Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/4/2021

Protests have broken out once again in Italy against the Green Pass. Meanwhile, New Zealand has officially abandoned its “Zero COVID” policy.

In other news, more than 80,000 illegal migrants have attempted to enter Hungary so far this year.

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Financial Crisis
» Hungarian Economy Gets Double Endorsement
» Inflation in Poland May Rise to 7% by End of 2021: Economists
 
USA
» A DEA Agent is Killed in a Shooting Aboard an Amtrak Train in Arizona
» Andrew Yang Says He’s Officially Left the Democratic Party
» Armed Customer Shoots and Kills Robber at Texas Church’s Chicken
» Breaking: Biden Admin Mobilizes FBI Against Parents Opposing CRT and COVID Restriction
» Breaking: Biden Downplays Harassment of Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Calls it ‘Part of the Process”
» Chicago Woman Who Got Jeep Back After Carjacking Has Vehicle Stolen Again Days Later: Report
» Corporate America Reaches ‘Limits’ on Implementing CRT in the Workplace
» Democrat Legislator Offers Bill to Force Men to Have Vasectomies After 3 Children, Or the Age of 40, ‘Whichever Comes First
» Flip-Flop Fauci: Fauci Walks Back Christmas Comments, Tells Americans to Have a ‘Good, Normal Christmas’
» George Soros’ Organization Previously Donated Over a Million Dollars to Arizona Activists Who Targeted Sen. Sinema
» Hundreds of Anti-Mandate Utahns Pack Hearing to Protest Biden’s Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Rule
» Kyrsten Sinema Accosted on Flight by Illegal Immigrant
» Lt. Col. Scheller Rejects Trump Support: ‘I Don’t Need or Want Your Help’
» Major ‘Feminist’ Website Calls for Harassment of Kyrsten Sinema: ‘Absolutely Bully’ Her
» Minnesota Attorney and Mother Serves as ‘Ambassador’ Against Critical Race Theory
» New York’s Largest Private Health Care Provider Fired 1,400 Employees Who Refused the Vaccine
» Pipe Bomb Found at Harbor High School
» Protest of Mask, Vaccine Rules Draws Hundreds to Vegas Strip
» Protesters Chant ‘F*** Joe Biden and De Blasio’ As Thousands of Teachers Lose Work Due to Vaccine Mandate
» Reporter Scrambles Into Damage Control After Crowd of NASCAR Fans Chant “F**k Joe Biden!”
» Sinema: Activists’ Disruption ‘Unacceptable’ And ‘Not Legitimate Protest’
» Thousands Protest Washington State’s Vaccine Mandate, Sing National Anthem
» Trump Heads to Iowa Amid Record High Poll Numbers in Key 2024 State
» Twitter Backtracks After Censoring a Mother’s Obituary
» Video: Fauci Says People “Have to Give Up What You Consider Your Individual Right of Making Your Own Decision” On Vaccines
» Video: Rand Paul Warns Health Authoritarians “Are Hysterical About the Unvaccinated”
» Watch: White House Sidesteps Questions on American Civil Liberties, Defers to CDC Guidanc
» ‘Whistleblower’ Who Works for Facebook Previously Donated to Left-Wing Extremists, Ao
» Woke SNL Plummets in Ratings — Season Premiere Down 35 Percent From Last Year
 
Canada
» B.C. To Introduce Legislation to Restrict COVID-19 Protests Near Schools, Hospital
» CBC Advocates for ‘Online Harm’ Prevention, Denies Collaboration With ‘Censorship Czar’ Guilbeault
» Three Fined Under Health Protection Act for Weekend Party
 
Europe and the EU
» British Climate Activists Stage Protest Against Private Jet Emissions
» Drivers Clash With Insulate Britain Protesters
» EU Judge Who Ruled Against Polish Coal Mine Has a Monopoly on Harassing Poland, Says Polish MEP
» Germany: Merkel’s Top Foreign Policy Advisor Says He’s Eliminated ‘The West’ From His Vocabulary
» ‘Going to Hell’ Islamists Celebrate Death of Swedish Mohammed Cartoonist Lars Vilks
» Netherlands Climate Protests
» Polish Journalist Denied Entry to UK Over His Opinions
» Pope Francis Calls for ‘Net Zero Carbon Emissions as Soon as Possible’
» Pope’s Swiss Guards Resign Over Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination
» Protests Erupt in Italy Against COVID-19 Passport & Its New Extension
» Spanish Government Contributing to Persecution of Catholics: Report
» Sweden: Authorities Identify Suspected Gothenburg Bomber, Manhunt Underway
» Swedish Cartoonist Targeted by Assassins for Drawing Mohammed Killed in Car Crash
» Switzerland: Extinction Rebellion Activists Block Streets in Zurich
» The European Parliament Goes on ‘Fact Finding Mission’ Before Its Show Trial Against Hungary
» Thousands of Paedophiles Active in French Catholic Church Since 1950, Commission Finds
» UK Media Claims That Czech Children ‘Racist’ Prompts Czech Foreign Minister to Summon British Ambassador
» UK Universities to Introduce Controversial Mandatory Courses on Race and Gender
» UK: COP26: Extinction Rebellion Warn ‘No Choice’ Over Glasgow Disruption
» UK: Delingpole: Global Warming Shock. Antarctica Posts Coldest Winter Since Records Began
» UK: Eco-Lunatics Block Roads Again, Prevent Ambulance From Getting to Hospital
» UK: Exclusive Interview: Richard Tice Says BoJo’s ‘Con-Socialists’ Leading UK Down the ‘Road to Ruin’
» UK: Eco Extremists Again Target Commuters, Blocking Key Roads in and Out of London
» UK: Exclusive Video: Nationalism is ‘Like a Zombie’ — Anti-Brexit Activists Protest Tory Party Conference
» UK: Iain Duncan Smith Calls for Met Chief Cressida Dick to Resign Over Sarah Everard Murder
» UK: The Founder of Extinction Rebellion Has Admitted He Would Block an Ambulance Carrying a Dying Patient to Hospital.
» UK: Three Labour MPs Could Defect to Conservative Party: Report
» YouTuber Denied Entry to Restaurant in Ireland Despite Being Double Jabbed
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Many Israelis Are About to Find Their Vaccine Passport Revoked Unless They Get a Booster
 
