Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/5/2021

853 migrants crossed the English Channel to the UK on Wednesday, a new record for a single day. Meanwhile, the German migrant-ferry vessel Sea-Eye 4 is heading for Italy with 800 migrants that it “rescued” from the Mediterranean.

In other news, the New York City Fire Department is experiencing such severe staffing shortages due to the city’s vaccine mandate that only 55% of its fire trucks are available to fight fires.

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Financial Crisis
» JUSTINFLATION: StatCan Expects Hike in Food Prices Across Canada
 
USA
» 19-Year-Old Who Saw Senior Year Disrupted by COVID Shutdowns Unseats Incumbent in School Board Race
» 23andMe Collected People’s DNA Under the Guise of One Purpose But Will Monetize it for Another
» Al Gore Proposes Mass Surveillance to Find Climate Change Culprits
» Attorneys for ‘Rust’ Armorer Suggest Sabotage in Fatal Movie Set Shooting
» Boy Scouts Announce New Critical Race Theory Requirement
» Breaking: Project Veritas Turned Ashley Biden’s Diary Over to Law Enforcement, Reportedly Under Investigation by Sdny
» City Passes Resolution to Condemn Vaccine Verification Mandate as Discriminatory
» City, County Employees Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Rules
» Community Joins BWXT Workers Protesting Vaccine Mandate
» Conservatives Chalk Up Numerous Wins in School Board Races Across Colorado
» Democrat Virginia Delegate Who Was Spotted by Police Sabotaging Republican Campaign Signs Loses Election
» Education Admin Alleges Indiana Schools Are ‘Lying’ About Not Teaching Critical Race Theory
» Florida Court Reinstates Governor’s Ban on Masking Mandates in Schools
» Google’s Parent Company Takes a Step Towards the Pharmaceutical Industry
» Greenville Pianist Charged With Murder After Woman Was ‘Brutally Stabbed’ in Her Canebrake Home, Sheriff Says
» Here We Go: DOJ Sues Texas Over New Voting Law
» Incoming Manhattan DA Says Office Will Not Prosecute Prostitution, Trespassing, Resisting Arrest
» L.A. Archbishop Decries Rise of Globalism, Anti-Christian ‘Elite Leadership Class’
» Law Prof Says He Was Forced to Undergo Lengthy Mental Examination & Drug Test After Exam Question Caused Students ‘Distress’
» Local Mayo Clinic Employees Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
» NYC Firetruck Availability Down to 55%, Manpower Shortages Due to Vaccine Mandate: NY
» Pfizer Says COVID-19 Pill Almost 90% Effective Preventing Severe Illness, Death
» Progressive House Democrats Oppose Resolution to Support Cuban Protesters
» Protests Against Vaccine Mandate Continue on Toomer’s Corner
» Public Interest Legal Foundation Sues Over 26,000 Dead People on Michigan Voter Rolls
» Rep. Lauren Boebert Wears ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Dress to Troll the Left
» Republican John Lujan Wins Special Election Runoff to Flip Texas House Seat in San Antonio
» ‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation: Halyna Hutchins’ Husband Hires Wrongful Death Attorney
» San Francisco Says Even Kids as Young as 5 Will Have to Show Vaccine Passports
» State Attorneys General File Suit Against OSHA Vaccine Mandate
» Ted Cruz Launches Bill to Block School Vaccine Mandates
» Top TX University Employees Donated Nearly 10-to-1 Democrats Over Republicans in 2020 Cycle
» Video: MSNBC Race Baiters Continue to Attack Virginia’s First Black Lt. Gov as ‘White Supremacist’
» Video: Rand Paul Accuses Fauci of Using “Smarmy Word Salad” To Cover Up His Lying
» Was it Murder? Lawyers for ‘Inexperienced’ Rust Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed Blame Mystery Disgruntled Crew Member for Placing Live Round Inside Box of Prop Ammo to ‘Sabotage’ Alec Baldwin Movie
» ‘Woke Racism’ Author McWhorter: Condoleezza Rice’s Criticism of Critical Race Theory is ‘Dead Right’
 
Europe and the EU
» Errors in Scotland’s Vaccine Passport Stop Tens of Thousands of Vaccinated People From Fully Participating in Society
» France: Brigitte Bardot Fined for ‘Inciting Racial Hatred’ a Sixth Time
» French Cop Hunted Down, Brutally Beaten by Group of ‘Africans’
» German State of Saxony Announces Sweeping Curbs for the Unvaccinated
» How Will Austria’s COVID Rules Change on November 8th?
» Leaks From Brussels: Last Chance for Poland to Reach Agreement With EU
» Majority of Germans ‘In Favour of Compulsory COVID Vaccination’
» UK: Doctor Banned From Using Social Media Over “Masks Do Nothing” Claim Takes Case to High Court
 
Russia
» Belarus Government Threatens to Jail Subscribers to Popular Telegram Channels
 
Far East
» China’s Weaponization of Space
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Lawmaker John Barilaro Settles Defamation Suit Against YouTube Comedian
» Locked Down Western Australia Sets Vax Rate Target at 90 Per Cent
 
