Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/1/2021

Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that he wants COVID vaccination to be mandatory in Germany. Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the vaccine may need to be mandatory over the entire European Union.

In other news, a 15-year-old boy named Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult for allegedly executing a pre-planned high school shooting in Michigan in which four people were killed and seven others wounded.

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Financial Crisis
» Jerome Powell Suggests it’s Time to Stop Describing Inflation as ‘Transitory’
 
USA
» 11-Year-Old ‘Prolific Carjacker’ Arrested in Chicago, Eyed in Several Heists: Cops
» Abimbola Osundairo Says Jussie Smollett Asked to ‘Fake Beat Him’
» Best-Selling Author Alice Sebold Publicly Apologizes for Sending Man to Prison for 16 Years in Now-Overturned Rape Case
» Biden Haters Greet President in Minnesota With ‘FJB’ And ‘You Suck’ Signs
» Breaking: Fully-Vaccinated Lebron James Tests Positive for COVID-19
» Brian Kilmeade Reacts to Crime Surge in San Francisco: It’s a Free-for-All
» Calumet City Police Carjacked While Searching for Carjacking Suspects
» CNN Indefinitely Suspends Chris Cuomo Over Damning AG Documents
» Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office Confirms Over 1,000 Homicides for First Time in 27 Years
» DC Murder Rate at a 16-Year High
» Exclusive: Charlie Kirk and Jack Posobiec Talk to Kyle Rittenhouse After Exoneration
» Facebook Will No Longer Censor Search Results, Posts Praising Kyle Rittenhouse
» FDA Panel Approves First-of-a-Kind COVID-19 Pill From Merck
» Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s National Vaccine Mandate for Health-Care Workers
» Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Trump, Clinton, Prince Andrew Named-Dropped During Epstein Pilot Testimony
» Ghislaine Maxwell Joined in Sexual Encounters With Epstein, Accuser Testifies
» Ginther Urges ‘See Something, Say Something’ As Columbus Murder Rate Hits New Record
» Jury Sees Video of Jussie Smollett in ‘Dry Run’ a Day Before Alleged Hate Attack
» Jury Selection Starts in Manslaughter Trial of Ex-Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright
» ‘Just Turned Into This Orgy’: First Accuser Testifies at Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
» Lawsuit to be Filed Against Seattle After Delayed Police Response Forced Young Boy to Watch Father Die
» Live Round Fired by Alec Baldwin on ‘Rust’ Set Could’ve Been Left From Previous Film
» Man Sentenced to at Least 8 Years in Prison for Shooting Fireworks at Police During Protests
» New Bodycam Footage Appears to Show NBC Producer Admitting to Following Rittenhouse Jury Bus
» NYTimes: Climate Change is Driving Albatrosses to ‘Divorce’
» Oakland to Reverse Police Defunding After Massive Crime Spike
» Oroville Protests California COVID Restrictions by Declaring Itself a Republic: What Does That Mean?
» Pittsburgh Man Gets 1 Year, 1 Day in Prison for Throwing Brick at Police Car During 2020 Protest
» Prosecutors Begin Case Against Jussie Smollett in Chicago
» Prosecutor ‘Doesn’t Have Words’ After Watching Oxford High School Video of Teen Suspect
» Protesters Gather Near Finch Elementary to Support Principal Who Didn’t Comply With Mask Mandate
» Superintendent Says Detroit Schools ‘Deeply Using Critical Race Theory’
» Trump Claims Would-be Running Mates ‘Begging’ For Spot on 2024 Ticket
» Twitter Bans Sharing Photos or Videos of People Without Their Permission
» Video: Pfizer CEO Declares “Annual Revaccination” For COVID is Coming
» Video: Pathetic Psaki Attempts to Deflect Biden Not Wearing Mask, Explain How Fresh Travel Bans Are No Longer ‘Xenophobic’
» Wall Street Execs ‘Pleading’ For JPMorgan to Cancel Event in Crime-Ridden San Francisco
» Washington State Dept. of Transit Prioritizes ‘Anti-Racism’ Over Road Maintenance
» Watch: Ron DeSantis SLAMS the Media for Downplaying Waukesha Massacre
» Waukesha Christmas Parade Suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. Says He is Being Treated Like a ‘Monster,’ According to Jailhouse Interview
» Woman Killed in Milford Mill as Baltimore County Sets Record for Homicides With 50th of Year
» YouTube Censors Dr. Fauci Satire Song Video
 
Canada
» Canada Bans the Unvaccinated From Plane and Train Travel
» Murder Rate in Canada Hits 15-Year High in 2020, Statscan Reports
» Watch: Trudeau Says Canada May Need to Impose Restrictions in Response to New Variant
 
Europe and the EU
» All Confirmed Cases of Omicron in Europe Are People Who Are “Asymptomatic or With Mild Symptoms”
» Amid Protests Against Italy’s Vaccine Rules, Cardinal Parolin Says Church’s Message is Clear
» Between 240,000 and 740,000 Potential Cancer Cases Missed During UK Lockdown: Audit Office
» COVID: Incoming Chancellor Scholz Wants Vaccine Mandate in Germany
» Czechia’s Standard of Living Rose to Italy’s Level Last Year
» Czechia: Poll Shows Babis Would Win First Round of Presidential Elections
» Czech President Zeman Calls for Compulsory Vaccination
» EU Advice to Ban Terms Like ‘Christmas Time’ To be Inclusive Withdrawn After Backlash
» Far-Right Pundit Eric Zemmour Enters Race for French Presidency
» Germany: Head of the Chemnitz Clinic Commits Suicide: ‘COVID-19 Vaccine is Genocide’ — DNB
» Germany’s Coalition Agreement: A “Lowest Common Denominator” Deal
» Germany: ISIS Fighter Who Murdered Yazidi Girl, 5, is Jailed for Genocide
» Greece to Impose Monthly Fine on Unvaccinated Adults Over 60
» Health Boss Tells Brits Not to Socialise Over Christmas
» Large UK Supermarket Chains Refuse to Police “Divisive” Face Mask Mandates
» New German Coalition ‘A Possible Threat’ To Polish Independence, Says Polish Professor and PiS MEP
» New German Chancellor Will Push for Mandatory Vaccinations for All
» Switzerland May Reintroduce Work-From-Home Mandate Amid Omicron Variant
» ‘Time to Think About Mandatory Vaccination’ Across the Entire EU, Ursula Von Der Leyen Warns After Austria and Germany Announced Plans to Force Jabs on All Adults
» Top German Court Rules Lockdown Restrictions Were Constitutional
» Trump to Farage: BoJo’s Build Back Better Green Agenda a ‘Big Mistake’
» UK Proposes Spending Public Funds to Police MPs “Disreputable” Tweets
» UK: 14-Year-Old Yussuf Mustapha Sentenced to Life for Shooting Schoolmate to Death in Birmingham
» UK: Oxford Professor: Official Data Shows Face Masks “Made No Meaningful Difference” to Infection Rates
» Unvaccinated Austrians Face Prison Time, Huge Fines for Non-Compliance
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israel is Using Counter-Terrorism Phone Surveillance to Track Omicron Carriers
» Two Fully Vaccinated Israeli Doctors Test Positive for Omicron Variant
 
