Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/29/2021

The Biden Administration has withdrawn its requirement that all federal employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Meanwhile, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the administration’s mandate that all employees in medical facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding must be vaccinated.

In other news, Darrell Brooks Jr., the Butcher of Waukesha, has been charged with a sixth count of intentional homicide after the death of an 8-year-old boy who was wounded in the attack.

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

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Financial Crisis
» GOP Pushes for Unemployment Benefits for Those Who Lose Their Jobs Due to Vaccine Mandates
» Justinflation: Former Chief Analyst at StatCan Warns Inflation Will be Much Worse Than Trudeau Liberals Admit
» Poland’s Central Bank Chief Promises to Fight Inflation
 
USA
» As Controversy Over His Enrollment Swirls, ASU Says Kyle Rittenhouse is No Longer a Student
» Black Lives Matter Launches Christmas Campaign Against ‘White-Supremacist Capitalism’
» Breaking: Chris Cuomo Used His Media Connections to Find Info on Andrew’s Accusers
» Breaking: Prosecutors Ask US Supreme Court to Review Ruling That Freed Bill Cosby
» Breaking: Waukesha Massacre Suspect Darrell Brooks Faces New Charge for Death of 8-Year-Old Boy
» Brian Stelter Says Anti-Biden Memes Need to be Combatted
» Ghislaine Maxwell Arrives in Court Facing Up to 80 Years in Prison
» Google and Facebook Sued by Local News Publisher Over Antitrust Concerns
» Gov. DeSantis Vows to Not Lock Down Florida Over Omicron Variant: ‘We Will Not Let Them Take Your Jobs’
» In Brushback to Biden, Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate in Medicare, Medicaid Facilities
» Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit Supporting Teacher Fired Over Anti-Critical Race Theory Posts
» Jurors Chosen, Opening Statements Delivered in Day 1 of Jussie Smollett Trial
» Justice Department: Steve Bannon is Making His Prosecution for Refusing to Testify a ‘Public Spectacle’
» Kyle Rittenhouse Not Enrolled at ASU After Woke Students Protest
» Mandate Cave: White House Suspends Vaccine Mandate for Fed Employees
» Sens. Cruz, Paul Blast ‘Astounding Authoritarian’ Fauci for ‘I Am Science’ Claim
» Temple University Student Fatally Shot in Broad Daylight as Philadelphia Breaks Homicide Record
» Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Will Step Down as CEO
» Twitter’s New CEO Parag Agrawal Previously Rejected Free Speech in Favor of “Healthy Public Conversation”
» Video: Reporter, Academics Claim the Word ‘Looting’ Is Racist
» Viral Video Shows Man Wearing Multiple Face Masks Ejected From Walmart for Taking Photos of a Child
» Watch: Geraldo Says Accused Trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is a Victim of the US Government
» Watch: Psaki Dodges Question on Why Biden Hasn’t Visited Families of Waukesha Massacre Victims
» Watch: Joe Rogan Calls Out Media, Democrats for Complete Fabrication of Russian Collusion Narrative
» Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash: Suspect Charged With 6th Count of First-Degree Homicide
 
Europe and the EU
» 39 Men, Three Women Charged After Investigation Into Child Sexual Abuse in England
» Czechia: Zeman Appoints Fiala as Prime Minister
» Czechia Restricts Travel From Southern African Countries
» Dutch Govt Imposes Lockdown Curfew on Bars, Restaurants, Cinemas, ‘Non-Essential’ Stores
» ‘Everything We Feared’ — Incoming Leftist Coalition Govt in Germany to Push for a Federal EU Superstate
» France: They’re About to Desecrate Notre Dame
» Hungary to Begin Vaccination of 5-to-11-Year-Olds in December
» Northern Ireland Alliance Party Councillor Called for Censorship of Anti-Vaccine Passport Ads
» Polar Bear Eating Reindeer Proposed as ‘Evidence of Climate Change’
» Sweden’s Eight-Hour Female PM Re-Elected to Form Single Party Minority Govt
» Trump Vindicated: Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal Was Merkel’s ‘Biggest Mistake’, Says Former EU Chief
» UK Expected to Block Facebook’s GIPHY Purchase on Antitrust Grounds
» UK Re-Introduces Proposals for ID Checks on Adult Websites, Could Usher in Requiring ID for Social Platforms
» UK to Impose Maximum Fine of £6,400 for Not Wearing a Mask: Report
» UK: Terror Suspect, 19, Appears in Court Accused of Sharing Extremist Material on Instagram Including ‘ISIS Training’ Videos
 
Russia
» Latvia Calls for Permanent US Troops to Guard Against Russian Threat
 
Far East
» Chinese Province of Henan Surveils Journalists and Students With New Tech
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Proposes Law That Would Ban Online Anonymity to Curb “Defamation”
» Australian Lawmaker Bob Katter is Denied Entry to a Pub for Refusing to Show His Vaccine Passport
» Australian Pop Star Cody Simpson Calls Out ‘Tyrannical Fear Mongering’: ‘Stand Up to Authoritarianism, A Fearful Public is a Controllable Public’
» Man Stabbed to Death in Violent Attack in Northbridge
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Doctor Who First Discovered Omicron Variant Says it’s “Mild, “ Hasn’t Caused Uptick in Hospitalizations
 