Far East
» Taiwan Asks the World for Help, Announces That it’s Preparing for War
 
Australia — Pacific
» Insane Videos Show Australian Cops Battering Grocery Shoppers, Protesters Fighting Back, Chanting “Freedom”
» New Zealand Abandons Controversial ‘Zero COVID’ Policy
» Victoria’s COVID Outbreak Surges With 1,763 New Cases — the Most Ever Recorded on a Single Day in Australia — as State Faces Three More Weeks Stuck in Lockdown
 
Immigration
» Migration Pressure on Hungary Keeps Growing, 80,000 Illegal Crossings Recorded in 2021
» Poland Planning ‘Impenetrable’ Barrier Along Belarus Border as Migrant Crisis Explodes
 
Culture Wars
» Ben Fordham Slams Decision to Award Kiwi Olympic Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Sportswoman of the Year — Saying the Decision Makes ‘Life Harder for Women’
 
General
» Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram Back After Outage
» Hackers Claim to Have More Than 1.5 Billion Facebook Users’ Personal Data
 

Hungarian Economy Gets Double Endorsement

Unexpectedly, Hungarian economic policy received significant recognition from two places.

First, the Swiss IMD improved its domestic competitiveness rating and then Moody’s increased Hungary’s sovereign debt rating.

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

Inflation in Poland May Rise to 7% by End of 2021: Economists

On Friday, Statistics Poland released a quick estimation of the inflation rate in Poland for September 2021. According to their report, inflation has grown to 5.8 percent in September compared to 5.5 percent in August. Economists who spoke with the Polish Press Agency warn that inflation will be even higher by the end of 2021.

Bank ING forecasts that by the end of December 2021, the inflation rate in Poland may grow as high as 7 percent.

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

A DEA Agent is Killed in a Shooting Aboard an Amtrak Train in Arizona

A Drug Enforcement Administration special agent was killed Monday when a passenger, who also died, opened fire as officers were doing a routine inspection for illegal contraband on an Amtrak train in Tucson, Arizona, authorities said. A second agent and a Tucson police officer were wounded.

“It’s very horrific and we’re all just coming to terms with just how terrible a loss this is,” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said. “But I also want to reflect on the really heroic actions of the officers at the scene. They literally ran towards the danger, into the car, where there was an active shooting situation going on.”

Magnus spoke outside the hospital where the agent and Tucson officer had been taken. The agent was listed in critical condition while the officer was in stable condition. He said authorities would not be releasing their names.

The shooting, which sent passengers fleeing, happened just after 8 a.m. on a train stopped at the station in the city’s downtown. A regional task force of DEA agents and Tucson police officers had boarded one of the cars to do a typical check for illegal money, weapons and drugs. It’s a common occurrence at all transit hubs, Magnus said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Andrew Yang Says He’s Officially Left the Democratic Party

Andrew Yang, ex-presidential candidate and former New York City mayoral contender, announced on Monday that he has officially left the Democratic Party, now having registered himself as “Independent.”

[Comment: His Universal Basic Income idea is dumb.]

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

Armed Customer Shoots and Kills Robber at Texas Church’s Chicken

A robbery on Friday evening at a Church’s Chicken in Pt. Arthur, Texas was foiled by an armed customer who shot both suspects, one of them fatally.

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

Breaking: Biden Admin Mobilizes FBI Against Parents Opposing CRT and COVID Restriction

After the National School Board Association called on the Biden administration to take action against unruly parents who keep showing up at school board meetings, the Department of Justice under Attorney General Merrick Garland has taken up the causeagainst parents. The NSBA encouraged the Biden administration to classify the actions of concerned parents as “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

The letter from the NSBA was sent to President Biden last week. “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under immediate threat,” the letter read, saying that the NSBA “respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats and violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”

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

Breaking: Biden Downplays Harassment of Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Calls it ‘Part of the Process”

President Biden spoke from the White House on Monday to encourage Congress to raise the debt limit. His speech on raising the debt limit appeared to be directed at Americans, to encourage them to stand in opposition to Republicans in Congress, who hold minority power in both houses.

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

Chicago Woman Who Got Jeep Back After Carjacking Has Vehicle Stolen Again Days Later: Report

A Chicago woman who was ousted from her Jeep at gunpoint during a carjacking had her vehicle returned to her — just to have it stolen again days later in another part of the city Sunday, according to a report.