Far East
» Jamie Dimon’s Quick Kowtow After Telling Truth on Communist China
» Leaked Documents Show Chinese President Xi Ordered Uyghur Genocide in ‘Top Secret’ Speeches
 
Latin America
» Trinidad and Tobago: Anti-Vaxx Protests, Arrests at Queen’s Park Savannah
 
Immigration
» 82 Per Cent of Voters Think Boris Govt is Handling Channel Migrant Crisis Badly
» EU: Illegal Border Crossing Up 70 Percent
» France Accuses UK of Running a ‘Quasi-Modern Slavery’ Economy for Illegal Migrants
» France: Paris: Off Duty Cop Badly Stabbed by Men Described as ‘African-Type Individuals’
» French Minister: Migrants Threatened to Throw Babies Into English Channel
» Lithuania Mulls State of Emergency on Polish Border to Stop Migrants
» Lukashenko Accuses Poland of Killing Migrants
» Orban: EU ‘Wrecking Itself’ by Punishing Members That Stop Illegal Migrants, Funding Soros Orgs
» UK Border Force Union Joins Legal Fight Against Migrant Boats Being Turned Back
» UK: Moment Angry Fisherman ‘Stops RNLI Crew From Launching Lifeboat to Pick Up Migrants in the Channel’ As He Shouts Abuse and Tells Them ‘Don’t Bring Any More of Them Over Here’
 
Culture Wars
» Colombian Constitutional Court Overturns Censorship of YouTube Video Supporting Only Heterosexual Marriage
» Sweden Gets Its First Transgender Government Minister
» UK: London Council Spends 10k on ‘Trans Crossing’ Which is “Dangerous” To the Blind & Disabled
 

Jerome Powell Suggests it’s Time to Stop Describing Inflation as ‘Transitory’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggested to lawmakers Tuesday that the time has come to stop referring to the inflation currently ravaging the economy as “transitory” — four months after President Biden suggested price increases were only temporary.

“How long does inflation have to run above your target before the Fed decides, maybe it’s not so transitory?” Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) asked Powell, who appeared alongside Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Powell explained that while the word has “different meanings to different people,” the Federal Reserve “tend to use it to mean that it won’t leave a permanent mark in the form of higher inflation.

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

11-Year-Old ‘Prolific Carjacker’ Arrested in Chicago, Eyed in Several Heists: Cops

An 11-year-old boy was arrested for a carjacking in Chicago and is considered a suspect in “several” other cases, police said.

The boy, who was not publicly identified, was busted Friday on a felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, Chicago police brass said Monday.

“Let me say that again, because that stops the conscience,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Our task force arrested an 11-year-old for a carjacking.”

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

Abimbola Osundairo Says Jussie Smollett Asked to ‘Fake Beat Him’

A Lake View man said Jussie Smollett asked him to “fake beat him” and even suggested he use an anti-gay slur and say “MAGA” during the staged homophobic and racist attack.

“I was confused. I looked puzzled. He [Smollett] explained to me that he wanted me to fake beat him up,” testified Abimbola Osundairo, who met Smollett while he worked as an extra on “Empire” in 2017.

Osundairo, 28, told Special Prosecutor Dan Webb Wednesday that he and Smollett had a brotherly bond and that he would procure drugs for the actor while Smollett would help Osundairo with his budding acting career.

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

Best-Selling Author Alice Sebold Publicly Apologizes for Sending Man to Prison for 16 Years in Now-Overturned Rape Case

The best-selling author of the memoir “Lucky” and the novel “The Lovely Bones” apologized on Tuesday to the man who was convicted of her rape almost 40 years ago after his conviction was vacated on Nov. 22.

Anthony J. Broadwater, 61, spent 16 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of raping Alice Sebold in 1982 when she was 18-years-old, the Associated Press reported. His guilty verdict was overturned when prosecutors reexamined the case and found serious flaws in both his arrest and trial.

Sebold apologized for “unwittingly” being a part of “a system that sent an innocent man to jail,” in a statement released to the AP and later posted on Medium.

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

Biden Haters Greet President in Minnesota With ‘FJB’ And ‘You Suck’ Signs

So much for “Minnesota nice.”

President Joe Biden received an ugly welcome in the Land of 10,000 Lakes Tuesday when his motorcade passed dozens of protesters who held vulgar signs dissing the commander-in-chief.

Some of the demonstrators waved campaign flags for former President Donald Trump.

One sign said “FJB” in an apparent abbreviation of “F**k Joe Biden.”

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

Breaking: Fully-Vaccinated Lebron James Tests Positive for COVID-19

Fully-vaccinated NBA player LeBron James has allegedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will be out for Tuesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings, according to Los Angeles Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

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

Brian Kilmeade Reacts to Crime Surge in San Francisco: It’s a Free-for-All

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” guest host Brian Kilmeade slammed California lawmakers for not investigating or prosecuting the organized retail theft that has overtaken some California cities.

BRIAN KILMEADE: It’s a free-for-all in San Francisco. Crime and looting are out of control. This past weekend mobs of thieves ransacked retail stores, pharmacies, and luxury shops. Law enforcement is calling many of these raids “organized.” You think so? In a single 24 hour period, a mob of looters targeted a Louis Vuitton high-end shopping district store. As many as 80 looters in ski masks raided a Nordstrom just outside the city. Eyewitnesses described the scene as something out of a movie. That’s what I’d think. In nearby Oakland, about 17 miles away, the same period of time hundreds of vehicles reportedly targeted marijuana dispensaries and other stores. Car break-ins are on the rise in San Francisco as well. Compared to last year, break-ins are up, get this, 753%. As the Hoover Institute recently noted, San Francisco is now more dangerous than 98% of the U.S. cities.

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

Calumet City Police Carjacked While Searching for Carjacking Suspects

A Calumet City police SUV was stolen as officers searched for carjacking suspects near a gas station Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to the gas station on Sibley Boulevard around 6:20 a.m. to investigate an attempted carjacking, a Calumet City spokesman said. When they arrived, four armed suspects ran off in different directions.

While officers searched the area, one of the suspects made his way back to the gas station and drove off in a marked police SUV, the spokesman said.

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

CNN Indefinitely Suspends Chris Cuomo Over Damning AG Documents

CNN “indefinitely” suspended embattled host Chris Cuomo over revelations regarding his secret role in trying to defend his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from the sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office, the network said Tuesday evening.

The move came a day after state Attorney General Letitia James released a trove of subpoenaed records that include texts showing the “Cuomo Prime Time” star agreed to contact news industry “sources” for advance information on damaging reports regarding his older brother.

In a prepared statement, CNN said the material “shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense.”