Immigration
» Austria Busts Human Smuggling Ring
» Belarus Migrant Surge ‘Has Failed’ To Undermine EU
» Border ‘Control’: UK Govt Deporting Convicted People-Trafficker for Third Time in Under Two Years
» France Continues to Fume That Boris Johnson Published Channel Crisis Letter to Macron on Twitter as Minister Calls it a ‘Mockery’ And Claims PM’s Demand to Return Migrants ‘Exonerates UK of All Responsibility’
» France Holds Migration Crisis Meeting Without the UK as Tensions Rise
» How Germany is Waving Migrants to a New Life in UK: No Border Checks, Free to Leave Camps… and Taxis to Ferry Them to French Beaches Where They Can Cross the Channel
» Lukashenko Made Millions Off His Illegal Migrant Scheme
» UK Govt Gave Far-Left Open Borders NGO Nearly £90,000 in Funding
» Violent Riot Inside Migrant Center in Poland
 
Culture Wars
» Salvation Army Withdraws Guide That Asks White Supporters to Apologize for Their Race
 
General
» Media Says Rise in Football Players Suddenly Collapsing is a “Coincidence”
» Omicron Fails to Live Up to the Hysteria
 

GOP Pushes for Unemployment Benefits for Those Who Lose Their Jobs Due to Vaccine Mandates

Several key GOP lawmakers are making changes and amendments to state rules for unemployment benefits, allowing people who have quit or lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates to receive unemployment insurance. This is not something that is available for people who leave their employment of their own volition or those who are terminated for cause.

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Justinflation: Former Chief Analyst at StatCan Warns Inflation Will be Much Worse Than Trudeau Liberals Admit

The former chief economic analyst at Statistics Canada has warned that inflation will be far more substantial and longer-lasting than Canadian government officials have admitted, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

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Poland’s Central Bank Chief Promises to Fight Inflation

The Polish central bank has undertaken decisive actions to limit inflation, according to the chief of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), Adam Glapinski.

He stressed that interest rates have been increased twice and could be increased even more if the situation demands it. He added that inflation has grown to the highest levels in decades in the majority of countries.

“Just as we were determined to save the Polish economy during the pandemic, we will not allow high inflation to gain a foothold in Poland,” said Glapinski.

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As Controversy Over His Enrollment Swirls, ASU Says Kyle Rittenhouse is No Longer a Student

Kyle Rittenhouse is not currently an Arizona State University student, the university confirmed Monday.

The 18-year-old, who was recently acquitted by a Wisconsin jury of all charges in his shooting and killing of two men and wounding of a third in the aftermath of Kenosha protests, was taking online classes at ASU, he said during his testimony.

In recent media interviews, he said he wants to study on campus at ASU.

After Rittenhouse said on the witness stand on Nov. 10 that he was a college student at ASU, the university confirmed he enrolled as a non-degree-seeking online student for the session that started in mid-October, although he hadn’t gone through the admissions process and wasn’t enrolled in the nursing school. But according to the university, he’s not a student anymore.

“Our records show that he is not currently enrolled,” ASU spokesperson Jay Thorne wrote in an email. “There was no action taken by the university.”…

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Black Lives Matter Launches Christmas Campaign Against ‘White-Supremacist Capitalism’

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is attacking two of America’s most revered holidays, accusing Americans of “eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land” on Thanksgiving and promoting “white-supremacist capitalism” with Christmas.

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Breaking: Chris Cuomo Used His Media Connections to Find Info on Andrew’s Accusers

CNN host Chris Cuomo, the TV personality brother of now-disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, used his influence and media connections to help his brother out by finding information on his accusers, records show.

Documents have revealed that the younger Cuomo was “actively in touch” with Melissa DeRosa, who was still Andrew Cuomo’s top aide at the time, and gave her statements to be used by his older brother, as well as leads on his various accusers.

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

Breaking: Prosecutors Ask US Supreme Court to Review Ruling That Freed Bill Cosby

Prosecutors are requesting the US Supreme Court review the ruling that allowed Bill Cosby’s conviction to be overturned.

Prosecutors say that Cosby’s overturned conviction sets a dangerous precedent, also noting that the chief judge in the case could not clearly recount key facts of the case when discussing the case be overturned.

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

Breaking: Waukesha Massacre Suspect Darrell Brooks Faces New Charge for Death of 8-Year-Old Boy

It was last Sunday when 39-year-old career criminal Darrell Brooks was arrested over driving a SUV that sped through a crowded Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The local reporting out of Fox 6 in Milwaukee says that the online court records were amended to add an additional charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Documents in the Waukesha massacre case argue that Darrell Brooks intentionally drove through the crowd of people.