Latin America
» Colombia to Introduce Vaccine Passports for Most Public Spaces
» Illegal Migrant Allegedly Brutally Slays Man Who Took Him In
 
Immigration
» Boat Migrants Reach Corsica, France for First Time Since 2010
» Denmark: Moroccan Charged With Raping Woman on Steps of Copenhagen Court
» France: Eritrean Migrants Struck by Train in Deadly Accident Near Calais
» France: African Illegal Badly Electrocuted After Trying to Flee Cops Via Train Roof
» German Rescue Boat Heads for Italy Carrying 800 Migrants
» New Daily Record of 853 Illegal Boat Migrants, Farage Says UK Must Get Tough Like Australia
» New Polish-Belarusian Border Fence Design Released
» Spain Busts Ring Bringing Pakistani Migrants Into EU
» Tensions Soar on Poland-Belarus Border as Warsaw Protests Incursion
» Texas Builds Makeshift Border Wall Using Shipping Containers
» Two People Smugglers Including Pilot, 24, Are Jailed for Charging Migrants £12,000 to Get to UK on a Light Aircraft and in Vans With Hidden Chambers
 
Culture Wars
» Social Engineering in TV Commercials
 

JUSTINFLATION: StatCan Expects Hike in Food Prices Across Canada

Government officials have warned that food will continue to get more expensive in Justin Trudeau’s Canada as the government attempts to deal with the 4.4 percent inflation.

On Wednesday, Statistics Canada updated their figures, saying that there will be double-digit food cost hikes at grocery stores across Canada, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

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

19-Year-Old Who Saw Senior Year Disrupted by COVID Shutdowns Unseats Incumbent in School Board Race

A 19-year-old high school graduate who had the end of his senior year forced online by COVID-induced shutdowns on Tuesday defeated an incumbent school board member in New Jersey.

Nicholas Seppy, a 2020 graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School in South Jersey’s Atlantic County, upset Terre Alabarda for a seat on the township’s school board by an overwhelming 17-point margin.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday afternoon, Seppy had received 4,042 votes to Alabarda’s 2,830.

After initially closing their doors in March 2020, Egg Harbor Township School District forced most of its students into entirely online learning or hybrid learning models with limited components of in-person instruction for most of the 2020-21 school year.

In a statement Wednesday to The College Fix, Seppy lambasted the shutdowns as “awful” and said that he was motivated to run for a seat on the school board “out of a desire to serve in [his] community” and to “give parents a voice in the district.”

[Comment: My senior year in high school was wonderful, and I feel sorry for the young people whose lives were disrupted by COVID restrictions.]

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

23andMe Collected People’s DNA Under the Guise of One Purpose But Will Monetize it for Another

Cynics will say that nothing says “trusted neighborhood doctor” quite like a company that is a cross between Big Pharma and Big Tech — but apparently Anne Wojcicki’s 23andMe wants to be perceived as having the characteristics of all three.

The company, best known for harvesting genetic data from millions of Americans via spit tests that produced questionably useful information to the customers, recently went public, and now the serious side of its business is emerging — using all that data to develop new drugs and usher in the era of a new kind of Big Pharma that relies on Big Tech strategies of collecting data and monetizing it.

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

Al Gore Proposes Mass Surveillance to Find Climate Change Culprits

Former Vice President Al Gore promoted a technology developed by the Climate TRACE coalition that tracks greenhouse gas emissions. The technology can help identify those that are “most responsible for climate change” but the system is already being accused of being nothing but mass surveillance.

Gore was vice president under President Bill Clinton. The Democrat has long been an advocate for measures to combat climate change.

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

Attorneys for ‘Rust’ Armorer Suggest Sabotage in Fatal Movie Set Shooting

An attorney for the armorer on the movie set where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer said Wednesday that he believes someone might have been trying to sabotage the set by putting a live round in a box of dummy ammunition.

“How did a live round get on set, and who put that live round on the set?” Jason Bowles, an attorney for “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, asked on NBC’s “TODAY” show.

Robert Gorence, Gutierrez-Reed’s other attorney, also joined the interview.

“There was a box of dummy rounds labeled ‘dummy,’“ Bowles said. “We don’t know whether the live round came from that box. We’re assuming somebody put the live round in that box…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Boy Scouts Announce New Critical Race Theory Requirement

Those who hope to find a place that’ll encourage the virtuous masculinity that so often finds itself the target of our mainstream culture have been left with a dwindling set of options.

My family intended to guide my formation as a young man and instill traditional values when they put me in Cub Scouts in the first grade, supporting me all the way until I earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2018. It worked.

The time I spent in Scouting certainly contributed to my sense of what is required of me as a man; to act on the moral duty I have to our nation, be capable of self-reliance, abide by the virtues that I believe come from a divine origin, and attain the skills that are needed to care and provide for those around me.

Despite the role scouting has had in my life, I’ve found myself coming ever closer to recanting the resounding “yes” I offered to my Scoutmaster when, at the very end of my interview leading up to earning my Eagle Scout, he asked me if I thought I’d one day want to put my sons in what still could then be accurately called the Boy Scouts of America.

