Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/25/2021

The European Union is considering setting a nine-month expiration on vaccine passports, since the effectiveness of COVID “vaccines” tends to wane in that amount of time. Meanwhile, Spain is considering requiring bars and restaurants to close early, due a surge in cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

In other news, hundreds of migrants were “rescued” by the Italian coast guard off the island of Lampedusa.

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Financial Crisis
» Poland Government Cuts Taxes on Fuel, Energy to Fight Inflation
» Sitting Out the Season: A Record Number of Americans Say They Won’t be Buying Holiday Gifts This Year
» Turkish Lira Crashes to ‘Insane’ Historic Low After President Erdogan Sparks Sell-Off
 
USA
» 15 States Vow to Protect Oil, Gas Industry From ‘Woke’ Banks
» Biden Blasted for Jetting Off to Billionaire’s Compound for Thanksgiving as Normal Americans Struggle Through Inflation
» ‘BLM Supporter’ Starts GoFundMe Page for Christmas Parade Massacre Culprit
» Child Becomes 6th Death in Waukesha Crash; Officer Believes Suspect Tried to ‘Hurt as Many People as Possible, ‘ Complaint Says
» Court Commissioner That Set Waukesha Massacre Suspect’s Previous Bail at $1k Has History of Setting Low Bails
» DeSantis Asks Legislature to Cut Gas Taxes in Florida
» Exclusive: New Records Cast Doubt on Hunter Biden’s Claim He Finally Divested From Chinese Private Equity Firm
» Fifth Circuit Court Reinstates Ban on Mask Mandates in Texas in Ongoing Mask War
» Former Obama Doctor: “White House is Doing Everything They Can to Hide Biden’s Obvious Cognitive Decline”
» ‘He Came in, Sat Down and Lied About Everything’: Waukesha Man, 24, Who Unwittingly Let SUV ‘Killer’ Darrell Brooks Into His Home Reveals How He Made Him a Sandwich, Gave Him a Jacket and Let Him Use the Phone — Seconds Before Cops Swooped
» Hillary Clinton: “Lack of Gatekeepers” And “Misinformation” Online is Clouding Biden’s Accomplishments
» Internal Poll Shows Trump Up in 5 Pivotal Swing States
» Key Democrats Reportedly Vow to Vote Against Biden’s ‘Marxist’ Treasury Nominee
» Media Tells Americans to Perform COVID Tests, Check Vaccine Status of Thanksgiving Dinner Guests
» More Than $1.3 Million Raised for Waukesha Christmas Parade Victims
» New York Hospital Emergency Room Ceases Operation After Employees Refuse to Get Vaccinated
» Nurses, Hospital Officials: Treatment of Kids Injured in Waukesha Car Attack Being Hampered by Vaccine Mandate
» Prof Who Said Pedophiles Should be Called ‘Minor-Attracted Persons’ Agrees to Resign
» Report: Kamala Harris Spent More Than $500 on Cookware as Inflation Looms Large
» Seth Rogen is an Idiot
» The Town With the Highest Murder Rate in Every State
» Trump Issues Thanksgiving Statement: ‘Do Not Worry, We Will be Great Again’
» Washington Post Says Christmas Parade Attack Was “Caused by SUV”
» Watch: California Town Declares Itself ‘Constitutional Republic’ To Protest COVID Policies
» Watch: Chris Rufo on the Left’s Attempts to Rewrite History
» Woke Crime Experts: Using ‘Looting’ To Describe Group Burglary is Racist
 
Canada
» Breaking: David Suzuki Apologizes for ‘Blowing Up’ Pipelines Remark
» Murder in Canada Skyrockets to 30-Year High
» Toronto School Board Apologizes After Refusing to Meet Nobel Prize Winner Over Islamophobia Fears
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria: Unvax Tax: Expert Proposes Monthly Fines for the Unvaccinated
» EU Plots 9-Month Expiration Date on Vaccine Passports
» EU Regulator Approves Pfizer Shots for Children Aged 5-11
» French Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen Speaks Out Against Vaccine Passports
» I Don’t Want to Change Anything on Visegrad, Says Likely New Czech Minister for European Affairs
» Irish Senator Proposes Vaccine Passports Should be Needed to Buy Groceries
» More Than 50 Knife Attacks Every Day in Germany
» Spain Eyes Closing Bars and Nightclubs Early as COVID Cases Rise
» UK School Asks Pupils to Wear ‘Yellow Badge’ To Show They Are Mask-Exempt
» UK: ‘I Was Raped by 150 Men’: Young Women Claim Grooming Gang at Large in Hull
» UK: Policing Report Finds ‘Many Instances’ of Grooming Gang Child Sex Crimes Going Unrecorded
» UK: Video: Live Feed Cut as Former Pro Asks if Latest Footballer Who Collapsed is Vaccinated
» UK: Wheels Falling Off Boris Johnson’s Bandwagon?
 