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Brian Stelter Says Anti-Biden Memes Need to be Combatted

If you can’t beat them — ban them, seems to be the motto under which CNN’s Brian Stelter continues to carry out his brand of journalism, this time taking aim at anti-Biden memes.

Ever since the 2016 US presidential campaign, memes and meme-makers just can’t catch a break from the mainstream media — at one point in time, these fun and funny, but also often acutely observant pieces of “internet art” were accused of helping elect a president these outlets didn’t want, and at another, memes are blamed as unfairly criticizing the one they like.

Now Stelter — who has a track record of speaking in favor of censoring not only internet culture but paradoxically, journalism itself — is declaring yet another “war on memes,” this time, those targeting Biden.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Arrives in Court Facing Up to 80 Years in Prison

Ghislaine Maxwell has arrived in court in New York City to attend her trial for sex trafficking charges, according to Sky News.

The British associate of the notorious Jeffrey Epstein will see her accusers today. She has been charged with six counts of enticing minors and sex trafficking. This has been alleged to have taken place for over a decade.

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

Google and Facebook Sued by Local News Publisher Over Antitrust Concerns

A media company that owns several newspapers in North Georgia has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook and Google. The media company claims that the Big Tech companies have engaged in antitrust and monopolistic practices to a level that “threatens the extinction of local newspapers across the country.”

Times Journal Inc., a publisher that owns Walker County Messenger, Catoosa County News and a few other newspapers in northern Georgia, filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook and Google in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

We obtained a copy of the lawsuit for you here.

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

Gov. DeSantis Vows to Not Lock Down Florida Over Omicron Variant: ‘We Will Not Let Them Take Your Jobs’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made it publicly clear in a speech Monday that nothing in the Sunshine State will change in terms of COVID —19 response, amidst the onset of the newly discovered Omicron variant.

The comments by the Republican governor were made at a Highway Patrol station event in Orlando, Florida, on Monday afternoon. A majority of the event was dedicated for DeSantis to lay out his agenda in asking state lawmakers for budget increases for various branches of their law enforcement.

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In Brushback to Biden, Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate in Medicare, Medicaid Facilities

U.S. District Judge Matthew T. Schelp on Monday ordered a preliminary injunction against the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates for health care workers in facilities in 10 states that accept Medicare and Medicaid funding.

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

Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit Supporting Teacher Fired Over Anti-Critical Race Theory Posts

Conservative legal group Judicial Watch has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in support of a Massachusetts high school teacher, who was fired over social media posts expressing her opposition to Critical Race Theory (CRT).

The teacher, Kari MacRae, taught math and business at Hanover High School. The lawsuit “asks for damages against Hanover School Superintendent Matthew Ferron and Hanover High School Principal Matthew Mattos for retaliating against MacRae,” according to Judicial Watch.

MacRae was fired in September, less than a month after she was hired.

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Jurors Chosen, Opening Statements Delivered in Day 1 of Jussie Smollett Trial

CHICAGO — In a nearly empty Leighton Criminal Courthouse, eight hours after the case was called, opening statements were delivered Monday evening in the criminal trial of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett, now 39, is charged with six counts of making false statements to police in connection with a hate crime that he reported to police on a frigid night in January 2019.

After about eight hours of proceedings, 12 jurors and two alternates were selected, the majority of whom appeared to be white. The trial is expected to last through the week.

“He faked the hate crime, then he falsely reported the fake hate crime to the Chicago Police Department as being a real crime,” attorney Dan Webb, the special prosecutor appointed to the case in 2019, said during his opening statement.

“Under Illinois law, it is a crime to knowingly provide a false report of a crime to a police officer, and that’s exactly what he did,” Webb added.

Nenye Uche, one of Smollett’s attorneys, said the case was built largely on assumptions.

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Justice Department: Steve Bannon is Making His Prosecution for Refusing to Testify a ‘Public Spectacle’

Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, is facing contempt charges for refusing to testify before the Jan. 6 committee, and Attorney General Merrick Garland has accused him of trying to make the matter into a “public spectacle.”

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Kyle Rittenhouse Not Enrolled at ASU After Woke Students Protest

As of Monday, Kyle Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled as a student in the ASU online program, amid continued protests by socialists students who have been lobbying to get him kicked out.

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Mandate Cave: White House Suspends Vaccine Mandate for Fed Employees

Details are thin, but Presidentish Joe Biden reportedly will suspend his vaccine mandate for federal workers.

According to a memo issued by the Biden administration, the “White House’s Office of Management and Budget is telling federal agencies they should hold off on suspending or firing federal workers for not complying with the vaccine mandate until after the holidays.”

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Sens. Cruz, Paul Blast ‘Astounding Authoritarian’ Fauci for ‘I Am Science’ Claim

Responding to Anthony Fauci again declaring that he represents science, Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul blasted the “hubris” of “ an unelected technocrat,” warning that he has “distorted science” in order to exert “authoritarian control.”

Fauci appeared on CBS News’ Face The Nation, and declared that “Anybody who spins lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that’s noise.”