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

Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office Confirms Over 1,000 Homicides for First Time in 27 Years

CHICAGO — The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Tuesday that over 1,000 homicides have been registered in the county in 2021, representing the highest total since there were 1,141 homicides in 1994.

There have been 1,009 homicides to date in 2021 in Cook County, showing an increase over 986 homicides recorded in all of 2020. Last year’s homicide totals were more than 40 percent higher than 2019’s total of 675.

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

DC Murder Rate at a 16-Year High

D.C.’s murder rate is at a 16-year high as the city recorded its 199th homicide of the year on Monday, DCist reported.

This year’s murder count is already 13 percent higher than the same time last year, according to Metropolitan Police Department data.

D.C. saw 166 homicides in 2019 and 198 in 2020.

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

Exclusive: Charlie Kirk and Jack Posobiec Talk to Kyle Rittenhouse After Exoneration

Kyle Rittenhouse met with Charlie Kirk and Jack Posobiec on The Charlie Kirk Show to talk about his trial, the media response to him, gun rights, self-defense, and how he dealt with the past year as he was awaiting trial.

The interview was casual, with Rittenhouse even bringing his dogs to the set, along with a spokesperson for the family, Dave Hancock, as the men discussed the impact of the trial on Rittenhouse’s life, his family, and his future.

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

Facebook Will No Longer Censor Search Results, Posts Praising Kyle Rittenhouse

Facebook announced Wednesday that it will no longer block search results for “Kyle Rittenhouse” and will no longer remove posts praising his actions.

Following an incident in August 2020 in which Rittenhouse shot three individuals in self-defense, killing two of them, Facebook initially blocked search results for Rittenhouse’s name and removed posts supporting him, explaining that the incident was a “mass murder” and that Rittenhouse was placed on Facebook’s “dangerous individuals and organizations” list.

For his involvement in the shooting, Rittenhouse was charged with counts of reckless or intentional homicide; he was acquitted of all charges in late November.

Facebook confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday that it is altering its policy to allow search results for Rittenhouse as well as posts supporting him.

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

FDA Panel Approves First-of-a-Kind COVID-19 Pill From Merck

WASHINGTON — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed the benefits of a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the virus.

A Food and Drug Administration panel voted 13-10 that the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks, including potential birth defects if used during pregnancy.

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

Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s National Vaccine Mandate for Health-Care Workers

A federal judge blocked a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers set to kick in next week, the latest legal blow to the Biden administration’s new rules.

US District Judge Terry Doughty’s issued a preliminary injunction for workers across the country, a day after another judge halted the mandate in 10 states.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Trump, Clinton, Prince Andrew Named-Dropped During Epstein Pilot Testimony

Prince Andrew and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were among the high-profile men to get name-dropped Tuesday at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial in Manhattan.

Maxwell’s defense attorney quizzed Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime former pilot Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. about the politicians and celebrities he flew on the late pedophile’s private plane.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Joined in Sexual Encounters With Epstein, Accuser Testifies

Authored by Dave Paone via The Epoch Times

The second day of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial started where the first day ended: with direct testimony from Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot, Lawrence P. Visoski, Jr.

U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz continued to ask Visoski how Epstein’s various residences, both domestic and international, were laid out.

Visoski had a very clear memory of each, including at times, square footage. The jury often saw photos of the lavish homes.

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

Ginther Urges ‘See Something, Say Something’ As Columbus Murder Rate Hits New Record

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The death of a man shot in Linden over the weekend marks the 180th homicide in Columbus for 2021.

The record number of homicides in a single year, which was 177, was broken last week.

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

Jury Sees Video of Jussie Smollett in ‘Dry Run’ a Day Before Alleged Hate Attack

CHICAGO — Embattled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was caught on surveillance video doing a “dry run” one day before his alleged hate crime attack, prosecutors said at his trial in Chicago Tuesday.

Prosecutors contend the footage confirms the actor faked the Jan. 29, 2019, alleged attack with Nigerian brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who are expected to be key witnesses for the prosecution in the case.

Smollett’s lawyers claim the actor was really attacked — by the two brothers.

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

Jury Selection Starts in Manslaughter Trial of Ex-Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright

Jury selection started Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter, the former Minnesota police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

The veteran cop — who resigned two days after the shooting earlier this year that sparked protests in the city of Brooklyn Center — has pleaded not guilty to first— and second-degree manslaughter.

The charges — for neither of which prosecutors need to prove intent to kill — carry a maximum sentence of 15 years and 10 years, respectively.

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

‘Just Turned Into This Orgy’: First Accuser Testifies at Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

A woman who says she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein testified on Tuesday that Ghislaine Maxwell helped lure her into his orbit when she was just 14 and described how the depraved duo were “giggling” when they first molested her together.

The alleged victim, an actress identified by the pseudonym “Jane” in court, said she was at Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion in 1994 when the pedophile and his accused madam led her upstairs to his bedroom, moved her over to the bed and “took their clothes off.”

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

Lawsuit to be Filed Against Seattle After Delayed Police Response Forced Young Boy to Watch Father Die

The family of late Will Yurek is set to file a lawsuit against the City of Seattle after their young boy was forced to watch his father die earlier this month due to high police response times and outdated systems, a direct result from the city defunding the Seattle Police Department.

“We’ll be filing a claim shortly,” attorney Mark Lindquist told KIRO Radio. “We’re currently gathering additional information, but it’s already quite clear; the city screwed this up.”

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

Live Round Fired by Alec Baldwin on ‘Rust’ Set Could’ve Been Left From Previous Film

The deadly live round fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” may have been left in the firearm from a previous film production, according to a search warrant approved by a judge Tuesday.

New Mexico investigators revealed the developments in the case as they sought permission to search PDQ Arm & Prop, LLC — an ammunition store in an Albuquerque strip mall that supplied the ill-fated Western with props, according to documents shared with The Post by Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

The warrant also said the weapon could have been supplied by a man identified only as “Billy Ray.”

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

Man Sentenced to at Least 8 Years in Prison for Shooting Fireworks at Police During Protests

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man was sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for shooting fireworks at Columbus police officers during protests in the summer of 2020.

Brandon Pack, 26, was sentenced to eight to 9 1/2 years on Tuesday.

Pack was convicted on one count each of aggravated riot, vandalism and breaking and entering, as well as three counts of felonious assault on police officers after pleading guilty in September.

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

New Bodycam Footage Appears to Show NBC Producer Admitting to Following Rittenhouse Jury Bus

Bodycam footage from a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer appears to show the moment an NBC freelancer admitted to following the Kyle Rittenhouse jury bus while under instruction from bosses in New York.

The footage shows an officer pulling over a man, who identifies himself as a producer for NBC.

“I work for NBC. [I’m a] producer,” the man, believed to be James Morrison, said.

“Were you following a vehicle?” the unidentified police officer can be heard asking.