Russia
» Dozens of Ships Stuck in Artic as Ice Freezes Early, Contradicting Global Warming Claims
» Moldova: Another Professional Footballer Player Suddenly Collapses in the Middle of a Game
 
Australia — Pacific
» Delingpole: Australian Army Bussing COVID 19 ‘Close Contacts’ Into Camps
» New Zealand: Extinction Rebellion Members ‘Receive Summons’ Over Action
» Solomon Islands: Buildings Set on Fire as Rioters Defy Lockdown
 
Immigration
» Belarusian Opposition Leader Criticizes European Union for Inaction During Current Crisis
» Evangelical Church Chairwoman Supports Even More Migration to Germany
» Hungary Assures Poland of Full Support During Belarus Engineered Migration Crisis
» Italian Coastguard Rescues Hundreds of Migrants Off Lampedusa Island
» ‘It’s Worth the Big Risk’: Migrants Vow to Continue Trying to Reach UK After Channel Tragedy Killed 27 as Traffickers Slash Prices and French Prosecutors Say Five Arrested ‘People Smugglers’ Have ‘No Provable Link’ To Drownings
» Matteo Salvini: ‘I Refuse to Think of Substituting 10m Italians With 10m Migrants’
» Poland Says 230 Migrants Crossed Belarus Border by Force
» Poland’s Great Gambit to Forge the Current Wave of Political Solidarity Into an EU Turning Point
» Present Zeman Offers Czech Soldiers to Poland to Help Protect National Borders
» Tunisian Instagram ‘Influencer’ Films Herself Aboard Boat of Illegals Heading to Italy
» UK: Farage Slams Border Force, Priti Patel as ‘Not Fit for Purpose’ After Boat Migrant Deaths
» UK: Is it Any Wonder They’ll Risk Their Lives to Get Here? Migrants Can Expect £40 a Week Cash, Free Mobiles, Four-Star Hotels and Lawyers to Help Their Asylum Applications, Writes David Barrett
» UK: Johnson Wants France to ‘Take Back’ Migrants Who Cross Channel
» UK: What Does it Take to Stop Them Risking More Children’s Lives?
 
Culture Wars
» Norway Makes Santa Gay for Ad Promoting… Postal Service?
 

Poland Government Cuts Taxes on Fuel, Energy to Fight Inflation

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday that starting in December the government will cut tax on fuels and on energy and will offer bonuses to hardest hit households next year to counter inflation that has reached its highest level since 2001.

Morawiecki said that the so-called “anti-inflation shield” will cost the government some 10 billion zlotys ($2.4 billion) while additional funds will come from spending cuts.

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Sitting Out the Season: A Record Number of Americans Say They Won’t be Buying Holiday Gifts This Year

Code Tenderloin, a nonprofit group serving the homeless in San Francisco, said it has about $7,000 worth of gift cards to hand out to those who need the extra financial assistance over the holidays.

In recent weeks, requests from members of the community have poured in for food, clothing and gifts. Others are merely seeking Code Tenderloin’s help to put a roof over their heads on a rainy evening. And those solicitations will likely only mount as the holiday season drags on, said Donna Hilliard, executive director at Code Tenderloin.

“While everybody is going through their day-to-day, super excited about this holiday season, we have a whole community of folks who are stressed out,” said Hilliard in a phone interview. “We’re seeing more demand this year than we’ve ever seen.”

The dynamic that Code Tenderloin witnesses playing out in San Francisco speaks to a bigger wealth gap that has only accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic and will be especially evident over the holiday season. Predictions for holiday sales are rosy, with the National Retail Federation, the industry’s biggest trade group, calling for historic gains of 8.5% to 10.5% from year-ago levels. But the growth is largely being driven by a wealthy fraction of consumers. Meanwhile, a record-high amount of people aren’t expecting to partake in any gifting, according to one survey.

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Turkish Lira Crashes to ‘Insane’ Historic Low After President Erdogan Sparks Sell-Off

Turkey’s lira crashed to a record low of 13.44 to the dollar on Tuesday, a level once unfathomable and well past what was just last week deemed the “psychological” barrier of 11 to the dollar.

“Insane where the lira is, but it’s a reflection of the insane monetary policy settings Turkey is currently operating under,” Tim Ash, senior emerging markets strategist at Bluebay Asset Management, said in a note in response to the news.

The lira was trading at 12.7272 to the greenback at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, and was down around 15% on the day at one point, according to Reuters.

The sell-off was triggered after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his central bank’s continued contentious interest rate cuts amid rising double-digit inflation. He labeled the move as part of an “economic war of independence,” rejecting calls from investors and analysts to change course.

Inflation in Turkey is now near 20%, meaning basic goods for Turks — a population of roughly 85 million — have soared in price and their local currency salaries are severely devalued.

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15 States Vow to Protect Oil, Gas Industry From ‘Woke’ Banks

A coalition of 15 states announced a commitment to scrutinize future business with banks that divest from the fossil fuel industry.

The coalition of top state financial officers, formed by West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore, collectively represents more than $600 billion in public assets under management, according to the announcement. The officials wrote a letter to banking industry leaders Monday, warning that they would begin considering institutions’ boycotts of fossil fuel companies before awarding state contracts.

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Biden Blasted for Jetting Off to Billionaire’s Compound for Thanksgiving as Normal Americans Struggle Through Inflation

President Joe Biden will spend his Thanksgiving holiday at a private billionaire’s compound as inflated costs continue to surge for lower and middle class Americans.

The president landed in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Tuesday where he is expected to celebrate Thanksgiving with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, according to Fox News. The Biden family has spent the holiday on the island for several decades, but canceled their plans in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the price of the average Thanksgiving dinner has risen more than 14% from the previous year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Thanksgiving dinner cost survey. The report further shows that the average Thanksgiving dinner for six people will cost an approximate $53.31, with the cost of turkey alone skyrocketing by 24% in comparison to the previous year.

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‘BLM Supporter’ Starts GoFundMe Page for Christmas Parade Massacre Culprit

A person professing his support for Black Lives Matter started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Christmas parade massacre culprit Darrell Brooks, asserting that Brooks was a victim of racism.