He further claimed “if you’re attacking me, you’re really attacking science,” adding “I mean, everybody knows that.”

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Temple University Student Fatally Shot in Broad Daylight as Philadelphia Breaks Homicide Record

A 21-year-old Temple University student was shot and killed in broad daylight just three to four blocks away from campus on Sunday afternoon amid an uptick in homicides that have driven the deadliest year on record in Philadelphia.

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Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Will Step Down as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will step down as CEO of the social media platform, the company announced. He will be succeeded by Twitter’s current Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

Shares of Twitter are surging on a report that co-founder Jack Dorsey will step down as the company’s chief executive.

Twitter’s stock, which has consistently underperformed the market, jumped more than 10% at the opening bell Monday before trading was halted pending news.

CNBC first reported that Dorsey may step down soon, citing anonymous sources.

Twitter Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press early Monday. On Sunday, Dorsey sent the tweet “I love Twitter.”

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Twitter’s New CEO Parag Agrawal Previously Rejected Free Speech in Favor of “Healthy Public Conversation”

In a far-reaching November 2020 interview, Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal, who was the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the time, rejected free speech protections that are enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, wished the company had censored QAnon sooner, and touted the company’s approach of censoring content based on “potential for harm.”

“Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation,” Agrawal said in response to a question about protecting free speech as a core value and the role of the First Amendment.

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Video: Reporter, Academics Claim the Word ‘Looting’ Is Racist

In the midst of a spate of organised looting in California and beyond, the media and academia is telling people that they shouldn’t be using the word ‘looting’ because it is associated with “people of colour”.

According to Julian Glover, ABC7 News Bay Area TV’s ‘Race and Social Justice reporter’ (yes really), the incidents should be described as “robbery” or “theft” because the word ‘looting’ is racist.

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Viral Video Shows Man Wearing Multiple Face Masks Ejected From Walmart for Taking Photos of a Child

A viral video shows a highly agitated man wearing multiple face masks being ejected from Walmart because he took pictures a child who wasn’t wearing one.

The video, in which the man behaves bizarrely throughout, is being held up as an example of how mass media fearmongering about COVID-19 has inflicted permanent psychological damage on society.

The clip begins with the man being confronted by a father who asks him, “Tell me why you were taking pictures of me and my daughter.”

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Watch: Geraldo Says Accused Trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is a Victim of the US Government

Geraldo “Geraldo” Rivera made an argument during “The Five” on Fox News that suggested Ghislaine Maxwell is a victim of the authorities given how she was held without bail.

After months in custody, the former partner of Jeffrey Epstein is facing trial proceedings in New York City starting this week. But at least one person in the media isn’t happy that Ghislaine Maxwell was held by officials for so long.

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Watch: Psaki Dodges Question on Why Biden Hasn’t Visited Families of Waukesha Massacre Victims

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on why President Joe Biden hasn’t visited the Waukesha, Wisconsin, community after last Sunday’s massacre left six dead, including an 8-year-old child, and dozens injured. Victims remain hospitalized in the wake of the tragedy.

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Watch: Joe Rogan Calls Out Media, Democrats for Complete Fabrication of Russian Collusion Narrative

Joe Rogan called out the Democratic party and the media for working together to fabricate fictional stories like the Russian collusion hoax and to suppress stories, such as that of Hunter Biden’s laptop, during a recent episode of his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

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Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash: Suspect Charged With 6th Count of First-Degree Homicide

MILWAUKEE — Darrell Brooks Jr., the man accused of driving his vehicle into the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Nov. 21, was charged Monday with a sixth count of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney Office.

According to an amended criminal complaint, the charge is in connection with the death of a child who was struck in the attack and died two days later.

The child is not named in the complaint and instead is referred to as Victim F.

Jackson Sparks’ death was announced on his verified GoFundMe page and was confirmed by his baseball club and his family’s church to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was 8. His 12-year-old brother, Tucker, was also struck and injured when he was hit by the SUV at the parade…

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39 Men, Three Women Charged After Investigation Into Child Sexual Abuse in England

Thirty-nine men and three women, aged 41 to 83, have been charged with historic offences encompassing rape, pimping, and false imprisonment, related to six children in Kirklees, Yorkshire.

The defendants, most of whom have names which would tend to indicate ethnic or cultural links to South Asia, are accused of preying on six children, all girls, “between 1995 and 2015, largely in the Dewsbury and Batley areas of Kirklees”, according to an official statement from West Yorkshire Police.

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Czechia: Zeman Appoints Fiala as Prime Minister

On Sunday, President Milos Zeman appointed Civic Democrats (ODS) Chairman Petr Fiala as prime minister at the Lany chateau. The meeting was originally scheduled for Friday, but the president was taken to hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19, which is why Zeman was behind a transparent plexiglass barrier during the ceremony.