“I was trying to see … I was being called by New York, maybe you need to follow up., I was trying to do what they told me to do.”

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

NYTimes: Climate Change is Driving Albatrosses to ‘Divorce’

In an apparently serious article, the New York Times declared Monday that climate change is compelling some albatrosses, which usually mate for life, to “divorce” their partners.

Citing a study published last week by New Zealand’s Royal Society, the article by Natasha Frost states that albatrosses are among the most monogamous creatures on the planet but “climate change may be driving more of the birds to ‘divorce.’“

“The researchers, led by Francesco Ventura of the University of Lisbon, found that the divorce rate (sic) among the birds… increased in years in which the ocean was warmest,” it reads.

The research reportedly involved 15,500 breeding pairs of black-browed albatrosses on New Island in the Falklands using data collected over 15 years.

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

Oakland to Reverse Police Defunding After Massive Crime Spike

On Monday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced plans to add funding to the city’s police department following a sharp increase in violent crimes in recent months as well as rampant smash-and-loot robberies.

“That analysis will make the case that additional police staffing is needed in the wake of this violent spree,” Schaaf told reporters on a Zoom call Monday, according to the Daily Mail.

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

Oroville Protests California COVID Restrictions by Declaring Itself a Republic: What Does That Mean?

Fed up with COVID-19 regulations and vaccine mandates, one California city decided to take matters into its own hands. Oroville’s city council overwhelmingly voted to declare itself a “constitutional republic” earlier this month.

What that means, according to the declaration, is: “Any executive orders issued by the State of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights will not be enforced by the City of Oroville against its citizens.”

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

Pittsburgh Man Gets 1 Year, 1 Day in Prison for Throwing Brick at Police Car During 2020 Protest

A Pittsburgh man who threw a brick through a police cruiser window during protests last year was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day behind bars.

George Allen, 33, of the city’s Sheraden neighborhood, also must spend three years on probation following his release from federal prison, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung said.

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

Prosecutors Begin Case Against Jussie Smollett in Chicago

Live updates:

4:30 p.m. — Defense highlights Osundairo messages

Defense attorney Nenye Uche spent much of his cross-examination of Michael Theis focusing on text messages and social media activity by the Osundairo brothers, seeking to demonstrate to jurors their “homophobic” feelings. In one instance, Uche said, Olabinjo Osundairo tweeted to another person that they should unfollow the singer Frank Ocean because he is gay.

2:50 p.m. — Defense begins cross-examination

After spending much of the morning and early afternoon answering direct questions from Samuel Mendenhall, of the special prosecutor’s office, Theis’ testimony resumed under cross-examination by Smollett attorney Nenye Uche.

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

Prosecutor ‘Doesn’t Have Words’ After Watching Oxford High School Video of Teen Suspect

PONTIAC, Mich. (FOX 2) — The 15-year-old mass shooting suspect made his first appearance in Oakland County court following Tuesday’s Oxford High School attack that killed four teens and wounded seven other people.

Ethan Crumbley sat in a green sleeveless prisoner jumpsuit and said “Yes I do” in understanding the 24 counts against him as an adult, including four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of terrorism, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm.

Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast spoke about the chilling footage of the attack he viewed from security camera footage in preparation for the hearing.

“We have had the opportunity to view the video and what is depicted on that video — I don’t have the words,” Keast said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Protesters Gather Near Finch Elementary to Support Principal Who Didn’t Comply With Mask Mandate

SPOKANE, Wash — About 50 protesters have gathered across the street from Finch Elementary School in Spokane on Tuesday after the school principal protested the government-issued mask mandate.

The walkout occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 23 when the principal and other staff members refused to comply with the mask mandate.

The protesters are holding handmade signs that say, ‘Honk 4 Freedom’, ‘My Child My Choice’, ‘I Will Not Comply’ and more. A few were also waving American flags.

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

Superintendent Says Detroit Schools ‘Deeply Using Critical Race Theory’

The superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) said earlier this month that schools in his district are “deeply using critical race theory,” claiming students must learn about historical injustice in the United States “to better understand who they are.”

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti made the remarks during a Nov. 9 school board meeting, footage of which went viral Tuesday after being disseminated on Twitter by Manhattan Institute senior fellow Christopher Rufo.

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

Trump Claims Would-be Running Mates ‘Begging’ For Spot on 2024 Ticket

While former President Donald Trump has yet to formally announce a 2024 White House bid, he’s already stoking speculation about potential running mates — all of whom, he claims, are “begging” to be on the ticket, according to a new report.

Politico, citing interviews with a dozen Trump advisers and associates, reported that the 45th president will largely choose his campaign sidekick based on two factors: unconditional loyalty, and support for Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen by the Democrats.

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

Twitter Bans Sharing Photos or Videos of People Without Their Permission

Twitter has updated its policies to ban people from posting media (photos and videos) featuring other people without their consent. The new rule is part of the platform’s ban on sharing private information about other people and has major implications for free speech.

In a blog post, Twitter announced expanding its “private information policy,” which bans the publishing of private information such as home addresses and phone numbers, to now include media.

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

Video: Pfizer CEO Declares “Annual Revaccination” For COVID is Coming

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla again declared Monday that the “most likely scenario” in the near future is “annual revaccination” for COVID.

Bourla made the comments in an CNBC interview, noting “I made a projection months ago that the most likely scenario is that we would need after the third dose, annual revaccination against Covid.”

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

Video: Pathetic Psaki Attempts to Deflect Biden Not Wearing Mask, Explain How Fresh Travel Bans Are No Longer ‘Xenophobic’

Jen Psaki’s job becomes more and more untenable every hour. She is literally unable to give a straight answer to any question, because to do so would give the game away. This was readily apparent Monday as Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked her to explain why Joe Biden was seen once again flouting his own mask mandate at the weekend, and to explain how President Trump’s travel bans were ‘xenophobic’ but now Biden’s are not.

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

Wall Street Execs ‘Pleading’ For JPMorgan to Cancel Event in Crime-Ridden San Francisco

JPMorgan insists it’s going ahead with an in-person conference in San Francisco in January, but alarm bells ringing among some attendees could force the meeting online — and it’s not because of Covid worries. It’s because of crime.

Some would-be attendees say they’re concerned about out-of-control crime in the city by the bay, which is set to play host to the JP Morgan 40th Annual Healthcare Conference from Jan. 10-13.

High-level Wall Street executives claim to be spooked by the thought of attending the in-person conference at the Westin St. Francis on San Francisco’s Union Square. They point to a recent crime spree — marauding gangs ransacking high-end stores, including Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton and Burberry.

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Washington State Dept. of Transit Prioritizes ‘Anti-Racism’ Over Road Maintenance

According to a new report, Washington state ranks 42nd in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness. Yet, Washington state’s Department of Transportation appears to prioritize critical race theory over road maintenance. The department recently concluded an “equity study” in order to become an “anti-racist organization.”