The 45-year-old woman was driving a Jeep in the 3300 block of West Wabansia Avenue, near Humboldt Park and Logan Square, at approximately 8:24 a.m. Friday when police say a gray minivan pulled up and blocked her in. A man got out of the van and demanded at gunpoint that the woman get out of the Jeep. The victim complied, but the male suspect still knocked her to the ground, stole her belongings and fled in her vehicle.

The Jeep was located later that day and returned to the woman, WBBM-TV reported. The same woman parked her Jeep at 1 p.m. Sunday in the 6600 block of West Henderson Street in Dunning, but police say when she came back for it, the vehicle was gone. No one was immediately taken into custody, as detectives continue to investigate.

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

Corporate America Reaches ‘Limits’ on Implementing CRT in the Workplace

Despite the diversity hustle companies embraced during the summer of “largely peaceful protests,” there are limits to how far left they will veer to gain progressive brownie points.

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

Democrat Legislator Offers Bill to Force Men to Have Vasectomies After 3 Children, Or the Age of 40, ‘Whichever Comes First

A Democrat member of the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives has introduced a bill to require mandatory vasectomies for men over the age of 40, or who have already fathered three children, “whichever comes first.”

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

Flip-Flop Fauci: Fauci Walks Back Christmas Comments, Tells Americans to Have a ‘Good, Normal Christmas’

Reversing course once again, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, claimed his previous remarks on holiday gatherings were “misinterpreted” and “taken completely out of context,” and he is now encouraging Americans to have a “good, normal Christmas.”

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

George Soros’ Organization Previously Donated Over a Million Dollars to Arizona Activists Who Targeted Sen. Sinema

Billionaire George Soros has had a long-standing history of donating to activist causes. A new report highlights how this philanthropy extends to the case of activists ambushing Senator Kyrsten Sinema in the restroom.

The Washington Free Beacon on Monday pointed out how George Soros’s Open Society Foundation was the leading donor for the activist group in Arizona. Living United for Change enjoyed a $250,000 donation from Open Society in 2017, and a $1.5 million USD donation in 2019.

[Comment: Soros is one of the centers of evil in the world.]

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

Hundreds of Anti-Mandate Utahns Pack Hearing to Protest Biden’s Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Rule

Hundreds of unmasked, anti-vaccine mandate Utahns packed into a committee room on Utah’s Capitol Hill early Monday, spilling into five overflow rooms, to tell lawmakers to fight President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements for large employers.

Their comments ranged from fury over what they called “tyranny” and “federal overreach” to fear they could lose their jobs and their ability to provide for their families. Several, including representatives from business associations, warned the requirements would only aggravate workforce shortages, from hospitals to restaurants.

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

Kyrsten Sinema Accosted on Flight by Illegal Immigrant

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was accosted again by an illegal immigrant Monday — this time while on a flight.

The woman who recorded her public confrontation with the senator was apparently the same one who stalked the Arizona Democrat in a bathroom over the weekend.

She introduces herself to a seated Ms. Sinema with “I don’t know if you remember me” and says in the course of her interrogation that she is an immigrant whose father had died the previous year, biographical facts also true of the woman at the Arizona State bathroom.

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

Lt. Col. Scheller Rejects Trump Support: ‘I Don’t Need or Want Your Help’

Prior to MAGA Trump supporters raising more than $2 million to help with his legal costs, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller publicly denounced help from the former president and his son, saying he would “rather sit in jail” than accept their support.

Scheller became a household name among conservatives this past August when he publicly criticized the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan while demanding accountability from senior leadership. Immediately after his post went viral, Scheller was fired after 17 years of service. Last week, a Marine Corps spokesperson confirmed that Scheller was placed in military jail as he waits for a preliminary hearing.

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

Major ‘Feminist’ Website Calls for Harassment of Kyrsten Sinema: ‘Absolutely Bully’ Her

High-profile “feminist” website Jezebel has called for the targeted harassment of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The senator was followed into the bathroom by a group of immigration activists who had accosted the Democrat lawmaker in her classroom while she was teaching at Arizona State University over the weekend.

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

Minnesota Attorney and Mother Serves as ‘Ambassador’ Against Critical Race Theory

Kofi Montzka is one of the scores of parents who have appeared recently in viral videos in which they offer scathing criticism of officials’ policies at school board meetings.

But Ms. Montzka, a Minnesota attorney and mother of three boys, has done more than just speak out: She has become an “ambassador.”

The term was coined by TakeCharge, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that seeks a holistic approach to problems facing Black Americans — and critical race theory in schools is one of its main targets.

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

New York’s Largest Private Health Care Provider Fired 1,400 Employees Who Refused the Vaccine

New York’s largest private healthcare provider has fired some 1,400 employees who refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19, Fox News has learned.

A spokesperson for Northwell Health confirmed Monday that it “had to exit” 1,400 staff members but noted that most of its members chose to get vaccinated. With the ouster, Northwell’s employees are now 100% vaccinated.

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

Pipe Bomb Found at Harbor High School

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) A makeshift pipe bomb was found at Harbor High School Saturday night.