I find myself similarly concerned for my younger brother who is currently active in the troop I was once a part of as the organization continuously bends to a culture that has grown increasingly hostile to its original mission.

Scouting Slides To The Left

Not only did the Boy Scouts end their identity as an exclusively male institution when they opened the organization to girls in 2019, they’re also the latest to cave to the nationwide push for critical race theory, or as they and others euphemistically call it, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

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

Breaking: Project Veritas Turned Ashley Biden’s Diary Over to Law Enforcement, Reportedly Under Investigation by Sdny

On Friday, it was revealed that the FBI had raided two locations associated with Project Veritas in connection to the diary of the President Biden’s daughter Ashley, which went missing shortly before the 2020 election.

Project Veritas reported that they had the diary, could not authenticate it, and turned it over to law enforcement. Despite this, they are being investigated for having had it at all.

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

City Passes Resolution to Condemn Vaccine Verification Mandate as Discriminatory

The Enumclaw, Wash., City Council voted unanimously on October 25 to pass a resolution declaring that “…citizens and businesses should be treated equally without discrimination, regardless of vaccination status.”

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

City, County Employees Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Rules

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — About 100 City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County employees protesting their vaccine rules, saying they’d rather get fired than vaccinated.

The workers carried signs and chanted on the steps of the City-County Building, saying getting the shot should be a matter of individual choice and they believe the rules are a violation of their rights.

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

Community Joins BWXT Workers Protesting Vaccine Mandate

Random members of the community made signs and joined a few dozen BWXT workers picketing at the intersection of Second Street Northwest and Wooster Road West Friday.

The workers object to a mandate from the company that they get vaccinated against COVID-19 before Jan. 3.

Republican U.S. House of Representatives candidate Jonah Schultz was expected at the protest at 3 p.m.

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

Conservatives Chalk Up Numerous Wins in School Board Races Across Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION — Limiting public comment at school board meetings, misspending of money, failure to a appoint a like-minded replacement for a vacated seat, and teaching of Critical Race Theory in the district was just too much for the parents of Mesa County School District 51.

So, over the past few months, they organized, canvased, made phone calls, and on Wednesday morning they celebrated their electoral efforts to change the philosophical makeup of the Mesa-51 school board.

“We grew a group of 25 of us to 600,” said Mesa resident Cindy Ficklin, who also recently announced her bid for House District 55, a seat currently held by Janice Rich, who has announced her intention to run for state senate.

Mesa-51 was not alone Tuesday in flipping school boards from the historically teacher-union controlled majorities to conservative majorities. Although it was mixed returns, with most of the metro Denver-area school districts remaining in teacher-union backed control, across the state the Colorado GOP claimed victory.

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

Democrat Virginia Delegate Who Was Spotted by Police Sabotaging Republican Campaign Signs Loses Election

In the Virginia House of Delegates race between Republican Jason Ballard and Democrat Chris Hurst, the fact that the Republican candidate won isn’t the point of focus for these two particularly.

Instead it’s how Chris Hurst and his girlfriend Emily Frentress spent their Monday night reportedly knocking over campaign signs and getting pulled over by the authorities. The license for Hurst also turned out to be suspended for what he claimed was a lapse in insurance.

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

Education Admin Alleges Indiana Schools Are ‘Lying’ About Not Teaching Critical Race Theory

An administrator of Indianapolis Public Schools is going viral on social media after saying he witnessed the school district teaching critical race theory (CRT), after the school system told parents that it doesn’t.

Tony Kinnett, science coach and administrator for Indianapolis Public Schools, posted a video on Twitter explaining why he thinks the district is lying to parents about not teaching CRT. He says, “We tell our teachers to treat our students differently based on color. We tell our students every problem is a result of ‘white men’ and that everything Western civilization built is racist. Capitalism is a tool of white supremacy.”

Kinnett, who says he is in dozens of classrooms every week, argues that those are some of Kimberle Crenshaw’s main arguments in her book, “Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement.”

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

Florida Court Reinstates Governor’s Ban on Masking Mandates in Schools

Authored by Patricia Tolson via The Epoch Times

In Florida’s ongoing battle over masking mandates in schools, the First District Court of Appeal (DCA) overruled the decision of a Leon County circuit court judge on Wednesday, reinstating the governor’s ban on forced masking in schools. Some Leon County parents are cheering the ruling as a big win for parents’ rights and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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

Google’s Parent Company Takes a Step Towards the Pharmaceutical Industry

Google’s parent company Alphabet is getting into yet another market and has launched another company that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to identify drug combinations for the treatment of various diseases. Alphabet already has a similar company, DeepMind.

On Thursday, Alphabet announced the launch of Isomorphic Laboratories, a new company that will use AI to discover new drugs. Alphabet’s DeepMind does similar work and has used AI to predict useful protein structures.

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

Greenville Pianist Charged With Murder After Woman Was ‘Brutally Stabbed’ in Her Canebrake Home, Sheriff Says

REER, S.C. — A local pianist has been arrested after a Greer woman was found “brutally stabbed” to death in her Canebrake home last month, according to Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis.