Yes, really.

Brooks was charged with five counts of intentional homicide after ramming his SUV into dozens of people during the horrific attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

A GoFundMe page started by someone identifying as James Norton of Waukesha claims that Brooks is innocent and that his treatment is merely another example of institutionalized racism.

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Child Becomes 6th Death in Waukesha Crash; Officer Believes Suspect Tried to ‘Hurt as Many People as Possible, ‘ Complaint Says

WAUKESHA, Wis. — An 8-year-old boy became the sixth fatality after a rampaging driver attempted to “strike and hurt as many people as possible” as they celebrated along a Christmas parade route, authorities say.

Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper announced the sixth death in court Tuesday as five counts of first-degree intentional homicide were filed against Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, of Milwaukee. Opper said a sixth homicide charge would also be filed.

Police say Brooks was fleeing a domestic disturbance where a knife was reported when he drove an SUV into the parade route Sunday night, injuring more than 60.

But a criminal complaint presented Brooks’ driving more intentional than might be expected of a fleeing suspect. He plowed into pedestrians despite multiple opportunities to exit the route, according to eyewitnesses cited in the court complaint.

A charge of first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life prison sentence, if convicted. Other charges are likely to follow.

Opper cited Brooks’ long record of convictions and asked for $5 million bail, a request granted by court commissioner Kevin Costello.

Costello said he was disturbed by accounts from officers who said Brooks’ actions at the parade appeared intentional.

“The nature of this offense is shocking,” Costello said. “I’ve not seen anything like this in my very long career.”

The criminal complaint contains a chilling observation from one police officer who watched Brooks pass by several options to exit the parade route, and instead increase his speed:

“At this point, it was clear … that this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible,” the complaint said…

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Court Commissioner That Set Waukesha Massacre Suspect’s Previous Bail at $1k Has History of Setting Low Bails

Following revelations that Darrell Brooks, who was arrested after plowing his car into parade goers in Waukesha, Wisconsin, was released on an “inappropriately low” bail of $1,000, the court commissioner who recommended the bail has been revealed to have a history of setting low bails.

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DeSantis Asks Legislature to Cut Gas Taxes in Florida

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WWSB) — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday he will push for the Florida Legislature to lower gas prices in Florida cutting the state gas tax by $1 billion.

Speaking at a Buc-ee’s gas station and convenience store in Daytona Beach, DeSantis said his proposal will lower gas taxes 25 cents a gallon. DeSantis also said his administration has been talking to major gas station chains including Buc-ee’s, Wawa and Race Trac, who have said they will also lower prices even more once legislation takes effect.

Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, owner of the Buc-ee’s chain, said the tax cut was a “phenomenal idea” and said he anticipates “most companies” will lower pump prices when the discount is enacted.

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Exclusive: New Records Cast Doubt on Hunter Biden’s Claim He Finally Divested From Chinese Private Equity Firm

Hunter Biden no longer holds any interest in his personal LLC or the Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners, his attorney told The New York Times on Saturday, but new records obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation cast doubt on the claim.

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Fifth Circuit Court Reinstates Ban on Mask Mandates in Texas in Ongoing Mask War

On Wednesday morning, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order temporarily blocking school districts from implementing mask mandates in Texas.

The order comes as part of an ongoing case against the State of Texas, brought forth by the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas representing a group of students with disabilities or fragile immune systems, according to The Texan.

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Former Obama Doctor: “White House is Doing Everything They Can to Hide Biden’s Obvious Cognitive Decline”

Congressman Ronny Jackson, who was the former White House physician under Presidents Obama and Trump declared Wednesday that the reason Joe Biden has avoided cognitive exams is because he would have “failed miserably,” and his team “didn’t do it because they know, if they do it, you don’t ask questions that you don’t want the answers to.”

Appearing on Newsmax, Jackson described Biden’s latest health report as “six pages of superficial fluff.”

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‘He Came in, Sat Down and Lied About Everything’: Waukesha Man, 24, Who Unwittingly Let SUV ‘Killer’ Darrell Brooks Into His Home Reveals How He Made Him a Sandwich, Gave Him a Jacket and Let Him Use the Phone — Seconds Before Cops Swooped

A Wisconsin resident who unwittingly let the Christmas Parade killer into his home minutes after the massacre has revealed how the ‘nervous’ stranger sat on the sofa, called his mom and ‘lied about everything.’

Darrell Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide but more charges are expected to follow after an eight-year-old boy was named as his sixth victim Tuesday night.

Brooks was offered $5 million bail earlier on Tuesday when he appeared in court wearing a green-padded suicide prevention gown, sobbing as an attorney put her arm around his shoulders to comfort him.

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Hillary Clinton: “Lack of Gatekeepers” And “Misinformation” Online is Clouding Biden’s Accomplishments

Former Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Americans are not appreciating Biden’s accomplishments due to the spread of misinformation online.

The former secretary of state joined the growing list of Democrats who have said Americans are not fully understanding the issues affecting their daily lives.

Clinton made the comments in an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Clinton added that the US lacks “gatekeepers” and “people with a historic perspective” who can help Americans understand what is currently happening in the country.

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Internal Poll Shows Trump Up in 5 Pivotal Swing States

An internal poll shows former President Donald Trump up in the five states that President Joe Biden flipped as he flirts with a third White House bid in 2024.