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Watch: Ron DeSantis SLAMS the Media for Downplaying Waukesha Massacre

In a press conference on Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis condemned the left-wing media narrative that it was an SUV that killed six people and injured dozens more at the Waukesha Christmas parade earlier this month, and not the man behind the wheel.

“Is that how it works? The SUVs, they just drive by themselves? This just kind of happened. And they say, Oh, this was a big accident. You never actually hear the discussion about who committed this,” said DeSantis.

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Waukesha Christmas Parade Suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. Says He is Being Treated Like a ‘Monster,’ According to Jailhouse Interview

In his first jailhouse interview since being taken into custody, Darrell Brooks Jr. said he believes he is being “demonized” and treated like a “monster” after police say he mowed down at least 60 people, killing six, during the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre.

Brooks spoke to Fox News briefly Wednesday. The media outlet refers to Brooks as “soft-spoken.” Brooks did not provide any more details about a motive.

“I just feel like I’m being monster — demonized,” Brooks told Fox News, adding that he feels he’s been “dehumanized.”

“Brooks appeared calm, lucid and took time to answer each question — even repeating reporters’ questions and answers at times,” wrote Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones…

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Woman Killed in Milford Mill as Baltimore County Sets Record for Homicides With 50th of Year

The fatal shooting of a 28-year-old woman Tuesday night in Milford Mill that lead to a suspect pursuit that shut down the subway set a record for Baltimore County for homicides in a year.

Police identified the victim as Wayniqua Johnson, and said she was shot around 5:10 p.m. inside her Stockmill Road apartment with her five children present. Patrol officers tracked a suspect, 18-year-old Shaheem Muse, to the Metro station at Milford Mill Road and took him into custody.

[Comment: Article dated November 24, 2021.]

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YouTube Censors Dr. Fauci Satire Song Video

YouTube censored and demonetized a song criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci. The platform claimed that the song violated its policy on medical misinformation.

The song, called “Sad Little Man” by Five Times August, accuses Fauci of lying. It references experiments performed on beagles that the Fauci-led National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was accused of funding.

The song also says people worship Dr. Fauci, accepting everything he says.

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Canada Bans the Unvaccinated From Plane and Train Travel

As of Tuesday, all unvaccinated travellers will be banned from planes and trains in Canada if they are over 12-years-old, according to the Canadian Press.

On top of this, a negative COVID test will not be able to be used as a substitute for the vaccine.

Throughout the 2021 election, Trudeau and his Liberals campaigned on bringing tougher COVID rules to Canada. Barring the unvaccinated from planes and trains was at the centre of their message.

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Murder Rate in Canada Hits 15-Year High in 2020, Statscan Reports

The murder rate in Canada last year rose to its highest level since 2005, pushed up in part by the country’s worst-ever mass shooting, in which 22 people died, Statistics Canada said on Thursday.

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Watch: Trudeau Says Canada May Need to Impose Restrictions in Response to New Variant

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Canada may need to do more to combat the newest omicron variant.

Speaking to reporters on Parliament Hill, Trudeau said that “obviously we’re watching very, very closely the situation with Omicron.”

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All Confirmed Cases of Omicron in Europe Are People Who Are “Asymptomatic or With Mild Symptoms”

Out of the 44 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant discovered in Europe, all of them are “asymptomatic or people with mild symptoms,” according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The ECDC released a statement earlier today declaring, “So far, no severe cases or deaths have been reported among these cases.”

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Amid Protests Against Italy’s Vaccine Rules, Cardinal Parolin Says Church’s Message is Clear

VATICAN CITY — Commenting on protests against Italy’s vaccine rules, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said that the Church’s message is clear that vaccination is an “act of love.”

In an interview with Vatican News published on Nov. 28, Cardinal Pietro Parolin was asked about “No Vax” and “No Pass” demonstrations in cities across Italy.

“No Vax” refers to demonstrators who object to COVID-19 vaccines, while “No Pass” protesters focus on the Italian government’s decision in October to require all workers to possess a Green Pass proving that the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative every 48 hours, or recently recovered from COVID-19.

Cardinal Parolin was asked specifically to comment on the actions of a priest, Father Floriano Pellegrini, who blessed the crowd of more than 1,000 demonstrators before a “No Vax” march in Verona on Nov. 27.

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Between 240,000 and 740,000 Potential Cancer Cases Missed During UK Lockdown: Audit Office

The National Audit Office has warned that there are between 240,000 and 740,000 “missing” urgent GP doctor referrals for suspected cancer during the pandemic because millions of people have not been able to access healthcare or have avoided doing so.

The National Audit Office (NAO), the independent spending watchdog for the British government, warned in a report that hundreds of thousands of people in England who should have been referred by their doctor for suspected cancer have not been, while there may be tens of thousands fewer people starting cancer treatment than was expected.

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COVID: Incoming Chancellor Scholz Wants Vaccine Mandate in Germany

Germany could make coronavirus vaccines mandatory as early as February or March 2022, according to chancellor-in-waiting Olaf Scholz. But he insisted that the issue would be decided in parliament.

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Czechia’s Standard of Living Rose to Italy’s Level Last Year

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, living standards in the Czech Republic approached the average level in the European Union last year. In addition, Czechia maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the EU.

Gross domestic product per capita based on purchasing power parity rose to 94 percent of the EU average last year from the previous 92 percent. Czechia is thus at the level of Italy and above the level of Portugal (77 percent) and Spain (86 percent), according to data published by the Czech Statistical Office in the Statistical Yearbook 2021.

This indicator was lowest in Bulgaria, which was at 55 percent of the EU average. On the other hand, Luxembourg had the highest level at 266 percent.

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Czechia: Poll Shows Babis Would Win First Round of Presidential Elections

This year, two key topics dominated: the Covid-19 epidemic and the elections to the Chamber of Deputies. It remains uncertain whether coronavirus will also be a topic next year, however, it can be assumed with great certainty that the public space will be dominated by the elections again, this time by the presidential ones. An exclusive survey by MF DNES showed how the presidential elections would turn out if they took place now.

It turns out that the resigning prime minister, Andrej Babis, and General Petr Pavel would have the best chance to get to the second round, which sees the two candidates with the highest number of votes advance.

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Czech President Zeman Calls for Compulsory Vaccination

The only way out of the crisis is compulsory vaccination, said Czech President Milos Zeman during talks with Presidents of the Visegrad Group states. He added that the Czech Republic, as well as the rest of the Visegrad countries, should consider compulsory vaccination.

Zeman himself tested positive for coronavirus last Thursday but is an asymptomatic patient. However, the Czech president joined the summit in Budapest via a video call.

“Like Austria, let’s think about compulsory vaccination because it really seems to be the only way out of this covid crisis,” Zeman told other Visegrad Group presidents.

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EU Advice to Ban Terms Like ‘Christmas Time’ To be Inclusive Withdrawn After Backlash

The European Commission will be “looking into” a internal document that advised bureaucrats to avoid terms like “Christmas time” to be more inclusive after the paper leaked to an Italian newspaper.

