Demand $17 Million for Release of U.S. Missionaries in Haiti

The criminal gang that abducted a group of 17 North American Christian missionaries in Haiti this weekend has demanded $1 million each for their release.

Late Saturday, 17 missionaries from the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries were kidnapped by an armed gang near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on their way home from helping to build an orphanage.

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Austrian Police Find 2 Dead Men in Minibus Full of Migrants

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian media reported Tuesday that the bodies of two men were found in a minibus carrying dozens of migrants near the border with Hungary.

Public broadcaster ORF reported that authorities stopped the vehicle and found 28 people crammed inside, two of them dead.

Police were searching the area around Siegendorf, a village 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Vienna, for the driver of the minibus, ORF reported.

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Biden Secretly Flying Underage Migrants Into NY in Dead of Night

Planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden’s administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The Post has learned.

The charter flights originate in Texas, where the ongoing border crisis has overwhelmed local immigration officials, and have been underway since at least August, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Last week, The Post saw two planes land at the Westchester County Airport, where most of the passengers who got off appeared to be children and teens, with a small portion appearing to be men in their 20s.

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Cruz Introduces Bill to Bring Immigrant Processing Centers ‘Where Democrat Elites Host Their Cocktail Parties’

FIRST ON FOX: Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced a bill to bring processing centers for illegal immigrants to where the “Democrat elites host their cocktail parties.”

Fox News exclusively obtained a press release announcing Cruz’s new bill, the Stop the Surge of Unsafe Rio Grande Encampments (SURGE) Act.

Cruz blasted President Biden and his administration for having “willingly surrendered the United States’ southern border to dangerous criminal cartels” without any “thought given to the South Texas border communities like McAllen and Del Rio,” which are facing the brunt of the border crisis.

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EU Weighs Further Sanctions on Belarus Over Illegal Migrants

European Union foreign ministers debated new economic sanctions on Belarus on Monday (18 October), including on airlines, to halt what Brussels says is a deliberate policy by Minsk to fly in thousands of migrants and send them across the border.

The sanctions proposal, first voiced by Latvia on Monday in Luxembourg, was not initially on the agenda for EU foreign ministers and may have been a response to a decision by Belarus to expel France’s ambassador at the weekend, diplomats said.

France said on Monday its ambassador had left Belarus because authorities ended his accreditation after he failed to present credentials to President Alexander Lukashenko, who the EU no longer recognises as legitimate head of state.

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Facebook Admits Letting Users Share Information on Human Smuggling

Facebook has admitted to allowing users “to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled,” in a letter to the Arizona attorney general.

The admission came after Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote to CEO Mark Zuckerberg to request information about reports that human smugglers and drug cartels are using the platform “to advertise their services” to help migrants “on their dangerous journey and unlawful entry into the United States,” the Washington Times first reported.

Shortly after, Brnovich announced his plan to seek a Justice Department investigation into the social media giant.

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Germany Looks to Enact Border Controls With Poland Due to Migrant Surge

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is reportedly backing the introduction of border controls with Poland in response to a surge of migrants passing through the country and heading to Germany.

Over the weekend, an estimated 500 migrants crossed illegally from Poland into Germany, likely passing through Poland after crossing into the country from Belarus, a new hot-point in the ongoing Europe migrant crisis.

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“But it’s Only a Vaccine…”

“It’s for the greater good” was one of the reasons that Jews in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s were put on trains, sent to camps, and buried in unmarked mass graves after receiving “medical treatment” (and in some cases, “medical experimentation”). Other reasons were “We’re protecting society.” “They’re troublemakers.” “It’s for the greater good.”