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Key Democrats Reportedly Vow to Vote Against Biden’s ‘Marxist’ Treasury Nominee

Key Democrat Senators reportedly said they would oppose President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Mark Warner of Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Jon Hickenlooper of Colorado and Mark Kelly of Arizona told the White House they would not support Saule Omarova’s nomination to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, according to Axios.

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Media Tells Americans to Perform COVID Tests, Check Vaccine Status of Thanksgiving Dinner Guests

On the eve of Thanksgiving, media outlets urged Americans to perform COVID tests and check the vaccination status of Thanksgiving dinner guests before allowing them into their homes.

Yes, really.

During a segment on CBS Mornings, psychologist Lisa Damour was asked how nervous Thanksgiving hosts should bring up the subject of vaccination status when welcoming friends and family.

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More Than $1.3 Million Raised for Waukesha Christmas Parade Victims

Verified GoFundMe accounts have raised upwards of $1.3 million for victims and their families in the aftermath of the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday where Darrell E. Brooks Jr. allegedly plowed an SUV through the parade route, killing six and injuring over forty more.

As of 2:25 p.m. on Wednesday, some $1,355,141 was raised in total between 22 different verified GoFundMe accounts. The accounts aim to raise donations for hospital expenses, funeral costs, and more.

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New York Hospital Emergency Room Ceases Operation After Employees Refuse to Get Vaccinated

Staff at the the Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital in New York were given two options, get vaccinated, or be barred from working. Some chose the latter, causing a freestanding emergency room to cease operations.

The Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital’s freestanding emergency room in Long Beach has temporarily ceased operation after a New York state requirement that medical workers had to be vaccinated was not followed by all employees.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)’s vaccine mandate was announced in August by then-governor Andrew Cuomo, and as The Daily Wire reports, exemptions were few and far between.

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Nurses, Hospital Officials: Treatment of Kids Injured in Waukesha Car Attack Being Hampered by Vaccine Mandate

Nurses and officials at the Children’s hospital where all the kids injured in the horrific Waukesha car attack were taken have revealed that treatment is being hampered by a staff shortage brought on by the COVID vaccine mandate.

The sources say that the Children’s Wisconsin Milwaukee Hospital struggled to care for 18 children rushed there in the aftermath because there are no longer enough nurses or support staff available.

One nurse speaking anonymously told local media that “It was a nightmare,” adding “We just don’t have enough people and [supervisors] were frantically calling in everyone they could, but it wasn’t enough.”

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Prof Who Said Pedophiles Should be Called ‘Minor-Attracted Persons’ Agrees to Resign

A Virginia university assistant professor who argued it wasn’t necessarily immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to kids has agreed to resign after facing intense backlash.

Old Dominion University revealed in a statement Wednesday that Allyn Walker, 34, will be stepping down as an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice.

Walker was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 16 after a firestorm erupted over the educator’s controversial argument that pedophile’s should be referred to as “minor-attracted persons.”

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Report: Kamala Harris Spent More Than $500 on Cookware as Inflation Looms Large

Vice President Kamala Harris spent more than $500 on cookware appliances as Americans face rising costs and economic turmoil going into the holiday season, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

During her four-day trip to Paris in mid-November, Harris visited high-end cookware store E. Dehillerin located outside of the Louvre museum. The vice president bought a $375 serving dish and a $160 frying pan, totaling 516 euros which equals nearly $600 at the current exchange rate, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

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Seth Rogen is an Idiot

Actor Seth Rogen says it’s “nuts” to think LA is a crime-ridden s***hole, and that the city is “lovely.”

He then explained how his car had been broken into about 15 times.

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The Town With the Highest Murder Rate in Every State

The U.S. murder rate is at its highest level in nearly two and half decades. A total of 21,570 murders were committed nationwide in 2020, up nearly 30% from the previous year — the largest annual increase on record.

The rash of deadly violence came during a tumultuous year in American history. The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures and left millions of Americans out of work. The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer rattled confidence in American law enforcement and sparked nationwide protests. Firearm sales soared, resulting in the proliferation of tens of millions of new guns. Here is a look at the states where gun sales are surging.

Some experts speculate that each of these factors likely played a role in the rising homicide rate. While it may be years before the precise causal factors are identified, the effects are being felt in communities across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists homicide as a contributing factor in the historic 1.5-year decline in life expectancy in the U.S. last year — trailing only COVID-19 and accidental deaths, like drug overdoses, in significance.

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Trump Issues Thanksgiving Statement: ‘Do Not Worry, We Will be Great Again’

The 45th President Donald Trump issued a Thanksgiving statement to Americans Thursday morning telling them not to worry about America’s future.

“A very interesting time in our Country, but do not worry, we will be great again—and we will all do it together,” he said in a statement.

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Washington Post Says Christmas Parade Attack Was “Caused by SUV”

According to the Post, the attack was actually caused by the SUV.

Wow, surely self-driving cars must be banned immediately?

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Watch: California Town Declares Itself ‘Constitutional Republic’ To Protest COVID Policies

A town in northern California has decided to protest COVID-19 policies enacted by the state and federal governments by declaring itself a constitutional republic, in the spirit of the concept of “sanctuary cities.”

Oroville, California has had enough of being told what to do by higher-level politicians. According to its vice-mayor Scott Thomson, the town has decided to declare itself a constitutional republic to show those in power that they’re serious.

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Watch: Chris Rufo on the Left’s Attempts to Rewrite History

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Chris Rufo joined Fox News on Wednesday to discuss critical race theory and the left’s attempt to rewrite history.