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Czechia Restricts Travel From Southern African Countries

The Czech Foreign Ministry has restricted entry for those people who have stayed in South African countries in the past 14 days. Third-country nationals will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic at all, and Czechs and EU citizens will have to follow strict epidemiological requirements. Trips to these areas are not recommended, said the head of the ministry, Jakub Kulhanek. The measure is a response to the new coronavirus variant spreading in the south of Africa.

Due to the omicron variant, Czechs and citizens of EU countries now have to be in quarantine at least ten days after arriving in the Czech Republic. Third-country nationals without a long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic cannot enter the country.

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Dutch Govt Imposes Lockdown Curfew on Bars, Restaurants, Cinemas, ‘Non-Essential’ Stores

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands moved into a tougher lockdown Sunday that was announced amid spiking infections even before the country recorded its first confirmed cases of the new, more highly transmissible omicron virus variant.

Bars, restaurants, nonessential stores, cinemas and theatres were among the public places forced to shut from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. under the new lockdown.

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‘Everything We Feared’ — Incoming Leftist Coalition Govt in Germany to Push for a Federal EU Superstate

The incoming left-wing coalition government in Germany is set to push for a so-called ‘United States of Europe’ through the creation of a federal EU superstate, confirming concerns long expressed by Brexiteers.

Germany’s incoming Europhile left-wing government has begun a push for a federalized European Union superstate and the creation of what has been unofficially dubbed the “United States of Europe”.

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France: They’re About to Desecrate Notre Dame

They’re about to desecrate Notre Dame by turning it into a shrine for the new religion of climate change.

The rest of it will be a globalist “theme park” for the entertainment of rich Chinese and Arab tourists.

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Hungary to Begin Vaccination of 5-to-11-Year-Olds in December

Hungary will begin vaccinating children aged five to 11 for COVID-19 after Dec. 20, announced Minister of Human Capacities Miklós Kasler in a video on his Facebook page on Sunday.

The announcement comes just days after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave its approval for the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for this age group.

“In children from 5 to 11 years of age, the dose of Comirnaty will be lower than that used in people aged 12 and above (10 µg compared with 30 µg). As in the older age group, it is given as two injections in the muscles of the upper arm, three weeks apart,” the EMA announced.

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Northern Ireland Alliance Party Councillor Called for Censorship of Anti-Vaccine Passport Ads

A campaign against mandatory vaccine passes launched in Northern Ireland by UK civil liberties and privacy group Big Brother Watch and a number of other organizations has come under criticism from politicians from the Alliance party.

The ad part of the campaign, which appeared on billboards and advertising screens in Northern Ireland over a period of four days, ended on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s introduction of vaccine passports in some hospitality venues.

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Polar Bear Eating Reindeer Proposed as ‘Evidence of Climate Change’

It appears “polar bears are being forced to change their eating habits” thanks to global warming, alarmists at Euronews announced Sunday.

The article cites video footage of a single polar bear chasing a reindeer into the water and killing it in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, warning that the incident represents “another stark indication of climate change.”

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Sweden’s Eight-Hour Female PM Re-Elected to Form Single Party Minority Govt

Sweden’s first female Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, who resigned last week after barely eight hours in office, has been re-elected by the Swedish parliament.

Prime Minister Andersson was elected on Monday by the parliament with 101 votes for her appointment, 173 against and 75 abstaining from voting. Under Swedish parliamentary rules, the appointment can only be blocked if opposition parties can muster at least 175 votes.

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Trump Vindicated: Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal Was Merkel’s ‘Biggest Mistake’, Says Former EU Chief

The approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia is outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “biggest mistake”, the former president of the EU Council said in comments backing up warnings from former President Donald Trump.

In a press conference on Sunday, former President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that Angela Merkel was “helpless” in the face of lobbying efforts from German industry to approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is set to deliver gas to Germany from Russia in a pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic sea.

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UK Expected to Block Facebook’s GIPHY Purchase on Antitrust Grounds

The competition regulator in the UK, the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to block Facebook’s acquisition of GIF platform Giphy. If the CMA blocks the $315 million deal, it will send a bold message to Big Tech companies that it will take action against anti-competitive practices.

The Financial Times reported that the CMA will block the acquisition, citing sources close to the matter. It would be the first time the CMA blocks a deal involving a Big Tech company.

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UK Re-Introduces Proposals for ID Checks on Adult Websites, Could Usher in Requiring ID for Social Platforms

In an effort to prevent children from accessing adult content, the UK government is proposing introducing age verification for adult websites. The plans were first introduced in 2017 but were shelved due to privacy concerns and that the move would usher in the normalization of needing to show ID to use social media and other platforms.

Children’s commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza has been working on legislation to require age verification for adult sites. The legislation is being supported by the culture and education secretaries Nadine Dorries and Nadhim Zahawi.

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UK to Impose Maximum Fine of £6,400 for Not Wearing a Mask: Report

In response to a handful of confirmed cases of the omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus, the British government will reportedly begin issuing fines again for not wearing masks on public transport and in shops, with the maximum penalty set at £6,400.