Christina Larain Parcell, 41, was found dead Oct. 13 from multiple sharp force injuries, according to Senior Deputy Coroner Jennifer Cason.

“It was a very brutal crime scene for sure,” Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said during a news conference Thursday. “So it was an unusual situation.”

Investigators said Parcell was found after someone she knew called 911. Lewis said she was “murdered in a very violent way.”

“I think it was more than obvious that he intended to kill her and he went over there for that reason,” Lewis said. “Talking about the murder itself, it was very intentional. We don’t know why. We don’t know what the motive really was.”

Zachary Hughes Zachary David Hughes, 29, is charged with murder in the case, Lewis said Thursday.

The warrant says Hughes stabbed the victim several times in her home. It said he used an “edged weapon.”

Lewis said physical evidence tied Hughes to the murder. The arrest warrant said surveillance video also tied Hughes to the crime…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Here We Go: DOJ Sues Texas Over New Voting Law

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Texas over the new election law known as SB 1. DOJ seeks to stop two parts of the new law. Governor Abbott signed SB 1 in September and it is set to take effect next month ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Merrick Garland and his justice department are taking the side of the Democrats who fled the state rather than do the work of reforming Texas voting law after the 2020 election. Garland’s DOJ objects to the law’s voter id requirements for mail-in ballots and the limits on voter assistance. The lawsuit argues that these requirements violate federal voting and civil rights protections.

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

Incoming Manhattan DA Says Office Will Not Prosecute Prostitution, Trespassing, Resisting Arrest

Incoming Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has released a “Day 1 Memo” highlighting issues and actions he wants the office to take under his direction.

Amongst these actions, Bragg issued a list of charges that would not be prosecuted by his office “under any circumstances.”

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

L.A. Archbishop Decries Rise of Globalism, Anti-Christian ‘Elite Leadership Class’

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez has denounced a deliberate effort “to erase the Christian roots of society and to suppress any remaining Christian influences.”

In a powerful video address to the Congress on Catholics and Public Life in Madrid, Archbishop Gomez said Thursday that an “elite leadership class has risen in our countries that has little interest in religion and no real attachments to the nations they live in or to local traditions or cultures.”

“This group, which is in charge in corporations, governments, universities, the media, and in the cultural and professional establishments, wants to establish what we might call a global civilization,” the archbishop warned.

“In this elite worldview, there is no need for old-fashioned belief systems and religions,” he continued. “In fact, as they see it, religion, especially Christianity, only gets in the way of the society they hope to build.”

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

Law Prof Says He Was Forced to Undergo Lengthy Mental Examination & Drug Test After Exam Question Caused Students ‘Distress’

A University of Illinois-Chicago professor included a redacted reference to a racial slur on an exam. The professor told Campus Reform that the controversy surrounding the incident led to him being subjected to an hours-long mental examination.

According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education — which defends the legal right to free expression for college students and faculty members — law professor Jason Kilborn created a hypothetical fact pattern in a mock employment discrimination case for his final exam. The fact pattern referred to “profane expressions for African Americans and women,” identified as expurgated text (“‘n_____’ and ‘b_____’“).

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

Local Mayo Clinic Employees Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — More than 50 demonstrators stood outside of Mayo Clinic on San Pablo Road Friday in the cold and rain to protest the medical system’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

The Clinic informed unvaccinated staff that they must get a COVID-19 vaccine, or apply for a religious or medical exemption.

“Guided by its values and deep commitment to patients, Mayo Clinic is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or complete a declination process by Sept. 17,” Mayo Clinic said in an article posted to its website.

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

NYC Firetruck Availability Down to 55%, Manpower Shortages Due to Vaccine Mandate: NY

Authored by Enrico Trigoso via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Two NYC firefighters gave The Epoch Times an update on the present situation of the FDNY under the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

Most alarming was an internal document indicating that on Nov. 3, there were only 55 percent of firetrucks available. The normal number, according to him, should be about 90 percent.

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

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Pill Almost 90% Effective Preventing Severe Illness, Death

Nov. 5 (UPI) — Pharma company Pfizer announced on Friday that its experimental, antiviral COVID-19 treatment pill Paxlovid showed during testing that it’s almost 90% effective in preventing hospitalization and death in high-risk patients.

The company said when combined with a low dose of ritonavir and taken within five days of the onset of symptoms, it cut severe illness and death attributed to the coronavirus by 89%.

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

Progressive House Democrats Oppose Resolution to Support Cuban Protesters

A number of House Democrats voted against a resolution on Wednesday that would condemn Cuba’s government and offer support for protesters throughout the communist-ruled country.

The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was introduced this week in an effort to express “solidarity with Cuban citizens demonstrating peacefully for fundamental freedoms, condemning the Cuban regime’s acts of repression, and calling for the immediate release of arbitrarily detained Cuban citizens.

The House passed the measure in a vote of 382 to 40, with all no votes coming from Democrats. Included in the list of Democrats who voted against the resolution are all members of the left-wing House “Squad,” as well as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. Four lawmakers voted present, while five did not vote.