Discussing the impact that cultural Marxism has on history and our culture, Chris Rufo explained that the left’s revision of history is a way for them to try to control the future.

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Woke Crime Experts: Using ‘Looting’ To Describe Group Burglary is Racist

Two men who teach about criminal justice are speaking out about the use of the word “looting” to describe the ongoing crime spree by groups of individuals who are breaking into luxury retailers in California to steal merchandise — claiming the term is a racist.

“Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something,” Lorenzo Boyd, a professor of criminal justice & community policing at the University of New Haven and a former police office, told ABC 7.

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Breaking: David Suzuki Apologizes for ‘Blowing Up’ Pipelines Remark

David Suzuki apologized for using reckless language when he said that pipelines would be blown up if leaders did not listen.

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Murder in Canada Skyrockets to 30-Year High

Murder in Canada shot to a 30 year high in 2020. This was largely due to the murder rates in Alberta and Nova Scotia.

In total, 2020 saw the murder of 743 people in Canada. This is 56 more murders than in 2019, according to Global News.

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Toronto School Board Apologizes After Refusing to Meet Nobel Prize Winner Over Islamophobia Fears

The Toronto District Schoolboard refused to meet with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who won the Nobel Peace prize, out of fear of appearing Islamophobic.

Murad was forced into the sex industry by the Islamic State. Since then she has been committed to the Yazidi cause, a demographic that has been severely persecuted by Islamists.

Despite all this, the head of the Toronto District Schoolboard said that Murad’s appearance could foster Islamophobia, saying that she would not send her students to the talk.

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Austria: Unvax Tax: Expert Proposes Monthly Fines for the Unvaccinated

Vice President of the Lower Austrian Medical Association Gerrit Loibl has suggested that the government should levy a monthly fine of up to €100 to anyone unvaccinated.

Loibl has suggested that those who have not been vaccinated should pay between €90 and €100 (£78-£84/$90-$113) per month to the government, claiming that the amount is based on the current tax on tobacco products.

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EU Plots 9-Month Expiration Date on Vaccine Passports

The European Union is considering adding a nine-month expiration period to its vaccine passport.

The argument for the expiration date is that the vaccines’ effectiveness reduces with time and so a passport to participate in society can only last nine months since the last shot.

On Thursday, the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposed the updates to the vaccine certification program, including an expiration date.

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EU Regulator Approves Pfizer Shots for Children Aged 5-11

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the Pfizer Covid vaccine on 5- to 11-year-olds on Thursday, marking the first time the EU regulator has approved a Covid jab for use in young children.

In a statement released by the EMA, the drug regulator stated that it has “recommended granting an extension of indication for the [Pfizer] Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty to include use in children aged five to 11.”

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French Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen Speaks Out Against Vaccine Passports

Presidential candidate in next year’s election in France, Marine Le Pen, has promised to remove vaccine passport mandates if she is elected because they are “useless” and a “disproportionate” restriction.

She will be running against current President Emanuel Macron, who supports the controversial measures.

“What is the vaccine passport for, apart from imposing a useless and disproportionate constraint on the French people?” Le Pen said in an interview on French radio France Inter.

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I Don’t Want to Change Anything on Visegrad, Says Likely New Czech Minister for European Affairs

The Czech Republic will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in July next year. The newly established post of Minister for European Affairs, which should be filled by Senator Mikulas Bek, will play an important role.

In the past, the candidate for the post criticized the low budget of the Czech presidency, which, however, the government of Andrej Babis increased by about 200 million korunas (€7.85 million) in September. To save money, the current government also wanted to concentrate most of the related events in the capital, but according to Bek, some of them should also take place outside Prague.

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Irish Senator Proposes Vaccine Passports Should be Needed to Buy Groceries

A Senator in Ireland has said that the government should consider banning those without a vaccine passport from public transportation and supermarkets, in one of the most extreme Covid proposals to date.

“Why not supermarkets? Why not public transport?” Senator Gerry Horkan asked. “I know it is difficult to police some of these things, but really, if you want to participate in society, you need to be vaccinated.”

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More Than 50 Knife Attacks Every Day in Germany

German police authorities recorded around 20,000 knife attacks last year. That is an average of more than 50 attacks per day, notes Junge Freiheit. The highest number of 5,411 happened in North Rhine-Westphalia, a query from Welt am Sonntag to the interior ministers of the federal states revealed.

In second place comes Berlin, with 2,593 knife attacks. In Lower Saxony, there were 2,377. Only the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania did not provide any figures. In total, at least 100 people died in such incidents.

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Spain Eyes Closing Bars and Nightclubs Early as COVID Cases Rise

Spain’s Health Ministry has drafted a plan which proposes that bars and restaurants close at 11pm and nightclubs at 1am in areas where Covid cases are spiking over Christmas, as the nationwide infection rate continues to gather pace.

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UK School Asks Pupils to Wear ‘Yellow Badge’ To Show They Are Mask-Exempt

A parenting campaign group has criticised the “deeply inappropriate” request from a school for pupils to wear a “yellow badge” to show they are exempt from wearing a mask, with many making a comparison to the yellow stars forced upon Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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UK: ‘I Was Raped by 150 Men’: Young Women Claim Grooming Gang at Large in Hull

Sky News has spoken to three young women who have made serious allegations, naming their attackers, and providing documents to back up their stories. Two others have given supporting testimony.

Operation Marksman was wound down after a two-year investigation, with police telling the alleged victims they had exhausted all lines of inquiry.

But in their first TV interviews, the women at the centre of the case say they believe there was enough evidence to take it to court.