In a Downing Street press conference following the discovery of two cases of the omicron variant on Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that mask mandates would once again be imposed on the public.

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UK: Terror Suspect, 19, Appears in Court Accused of Sharing Extremist Material on Instagram Including ‘ISIS Training’ Videos

A teenage terror suspect appeared in court accused of sharing extremist material on Instagram including ‘Isis training’ videos.

Elias Djelloul, 19, from east London, allegedly posted six different videos, including one featuring ‘Isis training’, between July 24 and September 7 this year.

Mr Djelloul also published films entitled ‘Shaheed on the Battlefield’ and ‘Jihad in Syria’, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

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Latvia Calls for Permanent US Troops to Guard Against Russian Threat

Latvia needs a permanent US military presence to deter Russia and wants to boost its defences with US Patriot missiles, Defence Minister Artis Pabriks said on Monday as Nato’s chief visited allied troops in the Baltic country.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was due to arrive in Latvia’s capital Riga late on Monday before a meeting on Tuesday with 29 Nato ministers. The alliance is alarmed by a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.

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Chinese Province of Henan Surveils Journalists and Students With New Tech

Security authorities in the Chinese province of Henan have commissioned a surveillance system to be used to track journalists and international students, documents obtained by Reuters revealed.

The surveillance system is testament to the lengths Chinese authorities will go to suppress independent journalism and free speech.

The documents revealing details about the surveillance system are a tender document published on the Henan provincial government’s procurement website in July.

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Australia Proposes Law That Would Ban Online Anonymity to Curb “Defamation”

Australia plans to introduce a law that will require social media companies to “unmask anonymous trolls,” allowing users to file defamation lawsuits.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who hopes to be reelected next year, announced the plans for the new law, arguing that it would give victims of online harassment an opportunity to identify their abusers.

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Australian Lawmaker Bob Katter is Denied Entry to a Pub for Refusing to Show His Vaccine Passport

A federal Member of Parliament in Australia was refused entry into a country pub in New South Wales for refusing to show proof of vaccination. MP Bob Katter is not against vaccination — though he is against mandates.

On Sunday afternoon Katter was turned away at Tamworth Hotel in the state of NSW for refusing to show proof of vaccination.

His office has previously confirmed that Katter is vaccinated but that the lawmaker is against vaccine passports.

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Australian Pop Star Cody Simpson Calls Out ‘Tyrannical Fear Mongering’: ‘Stand Up to Authoritarianism, A Fearful Public is a Controllable Public’

Australian pop star Cody Simpson warned against tyranny in a recent social media post, urging his 4.1 million followers to “stand up to oppression and authoritarianism,” adding that “a fearful public is a controllable public.”

“Don’t believe or buy into this tyrannical and fear-mongering crap,” Simpson said in a recent Instagram Stories post, according to a report by Daily Mail. “Stand up to oppression and authoritarianism. Life is not as chaotic as the news would like you to believe. Drama sells newspapers.”

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Man Stabbed to Death in Violent Attack in Northbridge

A 28-year-old man has died after he was stabbed in the chest in a violent attack in Northbridge in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The alleged attack involving three men broke out on the corner of Lake Street and Aberdeen Street in Northbridge at about 2.30am, when police officers were in the area.

One of the men was stabbed and was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Police arrested two men, aged 18 and 19, soon after the incident. Both are now in custody and assisting police with inquiries.

Two other victims, both in their 20s, were also found by police soon after the attack with injuries consistent with stab wounds…

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Doctor Who First Discovered Omicron Variant Says it’s “Mild, “ Hasn’t Caused Uptick in Hospitalizations

Countering global alarmism about the omicron variant of COVID-19, the doctor who first discovered it says the strain is “mild” and hasn’t caused an uptick in hospitalizations.

Governments across the world are imposing new travel bans and other virus restrictions in response to claims the new strain is more transmissible and could prove more deadly than delta.

However, those with the most expertise on the ground in South Africa are all saying the opposite.

Barry Schoub, chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines, told Sky News that the panic had been misplaced.

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Austria Busts Human Smuggling Ring

Austrian authorities arrested more than a dozen people suspected of smuggling migrants into the country, according to reports.

A total of 15 suspects hailing from multiple countries were apprehended during busts earlier this month near Vienna.

The network is believed to have smuggled over 700 migrants, primarily from the Middle East and Africa, into the European Union, making nearly $3 million (€2.5 million) in the process.

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Belarus Migrant Surge ‘Has Failed’ To Undermine EU

The migrant crisis in Belarus has failed to undermine the European Union despite the suspected intentions of the regime in Minsk, the president of the European Commission has said.

Ursula von der Leyen said it had created solidarity between the EU and the three countries on the front line, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

Amid signs of the crisis easing, she said international agencies were working on taking the migrants back to their home countries.

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Border ‘Control’: UK Govt Deporting Convicted People-Trafficker for Third Time in Under Two Years

The British government is deporting a convicted people-trafficker from Albania for the third time in under two years, highlighting how ineffective its border control regime is even on those rare occasions when it actually removes people from the country.