The document, entitled “European Commission Guidelines for Inclusive Communication”, gives advice to Commission employees for all communications including press releases, social media posts, speeches, and training materials.

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Far-Right Pundit Eric Zemmour Enters Race for French Presidency

Far-right pundit Eric Zemmour entered the race for the French presidency on Tuesday after shaking up the campaign with his tirades against Islam and immigration.

In a nostalgia-filled campaign video in which he lamented that “France is no longer France”, Mr Zemmour promised to recover its national identity from political elites, multiculturalism and liberal social norms.

“You walk in the streets of your towns, and you no longer recognise them,” he said over footage of violence and multiculturalism in French cities. “You feel like you’re no longer in the country that you know.”

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Germany: Head of the Chemnitz Clinic Commits Suicide: ‘COVID-19 Vaccine is Genocide’ — DNB

“The Chief of a Clinic in Chemnitz, Germany [“East Germany’s largest municipal hospital”] committed suicide. In a letter found on the scene, he explains that he can no longer be part of the Genocide… These are “bio-warfare agents”, so it says in the postings. He is also said to have described the vaccine in his letter as “genocide and a crime against humanity”, according to Tag24 [a German news site].

According to Las repúblicas, In the lengthy farewell letter Dr. Thomas Jendges wrote before his suicide and demanded its publication, he is said to have harshly criticized the information policy of governments in dealing with the dangerousness of Covid vaccines. The constant lies and deceit to the patient and the vaccinated that the vaccines are supposedly harmless, he could no longer bear them, it is said in the letter.”

“Jendges had only been appointed sole managing Director of the Chemnitz Clinic since October 1st 2021. Since April, he was acting as Managing Director… “Dr. Thomas Jendges’ … talked at length about the difficult situation of the corona,” said the mayor of Chemnitz Sven Schulze (50, SPD)… Because the mayor threatened to fire him if he no longer stayed in the submissive line imposed by government order and refused to vaccinate patients at the clinic, there were presumably no more options for Jendges… Jendges leaves behind a wife and a son.”

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Germany’s Coalition Agreement: A “Lowest Common Denominator” Deal

The three parties planning to form a new federal government in Germany have presented a coalition agreement that is to serve as a pre-agreed policy roadmap for the next four years.

The platform for the new government indicates there will be little substantive change from the policies pursued by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Germany: ISIS Fighter Who Murdered Yazidi Girl, 5, is Jailed for Genocide

An ISIS fighter who chained up a 5-year-old Yazidi girl and let her die in the scorching heat passed out in a German court on Tuesday as he was jailed for life for genocide.

Taha Al-Jumailly, 29, was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity for his involvement in the slaughter of more than 3,000 Yazidis and enslavement of 7,000 women and girls in Syria and Iraq.

It is the first genocide verdict to be handed down against an ISIS militant over the mass killings of the Yazidi minority between 2014 and 2015.

The Iraqi national collapsed in the Frankfurt courtroom as his life sentence was read out.

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Greece to Impose Monthly Fine on Unvaccinated Adults Over 60

Greece announced Tuesday that it is mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for residents over age 60 — and those who don’t comply will face a monthly fine.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the decision was a difficult one but necessary for the more than half a million elderly Greeks who had failed to get the vaccine.

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Health Boss Tells Brits Not to Socialise Over Christmas

Fears that bureaucrats are once again scheming to cancel Christmas arose again after a top health boss told Brits to avoid socialising with their friends and family over the festive period.

“Dr Jenny Harries, the current head of NHS Test and Trace, has told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that people can do their bit to reduce the spread of the new omicron variant by reducing the number of social contacts they have,” reports the Telegraph.

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Large UK Supermarket Chains Refuse to Police “Divisive” Face Mask Mandates

Two large supermarket chains in the UK have refused to make their staff police mandatory face mask rules, with one boss asserting that the issue is too “divisive.”

New face mask rules were imposed in England from today, meaning people who use public transport, enter shops and innumerable other venues have to wear a compulsory face covering.

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New German Coalition ‘A Possible Threat’ To Polish Independence, Says Polish Professor and PiS MEP

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) reached an agreement on forming of a coalition government, and in many ways, this coalition is historic. The new deal will see Olaf Scholz replace Angela Merkel as chancellor of Germany, but many commentators believe that the statements made in the coalition agreement are a threat to not only Poland but Europe as a whole.

“There are extraordinary things mentioned in the document, such as the unique role of Germany which is stated to be the strongest and most important country in Europe. Of course, realistically, Germany is the most powerful European country, but proclaiming this in the form of a program declaration means that it has become something in the form of a guiding policy for the new government,” professor Ryszard Legutko said in an interview for Polish Radio.

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New German Chancellor Will Push for Mandatory Vaccinations for All

Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz revealed that he will push for a vaccine mandate for all German residents and blamed the unvaccinated for the recent surge in Chinese coronavirus cases in the country.

Mr Scholz, who leads the newly agreed left-globalist coalition and is expected to be sworn in as new German Chancellor early in December, expressed his support for making vaccines mandatory for all Germans on Tuesday. The successor to Angela Merkel caveated by saying that it would be left to the German parliament to vote for such a measure.

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Switzerland May Reintroduce Work-From-Home Mandate Amid Omicron Variant

Switzerland may reintroduce a work-from-home mandate to stop rising COVID-19 cases and limit the spread of the new Omicron variant, the government said after an emergency meeting Tuesday.

The government met to consider the possible mandate and other proposed renewed restrictions amid Omicron, saying in a statement, “The combination of a rapid circulation of the Omicron variant and the already high strain on hospitals could be problematic.”

The government is in talks with regional authorities about the potential work-from-home mandate for the unvaccinated and those who have not had COVID.

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‘Time to Think About Mandatory Vaccination’ Across the Entire EU, Ursula Von Der Leyen Warns After Austria and Germany Announced Plans to Force Jabs on All Adults

It is time for the European Union ‘to think about’ making Covid vaccines mandatory across the entire bloc, Ursula von der Leyen has said as the continent battles a winter wave of virus amid fears about the Omicron variant.

The EU Commission President, speaking in Brussels, said it will ultimately be up to member states to decide their own vaccine rules — but it is her ‘personal opinion’ that the time is right to discuss forcing people to get jabs.

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Top German Court Rules Lockdown Restrictions Were Constitutional

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s highest court on Tuesday rejected complaints against curfews and other restrictions imposed by federal legislation earlier this year in areas where the coronavirus was spreading quickly — a decision that could help the country’s leaders as they struggle to tackle a sharp rise in infections.

The ruling from the Federal Constitutional Court came hours before outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her designated successor, Olaf Scholz, planned to hold talks on the situation with the country’s 16 state governors.