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UK: Policing Report Finds ‘Many Instances’ of Grooming Gang Child Sex Crimes Going Unrecorded

A report investigating policing practices during the Rotherham grooming gang scandal has found that “many instances” of reported child sex crimes have gone unrecorded by police officers.

The UK’s Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published a list of recommendations on Tuesday which noted that numerous instances of child sexual exploitation (CSE) were still not being correctly recorded by South Yorkshire Police in the grooming gang hotspot of Rotherham.

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UK: Video: Live Feed Cut as Former Pro Asks if Latest Footballer Who Collapsed is Vaccinated

After another professional football player collapsed on the pitch and was rushed to hospital in England this week, one former pro who was commenting on the incident questioned whether the player had been recently vaccinated, prompting the live feed to be suddenly cut.

Sheffield United player John Fleck, who is 30 years old, suddenly collapsed away from play and had to be taken off on a stretcher after receiving lengthy treatment and being given an oxygen mask.

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UK: Wheels Falling Off Boris Johnson’s Bandwagon?

Tory MPs Reportedly Sign Letters of ‘No Confidence’ Against PM

A dozen Conservative MPs have reportedly sent letters of no confidence against Boris Johnson as questions swirl around the ability of the prime minister to lead the country.

Amid increasingly poor poll numbers and a series of political missteps and gaffes from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a number of Tory MPs have reportedly signalled that they would move against Johnson should his leadership come up for a vote.

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Dozens of Ships Stuck in Artic as Ice Freezes Early, Contradicting Global Warming Claims

More than two dozen cargo vessels are stuck in Russia’s Arctic ice, waiting for ice-breakers to come to their rescue, after an inaccurate forecast from the country’s Met Office. The Telegraph has more.

Maritime traffic in the Northern Sea Route has been on the rise in recent years as rapidly warming winters reduce ice cover, and Russia invests in its Arctic ports in preparation for a further boom.

But this year several segments of the Northern Sea Route froze up about a fortnight earlier than usual, catching many ships unawares.

Alexei Likhachyov — director general of Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom, which manages the country’s nuclear-power fleet of ice-breakers — said on Monday that the ships included vessels sailing under the flags of Hong Kong and Marshall Islands.

He blamed the Russian Met office for a forecast that failed to predict the early ice, in comments to local media.

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Moldova: Another Professional Footballer Player Suddenly Collapses in the Middle of a Game

Yet another professional footballer collapsed suddenly in the middle of a game last night during Real Madrid’s Champions League tie with Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.

26-year-old Sherrif Tiraspol winger Adama Traore was seen clutching his chest as he slumped to the ground in the 77th minute.

The Mali attacker remained down as medics rushed on the pitch to help, initially trying to revive him with smelling salts to little success.

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Delingpole: Australian Army Bussing COVID 19 ‘Close Contacts’ Into Camps

Quarantine camps for the unvaxed. What had been dismissed as idle conspiracy is now coming horribly true in Australia’s Northern Territory.

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New Zealand: Extinction Rebellion Members ‘Receive Summons’ Over Action

Four members of Extinction Rebellion Whakatu were issued a summons by police over action on Friday outside the ANZ bank at Richmond, says one of the activists.

Josie Fields said she was one of the four who faced a charge of graffiti after the action, which involved stencilling messages and issuing a “summons” to ANZ. The “summons” accused the bank of having “knowingly committed intentional damage to the environment of planet earth”, in part due to loans ANZ had made to fossil fuel companies.

“We successfully did the ANZ on Trafalgar St [in Nelson] and we were halfway through the one in Richmond when the police arrived,” Fields said.

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Solomon Islands: Buildings Set on Fire as Rioters Defy Lockdown

The Solomon Islands saw anti-government riots for a second day on Thursday as thousands of protesters swarmed the capital Honiara, setting fire to buildings in the city’s Chinatown.

Eyewitnesses and local media showed images of buildings engulfed in flames and plumes of thick smoke billowing above the capital.

The unrest defied a 36-hour lockdown declared a day after protesters attempted to storm parliament and topple Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

The prime minister said his government was still in control.

“Today I stand before you to inform you all that our country is safe — your government is in place and continues to lead our nation,” he said, adding that those responsible “will face the full brunt of the law.”

Opposition leader Matthew Wale called on Sogavare to resign, saying frustration at controversial decisions made during his tenure had led to the violence.

“Regrettably, frustrations and pent-up anger of the people against the prime minister are spilling uncontrollably over onto the streets, where opportunists have taken advantage of the already serious and deteriorating situation,” Wale said in a statement.

Why are people rioting?

The Pacific nation has been gripped by inter-island tension which is believed to be the cause of the latest crisis.

Most of the protesters had reportedly traveled to Honiara from the island of Malaita, which is separated from the capital by water and where people have long complained about neglect by the central government.

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Belarusian Opposition Leader Criticizes European Union for Inaction During Current Crisis

On Wednesday, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya held a speech on the forum of the European Parliament. In her speech, she emphasized that the Alexander Lukashenko regime was behind the artificially created migration crisis, warning that Europe should not allow the dictator to manipulate migrants and stressing that both the migrants and Belarusians were being treated as hostages.

She expressed strong support for Poland and the Baltic States which were facing the crisis.

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Evangelical Church Chairwoman Supports Even More Migration to Germany

The new council chairwoman of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Annette Kurschus, has spoken out in favor of more immigration to Germany, Junge Freiheit reported. The country is “quite able to take in more people who seek refuge here,” she told the FAZ.