39-year-old Hazir Lala was tracked down after a months-long investigation which began in July, having last been kicked out in August 2020.

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France Continues to Fume That Boris Johnson Published Channel Crisis Letter to Macron on Twitter as Minister Calls it a ‘Mockery’ And Claims PM’s Demand to Return Migrants ‘Exonerates UK of All Responsibility’

France today continued to fume about Boris Johnson’s decision to publish a letter to Emmanuel Macron on Twitter, as a minister called it a ‘mockery’ and suggested his demand to take back all migrants that crossed ‘exonerates the UK of responsibility’.

This was a key argument in the Prime Minister’s letter to Emmanuel Macron last week, due to the belief that returning people to France so they can claim asylum in the first safe country they arrived in would break the business model of people traffickers.

But today interior minister Gerald Darmanin suggested the letter was an example of UK ministers communicating differently in public than they were in private in yet another ratcheting up of tensions.

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France Holds Migration Crisis Meeting Without the UK as Tensions Rise

Following the tragic drownings in the English Channel, European countries have agreed to step up the fight against illegal migration. A meeting regarding this issue was organized by France, but the United Kingdom was not present due to ongoing disputes, raising concerns that a unified solution that addresses illegal migration in the region will be impossible to reach. Now, the UK is preparing to host its own talks.

At Sunday’s meeting on migration, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin called for a joint fight against human smugglers and the trade with inflatable boats. France convened the meeting due to the growing number of migrants heading across the English Channel to the United Kingdom. Last Wednesday, dozens of migrants died during the accident in the channel when their overcrowded boat capsized.

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How Germany is Waving Migrants to a New Life in UK: No Border Checks, Free to Leave Camps… and Taxis to Ferry Them to French Beaches Where They Can Cross the Channel

Standing in the freezing cold at the gateway to Western Europe, teenage migrant Abdalrzaq May says he does nothing but dream of a new life in Britain.

After cutting through razor wire, wading through swamps, dodging gunfire, avoiding howling wolves and evading the brutal police on the Belarus-Polish border, he has finally reached Germany.

Now comes the easy part. All Abdalrzaq has to do from here is take a taxi to France’s northern coast, where he will join the thousands of other migrants hoping to cross the Channel and reach the promised land of England.

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Lukashenko Made Millions Off His Illegal Migrant Scheme

Migrants who managed to enter the European Union via Belarus have described how the Belarusian government first attracted them to the EU’s external border at substantial cost.

In one case, an entire family bought tickets to Germany that cost $40,000 (€35,500), writes the German Die Welt newspaper.

“There are 14 of us in total. My family, my uncle’s family and another relative,” says 31-year-old Ali in a telephone conversation with the German newspaper.

In the last few weeks, they have tried to cross the border into Poland eight times without success.

“They told us we would be in Germany in three or four days, and now we’re stuck here,” says Ali.

He, his family, and his relatives fell victim to organized fraud by Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, like many other people from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, writes Die Welt.

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UK Govt Gave Far-Left Open Borders NGO Nearly £90,000 in Funding

The British government has handed out nearly £90,000 in taxpayer’s cash to an open borders NGO that has demanded the destruction of the “whole” immigration system.

The far-left group Migrants Organise, which has called for the abolition of borders and the destruction of the “whole system” following the death of 27 migrants in the English Channel last week, has reportedly been propped up financially by the supposedly Conservative-run UK.

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Violent Riot Inside Migrant Center in Poland

On Thursday night, Polish police officers were able to successfully suppress the revolt of a violent group of migrants who were residing in the center for migrants in the village of Wedrzyn in western Poland, near the German border.

The Lubuskie regional police unit shared a video from the revolt on social media. In the clip, the migrants are violently throwing chairs at surveillance cameras and breaking the fence around the building.

“Police officers were able to prevent the escalation of the revolt in the center for migrants. Owing to the professional actions of the police officers, the situation was stabilized. Significant forces are still present to ensure security,” the police wrote on Twitter.

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Salvation Army Withdraws Guide That Asks White Supporters to Apologize for Their Race

The Salvation Army has withdrawn its controversial “Let’s Talk About … Racism” guide following criticism and donor backlash over the text that asked white supporters of the charity group to deliver “sincere” apologies for their race and the past sins of the Church.

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Media Says Rise in Football Players Suddenly Collapsing is a “Coincidence”

The media has responded to the recent spate of high profile football players suddenly collapsing with heart problems in the middle of games by concluding that it is just a “coincidence.”

Yes, really.

Over recent weeks and months, innumerable soccer stars, as well as other athletes, have mysteriously suffered the imminent onset of serious heart problems.

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Omicron Fails to Live Up to the Hysteria

Virologist Alexey Agranovsky: “There is no evidence that (omicron) is more deadly — none at all.”

“Not a single death has been registered.”

“There is no cause for panic.”

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12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/29/2021

    • This is true!