The Santa Cruz Police Department says they received a call about an explosion on the 300 block of La Fonda Avenue at 6:51 p.m.

Upon arriving at the scene, police say they discovered a makeshift pipe bomb in Harbor High’s chain link fence.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad helped render the explosive safe.

An investigation into the incident has been launched.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Protest of Mask, Vaccine Rules Draws Hundreds to Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A weekend protest of coronavirus vaccine and mask mandates drew several hundred people to the Las Vegas Strip, where marchers with signs and T-shirts declaring “freedom of choice” wound along sidewalks and into some resorts.

One man was arrested and two people were issued citations, Las Vegas police Officer Larry Hadfield said Monday, one on a disorderly conduct charge and one accused of misdemeanor battery.

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

Protesters Chant ‘F*** Joe Biden and De Blasio’ As Thousands of Teachers Lose Work Due to Vaccine Mandate

Protesters chanted, “F*** Joe Biden and de Blasio,” outside the New York CityDepartment of Education office Monday, according to a video posted on Twitter.

The crowd mobilized outside the Education Department building in Brooklyn to protest thousands of teachers getting laid off for not being vaccinated.

“The system is corrupt,” protesters can be heard chanting.

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

Reporter Scrambles Into Damage Control After Crowd of NASCAR Fans Chant “F**k Joe Biden!”

An NBC reporter scrambled into damage control after a crowd of NASCAR fans started chanting “f**k Joe Biden!”, with the interviewer ludicrously claiming they were actually chanting “Let’s go Brandon!”

The incident happened on Saturday evening after Brandon won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Talladega.

Almost immediately after the interview began, the crowd was clearly heard to chant “f**k Joe Biden!”

As the chant grew louder, its wording became even clearer.

Not according to the reporter, who swiftly moved to clarify that the fans were chanting “let’s go Brandon!”

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

Sinema: Activists’ Disruption ‘Unacceptable’ And ‘Not Legitimate Protest’

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) issued a statement criticizing activists who on Sunday followed her into a bathroom in Arizona insisting she support the Democrats’ multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill.

“Yesterday’s behavior was not legitimate protest,” Sinema’s statement said. “It is unacceptable for activist organizations to instruct their members to jeopardize themselves by engaging in unlawful activities such as gaining entry to closed university buildings, disrupting learning environments, and filming students in a restroom.”

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

Thousands Protest Washington State’s Vaccine Mandate, Sing National Anthem

Thousands gathered outside of Washington state’s Capitol Building to protest the state’s vaccine mandate, and were heard belting out the national anthem at one point.

“We’re adults and we know how to take care of ourselves,” Kelly Coyle, former state Department of Transportation employee, told The Olympian. “I don’t believe you should force someone to inject something in their body that they don’t want and lose your livelihood.” Coyle said she was forced into early retirement over Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate for state workers.

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

Trump Heads to Iowa Amid Record High Poll Numbers in Key 2024 State

Days ahead of his first visit this year to the state that kicks off the White House race, a new poll indicates former President Trump is more popular than ever in Iowa.

Fifty-three percent of Iowans have a favorable view of the former president and 45% hold an unfavorable view, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom survey released on Monday.

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

Twitter Backtracks After Censoring a Mother’s Obituary

Twitter’s fact-checkers appended a “misleading” alert to an obituary about a young woman who allegedly died after contracting a rare blood-clotting condition provoked by the COVID-19 vaccine.

After being accused of going so far with its censorship that it would resort to censoring an obituary, Twitter relented to the backlash and reversed the censorship.

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

Video: Fauci Says People “Have to Give Up What You Consider Your Individual Right of Making Your Own Decision” On Vaccines

Pushing vaccine mandates again this weekend, Anthony Fauci brazenly declared that people are going to have to abandon the notion that they have a right to say no to the jabs.

The comments came during an online lecture to Canadian students at McGill University, as Fauci argued that giving up control of what is injected into one’s body is ‘for the greater good of society’.

“I think what people have to appreciate is that indeed you do have personal liberties for yourself, and you should be in control of them, but you are a member of society,” Fauci decreed.

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

Video: Rand Paul Warns Health Authoritarians “Are Hysterical About the Unvaccinated”

Senator Rand Paul warned in an interview Friday that health officials are acting ‘hysterical’ when it comes to unvaccinated people, and that what they are claiming is “actually the opposite of the truth.”

In the appearance on the Ingraham Angle, Paul referred to his epic encounter with Biden health secretary Xavier Becerra last week in which the Senator blasted Becerra for ignoring the robust protection natural immunity brings.

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

Watch: White House Sidesteps Questions on American Civil Liberties, Defers to CDC Guidanc

White House correspondents asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki during Monday’s press briefing about comments made, and reversed by Dr. Anthony Fauci over the weekend.

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

‘Whistleblower’ Who Works for Facebook Previously Donated to Left-Wing Extremists, Ao

It has been revealed Frances Haugen, one of the the famous Facebook “whistleblowers,” has donated to far-left Democrat politicians a total of at least 36 times, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) (D-NY), among others.

[Comment: This ‘whistleblower’ is complaining that Facebook is not censoring enough.]

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

Woke SNL Plummets in Ratings — Season Premiere Down 35 Percent From Last Year

This year’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) season opener was watched by just 3.5 million viewers on Saturday, dropping 35 percent from the previous year.