At the same time, she called for “legal and safe access routes” to Europe.

“Walls and barbed wire cannot be a solution. Legal access routes would certainly not end the search for illegal escape routes, but they would be an important sign of humanity,” she emphasized.

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Hungary Assures Poland of Full Support During Belarus Engineered Migration Crisis

Minister Judit Varga openly assured “Polish friends” of Hungary’s full solidarity and support when it came to the migration crisis caused by Belarus on the Polish-Belarusian border.

“We are connected by a common fate because geography and history located us on the EU’s external borders,” she said. Varga recalled that both Poland and Hungary decided to protect the European community against increasingly severe waves of migration.

“This is why we, Hungarians, also believe that the time has come for Brussels to share at least half of the cost of the Polish and Hungarian border fences. That would be fair,” she said.

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Italian Coastguard Rescues Hundreds of Migrants Off Lampedusa Island

ROME (Reuters) — The Italian coastguard has rescued about 300 migrants from an overloaded boat that ran into difficulty in rough seas in the Mediterranean as they tried to reach Europe.

Some of the people were floating in the water as rescue units reached the boat about 14 miles from the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

The operation overnight on Wednesday and Thursday involved three ships and an airplane, the coastguard said in a statement.

A total of 296 people, including 14 women and 8 minors, were saved.

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‘It’s Worth the Big Risk’: Migrants Vow to Continue Trying to Reach UK After Channel Tragedy Killed 27 as Traffickers Slash Prices and French Prosecutors Say Five Arrested ‘People Smugglers’ Have ‘No Provable Link’ To Drownings

Migrants in Calais told MailOnline today that they are more determined than ever to reach the UK despite 27 people drowning crossing the Channel yesterday — as people traffickers slashed their prices to fill their deathtrap dinghies to Britain.

People claiming to be from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan say that the chance of settling in the UK is worth facing the danger of dying getting to Dover with one declaring: ‘We don’t have a life. We want to live like you in the UK’.

Those still willing to risk their lives in rough November seas revealed that their budget boats had also burst off the coast, but they were rescued from French waters before anyone drowned. Yesterday’s tragedy has seen smugglers slash 500 euros off the price of a one-way trip to Kent.

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Matteo Salvini: ‘I Refuse to Think of Substituting 10m Italians With 10m Migrants’

Exclusive: Far-right politician is in campaign mode and says he has no regrets about draconian policies he introduced when he was interior minister

Whether they’re camped outside in freezing temperatures or stranded at sea, Matteo Salvini exhibits little sympathy for the asylum seekers blocked at European borders. The Italian far-right leader, who as interior minister attempted to stop NGO rescue boats landing in Italian ports, in one case leading to criminal charges, will travel to Warsaw next month in a show of solidarity with his Polish allies who have deployed hardcore tactics to ward off thousands of refugees trying to enter from Belarus.

“I think that Europe is realising that illegal immigration is dangerous,” Salvini told the Guardian in an interview conducted before 27 people drowned attempting to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat. “So maybe this shock will be useful.”

[Comment: I’d rather not link to The Guardian, but Salvini gave an interview with that bird cage liner.]

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Poland Says 230 Migrants Crossed Belarus Border by Force

Some 230 migrants forced their way through the border from Belarus with the help of Belarusian border guards but were immediately sent back across, Poland said on Thursday.

“They destroyed the fence and a group of 232 people made their way several meters into Polish territory,” border guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska told Polish news agency PAP.

“The officers instructed them to leave Polish territory and escorted them to the border demarcation,” she said, adding the incident happened late Wednesday.

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Poland’s Great Gambit to Forge the Current Wave of Political Solidarity Into an EU Turning Point

The Baltic States on Sunday, the leaders of the V4 in Budapest and Croatia on Tuesday, France and Slovenia on Wednesday, Berlin on Thursday, and London on Friday — PM Mateusz Morawiecki is continuing his diplomatic offensive in Europe. The end goal of his political “tour de Europe” is becoming increasingly clear.

During a joint press conference with Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic, Morawiecki outlined four key elements which are destabilizing the situation in Europe: the artificial migration crisis, the concentration of Russian troops near Ukraine and in Kaliningrad, high prices of energy caused by high costs of permissions for CO2 emission, and gas price manipulation by Gazprom. The last point was disinformation involving a campaign to spread fake news, also in the context of fighting the pandemic, clearly meant to divide Europe at both the state and EU levels.

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Present Zeman Offers Czech Soldiers to Poland to Help Protect National Borders

On Tuesday, Czech President Milos Zeman offered Poland the deployment of Czech troops to the border with Belarus. According to him, soldiers are ready to head there immediately. Zeman wrote this in a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda. According to Zeman, the decision to send troops for up to 60 days is on the Czech government.

In the letter, Zeman said that the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border had been caused by “the bad intentions of those who do not hesitate to abuse the fate of others for their own benefit.” Prime Minister Andrej Babis followed up with a statement that the Czech police are also ready to help.

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Tunisian Instagram ‘Influencer’ Films Herself Aboard Boat of Illegals Heading to Italy

Tunisian Instagram influencer Sabee al Saidi has received criticism after she posted pictures and videos online of her aboard a boat of illegal immigrants heading to Italy.

The Tunisian, who is reported to be 18 years old, has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram and posted pictures of herself aboard an illegal migrant boat on November 14th, but the story did not break into the European press until this week when it was reported by French broadcaster RFI.