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

Protests Against Vaccine Mandate Continue on Toomer’s Corner

As the deadline for vaccination for Auburn University employees sits just more than a month away, protesters took to Toomer’s Corner in opposition for the second time.

The protest, held Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m., drew a crowd of roughly 30 students and a few other community members. They held signs saying “We support Auburn staff” and calling for employees to be able to choose whether they would like to get the vaccine.

“We’re not here to protest against the vaccine,” said Ava Marano, freshman in law and justice. “We’re here to protest against vaccine mandates, forced vaccine mandates, and to support Auburn staff who are essentially going to be hurt by this in the end.”

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

Public Interest Legal Foundation Sues Over 26,000 Dead People on Michigan Voter Rolls

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, alleging that almost 26,000 dead people are still registered to vote in that state. More than 17,000 dead voters have remained on the rolls for 10 years. Thousands more have been there for 20 years. Some are considered “active” and some are “inactive.” All are supposedly dead.

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

Rep. Lauren Boebert Wears ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Dress to Troll the Left

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has come up with a dress inspired by a previous dress famously worn by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), which had its debut on Thursday.

Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)’s dress was pioneered at a gala event in NYC, and was white with red lettering saying “Tax the rich.” Boebert’s dress is the opposite, it has white lettering on red saying “Let’s go Brandon.”

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

Republican John Lujan Wins Special Election Runoff to Flip Texas House Seat in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — Republican John Lujan has won the special election runoff for Texas House District 118, flipping the Democratic-friendly seat in San Antonio.

The victory by Lujan gives Republicans an early win in their drive to make new inroads in South Texas after President Joe Biden underperformed there last year.

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

‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation: Halyna Hutchins’ Husband Hires Wrongful Death Attorney

The husband of late “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has hired wrongful death attorneys as law enforcement continues to investigate the film’s fatal prop gun accident that left Hutchins dead and director Joel Souza injured.

Matthew Hutchins retained legal counsel from Los Angeles-based Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi LLP, the law firm’s representative Jaclyn Vazquez confirmed to USA TODAY on Wednesday. Brian Panish will act as lead lawyer.

Although the law firm wouldn’t provide further comment on Hutchins’ legal plans, it specializes in personal injury, wrongful death litigation and business litigation, according to its website.

Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot on Oct. 21 after star Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the Western. A helicopter transported Hutchins to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Souza, 48, was transported via ambulance to Christus St. Vincent’s hospital and later released..

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

San Francisco Says Even Kids as Young as 5 Will Have to Show Vaccine Passports

In San Francisco, plans indicate that kids as young as five will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and other venues. The plan follows the FDA’s emergency approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

In August, San Francisco imposed vaccine passports mandates for kids aged 12 and above. Following the approval of the vaccine for ages 5 to 11, the city plans to impose similar mandates to everyone above the age of 5.

San Francisco’s health officer Susan Philip said parents will be given two months to get their kids vaccinated before mandates are imposed.

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

State Attorneys General File Suit Against OSHA Vaccine Mandate

So far, there have been four primary suits filed by Attorneys General agains the OSHA vaccine mandate.

First, Missouri filed in the Eighth Circuit, joined by several other states located in the Eighth Circuit, including Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This suit was also joined by red states in blue circuits: 1st Circuit (New Hampshire), Ninth Circuit (Arizona, Montana, and Alaska), and Tenth Circuit (Wyoming).

Second, Kentucky filed in the Sixth Circuit, joined by two other states located in the Sixth Circuit: Ohio and Tennessee. West Virginia joined from the Fourth Circuit, Idaho joined from the Ninth Circuit, and Oklahoma joined from the Tenth Circuit.

Third, Texas filed suit in the Fifth Circuit, joined by Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition, South Carolina from the Fourth Circuit, and Utah from the Tenth Circuit tagged along.

Fourth, Florida filed suit in the Eleventh Circuit, joined by Georgia and Alabama.

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

Ted Cruz Launches Bill to Block School Vaccine Mandates

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced new legislation that would stop the federal government and all public educational facilities from requiring that children be vaccinated against COVID.

The bill “prohibits the federal government and any recipient of federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and/or the CDC at the state, local, Tribal, or territorial level” from requiring any individual aged 18 or younger to get the vaccine. It also would deny funding to any recipient of “Title IV, Part A and Title II, Part A funding,” and insist upon parental consent before vaccinating any minor.

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

Top TX University Employees Donated Nearly 10-to-1 Democrats Over Republicans in 2020 Cycle

The overwhelming majority of employees at ten of the top Texas universities who contributed campaign money throughout the 2020 election cycle donated to Democrats, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed.

Using publicly available data from the Federal Election Commission, Campus Reform analyzed the donation records of the employees of the universities in Texas for the 2020 election cycle.

In total, employees donated $4,980,230 to Democrats and less than $500,000 to Republicans.

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

Video: MSNBC Race Baiters Continue to Attack Virginia’s First Black Lt. Gov as ‘White Supremacist’

MSNBC continued to slander Virginia’s first black Lt. Governor Thursday, declaring her to be a “ventriloquist” for white supremacists.