The long-standing Nielsen agency released the data, which was drawn from 44 different areas. It should, however, be noted that this data is imputed and preliminary in nature, and that Nielsen will release the full data on Tuesday.

[Comment: They can’t bring back Norm Macdonald, unfortunately.]

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B.C. To Introduce Legislation to Restrict COVID-19 Protests Near Schools, Hospital

The British Columbia government will be introducing rules later this fall to stop protesters from disrupting schools and hospitals.

In responding to questions from reporters on Monday morning, government house leader Mike Farnworth said the province has opted to put policy into law.

“It will be legislation and it will be introduced later this session,” he said.

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

CBC Advocates for ‘Online Harm’ Prevention, Denies Collaboration With ‘Censorship Czar’ Guilbeault

According to a network statement, the CBC and five subsidized press associations pledged to “advocate for initiatives to reduce if not prevent online harm,” according to a network statement. The advocacy comes ahead of internet censorship bills by Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, including a proposal to block websites and appoint a chief censor called the Digital Safety Commissioner.

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

Three Fined Under Health Protection Act for Weekend Party

Halifax Regional Police have handed out more tickets for failing to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

Officers were told of a large party at a Halifax residence Saturday night they say exceeded the gathering limits.

As a results, three men were handed $2,422 tickets.

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

British Climate Activists Stage Protest Against Private Jet Emissions

London — Extinction Rebellion activists claim to have blocked all major entrances to a private airport in protest against emissions from private jets.

A stretched limousine has been parked at the gates to Farnborough Airport in Hampshire as part of the protest.

The protesters, including a former airline pilot, are raising awareness of the emissions caused by private flights.

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

Drivers Clash With Insulate Britain Protesters

Insulate Britain protesters have been confronted by angry drivers as the group blocked more roads in London.

Police arrested 38 climate change activists near the Blackwall Tunnel entrance during the morning rush hour.

One driver confronted the demonstrators saying she was desperate to see her 81-year-old mother in hospital. “How can you be so selfish?” she asked.

Insulate Britain defended its tactics, saying disruptive direct action was effective and led to policy change.

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

EU Judge Who Ruled Against Polish Coal Mine Has a Monopoly on Harassing Poland, Says Polish MEP

On May 21, 2021, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered Poland to immediately suspend mining operations in the Turów coal lignite mine until the conflict over the mine was resolved between Czechia and Poland.

In September 2021, ECJ Vice President, judge Rosario Silva de Lapuerta released a ruling in which she obliged Poland to pay €500,000 per day to the European Commission until it adhered to the verdict from May 21.

Czechia has accused Poland of using an extraction method in the Turów mine that threatens the water supply of Czech citizens on the other side of the border.

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

Germany: Merkel’s Top Foreign Policy Advisor Says He’s Eliminated ‘The West’ From His Vocabulary

During a recent sit-down interview with Germany’s largest news website, Christoph Heusgen, the top foreign policy advisor to outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, declared that he has eliminated the term “the West” from his vocabulary on the basis that the word is representative of an antiquated worldview.

While speaking with journalists from Der Spiegel International, Heusgen discussed a variety of issues, including the West’s botched military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Trump administration, the outgoing chancellor’s successes and failures, and an ascendant China.

When asked if the recent events in Afghanistan constitute a defeat for the West, Heusgen replied, “I have actually eliminated the term “the West” from my vocabulary. From my point of view, it is no longer about a dispute between the West and the East today, but between states that adhere to a rules-based international order, to the United Nations Charter, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and those that do not.”

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‘Going to Hell’ Islamists Celebrate Death of Swedish Mohammed Cartoonist Lars Vilks

Self-confessed Muslims on social media have celebrated the fatal car crash that left Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and two police officers dead on Sunday.

Users on social media platform Twitter expressed joy at the news that Lars Vilks, who drew cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed in 2007 and has lived under police protection since, was killed in a crash. Mr Vilk’s car, in which he was travelling with two police officers, was hit head-on by a heavy goods truck.

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

Netherlands Climate Protests

A coalition of more than 20 environmental and climate activist groups has launched a campaign calling for a ban on fossil fuel advertising and sponsorship across the European Union, similar to bans on tobacco advertising. More than 80 Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to Shell’s oil refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam on Monday to draw attention to the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative calling for the advertising ban. The action comes less than a month before the start of the United Nations climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow. Activists used floating cubes emblazoned with fossil fuel-linked advertisements to block the port’s entrance, along with the protest ship Beluga, with the words “Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising” strung between its masts.

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

Polish Journalist Denied Entry to UK Over His Opinions

Polish journalist Rafal Ziemkiewicz was detained and interrogated for 3 hours and subsequently denied entry to the UK because his opinions were “likely to cause offence.”

Maybe he should have just arrived in Dover on a dinghy, he’d be welcomed with open arms, given free food and accomodation.

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Pope Francis Calls for ‘Net Zero Carbon Emissions as Soon as Possible’

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis hosted scientists and religious leaders in the Vatican Monday, where they signed a joint appeal calling for carbon neutrality and a radical change in lifestyles.

“Scientists have warned us that there might be only one decade left to restore the planet,” the appeal declares,” urging the achievement of “net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, with wealthier countries taking the lead in reducing their own emissions and in financing emission reductions from poorer nations.”