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Trump to Farage: BoJo’s Build Back Better Green Agenda a ‘Big Mistake’

Boris Johnson’s Build Back Better green agenda to radically transform the British economy with the use of wind power and other ‘green energy’ sources is a “big mistake,” former President Donald J. Trump has said.

In a sit-down interview with Brexit’s Nigel Farage in Florida to be aired on Wednesday, Mr Trump said that while he personally “got along” with Boris Johnson, he fears that the British PM has drifted to the “liberal side” of politics, despite leading the British Conservative Party.

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UK Proposes Spending Public Funds to Police MPs “Disreputable” Tweets

The UK Parliament is moving to introduce new rules that would investigate MPs for their Twitter posts, with a committee in charge explaining the plan as designed to prevent abusive speech and personal attacks rather than suppress freedom of expression of the country’s lawmakers.

The idea came from the House of Commons Committee on Standards that is reviewing the existing code of conduct applying to MPs, and that on Monday unveiled a report that proposes investigating MPs suspected of engaging in vaguely-worded “excessive” and “unreasonable” personal attacks on social media.

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UK: 14-Year-Old Yussuf Mustapha Sentenced to Life for Shooting Schoolmate to Death in Birmingham

A 14-year-old migrant, Yussuf Mustapha, is believed to be Britain’s youngest convicted gun murderer after he was found guilty of killing a classmate in Birmingham with the help of four other youths.

On Monday, the Birmingham Crown Court lifted reporting restrictions, allowing the identity of Yussuf Mustapha, aged 14, to be revealed after he was given a life sentence with a minimum of 16 years in prison for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and the murder of 15-year-old Keon Lincoln.

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UK: Oxford Professor: Official Data Shows Face Masks “Made No Meaningful Difference” to Infection Rates

University of Oxford Professor Jim Naismith asserts that despite England dropping its mask mandate in July and Scotland keeping its rules in force, official data shows this “has made no meaningful difference” to infection rates.

Naismith goes on to argue that new face mask mandates imposed in England today are “unlikely to have much of an impact” in fighting off the spread of the Omicron variant.

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Unvaccinated Austrians Face Prison Time, Huge Fines for Non-Compliance

Austrians who refuse to take a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine before a government imposed deadline face prison sentences and huge compounding fines for non-compliance.

After initially placing the unvaccinated under lockdown, a policy that completely failed, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced that the jab would become compulsory from February 1.

Questions as to what would happen to those who still refused to take it have now been answered in the form of a draft that was leaked to the media.

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Israel is Using Counter-Terrorism Phone Surveillance to Track Omicron Carriers

Rights groups in Israel have called on the country’s top court to repeal the recently announced measures to use the counter-terrorism phone tracking system to track carriers of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The groups raised privacy concerns.

On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced emergency measures including phone tracking to locate those infected by the Omicron variant, which is thought to be more contagious.

The Shin Bet counter-terrorism agency’s phone-tracking technology was to be used to enable to surveillance.

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Two Fully Vaccinated Israeli Doctors Test Positive for Omicron Variant

Two Israeli doctors have contracted the Omicron variant of COVID-19 — even after being fully vaccinated and receiving their booster shots.

The doctors had each received their double-dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine plus a follow-up booster, according to a rep for the Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv, Reuters reported.

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Jamie Dimon’s Quick Kowtow After Telling Truth on Communist China

The state of corporate America is a sad one: Its best and brightest are so desperate to make a buck that they need to beg forgiveness when simply stating the obvious.

Last week at Boston College, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was riffing on US-China relations and said something every right-thinking person in the world should pray for: That a great American company will outlast the brutal Communist Chinese regime.

But CEO survival these days — even if it’s the head of the nation’s largest bank — is a bizarre spectacle. In national politics, corporate chieftains dance to the tune of progressive elites, fearing backlash from the media and their Twitter hordes.

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Leaked Documents Show Chinese President Xi Ordered Uyghur Genocide in ‘Top Secret’ Speeches

Documents obtained by human rights activists from the People’s Republic of China show that Xi Jinping, the country’s president, ordered the implementation of measures to persecute Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province in “top secret” speeches during the 2010s.

Xi reportedly gave the orders in a series of speeches and statements, Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow with Victims of Communism, claimed in a Twitter thread on Nov. 29, citing 317 pages of documents leaked to the Uyghur Tribunal this past September.

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Trinidad and Tobago: Anti-Vaxx Protests, Arrests at Queen’s Park Savannah

Several protesters were arrested on Tuesday as hundreds gathered at the Queen’s Park Savannah as part of a movement called “push back.”

The protesters gathered to speak out against mandatory covid19 vaccinations, “vaccine segregation,” vaccination of children, safe zones and to express their distaste for the Prime Minister and the President.

To date there has been no discussion in Parliament on mandatory vaccination.

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82 Per Cent of Voters Think Boris Govt is Handling Channel Migrant Crisis Badly

More than four-in-five voters think Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is handling the Channel migrant crisis badly, with more than three-quarters of Conservative Party supporters thinking the same.

The YouGov poll commissioned by The Times and released on Tuesday revealed that 82 per cent of Britons think that the government is handling the migrant crisis “badly”.

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EU: Illegal Border Crossing Up 70 Percent

Illegal migration into the European Union is up nearly 70% so far this year, according to new data released by Frontex.

Approximately 160,000 illegal border crossings were detected during the first 10 months of 2021, a substantial spike from the previous year and a 45% increase over 2019 numbers.

Nearly 22,800 illegal entries were recorded during the month of October, up 30% from the same period in 2020 and 18% in 2019.

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France Accuses UK of Running a ‘Quasi-Modern Slavery’ Economy for Illegal Migrants

A senior government official in France has accused the United Kingdom of operating an economic model in which illegal migrants are entered into a form of “modern slavery”.

The Europe Minister for France, Clément Beaune said on Monday accused Britain of being less stringent in the face of the exploitation of workers, enabling human traffickers to take advantage of the economic desires of illegal migrants to reach the UK.

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France: Paris: Off Duty Cop Badly Stabbed by Men Described as ‘African-Type Individuals’

An off-duty French police officer was seriously injured in Paris, allegedly by “African-type individuals” who had harassed him and his girlfriend before stabbing him twice in the abdomen.

On Sunday at around 6:40 pm, four suspects accosted a 29-year-old off-duty officer and his girlfriend at the Italie 2 shopping centre in the 13th arrondissement (district) of Paris, making derogatory remarks at them.

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French Minister: Migrants Threatened to Throw Babies Into English Channel

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmananin has claimed that migrants have threatened to throw babies overboard into the English Channel if the police attempted to stop them from departing for the UK.

Interior Minister Darmanin spoke at a press conference on Sunday, saying that illegal migrants were making attempts to blackmail French authorities into letting them cross the English Channel.

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Lithuania Mulls State of Emergency on Polish Border to Stop Migrants

VILNIUS, Dec 1 (Reuters) — Lithuania’s government said on Wednesday it would ask parliament to declare a state of emergency on its border with Poland from Dec. 10 as part of efforts to prevent the smuggling of migrants.