After her victory on Tuesday, Winsome Sears called out MSNBC host Joy Reid, challenging the host to a debate and demanding a halt to the use of race baiting rhetoric without allowing recourse.

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

Video: Rand Paul Accuses Fauci of Using “Smarmy Word Salad” To Cover Up His Lying

Following another intense clash between Anthony Fauci and Rand Paul at a hearing Thursday, the Senator later declared that “no amount of smarmy word salad will get Fauci out of the fact that he lied before Congress.”

Appearing on Fox News after the Senate hearing, Paul noted that “The NIH has admitted” that gain of function research funded by their agency took place at the Wuhan labs, but that “Fauci won’t admit it because I think he then thinks he’ll have some kind of moral responsibility for the pandemic.”

Paul further reiterated that Fauci “changed the definition” of gain of function on the NIH website, a point that he confronted Fauci with at the earlier hearing, and which Fauci denied.

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

Was it Murder? Lawyers for ‘Inexperienced’ Rust Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed Blame Mystery Disgruntled Crew Member for Placing Live Round Inside Box of Prop Ammo to ‘Sabotage’ Alec Baldwin Movie

Attorneys representing Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed suggested that a disgruntled film crew member may have planted the live round that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins inside a box of prop ammunition in a bid to ‘sabotage’ Alec Baldwin’s film.

In the wake of the fatal shooting that also wounded director Joel Souza, several crew members have come out claiming that they were overworked and denied hotel rooms in the vicinity of the New Mexico set.

Gutierrez Reed’s attorneys floated the theory that one of those ‘disgruntled’ crew members may have planted the live round on set as an act of revenge, during an interview with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday.

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

‘Woke Racism’ Author McWhorter: Condoleezza Rice’s Criticism of Critical Race Theory is ‘Dead Right’

Columbia University professor and author John McWhorter said on Friday that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s criticism of critical race theory was correct.

“She’s dead, right,” the author of “Woke Racism” told “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”

The former secretary of state, who served during the Bush administration, denounced the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in schools, declaring that Black children could be completely empowered without making White children feel bad for their race.

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Errors in Scotland’s Vaccine Passport Stop Tens of Thousands of Vaccinated People From Fully Participating in Society

More than 40,000 people in Scotland have issues with their vaccine passports. The errors are further interfering with the way of life of many people as vaccine passports are required to enter most entertainment and non-essential venues.

The BBC interviewed Bruce Reid, a 26-year-old database designer who explained that he has had to cancel plans a few times due to errors in his vaccine passport.

He said that he had received both doses of the vaccine but his vaccine passport shows that he has only received one jab. Reid contacted the NHS in late August, but the issue is yet to be resolved and he is prevented from participating in society from the poor technology.

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France: Brigitte Bardot Fined for ‘Inciting Racial Hatred’ a Sixth Time

French actress Brigitte Bardot was fined to the tune of €20,000 — approximately $23,100 — for calling native Indian Ocean islanders “savages.”

In 2019, Bardot, who is known for her acting in French projects, wrote a letter referring to the Reunionese — who inhabit the island La Reunion — as “natives who still have savage genes” in response to how they treat animals.

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French Cop Hunted Down, Brutally Beaten by Group of ‘Africans’

An off-duty police officer endured a savage attack aboard a train in France after being pursued by a group of men of ‘African origin,’ according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night near Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, a commune outside Paris.

A 26-year-old cop in plain clothes was heading home on a train when he was approached by four males who had followed him on his journey.

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German State of Saxony Announces Sweeping Curbs for the Unvaccinated

The eastern state of Saxony on Friday announced new restrictions for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the disease, as the country grapples with a dramatic surge in infections.

From Monday, access to indoor dining and other indoor events will be limited to those who are fully vaccinated or can show proof of recovery, local government minister Petra Köpping told a news conference in Dresden.

“We have not managed to build a protective wall of vaccinated people over the past few weeks and months,” Koepping said.

The new rules would mark the toughest state-wide restrictions in Germany against non-inoculated people. Only children as well as those who cannot receive jabs for medical reasons will be exempt.

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How Will Austria’s COVID Rules Change on November 8th?

Austria on Friday announced a significant tightening of the Covid restrictions across the country, with unvaccinated people to be refused entry to restaurants, hairdressers, and events.

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Leaks From Brussels: Last Chance for Poland to Reach Agreement With EU

Those who remember the battles that Law and Justice (PiS) fought with EU Commissioner for Rule of Law Frans Timmermans can breathe a sigh of relief. Something important and unique has just occurred. Ursula von der Leyen has taken full responsibility for the conflict with Poland. She will personally make the decision on whether the Polish Recovery Fund will remain suspended or not.

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Majority of Germans ‘In Favour of Compulsory COVID Vaccination’

A small majority of Germans has spoken out in favour of mandatory Covid jabs amid growing concern for the safety of small children and the elderly over winter, according to a poll.

According to the most recent ARD Deutschlandtrend poll, 57 percent would support legislation that makes getting a Covid vaccination compulsory for everyone.