      Edited November 30, 2021

      GUNNAR SANDELIN:

      A little lesson in demography

      The great demographic development, or “exchange of peoples” as some dissidents prefer to call it, continues unabated. The government’s claims that it has tightened immigration policy, to the EU minimum level, mainly with regard to asylum, are misleading.
      In 2020, a total of almost 89,000 residence permits were granted by the Swedish Migration Board and its higher bodies, of which just over 10,000 were asylum seekers. All indications are that this year the figures will be exceeded. Compare with Denmark, which this year will grant only one tenth of Sweden’s number in terms of asylum applications, including quota refugees.
      If no dramatic change has taken place during the last two months of the year, Sweden will this year, in total, have granted almost 100,000 residence permits, of which more than 12,000 for asylum. Relatives’ immigration is fairly constant between 25 and 30,000 residence permits.
      The conditions for overseas labor immigration increase the most, and seem to land at around 40,000 people, if you include accompanying families (which are not included in other relative immigration).
      There are no signs that our decision-makers, with a supportive journalistic corps, would have fundamentally changed the country’s course direction. According to Statistics Sweden, approximately 30 per cent of the population had a foreign background, if one also includes half of those who have a foreign or domestic born parent. If you go further down in age, the population with a foreign background gradually increases. If we measure the most crime-active group, men aged 15-44, we find that a total of 37 percent have a foreign background. Complete statistics for this year will probably not come until March / April.
      In this context, I would like to refer to DGS’s large survey, which extends to 2017 and which is also in line with the latest Brå report. The number of people with a foreign background is there in the majority in terms of criminal suspicions. For the first time, second-generation immigrants, those with two foreign-born parents, have the highest over-representation, especially when it comes to serious violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter and robbery.
      From the statistical database at Statistics Sweden, we have produced data that show in more detail how our composition of the population has changed and where it is headed. This is what a diagram of newborns in Sweden in 2002 looks like, distributed throughout the country and in our 15 largest municipalities.
      Diagram 1. 0-year-olds 2002
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      The second diagram below shows the change between the cohort 2002 and 2020. At the national level, the difference means that the newborn population with a foreign background has doubled in number during this time to just over 35,000 people. This while infants with a Swedish background are about 5,000 fewer.

      Diagram 2. 0-year-olds 2020
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      Eftersom spädbarn inte är brottsbelastade kan det vara intressant med dessa två diagram som visar hur förändringen ser ut bland 20-åriga män.
      Diagram 3. 20-åriga män 2002
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      If we look at the number, the cohort with the 20-year-old men with a foreign background has also doubled here in 2020, to almost 23,000 people. In several municipalities, they are already in the majority within their age group, or about to become so. All the while the number of men of the same age in terms of Swedish background has decreased by about 4,000 people.

      Diagram 4. 20-year-old men 2020
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      Please note that I do not claim that a majority of all 20-year-olds with a foreign background would be criminals. On the other hand, I would like to point out a trend that is clear in the recent major surveys on immigrants and crime, and draw out the consequences of this. This applies to the demographic composition and the obvious risk of continued serious crime. Something we are reminded of in the daily media noise with reports of gang violence deaths and severely injured victims.

      Sweden does not seem to be able to find a cure for this, especially with a police force that in practice has largely renounced its monopoly on violence in favor of dialogue and politicians who still talk about integration and areas of exclusion. I heard a policeman say that it is necessary to earn the trust of the bully. With such an attitude, and with an ongoing strong increase in young men who have their ethnic and / or cultural background in areas that have the highest over-representation in terms of crime, mainly Africa and the Middle East, Sweden continues tirelessly on its path to disintegration.

      Footnote: Thanks to Affes Statistics Blog for graphics.

      Gunnar Sandelin
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      • As a misanthrope, I don’t understand this demographic problem.
        There should be few people and they should treat each other with care. People who can be good parents, let them give birth to many children. Let bad parents not have children or become good for one or two. For example, my grandfather was a bad father at a time when contraception was not available and abortion was prohibited. He was burdened by his family. He loved (if you can call it that) only two older children, the other two did not exist for him.
        It’s another matter when the existing order of things does not allow people to reproduce. For example, in Russia, in the conditions of an inhuman colonial oligarchy, it is very difficult to support children. This is outright genocide.

        But the African and Muslim world is multiplying very much. You just have to stop helping them.

        And let not they live next to us, but foxes, wolves, bears and other forest animals.

    • Ridiculous!

      God still holds sway somewhere! My church does its best but the congregation are a bunch of timid [epithets].

      Our church gets decorated in palm fronds – as is the case in tropical areas which is nice. I must offer up a pic after this Sunday.

  1. Darrell has dropped out of the mainstream media except for very short mentions if at all. Compared to the wall to wall coverage of every inch of Kyle’s character and case. Unfortunately this is now what we expect …

  2. Oh. And it is far too late for the Salvation Army.

    They have been frauds for at least 30 years.

    I watched them with bowls begging build a fancy oversized HQ near where I lived years ago among homes that were all worth millions of dollars.

    [Micturate] on them

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