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Pope’s Swiss Guards Resign Over Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

Three Swiss Guards have resigned and three others have been suspended after refusing to comply with a Vatican mandate that they get the COVID-19 vaccination.

The Swiss Guards, colloquially known as the Pope’s bodyguards, had previously been ordered “to protect their health and that of the others they come into contact with as part of their service” by getting the jab.

The mandate was part of a broader instruction to all Vatican employees to get the COVID shot or face losing their jobs.

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

Protests Erupt in Italy Against COVID-19 Passport & Its New Extension

Following the announcement of the Italian Government to extend the use of the Green Pass and make the COVID-19 certificate mandatory for all workers, thousands of citizens have protested in the streets of Rome, Milan, and Trieste.

The Italian authorities have recently announced that starting from October 15, all persons who work in the public and private sectors need to hold the Green Pass, which is an extension of the EU Digital COVID-19 Passport.

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Spanish Government Contributing to Persecution of Catholics: Report

Attacks on freedom of religion have increased by 37 percent in Spain compared to 2019, according to the Observatory for Religious Freedom and Conscience (OLRC) in its latest report for the year 2020. This growth took place in spite of the incredibly restrictive lockdown that was imposed in Spain, which forbade people from leaving their homes and traveling across the country.

Owing to a complaint filed by conservative party Vox to the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal, the lockdown was deemed an unconstitutional and illegal action taken by the government. However, many of those who practice their faith in Spain, particularly Catholics, suffered during the lockdowns.

“Freedom of religion is a basic right. It seems, however, that some politicians have used the pandemic to restrict it,” head of the OLRC Maria Garcia commented on the report.

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Sweden: Authorities Identify Suspected Gothenburg Bomber, Manhunt Underway

Swedish authorities are on the hunt for a man who’s believed to be responsible for a massive explosion last week which left 16 people hospitalized, four with serious injuries, and an apartment block in a central residential area of Gothenburg ablaze.

Police so far have failed to locate the suspect, 55-year-old Mark Lorentzon, despite having carried out raids at several addresses across Gothenberg in the days following the blast. Although the search for Lorentzon has since expanded across Sweden, lead investigator Maria Thorell says evidence obtained by authorities suggests that Lorentzon is still in the Gothenburg area, Expressen reports.

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Swedish Cartoonist Targeted by Assassins for Drawing Mohammed Killed in Car Crash

Lars Vilks and his two police guards have been killed in a head-on collision with a truck in Markaryd, Sweden.

The artist was most famous for drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outraging many Muslims.

The 2007 drawings of Muhammad placed Vilks at the center of a global debate regarding freedom of speech and respect for religious beliefs. Extremists tried to kill him for blasphemy, which is why he was under police protection.

The cartoonist and his police escort were traveling in an unmarked police car on Sunday when the incident happened. For some reason, the fast-moving vehicle veered onto the wrong side of the road, tearing through a wire fence that separated the lanes, and collided head on with a truck, the local media reported. The collision reportedly completely destroyed the police car and started a fire, which added to the damage.

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Switzerland: Extinction Rebellion Activists Block Streets in Zurich

ZURICH (Reuters) — Climate activists blocked streets in Zurich on Monday in an attempt to force the Swiss government to take “appropriate action” to tackle climate change.

More than 200 activists from the Extinction Rebellion group blocked traffic on Zurich’s Uraniastrasse close to the central train station, displaying banners that read “We’ll be back tomorrow” and “Homo sapiens faces extinction”.

Extinction Rebellion had invited people to the protest on its website and via social media channels.

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The European Parliament Goes on ‘Fact Finding Mission’ Before Its Show Trial Against Hungary

Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) have left Hungary after a two-day fact-finding visit regarding the rule of law, and democratic standards. However, no sooner have they left the country and political analysts have started publishing damning evidence about the European Parliament delegation’s ties to far-left NGOs and George Soros’ network.

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga reminded members of the committee that Article 7 proceeding were initiated by pro-migration, left-wing political forces years ago, so it has nothing to do with issues that have now arisen. The Hungarian conservative think-tank Szazadvég has, on the other hand, published a report that details ties to political donors, as well as a history of bias and far-left engagement among members of the committee.

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Thousands of Paedophiles Active in French Catholic Church Since 1950, Commission Finds

Some 3,000 paedophiles have operated inside the French Catholic Church since 1950, the head of an independent commission investigating the scandal told AFP, days ahead of the release of its report.

The commission’s research uncovered between 2,900 and 3,200 paedophile priests or other members of the church, said Jean-Marc Sauve, adding that it was “a minimum estimate”.

The commission’s report is due to be released on Tuesday after two and a half years of research based on church, court and police archives, as well as interviews with witnesses.

Sauve, senior French civil servant, said the report, which runs to 2,500 pages, had attempted to quantify both the number of offenders and the number of victims.

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UK Media Claims That Czech Children ‘Racist’ Prompts Czech Foreign Minister to Summon British Ambassador

Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek will summon the British ambassador over insults of Czech children in the British media and on the internet after the Sparta Prague football match with the Glasgow Rangers. Kulhanek wrote this on Twitter.