The state of emergency would include border checks focusing on “suspicious vehicles”, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said.

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Lukashenko Accuses Poland of Killing Migrants

According to Belsat television, during a meeting in the Belarusian ministry of defense, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Poland and Lithuania of killing migrants on their borders and of trying to break up the European Union.

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Orban: EU ‘Wrecking Itself’ by Punishing Members That Stop Illegal Migrants, Funding Soros Orgs

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has complained that the European Union is seeking to punish member-states which protect their borders, while funding pro-migration organisations linked to George Soros.

In an interview with Kossuth Radio, a transcript of which has been seen by Breitbart London, the national conservative leader warned that, with the Belarus-engineered pressure on Poland’s border having added fuel to the fire of the European Union’s long-simmering migrant crisis, the bloc was “under attack from three directions at once”.

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UK Border Force Union Joins Legal Fight Against Migrant Boats Being Turned Back

A union representing Border Force employees is joining a legal fight to stop the government from having them halt illegal boat migrants at sea and return them to safe, first-world France.

“Our Border Force members are aghast at the thought they will be forced to implement such a cruel and inhumane policy,” said Mark Serwotka, general secretary of public sector worker union PCS, of the idea that Border Force — who are paid to enforce Britain’s border rules — might be expected to protect Britain’s borders.

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UK: Moment Angry Fisherman ‘Stops RNLI Crew From Launching Lifeboat to Pick Up Migrants in the Channel’ As He Shouts Abuse and Tells Them ‘Don’t Bring Any More of Them Over Here’

A fisherman blocked an RNLI lifeboat from launching on Hastings beach ranting ‘Don’t bring no more back on here’.

The obstruction was said to have happened on Saturday and witnesses said it had ‘shocked them to the core’.

They said the person confronting the RNLI volunteers had claimed ‘We’re full up, that’s why we stopped our donations’.

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Colombian Constitutional Court Overturns Censorship of YouTube Video Supporting Only Heterosexual Marriage

A court has dismissed a lawsuit against a Colombian YouTuber who shared heterosexual marriage views on the video sharing platform. The plaintiff accused her of hate speech.

The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled that Colombian YouTuber Kika Nieto should not have been censored for a video she posted in 2018 where she expressed her views against same-sex marriages.

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Sweden Gets Its First Transgender Government Minister

Sweden’s new Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson named Lina Axelsson Kihlblom as her cabinet’s Schools Minister. Axelsson Kihlblom on Tuesday became the first transgender person to become a government minister in the Nordic country, a year after the appointment of Europe’s first transgender minister.

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UK: London Council Spends 10k on ‘Trans Crossing’ Which is “Dangerous” To the Blind & Disabled

Camden Council in London spent over £10,000 on replacing a zebra crossing with a trans flag crossing.

They ignored warnings that it is dangerous to the blind, disabled and elderly.

All to satiate the woke mob.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/1/2021

  1. Despite all the weak drivel written here at times, I must commend Baron on giving people an opportunity to say their piece.

    I am not sure how Baron draws the line or where but wherever he draws it is ok with me.

    We often read of the mighty USA and all the guns in private possession yet the populace knows the head of state won by fraud, they endure higher and higher prices, they lose their jobs, they have lost the education system and millions of filth cross their border every year.

    Here in Oz things are starting to get closer to the fck you point that many on here abhor for upsetting society, being not within the boundaries of good taste and any number of other loser statements.

    Click this link to enjoy what is going down with Dan Andrews the Premier Pest in Victoria Australia.

    After viewing this some of you might grow some nads yourselves what? Ohhh noooooo!

    https://www.larryhannigan.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Andrews-charged-.mp4?_=1

    Sorry I don’t know how to embed the video.

    Enjoy.

    • Unfortunately the audio and accent was such that I couldn’t understand what was being said. Was there some sort of ultimatum being set for December 17th, and if so, what is it? Also, was Andrews’ desired powers law passed?

      • Now that Paul is funny! Bloody aussie accents.

        Andrews has most of his bill passed. As we all know, all parties are simply a disguise for one party.

        The charges are so far – misprision of treason and Fraud at Common Law.

        I don’t know why there weren’t added Torts and Negligence charges. I am seeking to bring them myself next year.

        The point is these [epithets] are on notice. Citizens need to do this all over the world. Because win or lose when this process is done we are on to the next stage – war if case lost or the purges can begin if we win.

        • I should have added, that the premise for the charge is that Australia has been corporatized. The evidence for this is that Federal business numbers have now been given to all govt depts. There is no reason for govt depts. to be lodging their tax affairs or otherwise with the feds.

          If so, that would make Australia a republic.

          And given that the populace in the last referendum voted for the Monarchy to continue, corporatizing Australia would be contrary to the vote of the population thereby leaving Andrews and every other politician liable – as the theory goes.

          It is an interesting principle and worthy of being tested via the court. There is a lot of common law cases on such matters with very little wiggle room for those who are on the wrong side.

          As I have noted above, it is a move by the people on the chess board against the protagonists. One they did not anticipate.

          Whatever the result, it moves us closer to physical battle which is required to win.

          Unlike some of our erstwhile delicate friends on here who it would seem would be upset about a word said in anger I believe that if we all went out today and exterminated the vermin, this would be all over tomorrow.

          Said delicates however will continue their hand ringing until they are strung up.

          Vile creatures they are and as a result are unreliable and to be scorned – as will happen in time.

          They will have no part in the future West.

          The future will be for the strong, the loyal, the honest – as it has always been with the exception of the past 30 years.

          It will be a pleasure to see them disappear up their own rainbows.

          • Dawg, the future will be of the strongmen who are utterly ruthless, the sheep will do as they are told. and it won’t be the elites that take charge it will be a Pinochet or Franco type. Democracy as we know it is dead and gone.

  2. Just imagine that they push through the forced vaccinations and then everybody who is against the mRNA vaxx gets the superpowers of Superman.

    I think that after those angry forced-vaxxed express their displeasure with the responsible politicians and civilians liek Mr Schwab, their replacements will declare the pandemic to be over at once and that the mRNA vaxx is deadly and is forbidden to use again.

    • Alex, no reasonable human would wait to be forcibly qaxxed before going after Schwab and co. It is difficult to win from a hospital bed.

  3. Trump still encouraging people to take the QuaXIne.

    That man has no honour. He is one of the most detestable frauds in history.

    Anyone else seen those videos of him joking around with Epstein? Seen the video of Epstein sitting next to Chump at the WWE or F or whatever letter they want?

    He is so effed up, he still thinks that he is relevant!

    There are a myriad of sites that still pay homage to the toad despite him signing an EO that among other things authorised self assembling nanoparticles in something called a QuaXIne, the shutting down of the economy and signed billions of relief to democrat states for a made up virus?

    Not one apology. Not one single acknowledgement. That [epithet] needs to go down hard.

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