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UK: Farage Slams Border Force, Priti Patel as ‘Not Fit for Purpose’ After Boat Migrant Deaths

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has slammed the Border Force, the Home Office, and Home Secretary Priti Patel as “not fit for purpose” after at least 27 migrants drowned off the coast of France attempting to reach the United Kingdom. While conservative grandee Ann Widdecombe has said that Britain must remove the “magnets” that draw illegals to come to Britain, including the illegal economy and the often rightly-proved assumption that to arrive in the UK is to remain, with little real danger of deportation.

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UK: Is it Any Wonder They’ll Risk Their Lives to Get Here? Migrants Can Expect £40 a Week Cash, Free Mobiles, Four-Star Hotels and Lawyers to Help Their Asylum Applications, Writes David Barrett

The horrific disaster in the Channel has raised stark and difficult questions about why migrants are so desperate to reach Britain.

Almost 26,000 are known to have made the hugely dangerous journey so far this year — though the true number may be higher.

But just days before this week’s tragedy, a startling statistic had emerged.

Junior minister Tom Pursglove was asked by home affairs committee chairman Yvette Cooper how many of these thousands of people had been returned to the Continent this year.

‘Five,’ came Mr Pursglove’s revealingly meek reply.

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UK: Johnson Wants France to ‘Take Back’ Migrants Who Cross Channel

Boris Johnson has urged French President Emmanuel Macron to accept the return of migrants who cross the Channel to England.

The British Prime Minister said: “An agreement with France to take back migrants who cross the Channel through this dangerous route would have an immediate and significant impact.”

In a letter to Mr Macron, he set out a five-point plan to tackle the migrant crisis following the deaths of 27 people in the English Channel when their boat sank yesterday.

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UK: What Does it Take to Stop Them Risking More Children’s Lives?

Despite Channel tragedy, more families gather in Dunkirk where many will launch deadly bids to bring their boys and girls to Britain

Hundreds of desperate migrants today huddled around camp fires on the outskirts of Dunkirk, many still hoping to cross the Channel — just one day after the worst tragedy on record.

Photos from the Grand-Synthe commune on Thursday showed small children held by their parents at encampments along a disused railway line and near an overpass beside a canal.

They squatted on the muddy ground of the litter-strewn camp, and crowded around aid vans delivering essential supplies at the site which has become their new home after French police moved them on from another camp.

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Norway Makes Santa Gay for Ad Promoting… Postal Service?

The Norwegian postal service Posten has released an annual Christmas video featuring Santa Claus falling in love with another man to mark the 50th anniversary of Norway’s decriminalisation of homosexuality.

The video, entitled “When Harry Met Santa,” is a four-minute short film in which the main character interacts with Santa Claus several times, before writing him a letter stating: “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is you.”

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/25/2021

  1. I think it is time for David Snooze-ooki to grab his sushi knife and commit hara-kiri.
    I could never stand that guy anyway. He talks down to everyone like we are a bunch of little children who know nothing.

  2. “UK: What Does it Take to Stop Them Risking More Children’s Lives?”
    What kind of question is that?
    Isn’t it painfully obvious they don’t care for their children? They’ll just make new ones once they arrive. By force on the local underage girls, if they have to.

  3. I know a few people who just got their two shots so they had it behind them.

    They are not happy that they are now hooked till death.

    In a Facebook Meme those who took the jab were called “junkies with subscription”

  4. Hi Ned and Friends ..
    Your site and sites friends of yours commenting and willing to understand geopolitical aspect today World..
    USA and Europe are main factor of geopolitical forces on World stage..
    Europe without USA wont survive as USA without Europe..
    There is a wrong perception in USA about what’s really happening in Europe..
    Consequences this miss-conception are catastrophic for ether of us..
    There is a video of prominent European PE member, v-ce chair od Conservatives and Reformers Eu party in EP..
    Hi is the most senior member of EU Parliament..and know EVERYTHING whats going on behind the curtains ..
    This shocking video will explain what’s coming..
    I know you don’t like my presence and harsh view i/m presenting on your site..and it’s ok with me..
    But this case has enormous historical significances ..for each of us..for our country, for our Latin based Culture..
    Please find someone who will translate this video and let other people sprade the news on theirs sites..
    https://youtu.be/5jSjG3GSpms

    • “He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…” (from the Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska; partial record 1146)

  5. EU Regulator Approves Pfizer Shots for Children Aged 5-11- Just two words-utterly dispicable.

    UK: Wheels Falling Off Boris Johnson’s Bandwagon?

    Tory MPs Reportedly Sign Letters of ‘No Confidence’ Against PM

    Are we very surprised? No of course not, it has been one massive shambolic mess over the last two years as the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. And still with invasion starring them in the face every day, they still waddle and poddle about not knowing seemingly which was to turn. I weep for my country, its once strong and trusted resilience against an enemy now sinks into complanceny, falls into subjugation and seems ready to accept enslavement.

  6. On another note, today we in the US celebrate Saint Nicholas’ assistant Moroccan Pete who is know here as Black Friday. He has done his best to deliver the Christmas goods despite the untiring efforts of the Washington DC grinches who would just as soon deny Christ and Christmas and condemn us to a future of dystopia misery.
    Thankfully there is the Lord God in heaven Who is watching all this and is intervening so as to soften the blow that the grinches intend. So let us all give the Lord a hearty thanks and prayerfully await the celebration of His birth (conception by the Holy Spirit) which coincides with the Feast of Lights (Hanukkah, do the math MC).

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