Due to the previous racist behavior of some fans, only children who were accompanied by adults could watch the European League match at the Sparta Stadium on Thursday, and they repeatedly booed the football player Glen Kamara. The British media, coach of the Rangers, and Kamara’s lawyer then condemned the behavior of child spectators and accused them of racist behavior.

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UK Universities to Introduce Controversial Mandatory Courses on Race and Gender

British universities have begun to make greater use of new teaching modules in which first-year students are taught about diversity, racial equity, and sustainability. Some of these required modules are compulsory, which means students must complete them successfully to continue their studies.

According to critics, these courses are a manifestation of thought indoctrination and go against the principles of free-thinking within the university system.

Scottish Oldest College, University of St. Andrews, requires first-year students to participate in compulsory education modules on sustainability, racial diversity, and sexual behavior, otherwise, they will not be allowed to enroll in the school’s academic program. If they fail the final test, they must pass it again, writes The Times.

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UK: COP26: Extinction Rebellion Warn ‘No Choice’ Over Glasgow Disruption

EXTINCTION Rebellion activists have said they have “no choice” but to cause disruption in Glasgow during COP26.

Thousands of delegates, world leaders and media will descend on the city during the first two weeks of November for the climate summit, which is being held at the SEC.

And thousands of demonstrators are planning a march through the city on November 6, however members of Extinction Rebellion have indicated that “targeted disruption” is coming.

One ‘rebel’, who identified as Ruth D during an interview with Radio Clyde News, said: “As usual, we’re going to be doing some of the things that we’re famous for — we will be doing targeted disruption.

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UK: Delingpole: Global Warming Shock. Antarctica Posts Coldest Winter Since Records Began

Antarctica has posted its coldest winter since records began in 1957 with average temperatures of —61.1 ° C. The previous record was —60.6°C in 1976.

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UK: Eco-Lunatics Block Roads Again, Prevent Ambulance From Getting to Hospital

Extinction Rebellion eco-lunatics occupied roads in the UK yet again, this time blocking an ambulance from getting to hospital and preventing a woman from seeing her sick mother.

After having re-branded themselves as ‘Insulate Britain’ due to public sentiment for their behavior turning sour, the climate clowns blocked the Blackwall Tunnel as well as Hanger Lane, Wandsworth Bridge and Arnos Grove in the 11th such action taken by the group.

One video clip shows a woman begging the activists to allow her through to see her very ill mother, who had been taken to Canterbury hospital in an ambulance.

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UK: Exclusive Interview: Richard Tice Says BoJo’s ‘Con-Socialists’ Leading UK Down the ‘Road to Ruin’

Reform UK party leader Richard Tice warned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “con-socialists” are leading the UK economy on the “road to ruin” by persuing a left-wing agenda in the wake of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart London during Reform UK’s first party conference in Manchester on Monday, Mr Tice said that the high-tax, high-regulation and “net stupid” policies of Prime Minister Boris Johnson were not what he had hoped for Brexit Britain.

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UK: Eco Extremists Again Target Commuters, Blocking Key Roads in and Out of London

So-called ‘Insulate Britain’ protesters have again blocked major roads in and around London leading to 38 members of the group being arrested on Monday morning.

Major routes in and out of central London including the Blackwall Tunnel — one of a handful of Thames crossings in East London — Wandsworth Bridge over the Thames, the Hanger Lane roundabout on the North Circular, and Arnos Grove were blocked. In the style now familiar to the ‘Insulate Britain’ group of activists, groups of people wearing high-visibility vests carrying signed walked onto the roads and sat in the path of oncoming traffic during the morning peak.

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UK: Exclusive Video: Nationalism is ‘Like a Zombie’ — Anti-Brexit Activists Protest Tory Party Conference

Anti-Brexit activists gathered in Manchester ahead of the Conservative Party Conference to denounce what they called “zombie” nationalism and the supposed fascism of Brexit Britain.

In what was promised to be one of the “biggest” anti-Brexit protests since 2019, only around 200 Remainer activists braved the cold and the rain on Saturday to call for the UK to “rejoin” the European Union. Speakers denounced global supply chain issues as a result of Britain leaving the EU, despite similar driver shortages being witnessed in Belgium — the seat of power for the bloc.

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UK: Iain Duncan Smith Calls for Met Chief Cressida Dick to Resign Over Sarah Everard Murder

Former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has called for Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to resign after serving officer Wayne Couzens raped and murdered Sarah Everard, with the leading MP questioning how a police officer caught exposing himself was allowed to hold a position of authority.

Mr Duncan Smith has become the most senior political figure to date to add to calls for the resignation of Dick after PC Couzens was sentenced to a whole life term for the abduction, rape, and murder of Miss Everard. During the sentencing hearing, it was revealed that the officer had abused his authority to conduct a fake arrest of the 33-year-old woman while claiming to be enforcing coronavirus lockdown laws, before abducting her.

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UK: The Founder of Extinction Rebellion Has Admitted He Would Block an Ambulance Carrying a Dying Patient to Hospital.

Roger Hallam said he would block a patient needing life-saving care in response to footage of a woman begging Insulate Britain campaigners to let her pass through their roadblock outside the Blackwall Tunnel today.

[Comment: That is evil.]

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UK: Three Labour MPs Could Defect to Conservative Party: Report

The divided Labour Party could see its first defection to the Conservatives since 1977, with three MPs reportedly considering crossing the floor over despair at their party’s leadership.