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Archbishop Vigano: “Vaccine Victims Are Sacrificed at the Altar of Moloch” (Video)

Dr. Robert Moynihan recently interviewed outspoken Italian Archbishop Carlos Maria Viganò on the current developments in the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Vigano: It now seems clear to me that we are facing a siege on both the social and religious front. The so-called emergency pandemic has been utilized as a false pretext to impose the vaccination and Green pass in many nations of the world in a simultaneous and coordinated way… They support them in this wicked plan and go so far as to condemn those who do not accept being subjected to inoculation with an experimental gene serum, with unknown side effects, that does not impart any immunity from the virus, to say nothing of the moral implications related to the presence of genetic material derived from aborted fetuses, which for a Catholic is a more than sufficient reason to refuse the vaccine. We are war, a war that is not openly declared, that is not fought with conventional weapons, but a war all the same… The alliance is not between state and church. But it is between the deep state and deep church.

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MTV Says Award Show in Hungary Will Protest the Nation’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ.

The ceremony is an opportunity to make a stand for gay and trans civil rights worldwide in the central European nation that has moved to curtail them, said Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group Worldwide.

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Rachel Levine Sworn in as First Openly Transgender Four-Star Admiral

U.S. Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine became the first openly transgender four-star officer in the uniformed services on Tuesday after she was sworn in as the first female four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that Levine was ceremonially sworn in as a four-star admiral, making her the highest ranking official in the commissioned corps and leading 6,000 Public Health Service officers.

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UN Draft Calls for Labeling Social Media Users Who Have Made “Misogynistic” Comments

The BBC has come up with a new job title — specialist disinformation reporter — and a lengthy article penned by this employee of Britain’s public broadcaster goes into how to stop abuse and threats online, especially where those target women.

In order to “investigate” how serious the problem is and how far it reaches, a film was produced for BBC’s Panorama program, while a new study is quoted as showing that women are more likely to receive abusive messages online.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2021

  1. Foreigners camped on the Belarusian side in the region of Usnarz Górny forced their way through the border on Wednesday; 16 migrants who broke into Poland were returned to the border line, the Border Guard informed

    -The greatest attempt to break the border by force. SG: A group of almost 200 migrants broke through, we detained 140 people

    A recording from the area of ​​Usnarz Górny
    The Border Guard published a recording of how foreigners in the area of ​​Usnarz Górny try to get into the territory of Poland and, to this end, destroy the fence erected along the border with Belarus, throwing logs on them.

    In the issued communiqué, the Border Guard said that the patrol on duty there in the morning informed that foreigners were forcibly pushing through the border.

    About 6 people threw a few logs at the border controls. The migrants threw stones at the officers of the Border Guard and the Army, and officers of the Belarusian services assisted in their actions. Additional patrols of the Border Guard, the Polish Army and the Police were sent to the above-mentioned area

    – told SG.

    Foreigners on the Belarusian side had dangerous tools
    The officers, she reported, “also noticed that foreigners on the Belarusian side had dangerous tools (ax and knives)”.

    Direct coercion measures, including gas, were used in relation to migrants destroying border controls

    – stated in the release.

    16 illegal migrants who broke into Poland by force in accordance with the ordinance of the Ministry of Interior and Administration were returned to the border with Belarus

    – informed SG.

    We are talking about the regulation that entered into force on August 21 and amended the regulation of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, originally introduced last year in connection with the pandemic. According to it, people who meet certain conditions are entitled to enter Poland from abroad. The amendment introduced provisions stating that other persons who do not have the right to enter are instructed about the obligation to immediately leave the territory of the Republic of Poland, and that in the event of disclosure of these persons in a suspended or restricted border crossing and outside the territorial range of the border crossing, they are returned to the line state border.

    Lukashenka’s hybrid war
    In recent months, migratory pressure on the Polish-Belarusian border has intensified. This year, there have been over 20,000 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border, about half of which this month. In recent days, the Border Guard has informed about further cases of attempts to force the border crossing by large groups of foreigners. .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7wRAq7WM14

  2. Hi Baron..
    Just to let you know.Your side is under full EU surveillance..
    I find out ,Gates of surveillance pointing to Nijmegen-Holland..all posts,commentary etc..are going thru that internet ” protocol “..
    Users need to remember we living in the War time ,,war impose on us by corrupted and degenerated political elites..Do NOT supply them with personal info !!

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