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UK: Doctor Banned From Using Social Media Over “Masks Do Nothing” Claim Takes Case to High Court

A doctor who was banned by the General Medical Council from discussing COVID-19 on social media after claiming “masks do nothing” has taken his case to the High Court in London.

The social media ban was a condition imposed on Dr Samuel White’s registration with the GMC after he posted a video to Instagram and Twitter in June.

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Belarus Government Threatens to Jail Subscribers to Popular Telegram Channels

The Ministry of Interior in Belarus classified three of the country’s biggest social media channels as extremist organizations. The decision means people could be jailed not just for sharing posts from the channels but also for merely being subscribers to the channels.

In Belarus, Telegram Channels were used to organize protests last year during the election that saw President Alexander Lukashenko elected again. The channels were also used to share videos showing the police violent efforts to stop the protests.

Telegram is preferred to mainstream social media platforms in countries with strict governments because of the lack of moderation in private groups and channels.

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China’s Weaponization of Space

“China has moved aggressively to weaponize space…” These were the words of U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall at the 36th Space Symposium on August 24.

“Both conventional deterrence and conventional operations depend on access to communications, intelligence, and other services provided by space-based systems. As a result, our strategic competitors have pursued and fielded a number of weapons systems in space designed to defeat or destroy America’s space-based military weapons systems and our ability to project power.”

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Australian Lawmaker John Barilaro Settles Defamation Suit Against YouTube Comedian

Former deputy-premier for New South Wales John Barilaro settled a defamation suit he filed against Jordan Shanks, a YouTube comedian.

Barilaro took Shanks to court over two videos posted on Shanks’ YouTube channel. In the first video, titled “bruz,” Barilaro claimed Shanks accused him of being a corrupt conman and that he had committed perjury. He also claimed the video made jest of his Italian heritage through “vile and racist” language.

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Locked Down Western Australia Sets Vax Rate Target at 90 Per Cent

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — While people are now able to travel freely in Australia’s more populated east, COVID-19-free Western Australia will maintain its tight restrictions into next year, state leaders said Friday.

Western Australia is the largest state, covering a third of Australia’s land area. It also has the nation’s lowest vaccination rates, in part because the state has had few infections and life has been relatively normal throughout the pandemic.

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Colombia to Introduce Vaccine Passports for Most Public Spaces

Colombia will introduce vaccine mandates for public places and large-scale events. The South American country’s government justified the mandates as a way to contain the virus ahead of the festive period.

From November 16, Colombians will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter face-to-face venues and events, including cinemas, bars, discos, and amusement parks. The mandate also applies to tourists.

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Illegal Migrant Allegedly Brutally Slays Man Who Took Him In

Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, a 24-year old Honduran migrant, was arrested on Oct. 7 for allegedly murdering Francisco Javier Cuellar, the man who had taken him into his own home.

The Jacksonville police found Medina near a lake in the vicinity of the Jacksonville Florida neighborhood in which he was living. He was covered at the time in blood, and there was a trail of blood leading back to Cuellar’s dead body. Police believe that Cuellar was stabbed multiple times and hit multiple times with a chair.

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Boat Migrants Reach Corsica, France for First Time Since 2010

Syrian nationals were picked up off the coast of the French island of Corsica late Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning after setting off from Turkey to reach Europe.

Six women, two men, and two children were collected off the coast of Corsica along with the captain of their ship, a German national, who had originally set sail from Turkey before his vessel had broken down near the town of Porto-Vecchio.

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Denmark: Moroccan Charged With Raping Woman on Steps of Copenhagen Court

An 18-year-old migrant from Morocco has pleaded not guilty to raping a woman on the steps of the Copenhagen court where he is set to face trial for the alleged attack.

The 18-year-old North African was presented for a preliminary hearing at the Copenhagen magistrates’ court, where he was accused of sexually abusing and raping a woman on the steps of the very same court building.

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France: Eritrean Migrants Struck by Train in Deadly Accident Near Calais

A train running in northern France hit a group of migrants walking along the tracks near Calais on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three others, local authorities said on Twitter.

Franck Dhersin, vice president of the Hauts-de-France region, said all victims were from Eritrea, adding one of the three injured people was in a state of “absolute emergency.”

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France: African Illegal Badly Electrocuted After Trying to Flee Cops Via Train Roof

A 31-year-old illegal migrant from the Ivory Coast was badly electrocuted after trying to escape a check by French police by climbing onto the roof of a train.

The incident occurred at the Menton Garavan railway station on Saturday near France’s border with Italy. According to Nice prosecutor Xavier Bonhomme, the man had boarded the train in Italy and climbed onto the roof to avoid police.

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German Rescue Boat Heads for Italy Carrying 800 Migrants

A charity ship has rescued 800 migrants in the Mediterranean and is heading for the Italian port of Lampedusa, the German NGO Sea-Eye said on Thursday.

The Sea-Eye 4 had already rescued 397 people in six operations by Wednesday, assisted by the Mission Lifeline ship Rise Above, Sea-Eye said in a statement.