The Mail on Sunday claims three unnamed MPs have already decided to “open lines of communication” with the Tory whip, responsible for party discipline and voting in the House of Commons, about making the move.

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YouTuber Denied Entry to Restaurant in Ireland Despite Being Double Jabbed

A YouTuber was denied entry to a restaurant in his home town in Ireland despite being double jabbed, with staff insisting he leave the premises because he had taken the second dose of the vaccine only a few days beforehand.

Daniel Ewing, known on YouTube as The CraicMaster, was attempting to visit Nimmos restaurant in Galway with fellow YouTuber Lee Davey.

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Many Israelis Are About to Find Their Vaccine Passport Revoked Unless They Get a Booster

From Sunday, the criteria for Israel’s proof of vaccination permit app, known as the Green Pass, will change, with new regulations deciding who is eligible for the pass and the old ones to be expired.

For many Israelis, “fully vaccinated” now includes a booster shot and so many of those who’ve had only two vaccine shots will be denied access to many services until they get a third.

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Taiwan Asks the World for Help, Announces That it’s Preparing for War

On Monday, the Chinese military sent a total of 52 aircraft into Taiwanese air space, in the largest sign of Chinese aggression to date.

China on Friday has just celebrated what they call its “National Day”, which really is the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Since that day, over 150 Chinese aircraft in total have breached Taiwanese space.

According to the Daily Wire, the most probable reason for the Chinese excursions is to simulate missions against Taiwan, in conjunction with a possible imminent invasion of the island nation.

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Insane Videos Show Australian Cops Battering Grocery Shoppers, Protesters Fighting Back, Chanting “Freedom”

Footage out of Melbourne Australia this past weekend shows a squad of riot police harassing and beating grocery shoppers attempting to buy food and coffee before returning home, while a second video captured angry protesters fighting back, chasing the police away and loudly chanting “FREEDOM”.

The insane video resembles something out of a dystopian nightmare movie.

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New Zealand Abandons Controversial ‘Zero COVID’ Policy

New Zealand has announced it is dropping its controversial ‘zero COVID’ policy after numerous critics pointed out that such an approach to eliminating the virus was impossible.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement earlier today during a press conference in which she acknowledged, “The return to zero has been extremely difficult.”

“What we have called a long tail has been more like a tentacle that has been difficult to shake,” she added, noting that the delta variant of the virus forced a change in policy.

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Victoria’s COVID Outbreak Surges With 1,763 New Cases — the Most Ever Recorded on a Single Day in Australia — as State Faces Three More Weeks Stuck in Lockdown

Victoria has recorded Australia’s worst ever daily tally of new Covid cases, recording a worrying 1,763 new infections detected in the last 24 hours.

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Migration Pressure on Hungary Keeps Growing, 80,000 Illegal Crossings Recorded in 2021

Hungary has experienced a continuous wave of migration pressure in 2021, with the number of illegal border crossings exceeding 80,000 this year, more than three times that of last year, György Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief domestic security adviser said Sunday night on national television’s M1’s news channel.

During the great wave of 2015, many migrants came from Turkey to the Greek islands. Now, this route has diminished in importance after surveillance and enforcement at the sea border was strengthened. Migrants have responded by heading directly to the Italian islands, and migratory pressure on Greece has intensified at the land border, he said.

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Poland Planning ‘Impenetrable’ Barrier Along Belarus Border as Migrant Crisis Explodes

The Polish government has announced new plans to build a new high-tech barrier along the border with Belarus amid a historic migrant crisis that is growing worse by the day.

Officials in Warsaw say an ‘impenetrable’ border wall will replace razor wire hastily erected after migrants from the Middle East and Africa began flooding the region in recent months.

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Ben Fordham Slams Decision to Award Kiwi Olympic Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Sportswoman of the Year — Saying the Decision Makes ‘Life Harder for Women’

Ben Fordham fears the decision to crown New Zealand transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Sportswoman of the year would make life ‘harder for women’.

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Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram Back After Outage

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are coming back after an outage that lasted almost six hours, Facebook says.

All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or on smartphone apps.

Downdetector, which tracks outages, said it was the largest failure it had ever seen, with 10.6 million problem reports around the world.

The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2019.

The services went down at about 16:00 GMT with users beginning to gain access to the sites at around 22:00.

[Comment: I think it would be good for the world if Facebook, Watsapp and Instagram were down permanently.]

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Hackers Claim to Have More Than 1.5 Billion Facebook Users’ Personal Data

In September, a post was made on a popular internet forum known to be frequented by hackers. It offered the personal data of more than 1.5B users of the popular Facebook social media platform. This post occurred before Facebook went down on Monday, October 4th.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/4/2021

  1. UK Media Claims That Czech Children ‘Racist’ Prompts Czech Foreign Minister to Summon British Ambassador

    Let’s not ignore the context, shall we? The children booed because the player in question has previously seriously injured one of our players and pretends to be a victim. If children understanding this because they haven’t been indoctrinated in “white guilt” or “CRT” are “rotten fruit”, then I’ve never been happier about such spoils.

  2. NZ has not officially abandoned a Covid elimination strategy. The kind PM can’t the words out because she is choking on her fluent [bovine excrement].

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