The vessel then picked up a further 400 people from a heavily overcrowded wooden boat on Thursday morning, it said.

Maltese rescue services, though responsible for maritime emergencies in the area, “did not respond to any of the calls for assistance”, Sea-Eye said.

“There are now more than 800 people on the Sea-Eye 4, which has since set course for Lampedusa,” it said.

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New Daily Record of 853 Illegal Boat Migrants, Farage Says UK Must Get Tough Like Australia

A new daily record has been hit for illegal boat migrants crossing the English Channel, with Brexit leader Nigel Farage warning the United Kingdom should stop waiting for France to solve the migrant crisis and start getting tough like Australia.

The Home Office confirmed, according to LBC on Friday, that UK Border Force and other authorities had intercepted or picked up 853 migrants who crossed the Channel on Wednesday in 25 separate instances, higher than the last daily record of 828 set on August 21st.

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New Polish-Belarusian Border Fence Design Released

Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kaminski presented the details of the construction of a barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border. He emphasized that the barrier would be one of the more important elements to decisively limit mass illegal migration to Poland.

The border barrier will be 180 kilometers long, and feature 5-meter-tall (16 feet) steel columns topped by half-meter tall barbed wire coils (the barrier will have a total height of 5.5 meters). The barrier will also be equipped with motion sensors and both day and night surveillance systems. Additionally, a new group of officers will support the Border Guard as the government will dedicate 750 positions to strengthen the border.

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Spain Busts Ring Bringing Pakistani Migrants Into EU

MADRID/LILLE: Spanish police have dismantled a smuggling ring suspected of bringing hundreds of Pakistani migrants into the European Union overland in “life-threatening conditions”, officials said on Thursday.

The smuggling group took Pakistanis from camps in Bosnia to Italy or Spain, said a statement from Europol, which was involved in the Spanish operation.

“Transported in life-threatening conditions in cars, vans or trucks, they often spend days confined with little or no supplies,” the European Union law enforcement agency said.

During the operation, which involved police from eight countries, Croatian police intercepted a lorry transporting 77 Pakistani migrants in a space measuring just eight square metres (86 square feet), a Spanish police statement said.

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Tensions Soar on Poland-Belarus Border as Warsaw Protests Incursion

In a tit-for-tat round of recriminations, Belarus summoned Poland’s top diplomat in Minsk on Thursday to protest claims made earlier this week by Warsaw that Belarusian border guards had threatened to open fire on a Polish patrol.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said Polish allegations were unfounded and it accused Poland of engaging in “megaphone diplomacy” and issuing “dogmatic statements for the media.”

Amid rising tensions between the two countries over Belarus being used, with Minsk’s encouragement, as a transit point by migrants, mainly from Iraq, Poland’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned Belarus’ top diplomat based in Warsaw to complain about Belarusian guards crossing into Poland. The incursion was said to have occurred Monday.

Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for Poland’s security services, said the Belarusians encroached 300 meters into Poland and were confronted by a Polish patrol. The Belarusians “reloaded their weapons and then departed,” Zaryn said.

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Texas Builds Makeshift Border Wall Using Shipping Containers

The massive trade imbalance with China has left the US with an abundance of empty shipping containers piling up at warehouses and outside parking lots around ports. Sending shipping containers back to China is often a costly task for shipping companies, and many are left in the US.

So Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, thinking on his feet, is dealing with a twin crisis of containers and his state overrun by migrants because the Biden administration has ignored the border crisis, has repurposed containers as a makeshift wall to block illegals.

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Two People Smugglers Including Pilot, 24, Are Jailed for Charging Migrants £12,000 to Get to UK on a Light Aircraft and in Vans With Hidden Chambers

Two people smugglers, including a young pilot from Birmingham, have been jailed after they brought migrants to the UK on light aircraft and in vans fitted with hidden compartments.

Sangar Khalid Mohammed, 32, and Billy Hems, 24, both admitted conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, with Mohammed also admitting drugs supply.

They were jailed for seven and a half years, and two and a half years respectively, on Friday at Worcester Crown Court.

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Social Engineering in TV Commercials

Imposed ideological conformity, drag queen kids, anti-white racism.

It all makes sense when you realize the product is you.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/5/2021

    • Haha. As the news spreads that the vaccinated are busily spreading the infection around unfettered, I am not surprised they would come up with such horse manure in response…

  1. Some time ago, inscriptions in the Uzbek and Tajik languages ​​appeared in the Moscow metro at some stations, which caused violent protests from residents.
    Some active citizens began to re-stick them.
    It says here: EXIT “Suitcase – Station – Dushanbe”
    https://cs12.pikabu.ru/post_img/2021/11/06/11/1636227533139012454.jpg

    And here: THERE IS NO OUTPUT “Lenin wants to see you in your native village.”
    https://cs14.pikabu.ru/post_img/2021/11/06/11/1636227538123074267.webp
    This is a reference to an old Soviet film, where a resident of Central Asia wants to go to Moscow to see “Comrade Lenin”, and the commissar (well, you know who the commissars were by nationality) says: Comrade Lenin wants to see you in your native village
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPmnTXnsFA

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